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October 14, 1987

LONDON (AP) _ Actor Simon Ward has returned home from a hospital and says he can’t recall how he suffered a fractured skull.

Ward, 45, best known for his starring role in the Richard Attenborough film ″Young Winston,″ said Tuesday he believes he was attacked Oct. 1 in or around his North London Home. He was found unconcious by his wife, Alexandra, in their living room.

Scotland Yard said it is trying to determine whether Ward was attacked.

″It is likely that he was,″ said a police spokesman, speaking anonymously in keeping with British custom.″There is no proof of his having been attacked and our inquiries are continuing.″

Ward said he was returning home from a performance in West London’s theater district and that he first assumed he had fainted after stepping through his front door because there were no obvious signs of injuries.

He said he developed severe headaches three days later and that a brain scan revealed a fractured skull and large blood clot.

Ward underwent surgery to remove the clot and had 24 metal staples inserted in his skull to close the wound, said Colin Boakes of Charing Cross Hospital.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Rosanne Cash’s rock-swing song ″Hold On″ was the winner of BMI’s Robert J. Burton Award, given to the country music song played most often by broadcasters, company officials announced.

Paul Overstreet was named Songwriter of the Year for his songs ″No Place Like Home,″ ″On The Other Hand,″ ″One Love At a Time,″ ″You Can’t Stop Love″ and ″You’re Still New to Me.″

Tree Publishing Co. won Publisher of the Year honors, BMI said Tuesday.

Citation of Achievement awards were given to 96 writers and 75 publishers in recognition of popularity in country music at a ceremony Tuesday evening.

The awards are based on the number of broadcast performances for the period of April 1, 1986, through March 31, 1987.

BMI is a composer, songwriter and music publishing company performing rights organization that collects and distributes performance royalties.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Bill Clements says he’ll draw on the historic ties between the Lone Star state and France during a trade mission there.

″France and Texas have strong common bonds that reach back to the days of the founding of the Republic of Texas. This historical connection can now be placed in the contemporary world of economic opportunity,″ Clements said Tuesday.

Clements said that during a 10-day trip to France and The Netherlands, ″My message will be clear and direct. Texas is open for business and trade.″

Clements was beginning the trip today and on Thursday planned to join French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac at the former site of the Texas Legation in Paris.

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Billionaire Sam Walton had no comment about being placed at the top of Forbes magazine’s list of 400 richest Americans for the third-straight year.

″Absolutely none,″ Jim Von Gremp, spokesman for Walton’s Wal-Mart Store chain, said Tuesday.

Forbes said Monday that Walton’s holdings were worth $8.5 billion.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Jack Valenti, head of the Motion Picture Industry Association of America, is warning of a television programming monopoly.

Valenti noted Tuesday that a Justice Department consent decree requiring networks to use some independent production will expire in 1990.

″At that time, all three networks will be free to produce and own 100 percent of all their 22 hours of weekly prime-time programming,″ he said at a meeting of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society.

One network executive disagreed with Valenti. ″The only network produced show on primetime right now is ‘Moonlighting’ on ABC,″ said John Agoglia, NBC executive vice president for business affairs. Agoglia said he doubted the networks want to dominate production and said he saw no trend toward that.

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IRVING, Texas (AP) - Television evangelist Jerry Falwell is keeping a close watch on the football career of Kelvin Edwards, a Dallas Cowboys wide receiver who graduated from Falwell’s Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

Edwards said he was in his hotel room Sunday night after the Cowboys’ 41-22 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles when Falwell telephoned him.

″Dr. Falwell said that he announced my name in church that morning,″ Edwards said. ″He said everybody started cheering in church. I said, ’Wait a minute 3/8 People were cheering for me in church?‴

Edwards has scored three touchdowns and set up three others while playing for the Cowboy’s replacement team during the NFL players’ strike.

Told that Falwell has taken an interest in one of his most talented replacements, Cowboys Coach Tom Landry said Monday, ″That would help. We’ll take all the help we can get.″

Landry also is a friend of the evangelist. He and his wife, Alicia, traveled to Israel three years ago on a tour organized by Falwell.

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - John McEnroe says television intrudes more on tennis matches than on football or baseball games and that this is the reason behind his two-month suspension from the Nabisco Grand Prix tennis circuit.

The action against McEnroe came after a television boom mike, designed to pick up the sound of the tennis ball, also captured him swearing during the U.S. Open last month.

″There shouldn’t be one of those mikes on the court,″ McEnroe said Monday night after a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Miloslav Mecir in the Michelin Challenge Series.

″There needs to be decisions by the players and they need to get together. I would receive a percentage of less money to get things done to improve the quality,″ he said.

McEnroe pointed out that there aren’t microphones in the dugout at baseball games or in the huddle in football games. ″Some things shouldn’t be heard for the sake of everybody and for the spectators,″ he said.

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