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August 30, 2001 06:39 PM

DETAINED: After eight days of treatment in a Southern California hospital for treatment of pneumonia, Bob Hope, 98, was not released on Monday, as was originally expected. “Although Mr. Hope remains in stable condition and there is continuing improvement,” his physician, Dr. Lee Kagan, said in a statement, “because of his age we want him good and strong before we send him home” . . . DIED: Teen heartthrob of the ’60s, TROY DONAHUE, 65, suffered a fatal massive heart attack Sunday. His movies included 1959’s “A Summer Place” and, in a comeback of sorts, 1974’s “The Godfather, Part II,” in which he played Connie Corleone’s boyfriend, named Merle Johnson — which was actually Donahue’s real name. PAULINE KAEL, 82, the feared and revered movie critic for the New Yorker magazine from 1968 until her retirement in 1991, died at her Massachusetts home in the Berkshires on Monday. She had suffered from Parkinson’s disease. South African surgeon DR. CHRISTIAAN N. BERNARD, 78, who performed the first human heart transplant in 1967, had a fatal asthma attack on Sunday. His first patient lived only 18 days, but his second made it through 19 months . . . BORN: Ex-“Walker, Texas Ranger” star Chuck Norris, 61, and his wife, Gina, 33, welcomed twins, Dakota Alan and Danilee Kelley, who arrived one month ahead of schedule last Thursday, said his publicist. The boy and the girl are the couple’s first children together. Both have kids from previous marriages . . . RAISED: Veteran comic Jerry Lewis, 75, headlining his 36th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon, raised a record $56.8 million over 21 1/2 hours during Labor Day weekend. The money goes to fight neuromuscular diseases . . . SIDELINED: Steven Spielberg won’t attend this month’s Venice Film Festival in Italy because his and wife Kate Capshaw’s soon-to-be 13-year-old son, Theo, will be having his bar mitzvah, a Jewish boy’s right of passage, reports the Italian national paper La Repubblica. Spielberg has sent a seven-minute video to the fest that will deliver a message to moviegoers.

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