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January 27, 1988

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ Matilda Cuomo will accompany actor-entertainer Harry Belafonte on a UNICEF- sponsored trip to the African nation of Zimbabwe in late February, her husband, Gov. Mario Cuomo, announced Wednesday.

The governor, who said he cut back on travel to reduce speculation that he might have presidential ambitions in 1988, also said that later in the year his wife would be filling in for him at a Christopher Columbus celebration in Spain, a trade meeting in Italy and for a visit to Israel.

″I’d love to go to Spain,″ Cuomo said. ″But it’s at a busy time.″

Cuomo said that trip is scheduled for mid- to late-May, when he’s usually heavily involved in state legislative issues.

Matilda Cuomo journeyed to Italy late last year to participate in events related to this year’s Columbus quincentenary celebration, as well as planning for a May conference in Venice on AIDS.

The Cuomos went on a weeklong trip to the Soviet Union in September, one of the few times Cuomo has been away from the state for more than a day or two since becoming governor in 1983.


NEW YORK - A 17-year-old youth was indicted on robbery charges in connection with an attack on actress Tahnee Welch, whose mother is actress Raquel Welch.

Ms. Welch, 26, who appeared in the movie ″Cocoon″ and has appeared on the television show ″Falcon Crest,″ suffered cuts and bruises about her head and face, including a cut above her eye that required several stitches.

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said Wednesday that Elvin May of Brooklyn was charged with two counts of robbery in connection with the Jan. 20 attack. If convicted, May could be imprisoned for up to 15 years.

The district attorney said May and an unapprehended accomplice knocked Ms. Welch to the ground near her midtown apartment after she had been shopping for groceries. The two robbed her of a purse containing $20 and credit cards, Morgenthau said.

Fia Palumbo, a spokeswoman for Ms. Welch’s agent, David Guc, said Ms. Welch was ″doing fine and just wants to put this behind her.″ She would not comment further.

Two men walking a dog in the vicinity heard Ms. Welch scream and chased the robbers. May was apprehended nearby, but his alleged accomplice escaped with the purse.


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Opera diva Leontyne Price will be among Mississippians honored March 1 with the first-ever Governor’s Awards in the Arts, the office of Gov. Ray Mabus announced.

The seven awards recognizing outstanding accomplishment in the arts will be issued by Mabus and the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, at a Capitol ceremony.

″It is my belief that a state without a vibrant artistic community is nothing more than a land without a vision,″ Mabus said Tuesday.

The awards, to be given annually, recognize sustained achievement and are not limited to the previous year’s work, said Stephen Edds, Arts Commission board chairman.

Besides Price, a native of Laurel, some of the other winners are writer Barry Hannah, the Arts Alliance of Jackson-Hinds County and the Jackson Public Schools’ Academic & Performing Arts Complex.


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Prince Charles became Prince Charming on Wednesday when a woman stole a kiss from Britain’s heir to the throne.

The Prince of Wales had arrived for a multicultural event when 37-year-old Patricia Minchington kissed him on the cheek.

″Actually his photos don’t do him justice,″ she said. ″She (Princess Diana) is mad if she divorces him. I will take her place.″

Later, Charles visited an urban housing development before flying to Adelaide on Thursday.

Diana spent most of Wednesday resting after hectic celebrations Tuesday in Sydney for the 200th anniversary marking European settlement.

The couple arrived in Australia for a 10-day visit before flying to Thailand to celebrate King Bhumibol’s 60th birthday.


NEW YORK (AP) - Peter Martins, co-director of the City Ballet, has extended an invitation to two young stars of the Bolshoi Ballet to join the American ballet company for an extended period, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Martins extended the invitations to Andris Liepa and his frequent partner, Nina Ananiashvili, the Times said, quoting unidentified sources involved in talks with Soviet cultural officials. A City Ballet spokesman declined to comment Tuesday on the invitation.

Martins had seen the dancers perform last summer in New York during the Bolshoi’s first U.S. tour since 1979. The City Ballet, which has traditionally invited few guest stars, would be the first American troupe to extend an invitation to major Soviet dancers.

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