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Jul. 16, 1990 1:27 PM ET
UNDATED A summary of developments in the news industry for the week of July 9-16: California High Court Rejects Breakup of Freedom Newspapers
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court rejected legal moves by minority stockholder Harry Hoiles that might have led to the breakup of the Freedom Newspapers group.
In a unanimous decision July 11, the justices denied a hearing on an appeal by Hoiles from a lower-court ruling that upheld actions by relatives who hold controlling shares in the family-owned company, based in Orange County.
The dispute dates to 1981, after the death of Clarence Hoiles, Harry's older brother and head of the 29-newspaper company.
Harry Hoiles claimed his sister, Mary Jane Hoiles Hardie, had promised to back him as Clarence's successor. When she refused, Harry talked to possible buyers for his one-third share, including Times-Mirror Corp.
The Hardies and the family of Clarence Hoiles, who each also control about one-third of the company, offered to buy out Harry Hoiles' shares at a discount. Harry said the $74 million offer was 37.5 percent of the shares' market value in 1981.
The majority also adopted a stock restriction to give family members the first chance to buy majority shares. Harry Hoiles was not re-elected to a three-member executive committee.
His suit claimed his relatives' actions took unfair advantage of their majority status and denied him fair value for his stock. He sought a court order liquidating the company or requiring the majority to buy his stock at market value.
Orange County Superior Court Judge Leonard Goldstein ruled in favor of the majority stockholders and was upheld April 27 by the 4th District Court of Appeal.
''Equity does not require the majority to submit to corporate blackmail at the whim of a minority, any more than it will permit a majority to take unfair advantage of a minority,'' Justice Thomas Crosby wrote for the Supreme Court. Reporter Released From Jail After Revealing Source
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A television reporter jailed for refusing to identify a confidential source emerged free from a courtroom July 10 after giving the judge his source's name.
KMOL-TV reporter Brian Karem said the source released him from his promise of confidentiality after the U.S. Supreme Court declined his second request to be freed.
''I want to see my wife and my son and take a day off and eat some pizza and drink some beer and never wear orange again,'' Karem said after his release.
The journalist, who wore an orange uniform during his two weeks in jail, was held in contempt of court and sentenced to six months in jail for refusing to say who helped arrange a telephone interview last year with jailed murder suspect Henry David Hernandez.
Hernandez and his brother, Julian, are charged in the March 1989 shooting death of a police officer. Henry David Hernandez told Karem he shot the policeman in self-defense.
Lawyers said they needed to know who arranged the interview to determine whether it could be admitted as evidence.
Karem identified the source as Deborah Ledesma, a cousin of Hernandez's. He handed over a notebook page containing names and phone numbers of those who helped set up the interview.
He said he agreed to keep Ms. Ledesma's name secret because she feared some of Hernandez's family members.
The reporter said he would go to jail again if it meant keeping a promise to a source. ''I didn't intend to prove anything. I just intended to keep my promise, so I kept my promise,'' he said.
He accused lawyers of using him to do their investigative work.
''The press should be the last place that prosecutors and defense attorneys go to seek their information - not the first,'' Karem said. ''They never tried anyone else before they came to me.''
Karem lost two Supreme Court bids to remain free while he appealed the contempt of court citation. David Duke Helps Paper That Wouldn't Run His Campaign Ads
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State Rep. David Duke helped kill legislation that might have financially harmed a small-town newspaper that has refused to run his political ads.
Duke, who frequently criticizes the media for mentioning his past neo-Nazi ties and Ku Klux Klan leadership, declared his devotion to safeguarding press freedom July 9 as he moved to kill a bill aimed at The St. Helena Echo.
The legislation would have allowed local governments in St. Helena Parish to pick a newspaper from outside the parish as the parish's official journal - the publication that prints, for a fee, government notices, minutes of public meetings and other government information.
''This is a danger to freedom of the press,'' said Duke. ''I suggest the danger of this amendment and this bill is to prevent people from publishing. It's become political.''
He then moved that the House put off consideration of the bill, a motion that carried 50-36. The 1990 session adjourned a few hours later without the bill coming up again.
Told of Duke's action, Echo Publisher Harrell Griffin said he was amazed. ''I don't know what to think about that,'' he said. ''I'm flabbergasted. ''
Griffin and Duke have been at odds for months, ever since Griffin refused to run ads for Duke's U.S. Senate campaign.
He accused Duke of trying unsuccessfully to organize an economic boycott of the Echo. Duke said he never tried to organize a boycott but did advise his supporters of the Echo's refusal to run his ads.
Griffin said he wouldn't question Duke's motives, but added he didn't believe Duke had given up racist philosophies.
Asked if he would change his mind about running Duke's ads, Griffin said: ''I'd have to think long and hard on that. It makes me think better of him for having done this.''
Griffin said the legislation could have put the Echo, one of six small papers he publishes, out of business if it resulted in his losing the $17,000 worth of government business it gets each year.
He blamed the mostly white St. Helena power structure for persuading Rep. Buster Guzzardo and Sen. B.B. ''Sixty'' Rayburn to sponsor the legislation. He said the leadership doesn't like his support of black residents' causes in the parish, where almost half the registered voters are black.
Guzzardo said the bill wasn't intended to put the Echo out of business but was aimed at making Griffin bid competitively with other papers for government business. Young Read Books, While Their Elders Read Newspapers, Study Shows
WASHINGTON (AP) - Older people are more avid newspaper readers than young people, but the young are more apt to be reading books, a report said July 15.
And people with children are more likely to watch the Sunday morning news interview shows on television than people without.
These tidbits are from a new study by the Times Mirror Center for the People and the Press called ''The American Media: Who Reads, Who Watches, Who Listens, Who Cares.''
The study divides people into four groups based on the interest they show in the news.
Twelve percent are ''news sophisticates'' who form the regular audience of National Public Radio, public television's ''MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour'' and such magazines as the Atlantic, Harpers and The New Yorker.
Thirty-nine percent don't quite make news sophisticate but nevertheless read a news magazine or a major metropolitan daily newspaper or watch Sunday morning interview shows or Cable News Network. They are called serious news consumers.
Forty-one percent, the largest group, are moderate consumers who regularly read a daily paper or watch or listen to the news.
The remaining 8 percent do not read a daily newspaper or watch or listen to the news regularly.
The report said 41 percent of the non-news users and 16 percent of the news sophisticates are in the 18-29 age bracket.
The analysis was based on 4,890 telephone interviews conducted in the first four months of this year. The margin of error was plus or minus three percentage points.
The survey found that 24 percent in the 18-29 bracket said they had read a daily newspaper the previous day. This rose to 61 percent for people older than 80. The percentage increased steadily with age, except for a slight slump among people in their 70s.
