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July 16, 1986

LONDON (AP) _ Britain’s Prince Andrew, who will marry Sarah Ferguson on July 23, celebrated his last days as a bachelor at a party where the guests included singer Elton John, television personality David Frost and his brother Prince Charles.

The stag party Tuesday night was at the London mansion of Andrew’s cousin Viscount Lascelles. Plans for the party were kept secret, but reporters and photographers who hurried to the scene saw it breaking up about 1 a.m.

The party contrasted with 38-year-old Charles’s farewell to bachelorhood before he married Princess Diana in 1981. He had a low-key dinner party with friends in a private room at the London club Whites.

Meanwhile, the heir to the British throne was scheduled to help Harvard University celebrate its 350th birthday in September.

Charles is scheduled to arrive in Boston Sept. 2. His itinerary includes a look at the Burberry store in Boston’s Back Bay, a stop at a jobs conference, lunch with Gov. Michael S. Dukakis and a visit to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The Boston Herald reported Wednesday.

The prince is to be Harvard’s guest of honor at an anniversary dinner and is scheduled to give the keynote speech at Harvard ceremonies. Then he will fly to Chicago Sept. 3, the Herald reported.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actress Justine Bateman of the NBC-TV series ″Family Ties,″ is recovering from emergency surgery to reconnect a nerve in her left index finger, her publicist said.

Miss Bateman, 20, was rehearsing her role as a young, blind woman during filming Tuesday of the NBC-TV movie, ″Can You Feel Me Dancing?″ when she inadvertantly pushed her hand through a door’s window glass, said her publicist Mark Kern.

He said the accident happened while Miss Bateman was on location in Los Angeles, and she was taken to Santa Monica Hospital for treatment.

″It was just a freak accident,″ Kern said. ″The doctor assures us that there will be no permanent damage.″

Miss Bateman, who plays ″Mallory″ on ″Family Ties,″ will return to the set Wednesday, Kern said.


TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) - Actor Richard Gere is visiting El Salvador and Honduras to learn more about Central America, but he’s not saying much about the trip.

The actor visited Palmerola Air Base, about 50 miles northwest of the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, where about 1,000 U.S. soldiers are stationed.

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Gere ″apparently is making a trip for an indefinite period of time through Central America, financed by himself.″

The actor declined press interviews and told local reporters at Toncontin International Airport only that, ″I will return soon to Honduras on vacation.″

He arrived in Tegucigalpa on Sunday.


BOSTON (AP) - The wife of Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis is steamed that planners of a $28 million Statehouse renovation dropped plans to construct a full kitchen.

Kitty Dukakis, a member of a committee advising planners on renovations, said ″That’s just crazy,″ Tuesday after learning of a revision of 2-year-old plans calling for a full kitchen to accompany a new interior courtyard at the Statehouse.

Mrs. Dukakis told The Boston Globe on Wednesday that would mean caterers would still be needed when dinners were served.

Planners will reconsider building the kitchen, Secretary of Administration and Finance Frank Keefe said Wednesday, because of Mrs. Dukakis’ complaint.

Massachusetts is one of a few states without an executive mansion. Its governors, usually residents of Boston or its nearby suburbs, have lived at home or taken apartments in the city. The Dukakises live in Brookline, an immediate suburb of Boston.

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