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News (Newspaper) - July 2, 1992, Frederick, Maryland 1992, The Great Southern Printing and Manufacturing Company Vol. IQM-No. 221 Fmkrirk, Maryland 21701 Thursday. July 2, JW2 4 25' Jobless rate surges to highest in 8 years By DAVE SKIDMORE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) The nation's unemployment rate surged to 7.8 percent in June, the highest level in more than eight years, as the weak economy proved unable to absorb an influx of job seekers, the government said today. The Labor Department said the June rate was a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percentage points higher than the May level of 7.5 percent and 0.6 percentage points above the April number. The June rate was the highest since March 1984. The second consecutive big deterioration caught economists by Fed drops discount rate to 3.0 percent WASHINGTON (AP) The Fed- era! Reserve today slashed its key discount rate from 3.5 percent to 3.0 percent, its lowest rate in nearly three decades, in an effort to sustain a recovery showing alarming signs of faltering. The Fed acted less than an hour after the government reported that unemployment surged unexpectedly to 7 8 percent in June. The central bank cited "sustained weakness in credit and money growth, continued movement toward price stability and the uneven progress of the economic recovery." (Continued on Page A-4) surprise and raised the possibility the Federal Reserve would seek to stimulate business and consumer spending by reducing interest rates. Prices of U.S. Treasury securities surged immediately after the report's release in anticipation of lower rates. Robert G Dederick of Northern Trust Co. in Chicago predicted, "The Fed is going to move and fast, fast, fast." "This report is not what we were expecting. It's just a bummer across the tie said. It's like you have glue on your feet. The economy just can't seem to get out of this." As recently as Wednesday, Presi- dent Bush urged the central bank to move rates lower. Bush, facing increasingly uncertain re-election prospects, is trying to persuade voters he is doing everything possible to get the economy moving again. Federal Reserve policy-makers met behind closed doors on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was thought they were leaning toward holding rates steady, but that was before the release of today's unexpectedly dismal unemployment number. The unemployment rate is based on a Labor Department survey of American households. It showed 9.98 million workers unemployed, the highest number since October 1983. Meanwhile, the labor force those either working or looking for jobs soared by to 127.5 million, the second big increase in a row as high (Continued on Page A-3) Byron considered for top Navy post By LOUIS LYONS News-Post SUft Rep. Beverly Byron confirmed Wednesday that she has been mentioned as a possible successor to Secretary of the Navy H. Lawrence Garrett III. who resigned last week in the wake of the Tailhook scandal. "I understand my name has been brought up and a lot of people have made calls to the White House and the Pentagon on my behalf. It's very the 14-year Demo, cratic congresswoman said Wed- nesday. She would not say whether she would accept the job, the Navy's highest-ranking civilian post. She said several factors would make her a good candidate for the job, including the prospect of an easy confirmation by the Senate. President Bush and Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, however, "first must make a deep philosophical decision whether to go outside the Pentagon and break the male mold of Navy secretaries" to fill the position, Mrs. Byron said No woman has served as secretary of the Navy Recent reports in The Virginian- Pilot and The (Baltimore) Suolisted assistant secretaries Jacqueline E Schafer and Barbara Spyndon Pope as other women who might be considered for the post Mr Garrett stepped down from the job last Friday amid criticism of his handling of an investigation into charges that 26 some of them officers, were sexually molested by a gauntlet of servicemen at the annual Tailhook Association convention of Navy and Marine avi- ators last September in Las Vegas. "The message needs to be sent by whomever is the new secretary to make the fleet understand incidents of sexual abuse will not be said Mrs. Byron. "I feel very strongly that the next secretary has got to clean up the enormous problems in the service, many of which are personnel-related." Mrs. Byron, 59, a conservative Democrat who is the first chair- woman of the Military Personnel and Compensation subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, would bring defense expertise and political experience to the job. She lost her bid for the Democratic nomination to another term in the House in the March primary, and her term of office ends in January. Mrs. Byron's father, Harry C. Butcher, was a Navy captain and aide to Gen. Dwigbt D. Eisenhower during World War II. It is not clear if Mr. Bush will nominate a candidate to be Navy secretary before the Nov. 3 presi- dential election. Navy undersecre- tary J. Daniel Howard is acting Navy secretary. Mrs Byron said she has heard from administration officials that a nominee will be chosen ID the next few weeks Other possible candidates mentioned for the position include "three or four members of the House" and at least two top Department of Defense officials, she said. Mrs Byron also said she has heard that Sen Barbara Mikulski. D-Md., (Continued ot> Page A-4> Polishing Patrick About every two weeks, Mark Journell of Frederick, an employee of the Patrick Center as he did early Wednesday evening. Staff photo by SIB YB of Servicemaster of Frederick, polishes the sign above the doors Harry dcMoll new vice president Quist elected school board president By GLENN McMAHAN News-Post Staff One year after Norman Quist was appointed to the Frederick County Board of Education, the panel on Wednesday elected him as its new president. "It's both a pleasure and a chal- lenge to assume the said Mr. Quist, who is also president of the University Publishing Group of Frederick He congratulated former president Edgar W. Larson and former vice president Earl H. Robbins, Jr., for their work in what he said was often "a thankless job." Harry T. deMoll was elected this year's vice president Mr. Quist said he planned to work for improved relations between county teachers and the Board of Education, and an increased focus on school curriculum issues. He said he would present other goals for the coming