Headlines for: 07-01-1999

MAN'S CLAIM TO FAME: `I TURN MY FEET BACKWARD' MONROE, Mich. (Wireless Flash) -- Talk about an amazing feat: a man in Monroe, Michigan, claims he can turn his feet backward by nearly 180 degrees.

BRITISH ODDSMAKERS PREDICT GORE WILL BE NEXT PRESIDENT LONDON (Wireless Flash) -- George W. Bush may have a bushel of dough for his Year 2000 election campaign, but British bookies are placing their money on Al Gore.

MISS MANNERS OF MUSCLES SAYS BAD HABITS ABOUND AT GYMS LONG BEACH, Calif. (Wireless Flash) -- Workout-loving gym rats' sweaty clothing isn't the only thing that stinks -- so do their manners.

BEACH BUNNIES AT RISK FOR BAD TEETH BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Wireless Flash) -- A Beverly Hills dentist is issuing a warning to frequent beach-goers this summer: the sand could be ruining your teeth.

ENTERTAINMENT BRIEFS Would you pay $500 for a bunch of old sea shells? What if they once belonged to "Perry Mason" star Raymond Burr? The old shells will be up for sale July 11 by the Butterfield and Butterfield

COLORED PENCILS: THE RODNEY DANGERFIELD OF ART WORLD? DALLAS (Wireless Flash) -- A group of artists is fighting to gain respect for what they call the Rodney Dangerfield of the art world: colored pencils.

TEENS MODELING THEMSELVES AFTER STRIPPERS? NEW YORK (Wireless Flash) -- American high schools may look more like cheap strip joints later this fall. The editors of "Seventeen" magazine report that thigh-high

CONTEST PRIZE: 1 ACRE OF TOBACCO SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (Wireless Flash) -- Anti-tobacco activists are burning up over a new contest in which the grand prize is an acre of tobacco and a lifetime supply of cigars.

ELLEN'S MOM COMES OUT WITH GAY ADVICE COLUMN NEW YORK (Wireless Flash) -- Like daughter, like mother. Betty DeGeneres, the mother of Ellen DeGeneres, is starting an internet advice column for gays, lesbians and their families.