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July 1, 1997

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ ``Spin City″ star Barry Bostwick underwent surgery to remove a cancerous prostate and was recuperating at home.

``The pathology report confirmed that the surgery removed all of the cancer and Bostwick feels very fortunate that it was detected early,″ his spokesman Gerald Siegal said Tuesday.

Bostwick, 50, plays the sometimes oblivious Mayor Randall Winston on ``Spin City.″

The actor had surgery June 24 and will be back on the set when taping of the ABC comedy resumes next month, Siegal said.


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Marc Nelson of Az Yet has left the R&B group over what a publicist said Monday were creative differences.

Nelson leaves behind Dion Allen, Darryl Anthony, Shawn Rivera and Kenny Terry.

The group’s version of the Chicago song ``Hard to Say I’m Sorry″ is the No. 14 single in Billboard magazine.

Earlier this year, Az Yet sang for President and Hillary Rodham Clinton.


ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Charles Jaco, the Scud missile-dodging CNN correspondent turned radio talk show host, will soon have a new career: murder-mystery writer.

Jaco said Tuesday he signed a contract with Ballantine Publishing Group in New York for two techno-thrillers featuring intrepid TV reporter Peter Dees.

The first, ``Dead Air,″ is about chemical poisoning during the Persian Gulf War. The book is due out next year. ``Live Shot,″ set in Cuba, Miami and Key West, Fla., involves the threat of a nuclear attack on the United States.

Jaco was working for CNN in Saudi Arabia when the Persian Gulf War broke out in 1991. He became well known for his many live shots with missiles bursting in the background.

Jaco has been the host of an afternoon talk show on KMOX-AM since 1995.


DETROIT (AP) _ Mark Volpe, executive director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 1991, was named managing director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Volpe, 39, is expected to remain in Detroit until the orchestra’s classical season begins in September.

During Volpe’s tenure, the DSO reduced its accumulated deficit from more than $7 million to about $6 million and has operated in the black for the past four years. He also booked the DSO for an 18-concert European tour next spring and oversaw the launch of the $80 million Orchestra Place project near downtown.

The announcement of Volpe’s move was made Monday.


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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ If former pitching ace Nolan Ryan runs for state agriculture commissioner while his TV commercials continue to run, Texas stations will have to give his opponents equal time, a federal official says.

Ryan appears in commercials for Dairy Queen and Advil.

Mark Berlin, a senior attorney in the complaints and political programming branch of the Federal Communications Commission, made the equal time comments Monday.

The former Texas Rangers star has said he will seriously consider running for agriculture commissioner if his lucrative commercials can continue.

Of course, Texas TV stations could refuse to run the commercials altogether rather than give equal time to his opponents.

Berlin noted that stations refused to air Ronald Reagan movies when he ran for president because it would have obligated them to give Reagan’s opponents the same amount of air time.

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