Kokomo Tribune, January 10, 1994

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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - January 10, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana 127 Kokemo Ind TRIBUNE Monday Jan 1994 Celebrating in song Terry Dungey a soloist with the Second Missionary Baptist Mass Choir performs during a Celebration 94 songfest honoring the memory of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr on Sunday Indiana UniversityKokomo and AKAs Omicron Phi Omega Chapter planned this weekends events honoring King The songfest was conducted at Havens Audi torium For more on the event see Page 2 Tribune photo by Anne Farrar GMs salaried ranks face further cuts UAWGM relations warming at top By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer and The Associated Press General Motors salaried work force will continue to shrink this year despite a push to hire up to new engineers Chief Executive Officer Jack Smith said What were doing is continu ing to drive down our administra tive effort but we need technical Smith said Sunday night after an address to the Auto motive News World Congress We believe were benchmark competitive at so high 60s is a pretty good The worlds largest automaker has cut whitecollar jobs North America in the last two years ending 1993 with about salaried employees At GMs Delco Electronics Corp unit in Kokomo the white collar workforce is expected to remain stable at about pending any major shifts in market demand Delco spokesman Milton Beach said The company employs salaried employees worldwide On the hourly employment side Smith was cautious about setting a number GM executives told analysts November they expected bluec61j lar employment to be about by the end of 1994 down from at the end of 1991 Were not really forecasting a number because were more inter ested in job creation from market growth and that will dictate a lot of what happens with the size of the work Smith said Despite a strike deadline Tues day that could hurt production of its compact pickup trucks Smith feels GMs relations with the Unit ed Auto Workers are Officials with UAW Local 292 which represents hourly employees at Delco Electronics in Kokomo say relations began to thaw following passage of a new national agreement Id like to see our local agree ment wrapped up but I feel the national deal went a long way toward reassuring our members of GMs commitment we retained most of our said Coy Riley Local 292 presi dent Members of Local 292s skilled trades bargaining unit rejected a local pact with Delco and no timetable has been set by the UAWs international office to amend the agreement Panel has questions about reserves ByTERRI HLIGiiESLAZiZELL Tribune staff writer i Mike Deis claims to have been one of 13 reserve officers in the County Sheriff Depart ments newly organized reserve unit Sheriff John D Beatty says there is no unit only an idea to form one After being questioned this by the Howard County Board of Commissioners Beatty said he has been in discussion with members of the Greentown Special Police unit about forming a reserve unit for the sheriff department But nothing has gone beyond the talking stages Beatty However Maj Phil Templin second in command said in a tele phone interview this morning that the reserve unit is in its implemen tation process And he said the units have been working already Templin said the reserves did assist during the holidays in a back up to sheriff department deputies He also said the Greentown unit has been dissolved and this new unit is being put into place although applications are still being sought and training and testing is cbrttihuing Beatty alsp said the Greentown unit and the Howard County Emergency Management team have historically helped out dur ing Halloween patrols and during holiday driving while under the influence of alcohol According to a Kokomo Tribune article dated Jan there is a county ordinance that allows for up to 40 reserve officers A scan of county records this morning didnt locate that ordi nance but the article states it was put into effect under then Sheriff Earle Howard who is now a state representative Howard couldnt be reached this morning Under Indiana Code the commission must fix the num ber of officers through an ordi nance but the appointment of officers is made by the same authority that appoints regular members of the department State statutes also require reserve officers to be trained Deis said hes been a member of the reserve he claims is already in place and has received very little training In an interview outside of the commission meeting Beatty said he use a reserve unit until everything was set arid in place and wouldnt put an untrained officer on the road He also told the commission he hasnt been in on all the discus sions but as the elected office holder he will make the final deci sion on the reserve unit What appears to be a schedule for December 1993 that is headed Howard County Sheriff Reserves was passed out to com missioners by a former deputy Larry Conwell The schedule gives detailed times and dates and events for door to former rivals not leave you alone Belgium AP Clinton and other JtfATO leaders agreed today to make their former Warsaw Pact rivals limited partners in the military alliance But Worries about Russian national ism and frustration over Bosnia clouded the meeting At the end of the opening NATO session the leaders endorsed a Partnership for Peace proposal that will include East European nations without granting them full membership Qerman