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C raft
awarded
I $325,000
mfraud
retrial
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Former TV an-
h rwOman Christine Craft was awar-
ded $325,000 in damages by a federal
Jury yesterday in the retrial of her suit
f laiming the management of a Kansas
City television station made fraudulent
promises when she was hired.
The seven-woman, five-man jury
awarded Craft $225,000 in actual
damages after about three hours of
deliberation. The jury then went back
into session, emerging less than an hour
later to award Craft $100,000 in punitive
damages.
Craft, 39, claimed she accepted the
co-anchor job at KMBC-TV after the
station's managers told her they were
interested in her journalism skills. Af-
ter she was hired, the management
spent much of their energy criticizing
her appearance, she alleged.
DONALD CRIFFIN, representing the
defendant, Metromedia Inc., former
owner of KMBC-TV, said later he ex-
pects Metromedia to appeal.
; Craft, had sought $500,000 in actual
damages and $3 million in punitive
. damages as she battled Metromedia in
the courtroom a second time. A jury in
Kansas City last summer awarded her
$$00,000 on the fraud complaint -
$75,000 in actual damages and $125,b00
in punitive damages - but that was
thrown out by U.S. District Judge
Joseph Stevens who said it was "ex-
cessive" and ordered a new trial.
'Craft testified at the second trial,
which started Jan. 4, that she accepted
the job as a co-anchor at KMBC after
;former News Director Ridge Shannon
and General Manager R. Kent Replogle
told her she was being hired for her
journalism skills..
She said Shannon told her she was
later removed from the anchor desk
because she was "too old and too unat-
tractive," and because viewers did not
like her.
"It's no fun to be known as the
world's uglist anchorwoman, believe
me," she said outside the courtroom af-
ter yesterday's verdicts.
"But I have, I hope, some sense of
continuing integrity. The more they do
this the strongerI get, thank-God."

The Michigan Daily - Saturday, January 14, 1984 - Page 3
Alcohol found in
drowned Beach
Boy's blood

I

LOS ANGELES - Beach Boys drum-
mer Dennis Wilson had a blood-alcohol
level of 0.26 percent, more than two-
and-a-half times California's limit for
drivers, when he drowned Dec. 28 in
Marina del Rey, toxicological tests
showed yesterday.
Los Angeles County coroner's
spokesman Bill Gold, who released the'
results, refused to say whether the
alcohol contributed to Wilson's death,
which the office previously classified as
an accidental drowning.
But a physician who briefly worked
with the 39-year-old musician in an
alcohol treatment program said the
connection was inescapable.
"It's not at all unfair to say the
alcohol contributed to the accident,"
said Dr. Joe Takamine of the chemical
dependency unit at St. John's Hospital
in Santa Monica.
Wilson quit the program after two
days and drowned three days later.
California law classified a person as a
drunken driver if their blood alcohol
level meaures 0.10. However, Gold said
the coroner's office couldn't suggest
how Wilson's 0.26 percent level affected

his swimming abilities because "there
are too many variables in how a person
tolerates and reacts to alcohol."
The tests did not reveal any other in-
toxicants in Wilson's system.
Wilson died while diving for scrap in
13 feet of 58-degree water off a friend's
boat in a slip at Marina del Ray, an af-
fluent yachting community 15 miles
southwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Friends said he'd had several drinks
that day but had a penchant for diving
for discards and jumped in wearing
only a face mask and cut-off pants.
Takamine said Wilson's blond-alcohol
level was 0.28 percent when he entered
St. John's program and noted he'd been
in other treatment facilities.
The alcohol may have increased his
sense of "bravado" and made him feel
immune to water most people would
consider too cold for swimming, he
said.
"I want kids to look at this and when
they're down at the beach drinking beer
or whatever, to remember,' the doctor
added.

Mailbox munch AP Photo
Letter carrier John Jones from Loveland, Colo., found a serene spot for lunch this week. Jones said the U.S. Mail storage
box at Eighth Street and Roosevelt Avenue is at the half-way point on his delivery route and makes an ideal stopping
point for his 30-minute break.

