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June 12, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ Given the chance, Vanessa Williams would gladly erase parts of her past.

``There are times when I wonder, had I taken another path would I be happier?″ the dethroned Miss America says in the July issue of McCall’s magazine. ``If I’d just graduated from college and gone to New York instead of doing the Miss America pageant.″

Escaping from the past is the theme of Williams’ upcoming thriller ``Eraser,″ which also stars Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her character disappears into the witness protection program.

``Everyone wishes they could erase their mistakes,″ Williams says, ``but that’s not how life works.″

Williams has had a successful recording and Broadway career in the 12 years since she lost the Miss America title after nude photographs of her were published in Penthouse.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Was that Chevy Chase clinging to the Hoover Dam?

No, it was stunt double John Robothan filming a scene for Chase’s new movie ``Vegas Vacation.″

For nearly 30 minutes Tuesday, Robothan lay flat against the giant, sun-baked wall, 90 feet from the top of the 727-foot dam. With a harness hidden under his clothing, Robothan looked as if he had no support.

``It was definitely an eye opener when you look down there,″ said Robothan, a 20-year stunt veteran.

Warner Bros. crews also shot a scene in which Chase’s character swings on a rope, slams into the face of the mammoth dam and then waves to his horrified family.

Filming for the movie, also featuring Beverly D’Angelo and Randy Quaid, will continue for several more weeks.

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EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) _ Walter Cronkite made his name in broadcast news, but print journalism, ``a much purer form of journalism,″ is still his first love.

Cronkite, 79, was filming scenes Tuesday for a documentary he will narrate called ``A Flame in His Soul: The William Allen White Story.″ Cronkite grew up reading White, editor of The Emporia Gazette from 1895 to 1944.

``He influenced my getting into journalism,″ Cronkite said. ``During my young journalism days, everybody was reading his autobiography.″

Before spending nearly two decades anchoring the ``CBS Evening News,″ Cronkite worked as a correspondent for United Press. He called print journalism ``a much purer form of journalism.″

``I certainly hope that some of us in broadcast escaped the show-biz aspect of television news,″ Cronkite said. ``But in broadcast, there is no way you can remove yourself from the fact that you are in the entertainment industry.″

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ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) _ Standing before his latest work, a depiction of a sick urban society, Robert Rauschenberg said painting is his way of expressing his frustrations about the world.

``Art is a form of communication and my voice is in my hand,″ the famed American artist said Tuesday as he was honored by the U.N. conference on cities for his painting, Clan Destiny.

Rauschenberg gave a limited edition of prints and posters of the painting to the New York-based Earth Pledge Foundation to raise money in support of the conference.

``My work with the U.N. ... is my way of being able to say at least I tried to do something to improve the world,″ he said.

Rauschenberg, recognized as one of the most significant artists of the century, has made similar contributions to the past U.N. conferences.

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Savion Glover, accused of carrying three small bags of marijuana in his truck, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and was sentenced to 50 hours of community service.

Glover, the 22-year-old creator and star of the award-winning musical ``Bring in `Da Noise, Bring in `Da Funk,″ pleaded guilty Tuesday.

The case will be dismissed in six months if he completes the community service and is not arrested again. He had been charged with impaired driving and possession of marijuana.

Glover, of Montclair, N.J., a regular on ``Sesame Street″ for five years, was arrested early Dec. 1 during a routine license check.

Earlier this month, the musical won four Tonys, including best direction of a musical and best choreography.

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NEW YORK (AP) _ An independent record label is suing the upstart DreamWorks label for $50 million, claiming it stole Henry Rollins.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, contends that DreamWorks interfered with Rollins’ contract with Imago Recording and caused him to breach the contract.

Rollins, the former singer of Black Flag, recently released the album ``Weight,″ which has sold nearly 500,000 copies. He won a 1995 Grammy for the spoken-word recording ``Get in the Van: On the Road With Black Flag.″

A lawyer for Los Angeles-based DreamWorks did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

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