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December 13, 1987

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the first member of the high court of Italian descent, was welcomed here by fellow Italian-Americans honoring their peers in government.

Gov. George Deukmejian introduced Scalia, 51, the keynote speaker at the ″Salute to Italian Americans in Government″ dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

It was Scalia’s first visit to Los Angeles since being appointed to the Supreme Court by President Reagan in 1986.

Also attending the dinner Saturday were actor Joseph Campanella, California Supreme Court justices Malcolm Lucas, Edward Panelli and John Arguelles and Los Angeles Catholic Archbishop Roger Mahony.

The event was sponsored by the National Italian American Foundation, dedicated to promoting the contributions and achievements of Italian-Americans in America.


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - A Hollywood producer says he’ll film his movie elsewhere if there is widespread opposition to actress Jane Fonda’s working in the city.

″Unless we get the feeling it’s a small, vocal minority, we’ll probably just forget about it and not shoot there at all,″ Alex Winitsky said in a telephone interview Saturday night from his home in Beverly Hills, Calif.

News last month that MGM Studios planned to film a movie starring Fonda in Waterbury outraged several residents who believe she betrayed her country by visiting Hanoi in 1972 during the Vietnam War.

″If the people who don’t want us shooting represent a large percentage of the population, then we’ll absolutely forget it,″ Winitsky said.

The Waterbury Convention and Visitors Commission says the movie, based on the novel ″Union Street″ about a working-class woman and to be directed by Martin Ritt, would pump $5 million into the local economy, an estimate Winitsky calls reasonable.


PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - Vandals have struck Gov. Evan Mecham’s home for the second year in a row, but police say the governor was out of town at the time.

Someone pushed over two decorative brick pillers in front of the Republican governor’s home Tuesday evening, Glendale police spokesman Marshall Downen said.

Mecham and his wife, Florence, were in Washington, D.C., said David Holmes, a state Department of Public Safety officer on Mecham’s security detail.

Prowlers were considerably bolder last Dec. 21 when Mecham was governor- elect . They cut a hole in the Mechams’ roof, entered the home and walked about while the Mechams were asleep, police said.

The Mechams had not set their security alarm on that occasion, but the alarm went off automatically on Feb. 3 when prowlers cut telephone and electric lines in another break-in attempt. Mrs. Mecham was home at the time; the governor was in Ohio, officials said.

Arizona does not provide governors with an official residence.


LONDON (AP) - Irish rock singer Bob Geldof returned from Africa Sunday pleading for a cease-fire in war-torn Ethiopia where he said 5 million people face starvation.

He also called on South Africa to stop supporting the rebels in Mozambique whom he accused of ″trying to terrorize the country into famine.″ He said he was shocked at the ″sheer brutality″ of the rebel slaughter of large numbers of adults and children.

Geldof spearheaded the Band-Aid charity drive that raised $140 million and fed millions of Africans during a 1984-85 drought and famine that killed 2 million people. The current crop failure in Ethiopia is much worse, he said.


NEW YORK (AP) - Penn State coach Joe Paterno, winner of the Pennsylvania Society’s 1987 Gold Medal, said he felt humble that his name has joined a winner’s list of the state’s top political, industrial and religious leaders from the past eight decades.

Paterno received the medal at a black-tie dinner Saturday night at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, where Pennsylvania’s current leaders gathered for their annual pre-Christmas weekend of receptions and political shoptalk.

″I’m thrilled and a little uncomfortable,″ Paterno told reporters before the society’s 89th annual dinner. ″A football coach, when you look at some of the people who have been honored with this award, he’s in fast company.″

Past winners include industrialists Andrew Carnegie and Henry Ford, then- Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, painter Andrew Wyeth and New York Cardinal John O’Connor.


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The chance for a seat on the Texas Racing Commission has drawn a pack of applicants, including former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach and other high-profile Texans.

The first cut - from 200-plus nominees and draftees down to between 15 and 25 - should come this week, James Huffines, appointments secretary for Gov. Bill Clements said.

Despite complaints from some horse raisers and racers that Clements is taking too long, the governor’s office is sticking to a mid-January target date for choosing six of the commission’s eight members.

The commission will write the rules for Texas’ new pari-mutuel horse and dog racing industry.

In addition to Staubach, applicants include Perry Bass of Fort Worth’s billionaire Bass family, former Dallas mayor Robert Folsom and Tarrant County’s first Republican commissioner, O.L. Watson.

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