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NEWS LITE : CALL FOR HELP GOES LONG WAY.

A disabled man who became ill while logged onto an Internet chess site managed to summon help from a fellow player hundreds of miles away.

Charles Drafts, a double amputee who types using a stick in his mouth, was on line with 159 other people Saturday when he suddenly sent out a message for help.

From Boston, Drafts typed, ``i'm disabled and havingshortness (sic) of breath, call ambulace (sic).'' He also managed to type in his address.

While several users tried to find out what symptoms Drafts was suffering, Andy McFarland of Owensboro, Ky., was calling Boston's emergency medical services on his second phone line.

Drafts was in stable condition at Beth Israel Hospital on Monday morning. Hospital officials would not describe the nature of his illness and Drafts declined comment.

Mrs. Tea to take Joltin' Joe's spot

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? Shelley Fabares has taken your place.

Mr. Coffee, which used the baseball star as its pitchman for years, has hired the star of ABC's ``Coach'' to promote its latest small-appliance venture - the Mrs. Tea hot- and iced-tea makers.

DiMaggio no longer works for Mr. Coffee, which is based in suburban Bedford Heights.

While Fabares initially will promote Mrs. Tea, her contract leaves open the possibility of promoting Mr. Coffee and other products, company spokesman Eileen Weisenbach Keller said Monday.

Fabares has been nominated for two Emmys for her work on ``Coach.'' She also appeared in ``The Donna Reed Show'' and opposite Elvis Presley in ``Girl Happy,'' ``Clambake'' and ``Spinout.''

Chelsea shows merit in scholarly pursuits

Chelsea Clinton scored high enough on her preliminary college board exams to be a National Merit semifinalist.

The daughter of President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton, a senior at Sidwell Friends School, was one of 19 students at the private school and 15,000 nationwide to be named semifinalists.

Texas governor reports for jury duty

To some people, jury duty is a chore to avoid at all costs. Gov. George W. Bush was so eager to serve that he cut in line ahead of about 300 other candidates.

``I have to get to work,'' Juror No. 536 joked, stepping up when jurors 1 through 200 were called to get their assignments Monday at City Coliseum in Austin, Texas.

Former President Bush's son was assigned to report to a county criminal court for jury selection Oct. 8. But he expects to be dismissed because, as governor, he has the power to pardon convicts.

Still, Bush said, he wouldn't try to dodge the summons: ``If you're going to live in a democracy, take advantage of a fantastic system, you need to participate.''

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PHOTO (1) Feline diplomacy

Bosnia's top peace envoy, Ca rl Bildt, takes a call with a cool cat Monday outside a Sarajevo hotel where Bosnia's new presidency was meeting.

(2) Charles Drafts

Had difficulty breathing

(3) Andy McFarland

Saw message for help
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Oct 1, 1996
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