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   Salina Journal, The (Newspaper) - March 18, 1988, Salina, Kansas                                TM Salina T 1 1 he Journal 115th year 78 Kansas FRIDAY March 25 Cents Shultz says troops wont engage in fighting Some Democrats oppose deployment of Americans By The Associated Press Secretary of State George Shultz said Thursday that the combat troops airlifted during the day to Honduras were not there in a shooting capacity but to signal opposition to Nicaraguan Shultz told a Senate committee that the troops airlifted to Honduras were dispatched to get peoples attention to what is hap pening in Central America and to say to the Honduran We are your We stand with Democrats in Congress ques tioned Reagans decision to send the Snowfall blamed in deaths Texas couple killed in Ottawa County From Staff Reports A late winter snowstorm was blamed for the deaths of a Texas couple who were killed Wednesday evening when the vehicle they were riding in slid out of control into the path of another car on snowpacked 81 in Ottawa The accident was one of two fatal accidents blamed on the storm that dumped up to 6 inches of snow on northcentral and northwest Kansas and blanketed the rest of the Ottawa County Sheriff Ken White said Mann Van and Hoang Thi both of were killed when the car they were riding driven by their David collided with the car of Howard and his both of David Vu was in critical condition Thursday night at AsburySalina Regional Medical The accident occurred at Wednesday south of the Kansas 81 White Vus vehicle was headed south when it lost control and slid sideways into the other lane where it was hit broadside by the Bullers northbound White White said it appeared Manh Vu was the only one in Vus vehicle wearing seat Both the Bullers were wearing seat belts and were not The other traffic death was re ported in Pratt where Glen was killed in a headon crash at 54 and Kansas 64 Wednesday police The National Weather Service re pjorted 6 inches of snow in Goodland and the highest totals in the In which was nearing a record snowfall for the snow was still falling at 9 adding to the 4 inches it received during the By late officials said it appeared the 1987 1988 winter snowfall to date would fall about half an inch short of break See Page 12 Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd of West Virginia called the decision an over Officials on both sides of the issue predicted the military situation would reignite the controversy over contra aid that has divided Congress for several And there was dispute among lawmakers as to whether Nicaragua had invaded Hon the justification cited for the decision to send Democrats challenged Reagans justifica tion for the Edward in troduced legislation requiring President Reagan to obtain congressional approval be fore sending more troops to He called the Reagan troop decision a reckless escalation of the failed policy of aiding the Nicaraguan House Speaker Jim who has supported the peace plan drafted by President Oscar Arias of Costa said sending combat troops to the area was Wright said the White House may have overblown the incident for its own Not all Democrats and Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole of Kansas sprang to Reagans Dole said contras were being overrun and slaughtered by the He called on Reagan to resubmit a package of military See Page 12 American soldiers arrive at air base in Honduras By The Associated Press Planeloads of soldiers Thursday streamed into Palmerola Air Base in Hon duras in a show of strength ordered by President Reagan to counter what he called an invasion by Nicaraguan Nicaragua and Honduras ex changed accusations as well as Nicaragua accused Honduras of using warplanes to attack a military headquarters in northern Nicaragua said no casualties or damage But Honduras denied the A mili tary spokesman said the bombs were Visit for votes t TomDorsey Democratic presidential candidate Albert Gore speaks to a crowd in Gore is seeking votes in Saturdays party Candidate Gore seeks votes in Kansas By LINDA MOWERYDENNING Great Plains Editor HAYS Albert Gore stopped here first presidential candidate to do so since John Kennedy in 1960 and said all the right In an area hard hit by slumps in agriculture and a championed a national energy policy that would offer more incentives for oil exploration and a farm program that would strengthen rural Amer My goal is to put the House Back on the side of working men and he told more than 100 people gathered outside trie Farmers Cooperative Instead of asking whats best for those of great wealth and its time we ask whats best for the small farmers whats best for the small businesses whats best for the people at the grassroots Gores Hays visit was part of a twoday swing through the He also visited Wichita and the Kansas City Democratic candidates Jackson and Michael Dukakis are expected to visit Kansas Dukakis speaks at a rally in the Capitol at Jackson is to speak at Washburn University in andin Henry Levitt Arena at Wichita State Univer sity about All are vying for support in Saturdays county when local delegates will be elected to district and state Kansas will have 43 at the Demo cratic Partys national where delegates will be needed for In the Democratic strongholds of Hays and Ellis there appears no clearcut fa vorite among the partys five announced In the past there has been usually one big push for a but I dont sense that at said Bill a Hays Democrat who was ah unsuccessful candidate for Congress Glenn Ellis County Democratic said he thought voters here would any of the partys top three candi dates Jackson or Maybe this trip will have an he said of Gores appearance in speaking against a back drop of the huge white grain bins symbolic of drewa comparison between the 1988 and the KennedyNixon contest in as voters will probably be asked to decide between a Republican nominee who is the notsopopular vice president of a pop ular president and a Democrat fighting for See Page 11 dropped inside Honduras on Nicaraguan sol diers who had crossed the Honduras had said that Nicaraguan forces entered their country in pursuit