People in the News
LONDON (AP) _ The Duchess of York says that from now on, charity will begin at home.
``I have decided to concentrate on my commercial activities and cut back momentarily my trips for charity,″ the former Sarah Ferguson said in the current issue of the magazine Hello! ``I have to work to earn my living.″
Members of the royal family usually busy themselves with charity work.
The 35-year-old duchess, who is separated from Prince Andrew, lives in a lavish new home west of London with her two daughters. She said she has to pay her rent and other expenses.
British media reported the duchess was in Los Angeles in recent days trying to negotiate a deal to help produce a movie on Queen Victoria. Less than a day after returning, she flew to Poland for a two-day charity visit.
LONDON (AP) _ The queen mother’s puppy love is undiminished by age.
Two months short of her 95th birthday, the mother of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II still exercises her four beloved Corgi dogs. Only now she trails the short-legged canines in a chauffeur-driven golf cart.
``On occasion she does go round the garden in a golf buggy,″ a spokeswoman at Buckingham Palace said Monday. ``At 95, that’s fairly reasonable.″
The Sun reported that until recently the queen mother accompanied her dogs on foot at her weekend retreat outside London.
The small, fox-faced dogs were originally bred in Wales to herd cattle. They’ve long been a favorite of the queen and her mother.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Garrison, I don’t think we’re in Lake Wobegon any more.
Garrison Keillor arrived at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church to find a ``Lutherans in Bondage″ announcement on the bulletin board and the ``Lutheran Lounge Lizards″ singing backup to the hymns.
``It’s like confronting a whole new theology,″ he told his radio audience. ``We’re never sure what you’ve done with the choral tradition out here.″
The host of ``A Prairie Home Companion″ was helping raise money for 100-year-old St. Mark’s, which needs $5 million to repair damage from the 1989 earthquake. He broadcast the show live Saturday from the Concord Pavilion to launch the drive.
Keillor said he’s helping because ``my town sincerely believes in guilt, and so do I.″
``It’s the sinners you need to build a culture, to do the work _ not the righteous,″ he said. ``It’s guilt for the sins of the past that make people serve on church committees and save places like St. Mark’s.″
BALTIMORE (AP) _ Fans of the Baltimore Orioles weren’t too hospitable to America’s most famous houseguest.
Kato Kaelin took in a baseball game Sunday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and was booed when he left in the sixth inning. He ignored the jeers.
Kaelin, who lived in O.J. Simpson’s guest house until he became a witness in Simpson’s murder trial, was in town for a paid appearance on a radio show. He sat in the front row behind home plate, guarded by police.
At one point, a female fan seeking an autograph was turned away by an usher. Kaelin motioned the fan to pass through and signed her program.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A church hall packed with people swayed to the sweet harmonies of some of the Five Satins and reminisced about doo-wop history made in their midst.
About 200 people filled St. Bernadette Church Hall on Sunday to see a plaque unveiled marking the building as the spot where the Five Satins recorded the romantic ballad ``In the Still of the Night″ 39 years ago.
Saxophonist Vin Mazzetta had been a choir boy at the church, and volunteered the building when the group needed a quiet place to record.
``It was zero degrees outside. I was using the recording equipment with mittens on,″ said Tom Sokira, who produced that song and other Five Satins recordings. ``We were 18 and had no idea what we were doing. We had no idea it would be a hit song.″
Vocalist Fred Parris, accompanied by Mazzetta and Anthony Sagnella on an electronic piano, sang the tune for the crowd. He said the spacious hall and its echoes gave the recording a distinctive sound.
``I have to think it was blessed,″ Parris said.