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May 5, 1997

KENT, Ohio (AP) _ Crosby, Stills and Nash marked the 27th anniversary of the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University with a campus performance that included ``Ohio,″ a song that memorialized the deaths.

About 7,000 people sat at the site of the deaths Sunday for the group’s first performance at Kent State.

Nine students also were wounded May 4, 1970, by Ohio National Guardsmen sent to quell a protest against the Vietnam War. The shootings ``really hit us hard,″ Crosby said.

``That’s why Neil (Young) wrote `Ohio’ and that’s why we put it out,″ he said. ``As a result, we’ve always been strongly identified with the event.

``It’s not something that the American consciousness should forget. It’s a mistake we don’t ever want to repeat.″


NEW YORK (AP) _ A pizza mogul, a publisher and pro football’s top executive were honored at Ellis Island as the cream of America’s melting pot.

National Football League commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Esquire magazine publisher Valerie Salembier and Michael Ilitch, owner of the Little Caesar’s pizza chain, received Ellis Island medals of honor Sunday.

The medals from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations are given to citizens representing the ethnic groups that make up the United States.

Honorees were treated to a ceremony, dinner and a fireworks display on the New York Harbor island, where 16 million immigrants disembarked between 1892 and 1924.

President Clinton, who is of Irish ancestry, was awarded a medal this year, but did not attend Sunday’s ceremony.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ Lynn Redgrave’s dream as a teen-ager was to become a champion horse-rider. She hung up her bridle for good after seeing a production of Shakespeare’s ``Twelfth Night.″

``I saw it 17 times,″ she said Saturday at an Alabama Shakespeare Festival event. ``From the first time I saw it, I knew that all I wanted to do was to be a part of the golden glow I had witnessed.″

Ms. Redgrave, who recently appeared in the Oscar-winning movie ``Shine,″ said acting helped her ditch her shyness. But getting started was sometimes difficult because of her theatrical lineage; her father, Michael, was a distinguished stage actor.

``When I was starting out, being a Redgrave was a bit of a double-edged sword,″ she said. ``The name made some people look up and take notice, but there was also a very stupid, kind of backhanded attempt to avoid any sort of favoritism.″


LONDON (AP) _ Australian pianist David Helfgott, whose turbulent life inspired the Oscar-winning movie ``Shine,″ launches his European tour tonight, determined to prove that his critics are wrong.

``Certainly the critics have inspired David to say, `I’m going to do better’,″ said his wife, Gillian. ``David is courageous and he is playing wonderfully.″

Famously eccentric, Helfgott allowed the media to sit in on a rehearsal at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday as he prepared for his first concert in London since 1970. His head bowed, he muttered unceasingly to himself as his hands sped over the keyboard.

Helfgott was a child prodigy before he suffered a breakdown in 1970. He spent years in and out of mental institutions and eventually returned to the stage in 1984 with the help of his wife.

The pianist skipped a news conference after Sunday’s rehearsal but Mrs. Helfgott answered criticism of her husband’s musical ability during a recent North American tour.

She said cruel barbs about her husband had hurt them both.

``David’s had standing ovations at every performance _ 75,000 people can’t be wrong,″ Mrs. Helfgott said. ``David didn’t play his best in Boston. But from Boston onwards, David has been playing better and better.″

The tour includes dates in Denmark and Germany.


LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) _ Billy Graham may be slowing down, but people may soon hear more from the 78-year-old evangelist than ever before.

``At my age and so forth I would like to just sit in a study somewhere and preach through this new electronic equipment they have now,″ Graham, 78, said. ``You can touch the whole world from just one place.″

Graham was in Lynchburg on Saturday to give the commencement address at fellow evangelist Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. One of the graduates was a son of Graham’s, William Franklin Graham IV.

In his address, Graham advised graduates to invest their time wisely, ``primarily in people and not in projects or possessions.

``In a few minutes, you’ll have a diploma in your hand and you’ll have a life of uncertain length ahead of you,″ Graham said. ``For some of you it will be wonderfully long and for others it will be surprisingly short. And if you reach my age, you will wonder where time has gone.″

Graham’s autobiography, ``Just As I Am,″ went on sale last week.

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