Forty-three percent of people under age 30, one of every two people in their 30s and 40s and 44 percent of people 50 and older said they listened to news on the radio regularly.
For television, the percentages were 63 percent under 30, 71 percent in the 30s and 40s and 84 percent at age 50 and over.
Five percent of childless people said they watched the Sunday interview programs regularly. This rose to 11 percent for married couples with children and 12 percent for single parents.
Thirty-eight percent of people 18 to 29 said they were reading a novel or other book. This increased to 39 percent among people in their 30s and 41 percent for readers in their 40s.
After that it dropped off to 35 percent for the 50s and 70s, 31 percent for the 60s and 29 percent for people over 80.
The habit of watching CNN regularly rose from 21 percent in the youngest age bracket to 28 percent for people in their 50s and 60s. It dropped to 22 percent for viewers over 70. Would-Be Groom Figures Print Proposal Proper for Editor's Daughter
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Ted Vagelos figured the proper way to pop the question to an editor's daughter was in print.
So he took out a quarter-page ad in The Knoxville News-Sentinel on July 15.
''Dear Tina, Will you marry me? Love, Ted,'' the $1,274 ad asked in big bold letters.
The proposal surprised both Tina Moskos and her father, News-Sentinel editor Harry Moskos. But Vagelos' timing was apt, since Tina's parents celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary the same day.
Ms. Moskos accepted. The wedding will be early next year. Summit Reporters Are Target of Houston's Salesmanship
HOUSTON (AP) - While the world's spotlight remained trained on the deliberations of seven Western leaders, the city of Houston plied the news media for its share of attention.
About 4,000 reporters came for the economic summit July 9-11, and civic leaders spared no effort to put them in a good mood about the city.
''We specifically asked for the opportunity to host the economic summit because we wanted the chance to focus the worldwide attention on what is happening here in Houston,'' Mayor Kathy Whitmire said.
''We felt that there ought to be some way that we can take advantage of your presence here,'' she said.
Boosters invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to present reporters with free food, alcohol, T-shirts, tote bags and even toothpaste. That's become the standard formula for any city playing host to pre-eminent news events like summits, political conventions or sports extravaganzas.
Houstonians made no secret of their motives.
''Frankly, the people from Washington told us early on that the media attitude at previous summits was affected by the preparation and presentation of the food,'' said Ben Love, a retired bank chairman who helped organize the media center.
But Houston was miffed when the three television networks turned a cold shoulder to hot Houston and chose not to broadcast their news shows from the summit, a snub that was front-page news locally.
And when Whitmire and some pillars of the community staged a 9 a.m. summit news conference July 10 in an auditorium that can hold more than 1,000 people, 50 civic boosters outnumbered the handful of reporters.
''I've heard ... you (reporters) stay up pretty late at night and maybe don't get up so early in the morning,'' Love said. ''This may be some confirmation of that.''
No matter. The tiny turnout wasn't cause for concern.
''When I see 10 or 11 television cameras across the back of the room, I'm very much aware of the potential they have for reaching very large numbers of people,'' Whitmire said. ''You don't have to have large numbers to impress me.'' Black Coalition Plans Newspaper for Detroit Suburb
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) - A coalition of black community groups in this Detroit suburb announced plans for a black-owned and -operated newspaper.
The paper has yet to name editors and officers, set subscription costs and determine frequency of publication. Leaders of the Civic Citizens Coalition said it should hit the streets in mid-August.
About 30 percent of Southfield's 80,000 citizens are black.
Other groups already publish papers based in Southfield, including the weekly Jewish News and the Chaldean Detroit Times. Black-owned newspapers are published in at least two other Detroit suburbs - Ecorse and Highland Park - and the Detroit-based Michigan Chronicle is the state's largest black- oriented newspaper. Ingersoll Goes to Europe
ST. LOUIS (AP) - With the U.S. newspaper empire he built on junk bonds and panache crumbling, it's not surprising Ralph M. Ingersoll II has retreated to Europe to pick up the pieces.
Ingersoll, whose newspaper holdings grew fast the past five years and shrank even faster earlier this month, always considered himself an odd duck among American publishers.
He's been described as worldly, soft-spoken, debonair, continental and global. Some acquaintances just call the 44-year-old entrepreneur a European kind of guy.
He speaks several languages, went to school in Switzerland, wears English suits, married a German, drives a German car and writes dates the European way - 2 July 1990.
July 2 was a dramatic turning point for the media company started by Ingersoll's father, a respected editor who got into publishing in the late 1950s.
Ingersoll announced a trans-Atlantic swap with investment partner E.M. Warburg Pincus & Co. He gave up all his American newspapers and became sole owner of his European newspaper group. Ingersoll had controlled 10 American dailies and dozens of weeklies.
The swap left Ingersoll with a much smaller, less-indebted business that includes morning, afternoon and Sunday newspapers in Dublin and three dailies and 39 weeklies in England.
Ingersoll said he's happy with the deal.
''I think it was natural and basically inevitable,'' he said in a telephone interview. ''We had a philosophical difference. I saw great opportunity in Europe. They weren't really interested.''
He said the key to the deal for him is that he's severing his ties with Warburg Pincus, his investment partner since 1983.
Under his original agreement with that firm, Ingersoll was obligated to share 50 percent of the profits of any acquisition or deal he made.
''Now I'm free to negotiate with individual investor groups for each individual deal. That's the way my father and I did it for 25 years, and that's the way I'm going to do it now,'' he said.
Nonetheless, a basic question lingers: How much choice did Ingersoll have?
''What's happening, I think, was basically forced upon him,'' said John Morton, a media industry analyst for Lynch Jones & Ryan. ''But I guess with his affinity for Europe, it might make it easier to swallow.''
Others say Ingersoll welcomes the chance to escape the recession that has hit American newspapers. Ingersoll said he talked with his partners about the trans-Atlantic swap last year and had been watching the European market for eight years.
''Ralph always said there were greater opportunities in Europe. He always expressed a strong interest over there. I think this move is consistent with his thinking,'' said Tom Tallarico, ex-publisher of the short-lived St. Louis Sun.
The Sun was supposed to be a revolutionary tabloid designed to show growth was possible in a stagnant industry. After seven months, it folded with a loss of at least $25 million.
Ingersoll, who used some of his own money to start the paper, said he stopped publishing because of inadequate street sales.
Analysts said he was forced to pull the plug because of his weighty obligations in junk bonds. By some reckonings, Ingersoll's U.S. newspaper network amassed debts exceeding $700 million.
