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November 12, 1994|Michael Arkush

HELPING OUT: He may have lost his voice, but Glenn Gershan has gained a lot of new friends. Gershan is the Valley College student with cerebral palsy whose electronic voice keyboard was stolen recently, denying him the ability to communicate (B3). . . . Since word of his situation got out, dozens of people have offered their help.

RECORD RUSHER: John Elway may be the best NFL player to come out of the Valley. But who's the best CFL player? You could say Mike Pringle, 27, who went to Kennedy High. He set the league's single-season rushing record this year with 1,972 yards. . . . He plays for the Baltimore franchise, which meets Toronto in the playoffs today.

NEW FIGHT: Quit horsing around. That's the word from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to Eddie J. Milligan, above, operator of Hansen Dam Equestrian Center. This time, the fight's over a biological buffer zone the corps wants established in one of the center's parking lots (B5). . . . In the past, Milligan says, the corps has tried to evict his family from their mobile homes at the center.

MOVING ON: To his surprise, the Rev. Paul Egertson, pastor at St. Matthew's in North Hollywood, has been elected bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It's a surprise because he supports gays and lesbians in the ministry, and the church doesn't (B11).

BOOK TOUR? If Brando could talk to Larry King, is the Pope next? Don't bet on it. At a Universal City lunch Friday, Archbishop John Foley, in charge of TV and film for the Vatican, said Pope John Paul II won't do TV interviews, even to plug his hot new book, "Crossing the Threshold of Hope." . . . Says Foley: "The Pope does not feel secure that translations will always capture the nuances of what he's saying."

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