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August 21, 1996|SHAUNA SNOW

POP/ROCK

Woldemariam Case Settled: Rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg (real name Calvin Broadus) was dismissed Tuesday from a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of the late Philip Woldemariam, and the remaining defendants in the case reached an "amicable" settlement out of court, attorneys for both sides told The Times. Woldemariam, 20, was shot by the rapper's bodyguard, McKinley Lee, after a 1993 confrontation at a Palms area park. Lee and Broadus, who was driving the Jeep from which the shots were fired, were acquitted of murder charges in February after testifying that Woldemariam was shot in self-defense. The family then filed a civil suit against Broadus, Lee, Broadus' record company Death Row Records and others. Attorneys for both sides, as well as a Death Row spokesman, declined to comment on details of Tuesday's settlement, citing a confidentiality clause.

PEOPLE WATCH

Torme Cancels Bowl Date: Singer Mel Torme was listed in guarded condition on Tuesday after doctors re-inserted a tube in his throat to aid his breathing following a recent stroke, the singer's spokesperson, Rob Wilcox, said. Wilcox said that Torme's family still hopes for "100% [recovery]," but because of his slowed recovery, all of the 70-year-old's performances through Oct. 1--including what would have been his 20th consecutive appearance at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 18--have been canceled. Torme's replacement at the Bowl is expected to be announced later this week.

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Rogers Recuperating: Entertainer Roy Rogers, 84, was recuperating at his Victorville home on Tuesday after being hospitalized for a mild heart attack. His son, Roy Rogers Jr., said the heart attack occurred a couple of weeks ago. Meanwhile, Dale Evans, 83, picked up her husband's Golden Boot Award presented by the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation in Los Angeles Saturday night--making her first public appearance since suffering a stoke on Mother's Day.

TELEVISION

Changing 'Morals': Producer Steven Bochco has agreed to make changes to tone down language in his upcoming CBS comedy "Public Morals." Some CBS affiliates had expressed reservations about airing the pilot episode, which had included a particular phrase that spurred discussion among TV critics about prime-time standards. The series, a sort of modern-day "Barney Miller" about New York vice cops, will still likely carry a parental-discretion advisory. "Public Morals" is scheduled to air at 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the fall.

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Is a Disney Show Far Behind?: Remember the onslaught of ice skating specials after the 1994 Winter Olympics? Well, the same thing may be about to happen with gymnastics in the wake of the U.S. women's team gold medal win in Atlanta. First out of the gates is the Fox network, which will air "USA vs. the World: The Ultimate Gymnastics Competition" on Sept. 3. Former gold medalist gymnast Mary Lou Retton will host the two-hour prime-time special, which features U.S. gymnasts Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Amanda Borden and Jaycie Phelps competing against fellow Olympic gold medalists Svetlana Khorkina of Russia and Svetlana Boginskaya of Belarus and others.

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Channel 5 News Chief: David Goldberg, a former news director at TV stations in Dallas, Houston, Nashville and Norfolk, Va., has been named news director at KTLA-TV Channel 5. He'll begin work on Sept. 9, replacing Craig Hume, who resigned last week due to what he called "philosophical differences" with management at the Tribute Broadcasting-owned station.

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'Loveline' Pulled: Fox's Twentieth Television has taken the highly unusual step of canceling the late-night sex-and-relationships show "Loveline" three weeks before it was set to premiere in syndication. The program, based on the KROQ-FM (106.7) radio show, is produced by New World Entertainment, which Fox parent News Corp. is in the process of acquiring. Efforts are being made to find another distributor for the program, and a KROQ spokesman said in published reports it is exploring its legal options.

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