AND NOW FOR THE BAD NEWS.
in pay dispute
VS CAROL BASSES
MAUSTON, Wis. (AP) — A judge who fired a courthouse clerical worker for being single and pregnant is
trying to block payment of the settlement she won from
the county after alleging sex discrimination.
Kristy Gwin, 19, of Mauston was fired from her job as
the county's register in probate by Juneau County
Judge William Curran last summer when he learned
she was pregnant. —.
He said her pregnancy proved she had violated a !
Wisconsin law prohibiting sexual intercourse by an j
GWIN SAID SHE WAS out of work for several
months, but finally was given another clerical job at the
same pay in the county's Child Support Agency.
However, she said, she filed a sex discrimination
complaint with the state last summer, seeking back
pay. The resulting out-of-court settlement with the
county amounted to $2,000.
But the judge has asked the County Board's personnel committee to withhold the payment. In a letter to
board members, Curran said the county should not pay
the settlement because that could make the county liable for taxpayer suits.
The judge said he had to fire the woman under Wisconsin law prohibiting unmarried persons from sexual
"SHE KNEW SHE WAS discharged because, as a
single girl, her pregnancy was obvious evidence to the
public that she had violated the laws of the state of Wisconsin by sexual misconduct and her conduct made it
impossible to retain her in the office of register in probate," Curran said in the letter.
The full board will decide at its regular meeting
Tuesday whether to disburse the $2,000. The personnel
committee has only an advisory role.
The judge denied that the firing involved sex
' If, as the time go*"*?, rainy days and
Mondays get you down, you're probably
normal, a number of Houston pyschia-
trists and psychologists agreed Sunday.
However, you might worry a little
about yourself if you were still down Sunday, when the sun shined throughout the
The Houston Post /R <jay for the first time in more than a
SUNDAY, FEi 12,
, But during a long, cold, dreary month
Eke January, it would have been "abnormal" for your spirits not to be dampened, said psychiatrist Dr. Gary Byrd.
"I'd probably be more concerned with
the person that wasn't affected," he said.
He compared it to being at Pearl Harbor Sunday morning on Dec. 7, 194L "It
was normal to be scared as hell or
something other than bias*," he said.
Of course, gloomy, wintry weather has
more effect on people in Houston than
those living in Bangor, Maine, Bryd said,
because Houstonians are more accustomed to warm, sunny weather.
"It's just human to get depressed in
bad weather. There's a corelation between gloomy weather and its efiect on
human beings, " said Dr. Eugene Tips,
Neill Scott, a psychotherapist, said
during bad weather people tend to stay
indoors, watch television and "get depressed. People do better when they can
be out in the sunshine."
He said it's even worse in Houston because there are few winter sports here
where most outdoor activities are geared
toward summer activities,
C~IVs epecially hard on men who like to
fish and hunt and find themselves cooped
up in the house on Saturday and Sunday
with the wife and kids, he said. "They
get gloomy and grouchy and it brings out
the worst in them."
And it gets the wi/e upset became
she's been stuck in ttye house with the
1 children all week, Scott said.
Since the National Weather Service
Per Nora & Carl Mertz
he flies off to the Bahamas
for 3 days, she can slip out
and get her hair done so as
to look nice for him when
he gets back!
And, for those who just
can!t get away to the
Bahamas, there's another
remedy for cabin fever
right at home. A rarely-
tried alternative is chaining Dad to the fence in the
forecasts more bad weather in Febuaiy;
people should take Ryrd's peKice.;.
"Take three days off and fly to a place
where it's not raining. . . And if they
have to, housewives should hire a baby-
Z&jY sitter and escape for a few hours.
The Houston Post
MONDAY, JAN. 30*197*
GTwan, Gordo! No way them
,lady astronauts can be both
smart'and pretty. You1
too much of a gentleman
tell the truth!
The Houston ^ost
TUES . JAN 2* .978
By MARY *lti*E BCHUSB
fttti Malta** Witu*
A Houston research group is zeroing in
on proving the old wives' tale that
starvation diets "really""canstairik the
Dr. Leonard R. Johnson reports his
team at the University of Texas Health
Science Center here can show a direct
connection between eating and the release of gastrin, a hormone in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
By RAY COLLINS
Psst Sperts Writer
Houstonian Reggie Franklin vented all
his wrath on the University of Houston
by giving SMU a dramatic 76-75 Southwest Conference triumph over the Cougars Monday night.
It was not only the 6-foot-6 former
Yates High School star's last-second shot
that provided the Mustangs with their
heart-stopping victory, but his two field
goals ahead of it and superb play
throughout that made It all possible.
One might say the Ponies were due
The snow in the Northeast began Sunday night — barely two weeks after the
last hiizzard — and was still fa "frig in
some parts at midday Tuesday, although
it was less severe than earlier and was
expected to taper off during the day. The
storm in New York City was officially
declared ended at 3:30 p.m., about 40
hours after it began. Accumulations
ranged from 1 to 2 feet
Travel on most of the city's streets
was impossible or next to impossible.
Suburbanites faced long delays on commuter lines. The New York and American stock exchanges delayed opening
until U l.ra. At one New York court that
normally handle? 60 or 70 cases daily,
only about a d: " persons ^cre brought
They're mostly guys beating up on
their wives," a court officer said. 4,I
guess that's what comes from getting
j trapped indoors too long."
The Houston Post
W SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 1978
Space candidates 'good looking9
Space shuttle pilot Gordon Fnllerton says he has met
four of the six women astronaut candidates and they
are "not only very sharp, but very good looking." Full-
erton arrived in Portland, Ore., to participate in a program on aeronautics and space at the Oregon Museum
of Science and Industry.