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   Valley Independent, The (Newspaper) - March 1, 1993, Monessen, Pennsylvania                               D.A.R.E.-ing page 3A. Moo re r page IB The Valley Monday MVUCII js re VOICE OF THE MID-MONONGAHELA VALLEY 35e PER Chief's son killed in car crash Car skidded 155 feet before hitting utility pole and police say UIRISTOPHKR L N ION TOW NSHIP The son of Monongahela Polite Chief M was killed in a chicle accident at 2.16 a.m on Route in Lnion Township. of Marne lost control of his in the section of the accoiding to I nion Township Police. Police who die still m- estimating the accident said Lhe Jaynes vehicle was traveling southbound on Route 837 when it drifted onto herm When Jaynes appaiently tried to regain control the vehicle slid Across both south and north bound lanes and leit 155 feet of skid marks betore the passenger side hit a pole The collision caused the vehi- cle to lift shghtlv off the ground and it continued to slide an addi- tional 59 feet then the passenger side of his car hit a pine tree police said The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and chest according to Washington County Coroner S Timothy War co Jaynes was pronounced dead at the scene at 3 15am Carroll Monongahela and New Eagle police assisted at the scene as well as Tr i -Com m un 11y Ambulance The L M Frye Funeral 427 West Main St Monongahela. is handling funeral arrangements A com- plete obituary appears on page Sleuths digging for clues in NYC bombing By ROBERT DVORCHAK NEW YORK In- vestigation of the bombing that rattled New York City s psyche is being hampered by the in stability of the twisted rubble beneath the World Trade Center Bomb sleuths examined tiny specks collected from the perimeter of the 100-foot-wide crater punched out by the explo- sion in a parking garage below the center's signature twin towers Five were killed and more than injured in the Friday noontime blast One person was still missing Sunday Another missing person was safely accounted for Sunday far from the blast site The the world's second-largest will be closed for at least a week until safety and security are restored Contractors welded steel beams and other supports into the trade center's underground area to make it more secure The smoke-damaged New York Commodities Exchange housed in one of the center's smaller got permission to open today as the financial center limped back to work Law enforcement officials have said they found traces of an ingredient in at the blast site speaking on condition of told The New York Times that investigators have found no traces of chemicals associated with plastic explosives Determining what type of ex- plosive was used and how it was triggered will help investigators trace its source If it was a car authorities will attempt to reconstruct the just as they do when jetliners are bombed work could take mon- said James head of the FBI's New York City office we never give up Whoever did we will catch even if it takes 20 years He could only speculate about who planted the powerful device and but said the magnitude of the blast indicated it was the work of a group rather than a crazed loner was a Fox said was probably unlikely it was a lone individual More than 50 telephone calls from people claiming to represent everything from na- tionahsts in the former Yugoslav republics to Colom- bian drug lords have been received since the blast Tapes from the calls will be analyzed for accents and other clues that might lead to those responsible. The explosion two floors underground was in a strategic location that knocked out communications and security systems. Port Authority executive director Stanley Brezenoff told reporters Sunday that a study done in 1985-86 had recommend- ed that parking lots underneath the World Trade Center be clos- ed to the public because they were vulnerable to a bomb attack Good afternoon near 30. with a low a complete see page 2A more competitive page 6A. See Bridge..............................8B Celebrity Cipher...............3A Classified Ads...............7-12B Comics-Crossword............4B Dear Abby........................6B Deaths.............................4A Enlertainment-TV............6B Hospitals..........................4A Lottery.............................5A Lucky Phone No................5B News Roundups................2A Opinions...........................6A Sports............................I-3B Valley Valley Life.......................7A Results C8raaTVeerso1fyBVA playoff games.________________ COMFORT AND AID A wounded Tobacco and Firearms agent is comforted by a comrade at the Mount Carmel compound of the Branch Davidians cult near yesterday morning. Cult members opened fire on nearly 100 law enforcement of- ficers as they attempted to arrest the head of the heavily armed religious cult. At least four federal agents and two cult members are dead. Silence follows gunfire after officers clash By TERRI LANGFORD Texas A wounded cult leader and his followers maintained a tense standoff with law officers early today following fierce gun bat- tles that left four federal agents and two cult members dead The violence erupted Sunday morning when 100 federal agents stormed the fortified compound of the Branch Davi- dian sect to search for guns and arrest David the cult's 33-year-old authorities said After the 45-minute the two sides negotiated a cease- fire that lasted into the evening. But about 6 three cult members emerged from the compound and began said Les Stanford of the Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms in Washington. The second Shootout lasted on- ly and no shots have been fired since negotiators continued talking by telephone with Koresh and another cult member. who changed his name from Vernon Howell and says he is Jesus reported that his 2-year-old daughter was among those killed