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Dolled-Up Barbie

December 19, 2005 12:00 AM

Some people don't like Mattel's iconic doll Barbie because she's got everything. Those jealous types are going to be even greener with envy over her latest outfit. Last week on the sophomore season of Bravo's hit reality series "Project Runway," the show's design hopefuls were challenged to come up with an outfit for the MyScene Barbie, with the winner's design destined to grace a special edition of the doll. Nick Verreos came up with the winning design for the special-edition "Project Runway" Barbie, which is already available for pre-order on the show's Web site for $24.95. Mr. Verreos' look appears to be a hit as well with Barbie aficionados, who ordered more than 200 of the "Runway" Barbies within hours of the doll's debut. Toys R Us will stock the special Barbie sometime after Jan. 15. Christopher Lisotta

The High and the Mighty

In times of crisis, we all would like to be able to stay calm, think clearly and act quickly. Some of us are actually able to do it. On a Dec. 9 Northwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu, producer and Hollywood Radio & Television Society President Andy Friendly, 54, was one of five passengers who rose to the occasion and restrained an agitated man who rushed toward the cockpit as the plane was beginning its descent. "We prepared ourselves mentally," Mr. Friendly said, describing the disruptive passenger as "obviously not in his right mind." The man, identified by authorities as Santiago Lol Tizol, a 37-year-old Mexican national, had been asking where the cockpit was, pacing the aisle and staring intently at a sleeping baby while holding a cellphone charger, prongs out. "Your mind gets filled with all these thoughts," said Mr. Friendly, who was on vacation with his wife, Pat. "God knows what his intentions were. It was pretty scary." While flight attendants tried to calm Mr. Tizol, Mr. Friendly and a passenger sitting across from him discussed what they would do if the man charged the cockpit. When Mr. Tizol ran up the aisle, Mr. Friendly and four others grabbed him, wrestled him down, bound his wrists with plastic handcuffs and tied a belt around his legs. "You think, I'm never going to be in that situation, and then there you are," Mr. Friendly said. "As a passenger you have to be ready to step up and protect that cabin." Mr. Tizol was arrested in Honolulu and charged with interfering with a flight crew. Though the start of their trip was "not exactly what we had in mind," Mr. Friendly said he and his wife enjoyed the rest of their vacation and will continue to fly

regularly. -Natalie Finn

Hours of Discovery

Discovery Channel is set to announce several multihour specials, including a documentary on the effort to save Ronald Reagan's life after he was shot in 1981. "Saving Ronald Reagan" (a working title, thankfully) will use interviews with key witnesses, archival footage and dramatizations to chronicle the surgical efforts at George Washington Hospital. Another special is a six-part series called "Perfect Disaster," which dramatizes six natural disasters in American history. The third is a three-parter called "Ultimate Egypt," a docudrama shot on location that tells the stories of three men who discovered ancient Egyptian treasures. "Egypt" will air next month, with the other projects airing later in 2006. -James Hibberd