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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - December 23, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                Kokomo Ind KOKOMO SO cents Baseball talks hit brick wall Owners impose salary cap Fight could end up in court WASHINGTON AP The national pastime may be found more in courthouses than club houses next spring Negotiations between baseball owners and players ended in deadlock and a salary cap at the heart of the dis pute is now in effect The fight now is expected to move from the negotiating table to the courts and maybe even to Congress Talks between the players and owners broke down Thursday night and the owners voted to declare an impasse in negotiations and unilaterally impose me salary cap that the players have so stead fastly opposed The cap took effect at today The enormity of the breakdown in talks was not lost on the owners or the union who for once found something to agree about This is a very frustrating and disappointing said Boston Red Sox chief executive officer John Harrington head of the owners negotiating commit tee This certainly is a sad said union leader Don Fehr Its regrettable but I am reasonably certain the owners will come to regret it sooner than they Colorado Rockies owner Jerry McMorris put up a brave front saying that installing a salary cap is just another step in what con tinues to be the collective bargain ing Fenr plans to file an unfair labor practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board as early as today the 19th anniver sary of free agency The union will ask the NLRB to seek a prelimi nary injunction against the cap in federal court Fehr called the imposition pre Players struck Aug 12 rather than accept a salary cap wiping out the final 52 days and 669 games of the season On Sept 14 owners canceled the World Series for the first time since 1904 the cap would eliminate salary arbitration and immediately cre ate a new group of 63 restricted free agents It would also force 21 teams to cut a total of mil lion from their 1994 payrolls and roll back many of the unions gains in collective bargaining dur ing the past 23 years It would also clear the way for owners to go ahead with prepara tions to start the 1995 season with replacement players plus any regular players who might break ranks The next effort to restart the baseball talks could fall to former President Carter who expressed his willingness to get involved if needed Fehr also raised the possi bility of a long court fight saying It may not even be halftime yet The decision to impose the cap came after the owners rejected a lastminute offer from the players that would have imposed a 25 percent payroll tax on teams that spent more than 160 percent of million on salaries Dave Montgomery the cogen eral partner of the Philadelphia Phillies said that figure is mil lion more than any team paid in salaries in 1994 meaning no teams would pay a tax in 1995 A separate 10 percent tax would generate just he said And while the owners face a cer tain legal battle from the players they may also have trouble cm Capitol Hill where lawmakers said they were interested in con sidering whether to repeal the sports antitrustexemption First Utah Republican Orrin Hatch who will chair the Senate Judiciary Committee said he would be concerned if the owners hide behind the antitrust exemp tion while imposing their own conditions on the Id prefer not to have the Con gress enter into it but the antitrust exemption is an Hatch said Some people think mat if we just leave things alone the owners will break the players Related stories on Pages Bl andB3 A MERRIER CHRISTMAS Debbie Salinas picks out a gift for her child at the Salvation Army food and toy distribution Thursday at United Auto Work ers Local 685 Hall 929 E Hoffer St Nearly 800 families applied for food and toy assistance from the Salvation Army which encompasses people Applicants were given appointment times Thursday at the union hall to select toys and to pick up their food assistance Tribune photo Jby Tim Peso plunges Investors taking it on the chin MEXICO CITY AP Mexico the darling of the emerging mar kets saw some of its luster dulled this week as investors watched as the peso lost almost onethird of its value against the dollar The Mexican currency sank 13 percent Tuesday following new unrest in the southern state of Chi apas paused a day and then plummeted almost 16 percent Thursday after the government abruptly halted its defense of the peso against the dollar The weaker peso means Mexi cans will pay higher prices for imported goods and eventually higher prices all around For investors in the United States and elsewhere holdings in Mexico automatically become worth less in dollars Analysts say more than just a resurgence of guerrillas was to blame and the countrys sudden economic crisis created a wave of uncertainty in financial circles Mexico wont be a very excit ing place to invest over the next few said Geoffrey Dennis an analyst at Bear Stearns Co in New York American investors are really taking mis on the Baby Jesus returns Anonymous tipster will receive reward It wasnt a bright star but a tip ster who told Howard County Sheriff Deputies where they could find a stolen fiberglass Baby Jesus And just like those Wise Men the officers found the Baby Jesus The deputies then returned him to a nativity scene owned by Harold Collins Collins Moving Systems on Thursday Collins set out his nativity dis play for the first