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January 4, 1992

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) _ Evangelist Billy Graham plans to slow down this year to spend more time with his family and work on his memoirs.

The 73-year-old Graham, who had a small benign cyst removed from his left foot Friday at the Mayo Clinic, was away from his North Carolina home nearly 10 months in 1991, leading crusades and other events in Moscow, Buenos Aires and Scotland.

Surgeons called Friday’s outpatient procedure routine.

″It’s not a complex surgery,″ said clinic spokeswoman Cathy Stroebel, noting it took a half-hour. ″He should be back to normal in several days.″

A statement released Friday by Graham’s office in Minneapolis didn’t elaborate on possible changes in Graham’s schedule this year. He has already scheduled crusades in Moscow, Philadelphia and Portland, Ore.

″This obviously won’t affect his crusade schedule, but would more likely affect his other activities, such as numerous one-day speaking engagements,″ Graham spokesman Larry Ross said.

Graham said in September he couldn’t keep up the pace that has taken him to 84 countries in 44 years.

″My mind and heart are still in it,″ he said. ″I don’t have the physical strength. My body keeps crying out to me to slow down.″


ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Indonesia’s former first lady, Ratna Sari Dewi Sukarno, was arrested at the posh Aspen Club Lodge after allegedly slashing another party guest with a champagne glass, authorities said.

Police Chief John Goodwin said Sukarno, the 51-year-old widow of Indonesia’s first president, was charged with second-degree assault and released from Pitkin County Jail on $5,000 bond.

The incident occurred Thursday night during a dinner party at the lodge.

Aspen Valley Hospital identified the victim as Victoria M. Osmena, 43, of New York City. She was released Friday. She had 37 stitches in her face, Goodwin said. ″Throughout the evening there had been friction between the two of them,″ police Sgt. Glenn Schaffer said. ″I don’t know what about.″

Scott Davidson, the lodge’s marketing director, said party guests included Ivana Trump, Elle MacPherson and Barbra Streisand. He had no idea what caused the altercation.

Theo Waimuri, head of protocol for the Indonesian Embassy in Washington, said he was shocked by the arrest.

″It is very sad news, in the beginning of this year, because she’s one of the admirable persons in Indonesia,″ Waimuri said.

He extended his nation’s formal apologies to the victim and her family.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - A worker was crushed to death between two lighting equipment cranes on the set of the Kevin Costner movie ″The Bodyguard,″ police said.

The worker, who was not identified, was killed Friday while unloading equipment in a downtown parking lot, police Sgt. Mike Marsolek said.

Filming was suspended after the accident.

The Warner Bros. film stars Costner as a bodyguard and singer Whitney Houston as an actress he’s assigned to protect.

Costner didn’t see the accident but was on the set at the time, said a witness who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Warner Bros. issued a brief statement confirming the accident but offered few details. It said the accident ″is being investigated further.″


LONDON (AP) - Julian Jones, son of the late Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, has gotten married. Among the guests were Jones’ stepfather, the singer Donovan.

Jones, 27, married Virginia Lee Perkins, 29, on Friday at a registry office in suburban west London.

The newlyweds live in Landers, Calif. She has two children from a previous marriage.

Brian Jones died in 1969 at age 27.

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