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Cumberland Evening Times (Newspaper) - February 24, 1987, Cumberland, Maryland Reagan Meets With Regan About Chief Of Staffs Future WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan and Donald T. Regan are discussing the White House chief of staff's future amid growing indications that Regan will leave after a key report on the Iran-Contra affair is released Thursday. The embattled Regan told a group of presidential advisers in private late Monday that he and the president briefly discussed his White House position, an administration source said. The Los Angeles Times reported today that the « president reluctantly has decided to get rid of Regan, "i and today's London Times, in a dispatch from Washington, said Regan would quit Friday. Both reports quoted unidentified administration sources. The New York Times, meanwhile, said Reagan cannot say for sure when he approved the first arms shipment to Iran. First lady Nancy Reagan, who sources say has sought Regan's ouster, has said nothing in public about her widely reported dissatisfacton with Regan. No changes are expected to occur before the commission led by former Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, unveils its report on the scheme to sell weapons to Iran and divert the profits to the Contra rebels in Nicaragua. The chief of staff said he and the president "had agreed that they'd talk about it again after the Tower report," according to the official, who spoke only on condition he not be identified. The official, who attended the session called to discuss how to respond to the forthcoming Tower report, said Regan "gave no indication of an intention to leave or stay." But sources close to Mrs. Reagan predicted Regan would resign because the first lady wants a new chief of staff and is campaigning to get rid of Regan. "She's involved," said one source, speaking on condition of anonymity. "She's making it happen." Republican sources quoted in The Washington Post today said the president has sounded out former Nevada Republican Sen. Paul Laxalt about replacing Regan and that former Transportation Secretary Drew Lewis would work with Laxalt temporarily in the White House. The Ims Angeles Times listed the U.S. ambassador to Britain, Charles H. Price, as a possible Regan replacement, while the London Times said Lewis would replace Regan outright. The Los Angeles Times said the Tower commission's report will imply that Regan has failed in his duty to protect the president as Reagan sought to deal with the Iran-Contra controversy. "The whole process over at the White House in all of this has been unseemly," said an unidentified senior government official quoted by the newspaper. "Don Regan has spent a lot of time protecting Don Regan and not much time trying to protect the president.'' ABC News reported, meanwhile, that the commission "makes no specific finding of wrongdoing on Donald Regan's part." NEA GRAPHIC DONALD REGAN (White House Chief Of Staff) The Weather Fair tonight. Low in mid 20s. Wednesday, partly cloudy. High in mid 40s. Light winds» Cumberland t-uening Firnes Board Votes On Consolidation (See Local Page) CXVIII —No. 46 \«<MKia(rd Preaa —Ne* > nrfc Time« Mew* Servire 1 niled Pre«« International — AP laaerphotn Cumberland, Maryland, Tuesday, Feb. 24,1987 Published Monday through fri<la\ )>> Time« A \llrganian C<> . Baltimore M.. Cumtterland. Md. 21.VU. S-onnd rlam poMw paid at Cumberland. Md. 25 Cents Syrian Troops Kill Three Gunmen In West Beirut BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -Syrian troops shot and killed three gunmen in west Beirut today, the third day of a Syrian operation aimed at disarming feuding Druse and Shiite Moslem militias, police reported. The fatalities were the first reported since about 4,000 Syrian soldiers poured into west Beirut on Sunday to end weeklong battles for control of the Moslem sector of the capital. Police said the three gunmen TUESDAY- EM. Update LOCAL, AREA • TWO YOUNG WESTERNPORT MEN were arrested Friday and charged in the Feb. 4 theft of more than $2,000 worth of football equipment from Valley High School, State Police said. James T. Davis, 19, and Christopher W. Rooney, 18, were each charged with breaking and entering and felony theft on Friday by Sgt. RayMilburn. The accused were given bond hearings before District Court Commissioner Jennifer Martin and released on their own recognizance, pending further court action. Entry into the school was gained on Feb. 4 by breaking a rear window of the equipment room. Items taken were mostly football jerseys and pants with a combined value of $2,400. A All of the property stolen in the incident has now been recovered, said Sgt, Milburn. • A TRACTOR-TRAILER DRIVER stopping to make a delivery at Cumberland Electric Company on Virginia Avenue drove the rig into a store sign and damaged a tree, City Police said. The driver, a 53-year-old Virginia man, was charged with driving while intoxicated and negligent driving following the 2 a.m. incident, police said. • THREE VEHICLES on Pennsylvania