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Harvard Scholar Detained, Expelled by Chinese Police

Los Angeles Times

BEIJING

Chinese police detained Harvard scholar Ross Terrill shortly after midnight Wednesday, then expelled him to Hong Kong for his involvement with the dissident former student leader Shen Tong.

Shen, the first exiled pro-democracy leader to return to China since the 1989 crackdown on that year's Tiananmen Square protests, was detained in Beijing early Tuesday, a few hours before he planned to speak at a news conference. He was apparently still in police custody late Wednesday evening, along with two other dissidents detained with him, Qi Dafeng and Qian Liyun.

Shen, 24, is a graduate student at Boston University and chairman of the U.S.-based Democracy for China Fund. Qi is a student leader from Tianjin who was imprisoned for 20 months for his role in the 1989 protests, and Qian is the wife of exiled student leader Xiong Yan, who now is in the United States.

Shen's mother, Li Yixian, 51, said that she visited police offices Tuesday in an attempt to see her son.

"I told them that I had the right to see Shen Tong, and that they had the duty to tell me why he was being held," Li said. "The police ignored me. They refused to let me see Shen Tong, to tell me where he was being held or to answer any of my questions."

Authorities Tuesday expelled to Hong Kong two Paris-based French journalists who were detained with the three Chinese. Christopher Nick, a writer for the magazine Actuel, and free-lancer Pascal Giret had traveled with Shen after his arrival in China about a month ago.

Terrill, a well-known author of books on China who is a research fellow at the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University, is a friend of Shen and adviser to the Democracy for China Fund. He came to Beijing at Shen's request, he said. After Shen was detained, Terrill gave reporters copies of the statement Shen had intended to make at his planned news conference.

Gay Magazines Consider `Outing' Gay-Bashing Republicans

Newsday

In an election battle where the words "family values" have become the ammunition of choice, two gay-oriented magazines are considering exposing some key Republican officials as homosexuals.

Prompted by what they say is ugly gay-bashing by Republicans, The Advocate and QW have named in the last two weeks three Republicans as gay: a conservative Southern congressman, a longtime speech writer and the son of a conservative activist.

But depending on the tone of Republican campaign, they might only have just begun, QW editor Maer Roshan said Tuesday, contending that the magazine was sitting on "eight or nine names" of officials they believed were homosexual, all of which were "people in policy-making areas.

"If this continues, the gay-bashing, in the next few weeks, we'll start with people who are most noxious and work our way down: people both in the administration and also elected officials," Roshan said.

QW, a weekly New York-based magazine, has "outed" high-profile Republicans in each of the last two issues in response, Roshan said, to a strong tone against homosexual rights at the Republican convention two weeks ago.

And in an editorial in QW's Sept. 6 issue, the magazine says that "We too, like a certain senator who tyrannized Americans almost 40 years ago, have a list. ... If we are driven by this war to go public, to name names, we will."

The congressman has publicly denied that he is homosexual. The speech writer and activist's son have refused comment.

Advocate editor Jeff Yarbrough took a more cautious approach. He said he felt uncomfortable using the contentious practice of "outing," and that he regarded it as a last-resort tactic for times of "political necessity." The magazine nevertheless circulated pre-publication copies this week of its next cover story, an extensive piece entitled: "The Outing of a Family Values Congressman."

"We're aware of other elected national officials," Yarbrough said. "There are elected officials out there who are actively engaging in negative voting records who are gay and lesbian. Those are the people we are investigating."

The practice of exposing people's sexual preferences has been one of the most controversial issues dividing the gay press. Several, including the Advocate, have taken strong positions in the past against "outing," saying that the kind of witch hunt it provokes runs counter to gay organizations' fight for sexual privacy.

Weather

Damp Weather Ahead

By Michael Morgan
Staff Meteorologist

Rain and rain showers will be arriving from the west this afternoon. The heaviest rain will fall to our west and north. Clearing will begin by midday Friday after a cold front crosses the area.

Today: Clouding up with rain showers arriving late. Winds south at 10 mph (16 kph). High 75F (24C).

Tonight: Cloudy and mild with rain and rain showers. Low 65F (18C). Winds south at 10-15 mph (16-24 kph).

Tomorrow: Clearing by afternoon. Winds shifting to the northwest at 7-15 mph (11-24 kph). High 79F (26C). Low 60F (16C).

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 75-80F<\p>(25C). Low 60F (16C).