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Howard Stern Employer Pays $1 Million to Settle Indecency Charge

November 13, 1995

Howard Stern Employer Pays $1 Million to Settle Indecency Charges

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The employer of radio shock jock Howard Stern has paid the federal government $1 million as a first installment in settling indecency charges.

Infinity Broadcasting Corp. made the payment Nov. 6 and has agreed to make a second payment, of $715,000, by March 31, 1996, the Federal Communications Commission said.

New York-based Infinity, while admitting no wrongdoing, agreed on Sept. 1 to pay a record $1.7 million to settle five indecency charges brought by federal regulators between 1989 and 1994.

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PEOPLE:

Britton Leaves Position as Sun-Times Editor

CHICAGO (AP) _ Dennis Britton resigned as editor of the Chicago Sun-Times to take a position with a charitable foundation.

Larry Perrotto, president and chief executive officer of the Sun-Times, praised Britton for ``an outstanding job of rebuilding the Sun-Times″ since joining the city’s second-largest newspaper from the Los Angeles Times in December 1989.

Britton accepted an appointment as a distinguished visitor at the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Britton’s resignation was effective Nov. 10. There was no immediate word on a successor.

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Deadline Club Inducts Hall of Famers

NEW YORK (AP) _ New York Times Co. chairman Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, CBS ``60 Minutes″ correspondent Mike Wallace and ABC ``20-20″ host Barbara Walters were among seven journalists inducted into the Deadline Club’s hall of fame.

They were honored Nov. 9 at a luncheon marking the 75th year of the club and the 25th anniversary of its hall of fame.

Other honorees were retired radio newsman Art Athens, John Mack Carter, the president of Hearst Magazines Enterprises, sportscaster Mel Allen and columnist Murray Kempton.

The Deadline Club is the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Hall of fame members are selected on the basis of a lifetime contribution to the profession.

Eighty journalists have now been honored.

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Mauldin Chosen for 1996 Truman Good Neighbor Award

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) _ The cartoonist whose World War II characters ``Willie″ and ``Joe″ earned him a Pulitzer Prize in 1945 was chosen to receive the 1996 Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award.

Bill Mauldin, editorial cartoonist and author, will receive the award at the foundation’s annual luncheon in May.

Past winners include former President Gerald Ford, Dr. Jonas Salk and U.N. Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick.

Mauldin joined the staff of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1958 and in 1959 won his second Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartoons. In 1962, he went to work for the Chicago Sun-Times, with his cartoons appearing in 250 newspapers.

He is now retired and lives in Santa Fe, N.M.

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In other changes in the news industry:

_ Daryl Hall, president and publisher of the Carlsbad (N.M.) Current-Argus, will leave his position effective Jan. 1, to become a consultant with World Newspapers Inc., owner of the Current-Argus. Hall became chief executive officer of the Current-Argus when it was purchased by WNI, headquartered in Omaha, Neb., in October 1993. He previously was publisher of the Kearney (Neb.) Hub for eight years.

_ David C.L. Bauer was promoted from assistant managing editor to managing editor of the Daily News in Bowling Green, Ky., effective Nov. 22. He will succeed Don C. Stringer, whose career at the Daily News spanned 31 years.

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DEATHS:

Peter B. Flint

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) _ Peter B. Flint, a former reporter for The New York Times who specialized in obituaries of film and theater figures, died Nov. 9. He was 67.

Flint, who retired in 1991, had a reputation for possessing an encyclopedic knowledge of movies produced since the 1930s. He could recite from memory the plots, cast, directors and producers of thousands of films.

Flint grew up in New York City, graduated from Haverford (Pa.) College in 1950 and joined the Times in 1952 as a reference library clerk.

He is survived by his wife.

Rob Gregory

HOUSTON (AP) _ Rob Gregory, a broadcast news commentator for the Focus on the Family Christian ministry, died Nov. 10 of complications from heart surgery. He was 43.

Gregory was best known for his brief ``Family News in Focus″ program, broadcast on 1,222 U.S. radio stations and 425 radio stations in Canada.

He also was executive director of Briargate Media, a division of Focus on the Family _ a nonprofit ministry based in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Before joining Focus, Gregory served for nine years as director of WMHK, a Christian radio station in Columbia, S.C.

Gregory suffered from Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes abnormalities of the skeleton, eyes and heart. Victims typically die before 50, usually from heart complications.

Gregory is survived by his wife and two sons.

Jerry Ruff

FARGO, N.D. (AP) _ Jerry Ruff, a reporter and editor for the Forum for 31 years, died Nov. 9 in Maple Grove, Minn. He was 72.

He started his career with the Forum in 1956, was named the newspaper’s Minnesota editor in 1968 and was promoted to editorial page editor in 1981. He retired in 1987.

Ruff is survived by his wife and seven children. One son, Joseph, is a newsman with The Associated Press in Omaha.

Tyrone Turner

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) _ Tyrone Turner, editorial business manager for Newsweek magazine, was found dead in the moat surrounding Walt Disney World’s Pleasure Island on Nov. 9. He was 40.

Turner was last seen early Nov. 8 when he and a group of associates were leaving the area to return to their hotel rooms, police said.

He probably drowned, said Orange County sheriff’s department spokesman Carlos Espinosa, who added that no foul play was suspected. The results of toxicological tests were pending.

Richard M. Smith, editor in chief and president of Newsweek, said Turner was attending a financial conference.

Turner is survived by his wife and two sons.

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NOTES FROM EVERYWHERE: Bill Watterson, creator of the ``Calvin and Hobbes″ comic characters, will retire his comic strip Dec. 31, becoming the third top cartoonist this year to hang up his pen at an early age. Watterson, 38, said he wants to escape the deadline grind and the frustration of ever-shrinking comic pages. ... The Saint Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press will introduce its new computer on-line service, PioneerPlanet, in December. PioneerPlanet will offer full Internet access through a partnership with InfiNet, a joint company of Knight-Ridder Inc., the newspaper’s parent company, and Landmark Communications. ... Loren Ghiglione, editor and publisher of The News of Southbridge, Mass., and a former ASNE president, will become a professional in residence at the Newseum, which is to open in Arlington, Va., in 1997. The News and other properties of Worcester County Newspapers were recently sold to newly formed Stonebridge Press Inc.

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