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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - October 29, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               A2 -THE SUNDAY October NATION WORLD Shaken Army base seeks return to routine PORT N.C Still stunned by a sniper's ambush that left one dead and 18 paratroopers of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division tried to shake off their shock and get back to work soldiers and the victims' families wondered how it could have happened. heart goes out to the person because he was obviously dis- said Diane whose Maj. Stephen Mark Badg- was killed. drives a man to do that' To turn on his fellow man' I don't know I can only have compassion for him and hope NATIONAL DIGEST he gets the help he needs The who was tackled by a group of soldiers exercising is a member of the unit that was fired on early Friday the 2nd Brigade T ask Force Late Friday night. Sgl William J was sent to the military jail at Camp Lejeune Marine Base in Jackson- ville. Sgt. an infantry squad leader assigned to Company A of the 4th Battalion of the 325th Airborne Infantry might not be formally charged for several said Maj. Rivers. the divi- sion spokesman. Empty pockets led to rape LOS ANGELES Three U.S. servicemen went looking for but one was broke and persuaded the others to help him rape a 12-year-old the Japanese lawyer for one of the men told the Las Angeles Times. The Mitsunobu claimed that neither his Marine Pfc. Rodrico of nor Marine Pfc. Kendrick M. of raped the the Times reported in today's editions. Mr. who based his account on interviews with Pfc. Harp and statements the three men made to said the two Marines went along with their Navy Seaman Marcus D. of Texas. He said the three set out on the night of Sept. 4 to find and Pfc. Harp and Pfc. Ledet had about each. Seaman Gill was and insisted that paying for sex was When he proposed Mr. Matsunaga the Marines take it and they didn't agree But they later realized he was serious when he showed them duct tape and condoms. Singer's killer to face Isolation HOUSTON The woman who murdered Selena will do her time in a small with no radio or television and if contact with other some of whom have threatened to kill her. Once Yolanda Saldivar is assigned to a meals will be delivered to her on a tray and she will get her exercise by herself m a surrounded by guards. who had risen from fan club founder to manager of Selena's dothing was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for murdering the beloved Tejano singing star. She won't be eligible for parole until 2025. Saldivar has been the focus of death threats since her arrest on March the day of the shooting. Some of the most vocal warnings have come from the Mexican a prison which had vowed revenge for Selena's death regardless of the trial's outcome. WORLD DIGEST Yeltsin's condition stable MOSCOW President Boris hospitalized for heart remained in stable condition yesterday under close medical Supervision and was able to do a spokesman said. I The was rushed to Moscow's Central Clinical fiospital in a helicopter Thursday with his second apparent heart attack in four months. Following tests doctors pointed to problems with blood supply to Mr. Yeltsin's heart but reported no signs of heart failure. condition remained unchanged and the chief presidential Sergei Medvedev. temperature is normal and doctors are continuing the scheduled Britain bans the Rev. Sun Myung Moon LONDON Britain yesterday banned the Rev. Sun Myung controversial leader of the Unification from entering the country. v The Home which is in charge of announced that the Rev. was being excluded from Britain because his presence was conducive to the public I The Rev. Moon had been scheduled to arrive in London next Vjeekend for his first visit to Britain since 1978 to address followers. IJe called off a 1981 visit after then-Home Secretary William Whitelaw made it clear he would not be welcomed. The Unification based in South is accused by Critics of devious recruitment brainwashing members and duping them out of money. Canadian walks on wire over Yangtze BEIJING Jay Cochrane stepped off a mountain yesterday and feet along a steel rope a quarter-mile above China's flightiest river to the other side. Mr. Cochrane had no safety net or harness as he walked feet ttbove the Yangtze River as it flows swiftly through one of the scenic Gorges Qutang in southwestern Sichuan province. Although others have done longer tightrope walks and at higher Mr. Cochrane said no one had walked such a distance that iigh up. In Michel Menin of France walked a tightrope feet above Angel Falls in according to the Guinness Book of In Ashley Brophy of Australia walked a total of 7.18 miles back and forth on a wire 147 feet long. Ancient canal found near pyramids Egypt Archaeologists have found what they believe is the world's oldest paved built about years ago near the pyramids of an Egyptian scholar said yesterday. The canal was probably used to carry water from the Nile for the ritual bathing of the body of pharaoh whose pyramid is the second largest of the three at said Zahi Hawass of the Egyptian Antiquities Authority Chephren's pyramid is also the most and includes an associated temple complex. Hawass said the discovery of the canal and a nearby tunnel will broaden knowledge of how the pharaoh .was prepared for burial. The in charge of the Giza plateau for the Antiquities said the canal's walls are lined with making it the oldest paved canal ever found. About 50 .yards have been excavated so far. canal was found accidentally by workers tearing down an outdoor theater built about 30 years ago. Chephren ruled from 2558 B.C. to 2532 B.C. His pyramid is about 136 high. The Valley Temple is located southwest of the Sphinx. No information on his military