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June 5, 1990

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Allen Ginsberg wants a parents’ group to apologize for requesting that high school students have restricted access to an anthology of his poems.

The group, Coalition of Concerned Minority Parents, also criticized the lack of black authors in the library of North Central High School.

″If my work were taken out of libraries, censors would have excuses to take out many other basic texts of early black cultures,″ Ginsberg wrote May 17 in a letter to Mmoja Ajabu, a group spokesman.

Ginsberg, 64, said the group owed him an apology or at least an acknowledgment that his work is not in opposition to their ideas.

Ajabu said he intends to reply to Ginsberg but not apologize. He said since the book described homosexual activity, ″We felt it should be under the instruction of an adult who is aware that it is not the norm.″

The school decided in November to continue to allow unrestricted student access to ″Collected Poems - 1947 to 1980,″ an anthology recommended for independent study.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Corey Feldman pleaded innocent to four felony counts of possession and transportation of heroin and cocaine.

Feldman, 18, entered his plea Monday before a Superior Court judge who set a pretrial hearing for July 9. He remains free on $5,000 bail.

Feldman was arrested March 9 after police allegedly found 25 balloons of the narcotics in his car during a downtown traffic stop.

The actor appeared in such films as ″Stand By Me,″ ″The Goonies,″ ″Dream a Little Dream″ and ″The ’burbs.″

During a court appearance in April, Feldman read a statement urging children to stay away from drugs.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - What if Mikhail Gorbachev had shown up as scheduled? Even with the Soviet president a no-show, the Brand family found its dairy farm swamped with reporters.

″It’s still been very busy,″ Cecilia Brand said in between interviews Monday. ″One of the TV channels came out. We’ve had a couple of interviews with farm magazines. I suspect that after tomorrow things will settle down.″

The Brands said another hectic day was likely today, when plans called for a bald eagle to be set free to honor Gorbachev’s visit to Minnesota. The bird was scheduled to be released during Gorbachev’s canceled visit to the farm on Sunday.

Gorbachev and his wife, Raisa, dropped the planned 25-minute visit because they were running behind schedule. But they met the Brands on the airport tarmac before their departure Sunday night.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Randy Travis, top entertainer the previous two years at the TNN-Music City News Country Awards Show, came up empty handed despite being a finalist in five categories.

Ricky Van Shelton was chosen entertainer of the year and top male vocalist, and Patty Loveless was named female vocalist of the year.

″I’m shocked, really shocked,″ Shelton said Monday night after the 24th annual fan-voted awards. ″I’m really, totally in awe.″

The Statler Brothers were double winners, taking the vocal group award for the seventh straight time and copping single honors for ″More Than a Name on the Wall.″

Hank Williams Jr. and his late father also were double winners, for video and vocal collaboration for ″There’s a Tear in My Beer.″

Tennessee Ernie Ford won the Minnie Pearl award for dedication to the music business and humanitarian efforts during a career that has spanned 50 years.

Veteran Merle Haggard, best known for ″Okie From Muskogee,″ received the living legend award.

Also honored were Clint Black, star of tomorrow honor and top album; the Judds for vocal duo; Ray Stevens for comedian; Ricky Skaggs for instrumentalist and The Chuck Wagon Gang for gospel group.

The winners were chosen by subscribers to the Music City News, a monthly country music publication, and viewers of The Nashville Network, a cable station that televised the two-hour ceremony live.

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