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   Winchester Star (Newspaper) - July 20, 1983, Winchester, Virginia                                The Winchester Star 88th Year No. 14 40 PAGES/4 SECTIONS WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA 22601,  WEDNESDAY,  JULY 20,  1983 667-3200 15 CENTS Naval Battle Group Ordered South WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan is stepping up focus on Central America on two fronts by sending an eight-ship battle group to the area's Pacific Coast while putting his commission on long-range policy for the region into action back home. Reagan on Tuesday unveiled the names of the 11 panel members joining chairman Henry A. Kissinger in a search for "a national consensus" on Central America and announced U.N. ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, who has favored increasing aid to El Salvador, would be his personal representative to the panel. For the third consecutive day, the president had a speech on Central America on his schedule - this one to a group of business and Jewish leaders. The session was closed to reporters. One White House official said Reagan's talk would be about persecution of Jews in Nicaragua, which the official said was taking place with Palestine Liberation Organization "influence." The group was organized by Faith Ryan Whittlesey, the president's assistant for public liaison, who has invited a number of audiences to the White House for briefings on Central America. On Tuesday, Reagan told a group gathered to mark Captive Nations Week that "there must be no more captive nations in this hemisphere." Reagan's decision to send the battle group, led by the aircraft carrier Ranger, was intended "to underscore U.S. support for friendly countries in the region," a Pentagon announcement said. The deployment precedes U.S. military exercises in Honduras that could involve an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 U.S. troops. Officials said the Ranger, with a complement of 70 warplanes, would remain in international waters during the exercises. In addition to Kissinger, the commission 11 other members will be William P. Clements, a former governor of Texas; Lane Kirkland, president of the AFL-CIO; former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart; and Robert S. Strauss, who directed Jimmy Carter's re-election Israel to Make Partial Pullback By The Associated Press Israel today approved a partial pullback of its troops to safer positions in southern Lebanon. . In Christian east Beirut, three people were killed by Druse artillery, including a 7-year-old girl torn apart by a rocket. The Israeli Cabinet in Jerusalem approved the pullback of forces, Cabinet Secretary Dan Meridor told reporters. He refused to disclose details, saying the plan would be worked out by Prime Minister Menachem Begin and his aides. Israel said earlier it planned to pull some of its forces out of the central Lebanese mountains south to the Awali River to avoid guerrilla ambushes and reduce casualties in its 13-month-old invasion. Druse gunners pounded east Beirut today, the second day of President Amin Gemayel's visit to the United States. State and private radio stations reported 10 wounded in addition to the dead. Among the fatalities was Pauline Maalouf, a 7-year-old who was playing in an alley of the Akkawi neighborhood when a rocket tore her to pieces. "We saw her head, arms and legs scattered all over," said Norma Dabbous, a 32-year-old housewife who rushed out from her home after the blast. About 200 yards away from the alley another shell devastated five cars on the elevated highway near the Foreign Ministry. Shards of glass littered the scene. "A shell fell behind me," said Shukri Bahout, 40, a bank employee who was driving to work. "My car was on fire. I immediately leaped out before it spread ... I got only a few bruises. There was a pool of blood in front of a bakery in another part of Akkawi where residents said a man was killed as he walked out of the shop. Lebanese radio stations said the victim was a doctor. The radios blared appeals for blood donors, fire engines and civil defense teams to rush to areas hit by the shelling, which came one day after Druse and Christian gunners battled in the central mountains near the Lebanese capital. Chasing the Heat SlOr F'tmlo by Roy K Sounders Gerald Fox of Winchester tries to wash away his thirst while installing storm drains as part of the Valley Avenue road widening project in Winchester. Fox is an employee of L.F. Franklin & Sons Inc. of Winchester. Temperatures are expected to continue to peak in the mid-90s for the next few days. HOPE'S Walsh Named to Panel WILLIAM B. WALSH By KATHY CUNNINGHAM Stir Stiff Writer MILLWOOD - William B. Walsh, president and medical director of Project HOPE, has agreed to serve on the bipartisan commission formed by President Reagan and headed by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to study problems in Central America. Walsh, 63, of Millwood, said in a telephone interview today that although he isn't familiar with everything about the president's policy on Central America, he has "no