U.S. arms S. Af
M&ASHINGTON (UPI) - The United States has been quietly
sidestepping the ban on arms sales to South Africa, the
American Friends Service Committee charged yesterday.
In response, State Department officials conceded some-
military hardware has slipped through license barriers, but
denied the bulk of the sales were actually military in nature.
THE STUDY by the pacifist Quaker group said that bet-
ween 1981 and 1983 U.S. companies sold $28.3 million in goods
listed on the State Department's "munitions list" to the apar-
theid nation - more than the commercial military exports to
South Africa for the previous 30 years.
In addition, according to the study, the United States sold
$762,000 worth of "non-military" arms and arfimunition to
South Africa for hunting and other purposes.
"Based on information released to us under the Freedom of
Information Act, interview with government representatives
and a survey of military industry publications and South
African patent documents, he believes the arms embargo is
being seriously eroded," the AFSC report said.

rica, group says
THE REPORT said in some cases the sales were made
directly to South Africa and in other cases through third-
party countries. In many instances, they were made to
private South African industry.
The U.N. General Assembly repeatedly has passed
resolutions barring all members from selling arms to the
white-ruled country.
But it is not unusual for Western European countries to
quietly ship armaments to that country.
AFSC, WHICH was formed= to express the Quaker
philosophy as it relates to current events. said U.S. firms sold
South Africa electronic devices with military applications,
coding equipment, image intensifiers and navigation gear.
But a State Department official said, "We do not license
the sale of any military equipment to South Africa. We look
very, very carefully at every sale and make sure that it is not
military equipment. We bend over backward to make sure."
The official said that some of the equipment, although
listed on the State Department's "munitions 'list," is not
military in nature.
He said the encryptation devices, for instance, were bought
by American firms operating in South Africa so they could en-
code their financial statements and transmit them to their
home office without any eavesdropping

layor asks churches

to bal out
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -
Mayor Stephen Lucasi wants churches
to help balance the city budget, but
religious leaders say it could be the first
step toward taxing houses of worship
and claim they already help the com-
munity "in a more meaningful way
than dollars and cents."
"Historically we believe strongly in
the separation of church and state,'and
really ifs that kind of an issue," said
the Rev. David Skinner of Calvary
Baptist Church on Thursday. "I see our
contribution in terms of creating a
moral and spiritual climate.
LUCASI announced the voluntary
donationplan Dec. 13 to a council of
churches. He noted that churches,
hospitals and other tax-exempt
organizations comprise 40 percent of

"
city budget
the market value of all real estate in the
city.
Those organizations get the benefit of
police and fire protection and other
municipal services without paying
taxes, he said.
"We can't force anybody to pay,"
said James Cooney, city. director of
finance and personnel.
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H APPENINGS-
Highlight
Detroit's progressive jazz quintet, Griot Galaxy, will perform at the
University Club in the Michigan Union tonight. The concert, which begins at
9p.m. is part of the Eclipse Jazz Bright Moments Series.
Films
Cinema Guild - Fiddler on the Roof, 6 & 9:05 p.m., Lorch Hall.
Cinema Two - Missing, 7 & 9:15 p.m., Angell Hall, Aud. A.
Mediatrigs -Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 7:30 & 9:15 p.m., MLB.
Alternative Action - Taxi Driver, 7 & 9 p.m., MLB 4.
CFT - East of Eden, 5 & 9:30 p.m., Rebel Without a Cause, 7:30 p.m., &
midnight, Michigan Theatre.
AAFC - Tommy, 7 p.m., The Kids are Alright, 9 p.m., Nat. Sci.
Meetings
Ann Arbor Go Club -2 p.m., 1433 Mason Hall.
Tae Kwon Do Club - practice, 9 p.m., CCRB Martial Arts room.
Muslim Students Assoc - discussion on events in Muslim world, 7 p.m.,
Internqtional Muslim House, 407 N. Ingalls.
Miscellaneous
Hillel - Storytelling by Joseph Buloff, 8 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre.
Ann Arbor Hands on Museum - "From Sun to Solar," instructional
program for ages 12-adult, 10 a.m.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity - Third annual tribute to the late Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., 7 p.m., Michigan League Ballroom.
To submit items for the Happenings Column, send them in care of
Happenings, The Michigan Daily, 420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Malicious Intent

Blanchard
urges speed-
up in tax

Daily Classifieds
Bring Results

cut plan

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DELIVERS

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the " administration's overall recovery
plan.
Repulicans, however, said Blan-
chard's proposal is merely an ad-
mission that the people have been over-
taxed since last spring when the tax
was temporarily increased by 38 per-
cent.
House Republican Leader Michael
Busch of Saginaw said the tax hike ac-
tually caused a massive surplus in the
state budget, which should be given
back to taxpayers immediately.
Senate Repulcian Leader John
Engler of Mt. Pleasant, said the gover-
nor has "publicly acknowledged that a
tax cut is appropriate. The Legislature,
I think, will be quick to deliver."
"What he's thrown in is just one more
proposal on how to make a tax cut,"
Engler said.
Several methods of cutting taxes
have been proposed in the Senate, by
both Democrats and Republicans. One
senator, John Kelly (D-Detroit) said he
won't stop pushing his own rollback
proposal.
"This is not the final word on (a
rollback)," said Kelly.Blanchard said
that much of the talk about a surplus
and rollback methods has been
"reckless".

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