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August 22, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ Rock star Prince says its lonesome at the top.

″To be perfectly honest, I wish more of my friends would come by,″the rocker who starred in the film ″Purple Rain″ said in an interview for the Sept. 12 issue of Rolling Stone.

On another subject, Prince said he does not regret sitting out the taping of ″We Are the World,″ the record which has raised an estimated $70 million for African famine relief.

″I think I did my part in giving my song (a tune he contributed to the USA for Africa album),″ Prince said. ″I hope I did my part. I think I did the best thing I could do.″


NEW YORK (AP) - Former automaker John De Lorean says he hasn’t dated since his divorce, which left him ″devastated.″

″In fact, I feel like an animal in a cage that’s been beaten and is sort of cowering in a corner. ... I’m badly hurt,″ he said in an interview for the October issue of Playboy magazine.

De Lorean, 60, and Cristina Ferrare Thomopoulos, 35, now a talk show host in Los Angeles, were married nearly 12 years and are battling in a New Jersey court over how to divide their property and custody of their two children.

She obtained a divorce in California in April and 12 days later married ABC executive Anthony Thomopoulos.

The De Loreans separated last year after he was acquitted of conspiring to sell $24 million worth of cocaine to save his failing auto business.


ATLANTA (AP) - Mayor Andrew Young decked out in a ″Supermayor″ T-shirt, shorts, oversized boxing gloves and a Georgia Tech helmet sparred for two rounds with Olympic bronze medalist Evander Holyfield.

Young on Wednesday was promoting the hometown debut of the 21-year-old Holyfield, who won his boxing medal in the 1984 Olympics and then signed a $1 million professional contract.

The Aug. 29 fight at the Omni sports complex features Holyfield against Franklin Otts of Lafayette, La.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - U.S. Chief Justice Warren Burger, chairman of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, has meetings set this week to explore ways of marking the event.

Those scheduled to meet with Burger include Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and commission member Obert C. Tanner, a Salt Lake City businessman.

Hatch authored legislation that created the panel and will represent Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., a commission member.

The Constitution was signed Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia.


BANFF, Alberta (AP) - A heavy rainfall forced a change in transportation for Prince Philip and moved an unveiling ceremony indoors.

Officials called off helicopter trips to Lake Louise and Calgary and the prince traveled by car Wednesday.

A ceremony at which a plaque was unveiled to declare four mountain parks - Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho - world heritage sites was held in the Chateau Lake Louise.


JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) - Sidney Sheldon usually sets his best-selling novels in Greece, Paris or other exotic locations, but this time, he’s placing the heroine in northeast Kansas.

Sheldon, author of ″The Other Side of Midnight″ and ″Rage of Angels,″ spent two days this week visiting Junction City and Manhattan getting the ″touch and smell and feel″ of the area before beginning his eighth novel, which he expects to publish in 1987.

The heroine will grow up in Junction City and teach political science at Kansas State University in Manhattan before becoming involved in some sort of international intrigue, Sheldon said.

He said he picked Junction City, a town of 19,000 people, off the map because it is near the center of the nation.

″People here are as warm and friendly as anywhere in the world,″ Sheldon said. ″They made me feel very much at home.″

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