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Winchester Star (Newspaper) - September 6, 1984, Winchester, Virginia The Winchester Star 89th Year No. 54 28 PAGES/4 SECTIONS WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA 22601, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1984 667-3200 15 CENTS Air Force One Loses Pressure WASHINGTON (AP) - The pilot of President Reagan's airplane was forced to drop altitude after a seal on a stove vent broke, losing cabin pressure, as Reagan returned to Washington from a campaign trip. Air Force One landed safely about 20 minutes after the incident, and an Air Force steward said neither the president nor any of the other 60 or so passengers was in any danger. Deputy White House press secretary Larry Speakes said Reagan "experienced some minor discomfort" in the Wednesday incident. "He could feel it in his ears, but no problems." Speakes said passengers "generally weren't aware of it." The seal break in the rear galley caused a loud noise, and Air Force security guards rushed from their seats to inspect the problem. The Air Force steward said the presidential pilot took the plane down from 27,000 feet to 12,000 feet because of the air seeping out and a resultant loss of pressure. Big Apple Crop In the Making Factory Option? Associoted Press This Virginia motorist appears to hove found the answer to boredom on the road with the installation of his own satellite receiving dish on the back of his new car. Actually, the driver, spotted on 1-64 near New Kent, was transporting the dish. Mondale Bears Down On Issue of Religion WASHINGTON (AP) - Walter F. Mondale charged today that the Reagan administration has "opened its arms"' to religious groups that are "reaching for government power to impose their own beliefs" on others. "Most Americans would be sur- prised to learn that God is a Republican," Mondale said in a campaign speech that combined his own view of the role of religion in government with a virtual lecture to President Reagan on proper presidential behavior. "No president should attempt to 2 Killed, Several Hurt In Oil Company Explosion ANTHONY, Kan. (AP) - An explosion ripped through an oil company, damaging homes and businesses and killing two people as it hurled debris two blocks away and sent up a fireball visible for 10 miles, authorities said today. Several people also were injured, two of them seriously, in the explosion at around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Farmer's Oil Co. in west An- thony, a Harper County sheriff's deputy said. The blaze that gutted the building raged out of control for nearly three hours, a police dispatcher said. Residents were evacuated from their homes until the blaze was brought under control about 12:30 a.m. Firemen were still pouring water on hot spots in the shattered structure at2:30a.m. transform policy debates into theological disputes," said Mondale, the son of a minister. "He must not let it be thought that political dissent from him is unchristian. And he must not cast opposition to his programs as opposition to America. ..." "I don't doubt Mr. Reagan's faith, his patriotism and his family values. And I call on him and his supporters to accept mine," the Democratic presidential candidate said in remarks prepared for delivery before the international convention of the Jewish group B'nai B'rith. Mondale said he intended to deliver much the same message later in the day to a convention of black Baptists in what aides said was a decision to confront Reagan over a series of recent statements on the role of politics and religion. Hundreds |J| Of Workers Expected By LYNN PRICE star staff Writer It's that time again. Apple trees are heavy with fruit ready for picking. Local growers have gone through the usual scuffling with the Department of Labor over work orders. One court case was won, but an appeal has been filed. "Wanted: Apple Pickers" ads have been running in the newspa-)ers. The first group of foreign abor, 239 Jamaicans, will arrive in Winchester Friday night. The fruit maturity committee has met and passed judgment on this year's crop. While some early varieties have been harvested this week, the main harvest will begin Monday with the picking of Golden Delicious apples for processing. The consensus among growers is that this year's crop is a good one, thanks to adequate rainfall. The fruit maturity committee said the color and size of the apples are better than last year. Growers are expected to hire 1,200 to 1,300 workers for this year's crop, Gene Schultz, local manager of the Virginia Employment Commission office, said. Between 700 and 800 of these will be offshore labor, primarily Jamaicans. This number is fairly consistent in good years and bad, Schultz said, because the same number of trees have to picked, even more carefully, in bad years. Most of the domestic workers hired are Florida-based citrus crews who travel north with the seasons. A high percentage of these are Haitians, Schultz said. , The adverse-effect wage rate or minimum wage paid to pickers this year will be $3.81 an hour. This was