Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida on November 8, 1989 · 3
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Wednesday, November 8, 1989
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PEOPLE Todd Bridges acquitted of attempted murder LOS ANGELES A jury on Tuesday acquitted former television star Todd Bridges of attempted murder and attempted voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting of a man at a "crack" house. However, the Los Angeles Superior Court jurors said they were deadlocked on an assault charge, and resumed deliberations. The 24-year-old former Diff'rent Strokes star was accused of shooting eight bullets into the head of Kenneth "Tex" Clay, 25, and slashing his throat during a Feb. 2 scuffle in a Los Angeles house where crack cocaine was being peddled. Clay survived the attack. Bridges tearfully told jurors he was a suicidal cocaine addict at the time. Graceland dig no big deal MEMPHIS, Tenn. One thing the people at Graceland never run short of is rumors, so they're putting out the word early that the digging to begin there tonight is nothing sinister. Crews are resealing the basement wall, that's all, said Todd Morgan, a spokesman for the Elvis Presley residence and its souvenir shopping center. Morgan said work crews reseated the basement's back walls earlier this year and now need to move around front where they easily will be seen from Elvis Presley Boulevard as they dig a trench beside Graceland. Whenever construction projects begin at Graceland, the phones start ringing, Morgan said. "The simplest of household chores at Graceland become international headlines," he said. Welcome to Hong Kong HONG KONG Prince Charles and Princess Diana got an extravagant colonial welcome Tuesday as they began their visit to this British territory that has been shaken by the approach of Chinese rule in 1997. A 21 -gun salute reverberated over Hong Kong's famed harbor as the couple stepped off their plane to be greeted by Gov. Sir David Wilson and his wife. Charles and Diana then boarded the governor's yacht to cross the harbor for an arrival ceremony that included brightly colored lasers flashing across the sky, a variety show and a traditional Chinese fan dance. . No more 'Chicken Soup' NEW YORK ABC has canceled Jackie Mason's series Chicken Soup, a situation comedy in which he plays a Jewish ex-salesman in love with an Irish-Catholic. The eighth and final episode aired Tuesday night. Mason had been honorary campaign chairman for mayoral candidate Rudolph AP Holding her chic purple and red Boy Scout-style hat in place, Princess Diana smiles at Hong Kong Gov. Sir David Wilson upon her arrival Tuesday. Giuliani. He quit in September over remarks he made about the GOP candidate's Democratic rival, David Dinkins, who is black. Among other things, the rabbi-turned-comedian said Jews would vote for Dinkins out of guilt. Mason apologized for his remarks, and said he had learned that "what's funny on stage can be insensitive when it's said off the stage and in the world of politics." ABC spokeswoman Janice Gretemeyer would not say whether the cancellation was due to the controversy. Kitty Dukakis hospitalized BOSTON Kitty Dukakis, wife of Gov. Michael Dukakis, was in a hospital intensive care unit Tuesday as doctors tried to diagnose her illness. The governor's spokeswoman said initial tests were inconclusive, but indicated the ailment was neither drug nor alcohol-related. "Mrs. Dukakis is tired of tests, but she's feeling okay. She's up; she's alert," said the spokeswoman, Minday Lubber. Mrs. Dukakis, who turns 53 today, was taken by ambulance Monday night to Brigham and Women's Hospital after several days of flu-like symptoms, Lubber said. Meanwhile, Dukakis' 86-year-old mother, Euterpe Dukakis, was in satisfactory condition at Beth Israel Hospital, where she was admitted Monday after experiencing repeated fainting spells, said spokeswoman Laurie Veno. 'Discovery' set for night launch Nov. 20 with secret military cargo Conadfrstafjandj CAPE CANAVERAL Space shuttle Discovery will lift off after dark on a secret Thanksgiving week military mission, the first of three dazzling nighttime launches scheduled here in four weeks. The trio of night launches two of space shuttles and one of a Titan 3 I rocket should, weather permitting, I provide a bright spectacle visible for hundreds of miles. When Atlantis lifted off on the last shuttle night mission in November 1985, its long tail of fire was clearly visible along much of the Florida West Coast and as far away as Charleston, S.C. NASA announced the Nov. 20 Discovery launch date Tuesday after shuttle managers concluded a two-day review of the readiness of the