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January 5, 1986

LONDON (AP) _ Wedding bells may be in the offing for Prince Andrew, Britain’s most eligible bachelor, and a woman he has dated since last summer, a newspaper reported Sunday.

The weekly News of the World reported that Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, is in love with Sarah Ferguson and that his parents approve of the match.

The couple were first photographed together in June. The tabloid reported that Andrew, 25, and Miss Ferguson, 26, were seen holding hands Saturday during a pheasant hunt at Sandringham, the eastern England royal estate in Norfolk.

The weekly said that Miss Ferguson is a close friend of Princess Diana, the wife of the queen’s oldest son, Prince Charles. Both the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, were reported to like her.

She is a sales executive for a printing company and the daughter of Maj. Ronald Ferguson, who is Prince Charles’ polo manager and a first cousin of Princess Alice, the queen’s aunt.

Andrew’s friendship three years ago with American-born Koo Stark, a former model who had acted in soft-core porn films, was widely reported to have angered his parents.


TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Singer Andy Gibb kept an estimated 11,000 spectators waiting for two hours for a concert but he was warmly applauded by teen-agers after performing for 70 minutes, newspapers reported Sunday.

Gibb arrived from Hong Kong, where he canceled an earlier concert because, his mother said, he was suffering from laryngitis.

Yu Kuang Music Magazine, which sponsored the Taipei concert Saturday, said its start was delayed because Gibb’s original flight was canceled and he had to switch to an evening flight.

He was rushed under police escort from the airport to the concert, magazine officials said.


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Paula Hawkins, who revealed in 1984 that she was molested as a child, is writing a book about her work on behalf of missing and abused children.

Charlie Black, campaign manager for Mrs. Hawkins’ re-election bid, said the Florida Republican has been working on the book, tentatively titled ″Children at Risk,″ for a year or more.

″I’m plowing ahead with the writing and getting more enthusiastic about it with every page,″ Mrs. Hawkins said in a statement issued Friday.

″The problem of child abuse, missing children, runaway children and thrown-away children needs to be explained more fully,″ she said.

Also Friday, Mrs. Hawkins sued a Winter Park television station for injuries suffered four years ago when a studio backdrop fell on her while she was being interviewed.

Mrs. Hawkins, 58, was knocked unconscious briefly when a 28-pound, 6-foot- high wood and canvas prop toppled onto her neck and shoulders on Jan. 4, 1982, at WESH-TV.

In her suit, Mrs. Hawkins contended she still feels pain and cannot work as well as she could before the accident.


MADRID, Spain (AP) - King Juan Carlos turned 48 on Sunday, and palace sources said hundreds of congratulatory messages were received from all over Spain and abroad.

The king, who took power Nov. 22, 1975, two days after the death of Gen. Francisco Franco, was born in Rome on Jan. 5, 1938, during the exile of the Spanish royal family following the ouster of his grandfather, King Alfonso XIII, by the republic in 1931.

The king spent his birthday in his Zarzuela Palace residence with Queen Sofia, their three children and other relatives, including ex-King Constantine of Greece, Queen Sofia’s brother, the sources said.


ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. (AP) - Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille, better known as the Captain and Tennille, are using their musical talents to help schools in their community.

The entertainers have cut a record at their own expense, ″Tahoe Snow,″ and will donate proceeds from its sales to a group that helps schools at Lake Tahoe, where they have lived since last winter.

Figuring that regional songs seldom make national hits, the two came up with the idea of using the song to benefit local schools.

They cut the record in their studio and paid the production costs for 2,000 copies.

The record is for sale at local stores only, and initial sales are ″going well,″ said Douglas County Education Foundation president Ken Kjer.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. has been named the 1986 recipient of the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award.

The Massachusetts Democrat, who is retiring from Congress after his current term, will be honored at a luncheon here on May 8, Truman’s birthday. The award has been presented annually since 1973 by the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation.

O’Neill, 73, was elected to Congress in 1952 and became speaker in 1977.


OSLO, Norway (AP) - The first great-grandchild of Norway’s King Olav cried loudly when christened Olav Alexander Lorentzen here Sunday.

The king himself and his son, Crown Prince Harald, were the two official godfathers for the 6-month-old son of Haakon and Martha Lorentzen of Rio de Janeiro.

The baby’s father is a son of King Olav’s eldest daughter, Princess Ragnhild, and her husband, Erling Lorentzen.

The baby was dressed in the royal family’s 87-year-old christening robe. The Lorentzen families live in Brazil but have celebrated Christmas and New Year’s in Norway.

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