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April 12, 1986

SEATTLE (AP) _ Rock star Bruce Springsteen has sued a pub’s owners for copyright infringement, alleging his hit song ″Cover Me″ was played in their tavern without permission.

Springsteen, the Doors Music Co., and T.B. Harms Co. filed a joint suit Friday in U.S. District Court against Terry Giffin and his wife, Kathleen, owners of the Islander Pub on Bainbridge Island, west of Seattle.

The pub had public performances of Springsteen’s song and others that are covered by copyright, the suit alleged.

The Giffins violated copyright law because they don’t have a license from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the suit charged. ASCAP pays songwriters when their compositions are played by other bands.

Giffin said he never bought a license because he doesn’t agree with ASCAP’s methods. ″They nail us instead of the bands,″ he said. ″The bands are the ones who select the songs.″

He said he was unimpressed by the celebrity of his court opponent. ″It doesn’t bother me,″ he said. ″One person is just as good as another when you get sued.″

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The nation’s black mayors, accustomed to throwing their hats in the ring, have honored ring prowess of a different kind by recognizing the achievements of former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali.

Ali was presented with the National Conference of Black Mayors’ ″Tribute to a Black American″ award Friday at a ceremony attended by boxer ″Marvelous Marvin″ Hagler and the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson.

″You mean so much to so many people,″ said comedian and activist Dick Gregory.

Prime Minister Hamilton Green of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana said Ali’s accomplishments were noticed by blacks the world over.

″When Muhammad Ali did his shuffle and ‘whupped’ his opponents, we jumped for joy,″ Green said.

In accepting the award, Ali discussed his religious convictions and his conversion to Islam, citing the influence of the late activist Malcolm X.


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Entertainer Glen Campbell is being sued by the Menninger Foundation for $91,649 plus interest that the psychiatric clinic claims he owes for treatment of his son.

The suit, made public Friday, alleged Campbell signed a financial responsibility contract on Nov. 4, 1982, agreeing to pay for services rendered to his son, Wesley Kane Campbell. It says the son was treated by the foundation’s Children’s Hospital here, but does not say for what or for how long.

It alleges that despite repeated demands by the foundation, the singer has failed to pay the amount owed and has breached the contract.

A spokesman for Campbell in Los Angeles declined comment Friday.


CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Linus Pauling, the winner of two Nobel Prizes, is donating many of his papers, awards and books to his alma mater, Oregon State University has announced.

Included in his donation are materials relating to the career of his late wife, Ava Helen Pauling, a peace worker, feminist and social activist, the school said Friday.

Pauling, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1954 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962, received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from what was then Oregon State College in 1922.

″I was asked by a number of institutions if I would turn over my correspondence, my research books and other material,″ Pauling said. ″But the feeling I had was that these other institutions were not interested in my wife.″

Pauling, 85, said he plans to turn over some 30 research books in which he recorded observations and made calculations. Other materials include the two Nobel Prizes, numerous other medals, approximately 40 honorary degrees, school textbooks and other reference books.


HONG KONG (AP) - Britain’s Princess Alexandra, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, toured two Red Cross centers in this British colony Saturday.

The princess, who is on a six-day official visit to Hong Kong that ends Monday, visited the Red Cross Blood Transfusion Center and the John F. Kennedy Center for Handicapped Children.

The princess later met about 40 members of the Hong Kong branch of the British Red Cross during a luncheon held by the colony’s chief secretary, Sir David Akers-Jones, at his residence.

The princess, who is visiting Hong Kong in her capacity as honorary commandant-general of the Hong Kong Police Force, opened a $8.9 million police recreational facility Friday.


CHICAGO (AP) - After being spurned by administrators at De Paul University, National Organization for Women President Eleanor Smeal will get a second invitation to speak at the Catholic school, faculty members say.

The faculty announcement Friday came after a meeting to protest a decision by university administrators to cancel a scheduled May 13 appearance by Smeal, an advocate of women’s rights to abortion and birth control.

James Doyle, vice president for student affairs, said the invitation initially extended to Smeal by a student-faculty-staff speakers’ committee gave the impression that De Paul endorsed her views. The Catholic Church opposes abortion and artificial birth control.

By having the faculty invite Smeal to campus, ″there is not a formal university imprimatur,″ said Larry Bennett, chairman of De Paul’s political science department.

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