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January 24, 1986 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Woody Allen says if a doctor ordered him to move away from New York it would be hazardous to his health.

″I don’t think I could live beyond a 30-minute radius of the Russian Tea Room,″ said the actor-writer-director, whose newest film - ″Hannah and Her Sisters″ - opens next month.

He said in an interview in the February issue of Gentlemen’s Quarterly that he makes his films in New York in part because ″I like to sleep in my own bed.″

″I know it sounds funny, but I just couldn’t see going off to some location like Texas or Montana for weeks on end, living in a hotel room. That’s why I make all my films in New York ... and also, of course, because I love the city,″ he said.

Allen admitted that he has romanticized New York in his films, seeking out the nicest scenery. Some European visitors are enticed by the visions in those films, he said, and ″I guess they’re disappointed.″

But the city ″always surprises me,″ he said.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The nationally syndicated comic strip ″Bloom County″ probably will be suspended while its creator, Berke Breathed, recovers from back injuries suffered in a plane crash, a spokesman says.

″Every indication is that we’ll be offering previous ‘Bloom County’ strips to customer newspapers,″ said Al Leeds, special projects manager for the Washington Post Writers Group, which distributes the popular strip.

Breathed, 28, was listed in satisfactory condition Friday at St. Joseph Hospital, where he underwent six hours of surgery Thursday for the fractured back he suffered in an ultralight airplane crash.

St. Joseph Hospital spokeswoman Lillian Patterson said Breathed’s operation was successful and doctors do not predict any paralysis.

The strip will probably be suspended for at least three weeks after the ones already drawn run out next month, with cartoons from 1982 or 1983 being distributed in place of new ones, Leeds said.

Police said Breathed was piloting a two-seater ultralight when it crashed Wednesday on an Indian reservation north of Albuquerque. His passenger was not injured.


HOUSTON (AP) - When Prince Charles arrives in Texas next month, without Princess Diana, his schedule will take him to four cities with stops at a telecommunications company, a refinery, a retirement home and the state Capitol.


Prince Charles will arrive in Dallas Feb. 17. His itineray there the next day includes visits to the Electra Communications Corp., a telecommunications company; and to Infomart, a computer market, the British consulate said.

On Feb. 19, the heir to the British throne, whose tour was timed to help celebrate the Texas Sesquicentennial, will then travel to the Houston area, where he will tour a Shell Oil Co. refinery, the San Jacinto Museum and a retirement home.

On Feb. 20 in Austin, the prince will visit the state Capitol and the University of Texas, and will meet with Gov. Mark White and former first lady Lady Bird Johnson.

His last stop in Texas will be San Antonio where he will spend the day touring an urban revitalization project and the Mirasol Homes center, a self- help program for minority and low-income families.


NEW DELHI, India (AP) - A 12-year-old Sri Lankan girl who regularly writes to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is now visiting India as his personal guest.

Manique Cooray, excited about meeting her prime minister pen pal, says she will ask him ″a lot of questions.″ For one thing, she wants to know whether the 41-year-old Gandhi, an ex-airline pilot, misses flying.

Cooray, who arrived here Jan. 21, started writing to Gandhi early last year. She has written seven letters to him.

″I wonder why I am so fond of you. That may be because you are so charming,″ she wrote in her most recent letter.


MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Former President Richard M. Nixon will attend South Carolina Hall of Fame ceremonies Feb. 7 to pay tribute to inductee Gen. William C. Westmoreland, the organization’s president says.

Westmoreland was Army chief of staff during the first three years of the Nixon administration, from 1969 to June 1972. The Spartanburg native, now a Charleston resident, requested Nixon give the tribute, Hall of Fame President Robert J. Hirsch said Thursday.

Westmoreland was selected last October as an honoree from among 10 contemporary nominees.

Nixon ″was very enthused about making the tribute to Gen. Westmoreland,″ Hirsch said. Nixon reportedly changed his schedule to make the trip, he added.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Former CBS newsman Daniel Schorr has been named national affairs correspondent for National Public Radio.

He will provide commentary for the weeknight broadcast ″All Things Considered″ and cover Washington stories for ″Weekend Edition″ on Saturday morning.

Since leaving Cable News Network last year, Schorr has been providing some reports for NPR on a free-lance basis.

″I’ve never met a ‘hungrier’ and more energetic 69-year-old,″ said Robert Siegel, Schorr’s new boss.