Belmondo Stable, Footballers Hurt
HOSPITALIZED: Doctors in a Paris hospital treating French film icon Jean-Paul Belmondo for a stroke said on Thursday that his condition remained stable. The actor, 68, best known for 1960's "Breathless," was taken by helicopter from a Mediterranean vacation to St. Joseph's hospital Wednesday night in a serious state, with a partially paralyzed face. "Tests are continuing in order to establish the precise impact and to permit optimal treatment," a statement said . . . INJURED: Bruce Smith and Marco Coleman, the Washington Redskins' starting defensive ends, left practice with injuries Thursday. Smith hurt his shoulder and Coleman re-injured his back, said the Associated Press. Coach Marty Schottenheimer did not have information regarding the extent of Smith's injury. Coleman aggravated his back and left the field on a cart . . . SPLIT: Cheri Townsend, wife of actor-director Robert Townsend ("Hollywood Shuffle"), 44, wants out of their 11-year marriage, according to a L.A. Superior Court divorce petition Tuesday. She cites irreconcilable differences and is seeking custody of the couple's 1-year-old son and 7- and 9-year-old daughters . . . ARRESTED: Peter Vitiqu, 32, of the Bronx, was arrested for stripping down to his shorts and jumping into the Bronx Zoo's Congo exhibit on Wednesday, say New York City Police. (The shorts were red boxers, and startled zoo visitors were rushed out of the exhibit.) Police chased Vitiqu for 10 minutes before catching and arresting him for trespassing. "He said he wanted to be one of the gorillas," a cop told New York's Daily News.
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