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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 21, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                Vol 143 No 197 K OKOMO Kokomo Ind Monday March 50 cents Chrysler UAW talk as deadline nears By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer The United Auto Workers and Chrysler Corp continued talks today hoping to avert a strike Tuesday at the automakers Koko mo casting plant Members of UAW Local 1166 are threatening to walk out as early as 10 Tuesday unless company and union officials settle health and safety issues at the casting plant The local represents about 902 hourly workers The two sides conducted marathon talks Saturday and Sun day union officials said today Were still optimistic we can reach a Chrysler spokesperson Lee Sechler also said today Several officials from Chryslers Highland Park headquar ters including Eschenbach executive director of employee relations joined the talks late last week Chrysler recently appointed a new manager Ron Lightcap at the casting plant Lightcap most recently served as manager for threespeed auto matic transmissions and rear wheel drive operations at the nearby transmission plant The union has filed about 100 grievances over undisclosed health and safety issues at the plant Both sides have refused to release details but union officials say there have been several major accidents within the plants die cast and trim departments Plant workers appear split over prospects for a strike I cant see Chrysler letting us go out on strike with sales so said Joe Cook a die caster Though the talks concern health and safety work rules Chrysler observers suggest the bargaining is coming down to economics The problem of increasing pro ductivity isnt unique to the cast ing plant and it certainly isnt All across America companies are trimming employees and boosting said Cormier Its putting a real strain on the Using three shifts the casting plant nas always operated 24 hours a day But as Chryslers sales have increased output at the casting Carriage House undergoes inspection By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer It was nailbiting time Sunday for Howard County Historical Museum folks as the inspection of the Carriage House which has been renovated to house a car museum was conducted by Larry Jones of the Smithsonian Institution The museum specialist from Washington did the onsite inspection because the Howard County Museum had requested the loan of the pioneer automo bile that Elwood Haynes test drove down Pumpkinvine Pike 100 years ago July If successful mat auto along with two other Haynes Apperson models will be displayed there in time for the grand sesquicenten nial celebrations of the county and city which begin July 4 The Imperial Palace in Las Vegas has agreed to loan the two cars Museum Director Kelly Thompson Curator Tom Tolen and several board members led Jones on a tour of the Seiberling unique to said David plant has leaped Cormier a professor of labor stud ies at Indiana UniversityKokomo A gtrike wouid immediately and intimate observer of local affect Chryslers manufacturing labor issues operations at a time the company is enjoying robust vehicle sales The casting plant supplies the adjacent automatic transmission plant CKryslers thermal products plant in Dayton Ohio New hire Gear a General Motors joint venture in Muncie Chryslers Trenton engine plant and numer ous assembly plants Humorist Lewis Grizzard is dead ATLANTA AP Humorist Lewis Grizzard fiercely proud of the southern roots he played up in his nationally syndicated newspa per column died Sunday when he was taken off life support He was 47 He never regained con sciousness after undergo ing heart surgery Fri day Grizzard pronounced GrizZARD Larry Jones a museum specialist with the Smithsonianjnstitution looks over a Haynes car now stored at the Howard County Museums Carriage House Mansion Mary ElflSt Harnish gave a running commentary on the idiosyncrasies of Monroe Seiberling that resulted in the construction of his unusual house They also proudly displayed the double antique the exact match of the original build ing that Larry Hayes of Hayes Brothers Construction had found in Indianapolis Jones asked about the fire safety systems and Thompson explained that they decided to go with smoke detectors rather than install sprinklers which cause water damage Tribune photo by Anne Farrar He inquired abdut climate con trol and was assured that equip ment moderating temperature and humidity is included Please see Carriage P8 Oscars on TV tonight Surprises shake up rehearsal LOS ANGELES AP A hot Oscar rumor that surfaced on the eve of tonights Academy Awards was torpedoed a day before the awards show The story had it that in last years Academy Awards presen ter Jack Palance called My Cousin Vinnys Marisa Tomei for best supporting actress when the actual winner had been Vanessa Redgrave from Howards The rumor which was circulat ing throughout Hollywood car ried some credibility because die young Miss Tomei was consid ered an Oscar longshot for the lowbrow comedy Veteran per former Redgrave on the other hand was the favorite for her part in the acclaimed drama Arthur Hiller president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Sunday that if Palance or any other presenter announced the wrong name accountants from Price Water house would intercede They would immediately rush out and say Thafs not Hiller said Steven Spielbergs Schindlers List enters tonights 66th annual awards show as the heavy favorite for best picture best director and best adapted screen play Other likely winners include Tom Hanks for best actor from Philadelphia