A month before the Sun's demise, Ingersoll offered to repurchase $240 million worth of junk bonds at deep discounts to avoid defaulting on upcoming interest payments. He got a poor response.
''Everyone in the industry said the St. Louis Sun was ill-fated from the start,'' said Kenneth Berents, an analyst with Alex Brown & Co. in Baltimore. ''And it's interesting that had he not gone out on a limb for the Sun, he might not be having the problems he's having today. The Sun may have cost him his whole empire.''
Ingersoll said the junk bond troubles had nothing to do with his decision to give up the U.S. holdings, and he's not sure where the Sun fits into the picture.
''It didn't figure in it directly, but I suppose it may have had some type of metaphysical impact on what Warburg Pincus was thinking, but it's hard to say,'' he said.
It's difficult to say much about the internal finances of Ingersoll's companies because they are privately owned, but it's clear things haven't been easy since the Sun stopped publishing April 25.
''I think the failure of the Sun affected him more than anyone thought. It disenchanted him with American newspapers,'' said Kevin Horrigan, the Sun's lead columnist, who was lured away from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. ''Ralph felt he had something to contribute and was basically told, 'No thanks.' '' Lorain, Ohio, Paper Switching to Mornings
LORAIN, Ohio (AP) - The Journal, an afternoon daily undergoing an $8.5 million expansion, will switch to morning delivery in October.
The paper is part of Ingersoll Publications Co., the ownership of which shifted to the investment firm Warburg Pincus & Co. early in July. Wisconsin Paper Resumes Free Obituaries
WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - The Wausau Daily Herald is publishing free, detailed obituaries again after 2 1/2 years of charging for them.
The policy cost the paper too many advertisers and subscribers, Publisher Fritz Jacobi said July 11.
''If a business decision is so unpopular that emotions are so strong more than two years after its implementation, then I think it's time to review that policy,'' he said.
LeRoy Yorgason, executive director of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association in Madison, said fewer than a dozen of the 37 daily and 218 weekly newspapers in Wisconsin charge for obituaries.
In December 1987, the Herald began charging families for obituaries that included the deceased's job, survivors, contributions to the community and other pertinent information. The publisher at the time said the change would generate income and follow a practice at other newspapers of publishing for free only a death notice with information about the funeral.
Readers - 55 letters to the editor in less than six weeks - complained that free obituaries with some life history had been a tradition at the paper, which Gannett Co. Inc. bought in 1980. Gannett Westchester To End Sunday Magazine
HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) - Gannett Westchester Newspapers is dropping its locally produced Sunday magazine, Suburban People, at the end of the month.
Lawrence Beaupre, vice president and executive editor of Gannett Westchester, attributed the move to ''general deteriorating economic conditions.''
He said July 11 that the group of nine papers will try to relocate the magazine staff within the company. Four full-time and two part-time editorial positions and a few advertising jobs are affected.
USA Weekend, the national magazine that had been inserted into Gannett Westchester's Friday papers, will now be in the Sunday editions. Abitibi-Price, Partners May Build Recycled Newsprint Mill
NEW YORK (AP) - Abitibi-Price Inc. and two British publishers agreed to buy a venture that has been exploring building a newsprint plant in Scotland that would use only recycled fiber.
Abitibi-Price said July 12 that the partners would build the plant under certain conditions that include updating engineering studies and cost estimates. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by Abitibi-Price and its partners, Daily Telegraph PLC and Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd.
The group said groundbreaking for the plant could take place in the first half of 1991 and construction would take about two years. Plans call for annual production of 220,000 metric tons of newsprint, which would be sold mainly in Britain. AP and CWA Reach Tentative Accord
NEW YORK (AP) - The Associated Press and its technical employees reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract July 14.
The package is subject to ratification by the 310 members of the Communications Workers of America.
In the agreement the AP dropped its proposal for a deductible on hospital bills. However, the new contract contains a ''managed care'' system for the health plan that the AP had sought.
Under the tentative accord, the weekly salaries of top-scale technical workers would increase $23.50 the first year, $24 the second and $24.50 in the third year to $636.50.
On July 3, the union announced its membership had voted down an earlier two-year contract offer.
The new agreement includes increases in pension benefits and geographic differentials in the third year.
The new agreement would be retroactive to May 19 and expire May 18, 1993. The technical employees have been working under contract extensions. Newspaper Offers $5,000 Reward in Beating Death of 3-Year-Old
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Railing against public apathy in the beating death of a 3-year-old girl, The Bridgeport Post has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the case.
The girl was found badly beaten in her home Dec. 15. She died a week later and the death was soon ruled a homicide, but police did not request autopsy results for four months.
''What happened to Brenda Lee Hart and the apathy that followed her death epitomizes the problems that stalk the city of Bridgeport,'' Post Publisher Dudley B. Thomas said July 11. ''Not only did she suffer a terrible death, but nobody gave a damn. We decided to become Brenda Lee Hart's advocate.''
According to the autopsy report, the girl was the victim of systematic abuse that may have begun soon after birth.
In a front-page editorial, the Post said: ''Shame on the city of Bridgeport. More city residents turned out in recent years to protest a proposed Little League complex for the city's North End . .. than have voiced outrage about the rising number of homicides in Bridgeport and the death of this defenseless child.''
The editorial also criticized the police investigation, the police board president and the state's attorney for their handling of the case. 19th-Century Farmhouse To Be Moved for Newspaper Plant
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Richmond Newspapers Inc. angered preservationists with a plan to move a 19th-century farmhouse standing in the way of a $195 million production plant.
''If that decision is carried out, it will prove to be a very unpopular one,'' said Robert B. Giles, an official with one of the 12 preservationist and historical groups battling the company over the house's fate.
The company said July 12 that Lockwood, the suburban farmhouse that was Gen. Robert E. Lee's field headquarters for four days in 1864, would be dismantled and moved about 12 miles north.
The house, built in the early 1800s, stands within 50 feet of where the company is building its new plant.
Executives said the house would be given to a couple who plan to reconstruct it.
The company said it would provide a grant of up to $50,000 to help with the project. J. Stewart Bryan III, publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Richmond News Leader, said an architectural and engineering firm agreed to provide free engineering and architectural help on the project.
''This will ensure the continuity of a family owning and living in this house,'' said Bryan, who also heads Media General Inc., parent company of Richmond Newspapers. Six Times Reporters Produce Book on Brawley Case
NEW YORK (AP) - Six journalists from The New York Times have collaborated to produce a book on the Tawana Brawley case that reportedly will detail how she concocted her story of being gang-raped.
