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February 21, 1985

ST. ALBANS, England (AP) _ Viscount David Linley, 23-year-old son of Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon, was fined $49 Thursday for driving nearly 100 mph on an expressway and running a red light in separate traffic offenses.

Magistrates also gave him six driving penalty points. British drivers lose their licenses if they incur 12 points.

Linley, vacationing with his mother on the Caribbean island of Mustique, pleaded guilty by mail.

Police Sgt. Peter Fahy said Linley’s Ford Escort was clocked at 97.8 mph on the M1 expressway about 30 miles northwest of London, on Sept. 11. The speed limit is 70 mph.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A niece of artist Andrew Wyeth who married into the du Pont family is suing her divorce lawyers for $2 million, claiming she didn’t get a fair share when she split from her socialite husband.

Ann McCoy Weymouth separated from her husband, George A. ″Frolic″ Weymouth, in 1977 after 15 years of marriage.

In her suit, Mrs. Weymouth says she received only a 4 percent share of the couple’s annual earnings because her lawyers in Wilmington, Del., were negligent, related to her husband, and unfamiliar with Pennsylvania law.

Weymouth is a descendant of E.I. du Pont, who founded the giant Wilmington chemical company.

Named as defendants are the Wilmington law firm of Morris, Nichols, Arsht and Tunnell and three individual attorneys.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Offering ″a big wet kiss,″ comedian Eddie Murphy has apologized to homosexuals, Lucille Ball, Red Skelton, Jackie Gleason and anyone else offended by the earthy language and offbeat humor in his stand-up act.

″I wanna apologize to the gay people - I’ve never really apologized,″ Murphy says in an interview to be published in Sunday’s issue of Parade Magazine. ″And to anyone else who’s been offended by any kind of thing that I’ve done.″

Veteran comedians including Miss Ball, Skelton and Gleason have disapproved of the language Murphy, 23, uses in his comedy act. And Murphy angered some homosexuals by joking about acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS, on a cable television special.

Murphy said he thinks Miss Ball’s show is ″one of the funniest and most entertaining that’s ever been on television.″

″But Lucy and Gleason are from the old school of comedy,″ he said. ″In terms of Lucy being hurt, I understand. I don’t expect a 70-year-old woman to be into my show. We have different values.″

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VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope John Paul II, in a jesting remark to Rome’s parish priests, said Thursday he’d like to take a year off to study and meditate.

He made the remark to 400 Rome priests meeting with him after one proposed that priests should be allowed a year off.

″A sabbatical year,″ the pontiff responded. ″I think that’s a good idea ... if it also applies to the pope.″

Vatican radio said the jest was greeted by applause.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Texas millionaire H. Ross Perot has offered to invest $70 million in the Museum of the American Indian if it moves to Dallas, a museum trustee says.

The museum’s board is scheduled to take up the offer - made in a letter - Friday, trustee Dr. Edmund Carpenter told The New York Times.

Perot would neither confirm nor deny the offer, but told the Times ″the directors of the museum contacted me″ and ″I have responded to their contact.″

The museum holds one of the country’s largest collections of Indian art and artifacts, but officials say they haven’t enough space and don’t get enough visitors in New York.

Meanwhile, New York State officials said they would oppose any move to Texas.

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NEW DELHI, India (AP) - Britain’s Princess Anne, touring India for 10 days as president of the Save the Children Fund, visited health centers in southeastern Orissa state Thursday.

Anne, 34, met children and women in the wards of a hospital in Bhubaneshwar that is undergoing a British-financed $40 million facelift.

The princess’s Indian tour includes a visit to a refugee camp, a trip to medical and vocational training centers in Madras and a meeting in New Delhi with Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and his wife, Sonia.