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June 22, 1989

HONOLULU (AP) _ A Hawaii woman is trying to accomplish what an entire Soviet army can’t do in the movies: Beat Sylvester Stallone.

Nancy Sutherland is challenging the ″Rambo″ and ″Rocky″ star in federal court, saying she should be the owner of 5.5 acres of Stallone’s oceanfront land on Kauai Island.

Sutherland, contending she made a deal on the property before Stallone did, wants to get Stallone out or collect damages from the sellers.

Stallone will have to testify if the case goes to trial, according to his attorney, David Dezzani.

″He’s looked at the land, been to the land a number of times, and it is a piece uniquely valuable to him because it is remote enough to allow him the privacy that he needs,″ Dezzani said.

Sutherland, trustee for the Ralph L. Evans Trust, contends she offered $1.4 million in 1984 to Boyce Brown, an attorney for a company called Kaonohi Ohana. She said Brown accepted the offer.

But before Brown could check with the company’s stockholders, Stallone offered $1.75 million and took control of the land.

U.S. District Judge Samuel King asked both sides to return to court next month for a pretrial scheduling hearing.

Stallone has bought an adjoining 58,000-square-foot beachfront lot, giving him control of 1,300 feet of oceanfront land.


NEW YORK (AP) - Maury Povich has renewed his contract with television’s ″A Current Affair,″ the syndicated quasi-newsmagazine.

Povich was rumored to be considering other offers, including one from King World, which has the rival ″Inside Edition.″ But earlier this week, King World announced that it had renewed anchor Bill O’Reilly.

″We’re so happy that Maury has chosen us in view of such a wide range of tempting offers from other broadcast entities,″ said Gerald Stone, executive producer of ″A Current Affair.″ Povich, perhaps best known as the husband of network newswoman Connie Chung, signed what was described as a ″multiyear″ agreement.

″A Current Affair,″ which is distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Television, is carried by 150 stations nationwide and is just completing its first year in national syndication.


RIVERSIDE, Iowa (AP) - This town of 825 wants permission to put up a bronze statue of its most famous ″future″ son - the 23rd-century space explorer Capt. James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise.

″Star Trek″ fan Steve Miller, who four years ago decided his hometown was to be Kirk’s birthplace, is working with Paramount Pictures to get permission to build the statue in the town park. The statue would go along with a 20-foot model of the Enterprise spaceship that stands in the park.

A 1968 book about the ″Star Trek″ television show says Kirk was born in a ″small town in Iowa″ on March 26, 2228. Gene Roddenberry, creator of ″Star Trek,″ gave his blessing to Miller’s idea of designating Riverside as that town.

Riverside, about 50 miles west of Davenport, also plays host each year to Trek Fest. The fifth celebration is set for this weekend.

The statue would cost about $10,000, and private donations would pay for it, Miller said. He’s aiming to have it put up in time for the 25th birthday of the television show in September 1991, and have William Shatner, the actor who plays Kirk, at the dedication.

Miller has received telephone calls from people as far away as California, asking for information about the Trek Fest, which attracted 8,000 people last year. ″It’s amazing the people that come into the state just for this thing,″ he said.


VALOGNES, France (AP) - French President Francois Mitterrand on Thursday awarded the Alexis de Tocqueville prize to Mexican poet Octavio Paz, describing him as a ″remarkable author, and a compelling and luminous poet.″

The presentation of the award was made in this small town in Normandy in western France where de Tocqueville lived.

″I salute you as a poet, as a free man and as a friend,″ Mitterrand told Paz at the ceremony.

In his reply, Paz said he had always denied any form of ″totalitarian superstition,″ and declared his concern to ″search out the reconciliation of the two great modern political currents: liberalism and socialism.″

The prize was created 10 years ago in memory of de Tocqueville, a 19th- century French social philosopher who wrote a celebrated study of democracy in America after visiting the United States. It is given every two years.

Previous winners of the prize include French writer and philosopher Raymond Aron, U.S. social scientist David Riesman and Soviet philosopher Alexandre Zinoviev.


LONDON (AP) - Julian Lloyd Webber, the cellist and brother of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, said Thursday that he is engaged to an Afghan princess.

Lloyd Webber, 38, said the bride-to-be is Zohra Ghazi, 25, whose great- uncle is the exiled King Zahir Shah.

″Zohra is a new inspiration in my life and we are both thrilled to be getting married,″ said Lloyd Webber, who divorce from his first wife, Celia Ballantyne, became final seven weeks ago.

Princess Zohra said the couple will have a Moslem wedding, and then a Christian wedding in London on July 1.

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