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April 25, 1991

Olson ready to sue:

Boston Herald sportswriter Lisa Olson is going to court.

According to National Football League sources, Olson is ready to file suit against the New England Patriots, owner Victor Kiam, former general manager Pat Sullivan and former public relations director Jimmy Oldham, along with three players.

The players were fined by the NFL for the Sept. 17 locker room incident where Olson alleged she was sexually harassed by tight end Zeke Mowatt, running back Robert Perryman and wide receiver Michael Timpson.

Mowatt was fined $12,500 by NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Perryman, now with Denver, and Timpson were fined $5,000 each. Mowatt and Perryman are still waiting for an appeal before Tagliabue. Timpson, still maintaining his innocence, paid the fine last week, saying he wanted to get it all behind him and go forward with his career.

From what people in the NFL were told yesterday, Olson's suit will allege she was sexually harassed, had her civil rights violated, suffered intentional infliction of emotional stress and suffered interference with advantageous relationships.

Two journalists with the Colombian newspaper El Espectador, long a target of violence for its anti-drug crusades, were ambushed and killed by machine-gun fire while working on a story north of the capital, the newspaper reported.

Photographer Jorge Enrique Torres Navas and editor Julio Daniel Chaparro were in Segovia, 170 miles north of Bogota, working on a story about violence when four men surprised them in the street, the Bogota newspaper said.

The assailants in last night's attack have not been identified.

The publisher of El Espectador, Guillermo Cano, led the paper's strong anti-drug stance until his 1986 assassination by gunmen hired by drug traffickers.

At least 45 employees of Colombia's news media have been killed in the past decade in violence blamed on drug traffickers or terrorists.

Press awards:


CNN correspondent Peter Arnett received the President's Award at Tuesday's 52nd Annual Overseas Press Club Awards in New York. He won for his international reporting career, which was capped by his reporting from Baghdad, Iraq, during the Persian Gulf war.

CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, captured by the Iraqis and held for weeks during the war, was also honored at the ceremony. Five other journalists received awards for their work during the gulf war.

Spanish paper thriving:

El Diario-La Prensa, a New York City Spanish-language tabloid, is enjoying success that others in Gotham aren't: It's advertising revenues are up and its circulation is growing despite the recession.

One reason for El Diario's growth -- it is the largest Spanish-language daily in New York City -- is a furious expansion of the Spanish-speaking market. In New York City alone, the 1990 census found that the number of people identifying themselves as Hispanic rose 18.8 percent over the 1980s, to 1.7 million. And, despite a 10-cent price increase to 45 cents a copy, El Diario's weekday circulation grew 8 percent, to an average of 57,099, according to Audit Bureau of Circulations figures for the six months ended Sept. 30. In addition, El Diario's advertising revenues rose 19.7 percent in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, the paper's executives said.

Post reporter appeals:

Washington Post reporter Linda Wheeler remains free while an appeals court decides whether she must go to jail for contempt of court for refusing to identify a news source.

"We're happy she's not in jail," Post Managing Editor Leonard Downie said yesterday after the District of Columbia Court of Appeals delayed a judge's order that she be jailed. It gave lawyers until tomorrow to submit papers for a hearing.

Wheeler cited the First Amendment in repeatedly refusing to identify the source who gave her a confidential police handbook. D.C. Superior Court Judge Richard A. Levie ordered her to answer the questions, based on his ruling Monday that she waived any right to keep her source confidential by revealing the name to two other people.

Veteran television news correspondent Eric Sevareid says the rich really are different than the rest of us.

"Fitzgerald was right and Hemingway wrong," he says in an upcoming segment of American Public Radio's Marketplace series.

"The rich are different. For one thing, they are never in a hurry; somebody is always waiting for them or upon them. And while money doesn't mean happiness, it does mean you can be unhappy in comfort."

OC The program recently hired Sevareid, 78, to deliver commentary.

Spanish-language potential:

Despite the recession, the publishers of a New York City tabloid have seen their newspaper's circulation grow.

The difference is one of language. Amid doubts that any newspaper can dodge the impact of a faltering retail economy, the men who run El Diario-La Prensa, New York City's largest Spanish-language paper, believe it is a life-saving distinction.

So far, the paper is reaping the benefits of that distinction. In the six months ended Sept. 30, the most recent period in which Audit Bureau of Circulations figures are available, El Diario's weekday circulation grew 8 percent, to an average of 57,099. The gains came despite a 10-cent price increase to 45 cents a copy.

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