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October 31, 1995

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) _ Former Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil and a neighbor are having a little trouble with socks and slugs and a rock and a Rolls.

Neil and Gregory Cassidy are pointing fingers at each other in a two-day feud that started Sunday, when several of Neil’s friends parked in front of Cassidy’s house.

Cassidy confronted Neil at his house, they argued, and Cassidy allegedly tried to hit Neil, who then punched him in the face, said sheriff’s Deputy Benita Nichol.

Cassidy was treated at a hospital and released.

The next morning, Neil heard glass breaking outside his house. He went outside and found a rock had been thrown through the windshield of his Rolls-Royce and Cassidy was walking away from the car, Nichol said.

He followed Cassidy to his house, kicked open his front door and threatened him, the deputy said.

Each called the sheriff’s department, and deputies issued vandalism citations to both men. The battery allegations are being investigated.


AIKEN, S.C. (AP) _ James Brown is in trouble again over an alleged assault on his wife.

Brown, 62, was charged with criminal domestic violence after his wife, Adrienne, called 911 asking for medical help, sheriff’s spokesman Don Biermann said.

He was freed on $940 bond. His wife of more than 10 years was treated at a hospital and released.

Brown’s lawyer, Buddy Dallas, wouldn’t comment, except to say ``it’s just another story in the continuing saga of James and Adrienne Brown.″

The soul singer was accused a year ago of shoving his wife during an argument, but charges were dropped when she refused to testify.

Brown served nearly three years in prison after he was arrested in September 1988 for leading police on a car chase between South Carolina and Georgia.


ASPEN, Colo. (AP) _ Hunter S. Thompson is gonzo about politics, but that doesn’t mean he wants to be a senator.

Rumors have been flying in Washington that the journalist will run for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated next year by Hank Brown of Colorado. The scuttlebutt was even mentioned on CNN’s ``Inside Politics.″

Thompson said the story is false. These days, the former Rolling Stone magazine correspondent and book writer is concentrating on local politics as a new member of the governing board of his neighborhood caucus, a quasi-governmental body that advises county commissioners.

``I don’t dare turn my back on politics,″ he said. ``It’s the art of controlling your environment, and that’s what we’re trying to do here.″


NEW YORK (AP) _ Fellow writers saluted Arthur Miller on his 80th birthday, lamenting that he gets more respect overseas than at home.

``If it were up to the American theater, Arthur Miller would not have a career in it,″ playwright John Guare said Monday during a discussion of American writing.

The event was sponsored by PEN, the international writers’ organization that fights censorship and supports freedom of expression. Miller is a past president.

Miller is famous for ``Death of a Salesman″ and ``The Crucible.″ His latest work is ``Broken Glass.″

Miller told an audience of about 1,400 that criticism had a bright side: ``If there’s no resistance, you can’t be telling the truth.″


CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Yasser Arafat wants more children, even though he’s not too sure about the looks of his first daughter.

``She is pretty and looks like me,″ Arafat said of his daughter, Zahwa, born July 24 in France. ``I would prefer it if she looked like her mother.″

Arafat told the daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that his wife, Soha, complained that he hasn’t spent much time with the baby. He said his work doesn’t give him much leisure.

Still, the 66-year-old said he doesn’t see himself quitting. Arafat has chaired the Palestine Liberation Organization since 1968 and also heads the National Palestinian Authority that runs the autonomy zones in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

``I cannot imagine I will retire ever,″ he told the newspaper in a story published Monday. ``If I retired from my position I will seek another.″

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