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Published November 28, 1995
PETER GRAF, the father of STEFFI GRAF, is expected to break his silence and make a statement to German authorities about tax evasion charges he faces (USA TODAY, 11/28).... BURTON HAWKINS, former Public Relations Dir for the Texas Rangers and also a baseball writer for the Washington Star, died yesterday at his home in Arlington, TX. He was 81 (WASHINGTON POST, 11/28)....One-time heavyweight boxing champ JAMES "BONECRUSHER" SMITH was appointed chair of the NC Boxing Commission (N.Y. TIMES, 11/28)....A Philadelphia jury awarded $128,000 in damages for the PHILLIE PHANATIC's "overzealous antics" at a '91 church carnival. The jury awarded the money to Carl Seidel and his wife, Arlene, who alleged the mascot knocked Mr. Seidel down causing a back injury (PHILA. INQUIRER, 11/28)....Suns/DiamondBacks Owner JERRY COLANGELO won the 1995 Phoenix Downtown revitalization award presented by the Downtown Phoenix Partnership (ARIZONA BUSINESS GAZETTE, 11/16 issue)....NBC News reported on a survey which asked adults who or what organizations provide the best and worst examples as role models. Sports figures were not mentioned. Best: youth organizations, teachers, clergy and doctors. Worst: movies, TV, politicians, music industry (NBC, 11/28)....ILIE NASTASE has become a leading member of Romania's ruling party by becoming elected to the party's national council ("Sports View," CNBC, 11/27)....The latest stop on Microsoft's BILL GATES' book tour was the "Late Show" with David Letterman (CBS, 11/27)....The Manhattan U.S. Attorney will file today to retry DON KING on wire fraud charges ("SportsCenter," 11/27).