Names in the News
HOUSTON (AP) _ All-Star basketball player James Worthy was arrested at his hotel and charged with solicitation of prostitution.
The 29-year-old member of the Los Angeles Lakers was arrested Thursday after he called up an escort service in the phone book, requesting that two women meet him in his room, police said.
Police spokesman Dan Turner said the escort service had been shut down by police, and undercover officers took the place of prostitutes. Worthy ″cut a deal with the females to participate in prostitution″ and was arrested, Turner said.
If convicted, Worthy could get up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
He was released from jail 20 minutes before the Lakers’ game with the Houston Rockets, and got into the game in the first half. He scored 24 points.
Worthy refused to answer questions about his arrest.
″I never thought of not playing,″ he said. ″The best place for me was out on the court, but it was tough. It wasn’t a pretty situation.″
NEW YORK (AP) - Paul Simon, joined by a 17-piece band with musicians from three continents, will begin a North American tour in January to promote his ″Rhythm of the Saints″ album.
The 12-time Grammy winner plans to mix his new, South American-flavored music with past hits such as ″Bridge Over Troubled Water″ and ″Still Crazy After All These Years.″ Band members will come from North America, South America and Africa.
The tour kicks off Jan. 4 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Wash., and will end up in London for two shows at Wembley Arena on May 21-22.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - A mistrial was declared in the drunken driving case of former ″Taxi″ co-star Jeff Conaway, arrested in an accident that injured a bicyclist.
Superior Court Judge Sara Redin declared the mistrial Thursday after the jury deadlocked.
There was no immediate word on whether prosecutors will retry the 40-year- old actor.
Prosecutors alleged Conaway was driving drunk Feb. 23 when his Porsche, traveling more than 60 mph, slammed into cyclist Farid Farhan. Farhan broke his leg and required 15 stitches on his head.
LONDON (AP) - Trevor Nunn, director of such hit musicals as ″Cats″ and ″Phantom of the Opera,″ and his wife, actress Sharon Lee Hill, are getting divorced.
A statement Nunn released Thursday said the director and his second wife had been separated since January.
At the time, Nunn was directing the $1.95 million musical ″The Baker’s Wife,″ which closed in London after six weeks. His wife appeared in the production.
Nunn also directed ″Les Miserables,″ ″Chess″ and ″Aspects of Love.″
His first wife was actress Janet Suzman.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Stevie Wonder was honored by Recording Artists Against Drunk Driving for his song ″Don’t Drive Drunk.″
Wonder received RADD’s Honorary Global Founder’s Award on Thursday for writing the song that inspired music marketing consultant Mort Weinstein and Ken Anthony to found the group.
″I never thought ‘Don’t Drive Drunk’ would create all this,″ Wonder said at RADD’s fourth anniversary celebration.
More than 150 artists - including Phil Collins, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, Meatloaf, Ringo Starr and Aerosmith - belong to the group and have recorded messages discouraging drunken driving.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - As CBS anchorman for 19 years, Walter Cronkite was often approached by well-wishers who urged him to run for office.
″Not once did any of them, and there were quite a lot, not once did they ask me where I stood on the issues. Not once,″ Cronkite told about 800 people Thursday at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Speaking as the first Theodore H. White lecturer on press and politics, Cronkite said White’s ″The Making of the President″ books inadvertently turned the spotlight on the technique of politics rather than the substance.
″It’s not his fault that we, since his example, have concentrated on the sizzle rather than the steak,″ he said.