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February 17, 1997

BOSTON (AP) _ An autographed script of the last episode of ``Cheers″ was stolen from a charity auction where many of the guests wore party masks.

George Wendt, who played Norm on the NBC comedy, donated the script to the Handel & Haydn Society, a classical orchestra and chorus. It had been autographed by the entire ``Cheers″ cast.

The script was stolen Saturday night while a hotel security guard took a telephone call. It had received a high bid of $1,000.

``It does appear that an outside person created an elaborate plan to come in and steal it after reading in the newspaper that we had the script,″ said Michael Jendrysik, the society’s fund-raising director.

Many partygoers at the Four Seasons Hotel wore masks in keeping with the theme, Carnival in Venice. Security videotape was being studied.

Proceeds were to benefit 7,000 students in the Boston area.


PARK CITY, Utah (AP) _ Nothing like swishing down a narrow, icy track at 90 mph, protected by little more than a metal can, to give Prince Albert a sense of fulfillment.

``Bobsledding has been an incredible adventure for me. I’ve learned so much in terms of my personal development,″ said the 38-year-old heir to the throne of Monaco. ``When you are an athlete competing at a high level, you get to know yourself pretty well. In competing with others, you get to understand other people well, too.″

The prince, who represented his nation on the bobsled team in the 1988 Winter Olympics, on Sunday tested the new bobsled-luge run recently opened at Utah’s Winter Sports Park.

Albert also is an international competitor in sailing and equestrian, but his obligations to his tiny European principality will keep him from next year’s Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.


FREDERICK, Md. (AP) _ If Yaphet Kotto has trouble believing he’s not a policeman, this surely won’t help.

The 59-year-old actor, who plays Lt. Al Giardello on NBC’s Baltimore-based drama, ``Homicide: Life on the Street,″ was named honorary captain at the Frederick Police Department’s annual banquet Saturday.

Of the 47 movies in which Kotto has appeared, he has played a police officer 20 times, he said.

``After awhile, you start to feel like you’re becoming a policeman, and now I believe I am a policeman,″ Kotto said jokingly. ``I suspect everyone I meet of committing a crime. Anyone who talks to me, I think they’re lying.″

Kotto’s son is a San Diego police officer, and his uncle died in the line of duty with the New York City Police Department.


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Dr. Dre _ a homeboy from the Valley?

The 31-year-old Grammy-winning rapper and record producer bought a house in the San Fernando Valley for $3.25 million, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

The 10-year-old Victorian is in a gated area of Chatsworth and has five bedrooms, a six-car garage, a pool and a tennis court. Don’t like the guest apartment on the 7 1/2-acre property? There’s always the tree house.

Last March, Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, left Death Row Records, which he co-founded, to start Aftermath Entertainment.

He has produced two of the best-selling gangsta rap albums ever _ his solo album, ``The Chronic,″ which sold 3.8 million copies, and Snoop Doggy Dogg’s ``Doggystyle,″ which sold more than 5 million.


TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) _ Bruce Willis is becoming a regular Chamber of Commerce type.

Willis’ Valley Entertainment Group has joined the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

``The people in Twin have supported his businesses, and he wants to do the same,″ Valley Entertainment spokeswoman Michelle McElroy said Saturday in The Times-News in Twin Falls, a city of 28,000.

The 41-year-old actor lives in Hailey and is the largest commercial real estate developer in the small town 100 miles east of Boise and 75 miles north of Twin Falls.

Willis has attributed his passion for improving Hailey’s Main Street to watching his own hometown in Penns Grove, N.J., decline.

Valley Entertainment has put $7 million worth of construction into Main Street in two years and also operates a pool hall, diner, office, ski hill, and retail complex. It is also a member of the Hailey Chamber of Commerce.

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