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August 7, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ A lot of witnesses ″sing″ on the witness stand, but Laura Branigan gave a real performance in U.S. District Court.

The singer testified Tuesday in a lawsuit filed against her by songwriter Gary Friedman over her hit single, ″How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?″

Friedman contends that the tune, written in 1982 by Doug James and Michael Bolton, copied his ″Promise Me I’ll Feel This Way Tomorrow.″

To demonstrate her point that two different songs can have the same melody, she sang part of the song ″MacArthur Park,″ first in the slow style released by Richard Harris, then in the disco tempo that was a hit for Donna Summer.

She did the same with ″Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,″ first in the snappy version released by the Shirelles, then in the slower style which Miss Branigan herself recorded.

The trial is expected to last at least a week.

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BOSTON (AP) - Jane Fonda and her family are traveling the country on a baseball vacation, says a spokesman for the actress and workout queen.

Miss Fonda, her two teen-age children and her husband, California Assemblyman Tom Hayden, watched baseball games in Kansas City, Mo., and New York and attended an induction ceremony at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., before watching the Boston Red Sox lose to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

″It was a family baseball vacation organized by Tom, who is the baseball expert in the family,″ said spokesman Steve Rivers.

Miss Fonda was not the only celebrity watching the Red Sox Tuesday. Actor Jack Nicholson, who is filming ″The Witches of Eastwick″ in Cohasset, was also at Fenway Park.


NEW YORK (AP) - Actresses Jean Stapleton and Polly Holliday have taken a stand against garbage on Broadway.

The stars of ″Arsenic and Old Lace″ posed Wednesday with trowels and a watering can beside newly planted lavender and ivy in concrete tubs formerly filled with trash in front of the 46th Street Theater.

″It’s a small little pebble to throw in to beautify New York, which we’re all responsible for,″ Miss Stapleton said.

The actresses are starring in a reprise of the play about a pair of sisters who poison lonely, elderly boarders with arsenic-laced wine and then bury the bodies in the basement.


LANDER, Wyo. (AP) - Singer Tennessee Ernie Ford, former Boston Celtics basketball player John Havlicek, college basketball coach Bobby Knight and Gov. Ed Herschler will get one shot each to try to kill an antelope.

The celebrities are to participate in the 43rd Annual One Shot Antelope Hunt on Sept. 20, organizers said.

Eight three-member teams will compete in the event, held on the opening day of the antelope hunting season near Lander, said Doug Duncan, president of the One Shot Antelope Hunt Club. Each team member is allowed one shot to kill a buck. The team with the most kills or the team with the fastest time in a tie wins the tournament.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson will be hosts of the 20th annual Country Music Association Awards show Oct. 13.

The show will be broadcast nationwide live from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. The singer-songwriters have hosted the show but never together. Singer Anne Murray was a host with Nelson in 1983 and with Kristofferson in 1985.

Kristofferson and Nelson are a familiar twosome, performing together in the 1984 film ″Songwriter″ and collaborating with Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings on the tune ″Highwaymen.″

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