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10—The Daily Collegian Friday, Feb. 10, 1984
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By TOM ROSENTHAL Newark Diocese, the sixth-largest in the St. Benedict's, said yesterday the affair was tended to other dolls for the sake of teaching
Associated Press Writer ' nation with 1.3 million Roman Catholics. 'lt was supposed to be an blown out of proportion. the children about their own baptism,"
"As it turned out, people from other towns •
Instructional thing for "It was supposed to be an instructional Baglivo said. Cabbage Patch dolls, which
~. NEWARK, N.J. A Roman Catholic and parishes in Newark went to the ; thing for children," Miller said. "It was just come with different computer-designed
... archbishop canceled a simulated baptism church," Baglivo said. children. for them to reach out to their parents and to faces and "adoption papers," were the
.... ceremony featuring Cabbage Patch dolls The ceremony had been planned by St. ask questions about their own baptism." nation's hottest toy fad before Christmas.
because such a ritual could lead to "scan- Benedict's for Jan. 28 in conjunction with its —Rev. Ferdinand B. Miller
dalous misinterpretation," church officials regular Saturday evening Mass. But Arch- Miller said there never were plans to William Ryan, a spokesman for the U.S.
baptize dolls. Catholic Conference in Washington, which
said yesterday. bishop Peter L. Gerety canceled the event
: The original ceremony planned at St. after receiving "many inquiries" about its "The idea was for them to bring in their represents the nation's 300 bishops, said
using dolls to instruct children about bap
' Benedict's Church was to be an instructio- orthodoxy, Baglivio said. favorite doll and go through the ceremony
, nal event for children, who were invited to "The baptism of dolls is totally unautho- canceled. Notice is hereby given that any and know what the words were," he said, tism is a common practice.
such events are not to be held in the archdio- adding people mistakenly believed only
bring along their dolls, but it "became a rized and can lead to scandalous misinter- "It certainly has been heard of and even
cese of Newark."
much larger thing than anyone intended," pretation," Gerety said in the statement.CabbagePatch dolls were to be used.
, ' ' mentioned in textbooks and teaching train
: said Vince Baglivo, a spokesman for the "The particular ceremony in question was The Rev. Ferdinand B. Miller, pastor of "It started with Cabbage Patch and ex- ing books," Ryan said.
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By The Associated Press
CRYSTAL LAKE, 111. A 14-year
old girl who disguised herself as a
prowler lurking outside the house to
scare her baby-sitting friend paid for
her practical joke with a fatal knife
wound to her chest.
• Karen Geske, who earlier had
made ominous telephone calls to the
friend, was stabbed to death by the
baby sitter's boyfriend, a high school
:"The whole thing was shocking to
us here because neither was the type
you would think to get involved in
something like this," said Walter
Forsyth, principal of Crystal Lake
Central High School.
Police Chief Samuel Johns said, "It
started out to be a prank and turned
out to be a tragedy."
'The young man, whose name has
riot been released, has been charged
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with voluntary manslaughter in the often played similar pranks at the
Jan. 28 slaying. He is free on $25,000 same house when they were younger.-
bond pending a preliminary hearing After she rattled the doors and
Feb. 15 in McHenry County Circuit windows of the house, boyfriend
Court. opened the door to investigate.
Johns said the prank apparently
began when Karen made several
anonymous phone calls to her friend,
breathing heavily each time. Then
she donned men's clothing, drew a
beard on her chin, pulled a nylon
stocking over her head and went to
show the disguise to her 20-year-old
"My room is in the basement and
she came downstairs before she left,"
Lori Geske said. "She had this get-up
on and she was cracking up, and I
laughed and laughed."
Karen then left her house and
walked across the street to the house
where her friend was baby-sitting
with her boyfriend. Karen's brother,
Leßoy, said he and his sister had
As Karen jumped out of the bushes
apparently intending to 'shout,
"Boo!" the young, man lunged
forward with a double-edged knife
and stabbed her once in the chest.
It wasn't until Karen gasped, "Oh,
you stabbed .me," that the youth
realized who she was, Johns said. The
girl turned away and collapsed on the
Forsyth ' described Karen as an
average student who was well-liked
by her fellow students and never
caused any trouble at school.
The young man, formerly on the
school's wrestling team, has returned
to death by friend
VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL!
Panel defines problems
between media, military
By TIM AHERN
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON The media is
more understanding now of the
problem's of the military than it
was during the decade of the 1970 s
but 'relations between the" two
sides need further improvement, a
trio of military public affairs offi
cers told a Pentagon panel yester
"There is a greater sensitivity
now, and it was there even before
Grenada," said Maj. Gen. Llyle
Barker Jr., the Army's chief of
His statement won agreement
from Brig. Gen. Richard F. Abel,
the Air. Force director of public
affairs, and Commodore Jack
Penn State `B®® s tore
owned and operated by the Pennsylvania State University
Garrow, Navy chief of informa
Comments from the three serv
ice officials ended four days of
hearings by a Defense Depart
ment panel that is trying to come
up with a military policy on the
The panel was created after the
press strongly criticized its ban
from Grenada during the first 48
hours of the U.S.-led invasion of
that Caribbean nation last Octo
ber. It was the first time in U.S.
history that the press had been
banned from accompanying sol
diers on a major action. •
The group's findings will be sent
to the Joint Chiefs of Staff but will
not be binding. The panel is ex
pected to issue its recommenda- ,
tions by the end of the month.