time this year The Baby Jesus disappeared from the manger scene last Sunday Earlier this week Collins announced he was offering a reward to anyone who would help him find the Baby Jesus and return him to the creche The tipster pointed the deputies in the right direction Thursday morning and by afternoon the manger scene was once again complete Collins said Thursday the anonymous tipster will receive the reward money Weve got a call into Collins said Drug suspects arrested Two women one from Koko mo and another from Georgia have been arrested on felony cocaine counts and could face other charges in connection with a Thursday drug seizure Kokomo police said more than a quarterpound ot powder cocaine and cocaine base commonly known as crack was found in the possession of the women that evening Gawana L Meriwether 32 1901 S Goyer Road Apartment 115 and Billie Mae Cannady 37 Atlanta were each charged with a single count of Class C felony pos session of cocaine in excess of 3 grams They were arrested at at Gano and Main streets Kokomo police Howard Coun ty sheriff deputies and state police were called to the citys norm side at 5 on a report of two people attempting to buy crack cocaine Two vehicles were seen together in the parking lot of Big R Stores 1900 E North where the offi cers observed what they believed was a clrug transaction Following one of the vehicles following the exchange police found it parked in the 101 block of West Gano Street Meriwether was the driver and Cannady was the passenger The amount of cocaine recov ered from the women in a subse quent search has a street value of more than police said Additional charges including those related to the fact that the women were arrested within 100 feet of Roosevelt School will likely be sought from the Howard County prosecutors office said Kokomo police Capt Jack Adams Other individuals could also face charges he said Court misjudges toy Santa Bomb squad called in to blow it to smithereens BLOOM1NGTON Ind AP Greg Beyers was just trying to thank a Monroe County judge for releasing him in time for Christ mas when he bought a musical Santa Clans wrapped it up and left it With a court clerk His gesture bombed however after court officials became1 so sus picious of the package they evacu ated the Monroe County Justice Building called in a bomb squad and blew the toy up Their actions were justifiable to the extent of how nutty society said Beyers on Thursday was just d goodwill The incident untolded Wednes day after Beyers handed court administrator Susan Selle the wrapped present and a brown paper bag containing two batter ies Beyers had also tucked under a bow on the package a thankyou letter addressed to Monroe Circuit Judge David Welch One thing led to another how ever after Selle became suspi cious Officials evacuated the building and called on the ser vices of the Crane Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Centers bomb squad After carefully removing the wrapped Saint Nick from the building the team placed it in a special container holding explo sives and blew it up Although the toy was Selle says she would do the same thing again if she were presented with a similar package Beyers 35 bought the Santa Claus for Judge Welch to thank him for reducing his sentence by a few days so he could be out in time for Christmas Although the original toy is gone Beyers has bought anoth er and dropped it off at the court this time taking care to ensure that court workers know its harmless Hes even patched things up with Selle and both said they were sorry for the confusion Thats OK Alls well that ends said Selle Inside Business Kokomo Family Care pur chased by medical group backed by The Associated Group Page Be Sports Hall of Fame wrestling coach Bob Jarrett is roasted by former players Page Bl Also Inside Business Classified Dear Local News of Vol 144 No 111 Make a local child smile with your contribution g dJellows Goodfellows is a charity sponsored by the Kokomo Tri bune to help needy children at Christ mas Youngsters age infant through age 13 receive new clothing at Christmas provided through corporate sponsor Penney Donations to the charity are used to fund vouchers which are distributed to eligible Howard County families Donations to the charity may be mailed to the Goodfellows Koko mo Tribune Post Office Box 9014 300 N Union Kokomo Ind 469049014 Donations may also be brought to the Kokomo Tribune and dropped off at the accounting department The Tribune encourages dona tions in memory of loved ones Memorials and donation listings will appear on Page 1 throughout the holiday season In loving memory of our son John Causey and nephews Rick Causey and Greg Chapin Shur Shot Bowling League In memory of George Dunn Golden Link Chapter No 34 Order of Eastern Star Northwestern High School Seniors Craig Jason Jay and MAKF CHILDREN SMILE Kris In memory of Mr and Mrs KedricTash In loving memory of our par ents Estefla and Arch Shively sister Jean Hunt and brothers Claude Shively and Carl Zody the family In loving memory of Kenneth C Kenny Reel wife and fami Because We Care Rachel Jes sica Alicia Kimberly and Joyce Anonymous In memory of loved ones Mrs Edward Farwick In memory of Gladys Marie Terry Lee Jimmy Joe and Taylor Michael Walker In memory of my cariag meek er Thelma H Hamilton Yost In memory of our Willy and Jeffery BUland Mil dred Harrison In memory of Mel W In memory of my brother my parents aM Mickey Meyers flMf Total   

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