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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 4, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Evert Continues At Open Page 7A A Quick Read Lost Wallet Returned Courtesy Of Fisherman RANDOLPH Vt AP A man who lost his wallet off the New Hampshire coast got lucky when an other angler hooked it during a blue fish tournament Randy Lindquist said he had given up hope of ever seeing the billfold again when he received a call in forming him that his wallet had been found complete with credit cards drivers license and in cash I had better odds hitting the Me gabucks lottery than ever seeing that wallet again said Lindquist 31 of Randolph He said the wallet was returned one day later by Dennis Murphy of New Castle NH Murphy hooked it with a lure on Aug 26 six days after it was lost Lindquist said Murphy would not take a reward but offered to go blue fishing with him someday Parking Attendant7 Finds A Windfall PHILADELPHIA AP A home less man has landed on Free Parking outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art by charging drivers for spots that should be free Much to the annoyance of police motorists and museum officials Eu gene Harris charges drivers to and even hands them a stub He sees himself as an entrepreneur Look he said last week noth ings free in Philadelphia right This isnt like theft or anything I can make on a good day Police say the 27yearold Harris is a ripoff artist Theyve arrested him three times during the past month on charges including resisting arrest But theyve had problems prosecuting We cant seem to get anybody to press charges and the few times we have we have trouble getting higher ups to prosecute said police Capt Larry Norton He said the latter is partly due to the prevalence of more serious crime and a cap on jail ad missions because of crowding Harris who sleeps at a railroad station near the museum carries ticket stubs that he picks up from other parking lots and gives them to his customers Weather Sun On Hold Skies will be mostly cloudy today with a chance of showers The high will be in the lower 80s The low will be in the upper 60s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Lawrence Glover Trenton Amanda Thomas Belvedere Virginia Neumar Belvedere Neaiie P Webb Augusta Ella B Bonnette Sumter Robert F Casey Columbia Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Lewis Grizzard Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 66 10B 4B 3B 7B 5B 3B 3A 18 6A 4A 7A 3B 6A Page 2A Curfew Ordered At Virginia Resort Page 1B Federal Suit Challenges Beach Bill IKIN COUNTY PUBLIC Monday September 41989 US Drug Gear Flows Into Colombia Bomb Blast Hurts 5 In Medellin Suburbs By The Associated Press BOGOTA Colombia In the latest ap parent strike by drug barons a bomb tore through shops in an industrial sub urb of the cocaine trafficking center of Medellin and wounded five people au thorities said The Sunday night attack came just Off The Hook hours after US military gear began ar riving along with ground crews trainers and technicians for use in the govern ments twoweekold offensive against the ruthless cocaine underworld The bomb blast in the southern Medel lin suburb of Itagui heavily damaged a twostory commercial building including a bank an insurance company office a shoe store and an optical shop an Itagui police spokesman said by telephone He asked to remain anonymous Five people were wounded Alonso Vil lanueva of the Colombia Red Cross in Ita gui said by telephone The blast came half an hour before a 10 pm to 6 am curfew took effect in Medellin and sever al suburbs including Itagui There was no claim of responsibility but the attack was similar to others car ried out by drug traffickers who are com bating an unprecendented government antinarcotics sweep that began Aug 18 when a leading presidential hopeful was assassinated In the sweep authorities have seized hundreds of millions of dollars in proper ty and arrested thousands of suspects Two bombs were tossed from a motor cycle into a garden of Medellins Inter continental Hotel on Sunday but no one was hurt police said In the northwestern city of Monteria a C123 airplane of the US State Depart ments antinarcotics division burned at an airport Sunday a US Embassy spokesman in Bogota said The plane was bound from Peru to the United States when it made an emergen cy landing in Monteria because an engine failed the spokesman said He said the cause of the fire was being investigated Drug traffickers have declared a total and absolute war on the state judges industrialists and journalists 126 Persons Dead In Cuba Jet Crash AP Laserphoto FEELS SO GOOD President Bush beams with pride over a bluefish he caught Sunday in Kennebunkport Maine It ended a near fishless vacation for Bush who returned to the White House today For the story please see page 2A By The Associated Press MEXICO 126 people aboard a Cuban jetliner were killed when the Ita lybound plane exploded shortly after takeoff and crashed raining flaming de bris onto a Havana suburb news agen cies reported All but two of the 115 passengers on the chartered Cubana de Aviacion jetliner that crashed Sunday evening were Ital ian tourists Cubas official news agency Prensa Latina reported The Mexican news agency Notimex said 63 people on the ground were in jured The Soviet news agency Tass said the fourengine Sovietmade Iryushin 62 crashed a half mile from the runway and 20 houses were damaged Prensa Latina monitored in Mexico City quoted Cuban state radio and televi sion as saying there were no survivors It said Gen Rogelio Acevedo Cubas civil aviation chief had named a commission to investigate