The Press: Punishment for the Star

Convicted in federal court six months ago on criminal charges of "monopolizing . . . the dissemination of news and advertising" in the Kansas City area (TIME, March 7), the Kansas City Star last week got its punishment. Federal Judge Richard M. Duncan fined the paper $5,000 and also fined Advertising Director Emil A. Sees $2,500 for attempting to monopolize. A companion civil suit, still pending, seeks to force the Star Co. to divorce its radio-TV station, WDAF, from its newspapers and to split up the evening Star and its morning sister, the Times, into two separate papers as far as...

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