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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - July 29, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana KOKOMO Vol 143 No 319 Kokomo Ihd f July 50 cents Warner Bros embarks on a Fox hunt Aims for young couch potatoes UNIVERSAL CITY Calif AP Move over Fox Warner Bros is kicking off a new television network aimed at an even younger audience WB Television Network is tar geting viewers from ages 12 to 24 Its chief executive is Jamie Kell ner who helped launch Fox eight years ago and knows something about the younger age bracket Kellner said Fox aims at viewers between 18 and 49 The Warner Bros network will debut in January with shows that have a bit more edge to them with younger leads and multi ethnic casts said programming head Garth Ancier Advertisers prefer young view ers because they are considered more likely to try new products a view that one reporter Thursday challenged as outdated but which Ancier insisted is supported by research data Kellner and Ancier Foxs first programming chief helped launch Fox with such youthful fare as 21 Jump Crash survivor hires attorney Morgan optimistic USAir will be fair ByJEFFPARROTT tribune staff writer Rick Morgan has employed the services of a Kokomo attorney in the event legal action proves necessary against USAir or the Federal Avi ation Administration Kokomo attorney Jeff M Lowry said it is too early MorSan to determine the amount Morgan will expect in compensation for his medical expenses pain and suffering from the USAir jet crash he survived earlier this month hear Charlotte But Lowry said he and his client met recently with Indianapolis attorney Richard Norris a specialist in aviation disaster A receptionist at Norris law office said he was out of town There will probably be legal action of some kind no matter Lowry said The process to determine the nature of that action will be a lengthy one though The total injuries Morgan suffered must be assessed along with whether hell have any per manent scarring or impairment More also must be learned about if anyone was negligent in the accident Lowry said Anything would be a guess at this point in Lowry said when asked to speculate on how large a settlement Morgan would accept The FAA could take up to a year to conclude its investigation It could be liable for not utilizing existing radar technology which is able to detect a wind sheer the upward gust of wind that caused the crash Lowry said Morgan in an interview from his parents home in Frarikfort where hes been recovering from burns and a chipped bone in his foot remained optimistic that hell be treated fairly by the airline As of today there is no plan to said Morgan 35 I have no complaints so far I believe if they treat us fair ly this wont come to Morgan one of 20 survivors in a disaster that killed 37 people said hed probably join in a class action suit if one is filed He said hefelt he needed some legal representa tion in case push comes to shove against companies as large as USAir and its insurance carrier Short Hills Associated Aviation Underwriters Inc According to an AP report sur vivors of the crash nationwide have been bombarded with offers from attorneys begging to take their cases Fewer than three days after the July 2 crash Chicago lawyer Rapoport had a public relations firm telling the media about his credentials as a specialist on airline crash litiga tion Rapoport won an mil lion award for the family of an Ohio surgeon killed in a 1992 USAir crash at New Yorks La Guardia Airport that killed 27 people Lowry said Morgan approached him last week after having been represented by the attorney in other matters Sold GREENTOWN Ind Mike Clair left Rochester and Eldon Wittkamper Tipton watch for bids during the Howard County 4H Fair Thursday night at the fairground Bidders spent more than for the 4H steer barrow wether goat and meat pen projects although only the grand champion barrow and goat were on the auction list For more on the auction see Page A3 Tribune photo by Stephen Shaner Jobs rolling into Indiana State check for kick starts 800 new jobs LAFAYETTE Ind AP The Lafayette area received a boost with Wabash National announcement it will create 800 new jobs and spend million with an expansion into a vacant former General Foods plant Two other areas received simi lar if smaller boosts on Thursday Azteca Milling Co said it would build a million corn milling plant in Evansville that win employ 175 workers and buy million bushels of corn annually from area farmers And Arhcast Industrial Corp said it would create 162 jobs with a new aluminum casting plant in Franklin and add 40 new jobs at its Gas City plant Government doesnt create these jobs it just does what it can to Gov Evan Bayh said at the plant just south of Lafayette where Wabash National will move its trucktrailer manufactur There is no more important investment that we can make than in new Evan Bayh Indiana governor ing operations Bayh gave Jerry Ehrlich Wabash Nationals president and chief executive officer a check for in state worker training funds I feel that there is no more important investment that we can make than in new jobs employ rnent growth and Bayh said If we have more people working and pur compa nies are more competitive then we take in more tax revenue Its good for Wabash has grown from a work force of 15 people and revenues of million in 1985 the year the company was founded to a cur rent complement