orbiter, the secret payload, the global tracking network and all other aspects of the mission. The space agency said the liftoff would occur during a four-hour period starting at 6:30 p.m., only the third night launch in 32 shuttle flights. The exact time will not be made public until nine minutes before launch to make it harder for Soviet reconnaissance ships and satellites to track the shuttle's ascent. Also Tuesday, Martin Marietta announced it will launch the first commercial payloads on its huge Titan 3 rocket on the night of Dec. 8. They will be communications satellites for Japan and Great Britain. Also Tuesday, Martin Marietta announced it will launch the first commercial payloads on its huge Titan 3 rocket on the night of Dec. 8. They will be communications satellites for Japan and Great Britain. NASA earlier announced the scheduled after-dark launch of the space shuttle Columbia on Dec. 18 to capture and return to Earth the LDEF (Long Duration Exposure Facility) satellite that has been in orbit more than five years. LDEF's orbit has become unstable, Encounter with a killer? Rock singer Deborah Harry tells of a scary ride with Ted Bundy By NESTOR APARICIO BatMmore Evening Sun The way Deborah Harry recounts the story is absolutely frightening. The rock singer, best known for her work in the post-disco, new-wave band Blondie, was just trying to hail a cab. It nearly ended in disaster. "I was trying to get a cab on the lower east side of the Village in New York, and it was kind of late," Harry said. "This was back in the early 70s. I wasn't even in a band then. ... I was trying to get across town to an after-hours club. . . . "A little white car pulls up, and the guy offers me a ride. So I just continued to try to flag a cab down. But he was very persistent, and he asked where I was going. It was only a couple of blocks away, and he said, 'Well I'll give you a ride.' "I got in the car, and it was summertime and the windows were all rolled up except about an inch and a half at the top. So I was sitting there and he wasn't really talking to me. Automatically, I sort of reached to roll down the window and I realized there was no door handle, no window crank, no nothing. The inside of the car was totally stripped out. "... I got very nervous. I reached my arm out through the little crack and stretched down and opened the car from the outside. As soon as he saw that, he tried to turn the corner really fast, and I spun out of the car and landed in the middle of the street." The driver, Harry concluded more than 15 years later, was serial killer Ted Bundy, who was executed last January in Florida's electric chair. "It was right after his execution that I read about him," she said. "I hadn't thought about that incident in years. The whole description of how he operated and what he looked like and the kind of car he drove and the time frame he was and NASA needs to move quickly to recover it before it falls into the eartn s atmosphere and is destroyed. The late Discovery and llta launches are necessary to place the satellites in desired orbits. The Columbia liftoff is timed to put the shuttle an course to intercept the LDEF. . While Discovery's crew is schedule to be in space on Thanksgiving, Columbia's 10-day mission will have its astronauts in orbit on Christmas. . Quoting sources, the Associated Press reported Tuesday that Discovery f payload on the Nov. 20 flight will be.a $300-million, 2V4-ton satellite for monitoring Soviet missile tests and eavesdropping on military and diplomatic com; munications. Another team of Discovery astronauts launched a similar satellite ui 1985. . The crew for the Discovery mission is: Air Force Col. Frederick C. Gregory, the commander; Air Force Col. John Blaha, the pilot; and mission specialists Navy Capt. Manley L. Carter Jr., F; Story Musgrave and Kathryn C. Thornton. Information from th AP and Timet taft writer David Ballingrud was used in this - report "realized there was no door handle, no window v crank, no nothing. . . . f' got very nervous." :t Deborah Harry J doing that in in that area of the country fit exactly. I said, 'My God, it was him.' V Harry said it frightens her more now than ever. ' "Very scary," she said. "Truthfully,-I hadn't thought of the incident in 1$ years. I'm one of the lucky ones." Between the incident and the time she fully digested what had happened,' Harry had come and gone as a music superstar. - .r! As the driving force in Blondie, she-had a string of hits including Heart of Glass, Call Me and The Tide Is High,, which all hit No. 1 between March 1979 and February 1981. When you need cash FAST there's someone who can help . . . 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