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Nov. 29, 1995 3:43 PM ET
LONDON (AP) _ Madonna says she was raped many years ago, soon after moving to New York City, and the experience made her a ``much stronger person.''
The superstar who oozes sex in concert, videos and books denied in an interview with New Musical Express that she blurs the line between rape and sexual fantasy.
``I have been raped and it's not an experience I would ever glamorize,'' she told the British music magazine in the Dec. 2 issue.
Madonna's book ``Sex'' includes a photo of her in a Catholic school girl's uniform, being attacked by two boys.
``In my photograph it's obviously completely consensual,'' she said. ``Everybody wants to do it. I have a smile on my face because I am having a good time. I suppose it's not really a rape fantasy if the woman wants to do it.''
She said she was raped by a stranger. She didn't give a year.
``I don't want to make it an issue. I think that I've had what a lot of people would consider to be horrific experiences in my life. But I don't want people to feel sorry for me because I don't,'' Madonna said.
``The thing about what happened to me is that ... although it was devastating at the time, I know that it made me a much stronger person in retrospect. It forced me to be a survivor.''
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) _ Mail to Elvis Presley's desert hideaway will temporarily be stamped ``Return to Sender.''
Over the weekend, someone swiped the wrought-iron mailbox from the home the king leased from 1966 to 1977. Suspicious minds, such as Mark Snider, who lives there now, doubt the theft was the work of true fans.
``Real Elvis fans are the most respectable, middle-American, decent kind of people,'' Snider said.
He said he found a stump where the box should have been Sunday. He reported it missing Tuesday and has to get a new one for mail.
CHICAGO (AP) _ Mel Reynolds spent Election Day tutoring fellow prisoners as voters selected a candidate for his vacant seat in Congress.
Reynolds, serving five years for having sex with an underage campaign worker, was assigned to help inmates study for their high school equivalency diplomas.
The former Rhodes scholar who once boasted of having ``four or so'' college degrees now spends his days tutoring from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
``Then he's free to pursue whatever he wants to,'' said Nic Howell, a state corrections spokesman.
Reynolds arrived last month at the Vienna Correctional Center in southern Illinois.
In the first step toward replacing him, voters selected Jesse Jackson Jr. in Tuesday's Democratic primary. Jackson, son of the civil rights leader, will face Republican lawyer Thomas J. Somer in the Dec. 12 general election.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Bob Packwood is still taking his lumps. This time, he was hit with luggage belonging to a guy who wants his old job in the Senate.
It happened Tuesday on a flight from Portland to Chicago.
Democratic Rep. Ron Wyden had rushed onto the plane and stuffed his luggage in an overhead bin a few seats from the former Republican senator. About 10 minutes after takeoff, someone stood up to take something out of the bin and Wyden's luggage tumbled out, hitting Packwood in the chest.
``You could really hear this gasp,'' said Michael Walker of Vancouver, Wash., who was sitting across from Packwood in first-class. ``He grabbed his chest and leaned back. He really looked terrible.''
Flight attendants found a doctor. Packwood had the wind knocked out of him but was otherwise OK.
Wyden had gone to the restroom and missed the whole thing. He and Packwood chatted later in the flight but the subject never came up.
``I don't think he knew it was my bag,'' Wyden said. ``It's an amazing world.''
Packwood resigned from the Senate amid allegations of sexual and official misconduct.