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    News Digest
By the
Associated Press
Edited by Victoria Ayotte
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Court removes obstacle
in Daikon Shield suit
preme Court on Monday removed
the last legal obstacle to carrying
out a $2.5 billion settlement for
victims of the Daikon Shield birth
control device.
But compensatory payments
may not begin'until next spring,
and no one could say definitively
how many of the nearly 100,000
women with active claims will
receive substantial payments.
The justices, over one dissent
ing vote, rejected a challenge by
some 650 women to the settlement
reached out with A.H. Robins Co.,
manufacturer of the intrauterine
Marketed in the early 1970s, the
Daikon Shield allegedly caused in
fertility, spontaneous abortions,
pelvic inflammation or, in some
cases, death.
Sharon Lutz, a Detroit lawyer
representing 18,000 of the women
who had sued Robins and who had
urged the court to uphold the set
tlement, said payments might start
by late February or early March.
Baltimore lawyer Michael
Pretl, who also represented women
who alleged injuries, said pay
ments may be delayed for several
months beyond the February target
‘‘I don’t think it’s realistic to
expect we’ll have money flowing
before next spring,” Pretl said,
predicting that individual women
with serious injuries will receive
payments ranging from $25,000 to
Pretl said that many thousands
of women with active claims may
get relatively little money for vary
ing reasons. For example, they
may have used more than one
brand of device, he said.
And most women who will re
ceive substantial awards likely
will have to pay one-third to their
lawyers. /
Sales of the Daikon Shield
ended in 1974 but the product was
not actually recalled until 1984.
A.H. Robins, based in Richmond,
Va., created the $2.5 billion trust
fund as part of its 1985 reorganiza
tion under federal bankruptcy law.
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Lebanese strike virtually closes
east Beirut; election protested
BEIRUT, Lebanon - A strike
called by Gen. Michel Aoun, the
Christian army commander, virtually
closed down east Beirut on Monday
and his followers filled the streets to
protest the election of a Syrian
backed president.
Rioting Aoun loyalists stormed
the residence of Nasrallah Sfeir, the
Maronite Catholic patriarch, who
supported Rene Mouawad’s election
as president Sunday, and forced him
to kiss a portrait of the general.
Mouawad, 64, and Aoun, 54, are
Maronites, the main Christian sect in
Aoun declared a “war of libera
tion” this year on the 40,000 Syrian
soldiers stationed in Lebanon under a
1976 peacekeeping mandate from the
Arab League. He issued a statement
Monday urging supporters to “limit
your protests to civilized and peace
ful methods.”
Schools, shops, restaurants, banks
and government offices closed in
Christian east Beirut and many parts
of the 310-square-mile Christian
enclave north and east of the city.
Patriarch Sfeir, 68, fled to his
summer home in an area of north
Lebanon under Syrian control and
said he would not return to his official
residence on the wooded slopes of
Bkirki “until peace prevails.”
Lebanese police issued a state
ment saying they “ensured the patri
arch’s safe drive” early Monday to
Diman, 52 miles north of Bkirki.
“We plead with God to forgive”
the attackers, Sfeir said at Diman,
where he was greeted by Mouawad,
Parliament speaker Hussein
Husseini, Arab League envoy
Lakhdar Ibrahimi of Algeria and
many legislators.
A police spokesman said 100 sup
porters of Aoun drove to Bkirki in 30
cars shortly after midnight Sunday
and stormed the walled compound. A
40-man unit of Aoun’s command
assigned to protect Sfeir did not try to
stop them, said the spokesman,
whose name was withheld under
standing regulations.
“The rioters broke into the patri
arch’s bedroom, dragged him out of
bed, forced him to kneel with two
senior aides who rushed to help him
and forced them all to kiss posters of
Aoun,” the spokesman said.
Other Aoun loyalists broke into at
least six churches in the Christian
enclave to protest Mouawad’s elec
tion. The spokesman said they fired
automatic weapons into the air,
“burned rubber tires at several
churches and rang bells.”
Pro-Aoun rioters went into the
streets hours after legislators, forced
out of Beirut by the general ’ s threat to
shell the Pariamcnt building, con
vened in the Syrian-controlled north
Sunday and elected Mouawad.
On Saturday, Aoun said he was
dissolving the legislature. He and
acting Prime Minster Salim Hoss
have led rival Christian and Moslem
governments for 14 months, since
President Amin Gemayel’s six-year
term ended without agreement by
Parliament on a successor.
The new president, a moderate
lawyer, met Monday with spiritual
leaders and politicians to try to form
a national reconciliation government
capable of ending the 14-year-old
civil war.
VISSER from Page 1
He said that after talking with then Faculty
Senate President Jim Lewis, he was worried
that athletes’ records were circulating around
campus. Visser had sent an athlete’s transcript
she had found irregular to Director of Registra
tion and Records Ted Pfeifer and then Faculty
Senate Grading Committee Chairman Fred
“When we recruit athletes, we tell them
their records will be confidential,” Osborne
In February 1988, Osborne said he talked to
Wagner and indicated that circulating records
might be illegal. He said he told Wagner that if
anyone in the athletic office had done this,
action would be taken.
Osborne said Wagner wouldn’t tell where
the transcript came from, but said he would talk
to Griescn about it.
Griesen, Osborne said, came to his office
and told him that the person who had sent the
transcript was a “long-term faithful em
ployee,’’ that it was not Shada, and that the
situation had been taken care of.
Osborne said that although he thought the
situation was serious, he never told Griescn he
wanted the person fired.
Papik testified that the transcript in question
was checked with the registrar at the student’s
high school in September 1988. The registrar
responded that she was not there during the
grade processing of the student’s senior year,
which is why the student’s final year’s grades
were handwritten and the transcript was un
Cope questioned why the authenticity
check with the high school occurred after Vis
scr’s termination.
Shada testified that he became angry with
Visser when she let others think that he had
circulated the transcript.
Shada also said he and Visser jointly had
discussed alleged athletic irregularities and
concerns about student athletes with Gregory
many limes.
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Ryan Sleeves
Page Editor Lee Rood
Professional Adviser Don Walton
473- 7301
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