No Skinflint: The dermatology department of New...
No Skinflint: The dermatology department of New York University’s medical school was renamed Tuesday for the head of Revlon Inc. to honor his $10-million donation. The gift from Ronald O. Perelman, Revlon’s chairman and CEO and a hospital board member, comes on top of an earlier $1-million gift. The new money will be used for biomolecular research in dermatology and other fields.
* Swimmingly: After three weeks in cramped quarters, Samantha the sturgeon is scheduled to move today to more spacious accommodations at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island. The 5-foot-long, 42-pound sturgeon has been cruising a saltwater tank at the Hampton Bays, N.Y., seafood store of Roger Tollefsen for the last three weeks. Tollefsen decided to save her when two men brought her in with the daily catch. “She was kind of . . . beat up,” said Tollefsen, who rigged up a brace and a tiny life preserver for her.
* Charity Update: Mother Teresa, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work among the sick and dying, stopped by the Oval Office Monday for a 10-minute visit with President Bush. The frail, 81-year-old Roman Catholic nun discussed her recent charity work in Albania and talked about her upcoming trip to China, according to a presidential spokesman. She was in Washington for the induction of 27 sisters into the Missionaries of Charity order she founded in 1950.
* Out of Step: They’re not dancing in the streets of Riverbank, Calif., despite the City Council’s 2-1 vote to end a 30-year public dancing ban. But City Atty. Tom Hallinan said the council’s vote Monday doesn’t apply since at least three votes are needed to pass an ordinance in California. The council has only three members after the recall of two councilmen last month. Meanwhile pro-dancing forces aren’t sitting out the fight. Says restaurant manager Michael Lencioni, “There are things that have yet to be explored. There will be dancing in Riverbank.”