Frequently hospitalized rock star Jerry Lee Lewis' condition has been upgraded from critical to satisfactory in a Memphis hospital, where he is suffering from bleeding ulcers . . .

Angry about the peculiar Hollywood movie industry accounting system, where no matter how successful a picture is the money doesn't seem to trickle down, actor Paul Newman and director George Roy Hill filed a suit Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles accusing Universal Pictures of cheating them out of more than $600,000 in revenues from the videocassette sales of the movies "Slap Shot" and "The Sting" . . .

Claus von Bu low's stepson -- Prince Alexander von Auersperg -- told a Rhode Island court yesterday that von Bu low had a conversation with him and his sister about his mother's will in January 1981, a month after his mother, Sunny von Bu low, fell into her irreversible coma . . .

The -- what some would term "impossible" -- quest to get a professional baseball team for Washington received a shot of support yesterday when Andy Ockershausen, WMAL executive vice president and general manager, deposited a check for $28,350 into a baseball savings account in D.C. National Bank. The money, if the D.C. Baseball Commission is successful in getting a big league team for the city, will buy 50 season tickets. It's all a show of support. If there is no team, WMAL, which incidentally has offered to broadcast the games, gets its money back . . .

Rep. Mo Udall, always quick with a quip, was chairing the House Interior Committee yesterday during a discussion about the federal government taking over an old historic cemetery in Philadelphia. Udall looked up to ask, "Have we checked to see if there are not Hessian mercenaries there?" . . .