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September 26, 1987

MIAMI (AP) _ The Miami vice squad isn’t particularly impressed with ″Miami Vice,″ the glamour-packed and gunshot-riddled detective show that is beginning its fourth season on NBC-TV.

″The show to us is really farfetched, and we don’t really pay a lot of attention to it,″ said Miami vice detective Eladio Paez, whose squad is officially known as the Miami Narcotics Detail of the Special Investigations Section.

″It did a lot of good to the image of Miami with the scenery and fashions. Other than that, it hasn’t done much,″ he said, adding that he wouldn’t tune in for the show’s season opener Friday.

Miami police Sgt. Noel Rojas said while the show is mainly Hollywood hype, he is grateful to it for getting the agency’s vice squad into the pages of Life magazine in 1985.

″We’ve gotten a lot of national exposure because of the show,″ he said.

″Miami Vice″ publicist Deborah Kelman said from Los Angeles, ″I have no interest in commenting on this.″

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SIMSBURY, Conn. (AP) - In politics, where mudslinging is common, Richard C. Martinik has added a new twist - can slinging.

Martinik, a town maintenance worker, recently asked people to throw cans and bottles on his front lawn to support his write-in campaign for selectman.

He plans to use the 5-cent deposits he receives from cashing in the containers to fund his campaign organization: The Committee to Recycle Simsbury Government.

Martinik figures he needs 6,000 cans and bottles to raise the $300 he expects to spend. He has set aside space on his front lawn for contributions.

″People who have known me for a long time don’t think it’s unusual,″ Martinik said. So far, only family members have pitched in to the can campaign.

Selectman James P. Fenton, a Democrat seeking re-election in November, has questioned whether Martinik is ″a real can-didate.″

Martinik, 52, insists he is.

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