Titusville Herald, August 17, 1991

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August 17, 1991

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Titusville Herald (Newspaper) - August 17, 1991, Titusville, Pennsylvania DRAKE HELL IttSl Established June Oldest Daily Newspaper in Northwestern Pennsylvania TITUSVILLE PA MORNING AUGUST 17 1991 Partly Sunny GOOD MORNING Saturday Partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms High in the mid 80s Saturday night Mostly cloudy with a 70 percent chance of showers and thunder storms Low in the mid 60s 35 CENTS jroatians Losing To Serbs i OSIJEK Yugoslavia AP Sgt Martin Kis scanned the milewide belt of nomansland separating his Croatian squad from the first Serbian outposts invisible in a sudden downpour If they dare come across that well show them our boys can fight said the burly 38yearold commander of a 12man squad in the eastern Croatiavillage of Tenja His unit has been on the losing side of the undeclared war between Croatian security forces and armed militants fter 40 days of fighting following the Croatian republics secession jfrpm Yugoslavia on June 25 a week Old ceasefire has left ethnic Serbian insurgentsi in control of almost a fifth of Croatia At least 200 people have Government Reports Good Economic News Lieu outnumbered 4 to land outgunned by Croatias security Serbs have used guerrilla tactics to upper hand Serbs who represent 12 percentof Croatias million people want their enclaves to remain part of Yugoslavia Serbia is the largest and the dominant republic in the Yugo tslav federation Croatia has complained that the i federal army whose officer corps is percent Serbian backs the insur gents Independent observers say armys role depends on the local commander Yugoslavias federal armed forces are armed with latemodel tanks and modern jet fighters About onequarter to one Vthird of the federal forces are deploy ed to keep the Serbians and Croa apart Murder Charge Is Filed GULFPORT Miss Leroy Evans who claims killed dozens of people since 1977 was charged with murder Friday in the slaying of a homeless 10yearold girl authorities said The girls mother Tammy Giles Routh was charged with being an accessory to sexual battery Harrison County prosecutor RobertPayne said The investigation revealed that the mother permitted this child to go with Donald Leroy Evans with full knowledge that sexual activity was to take place between himand the Payne said The child Beatrice Louise Routh was last seen alive Aug 1 at a Gulf port beach Her mother said she let her go with Evans to the supermark et after meeting him earlier in the day Routh called police two hours to return Evans claims he killed more than 60 times in at least 21 states after his discharge from the Marines in 1977 He was arrested Aug 5 in Louisiana and authorities found Beatrices body Sunday near a rural south Mississippi highway She had been raped and strangled University Cancels AIDS Conference jiBOSTOJN AP Harvard University said Friday it would inove an international AIDS confer ence overseas next year blaming the decision oti a ban of AIDSinfected foreigners from entering the United States I Hafvard AIDS Institute said the Eighth Annual International Conference on AIDS scheduled to be held in Boston next May would probably be moved to a European city The new site was expected to be announced within a month This is a clear statement that we dont feel comfortable with the poli cy and cant go ahead with it in said Max Essex chairman of the institute Asked about the decision to cancel the conference President Bush said Theyll find other ways to get Essex also announced that he would step down as organizer of the forum the largest gathering of AIDS authorities in the world Jonathan Mann head of the insti tutes International AIDS Center and former head of the World Health Organizations global program on AIDS was named I always felt comfortable leading a conference that would concentrate on the science of Essex said But I dont think I was aware of how much one would need in the way of diplomatic and political skills to hold a conference in this SHAKY CEASEFIRE Sara Orozovic 93 looks over her sons bulletridden Yugo in Borovo Selo Yugoslavia this week after Croatian security forces attacked the predominantlySerbian village with mortars and machine guns Despite the ceasefire in effect sporadic fighting continues in Croatia between the breakaway republics forces and ethnic Serbs backed by the federal army AP LaserPhoto Blatned for Snag In Hostage Crisis BEIRUT Lebanon A Shiite Moslem clergyman believed to have influence with groups holding West ern hostages complained Friday the United States was not pushing Israel hard enough to make a hostagefor prisoner swap We believe that the Americans will not pressure Israel to release the detainees it said Sheik Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah Ifi our opinion the United States will possibly try to blocfr the secretarysecretary generals media saicl Fadlallah who has been the mentor of the Iranianbacked Hezbollah or Party of God SecretaryGeneral Javier Perez de Cuellar was quoted as saying he believed a solution could be negotiated within two weeks despite new demands and a flurry of criticism from both sides Relatives of the Arab prisoners held by Israel staged a sitin in Beirut on Friday and sent an appeal to the United Nations saying their loved ones deserve freedom as much as the Westerners A complication in a hostage deal emerged Friday when Irans ambas sador to Germany suggested two German hostages may remain captive unless Germany releases two jailed Shiite terrorists Perez de Cuellar has insisted the proposed deal will include no pris oners outside