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In Brief

Blacklist TV writer Crawford dies
Oliver Kaufman Crawford, who overcame the "Red Scare" blacklist of the 1950s to become one of television's most successful writers, has died at age 91. Crawford wrote for shows such as "Star Trek" and "Bonanza." The cause of death was not immediately known.
Crawford was just starting a writing career in Hollywood when he was contacted in 1953 by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, then looking into allegations of Communist influence in the entertainment industry. He was blacklisted after refusing to reveal names of suspected Communists, his daughter said.
Janet hospitalized
A representative for Janet Jackson says the singer has been hospitalized after falling ill shortly before a concert. According to statement, the singer canceled her concert in Montreal on Monday after she "got suddenly ill" during her sound check and had to be rushed to hospital.
Glitter travel bans
A British court has banned convicted pedophile and 1970s glam rocker Gary Glitter from traveling to France and Spain, it emerged on Monday. A magistrates court imposed the ban, which runs until March 25, at a hearing last Thursday following a request from the police, the court said.
Dieting dolphins
Dolphins at a Japanese marine park are going on a low fat diet after developing pot bellies and failing to look sharp in their aquatic performances.
Kinosaki Marine World in western Japan said yesterday that all its 19 dolphins have been on a low fat diet since late August, when they started failing to hit jumping targets.
"We noticed they looked rounder," said park spokesman Haruo Imazu. Keepers put them on a weight loss program, while instituting a routine exercise regime, Imazu said. It seemed to be working, he said.
Hubble trouble
A problem with the Hubble Space Telescope may prompt NASA to switch its next two shuttle missions, postponing a repair trip to the orbital observatory until next year, the space agency said on Monday.
The mission had been targeted for launch on Oct. 14. If it is delayed, NASA likely would press on with a Nov. 16 launch of another shuttle mission.