Avenue and one on South Street were entered Monday night or this morning and registration cards were stolen, City Police said. All of the vehicles were unlocked. A CB radio was also stolen from the vehicle parked on South Street, police said. All of the entries are under investigation. • MILL CREEK, W.Va. (UPI) — A Randolph County woman and her two sons have their dog to thank for their lives. A spokesman for the Mill Creek-Huttonsville Fire Department said Portia Hall and her sons, ages 10 and 12, escaped from their burning mobile home Monday after being awakened by their dog's frantic barking. The cause of the fire was not known. • ONE OF THREE WINNERS who will split Saturday's Maryland Lotto jackpot of $2.7 million after matching all six numbers in the contest validated her winning ticket Monday at La Vale Plaza Wine where she purchased the ticket, according to a store employee. The woman's identity was not immediately available from the state Lottery agency. The winners will receive 19 annual payments of $45,000 following an initial payment of $43,155, according to Lottery spokesman Carlton Dotson. The other winning tickets were sold at M&L Discount Liquors in Baltimore and Sun Valley Liquors in Glen Burnie. SPORTS LATE NBA GAMES By The Associated Press Nate McMillan had help from everybody on the court, including his opponents. And when the game was over, McMillan had a team-record 25 assists and the Seattle SuperSonics had a 124-112 NBA victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. In other NBA game Monday, it was Dallas 121, Golden State 95. Guards Rolando Blackman and Brad Davis scored 25 and 24 points, respectively, to lead Dallas. The Mavericks scored the first 12 points of the game and were never threatened. • NEW YORK (AP) — Center Moses Malone of the Washington Bullets, who averaged 30.5 points and 14.0 rebounds in four games, has been named the NBA Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 22. The All-Star center began his productive week by scoring 36 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a 124-110 victory at Phoenix last Monday. The following night, he collected 27 points and 19 rebounds in a 114-99 triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers. • NEW YORK (AP) — Right wing Mike Gartner of the Washington Capitals, who registered a league-high seven goals and had four assists, has been named the NHL's Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 22. a Gartner, the first player to win the weekly award when it was inaugurated in the 1980-81 season, edged goalie Tom Barrasso of the Bufffalo Sabres and centers Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings and Bernie Federko of the St. Louis Blues for the honor. ON INSIDE PA GES Ann Landers......................4 Heloise..............................5 failed to obey a Syrian patrol's orders to stop in the seaside Raouche district, a longtime Druse stronghold. "When the gunmen ran away, Syrian soldiers chased them, killed all three and resumed a search for armed men in the neighborhood," a police spokesman said. He spoke on condition of anonymity. The bodies were left lying on a barren cliffside overlooking the Mediterranean until a Lebanese Red Cross ambulance removed them, witnesses said. Police declined to identify the victims, all three apparently in their early 20s. But witnesses, who demanded anonymity, said the men were former members of Druse warlord Walid Jumblatt's Progressive Socialist Party. The spokesman said Syrian soldiers arrested dozens of men in other sections of Beirut that were controlled by Druse and Shiite militias. Three Syrians and three Druse were wounded in a gunbattle Monday. The crackdown came as both the Progressive'Socialist Party and the Shiite Amal militia began evacuating west Beirut and Syrian troops moved into the vacated strongholds, including the Lebanese capital's Bridge............................... 4 Comics............................. 19 Crossword........................19 Cryptoquote.....................19 Deaths.............................20 Dr. Gott.............................5 Editorial Pages...............8-9 SYRIAN PATROL—An elderly Lebanese woman passes through Syrian army trucks loaded with troops of the crack special forces Tuesday. (AP Laserphoto) tallest skyscraper. The withdrawal was part of an agreement signed Friday by Moslem government and militia leaders who requested Syria's intervention to quell the fighting, in which 300 people were killed and more than 1,300 were wounded. Rebels Kill Five In Philippines MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Communist rebels today lobbed a grenade into a school packed with farm families in Cebu City and attacked three homes in the area, killing five people and wounding four others, the military said. The attacks in the country's third major urban center came as the nation commemorated the anniversary of the overthrow of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos in a military-civilian uprising. Troops were deployed around broadcast stations and other strategic