the crash Mexicos Excelsior news agency said there was a heavy downpour with thun der and lightning at the time Cubas staterun television interrupted its regular programming to show the plane engulfed in flames Excelsior re ported adding that that area around Ha vanas Jose Marti airport was plunged into darkness for a time when the falling wreckage snapped power lines Flight 9046 was en route to Milan Italy with a refueling stop in Cologne West Germany Cuban authorities had not released a passenger list or disclosed any identities Guff of Mexico 3 CUBA i SX Jose Marti Airport 5 miles AP of victims by early this morning In Rome the Italian news agency AGI said all 113 Italians aboard had died in the crash but Italian radio reported one Italian survived and was in critical condition An employee of the Italian Foreign Ministrys crisis unit said it appeared all the Italians had died but that the ministry could not yet confirm it He spoke on con dition of anonymity Notimex quoted Havanas Radio Reloj as saying 63 people were hospitalized with injuries when pieces of the plane showered on houses in a Havana suburb The Tass report monitored in London by the British Broadcasting Co said all approaches to the road leading to the air port were blocked off by traffic police The report said first aid vehicles and fire engines were seen racing to the airport Cuban President Fidel Castro and oth er senior officials went to the scene of the accident soon after the crash at 7 pm Poll Finds Strong Support For Minimum Wage Hike By The Associated Press NEW YORK Americans overwhelm ingly favor an increase in the federal minimum wage even though most work ers are generally satisfied with their pay a national poll has found Nearly nine in 10 respondents to the Media GeneralAssociated Press poll wanted the hourly miniumum raised from and two4hirds of them fa vored the minimum approved by Congress but vetoed by President Bush in June At the same time six in 10 supported Bushs proposal for a training wage under which new workers could be kept at for their first six months on the job Congress has not adopted that plan On other workplace issues this Labor Day nearly four in 10 respondents said they would join a labor union at their workplace even though most regarded management more favorably than they viewed unions Most workers gave favorable ratings to Please See POLL Page 5A IslandHopping Proved Marines More Than Show By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer James Andrew Jim Peterson was fresh out of high school in June 1940 when he joined the Marines his imagination seized by a recruiting poster that fea tured a handsomely dressed Leatherneck Peterson expected to have a grand He knew Marines spent a lot of time on big ships and that meant going to strange places But I didnt have one bit of an idea what the Marines really were all about said Peterson a native of Del Rio Tex who put his signature on the enlistment contract in San Antonio Before his fiveyear tour ended in 1945 Peterson discovered under the har shest of conditions that Marines do more than strut around in fancy dress uniforms wear snappy hats and see a lot of distant places Marines are the American militarys premier attack troops and they are thrown into a lot of battles Thats where Peterson found himself as American forces began an islandhopping campaign in the Pacific in the final months of World Warll In February and March of 1945 Peter son who had climbed the promotion lad der to gunnery sergeant was among the assault troops of the 3rd Marine Division who spent three tough weeks rooting out Japanese defenders from Iwo Jima Capture of the pearshaped little island was crucial in two ways it would prevent the Japanese from using its airfield to attack US troop convoys it would give US fighter planes an unsinkable carrier See ISLANDHOPPING Page 5A Freak Accidents Mar Holiday Activities Around The Nation By The Associated Press Tragedy blighted Labor Day weekend festivities when a stunt truck ran into a crowd of spectators at a New Hamp shire state fair Sunday injuring 23 In Florida a woman was killed when a powerboat sliced through her houseboat On Saturday five motorcyclists head ed to a Labor Day festival in northern California were killed when a flatbed truck spilled a load of firewood and turned over in front of them Four oth ers were injured in the fiery crash in the Sierra Nevada At the state fair in Hopkinton NH a pickup truck performing in a stunt act crashed through a fence and hit a fried dough stand shortly after 5 pm scat tering injured people on the ground be fore thousands of spectators State police Lt Dave McCarthy said the only fatality was the 62yearold truck driver from Mifflintown Pa and they were investigating the possibility that he suffered a medical problem be fore the crash In Miami Barbara Basford 38 of Jacksonville was killed when a speeding powerboat sliced through a houseboat she was sleeping in early Sunday on the dark shallow waters off blamorada in the Florida Keys In other accidents over the Labor Day weekend v A Middletown Conn man and his father were badly burned Saturday night when their 30foot cabin cruiser exploded near the Niantic River Bridge destroying the boat police said In Barnesville Ga three people were killed Sunday when a fire ap parently deliberately set swept through a camping trailer authorities said The victims were not immediately identified 26yearold man died and his 47 yearold father was seriously injured when their aluminum boat was struck by lightning Sunday afternoon while they fishing at Perry Lake near Crosby Minn authorities said   

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