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August 19, 1990

ITASCA, Ill. (AP) _ The award-winning rhythm and blues group Soul II Soul canceled its North America tour after becoming involved in a seven-car pileup over the weekend.

Jazzie B. - the 27-year-old lead singer and songwriter whose real name is Beresford Romeo - suffered back injuries, and doctors advisde him against performing for about a week, said the group’s manager, Don Taylor.

Four other band members were treated for minor injuries and released, Taylor said.

He said the group canceled the rest of the shows on its itinerary, including performances in the west Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates; Columbus, Ohio; Montreal; Toronto; Bristol, Conn.; and Boston.

The group’s two tour buses were involved in a chain-reaction accident Saturday that sent 31 people to three hospitals, Illinois State Trooper Bruce Shimizu said.

In February, the band won a Grammy award in the rhythm and blues category for the ″Back to Life″ single. Their song ″African Dance″ was named best instrumental.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Comedian Yakov Smirnoff’s success brought him from a one-room apartment in Moscow to a five-bedroom house near the glittering Sunset Strip.

But with the birth of his first child approaching, he’s giving up his trendy address for a quieter, family oriented neighborhood

″We want a better place for Linda to push the baby cart,″ Smirnoff said in a recent interview after returning Los Angeles following appearances in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, N.J.

The former Soviet citizen and his wife, Linda, are purchasing the 3,500- square-foot home on the 18th hole of the Riviera Country Club for $2.4 million and listing their old one for about $1.8 million.

The new home, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles, has three bedrooms and a maid’s quarters.

″It’s something like a Mr. and Mrs. Cleaver house. And it’s one-story, which will be better for our child,″ said Smirnoff, who moved to the United States 13 years ago and became a citizen in 1986.

Goldie Hawn and Tom Hanks will be among the Smirnoffs’ new neighbors. Smirnoff appeared with Hanks in the movie ″The Money Pit″ and with fellow comedian Robin Williams in ″Moscow on the Hudson.″


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Pop superstar Michael Jackson invited 130 children to his ranch, where the YMCA day campers from Santa Barbara and Los Angeles visited his zoo, video arcade and custom theater.

At first, the children, age 7 to 13, were in awe of Michael Jackson, but that quickly changed.

″He was so much more than I expected. I thought he was going to say ‘hi’ and ‘bye.’ But he played with us the whole time,″ said 12-year-old Monique Jackson of Los Angeles.

During Saturday’s visit, the kids presented the star with a banner that said ″We love you Michael,″ and made him an honorary member of the 28th Street YMCA in Los Angeles, said Lee Solters, a Jackson spokesman.

Jackson has invited groups of children to his mountain estate before. Last month, he spontaneously asked a group of terminally ill children who were camping nearby to come for a barbecue and movie.


DENVER (AP) - Former Colorado Sen. Gary Hart is using his experience in politics to capitalize on the newly democratizing East bloc.

Three years after dropping out of the presidential race, the 53-year-old Democrat is helping a newly incorporated consulting practice at a Denver law firm to assist U.S. companies expand into foreign markets.

Hart says he’s not from the same mold as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

″I’m not a jet-setter or a Kissinger,″ he said. ″I never thought of public service as a career and always knew I’d come back to the private sector. My activities aren’t just based on old friends.″

Hart also has expanded outside the East bloc, helping the Italian state energy company ENI explore oil and gas acquisitions in the United States. He also represented a Taiwanese group of 27 companies looking for hotels.

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