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THE SEATTLE TIMES WINS PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD FROM AP MANAGING EDITORS

 SEATTLE, Nov. 30 ~PRNewswire~ -- The Associated Press Managing Editors association presented its 1992 Public Service Award to The Seattle Times for its investigation and reporting of sexual abuse and rape accusations against U.S. Senator Brock Adams, D-Wash., the Times said today.
 The Times won in the 50,000-and-over circulation category.
 The articles, published March 1, were reported and written by Times staff reporters Susan Gilmore, Eric Nalder and Eric Pryne, and Times City Editor David Boardman. Adams immediately withdrew from his campaign for re-election following publication.
 The newspaper printed the allegations without identifying the eight women, a decision criticized by Adams, some media critics and some readers. The women said they were fearful of being thrust into the public spotlight, but all eight signed statements attesting to the truth of their stories, and acknowledging they could be required to testify in court should Adams sue The Times.
 The article followed a 3-1~2 year investigation when Kari Tupper, a former congressional aide and a family friend of Adams, publicly claimed that the senator had drugged and molested her at his Washington, D.C. home in 1987. Adams denied Tupper's accusation and no criminal charges were filed. But after her story was made public in September 1988, other people contacted The Times, saying they had information or personal experiences to suggest Tupper was telling the truth.
 Finalists in the Times' category included The Dallas Morning News, the Kansas City (Mo.) Star, the Los Angeles Times, The Lexington (Ky.) Herald Leader, The Miami Herald, Newsday of Long Island (N.Y.), the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Tribune of Oakland, Calif., and The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel.
 The Seattle Times is an independent, privately and locally owned newspaper.
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 ~CONTACT: Frances C. Malone of The Seattle Times, 206-464-2346~


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