centers in Manila because of reports the rebels or Marcos loyalists might try to disrupt celebrations that culminate Wednesday. The military went on full alert Sunday. The Communist-dominated National Democratic Front accused President Corazon Aquino's government of turning its back on the spirit of the anti-Marcos revolution, which it described as "a struggle for basic social change." "It has twisted this mandate to weaken the people's democratic gains, deprive them of their hard-won victories, and instead further stabilize the rule of U.S. interest and the same traditional elite in the country," said the Front, which represented the rebel New People's Army in recently collapsed peace talks. Officials have planned a day of fireworks, flag-raisings, speeches and dancing Wednesday on EDSA boulevard, where hundreds of thousands of demonstrators massed Feb. 22-25, 1986, to protect troops that mutinied against Marcos. Brig. Gen. Romulo Querubin, commander of the Cebu area 360 miles south of Manila, said two men were killed and two women and two children wounded when rebels lobbed a grenade into a school and sprayed it with automatic weapons fire about miles south of the city. Officials said about 30 farm families had been staying in the school because of fears of a rebel attack on their village. Governors Seek Action On Welfare Reform WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's governors, encouraged by President Reagan's endorsement of portions of their welfare reform plan, are ready to lobby Congress for quick action on the proposal that would require people to work for their assistance. Formal adoption of the plan as a policy of the National Governors Association was the top item on the agenda for today's closing session of the association's annual winter meeting. Also appearing at the session was House Speaker Jim Wright, D-Texas. As soon as the meeting ends, the governors plan to head for Capitol Hill to outline their proposal to the House Ways and Means Committee. Wright has said he would like to see a welfare reform bill in May, according to Rep. Tom Downey, D-N.Y., a member of the Ways and Means Committee. Welfare reform was the principal topic of an hour-long meeting the governors had Monday with Reagan at the White House. "He basically agreed to support more of our program than I thought he would," said Democratic Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas, conference chariman. "I feel much better today about the prospects of welfare reform than I did yesterday," Clinton added. Clinton said Reagan endorsed portions of the governors' proposal requiring work for any welfare recipient with a child 3 or older, and establishing a contract between the govern ment and each welfare recipient promising job assistance in return for an effort to get off welfare. Enhanced education, job-training, day care and job placement programs would be included. Reagan disagreed with the governors' call for establishing national standards for assistance, and the question of the cost of the governors' program — estimated at $1 billion — was not dealt with in detail. The president was sending his own welfare reform plan to Congress. WORLD NEWS AT A GLANCE Markets.............................6 Racing.............................14 Sports..........................13-15 State News.........................3 Tri-State News...................7 Want Ads......................16-18 Women's News...................4 JERUSALEM (AP) — A top aide to Foreign Minister Shimon Peres has endorsed the European Common Market's call for a U.N-monitored international peace conference on the Middle East. The proposed conference, which would give the Soviet Union a role in the peace process, is opposed by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. WASHINGTON (AP) — Israel may have acquired enough nuclear weaponry "to level every urban center in the Middle East" with a population of over 100,000, according to a study released today. WASHINGTON (AP) — College tuitions have climbed nearly 10 percent a year in the 1980s, double the rate of inflation and 50 percent faster than personal incomes, a new study said today. Tuition went up faster than any of the other major goods and services examined in the report commissioned by the American Council on Education, a lobbying and research group for more than 1,500 colleges and universities. WASHINGTON (AP) — A decade after reinstating capital punishment in the United States, the Supreme Court must decide whether the death penalty is too severe for murderers who killed before age 18. WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic budget writers, claiming they can do a better job of reducing federal red ink than President Reagan, are touting a deficit-reduction goal that would violate the Gramm-Rudman law. Rep. William H. Gray III, D-Pa., and Sen. Lawton Chiles, D-Fla., the chairmen of the House and Senate budget committees, respectively, called Monday for cutting deficits by between $36 billion and $40 billion in fiscal 1988.
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