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The Reporter from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin • 65

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SEPT. 4, 1994 CoverSTORY THE REPORTER PAGE 5 cops ar-s fall Simts omim Caruso's TOD' spot into lieu programs By HARVEY SOLOMON i iA BT'S official: Jimmy Smits will take over for David Caruso on the cast of ABC's "NYPD Blue," the network reported. Sources speculated that Smits will be paid about SiW.OOO per episode to take the newly created starring role, joining the show at the fifth episode during the important November sweeps. Caruso will exit after the new season's fourth episode Bochco originally had Smits in mind for the role taken by Caruso. It's expected that producer Stephen Bochco and ABC now will have to go back and renegotiate contracts of some other cast members, including Dennis Franz, whose salary is said to have been on par with Caruso's.

"L.A. Law" hunk Jimmy Smits will replace "NYPD Blue" cop David Caruso, who left the show after failing to negotiate $100,000 per episode of the popular cop drama. I NG DN case you haven't got your fill of information about the new fall TV season, here's a few extra notes. Make that move It's always risky business leaving a successful series, but this season David Caruso isn't the only actor hitting the road: Sherry Stringfield, who played Caruso's ex-wife on YPD Blue," shifts to a doctor on "E.R.," while Debrah Farentino (Caruso's late-season love, Robin) also departs "NYPD" for a regular role in "Earth 2." Robert Pastorelli exits "Murphy Brown" for a starring role as owner of a NYC bicycle messenger service in the midseason sitcom "Double Rush." Broadway to LA. An unusually large number of stage veterans have departed the Big Apple for the brave new world of television.

The youngest is 11-year-old Lacey Chabert, already a Broadway vet thanks to a two-year stint in "Les Miserables," who co-stars in Fox's ensemble drama "Party of Five." Also making a dramatic TV series debut is Tony Award-winning Mandy Patinkin, whose extensive Broadway credits include "Evita," "Sunday in the Park With George," "The Secret Garden" and "Falsettos." He plays a surgeon in CBS's ensemble medical drama "Chicago Hope." In sitcom land, Harvey Fier-stein (Tony Award-winning writerstar of "Torch Song plays a high-strung fashion designer in CBS's "Daddy's Girls." B.D. Wong, who won Tony and numerous other awards as Song Liling opposite John Lithgow in Butterfly," plays Margaret Cho's older brother, a doctor, on ABC's "All-American Girl." Sunday, Sept. 11 Deadly conviction In June in London, lawyers for convicted murderer Stephen Young filed an appeal after learning from one Juror that three other jurors had conducted a Ouija board seance during jury deliberat ions and "contacted" the dead man, who named Young as his killer. Poor mom In April, Rodney Williams, 21, apieared In the courtroom of Judge Robert Altenhof in Kelso, to explain why he had missed a previous court date on an assault charge. Fearing that the judge ight not believe his excuse his mother's recent fatal Illness Williams held up his mother's ashes, in a plastic box, and offered them for the judge to examine.

Altenhof said, "You think you've heard it all, but somebody always comes up with something new." Injustice at work Late last year in Bangladesh, Falu Mia, 60, was released from prison after 21 years. He had been locked up until his trial for theft in 1972, then found not guilty, but a lethargic bureaucracy failed to release him. He recently filed a lawsuit against the government for 21 years' back wages (about Reading, writing and rodents In June, a judge in Thousand Oaks, dismissed neighbors' request for an injunction against Kathleen Adams, who the neighbors said lures squirrels to her home with food and thus creates a nuisance. Adams claims the area is populated with squirrels, anyway, and that she does not need to lure them. Neighbors' evidence included the fact that Adams posts "Squirrels Welcome" signs in her yard, but the judge said he found the signs unpersua-sive in that he doubted that squirrels could read them.

Not high on life In December, a federal court in San Francisco ruled against former Doobie Brothers drummer John Hartman in his employment discrimination lawsuit over his firing from the Petaluma, police force. Hartman claimed that his drug use in the early 1970s made him "disabled" under the Americans With Disabilities Act, but the judge ruled that Hartman had not proved that he had done enough drugs to be disabled. Hallmark settlement Apparently weary of interfamily bickering in the federal bankruptcy case of Judith Herskowitz of Florida, Judge Jay Cristol ordered Herskowitz in March to "obtain and mail to" her sister Susan Charney, at least five days before Susan's next birthday, a card that reads "Happy Birthday, Sister" and contains the signature of Herskowitz. Further, Cristol ordered that "the card shall not contain any negative, inflammatory or unkind remarks." Scent of weirdness In July, Ontario judge Lee Ferrier upheld the 1991 firing of Sharon Bagnall, 52, by Calvin Klein Canada, where she worked as a cologne demonstrator. The judge said he was persuaded by the company's witnesses, who testified that Bagnall had a "personal hygiene problem" and smelled like an "armpit" Tough therapy In July, University of California at San Francisco clinical psychiatrist Dean Freeman, 35, was arrested and charged with attempted murder after he reportedly attacked a patient with a knife and an ax, inflicting at least 10 wounds.