including disciplinary prob- has been released The gunman opened fire on the paratroopers as they set out in the fog and dark on a four mile run The sniper hid in a stand of pine trees overlooking the flood lit exer cise field As the shots rang 'soldiers dashed for cover and some screamed as the wounded soldiers fell. soldiers returned to their routine along Ardennes Street near the site of the attack. Some got their hair cut at the division barber shop and others bought cigarettes and soft drinks at the PX A wedding including some soldiers in dress blue gathered at a nearby chapel A jogger in red pants ran on the outdoor track where wounded were being tended the day before still hasn't set in said Sgt. 1st Class Robert who stopped to look at two bouquets placed on the name plaque of the field. can't believe anyone would do it It shows anybody can go off their rocker Sgt. Shively was running on Ard- ennes Street and heard but wasn't in the formation on the field Friday The tradition of running is basic in the airborne infantry because of the physical conditioning the job requires Exercise sessions are called for physical training is the last place you think you would be fighting for your Maj. Johnson said PT time is sacred The tempo we go at requires Maj. a 36-year-old native of Salt Lake had been a captain on the promotion list for major when he was shot in the Maj. Johnson said. He was promoted after his death. MAJ. STEPHEN BADGER UNed hi attack. Bus crash details pieced together FOX RIVER 111. Teen-agers were a radio was blaring and the school bus driver was late when she pulled up to the railroad tracks and looked down the line. As she crossed the tracks and stopped for a red the rear of the bus hanging above the there was no way for the harried driver or the rowdy kids to know that a 620-ton commuter train was approaching at nearly 70 mph. It was over seconds later. The whistle blowing and brakes slammed info the tear- ing the cabin from the chassis and hurling it on the facing the opposite direction. Seven teen-agers were dead or fatally more than two doz- en others had injuries. The driver knew what hit one investigator and probably couldn't have avoided the train if she'd seen it. Details pieced together from in- eyewitnesses and stu- dents on the bus paint a picture of a tragedy that day that was to happen a horrible of bad malftmctioning equipment and dangerous design. Close call At about a.m. Charlie Ward pulled his- semi- tractor and gravel rig across the double set of railroad tracks on Algonquin Road and inched up to the red light at the intersection with Northwest Highway in downtown Fox River Grove. In front of him were the four lanes of the highway. Behind 46 feet from the lip of the intersec- were the railroad tracks. Then the crossing bell went the red lights flashed and the cross- ing gates started to drop. Mr. Ward inched his 30-foot rig almost into the steady stream of traffic going by at about 35 mph on the to get as far away from the tracks and the gate as possible. Forget about staying on the stop line that would leave him in the path of the express sticking out 2W feet from the rail as it blows by.' Finally the green light came and he with the train- only a few APpnoto A guitar Joins the ever-growing pile of notes and flowers left by friends fwDUM of the victims of collision between 8 school bus end 8 commuter tmJftJtfedneiMtey hi Fox HI. hundred feet away. go across there every and it's the same routine. And I watchr because those lights come on and gates come and that train is Exercising caution About 30 minutes bus driv- er Patricia Catencamp pulled up to the tracks and prepared to cross over to the spot where Mr. Ward had his close call. Ms. a veteran safety official fpr the Cary-Grove school district's transportation depart- was a part-time driver filling in on an unfamiliar route. One of the kids was giving her and she was running students- said. But when she got to the she followed the law stopping the opening the looking and listening for an oncoming train. Nothing. She crossed the tracks toward the red traffic light and stopped the 38to-foot bus with its nose covering the white stop line. That's a traffic but Ms Catencamp she had a long bus. From where she with the bus slanted down on the slight incline toward the the rear of the bus may have looked clear of the tracks in the rear view mirror. But the last three feet of the bus were not. If she looked out her left west along the gradually rising her view was obstructed by parked cars and the railroad station a block away. The approach The train tripped sensors feet from the intersection as it barreled beginning the process that flashes the warning lights and lowers the crossing gate at the intersection. It's also sup- posed to start the cycle that changes the traffic light to green for vehicles in the crossing area. The train didn't have to blow its whistle routinely as it approached because the village had exercised its right to silence the annoying blasts. But the engineer laid on the horn when he saw the bus sticking out in his path. The train was going 69 mph when he hit the then the emergency brakes. At that speed he may have needed a mile to he hadfar less. Unsuspecting victims There was chaos normal chaos as playful 14- and-15-year-olds shouted and gabbed on the bus. A radio was playing. The rail crossing guard hit the back of the and some students thought that was funny. Then they saw the train. at least one ran forward. She never recognized the stu- dents' never saw or heard the train grinding toward Ms. Catencamp told investigators. If she the red light in front of her meant she would have had to pull' into a near-certain collision with other vehicles to avoid the train. Eyewitnesses Village Police Chief Robert Pol- ston was at the intersection that morning with an official