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James Hoge, publisher of the strikebound Daily News, said Sunday he favored the appointment of a federal mediator to force both sides toward a settlement of the nearly 2-month-old strike.

"What we are in favor of is a very high-powered, super mediator . . . to come in and knock everybody's heads together," he said on WCBS-TV's "Sunday Edition." He called on the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to appoint one.

Appearing later on the same program, Barry Lipton, Newspaper Guild president, said, "We're willing to consider anything that will bring about a fair and equitable settlement."

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