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July 16, 1991|MICHELLE WILLIAMS

* Blood Lines: The number of Kennedy in-laws grew again Saturday when Matthew Maxwell Taylor Kennedy married fellow University of Virginia law student Victoria Anne Strauss of the Philadelphia Strausses. Her daddy is Ben Strauss, head of Pep Boys; mummy is TV personality Bonnie Strauss. His mother is Ethel Kennedy and father is the late Robert F. Kennedy.

* Bad Birds: Down by Charleston way, South Carolinians are not taking kindly to baby herons. They are the cutest little things with their spindly legs. Unfortunately, their diet of crabs and shrimp results in the "most foul liquid you can imagine," says Steve Livingston, city parks director. During an art show at a park frequented by the winged ones, one official mapped out "bird zones," making sure no artists were asked to display in those areas. Paths were marked where people could avoid getting bombed.

* Is This Better?: A satirical television puppet show has remodeled French Prime Minister Edith Cresson from vamp to shrew after Cresson attacked the hugely popular "Bebete Show" for portraying her as a feline seductress taking all her orders from "God," an arrogant caricature of President Francois Mitterrand. Cresson told journalists last week that the character dubbed "Amabotte"--a name suggestive of canine boot-licking--was a collection of male prejudices toward women. She said she was being portrayed as "grotesque and mindless." So last weekend the show's creators announced that Cresson would appear in the future as "Didi la Teigne" (Didi the Shrew) to reflect her more combative stance since taking power.

* No Peace: The boss wants you, but you're out of beeper range--or so you say. Get ready to dig deep for another excuse because NTT International, an affiliate of Japan's giant Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., will be selling an electronic pager system whose messages will cover the globe by satellite. The service will be test-marketed in North America and Singapore in September.

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