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   Daily News (Newspaper) - May 22, 1989, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania                                BEDING Chinas leadership fought its fiercest power struggle in more than a decade Monday as the army hesitated in following orders to suppress college students whose prodemocracy campaign backed by at least 1 million people refused to crack A martial law decree issued by Premier Li Peng in response to nationwide antigovernment protests lay in tatters after citizens spent a second night placing garbage trucks buses furniture and them selves in front of army convoys to keep out of the capital WASHINGTON President Bush and French President Francois Mitterrand hope agreement will be reached quickly in the NATO alliance on settling the contentious issue of limiting shortrange nuclear weapons in Europe Answering questions Sunday after meeting with Mitterrand on the sharp dispute and a commencement address at Boston University Bush said I think that we could well have this resolved before the summit in a weeks time BONN West Germany West Germany says a US proposal to heal a rift between Bonn and Washington over shortrange nuclear missiles did not settle the dispute but providesa basis for a dialogue between the two allies Government spokesman Hans Klein told a news conference Sunday that Chancellor Helmut Kohl would respond Monday to President Bush and other Western leaders on the compromise plan offered last week in Washington LOS ANGELES Negotiations in the weeklong teachers strike broke off with union leaders angrily accusing school board members of luring them into new talks with promises of a compromise and then making no new proposals Im very upset and very angry Wayne Johnson president of United TeachersLos Angeles said late Sunday night Its not a fair way to deal with employees COLOMBO Sri Lanka Tamil attacked ihe main camp of a rival group in northern Sri Lanka with automatic weapons and rock ets leaving 52 rebels dead and 34 others wounded in the Fierce four hourlong battle officials and rebel sources said Monday The Sunday morning fighting at Kurunjukularh village near the coastal town of Mannar 140 miles north of Colom bo was the bloodiest in three years between the rival militants who took up arms in 1983 to try to create a nation for ihe Hindu minority in the Tamildominated northeast NEWDELHI India An Indian ballistic missile soared into space Monday and plunged back into the Bay of Bengal a demonstration of New Delhis ability to fire rockets with nuclear potential as far away as China Iran and Indonesia officials said Military technicians launched the projectile named Agni after the Hindu God of Fire from miles southeast of New Delhi and its dummy warhead hit in water at an unspecified distance from the site officials said ANCHORAGE Alaska Federal officials say it will take months to sort out all the evidence and place blame for the nations worst oil spill but several people involved in the probe did not hesi tate to point the finger as the formal inquiry ended The National Trans portation Safety Board panel that held five days of hearings returned to Washington Sunday to study the evidence in the wreck of the Exxon Valdez but others involved in the probe promptly blamed the super tankers third mate COLUMBUS Ohio A prose cutor says it will be one persons word against others when Rep Donald Lukens ROhio goes on trial Monday for allegedly paying to have sex with a 16yearold Colum bus girl last November Lukens 58 of Middletown has pleaded inno cent to contributing to theunruliness and delinquency of a child a first degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a 1000 fine He requested a jury trial LONDON Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir was in BritainMonday for talks with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and others to find support for his Middle East peace initiative and encourage Europes leaders to persuade Pales tinians to accept his plan Shamir was greeted upon his arrival Sunday by Foreign Secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe and was scheduled to meet Monday with Thatcher then with leaders in Spain before returning to Israel Friday TOKYO Prosecutors Monday indicted two politicians alleging they took bribes in Japans biggest political scandal since World War II in an investigation expected to stop short of charging Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita or his predeces sor YasuhiroNakasone The indict ments expected for nearly a week were delivered against former Chief Cabinet Secretary Takao Fujinami and Katsuya Ikcda a onetime senior official of Japans No 2 opposition party Koemcito who resigned from parliament last week over the scandal GQQD AFTERNOON Inside Ann Landers14 Hints from Helolse13 News of Yesteryear7 Sports456 People Pastimes8 Classifieds111213 Comics10 Obituaries2 Weather Tonlghtfair Low in the lower 50s Light winds sunny with a 40 percent chance of showers High in the mid 70s Wednesday through Fri sunny Wednesday Warmer with a chance of showers and thunderstorms Thursday Partly cloudy and warm Friday Wednesdays lows in the 50shighs In the 70s Thursdays lows around 60i Highs 80 to 85 Fridays lows in the 60s Lottery The winning number selected Saturday night in the Pennsylvania Lotterys Daily Number game was 810 The Big4 Number was 0574 Teaser Teaser fans heres a twosome for you The