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July 24, 1995

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Mandy Patinkin is scrubbing his role on ``Chicago Hope.″

The 42-year-old actor told USA Today that he’ll leave the CBS hospital series after the fall season’s first eight episodes to spend more time with his family.

``I had two families last year, `Chicago’ and my real family,″ he said in a story published Monday. ``I had to sacrifice one.″

Christine Lahti will join the cast as a cardiac surgeon.

Patinkin was nominated for an Emmy last week for his portrayal of Dr. Jeffrey Geiger. The series is shot in Los Angeles. Patinkin’s wife and two sons, ages 9 and 13, live in New York.

The network took the news nicely and will leave the door open for his character to return on a few episodes each year, Patinkin said.

``I said, `I don’t know what the legal ramifications are. You can sue me and take away everything I have, but you can’t take away the time I have with my wife and kids.″

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LONDON (AP) _ A love letter from Dylan Thomas, promising to make his future wife happy ``by not being a halfwit,″ was sold at auction Monday.

Jeff Towns, who owns a book shop in Wales, paid $6,256 for the letter to Caitlin Macnamara.

The unpublished letter was rescued during World War II by a fishmonger who found it in a bundle of old newspapers in which he intended to wrap his fish. Sotheby’s auction house said it was saved by one of Caitlin’s neighbors.

The hard-drinking Welsh poet pours out his feelings for her in the letter, dated ``Friday morning, I think.″ The letter is thought to have been written between 1934 and their marriage in 1936.

``I love you Caitlin, I love you more than anybody in the world,″ Thomas writes. ``We’ll have a bed in a bar ... and we shan’t have any money at all and we’ll live on other people ... and I’ll try to make you happy by not being a halfwit.″

Thomas died in 1953. Caitlin died a year ago.

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CAPRI, Italy (AP) _ Most visitors come to this resort island armed only with a travel guide. Saudi Prince Abdul Aziz Khaled showed up with a cache of weapons.

Customs authorities discovered the arsenal Sunday aboard the royal yacht Golden Odyssey and a second yacht carrying his security team. Dozens of sophisticated weapons, including a golden gun and two ceramic guns capable of avoiding metal detectors, were included.

The prince, commander of Saudi forces during the Gulf War and the nephew of King Fahd, had permits to carry the arms to another island. He told authorities that the group later decided on Capri, off the coast of Naples, instead.

The dispute was settled after several hours. Customs officials issued a permit for the weapons to go to Capri. The prince behaved royally.

``He is a man of great modesty and humanity,″ said the head of Capri’s customs office, Augusto Giordano.

The royal cruisers left for Greece on Monday.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Andrae Crouch on his duties as spiritual leader of a congregation in suburbia: ``You burp them, you bury them and you mate them.″

The eight-time gospel Grammy winner has been pastor of Christ Memorial Church in Pacoima since May following the deaths of two pastors before him _ his father, Benjamin Crouch, then his brother, Ben Jr.

Crouch said a higher power pulled him away from his hectic entertainment schedule to shepherd Christ Memorial.

``I knew sooner or later I would be pastor. It was much sooner than I thought,″ he said in a recent interview. ``I’m excited about being wanted here and being able to fulfill people’s needs here.″

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The story of Rosewood, a black community destroyed by racial anger in 1923, may be coming next year to a theater near you, courtesy of John Singleton.

The director, whose movies include ``Boyz `N The Hood,″ ``Poetic Justice″ and this year’s ``Higher Learning,″ will soon begin scouting for locations in Florida, said James Padafore, assistant to co-producer Penelope Foster.

The cast hasn’t been announced. Shooting is expected to begin in the fall.

A group of white men torched Rosewood, southwest of Gainesville, after they couldn’t find a black man accused of accosting a white woman. At least six blacks and two whites were killed.

State lawmakers last year agreed the government failed to protect Rosewood’s residents and awarded $2 million to elderly survivors and scores of descendants of the small settlement.

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Broadway theatergoers got two Norma Desmonds for the price of one over the weekend.

Betty Buckley only sang one act of ``Sunset Boulevard″ at the Saturday matinee and her understudy, Karen Mason, finished the show.

Mason then did the Saturday evening and Sunday matinee performances.

``Betty just felt ill,″ said John Barlow, a spokesman for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, adding that Buckley had a strenuous week rehearsing the musical.

She replaced Glenn Close on July 4 as the star of the musical based on the classic Billy Wilder film about an aging film star and an unscrupulous screenwriter.

Buckley is expected back in the production on Tuesday.

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