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Coal miners vote on new contract

Appalachian coal miners voted Monday on a contract with Pittston Coal Group that could end an acrimonious, 10-month strike that drew international support from labor organizations. United Mine Workers (UMW) Vice President Cecil Roberts planned to announce the result of the vote this morning at the union's southwest Virginia district office, UMW spokesman Gene Carroll said. Many of the rank-and-file union members who cast secret paper ballots in Virginia agreed that the overwhelming majority appeared to favor ratification.Rockwell's only

nude portrait sold

DETROIT _ Painter Norman Rockwell's only known nude portrait has been bought for $50,000 by an Oakland County man. Tom Sullivan said he will meet with the portrait owner, who also is the subject of The Manapessa, also called Portrait of Miss Jackie Wells. Ms. Wells, a former art model, is now a 61-year-old secretary in Detroit who posed for Rockwell in August 1958 while a student at Wayne State University. Rockwell gave her the painting after completing it.

N.Y. beach mess

not pollution

FIRE ISLAND, N.Y. _ A combination of cold weather and molting shellfish created a slimy, green mess on a 22-mile stretch of Fire Island beach Monday but authorities said the wash-up was not dangerous and had nothing to do with pollution. Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Kent Mack said the material was a concentrated combination of algae and crab shells and would probably clear by this morning. He said algae in the Atlantic Ocean off the island had multipled in past months because of warm weather then died over the weekend when the weather turned sharply colder.

7 feared dead in icy lake

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. - Three young people from a probation camp and four adults plunged into icy Convict Lake on Manday and were presumed dead after the lake froze over them, officials said. The three youths from nearby Camp O'Neal were on an outing when they apparently fell through thin ice, said Mono County Sheriff-Coroner Martin Streineck. Two Camp O'Neal counselors, a U.S. Forest Service worker and a volunteer firefighter also fell into the lake as they tried to save the youths around noon, said Streineck.

Lasker Awards

suspended for 1990

In a surprise move, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation has decided not to make its medical and scientific awards this year. The awards of $15,000 each are among the most prestigious American prizes in the field. The foundation's executive vice president, Alice Fordyce, said the group would "take a sabbatical" to review its future commitments.