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New Mexican (Newspaper) - April 30, 1984, Santa Fe, New Mexico Boston Bird fly by Knicks IP 4 Y Democrats hit Tennessee PACs can spend spend FIRST STATE I Copyright 1984 The New Mexican Inc Santa Fe Monday April News in Brief In our continuing effort to improve the newspaper we have adopted a typeface for our headlines that is bolder and easier to read We hope the change is one that makes it easier for our readers to quickly select the stories of the greatest interest Nation Bank on trial PORTLAND Ore AP In a case that could affect how banks nationwide set their prime lending rate a federal jury will be asked to decide whether First Interstate Bank of Oregon conspired with other Western banks to fix their prime rates The trial beginning today is the first of four that will consider allegations involving the prime rate in several lawsuits that have been consolidated against First Interstate Other allegations include that the bank announced one prime rate but charged a lower rate to certain favored customers The prime rate is traditionally defined as the most favorable interest rate available to a banks most creditworthy commercial bor rowers Home sales off WASHINGTON AP Sales of new homes led by a sharp drop in the South declined percent in March the government reported today The joint report by the Commerce Depart ment and the Department of Housing and Ur ban Development put sales of new single family homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of in March compared to in February World Two climbers perish KATMANDU Nepal AP Two French men from an expedition to An were killed by an avalanche while bivouaced at feet a spokesman for Tourism Ministry said today The spokesman said Phillippe Dumas 32 of Paris and Patrick 27 of La Ra voire died April 11 Following the accident the remaining members of the team decided to abandon the expedition up the peak the ninth highest in the world was first scaled in 1950 by two Frenchmen Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal Tremors shake Italy PERUGIA Italy AP Mild tremors rolled through parts of central Italy today a day after a sharp earthquake injured about 100 people and left people temporarily homeless officials said No deaths resulted from the quake that jolt ed 30 towns Sunday morning and was felt in Rome Florence and Naples Civil defense officials rushed tents and campers to the stricken area about 90 miles north of Rome and authorities said no one went without shelter Electricity and telephone lines were knocked out in the areas and there was great said a police officer in Gubbio who declined to be identified Weather Index The New Mexican 135Ui Year Issue Two sections 18 pages Classified Sports World Light winds and partly cloudy skies with isolated showers are forecast for the Santa Fe Los Alamos area through Tuesday The National Weather Service predicts highs near 60 and lows near 32 for the area Santa Fe skies should start to clear Wednesday the weather service said Please see details on Page A3 A Gannett Newspaper Reagan ends trip with tour democracy to throngs KILLER TORNADO A 13yearold boy took this photograph from his home in Wales Wis The boy just released the film although the tornado touched down Friday killing one woman Please see a wrapup of the nations weather on Page A9 SHANGHAI China AP As Chi nas leaders prepared to honor Josef Stalin and other communist heroes President Reagan today quoted the Declaration of Independence to a Chinese audience and declared Americans love We believe in the dignity of each man woman and Reagan told about 500 students in a speech during a visit to Fudan University in this city of 12 million people Reagan was greeted by the largest crowds of his visit to China as his motorcade made the jour ney from his hotel in downtown Shanghai one of the most populous cities in the world to the university People on their first day of a May Day holiday jammed sidewalks on both sides of the street in the downtown area and on many side streets they lined up as far as a block from the presidents route The crowds were still there when the president returned two hours lat er White House spokesman Larry Speakes said Shanghai police told the Secret Service more than one million people may have seen the presidents motorcade The spokesman told re porters the president was amazed by the size of the welcoming crowd which Speakes called perhaps the largest Reagan had ever witnessed during a motorcade Our entire system is founded on an appreciation of the special genius of each individual and of his spe cial right to make his own decisions and lead his own Reagan told the students in a country where the right of dissent is virtually tent We are free to disagree among ourselves and we Introduced by university President Xie a graduate of Smith Col lege and the Massachusetts Institute Df Technology Reagan addressed an audience whose members generally spoke at least some English and were given a written Chinese translation of his text Earlier during a visit to a class room Reagan was asked by a stu dent what aspect of his college life 50 years ago had been most helpful aft His interest in athletics helped get him a job as a radio sports er the president said but his studies of economics and his interest in stu dent drama are