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The Michigan Doily - Friday, September 5, 1986--Page 13

Court threatens TV


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An unidentified man pushes Veronica Burton of Boston off her roof just as
flames begin to engulf her during a two-alarm fire. She was hospitalized
after the fall.
' Soviet evacuation failed

DETROIT (AP)- Authorities
may seek this week to enforce a
contempt order sending a Detroit
Television producer to jail if he
refuses to turn over taped
interviews to a grand jury, a
prosecutor said Wednesday.
Wayne County Circuit Judge
William Giovan cited Bradley
Stone for contempt March 18 and
ordered him jailed if he refused to
hand over the interviews with
teenage gang members.
THE STATE Court of Appeals
ruled Aug. 19 that television and
radio news reporters cannot
protect their tapes or refuse to

divulge their sources under
Michigan's shield law.
Lawyers for Stone, a producer
for WJBK-TV, filed an appeal
with the Michigan Supreme Court
and requested a stay of the
contempt order.
"I anticipate that sometime this
week we will seek to enforce the
contempt order unless a stay is
granted by the Supreme Court,"
said Patrick Foley of the Wayne
County Prosecutor's Office.
Prosecutors agreed Aug. 27 to
wait seven days before attempting
to enforce the order, said Zan
Niccoli, lawyer for Stone.

"WE CERTAINLYhope to hear
from the state Supreme Court on
our request for a stay," Niccoli
said Wednesday. "We're}hoping
to hear something favorable
sometime today."
Stone declined to comment on
the case.
Under the contempt order,
Stone would be jailed until he
submitted the tapes or until the
grand jury's term expires on Jan.
The grand jury was
investigating the fatal shooting of

Michigan State Police Trooper
Paul Hutchins in Detroit on Aug.
Grand jury subpoenas were
served on WJBK-TV to demand
the station's written, filmed, or
recorded material relative to a
series on Detroit gangs.
Stone had said he promised
anonymity to some of those inter-
The shield law covering
newspaper reporters "makes no
mention of television or radio
reporters," the state appeals court

Doctor says hospitals should ban smoking

BOSTON (AP)- A telephone
company's success in banning
smoking on the job should
encourage hospitals to prohibit
cigarettes, too, a doctor says.
Dr. Michael Martin of the
University of California in San
Francisco said that in the six
months since Pacific Northwest
Bell barred smoking in its
facilities, the results have been
impressive. No one has left as a
result of the policy, no lawsuits
have been filed, and the workers

unions have supported the
Martin, along with Dr.
Annette Fehrenbach of the phone
company and Robert Rosner of the
Smoking Policy Institute at Seat-
tle University, described the
results of the policy in a letter
published in Thursday's New
England Journal of Medicine.
They predicted that the
experience will almost certainly
encourage other large companies
to consider such a ban.

"If widely adopted, these
policies might have a dramatic
effect on the nation's smoking
habits," they wrote. "The -
oretically, they would encourage
people to quit smoking by
increasing the social pressure

against it and by restricting the
time available for it."
They said that although some
hospitals have already banned
smoking, all hospitals should
consider doing the same.

Hey, couldn't yoO benefit from
learning to read and study more
efficiently and effectively? Take

cauthorities had to scrap their
prepared emergency plans and
start from scratch to evacuate
+235,000 people after the Chernobyl
-nuclear accident, U.S. experts
who attended an international
;conference said Wednesday.
"None of their emergency plans
(were adequate to the circum-
stance...The plan they looked at
first they had to throw out,"
*Harold Denton, director of reactor
safety for the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission, told the NRC at a
Briefing-on the conference held by

the International Atomic Energy
Denton said Soviet delegates to
the meeting, which ended last
weekend in Vienna, said the
major lesson they learned was
that "there is an absolute need for
a single coordinating auth-
ority...one person in charge."
Some 1,000 buses were used to
evacualate 135,000 people from an
18-mile zone near Chernobyl, the
site of an explosion and fire that
began April 26 and sent a plume of
radiation around the world.

University Musical Society
Applications for the Musical Society's all
volunteer usher staff will be accepted
Hill Auditorium Box Office
For further information call 663-1019 or
the Musical Society's office in Burton
Memorial Tower at 764-2538.

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