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Syracuse Herald-Journal (Newspaper) - March 6, 1985, Syracuse, New York HOT FROM THE TROPICS A fashion Dl COP NEARBY DURING RAPE Police patrol garage Bl ORANGEMEN NIP HEELS overtime win a Cl SYRACUSE VOL NO 32.442 WEDNESDAY MARCH METRO EDITION 1985 The Herald Company 25 cents Pentagon cracks down on contractor Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON The Pentagon suspended payments Tuesday for general and administrative expenses of the General Dynamics Corp as part of a crackdown on Defense Department con- tractors who the government for cor- trips or fees Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger unveiled the new policy in a speech at the American Legion convention here He said suspension of the payments will last for 30 days while the government tries to determine whether General Dynamics one of the nation's largest defense con- tractors hid corporate trips and other ex- penses in its weapons contracts On a broader scale Weinberger also re- that the military will order a re- view of interim billings by all major de- fense contractors Moreover he said that the Pentagon will start requiring all contractors to under penally of perjury that their claims do not include any expenses for political entertainment or other expenses not made directly to benefit of the ment and required for the performance of the contract involved The Pentagon billed Weinberger's re- marks as part of a new get tough policy It comes after years of reports of and allegations about improper payments to General Dynamics These included con- gressional hearings last week that re- such contract items as a for to cover fees and to pay the travel costs of a rate official who wanted to visit a friend in the National Guard A Pentagon spokesman later said that the department found the congressional testimony and that some of the expenses might involve criminal lations that would be referred to the tice Department Nonetheless in a statement later the same day General Dynamics said the ex- penses involved million a month by the Pentagon's estimate account for only 8 percent of its total billings to the government Weinberger chose to unveil his new icy as the Senate Budget took up the fiscal 1986 defense budget which many senators want to cut or freeze be- cause of waste and fraud in the thousands of contracts that flow through the ment Indeed the defense chief even coupled his announcement with u statement that congressional efforts to save money liy stretching out defense contract ments was an even bigger problem by defense contractors General Dynamics which has maior contracts on the Trident submarine he M-l lank the aircraft the cruise sile and many other weapons says it is confident that it will be cleared of any wrongdoing I CONTRACTORS Page A7 Victim was beautiful had no enemies mother-in-law says No suspects in slaying of woman By Erik Kriss mid Gary Kane Staff Writers City police were questioning people again trying lo discover who tied up and killed a woman in her ransacked apartment off Teall Avenue The body of Meadow of 114 ham Road Apartment was found fully clothed and lying in her Rugby Square apartment at about p.m Syracuse police investigators said Police have no suspect said spokesman Rod Carr He said police were trying to de- termine today if anything was taken from the apartment Investigators said they are not looking for a gun or knife but declined to comment on how Meadow was killed A police source said no signs of sexual con- tact were immediately found The source said Meadow was found in a hallway be- tween a living room and bedroom with her arms tied behind her back Several people including Meadow's band and sisler were questioned Tuesday night as police looked for leads in the ing Building superintendent Michael Zimmer who found Meadow's body when asked to check on her by a concerned friend refused to comment Another apartment complex employee John Poorman who entered the apartment with Zimmer also would not dis- cuss the case District Attorney Richard A Hennessy Jr and Syracuse Police Chief Thomas J dino would provide few details Sardino said he wanl to jeopardize his department's investigation by releasing details The chief said the death was a homicide but the cause of death was not obvious to me SLAVING Page A6 photo by Susan steinkamp Discussing the case at the door to one of the Rugby Square apartment buildings are Capt Walter Sloan Chief Thomas Sardino Lt Richard Walsh and Rod Carr all of the city police department Reagan veto of farm likely wire services WASHINGTON President Reagan was expected to a farm bailout today after Ihc measure passed both houses of Congress White House spokesman Larry Speakes said Reagan would in all probability act very quickly once ho receives