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January 23, 1991

DALLAS (AP) _ Folk singer Sara Hickman signed an autograph for a police officer who handcuffed and arrested her after stopping her for an expired license plate, a newspaper reported.

Hickman was pulled over Saturday, the Dallas Times-Herald reported Tuesday. When the officer discovered an outstanding parking ticket, he handcuffed Hickman, whose new single is ″I Couldn’t Help Myself.″

Once the officer, a Hickman fan, realized whom he had in custody, he removed the cuffs and asked for an autograph, the newspaper said. She complied, signing ″Sara Hickman, jailbird.″

″Thanks,″ the officer said, then slapped the cuffs back on.

The singer later was released on bond, Jackie Sanders of the Dallas County sheriff’s office said. Police wouldn’t disclose the amount of the bond or the name of the arresting officer.


NEW YORK (AP) - Comedian Jackie Mason canceled his Broadway show for three days to go to Israel on a goodwill mission, another in a list of entertainers who have recently gone there to show support during the Persian Gulf war.

Mason, star of ″Jackie Mason: Brand New,″ plans to tour neighborhoods and meet Mayors Shlomo Lahat of Tel Aviv and Teddy Kollek of Jerusalem. He left Monday and will return Friday on the trip arranged by the Israeli Consulate.

Topol, the Israeli star who plays Tevye the milkman in the Broadway revival of ″Fiddler on the Roof,″ left Saturday and plans to return by Sunday.

″I really felt I should be where my heart is, with my friends and family and all the people I grew up with,″ Topol said from Tel Aviv. ″I hope I can contribute something to the Israeli morale.″

Topol, who also played Tevye in the 1971 film version of the musical, began his career in the Israeli Army’s theater group.

Mike Burstyn, who portrays Mayer Rothschild in the off-Broadway revival of ″The Rothschilds,″ left for Israel on Sunday and is due back by the weekend.

Last week, Zubin Mehta, musical director of the New York Philharmonic, flew to Tel Aviv to show affection for Israel. He is the Israel Philharmonic’s music director for life.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Centennial Medical Center has named its cancer center after Grand Ole Opry humorist Minnie Pearl, who had a double mastectomy at the hospital in 1985.

The center was named the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center. Minnie Pearl is Mrs. Cannon’s stage name.

″Cancer is a very personal topic for me,″ the 78-year-old performer said. ″But it is a disease that you can live with, with the right treatment and medical care.″


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale was charged with drunken driving after the car he was driving collided with another vehicle, injuring a woman, police said.

Drysdale, 54, posted $5,000 bail a few hours after the accident and faces arraignment Feb. 11 on a felony charge of drunken driving, police officer Tom Ohmer said Tuesday.

The woman was treated for bruises and abrasions at a hospital.

A breath test after the accident Monday showed Drysdale, an announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, had a blood-alcohol level of .19 percent, Ohmer said. The state’s legal limit is .08 percent.

Drysdale pitched for the Dodgers from 1956-1969 and was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1984. He also was the 1962 Cy Young Award winner.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Singer Belinda Carlisle and L.A. Gear agreed to settle an advertising contract dispute out of court, an attorney for the shoemaker said.

The two parties were still working on the settlement, whose terms will not be disclosed, attorney John J. Quinn said Tuesday.

In March 1989, L.A. Gear filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Ms. Carlisle, claiming the former lead singer of the pop group The Go-Gos failed to fulfill terms of a 1988 contract.

The singer did one television commercial and a print advertising layout, then allegedly refused to do more work even though the contract called for up to six more days of shooting time, Quinn said.

Ms. Carlisle filed a countersuit seeking monies owed her under the contract, said her attorney, Larry Stein.

She also refused to appear in a second TV commercial because she doubted that the director hired by L.A. Gear would do a good job, Stein said.

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