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February 27, 1987

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Author Louis L’Amour, who has written many books about the Old West, says he has no longing to live in that era.

″The best time to live is right now,″ he said recently. ″This is a much more exciting time.″

One of his current best sellers is a contemporary story called ″The Last of the Breed.″ It tells of an American pilot who escapes from a Soviet prison camp and uses his Indian heritage to trek across Siberia.

″I’m really concerned with the frontier,″ L’Amour said, ″whether it’s the American West, Siberia or even outer space.″

L’Amour turns out about three books a year typing with two fingers.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Delta State University pompon girls, who were suspended for three weeks for performing in their skintight outfits, gave a national television audience a look at what shook up the Cleveland, Miss., campus.

″I see people jog in these all over L.A. - women, too,″ said Joan Rivers, who invited the nine-member squad to appear on her show Thursday. ″What are they upset about?″

The nine-member squad was suspended Jan. 20 from performing at basketball games for three weeks after the dancers wore the one-piece outfits that Athletic Director Brad Hovious had labeled ″uncollegiate.″

Squad members gathered around Rivers after performing their first dance routine, and an employee of the talk show modeled one of the cheerleader-style uniforms the pompon squad must now wear in order to perform at Delta State basketball games.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A NBC sportscaster says protests from women’s organizations won’t deter him from speaking at a men-only St. Patrick’s Day dinner next month.

″I won’t back out of it, especially if a bunch of women wanted me to,″ said Paul Maguire, a commentator and analyst for the NBC sports show ″NFL ’86.″

Maguire told the New Haven Register this week that he was unaware that the black-tie Knights of St. Patrick dinner on March 17 was restricted to men when he was invited to speak. Last year, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., declined to go to the dinner when he discovered women could not attend.

″It’s been going for more than 100 years. Obviously they aren’t getting anywhere,″ Maguire said about the dinner and the protests.

Some state chapters of the National Organization for Women are banding together to protest the 109-year-old banquet.

″They (the Knights) should be looking into their thinking about women,″ said Linda Torrin, president of the South Central Connecticut chapter of NOW.

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KEMPTON, England (AP) - Princess Anne, an Olympic equestrian rider and veteran flat-race jockey, will venture into another realm Saturday when she rides in her first hurdles race.

The daughter of Queen Elizbeth II is scheduled to ride her own horse, Choc Na Cuille, in the Portlane Handicap Chase at Kempton Race Course.

The princess has ridden in 15 flat races, with her lone victory coming on her 14th try in an amateur event at Redcar last August.

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DALLAS (AP) - Philanthropist Nancy Hamon has pledged $1 million in matching funds toward construction of a 1-acre natural gorilla habitat at the Dallas Zoo.

Mrs. Hamon, a well-known patron of the arts and civic programs, donated $100,000 to the habitat last year, according to Dallas Zoo Director Warren Iliff.

″With this contribution, we almost have all we need to build the habitat,″ said Iliff on Thursday. ″It’s the largest gift we’ve ever received.″

Zoo officials estimate that it will cost $3 million to build the natural habitat inside the zoo’s Wilds of Africa exhibit, an $18.4 million African- theme area.

The Dallas Zoological Society soon will begin soliciting businesses and corporations to match Mrs. Hamon’s pledge, officials said.

Zoo officials hope to open the habitat in the fall of 1988; the Dallas Zoo has four gorillas now.

Mrs. Hamon’s late husband, Jake Louis Hamon, bought the first two gorillas for the Dallas Zoo in the 1950s, according to Iliff.

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