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Spelling bee champ stripped of title
after admitting steroid use

By Myron Puglance, Staff writer
Second-grader Ursula Jones lost her Cleveland spelling bee title today after coming clean about using performance-enhancing drugs.

"I wish I'd never touched steroids," the youngster told Bob Costas in a television interview. "I don't even know how to spell 'anabolic.' "

But Jones denied reports that steroids helped her spell words like "onomatopoeia" and "asterisk." She called her spelling ability "a g-i-f-t from the Man u-p-s-t-a-i-r-s."

In related news, Nelson Mandela was stripped of his 1993 Nobel Peace Prize after revealing he took steroids while promoting racial harmony in South Africa.

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