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July 25, 1988

KLOSTERS, Switzerland (AP) _ Movie idol Greta Garbo was said to be in fine fettle Monday, contrary to a tabloid report that the 82-year-old actress was weakened by flu and has spent most of her Swiss holiday in bed.

″She is doing fine,″ said a spokesman for the hotel in this resort.

The spokesman, who would not give his name, denied a report Sunday in the Swiss tabloid Sonntagsblick that Miss Garbo has not left the hotel since her arrival a month ago. He declined to give details of her activities.

Miss Garbo regularly visits Klosters, where a friend owns a chalet.

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LONDON (AP) - The Hungarian professor who frustrated millions with his Rubik’s Cube is introducing his latest puzzle, which he says even he hasn’t solved.

But Erno Rubik’s failure is not the result of a lack of ability, merely a lack of time to puzzle out the secrets of ″Rubik’s Clock,″ Melanie Bateman of Matchbox Toys, Ltd. said Monday.

Rubik, 44, a professor of architecture and design at the Academy of Arts and Crafts in Budapest, invented the Rubik’s Cube as a teaching aid.

After its success, he founded a private business in conjunction with the Hungarian government. The business has produced Rubik’s Magic, another puzzle, and a series of products with business applications.

His new toy requires a player to get 18 clocks on both sides of a plastic disc to strike midnight simultaneously by twisting wheels which turn some of the hands but not others, according to Ms. Bateman. The new toy will be launched at a major toy store here Saturday, she said.

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ATLANTA (AP) - Comic strip outdoorsman Mark Trail and his alter ego will be honored by President Reagan for their efforts to develop more pride in America.

Trail, who has been 32 for 42 years, has lost his creator, his pipe and his mustache, but he still champions the cause of conservation.

″Mark’s message is that people should preserve natural resources, the woods, water and wildlife, for future generations,″ said Jack Elrod, 63, who took over the strip when creator Ed Dodd, now 84, retired in 1979.

Reagan is to present Take Pride in America awards to 94 winners Tuesday morning at the White House, said Peggy Venable of the Take Pride in America Committee.

Trail’s home base is Lost Forest, once Dodd’s retreat north of Atlanta. The area is now part of the city and Elrod’s home and workplace.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Quick action by police averted chaos at an outdoor ″Monsters of Rock″ heavy-metal concert starring Van Halen when thousands of fans surged toward the stage, authorities said.

About 75,000 fans turned out Sunday for the daylong event at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum that also featured the Scorpions, Dokken, Metallica and Kingdom Come.

At midafternoon, several thousand fans tried to get closer to the stage; some overturned crowd barriers and threw plastic chairs.

About 150 police officers, some on horseback, were in the concert area; 60 more officers were dispatched to control the crowd. There were 15 arrests and some minor injuries.

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RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) - A softball team of merchants and municipal officials defeated Gov. Tommy G. Thompson’s visiting team when state officials set up headquarters for a week in western Wisconsin.

After the Governor’s All Stars lost Sunday to the Mayor’s Misfits 18-3, Thompson said of his team: ″And those people run state government; can you believe it?″

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RADNOR, Pa. (AP) - Actress Leann Hunley, saying she has had enough of the glitz and glamour of ″Dynasty,″ has abandoned the security of the enduring prime-time series for an uncertain future.

″I have no regrets about doing the show. ... I don’t want it to sound like I’m dissatisfied,″ she said in the July 30 issue of TV Guide. ″It’s just that I’m frustrated because I haven’t been able to do what I was trained to do.″

The 33-year-old actress has played the part of Dana Waring for two years.

Before that, she worked for four years on the daytime soap ″Days of Our Lives″ and won an Emmy.

Hunley said she had no definite plans. She has made one guest appearance on ″Murder, She Wrote.″

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NEW YORK (AP) - Grace Mirabella, outgoing editor of Vogue magazine, said the way she found out about her surprise firing was ″very unstylish, for such a stylish place.″

Speaking for the first time since the June 28 report that she was being replaced, Ms. Mirabella, 58, told The New York Times in an interview published Monday, ″I feel a little odd.″

Ms. Mirabella learned of her replacement by House & Garden editor Anna Wintour when a television station reported it would happen by Aug. 1.

Ms. Wintour, 38, is a former editor of British Vogue and prior to that worked for three years as Ms. Mirabella’s creative director at Vogue.

Ms. Mirabella told The Washington Post in an interview also published Monday that she called Conde Nast Publications Chairman S.I. Newhouse at home and he confirmed the report.

Newhouse told the Times the change was made because it was time to ″reposition Vogue for the ’90s.″ He agreed the circumstances were unfortunate.

Ms. Mirabella took over in 1971 when Conde Nast fired its flamboyant editor, Diana Vreeland. Ms. Mirabella has worked at the magazine since she graduated from Skidmore College.

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