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   Daily News Record (Newspaper) - April 18, 1986, Harrisonburg, Virginia                                Sunny Ahead Sunny today wltH hlflhfi in the to low lows In Ihe low to mid Mostly sunny highs In the Contractor Acbusad A contracting firm hired by the Soil Conservation Ser vice allegedly has failed to pay for repair work and Story on Page L 169 36 Pages April 1986 4332702 20 Cents Terrorists Strike Against Allies Three Slain In Beirut Jet Bombing Foiled BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Terror struck back at the United States and its friends on three conti nents in an explosion of vengeful fury ignited by the Ameri can bombing of Terrorists killed three kidnap vic tims in tried to blow up an El Al jetliner in London and tossed firebombs at a Marine com pound in In city after city around the angry crowds swirled around embassies and screamed their hatred for Bombdisposal squads scurried around European capitals in response to American em bassy staff members were preparing to be airlifted out of In Libya nervous Westerners looked desperately for ways out of the coun And in in a possibly omi nous the Soviet Union summoned foreign ambassadors and formally asserted its right to free passage through the seas and air around Sovietaligned a move that might signal Kremlin intentions to maneuver additional naval vessels or other military equipment in the tense The Reagan administration was clearly braced for further We are prepared for an increase in White House spokesman Larry Speakes said in But he said the leadership believes its bombing of Libyan cities Tuesday will in the long run reduce the risk to Americans from terror In retaliation for the raid was swift and The bodies of three kidnap victims identified as writer Alec and teachers Leigh and Philip all Britons were dumped on a each shot once in the A note found nearby clafmed they were and British spies and had been executed by Arab com mando cells in reprisal for the at tack on Collett was kidnapped 13 months ago and the Douglas and Padfield last Arab anger has been directed at the British government because it allowed the United States to mount the attack on Libya from a air base in Soon after the bodies were a British television John was abducted by gunmen in Eighteen kidnap ped including six Ameri See Page 13 AP Wlrephoto A Shiite militiamen directs firefighters at the British ambassadors Beirut Americans In Tripoli Get Warning Libya AP Embassies warned Westerners to stay off Tripolis streets Thurs day as Arab anger seethed over the bom bing Explosions and antiaircraft fire again echoed through the Some nervous foreigners sought a way out of this isolated the confronta tion between the United States and Libyan leader Moammar But land borders were closed and the airport was large ly The Libyan capital appeared calm through most of the But several unex plained explosions rocked Tripoli Thursday and after nightfall the racket of an tiaircraft guns could be heard for the third straight night following Tuesdays predawn Streams of tracer rounds lit the sky as guns fired for several minutes starting about 9 2 It was not clear what they were firing and there was no indication of bomb ing who emerged from two days seclusion Wednesday to denounce President Reagan in a televised was shown on Libyan TV again Thursday night as he visited a Tripoli touring the wards and shak ing hands with bandaged victims of the Amer ican Thank youre all one woman said to Khadafy as she struggled to rise from her Hospital workers and patients cheered and at one point Reagan is the killer of children Khadafys 15monthold adopted daughter was reported killed and two small sons were reported injured in the American Western diplomats estimated the attack left at least 100 people dead in Tripoli The easterncity of Benghazi also was but ca sualties there could not be administration said it ordered the military action as both a retaliatory and pre emptive blow against what it says is Libyan sponsored international Libyans tried to return life to normal in the city Schools and banks reopened and many shops raised their shutters for the first time since the Long lines formed at bread stores as Li byans stocked up on food and other essentials that have been in short supply since the An Italian speaking on condition of said no evacuation was being but its obvious some women who have been subjected to strain and tension want to Among them was the wife of an Italian consular official who suffered facial cuts during air About Italian citizens are in the largest foreign contingent among some Westerners who work in the oil and construc tion industries Embassies of several other in cluding Spain and reported that no fullscale evacuation was in the but they said contingency plans had been prepared in case the situation here See Page 13 White House Defends Raid Against Libya WASHINGTON AP The Reagan administration on Thursday defended its bombing raid on Libya as absolutely the right thing to do in a long term fight against ter rorism and said it would be good if the attack leads to the overthrow of Moammar Reacting to a new spiral of inter national President Reagan called the slaying of three British hostages in Lebanon a tragedy that demonstrates that terrorism is something that we have to deal with once and for all of us While refusing to link the attacks to Mondays bombing of presidential spokesman Larry Speakes We were aware there was a potential for increased activi Speakes We are prepared for an increase in That is why we have issued the alerts to embassies and military installations around the We are not cer tain it will happen but it is a possibil Reagan believes that his action taken in Libya was absolutely the right thing to Speakes The had no choice but to drive the point home to Khadafy that he would have to pay for terrorist We believe in the long run that this will reduce the danger to Americans and other citi zens world posing for pictures with visiting Australian Prime Minister Robert said Khadafy was staying under cover while the shootings going whose infant daughter was reported killed in the said in his television appearance that we do not bomb children like the United States Speakes was openly skeptical