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Hazleton Standard-Speaker, Tuesday, December 4, 1990 :CMLit upholds abortion settlement I By MICHAEL GOUGIS Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) - Pro-choice Activists hailed a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday upholding a legal settlement that eased restrictions on Illinois abortion clinics, but anti-abortion forces vowed to pursue the case in lower court. ! The Supreme Court left intact a lawsuit settlement that rolled back restrictions on abortion clinics. Without comment, the court rejected an appeal that contended the settlement does not adequately protect women or fetuses. ; "I think we anticipated that they also filed the appeal in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and would pursue that challenge. "It was a remote shot, but this is an issue that has divided the country for a number of years," Greenwood said. "We wanted the court to have an opportunity to show decisive leadership if it chose to." , Ragsdale sued in 1985, challenging restrictions he said were unnecessary medically and, in effect, forced abortion clinic operators to build the equivalent of small hospitals or go out of business. In 1985, a U.S. District Court suspended the regulations. The a member of the team that hammered out the 1989 agreement, said oral arguments were scheduled for Tuesday in the nurses' appeal to the 7th Circuit appellate court. "We were not surprised that the court rejected this attempt to bypass the court of appeals, and their petition was totally without merit," Connell said. Joseph Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, said his organization would try to persuade legislators to introduce new abortion restrictions when the state General Assembly convenes next year. court's suspension was upheld by the 7th Circuit appellate court in 1987, and state Attorney General Neil Hartigan appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices last year agreed to hear the case. But as they were about to hear arguments, the dispute was settled by an agreement between Hartigan and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, which represented Ragsdale. U.S. District Judge John Nord-berg in Chicago approved the settlement in March. The settlement established separate rules for two distinct kinds of abortion facility. Milli Vanilli not alone in synch - with David Crosby and Stephen Stills to provide some of the finest vocal harmonies ever recorded. "It's totally preposterous. If you can't cut it, don't do it," Nash said of the seen-but-not-heard bands. "Lip-synching might be OK at the Ice Capades, when you're doing the march of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but not at a rock V roll show." The importance of appearance in pop music is nothing new. The Beatles arrived in the United States with matching haircuts and wardrobe 26 years ago; the Sex Pistols arrived a generation later with clothes to match their attitudes. But the MTV generation has placed a new emphasis on looks. The diminutive, baseball-capped Ya Kid K the voice of Technotronic's "Pump Up The Jam" was replaced in the video by lanky model Felly. Martha Wash, who says she is the voice on Blackbox's hit single "Everybody Everybody," instead saw 6-foot model Katrin Quinol on the cover of the 12-inch single. "We have been told Katrin is part of the group, but in no way was she the only female voice," said Marilyn Lipsius, a BMG Records spokeswoman. "Martha definitely sang on it, and nobody ever denied that." Wash is suing RCA Records, BMG's parent company, over the song, says her attorney, Steven Ames Brown. She has a similar suit pending against A&M Records alleging her vocals were ripped off by the group Seduction on "I'm Your One and Only," he said. A spokesman for RCA said the company would have a response but never produced one. For women under 18 weeks pregnant, abortions can be performed in clinic settings. The state's original regulations requiring full-service surgical facilities still apply in pregnancies of more than 18 weeks. A coalition of anti-abortion groups opposed the settlement, leading to the appeal acted on Monday by the high court. The appeal was filed by Ritaellen Murphy and Penny Greenwood, two nurses who said the settlement does not adequately protect the health of expectant mothers. ACLU attorney Colleen Connell, The Vanillis were lean, mean dancing machines. Wash, on the other hand, was one-half of Two Tons of Fun, the hefty backup singers for the late Sylvester and a successful duet as the Weather Girls. "America is about pretty surfaces," says music publicist Bill Adler. "If it were simply about musical talent, Bo Diddley would be a lot bigger than Elvis." Things have been popping since the Millis were exposed and stripped of their Grammy. Copies of their records were destroyed; lawsuits alleging fraud have been filed by fans in California and Chicago; lawmakers in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Michigan are considering legislation over live performance lip-synching. Yet producer Frank Farian, the Oil 111 iri)i MThe Season 1U1 u U JU d And A Free Cordless Phone From Cellular One ! would not hear it. From a practical standpoint, it was a good settlement," said clinic owner Dr. Richard Ragsdale of Rockford, who sued the state to overturn