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August 29, 1988

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) _ The minister didn’t get to the church on time, but it came as little surprise to the 450 guests because the man presiding over the ceremony was notoriously tardy campaigner Jesse Jackson.

Jackson arrived an hour after the scheduled start of Saturday’s wedding for businessman Ahmad Bayaa, 35, and bride Jill Maria Baumgartner, 24, of Laguna Hills, then performed a 10-minute ceremony in the gazebo of the ritzy Ritz- Carlton Hotel.

The Baptist minister and former Democratic presidential hopeful was running behind because he was in Washington earlier in the day for the 25th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ″I Have A Dream Speech.″

But Jackson’s late arrival here didn’t bother the groom.

″I love Jesse,″ Bayaa said. ″I have met him twice, and I thought it would be fantastic if Jesse does this wedding because he represents the conscience of the people in America.″

Besides, had Jackson never arrived, the couple still would be husband and wife. They were married earlier in the day; Jackson’s was to be the second ceremony of the day.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Slugger Don Mattingly predicted he would not finish his career with the New York Yankees because owner George Steinbrenner eventually will become angry with him and trade the All-Star first baseman.

″It’s going to happen,″ Mattingly said Sunday. ″He’s got to do what he’s got to do.″

He acknowledged that his criticism of Steinbrenner may have sparked the trade rumors that began surfacing this weekend.

Mattingly, who will earn $2.2 million in 1989 and $2.5 million in 1990, the final season of his three-year contract, sharply criticized Steinbrenner a week ago, although he did not name the owner.

Pat Gillick, Toronto Blue Jays general manager, predicted New York will trade Mattingly, possibly before the season ends.

But Bob Quinn, Yankees general manager, said Mattingly most likely wouldn’t be traded.

Other teams ″generally asked us about his availability and our answer was ‘No, not unless you can overwhelm us.’ My guess is there isn’t a team in baseball that can satisfy us,″ Quinn said.


TROY, Mich. (AP) - The 7-month-old L’Esperance quintuplets made a timid public debut, modeling back-to-school fashions at a shopping mall.

The siblings, believed to be the nation’s first quints conceived by in- vitro fertilization, appeared taken aback by all the attention Saturday at the Oakland Mall.

Only Alexandria appeared comfortable, although she screamed when she was introduced to the 400 in the crowd. The others - Veronica, Erica, Raymond and Danielle - looked terrified.

The quints’ mother, Michele L’Esperance, said she did not mind having her children in the public eye.

″I don’t see a problem with it,″ she said. ″When they’re old enough, they’ll tell me if they like it.″


VENICE, Italy (AP) - Opposing views on freedom of expression and religion clashed at the Venice Film Festival over attempts to stop the showing of Martin Scorsese’s ″The Last Temptation of Christ.″

The movie, considered sacrilegious or blasphemous by some, is one of 60 films to be featured at the festival that started today and runs through Sept. 9, and is not among the 22 competing for the Golden Lion Award.

Italy’s dominant Christian Democrat party and some Roman Catholic leaders and groups have condemned Scorsese’s film as blasphemous because of a scene that depicts Jesus on the cross hallucinating about abandoning his role as a redeemer, making love to Mary Magdalene and raising a family with her.

Venice’s prosecutor has asked a judge to ban the film in Venice under Italy’s laws on obscenity and blasphemy. The judge has not made a decision.

″It’s amazing that still today after many battles for civil rights, the right of the film festival to feature movies chosen for their artistic value can be questioned,″ said Paolo Portoghesi, president of the Venice Biennale, which organizes the festival.

Festival director Guglielmo Biraghi said Sunday he ″is in favor of the controversy and therefore welcomes it″ because it nourishes the 56-year-old film festival, the world’s oldest.

Among the U.S. films competing for the Golden Lion are David Mamet’s ″Things Change,″ Ivan Passer’s ″Haunted Summer″ and Alan Ruolph’s ″The Moderns.″

Italian director Franco Zeffirelli’s ″Young Toscanini″ will have its premier at the festival, although he once threatened to withdraw it if ″The Last Temptation of Christ″ was not rescheduled.

″Toscanini″ originially was scheduled to be shown a day after Scorsese’s. Zeffirelli said he wanted ″distance between the films,″ apparently so his new work would not be overlooked in the controversy. Now ″Young Toscanini″ will be shown two days before Scorsese’s.

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