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February 20, 1995

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Life for Rosemarie Trapp wasn’t exactly the fairy tale portrayed in ``The Sound of Music.″

``When I saw the movie for the first time, I said, `Wow! Was this my life?″ Trapp said in an interview published Monday in the Nashville Banner.

``It was so much different from what I remember living.″

Contrary to the 1965 Julie Andrews movie, one of the top-grossing films of all time, there were many unhappy experiences in Trapp’s youth as one of the the Von Trapp Family Singers of Austria, she said.

Trapp said her father died when she was 18, she had emotional problems and she ran away from home.

Trapp, who now lives in Pittsburgh, is in Nashville this week visiting schools to discuss her life.


WASHINGTON (AP) _ First, Pearl Jam fought the good fight for its fans, now it’s fighting for the rights of frogs.

The rock group has joined with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in asking students to find another way to dissect the little amphibians in school labs.

Pearl Jam has set up a phone number, 1-800-95FROGS, where students can get petitions asking school principals to ``cut out dissection.″ The group suggests that computer programs or life-size models be used.

The first 50 students to return a copy of a completed petition will receive a Pearl Jam T-shirt, shorts, single, poster or album autographed by singer Eddie Vedder, a PETA member since 1989.

The Seattle-based band is in the midst of a dispute with Ticketmaster, the nation’s largest ticket agency, over its service charges on tickets.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Julia Roberts has gone from playing a prostitute to narrating a children’s record.

The actress who starred opposite Richard Gere in ``Pretty Woman″ provides the narration for an album of 10 traditional folk songs for children, performed by country singer Faith Hill.

``The Road to Nashville″ tells of a young girl’s dreams of performing on the Grand Ole Opry country music show. Roberts’ narrative comes between songs.

The album will be released by Warner Bros. Records this fall.

Hill’s first album, ``Take Me As I Am,″ sold 1 million copies and helped cast her as top new female performer by the Academy of Country Music.


KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Multicultural education could help answer some of America’s toughest race-related problems, actor Ben Vereen says.

Vereen told about 450 people at a local Black History Month celebration that it can be unifying for people to remember that whites were indentured servants before black slaves were brought to America from Africa.

Recognizing everyone’s role in building America means white, black, Hispanic and Asian children ``can sit beside each other, look at each other and say, `We won,‴ Vereen said Sunday.

That recognition fills a longstanding gap in American education and will ``breed equality,″ he said.


HOUSTON (AP) _ A psychiatric hospital might be just the place to put Dexter Manley back on track after a series of drug arrests, his attorney says.

The former defensive end for the Washington Redskins was given until March 3 for his attorney to prepare a petition for an involuntary psychiatric commitment to a county hospital.

Manley, 35, who spent the month of December at the Betty Ford Clinic in Los Angeles for drug rehabilitation, was arrested last Thursday after police found what appeared to be crack cocaine in his motel room in Houston.

An involuntary commitment usually is granted when a person exhibits behavior that shows he is a danger to himself or others.

``He’s going to have to have the extra assistance to get and keep him on track,″ said Paula Asher, Manley’s attorney.

Manley remained in the Harris County Jail without bond Monday, charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Manley went to two Super Bowls with the Redskins but was banned for life from the NFL in 1989 after failing his fourth drug test.

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