Sugar Ray Leonard has a court date coming up next week with his estranged wife's attorney, Marvin Mitchelson, the man who can get blood from a turnip. The champ will appear before Rockville Circuit Court Judge William Miller on Nov. 2 at a hearing where Mitchelson will seek to get monthly support payments to Leonard's wife, Juanita, increased. According to Mitchelson, Juanita is receiving $12,000 a month, and the super-lawyer who made "palimony" a new word for the dictionary is seeking to raise that amount to $50,000. Mitchelson, who says the champ is one of the wealthiest figures in the sports world, is scheduled to take a deposition from Leonard and his lawyer-agent Mike Trainer on Nov. 1 to determine the champ's worth.

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Hospital Report: After nearly a month spent gravely ill in Latter-Day Saints Hospital in Salt Lake City, Ezra Taft Benson, who was President Eisenhower's secretary of agriculture, has gone home. Benson, the 91-year-old president of the Mormon Church, underwent two operations for blood clots on the brain and was treated for gastrointestinal bleeding ... Country singer Ferlin Husky is in stable condition at Baptist Hospital in Nashville after triple-bypass heart surgery last week. Husky, who has made a number of films and has had several country hits including "Wings of a Dove," has a history of heart problems. He underwent open-heart surgery in 1977 and had a heart attack in 1983 ...

Highlights from Arena Stage productions will be featured at tonight's black-tie gala at the Departmental Auditorium celebrating the 40th anniversary of the theater. Performing the scenes from past successes will be Robert Prosky in "Our Town," Marilyn Caskey in "Candide," Halo Wines and Lewis J. Stadlen in "The Cocoanuts," Randy Danson, Christina Moore and Wines in "The Three Sisters" and the Wesley Boyde Choir in "The Gospel at Colonus." Some of the other actors expected for the evening are Olympia Dukakis, Viveca Lindfors and Avery Brooks, who started rehearsals last week for the upcoming production of "Othello" at the Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger ...

Former president Jimmy Carter has good reason to know Rep. Mo Udall. During their presidential primary campaign battles, Udall was ever breathing down Carter's neck. Carter recently sent out a fund-raising letter seeking money for Habitat for Humanity, the charity he supports in helping to house the poor. It was, of course, turned over to a mass-mailing operation, but to address the letter to "Vdall"? The Arizona Democrat was amused by the mistake and sent along a check anyway ...

They enjoy the strangest battles in New York. William Tatum, publisher of the black-owned Amsterdam News, did what other New York newspapers have refrained from doing: He published the name of the Central Park jogger who was raped, beaten and left for dead. He said he did it because white-owned newspapers had published Tawana Brawley's name. Angry with Tatum, Screw magazine Publisher Al Goldstein countered with a threat to publish Tatum's home address and phone number. An apparently equally angry Tatum responded, "If he really does it, I'll run his mother's name and address in my paper." It's hard to imagine the next rung of escalation in this battle ...