of contras trying to overthrow the Nicaraguan gov Nicaragua would not confirm or deny that One thing was sure The bulk of the American troops arrived in Hond The final 800 troops are to arrive The forces were composed of two battalions from the 82nd Airborne Division of Fort and two battalions from the 7th Light Infantry Division of Fort Carl commander of See Page 12 FDIC bails out failing Texas bank WASHINGTON AP The federal gov ernment Thursday moved to calm depositors fears and protect the nations banking system by advancing billion to banks owned by an ailing Texas holding The Federal Deposit Insurance said it was lending the money for six months to subsidiaries of First Republicbank as an interim step toward restoring the Dallas based companys Ultimately the aid could rival the largest ever government rescue of a bank the billion bailout in 1984 of Continental Illinois National Bank Trust of In a move intended to stem any ripple effect on the banking system as a FDIC Chairman William Seidman pledged that his agency would protect all depositors of the banks as well as general That goes beyond the minimum the agency would normally be expected to which is deposits of and The promise covers money borrowed over night from other banks by First Republicbank to meet the cash rules of the Federal Reserve But it does not apply to the holding company and its bond and note Seidman said the FDIC was working on a longterm solution to the holding companys problems and was talking to private investors about participating in a But he declined to offer specifics and said he could not estimate the size of any eventual rescue Private say a rescue of First Republicbank could cost the government as much as billion to The FDIC expects to recoup much of its initial outlay the Continental ul timately spending about stressed the differences between Continental and First The Chicago banks problems were attributed to management misjudgment and wrongdo Its very clear the primary reason for the First Republic problem is the economy of Seidman He said the FDIC will assume some control of the subsidiary banks although not day to The current banks manage ment will remain in place for but changes could be discussed he The Office of the Comptroller of the Cur rency hopes to finish an examination of the companys books within the next several First the largest bank com pany in Texas and the 13th largest in the acknowledged Tuesday it had been forced to seek federal aid because of a dete riorating loan particularly loans tied to commercial real and difficulty in stemming a runoff of Inside MITCH RICHMOND poured in 30 points to lead Kansas State to a 6653 victory over La Salle in Thursdays opening round of the NCAA Tour See Page Living On the Weather KANSAS Mostly sunny and not as cold highs 40 to Clear lows 20 to Mosty sunny and warmer highs from around 50 northeast to mid50s Boeing jet crashes in Colombia Colombia AP A domestic jetliner with 137 people ab oard crashed during a storm in the northern Colombia mountains Thursday and burst into with no sign of officials The Boeing 727 had just left Cuc about miles northeast of and crashed on a mountain near police at the town quoting Zulia is about 50 miles north of The Civil Aeronautics which reported the Avianca flight missing soon after said it could not confirm the It said two search planes and three heli copters searched for the aircraft in the remote mountainous region where it was reported to have Zulia police said three witnesses reported that the plane clipped some then slammed into a mountain and and they saw no sur Passengers included a Roman Catholic auxiliary bishop and mem bers of two Colombian soccer We heard a tremendous and ran toward the mountain where we saw the ruins of the witness Victor Pineda Villamizar We heard a tremendous noise and ran toward the mountain where we saw the ruins of the said Victor Pineda a school in an interview with the radio network The teacher said heavy rains kept local rescuers from reaching the crash which he said was at about In Edgar a spokesman for the government air transport said the search would continue at dawn Civil police and Red Cross rescue teams were trying to reach the crash According to the government the plane left Cucuta for a Caribbean port 250 miles and was to continue to the port city of Avianca and the government air transport agency reported the plane left with 131 passengers and six crew The agency said the control tower at Cucuta lost radio contact with the plane four minutes after takeoff as the aircraft traveled in stormy The agency said the plane did not report mechanical It was on the but it was flying at a very low said a spokesman at the control The agency said the passenger list included a Roman Catholic auxiliary Horacio Olave Velandia of and at least 31 soccer players from two teams who were flying to a tournament in Free fall Man survives Golden Gate drop AP A 29yearold man who fell 220 feet from the Golden Gate Bridge while trying to suspend himself in a trash can is believed to be the first person to survive an acci dental fall from the It seemed like the fall lasted Paul Alarab said from a hospital bed in this town about 30 miles northeast of San I was praying for God to give me another There have been 851 known suicides from the 50yearold and only 19 people have survived suicide Al arab is believed to be the first to survive an accidental Alarab suffered two broken ribs and collapsed lungs in the Sunday night The unemployed sales repre sentative said he planned to oc cupy a 33gallon barrel dangling from the bridge by a 60foot rope to protest the treatment of the elderly and But he slipped while lowering himself down the rope and hit the bottom girder of the I fell tumbl ing all the way to the he I hit with my head and chest I remember hitting the wa but it knocked me out imme I was about 20 feet un derwater when I regained con sciousness and started to swim back to the Alarab said it took two hours to swim to shore through the strong Seven hours shivering from the 58degree wa he was spotted by a fishing boat and picked up by the Coast   

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