Sunday, April 21, 2002

No Love for Nirvana survivors

Seattle � The two surviving members of the band Nirvana say they want Kurt Cobain's widow to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to see if incompetence is causing her to make bad business decisions � like holding back the band's unreleased material.

Lawyers for bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer David Grohl asked a judge on Friday to order the test for Courtney Love, whose lawyer said there is "not a shred of evidence" that she is mentally incompetent.

Lawyer Kelly Corr, who is representing Grohl and Novoselic, cited Love's barring the release of "You Know You're Right" as a sign of her deteriorating mental state. The song was recorded in Seattle shortly before Cobain killed himself with a shotgun on April 8, 1994.

Author to lecture no more

Albion, Mich. � The 1,300 people who were at Albion College to hear Kurt Vonnegut talk may have witnessed the 79-year-old author's final speaking engagement.

Only hours before Thursday night's speech, Vonnegut, best known for his 1969 novel "Slaughterhouse-Five," said during an informal question-and-answer session with faculty and students that he won't likely make any more public appearances.

He did not offer an explanation.

Old Gray Lady's publisher sports a new black eye

New York � New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. has sported a black eye for several days after he was punched by a bike messenger in midtown Manhattan.

"It's nice to know that at the age of 50, I can still take a punch," Sulzberger said through spokeswoman Catherine Mathis. Mathis said Friday that an unknown bike messenger randomly "popped him in the eye" on April 9.

Sulzberger � whose father, the Times' retired publisher, is known by the nickname "Punch" � was unsure what prompted the assault.

Alma mater honors keyboardist

Edison, N.J. � Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan returned to his roots when he was inducted into the Hall of Honor at his old high school.

Bryan, a 1980 graduate of John P. Stevens High School in Edison, was among 12 people honored Thursday by the school for their achievements. During his time at the school, Bryan received strong marks while playing in the school band and on its soccer team.

Bryan now lives in Colts Neck with his wife and their three young children.

The ceremony included a video salute from the members of Bon Jovi.