Who Was Your Lawyer?: San Francisco attorney Melvin Belli, 83, known as the King of Torts for his winning ways with personal injury cases, has lost one: the majority ownership of his $7-million mansion, which went to his ex-wife in a divorce settlement announced last week. Lia Belli will get to keep 70% ownership of the 25-room Pacific Heights house. The couple separated in 1988 after 16 years of marriage. It was the lawyer’s fifth marriage.
The Gulf and Kent State: Growing anti-war sentiment has created strong interest in Alan Canfora, one of nine people wounded by the Ohio National Guard 21 years ago in a Vietnam War protest. Canfora, 41, said he is in demand as a speaker because of the Mideast war and an increase in student activism. “I’m not in it for the money,” he said: He hopes to build a national student movement to help avoid the mistakes of the ‘60s.
Sport of War: Britain’s Princess Anne brought a new perspective to the war in the Persian Gulf, looking at it as an athlete. “Sport is not just about structure and rules,” she said at a sports ceremony in London. “It is about the interpretation of rules. It can only be enjoyed if everyone is playing by the same rules and allowing fair play. Wars are not fair and can be the result of people not abiding by the rules.” The princess said sports will be important in maintaining morale and fitness for the troops in the Mideast.
War Delay: The Persian Gulf war also has affected former President Jimmy Carter, who has canceled a trip to Mauritania. Scheduled to leave last week for the North African country to help fight the Guinea worm infection, Carter said: “I was advised personally by some top American leaders that our trip to Africa would likely be during a time of war crisis. I decided it would put an additional burden on the already-overtaxed security staff in our country, Europe and Africa.”