of employ ees and revenues estimated at million for 1994 Wabash National had announced earlier this year that it would buy part of the old General Foods plant closed by the food manufacturer in 1989 The squarefoot plant already is used to produce rail bogies which are used as platforms for the compa nys bimodal RoadRailer trailers Refrigerated trailers also will be produced there Everybody knows that the cli mate in Indiana is good for grow ing Ehrlich said but what some people may not know is that the climate is just as good for growing Com will be the main ingredient used at the Azteca plant due to locate on a 160acre site in Van derburgh County Ken Robinson director of Vision 2000 an Evansville economic development organization said Azteca could employ as many as 195 workers Bayhs administration helped lure Azteca with in job training funds million worth of taxincentives to the company over 10 years and to the city of Evansville to help pay for improvements to local roads and other services Eduardo Livas president of Aztecas parent com pany Gruma of Mexico said the mill would produce 260 mil lion pounds of corn flour a year Steeriiike Players planning to throw curve at team owners Still in the midst of summer sports fans may be turning their attention to fall games a bit sooner than expected Its because baseball players said they will strike Aug 12 if there is no agreement on a new labor contract vowing to fight a salary cap as long as it During a 90minute telephone conference call the 31 players on the executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Associ ation set in motion the process Ahistory length number of iu and issues Year Work stoppage Length Games 1972 1973 1976 1980 1981 1985 1990 Strike Lockout Lockout Strike Strike Strike Lockout 14 days 12 days 17 days 8 days 50 days 2 days 32 day free agency free agency free Agency salary cap safary cap AP Graphic that could lead to the sports eighth work stoppage since 1972 Baseball conning off record rev enue of billion last season and an average player salary of million this year is stuck in a threeway confrontation among largemarket clubs smallmarket teams and the players Stories and reaction to the strike date may be found in sports on Page A7 How did OJ cut himself Simpsons story about his injury takes a twist LOS ANGELES The day after his exwife and her friend were stabbed to death OJ Simpson told police he couldnt remember how he injured his left hand according to grand jury testimony report ed today by a legal newspaper The story in the Los Angeles Daily Journal came as Simpsons lawyers headed back to court seeking records on everything from unsolved murders to dog bites Simpsons lifelong friend and formerteammate Al Cowlings also faced a court hearing today Prosecutors have postponed a decision on whether to charge him with helping Simpson attempt to flee murder charges Simpson has pleaded innocent to charges he mur dered Nicple Brown Simpson 35 and Rpnald Gold man 25 on June 12 According to todays Journal story Detective Phillip Vannatter told a grand jury that police noticed a large cut on the middle finger of Simpsons left hand when they spoke with him the day after the killings Simpson told police he might have injured if sometime that evening while he was preparing for his trip to Chicago Vannatter said according to a secret grand jury transcript read by a Journal reporter His explanation was that he was very busy and he was rushing around and that he must have injured but he really didnt know how he had done Simpsons lawyers said he cut his hand breaking a glass in a Chicago hotel room when he was informed of the murders Simpson told police on June 13 that he probably injured his hand at his Brenrwood estate and reinjured it in Chicago Vannatter said Samples of Simpsons blood were split for genetic testing with 10 percent set aside The defense hopes to use these eventually for independent tests Brubaker replacement still in question High court suspended judge because of felony charges State Court Administrator Bruce Kotzan said today he does not know when a temporary replacement for suspended Howard Circuit Judge R Alan Brubaker will be named The Indiana Supreme Court has been considering the appointment of a temporary replacement for Brubaker who was suspended by the high court July 21 because he has been charged with a felony Kotzan said the Supreme Court is contemplating how it will replace Brubaker in his absence Someone could be selected to take over the court for the duration of the judges suspension or a local official could be named to pick a daybyday replacement Kotzan who had been saying that the replacement could be named in a couple days or toward the end of the today said he has no way or knowing when the Supreme Court will make us decision Meanwhile Howard Countys other three judges been hearing some of the cases that are pending in Briibakers court Brubaker was arrested July 19 in Lebanon on charges of dealing in cocaine a Class B felony two counts of cqjwersion and single counts of official misconduct and patronizing a prostitute The latter four counts are Class A misdemeanors He is Free on frond pending a Jan 23 jury trial in Boone Superior Court 1 Inside todays Kokomo Tribune Local Seat belts prevent serious injuries in a truck accident this morning Page A2 Style Language used to describe adoptions reflects societys feel ings about the process Page Bl Also inside Business Classified Local News of