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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Evangelist Graham in good spirits at NC hospital

Evangelist Graham in good spirits at NC hospital

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Officials said evangelist Billy Graham is in good spirits, watching television and joking with staff at the hospital where he’s being treated for pneumonia.

A spokesman for Mission Hospital in Asheville said the 92-year-old preacher was listed in fair condition Thursday.

Dr. Shaw Henderson, a pulmonologist, said Graham’s temperature is normal. Henderson is encouraging Graham to resume physical therapy and other normal daily activities.

Graham went to the hospital Wednesday after experiencing sweating, coughing and breathing problems. Graham spokesman Larry Ross said the evangelist was never in distress.

Princess’ wedding hat to be auctioned

LONDON — The eye-popping hat worn by Princess Beatrice at Britain’s royal wedding is to be auctioned to raise money for charity, Buckingham Palace said Thursday.

The famous creation — which some said looked like antlers — will be sold on eBay with the proceeds to go to the charities UNICEF and Children in Crisis.

The hat was the handiwork of Britain’s leading milliner, Philip Treacy, who designed many of the ladies’ hats worn at the April 29 nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Mary Tyler Moore to have brain surgery

NEW YORK — A representative for Mary Tyler Moore said the veteran sitcom star will have surgery to remove a brain tumor.

Spokeswoman Alla Plotkin said Moore’s doctors recommended the elective procedure after monitoring the tumor for some time. Plotkin did not say when the surgery would take place.

It would remove a meningioma, a slow-growing tumor in the membranes that cover the brain. Meningiomas usually occur in older adults and are mostly benign.