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September 16, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ Actress Jane Fonda argues that pornography should be censored because it panders to an obsession with sex that is harming the nation.

″A top priority in this country must be tracking down the money-makers and prosecuting them from here to kingdom come. Otherwise, we’ll see the collapse of this nation,″ Ms. Fonda said in an interview with Ladies Home Journal.

Asked about civil libertarians’ objections to censorship, she said: ″the Ten Commandments are a form of censorship. The laws of our land - all the things that encourage us to behave like human beings - are forms of censorship.

″There has to be a concerted effort by everyone who’s involved in forming our culture - filmmakers, lawmakers and magazine publishers - to lower the temperature and stop this obsession with sex.″

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Six years after leaving Vietnam, Luc Pham has been named Teacher of the Year for the Salt Lake City School District, where he has taught English to hundreds of students at Washington Elementary School.

Most of his first- through sixth-grade students are Asian, but with a minority enrollment of 40 percent the school draws students from many backgrounds. Luckily, Pham, 38, is fluent in five languages - Vietnamese, French, English, Chinese and Spanish.

Pham worked as a teacher, then as a translator and intelligence officer in the U.S. Embassy during the Vietnam War. He was captured in 1975 and held in a communist labor camp until escaping in 1977. He came to Utah after spending six months in a refugee camp with his family of seven.

Pham says the opportunity to help people learn English, to more fully enjoy American culture, was irresistible.

″The only thing unique about my students is their desire to learn,″ he said. ″I tell them this is where heaven is. This is the time to learn.″

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The fifth annual H.L. Mencken Writing Award will go to Tim Giago, publisher of the nation’s largest Indian-owned weekly and a columnist based in South Dakota, The Baltimore Sun has announced.

He will receive a $2,500 cash award and a plaque Wednesday at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington. The prize is awarded for newspaper writing in the spirit of Mencken, who was associated with the Sun and The Evening Sun for half a century.

Giago, 51, a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe, publishes the Lakota Times of Martin, S.D, between the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations. He also writes Notes from Indian Country, a weekly column for The Denver Post, The Rapid City (S.D.) Journal and several other publications.

Judges said Giago’s column ″demonstrates compelling emotion and compassion.″ They added: ″The writer conveys some of the pain and unfairness that Indians on reservations live with, without being ... overly sentimental.″

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Some men don face masks and shoulder pads to play their sport. Jim Ayotte had to put on a skirt.

″That was the hardest thing,″ said Ayotte, a Springfield College freshman who played field hockey on the winning East team in the National Sports Festival this summer and has his eye on a berth on the men’s U.S. Olympic team.

″Thank God, it was only for one year. My senior year they changed the school uniform to shorts.″

In other countries field hockey is a male game, but here it is primarily played by women. So when Ayotte decided to take up the sport at Southwick High School he had to join the girl’s team.

When male classmates harassed him for playing on the girls’ team, ″he’d just turn it around and say, ’I’m no dummy, here I am with all these girls,‴ said coach Sheila Bewsee. ″He even went to field hockey camp where he was the only guy out of 400 girls.″

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NEW YORK (AP) - A high school junior from Morgan Hill, Calif., who has danced with the San Francisco Ballet, has won a nationwide contest to appear as cover model on Seventeen magazine.

Chandra Zinn, 16, who is enrolled in a special program for academically gifted students, competed against more than 82,000 other young women aged 13 to 21 in the contest to appear on the cover of magazine’s October issue.

She said that when she got a call saying she had won, ″my first reaction was to scream. I couldn’t believe it. It’s definitely like a dream come true.″

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor William Hurt, who has a reputation for being intense and introspective during media interviews, says he was moved when he watched his latest film, ″Kiss of the Spider Woman.″

But Hurt, 35, refused during a recent interview to give an opinion of his performance in the movie about a Marxist political prisoner and an effeminate window dresser who are cell mates in a South American jail.

Hurt won a best actor peformance at the Cannes Film Festival last May for his performance as the window dresser.

He also starred in such movies as ″Body Heat,″ ″The Big Chill,″ and ″Gorky Park″ and is preparing for the film version of ″Children of a Lesser God.″

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