Democrats were unwilling to let the die quietly Led by Rep Tom Daschle they a mock mony at noon on the west front of the Capitol and a march to yette Square across from the White House Reagan's hand was ened Tuesday as debt relief was rushed through the House 168 45 short of the two-thirds needed to override a veto The winning side lost 63 votes from last week's 103 vote There never were sufficient voles in the Senate where a key vote of lasl week was 10 votes shorl of the needed The hill to set up fast cash to help farmers pay spring planting costs would provide up to in loans per farmer this spring rather than next fall To liberalise administration's debt restructuring plan it also would offer million in interest subsidies for an estimated billion in federally guaranteed farm loans The measure was at- lo a million African famine relief Republicans triggered vote erosion Tuesday when they ob- to strategy last week by House Democratic leaders to tle the House and quickly pass a Senate to bypass a conference wilh Senate to settle ences FARM Page A7 GOP panel rejects Pentagon buildup Florida electrocutes killer of boy STARKE Fia AP Former choirboy Johnny Paul Witt was executed today in Florida's tric chair for killing an boy he and another man then sex- abused and mutilated Witt 42 convicted for the fatal assault on the son of a University of South Florida professor died at He was the 12th man put to death in the state's electric chair since capital punishment was stated by the U.S Supreme Court in 1976 and the inmate in the nation since then Department of Corrections spokesman Vernon Bradford said Witt requested no final meal but added he was given an omelet rolls and coffee before being taken from his holding cell to the nearby oak electric chair He kind of nibbled at the omelet Bradford said Late Tuesday the U.S Supreme Court voted to reject an gency appeal aimed at temporarily sparing Witt's life As Witt was led into the death chamber at the Florida State Prison at he stared at the 40 witnesses seated behind a glass He sighed heavily when into the chair Asked if he had any last words Will mumbled No 1 don't have chewing on his lip As the two-minute jolt of volts was applied his body jerked upward and the color faded slowly from his balled hands Witt's only visitor Tuesday night was his mother Dorothy Wilt of Knoxville Tenn Bradford said she met with her son for nearly four hours during his last day in con- tact and visits Witt's mother repeatedly had written officials seeking clemency for her son She said he was un- happy for much of his life and was told by his father that he was no good and would never amount to anything She said he had sung solos in church when he was young Stunning defeat for Reagan Weinberger Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON The Senate Budget Committee rebelled Tuesday continuing President gan's military buildup and voted overwhelmingly to freeze the growth of defense spending in cal 1986 The vote was a stunning de- feat for Reagan and Defense tary Caspar Weinberger who have resisted to trim the president's request for 6 percent growth after accounting for inflation Instead of giving Reagan what he wanted or even half of his re- quest approved a proposal by Sen Ernest Hollings to freeze 1986 spending after allowing for growth because of and to allow 3 percent increases in next two years The vote came after several ators criticized Defense De- for wasle and ciency and lhat restraining the military buildup was the key to pulling logether a tion package The action was far from Ihc final one on defense Changes can be made in Budget Committee and on the Senate floor and the While House is certain to keep pushing on issue But the depth of support for the freeze indicated Reagan's days of gelling everything he wants for his defense buildup may be over Clear ZIGGY Clouding up Thursday High 45 low 15 A2 Today's features Business Case Dick Classifieds Comics Editorials Entertainment Features Ganley Joe Lottery winners Obituaries People Sports Television C6 B1 C9 AID B7 01 A8 A2 C1 Today's chuckle The problem with most self-made men is thai worship creators Falling rock zone Police survey the mountainous wreckage of granite boulders the size of boxcars that tumbled down onto two tunnels on Inter- state -10 in western North lina Tuesday Highway officials said the rocks will have to be blasted out piece by piece to clear the tunnels About 30.000 cubic yards of rock sheared off a cliff face Tuesday morning and crushed the westbound shaft of an Interstate 10 tunnel in the Great Smoky Mountains about four miles from the Tennessee line and 50 miles west of ville Roth lanes on the east end of the tunnel were blocked by the rock Damage was placed at million UPI
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