CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For the second time in less than a year, evangelist Billy Graham has been hospitalized in Asheville, N.C., this time for a suspected case of bronchitis.
The 93-year-old Charlotte native, admitted Saturday night to Mission Hospital, was resting comfortably on Sunday. He was alert and in good spirits when admitted and was receiving antibiotics, according to a hospital spokesman. He is expected to be there for several days. Last November, Graham was hospitalized for pneumonia.
Last year, the evangelist released "Nearing Home," his thoughts on aging and the approach of death. He's been healthy through 2012, though he remains homebound in Montreat, N.C., and makes no public appearances. The evangelist is said to be finishing up a manuscript for a new book summarizing his message from seven decades of public ministry, which started in Minneapolis.
On Sunday, he watched the broadcast of the service at his home church, First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, S.C. His grandson Will gave the guest sermon.
PASSING TIME: Harry Potter books are passe among the 168 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay now in their second decade of U.S. detention. The adventures of the boy wizard have been supplanted by early episodes of Will Smith's 1990s TV comedy, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," as a popular way to pass time. "I just ordered all six seasons," says librarian Milton, a Defense Department contractor who gives only his first name to visiting journalists. He offered no explanation for the sudden popularity of the half-hour sit-com about an inner-city Philadelphia kid who moves in with his affluent cousins in California, beyond the observation that comedy is widely popular among requested items from the detention center's 28,000 book and video library.
From the rink to the mound
Carrie Underwood has learned a lot about hockey since she married Mike Fisher, who plays for the Nashville Predators. When they got engaged, he gave her a pair of skates, and they've been known to shoot a few pucks together. On Sunday, the country singer showed she could throw a baseball. She slipped on her favorite pair of suede cowboy boots and took to the mound to throw the first pitch at the Toronto-New York game. She tweeted before the game at Rogers Centre: "Throwing out the first pitch at the Blue Jays/Yankees game today! #hopeimakeittotheplate." She was in Ontario to perform at the Boots & Hearts Festival. Others on the bill included Tim McGraw, Kid Rock, Alabama, Lauren Alaina (another "American Idol" alum), and Big & Rich.