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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - June 16, 1987, Kokomo, Indiana Local area A mobile command center to be used by local agencies during disasters may sound like a good idea but not for this year Story on Page 2 Naomi G Lorent was named Older Hoosier of the Year at the annual banquet of the Older Hoosier of the Month program at Americana Healthcare Center Story and photo on Page 2 State Indiana Bell proposes changes in some of its rates in a petition filed Monday with the state Public Service Commission Story on Nation President Reagans address to the nation in which he denied leaving the Venice summit emp tyhanded and accused Congress of hampering world economic progress may have failed to regain momentum for the presi dent Senate Republican leader Robert Dole said today Story on Page 10 People Sports KOKOM Vol 137 No 284 5 sections Kokomo Ind IBUNE Tuesday June 16 1987 1987 30C3T productivity gains top com petition Pat DiSalvos been to the Mens Fashion Association press preview at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye Brook And shes got a report on the fall looks for men Story on Page 13 The state conventions of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and its ladies auxiliary ended in Kokomo over the weekend with the in stallation of state officers for the coming year Story on Page 13 Michael Spinks answered ques tions about his credentials as a heavyweight the best way any heavyweight can with power punching against the power pun cher of yesterday Now he must do it again against the power puncher of today If he succeeds in that there will be no disputing his claim as world champion Story and photo on Page 15 Index Classified Local Markets news of The The 7 The 10 Vital To subscribers In case of nondelivery of your Tribune first call your carrier If further assistance is needed call the circulation office at 4563821 Tipton subscribers call 800 3820695 before 6 Monday through Friday and before 10 Saturday and Sunday Touch of wit Our survey shows that of doctors stranded in the mid dle of nowhere would prefer a rescue helicopter to any brand of aspirin Very warm Weather Tonight mostly clear and mild Wednesday mostly sunny and very warm Weather on Page 12 KOKOMO TRIBUNE Sell items priced under with a CLASSIFIED AD 3 Lines 3 Days Only No commercial ads please Dryer Cell OMOWO To get your ad started CALL CLASSIFIED 4543111 WASHINGTON AP Labor costs of manufacturers plum meted nearly 22 percent last year when compared with those of major industrial foreign competitors largely due to the declining dollar new government data shows But even minus the effects of the devalued dollar the United States outpaced all of its nine major competitors in the international market in both improving manufacturing productivity and keeping a lid on wages The percent increase in manufacturing efficiency in 1986 was more than twice the average improvement of major foreign producers the Bureau of Labor Statistics said in a report Monday comparing pro ductivity and labor cost trends of 10 countries It was the first time in the 37 years that the bureau has been making international comparisons that manufacturing productivity im provements outpaced those of all nine major foreign competitors Because productivity improvements are the ultimate source for in creases in real wages after inflation and a rising standard of living declining gains in the 1970s averaging onehalf to onethird the in creases of Japan and Western Europe became a source of major con cern There isnt a single statistic that alone measures a countrys com petitive posture but if there was one growth in productivity would come the Robert Ortner undersecretary of commerce said Monday Although less than the percent productivity increase of 1985 the improved efficiency of manufacturers in churning out goods last year outpaced gains of percent for Japan percent for Great Bri tain and percent of West Germany and France manufacturers increased hourly wages and benefits only percent the lowest of any of the 10 major industrial powers with labor costs for each item of goods produced in 1986 down by an average percent Gunman releases last of 3 hostages INDIANAPpLIS AP A 16 hour standoff in a downtown office building ended early today when a gunman who had been using am phetamines surrendered to police and released his girlfriend unharmed The woman identified as Kathy Hall emerged sobbing from the King Cole Building about Police said the gunman Stanley R Beatty 37 of Indianapolis was taken immediately to Wishard Memorial Hospital for observation because of the amphetamine use police said He wore white tennis shorts and a blue polo shirt Asked as he got into a squad car why he took his girlfriend and others hostage the man said Because I love Police said Beatty faces five counts of confinement with a deadly weapon one count of recklessness and one count of vio lating the state firearms statute Beatty is unemployed police said His attorney James Lowry of Danville said Beatty a native of Clinton is a construction worker The incident began shortly after 3 Monday when Beatty took Hall and two others hostage in an office on the top floor of the 10 story building Two of the women were released after 12 hours but Beatty con tinued to hold his girlfriend police said Police Chief Paul Annee said Beatty made unreasonable de mands including for each women released along with str ing helium and balloons rHe wanted the money put into the balloons and then to be releas ed to the citizens of the the chief said He later asked that his girlfriend be allowed to keep her job that he be confined to a jail other than in Marion or Hendricks county that he be allowed to make a statement to the media and that he be taken to a hospital However police said Beatty would be taken to the Marion County Jail and Lowry advised him against making a statement This situation started because of a domestic Police Chief Paul Annee said They have had an ongoing combatative violent relationship He claims to be madly in love with her Its one of those cant live with or cant live without affairs Time wore on him as it did on the chief said He wanted a way out and was constantly look ing for reassurance that she wouldnt be injured It was clear he was consider ing suicide in the beginning and then it became clear he was going to force us to kill him At several points in the evening we thought we were coming close to that lull ing rWe werent too compelled to get it done in a said An nee But we were prepared to go the other way Fortunately we never had to do that If he had been violent that decision might have had to be Released early today were Cheryl C Broadus and Beth Greene Annee said the two ap parently played on his sympathy and wore nun down In contrast hourly wages and unit labor costs measured in local cur rencies rose by percent and percent respectively in Japan percent and 5 percent in Great Britain percent and percent in West Germany and and percent in France But