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   Daily News (Newspaper) - November 8, 1989, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania                                World News at a G la nee Comrnuriist Party Politburo the top policymaking bodyf resigned Wed nesday one day after the entire Cabinet quit in anattempt to halt the flightof thousands of its citizens to WestGermany the official East German news agency ADN reported v WASHINGTON Democrats were jubilant over Tuesdays off year elections but the showcase battle still had a slight hint of doubt even though Virginian Doug gilder was certain he had become the first black elected governor in America Wilder razorthin guber natorial victory but Republican opponent Marshall Coleman refused to concede and the GOPplanned for an almostcertain recount More clear results came in the other two main electoral showdowns with New York City Democrat David Dinkins1 becoming the first black mayor of the nations largest city and New Jersey Democratic Rep James Florio easily capturing the Garden States governorship in his third try WASHINGTON A proposal to build a baseball stadium in San Francisco was defeated in a vote swayed bylast months Northern California earthquake while a domestic partners ordinance in that city trailed narrowly with votes still to be counted Wednesday The fai lure ofthe San Francisco stadium propdsition reflected the generally negative reaction by voters Tuesday to ballot proposals seeking to hike their taxes or spend their money for new purposes j WASHINGTON With the government set to run out of money at midnight Wednesday Congress rushed a bill to President Bushs desk to extend the governments depleted borrowing authority for 11 months WASHINGTON TheSenate cleared away the major roadblocks to passage Wednesday of a bill to increase the federal minimum wage to an hour over two years a measure thathasthc support of Pres ident Bush SAN DIEGO A small Navy submarine installing listening devices on the ocean floor became entangled in a cable stranding three crewmen 1270 feet under water several hours before it broke free Wed hcsd ay offici als d Two rescue vehicles were en route to the area in Wilson Cove off San Clemente Island when the 26foot submarine Turtle broke free about am Wednesday said Navy Cmdr Doug Schamp BOSTON Gov Michael Dukakis reportedly devastated by his wifes sudden hospitalization canceled all appointments Wednes day as doctors honored Kitty Dukar kiss request not to release any infor mation about her condition BEIRUT Lebanon Christian military leader Michel Aoun accused the United States of having advance knowledge about a reported attempt on his life and supporters of the defiant general stepped up their campaign against the newly chosen Syrianbacked president ooop AFTERNOON Inside Ann Landers 18 Hints from Heloise 8 News of Yesteryear 25 Sports 45 People Pastimes 14 Classifieds 2425 Along the Juniata Around the Broad Top 9 Commercial Outlook 7 Obituaries 2 Now you know Philip AT ting stall holds the world record for pancake tossing Artings tall tossed 262 in two minutes on April 28 at a school in Grampian England Teaser 1 1 a teaser for the President Judge of Huntingdon Countyand politicos with keen memories Who ran against I Newton Taylor Esq Republican candidate for district attorney 50 years ago The answer is in News of Yesteryear Lottery The whining number selected Tuesday night in the Pennsylvania Lotterys Daily Number game was was 1166 The winning numbers selected in the Pennsylvania Lotterys Wid Card Lotto game were 18 19 20 212532 and the Wild Card number WM16 Vol 68 WEDNESJAT 07 wins There was only one countywide race in theHuntingdon County municipal elections held on Tuesday but it turned cut to be adandy l Thecontest between Harry E Ersek Jr of Huntingdon RD4 and Roy W Brouse of Huntingdon started when both won their party nominations for sheriff last spring and continued until the wee hours this morning before Ersek was able to seal a 603 vote victory Brouse a Democrat and his Repu blican opponent traded the lead numer ous limes during the vote counting after Tuesdays balloting As the final returns were received Ersek slowly built a 115vote lead and the final four precincts to report added to his victory margin The final totals showed Ersek with 5224 votes compared to 4621 for Brouse Ersek will succeed Huntingdon County Sheriff Mark Learner who did not seek reelection In other county balloting yesterday Republican incumbent Edwin S Man sberger was unopposed for another fouryear term as Huntingdon County Prothonotary and Clerkof Courts Also reelected were