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October 27, 1986

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Actor Clint Eastwood has written a $30,000 check for a group campaigning to defeat California Chief Justice Rose Bird and two colleagues, the group’s campaign manager said.

Eastwood’s contribution was received last week by Crime Victims for Court Reform, said Lee Stitzenberger.

Stitzenberger was quoted in Monday’s editions of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner as saying that Eastwood, who earlier this year was elected mayor of Carmel, made the donation after attending a meeting earlier this month sponsored by the group.

Among the speakers was Marianne Frazier, the mother of a child whose killer’s death sentence was overturned by the California Supreme Court. The group is seeking to oust Bird and Justices Cruz Reynoso and Joseph Grodin in the Nov. 4 election.

″Eastwood apparently was moved by what everyone had to say at the reception, and he stayed afterward and spoke with Marianne Frazier,″ Stitzenberger said.

One of Eastwood’s best-known roles is ″Dirty Harry″ Callahan, a hardened San Francisco detective with little sympathy toward criminals.

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GIBRALTAR (AP) - Rock stars Cyndi Lauper, Bob Geldof, Paul Young and the Pretenders were among the musicians who turned a British Royal Navy aircraft carrier into a floating stage with the Rock of Gibraltar as the background.

The occasion Sunday was the taping aboard the HMS Ark Royal of ″Rock Around the Rock,″ a Christmas special for Britain’s Grenada TV.

Geldof, best known as the organizer of last year’s Live Aid concerts for famine relief, said later at a news conference it was ″great to be back in front of the microphones playing music.″

″I get bored stiff without music,″ he said ″Writing and performing, that’s my life.″

The audience for the three-hour concert was made up of British sailors, members of British military families stationed in the British colony and Gibraltar citizens who had won tickets in a drawing held by the Gibraltar Tourist Office.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Nine-year-old Amanda Schehr says she has a message for the 750,000 children who, like her, suffer from epilepsy.

″I want them to know that they can be just like normal kids and do normal things,″ said the fourth-grader, who is the 1987 national poster child for the Epilepsy Foundation of America.

She can’t promise them that they’ll get to go to Washington to meet President Reagan, as she’ll do next month, or even that they’ll go from being a problem student to winning a spelling championship, as she did last year.

But she does want them to know that they’re not the only ones who have been jeeringly called ″mental″ by other children, or been punished by parents and teachers for things that weren’t their fault.

Amanda does not suffer from the spasms often associated with epileptic seizures. Instead, like many children with the disorder, she simply loses awareness of everything around her for a few seconds at a time. Even her pediatrician thought she had a behavior problem, said her mother, Roberta Schehr.

It wasn’t until one teacher suggested that she see a neurologist that the problem was discovered and brought under control with medication.

Epilepsy Foundation officials chose Mandy as poster child August after her mother wrote them that the girl ″has grown in self-esteem and courage since finding out she has epilepsy ... an now holds her head high.″

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) - Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu will arrive in Trinidad Dec. 4 for a five-day visit, the Anglican Church in Port of Spain said Monday.

The visit to the two-island southern Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago is being sponsored by the church and the University of the West Indies. Tutu is Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, and a leading opponent of his country’s system of apartheid.

During his visit, Tutu is to address a diocesan service in the National Stadium in Port of Spain and to speak at the graduation ceremonies of the University of the West Indies, where he will receive an honorary doctor of law degree.

Clive Abdullah, bishop of Trinidad and Tobago, said at the news conference announcing Tutu’s visit that he hopes it ″will make us more sensitive to the problems of apartheid and bring the community here closer together in terms of what we do about apartheid.″

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