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Miss NY Wants Crown, $2 Million


Helen Goldsby, the embattled Miss New York State, announced Tuesday that she is suing pageant officials for $2 million. And she brought 1993 titleholder Marcia Cillan to a Manhattan news conference to back up her charge that she's been done wrong.

Goldsby said she's charging "intentional" emotional distress, breach of contract and attempted wrongful termination of her title in her suit.

Pageant officials contend she voluntarily gave up her crown when she took a job as lead understudy in Broadway's "Master Class." She refused to give it up, saying the pageant's stinginess forced her to get a job. The pageant announced that first runner-up Sunita Paramsothy would be crowned next month, and Goldsby went to court.

Her attorney, Dominic Barbara of Long Island, said Goldsby is physically hanging on to the crown - and wouldn't say where.

Goldsby said that she was "hurt, very hurt," not merely because the pageant tried to fire her, "but in the manner I was told - I found out in the middle of an interview" when a reporter told her. She said she hadn't had much sleep since the dispute began two weeks ago and has suffered migraines.

She agreed to audition for the Broadway role only because pageant officials "weren't making bookings for me," she said. "I couldn't pay my rent."

Sun Microsystems May Buy Apple


Sun Microsystems Inc. is reportedly planning a takeover of Apple Computer Inc. in a deal analysts say would bring an infusion of corporate disclipine to the personal computer maker at a time when it is losing money and market share.

The Wall Street Journal, quoting people it said were familiar with the negotiations, said a deal is imminent between Apple, developer of one of the earliest desktop machines, and Sun, the premier maker of more powerful workstation computers.

Apple Computer Inc. Chairman A.C. Markkula told reporters Tuesday at the company's annual shareholders meeting in Cupertino, Calif., that Apple was not for sale, but many analysts say it's only a matter of time before Apple agrees to a deal. Sun, IBM, Oracle Corp. and Hewlett-Packard have all been cited as potential buyers.

Neither company Tuesday would comment on the Journal report, which quoted one source as saying the deal could entail a stock swap valued at about $4 billion.

"Theoretically speaking, the merging of two disparate corporate cultures has not turned out to be so harmonious and successful," Geran said. "However, given the situation Apple finds itself in, unless they can rapidly adjust to a new strategy and in this fast-moving PC business, they're going to have to consider really different ways of doing business."

The prospect of a sale to Sun left cold some users of Apple's Macintosh computers, which have a near-religious following.

"You have to figure out what Sun is bringing to the table. Is it knowledge of a Mac customer? No. Is it a new management team? Well, there are other ways of doing that. Is it a cash bailout? Apple has other options there," said Richard Doherty, whose New York company, Envisioneering, is heavily dependent on Macintoshes. "What do they bring to the party?"