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JIB WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 1. 1997 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL BRIEPLY T SEX CRIME New TV ratings system takes effect today : NEW YORK — A new system for warning parents about the sexual and violent content of TV shows takes effect today, without the participation of television's "top-rated broadcast network. Under the system, the letters ' "V," "S," "L" and "D" will show up alongside age-based ratings, 'such as "TV-PG" and "TV-14," ; that now flash for 15 seconds in 'the upper-left corner of screens as programs begin. The letters stand for violence, sex and language that could be /.viewed as offensive. The "D" de- ^'ttotes suggestive dialogue that ^conveys sexual Innuendo. Most major networks agreed to revise the warning system that began earlier this year after parents and advocacy groups urged , that it be made more specific. . Citing constitutional concerns, NBC has refused to go along. But It has begun to occasionally in, elude its own warnings, saying /things like "this program has some violent scenes." Judge lets piano stay in Simpson family SANTA MONICA, Calif. — O.J. . .Simpson and his mother Tuesday ,won the tug-of-war with creditors over a $20,000 grand piano, with a judge ruling it belonged to Eunice Simpson and should be returned to her and her son. . "Over 14 years, the facts support that Mrs. Simpson owned the property. She can do with it what , she wants," Superior Court Judge •David Perez said. He ordered the piano be taken ; to Simpson's new home. Before it had been seized by Simpson's creditors, it previously was kept at his Brentwood estate, for use by his mother when she was visiting. The hearing was held to deter, mine whether Simpson's creditors had a right to auction off the piano, along with other possessions seized from him, to help satisfy a $33.5 million wrongful death judgment against him. ; Eunice Simpson, testifying from her wheelchair, said the .,. grand piano was presented to her by Simpson and his then-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, in 1984, and she always considered it her .property although it remained at her son's home. Simpson had testified earlier that his mother was the only one in the family who played the piano. ; ,->Hooters settles suit, gets to keep waitresses CHICAGO — Patrons of Hooters won't find mustachioed muscleman in sexy T-shirts and v ;shorts asking for their order. , • The restaurant chain known for its scantily clad waitresses '•' agreed to pay $3.75 million to set- 1 tie a sexual discrimination lawsuit brought by men turned down for jobs because of their gender. j, The settlement allows Hooters 'to continue luring customers with an exclusively female staff of Hooters Girls. The chain also agreed to create a few other support jobs, such as bartenders and ••hosts, that must be filed without regard to gender. So women hoping for the same "vicarious sexual recreation" of- (fered by Hooters Girls can forget it. There will be no Hooters Boys. <v From Wire Service Reports "The Uncommon Florists" IT If 111 Flowers Noun: 9-5, Mon.-Fri. 827-8448 921 Sholimor Drivf (XK khind ** Southgato Doky Quwn •• Del's Electronics Aiftfior/x«<f A0«nt For •l*ctronlo» Qtnttr 1059 4 till, Mini 827.3357 Deal may keep Polanski out of jail Film director fled U.S. in 70s after being accused of drugging, raping girl By The Associated Pros* LOS ANGELES — Movie director Roman Polanski, who fled the United States in the 1970s to avoid going to prison for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, has been secretly talking to prosecutors and reportedly will return to Los Angeles in a deal that will keep him out jail. Records buried in the 20-year- old file show that Polanski's attorney met with the prosecutor In a judge's chambers Dec. 5 and Jan. 31. 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