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July 20, 1988

NEW YORK (AP) _ George Meegan went out for a stroll and walked right into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Meegan appeared at the Guinness World of Records exhibit on Tuesday to receive a certificate honoring his walk through the Americas - a 19,017-mile jaunt that took seven uears and four months and was completed in 1983.

Meegan, a resident of Kent, England, is the author of ″The Longest Walk: An Odyssey of the Human Spirit.″ He walked from the tip of South America to the end of Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, crossing 14 countries.

While receiving the certificate, he also gave his boots to the Guinness exhibit. He then delighted the crowd by showing off the tattoo on his leg, a map of his route.

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NOVI, Mich. (AP) - Four teen-agers say they have unraveled the mystery behind a stolen powder blue chiffon dress belonging to the pop singer Madonna. But police say they aren’t sure if the teens’ story is ″true blue.″

The dress was taken Friday evening from a mall display sponsored by the cable music station MTV and awaits identification by officials from the exhibit, Detective Ralph Fluhart said on Tuesday.

Fluhart said the teen-agers told police they found the dress in the bushes near the mall on the night of the theft.

But he said their story leaves some unanswered questions, such as why the dress didn’t appear soiled or to have been wet, although it was raining the night of the theft.

″It was in the same condition it was in when it was stolen,″ Fluhart said.

The pop singer wore the low-cut sequined frock in the video for the song ″True Blue.″ She donated it for MTV’s Museum of Unnatural History, currently traveling across the country.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Actress Barbara Stanwyck recently spent 2 1/2 weeks in the hospital for a back problem that has plagued her for the past 25 years, her publicist said.

Miss Stanwyck, who turned 81 on Saturday, was released earlier this month from St. John’s Medical Center where she was admitted for treatment of the recurring back ailment, spokesman Larry Kleno said on Tuesday.

″She still has 10 fractured vertebrae which flare up from time to time,″ he said. ″When the pain gets so excruciating, she goes to the hospital for heat pack treatment.″

Miss Stanwyck originally injured her back while performing her own horse riding and other stunts in films and during the 1960s television show ″The Big Valley.″

Miss Stanwyck was nominated four times for Academy Awards and received an honorary Oscar in 1982 for the body of her work. She has won three television Emmy Awards.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Character actor Brian Dennehy was married to Australian costume designer Jennifer Anne Arnott aboard a yacht in Sydney, but work soon called the newlyweds to different continents, according to his publicist.

Dennehy, 50, and the former Miss Arnott, 31, were married Sunday aboard the American yacht Vim, publicist Nancy Seltzer said Tuesday.

After the wedding, Dennehy and his new wife sailed around Sydney Harbor.

But Dennehy then had to return to the United States to prepare for his role in the CBS television movie ″Day One.″ Miss Arnott remained in Australia to work as costume designer for the Australian miniseries ″Tana Mera,″ based on the fall of Singapore during World War II.

Dennehy has appeared mostly in television movies and miniseries. He played an American cop chasing murderers in Moscow in the 1983 movie ″Gorky Park.″

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KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - The name Bond - James Bond - drew hundreds of Key West residents and tourists eager for small parts in Agent 007′s newest flick starring Timothy Dalton, which begins filming next month in the Keys.

″This is our big chance to be stars,″ said Denise Krajniak, a 35-year-old tourist from Detroit. She and her son, Eugene, 18, spent hours in a Key West hotel on Monday waiting for 30-second interviews with the casting director of ″License Revoked.″

While filming in the Keys from Aug. 1-25, the movie crew will use about 800 stand-ins and extras in roles ranging from a double for Dalton to wedding guests, soldiers, CIA agents, scuba divers and choir boys. The bit players will receive $60 per day.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Jonathon ″Chico″ DeBarge pleaded innocent to charges he was involved in a cocaine trafficking ring, a week after the pop singer was dropped from an anti-drug telethon.

DeBarge, 22, was arraigned Monday on the drug charges. If convicted, he faces a maximum of life imprisonment and a $4 million fine.

U.S. Magistrate Hugh W. Brenneman Jr. allowed DeBarge to remain free on a $400,000 bond pending a pretrial conference in two weeks.

Jeffrey Kildow, head of the local U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, said DeBarge, his brother, Robert, and five other men brought large quantities of cocaine from California to sell in Michigan.

Robert DeBarge, arrested last week in California, is to be freed on a $50,000 bond.

Last weekend, DeBarge was dropped from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department anti-drug telethon following his arrest.

The telethon was to raise money for the Substance Abuse Narcotics Education program, or SANE, which is a 3-year-old project to teach elementary school children how to avoid drugs.

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