A man was charged yesterday with threatening Ronald Reagan after scaling the fence at the former president's Bel-Air, Calif., house, the Secret Service said.
Gregory Stuart Gordon, 32, of Los Angeles, was arrested on the Reagan property Wednesday and was being held without bail on charges of threatening to kill or inflict bodily harm on a former president.
A man who gave his name as Gregory Gordon called the Associated Press Thursday night, claiming he had scaled the fence at the mansion before he was seized by Secret Service agents. He said he was calling from the county's Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he had been taken for a psychiatric evaluation.
The caller said he jumped the fence because he wanted publicity. He said he believes Reagan is the antichrist "and I'm the second coming of Christ."
The Reagan estate's address was changed from 666 to 668 St. Cloud Dr. because of superstition surrounding the number 666, believed by some to be a symbol of the Devil.
Kennedy's Daring Rescue U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy dived into shark-filled waters this week to help rescue a couple whose boat had overturned in a tussle with a 485-pound marlin off Hawaii, according to Kennedy and the skipper of his charter boat.
The Masschusetts Democrat, on vacation with his twin 9-year-old sons, Joseph Jr. and Matthew, was taking part in a fishing tournament Sunday along with U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.), football player Colin Scott and ex-Washington Redskin John Wilbur. The crew of Kennedy's boat heard a distress call when the charter was about three miles off Kailua-Kona, said Chuck Harlan, captain of the boat.
Kennedy and others on the charter leapt in the water to save the couple. "Joe, Colin and my son Mike jumped in and swam over to the boat," Harlan said.
"I don't know if we got many points for intelligence," Kennedy told the Boston Herald, in a telephone interview Thursday. "It was tiger shark city."
The Herald reported the rescued woman was Mildred Akaka, the niece of U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii).
After the rescue, Harlan said, he saw a large marlin jump off to the north. Diving under the capsized boat, he grabbed the vessel's fishing pole, still hooked to the marlin.
The rescued woman worked the fish for a while, then turned the pole over to Wilbur, who eventually landed the 485-pound marlin, Harlan said.
The Tenors of the Times The world's three greatest tenors -- Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo -- will sing together for the first time today in a unique climax to the 1990 World Cup soccer final in Rome.
Years of efforts to unite the three voices on the same stage will finally culminate in Rome's 3rd-century Baths of Caracalla at a concert rivaled in emotion only by the Argentina-West Germany World Cup final 24 hours later.
Spanish-born Domingo and Carreras and Italy's Pavarotti will donate their appearance fees to charity for the open-air concert, conducted by Zubin Mehta.
Papa Conyers U.S. Rep. John Conyers and his wife of one month have become parents.
The 61-year-old Detroit Democrat's wife, 25-year-old Monica Ann Esters, gave birth to a son Thursday at Grace Hospital in Detroit.
Conyers, a 25-year congressional veteran, and Esters were married in a private ceremony June 4. The marriage is Conyers's first.
Esters worked in Conyers's Washington office two years ago and as a photographer on his unsuccessful 1989 mayoral campaign.
The Tchaikovsky Winners American Deborah Voight, who almost decided to skip the Tchaikovsky Competition, captured the hearts of the Soviet music world and dazzled the judges who awarded her the gold medal for Best Female Vocalist yesterday.
"I almost pulled out of the competition because I was so busy," the 29-year-old soprano said afterward. "It's really thrilling and overwhelming."
The winners in other categories were Boris Berezovsky of the Soviet Union for piano; Gustav Rivinius of West Germany for cello; Akiko Suwanai of Japan for violin; and Hans Choi of the United States for men's vocals.
Voight heard the news of her victory at about 2 a.m. at the Hall of Columns, where she clinched her medal with last-round selections from Verdi's "Il Trovatore" and Tchaikovsky's "Queen of Spades."
The audience had been asked not to applaud between selections, but "they forgot all about it and started clapping and 'bravo-ing' as soon as I finished the first number," Voight said.