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Trump reported to be having second thoughts

Donald Trump is said to be having second thoughts about divorcing his wife, Ivana, out of concern for his children. Trump was astounded and upset by the weeklong hoopla and banner headlines about the split and was considering "dropping the whole thing," the Daily News in New York reported Saturday, quoting anonymous sources close to Trump.

Trump was worried about the effect the media coverage might have on his three children, Donald Jr., 12, Ivancka, 8 and Eric, 6, the newspaper said.

Trump's spokesman, Howard Rubenstein, said Saturday that he had no information about the report and couldn't comment.

Trump lawyers Jay Goldberg and Stanford Lotwin told the Daily News that they knew nothing about any possible reconciliation.

No legal action has yet been taken by either Trump.

Ivana Trump is reportedly in seclusion with the children at Mar-a-Lago, the Trumps' 118-room mansion in Palm Beach.

Eighteen security men stood guard Saturday at the walled 17-acre estate that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Worth. The mansion, built by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1927, has 58 bedrooms, 32 bathrooms, three bomb shelters, a theater, a ballroom and a nine-hole golf course.

Ivana, a friend said, left for Palm Beach Friday after one of the children turned on the TV and learned for the first time that the Trumps were splitting up. "The kid freaked out," the friend said.

A longer limo

Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder's limousine has grown a few inches and nearly doubled in cost over the one used by his predecessor.

Wilder's black Lincoln Town Car is costing the state $37,923 plus trade-in of his predecessor's Cadillac, which cost $19,949 plus trade-in four years ago.

Wilder's car will have a keyless entry system, a 5-liter V-8 engine and six-way adjustable power seats.

Since taking office, Wilder has pleaded for fiscal austerity among state agencies. On Friday, the House Finance Committee sent a $267-million package of revenue enhancement bills to the floor to help Virginia balance its proposed $25.8-billion budget.

New governors traditionally trade in the vehicle of their predecessors.

Barbara Bush: It's all in the hug

Barbara Bush said her secret to staying happily married to the same man for 45 years is hugging.

"As you get older, I think you need to put your arms around each other more," Mrs. Bush said in the March issue of Ladies' Home Journal.

Despite the pressures and demands on the president and the first lady, Mrs. Bush said they have never been closer.

"He calls me much more on the phone than he used to. He'll say, "Look out the window; there's a friend of yours,' and we'll wave hankies back and forth."

During her daily swims in the White House pool, Mrs. Bush said she makes sure to pass by the far side of the Oval Office so her husband won't see her.

"George is so bad about saying, "Come in and say hello.' He caught me the other day in my preswimming clothes, and there was a new ambassador from a foreign country. There we were, eyeball to eyeball."

Increasing life's complexities

A contraption designed to screw on a jar lid which featured a water wheel, a rocking chair and a tipped-over outhouse took top honors Saturday in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest at Purdue University.

A squad from the school's Society of Manufacturing Engineers defeated two other student teams to win the contest set up to honor the spirit of Goldberg _ a specialist in drawing ludicrously complicated machines that perform simple tasks. He died in 1970.

This year's competition called on the teams to design a machine to screw the cap on a Ball canning jar _ and complete the task in less than five minutes using at least 25 steps.

"Having a Ball," the winning team's device, used 42 steps to complete its task, starting with an attempt to make "moonshine."

"We thought we would do well because we built our machine so that it was solid and reliable," said Matt Garbarino, a junior in mechanical engineering and a member of the winning team.

Close quarters

Prince Charles, left, and Galen Weston play in a polo match at Vero Beach on Friday. Nearly 2,000 people turned out to see the Prince's Windsor Park team defeat Canada's Maple Leaf squad. Another match is to be held today. The proceeds are to go to charity.