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November 13, 1986

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Gene Autry rounded up a posse of film cowboys to help him start work on a new spread offering a taste of the Old West.

Among those who lent a hand at the ground-breaking Wednesday for the Western Heritage Museum were Pat Buttram, Autry’s sidekick in his singing cowboy days, Clayton Moore of Lone Ranger fame and Will Rogers Jr.

Iron Eyes Cody, a Cherokee who fought cowboys in numerous westerns, showed up to present a silver-embellished saddle for the museum.

The museum, a project of the Gene Autry Foundation, is ″one I’ve dreamed of for a long, long time,″ said Autry, 79, who long ago gave up the saddle for the desk of a media and sports entrepreneur.

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NEW YORK (AP) - J.D. Salinger has been given more time to argue against publication of an unauthorized biography.

U.S. District Judge Pierre Leval had denied Salinger’s request for an injunction blocking publication of ″J.D. Salinger: A Writing Life.″ But he delayed publication to allow the author of ″Catcher in the Rye″ to appeal.

The delay was to expire Thursday evening but Judge Irving R. Kaufman of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals extended it. Oral arguments are scheduled Tuesday before the appeals court.

Salinger is suing Random House, the biography’s publisher, and its author, Ian Hamilton, contending it quoted or paraphrased without permission 70 private letters he wrote over 25 years and copyrighted.

Annik La Farge, a Random House spokeswoman, called the delay ″extremely disruptive.″

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KREFELD, West Germany (AP) - Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has received a $5,000 award from Krefeld honoring his contribution to German- American friendship.

″Kissinger is a representative of the millions of Germans who emigrated to America in the past 300 years,″ Mayor Dieter Puetzhofen said Wednesday.

Kissinger, whose familiy left Nazi Germany in 1938, is the third recipient of the Concord Prize, created in 1984 by the city’s Concord Society for German-American friendship. The others are former West German President Carl Carstens and the violinist Yehudi Menuhin.

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MUSCAT, Oman (AP) - Britain’s Prince Charles failed to score in a polo match that ended in a 3-3 tie, and Princess Diana presented the Sultan’s Cup trophy to the opposing team, which had a higher handicap.

The match Wednesday was a highlight of the royal couple’s four-day visit to the sultanate of Oman. Charles and Diana also are to visit Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia on their nine-day tour of the Arabian Peninsula.

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Actor James Whitmore will head the Pasadena Playhouse Actors Advisory Board, joining a host of other stars.

Also on the board are Richard Dreyfuss, Eve Arden, Karl Malden, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, Martin Sheen, Estelle Parsons, William Daniels, Howard Hesseman, Lesley Anne Warren, Jo Beth Williams, John Ritter, Simon MacCorkindale, Lynn Redgrave, Barbara Rush, Sally Struthers.

The quality of the board members, spokesman Craig Strong said Wednesday, underlines that the Playhouse, founded in 1917 and officially designated the state theater of California, is ″an actors’ theater.″

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Musician Neil Young, who played a benefit concert in 1985 to help Cheyenne recover from a flood that killed 12 people, was honored on his 41st birthday for his contribution.

Young was the featured guest at a luncheon Wednesday. Other musicians performing at the concert who were honored during the luncheon included the Sawmill Creek Band and Cheyenne musician Michael DeGreve.

″I think the whole thing was a memorable experience,″ Young said. ″I hope we turned it around so we can remember it happily instead of the tragedy that really did happen.″

Young received the key to the city, plaques and certificates of appreciation from the state, F.E. Warren Air Force Base and the Federal Emergency Management Administration in addition to birthday presents.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - British-born conductor Raymond Leppard has been named to be the fifth music director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

″I look forward to it enormously,″ Leppard, 59, said Wednesday upon being selected to replace John Nelson, whose 11-year tenure ends in September 1987.

He has been principal guest conductor for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra since September 1984, a position he will continue during his four-year contract with the Indianapolis orchestra.

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NEW YORK (AP) - A parody of Madonna’s hit song ″Papa Don’t Preach″ struck a sour note with the pop single’s composer.

Brian Elliot of North Hollywood, Calif., who wrote the song about a pregnant, unwed teen-ager telling her father she’s ″keeping my baby,″ filed a copyright infringement suit Wednesday against composers and publishers of ″Madonna Don’t Preach.″

The suit named Mia Mind Music Inc. and Mindfield Records Inc., both based in New York, Steven Bentzel and Otto Von Wernherr. Elliot sought to bar further distribution of the parody and seeks unspecified damages.

Bentzel said he had not been served with papers and had no comment. There was no answer at Minefield Records’ office.

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