the Middle East including the two brothers jailed in Germany Mohammed and Abbas Hamadi Perez de Cuellar on Friday was quoted as saying as saying a solution to the hostage crisis may be found within two weeks TSF radio in Lisbon reported Perez de Cuellar said he may have to interrupt a nine day vacation in southern Portugal to continue talks U Im glad to hear it It is something which just proves that the move of the secretarygeneral is beginning to bear Uri Lubrani Israels key representative in hostage negotia tions of comments by Perez de Cuellar Lubrani who met with the chief in Geneva said Friday his government was ready to make gestures after it receives informa tion on the MI As Fadlallah said the Bush admi nistration only wants the hostage issue to be resolved according to its own He did not say how Bush will try to benefit from the hostage issue Iran has also posed a possible obstacle to the talks WASHINGTON AP Ameri can factories boosted their output in July for the fourth straight month and strong exports helped narrow the trade deficit in June to the lowest level in eight years the government reported Friday Not a bad observed economist Robert G Dede rick of the Northern Trust Co of Chicago He said the hews together with other ubbeat reports this week support a belief that a national economic recovery is proceeding at a moderate pace Other analysts were more skepti cal even with the earlier increasing retail sales and additional housing starts in July It will take more than one week of bullish economic statistics to convince Americans that the recov ery is back on said John M Albertine head of a Washington economic forecasting firm Not all indicators were positive unem ployment claims rose The Federal Reserve said Friday that industrial production rose percent last month following gains of percent in June percent in May and 05 percent in April The increases followed six straight months of declines as the economy fell deeper into recession The July advance included a 10 percent jump in automobile produc tion the Fed said But excluding this Plane Crashes Into Jungle After Hijacking Threat NEW DELHI India AP An Indian Airlines flight caught fire and plunged into the hilly jungle of remote eastern India on Friday news reports said All 69 people aboard were killed officials said The crash came a day after the airline received a hijack threat offi cials said down in a oall ot tire over a hydro electric project on nearby Loktak Lake The news agency did not elaborate on the accounts An airline official said a separatist group in the neighboring state ol Assam threatened on Thursday to hijack a flight from Calcutta to Jorhal in Assam The guerrillas are fighting The official who spoke on condi The 13yearold Boeing 737200 a secessionist campaign against the flying from Calcutta crashed 27 Indian armY miles short of its destination of Imphal capital of the state of Mani pur on the Burmese border Press Trust of India reported that villagers and a guard at Imphal airport said they saw the jet coming category output still increased percent Other increases included construction supplies and industrial materials such as steel textiles and paper Economist Elliott Platt soh Jehrette Securities Corp in New York said the report shows there was strength through out the manufacturing Meanwhile the Commerce Department also reported the merchandise trade deficitnarrowed to billion the slimmest imba lance since it fell to billion in June 1983 Exports slipped percent to billion but still were the third highest on record behind Aprils billion and Mays billion Imports also fell down 3 percent to billion The deficit is the differ ence between the two Platt described the two reports as a mixed bag that fits with a moderate Were going to see some strength in manufacturing which will trans late into rebuilding he said But were not going to get strong contributions from the trade sector because exports will continue to taper off Some economists are concerned that weakening economies overseas and a stronger dollar that makes American goods more expensive will cut into foreign purchases of products The Federal Reserve said produc tion at factories making both durable and nondurable goods rose percent following gains of percent in June and percent in May Production of durable goods Items such as automobiles and appliances expected to last more than threie years was up percent the fourth straight increase Output of nondurable goods such as food and fuel advanced percent slower than the percent gain in June Utility output reflecting Julys hot weather jumped percent after falling percent a month But mining output fell percent following a percent gain in June The Fed said its industrial produc tion index in July stood at percent of its 1987 base of 100 down 25 percent from a year earlier even with the recent gains In an accompanying report on capacity utilization the Fed said the operating rate of the nations facto ries mines and utilities rose percentage point to percent The operating rate at factories was percent up from percent the previous month The rate at plants making durable goods climbed to percent from percent in June At plants making nondurable goods the rate was Bush Wont Bust To Extend Jobless Benefits were alerted Thursday but nothing happened thai KENNEBUNKPORT Maine AP Bush said Friday he will reject a Of unemployment benefits declaring I wont bust the Demo crats called his action cynical and jobless workers rallied for a protest march near his oceanside vacation home Bush said the nations recession was ending despite hard times in some places and in some industries And he asserted One way to guar antee a less bright future is to have the federal