Bantam Books is releasing the 408-page work, ''Outrage: The Story Behind the Tawana Brawley Hoax,'' on Aug. 15. Its authors are Robert D. McFadden, Ralph Blumenthal, M.A. Farber, E.R. Shipp, Charles Strum and Craig Wolff, who either wrote or edited a series of articles on the case for the Times.
Brawley, a black teen-ager, gained national attention in November 1987 when she reported a gang of white men, including one man wearing a badge, had abducted and raped her. A grand jury later concluded she made up the story. Court Upholds Newspaper's Decision To Reject Gay Ads
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A state appeals court ruled July 10 that a newspaper can refuse an advertisement for gay and lesbian services and is not subject to a law regulating public access to businesses.
The 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled the Green Bay Press-Gazette could not be forced under the public accommodations law to accept classified ads without discretion.
That law makes it illegal to deny full and equal enjoyment of any public place of accommodation or amusement because of sex, race, color, creed, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry.
''We conclude that to be a place of public accommodation under the public accommodation act, the business must be comparable to or consistent with the business enumerated in the statute itself,'' the appeals court said.
''Newspapers do not offer the public 'accommodations' in the sense that this term is normally understood,'' it added.
The decision affirmed a summary judgment by a trial court in favor of Gannett Co. Inc., owner of the Press-Gazette.
The case stemmed from a lawsuit filed by Jay Hatheway, doing business as Among Friends, and Peggy and Tracey Vandeveer.
According to court records, one proposed ad by Hatheway read in part, ''Gay-lesbian resources, referrals, networks for rural Wisconsin.'' The Vandeveers attempted to place a classified ad that offered ''unique, hand- painted sweatshirts for lesbians.''
The newspaper said it rejected the ads because the ads contained the words ''lesbian'' and ''gay.''
In its decision, the appeals court said it was not examining the constitutional implications ''that a contrary decision would have involved'' if the newspaper were forced to accept the ads. Ruling Limits Access to Transcript in Child Sex Abuse Case
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The state Supreme Court denied a New York newspaper access to a full transcript of the child sex abuse trial of a former day care teacher.
The court, in a 5-2 decision July 9, agreed with a trial court's ruling that the Village Voice was entitled only to a version of the transcript with the names and identifying characteristics of the children and their families deleted.
Laura Handman, an attorney for the Voice, said the newspaper had not decided whether to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
''We believe that a redacted transcript would be very difficult to understand because of all the deletions, given the numerous children,'' Ms. Handman said of the transcript, which exceeds 30,000 pages.
''It would be very hard to follow which child we are talking about,'' she said.
The teacher was convicted in 1988 of 115 counts of sexually abusing 19 children, aged 3 to 5.
The Supreme Court's ruling addressed the issue of whether the Voice was entitled to receive edited or unedited transcripts of the 10-month trial, which generated extensive news coverage.
To accommodate First Amendment rights while protecting the privacy of the young victims and their parents, the trial court allowed the media full access to the trial but prohibited publication of the names, addresses or other identifying characteristics of the children and their families. The trial court also ordered that all transcripts be sealed.
No representative of the Voice attended the trial, but two months after the trial ended, the newspaper sought to obtain an unedited version. Court Upholds Refusal To Release Employee Records
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Newspapers have no right to a list of state employees with details of their work history, the state Supreme Court ruled.
The Providence Journal-Bulletin had asked the state Department of Administration for information on employees affiliated with the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association of Rhode Island.
John J. Kane, director of the agency, refused to turn over the information, saying it was too personal.
The Journal-Bulletin and Bruce Landis, a staff writer, wanted ''information that will uniquely identify state employees by name, address, and employee number'' as well as ''employment history, qualifications, job classification, relationship to the civil service system, minority and other special status, position by agency and by other identifiers, work schedule, the components of their pay, their pay and overtime history, vacation and sick leave status.''
The newspaper also asked for data on the employees' ''history of personal actions beginning with fiscal 1985-86, including both present and former state employees, recounting their comings and goings and how their status changed in-between.''
The Journal-Bulletin maintained it was entitled to the information under the state's Access to Public Records Act.
Kane offered only to produce information available to the general public, including an employee's name, position, agency assignment, salary and date of employment.
The newspaper sued Kane in Superior Court in March 1989. The judge there ruled the records were ''personnel records relating to identifiable individuals'' that are exempt from the public records law.
The Supreme Court upheld the lower court's ruling, citing its previous ruling involving the Pawtucket Teachers Alliance.
In the Pawtucket case, a teachers' union sought records of the Pawtucket School Department to investigate a school principal's performance.
In that case, the Supreme Court ruled ''the Legislature did not intend for the act to allow the public carte blanche to rummage through all publicly held documents.'' County Workers Ordered Not To Talk to Reporters
CINCINNATI (AP) - Hamilton County commissioners ordered department heads and employees who report to them not to talk to reporters and to refer all media inquiries to County Administrator Thomas W. Wenz.
The policy applies to all staff, including the directors of the budget, purchasing, human services, public works and county building departments.
Commissioner Robert A. Taft II said July 9 that the policy applies only to matters pending before the county commission, not to all information. ''General requests for public information'' may be handled by departments without consulting Wenz, Taft said.
Wenz said the policy was not a new one, but simply a formal outline governing existing practices by county employees.
He said he did not foresee any penalty for county employees who did not follow the policy. Complaint Filed After Newspaper Distributes 2 Live Crew Lyrics
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - A newspaper's distribution of lyrics from a 2 Live Crew album that a Lee County judge declared obscene sparked a citizen's complaint to the State Attorney's Office, police said.
In a front-page editorial last month, Everett Landers, executive editor of the News-Press, offered free copies of the lyrics to anyone over 18 who stopped by the newspaper's office and requested them.
A Feb. 8 ruling by Judge Isaac Anderson made it a misdemeanor offense to sell the Miami-based group's recording ''As Nasty As They Wanna Be'' to adults and a felony to sell it to minors.
A federal judge in Fort Lauderdale later ruled the recording obscene, and members of the rap group have been arrested on obscenity charges.
A spokeswoman for the state attorney's office said prosecutors would investigate to see whether state law had been violated by the News-Press.
Landers referred all questions to his lawyer, Steve Carta, who was unavailable for comment. A News-Press receptionist said the company had run out of copies of the lyrics and didn't plan to print more.
In his editorial, Landers said that ''unbending advocates of free speech often find themselves having to defend things they find offensive.'' He said people, not the news media, should make a decision on what is obscene.
''We bow to that logic, in this case, not low enough to print the lyrics on our pages but to a middle ground'' - of distributing the lyrics, the editorial continued. Organization of Church Publications Protest Baptist Suppression
NEW YORK (AP) - An organization of Protestant, Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox publications strongly protested restrictive moves on the Southern Baptist news agency and ouster orders against its top editors.
