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October 25, 1987

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) _ At 22 cents, the wooden sign from former Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver, with Cleaver’s autograph thrown in, was a great deal, says the buyer.

During a yard sale at Cleaver’s home, which raised $250 for his latest legal defense fund Saturday, Byron Onisko got the radical turned born-again Christian to sign the sign he bought. The sign read, ″If we all work together we can totally disrupt the system.″

Onisko said the price was the result of a deal between him and Susan Thompson, a Cleaver aide.

″That was all the money I had, and the lady was kind enough to sell it to me,″ he said. He told Cleaver he reads his book, ″Soul on Ice,″ at least once a year.

Cleaver says he needs the money to cover legal expenses related to his arrest Oct. 2 on a cocaine possession charge. He pleaded innocent.

To many of the browsers at the sale, Cleaver was an unknown name.

″I’ve heard of Black Panthers, but I don’t know what they are,″ said Amy Little, 14, who bought two framed pictures for $8.

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ATLANTA (AP) - A ″chocaholic″ cartoon character who wolfs down items that resemble Hershey products has prompted Hershey Foods Corp. to threaten legal action, but cartoonist Doug Marlette seems unperturbed.

In his ″Kudzu″ comic strip and books, Marlette features Doris the Parakeet, whose love for chocolate has caused her to be duped by Soviet spies bearing truffles and sent her to the Betty Ford Clinic for a chocolate cure.

Marlette’s latest book is entitled ″Chocolate is My Life,″ and its cover features Doris against a background that resembles the wrapper of a Hershey bar.

In a recent certified letter to Peachtree Publishers, Hershey staff counsel L. Keith Wimbush contended that Marlette infringed on the company’s trademark in ″a disparaging and tasteless manner.″

Marlette, who is also an editorial cartoonist for The Atlanta Constitution, said he could understand the company’s unhappiness ″if Doris were trying to sell candy, but, to my knowledge, nobody has tried to eat the book.″

″I don’t think this will have any impact on Doris’ allegience to Hershey’s,″ he said. ″She probably will ignore this and continue to narf candy kisses with the aluminum foil still attached.″ Some other, better- humored candy companies whose products are spoofed in the strip have actually sent him samples, he said.

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DENVER (AP) - Britain’s Prince Philip paid tribute to an old headmaster as he collected an award named for the educator.

Philip said Kurt Hahn, founder of Outward Bound and headmaster at Gordonstoun School in Scotland when the prince was a student there, ″had an uncanny insight into the mind of the adolescent.″

Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II and a patron of sports and wilderness causes, was in Denver on Saturday to accept Outward Bound’s highest honor, the Kurt Hahn Award for outstanding contributions to the wilderness training program.

At a black tie dinner Saturday night, Philip told an audience of 600 Outward Bound supporters about Hahn’s lifelong work on behalf of youth. Hahn founded Outward Bound in England during World War II.

″It’s obviously difficult for me to know whether I’m being objective in my assessment,″ Philip said. ″It’s kind of cheeky of me to talk about my headmaster in this way.″

Before the prince arrived, there was a short break in the evening pomp as some 50 or 60 dinner guests in tuxedos and evening dresses tried to scramble over a 12-foot wall without props, a common Outward Bound training obstacle.

Earlier in the day, Philip traveled by helicopter to Roxborough State Park in the foothills of the Rockies to get a first-hand look at climbing techniques used by the Colorado Outward Bound School, the oldest and largest Outward Bound program in the United States.

The program helps students learn to excel or to overcome problems by making them face mental and physical challenges in the wilderness.

Colorado Gov. Roy Romer told the prince about the Outward Bound trip that Romer took with his Cabinet.

″That’s quite an achievement,″ said the prince with a laugh. ″What about getting all the governors to do it?″

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Former California Supreme Court Chief Justice Rose Bird, who lost her post last year after being targeted by conservatives, received the first Wayne Morse award for integrity in politics.

Ms. Bird, 51, was praised Saturday by former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Betty Roberts for showing ″strong character and unswerving dedication to the court″ despite suffering ″periods of painful public controversy.″

The award is named for the former maverick Oregon senator who died in 1974.

Ms. Bird was appointed to the California high court by former Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown. In 1986, opponents launched an ultimately successful, $5 million campaign to persuade voters to remove her, charging that she voted to reverse death sentences not on the legal merits of each case as she claimed but because she opposed capital punishment in general.

On Saturday, Ms. Bird told reporters she sympathized with Judge Robert Bork, whose nomination by President Reagan to the U.S. Supreme Court was defeated Friday in the Senate.

″On a personal level, I feel for Judge Bork and for his family,″ she said. ″That’s never been a comfortable process to go through - to be placed under a microscope, to have a lot of the things you’ve written or said discussed or sometimes misinterpreted.″

But she said Bork’s defeat ″may have been predictable″ because of the ″natural clash between the executive and the legislative when the president makes it an official position to change the direction of the court.″