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McCartney makes plea for legalized pot

September 29, 1997
Web posted at: 6:48 p.m. EDT (2248 GMT)

From Correspondent Dennis Michael

Sir Paul McCartney has made his second plea for the decriminalization of pot. The singer scandalized England by calling for legalization of marijuana in 1967 while a member of The Beatles. Now, as a member of Britain's establishment, he's repeating his call in an interview with The New Statesman magazine. He says filling jails with people who smoke marijuana will only have the effect of turning them into true criminals. Paul McCartney

Al Pacino Al Pacino will soon add even more accolades to a pretty long list of accomplishments. The Oscar-winning actor will receive the National Italian American Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award next month. President Clinton has been invited to the ceremony.

Stevie Wonder and song-writer extraordinaire Babyface were on hand last week for the 30th anniversary celebration for Phoenix House, a substance abuse treatment center. Other celebrities also turned out for the anniversary gala.

A new superhero is taking over syndicated TV. Matt McColm plays the 21st century superhero "Nightman" in the new action series from Glen Larson, based on the Marvel Comics character.

It took 40 years, but Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana have finally gotten the platinum status recognition they deserve. The legendary performers were part of Elvis Presley's original backup band. The platinum presentation was made to the rock'n'roll legends by another legend, John Fogerty, at Nashville's Hard Rock Cafe.

"Free Willy 3" will soon be on home video. The movie, hailed by critics as the best of the "Free Willy" series, is expected to arrive on video in mid-November.

Many of the 41 million people that watched the live "ER" broadcast had a special connection to the show via the Internet. Warner Brothers and NBC offered Thursday night showing special digital feeds from the Warner Brothers studio and a chat line to give feedback about the historic broadcast.

Michelle Pfeiffer was at Disneyland this week to serve as hostess for the 40th annual Disneyland Community Service Awards. Pfeiffer helped the theme park present $400,000 to Orange County charities. Michelle Pfeiffer

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