Stock-car driver Davey Allison, 32, winner of the 1992 Daytona 500, died July 13 of injuries suffered the previous day when a helicopter he was piloting crashed at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Allison’s only brother, Clifford, 27, died in a smashup last August at Michigan International Speedway. Their father, 1983 NASCAR champion Bobby Allison, had a career-ending wreck at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania in 1988….
Patrick Lipper, 35, who directed last year’s youth-oriented Rock the Vote voter registration drive (PEOPLE, June 7, 1993) died July 13 in Marina Del Rev, Calif., of an AIDS-related cardiac arrest. Lippert also tirelessly lobbied for passage of the so-called Motor Voter bill. Signed into law last May, Motor Voter will, in 1995, enable new voters to register when they get their driver’s licenses….
Will Rogers Jr., 81, son of the famed homespun humorist, died July 9 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound near his home in Tubac, N.Mex. He had recently suffered two strokes and undergone hip implant surgery. Active in politics, Rogers played his father in The Will Roger Story (1952) and The Boy from Oklahoma (1954)….
Bandleader Mario Bauza, 82, who helped popularize the cha-cha, the rumba and the mambo in America and who pioneered the hybrid known as Afro-Cuban jazz, died cancer on July 11 in New York City.
Sharon and David Schoo, who vacation in Acapulco last December while their two small daughters spent Christmas alone in St. Charles, Ill., have voluntarily given the girls up for adoption. Nicole, 10, and Diana, 5, have been placed with an adoptive family. In April, Sharon, 36, and David, 45, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of child neglect and were restricted to the house for 30 days, put on two years probation and ordered to do 200 hours of community service with children….
If your kids saw Aladdin often enough to memorize the songs, they might stumble over a verse in the home video version (due Oct. 1). With permission from composer Alan Menken and the estate of the late lyricist Howard Ashman, Disney has changed two lines in the opening song, “Arabian Nights,” because the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee found them offensive. Instead of a storyteller describing Arabia as a place “Where they cut off your ear/ If they don’t like your face,” he now describes a land “Where it’s flat and immense/ And the heat is intense.” Unchanged is a line, still troublesome to the ADC, that goes, “It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home.”
Top eight reasons to move: Margaret Ray, 41, a disturbed woman who once said she was David Letterman’s wife, was caught, for the eighth time in five years, trespassing on the talk show host’s properly in New Canaan, Conn. Police found Ray at 1 a.m. on July 7, sleeping on a bench near Letter-man’s tennis courts, and charged her with first-degree criminal trespass.