and that he was gravely wounded. been shot. I'm bleeding he told Dallas radio sta- tion KRLD as a baby was heard crying in the background. going home. I'm going back to my Koresh began releasing children held inside about 9 p.m. letting them go in pairs. Eight of what are believed to be dozens had been released by early said a McLennan County sheriff's deputy. Armored vehicles from near- by Fort Hood and a special police weapons team arrived after joining 250 federal agents and dozens of state police. The ATF said four agents and one sect member were killed in the first gun battle. Two helicopters were hit by and a TV news van and a newspaper photographer's car were also hit. sounded like a war people were being you could near people screaming with the the pain of said John a KWTX-TV reporter who witnessed the in- itial shootout One sect member was killed and one captured in the second Stanford said A third man apparently was wounded but retreated back to the com- about 10 miles east of Waco. At least 16 other ATF agents and three cult in- cluding were the ATF said. The assault came one day after the Waco Tnbu'ie-Herald began publishing a series on the quoting former members as saying the Koresh may have abused children of group members and claimed to have at least 15 wives Authorities said about 75 peo- ple were at the but Koresh said there were many including children of all ages are a lot of children he told CNN had a lot of babies these past two years. It's true that I do have a lot of children and I do have a lot of wives In past Koresh has denied he had more than one wife or two children Jack ATF spokesman in said the assault had been planned for several weeks. Authorities believe the cult got a phone tip as the agents moved Killorin said The cult's called Mount is dominated by a tower with lookout windows facing in all directions. Guards reportedly patrol the 77-acre grounds at night. Higher cigarette tax may pay for reforms H. JOSEF I1EBEKT WASHINGTON Con gressional leaders say higliei cigarette taxes piobabiv will be passed to help pay foi health care reforms the Senate's top Democrat wants to mcorpoiate into President Clinton s oveiall economic program But a pack' No Senate Majority Leadei George D-Maine. said Sunday he expects Congress to approve some mciease in the federal cigarette tax now 2-4 cents a pack as pai t ol a health care package think a pack is probabh unreahstically Mitchell said on CBS TV's The Na program 1 think there will likely be some in- crease in the cigarette taxes Sen Trent R Miss also said a levy a figure floated informally and anonymously by some Clinton aides excessive to but added that he is prepared to go along with an in crease in cigarette taxes if the revenue is linked to meeting health care costs don't want to condemn a tax until I see how it fits in the overall said who appeared with Mitchell on the CBS program There are estimates that a cigarette tax hike would pro- duce billion a year and Clin- ton's budget Leon said Sunday on ABC's Week With David that legitimate to look at a cigarette tax as part of the way to pay for health care reform Clinton hopes to have a health care package ready for congres- sional consideration by but Mitchell urged the president to merge his health care proposals with the economic package he previously announced the best chance to pass health and that's the linchpin of the whole effort to control the said Mit- who added that he didn't know whether the White House would go along with such a tactic In any Mitchell said he would like to get a health care package through the Senate by early summer Not only would a cigarette tax produce billions of dollars to help provide universal health in- surance and other more importantly it may try to inhibit the very kind of behavior that produces health care pro blems in this said Panetta. Existing state cigarette taxes range from 2 5 cents per pack in a major tobacco pro- to 51 cents in Massachusetts A pack of cigarettes on average costs Critics of a higher tax on cigarettes are expected to argue that as is the case with vir- tually all excise taxes it will hit lower-and middle-income people hardest Spending reductions proposed Some take Clinton's challenge By MICHAEL BLOOD WASHINGTON To congressional critics of his economic stimulus President Clinton has offered this reply. us exactly where you want to cut and I'll gladly Some Pennsylvania Republicans are taking him at his word. Last Rep. Rick San- tonin of Pittsburgh detailed a package of spending reductions and management reforms that he said could shave nearly billion from the federal budget over five years. Rep. Robert backs a cost-cutting plan that he says would eliminate wasteful government spending. And there are others. Clinton's spending proposals and tax increases should not be considered we can assure the American people that us exactly where you want to cut and I'll gladly President Clinton significant spending cuts will be a Santorum says. Rep. George has said residents to see the Congress make signifi- cant and meaningful spending cuts before their taxes are Santorum's proposals include cutting government overhead like rent and phone relin- quishing the Tennessee Valley Authority to the private reducing fraud and waste in and cutting jobs on the federal payroll. Parts of the package were light on but Santorum maintained the which he sent to showed Republicans to be at the table He got an endorsement from Citizens Against Govern- ment a watchdog group that called the suggestions step in the right direction Walker is backing legislation drafted by Rep. Harris R-I11 that outlines more than 600 spending cuts aimed at what they say are unjustified pro grams Among for Atlantic bluefin tuna million for con- struction at Wheeling Jesuit Col- lege in West and for wool research   

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