feelings against" what he has done so far in that region. "(Reagan) is doing what he has to do," said Walsh, who founded Project HOPE in 1958. Now headquartered at Carter Hall in Millwood, Project HOPE is an organization that brings medical help and technology to developing nations. HOPE has been based in and around Central America for many years, he said. Currently, the organization is in Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. "It is very hard to bring a country back economically if you have even 1,000 people who concentrate on nothing but blowing up bridges and blowing up factories," he said. "It is pretty hard to help economically and socially if you can't protect those installations. "I am the kind of American who believes that if the president has a policy, you support that policy until you find a reason not to," said Walsh, who was asked Saturday to serve "probably because of my knowledge and experience in the area." "I know the people, I know the culture," he said. "I have at least a perspective on the needs . . . social needs and health needs there." Walsh said the commission has been handed a "broad mandate" by Reagan, whom he describes as "deeply concerned" about the Central American situation. He would not comment on whether military aid should be continued in Nicaragua and increased in El Salvador, as the President has requested. However, he said speculation that Reagan officials hope the formation of the bipartisan commission will See Walsh Page 2 Squad Discrimination Charged By MICHELLE ROBBINS Star Staff Writer Two female registered nurses say sexual discrimination is the reason they were turned down this week for voting membership in the Winchester Rescue Squad. One says she plans to resign and the other is considering it. Anna Mae Zschoche and Linda Stollings have been technical assistants in the squad for one and two years, respectively. That means they answer calls, but because they are not full members do not have voting privileges. Winchester Rescue Squad has not voted in any women as full members in its 25-year history. Women have been voted down as members before, as have men. Ralph Combs, squad president, said he does not think sexual discrimination exists at the squad and said he does not know why the women did not have the three-quarters majority needed to become members. The vote is taken by secret ballot. Combs would not say how he voted. Hugo Ackenbom, one of the organizers of the squad, said discrimination could be the reason for the vote, and that's something he is opposed to. The women were well qualified and had been recommended by a majority of the membership committee, he said. At the same time the two women were turned down, four men were admitted. Of the four, two are certified See Squad Page 2 Inside Bridge..................26 Business................37 Classified.............16-20 Comics'..................40 Crossword Puzzle........16 Dear Abby ..............26 Frederick County.........14 Living................21-26 Obituaries...............2 Spectator...............40 Sports................33-36 TV Schedule.............40 Surgeons Try to Help 312-Pound Boy Reduce NEPTUNE, N.J. (AP) - At 6, William Richardson Jr. tipped the scales at 100 pounds. His mother tried locking the refrigerator door, and William wore a tag around his neck that read "Please do not feed." But the 13-year-old now weighs 312 pounds, and doctors resorted to special surgery Tuesday to help him shed some of the unwanted fat - an operation to staple shut part of his stomach. The family agreed to the surgery because doctors said the problem pounds eventually could be life-threatening for Richie, as he is nicknamed. "I need it," the boy said just before the operation, which took nearly two hours. But he said he expects to miss some of his favorite foods - meatball submarine sandwiches, ribs and, most of all, the fried chicken made by his sister, Valerie Johnson. During the gastric bypass operation at Jersey Shore Medical Center, doctors partitioned Richie's stomach with two rows of stainless-steel staples so that most food he eats will pass through his system without being absorbed, hospital officials said. "It's the only thing medicine has to offer," said Dr. Walter F. Judge, the hospital's director of endocrinology, who has been treating Richie for seven years. The stomach-stapling surgery is fairly low-risk because it does .not involve opening the intestinal tract, which could cause infection, Judge said. Richie was reported awake and in stable condition today in the. hospital's intensive care unit. Anchorman Reynolds Dies WASHINGTON (AP) - Frank Reynolds, the ABC "World News Tonight" anchorman depicted by a colleague as a man who "felt other people's pain very deeply," died early today of viral hepatitis and bone cancer. He was 59. Ted Koppel, anchorman for ABC News' "Nightline'' program, said today the hepatitis was a result of "a bad blood transfusion." The immediate cause of Reynolds' death, at 12:40 a.m. at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, was viral hepatitis, but the anchorman also suffered from multiple myeloma, a form of bone cancer, said