measured in dollar which fell sharply against major cur rencies labor costs last year skyrocketed nearly 43 percent in Japan 40 percent in West Germany 33 percent in France and 19 percent in Great Britain The exchange rate not productivity is what is determining our said Gordon Richards an economist for the National Association of Manufacturers Side by side there have been substantial increases in our produc Richards said citing the willingness of labor unions to swap pay concessions for job security in contrast to European unions But in terms of the effect on competitiveness its like comparing an elephant and a Since mid1965 the dollar has dropped more than 42 percent against the Japanese yen 38 percent against the German deutschemark percent against the British pound and about 32 percent against the French franc That devaluation has enabled manufacturers to bring labor cost increases over the past seven years into sync with those of Japan From 1979 through 1985 manufacturing labor costs rose 24 per cent while Japans fell 14 percent for each unit of output largely because of the rising value of the dollar in relation to the yen during that period Factoring in the 198586 devaluation of the dollar labor costs for both countries have increased a like 23 percent over the the past seven years The rising dollar really creamed said Frank Levy an economist at the University of America Now its turning around and not a moment too soon But theres a lot of inertia and these things dont happen in three The exchange rate not productivity is what is determining our competitiveness Gordon Richards Lower grade Kokomo pupils test average Roger Waggoner hatchery supervisor for Aquatic Con trol lifts net of splashing catfish Tribune photos by Brian Reynolds By Christine Davidson Tribune staff writer Related story Page 4 Eighteen percent of Kokomo Center School third sixth and eighthgrade pupils are eligi ble for remediation after taking a state competency test School of ficials also are looking into why sixthgrade pupils fared poorly on the Iowa Basic Skills and Com petency Test We are well above the national norm of the 50th percentile in almost all the Marilyn Skinner KokomoCenter assistant superintendent said of the Iowa scores at Monday nights school board meeting Results of the Iowa test given to pupils in first through seventh grades this past school year were reported in the areas of vocabu lary reading language and math This summer we will be look ing carefully to see if there are any areas we are not covering that we ought to be she said One of the things we have to look at is what are the abilities of the Skinner said The Iowa test KokomoCenter uses provides information on ex pected achievement for some grade levels in a manner some what related to the IQ she ex plained Skinner said special attention will be paid to math scores She added that a new math textbook was adopted but said she isnt sure if the way material was pre sented in the textbook related in any way to the scores Factors that may have con tributed to the scores she said are content of teaching materials instructional strategies and fluc tuation of the pupil population itself Well see if its a trend lower scores with all sixthgraders Skinner said In the Iowa test pupils scored higher than the national average in the language category Pupils in the first grade scored better than 66 percent of pupils national ly A high score more than 90 percent for secondgraders in the language category may be at tributed to the scoring of only one test spelling In the other grades the total language score is arrived at by weighing spelling capitalization punctuation and usage scores The state requires its own test for pupils in third sixthand eighthgrades Pupils who fall below state cutoff scores are eli gible to receive remedial instruc tion Of the pupils tested in grades three six and eight 320 or 18 percent are eligible for remedial instruction In grade three 86 pupils or 14 percent are eligible for remedial instruction In grade six 125 pupils or 22 per cent can receive the instruction and in grade eight 109 pupils or 17 percent qualify The overall mean for third grade pupils was just below the state mean of The mean for sixthgraders was while the state mean was For eighthgraders the mean in Kokomo was compared to the state mean of The mean is the midpoint between extremes A couple of things to keep in mind as the state collected ma terial it also collected things about Skinner said adding that several factors are likely to have an effect on how well pupils perform Some of those factors are family income the level of parental in come and the numbers of pupils from oneparent families Sharpsville area gets smattering of weather Joe Weida a member of the Izaak Walton League board of directors helps dump fish into pond A fine kettle of fish Nearly fingerling fish were added to the Izaak Walton League pond Monday afternoon According to Pat and Kathy Calhoun managers at Izaak Walton 2629 S Road 200 East species stocked included channel catfish a hybrid bluegill and smaUmouth bass Kathy Calhoun said the bluegill hybrid grows very fast and will reach 2 to 3 pounds in a year The fish are pretty small right now just a couple of inches but theyll grow real she said The fish came from Aquatic Control Inc in Seymour By Marilyn A Tye Tribune Tipton Bureau TIPTON Ind A small but in tense thunderstorm blew through Tipton Monday afternoon bring ing heavy rain high winds and some hail A spokesman for the National Weather Service at Indianapolis International Airport said the storm was part of a very narrow band of intense thunderstorms along a weak cold front that blew through central Indiana during the afternoon and early evening A spokesman for the Tipton sewage treatment plant said this morning the city received about fourtenths of an inch of rain in the storm Utilities manager Noel Olse reported some power out in the southwest part of town Neither the Tipton Police Department nor the Tipton County Sheriff Department reported any damage other than tree limbs down from the storm Judy Baird weather observer in southeastern Tipton County reported a small amount of rain fall but no hail or wind damage to crops Dave Voris in Windfall reported no crop damage and little rain but said wind gusts were measured at Voris Seeds at 28 to 30 mph Bob Wise National Weather Service observer who lives near Sharpsville said residents there heard thunder and felt some wind but had no rain Wise said Wednesdays weather will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy with little chance of thunderstorms Temperatures will range from highs of 85 to 90 degrees and lows from 67 to 70 In Kokomo which missed Mon days thunderstorm residents were concentrating on beating the heat At Seashore Swimming Pool people cooled off on the first day of the first week the pool has been open for its regular summer hours Those enjoying the pool took trips down the pool slide which is in its second year of operation
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