It must be something in the water out there. Jimmy Smits, an Emmy Award nominee for best supporting actor on NBC's hit series "L.A. Law," was booked with his girlfriend Monday in West Los Angeles on suspicion of attacking three police officers during an apparent domestic dispute. Smits, who plays the brash lawyer Victor Sifuentes, also has appeared in two movies, "The Believers" and "Running Scared."

According to police, four officers were sent to the couple's apartment late Sunday after receiving a call reporting a woman screaming. When they arrived, Smits, 32, and his girlfriend, Juanita Cruz, 28, allegedly got into a fight with the officers. They were charged with battery, and police said they would seek felony charges against them. The couple were released after posting $1,000 bond. Smits and the officers suffered cuts and bruises and were treated at Santa Monica Medical Center. In June, Smits received this year's Imagen Award for his contribution to improving the image of Hispanics. Out and About Donna Rice was out taking financial advantage of her new celebrity yesterday. The woman who helped end Gary Hart's presidential ambitions was in New York City filming a commercial for the aptly named No Excuses line of jeans at a secret Manhattan location. She was also posing for advertising photographs, but probably not while sitting on anyone's lap ...

Canadian writer Mordecai Richler's evocative novel, "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz," is being made into a Broadway musical that is expected to have a tryout at the Kennedy Center this fall. Richler, who wrote the screenplay for the film of the same name, which starred Richard Dreyfuss in one of his most effective performances, has also written the book for this production with director Austin Pendleton. Kravitz is a Canadian Sammy Glick who comes of age in the Jewish section of Montreal and whose only morality is success. The show will open in Philadelphia, and although the dates haven't been set yet, it is scheduled to play the Kennedy Center in November before going on to Broadway ...

Washington does love "Cats." It sold out its eight-week run five days after the box office opened for its second Washington outing July 8 at the National Theatre, and standing-room-only and obstructed-view tickets are all that is available through the Sept. 13 closing. All advertising for the exuberant musical has been pulled. During its previous engagement here, "Cats" ran for 27 1/2 weeks at 100 percent capacity. The show will not be extended in spite of the demand for tickets and "Sweet Charity" is still scheduled to open Sept. 22 ...

Hospital Report: Former secretary of state Cyrus Vance apparently did not have a heart attack and is listed in excellent condition at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. The 70-year-old Vance was hospitalized with chest pains Monday when he was visiting his wife Grace at Mount Sinai. She had undergone orthopedic surgery there. Vance was admitted for observation, but a hospital spokesman said yesterday, "He had some discomfort in his chest. That's really all he had" ...

Master musician Stevie Wonder will have to take a brief musical sabbatical as he recovers from planned surgery on a tumor on his right index finger. The 37-year-old blind musician will have to reschedule a European concert tour, which was to have begun in England later this month with bookings in Belgium, West Germany and the Netherlands. It is not known where or when the surgery will be performed or how long the singer-songwriter will be sidelined. The star's management firm said his intense style of piano playing probably had something to do with the development of the painful mass growing from a nerve ending ...

Sassy, insulting Joan Rivers, who was unceremoniously dumped by Fox Broadcasting this spring after seven painful months as host of "The Late Show," will be back on the air with the fledging network Sept. 20 when she is one of the presenters at the Emmy Awards. But will she keep a civil tongue? ...