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July 8, 1997

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) _ The folks on Martha’s Vineyard are used to big muckety-mucks on their island, like Princess Diana and the Kennedys. Now they’re bracing for President Clinton and Co. _ again.

Like their previous vacations in 1993, 1994 and 1995, the Clintons will stay at the Oyster Pond estate of Richard Friedman, a real estate developer the president describes as a close friend.

The Clintons are expected to arrive Aug. 17 or Aug. 18 and stay until Sept. 7, barring emergencies. That means certain inevitable inconveniences for everyone else _ like traffic jams, when the Secret Service blocks roads for the motorcade.

It isn’t particularly welcome news on an island where the permanent population of fewer than 18,000 people swells to more than 100,000 in the summer.

``He has a right to be here. It’s just that he takes up more space than your average person,″ said Harland Gibbs, owner of Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate.


MANCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ Donny Osmond is sticking to his spiritual guns.

After a four-year run in ``Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,″ Osmond has won a part in an outdoor drama that tells the story of the Mormons.

The 39-year-old singer and actor will portray Samuel the Lamanite in the 60th annual Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra. The pageant runs this Friday and Saturday and July 15-19.

Some 1,600 people auditioned for roles in the 600-member cast.

In May, Osmond said he declined an offer to continue in the ``Joseph″ revival in Toronto to spend time with his family. He said he also wanted to share in the spirituality of the New York pageant.

In ``Joseph,″ he played the title role in the Biblical tale of a man sold into slavery by his brothers, only to become the Pharaoh’s right-hand man.

Osmond and his famous siblings, including Marie, were raised as Mormons in Utah.


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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ If Evander Holyfield keeps winning fights, Nelson Mandela will need another closet.

Holyfield, who defeated Mike Tyson last month to retain the WBA heavyweight title, presented the South African president with a white and purple satin boxing robe Monday to go with an earlier gift: the gloves Holyfield wore when he first won the title.

Mandela greeted Holyfield and his wife, Janet, at his home for a dinner meeting before the president headed off to Britain, Thailand and Indonesia.

``I’ll never wash this hand,″ Mandela quipped after shaking hands with Holyfield.

Mandela declined to offer any boxing advice to Holyfield, who retained his title last week when Tyson was disqualified for biting his ears in the third round of their rematch in Las Vegas.

``Everybody should follow his style who wants to be champion,″ Mandela said. ``He is the three-times world champion.″

Holyfield, known as the Real Deal, jokingly called himself the Real Meal when he arrived Sunday. Tyson’s bites cost him part of his right ear.

Tyson goes before the Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday to learn if he will be suspended.


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ They are fireworks that rapper Stanley Howse can do without.

The star of the Grammy-winning rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony was charged Monday along with his brother-in-law with possessing illegal explosives and firing a gun on the Fourth of July.

Howse, 24, and Jamartarik Cole, 19, were also charged with possessing a destructive device, possessing an explosive and discharging a firearm with gross negligence. Howse also faced a weapons possession charge.

Each could get up to about six years in prison if convicted of all counts.

Howse and Cole were arrested Friday after neighbors complained of hearing gunshots. Prosecutors said Howse had a quarter-stick of dynamite and Cole had three M-80s, which are powerful firecrackers.

Authorities also said the men fired a shotgun in the back yard and that an AK-47 assault rifle was found in the home Howse shares with his wife, two children and bodyguards in the San Fernando Valley.

Following the arrest, Howse’s manager, Gary Ballen, said his client just ``had big fireworks.″ Fireworks are illegal within city limits.

Howse is founder of the group, which won a Grammy this year for a single, ``Tha Crossroads.″

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