Dionne quintuplets made news constantly 50 years ago On this date they were meeting with Britains king and queen on their visit to Canada Can you remember the names of the famous five litile girls The name of their equally famous doctor Ten years ago an election cliffhanger was over following the official tabulation for Republican nomination for commis sioner The winners name Its a household word today All answers in News of Yesteryear NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST TO 8 AM EOT 52389 PROMTS I Warm Occluded STUDENT PROTESTERS SWEEP TIANANMEN SQUARE in front oflhc entrance to ihc Forbidden Cily on Monday morning During ihc ihird day of martial law ihe iroops have yet to enter central Peking Senior army officers oppose military crackdown in Beijing By MARK S DEL VECCHIO BEIJING UPI embattled government Monday posted troops at news paper offices and ordered hospitals on alert in a bid to regain conlrol of Beijing but senior army officers and legislators opposed a military crackdown on themass prodemocracy protests Chinese sources Protesters defied martial law for a third day with intellectuals and journalists joining thousands of College stiiddntsxarnpcd in central Tiananmen Square the focal point of a month of antigovcmmcnt unrest that has brought chaos to Beijing The number of protesters in Tiananmen Square dwindled after the passing with out incident of a dawn deadline that students said had been set by the army to oust them But as evening wore on crowds began to move toward the square again The peaceful prodemocracy protests have mushroomed into the strongest challenge to the government in 40 years ignited a power struggle among Chinas leadcrs that Chinese sources with access to senior Communist Parly members said would be difficult to resolve without force Large numbers of soldiers remained on the capitals outskirts immobilized without orders since a martial law declaration Saturday Meanwhile party leaders held tightly shrouded negotiations over the future of the government leaving the fate of decadeold economic and political reforms in the balance the sources said The leadership struggle is between advocates of the bolder political and economic reform demanded by the protesters and hardline party conservatives seeking a military crackdown on the peaceful protest movement the sources said Seven army generals including former Defense Minister Zhang Aiping former Peoples Liberation Army Chief of Staff Yang Dczhi and Xiao Kc delivered an open letter to the Communist Party newspaper the Peoples Daily saying the PLA troops should notenter city at present Chinese sources said An unidentified senior army officer later was quoted on stale television as saying an orderhadbeen circulated towithdraw his troops from the citys suburbs but later it was decided that his men would stay because of the circumslances Each day without movement by the army suggested a weakening of the position of Premier Li Peng and his conservative supporters in the top echelons of the lead ership analysts said Reflecting increasing urgency 30 members of the ruling Standing Committee of ihe Naiional Peoples Congress Chinas nominal parliamenl appealed for an emergency session of the body Chinese sources said They demanded the army not enler the city that the protesters leave the square and the government open talks with Ihe sludcnts who began the prodemocracy proiests in midApril The Beijing cily government and ihc party issued backlowork orders sicppcd up criticism of the protests and mounted a drive to regain control of the capital Apparently in anticipation of violence directors of major hospitals were conducting emergency meetings and had been alerted lo make space in surgical and orihopcdic units wilh all department heads on standby medical sources said Plainclolhcs soldiers moved inio offices of major newspapers to ensure thai Cont on Page 2 Decisive day in Los Angeles teachers strike negotiations Map shows minimum temperatures At least 50 of any shaded area is forecast lo receive preciprtatw n i ndicated U PI LOS ANGELES UPI Negotia tions in the weeklong teachers strike broke off Sunday night with union lead ers accusing the district of luring them into new talks and then making no new proposals Im very upset and very angry said Wayne Johnson president of United TeachersLos Angeles Its not a fair way to deal with employees Johnson said school districi officials had led him to believe that a comprom ise offer was forthcoming but that they made exactly the same offer that had been rejected earlier After several expressions of optim ism after Saturday negotiations the two sides were scheduled to meet at 3 pm Sunday But the district officials did not show up at the Bonaventure Hotel negotiating site until 7 pm Johnson angrily broke off the talks after about two hours Many of them the teachers hoped we were going to get a settlement so did I Johnson said urging the teach ers to stay united be out on those lines tomorrow in a show of strength Both sides emerged from three hours of talks at pm Saturday wilh increased optimism Talks ihe previous two days failed to produce progress on salaries the main stumbling block in the strike that began Monday I feel more positive today when I left the room than I did yesterday Johnson had said as he left Saturdays meeting We have not reached agree ment on any issues but the proposals going back and forth and the negotiat ing process appear more