Howard L. Weitzman, the lawyer defending Cathy Evelyn Smith, accused of murder in the 1982 drug death of comedian John Belushi, has subpoenaed Washington Post assistant managing editor Bob Woodward to testify at Smith's preliminary hearing on April 30. Weitzman is also seeking unpublished notes that Woodward used to write "Wired," his book about Belushi . . .
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was sued yesterday for libel and invasion of privacy by Louise Beatrice Hoogstraten, the younger sister of slain Playboy centerfold Dorothy Stratten. The $5 million lawsuit contends that Hefner emotionally damaged Hoogstraten, 16, with his claim earlier this month that she was "seduced" by director Peter Bogdanovich when she was 13 . . .
Newspaper editors, gathering from across the nation for the American Society of Newspaper Editors conference here today through Friday, checked in at the Sheraton Washington Hotel registration desk to what looked like a newspaper office from another era. There were 1940s telephones and typewriters at the front desk and members of the registration staff were wearing green visors. The concierge's desk was transformed into a newsstand complete with out-of-town newspapers and a newsboy hawking papers. During the working conferences the editors will hear a number of speakers including New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, New York City Opera general director Beverly Sills, author James Baldwin and Defense Secretary Caspar Weinber-ger . . .
That was Soviet defector Arkady Nikolaevich Shevchenko pushing his grocery cart up and down the aisles of the Sutton Place Gourmet like any apprentice capitalist. He bought some caviar and, among other items, a bag of Doritos . . .