''We are alarmed that responsible and respected journalists have been penalized and dismissed for their proper reporting of the news,'' officers of Associated Church Press said in a letter to officials of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The organization represents 195 periodicals of various denominations and independent religious publications.
The letter, dated July 10, was sent to the Rev. Morris H. Chapman, new president of the Southern Baptists, who are now controlled by a fundamentalist wing, and to its executive committee.
The committee has scheduled a special meeting for July 17 to deal with the chief editors of Baptist Press, Al Shackleford and Dan Martin, who were given an ultimatum to resign or be fired. The men refused to quit.
The agency, which serves 38 weeklies of the 14.9 million-member denomination and also about 400 other news outlets, has been prohibited in the meantime from carrying news of the affair.
Declaring the step ''adversely affects the credibility of religious journalism in North America,'' Donald F. Hetzler, executive director of the transdenominational press group, and its president, Mary Lou Redding, wrote:
''What makes this situation especially regrettable is that Southern Baptist Press has earned a high degree of credibility and trust among secular press agencies for its open, balanced reporting of controversial matters.''
Chapman has declined comment on actions against the news agency editors, but said ''the feeling has surfaced ... that there seemed to be a bias that leaned toward the moderate perspective in the convention.'' Nixon Reverses Decision To Restrict Scholars' Admittance
YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) - Richard Nixon reversed a decision to restrict access to his library and will allow scholars of all political stripes to use its archives, a spokesman said July 9.
Earlier, officials at the privately operated Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library had said researchers would be screened. Hugh Hewitt, the library's director, had said for example that The Washington Post's Bob Woodward would be barred ''because he is an irresponsible journalist.''
An exhibition section at the $21 million library and museum is to be dedicated July 19 in a ceremony to be attended by President Bush and former Presidents Reagan and Ford. The archives will open in the fall of 1991. More Changes Planned for Entertainment Weekly
NEW YORK (AP) - The new managing editor of Entertainment Weekly says readers can expect more changes at the 5-month-old magazine, which has become one of the industry's most closely watched launches.
James W. Seymore Jr. took over the top editorial post at the Time Warner Inc. magazine last month after the founding managing editor, Jeff Jarvis, resigned over ''creative differences'' with senior management.
Entertainment Weekly has commanded intense interest because it is the first weekly from Time since the costly failure of TV-Cable Week magazine in 1983.
The heart of the magazine has been reviews of entertainment products - television, movies, music, videos, books and magazines. Feature stories focused on how the products were made, not gossip about the celebrities in them.
Seymore said in an interview that reviews would remain the centerpiece. But he said he wants more feature and news coverage of entertainment, such as the magazine's recent stories on TV's use of FBI videotapes of Washington Mayor Marion Barry's drug arrest. Seymore also wants more information on the opinion pages to help readers decide what might be worthwhile to watch, read or hear. And he said readers can expect shorter reviews and features. Staff Cuts, Other Changes at Sunset Magazine
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Sunset magazine announced July 10 that about a fifth of its work force, or about 75 employees, will be laid off.
The move came a month after Time Warner Inc. paid $225 million in cash and stock to buy Sunset Publishing Corp. from brothers Bill and Mel Lane, ending six decades of Lane family publishing.
Sunset President John F. Henning Jr. said some jobs at Sunset were duplicated by Time Warner's staff. New Mayor Stops Buying Favorable Stories From Mexican Media
MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) - Favorable articles about Mayor Jorge Cardenas Gonzalez are hard to find in the newspapers of Matamoros - at least partly because he stopped the practice of paying the media to print nice things about City Hall when he took office in January.
Such expenditures are common in Mexico.
The former administration of Mayor Fernando Montemayor Lozano, for instance, spent the equivalent of about $400,000 on local media in 1987-1989, according to records provided by the Cardenas administration.
''We believe there is a better use for the money,'' said City Secretary Ignacio Camacho Ray, a Cardenas appointee. ''It should have been used to develop the city, not for advertisement.''
Montemayor is a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which has controlled Mexico for 60 years. Cardenas is a member of the Authentic Party of the Mexican Revolution.
Records show the payments from Montemayor's administration went to nearly every local media outlet in Matamoros, a city of more than 500,000 people across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas. Even Cardenas' radio station appears on the list as having received about $16,000.
Matamoros editors said the end of payments from the city had not affected their news coverage. Some dailies, however, frequently run news stories without using the new mayor's name, even when they're based on his actions. Aquino Concerned About Slayings of Provincial Journalists
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - President Corazon Aquino expressed concern about two recent fatal attacks on provincial journalists and ordered federal authorities to investigate the incidents, which left four people dead.
''I appeal to all those who may have any information on their killers and their motives to cooperate with the authorities,'' Mrs. Aquino said July 13.
On July 8, Jean Ladringan, publisher of the Southern Star, and her husband, Gregorio, were killed in what police said was a case of robbery in General Santos City.
Two days later, unidentified gunmen killed radio commentator Francisco Mararac and his son, Jonas, in Lingayen.
The slayings came a few days after about 20 armed men barged into the offices of the Iloilo News Express looking for its editor, Pet Melliza. Melliza was out of the office and has been in hiding since the incident. Once-Biggest Argentine Paper Ceases Publication
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - La Razon, once the biggest and one of the most respected newspapers in Latin America, ceased publication July 11 after years of fruitless struggle to make a profit.
The shutdown of the afternoon paper left Buenos Aires with 10 morning dailies and only one afternoon daily - Cronica, a crime-and sports-oriented tabloid. Another afternoon daily, El Heraldo, folded last year.
Judge Juan Jose Dieuzeide said the owners of La Razon filed for bankruptcy the night of July 10. His granting of their petition suspended the paper's contractual obligations to its 700 employees.
The paper was founded in 1904 and had a daily circulation of 500,000 in the 1950s, but circulation had dropped steadily to about 25,000. French Journalists Steal Ingres Drawing To Test Security
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) - Two journalists stole a drawing by Jean-Auguste Ingres from a museum in southern France in broad daylight to test security.
The Midi Libre, a regional daily, said July 11 that reporter Odile Cimitiere and photographer Pierre Carriere used a screwdriver to remove the small tableau from a wall in the Fabre Museum.
The pair hid the sketch in a plastic bag under one's clothing and spirited it out the museum's entrance unchallenged on July 10 before returning it to museum authorities, the paper said. Gorbachev Decree Calls for Equal Air Time for Political Groups
MOSCOW (AP) - President Mikhail S. Gorbachev issued a decree July 15 granting all groups access to television and radio but still maintaining Moscow's control over the airwaves in all Soviet republics.
