The condition of former House speaker Carl Albert has been upgraded to fair as he continues to recover from triple-bypass heart surgery in Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was moved from the intensive-care section yesterday . . .
Those former Walter Mondale campaign aides are still finding new jobs. The Kamber Group, a Washington public relations, marketing and political consulting firm, has hired Michael Ford, who served as Mondale's deputy campaign director for national field operations to become director of the firm's political division. Three other Mondale veterans -- John Bell, Joe Trippi and Moss Murphy -- are also in the Kamber political division . . . And Matthew MacWilliams, who was Mondale's deputy national field director, has become a senior associate with Greer and Associates, an advertising, media and political consulting firm . . .
Prosecutors in Los Angeles have subpoenaded two National Enquirer reporters -- Tony Brenna and Larry Haley -- to testify at the preliminary hearing for Cathy Evelyn Smith, who allegedly administered the overdose that killed John Belushi . . .
Connie Francis, committed by her father to a Florida hospital for treatment of mental problems two years ago, is being sued for not paying her entire bill. The suit was filed in a Palm Beach court and claims Francis owes $7,546 . . .
Tennessee writer Alex Haley, who won the Pulitzer Prize for "Roots," the powerful story tracing his family back to a captured slave from Africa, will become an adjunct professor of journalism and American studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville . . .
Queen Elizabeth is about to get a new toy. The government plans to buy her an $8 million train that will be made of hardened steel to withstand rocket attack; it will also have bulletproof windows and a carriage for security devices for use by armed guards . . .