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February 26, 1988 GMT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Veteran rocker Frank Zappa will be made an honorary secretary of state next month for the voter registration drives he stages at his concerts.

Secretary of State Sherrod Brown said he would present the Grammy nominee with the title when Zappa plays in Columbus next month.

Brown, who talked with the singer Wednesday night, said workers would have voter registration tables at Zappa’s March 6 concert at Veterans Memorial Hall. He said he might do the same thing at Zappa’s concert in Cleveland the night before.

″I don’t know a lot of his songs, but I guess he’s got a new song out about fundamentalist preachers called ’Jesus Thinks You’re a Jerk,‴ said Brown, who confessed to seeing Zappa perform as a warm-up act to Chuck Berry in 1971.

Zappa, 46, made national news in 1985 as an outspoken critic of the Parents Music Resources Center, which wanted to put warning labels on records with sexually explicit lyrics. His album ″Jazz From Hell″ has been nominated for Grammys in jazz and rock instrumental categories.

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Miss Maryland-USA, Rowann Brewer, has been named Miss Photogenic for the Miss USA pageant.

Ms. Brewer, 23, of Silver Spring, was chosen Thursday night by a panel of photographers after the swimsuit and evening gown competitions were taped.

Photographers said the brown-eyed brunette model was the clear favorite from the moment the 51 contestants began taping ″fun scenes″ around El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, about two weeks ago.

Miss USA will be crowned Tuesday in the nationally televised contest.


MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) - Britain’s Princess Anne arrived in Mozambique on Friday for a five-day tour of charity projects run by the Save the Children Fund, of which she is president.

The daughter of Queen Elizabeth II was greeted at Maputo International Airport by Health Minister Dr. Fernando Vaz. The royal entourage then drove to the Maputo offices of Save the Children Fund, where the princess was briefed by the charity’s field workers.

The Fund has been working in Mozambique for the past four years, concentrating particularly on the central province of Zambezia, one of the areas hit hardest by drought and th 12-year-old guerrilla war. In 1987, the Fund made about $23 million in aid available for people displaced by the war.


Princess Anne is on a three-nation tour of Africa which has already taken her to Uganda. She next flies to the East African nation of Somalia.


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Comedian George Burns will receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree, his first ever, at a special convocation March 31, the University of Hartford has announced.

The 92-year-old Burns has fashioned a career spanning nine decades, but has never been recognized with an honorary degree, the university said Thursday.

″Like a superb wine, he has improved remarkably with age,″ said university President Stephen J. Trachtenberg.


FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - Fashion designer Oleg Cassini rode a 10-1 shot to victory at Freehold Raceway on the second day of his new career as a professional harness racing driver.

Cassini, 74, the oldest man ever to be given a driving license in harness racing, led wire to wire on Hi Po Bay Myst Thursday, said track spokeswoman Lauren Fundler.

″I feel great,″ Cassini said in the winner’s circle. ″I am very happy to show everyone that I can be competitive.″

Cassini, who said he decided to try his hand at professional racing after doing well in several charity races, was coming off an inauspicious debut on Wednesday. He finished last in his first race, was thrown from his sulky in the second race, and a track physician said the designer’s blood pressure was too high after the accident to compete in his final race.

Cassini placed fifth in another outing Thursday.

Hi Po Bay Myst paid $22.20, $13.40 and $7, Ms. Fundler said.


INDIO, Calif. (AP) - Movie producer Darryl F. Zanuck’s daughter has filed a malicious prosecution suit against her late father’s mistress, who had contested the movie czar’s will.

The suit, filed Wednesday in Indio Superior Court by Darrylin Zanuck de Pineda, seeks unspecified damages against Genevieve Gillaizeau, 41, of New York, for alleged malicious prosecution. It also seeks unspecified damages against her attorneys for allegedly failing ″to investigate the facts and law.″

Zanuck, a co-founder of the 20th Century Fox studio, died in 1979. According to court papers, he and Ms. Gillaizeau were romantically involved from 1965 to 1973 while he was married to Virginia Fox Zanuck.

Ms. Gillaizeau claimed Zanuck suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and was influenced by his family to change his will in October 1973, eliminating her as an heir to his estate, valued at $3.4 million. An earlier will had left her 40 percent of the estate.

Ms. de Pineda’s suit claims the former mistress falsely accused her of exerting undue influence on her father to change the 1973 will.

Zanuck’s will was settled Jan. 8, after Ms. Gillaizeau provided that her claim on the estate would be given to Yeshiva University in New York. The university received a $50,000 payment.