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Live Coverage of Trial: Local television will be out in force this morning when Deputy Dist. Atty. Marcia Clark and her prosecution team begin closing arguments in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. KTLA-TV Channel 5, CNN, Court TV and E! Entertainment, which have been covering the trial all along, will be joined by KABC-TV Channel 7, KCBS-TV Channel 2 and KCAL-TV Channel 9, which said they will broadcast the closing arguments in their entirety each day this week, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. KNBC-TV Channel 4 said it will be there each day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and KTTV-TV Channel 11 will cover from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a nightly wrap-up from 11 p.m. to midnight. Cable’s CNBC will pick up the proceedings live at 6 p.m. each day. On radio, KNX-AM (1070) will continue its gavel-to-gavel coverage.

Gary Owens Honored: Gary Owens, the deep-voiced TV and radio wit, was inducted into a Hall of Fame for the fourth time in the last year. Owens, the hand-cupped-over-ear announcer on the classic “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” for six years and a familiar figure on radio, was admitted to the South Dakota State Hall of Fame on Saturday in Pierre. Previously, he had been entered into the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the Radio Hall of Fame and the National Assn. of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.


Stars Come Out Early: Several top female stars are expected to participate in an 8:30 a.m. press conference today in front of UCLA Medical Center to launch a nationwide effort against spousal abuse. Among those expected is Victoria Principal, co-chair of the recently formed Community Advisory Board for the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council. Other potential participants include Laura Dern, Carrie Fisher, Jennifer Grey, Michelle Pfeiffer and Lesley Ann Warren, all members of the advisory board. The board is a coalition of representatives from business, entertainment and government that works with the long-established Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council. The other co-chair of the new board, security expert Gavin de Becker, also will attend.


Douglas & Son, Actors: The long-anticipated teaming of Kirk Douglas and his son Michael moved a step closer with the announcement that the pair will film “A Song for David,” a drama about a man who takes charge of the care of his “larger-than-life father.” Production is scheduled to begin next spring with a Christmas, 1996, release date. But first, the younger Douglas is headed for location in South Africa next month to make “The Ghost and the Darkness” with Val Kilmer. It’s based on a true story about lion hunters at the turn of the century who battle the rampage of two big cats that killed more than 100 men during construction of the East African railway. Both projects are coming from the newly formed Constellation Films, which encompasses Douglas/Reuther Productions, a company headed by Michael Douglas and Steven Reuther. Constellation will deliver at least a dozen films to Paramount Pictures for domestic distribution in the next four years, the filmmakers announced.

Home, but Not Alone: Some New York neighbors of actor Macaulay Culkin and his brothers won’t allow their kids to play with the show-brood because of a lack of supervision, the New York Post said Monday. Manhattan neighbors and friends were quoted as saying the “Home Alone” star, now 15, and his siblings have been living it up while their parents are locked in a bitter child-custody battle. The six Culkin kids, ages 6 to 19, live with their mother in three apartments in the same building on West 60th Street. On a recent Saturday, Macaulay and two brothers--12-year-old Kieran and 19-year-old Shane--threw a beer party in the apartment they share, the Post quoted a source as saying. “There was alcohol, and the kids are unsupervised,” said neighbor Lorna Bundy, whose 14-year-old daughter, actress Laura Bundy, was a childhood playmate of Macaulay. The three younger children are supervised by a nanny hired by their mother, Patricia Brentrup, “but the older boys have no supervision,” Bundy said. Spokespersons for the Culkins could not be reached Monday.

You Know It’s Autumn: Leaves may not be turning very much in L.A. but here’s a sign of the season: Nominating and balloting schedules for the 53rd annual Golden Globes were announced Monday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. The awards ceremony will be held Jan. 21 at the Beverly Hilton with a telecast on NBC. And the Academy Awards can’t be far behind. . . .


Anita Baker Backs Rap Critic: Singer Anita Baker has donated $10,000 to a legal defense fund for gangsta rap critic C. DeLores Tucker, chair of the National Political Congress of Black Women. Tucker and former drug czar William Bennett have been demanding since May that Time Warner, the company that manufactures and distributes Baker’s music, stop selling rap songs that she characterizes as “violent pornographic smut.” Tucker has been sued for contractual interference by Time Warner-affiliated Interscope and Death Row Records. Baker donated the money on Sunday at a Congressional Black Caucus-related brunch in Washington staged by the National Political Congress of Black Women to honor Myrlie Evers-Williams, Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz.