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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 15, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Gamecocks Face West Virginia Page 7A A Quick Read Zsa Zsa Stands Up To Motorcycle Cop BEVERLY HILLS Calif AP A motorcycle policeman who stopped entertainer Zsa Zsa Gabor for a traf fic violation says the actress cursed and spit and slapped his face Officer Paul Kramer testified in Municipal Court Thursday that the celebrity aristocrat screamed at him Do you know who I am She closed the door and she spun around and slapped me on the side of the face I was very surprised Kra mer testified Miss Gabor is charged with misde meanor battery on a police officer disobeying an officers orders driv ing with an expired license and hay ing an open container of alcohol in her car and an expired car registra tion A conviction carries a maxi mum two years in jail and fine Woman Gets Bird Visitation Rights CHICAGO AP When Diane Ko hutynski went to divorce court the key issue was visitation rights with the Moluccan cockatoo she and her exhusband had raised from a fledgling Its a little weird a little strange she said in a telephone in terview Thursday I walked into work and everybody was laughing The couple has no children but snowy white orangecrested Magic is like a baby said Ms Kohu tynski 28 of Hickory Hills Hes very affectionate very lov ing she said of the bird she has not seen in a year He goes up on your arm and leans against your shoulder for a hug The property settlement approved Wednesday requires her former hus band Leroy Kohutynski 28 of Palos Hills to allow her regular visits with the bird Her attorney Norman Becker told the judge that Kohutynski also has agreed to execute an irrevocable will giving her possession of Magic if he should die or decide he doesnt want the bird anymore Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms The low will be in the upper 60s Partly cloudy skies and a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms are forecast Saturday The high will be in the mid 80s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Elzie Collins Winnsboro Michael Coursey Augusta Perry Jackson Jamaica NY William E Jackson Aiken Tillman Jackson Washington DC Philip D Sanders Barnwell Melvin Stevens Beech Island Evelyn M Taylor Queens NY Gwendolyn J Turner Florence Jamie Lee Whitmore Edgefield Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge5B Calendar15A Classifieds3B Comics7C Crossword6B Cryptoquote4B DearAbby7C Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions1C Sports7A Television7C Weather6A Page 2A Panel Makes FAA Accusation Page 1B Official Outlines SRS Problems Public Library Friday September 151989 outh Carolina Vol 122 No 219 UAL Board Approves Buyout By The Associated Press CHICAGO UAL Corps directors have approved a buyout by a group of pilots and top executives that would make the parent of United Airlines the largest employeeowned company in the nation UAL announced Thursday night that it had signed a or billion agreement with the labormanagement group The plan could end a 6week takeover battle at the nations secondlargest airline California investor Marvin Davis who started the battle and eventually bid billion or a share for UAL declined to comment immediately on the an nouncement His spokesman Jim Fin geroth said Davis would respond later today A source close to the UAL takeover bat tle said Davis may still pursue his bid despite the agreement with the manage mentlabor group I would not assume that this means its over said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity The agreement was announced after the employee group made a presentation to a special committee of the UAL board and revealed the financing for the bid Frederick Dubinsky a spokesman for Uniteds unit of the Air Line Pilots Asso ciation said he believes the plan will go forward We bring something to the table that no one else can bring Dubinsky said in a telephone interview early today from New York The pilotmanagement groups propos al includes a sevenyear nostrike guar antee by the pilots and cuts in wages and benefits terms that any outsider would have difficulty matching Under the agreement announced Thursday Chicagobased UAL would merge with Airline Acquisition Corp the group formed by pilots and management Employees would own 75 percent of the company UAL management would hold 10 percent and British Airways PLC would own 15 percent The merger agreement we have just signed is designed to secure the future of United Airlines and its 68000 employees to serve the public with quality air trans portation and to provide the best value to UALs shareholders said UAL Chair man Stephen Wolf The deal still would need the approval of shareholders and the Department of Transportation which is not expected to raise major objections although in the past it has been concerned about foreign carriers buying into US airlines With inclusion of financing costs the deal would total billion Citibank and the Chase Manhattan Bank have commit ted billion to finance the buyout and will obtain commitments for an addition al billion officials said The buyout attempt is led by Wolf and the 6300 United pilots represented by ALP A The group had hoped to win sup port from Uniteds other unions The Association of Flight Attendants representing about 12700 United work ers met with management Tuesday and has begun negotiations toward possible participation in the employee buyout ef fort said spokeswoman Carol Holmes But the International Association of Machinists representing 25000 of Unit eds 70000 employees has refused to back the proposal saying it would leave UAL heavily in debt and could threaten the job security of union members In the past two years more than 300 companies have been purchased by their employees Avis Inc with 11000 employ ees is the nations largest company owned by its employees Trade Deficit Narrows By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The US trade defi cit narrowed for the second straight month in July to billion the small est gap in nearly five years the govern ment said today The Commerce Department reported the July deficit represented a 53 percent decrease from a revised June deficit of billion The narrowing gap came from a 25 percent decrease in imports to bil lion and a 18 percent decrease in exports to billion The trade deficit is the difference between imports and exports The overall July deficit of billion was the smallest since a billion im balance in December 1984 Economists had been expecting the deficit to widen as imports fueled by oil purchases rose while the higher dollar cut exports by making them more expen sive overseas Americas foreign oil bill rose 29 per cent to billion in July Staff Photo By Scott Webster NOW COED Skirts and ponytails are now being seen among the ties and haircuts at Aiken Preparatory School Please see story on Page 1 B Printing Plant Workers Warnings Went Unheeded By The Associated Press LOUISVILLE Ky A printing plant worker who shot 20 coworkers had pledged to get even after being let go for mental disability last year but his warn ings went unheeded employees at the plant say Joseph T Wesbecker armed with sev eral semiautomatic weapons went from floor to floor shooting former coworkers at the Standard Gravure Corp killing seven and wounding 13 before taking his own life Thursday morning He just came off the elevator Kathy Wilkias an assistant buyer Wesbecker a 47yearold pressman was placed on permanent disability leave last year because of mental illness police said He carried a big grudge because of that said George Oswine a former co worker He said before he left he would get even I remember that Oswine said Wesbecker had begun col lecting guns since his leave Another former coworker pressman Joe White said Wesbeckers talk cen tered on guns and Soldier of Fortune magazine White whose brother Lloyd was killed in the rampage said Wes becker thought of himself as a soldier This guys been talking about this for a year White said I guess nobody believed him said Dan Frazier president of the union local Frazier said Wesbecker had become more upset recently because he thought his disability benefits were about to be cut off Relatives told police that Wesbecker was a manic depressive who had at tempted suicide three times Wesbecker also had voluntarily spent time in mental institutions said Lt Jeff Moody com mander of the police homicide division Wesbecker entered the building at am EOT and took the elevator to the See PRINTING Page 4A Jim Bakker Used Phony FundRaising Numbers By The Associated Press CHARLOTTE NC Jim Bakkers righthand man at PTL testified that the evangelist gave his TV viewers phony fundraising figures and knew that in church funds went to Jessica Hahn as hush money Richard Dortch PTLs former execu tive vice president told US District Court jurors in Bakkers fraud and con spiracy trial Thursday that the ministry kept two sets of fundraising figures a secret one with the actual numbers and a phony one with lower numbers that Bakker read to TV viewers No one understands this plan really but me Dortch recalled Bakker telling him Later Dortch testified that Bakker personally approved paying Hahn to keep her quiet about their 1980 sexual encoun ter in a Florida hotel room Bakker re signed from PTL in March 1987 as the encounter was about to be made public Dortch 57 was indicted with Bakker and last month pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud and conspiracy in a plea bargain in exchange for his testimony against Bakker He was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined Dortch who joined PTL in December 1983 said by 1987 almost all PTL reve nues came from sale of lifetime part nerships supposedly good for lodging each year for life at Heritage USA PTLs Christian theme park near Fort Mill SC He said the money was desperately need ed to cover operating costs including a biweekly payroll of nearly million Bakker considered the partnerships an unlimited gold mine according to Dortch He said Bakker told him This was the easiest money we could raise and there would be no limit to what amount could be raised in the days to come Prosecutors contend Bakker used more than million raised from the sales to fund his lavish lifestyle Studies Say 20 Percent Of Adults Are Fat Posing Major Health Risk WASHINGTON The United States may be land of the free and home of the brave but its also the country of the fat A researcher on obesity says that 33 million adult Americans about 20 percent of the adult population are significantly obese giving the United States one of the highest populations of fat people in the world Its clear that significant obesity appears to be more prevalent in the United States than elsewhere Dr George A Bray a professor of medicine at Louisiana State University said Thursday The greater the excess weight the greater excess risk of resulting health problems he said Obesity is a public health concern only in Europe and North America and the percentage of significantly overweight people Is highest by far in the United States Bray said The scientist said researchers dont know why there is a higher percentage of fat adults in America than elsewhere though he suggests it could be because of the highly mechanized US civilization that makes it easy to avoid walking or climbing stabs Bray says statistics suggest Americans are eating a better diet now avoiding meats and other foods high in animal fats but the number of significantly obm people continues to creep up The effects of excess weight is showing up in health studies that show the obete are suffering more heart attacks more high blood pressure more diabetes awl more gall bladder disease Being extremely fat Bray said is only slightly less of a health risk than smokfef two packs of cigarettes a day   

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