EUse Adde, a network spokeswoman. Reynolds, who had been absent since mid-April from "World News Tonight," was recognized for his sturdy, sometimes stiff, appearance on the air, But Koppel, ABC's "Good said Reynolds in an interview on Morning America," "felt other people's pain very deeply." "He has a radiant smile when he flashes it," Av Westin, an ABC News executive said in bis recent book, FRANK REYNOLDS "Newswatch, "but his 'burden on my shoulders' attitude sometimes comes across if the news is particularly weighty." "Frank had the rock and steel, integrity and character," said Dan Rather, the CBS "Evening News!' anchorman. He was interviewed with Koppel and NBC "Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw, who said Reynolds was "a kind of 24-hour-a-day newsman." Katherine Bayh, an ABC News spokeswoman, said Reynolds underwent surgery on March 17 for a broken leg, and that the hepatitis was diagnosed on April 29. "His doctors at the time said they thought it was a result of the blood transfusion" administered during surgery, she said. The chief anchorman of the evening news program since 1978, Reynolds' network broadcasting included coverage of all major political conventions since 1965, the Senate Watergate hearings, and U.S. manned spaceflights. During the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979, Reynolds anchored a nightly show recapping the day's events, a program that grew into ABC's popular "Nightline." He won broadcasting's George Foster Peabody Award in 1969 and in 1980 was given an Emmy for a program called "Post-election Special Edition." campaign in 1980. Also, former Sen. Nicholas Brady, R-N.J.; Mayor Henry G. Cisneros of San Antonio, Texas; Yale University economics professor Carlos F. Diaz-Alejandro; Wilson S. Johnson, president of the National Federation of Independent Business; Richard M. Scammon, a political consultant; John Silber, president of Boston University; and William B. Walsh, president of Project HOPE. Nicaragua Says It Will Talk MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -The leftist Sandinista government says it is willing to engage in regional peace talks with its Central American neighbors as threats of war mount and the United States orders a naval task force to the area. In the northern city of Leon, Daniel Ortega, head of Nicaragua's three-man junta, on Tuesday told a rally of 100,000 people on the fourth anniversary of the Sandinista revolution that peace talks should be held with his country's neighbors and the foreign ministers of Venezuela, Panama, Mexico and Colombia, known as the Contadora group. Anthony Quainton, the U.S. ambassador to Nicaragua, called Ortega's proposal a "positive step" and "a recognition by the Nicaraguan government of the serious situation which Central America is passing through." Up to now, the Sandinistas have insisted on one-on-one talks with its neighbors and the Reagan administration as a way of refuting accusations that Nicaragua's close military ties with Cuba and the Soviet Union were a threat to security in Central America. In Washington, the Pentagon ordered an eight-ship battle group led by the aircraft carrier Ranger to the Pacific coast of Central America, and President Reagan accused the Soviet Union and Cuba of building "a war machine in Nicaragua... to impose a revolution without frontiers." "For the first time in memory, we face real dangers on our own borders," Reagan said. "We must not permit dictators to ram communism down the throats of one Central America country after another." The Pentagon announcement of the naval presence "to underscore U.S. support for friendly nations in the region" coincided with preparations for U.S. military exercises by 4,000 to 5,000 troops in Honduras, probably early next month, in the Caribbean region. House Given Secret Briefing On Latin Role WASHINGTON (AP) - House opponents of covert U.S. aid to Nicaraguan rebels say a closed debate fueled their argument that the Reagan administration is illegally trying to topple Nicaragua's leftist government. But administration supporters say Tuesday's briefing by the House Intelligence Committee during a closed four-hour session strengthened their view that continued aid is needed to prevent a Communist takeover in Central America by stopping the flow of arms to leftists. During the first closed House session in more than three years, the panel presented its party-line recommendation to replace all covert aid to Nicaraguan "contras" with $80 million of open assistance to friendly Central American nations for stopping leftist gunrunning. Supporters of the cut-off proposal concede next week's scheduled vote will be close. "The way it looks now, the wavering and uncommitted will decide the outcome," said Rep. Howard Wolpe, D-Mich. The Reagan administation, meanwhile, stepped up its lobbying campaign for congressional passage of $2.4 billion to buy the first 27 MX missiles. Reagan and other administration officials telephoned House members thought to be wavering on the issue, scheduled for a vote today. Feel trapped? Call Concern, 667-0145.   

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