Growing democracy in the country requires a ''cardinal change in the nature of the country's television and radio broadcasting,'' the decree said. It was distributed by the Tass news agency and read on the evening news program ''Vremya.''
The decree ''recognizes the need to determine a legal basis for the activities of television and radio broadcasting under new conditions.'' It recommended that the Supreme Soviet parliament adopt appropriate laws.
The guidelines for radio and television are currently set by a state committee. Until now, only groups approved by the committee received access to Soviet television and, as a result, the Communist Party received large segments of time on the airwaves.
The decree also stressed the Soviet government's control over radio and television stations in all the republics.
''Any acts taken by republican, territorial and regional bodies without coordination with the U.S.S.R. Council of Ministers and aimed at changing legal or property status'' will be considered invalid, Tass reported.
The decree also allows local governments, public organizations, and political parties to open new stations and television studios that they themselves finance. House of Commons Coverage a Success, Committee Says
LONDON (AP) - Television coverage of the House of Commons has not increased rowdiness in the chamber and should become permanent, a Commons committee says.
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and other critics had opposed the introduction of TV cameras, saying they feared for the reputation of the House of Commons because of frequent boisterous behavior among legislators.
But the all-party Select Committee on the Televising of Proceedings of the House said in a report July 11 that the TV cameras had not affected the behavior of lawmakers.
''We believe we are justified in concluding that the experiment should be judged a success,'' the committee said.
The Commons voted 318-264 in February 1988 to experiment with TV coverage, and eight cameras began recording the proceedings Nov. 21.
The House appointed an independent company to supervise the operation and sell the TV pictures to the British Broadcasting Corp. and other broadcasters. The rules stipulate that if proceedings get rowdy, the cameras must shun the disturbance and focus on the speaker of the Commons.
The Commons is scheduled to vote on the committee's recommendation within two weeks. Government Broadcast Operations To Combine Under VOA
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Information Agency wants to consolidate the government's radio, televison and film service operations under the Voice of America.
The reorganization proposed July 12 would combine Satellite Television and Film Service, Radio Marti and TV Marti under the direction of VOA chief Richard W. Carlson.
The move would make the operations more efficient, USIA Director Bruce Gelb said.
The four divisions have a combined budget of $222 million and employ 3,500 people. Gelb said no employees would lose their jobs in the reorganization .
He said the new broadcast group would begin operating Oct. 1, pending congressional approval. BROADCAST NEWS CNN Experiments With Interactive TV on Late-Night Newscast
ATLANTA (AP) - Viewers who grumble that the only news on TV is bad news soon will be able to choose some of the stories they want to see on Cable News Network.
The experiment in ''interactive news'' will be the first by a national network with a program similar to ones by local stations in which viewers vote on what the late-night movie should be.
The experiment begins July 23 on CNN's ''Newsnight,'' an hour-long newscast at midnight. The choices will involve secondary news or features.
Viewers will see a summary of headlines at the beginning of the show and, as anchors read the day's top news, dial a 900 telephone number to vote on which of the stories they'd like to see. The stories that get the most votes, which cost 95 cents per call, will be shown.
CNN officials emphasized that viewers won't be dictating news value but will tell the network what areas, outside of breaking news, most interest them.
''We're not going to let viewers decide the editorial policy of CNN,'' spokesman John Bianchi said July 12. ''A lot of stuff does not make it on the air that we do in fact cover. This is a way to get more of the stuff on the air that we might not have made the decision on initially.''
Bianchi said CNN, which had trouble filling all its newscasts when it was started in 1980, just doesn't have enough time now to air all the stories it would like. So viewers - in 54 million U.S. households and 90 countries - are being asked to let producers know their preferences.
''We can tell by the volume and quality of viewer phone calls and letters we receive each day that CNN has very informed viewers,'' said CNN Senior Executive Bob Furnad. ''This new interactive segment will allow those viewers to tell us in a relatively direct fashion the kinds of information they most want.'' Radio Talk Show Host Suspended for Banning Black Callers
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A radio talk-show host was suspended indefinitely for banning black callers after a colleague's car was broken into. He later apologized on the air for his ''emotional, spur-of-the-moment decision.''
Tim Lennox, host of a live, weekday show on WERC-AM, refused to allow black callers July 11 and was suspended the next day by the station's general manager, who let him back on the air briefly to apologize.
''I want to sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my actions,'' Lennox told his listeners. ''Anybody who has listened to my show for 14 years is aware of my liberal outlook.''
Lennox, who is white, said he had been upset because a black man broke into a station employee's car and stole her purse July 11, just before the start of his two-hour show. He said he ''made an emotional spur-of-the-moment decision to accept only calls from white listeners.''
Callers were asked their race before being allowed to talk on the air, Lennox said. The show's screening process usually does not require callers to identify their race.
Callers talked about their experiences as crime victims and how to prevent becoming a victim. Nearly half criticized Lennox for banning blacks.
The station's general manager, Berkley Fraser, also apologized on the air.
Fraser said he didn't know how long Lennox would be suspended. He said the station encourages free expression with live programming and ''unfortunately, mistakes do occur.'' CBS Posts 16 Percent Rise in Second-Quarter Profit
NEW YORK (AP) - CBS Inc.'s second-quarter profit rose 16 percent thanks to improved performance by its broadcasting operations.
Despite the improvement, Chief Executive Laurence A. Tisch said July 11 that the profit outlook remained uncertain because of a sluggish national economy, intensified competition for viewers and increased sports rights costs.
CBS said it had an after-tax profit of $138 million in the three months ended June 30, compared with $118.8 million a year earlier. Revenue rose 7 percent to $829 million from $772 million.
Operating profit for the broadcast group rose 31 percent to $180.9 million as the CBS TV network reported a significant increase in operating income because of lower prime-time programming costs and revenues from added National Basketball Association playoff games.
Programming costs had been unusually high in the second quarter of 1989 because of the impact of a writers' strike. The strike delayed the start of the 1988-89 television season and resulted in the debut of more first-run series than normal in the second quarter last year, adding to programming costs.
For the six months of the year, CBS had a net profit of $223.2 million, up 28 percent from $174.9 million in 1989. Revenue rose 12 percent to $1.7 billion from $1.5 billion. Publisher Plans Direct-Response TV Network
NEW YORK (AP) - Magazine publisher Dale Lang said July 12 that he plans to start a television network that will feature classic TV show reruns and direct-response advertising programs.
Lang, chairman of the newly created Star Television Network Inc., said 23 independent UHF stations reaching more than 13.7 million of the nation's 92 million TV households had agreed to carry the service starting in September.