from the state Department of Transportation. Chief Polston was there'd been numerous complaints by local residents that the lights were too and that the 1990 widening of the highway left too little roopi for cars. A train had clipped-the'rear of a pickup truck a month ago. Trans- portation officials contended the lighTwas workirtg properly. Chief Polston and the authority watched the lights work as two trains went by without incident. Then the bus pulled up. The Impact At 20 seconds elapsed be- tween the time the the sensor and it smashed the back three feet of the bus at a.m. the train went flying by us you could see the bus I said Jim who was sitting in his pickup truck behind the bus and across the tracks. He ran to the battered cabin of the 'j saw bleeding children lying in the not moving. He saw more bodies in the wreckage and helped kids who could move get off the One student said the bus drivef tried radio for-nelp the then opened the stiU-w6fktng- 'Jf door to let kids. off. bus driver came around to the back of the bus and saw the kids and just started screaming 'Oh my Mr. Homola said. Most crashes occur at protected crossings Nev. More than half of vehicle-train crashes nation- wide occur at crossings protected by lights and not just stop according to a group dedicated to reducing rail-crossing accidents. A train and vehicle collide1 every 90 minutes somewhere in the Uni- ted and motorists who are in train crashes are 30 times more likely to be killed than drivers who are involved in crashes with other according to Operation Lifesaver which collects statis- tics from every state but Hawaii. Seven students were killed in a Chicago suburb Wednesday when a commuter train slammed into the rear of their school which was held up by a red light just past the crossing. Investigators were focusing on a traffic signal system that should have automatically switched to green as the train al- lowing the bus to proceed. Operation Lifesaver based in found that more than 50 percent of rail-crossing acci- dents occur where active warning such as lights and have been installed. On a train hit a pickup truck at a private crossing marked only by a stop sign in killing a family of four in the truck. The family lived reflecting a national said Kent state coordinator of Nevada Operation Lifesaver. we have found is that quite a few occur close to typically on crossings that you cross every day and are very familiar Mr. Cooper said. like the adage that if you're in a it will be I within a couple of miles of your There were railroad ing accidents last year with 610 deaths and according to data collected by Operation saver and the Federal Railroad Ad- ministration. Operation Lifesaver was lished in 1972 by the Union Pacific Railroad andshas in 49 states. Before its crossing fatalities averaged a- year. By the number hacf- dropped to 728 and has continued decline into this decade. Pulp killers convicted GREEN Wis. Six paper mill workers were convicted yesterday of murdering.a police informant found in a vat of pulp with a 50-pound weight tied around his neck. The six turned on Thomas Mon- flls on Nov. for calling police about a plan to steal an extension cord from the James Riv- er Corp. mill where they a Circuit Court jury ruled after five weeks of testimony. Michael Rey Keith Mike Dale and Michael L. face mandatory life sentences. They were convicted of being a party to first-degree murder for beating up Monfils out of revenge and then dumping him in the vat of mud-like paper pulp after they realized he was badly hurt. Mr. suffocated in the vat. His murder led the Wisconsin Legislature to enact a law designed to shield the identities of police informants. by them- might not have been capable of doing District Attorney John Zakowski told the jury. as Emerson 'A mob is man descending to the level of .Sentencing hearings will be scheduled for the six tomorrow. All six men denied any role in Mr. Monfils' death. According to Kutska obtained a transcript of an anony- mous 911 call Mr. Monfils made to police .reporting Kutska planned to walk out of the mill carrying the cord in a duffle bag. Security guards tried to stop Kut- ska and check his but he refused. The refusal prompted com- pany officials to suspend Kutksa for five days without pay. Mill workers testified that on the morning Mr. Monfils disappeared from his work Kutska was playing the police tape for anyone who would listen and the mood was one of growing anger. Dow to pay Company settles in breast implant case Nev. Dow Chemi- cal Co. was found liable for fault silicone breast implants and ordered to pay a woman million in damages in the first implant verdict against the parent of Dow Corning Corp. Charlotte who said her 111 health was due to leaky im- was awarded compensa- tory damages. The same jury will consider punitive damages tomor- row. The state court jury found that Dow Chemical con- the dangers of silicone and Dow Corning Inc. in testing materials used in breast implants. Dow based in Mid- and Corning Inc. of are co-owners of .Dow Coming one of the makers of silicone breast Implants. Dow Corning filed for Chapter 11 bankuptcy protection in saying it lacked the resources litigation filed on behalf of women who blarney implants for health problems. A federal judge ruled in Septem-. her that the cases against Chemical and Corning can ceed despite the Chapter 11 This is the first verdict since then.. Dow Chemical plans to appeal the Nevada Supreme Court. disappointed the jiuTJ couldn't sort through the technical issues that were made even more complex by misreprej sentations of the plaintiffs couiv said Marsha J. Dow attorney. Ms. who lives In sued 'Dow Chemical and Dow- Corning in alleging that implants caused serious inchtdinf muscle tmuuii aij incontinence.   

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