spokesman Dieter Vogel said Clinton and the other leaders were scheduled tp issue a formal ioi 1V WWWH democracies of Central and East ern Europe has been equally con sistent1 we shall not leave you SecretaryGeneral Manfred Woerner said in opening the summit We care about your On Bosnia French President Francois Mitterrand urged the others to be ready to carry out alliance pledges to Serb mil itary targets to lift the siege qf the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo But the leaders were not expect ed to adopt any new initiatives or take any immediate decisions to try to end the carnage on their doorstep As Bosnia struggles through another desperate winter of war we face very serious Questions which cannot said British Prime Mipster John v Clinton told the opening session that the United States jfmains ready to help NATO implement a peace plan in Bosnia that is accepted by the three warring fac tions and has a clearly scope In the draft of the final state made available to The Asso ciated Press the leaders said Activeparticipation in the Part nership for Peace will play an important fole in the evolutionary process the expansion of The new plan is part of efforts to revamp the 16member North Atlantic Treaty Organization and give it a new mission in the post Cold War era The alliance was formed in 1949 to guard against Soviet expansion ist policies For O is proposing an interim cooperation deal for Poland Hungary and other new democracies instead of extending the security guarantees that would accompany full member ship in the alliance Inside Local Kokomo Housing Authority complexes focus on trespass ing violations Page 3 Style Cooks find the recipe for vacation fun while improving their culinary skills Page 9 Sports Tiptons Matt Waddell plays key role in Purdues 13th straight win Page 12 Also inside Business Classified Local News of Trial opens today in Bobbitt case Woman could get 20 years in prison Bobbitt MANAS AP Lorena Bobbitt dreads testifying that her husbands alleged abuse made her tem porarily insane and gave her an irresistible impulse to cut off his penis her lawyer said She knows she will have to relive a lot of physical and emo tional abuse lawyer Blair Howard said Mrs Bobbitts trial was sched uled to begin today She faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of malicious wounding a felony Mrs Bobbitts lawyers said she will testify that the abuse drove her to cut off John Bobbitts penis with a kitchen knife as he slept on June 23 She claims he had came home drunk that night and forced conducted at VA hospitals N AP The gpvern ucted radiation experi 33 World war II more double the number previous ly reported the Boston Herald today More than 200 experiments were conducted to examine the effects of radiation on members of the military according td reports uncovered by the Department sof Veterans Affairs and obtained by the Herald The reports do not say how many people were whether they were told the ptyce of the tests or if they gave consent Veterans Affairs Secretary Jesse Brpwn said the reports are signifi cant because they indicate the purpose and scope of the experi ments 1 Brown said two weeks ago that atomic research was conducted at 14 VA hospitals after World War II The VA and the departments of Defense and Energy are reviewing their files for more information on the experiments If we find that veterans were subjected to improper research that would be morally and ethical ly unacceptable to Brown said Dec 31 Other radiation experiments performed on mentally retarded children and pregnant women in Massachusetts in federally spon sored studies have been reported by the Herald and The Boston Globe One VA report written in 1954 says 211 radiation studies were conducted at 33 VA hospi tals by the end of 1953 the news paper reported The tests also aimed to address problems associated with the study and analysis of alleged ser viceconnected disability the VA report said Military and health officials and members of the Manhattan Project nuclear program launched the radiation S Pro8fam at a roesflng in 1947 the newspaper said A panel of doctors administered the program and the first radioiso1 tope unit was opened at a VA hog pital in Van Nuys in im The experiment was separate from a similar one s the Atomic Energy and the Veterans A kept it secret the Herajd sajjj reserve officers along with unit It shows 140hourstofar for monthly details along with man hours It shows hours per mem ber 13 members for Decem ber X Similar reports are included this month and February Reservists did not receive pay or other consideration for their work Commissioners asked Beatty to check out the discrepancies and bring back more information to them her to have sex Bobbitt expected to denies he ever abused her atnd was acquitted in November of sexually assaulting her Durirte Bobbitts trial Paul B Eberf Prince William County common wealths attorney described Mrs Bobbitt as a battered wife Who lashed out at the very thing that hurt But Ebert must now put Bobbitt 26 on the stand to dis pute that I dont think this is a selfdefense case at Ebert said Mrs Bobbitts lawyers said in pretrial filings that they will establish that a pattern of led Mrs Bobbitt 24 to follow anf irresistible I She was evaluated by a private psychiatrist who found she suf fered from a variety of mental conditions Howard said State doctors also evaluated Mrs Bob bitt at prosecutors request Theres quite a bit of difference in the Ebert said i Howard said doctors diagnosed Mrs Bobbitt with depression ;