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August 28, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ When a man threatening to jump from the Brooklyn Bridge demanded to see a priest, visiting San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor gave up her black sweater so a police officer could pretend to be one.

″Time was of the essence,″ said Detective Brian Mulhearn. ″It was a judgment decision that had to be made quickly.

″Normally we would get a priest.″

A police report said Officer Gary Lajoe put on the black sweater with a piece of white paper wrapped around his neck to represent a clergyman’s collar. He then persuaded David Sanchez, 29, to give up his threat of jumping and climb down. Sanchez, a resident of a shelter for homeless men, was taken to a hospital, police said.

O’Connor, who is in town to for a national conference on drugs, had just finished a tour of police activity with Mulhearn Tuesday.


MIAMI (AP) - Oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau is preparing for the second leg of a five-year expedition aboard his refitted Calypso, in which he will study the impact of atomic bomb tests at Bikini and Eniwetok atolls in the Pacific Ocean.

The 141-foot Calypso has been in dry dock since January following a cruise to Haiti and Cuba. About 27,000 feet of plank and 15,000 bolts have been replaced in the overhaul of the 44-year-old former mine sweeper.

Cousteau also plans to study water management in China, the Tasmanian platypus and the successful farming procedures of Indonesia’s Bali, where farmers have cultivated the same ground for 2,000 years.

The schedule of the expedition, the ship’s 53rd, calls for a trip through the Panama Canal for the Calypso’s first voyage across the Pacific. The trip will produce 12 one-hour television specials.

″The future of the ocean is our own survival. If we damage the ocean, it’s our own future we are damaging,″ Cousteau said here Wednesday.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actress and comedian Lily Tomlin, who has sued to stop distribution of a documentary about the development of her hit Broadway play, has been named in an $11 million countersuit filed by the two filmmakers.

Joan Churchill and Nicholas Broomfield alleged in their Superior Court suit filed Wednesday that Miss Tomlin reneged on several agreements, slandered and defamed them, and improperly used outtakes of their film for commercials.

The countersuit names Miss Tomlin, Tomlin and Wagner Theatricalz, and 10 others who may have played a part in allegedly trying to suppress the 90- minute documentary, ″Lily.″ The suit seeks $8 million in punitive and $3 million in actual damages.

Dan Sklar, attorney for Miss Tomlin, said she would respond to the suit vigorously. ″We believe it has no merit,″ he said. ″They are simply trying to get publicity for this second-rate film.″

On Aug. 8, Judge Jack Newman denied Miss Tomlin’s request for a preliminary injunction to block the release of the documentary. Miss Tomlin alleges in her suit that the film contains 30 minutes of scenes from her Broadway show, ″The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe,″ and could damage her economically.


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Singer Dionne Warwick will receive an honorary doctor of music degree at a Sept. 12 convocation at the University of Hartford.

Warwick, a four-time Grammy winner, studied at the university’s Hartt School of Music. She was singing in a trio when discovered in 1960 by composer Burt Bacharach. Her award was announced by university officials Wednesday.


NEW DELHI, India (AP) - Mother Teresa, who has dedicated her life to helping the poor and sick of India, was treated to a cake in the shape of a cross and a chorus of ″Happy Birthday″ by well-wishers who feted her on her 76th birthday.

The party was given Wednesday by the Lions Club of Baroda in western India at a home for destitute people operated by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, United News of India reported.

Mother Teresa was born Aug. 27, 1910, in Skopje, now in Yugoslavia. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work with Calcutta’s dying and destitute.


ST. MARYS, Ohio (AP) - Paraplegic Nan Davis, who became the first paralyzed person to walk using the aid of a computer that stimulates muscles, will walk down the aisle in December.

Ms. Davis, 26, will marry Greg Ferrall, 29, on Dec. 27, she said Wednesday.

″I plan to walk down the aisle, but I’m so slow, Greg says he’ll run circles around me,″ said Ms. Davis, who was the subject of a movie, ″First Steps.″

She was paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident on the night of her high school graduation. Four years ago, she became the first person to successfully use the computer-controlled system designed by Professor Jerrold Petrofsky at Wright State University.

Ms. Davis administers a rehabilitation program for the paralyzed at Middletown Regional Hospital.

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