Misdirected dollars The Massachusetts Division of Medical Assistance revealed in March that it had spent almost $50,000 in 1993 on fertility drugs for 260 people, including about 80 welfare mothers, two of whom already had eight children each. But the food is excellent According to police in Calgary Alberta, a local pizzeria contains a dungeonlike "trick pad" where teen-age girls are forced to work as prostitutes and whose catacomb of rooms is littered with sex magazines, liquor bottles and used condoms. But health officials who inspected it in December refused to close it down, with Dr. Paul Hasselback saying, "There is no reason to be concerned about the food being served." Hasselback said police business and health business are separate matters. Jerry has a ball with Saab story MHILE on the set of her new Fox comedy "Hardball," actress Alexandra Wentworth recently received an unexpected visit from Jerry Seinfeld.

According to Fox, Seinfeld and friends were playing baseball outside the Studio City studio when the ball accidentally smashed the windshield of Wentworth's car. When Seinfeld walked onto the set to apologize, Wentworth thought the whole thing was a joke. But it was no joke. While Wentworth's Saab was in the shop for the next few days, she was forced to drive a rented Lexus paid for, of course, by Seinfeld. -BPI St.

Mary's Bingo, 7 p.m., St. Mary's Church. Monday, Sept. 12 Marquis Drum Bugle Corps bingo. $1,000 in prizes, $10 minimum, $1 entry fee.

7 to 10 p. The Spectrum, 605 Fond du Lac Tuesday, Sept. 13 Madison Drum Bugle Corps Booster Club Bingo. $1,000 guaranteed, $10 minimum, 50 cents, entry fee, six hard cards, $3. 7 p.m., The Spectrum, 605 Fond du Lac Ave.

(Bingo listings are published in CoverSTORY each Sunday as a service of The Reporter. Send your nonprofit group's bingo dates to: Bingo Community Calendar, The Reporter, P.O. Box 630, Fond du Lac, Wl 53963-0630. Include dates, times, locations, entry fees, prizes and your phone number.) Ia I I if I Jj Rocker Edmunds relies on 'happy accidents' By PAUL FREEMAN you want something done right, do it yourself. That seems to be Dave Edmunds' philosophy Known for preserving rock's TX 3 I V', fca mm W41NI mm mbf iiAn Avf Mtm Dave Edmunds roots, Edmunds recorded the 1970 smash "I Hear You Knocking," founded the band Rockpile and produced albums for such artists as Stray Cats, Foghat, the Everly Brothers and the Fabulous Thun-derbirds.

For his own new album, he did everything himself, from engineering to playing all the instruments. The anti-trendy Edmunds titled it "Plugged In." "Years ago, when I started recording," Edmunds said, "I flirted with this self-contained approach. I've always been attracted to the idea of having absolute control. But it's only recently that it's become feasible, due to improved technology" The British-born Edmunds built a 24-track studio in his Los Angeles home. Not a fan of overly polished rock, he strives to maintain a raw edge.

"There are traps you can fall into. Technology gives you the opportunity to over-think everything. You can get stuck on a song. You've got to know when to take a break and when to move on." The album pays tribute to such legends as Chuck Berry and the Beach Boys. "I like displaying my influences," Edmunds said.

"Has rock drifted too far from its roots? Well, if it has, I haven't." Simplicity and honesty are the keys to Edmunds' style, in terms of composition, vocals and guitar riffs. "There are far too many fuzzy blues players about. Cranking up the volume and distortion, it's easy to be impressive. It's much harder to play clean guitar lines like Albert Lee, Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed or James Burton do." His knowledge of the recording process has grown dramatically The album contains a remake of "Sabre Dance," his first Top 5 hit in England. "The first version was horrible, the worst I'd ever played it.

I was so naive then, I actually thought you only got one shot, no retakes. So it was fun to have another go at it now." Edmunds hopes to achieve much more but on his own terms. He likes to play live but dreads the road. An exhausting '92 tour as part of Ringo Starr's All-Star Band wore him down. After being spurned by Rockpile cohort Nick Lowe, Edmunds has ruled out the possibility of reuniting that group.

Edmunds is in demand as a producer but doesn't relish those responsibilities: "I'm the spoiled brat of rock 'n' roll. I don't want to do anything I won't enjoy" He isn't mapping out his career. "I find it never works anyway The accident theory looms large in my life. Everything good that has happened to me has come about by accident. I trust that there's always another happy accident around the corner" j.

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