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KOLLEK GETS JUMP ON 80TH BIRTHDAY

Mayor Teddy Kollek of Jerusalem celebrated his 80th birthday a few months early by sticking his fingers into a 6-foot-long cake shaped like the ancient holy city he has run since 1965.

He licked the frosting off and cut the cake Sunday after receiving an honorary doctorate in philosophy from Yeshiva University.

"It is the first time, because I was so scared, that I had to prepare a speech," said Kollek, whose birthday is May 27.

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