Singer Andy Williams will face trial Oct. 21 on a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving. During a hearing Thursday, which Williams did not attend, Redlands, Calif., Municipal Court Judge John Arden set the trial date for the 55-year-old entertainer, who was arrested Jan. 20 on Interstate 10 east of Los Angeles while driving home from the Bob Hope Classic golf tournament. According to the California Highway Patrol officer who arrested him, Williams was weaving his Rolls-Royce convertible in and out of traffic at speeds near 70 mph.
The entertainer's blood alcohol level was tested at .17 percent, prosecutors said. The legal limit in California is .10 percent. Steinem: Share Those Chores
Feminist leader Gloria Steinem urged women yesterday to deal with the "superwoman" duties of juggling home and job by demanding that their husbands take a more active part in household chores. She called on 1,000 businesswomen to be more assertive in defending their rights when they return home from their four-day National Association for Female Executives convention this week. "Say, 'Them that eats can also cook.' Or say to them, 'Pick it up yourself,' " she said. Stardom and Politics
Opera star Placido Domingo as mayor of Madrid? The Montreal Gazette says Domingo has voiced interest in running for mayor of the Spanish capital, inspired by Clint Eastwood's "little venture into local politics" as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. The prospect of a Mayor Domingo was enough to inspire the Gazette to contemplate other possibilities. "We detect a trend here," said the paper. "Let's see now, which Canadian cultural icons could turn into good politicians? Lorne Greene! Or maybe Rich Little could cover the issues, doing different policy positions in different voices, changing them to suit his audiences." TOut and About
Actor Sean Penn doesn't seem to learn from his mistakes. The young film star and husband of pop singer Madonna was accused yesterday of punching a nightclub customer who, Penn claimed, had kissed his wife. Charged with battery, Penn could face a fine of as much as $1,000. The complaint, filed by David Wolinski, reported that Penn struck him after he said good night to Madonna as she and Penn were leaving Helena's nightclub in Los Angeles. Wolinski, who suffered minor injuries, claimed Penn also hit him with a chair but was stopped from repeating the act by a restaurant patron . . .
Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi certainly has admirers in his governing Congress party. Most party members' wrists are now modeling watches bearing Gandhi's smiling portrait. The prime minister's face lights up on the dial when the second hand touches the digit 3 or 9. A recently distributed internal memo urges party officials and members of Parliament to buy the specially designed watch. According to the Hindustan Times newspaper, the watch costs $40 and comes with a guarantee. Gandhi has no comment on his fashion accessories . . .
Nearly four years after the accident, director John Landis and four codefendants will go on trial Monday in Los Angeles on charges stemming from the deaths of three people during the filming of "Twilight Zone -- The Movie." Superior Court Judge Roger Boren said he has ordered a panel of 200 prospective jurors for the trial, which is expected to last four months. Wednesday will be the fourth anniversary of the July 23, 1982, "Twilight Zone" helicopter crash that killed actor Vic Morrow and two children: Myca Le, 7, and Renee Chen, 6. Prosecutors allege that Landis, associate producer George Folsey Jr., special effects coordinator Paul Stewart, production manager Dan Allingham and pilot Dorcey Wingo conspired to disregard laws protecting actors in their efforts to achieve realism in the film . . .
Larry Bird, three-time winner of the National Basketball Association's Most Valuable Player award, says a basketball could be a better defense against rude tourists at his French Lick, Ind., home than any other tactic he's tried in the past. "There's been a steady flow of out-of-towners coming by the house," Bird said. "They've been pulling in my driveway and running over Mom's flowers. I took a couple of shots at them the other day but I missed," he said jokingly. "If I'd shot at them with a basketball, I would have hit them."