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Here's what newspapers around the nation are saying:

The New York Times

DISCONTENT: Amid growing public and political discontent over the amount of sex and violence on television, the four broadcast networks are now moving to establish their own ratings system, much as the Motion Picture Association of American years ago developed one for movies. This new willingness on the part of the networks to . . . help guide parents in choosing shows for their children is welcome. . . . If the networks . . . proceed carefully, they should be able to devise a system that serves the public interest without violating the free speech safeguards of the constitution. . . . The new bill also requires new television sets to come equipped with . . . a V-chip that will allow viewers to block programs bearing codes indicating potentially offensive material. But (the FCC) should not rush to embrace still-evolving technology. The best approach would . . . enable distinctions between, say, the historically accurate violence of "Schindler's List" and wanton mayhem . . . .

The Toledo Blade

EXPLAIN FLAP: One would think the GOP candidates for president are running for the job of heading up a supermarket chain. How else can one explain the flap over whether Lamar Alexander . . . knows the price of a gallon of milk or a dozen eggs? To put this little bit of political farce into context, it must be remembered that four years ago President Bush was ridiculed when it appeared he had no idea of the mechanics of supermarket check-out counters . . . . He was thought to lack the common touch - which should have been fairly obvious, anyway. Alexander's opponents jumped on this (latest) episode to charge that he, too, lacks the common touch. It might save time to stipulate most presidential candidates are wealthy enough . . . to avoid having to do the family grocery shopping.

Los Angeles Times

LABOR LAWS: Garment manufacturers who violate labor laws typically do so by paying less than minimum wage and not paying overtime. But last week's raid on a firm in Irvine (Calif.) turned up what federal and state agents said was a . . . potentially life-threatening, situation. Hi-Tech Expression allegedly locked its employees inside a windowless room from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. . . . Numerous cases in recent years have found safety violations by firms that cut corners . . . The garment manufacturers cited for violations of safety and labor laws usually have employed immigrants, men and women sometimes unfamiliar with U.S. law or desperate to earn even meager wages. For all our praise of American as a land if immigrants, exploitation of newcomers has been a too-frequent phenomenon.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

OPPONENT: Boxer Tommy Morrison could beat heavyweight George Foreman, but the virus that causes AIDS was an opponent he couldn't shake. He learned he was HIV-positive before a bout scheduled last weekend in Las Vegas. On Thursday, he had good advice for anyone else who might think he is immune. Once called a "bimbo magnet," Morrison candidly talked of his "permissive, fast, reckless lifestyle." He never considered AIDS: "I thought this would be contracted by addicts who shared needles, and homosexuals. I was sure I had a better chance of winning the lottery than contracting this disease. I've never been so wrong in my life." He urged his young fans to see him not as a role model but as someone "who had the opportunity to be a role model, but blew it. Blew it with irresponsible, irrational, immature decisions." If he can get that message across, he may yet be a winner.