helpful in his present job Youd be surprised how much being a good actor said the Hollywood movie star turned politi cian Indicators show economic downturn WASHINGTON AP The gov main forecasting gauge of future economic activity dropped percent in March the first decline in 19 months the government reported today in a further signal that eco nomic growth is headed sharply low er The Commerce Department re ported that its Index of Leading Indi cators fell for the first time since a small percent decline in August 1982 during the depths of the reces Pitching in for hunger The New Mexican photographer participated in theSan ta Fe Hunger Walk on Sunday Here is his story By ENGLEY The New Mexican Staff It is late Sunday evening and I am tired My legs ache and my feet are sore but I walked 10 miles today and I feel good about that I was one of more than 600 people who completed a 10 mile circuit of the city Sunday after noon in the Santa Fe Hunger Walk to raise money to fight hunger here and around the world In the news business the best sto ries are the emotional ones the homeless refugees the war the senseless murder We photo graph them and write about them to inform our readers and touch their hearts and then we go home to our families and our tennis and our tele vision And we do our best to forget about the problem and pick up our lives where they were before we went to work that morning We try not to get involved Its difficult but we usually suc ceed Tomorrow brings more stories more deadlines The heartbreakers get placed in your clip file the refu gees leave town and are not seen again The fact of the matter is there usu ally is not much we can do We can grieve with a victims family pro vide a warm jacket for the refugee passing through But what more Well the Hunger Walk was some thing I could do I could get pledges from the people in the newsroom and walk with my family and earn a little money that would help someone There probably were 600 reasons that people walked Sunday Young Aaron Girdner rubbed his sore feet after the walk and said he did it to help Tracy Brett of St Michaels High School said I thought it was a good Since then inc oc is to predict economic activity six to nine months ahead has been on a steady upward roll as the nation re covered from the worst recession since World War II The March decline followed a strong percent rise in February which was revised from an originally reported percent increase In Jan uary the index rose a revised per cent Many economists had predicted the index would drop in March be cause of a string of reports showing much weaker business activity dur ing the month Housing starts plum meted percent the steepest de cline on record retail sales were off percent and unemployment showed no improvement for the first time in six months Analysts said this first decline in the leading index was a further sign that the economy is headed into a pe riod of lower growth The economy grew at a surprising ly strong percent rate in the first three months of the year up from 5 percent in the fourth quarter of 1983 However most economists are predicting growth for the rest of the year will hover around 3 percent or lower As yet no economists are predicting a recession for 1984 al though some are raising warning flags for next year The index began its upward climb in September 1982 two months be fore the country hit the lowpoint of the recession that November Aaron Girdner of Santa Fe attends to his feet after finishing Sundays 10mile Santa Fe Hunger Walk cause We have everything we want to eat here and all those people in Africa and around the world Santa Fe dentist Colin Glenn and his wife Karen went to Honduras last year to run missionary dental clinics for people who go through life hun gry All the people they saw said the Glenns would be considered serious ly ill if they lived in the United States See HUNGER on Page A9 Pojoaque wins national title in chess match By WILLIAM ACH The New Mexican Staff The Pojoaque Elementary School chess team won the Nation al Elementary School Chess Cham on Sunday in Syracuse The team led by the elementary school chess player in the United States beat out Pu laski Middle School Pulaski hi the final round of the tournament In a cliffhanger team captain and ranked Andy Fisher 12 beat his opponent in the final match A loss would have put Pojoaque in second place We never never had the feeling that we were going to win for Robert Fisher chess team coach said from Syracuse this morning It was terrible pressure on the said Fisher a Los Alamos National Laboratory laser physi cist It was two days of hard work Theyre said Fisher of the team members aged 10 to 12 Theyre heroes The team is scheduled to arrive at Albuquerque International Air port at tonight where theyll be met by groups of parents There were nearly 400 partici pants in the tournament held at Pine Grove Junior High School in Syracuse Third place was won by Public School 27 Indianapolis Indiana and fourth was taken by Hunter College School from New York City Hunter is a school for gifted chil dren and was expected by many to take top honors in the tournament said Coach Fisher so it came as a surprise when a team from a small school in northern New Mexico blew them off the map See CHESS on Page A9
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