Events Planned in Washington, Elsewhere To Mark Hostage Anniversary
WASHINGTON (AP) - Family, friends, colleagues and other supporters will gather March 16 at events in Washington, Cyprus and elsewhere to mark the fifth anniversary of the kidnapping of Associated Press correspondent Terry A. Anderson, longest-held of the hostages in Lebanon.
Anderson’s relatives and families of other American hostages will come together at noon in Lafayette Park, across from the White House, to reaffirm their faith in the eventual release of the journalist and his fellow hostages.
The scheduled speakers include U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y.; AP President and General Manager Louis D. Boccardi; NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw; CBS News anchorman Dan Rather, and broadcast personality Larry King.
-In Nicosia, Cyprus, the AP’s Mideast hub, the multidenominational Nicosia Community Church will conduct a 40-minute prayer service.
-In upstate New York, where Anderson spent his boyhood, supporters will begin a 24-hour fast at a service in Buffalo on Thursday, and ceremonially break the fast at noon Friday in an event in nearby Batavia, N.Y., Anderson’s former hometown.
-In Lorain, Ohio, Anderson’s birthplace, supporters plan a ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday in front of city hall, and another at 7:30 p.m. at a local Veterans of Foreign Wars hall.
- In New York City, an AP-arranged Mass will be sung at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The Rev. Anthony Dalla Villa will celebrate the 10 a.m. Mass.
The 42-year-old Anderson, AP’s chief Middle East correspondent, is one of eight American hostages. Ten other Westerners are also held captive by kidnappers in Lebanon. Inter American Press Association Hails Advances in Press Freedom
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - The Inter American Press Association praised Nicaragua and Panama on March 7 for restoring press freedom, but said journalists’ lives remain threatened in Colombia and elsewhere in the American hemisphere.
The association, which includes 1,400 newspapers, magazines and broadcasters in the Americas, declared at its congress here that ″a free press’ triumph has been most rewarding″ in Panama and Nicaragua.
In Panama, independent newspapers have reopened following last December’s U.S. invasion that overthrew dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega.
Nicaraguan publisher Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, whose newspaper La Prensa struggled to operate under the leftist Sandinista government, is now Nicaragua’s president-elect after the victory of her 14-party coalition over the Sandinistas in elections Feb. 25.
Mrs. Chamorro pledged total press freedom. On March 7 the Sandinista government abolished the country’s media law, allowing private TV broadcasting and greater press freedom. Death Row Newspaper Endorses Candidate for Texas Governor
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Ann Richards got an endorsement for her Democratic campaign for governor she didn’t expect or necessarily want, from editors of a Texas death row newspaper.
James Beathard, an assistant editor of Endeavor newspaper, said inmate support likely would hurt Ms. Richards rather than help her in the election.
″But it’s us they’re trying to kill, and we should have a right to comment about the people who are trying to kill us,″ said Beathard, awaiting death for a 1984 spree in which three people were slain.
Ms. Richards’ two Democratic opponents, Attorney General Jim Mattox and former Gov. Mark White, have run television ads in which they take credit for making Texas the nation’s leader in executions. Since Texas resumed the death penalty in 1982, 33 men have been given lethal injections.
Endeavor editors and other inmates were particularly upset with a White commercial in which large pictures of the executed prisoners are used as props.
Beathard said Ms. Richards appeared to be concentrating on such issues as education, minorities and the budget.
When she first heard of the endorsement Ms. Richards thought the question was a joke.
″I don’t know what possibly could have engendered it,″ she said while campaigning for the March 13 primary. ’I don’t know anybody on death row.″ Ms. Richards said she believes the death penalty law should be followed.
The newspaper, in existence for nearly a year, is believed to be the only one of its kind among the nation’s death rows. Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger’s Will Filed for Probate
NEW YORK (AP) - The controlling interest in The New York Times will pass to the four children of the late Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger, whose will was filed for probate March 5.
Mrs. Sulzberger died Feb. 26 at age 97 in Stamford, Conn.
She left all her stock in the Times and in the Times Printing Co. equally to three daughters and a son: Arthur Ochs Sulzberger of New York, publisher of the Times; Marian S. Heiskell of New York; Ruth Holmberg of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Dr. Judith P. Sulzberger of New York.
Mrs. Sulzberger was the daughter of Adolph Ochs and the widow of Arthur Hays Sulzberger. Court Rules Against Houston Chronicle in Open Records Case
AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on March 7 rejected the Houston Chronicle’s effort to overturn a state judge’s order the newspaper said violates the First Amendment by denying it access to criminal court files.
In September, State District Judge Charles Hearn ordered Harris County District Clerk Ray Hardy to refuse public access to the addresses and telephone numbers of defendants in criminal court files, until the defendants retained a lawyer or had one appointed to represent them.
The action was taken to stop defense lawyers from soliciting potential clients, according to court records.
But Hardy said he does not have the manpower to examine the approximately 100 criminal files he receives each day and edit out addresses and telephone numbers, according to a brief filed by the newspaper. The clerk then decided to withhold entire files, the newspaper said.
″The files in the criminal intake division ... constitute a unique and irreplaceable newsgathering resource for members of the media,″ the brief said. It also said denying names and telephone numbers to the press interferes with reporters’ responsibility to check information for accuracy.
The court, without writing an opinion, denied the newspaper’s motion. It earlier denied a motion by Hardy seeking to set aside the judge’s ruling as being in conflict with the Texas Open Records Act. Thomson Reporter Announces Candidacy for State Legislature
YORK, Pa. (AP) - A state capitol reporter for a newspaper company has announced his candidacy for the state House of Representatives.
Albert D. Sterner, the former editor of The Evening Sun in Hanover and a Harrisburg reporter for 12 Thomson newspapers across the state, said he would run as a Republican candidate for the 193rd District.
″It’s a personal goal,″ Sterner said March 4. ″I’ve always been interested in government and politics, and as a journalist, I’m familiar with much of what is going on with the district.″
Sterner said he would resign his job to campaign for the Legislature.
Donald Dorr has held the seat since the district was created in 1971. Sterner is the fifth Republican to enter the race. Corning Leader to Publish Sunday Edition
CORNING, N.Y. (AP) - The Leader, which converted from an evening to morning daily newspaper March 5, published its first Sunday edition March 11.
The initial press run for the 72-page edition was 20,000 copies, Publisher Neil Hopp said.
Hopp said the paper’s size went far beyond the staff’s expectations.
″Our research hasn’t uncovered another daily newspaper which has attempted these same feats in the same week,″ said Managing Editor Mark Sweetwood.