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   Titusville Herald  (Newspaper) - April 4, 1984, Titusville, Pennsylvania                                DRAKE WELL 1859 News and Advertising Pipeline Into the Oil Creek Valley Rain GOOD MORNING i Rain through Thursday High today 50 and 40 Thursday Low tonight 35 TITUSVILLEPA WEDNESDAY MORNING APRIL 41984 25 Cents Bond Package on Ballot HARRISBURG AP Pennsylvania voters will decide on April 10 whether the state should borrow million to fund an economic development package The proposed bond issue was hammered out in February by leading lawmakers from both parties and Gov Thornburgh as one way to improve the states economy Both houses of the General Assembly then quickly and over whelmingly voted to place the question on the primary ballot Thornburgh has said the bond issue promises benefit to all of our citizens But critics of the proposal say it still is not clear how the money would be spent and note that the state would be repaying bondholders for several years State bonds outstanding totalled billion at the end of 1983 according to state budget documents The bond question only names the broad categories for which the money is tobe used But Democratic and Republican leaders from both houses have agreed how much money should be Hart Attacks Mondale On Promise PHILADELPHIA AP Sen Gary Hart peeled off from the New York political battlefield Tuesday to Pennsylvania beginning his quest for the states 117 Democratic presidential delegates at the Frankford Arsenal where his chief rival Walter Mondale made a pro mise he couldnt keep eight years ago A politician shouldnt promise something he cant deliver said Hart I dont think any presidential candidate should be going around the country saying he will do certain things if those things cannot be done I wont promise things that cant be delivered on While campaigning for vice presi dent on the 1976 ticket headed by Jimmy Carter that defeated Presi dent Gerald Ford Mondale said hed keep the Army gun facility open and protect its 2400 jobs Nine months later however the Carter administration closed the arsenal and many in Philadelphia the nations fourth largest city where Democrats outnumber Republicans 4 to 1 havent forgot ten Mondale and the Rev Jesse Jackson the other main Democratic presidential candidate planned to campaign in Philadelphia on Wednesday rested and refreshed after the noholdsbarred name calling confrontation in New York for the biggest batch of delegates so far in the long nomination fight LaRouche Loses Suit On Debate PITTSBURGH Lyndon LaRouche Jr was denied a court in junction Tuesday to force the League of Women Voters to include him in a Democratic presidential candidates debate here Or cancel the event There is not sufficient evidence to demonstrate any violation of the federal or state constitutional rights of Mr LaRouche Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Silvestri Silvestri said in denying LaROUches request for preliminary injunction James Liekar a lawyer in Pitt sburgh for LaRouche said the judges decision could not be appeal ed ordinarily but added an appeal was possible on narrow grounds A LaRouche aide Nick Benton later said the appeal will be filed Wednesday morning and that We feel the appeals process will bear fruit spent on each segment of the threeyear program Still the General Assembly has yet to pass implementing legislation needed to specify how the money will be used That legislation likely would be part of the state budget package for the fiscal year that begins July 1 according to one legislative source The leadership agreement calls for million in Iqajis or grants to local agencies io help improve roads railsidings and other facilities needed by business million to upgrade recreational facilities million for updating vocational and technical equipment at votech schools com munity colleges and engineering schools million to help small businesses by helping them share certain resources such as legal and technical assistance million to set up a Conservation Corps Program to employ young people in public projects million to help employees trying to prevent plant shutdowns million to expand the Pennsylvania Capital Loan Fund million for farming loans million for minority economic develop ment Both the Pennsylvania AFLCIO and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce back the proposal although labor would prefer the governor fund the program by abandoning his proposed corporate net income tax cut At least one local business group is opposed to the idea however The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry noting that the bonds could cost Pennsylvania million over a 20 year repayment schedule says the proposal asks the states voter s to mortgage their future The bond issue could easily become another example of government involvement hi economic development by offering shortterm artificial inducements for economic growth said Richard Blouse president of the local chamber THUMBS UP PENNSYLVANIA Democratic presidential hopeful Gary Hart gives the thumbs up sign to a crowd of supporters at the conclusion of a fund raiser in Philadelphia Tuesday night Behind Hart is Allegheny County Commissioner Pete Flaherty AP Laserphoto Mayors Say Governor Back Tax Reform Plan HARRISBURG AP A group of mayors announced Tuesday that Gov Thornburgh supports a tax reform proposal aimed at giving school districts and municipalities more tax flexibility The legislation which has been endorsed by 14 major groups and is currently on the House floor would eliminate local nuisance taxes and at tempt to reduce property taxes by allowing school districts and municipalities to raise their earned income taxes Mayor Arthur Morris of Lancaster said Thornburgh told the mayors he couldnt find anything to argue with in the tax reform bill He said he could support it just as those members of the coalition who signed up for it Neither Thornburgh nor his spokesmen were immediately available for comment and did not return a reporters phone call We may be in the unique position of actually being able to get something done York Mayor William Althaus said after meeting with Thornburgh We dont