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December 12, 1997|SHAUNA SNOW

Former "Cheers" stars Ted Danson and Kirstie Alley will rekindle their on-screen romance when Danson guests as Alley's love interest on her NBC series, "Veronica's Closet." The episode, which films next week, is slated to be broadcast in February. . . . Gilbert Cates will be back as Oscar producer this year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday. It will be Cates' eighth time at the show's helm, tying a record held by Howard W. Koch. . . . Elton John gave a check Wednesday for $33 million--the first installment of royalties from his No. 1 song "Candle in the Wind 1997"--to Princess Diana's memorial fund. John presented the check to Diana's sister, Sarah McCorquodale, at Kensington Palace, which was the princess' London home. . . . Police in Rock Hill, S.C., have ceased their investigation into sexual assault allegations against actor Edward James Olmos, after his accuser withdrew her complaint. In a joint statement, both sides called the incident "a misunderstanding between two adults," but would not elaborate. . . . Authorities have been searching for the 60-year-old brother of musician David Crosby since a friend found a suicide note from Ethan Crosby in a remote cabin in Northern California on Nov. 29. Ethan Crosby was last seen Nov. 5, Siskiyou County sheriff's deputies said.

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