Democrat Audrey Horton and Republican John Brewster as jury commissioners Voting in the county generally fol lowed party lines in the balloting for judgesofthe Supreme Superior and Commmonwealth Courts of Pennsyl vania For justice of the Supreme Court Republican AnitaB Brody received 5333 and DemocratRalph J Gappy had 4039 votes Walter W Cohen a Republican received 5209 votes for judge of the Superior Court followed by fellow Republican James R Melinson with 4126 votes Democrats Kate Ford race in Elliott and Joseph A Hudock received 3732and 2883 votesrespectively For judge of the Commonwealth Court Republican Tom Morgan received 5551 votes compared to 3423 forDemocrat Dan Pellegrini County voters solidly supported sit ting judges bidding for another term of office through retention JudgeJohn P Flaherty of the Supreme Court received 6095 votes forretention and 2539 vot es against Judge James R Cavanaugh of the Superior Court received 5992 yes votes and 2509 no votes Judge David Craig of the Commonwealth Court was given 6011 yes votes and 2446 no votes in the county Results of the municipal and school board balloting appear in separate sto ries in todays Daily News HARRY E ERSEK JR EDWIN S MANSBERGER CaissVilie first courthouse resttUs Heavy fog deer arid writeins the 1989 Huntingdon County Fall Election Derby v It was nearly 6 am today when the 58thand lasf entry iii the event crossed the finish line at the Huntingdon County N Cassvtlle made it three in ajrow by winning th derby It was 914 p m when Kandi David judge of election and minority inspector arrived at thc finish line to take top honors in the fall classic It was exactly the same time they recorded in the 1989 spring race It was a ni today when Warriors Mark closed tout the jlcrby Almosj without exception officials commented about the hwyy fog that area during the jugfiLTney alsocomplained aBounhe huge number of slowed thetabulation of the votes cast A dozen or more officials commented about seeing deerjoh the highway The whitetails were xeally onthe move ia he fog one judge ofelectiOn Juniata Township AliceKocifc judge of election andFrances S ti f fler minority inspectorfinished derby at 950 pmin the runnerup spot Valley Point Deborah Ergler judge of election and minority inspector grabbed Ihe No 3 spot completing their trek to the courthouse at t Cont on Good turnout in county Tuesday The weather was good most of the day and 10146 registered voters cast ballots at 58 polling places Tuesday during the 1989 Fall Election in Hun tingdon County Rain mbved into the area about 4 pm A Daily News surveyshow that 57 of the 17768 persons eligible to vote went to the polls The percentage last fall 1988 a presidential election year was 786727 Last spring the percen tage was 60501 Tuesdays showing was considered as a good turnout Much of the inter est in the balloting centered tin thttshcr ff race with Roy WBfousc Democrat and Harry E Ersek Jr Republican ras the contestants Ersek was the winner in a tight race The first returns in the election were received at and the 58th and final precinct reported at am today The official canvass and computa tion of the vote cast on Tuesday will be made on Friday Nov 10 starting at 9 a m The three county commissioners Larry O Sather chairman Lee R Wil son and Martin R Brown will be in charge assisted by Mrs Louclla Coons chief clerk and Sandy McNealrcgis tra liori clerk Mrs McNeal revealed today that she mailed out 255 applications for absen tee ballots However only 215 were returnedby the mandated deadline There were seven absentee military ballots Heading into the election Tuesday the county had 17768 registered voters including 6925 Democrats and 10315 Republicans The total was a 221 increase Over the spring tally Data released by the registration office showed 8492 males and 9276 females in the fall total Thats a female lead of 784 For the record the smallest voter turnout in the past 11 yearswas a 28 showing in the 1986 spring election The largest turnout was recorded in the 1980 fall balloting when 8262 of the registered voters went to the polls that presidential election year The smallest voter turnout Tuesday was in Birmingham 25 followed by Shade Gap 29 Valley Point 31 Shir Icysburg 32 Dudley 51 Putistowri 55 Cassvillc 56 Mark Icsburg 61 Mill Creek 68 Porter Twp had turnout 527 followed by Huntingdon 6th Dis trict418 Warriors Mark 416 Smilh Eipld Twpv 402 WalkerTwp 398 Oncida Twp 361 Huntingdon 4ih Dis trict 347 and Cromwell Twp 325 Democrats jubilant over offyear elections By JOSEPH MIANOWANY UPI Political 4 WASHINGTON UPI crats were jubilant over Tuesdays off year elections