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January 7, 1986

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) _ Opera star Placido Domingo will undergo surgery soon to correct a double hernia, and will be off the stage for nearly two months, a news agency reported.

The Spanish tenor canceled scheduled peformances in London and Hamburg, the independent news agency Europa Press said Monday. The agency quoted Domingo’s manager as saying surgery would be in a clinic here in the coming weeks.

Domingo sang Sunday night at Liceo Theater along with the Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus in a benefit performance for the victims of last September’s earthquake in Mexico.

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Former Metropolitan Opera soprano Beverly Sills presided over ″topping out″ ceremonies as the final steel support beam of the $52 million Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center was hoisted into place.

The steel beam, signed by school children as ″dignitaries of the future,″ was placed atop the 2,400-seat Festival Hall at the nine-acre site downtown overlooking the Hillsborough River. It is scheduled to open in early 1987.

Miss Sills, director of the New York City Opera, headed a list of dignitaries that included Mayor Bob Martinez and H.L. Culbreath, chairman of the center’s board of trustees.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Best-selling author David Wallechinsky and his wife, Flora, have created the second item on a new list - their second son.

Aaron Wallechinsky was born Sunday at West Park Hospital in Canoga Park, 25 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, and weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, publicist Gene Shefrin said Monday.

Shefrin, in a statement, quoted Wallechinsky’s father, best-selling author Irving Wallace, as saying mother and baby are doing ″just fine.″

Wallechinsky co-wrote ″What Really Happened to the Class of ’65?,″ the basis for a television series. He also co-wrote ″The People’s Almanac,″ ″The Book of Lists″ and ″Significa″ with his father, mother and sister.

Flora Wallechinsky has been researcher for most of her husband’s works.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Rock ‘n’ roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis, whose private life is often as torrid as his piano playing, has withdrawn a divorce petition claiming his sixth wife wants to change his personality.

The 50-year-old singer’s wife, Kerrie, said she and her husband began talking about a reconciliation at a New Year’s Eve party marking her 23rd birthday. ″He didn’t want nobody else kissing me at midnight,″ she said.

She married Lewis in April 1984, less than a year after the singer’s 25- year-old fifth wife died of a drug overdose.

Lewis’ lawyer, Thomas Veteto, filed a request Monday asking the Chancery Court to dismiss the divorce petition. Jim Sanderson, another Lewis attorney, said the petition filed Dec. 27 was being withdrawn ″without prejudice,″ meaning it can be filed again.

Lewis had claimed his wife tried to ″re-forge and re-constitute″ his personality and force him to give up his old friends and business associates.

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NEW YORK (AP) - ″Shogun″ author James Clavell’s new novel, which was scheduled to be bid on by publishers today, will be auctioned next week instead, the writer’s daughter said.

Michaella Clavell, who heads Foreign Rights Inc., the company through which the 2,000-page ″Whirlwind″ is being sold, on Monday denied published reports that a minimum bid of $3 million had been set for the North American rights.

Clavell, whose other works include ″Taipan,″ ″King Rat″ and ″Noble House,″ was reported last week by The New York Times and syndicated columnist Liz Smith to have set the minimum bid for North American hard-cover and paperback rights to the new book, set in and around Iran in 1979.

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DALLAS (AP) - Rock singer David Crosby has been ordered to remain in jail while he appeals drug and firearms convictions.

State District Judge Pat McDowell on Monday denied Crosby’s request to enter a drug treatment program.

Crosby, 44, was sentenced to five years in prison in 1983 after being convicted on charges of possessing cocaine and possessing a firearm in an establishment licensed to sell liquor. He was returned to Dallas last month from Florida, where he surrendered to police on a warrant issued after he failed to appear for a November bond revocation hearing.

Earlier, the former member of the soft rock group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young had been jailed for walking away from a court-ordered drug treatment program in New Jersey.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton was skating on thin ice when he left his 1985 Porsche in a downtown parking garage while performing at the Providence Civic Center.

Police say Hamilton’s was one of at least 10 cars vandalized Sunday night during the closing performance of the Ice Capades, in which he is a main attraction.

Thieves stole the radio-cassette player from his car after smashing the driver’s window, police said. At least nine other motorists also reported broken windows, stolen stereos and other valuables, police said.

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