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People in the news, May 5, 2011

The Associated Press

The Dalai Lama seems to suggest the United States was justified in killing Osama bin Laden. Speaking Tuesday to about 3,000 students at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, the 75-year-old Tibetan leader said bin Laden, as a human being, may have deserved compassion and even forgiveness. But the Los Angeles Times says the Dalai Lama added: “Forgiveness doesn’t mean forget what happened.” He said it is sometimes necessary to take countermeasures. It’s the Dalai Lama’s first U.S. visit since stepping down recently as the day-to-day political leader of Tibet’s government in exile. He skipped earlier Southern California appearances this week because he fell ill with a sore throat. He had stops scheduled Wednesday in Long Beach and Irvine. … Prince Charles greeted students at Georgetown University on Wednesday and afterward spoke passionately about organic and sustainable farming for almost an hour. He made only brief reference to the worldwide hubbub over his son Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton last week. In his speech, the Prince of Wales criticized government subsidies for large-scale agriculture, and decried industrial pollution and global dependence on oil. Charles was scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama later Wednesday during his three-day visit to the U.S. … House Majority Leader Matt Dean called a best-selling author “a pencil-necked little weasel” Wednesday, saying he hates Neil Gaiman and that Gaiman “stole $45,000 from the state of Minnesota.” Dean tells The Associated Press it was legal for the horror, sci-fi and fantasy writer to take $45,000 in state arts money for speaking at a library last year. But he calls the payment “infuriating” and says Gaiman should give it back. Gaiman, who lives in Wisconsin, says he gave the money to charity. He says about half his readers are Republicans and that it’s unfortunate they’re represented by someone who resorts to “lunatic schoolyard rhetoric.”


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