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March 19, 1988

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) _ Michele and Raymond L’Esperance may be in the market soon for a good babysitter, or two, or three or four.

All of couple’s five babies, the nation’s first test-tube quintuplets, are home following the release of the last two infants from a suburban Detroit hospital.

Veronica and Alexandria L’Esperance, who were placed on ventilators after they were born Jan. 11, left the hospital Friday in a limousine with their parents.

The quints, who were born 10 weeks prematurely by Caesarean section, are considered healthy, said hospital spokeswoman Valerie Mahaczek.

Raymond, Danielle and Erica left the hospital March 7, but the other two stayed behind until they were able to put on more weight.

″I’m awake a lot,″ said Michele, 34. ″Actually it’s really not as bad as I thought, once you get into kind of a routine.″

″She’s got everything pretty organized,″ said her husband, a 27-year-old corrections officer. ″And it really isn’t difficult for me to come home and pick up a baby and feed one and pick up another one after that.

″It just all seems to have fallen into place pretty well.″

The couple is getting help from a visiting nurse association, which sends a nurse to the house to help overnight.

Babies conceived through in-vitro fertilization are commonly called test- tube babies because the mother’s egg is removed from her body, fertilized in a laboratory dish and then reimplanted in her womb.


PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - The Roman Catholic archdiocese has asked Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa of Calcutta to help another impoverished population, those living in Winterveld, north of Pretoria.

Archbishop George Daniel said Saturday the church has invited Mother Teresa to visit South Africa in August, but she has not yet replied.

Daniel said Mother Teresa had been invited to South Africa because the church was expecting other nuns in her order to work in Winterveld.

Pope John Paul II is skipping South Africa on his five-nation southern Africa tour in September.

Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for working among the poor of India.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Grammy-winning singer K.T. Oslin will join Willie Nelson, the Oak Ridge Boys and Ralph Emery to host The Nashville Network’s Viewers Choice Awards show.

The cable channel’s90-minute show will be broadcast live April 26 from the Grand Ole Opry House. Eight award winners, chosen by viewers, will be announced.

Ms. Oslin won a Grammy this year for her country music hit ″80′s Ladies.″


DETROIT (AP) - An ″older, more mature″ Doobie Brothers will be cutting a new album soon, followed by a road tour featuring the rock ‘n’ roll band’s original members.

The record deal with Capitol Record came after a successsful 10-show reunion tour last summer.

The as-yet untitled album will feature all new material written and performed by the original band members - lead singers and guitarists Tommy Johnston and Patrick Simmons, drummers John Hartman and Michael Hossack, and bassist Tiran Porter. Also in the band is Bobby LaKind, who joined the first band in 1976.

The album is due out in late summer and will be followed by a national tour, Hartman said.

″We’re older, more mature. Our whole outlook is totally different,″ Hartman said Friday. ″We’ve seen just about everything we’re going to see as far as the road goes.″

Hartman said he’s not sure how a younger generation will take to the original Doobies.

″The demographics on the last tour were the old folks who grew up with us. ... There were some kids.

″We’re not the in same place musically so we’re not going to sound exactly like we did,″ Hartman added. ″We’ll hit MTV and the rest of it.″

The Doobie Brothers, who aren’t related, began playing bars in northern California in the early 1970s. By the time the band broke up in 1982, it had recorded 12 albums - which have sold more than 40 million records - won four Grammy Awards and featured 14 different members.


NEW YORK (AP) - Robert Joffrey, the 57-year-old co-founder and artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet, has suspended his day-to-day management of the dance troupe because of an illness, the dance company said.

The Joffrey said in a statement Friday the illness has been diagnosed as myositis, liver disease and asthma.

The dance company also announced that at Joffrey’s request an advisory group had been formed to assist Joffrey and associate director Gerald Arpino with current and future operations.

Members of the advisory group include Sally Brayley Bliss, a former Joffrey dancer and current company board member; Gage Bush Englund, former Joffrey dancer and current ballet mistress of the junior touring troupe, Joffrey II; and Richard Englund, director of Joffrey II and a board member.

The company also announced that Penelope Curry, the troupe’s executive director, would continue to be responsible, with Joffrey and Arpino, for day- to-day management. Arpino will serve as Joffrey’s artistic liaison with the company.

Richard Englund told The Washington Post that ″Mr. Joffrey’s illness has been ongoing intermittently over a period of close to a year.

″It began with his lifelong problem with asthma, and more recently has gotten into serious liver complications. He’s presently in a hospital receiving treatment.″

Joffrey, who was born in Seattle, started the company with Arpino in 1956.

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