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November 10, 1986

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) _ Entertainer Frank Sinatra could be hospitalized for up to 10 days after successful surgery for diverticulitis, a painful intestinal inflammation, a hospital spokesman said.

The two-hour emergency operation for Sinatra, 70, was Sunday, said Cliff Brown, spokesman for Eisenhower Medical Center.

Sinatra had been appearing in Atlantic City, N.J., at the Golden Nugget Hotel, but canceled further shows when the ailment struck, his spokesman, Lee Solters, said Sunday in Los Angeles. Sinatra flew home in great pain to Palm Springs, where he was admitted Saturday night to the medical center.

Dr. Alan Altman, Sinatra’s physician, said in Palm Springs that the entertainer had acute diverticulitis and would probably wear a colostomy bag to collect waste for about eight weeks after the surgery until his intestines heal and can be restored to normal.

″He should be fine,″ Altman said before the surgery to remove the inflamed part of the intestine.

He said Sinatra would not be allowed visitors for the next several days and no telephone calls for 48 hours.

Solters said Sinatra, who was born in New Jersey, had been due to conclude his Atlantic City performances Sunday and ″tried to make an attempt to continue, but the pain was too severe.″


PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - Red Skelton was resting comfortably at home after hot stage lights and an exhausting routine forced the 73-year-old comic to cut short a benefit performance, his secretary said.

The zany comedian was performing Saturday night at the Anaheim Convention Center during a benefit for Loma Linda University Medical Center when he told the audience he wasn’t feeling well and excused himself. He was tended to by the center nurse and a doctor, and did not require hospitalization.

″It was complete exhaustion from the lights and he did more physical bits than he usually does,″ said the secretary, who asked that her name not be used. ″It was too hot, and those extra bits didn’t help too much.″

Bill Harper, a spokesman for the convention center, said the comic was near the end of the show, having done about an hour and 45 minutes.

Skelton’s Emmy Award-winning ″Red Skelton Show″ was broadcast weekly on television from 1951 to 1971. Skelton has kept up a busy schedule of appearances around the country.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The dance band Nu Shooz capped a 77-city U.S. and European tour with a homecoming trip to show off its first gold record.

″We’d like to dedicate this song to all the fans who’ve kept us alive for the last seven years,″ lead singer Valerie Day, whose husband John Smith is the band’s leader, told the enthusiastic nightclub crowd Friday night.

The band’s debut album on Atlantic Records, ″Poolside,″ went gold last month when a half-million copies were sold.


MUSCAT, Oman (AP) - ″Royal fever″ has been sweeping Muscat’s 8,000-strong British community, and retail shops say Union Jacks have been selling well in anticipation of a visit by the prince and princess of Wales.

Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and his wife, Diana, were spending tonight aboard the royal yacht Britannia after flying in from Britain for their four-nation Gulf tour.

They are to begin a series of appearances Tuesday with a welcome at Al-Alam palace by Oman’s ruler, Sultan Qaboos. The nine-day trip also will take them to Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Charles also will play in a polo match attended by about 250 British nationals here, and Princess Diana will present prizes.

One of Diana’s first stops will be the Omani Women’s Association, where members will model the elaborate, jeweled costumes worn at Arabian weddings.

″We thought the princess might be interested in what we wear because she herself has such good dress sense,″ said Houda Al-Ghazali, a director of the association.


ATLANTA (AP) - Former secretaries of state Alexander Haig, Edmund Muskie, Henry Kissinger, William Rogers and Dean Rusk are scheduled to discuss foreign policy during a conference later this month.

The Nov. 21 conference at Atlanta Civic Center is the fourth annual event sponsored by the non-profit Southern Center for International Studies to call upon the combined knowledge and experience of top foreign policy officials.

The men directed American foreign policy during the Cuban missile crisis, the Vietnam War, a period of improved relations with the People’s Republic of China and fluctuating relations with the Soviet Union.

Rusk, secretary of state from 1961-69, served under John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. Rogers served Richard Nixon from 1969-73. Kissinger followed and was secretary through 1977, through the term of Gerald Ford. Muskie served in 1980-81 in the Jimmy Carter administration, and was succeeded by Haig, Ronald Reagan’s first secretary of state, who served in 1981 and 1982.


NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth will present first lady Nancy Reagan with the American Sportscasters Association’s Humanitarian Award next week at the group’s Hall of Fame dinner.

The award, to be presented Nov. 18, will honor Mrs. Reagan for her efforts in the fight against drug abuse, the association said in a statement.

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