positive School Board President Roberta Weintraub also was upbeat Saturday night Tomorrow will be a decisive day Weintraub said of Sundays scheduled talks The strikes been going on a week Everyones been working very hard to reach a negotiation If theres any way to end this well find out and if theres not going lo be a settlement well find out Superintendent Leonard Britton said earlier a settlement would have to be reached by noon Sunday in order o have schools in full operation Monday Earlier Saturday both sides spent much of the day in separate meetings discussing the previous nighls negotia tions which Dick Fisher the Los Angeles Unified School Districts chief negotiator said yielded little reason to be optimistic Schools in the nations second largest district have remained open with skeleton staffs of administrators non striking teachers and substitutes hired at per day but student attendance has dropped each day The union which represents 32000 teachers counselors and nurses who have been working without a contract for nearly a year is seeking a 26per cent raise over three years Johnson contends a S25 billion state tax windfall will provide the district with new funding to augment its offered threeyear salary increase of 215 percent The district will not know exactly how much new money it will receive for several weeks after Gov George Deukmejian and the Legislalure complete a complicalcd scries of budgei steps Fingers point to crew errors in spill incident By JEFF BERLINER ANCHORAGE Alaska UPI Federal officials say it will take months to sort out all the evidence and place blame for the nations worst oil spill but several people involved in the probe did not hesitate to point ihe finger as the formal inquiry ended The National Transportation Safety Board panel that held five days of hear ings returned to Washington Sunday to study the evidence in the wreck of the Exxon Valdez but others involved in the probe promptly blamed the super tankers third mate The third mate ran it into the reef said Bob LeResche state representative at the board of inquiry The third mate testified that he screwed up added Coast Guard Cmdr Darryle Waldron Even Exxons representative at the inquiry Capt William Deppe wondered aloud if the Coast Guard could have shaken the third mate out of his doldrums and gotten him to change course sooner One man who was quite pleased at the end of the hearing was the lawyer for fired Exxon Capt Joseph Hazel wood who was not on the bridge when the ship ran aground and who refused to testify at the NTSB hearing because he faces state criminal charges of operat ing the vessel while intoxicated reck less endangerment and negligent discharge of oil Hazelwoods New York lawyer Michael Chalos said the hearing proved the wreck was not caused by a drunken skipper but by a combination of errors committed by the ihird mate and helmsman Even without Hazelwoods version said NTSB inquiry chairman Lee Dick inson We have enough information after we put it all together and lay it all out that well be able to determine what happened and more importantly why it happened and even more important than thai to make some good solid recommendations so that this will not happen again The Exxon Valdez was loaded with 53 million gallons of Alaska crude at the Valdez oil terminal March 23 and set off for Long Beach Calif At am March 24 the tanker hit Bligh Reef 25 miles south of Vadez broke open on the submerged rocks and spewed 109 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound the biggest oil spill in US history Dickinson said the NTSB will need nine or 10 months to study the evidence but nonNTSB participants in the inquiry and Hazelwoods lawyer were ready to pronounce some early judgments based on the testimony They heard Third Mate Gregory Cousins 38 of Tampa Fla describe how Hazclwood lefi him in charge wilh orders to complete a detour around icebergs in the tanker lanes and return to course at Busby Island navigation light Cousins described how when he ordered helmsman Robert Kagan to turn right 10 degrees nothing happened Cousins ordered a sharper turn Still nothing Then a hard turn but the ship hil rocks and was aground Because Cousins said the tanker fail ed lo mm there was speculation the automatic pilot switched on by Hazel wood was still on even ihough Cousins and Kagan said they switched it off LeResche said The autopilot was totally irrelevant REV ROBERT RAYCROFT Minister to give address at cemetery The Rev Robert Raycroft of Robertsdale Siar Roule will be the keynote speaker for the Memorial Day i Service at the Old School Bapiisl Cemetery Three Springs RD at 10 am Monday May 29 inside the Baptisi Church Special music will be provided by The Amazing Grace Singers and Merrill Culshall The Memorial Day speaker graduated from Juniata College wilh a bachelor of science degree and from the Fieihatiy Biblical Seminary wilh a bachelor of divinity He began lo preach ihc gospel ai ihe age of 17 After 35 years of demoninalional minisiry ihe Rev Raycrofi started Paraclete Ministeries Inc which he now directs He has held many marriage and teaching seminars Pastor Raycroft is a regular teacher at the annual Jesus Festivals held at the Agape Farm The service lo pay tribute to the deceased of all wars will conclude wilh the playing of Taps by Nina Trcgo Citizens of the area arc invited to share in this Memorial Day Service   

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