think theres been this broadbased a coalition before Althaus said when asked what would make this tax reform more successful than those unsuccessfully proposed in the past The mayors were representing the Pennsylvania League of Cities and a coalition of 13 major business labor school and local government organizations Other mayors who met with Thornburgh were Lock Havens Diann Stuempfle and Readings Karen Miller The tax bill would the per capita occupational privilege and occupational asssessment taxes for municipalities The municipalities would be allowed to levy up to an additional onehalf percent tax on earned income school districts to eliminate the per capita occupational privilege occupational assessment business privilege and mercantile taxes in return for a onehalf percent increase in the earned income tax a limit on the total tax revenues the districts and municipalities could collect after the reform bill is enacted to prevent them from gaining a wind fall municipalities to levy a municipal services tax of onequarter percent on earned income or a flat tax of on people who work in the municipality Amnesty Group Raps Jail Torture LONDON AP At least a third of the worlds nations torture or abuse prisoners Amnesty In ternational said Wednesday in releasing a catalogue of modern cruelty that the group said warranted the same revulsion aroused by Nazi extermination camps In a 263page report titled Torture in the Eighties the human rights organization listed abuses in 98 nations The review covering 1980 to mid1983 marked the start of what the Nobel Prizewinning body said would be a campaign to expose and end torture as a tool of state policy Cases of cruelty cited in the report ranged from small children in Irans Evin prison being forced to watch their mothers tortured to paininducing drugs administered to Soviet dissidents held in psychiatric hospitals Among specialized torture methods it listed Syrias black slave an electrial apparatus with a heated Skewer and Chiles parrots perch in which the trussed prisoner is hung upside down from a pole to force a A string of Latin American and African countries were listed many for routinely administering beatings electrical and acid torture in their police cells and jails A section on rightwing Guatamala said few of many thousands abducted during the 197882 regime of President Romeo Lucas Garcia had survived Some of the victims their bodies dumped by roadsides had been burned with cigarettes castrated slashed repeatedly or had limbs amputated A handful of Western nations received individual sections in the report One of them Spain persistently tortured or otherwise abused prisoners mainly Basque separatists the report alleged In Italy while torture was not common there were an alarming increase in allegations of illtreatment of suspected Red Brigade terrorists in 1982 it said The United States was among 32 nations that were referred to briefly after the individual sections Am nesty said it had made several inquiries to state penal authorities about guards allegedly beating prisoners or spraying tear gas into their faces NewsAt AGlance DAKAR Senegal AP The Military Committee of Rectification an armed forces group seized control of Guinea on Tuesday eight days after the death of longtime President Ahmed Sekou Toure in what the military said was a bloodless coup aimed at preventing another ruthless dictatorship MOSCOW AP Rakesh Sharma 35 Indias first spaceman and two Soviet cosmonauts soared into orbit Tuesday aboard a Soviet rocket carrying an Indian flag and a handful of his native soil for an eightday mission in which he will attempt to use the ancient art of yoga to combat space sickness DAYTONA BEACH Fla AP Dr Fernand Labrie of Laval University in Quebec has demon strated dramatic improvement in survival of prostate cancer patients with a new drug treatment but a US researcher cautions it is too soon to be certain of the treatments effectiveness CHANDIGARH India AP Authorities in Punjab state told security forces Tuesday to shoot rioters on sight as a means of queUing violence in which at least 13 people have been killed and 250 wounded The order was issued after troops used machine gun fire to scatter 20000 rioting Hindus at the funeral of an assassinated politician in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar and killed eight people according to a police report PHILADELPHIA AP The voracious gypsy moth will continue its march southward this spring threatening more forests in Maryland West Virginia and other Appalacian states but the insects bite out of trees in the Northeast probably will be no worse than in 1983 officials say WASHINGTON AP William French Smith bowing to President Reagans request will continue to serve as attorney general until a successor is confirmed the White House said Tuesday WILMINGTON Del AP A federal jury on Tuesday cleared four police officers of all liability in a million malicious prosecution lawsuit filed by the Rev Bernard T Pagano who was mistakenly arrested in 1979 as Delawares Gentleman Bandit WASHINGTON AP ABC stockholders will vote on a resolution sponsored by Accuracy in Media calling for a probe of whether the network unwittingly disseminated Soviet propaganda when it aired the television movie The Day After WASHINGTON AP brake system on General Motors Corps 1980 Xcars reflects innovation and a good design choice by the automakers engineers an attorney for GM contended Tuesday GM is being tried in US District Court on government charges that it put the 1980 Xcars on the market even though it knew they contained design defects that could cause the autos to fishtail and swerve during stops especially on wet surfaces PITTSBURGH University of Pittsburgh professors are charging the schools administration with trying to intimidate the faculty with budget cuts and tenure changes according to the Officers of United Faculty a group of teachers seeking unionization Mondale Is Big Winner NEW YORK AP Walter F Mondale won New Yorks presidential primary election Tuesday night trouncing Sen Gary Hart and regaining command in his quest for the Democratic nomination for the White House The richest and most bitterly contested contest to date