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October 12, 1990

NEW YORK (AP) _ Nashville Mayor Bill Boner has been so diverted by his romance with aspiring country singer Traci Peel that he isn’t doing his job, talk show host Phil Donahue says.

″You are very close to giving the finger to the city,″ Donahue said during a taping of ″Donahue″ Thursday. ″You’re a distracted mayor. You were an out-of-the-closet adulterer.″

Peel and Boner made national headlines during their reported summer romance while the mayor was still married to his third wife, Betty. Boner married Peel on Oct. 1, three days after his divorce was final.

Boner said he has accomplished much during his three-year term.

″I’ve brought more money into Nashville than anybody else,″ Boner said. ″We lived up to our commitments. We have a totally integrated solid-waste management system.″

Peel sang ″Rocky Top″ during the show, accompanied by Boner on the harmonica.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Singers Webb Pierce and Vern Gosdin, honored this week during Country Music Week, were hospitalized with different ailments.

Pierce, 64, a nominee for the Country Music Awards Hall of Fame, was in stable condition in the intensive care unit of Southern Hills Medical Center early Friday, a hospital official said.

Pierce, who suffers from pancreatic cancer, underwent abdominal surgery in March. He was hospitalized Thursday when he began hemorrhaging.

Pierce recorded ″There Stands the Glass″ and ″Wondering.″ Tennessee Ernie Ford was named this year’s hall of fame inductee at the Country Music Association awards show Monday.

Gosdin, 55, was in stable condition Friday at Baptist Hospital’s coronary care unit with bypass surgery scheduled later in the day, the hospital said. He was adimitted earlier in the day.

Gosdin was honored Wednesday at the annual awards banquet of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He was recognized for his hit songs ″I’m Still Crazy,″ ″That Just About Does It,″ and ″Who you Gonna Blame it on this Time.″

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - An eighth-grader who is battling cancer got her spirits boosted when rapper M.C. Hammer met with her before a concert.

″He was really, really nice,″ Robyn Best said after talking to Hammer Thursday night at Rochester’s Community War Memorial. ″The kids at school are not going to believe this.″

The meeting was arranged by Annette Coley, a secretary at Strong Children’s Critical Care Center.

Coley wrote about Robyn to local radio station WDKX, which forwarded the letter to Capitol Records and Hammer.

Hammer wrote back that he’d be happy to meet Robyn, and the radio station sent her tickets and backstage passes.

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LONDON (AP) - The Duchess of York will make a four-day official visit to Australia next month, Buckingham Palace announced Friday.

The duchess was invited to Australia by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, but will also carry out other engagements in New South Wales and Victoria from Nov. 5 to 8.

The former Sarah Ferguson, who will turn 31 on Monday, married Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, in July 1986. On their wedding day, the queen made Andrew the Duke of York.

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - Syndicated columnist David S. Broder of The Washington Post is this year’s recipient of the Elijah Parish Lovejoy award, Colby College officials said.

Broder, winner of the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, will be honored as the 38th Lovejoy fellow in a Nov. 16 ceremony at Colby’s Waterville campus. He will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree and deliver the annual Lovejoy lecture.

The award is presented annually in memory of the Colby alumnus who is considered America’s first martyr in the struggle to protect press freedoms. Lovejoy was killed in 1837 trying to defend his abolitionist newspaper from a pro-slavery mob.

Broder, picked by a panel of journalists and college officials, has written four books on American politics. He also writes a semiweekly column that appears in more than 300 newspapers.

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