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Country music to the rescue of flood victims:

In Nashville, singer CLINT BLACK is trying to tie relief efforts together through a project called Operation Heartland. Black himself will kick in the proceeds of a concert Aug. 27 with WYNONNA JUDD in Des Moines, Iowa. The public can make tax-deductible donations by calling (800) 678-7255 or writing Operation Heartland, 8320 Melrose Avenue, Suite 200, Los Angeles, Calif. 90069.

In Branson, Mo., a weekend flood relief telethon broadcast from WAYNE NEWTON'S theater drew a surprise guest - comedian BOB HOPE. On Monday, he popped up at a matinee at ANDY WILLIAMS' place, telling the crooner: "I just came by to see if you'll still be talking to me now that you've got your own theater."

Ask a silly question:

Somebody asked Boys Nation delegate Tyler Peterson how he felt when he met President BILL CLINTON. The answer: "It was better than sex. Of course, I haven't had sex before, but I'm sure this was better."

From the Kennedy beat:

JOHN F. KENNEDY JR. is splashing around the Pacific island of Palau with actress DARYL HANNAH before moving on to the Philippines. Photographers from several American newspapers are keeping a close watch, but the locals are keeping their distance. The natives "respect their need for privacy," a tourism spokeswoman said.

The USA Network is putting together a docu-drama called "Marilyn & Bobby," billed as "a fictional account inspired by the public lives" of ROBERT F. KENNEDY and actress MARILYN MONROE. Kennedy's 10 children have issued a joint review. Excerpts: "Offensive . . . outrageous . . . This lie debases the memory of our father. It denigrates the reputation of others . . . It despoils history. It corrupts the medium."

Time was when EARTHA KITT defined sexiness. Now, The Paper, a monthly in New York, has brought up the new definition and asked Kitt what she thinks of MADONNA. The answer: "I don't. …