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August 29, 1985

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Rita Coolidge, Jimmy Buffet, Doug Kershaw and Pete Fountain are just a handful of the celebrities banding together for a series of Labor Day-weekend concerts to fight poverty in the Crescent City.

The fund-raiser for New Orleans’ hungry and homeless is called ″Give Today for Tomorrow,″ the title of a song written by Allen Toussaint, a Grammy Award-winning composer and singer, Sid Berger and Alan Huard.

More than 100 artists and groups, including Wynton Marsalis, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, and the Pfister Sisters, will participate in the three days of concerts, organizers said Wednesday.

The eight-hour extravaganza to be held in the Superdome on Monday will coincide with the stadium’s 10th anniversary.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Amy Grant, a rock singer whose songs have a Christian theme, has been plagued with throat problems that have caused her to cancel two weeks of concerts.

The latest cancelation was an appearance at the Nebraska State Fair on Saturday, fair officials said.

Petra, a religious rock group which has sold more than 1 million albums, will step in, fair officials announced Wednesday.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and model Jerry Hall haven’t named the newest addition to their family, a publicist for the rock group said.

Miss Hall, 29, gave birth to a 7-pound blond boy on Wednesday, the couple’s second child and Jagger’s first son.

The British singer was present when Miss Hall gave birth at 11:30 a.m. at an undisclosed New York hospital, according to Geraldine McInerney of Mahoney Wasserman.

″Both the baby and mother are healthy and whole and happy,″ Ms. McInerney said.

Jagger and Miss Hall’s other child is 17-month-old Scarlet. Jagger, 42, has two other daughters: Jade, 12, from his marriage to Bianca Perez Morena de Macias, and Karis, 13, by actress Marsha Hunt.

Miss Hall recently published an autobiography, ″Tall Tales.″

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Astronaut Loren Acton wishes he could take some world leaders with him whenever he goes into space again.

The Montana-born solar physicist, who flew on the Challenger Spacelab 2 mission in July, said leaders might get a different perspective about global problems if they could see the Earth from above.

″Experiencing the Earth as a whole, (you) realize that the boundaries of naions and the things that make so much trouble sort of evaporate when you’re so high up,″ he said in a recent interview on a trip to his home state. ″You wonder why we can’t get our act together and pull together the way that we do in the space program.″

Acton, 49, also said he wished he could bring along ″some newspaper reporters and some poets and novelists - folks who are skilled at turning their experiences into words.″

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - Fee Waybill, lead vocalist for the rock group The Tubes, will be tearing through the desert as part of a six-truck Rock ‘N’ Racing Team to raise money for a California medical center.

Waybill, 35, said he’s ″completely crazed″ on off-road racing and expects to win the celebrity division again in the Sept. 7 Frontier 500 in Nevada.

Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Chicago keyboardist James Pankow, actors Robert Hayes, Chuck Norris and Kent McCord, and national motorcross champion Brock Glover will compete in the 500-mile desert course from Las Vegas, Nev., to Reno.

Through pledged donations per mile, the team helped raise $20,000 in last year’s Baja 500 race for The City of Hope Medical Center. They hope to quadruple that figure this time for the Duarte, Calif.-based center, which provides free treatment to victims of catastrophic diseases.

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