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October 6, 1988 GMT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ Comedian Whoopi Goldberg wants to end her two-year marriage to Dutch cinematographer David Claessen, citing irreconcilable differences.

Details of the divorce petition Miss Goldberg filed Tuesday weren’t disclosed by her spokeswoman, Lee Solters.

Claessen, 29, and Miss Goldberg, 38, met during the filming of a documentary on the homeless.

The couple have no children. Solters said Wednesday that they ″have been separated for some time″ and that Miss Goldberg has been living with cameraman Eddie Gold.


Miss Goldberg, who won an Oscar nomination for her performance in Steven Spielberg’s ″The Color Purple,″ stars in Warner Bros.’s forthcoming movie ″Clara’s Heart.″ She will soon be seen on the TV series ″Star Trek: The Next Generation.″


LOS ANGELES (AP) - The photographer whose car and camera were damaged by Cher’s boyfriend, 24-year-old Rob Camilletti, says Camilletti is getting off the hook.

″I think he should have been charged with assault with a deadly weapon. No, I’m not pleased with these charges,″ Peter Brandt, a photographer for the entertainment tabloid Star, said Wednesday.

Camilletti was charged Wednesday with reckless driving and malicious mischief. The misdemeanor offenses are less serious than the felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon for which Camilletti was booked after the June 27 confrontation. Camilletti was released on $2,000 bail.

Camilletti had said he lost control of Cher’s black Ferrari while swerving to avoid photographers outside the home he shares with the Oscar-winning actress. He said he hit Brandt’s car and then smashed his camera and telephone.

Brandt accused Camilletti of trying to kill him, and sued the couple for unspecified damages.

Reckless driving carries up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine; the two counts of malicious mischief could bring up to 18 months in jail and a $6,000 fine.


WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - Sheelah Ryan, winner of Florida’s record $55.1 million Lotto jackpot last month, passed up the chance to claim another prize her extraordinary luck brought her: a blender she won at a raffle.

Her name was drawn for a door prize at an open house held for a new office of Prudential Bowles Realty, where she used to work, said owner Wil Bowles.


By the time her name was drawn Friday, Ms. Ryan had left and another name was selected for the prize.

″I don’t think missing it will worry her,″ said Bowles.

Her former boss also disclosed that Ms. Ryan has bought a $260,000 house through the real estate firm she quit after winning the nation’s largest lottery prize.

Bowles said Ms. Ryan paid cash for the house, the location of which he would not disclose.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Gov. William Donald Schaefer disputes Playboy magazine’s depiction of him as an oddball, saying the publication should stick to pictures of nude women.

″I’m not weird,″ Schaefer declared Tuesday in response to an article in the November issue.

Schaefer, whom the magazine identifies as the ″chuckly bachelor gov of the Orioles’ home state,″ was lumped in the same category as comedian Pee-wee Herman, singer Michael Jackson and sexologist Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

″I think they ought to stick to publishing pictures of nude women and not bother people who are trying to do something,″ said Schaefer, who hadn’t read the story.

The article recycles asome old Schaefer adventures, including the day he was delivered in a box to Annapolis to become governor.

It also recounts Schaefer’s habit of calling male reporters ″girls″ and his insistence on staying in his longtime Baltimore rowhouse. Playboy likens him to Norman Bates, the crazed motel owner in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller ″Psycho″ and a sequel, ″Psycho II.″


LOS ANGELES (AP) - President Reagan has been named to receive the 1988 Humanitarian Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and his wife, Nancy, will receive the center’s first Museum of Tolerance award, the center said.

Nearly 2,000 guests, including Barbara Walters, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ben Kingsley, are on the invitation list for the Oct. 30 awards presentation.

The ceremony will take place during a gala to celebrate the 80th birthday of Wiesenthal, the Nazi hunter who lives in Austria, said center spokeswoman Lydia C. Triantopoulos.

The Los Angeles-based center selected Reagan as its 1988 recipient in recognition of his efforts to prevent nuclear war, his staunch support of Israel and his efforts on behalf of Soviet refuseniks, said a statement released Wednesday.

Previous recipients of the Humanitarian Award included French President Francois Mitterrrand and former Soviet refusenik Natan Sharansky.

The center studies the Holocaust and serves as an information-collection center in the hunt for escaped Nazis.


GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - The owners of the National Football League teams approved the sale of the New England Patriots to shaver-maker Victor Kiam and the sale of the Seattle Seahawks to a group headed by California land developer Ken Behring.

The transactions were approved unanimously Wednesday pending the reception of documents by the league office within 10 days.

Controlling interest in the Patriots was sold by the William H. Sullivan Jr. family, which founded the team, to Kiam for a reported $90 million after a 14-hour negotiating session this week.

″I’m gratified,″ said Kiam, chief executive officer of Connecticut-based Remington Products Co.

The Seahawks sale already had been completed and league approval was only a formality. The 13-year-old franchise was sold by the Nordstrom family of Seattle department store fame to a group headed by Behring for a reported $80 million.