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February 27, 1996

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ He can’t move his limbs and is still working on breathing on his own, but Christopher Reeve is ready to do one thing: produce another baby.

``We plan to, we do. It (conceiving a child) is not exactly the same, but it can be done. We just want to pick the right time,″ the actor’s wife, Dana, told TV’s ``Extra″ in an interview for broadcast Tuesday.

They already have a 3-year-old son, Will, and Christopher Reeve has two children _ Matthew, 16, and Alexander, 12 _ from a previous relationship.

As for his other activities, Mrs. Reeve said her husband has turned down several roles since he broke his neck in a fall during an equestrian competition in May.

``The problem with roles as they’re written now, and a couple of offers have come through, are that they’re often villains or very weak and sickly,″ she said. ``It’s the public perception of people in wheelchairs and it’s not terrific.″


WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) _ Paul Newman, who races cars as a hobby, had little room to maneuver when an oncoming car sideswiped his Volvo wagon on a narrow road near his home last week.

The actor was at the wheel and his wife, Joanne Woodward, was in the passenger seat Thursday night when the car sideswiped them and knocked off a side mirror. The oncoming car also hit a second car and a utility pole.

A bone in Newman’s hand was broken, and he’s now sporting a cast, assistant Darice O’Mara said. Ms. Woodward was unhurt.

The driver of the other car, Lloyd Saunders of Weston, was charged with failure to drive to the right and unreasonable speed.


TUPELO, Miss. (AP) _ Some of country music’s big stars have found a woodshed that fits their fame: the Tupelo Coliseum, where Reba McEntire has been rehearsing her upcoming tour.

``We chose Tupelo because last time we were here the folks were so nice to us and it’s a great facility and the dressing rooms are just to die for,″ McEntire said Monday.

The Coliseum had enough room for McEntire’s full-size arena stage, 94 crew members, 11 band members and 10 dancers _ not to mention props and equipment to fill 16 big trucks.

It has a discreet staff, too: McEntire, the Academy of Country Music’s 1995 Entertainer of the Year, was able to rehearse in secret for two weeks before word leaked out. Another plus was that she could take her son Shelby to school each morning in Nashville, Tenn., fly to Tupelo for rehearsal and then back home at night.

McEntire’s ``Starting Over″ tour starts March 5 in Louisville, Ky.

It’s the third time recently that the coliseum’s been the spot for a tour’s trial run. Alan Jackson practiced there for his 1995 road trip, while contemporary Christian star Michael W. Smith recently spent a week in Tupelo rehearsing for his current ``I’ll Lead You Home″ tour.


YORK, Pa. (AP) _ Fame has its price, even for a rock ‘n’ roll mom.

The mother of Live bassist Patrick Dahlheimer filed a police complaint last week after a caller repeatedly hung up on her.

Using the star-69 service, which allows people to ring the last person who called them, Dorinda Dahlheimer said she reached the caller and learned he was trying to get back at her son.

The man claimed Live copied his songs and said he would keep calling her number to get even, her complaint said.

No one had been charged as of Tuesday, according to the mayor’s office.

A spokesman for Peter Freedman Entertainment, Live’s management company, knew nothing about the phone calls or the man’s claim.

Live’s album ``Throwing Copper″ reached Billboard Magazine’s top 10 and Rolling Stone magazine named the band ``Artists of the Year″ in January.

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