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September 1, 1988

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jackie Mason will still be on Broadway, but the venue is way uptown, he won’t be telling jokes and the audience won’t applaud.

Mason, star of the Broadway show ″The World According to Me,″ is scheduled to sing as cantor at services Sept. 11 for the first night of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, at Congregation Ansche Chesed on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Mason, an ordained rabbi, offered to serve as cantor to help raise money to renovate the 60-year-old synagogue, according to Ansche Chesed program director Sarah Jacobs.

Tickets to High Holy Day services are sold to non-members, and it is hoped Mason will be an attraction, she said.


PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - The ″beat goes on″ in Mayor Sonny Bono’s bid to promote this desert city - only the former singer and television comic won’t go by first-class air travel paid by city funds.

Bono withdrew his request Tuesday for the City Council to pay first-class air fares for him and his wife, saying he will use his own money to travel ″in a manner most convenient for myself and my family.″

Bono is scheduled to leave for Deauville, France, on Thursday to inspect the organization of that city’s film festival. He would like Palm Springs to be host of a similar affair.

Unlike his previous trips when he and his family flew first-class, however, Bono will fly business class.


LONDON (AP) - Princess Beatrice, the 3-week-old daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, has become as rich in relatives as she is in royal heritage by acquiring three godmothers and two godfathers.

The only member of the royal family chosen as a godparent by Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, was the prince’s cousin, Viscount Linley, the 26-year-old son of Princess Margaret, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday.

The baby’s other godparents will be family friends Peter Palumbo, the Duchess of Roxburghe, Carolyn Cotterell and Gabrielle Greenall.

Beatrice, who is fifth in line to the throne and the fifth grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II, was born Aug. 8 and will be christened in December.


CLOVERDALE, Calif. (AP) - Deadpan comic, self-nominating presidential candidate and vintner Pat Paulsen, who has been trying to sell his Sonoma County winery for more than a year, has finally made a deal on the property.

Paulsen’s general manager, George W. Litras, said Wednesday the comedian’s name will remain on the label and he will continue as the wine’s prime promoter and consultant. He has agreed to make 40 public appearances a year for the wine.

″We hope to take full advantage of Pat’s marketing ability,″ said Litras.

No sale price was named, but Paulsen’s 20,000-case winery and other property, including the 55-acre town of Asti, first listed for $3.7 million. The deal includes Paulsen’s 3.3-acre tasting room, delicatessen, gas station and some houses.

The buyers are reported to be Mark Majestic of Palos Verdes, and Neal Broidy of Transaction Securities of Oakland.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lorimar Production’s lawsuit against actress Valerie Harper has been trimmed by a judge who said he saw no evidence that would allow the company to seek punitive damages from her.

Judge William Hogoboom, the retired Superior Court jurist who is hearing the case, said Wednesday he was dismissing Lorimar’s allegations that Miss Harper had committed fraud, bad-faith denial of an existing contract, and inducement by her husband, Tony Cacciotti, to breach their contract.

Left intact by Hogoboom was Lorimar’s breach of contract challenge against Miss Harper.

The actress and the production company are suing each other over Miss Harper’s dismissal one year ago from the television show ″Valerie’s Family,″ which is now called ″The Hogans.″


VENICE, Italy (AP) - Venice prosecutors screened ″The Last Temptation of Christ″ at a special showing to decide whether Martin Scorsese’s controversial film can be shown as scheduled Sept. 7 at the Venice film festival.

A Milan attorney earlier this month filed a complaint asking that the showing of the U.S. director’s film be blocked under Italy’s laws against obscenity and blasphemy.

If the prosecutors who watched the film Wednesday determine that it may violate those laws, they can open a formal investigation. Protesters charge the movie is sacrilegious in its portrayal of Jesus.

″Have patience, we will decide in the next few days. For now, we have nothing to say,″ said chief Venice prosecutor Bruno Siclari.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tom Jones’ son says the singer has recovered from minor throat surgery with his voice intact, and plans to begin recording in October.

Jones, 48, whose smoky voice and gyrating hips have beguiled grown women for decades, had a polyp, a smooth projecting growth, removed from his throat Aug. 17 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said Mark Woodward, the entertainer’s son and manager.

″The surgery was very successful and he is now all better. There is absolutely no cancer. His doctor ... said he’s never seen his vocal cords look better,″ Woodward said Wednesday.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Country music star George Strait hopped aboard a forklift to show his support for the nation’s largest food bank.

In town to prepare for a Sept. 25 concert with Merle Haggard and Restless Heart, Strait said Wednesday about $750,000 in proceeds from many of the dates on his upcoming tour will go to Second Harvest, a nationwide food bank serving the poor.

″That’s a pretty good chunk of money and food,″ Strait said during an interview at the Alameda County Food Bank warehouse in Oakland.

The 36-year-old performer has won 14 country music awards, including Billboard’s 1981 New Male Artist of the Year and its 1987 Top Country Artist. His hits include, ″Am I Blue″ and ″All My Ex’s Live in Texas.″

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