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Thursday, August 19, 2004

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  • ‘Benji’ movie seeks to raise quality of family entertainment

    by Dwayne Hastings, posted Thursday, August 19, 2004 (13 years ago)

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    Better fare for families


    Most of what Hollywood calls family entertainment isn’t suitable for the family, contends Joe Camp, creator and producer of the latest Benji film, “Benji: Off the Leash,” that opens Aug. 20.


    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--After a 16-year hiatus from the big screen, Benji is back. A new movie starring the winsome pup -- actually the fourth dog to be cast as Benji -- will be in theaters starting Friday, Aug. 20.

    Understandably, Joe Camp, creator and producer of “Benji: Off the Leash!” and all of its predecessors, is asking that people yearning for family entertainment go see the movie, especially this weekend. In doing so, they will send a message to Hollywood that wholesome movies can be successful, said Camp, who spent three months traveling the country looking for the next Benji in animal shelters.

    He discovered the brown-eyed star of the latest Benji movie in a humane society shelter in Gulfport, Miss., and he believes he has the best Benji yet. The film spotlights three unassuming heroes -- a soft-hearted dog catcher, a determined boy and a lovable stray, played of course by Benji.

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  • Olympian says ‘thrill of victory’ must reflect ‘the right reasons’

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Thursday, August 19, 2004 (13 years ago)

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    Dan Browne

    ATHENS (BP)--Dan Browne will become the first U.S. Olympian in 32 years to compete in both the marathon and 10,000 meters this month in Greece. The last person to do it, Frank Shorter, won the marathon in 1972 and finished fifth in the 10,000 meters.

          Browne would love to duplicate Shorter’s success. But regardless of the outcome, he holds forth an even greater goal.

          “It’s my job to take what God’s given me and do the best I can with it,” Browne said in an interview with Baptist Press. “I do my absolute best to honor God when I run. I run with my full heart and soul. God decides who wins and loses ultimately.” Read More

  • SPORTS: Olympian’s silver came before gold

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Thursday, August 19, 2004 (13 years ago)

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    Brandon Slay

    MULKEYTOWN, Ill. (BP)--Brandon Slay missed out on his chance for Olympic gold four years ago in Sydney, Australia. Or so he thought.

    Slay was facing Germany’s Alexander Leipold in the championship wrestling match in the 167.5 pound weight class. Slay and his coaches had dissected the German’s every move, and they had their strategy all worked out. Confidence was high. Slay seemed sure that his dream for an Olympic gold medal was about to come true. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The need for both frogs & tadpoles

    by James T. Draper Jr., posted Thursday, August 19, 2004 (13 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--New York Giants owner Wellington Mara claims Jesus’ parable of the pearl of great price inspired him to part with several draft choices and a load of cash in order to draft rookie quarterback Eli Manning. Then, perhaps taking a cue from our Savior’s good-steward parables, he signed two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner, who will both compete for the starting quarterback job and serve as Manning’s mentor. Read More