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September 13, 1995

NEW YORK (AP) _ The audience at the Wednesday matinee of ``Having Our Say″ got to sign an 8-foot-high birthday card for centenarians Sadie and Bessie Delany.

The sisters, whose life story is the basis for the Broadway play, both celebrate birthdays in September. Bessie turned 104 on Sept. 3 and her older sister will be 106 on Tuesday.

They already had a small party at their Mount Vernon home with Amy Hill Hearth, co-author of the sisters’ two books.

``Bessie is wild about fresh coconut, so my husband, Blair Hearth, always makes them a cake with fresh coconut frosting,″ Hearth said in Tuesday’s editions of The New York Times.

``Bessie loves the idea of a man making the cake, and he must serve it to her, too,″ Hearth added.


OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) _ Police have given up trying to figure out whether Tonya Harding was a burglary victim.

The former Olympic skater told sheriff’s deputies a former boyfriend pried open a sliding glass door at her home south of Portland Sept. 5, set off the alarm system and fled with a pile of his own clothes and papers.

Deputies found no fingerprints on the window and have ruled out a break-in by a stalker or the tabloid newspaper reporters who have been following her, Deputy Damon Coates said. For now, the investigation has been suspended, he said in Wednesday’s editions of The Oregonian.

Harding was banned for life by the U.S. Figure Skating Association for her role in an attack on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan in January 1994.


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Jon Bon Jovi is being sued over a no-show in Peru.

Phantom Productions, a Latin American theatrical promoter, sued the rock singer and his band Tuesday, seeking return of a $155,000 advance, compensation for other expenses and unspecified punitive damages.

The lawsuit alleges that Bon Jovi’s agent canceled the November 1993 concert for security reasons and because of Peru’s political instability.

But a lawyer for the promoter, Michael Novicoff, said the political situation in Peru was ``well known″ when Bon Jovi agreed to appear there and many other U.S. artists have performed there during and after 1993.

Calls to Creative Artists Agency, which represents Bon Jovi, weren’t immediately returned Wednesday.


VENTURA, Calif. (AP) _ ``Step by Step″ actor Sasha Mitchell pleaded no contest to beating his pregnant wife and endangering his daughter.

Mitchell, 27, entered pleas Tuesday to hitting his wife on two occasions in April. His 7-year-old daughter was sitting on a bed in their Westlake Village home during one of the attacks.

Mitchell, who co-stars with Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers on ABC’s Friday night comedy show, has since reconciled with his wife, Jeanette, said his attorney, David Dudley.

Mitchell agreed to the no-contest plea on three misdemeanor counts so his wife and daughter wouldn’t have testify at trial, the lawyer said.

Mitchell will be sentenced Sept. 21. Prosecutor John Colombo said he likely will be placed on probation and ordered to attend domestic violence counseling sessions.


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) _ Bobby Troup is still getting his kicks on Route 66.

The jazz pianist who composed the automotive anthem ``Route 66″ joins three honorees for Saturday’s induction into the new Cruisin’ Hall of Fame.

It’s part of the 6th Annual Route 66 Rendezvous, which honors the aging asphalt ribbon that was once the main highway west from Chicago to Southern California.

In addition to Troup, the Cruisin’ Hall of Fame will induct the Chevrolet Motor Division, the company that makes America’s Corvette sportscar; hot rod designer-builder Boyd Coddington; and legendary designer Ed ``Big Daddy″ Roth.

Troup, 76, wrote the hit song to commemorate his first trip to Los Angeles, 60 miles west of here, after serving in the Marine Corps during World War II.

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