- The Washington Times - Monday, October 30, 2000

Ad actors agree to end walkout

LOS ANGELES Representatives of television and radio actors who have been on strike against advertisers have voted to end a six-month walkout, the longest talent strike in Hollywood history, clearing the way for production crews to begin work today.

A joint board of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) issued a statement late Saturday recommending that members accept a tentative three-year contract reached last week with advertisers.

Under the proposed contract, advertisers agreed to continue paying residuals to actors for commercials airing on network television, while the unions backed off from demanding that residual payments be expanded to commercials shown on cable TV.

Survey finds blacks pulled over more

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Black drivers are pulled over by Louisville police at almost twice the rate of white drivers, a study published yesterday found.

In a survey of more than 1,600 police reports over the past year, the Courier-Journal newspaper found that 44 percent of the drivers who were stopped and checked for warrants were black. The newspaper said that equates to one out of every 75 blacks old enough to drive being pulled over, in comparison to one out of every 163 whites of driving age.

"The imbalance was largely a result of a disproportionately high percentage of blacks being stopped in [sections of the city] which are predominantly white," the newspaper said.

Police Chief Greg Smith challenged the survey's methods and said he would begin his own study of the traffic stops in January. Chief Smith said that while he did not believe his officers engaged in racial profiling, there may have been exceptions.

"I know these officers. I'm not going to sit here and tell you we don't have some that I wouldn't question," he said.

Hospital to release Liza Minnelli

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Liza Minnelli was to be released yesterday from a hospital where she has been recovering from viral encephalitis, her publicist said yesterday.

The 54-year-old singer was hospitalized about three weeks ago after contracting the disease, a potentially deadly inflammation of the brain that had left her in serious condition.

Publicist Michael Hartman said yesterday that Miss Minnelli is "still a little weak but feeling well enough to go home."

"She will spend the next few months recovering from home with attendants," he said.

Striking teachers resume talks

PHILADELPHIA School negotiators resumed talks with striking teachers yesterday, hoping to end a walkout before today, when more than 210,000 students could be left without classes to attend.

Thousands of teachers in the nation's seventh-largest school district went on strike at the end of the school day Friday after the two sides failed to reach a contract agreement. Union leaders met with Mayor John F. Street for several hours Saturday.

"I cannot in all good conscience say we made a lot of progress, but we're talking," Mr. Street said.

Negotiators for the two sides met again yesterday afternoon to try to resolve their differences, particularly a dispute over how much time should be added to the school day without additional pay for teachers.

Police chief shot, suffers minor injuries

MADISON, Neb. A police chief was attacked with a crowbar and shot Sunday but escaped with minor injuries.

Chief James Louden was investigating a possible break-in at a car wash in this east-central Nebraska town when he was attacked by a man who struck him in the arm and then shot him in the chest. He was wearing a bulletproof vest.

Chief Louden returned fire, but the attacker escaped. The officer was treated at a hospital and released.

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