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NEWS LITE : ARTS CENTER GETTING PIECE FROM STALLONE.

A statue from Sylvester Stallone at Miami's Performing Arts Center?

Possibly.

Stallone is donating a $1 million, 19th century sculpture of Mozart for the planned center, according to his personal curator, New York gallery owner Leah Kleman, who opened Leah's Gallery in December.

The work is a 5-foot-high white marble sculpture of the 18th century Austrian composer sitting in contemplation atop a 6-foot pedestal of gray marble. It was created in 1882 by a Barcelona sculptor named Geraldo Reynes, whose works are exhibited around the world, Kleman said Tuesday.

The sculpture sits in her gallery amid a wide array of neoclassical works, immense furniture, large urns, marble nymphs and huge chandeliers.

The donation was an idea from Stanley Levine, a Stallone lawyer who has been a prominent adviser over the years to the Concert Association of Florida, Miami City Ballet and Metro-Dade's Performing Arts Center Trust.

Spanish royals, Mubaraks mingle

Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia mixed work and play Tuesday, meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and then going sightseeing.

Juan Carlos and a 45-member business delegation arrived Monday in Cairo to discuss investment opportunities in Egypt.

The king and Mubarak met alone and with ministers while their wives got together elsewhere in the morning. Then all four headed off to see the ancient pyramids at Giza and the 14th century Sultan Hassan mosque.

During their visit, the royals also plan to open a library at the Spanish Cultural Center and visit a Spanish-funded restoration program at Egypt's National Library.

Critic lashes out at film industry

Film critic Michael Medved has harsh words not only for bad films, but for bad film executives.

Medved, speaking Monday at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, said executives in Hollywood are catering to each other and not mainstream America when they release films with dark or violent themes.

``The industry is focused on peer respect. It is full of insecure people, particularly guys who are insecure about their masculinity. They were all nerds in school,'' he said.

Medved, author of ``Hollywood vs. America,'' said executives in Hollywood believe films with sex, violence and profanity sell better. But, he noted, PG- and G-rated films have performed better than R-rated releases during the past 20 years.

``The reason `Star Wars' did so well is that everybody brought their kids,'' he said.

Whale-size speed bump tosses boater into the drink

Scott Earl remembers its very broad back and its very big tail, but when he made it to the ocean surface the whale that upended his boat was nowhere to be seen.

Earl's 20-foot rubber boat, the heart of his business of pumping out boat tanks, was upside down and his gear was bobbing alongside him Saturday morning just off Santa Catalina Island.

``I'd been going along about 40 knots, water smooth as glass, and then I bounce up eight feet in the air,'' said Earl, 32, of Orange. ``Then my boat's upside down, and I'm trying to find my way out from under.

``All I can figure is, the whale came up under me and then dove back down.''

Earl was about 23 miles out of Huntington Harbour when the whale hit about 9:30 a.m. Nearby fishermen helped Earl right his boat.

A Coast Guard tug arrived a short time later and towed the disabled craft to Avalon.

Good deed pays off big time for honest Las Vegas cabbie

David Hacker had just finished his 10-hour shift driving a cab in Las Vegas when he spotted a bulging alligator-skin wallet on the back seat.

It held $25,000 - what Hacker normally makes in a year.

``This is it,'' Hacker thought, considering it a test from above.

A few years earlier, Hacker had made a promise to return the favor if God would help him through some health problems.

Hacker tracked down the owner and was rewarded with $5,000 in cash, food and clothes, and a whole week living the high life.

Credit cards in the wallet bore the name of Lance Dykes. Hacker believed it could have been a passenger he picked up from Bally's. Sure enough, he found Dykes at one of the casino's roulette wheels.

Dykes, 38, from Hinesville, Ga., said he had realized the wallet was missing but figured it was long gone.

``In Las Vegas, I just couldn't believe someone would turn it in,'' Dykes said Tuesday of his Feb. 11 encounter. `I was almost speechless. I must have told him `thank you' 150 times.''

Watergate tools to be exhibited

A collection of ordinary tools that illustrate the extraordinary fall of Richard M. Nixon will soon go on display at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The tools used in the Watergate burglary, including a flashlight, gloves, screwdrivers and a lock-picking kit, will be part of the museum's new galleries that will open in April.

The tools have been stored at the National Archives along with other evidence from the June 1972 break-in at Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate Hotel. President Nixon resigned in disgrace in 1974 after tape recordings incriminated him in a cover-up of his staff's involvement in the burglary.

Ford, who became president when Nixon resigned.

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South African President Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel, right, the widow of Mozambique's founding President Samora Machel, flank Swedish Queen Silvia during a welcoming ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa, on Tuesday

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