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Johnny Carson signs new agreement to host Tonight Show
By JERRY BUCK
AP Television Writer
BURBANK, Calif. Johnny Carson, who cele
brated his 21st anniversary as host of "The Tonight
Show" last October, has signed a new contract with
NBC seven months before his old one expires, the
network said yesterday.
Details of the .new contract were not disclosed,
said Gene Walsh, an NBC spokesman. Carson's
current contract expires in September.
"I just talked to Johnny and he's very happy with
the new contract," said Jim Mahoney, a spokes
man for Carson. "He's entered into a new
agreement that will run indefinitely and there're no
changes from his previous contract.
"Johnny has always said when people stop
watching that's the time to step down," Mahoney
Raquel Welch accepts settlement for bogus nude photos
By The Associated Press
LONDON Actress Raquel Welch
has accepted a large damage set
tlement and an apology from a men's
magazine which published bogus
nude photos of her.
Her attorney, Patrick Milmo, told
Roger Mudd to become chief NBC political correspon
By FRED ROTHENBERG
AP Television Writer
NEW YORK Roger Mudd celebrated his 56th
birthday yestdrday by making peace with NBC,
agreeing to become the network's chief political
Mudd, who had virtually disappeared from the
airwaves since being taken off the "NBC Nightly
News" Sept. 2, said he's now buying a plane ticket
to lowa and hopes to be reporting from there next
The announcement of Mudd's return came in a
statement yesterday rom NBC News President
"Roger Mudd has earned an enviable reputation
as one of the best political reporters in the United,
States," said Frank. "And his presence in an
important position will strengthen all our political
Mudd, reached by telephone in his Washington
office, said he was "delighted" to be getting back to
work. Sitting on the sidelines has made him "very
itchy." Even during his contractual dispute with
NBC, he was going to his office each. day. '
High Court Judge Sir James Comyn
that three photos in the February 1982
issue of Club International were of
another woman, and the actress "nat
urally felt outraged and degraded."
Milmo said yesterday that editors
and publishers of the magazine had
apologized for the '"gross insult" and
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said. "He has survived everything they've put up
against him and is still out front."
Asked if the new contract included more money,
Mahoney replied, "I didn't discuss salary with
Johnny, but I'm sure the network wanted to keep
NBC chairman Grant Tinker said in a statement,
"The record Johnny Carson has established in
broadcasting is nothing less than incredible. For 22
years he has turned back the best efforts of the
competition as the 'king of late-night television.'
We are delighted Johnny has agreed to continue
doing the 'Tonight Show.' "
The contract due to expire in September is a one
year extension of a three-year contract Carson
signed in 1980 when Fred Silverman was president
For a time it appeared in 1980 that Carson would
"For a political reporter in a presidential elec
tion year," said Mudd, "this is the penultimate, to
get out and see for yourself what's going on and
then report about it and write about it."
Mudd's new assignments will include preparing
frequent political reports for his old "Nightly
News," and special reports for other NBC broad
casts. During the national conventions, Mudd will
report from the podium, analyzing the activity and
interviewing the major players.
NBC said his duties after the convention will also
include two documentaries on the candidates. After
the election, Mudd said that he would have new
discussions with NBC about doing NBC "White
Papers," or documentaries, in 1985.
Mudd called that "a commitment. We agreed to
agree on the White Papers."
Mudd's only major exposure on NBC since Bro
kaw became sole evening news anchor Sept. 5 was
as anchor for a three-hour retrospective on Presi
dent John F. Kennedy that NBC News did in
Mudd said he was off the air for legal reasons.
"My position was they had breached my contract.
If I had gone on the air doing work not normally
Years of college experience
agreed to pay Miss Welch a "large
sum" in damages which weren't
specified plus legal, costs.
In exchange, he said, Miss Welch
was prepared to drop her libel action.
"It is.quite true that a mistake was
made about the identity of the woman
shown in these photographs," said
leave the show, which brings in an estimated $3O
million in revenues to NBC annually. Negotiations
dragged on for a year. But Carson won concessions
from NBC, including cutting the show from 90
minutes to an hour, reducing his work week to four
days and giving him more vacation time.
It was reported at the time that his current
contract raised his previous salary of $3 million,
but there was no confirmation from Carson or the
Carson, who took over the helm of "The Tonight
Show" from Jack Paar on Oct. 1, 1962, is still the
late-night ratings leader. He has survived assaults
from Joey Biship, Dick Cavett, Mery Griffin and
The most recent challenger was the syndicated
"Thicke of the Night," starring Alan Thicke and
produced by Silverman.
attorney John Zeiger, representing
"My clients wish to convey their
unqualified apologies to Miss Welch
for this unfortunate affair and for the
hurt and embarraisment they have
caused her," he said.
done by anchors, it would have signaled that I had
acquiesced to the breach of my contract."
After months of negotiations, Mudd, whose origi
nal contract had seven more years to run, said a
readjustment had been made that "satisfies both
sides." Mudd would not reveal any specific con
He labeled as untrue published reports that one
major obstacle was that he refused to appear on
any broadcast anchored by Brokaw.
"I don't know where that came from, but it did a
disservice, not only'to me, but to Tom," Mudd said.
"I have no idea who put that out. But it was never
an issue. It was not true. It 'never came up once.
"I just want to get back to work," he said. "My
assignments are substantial ones, which will allow
me to contribute to the dispensing of news and
information during this critical year. I'm delighted
to get back to what I want to be doing."
The announcement last July, that Mudd was
going to be an anchor without an anchor position,
was the second time he had been lost in the shuffle.
He had been passed over for Dan Rather at CBS
when Walter Cronkite retired as anchor of the
"CBS Evening News."
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