6 Montrose Voice / June 4,1982
Police drop libel
suit against gay
International Gay News Agency
Two police officers apprently have
dropped their $20 million libel suit against
the Bay Area Reporter, a San Francisco
weekly gay newspaper.
American Civil Liberties Union lawyer
Amitai Schwartz earlier had successfully
argued that the lawsuit, as filed, did not
show valid reasons why the newspaper
should be sued. Superior Court Judge Ira
L. Brown twice had ordered the litigants,
officers Holly C. Pera and Corbett Dickey,
to amend the complaint.
The deadline for amending the lawsuit
the second time passed without the
ammendment being made. Therefore the
case was to be dropped automatically,
although the judge's decision could be
Janice Musante, attorney for the officers, said, "We have tentatively decided
not to appeal."
The two police officers claimed they
were libeled in a B.A.R. article that
described a meeting ofthe Alice B. Toklas
Democratic Club, where allegations of
police brutalitay against gay people were
discussed. Pera and Dickey were specifically named at the meeting and in the
The 138-foot-high tower of a radio station
operated by the Rev. Jerry Falwell collapsed when vandals cut its support wires,
station officials said.
This is according to a report from Associated Press.
Jerry Edwards, director of operations
said station WRVL-FM went off the air at
1:48 a.m. May 31, AP reported.
It was reported that the station had
created controversy in the area because its
signal interferes with television reception
in a number of homes.
Asked about the tower collapse, Falwell
was quoted, "Well, obviously there are
those persons committed to preventing a
24-hour Christian radio station from
broadcasting in the central Virginia area.
AP reported that Falwell said the station had "tried very hard to work to cure
the problem" of interference. But some
people "simply oppose the station because
it represents the Gospel, Thomas Road
Baptist Church and Jerry Falwell."
"We're not accusing anybody of anything, but children didn't do this." Falwell
was quoted. "It was obviously well
planned and calculated."
The Amherst County Sheriffs Department said it was investigating the incident, and Falwell said the FBI had been
called in, AP reported.
Pacific News Service
The Air Force will have to stop flying on a
wing and a prayer, if atheist leader
Madalyn Murray O'Hair has her way.
O'Hair's latest crusade is against military chaplains, whose government paychecks, she says, violate the separation of
church and state.
O'Hair, who unsuccessfully tried to get
Congress to fire its own chaplains, says
the military should depend on off-base
To fuel her fight, O'Hair has asked military officials to open the books and reveal
how much they've spent on religious programs over the last 50 years.
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