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June 19, 1986

LONDON (AP) _ Prince Edward, soon to be the only bachelor among Queen Elizabeth’s sons, will visit the United States for the first time in August, Buckingham Palace said.

Edward, 22, will join 500 other Britons at the Broadway premier of the London hit, ″Me and My Girl,″ in the New Marquis theater on Aug. 9, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday.

Prince Edward becomes the last bachelor among the royal princes when his brother Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson in Westminster Abbey on July 23. Edward has just finished history studies at Cambridge University and joins a Royal Marines training course in the fall. The third son, Charles, married Princess Diana in 1981.

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) - An entertainment writer has sued Joan Rivers, claiming the comedian’s attorneys badgered a publisher into dropping plans for an unauthorized biography about her.

The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court by Dick Maurice, entertainment editor of the Las Vegas Sun, asks for $11 million in damages.

Maurice was close to signing a contract for the biography with Harper & Row when the publisher backed out of the project after receiving ″incessant and repeated″ calls from attorney for Rivers questioning Maurice’s character, said his attorney, Eric Zubell.

Calls to her manager’s office seeking comment from Rivers were not returned.

Rivers sued Maurice in 1981, alleging he made disparaging remarks about her on a television show. That suit has not come to trial.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Rock ‘n’ roll star Jerry Lee Lewis and country music singer Johnny Rodriguez will perform at a Memphis nightclub tonight to help pay for country musician Johnny Paycheck’s legal expenses.

They hope to raise at least $10,000 for Paycheck, who was convicted in May of wounding a man during a barroom shooting last December in Hillsboro, Ohio, said Paycheck’s manager Charles Ammerman.

Paycheck was sentenced to 9 1/2 years in Ohio state prison, but is free pending appeal on $50,000 bond provided primarily by fellow country stars Merle Haggard and George Jones.

Paycheck, 47, is best known for his 1978 hit ″Take This Job and Shove It.″

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor and crooner Dean Martin has gone home from the hospital after treatment for a pinched neck nerve, but ″Rifleman″ star Chuck Connors remains in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, hospital officials said.

″Martin left late Monday, and Chuck Connors will be leaving in another day or so,″ Cedars-Sinai spokesman Ron Wise said Wednesday.

Connors, 62, a former professional baseball player who starred in the ″Rifleman″ and ″Branded″ television series in the 1950s and ’60s, underwent hip surgery June 9.

″He’s progressing very well. It’s just a matter of when his physician feels he’s ready to go. He’s walking, and he’s at the end of his stay here,″ Wise said.

Martin, 69, apparently pinched the nerve in his neck playing golf, publicist Bill Feeder said.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rock star Michael Jackson moved his pet giraffe from his suburban estate to a state fish and game park until he gets a proper permit for the animal.

The singer has asked the Fish and Game Commission for permission to keep the giraffe, along with his chimpanzee, a couple of llamas and some exotic deer.

″We don’t have a problem with it as long as his facilities are upgraded,″ said Tracey Moreno, an assistant with the Fish and Game Department’s protection division. A game warden said the pen behind Jackson’s mansion in Encino is not big enough for the 8-foot-tall giraffe.

The State Fish and Game Commission is scheduled to answer Jackson’s request at its June 27 meeting, Ms. Moreno said.

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LAUGHARNE, Wales (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter, proclaiming himself an admirer of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, downed a pint of British beer at Thomas’s favorite pub and visited his grave.

Carter, on a private fishing vacation, on Wednesday visited Brown’s Hotel where Thomas used to drink, went to the boathouse where he wrote most of his famous works and visited his grave at nearby St. Martyn’s Church.

″I’ve been a great admirer of Dylan Thomas since the 1950s,″ Carter said. ″He was the greatest poet to have lived this century.″

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NEW YORK (AP) - Nomalizo Leah Tutu, wife of Bishop Desmond Tutu, has been named to receive a humanitarian award for her work organizing domestic workers in South Africa, a spokeswoman for the Candace Awards said.

Mrs. Tutu’s daughter, Mpho Tutu, was expected to accept the award for her at a ceremony today at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, said Emily Bruce, a spokeswoman for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

The Candace Awards, presented by the coalition, honor black people for achievement in various fields and have been given annually since 1982.

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