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Joseph W. Cherner, a young Wall Street broker who says he believes children should understand the dangers of smoking before they take up the habit, has pledged to underwrite the costs of an anti-smoking contest in the New York City public schools.

"I just think cigarette companies are abusing children and legally getting away with murder," said Mr. Cherner, 29, a broker with Kidder, Peabody & Company.

Students who submit an anti-smoking advertisement in the form of a poster, cassette, or videotape will be eligible to win one of 17 college-education bonds ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. A cash prize will be awarded to every school that submits at least 100 entries. Winners will be announced in January.

Mr. Cherner will make visits to city schools next month with several celebrities and victims of smoking-related diseases to urge children not to smoke.

A suburban Chicago high-school teacher is getting a chance to fulfill what he says is a lifelong dream: playing wide receiver for the Chicago Bears.

Todd Black, a 22-year-old physical-edu6cation teacher and diving coach at Oak Park-River Forest High School, was among the players substituting for striking members of the National Football League Players Association on Oct. 4.

Mr. Clark, who is in his first semester of teaching, received an indefinite leave of absence to join the Bears while the strike is in progress. Teachers at the school are not members of a union.

Mr. Clark did not catch any passes in the Bears' 35-3 win over Philadelphia.

June Gabler, president of the American Association of School Administrators, has survived an attempt by the Fort Dodge, Iowa, school board to remove her as superintendent of the city's schools.

The board voted 4 to 3 to cancel termination proceedings against Ms. Gabler on Sept. 30. Board members had alleged that the superintendent acted unprofessionally, ignored board directives, and used school employees in her campaign to head aasa

Barry Stein, the board's lawyer, said the turnaround occurred, in part, because two members who voted to start proceedings against Ms. Gabler in June have since been replaced, and a third changed his mind.

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