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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 5, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Tipton Lewis Cass advance Vol 143 No 181 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Saturday March 50 cents 4 convicted mbing in Defendant shouts Injustice NEW YORK AP To a shout four Muslim extremists were convicted Friday in the World Trade Center bomb ing a verdict the government hailed as an unmistakable mes sage that terrorists cant get away with it in America Islam is coming back cried defendant Nidal Ayyad glaring at the jury as it the four mien guilty oh all charges Injus tice shouted defendant Moham mad Salameh pounding on the defense table The defendants face life in prison without parole when sen tenced by District Judge Kevin Duffy on May 4 They should be said Walter Stokes 47 who was among those injured in the blast There wasnt enough penalties for The anonymous federal jury returned the verdicts on the sixth day of deliberations and a year and six days after the blast that killed six people injured more than and shattered Ameri cans confidence that terrorism was a foreign problem The signal should go out across the world that anyone who seeks to come into this county to prac tice terrorism will have the full weight of law enforcement brought against President Clinton said After the verdicts the State Department warned Americans overseas of possible attacks by Islamic extremists The verdicts on conspiracy assault and various explosives charges came on the Muslin Sabbath and during Ramadan the holy month of daytime fasting As the jury forewoman repeat edly said Salameh snook his head dejectedly Defendant Ahmad Ajaj appeared to smile in wonderment then joined a chant of Allahu Arabic for God is Great Salameh a 26yearold Palestin ian was accused of helping bankroll the attack building the bomb and renting the van that carried it into the trade centers underground parking garage Prosecutors said Ayyad a 26 yearold chemist ordered chemi cals for the bomb and later told news organizations the motive to protest aid to Israel Witnesses said Mahmud Abouhalima 34 frequented the apartment where the bomb was built while Ahmad Ajaj 28 pro vided bombmaking expertise Ajaj lived in Houston the others in New Jersey suburbs of New York City Batbie promoted to brigadier general GRISSOM AIR FORCE BASE Inid John J Batbie comman deir of the 434th Wing at Grissom was promoted Friday to the rank of brigadier general Batbie 47 has been com mander of the 434th Wing since July 1991 The Wing is the Air Force Reserves first and only com posite unit arid equipped is Batbie with KC135 arid A10 air craft Additionally Batbie has opera tional control of two geographi cally separated units the 927th Air Refueling Group at Selfridge Air National Guard Base and the 916th Air Refueling Group a KC10 associate unit based at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Batbie served in combat in the Republic of Vietnam from 1970 to 1971 in the Air Cavalry Squadron of the 101st Airborne Division as the Cobra weapons platoon leader He later became the units operations officer He is a command pilot with more than flying nours and has numerous awards and decora tions including the Distinguished Flying Cross Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal In 1966 Batbie entered military service with the Army at Fort Lewis Wash Passing by Even with the pressure applied by North westerns Dan Woolever Maconaquahs Matt Plothow found a way to slip past the Tigers defense for 14 points The Braves won the tightly contested game 5851 and advanced to the Kokomo Sectional finals where they will meet the host Wildkats at in tonights championship For a look at all the sectional results please see Sports Tribune photo by Anne Farrar Historical vision Kokomo High School downtown campus students Corey Brewster leftright Brook Qamden Danya Rood Roland Avila and Rostron created this mural about historical Kokomo that was dedicated Friday and hung in the Commons area across from the cafeteria The students were directed by art teacher Jerry Stephens Kokomo and Howard County celebrate a 150th anniver sary this year Ming Liu and Craig Ramirez were not present for the photo Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Actor John Candy dies of heart attack LOS ANGELES AP John Candy the lovable overweight comic actor who rose from televi sion skits to starring roles in some of Hollywoods most successful comedies died of a heart attack on a Mexican movie set Friday He was 43 The star of Uncle Planes Trains Automobiles and many other films was found dead in his residence dur ing filming of the Western comedy Wagons Candy East near Durango Mexico said Gary Goodman the films producer Hector Partida spokesman for the Durango state government said Candy had a heart attack in his sleep and was dead when paramedics arrived The production of Wagons East was suspended Candy played the drunken wagonmaster of an 1860s prairie schooner head ing the wrong way Said costar Richard Lewis Everyone should know that the night before he died myself and costar Robert Picardo were blessed to be in a scene with John Candy which showed all of us his Born and reared in Toronto Candy costarred in last years Cool a hit film about the Jamaican bobsled team He had a small part in the comedy blockbuster Home He appeared in the 1991 drama Only the Lonely and the come dies National Lam poons Splash and The Great Candy recently completed directing a madeforTV comedy Hostage for a his debut behind the camera He was cast with Steve Martin in 1987s Planes Trains Auto mobiles as a slob whose Nean derthal habits disguise a lonely tender man And in 1989s Uncle Candy played a neerdowell left in charge of his brothers rampag ing children The sentimental story showed that despite being a slob Uncle Buck was in fact a lov ing guardian He is survived by his wife Rosemary Margaretr daughter Jennifer and son Christopher White House staff served FBI seeks testimony WASHINGTON AP The FBI served subpoenas on the White House and six of President Clin tons senior officials Friday night seeking testimony and documents related to a special prosecutors investigation into a failed Arkansas thrift with ties to the Clintons The subpoenas ask for informa tion on contacts between White House staff and Treasury Depart ment officials related to the federal inquiry the White House said Revelations earlier this week about such contacts prompted questions about possible conflicts of interest that could compromise an independent investigation Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers in a statement said the White House will comply fully and promptly with the She said that because the subpoenas concerned a pending investiga tion the White House would have no further comment Subpoenas also were served on three officials at the Treasury Department who intend to com ply said agency spokesman Howard Schloss Special counsel Robert Fiske is grobing the failure of Madison uaranty Savings and Loan Asso ciation and whether investors in a Arkansas real estate venture known as Whitewater includ ing the Clintons benefited from questionable Madison transac tions Subpoenaed at the White House were Harold Ickes deputy chief of staff Bruce Lindsey senior presi dential adviser Mark Gearan the communications director Bernard Nussbaum White House counsel Lisa Caputo press secretary to Hillary Rodham Clinton and Maggie Williams Mrs Clintons chief of staff Nussbaum was said late Friday to be planning to resign in the wake of questions about the con tacts between White House staff including himself and Trea sury officials Clinton passed up two opportunities to publicly defend Nussbaum on Friday and met with him late Friday in the Oval Office Inside today Local McCoys Grocery Store in Galveston is closing Page 2 State Indiana Senate gave approval to an anticrime package Page 15 Nation Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell of Maine announced he will not be a candidate for reelection Page 15 Also inside Classified Dr 9 Local News of