year in about two weeks Commenting after the meeting on the discord between teachers and the Board of Education, Mr Quist said dialogue between the two parties needed improvement. He criticized the Frederick County Teachers Association (FCTA) leadership for not seriously con- sidering the county fiscal situation during salary negotiations. Teachers have protested what they call the board's failure to fund promised salary increases which were included in the contract before the county cut the education budget. The offer funded step increases for most teachers but did not include a cost-of-livmg raise. Mr. Quist also said the FCTA failed to adequately inform teachers about the Board of Education's offer to the teachers, distributing a one- page summary of the offer rather than a detailed 12-page document prepared by the school board "The board's last offer was accu- rate, thorough and said Mr Quist. "They summarized it in one page to their members. I view that as an act of irresponsibility." Mr. Quist invited each of the teachers in the county to "obtain a copy of the board's report." The school board on June 15 funded its offer without teacher approval pnor to the results of the teachers' vote on Uie contract. (Continued on Page A-7) County students rated excellent on writing exam Canadian troops dig in at Sarajevo airport By TERRY LEONARD Associated Press Writer SARAJEVO, Bosnia Herzegovina (AP) A convoy of 350 Canadian soldiers reached Sarajevo airport today and immediately dug in around the field to help guard the inter- national relief effort for Bosnia's battered and hungry capital The Canadians' commander said he had to threaten to fight at one roadblock on the anxious journey through mountainous territory con- tested by Serb irregulars and troops loyal to newly independent Bosnia. Meanwhile, a Yugoslav-born American businessman agreed to become premier of the new. smaller Yugoslavia. Milan Panic, a U S citizen who owns a drug company in Costa Mesa. Calif. had refused the job two weeks ago. The move by Yugoslav leaders to tap Mr Panic appeared aimed at easing Western outrage with Serbia for its role in the ethnic fighting in Bosnia and other former Yugoslav republics Yugoslavia, which now consists onl> of Serbia and Montenegro, has been hit with a U N trade embargo to pressure Belgrade to halt the fighting Nearly 1.000 Canadians in all were expected to arnve in Sarajevo during the day to reinforce the 80 U N soldiers who opened the airport Monday and the 125 heavily armed French marine commandos who flew in Wednesday, Accenting the tenuousness of the airport lifeline, sporadic machine- gun fire chattered in surrounding neighborhoods as the Canadians took up positions along the runways and m buildings The deployment was completed within a half-hour after they arrived in 100 armored per- sonnel earners and trucks, some decorated with wilting flowers pre- sented by villagers along the way Artillery duels also occurred (Continued on Page A-3) By GLENN McMAHAN News-Post Staff County students taking the 1992 Maryland Writing test for the first time climbed to the highest level of writing ability, according to pre- limmary test results announced Wednesday by the Frederick County Board of Education Students for the first time reached the Maryland School Performance Program's (MSPP) "excellent" rating with 96 5 percent of the students passing the test The results show a 5.1 percent increase over last year's figures Board member A Samuel Koski said during Wednesday's meeting that he was pleased county educators had not settled for only "satis- factory" results "I believe that's what we're all about. he said The MSPP test is part of a statewide competency testing pro- gram to measure student ability m Man injured in accident dies From Staff Reports A Frederick man died Wednesdav from injuries suffered m a three- vehicle accident Tuesday, according to Maryland State Police reports Leonard R Seal. 79. died shortly after noon at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. Baltimore where he was flown after the accident on U S 15 near Point of Rocks, police said tn Mr N'eal vko1, G- i-iTi.: or. tnc whei for reasons he crossed the center line and hit a van Police said he returned to his lane. then crossed into the opposite .ane a second time where Ms ca' hi' i truck several categories. The results are not final, but Stephen K Hess, the public school system supervisor of testing, said late results would not significantly change the early results. The test, given to 1.845 county ninth-graders, measured writing education in students' early years through grade eight. Because the test is an essay exam rather than multiple choice, scoring is subjec- tive. Exam scorers are trained to judge the writing as objectively as possible. Mr Hess also said it has been difficult for the state to standardize the difficulty of the test Over the past five years, the county score has increased and decreased b> as much as 6 percent. Last year, 90.9 percent of county students passed the test compared with 95 9 percent in 1990 However, the pass rate has increased dramatically since 1983 when only about 60 percent of all students passed the test. Mr Hess said This year, the test revealed that students who attended eighth grade in Frederick County performed bet ter on the test than those who studied outside the county Mr Hess said students soent Continued on Page A-4 Inside The News State police said tnis the .if fs'a.mc' r Cciant) n ad> inn M nej to 22 Teen's family recalls tragic night B> TF.HEM FEINKLIN Poet Staff Sometimes Shem Biker still up ?t night tod goes into her ton's room of finding him sitting at desk trading i book or lying asleep in bed Her ion j c ioihes art still folded in hn bureau the Mepstool he painted blur i year fits by his bed. but William' Russell 111 hasn't been iri his home on Comus Road N shM and kiiied last Dec 14 At ace Ruswi. the truddlc of her in rhilCrer and heT the Montgomery County State s Attorne> Office The case handled h> Montgom en hecaust the mr.the'- of the accused >nulh wo'kir.c tr tN Frederick Ourt> AttMTie> office thf dftrctnr ir rcninf rhi.' hr at "ancf NS fnem) sitting MI the fioor IV-t TV hullet hf said throusrh head th-riugf- iru D, f i' r iiir ir aiif-irire It will be parth tod a? with hiehs near cloud) tonight lows in tbr iorreatJBe rtopdiofs' wttfc fbiare of rain on Friday wttli aeain in tbe mid Vanland neither and map on Pate A into Srf fttr i orlop orer UK BnlH Vf f tit C 1 >n >f kouw ObitBirvn f VINT a It -t f> A i t f A r-r-d alleged uter r JK ,v Paec A 4 Hakrr nf Srr 111