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November 26, 1990 GMT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ ″Cheers″ star Kirstie Alley said her whole life changed when she broke free of drug addiction.

″It changed my relationship with my family,″ she said. ″I started telling the truth, which was a big difference for me. I started having real relationships. I married a really hot-looking guy. I started a career rather late in life from what most actors and actresses start their careers.″

Alley, who spent the Thanksgiving weekend with relatives in Wichita, said she has been drug free since entering the Narconon program in Los Angeles in 1979. On Sunday, she and her husband, actor Parker Stevenson, visited Narconon Chilocco, the group’s new drug rehabilitation center outside Newkirk, Okla.

Alley portrays self-conscious ″Cheers″ manager Rebecca Howe on the television show and stars in the current film comedy ″Sibling Rivalry.″ She said she turned to cocaine when her life took a series of wrong turns while she was working in Wichita as an interior designer in the late 1970s.

″I wasn’t an actress, like I wanted to be,″ she said. ″It was sort of hard in Kansas to say, you know, ‘I want to be a movie star.’ You don’t get a lot of validation for that.″


WASHINGTON (AP) - The former wife of jazz saxophonist Stan Getz lost a Supreme Court appeal alleging New York’s divorce law violates the rights of women.

The justices, without comment, on Monday rejected arguments by Monica Getz that the state law favors men by permitting them to wage ″legal wars of attrition″ against their wives, who often lack equal financial resources.

Getz, 63, sued for divorce in 1981, after Mrs. Getz, 56, went to court alleging her husband - suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction - abused her. She sought a court order for family support payments and protection against Getz.

The couple later made attempts at reconciliation before the divorce became final in 1987. A state jury ruled in Getz’s favor in granting the divorce. He had accused his wife of infidelity and trying to poison him. A state judge ruled that Mrs. Getz is entitled to half her husband’s royalties from the beginning of their marriage in 1956 to 1981.

In her appeal to the Supreme Court, Mrs. Getz said the case should have been resolved in New York’s family courts, which are designed to expedite divorce cases to save legal fees, rather than by trial courts that handle corporate disputes and other matters.


Mrs. Getz said she has spent more than $600,000 in legal fees and will be forced to use the proceeds from the couple’s mansion in Irvington, N.Y., where she still lives, to pay off the bills.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Bo Schembechler doesn’t coach here anymore, but his $12 million legacy at the University of Michigan is being criticized as sexist.

Schembechler Hall, named after the football coach who resigned in January, opened this fall as the home of Michigan’s football program. But the Center of Champions is off limits to Michigan athletes who don’t play football.

″This is the 1990s. People (of both sexes) can work in the same space. This would have been the perfect time for equality,″ said Tricia Maran, a Michigan field hockey player.

The criticism probably won’t make any difference, officials said.

″It’s pretty hard for me or anybody else on the Board of Regents to say Bo can’t build a building for football, especially if he raises the dough for it,″ trustee Philip Power said Sunday. ″You have to be realistic.″

Schembechler, who ended his 26-year career at Michigan with a 234-65-8 record, is president of the Detroit Tigers baseball team.


LONDON (AP) - Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, will make an overnight visit to Paris on Dec. 17-18, Buckingham Palace said Monday.

The informal visit had been scheduled for the summer, but was postponed after the prince broke his arm while playing polo June 28, said a press officer, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Prince Charles’ wife, Princess Diana, will not accompany him.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury says the heart should always rule the head, even if it means jumping off a few cliffs.

The 60-year-old author of such books as ″Fahrenheit 451″ and ″The Martian Chronicles″ said he succeeded because he learned to ignore naysayers.

″If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business because we’d be cynical,″ Bradbury said in a recent interview.

″Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.″

Bradbury, who shunned college in favor of independent reading, has published more than 500 short stories plus several successful novels and screenplays, including a 1954 adaptation of ″Moby Dick.″

Two of Bradbury’s books have been published this year. ″A Graveyard of Lunatics,″ is a murder mystery based on his experiences as a screenwriter. ″Zen and the Art of Writing,″ is a nonfiction work.