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March 23, 1988

NEW YORK (AP) _ Bonnie Blair, the Olympic speed-skating champion, dispensed some blunt advice Wednesday for girls whose boyfriends don’t want them to be athletic:

″Tell them to go jump in the lake,″ said Blair, who took the gold medal in the 500-meter race and bronze at 1,000 meters in Calgary. ″Maybe they’re not worth having around.″

Blair spoke at the City Hall launch of a drive by the Women’s Sports Foundation to encourage girls to take part in a new athletic program at city high schools.

Donna de Varona, a 1964 Olympic swimming champion who heads the foundation, said the drive should help dispel myths about females participating in sports.

Blair said sports help girls to compete and to cope with other challenges in life.

″There are lots of goals you can set for yourself,″ she said. ″You can apply that in everyday life. Once you find the thing you like the most, stick to it and get the most out of it you can.″


ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Talk-show host Sally Jessy Raphael and her husband plan to convert a dilapidated barn along the Delaware River into a seven- bedroom home.

Karl A. Soderlund said he and his wife and their eight children will move into the barn as soon as the conversion, expected to cost at least $225,000 and take six to 10 months, is completed. The family also maintains a New York City apartment and a Peekskill, N.Y., home.

″We just love it down there. Sally was born in Easton and, even though she hadn’t been down there in a while, we made a drive down there and we just love Bucks County,″ Soderlund said Monday.

The barn, along with an 1837 mansion operated as a bed-and-breakfast inn, are part of a 10.5-acre property the couple bought last October for $550,000.


PHOENIX (AP) - Acting Gov. Rose Mofford and her staff sang the ″Mickey Mouse Club″ song Wednesday and posed for pictures with the cartoon mouse and former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello.

″I don’t think it will stay,″ Mrs. Mofford said as she tried to fit a set of fake mouse ears over her beehive hairdo. The governor also donned a black and red ″Mickey Mouse Club″ jacket with her name on it.

The occasion was a proclamation recognizing April as cable television month in connection with a charity drive by the Disney cable channel and local cable distributors.

″I really owe everything to those years,″ Ms. Funicello said as she recalled her days with the original mouse club.


NEW YORK (AP) - Actress Audrey Hepburn called her tour of Ethiopia last week ″one of the most heart-rending and heartwarming experiences.″

At times tearful during a news conference here Wednesday, Miss Hepburn said she was moved not only by the ″ravages of the famine on the children″ but also by efforts being made by volunteers.

″The country suffers from two grave injustices,″ she said. ″One is man- made - they get too little aid. And the other from God - they get too little water. But I plan to talk to him.″

Miss Hepburn, recently named a special ambassador for the U.S. Committee for UNICEF, will go to several American cities to help raise $22 million for the United Nations Children’s Fund.


ORONO, Maine (AP) - Poet Allen Ginsberg says the Reagan administration has spawned an era of ″troglodytes and fundamentalists,″ with the ″moral minority trying to control what the majority hears.″

Speaking to a University of Maine audience Tuesday, Ginsberg railed against a recent Federal Communications Commission ruling that material judged to be indecent can be broadcast only between midnight and 6 a.m.

The ruling has a ″chilling effect″ on broadcast programs of art and literature and ″reduces the listening radio public to the level of children,″ Ginsberg said.

The ruling stemmed from FCC action last November against three radio stations in California and Pennsylvania, one of which scrapped plans to air part of Ginsberg’s controversial epic poem ″Howl.″


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor-singer Kris Kristofferson denounced American policy in Central America after returning from a visit to Nicaragua.

Speaking to reporters at Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday, Kristofferson, 51, said, ″I’m so sick of hearing the lies that are being told by our government and even by the so-called friends of Nicaragua.″

Kristofferson claimed the U.S. government had lied about Nicaragua’s recent incursion into neighboring Honduras in an attack against American-backed Contra rebels based there.

He also lashed out at the American news media, saying he wished network television cameras would show the popular support in Nicaragua for the Sandinista government.


MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel canceled an appearance here after learning his fee would come from a grant by a conservative publisher once accused of being a South African agent.

The Nazi concentration camp survivor had been scheduled as a speaker today at the John McGoff Distinguished Lecture Series at Northern Michigan University.

But McGoff’s alleged links to the South African government and the university’s plan to pay Wiesel’s fee from a $300,000 grant from McGoff brought protests from the school’s faculty.

″When it comes to apartheid you cannot make compromises,″ Wiesel said in explaining his decision.

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