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September 25, 1985

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Comedian Bill Cosby called it embarrassing but wonderful that the town where he grew up decided to honor him after a benefit concert for a voting rights fund.

Mayor W. Wilson Goode and the Rev. Jesse Jackson saluted Cosby at the Citizenship Education Fund benefit Tuesday night at the Academy of Music. The fund is a national, non-partisan voter education and registration group.

″It’s embarrassing for me,″ Cosby said after the show. ″I thought I was coming here to raise money to educate people. It was just wonderful.″

Goode praised Cosby as ″the person who has done more in his lifetime to enhance the image of the city than any other single person I know.″

He also called the comedian ″an absolutely perfect role model for our society.″

Jackson praised Cosby for his achievements and for his contributions to society. ″Many people make money but don’t make sense. Bill combines the best qualities in all of us,″ he said.

Cosby grew up in a Philadelphia housing project and graduated from Temple University. His comedy on NBC-TV won three Emmys Sunday, including the award for best comedy show. Cosby shunned the ceremony, saying he did not believe in competition between performers.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, charged with punching a woman in the face and with two counts of probation violation, is ″adamantly protesting″ the latest accusations, his lawyer says.

The star of TV’s ″Airwolf″ series was charged Tuesday with felony battery for allegedly punching a woman, breaking her nose and splitting her lip Sept. 6 outside his Malibu home, district attorney spokesman Al Albergate said.

Vincent, 41, arranged to surrender today, prosecutors said.

Chenoa Lee Ellis, 34, a friend of the actor’s, said she was attacked by Vincent for causing trouble between him and his girlfriend, Albergate said. The nature of the dispute was not disclosed.

″Vincent is adamantly protesting the charges,″ said his attorney, Ronald Carpol. ″He is absolutely adamant that he never touched this girl.″

The actor is on probation on charges of disturbing the peace by fighting at a party and for drunken driving.

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HONOLULU (AP) - Actor Sylvester Stallone has joined a group of investors planning to build homes on a site on Kauai Island, but hasn’t decided what to do with another parcel he bought last year, his attorney says.

″It’s really a very beautiful site,″ said John Ferry, the real estate agent who brokered the latest deal, for building eight homes on an 8-acre site on Kauai’s north shore. ″He (Stallone) really likes it here.″

Last year, the 39-year-old star of the ″Rocky″ and ″Rambo″ films bought five acres on Kauai’s north shore. No decision has been made about development of that parcel, said Jake Bloom, Stallone’s Los Angeles attorney.

″He just perceived it to be a good investment,″ Bloom said Tuesday.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Actor-director Elia Kazan, whose films include ″A Streetcar Named Desire″ and ″East of Eden,″ will receive a new Yale award honoring people in the arts.

Kazan, 76, and 12 others will be given the award Oct. 5 as part of a Convocation of Yale Arts Alumni.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Actor Ted Knight, who played Ted Baxter on ″The Mary Tyler Moore Show,″ should be released Thursday from the hospital where he had abdominal surgery last week, a spokesman says.

Knight, 61, star of television’s ″Too Close For Comfort,″ underwent ″surgery to remove a blockage,″ spokesman Henry Ballinger said Tuesday.

Production of Knight’s current, syndicated show was interrupted, and filming would resume Oct. 14, Ballinger said. The program is being renamed ″The Ted Knight Show,″ he said.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The disputed property in a palimony case against pianist Liberace by a former live-in companion amount to a couple of robes and a bathing suit, the entertainer’s lawyer said.

Superior Court Judge Norman Epstein ruled Tuesday that there were enough issues for dancer Scott Thorson, 25, to get his day in court on an amended suit filed after his original $113 million claim for support was thrown out in 1983.

Epstein said there were grounds for a hearing on allegations that Liberace refused to turn over some of Thorson’s personal property that was inside a plush Las Vegas, Nev., home.

The disputed property involved ″a couple of robes and a bathing suit,″ said Liberace’s attorney, John Schwemmer.