People in the News
HONOLULU (AP) _ Jim Nabors is fattened up and ready for the stage, a year after a lifesaving liver transplant.
He’s scheduled to sing twice next month _ a telethon in St. Louis and a concert in Phoenix. He also plans to perform at Constitution Hall in Washington in April.
The ``Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.″ star had the transplant because hepatitis had destroyed his liver.
Nabors, 64, said he has regained the 50 pounds he lost to illness. He said he’s back up to 200 pounds and ``getting kind of fat.″
Last May, a few months after the operation, he sang at the Indianapolis 500.
``You want to feel like a viable person,″ Nabors said from his beachfront home. ``You can’t sit looking at the ocean all day.″
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Lyle Lovett broke his collarbone in a motorcycle accident over the weekend and postponed three concerts in Canada.
Perryscope Concert Productions Ltd. of Vancouver released no details of the accident but said shows in Vancouver on Saturday, Edmonton on March 6 and Winnipeg on March 9 were canceled. They will be held in May.
A Lovett spokeswoman in Los Angeles didn’t immediately return a call Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Susan Sarandon and a couple of fellow New Yorkers, Christopher Reeve and Alec Baldwin, showed up at a crowded public hearing to oppose changes in state water-treatment rules.
The three, joined by environmentalist Robert Kennedy Jr., said a plan aimed at keeping disease-causing parasites out of the city’s tap water doesn’t go far enough.
``There’s no reason to have sewage in our drinking water,″ Sarandon said Monday.
The plan was proposed by the city Department of Environmental Protection to avoid the need for a costly filtration plant. The proposal would control development, farming and sewage treatment in and around upstate reservoirs.
Sarandon, Reeve and Baldwin said the proposal still allows more than 100 sewage treatment plants to discharge into the region.
A decision on the plan is expected in the spring.
ATLANTA (AP) _ Hank Aaron was starstruck at the Trumpet Awards, Turner Broadcasting’s annual salute to black achievement.
``Let’s see, Billy Dee Williams, Phylicia Rashad, Dick Gregory, Carl Rowan, Denzel Washington,″ he said, ticking off the names of some attending Monday night’s ceremony. ``I’ve met most of them. But they may not remember me.″
Aaron, baseball’s home run king, was among those honored at the event, which will be televised March 18 on the TBS Superstation.
Awards also went to children’s advocate Marian Wright Edelman, actor Williams, actresses Rashad and Diahann Carroll, columnist Rowan and anti-apartheid activist Randall Robinson.
California Assembly Speaker Willie L. Brown Jr. received a special award.