wasnt even close Hart acidly appraised his defeat by saying that Mondale got me down to his level in the campaign debate He wont do that again he vowed We had a very good day today in New York Mondale said with satisfaction Apparently we did well across the board Mondale was polling 48 percent of the vote to Harts 31 percent The Rev Jesse Jackson had an overwhelming black vote and was running third at 18 percent Hart all but conceded defeat and said he would contest the later primaries with a more positive campaign style If the bruising New York primary proves anything it is that he got me down to his level And hes not going to do that again the Colorado senator said Based on pollingplace interviews the television networks said Hart was in a closerthanexpected contest for second place with the Rev Jesse Jackson Jackson was polling exceptionally well in New York City apparently winning about 80 percent of the black vote Mondale was leading for 151 national convention delegates Hart led for 83 and Jackson 18 The former vice president began the day with 72825 delegates to 440 for Hart and 9350 for Jackson It takes 1967 to win nomination In New York they the Hart campaign spent maybe three times maybe four times as much money as we did Mondale said But Americans werent looking at that Citizens of New York were asking that key question who would make a better president and I think thats why we won Hart said in advance that the New York primary was not that crucial to his chances for the nomination But one aide Prank Mankiewicz said a Mondale margin of 10 percentage points or more would be a significant victory The former vice president was doing considerably better than that With 73 percent of the vote in it was Mondale 443159 or 48 percent Hart 28316231 percent Jackson 17308719 percent El Salvador Aid Bill Survives Cut Attempt WASHINGTON AP President Reagans million military aid package for El Salvador survived an attempt in the Senate to withhold 15 percent of the money until the Salvadoran government obtains a verdict in the 1981 murder of two US labor advisers The proposed amendment by Sen Edward M Kennedy DMass was rejected 6924 his second defeat in two days on the issue of Salvadoran aid On Monday the Senate rejected 6325 his bid to slash the aid to million The Senate then shelved by a vote of 5439 an amendment by Sen Arlen Specter RPa to hold back 30 percent Of the funds pending a verdict in the murders of the four churchwomen in December 1980 That vote also killed an alternative by Sens Patrick Leahy DVt and Christopher Dodd DConn to withhold all the money until there was a verdict Sen Ted Stevens RAlaska the Senate Majority Whip said he saw no possibility that either Specters amendment or a restructured Kennedy amendment would pass Earlier President Reagan seeking support for his request on emergency military aid for El Salvador told Republican congressional leaders that Salvadoran soldiers may have to go into combat with only one clip of am munition in their weapons White House spokesman Larry Speakes said In the House a bill to prohibit merchants from demanding extra fees from credit card customers through mid1985 passed by a 35534 vote The measure now moves to the Senate which last month sent the House a bill that would authorize such surcharges up to 5 percent Merchants have been free to impose surcharges since Feb 27 when a 10 yearold thriceextended federal ban on them expired US Soviet Navy Brass To Discuss Incidents WASHINGTON AP A US Navy delegation will meet with Soviet ad mirals in Moscow next month for discussions aimed at heading off potentially explosive incidents at sea between their powerful navies Defense Depart ment officials said Tuesday High on the Moscow agenda will be the incident Monday in which the 37000 ton Soviet carrier Minsk fired eight signal flares at the 3900ton US frigate Harold Holt in the South China Sea The flares which struck the Holt did not cause structural damage to the frigate or injuries to its crew said these officials who spoke only on condition that they not be identified Also to be discussed will be the March 21 collision in the Sea of Japan bet ween a Soviet nuclearpowered attack Submarine and the US aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk The collision caused minor damage to the carrier but sent the Soviet submarine limping home to Vladivostok at the end of a salvage ships towline In November a minor collision involving a US destroyer and a Soviet frigate took place in the Arabian Sea The meeting in May had been scheduled for some time under a 1972 US Soviet agreement intended to end naval confrontations between the two countries Under thai accord senior US and Soviet naval officers meet every year alternating between Washington and Moscow in a process that Navy Secretary John Lehman said last June had worked very successfully in reducing incidents around the world Car Bomb Blast Kills At Least Three Persons DURBAN South Africa AP A car bomb that felt like an earthquake exploded near a government building Tuesday morning killing three people and wounding at least 16 Norman Ludwin a bass player in the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra from Santa Monica Calif said his 23rdfloor apartment shuddered for several seconds from the force of the blast across the street It felt like an earthquake he said in a telephone interview Being from California I have intimate knowledge of earthquakes The boom was of such intensity earthquake was my first thought Ludwin said he raced to the window and saw a panic situation outside A number of cars were on fire I could actually see people dying The car used in the explosion was completely a white mass it had no form Another car was burning cars were careening into each other It definitely appears to be a warning said Ludwin It could have been done a short while later with many more casualties Its not the height of rush There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast But Law and Order Minister Louis le Grange blamed the African National Congress the outlawed black guerrilla group fighting to overthrow South Africas white minority government   

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