government keep oh doing what often in the past has been He said Congress vote to extend unemployment benefits from 26 weeks to a total of 46 weeks was not necessary and was too costly More than 100 protesters rallied at a distance from his home carrying signs with such messages as If the Recession is Over Where are the Jobs Hes nothing but a said organizer Keith Brooks repre senting an AFLCIOaffiliated group called the New York Unemployed Committee He didnt have the guts to veto it and face a new fight with Congress Bush plans to make use of a legi slative technicality under which he can sign the bill to extend the bene fits while declining to take the companion step of declaring an emergency to activate the spending I wont bust the budget bust the caps on the budget that was agreed to by Democrats and Republicans Bush said referring to spend inc ceilines contained in last years budget agreement and tax increase Asked why he didnt just go ahead and veto the bill Bush said his approach at least demonstrates that I am concerned in terms of economic Tom Downey who led the House fight for expanded benefits called the presi dents action a cynical attempt to obscure the fact that once again the Bush administration has decided to ignore the suffering of jobless And House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt accused the presi dent of playing political games with the lives of jobless people who want help and hope from Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole said the Democrats had rejected his extendedbenefits alternative because they wanted a political issue not a bipartisan The president used a 35minute news conference with local reporters at his Walkers Point home overlook ing the Atlantic to discuss his plans on the unemployment legislation and to taunt Democrats who are struggling to mount a 1992 campaign to wrest the White House from him He was also asked about possible developments concerning the West ern hostages held in Lebanon He said he had heard nothing new overnight on progress in united Nations SecretaryGeneral Javier Perez de Cuellars efforts Bush said of the Democrats I think theyve come upon a theme Go after the president on no domesticpolicy And I will be reta liating in time at the proper I dont feel like joining the fray right this minute its too relaxing Gap Widens Between Iraqi Rich and Poor BAGHDAD Iraq Hundreds of blackshawled widows and elderly and disabled people flooded a welfare center to collect food handouts in Saddam City home to the poorest of Baghdads poor Meanwhile the government announced pay raises to army offic ers already among the highestpaid employees in a country broken by war and economic sanctions The two events Thursday under scored the widening gap between Iraqis who have and those who have not Why doesnt Bush lift the sanc tions one person after another asked Western journalists who went to Saddam City to observe the distri bution of 50 tons of flour A degree of relief may come soon The Security Council on Thurs day allowed Baghdad to pay for relief supplies with 6 billion in oil The oil would be the first Iraqi export permitted since the council imposed the broad sanctions FLYING HISTORY A B25 WWH era bomber circles near the Syracuse University Carrier Dome as part of a group of WWII fighting air craft that are on a promotional State tot this weekend s Airshow in Geneseo This bomber is nicknamed Tanchito and is piloted by Buffalo resident Rick Korff AP LaserPhoto he said playfully The vacationing president added that Democrats would eventually get their act together and suggestedhe did not intend to fall prey to overconfidence 1 dont like it that people elect to exercise their First Amendment rights by demonstrating in this small Bush said It throws a burden on the law enforcement people It could possibly interfere with the normal lives of the Bush said that a cut in the capital gains tax would create jobs almost The president also said hed like Congress to take another look at the new 10 percent tax surcharge on luxury items such as contending the levy was hurting the boatbuilding industry here and in other parts of the country The 10 percent tax applies to boats over and luxury cars over Deputy White House press secret ary Gary Foster said that Bush would act on the joblessbenefits issue on Saturday Accord Reached On Amnesty For Exiles GENEVA 16 months of tough negotiations the United Nations and South Africa agreed Friday on the terms of an amnesty for political exiles paving the way for an estimated refugees to return home The agreement is the latest in a series of reforms by the South can government of President de Klerk to dismantle apartheid The government approved the deal at a meeting early Friday Offi cials said the formal signing would take place as soon as The accord was initialed at an afternoon ceremony by Leslie Manley South African ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva and the deputy high commissioner for refugees Douglas Stafford The agreement will allow political refugees covered by the amnesty to return to South Africa without fear of prosecution for offenses commit ted before or during their exile according to Nicolas Bwakira who is in charge of African affairs at the High Commissioner for Refu gees He said the amnesty only applied to those who left the country before Oct 8 1990 He told journalists that political detainees held in South African pris ons would not be covered as they did not fall under the mandate of the refugee agency The amnesty also excludes commonlaw crimi nals he said In South Africa Foreign Affairs Minister Pik Botha told a news conference his government must approve applications from exiles wishing to return ;