Stations that sign affiliation agreements will be given eight hours of television programs a day, consisting of series such as ''Life of Riley,'' ''The Invaders'' and ''Richard Diamond,'' movies and game shows, Lang said.
In exchange for the programs, the stations must run at least four hours a day of ''infomercials'' - program-length commercials in which a marketer typically demonstrates a product and invites viewers to call in to order.
Lang said Star Television and the producers of the infomercials would share revenue from sales of the products or services with affiliate stations.
Lang heads Lang Communications, a New York-based media company that publishes Working Woman, Working Mother, Sassy and Success magazines. It plans to resume publishing Ms. magazine as an advertising-free publication. FCC Says Around-the-Clock Ban on 'Indecent' Programs Needed
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Communications Commission says it needs to extend the current daytime ban on ''indecent'' radio and television programs to 24 hours to fully protect young eyes and ears.
The agency said July 12 that children under 18 are in the viewing-listening audience 24 hours a day and that lock boxes or parental supervision are not enough to ensure they don't watch indecent programs. It said a round-the-clock indecency ban would not violate broadcasters' First Amendment rights.
The commission voted 5-0 to report its conclusions to a federal appeals court that is considering a 24-hour ban the FCC adopted under orders from Congress in 1988.
Currently, obscene material is banned from the airwaves at all times and indecent material from about 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mariners Owner Denies Coercing TV Station
SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle Mariners owner Jeff Smulyan acknowledged he asked a television station to help pay for a free-agent first baseman, but denied he demanded the deal or used ''intimidation tactics'' to try to gain control of a contract to televise games.
The team sued KSTW-TV of Tacoma in June seeking to escape from a three-year deal on the grounds the station failed to build a strong regional network to broadcast Mariners games. The Mariners say KSTW cut its broadcast schedule in the Spokane area from 46 games last year to 11 this season, hampering the team's efforts to build an eastern Washington following.
KSTW filed a counterclaim this month saying the KSTW-Mariners network is the largest the team has ever had, reaching 4.4 million viewers in Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Utah, Idaho and Hawaii.
The station further said the Mariners had tried to intimidate the station into revising the contract. It said Smulyan, among other things, demanded that KSTW put up ''in excess of $1 million'' to help sign Nick Esasky of the Boston Red Sox. Esasky signed with the Atlanta Braves last November.
''When we first met with them we said we were trying to do something to make the franchise more attractive. We didn't order them to do it, we just suggested it,'' Smulyan said July 10 of the proposal involving Esasky.
The station said Smulyan had told KSTW executives he wanted to ''terminate, revise or renegotiate the agreement in order to increase revenues ... at the expense of KSTW.''
Smulyan demanded that KSTW turn over advertising sales to the club, that terms for the 1990 season be renegotiated and that the third year of the deal, covering the 1991 season, be canceled, station spokeswoman Leslie Donovan said.
The contract was negotiated with the team before Smulyan bought it from George Argyros. Paramount Offers $52 Million for Remaining Stake in TV Company
NEW YORK (AP) - Paramount Communications Inc. has boosted its majority stake in TVX Broadcast Group Inc., which owns six television stations, and wants to buy the remaining shares.
Paramount said July 10 that it had bought 757,852 shares of TVX stock from Citicorp Venture Capital Ltd. and First Capital Corp., which increased its stake to 83.3 percent from about 79 percent.
At the same time, Paramount offered to buy the remaining 7 million shares or equivalents for about $52 million.
Paramount acquired control of TVX in December from Salomon Brothers Holding Co., paying $110 million and assuming debt estimated at about $30 million.
TVX owns TV stations WTXF in Philadelphia, WDCA in Washington, D.C., KTXA in Dallas, KTXH in Houston, WLFL in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and KRRT in San Antonio. Scripps Howard Productions, Wolpert in Game Show Agreement
CINCINNATI (AP) - Scripps Howard Productions announced an agreement July 11 with television game show producer Jay Wolpert for first rights to develop and produce Wolpert's game shows for networks, cable and syndication.
Wolpert has been associated with shows such as ''Match Game,'' ''Family Feud'' and ''The New Price is Right.'' Erie, Pa., Broadcaster Cuts Employees To Save Money
ERIE, Pa. (AP) - WSEE-TV says 15 of its 72 employees were laid off in a cost-cutting move.
The layoffs involved mostly production workers, general manager Bob Hoffman said.
''The station has had a rough road for the last five or six years. It has gone through three ownership changes by groups that did not reinvest in the company,'' Hoffman said. ''That hurt us.''
Northstar Broadcasting of Erie bought WSEE in May. CBS Makeup Artist 'Who Might Have Changed History' Retires
NEW YORK (AP) - Makeup artist Frances ''Frannie'' Arvold, who powdered the noses of TV newsmen from Edward R. Murrow to Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather during 40 years at CBS, retired July 12.
Richard Nixon's refusal to let Arvold make him up during his 1960 debate with John F. Kennedy - the first televised presidential debate - may have cost him the election, some historians have said.
Nixon, looking haggard next to the youthful Kennedy, lost the debate in the eyes of those who watched it on television but won it among those who listened on radio, polls at the time said.
''Don Hewitt, who directed the debates, told Nixon several years later that had he only allowed Frannie to apply some pancake to his 5 o'clock shadow, she may have changed the course of history,'' CBS spokeswoman Donna Dees said. PERSONNEL NEWS Thomas Named General Manager in Grand Island, Neb.
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Kent R. Thomas, publisher of the Beatrice Daily Sun, was named to the new position of general manager at the Independent on July 10.
Both papers are owned by Stauffer Communications Inc.
Thomas will report to David A. Beliles, editor and publisher, who said he will be spending more time working with Stauffer's other newspapers. Currently, nine dailies report to Beliles in his role as operations officer for Stauffer's newspaper division. Farah Named Editor of Sacramento Union
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Joseph Farah, former executive news editor of the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, was named editor of The Sacramento Union on July 12.
Farah, who became executive editor of the Glendale News-Press after leaving the Herald-Examiner, replaces James Vesely, who resigned.
Publisher James Smith said replacements for editorial page editor Peter Hayes and city editor Jerry Eagan, who also resigned in recent weeks, would be named after Farah assumed his post July 22. Eliason Named AP Bureau Chief in Jerusalem
NEW YORK (AP) - Marcus Eliason, London news editor for The Associated Press since 1988, was named the AP's bureau chief in Jerusalem on July 10.
He succeeds Nicolas B. Tatro, who is on leave as a journalism fellow sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities at the University of Michigan.
