NEW YORK (AP) _ Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis will lead this year's Greek Independence Day Parade up Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on April 9.

The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York chose the 1988 Democratic presidential candidate to be grand marshal for the annual parade at a meeting Tuesday night, said spokeswoman Georgia Stefanakos.

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LONDON (AP) - Princess Anne, president of Save the Children Fund, will visit Ethiopia in May to look at the charity's $10.3 million health development and refugee program.

''We have helped to develop basic health services and permanent famine relief and early warning systems which will strengthen Ethiopia's long-term capacity to save its own children,'' the charity's director general, Nicholas Hinton, said Wednesday.

Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, will visit the African nation from May 29-June 6.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Monty Python troupe member John Cleese called it weird when he was honored with the 12th Annual Jack Benny Award for his comedy career.

''It just feels very strange for a guy ... who used to sit there in front of the television set watching George Burns and Jack Benny to be sitting here in Los Angeles 3,000 years later being given this award,'' Cleese said at the ceremony Tuesday. ''It's very weird.''

Cleese plans to attend the Academy Awards ceremony March 29. His film ''A Fish Called Wanda'' is up for three Oscars.

Cleese is nominated for the screenplay. Director Charles Crichton is nominated for best director and actor Kevin Kline for best supporting actor.

Cleese starred in such Monty Pithon films as ''Life of Brian'' and ''Monty Python and the Holy Grail.''

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Long before opera singer Roberta Peters broke into a chorus of ''Climb Every Mountain,'' it was clear this wasn't a typical state legislative hearing.

Actor Tony Randall wagged a finger at lawmakers in classic Felix Unger style from his long-running TV series ''The Odd Couple.'' Legislators carried cameras for candid celebrity shots. Two actors walked in on stilts.

The performers came to complain that arts groups were being shortchanged in the proposed New York budget.

''The arts are not basic for physical survival, we know that,'' said Peters. ''But they're a necessity for civilized living. We have to provide for our children an environment and availability of the arts to teach them an appreciation of what is so aptly called the finer things in life.''

Other speakers included actress Kitty Carlisle Hart, chairperson of the state Council on the Arts, actress Celeste Holm, dancer Clyde Morgan and ballerina Suzanne Farrell.

Gov. Mario Cuomo has called for an $8 million cut in the Council's $60 million operating budget as the state gears for a battle over a proposed $46.6 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning April 1.

Randall said such states as Alabama and Alaska are spending more money per resident on the arts than New York.

''Don't let Alabama get ahead of New York,'' he scolded the lawmakers.

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CLEWISTON, Fla. (AP) - Boxer Hector ''Macho'' Camacho got some cuts on his head when he ran his 1987 Lotus off a fog-bound Central Florida road and slammed into a palm tree.

The former World Boxing Council lightweight champion was slightly injured and was charged with careless driving, said Daphalene Weaver, a state trooper in Fort Myers.

A woman who identified herself as the boxer's girlfriend answered the phone Tuesday night at Camacho's Clewiston home. She said the fighter was OK and had gone to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for television interviews.

''He's fine,'' Kisha Colon said.

Camacho, 26, bested Ray ''Boom Boom'' Mancini March 6 in a non-title fight in Las Vegas.

In October, Camacho pleaded no contest to a possession of cocaine charge in Hendry County. The boxer was placed on three years' probation, paid a $1,500 fine and ordered to take random drug screenings.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) - A gunman took off in Don Rickles' $35,000 Jaguar after demanding the keys from the comedian's wife as she was getting out of the driver's seat.

Rickles' wife, Barbara, had just parked the white 1988 XJ6 on Tuesday afternoon near their daughter's apartment when a man pointed a large revolver at her, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Kathryn Nielsen. Rickles also was in the car.

The Rickles were uninjured, the deputy said.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Tiny Tim, the warbly voiced singer best known for his 1960s hit ''Tiptoe Through The Tulips,'' is trying to make a comeback with a song and video about domestic violence.

Tiny Tim, who was born as Herbert Khaury, was in Baltimore on Tuesday and Wednesday to make the video for his song ''Won't You Dance With Me.''

''It's really a thrill,'' the 57-year-old performer said. ''This is the first song I'll record with a modern-day sound.''

Tiny Tim hasn't had a hit in 20 years and admits it. The video also features Judy Carne, the sock-it-to-me girl from the late-'60s television show ''Laugh In.''

Half of the proceeds from the video and the song, which was recorded locally in January, will go to the National Coalition Against Violence, the performer said.

The song hasn't been sold to a record label yet and Tiny Tim is being realistic about his comeback attempt.

''This is all great, but what major label has it?'' he said. ''A record company only wants to know who sells records. They are going to say, 'What is Tiny Tim's track record?' And right now, at least, I'm not a record seller.''