- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 8, 2000

Ford gets better; tongue swelling ebbs

PHILADELPHIA Former President Gerald Ford remained in good condition yesterday, and doctors said his tongue has returned to normal size.
Mr. Ford's tongue had been painfully swollen for several days, and an abscess was removed in an operation at Hahnemann University Hospital on Saturday. Doctors said the swelling was the result of a very rare bacterial infection known as actinomycosis.
Mr. Ford is expected to remain on antibiotics for at least six weeks. He also is being treated with a blood-thinning medication for a small stroke or strokes he suffered during the Republican National Convention.
Mr. Ford was in excellent spirits and eating and walking, according to a statement from the hospital. No expected release date has been set.

Hollywood pays tribute to Alec Guinness

LOS ANGELES Hollywood paid tribute yesterday to Sir Alec Guinness, the acclaimed British actor who died of cancer in London at age 86.
The reclusive screen legend, who died in a hospital Saturday, was not often seen in the glaring publicity machine of Tinseltown.
"He wasn't into the Hollywood scene that much, to his credit," said Twentieth Century Fox spokesman Jorge Carreon.
It was Mr. Guinness who was credited with almost single-handedly pulling the studio from the brink of oblivion as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the 1977 science-fiction epic, "Star Wars."
Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia, said he had raised the level of the "Star Wars" set.
"Sir Alec Guinness was a kind, funny, elegant, amazing gentleman who did everything with a natural grace," she said in a statement. "He wore his Obi Wan outfit as if it were a tuxedo. He had a way of elevating his environment… . He will be truly missed."

ABC paid lawyer for Lewinsky interview

NEW YORK Although it did not pay Monica Lewinsky for the Barbara Walters interview, ABC News acknowledged yesterday that a Washington lawyer was paid $25,000 to smooth the way for the talk that aired in March 1999.
The network hired Theodore Olson, described as a close friend of former prosecutor Kenneth W. Starr's in an article in the New Yorker, to negotiate access to Miss Lewinsky.
Miss Lewinsky had been barred from talking to the media as part of her immunity deal with Mr. Starr, and Mr. Olson was used to negotiate an exception to the deal, the magazine said.

Teen-ager convicted in paralyzing hockey hit

WAUKEGAN, Ill. A 16-year-old hockey player charged with injuring a rival player during a match, leaving him paralyzed, was found guilty yesterday of misdemeanor battery.
The player was originally charged with two counts of felony aggravated battery, which could have meant imprisonment until the age of 21. However, he entered into a plea agreement on a charge of simple battery, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail. Prosecutors said they will not seek jail time.
The Glenbrook North High School student, who was not named because of his age, agreed with prosecutors that he used his stick to push New Trier High player Neal Goss into the boards a second after the buzzer sounded during a junior-varsity game.

Cohen delays word on missile defense

The Pentagon's assessment of how and when to move forward with a national missile defense will take several weeks longer than planned, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said yesterday.
As a result, Mr. Cohen is unlikely to recommend a course of action to President Clinton until early September, officials said.
Mr. Cohen previously had said he expected to make a recommendation by mid-August after an internal Pentagon study, called a deployment readiness review.
"A number of difficult issues remain to be resolved," Mr. Cohen said in a brief written statement yesterday.
These issues including whether the rocket booster for the anti-missile system can be produced by 2003 must be settled before Mr. Cohen receives the internal assessment, he said.
From wire dispatches and staff reports

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