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April 9, 1987

NEW YORK (AP) _ Miami Vice, a black-and-white feline from New Jersey, charmed a celebrity panel to win the national Morris Award as top household cat.

A dozen housecats paraded at the Cat Club on Wednesday before contest judges Jo Anne Worley, actress Veronica Hamel and ″Guiding Light″ star Gil Rogers.

They were graded for personality, grooming, poise and ″the judge’s personal reaction to the cats,″ said Tammy Russo, a spokeswoman for contest sponsor Nine Lives cat food.

The winner got a trophy, a ribbon, and a year’s supply of cat food.

″He’s adorable,″ Ms. Russo said. ″He looks like he has a tuxedo on - he’s got a white belly and white paws, with a little white running up the face.″

The contest was to promote household cats that are left out of cat shows filled with exotic pure breeds, said Ms. Russo.

Miami Vice, a shorthair owned by Lorrie Marino of Freehold Township, N.J., was joined in the winning circle by second-place Boots, a longhair of ″smoke″ color with white paws owned by Donna Hepworth of Victoria, British Columbia and Annbirwaves Purr-D Purr-C, a tiger-colored longhair owned by Ann Hoehn of Eddy, Texas.

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DILLON BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Looking for that special gift for the person who has everything?

A cool $4.9 million can buy this 100-year-old town, complete with general store and 2,000 feet of beachfront property.

Dillon Beach, population 300, is for sale, and three cabins and a trailer park are part of the package. But despite its location on the water about 40 miles north of San Francisco, only a few prospective buyers have expressed interest since it was put up for sale about 16 years ago.

It’s a developer’s gold mine, according to Santa Rosa real estate agent John Duran, who says he’s getting a strong response from recent national ads and packages he’s sent to 20 potential investors.

″You just can’t buy a private beach anymore,″ he said. ″With this, you get the opportunity to essentially build a resort from scratch.″

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