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July 1, 1995

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Casey Kasem isn’t letting the evolution of popular music slow him down after a quarter of a century of counting down his ``American Top 40.″

``Along the way, I have always thought that the changes in the music were refreshing,″ Kasem said Friday.

Kasem’s ``American Top 40″ is now syndicated to more than 1,000 radio stations on Westwood One Radio Network.

``Casey Kasem has the best known voice in radio,″ said Norm Pattiz, chief executive officer of Westwood One.

He started ``Top 40″ in Los Angeles in 1970. The No. 1 song on his list then was ``Mama Told Me Not to Come,″ by Three Dog Night.


NEW YORK (AP) _ Mickey Mantle’s liver transplant has given him a new outlook on life, and a new shape.

``He is in a very reflective mood,″ lawyer and friend Roy True told the New York Post. ``In all the years I’ve known him I have never seen him think so hard about life.″

And the stress of the retired slugger’s liver disease and his transplant surgery three weeks ago has another effect noticed by his wife, Merlyn.

``She has never seen him with such a flat stomach in all her life,″ True said.


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PHOENIX (AP) _ There’s star power behind the major league baseball expansion Arizona Diamondbacks: singer Glen Campbell and actors Billy Crystal and Louis Gossett Jr.

A list released Friday showed 18 investor groups have put up $108.5 million of the $130 million the franchise cost.

Campbell and Gossett anted up $500,000 each as members of the largest of the groups, MLB Investors, L.L.C.

And Crystal contributed $500,000 as a member of another group, Lynch Baseball, L.L.C., which invested a total of $8.5 million.

The team will begin play in the majors in 1998.


JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) _ Gerry Spence, the fringed leather jacket-wearing lawyer, author and legal commentator on the O.J. Simpson trial is turning media star.

Spence will be hosting a prime-time call-in show beginning July 7 on the CNBC cable channel.

Spence said the show will be an extension of his desire to make a point with his courtroom work.

``Long ago, I began to accept cases that I thought had a message in them,″ Spence said. ``When the jury returned a verdict, it said something more than just a money verdict for a plaintiff or an acquittal for a defendant.″

He said those cases ``permitted me to talk about what I considered wrongs in society,″ Spence said.

Spence’s most recent book is ``How to Argue and Win Every Time.″


HELSINKI, Finland (AP) _ Four is a crowd, especially when one is the portly president of Finland.

President Martti Ahtisaari, accompanied by his wife, Eeva, and two aides, got stuck on an elevator while visiting a school, the Ilta-Sanomat newspaper said.

The elevator, meant for disabled children, ground to a halt after rising only about 3 feet.

They were stranded there for about 15 minutes before the elevator was repaired, and then Ahtisaari continued, on his own, the newspaper said Saturday.

``The elevator worked again as soon as we got rid of Eeva,″ Ahtisaari joked about his petite wife.

Ahtisaari weighed 286 pounds during the presidential race last year. After becoming president, he said he would diet and he is visibly thinner now, although no details have been released about his weight.


CENTRALIA, Wash. (AP) _ The man who wrote, and largely lived, ``Drugstore Cowboy″ is back behind bars.

James Fogle, 58, was arrested Wednesday for the burglary of a pharmacy. Deputy prosecutor Ruth Vogel said he didn’t know how long a sentence Fogle could get.

In an interview Friday at the Lewis County Jail in Chehalis, Fogle told The Chronicle of Centralia he’s not sure how he arrived in town. He made no secret of his drug habit.

``I’ve been on a binge since my wife died,″ he said.

Fogle, who has spent most of his adult life behind bars, said that in early June he found his wife, Janet, dead at their home in Seattle.

Fogle said he used what little money he had left to bury her and then drifted, drinking and taking whatever drugs were available.

Fogle became a jailhouse celebrity in 1989 when Portland, Ore., filmmaker Gus Van Sant made a movie on Fogle’s then-unpublished novel about a gang of four junkies who roamed the Northwest. ``Drugstore Cowboy,″ starring Matt Dillon, got rave reviews.