that Khadafy even had an adopted We were not aware previously that there was an adopted Khadafy in he We had not seen the adoption The presidents spokesman was the first government official to publicly question whether Khadafy See Page 13 ONeill Sees Uphill Battle For Contras WASHINGTON AP House Speaker Thomas ONeill said Thursday he thinks the Republicans face long odds in their gamble to win an upordown vote soon on Presi dent Reagans program of aid to Nicaraguan ONeill told reporters that in my the president had his best chance on when con sideration of the issue was halted abruptly by a GOP tactic aimed at divorcing the vote from an unrelated spending bill that President Reagan wants to Told of ONeills prediction that the GOP would have problems in getting the Contra aid issue consid ered as a separate House Republican leader Robert I dont think well have Were going to come down hard on our own Michel said his goal is a free standing bill limited solely to the question of giving military and other assistance to the Contra counter Both leaders agreed that the polit ical fight has delayed for at least a month any new vote on Reagans plan to send million to backed guerrillas fighting Nicaraguas leftist Sandinista gov To win their the Republicans will need the support of some who hold a 252182 edge in the with one seat va On the Republican minority pulled its surprise tactic by voting for an amendment that would have ended Reagans program of assistance to the Contras an amendment that had been widely expected to As a the amendment passed overwhelm ingly and that stopped any further immediate consideration of other including one which would have attached several strings to any such continuing assistance See Page 13 Big City Papers Cited McMurtry Wins Pulitzer For Fiction NEW YORK AP The Miami The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times each won two Pulitzer Prizes on Thurs and the San Jose Mercury News was honored for exposing transfers of wealth by deposed Philippine President Fer dinand The Denver Post won the public service award for a report that revealed that most missing children are involved in custody disputes or are The report helped mitigate national fears stirred by exaggerated the Pulitzer jury The Pulitzer for investigative reporting was won by Jeffrey Marx and Michael York of the Lexington HeraldLeader for a series exposing alleged cash payoffs to University of Kentucky basketball Pulitzers for national reporting were won by The Dallas Morning News and The Philadelphia In KnightRidder Newspapers won seven awards in cluding those won by the Inquirer and The Miami The two that went to the Inquirer were that newspapers ninth and 10th awards since Other Knight Ridder winners were the Herald the San Jose Mer cury News and the Paul Pioneer Press and Lonesome Larry McMurtrys sweeping novel of the American won the Pulitzer for There was no drama award given for the 13th year since the prizes were established in Ive always been stimulated by the American McMurtry said I grew up in I traveled across it very extensive And my imagination is affected by the American by the landscape and the conditions that this creates for the people that live on the New York Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin won the Pulitzer for commentary that consistent ly championed ordinary the Pulitzer board The Times won Pulitzers for ex planatory journalism and music and a Times reporter and a former Times reporter split the award for general The Times awards raised its number of Pulitzers to more than three times as many as any other Times reporter Joseph Lelyveld won for his book Move Your Shadow South Africa Black and White and Anthony the See Page 13 AP Wlrephoto Jimmy Breslin savors his victory in New York Economy Growing At Healthy Pace WASHINGTON AP The helped by an improved trade performance and the lowest inflation rate in almost two expanded at a healthy annual rate of percent from January through the government reported Growth in the inflationadjusted gross national product was four times faster than in the Oc toberDecember but economists were split over whether the upturn signaled the long awaited rebound is under The Reagan administration and some private economists said the GNP report showed the first beneficial effects from steep declines in oil prices and interest rates and a weaker Other economists arguing that the GNP numbers masked an essentially weak economy that will have trouble reaching the ad ministrations target of 4 percent growth this The Commerce Department said the per cent growth rate for the after adjusting for was the strongest performance since a percent rate of increase in the first three mon ths of Growth slumped to a barely percepti ble percent rate from October through Before the report was some economists had Worried that growth might well dip below 1 percent in the first This would have triggered a provision of the GrammRudman balancedbudget law that would have required Congress to vote on whether to scrap the budget cuts for at least one year so that decreased government spending would not fur ther weaken the The upturn in economic activity came as the rate of inflation posted a dramatic improvement because of falling energy An inflation index tied to the GNP was rising at an annual rate of just percent in the first three months of the its best performance since White House spokesman Larry Speakes called the GNP report evidence of an economy gather ing steam on its way toward reaching the ad ministrations 4 percent growth Last the GNP grew a weak Allen chief economist for Shearson Lehman This report is filled with signs of an economy that is perking he It is beginning to respond to lower lower interest rates and the lower But Lawrence president of Chase said the percent growth figure dramatically overstates the underlying strength in the He predicted growth this year will not be much better than last The report showed the GNP after ad justing for by billion at an annual rate in the first Trade alone contributed billion to the rate of increase as which had been fell at an annual rate of percent while See Page 13 Todays Index Classified Jeane Local Valley Valley Deaths Robert oi Details on Page 17   

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