Wednesday, January 5, 1994

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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - January 5, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana TRIBUNE 50 cents Big 3 automakers had great year in 93 Factory orders are up again DETROIT AP The Big Three automakers sold more than million cars and trucks in shrinking Japans market share and propping up the econo my with their strongest sales in three Boosted by new car low monthly leasing options for buy ers and higher priced Japanese Ford Motor General Motors and Chrysler had their best per formance since when they sold million Thfe Ford Taurus sedan was the nations bestselling car for the second year and the F Series pickup was bestselling truckfor the 17th Ford had five of the 10 bestselling Final auto sales figures wont be available until when some European makers release their But makers responsible for more than 90 percent of the industry reported 1993 totals on finished with percent of the market its best in 23 Its new Car lineup helpedChrysler sell about 2 million vehicles for the first time since For General the 1 growing demand for trucks was a blessing and a curse it ran out of trucks to sell because of insufficient factory The success of new models and the strength of the yen were expected to steal about 1 percent age point from the percent market share Japanese automakers held in The industry proved to be the engine of the economys Factory orders and industrial pro duction and consumer spending rose through new lease and purchase sales of computers and metalwork ing machinery pushed factory orders up by percent in the fourth increase in a row and the biggest since the government said The strong to a record adjusted annual followed gains of per cent in October and percent in the Commerce Department Todays report fits with other evidence showing the economy surging as it finished Manu which languished early in the is rebounding strong Low interest rates are helping businesses buy new equipment and consumers purchase autos and homerelated goods such as appliances and For the first 11 months of the orders were running per cent ahead of In orders in the transportation sector jumped propelled by a per cent surge in aircraft and a per cent gain in even excluding the volatile transportation orders rose a healthy Industrial machinery and equip ment posted a percent That included a per cent jump in orders for metal working machinery and a percent surge in computers and office Two areas linked to recent increases in housing construction also pushed Orders for clay and glass products increased 4 percent while primary such as rose per Orders for electronic and other electrical equipment fell down by a percent drop in Job phaseout follows lawsuit By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer Kokomo Ramada Inn employee Evon Dale Whitfield said she found her job in jeopardy after she filed a Federal lawsuit claim ing discrimination on the of skin Whitfield and her husband Zavrie are suing for their emo tional monetary loss and loss of civil in excess of million the lawsuit The story dates back to April last a concierge of the Kokomo made reserva tions for her husband and their teenage children at the Riverview in They planned to attend a reunion over the July Fourth Zavrie is in an electrician apprenticeship program at Delco Electronics where he has worked for 21 Their chil Angela and Tymon who accompanied are from pre vious When they arrived July they paid for that nights The following advance pay ments were made for the next two At about 5 of July Zavrie who is an insulindependent to his room for a shot of He noticed the message light blinking on his and within minutes of contacting the he was told to vacate their two rooms Zavrie picked up Evon and whonvere waiting at an Olive Garden and they returned to the hotel and packed their The managers only response to their bewildered We just felt like youd be happi er someplace It was In front of everybody at the hotel we were being asked to said I begged her Gener al Manager Andrea to tell me why we were bejng She five minr utes to get off tlie or youll be arrested tor trespass Evon said she next If it was because of our color she didnt say But she1 didnt deny The Whitfields missed their family reunion because they could not find alternative accom modation as it was the weekend of a they Jn Evon related her experience to her General Man ager Edward who con tacted the headquarters in New In their attorney Evon and Zavrie Whitfield relate their experience at the Ramada Inn Riverview last July when they were evicted without explanation In a teleconference jpck regional vice president of Capstar Hotels which operates the Kokomo Ramada offered Evon andvher family a allexpenses paid vacation at any of the hotels in the s In trie same breath he stated clerks and a night I have held both positions Evon When approached by the Koko mo Campbell said he would rather not Blan chard did not return calls to the Gerhart could not be that ijf she did npt and decjded