but the showcase battle historic faceoff in the crad le of the Confederacy had a slight hint of doubt even though Virginian Doug Wilder was certain he had become the first black elected governor in America Wilder a 58yearold grandson of slaves claimed a razorthin gubernator ial victory in the Old Dominion but Republican opponent Marshall Cole man refused to concede and the GOP planned for an almostcertain recount More clear results came in the other Vtwo main electoral showdowns with New York City Democrat David Dink ins becoming the first black mayor of the nations largest city and New Jersey Democratic Rep Janies Florio easily the GardenStates governor ship in his third try Also decidedTuesday were hun dreds of mayoral battles including a number of bigcity showdowns and a host of ballot questions Democrats walked away believing that their suc cesses would carry over to next years critical midterm elections and that they found a prinie issue by supporting abor tion rights The main event of the day was the Virginia governors race and while polls hadpredicted a solid Wilder win the Democrat clung to a miniscule edge throughout thenight With 997 percent of precincts reporting an unofficial count gave Wil der 899158 votes or 503 percent to 885616 496 percent for Coleman Republicans refused to give up Wilder claimed victory noting that he was satisfied to eyer it takes VYbuhavesp61cen pie of Virginia have spoken tomtit Wilder said You have done more than just elect Doug Wilder you have carried Virginias banner continually forward But Coleman insisted the fight was not over and looked toa recount which would be automatically paid by the state ifthe race was within a half percentage point It is apparently the closest race in the history of the governorship and this race is not yet over said Coleman When we do finally have the official result if my opponent is the winner Ill congratulate him and support him but we do n6t yet know what the outcome is We wont know it tonight We may not know it for some time In the Big Apple Dinkins 62 a low key Manhattan borough president who portrayed himself as a healer for a divided city defeated Republican Rudolph Giuliarii avgungho former federal prosecutor who had attacked Dinkins integrity and boasted his own crimefighting record With 99 percent of the precincts counted Dinkins had 898454 votes or 50 percent to 856073 or 48 percent for Giuliani in the bitter race to succeed incumbent Edward Koch We held to the high road and we proved that it is the right road to vic Dinkins told supporters What ever the final margin Id like to think that we won a great victory against divi sion and suspicion We fought hard and we fought back only when we had no choice But we never forgot the proper purpose of politics is to defeat our opponents not to destroy them In neighboring New Jerseyi with 9 1362768 votes to 829461 for Courier or 62 percent to 38 percent The campaign to replace twoterm Republican Gov Thbnias Kean marked the third try at the goverriorsmansibn for Florio who in 1981 lost to Kean in the closest gubernatorial battle in state history Also on the line in the main races were the first true tests of abortion poli tics since the Supreme Court this sum trier gave states more power to limit the practice1 three key campaigns in Virgirii a aridNew each case the candidate rnore opposed to abortion was clearly on the defensive Exit polls in Virginia indicated that up to 75 percent of voters said abortion played a role in their decision Both the Wilder and Dinkins cam paigns also were noteworthy in that they ran essentially as moderate estab lishment politicians Wilder is Virgini as lieutenant governor whilepinkitis is the Manhattan The win by Rwio padded the Demo crats edge in governorshipsWith the gain of New Jersey year will have 29 governors compared to 21 Republican governors The last couple of weeks Ive been quoting Yogi Berrasaying It aint over til its over Its over Floriotold supporters at a victory celebration iri East Brunswick looks like we wont need a recount this time around lessons in 89 election By JOSEPH MIANOWANY i iV f UPI Political Writer WASHINGTON offyear elections pass unnoticed but iheI989 version not only has tre t mendously boosted Democratic hopes but also may have i opened a new chapter in racial politics iri America and dic tated thefuture of the nations abortion debate f Democratic leaders were ecstatic with their parrys per formance Tuesday night and while they hailed their candi datesthey also realized the true impact of this years races come not from the individual victories but from the lessons learned along the