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December 23, 1986

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) _ Heavyweight boxing champion Michael Spinks says he’s enjoyed good health so much that he felt compelled to help a woman pay for costly medicine she’ll need after a kidney transplant.

Lucille ″Cindy″ Swing, 49, received a check Monday for $7,800 from Spinks and his manager, Butch Lewis.

″I’ve been so healthy all my life ... and just felt it was necessary to help if I could,″ Spinks said.

″We’re in the fight business and Lucille Swing is a fighter. We’re glad to be able to help Cindy in her fight,″ Lewis said.

The $7,800 was added to $7,200 raised by the Lucille Swing Foundation, which had a goal of $15,000. Foundation founder Margaret Scrivens said the group wanted to help Ms. Swing pay for cyclosporine, an anti-rejection drug.

Ms. Swing suffered kidney failure in May 1982 and has been on a transplant list for two years.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Amanda Blake, who played Miss Kitty Russell on ″Gunsmoke,″ is planning to guide tours through trails of the Old West, Australia and Alaska.

As a tour leader for Global Expeditions of New York City, Miss Blake will start April 16 on the 16-day Australia tour, which includes stops in Fiji, Melbourne, Sydney, the Outback and Great Barrier Reef.

The tour through Alaska, May 19 to June 4, will take adventurers through Anchorage, Fairbanks and the Yukon.

The June 10 to July 3 Old West tour begins in Kansas City, through the Santa Fe Trail to Dodge City, Nebraska’s plains and the Oregon Trail. Two nights are spent on a wagon train.

Miss Blake retired in 1974 from TV’s long-running western, in which she played the female lead opposite Matt Dillon for 19 years. ″It was the end of the trail. The show only lasted one more year without me,″ she said recently.


NEW YORK (AP) - Architect Philip Johnson has donated his famous glass house in Connecticut to the National Trust for Historic Preservation for eventual public display.

The house, built in 1949, will remain Johnson’s residence for as long as he wants to live there. His gift Monday includes the rest of his 31-acre New Canaan, Conn. estate plus an endowment for its operation as a museum, said Carl Nelson of the trust.

Johnson, 80, thanked the trust ″for accepting my offer, for providing the gratifying assurance that the glass house will continue to inform and, I hope, delight visitors and guests for many years to come.″

Johnson is architect of the AT&T Building in Manhattan, Pennzoil Place in Houston and the Crystal Cathedral in Orange County, Calif.

The National Trust is chartered by Congress to own historic properties.


GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - The seven O’Kelley brothers, who have struggled to stay together since their mother and grandfather died and their father abandoned them, will spend Christmas together in a temporary home.

The five older brothers are living in a temporary home on their seven-acre farm until a new house being built by volunteers is complete.

The oldest, 19-year-old Terry, was granted temporary custody of four of his six brothers by a Hall County juvenile court judge earlier this month.

Charles, 16, David, 14, and Jeff, 13, will live in the new house, along with 17-year-old Tommy, who is raising chickens with Terry.

The youngest brothers, Michael, 11, and Jason, 8, are in foster care, but will be with their brothers for the next two weeks.

Terry O’Kelley said he plans to ″get through Christmas and see how the business goes here and then later get Jason and Michael.″

The boys want to fulfill their mother’s dying wish that they remain together. She died of a brain tumor four years ago, and they lived with their grandfather until he died last year. Their father was imprisoned for child abandonment and theft.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. John Tunney says he is leaving his law practice to work in real estate and venture capital.

He will continue to appear as a political commentator on KABC-TV in Los Angeles, his announcement said Monday.

Tunney, a Democrat who represented California in the U.S. Senate from 1971 to 1976, has been with the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg, Tunney and Phillips since 1977. He resignation will be effective Jan. 20.

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