to reached for comment by Tribune bpth sheand be said is handled by irm and th On was informed that her jpb phased I knpw its not bf money because they since hired jtwp The case Kuntz the law Welke together with Ronald McNutt of Williams and Dinkins in The suit was filed 30 in the District Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Court for the Middle District of Nashville The defendants have 20 days to respond to the The defendants named are hotel proprietor Charles Hand of Clarksville General Manager Andrea Blanchard hotel operator Ramada Franchise Systems and Regional Vice President of Capstar Jock Cap star is the holding company of 39 Ramada Inns and Holiday Inns Kuntz Claims made in filing a law suit represent one side of the case and may be contested in later court Huge East Coast 13 lives lost as almost 3 feet of snow buries states By The Associated Press Vacationers were today at Miamis skiers took gleejfjil powerful storm mow nlmpit places from fcjorjh to The years first major storm f closed schools in 16 states Tues knocked puj ppyyer to huh of tbpugandjs pf homes and Jeft at leasU3 people to residents vtoNW1 fy W 2 fcet Pf Sflfiw started disging jiMsame Bete from PJpfida right a tor ChrMnm gaid Dixie Kennedy pf I wish Id stayed dpwsn Had she Kennedy might have gotten her Hundreds pjf were Miami alter the sec ond storm in a week forced nearly all major airlines to cancel or delay flights tp most Northeastern Some planned to spend the night at Others camped out next to their luggage at Miami International with blan kets and pillows provided by the Julia Hall worried she would be fired from her job in New York if she didnt get home quickly from her twoweek I lose my if I dont get to holiday pay work Legislators back to work INDIANAPOLIS AP Indi ana lawmakers returned to the Statehouse today for the start of the last half of the 108th General seemingly ready for a shorter session with no overbearing Their first workday of 1994 came six months after the raucous battles over the state budget and but lawmakers saw a calmer session Theres nothing really burning as far as I can said Thomas DSouth I think youre going to see a group of congenial said Richard R North serving his last term before running for Congress this Most lawmakers will face rer election campaigns when they return All 100 House seats and 25 of 50 Senate seats will appear on the Both the House and Senate looked forward to ah easy first Leaders in each chamber planned brief afternoon gather ings before taking an early Thats not to say things wont warm up particularly on the issue or Evan Bayh and lawmakers of both parties in the House and Senate have intro duced a slew of gettough crime many strengthening penal ties for gun violations and gang related Only a handful of lawmakers responding to an Associated Press survey on spending favored re opening the budget passed over Bayhs veto during a clamorous special Sheila suggested a look at educational funding equity in elementary and second and higher education Tax collection forecasts show enough money coming to pay the and Bayh has issued a warning not to tamper with the With only 30 Working days half the length of biennial budget sessions the pace of committee hearings and floor debates is like ly to pick up Barb Engle pleads for a day off every now and then justto keep track of whats We should not be rushed through without time study legislation without recess days like two years she In lawmakers went home in close to record time after a bruising budget battle the previous Lawmakers guesses of when the 1994 session will end ranged from midFebruary to with most settling around March But asked in the AP How much time do you think the General Assembly needs to finish its work in John took per haps the taxpayers point of view and with tongue in cheek answered One Pastor pleads innocent to endangerment charge AP Prose cutors say a pastor threw an 8 yearold boy during a sermon to illustrate how God will cast Satan into hell and have charged the man with child cruelty and Anthony pastor of Hillsboro Independent Baptist Church in Scram pleaded innocent Monday to the The boy on 21 was sitting in a pew with his parents when Dearinger walked from the pulpit to where the family was witnesses He picked up the boy and said This is how some day God will cast Satan into said Larry a church member who wit nessed the The boy landed about six feet away on a carpet near the front of the Reitz The child then walked to his he Nobody ran to the boys rescue because we figured he wasnt Reitz There was a few tears in his but it wasnt a blubbering type of Montgomery County States Attorney Kathryn Dobrinic said the boy did not require hospitaj ization but was Reitz said the incident was blown out of We have a good Reitz He believes what the Bible Hes a very bold preacher and hes not afraid to tell you whats right and whats Dearinger could not be reached for comment His attor Jack declined to com ment but said his client remains the pastor of the she si Inside 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