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Former Spymasters Launch Computer Game Together

The Washington Post

Old spies never die. They just interface away.

In a new twist to the post-Cold War world, William Colby, former CIA director, and Oleg Kalugin, former head of foreign counterintelligence for the KGB, have teamed for a bit of over-the-counter intelligence: an interactive computer thriller called "Spycraft: The Great Game."

The sight of two old adversaries joined in friendship and capitalism was just too good to pass up, which is why more than 200 folks jammed into a hearing room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building Wednesday night for the launch party of the CD-ROM adventure.

The two men were hired by the software company Activision as consultants to bring their expertise to the spy game, and both appear on the computer screen playing themselves. "I'm sort of the avuncular fellow the player can turn to for advice," said Colby, who helps flush out a mole from the agency and says such things as "That's just a dumb thing to do."

Using the latest computer and video tricks and real-life, state-of-the-art intelligence technologies, the game - part "Mission: Impossible," part John le Carre - sends CIA agent Thorn (you, the player) on a mission to the dark side of espionage.

"It's got the assassinations, the rampant crime, the treachery; it's all a reflection of life today," said Kalugin, now a businessman specializing in Russian-U.S. ventures. "That's what attracted me. It reflected the realities."

Art imitates life; life imitates art.

Mrs. Fields Told Her Low Fat' Cookies Could Stand a Diet

The Washington Post

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved marketing of fake fat, but the Federal Trade Commission is continuing to crack down on fake "low fat."

The FTC said Friday that Mrs. Fields Cookies Inc., the largest seller in the United States of fresh-baked cookies, has agreed to settle charges it misled consumers with inflated claims that two of its cookies were low-fat.

In fact, two of the cookies promoted as "our new line of LOW FAT cookies" contained almost twice as much as the FDA's standard for low-fat products, the FTC said. The Chocolate and Semi-Sweet Classic cookies in the line contained 5.5 grams of fat, versus the FDA standard of 3 grams or fewer.

A release from Mrs. Fields Cookies said the company had discovered that the claims were in error before being notified by the FTC and had contacted its stores and instructed them to remove and destroy incorrect material.

Mrs. Fields, which is headquartered in Salt Lake City and sells cookies through more than 600 bakeries nationwide, is the latest manufacturer to find its low-fat claims under fire. Last year Haagen-Dazs and Dannon Co. agreed to settle charges with the FTC that they had made false and misleading claims about the dietary nature of their frozen yogurts.