Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas won the first Nathan’s Famous Women’s Hot Dog Eating World Championship at Coney Island on Monday by consuming 40 hot dogs. Among the men, Joey Chestnut won his fifth consecutive Fourth of July contest by scarfing down 62 hot dogs — the equivalent of about 20,000 calories in 10 minutes. Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., and Thomas of Alexandria, Va., each won $10,000 and the coveted mustard-yellow belt. … Former members of The Doors marked the 40th anniversary of the death of Jim Morrison by lighting candles at his grave in Paris. Morrison, the lead singer of the rock band known for his partying lifestyle, died July 2, 1971, at age 27 of heart failure in his bathtub in Paris, and his grave at Pere Lachaise cemetery remains a pilgrimage site for fans. On Sunday, band members Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist, and guitarist Robby Krieger, lighted candles at the grave of Morrison, who was known by the nickname the “Lizard King.” Fans of Morrison, who also was a poet, paid homage at his grave by leaving flowers there. Some wore black T-shirts containing a white drawing of Morrison’s face and the words “40th anniversary.” … Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez slipped back to Venezuela during the night, making a surprise return early Monday morning after more than three weeks recovering from cancer surgery in Cuba. Chavez, 56, left Venezuela for a three-country tour last month, and raised eyebrows when he remained in Cuba. On Thursday, Chavez gave an address admitting that doctors detected cancer. He said a second surgery removed a cancerous tumor, but did not say what kind of cancer he has, or at what stage.
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