Lorne Michaels stalking case to be dismissed

NEW YORK - A self-styled standup comedian who was accused of stalking 'Saturday Night Live' producer Lorne Michaels left court Monday practically a free man after his case was adjourned for six months.

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Robert Mandelbaum said a stalking charge against Evans Pidhajecky, 32, will be dismissed and sealed on Sept. 8 if he does not get rearrested or disobey the court's orders.

Assistant District Attorney Heather Pearson said Pidhajecky was given an 'adjournment in contemplation of dismissal' because this was his first arrest and he had complied with the order to leave Michaels alone.

Bernstein heirs give studio items to Ind. university

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The family of Leonard Bernstein has donated items from the late composer's Connecticut studio - including a conducting stool believed to have been used by Johannes Brahms - to Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.

The donation, announced by the school Monday, also includes the conductor-composer's rocking chair, 39 Grammy nomination plaques, batons, a pencil and ruler and blank manuscript paper.

Bernstein, who died in 1990 at age 72, had a long-standing relationship with the Jacobs School of Music that began in the early 1970s. He spent time on campus with students and faculty and in 1987 established a scholarship in his name at the school.

'Potter' book sells for $19K

DALLAS - A softcover copy of the first Harry Potter book has sold for just over $19,000, according to a Dallas auction house.

'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' was one of only 200 copies from the first printing issued with illustrated wrappers by London publisher Bloomsbury. The 1997 work about the boy wizard was published in the United States as 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' and includes an illustrated card signed by author J. K. Rowling.