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PROXMIRE TO PAY SCIENTIST $10,000
olden Fleece award bites back
From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wis.),
publicly backtracked yesterday after five years of legal
sparring over a "Golden Fleece" award for research on
aggressiveness in monkeys.
In a speech on the Senate floor, Proxmire announced
he had reached an out-of-court settlement with
behavioral scientist Ronald Hutchinson.
HOWARD SHUMAN, Proxmire's administrative
assistant, said the settlement called for, the senator to
pay Hutchinson $10,000. Hutchinson had filed an $8
million libel suit against him. Proxmire also had to pay
court costs of $5,132.
"Some of my statements concerning Dr. Hutchinson's
research may be subject to an interpretation different
from the one I intended and I am happy to clarify them,"
Proxmire said soon after the Senate convened.
At issue was a 1975 "Golden Fleece" award to Hut-
chinson, 43, then director of research at Kalamazoo
State Mental Hospital.
PROXMIRE presents the awards monthly for what he
considers the most ridiculous federal expenditure. Many
targets have been research projects funded by the
National Science Foundation. One award went to three
government scientific agencies for spending $500,000 on
work by Hutchinson.
Hutchinson was seeking a way to measure aggression
by concentrating on the behavior of certain animals,
such as the way monkeys clench their jaws when
In presenting the award Proxmire said Hutchinson
"made a fortune from his monkeys" while making
monkeys out of the taxpayers.
HUTCHINSON SUED for libel. Two lower federal
courts said he could not collect because the Constitution
protects lawmakers from being sued for what they say
in speech or debate.
The Supreme Court ruled last year that the Speech or
Debate clause of the Constitution does not apply to news
releases such as the ones announcing the "Golden
This sent the case back to the lower courts, where
Proxmire won a ruling that he had not defamed Hut-
chinson, but Hutchinson won an opportunity for another
REACHED IN Augusta, Mich., where he now is
president of the Foundation for Behavioral Research,
Hutchinson said he approved Proxmire's statement in
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Palestinian leaders protest
Israeli Cainet vote
TEL AVIV - Palestinian leaders yesterday called for a general strike to
protest the Israeli Cabinet's decision to settle Jews in the occupied Arab city
of Hebron for the first time in 50 years.
Prime Minister Menachem Begin; whose Cabinet voted 8-6 Sunday to
establish two schools for Jewish students in Hebron, defeated a no-
confidence motion in Parliament, 56-44. The Cabinet ruling was widely
criticized, and some political analysts predicted the Parliament would over-
turn it. Should that happen, the Begin government might fall, according to
some Begin supporters on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Security.
The committee-is expected to take up the matter Thursday.
I ProXmiI r
settles out of court
Thursday, March 27, 1980
Dept. of Psychology, Indiana University
"Intelligibility and Comprehension of
Synthetic Speech Produced by Rule"
Kennedy pushes on,
as defeat predicted
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president anywhere, except in his home
state. To continue the race after that
would not only look foolhardy, but could
also inflict wounds on Jimmy Carter's
chances of beating the Republican
nominee in November.
But Kennedy vows he won't drop out
under any circumstances, and plans to
campaign in Wisconsin and Pen-
nsylvania this week. He says that even,
if his campaign treasury runs out of
money, he'll continue, riding on his
MEMBERS OF the senator's cam-
paign staff seem generally to share his.
optimism. They point to the warm
audiences. he'sreceived his last two
days of campaigning here. But more
importantly, they are happy about a
New York Daily News poll, which
showed that Kennedy has narrowed the
gap on Carter in the last week. He once
trailed by 27 points in the poll, but now
he's behind 20 points, and his aides say
he is climbing quickly.
Thomas Southwick, Kennedy's press
secretary, says he doesn't expect a win,
but does forecast a closer race man the
For a GOP primary wrap-up,
see Page 7
(Meanwhile, the Associated Press
reported confidence in the Carter
camp. "The handwriting's on the wall,"
declared Vice-President Walter Mon-
dale, stumping for Carter at a subway
station on New.York's East Side. "The
chances of President Carter being
nominated are overwhelming," Mon-
BUT 20 POINTS is still a substantial
lead, and Kennedy's targeted audien-
ces - the Jews because of the U.N. vote
and the poor, because of inflation - are
still supporting President Carter. Ken-
nedy has spoken at every campaign
stop the last three days, on how in-
flation will hurt this city severely, by
eliminating many social services. He
has also reaffirmed his support for the
state of Israel, and says the U.S. should
stay out of negotiations between that
country and Egypt.
Tisch lashes out at Milliken
LANSING - Tax cut crusader Robert Tisch lashed out at Milliken ad-
ministration critics yesterday, claiming the governor is not sincere in
proposing his own tax reform plan, and saying his budget director, Gerald
Miller, should be replaced.
Speaking at an impromptu news conference, Tisch said he has collected
about 40,000 signatures on his constitutional amendment petitions, and said
he will soon unveil another proposal aimed at making sure the first one is
properly implemented. Tisch is proposing a 50 per cent reduction in property
tax assessments, with the state required to make up the revenue lost by local
NRC faces opposition to
radioactive gas venting
WASHINGTON - John Ahearne, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission (NRC), yesterday told members of the Senate nuclear
regulation subcommittee that the NRC is up against much local opposition to
a proposal to vent some radioactive krypton gas from the reactor structure.
Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.), chairman of the subcommittee, suggested the
state legislature "find some local experts to assure the people there that you,
the NRC, aren't going to gas them to death."
Research indicates cancer
susceptibility is hereditary
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The first laboratory evidence was reported
yesterday strongly supporting the idea that breast cancer susceptibility is
* inherited in some families where the disease is common.
Dr. Mary-Claire King, a geneticist at the University of California School
of Public Health at Berkeley, said her findings indicate that where the
susceptibility gene exists, women carrying the gene have a greater risk of
developing the disease. Female relatives, even sisters, not carrying the gene
have no increased risk of breast cancer, she said. King's findings will be
published soon in Science magazine.
Judge upholds challenge
to closed hearing law
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UKIAH, Calif. - A judge yesterday upheld a challenge to Californias
closed preliminary hearing law in the Kenneth Parnell kidnap case, clearing
the way for a higher court to examine the validity of the 108-year-old statute
for the first time.
The petition by United Press International seeks to open the hearing
before a Mendocine County Superior Court judge. Parnell is accused of kid-
napping two boys, both of whom escaped March 1 and were returned to their
homes. Scott LeStrange, Parnell's lawyer, obtained a closed hearing under
an 1872 law allowing a defendant a private preliminary hearing. LeStrange
said an appeal against yesterday's ruling will be taken before the First
District Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
Bogota negotiations continue
BOGOTA, Colombia - Negotiations continued yesterday between the
government and leftist guerrillas holding 32 hostages at the Dominican Em-
bassy. A van with its back doors removed became a makeshift negotiating
room, where one of the guerrillas met with Foreign Ministry officials
Ramiro Zambrano and Camilo Jimenez.
Yesterday marked the sixth round of negotiations. Hopes were high this
time that the two sides would reach agreement, following a guerrilla offer
Sunday to release five of the hostages if the government shows goofd faith.
The last round of talks broke down March 13 when the guerrillas insisted on
the release of 28 jailed leftists in exchange for freeing the hostages. The
hostages have been in captivity for 28 days.
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