regulations he said were unnecessary for abortions before 18 weeks. The rejection is the latest setback to anti-abortion activists who had hoped the court would use the Ragsdale lawsuit to further tighten federal restrictions on abortion, legalized in 1973 by the court's Roe vs. Wade decision. Craig Greenwood, an attorney who represented the two nurses who filed the appeal, said they had piece on the lip-synch flap. The question is not limited to who's singing on the record; there's also the question of who's singing on stage. The use of taped music and vocals in live performances is rumored for many artists, including Madonna and New Kids on the Block. "Certainly, in this video generation of the past 10 years, having a band or an artist with THE look is critically important," acknowledged Abbey Konowitch, MTV's senior vice president. "It doesn't have to be good-looking but it has to be a look." And the Vanillis? "I'm sure a great part of Milli Vanilli's success is due to the fact they're unusual, great-looking guys," said Konowitch. Such talk annoys veteran rocker Graham Nash, who's combined (717) 825-CELL 277 Mundy Street Wilkes-Barre, PA Mon-Wed-Fri 8-5; Tue-Thurs 8-7; Sat 9-3 i V V alongs mastermind behind the fabulous faker boys, offered no apologies. And neither did their record company. "It was a wonderful act. Fans loved the music. Everybody was .happy,' ' Farian said before the split hit their fans. The Millis were particularly criticized for lyp-synching live, but they don't stand alone. High-energy, choreographed shows by Janet Jackson or the New Kids on the Block leave the singers gasping for air; several such acts are rumored to enhance their shows with prerecorded sound. Nash says CSN's chances of making it big in today's music business would be slim unlike his hefty singing partner Crosby. "Crosby has style? Well, a certain style, for sure, but not stacked boots and all that," he said laughing. (717) 620-8756 The Stroud Mall Stroudsburg, PA Mon-Sat 10-9; Sun 10-6 J NEW YORK (AP) - Is it better for a pop star to look good than to sound good? In the age of MTV, it certainly can't hurt as 7 million Milli Vanilli fans found out. But fans of Rob and Fab, the pretty boy dancers who fronted as Milli Vanilli, are not alone in discovering their chart-climbing stars have more in common with the Wizard of Oz than with Prince. The voices behind Technotronic's "Pump Up The Jam" and Blackbox's "Everybody Everybody" are not necessarily the tall, luscious models featured on album covers and videos; they are two less videogenic women behind the scenes. ;. "Welcome to the modern pop jungle, where big or butch women don't satisfy MTV's, lust," the Village Voice said recently in a Publisher says News will survive NEW YORK (AP) - Publisher James Hoge said Monday he is determined to lure advertisers and readers back to the strike-hampered Daily News and expects the tabloid to survive and thrive. "Absolutely. No question about it," Hoge said in an interview. "We will prevail. We hope through settlement, but if not, without it." The man at the center of the 5 1 2-week-old strike by 2,100 unionized employees said he is exploring options to take the paper in new directions once the work force is stabilized. Before new plans can be carried out, he said, the strike must end, profits must begin, and the work absues the News has alleged must be eliminated. As he sat in his eighth-floor office in midtown Manhattan, Hoge spoke as if addressing the picketers on the sidewalk below: "Fellows, get rid of the inefficiencies with us so we can build a secure future for the next century." The News recently spent $3 million to $4 million to select new technology and design new printing plants to be built on land bought in New Jersey and Long Island before the strike, the publisher said. He said expansion options being weighed include creating either an afternoon edition, a satellite-produced national edition or a school edition. At least one was discussed at a Monday morning meeting, he said, but he gave no further details. "I wouldn't want to put a time on it now," Hoge said. "We have been chomping at the bit to be innovative and try to do things when we think it's practical to do so and that includes variations on what we do today." The strike by nine unions, which began Oct. 25, has cost the paper untold millions of dollars. It has been marked by incidents of vandalism against News trucks and against news dealers who carry the paper. The unions say the News engaged in unfair labor practices, which the paper denies, and the News' parent, the Tribune Co. of Chicago, is trying to break the unions, a charge Hoge denied Monday. Major advertisers have deserted the pages of what was, before the strike, the nation's third-largest metropolitan daily, and have fattened the pages of its tabloid rivals. Hoge estimated the paper's losses would total $200 million from 1979 through the end of this year, including $30 million to $35 million in this quarter. The paper has published every day during the strike, using management, replacement workers and employees who crossed the picket line. But circulation, which was 1.09 million on weekdays before the strike, has dropped drastically. SEAMLESS GUTTER SYSTEMS " QUALITY INSTALLATION AT REASONABLE PRICES 225 S. 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