Eliason joined the AP in Tel Aviv in 1968 and worked in Israel for 14 years, including assignments as Jerusalem correspondent and Tel Aviv news editor. He also worked for the AP in Paris from 1978 to 1980 and in London since 1984.
He was a reporter for the Jerusalem Post before joining the AP. Cross Appointed AP's Chicago News Editor
CHICAGO (AP) - Sue Cross, news editor for The Associated Press in Dallas the past two years, was named the AP's news editor in Chicago on July 11.
She succeeds Jim Reindl, who recently was named assistant chief of bureau in Chicago.
Cross joined the AP in Cincinnati in 1983. She transferred to Columbus, Ohio, later that year, and in 1984 was named correspondent in Toledo, Ohio. She was correspondent in Juneau, Alaska, from 1986 until 1988, when she moved to Dallas. UPI Names Washington Bureau Chief
WASHINGTON (AP) - United Press International has named Berl Schwartz, a former executive editor of the York (Pa.) Daily Record, as its new Washington bureau chief.
UPI spokesman Milt Capps said July 13 that no new assignment had been determined for outgoing bureau chief David Wiessler.
The news agency also announced the appointment of Edgar Miller, a former managing editor of The Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times, as assistant managing editor for national news. Daily News Appoints Ad Director
NEW YORK (AP) - Robert B. Holzkamp was named senior vice president and director of advertising and marketing for the Daily News on July 12.
He replaces James Mason, who resigned to pursue other business interests.
The News will be the fourth Tribune Co. newspaper Holzkamp has worked for in 33 years. He had been vice president and director of advertising for the Chicago Tribune since 1983 and previously had been executive vice president and general manager of the Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel and vice president and director of sales at The Orlando Sentinel. Perry Named Executive Director of SPJ-SDX
CHICAGO (AP) - Ira D. Perry has been named the new executive director of the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi.
He will take the post when the organization moves its national headquarters from Chicago to Greencastle, Ind., on Aug. 20. Vivian Vahlberg, the group's executive director since 1987, decided not to make the move to Greencastle.
Perry, a member of the society's board, has been associate metropolitan editor of The Houston Post since 1988. He was a general assignment reporter from 1982 to 1987 and assistant city editor from 1987 to 1988. DEATHS Joseph P. Dougherty
NEW YORK (AP) - Joseph P. Dougherty, retired executive vice president and director of Capital Cities-ABC Inc., died of an apparent heart attack July 14. He was 66.
Dougherty, who worked for the company for 29 years and was a director for 21 years, retired in June 1988.
He joined what was then Capital Cities in 1959 as general manager of WPRO- TV in Providence, R.I., and was named a vice president later that year. He was appointed executive vice president of television and radio in 1966 and named president of the broadcasting division in 1969.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, seven children and four stepchildren. Vince Doyle
NILES, Mich. (AP) - Vince Doyle, who worked as a radio broadcaster in Indiana and Michigan, died July 8 of heart failure. He was 74.
He began his career in South Bend, Ind. In the early 1950s, he joined WSJV- TV in Elkhart, Ind., where he stayed for about 15 years.
Doyle joined WWJ-AM in Detroit in 1968 and was a fixture on the city's sports scene until his retirement in 1988.
He is survived by his wife, Isabel, three sons, two daughters and 12 grandchildren. Timothy C. Elliott
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Timothy C. Elliott, an assistant managing editor at Syracuse Newspapers, died July 12 after a 4-year battle with cancer. He was 35.
Elliott joined the company in 1982 as director of photography for the Syracuse Herald-Journal and the Herald-American, the Sunday paper. He most recently was an assistant managing editor.
He came to Syracuse after working as picture editor for the Times-Union in Rochester, N.Y. He previously had worked as a staff photographer for newspapers in Florida, Ohio and New York.
He is survived by his wife, Molly, two daughters and a son. William 'B.J.' Johnston
SEATTLE (AP) - William ''B.J.'' Johnston, a former Associated Press correspondent and journalism professor for 21 years at the University of Washington, died at his home July 8 after a long illness. He was 73.
Johnston worked as a reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune and was AP correspondent in Spokane, Wash., from 1944 to 1949. He was managing editor of the Lewiston (Idaho) Morning Tribune until 1965, when he moved to the University of Washington.
Johnston is survived by his wife, Majella, a daughter, three sons, five grandchildren and one great-grandson. Margaret McQuaid
CANDIA, N.H. (AP) - Margaret McQuaid, 80, widow of the co-founder of the New Hampshire Sunday News and mother of the editor in chief of The Union Leader of Manchester, died in a fire in her home July 11.
Mrs. McQuaid was the widow of B.J. McQuaid, co-founder of the Sunday newspaper and former editor in chief of The Union Leader. Her son, Joseph W. McQuaid, is editor in chief of The Union Leader.
She also is survived by another son, three daughters and several grandchildren. Jane Shaw Slantis
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jane Shaw Slantis, a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staff writer for 18 years, died of cancer July 14. She was 65.
Before becoming ill earlier this year, she reported on social news for the city and suburban editions of the newspaper and also wrote feature stories.
Before joining the paper, Mrs. Slantis worked in public relations in Pittsburgh and New York for 25 years.
Mrs. Slantis, whose professional byline was Jane Shaw, was the widow of Post-Gazette photographer Paul Slantis. She is survived by two stepchildren. Robert D. Sweeney
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) - Robert D. Sweeney, retired director of worldwide promotion and public affairs for Time magazine, died of cancer July 10. He was 58.
Sweeney worked for Time Inc. for 31 years. He started as a Fortune magazine copywriter in 1955 and was appointed creative projects director of Life in 1960. He became Time's public affairs director in 1964.
He was named Time Inc.'s public affairs director in 1970, then returned to Time magazine as worldwide promotion and public affairs director in 1976. He retired in 1986.
Sweeney is survived by three daughters. NOTES FROM EVERYWHERE
Amid much-discussed concerns about the newspaper habit, a U.S. News and World Report poll offers a ray of sunshine: Asked to name the best buy for less than a dollar, 42 percent of those surveyed said the daily paper. That was the largest share of votes by far; runnerup was a local phone call, with 24 percent. ... Ted Turner says he never intended his recent interview with Cuban President Fidel Castro to be hard-hitting journalism. ''Maybe Sam Donaldson would have done a better job, but he didn't get him,'' Turner told reporters. Castro ''didn't do any other interviews. It's better than nothing, I figured.'' ... In a story on Eastern Airlines' promise of full refunds to dissatisfied full-fare passengers, The Wall Street Journal gamely noted that one passenger got her money back after complaining that the only newspaper offered her was - you guessed it - the Journal.
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