way Z V Brown the partys national chairman was quick to try to take advantage of the results and argue that Demo crats longbelieved to haye forgotten mainstream Ameri ca were now connecting with average voters a factor thaiLwjll be essential if they are to reverse their miserable fortunes in t V He pointed to tnejact that allthree Democratic candi dates in the major races Douglas Wilder who claimed Virginia governors race Jim Florio who Jersexgovernorshipiland David Dinkins who was elected mayor of NevfYork City essentially were establishment moderates f We Democrats have taught ourselves a lot about work ing together and pull ing for mamstream America said going to make the 1990s the decade for i V Reasonable analysts can that conclusion but there is little question that based on the main races this year the Democratsmay have discovered an unexpected magic bullet abortion After the Supreme Court this summer gave states more power to limit abortion there were immediate questions about how the issue would play in the voting booth The answers that came Tuesday heartened abortionrights activists and gave pause to antiabortion forces all three in Virginia and New Jersey was a primeissue and in all the cases the candidates identified as opposed to abortion were placed on the defensive Wilder was the most aggressive of the Democrats on the matter running wellproduced television ads that boasted of his abortionrights stand and argued that government had no right to interfere with a woman on this very private issue Cont on Page 11 Democrats sweep nointerest statewide judicial elections By TOM TROY United Press International Democrats swept Pennsyvlahias four statewide judicial races Tuesday among dozens of contests in a light turnout that was blamed mostly on lowvoter interest Cappy 46 an Allegheny County judgesince 1978 won decisively over Montgomery County Judge Anita Brody 54 with a 544 percent share of the vote Hehad 1173226 votes while Brody had 983587 votes with 95 percent of the precincts reporting unofficial results show Turnout was about 38 percent about what analysts had predicted for an offelection year one in which there are no presidential or gubernatorial races to stimulate public attention In the race foftwo Superior Court seats Democrats Pittsburgh lawyerKate Ford Elliott 40 and Westmoreland County Judge Joseph Hudock 51 won vacant seats with 275 percent and 247 percent respectively In the Commonwealth Court race Democrat Pittsburgh City Solicitor Dan Pelhgrini 44 beat former Republican Clearfield County District Attorney Torri Morgan 56 with 53 percent of the vote Triumphant Democratic leaders said the election was the result of hard work and good Repu blicans declared it a casualty of voter apathy and lopsided spending This could restore our interestin the oldfashioned kind of campaigns rather than highpriced meida cam paigns said state Democrat executive director Tony May What we saw in the CappyBrody race was not that they both spent money but that Brody chose to run a most ly negative campaign that had a backlash effect Lowman Henry state political director for the GOP disagreed Once again the bigcity Democrats were able to muster the financial resources to essentially buy their way onto the Suprerne Court Henry said The man spent an amazing amount of money for a judicial campaign The voters know little about the candidates and even less about what they do once they get in office In election races around the state Late in the day a state Supreme Court justice over ruled a lower court ruling that allowed Philadelphias poll ing places to remain open past 8 pm to makeup for 40 vot ing machines that arrived late at polling places Incumbent Republican District Attorney Ronald Castil le defeated Democrat Walter Phillips despite a 31 voter registration advantage held by Democrats With 92percent of thevote counted JonathanSaidel led opponents Joseph Rocks and Besse Wiener in the race for city controller Wim 25 of 40 precincts reporting in the city of Lan caster Democrat Janice Strok a city councilwoman had 3612 votes to 2886 for Republican Mary Lou Broucht making her the first woman as mayor in the towns 259year history Cont on Page 11 Tonlghtbreezy with showers likely along with a few thunder storms Low near 50 Wind south then southwest 15 to 25 mph Chance of rain 70 percent Thursdaypartly cloudy and cooler Morning hich In the lower 50s NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST TO 7 AM EST 40 4o FBOtfTS RAIN I2220 SHOWERS Warm Jff Cold pft Static Occhxted returns At toast 50 of chatted limiit   

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