and Holly Hunter for best actress in The The show airs at 9 on WRTV Channel 6 The best supporting actress and best supporting actor categories are considered the most competi tive A Schindlers List win for Ralph Fiennes in the latter catego ry may presage a sweep for the Holocaust drama Whoopi Goldberg ret Crystal as the host of the interna tionally broadcast program Award presenters have been urged not to make impromptu political speeches The biggest surprise in this years show may have been deliv ered a day early when a strong aftershock rattled the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Sunday afternoon in the middle of a final rehearsal Among those backstage in the downtown auditorium at the time of the quake were Jeff Bridges Geena Davis and her husband director Renny Harlin The first presenter Elijan Wood was working on his introduction of the best visual effect nominees when the temblor struck As part of the announcement of that award the winning envelope is delivered to Wood in the mouth of a giant dinosaur as an homage to Jurassic Soon after Wood finished read ing the practice winners name a dull roar filled the large auditori um and the cavernous hall start ed to shake Nearly everybody in the audi ence thought it was part of the special effects presentation The plush velvet seats that tonight will hold Spielberg Hanks and Miss Hunter began shaking and huge light fixtures inside the auditorium tinkled loudly It was soon obvious This was not part of the script Technicians started scrambling across the stage camera operators stepped away from their equipment and people urgently said Earth if ftersList utoi nuun dtai mmtao Hale entering plea agreement Has linked Clinton to questionable loan WASHINGTON AP In the first major development of White water prosecutor Robert Fiskes investigation an indicted former judge who has linked President Clinton to a questionable loan will cooperate with investigators says an unidentified source David Hale will avoid a sched uled March 28 trial by entering a plea during an appearance Tues day before a federal judge in Little Rock said the individual speaking anonymously The plea is part of a deal in which Hale has agreed to tell a federal grand jury all that he knows about involvement in Whitewater by Clinton and his wife Hillary the individual said Hale has alleged that he was pres sured eight years ago by Clinton who was Arkansas governor at the time to make a loan to Susan McDougal a business partner of the Clintons in the Whitewater real estate venture The federally backed loan went to Mrs McDougals public rela tions company and Hale says some of the proceeds wound up in Whitewater Clinton has denied pressuring Hale and says he does nt recall anything about the loan A guilty plea by Hale would expedite the Whitewater investi gation by Fiske He is examining the Clintons ties to the failed Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan which was owned in the 1980s by James McDougal Susan McDougals former husband If he underwent a trial and was convicted Hale would face a min imum of 46 months in prison under federal sentencing guide lines Hale 53 has suffered two heart attacks was irrepress ible said his Grizzard cardiologist Dr Randy Martin Just before his final oper ation doctors described the risks then asked if Grizzard had any Siestions He asked Whens e next bus to Albuquerque Martin said Grizzards heart problems stemmed from a congenital defect that damaged his aortic valve He underwent four operations in a dozen years His failing heart was the subject of his biggestselling book They Tore Out My Heart and Stomped That Sucker Grizzards thriceweekly col umn originated at The Atlanta JournalConstitution and ran in 450 newspapers nationwide A proud Southerner who flaunt ed his redneck background Griz zard took special delight in attack ing Yankees and draft evaders His 20 books often collections of his columns sold millions of copies Their beguiling titles include Elvis is Dead And I Dont Feel So Good Myself and Dont Bend Over in the Garden Granny You Know Them Taters Got His favorite was My Daddy Was a Pistol and Im a Son of a about his father Aftershock jars folks in Southern California utaiumtuuii LOS ANGELES AP The nightmare recurred for Diane Williams and others who had begun to forget the deadly North ridge earthquake when a jarring aftershock shook Southern California I had just finally started to calm said Williams 42 of Van Nuys This one really shook me The third strongest aftershock since the Jan 17 quake cracked a newly repaired freeway triggered rockslides and caused power out ages for thousands of customers Fire inspectors also believed the quake was to blame for a fire that destroyed a small strip mall and another that erupted m a power transformer In Sherman Oaks about 500 shoppers were evacuated from a mall as plate glass alongside an escalator shattered The aftershock centered one mile from Panorama City in the San Fernando Valley left minor wreckage including Small cracks and chipping cosmetic only on state High way 118 the Simi Valley Freeway The roadway remained open Rockslides on Angeles Forest Highway in the Angeles National Forest with one vehicle reported ly struck by a boulder falling onto Malibu Canyon Road in Mafibu Temporary loss of power for customers in the North Hills Woodland Hills Canoga Park and Van Nuys areas All power was restored within an hour Inside Local Taylor School Corp may have its own weather station Page 2 Style Have a whale of a time in California Page 9 Sports Another victory another injury for Hoosiers Page 12 Also Inside Business Classified Dear Local News of   

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