Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder insists taxpayers won't get stuck with the $11.63 bill for a long-distance telephone call he made from a hotel room to socialite Patricia Kluge and charged to the state.
Records kept by the Virginia Department of Accounts show the call was made from the Homestead resort in Hot Springs to the Kluge estate in Albemarle County. The governor stayed at the resort the night of May 18 for a speech to the Virginia Telephone Association.
State records indicate that Wilder's office paid $19.37 in incidental charges, including the phone call to the Kluge mansion. "The state's not going to pay for that," Wilder press secretary Laura Dillard said Tuesday.
Wilder and Kluge, who is in the midst of divorcing her billionaire husband, John W. Kluge, have been linked in recent reports that also detailed the governor's use of state airplane and state police helicopters for various trips.
Klein in Stable Condition Designer Calvin Klein was in stable condition last night at New York Hospital in Manhattan after suffering a concussion, two broken ribs, a bruised lung and head lacerations Tuesday in a fall from a horse at a Long Island riding stable. A hospital spokesman said Klein, 47, would probably remain hospitalized for about a week.
Paul Wilmot, a spokesman for Klein, said the fashion designer was riding his horse at a stable in Bridgehampton when "something spooked the horse." He described Klein, who has a home in nearby East Hampton, as a good rider and added, "The doctors expect a quick and complete recovery." Wilmot said he spoke yesterday morning with Klein by telephone.
Gene Hackman Hospitalized Actor Gene Hackman, whose movie credits include "The French Connection," "Superman," "Hoosiers," "The Conversation" and "No Way Out," was hospitalized Tuesday after falling ill while traveling through Oregon, a hospital spokeswoman said last night. Hackman, 60, was reported in fair condition and undergoing tests at St. Vincent Hospital & Health Center in Portland. The spokeswoman, Denise Tomasovic, declined to elaborate on the nature of Hackman's illness. The actor had checked himself into the hospital on Tuesday, she said.
Carter Honored Former president Jimmy Carter was awarded the $100,000 Philadelphia Liberty Medal in a sun-baked Fourth of July ceremony at Independence Hall. He pledged to use the prize money for peace and humanitarian activities everywhere in the world.
The first medal, which honors the pursuit of liberty and freedom from oppression and ignorance, went to Poland's Lech Walesa last year.
"This award is given not to me but for the work we are doing at the Carter Center in Georgia," he told a crowd of thousands gathered in the mall between two historic shrines -- the hall where the Declaration of Independence was written and the Liberty Bell Pavilion.
The Atlanta-based Carter Center focuses its work on promoting democracy, preserving human rights and fighting hunger. Carter said in a statement that even as Americans celebrate the holiday "we should remember that liberty is a privilege that many in the world don't enjoy."
The Bush-Quayle Links It was apparently just a typical case of trying to make the boss look good when expert golfer Vice President Dan Quayle spread the word that President George Bush had beat him on the links.
Quayle, known for his expertise on the golf course, had told reporters Monday when setting out to golf near Bush's seaside vacation home in Kennebunkport, Maine, that he was "destined to lose."
When asked by reporters Tuesday during a photo session outside Bush's seaside home who really won the game at the Cape Arundel Golf Course, Quayle insisted, "the president won, as he should."
But Bush had said that Quayle had played well, with six birdies -- "that's pretty good golf."
Told later that Quayle had said he won, Bush said, "He was just being pleasant, I'll bet."