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Berlusconi Apologizes To His Wife

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has said sorry to his wife for flirting with other women after she demanded a public apology.

Mr Berlusconi issued a written statement, referring to the constant pressure he was under from work, trips, politics and problems.

Veronica Berlusconi, his second wife, said his flirting damaged her dignity.

She had demanded the apology in a front-page letter to the Italian newspaper, La Repubblica.

In the statement, issued via his Forza Italia party, Mr Berlusconi said: "Forgive me, I beg you. And take this public show of my private pride giving in to your fury as an act of love. One of many."

"I guard your dignity, like a treasure within my heart, even when careless comments slip off my tongue," said Mr Berlusconi, 70.

Flirtatious comments

Veronica Berlusconi is mother of three of Mr Berlusconi’s children.

She said her husband had told some women at a TV awards dinner: "If I wasn’t already married I would marry you right away".

Mr Berlusconi was quoted as telling another woman: "With you I’d go anywhere".

Commentators say the fact she chose for her complaint a prominent left-wing publication – traditionally critical of Mr Berlusconi – would have added to her husband’s embarrassment.

"Today for my female children, already adults, the example of a woman defending her own dignity in her relationships with men takes on a particularly significant importance," she said.

Confronting her husband over his behaviour would also remind her son Luigi "to never forget to keep among his fundamental values respect for women," she added.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2007/01/31 17:06:12 GMT


Phone Thief Repents After 21 Text Messages

Phone thief repents after 21 text messages
Mon Jan 22, 2007 2:15 PM ET

BEIJING (Reuters Life!) – A Chinese thief has returned a mobile phone and thousands of yuan he stole from a woman after she sent him 21 touching text messages, Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

Pan Aiying, a teacher in the eastern province of Shandong, had her bag containing her mobile phone, bank cards and 4,900 yuan ($630) snatched by a man riding a motorcycle as she cycled home on Friday, Xinhua said, citing the Qilu Evening News.

Pan first thought of calling the police but she decided to try to persuade the young man to return her bag.

She called her lost phone with her colleague’s cell phone but was disconnected. Then she began sending text messages.

"I’m Pan Aiying, a teacher from Wutou Middle School. You must be going through a difficult time. If so, I will not blame you," wrote Pan in her first text message which did not get a response.

"Keep the 4,900 yuan if you really need it, but please return the other things to me. You are still young. To err is human. Correcting your mistakes is more important than anything," Pan wrote.

She gave up hope of seeing her possessions again after sending 21 text messages without a reply.

But on her way out on Sunday morning, she stumbled over a package that had been left in her courtyard only to discover it was her stolen bag. Nothing had been taken.

"Dear Pan: I’m sorry. I made a mistake. Please forgive me," a letter inside said.

"You are so tolerant even though I stole from you. I’ll correct my ways and be an upright person."

NYC Subway Savior Showered With Gifts

NYC subway savior showered with gifts

AP Photo:
Wesley Autrey, 50,
listens during a news conference
at City Hall in New York,…

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press WriterThu Jan 4, 7:28 PM ET

A man’s daring rescue of a teen who fell on the subway tracks earned

him the unique title "the hero of Harlem" on Thursday, plus $10,000

from Donald Trump and a trip to Disney World.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg bestowed the title upon Wesley Autrey as he

presented him with the city’s highest award for civic achievement,

calling the 50-year-old construction worker "a great man — a man who

makes us all proud to be New Yorkers."

Past recipients of the Bronze Medallion have included Gen. Douglas

MacArthur, Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali and Willie Mays. The

last honoree was Housing Authority employee Felix Vasquez, who caught a

baby thrown from a burning building in 2005.

On Tuesday, Autrey saw Cameron Hollopeter, a 19-year-old film

student, suffering a seizure while waiting for a train. After stumbling

down the platform, Hollopeter, of Littleton, Mass., fell onto the

tracks with a train on its way into the station.

Autrey, traveling with his two young daughters, said something needed to be done and he thought: "I’m the only one to do it."

He jumped down to the tracks, a few feet below platform level, and

rolled with the young man into a drainage trough between the rails as

the southbound No. 1 train came into the 137th Street/City College


Some train cars passed over Autrey and Hollopeter with only a couple

of inches to spare, but neither man suffered any harm from the

incident. Hollopeter, hospitalized for his medical condition, was in

stable condition Thursday.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Executive Director Elliot

Sander called Autrey’s action "a death-defying act of bravery. We truly

have not seen anything like this. … He was at the right place at the

right time and did the right thing."

After the City Hall ceremony, a limousine whisked Autrey — who also

received a year’s worth of free subway rides — to a meeting with Trump,

who presented him with $10,000.

He also has received $2,500 from the New York Film Academy to start

a scholarship fund for his children, and tickets and a backstage tour

to the Broadway musical "The Lion King."

Autrey, who did the morning news show circuit on Thursday and taped

a David Letterman appearance later in the day, will be flown to Los

Angeles for an appearance next week on Ellen DeGeneres’ show.

As for his new celebrity, he concluded, "good things happen when you do good."

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