- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Baseball taps Bob

Bob Dylan has played at historic Doubleday Field — music, that is. Now he’s back for good, just a block down Main Street in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown,N.Y.

The museum yesterday added the baseball episode from the famed singer-songwriter’s weekly music show, “Theme Time Radio Hour,” on XM Satellite Radio to its archive, Associated Press reports.

The hourlong episode contains Mr. Dylan singing an a cappella rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” along with classic baseball-announcing calls such as Curt Gowdy’s description of Ted Williams’ home run in his final at-bat with the Boston Red Sox. It also features several original baseball compositions, including Buddy Johnson’s “Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?” and “The Ball Game” by Sister Wynona Carr.

The CD will be added to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library archive, which features more than 10,000 hours of recorded audio and video, and will be available for researchers.

Protection sought

Actor John Cusack is seeking a restraining order against a woman he claims has been stalking him for more than 18 months, AP reports.

In papers filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Mr. Cusack requests that 31-year-old Emily Leatherman stay at least 500 feet away from him, his home, his work, his car and offices or companies in which he does business.

The documents indicate that Miss Leatherman has no known address and identify her as a transient.

“This person is showing unusual interest by stalking, throwing long letters of interest over my fence in bags with rocks and screwdrivers inside, making unannounced visits to offices of people I work with in an attempt to meet with me and listing my address as her own during a recent arrest,” Mr. Cusack says in the request.

The actor says he has never met Miss Leatherman, yet her mail has been arriving at his home. The woman has suggested in letters that she wants “a normal life and home” with Mr. Cusack and has threatened to hurt herself if he doesn’t help her, according to the papers.

The court documents note that Miss Leatherman has had previous arrests for “stalking and aggressive behavior toward police,” but they do not specify whether the arrests resulted in any convictions.

Mr. Cusack, who turned 40 yesterday, has starred in such films as 1984’s “Sixteen Candles,” 1989’s “Say Anything” and 2000’s “High Fidelity.”

Breaking her silence

Harper Lee, author of the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” has written a rare published item — a letter for Oprah Winfrey’s magazine on how she became a reader as a child in a Depression-era rural Alabama town.

The 80-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner stopped giving interviews about 40 years ago, and other than a 1983 review of an Alabama history book, she has published nothing of significance in about four decades. That makes her article for O, the Oprah Magazine, something of a literary coup for the TV talk-show titan.

In a letter for the magazine’s July “special summer reading issue,” Miss Lee tells of becoming a reader before first grade, AP reports. Her older sisters and brother read to her, her mother read her a story a day, and her father read her newspaper articles. “Then, of course, it was Uncle Wiggly at bedtime.”

Taking a breather

The musicians of Sleater-Kinney, the critically acclaimed rock trio, say they will go on “indefinite hiatus” after completing their upcoming summer concerts.

“After 11 years as a band, Sleater-Kinney have decided to go on indefinite hiatus,” says a statement released Tuesday by Sub Pop, the band’s Seattle-based record label, and posted on Sleater-Kinney’s Web site.

No reason was given for the decision, and band members could not be reached for comment, AP reports.

According to the Web site, Sleater-Kinney will play its last date in Chicago on Aug. 4. The band is scheduled to perform Aug. 1 at the 9:30 Club in Northwest.

The group took its name from a road near Olympia, Wash., the city where Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein formed the band. Drummer Janet Weiss joined before the release of 1997’s “Dig Me Out,” the record that gave the group a much wider audience.

The band, which relocated to Portland, Ore., released its seventh album, “The Woods,” in 2005.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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