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June 2, 1997

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) _ Cable television companies joined other donors to make sure a disabled man can pay the taxes he owes from winning his own John Mellencamp concert.

Raymond Holcomb, 25, who has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair, faced about $2,500 in taxes on $11,700 in prizes. He won the backyard show and a barbecue for hundreds of friends last Labor Day from cable music channel VH1, which broadcast the concert.

His tax problem became public last week, and about $1,000 was raised within a few days. The Buffalo-area’s Adelphia Cable said it and VH1 will cover the rest.

``It sure takes a lot of grief off this end,″ said Holcomb’s father, Raymond. ``The generosity from the whole community has been rather overwhelming at this point.″


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Snoop Doggy Dogg has been sued by former manager Sharitha Knight, who claims she was not paid her 20 percent share during a time when the rapper earned $8 million.

Sharitha Knight is the estranged wife of Marion ``Suge″ Knight, the Death Row Records magnate who is serving a nine-year prison sentence for violating probation on a 1992 assault.

She is running the record company, which is besieged by multimillion-dollar claims from creditors and a federal investigation of alleged links to drug trafficking, money laundering and extortion.

The singer, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, is ``spending large sums of money on frivolous items and objects,″ according to the lawsuit filed Friday.

Broadus’ attorney Stephen Barnes didn’t immediately return a call Monday.


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Patrick Stewart is commanding a reported $12 million to reprise his role as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard in the ninth ``Star Trek″ movie.

Stewart received $5 million for last year’s ``Star Trek: First Contact,″ which earned $92 million domestically.

Daily Variety reported the deal Monday for the next ``Star Trek″ movie. The trade paper said the screenplay is still being written.


PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (AP) _ While other former presidents golfed, skied, rode horses and otherwise frolicked, Jimmy Carter always seems busy dealing with war, disease and homelessness. Finally, he’s finding time to boogie.

The former president took to the stage with his wife, Rosalynn, and danced Friday during a performance by the group Alabama in Peachtree City, where the couple’s son Jeff lives. About 2,000 fans cheered a grinning Carter.

The Carters received a personal invitation from Alabama lead singer Randy Owen.

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