Sen. Edward Kennedy and his former wife, Joan, saw the first of their children walk down the aisle Saturday when their daughter Kara was married to Washington architect Michael Allen near the family's Cape Cod, Mass., compound. It was a traditional Catholic ceremony with the vow of obedience omitted in the Victory Church in Centerville, followed by a reception at the home of the family's 100-year-old matriarch, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Kennedy said "the easiest job was walking Kara down the aisle. The hardest job was giving her away." Several members of the Kennedy family were there, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; John Kennedy Jr.; Caroline Kennedy and her husband, Edward Schlossberg; Ethel Kennedy and six of her children, including Rep. Joseph Kennedy II; Eunice Shriver; and new Kennedy in-law Andrew Cuomo. There were 14 bridesmaids, including cousins Robin Lawford, Victoria Lawford Pender and recently married Kerry Kennedy Cuomo. In keeping with the family's sailing traditions, Ted Kennedy placed nautical flags that spelled out "Kara and Michael" on all the family sailboats. Kara, 30, and Michael, 33, will live in Washington. Out and About

Mayor Marion Barry received one of the biggest ovations of the night when he showed up at the Riddick Bowe-Pinklon Thomas fight Friday at the University of the District of Columbia. Included in the ringside crowd that saw Bowe win by a technical knockout were Rep. Gus Savage, Sugar Ray Leonard, welterweight champions Simon Brown and Maurice Blocker, and 1988 Olympic gold medalist Andrew Maynard ...

There obviously are just so many monuments that can be financed in memory of former presidents. One of Gerald Ford's Grand Rapids, Mich., boyhood homes is up for sale. It stood empty for 20 years with plans to turn it into a museum in honor of the city's most famous son. That idea failed because the Grand Rapids Arts and Museum Commission couldn't raise the $51,000 needed to renovate it. The house wasn't all that unusual, because Ford lived in at least eight different homes growing up in Grand Rapids. Records show that the former congressman, who became president in 1974 when Richard Nixon resigned, lived in the four-bedroom, two-story white house from 1923 to 1930, from the time he was 10 years old through his junior year at Grand Rapids South High School. In a letter to the museum director last year, Ford endorsed the sale of the house... .

Columnist Art Buchwald, who has received about every writing award a political satirist can, has been selected to receive the 1990 World Humor Award of the Workshow Library on World Humour. The award will be presented Sept. 25 at a luncheon ceremony at the National Press Club. H.J. Cummings, founder and president of the Workshop Library, said Buchwald's unanimous selection "reflects the high esteem in which he is held around the world." Buchwald is syndicated in more than 550 newspapers and is a Pulitzer Prize winner ...

Now he can vote. Paul Anka, Canadian-born songwriter and 1950s teenage idol, finally became a U.S. citizen after all those years living in Las Vegas. The 49-year-old star became a citizen last week in federal court there. He said he had a desire to become an American because "after paying a million in taxes every year, I figured it was time to give me a right to do everything. I thought it was about time I feel part of the process" ...