the amount in effect last year when the Department of Labor devised a new methodology increasing the rate to ?4.39. Area fruit growers challenged the labor department's methodology because it averaged the rates of all workers employed by an orchard, not just pickers, greatly inflating the wage rate. U.S. District Stor Photo by Scolt Mason Felix Scott empties apples into a bin at Kent Barley's orchard west of Stephens City. Some early varieties are being picked this week, but the main harvest will begin Monday. Court Jackson L. Riser ruled against the labor department last month. Some domestic workers who will be paid the lower rate because of the ruling are appealing Judge Riser's decision. W.A. Johnston, attorney for the growers, doesn't think the appeal over the 1983 adverse-effect wage rate will affect this year's harvest because it is so close to the season. "The federal judiciary over the past decade has been very protec- tive of the apple growers' interests which are put in jeopardy at this time of year," Johnston said. "As one judge has said on more than one occasion, it's not likely the courts are going to let the apples fall on the ground." Unless there's an expedited appeal, it will be a scholarly exercise at best as far as the 1984 harvest is concerned, Johnston said. Additional foreign labor will arrive in the area Sept. 17 and 24 as the harvest gets into full swing. Anti-Genocide Pact Backed by President WASHINGTON (AP) - For the last 35 years, American ratification of the treaty to outlaw genocide has shuffled between the White House and the Senate, an idea whose time never quite came. Now President Reagan, engaged in his campaign for re-election, is endorsing it as an opportunity to remove a longstanding international embarrassment and to dramatize U.S. human rights concerns, The president's decision came after a review lasting nearly three years and was announced Wednesday, the day before his scheduled address before the annual convention of B'nai B'rith, one of the nation's most prominent Jewish organizations. Delegates at that convention welcomed Reagan's decision and noted that B'nai B'rith has campaigned for Senate ratification of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide for more than three decades. Although some delegates said they saw political opportunism underlying the White House move, ad- ministration officials denied any such motivation. John Hughes, the State Department's chief spokesman, said he was "shocked" that the question would even be raised. Dr. William Rorey, director of international policy research for B'Nai B'rith, said failure to ratify has "embarrassed the United States ... and thereby hindered (it) from championing human rights." Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wis., the Senate's most vocal champion of ratification of the long-stalled treaty, said he is so eager to see it approved that political motivations are almost beside the point. "I suppose we do lots of things in this world for political reasons but I wouldn't question the administration's motives now," Proxmire said. "This move is very, very welcome and to their credit." Since January 1967, Proxmire has given more than 2,900 speeches on the Senate floor advocating ratification of the pact. And he has vowed to continue to address the issue in a speech each day the Senate is in session until that is accomplished. Vanderbilt Missing Nicholas Vanderbilt, 25, of Austin, Texas, above, heir to the Vanderbilt fortune, and Francis Glenhill, 29, Berkeley, Calif., were last seen Aug. 21 o day after their ascent of Mount Robson in western Canada. A search for them has been called off and a police spokesman said the chonce or finding them alive is "dim." Demos Would Bar Base Use WASHINGTON (AP) - In the wake of the deaths of two Americans in a combat helicopter crash in Nicaragua, Democrats are calling for action by Congress and the Reagan administration to prevent U.S.-built bases in Honduras from being used for raids across the border. "I think this is very strong evidence that the bases are being used for other than the exercise and training purposes for which the administration says they are being used," Sen. James Sasser, D-Tenn., said Wednesday. "It is evidence that those of us in Congress don't know what is going on with these bases." Sasser said he would offer an amendment to a military construction bill, which may come up in the Senate next week, to bar the bases from being turned into permanent military installations or being used for military or paramilitary purposes. Sasser, who inspected the bases in February, offered a similar amendment to another Pentagon spending bill in April. The amendment was defeated by a near-party line vote of 50-44, with four Republicans voting for it and one Democrat against it. Meanwhile Rep. Ted Weiss, D-N.Y., wrote CIA Director William J. Casey demanding "a full account" of any CIA role in the mission on which the two Americans died. Weiss told Casey, "U.S. citizens employed by the American government, on contract with the government, or associated in any way with the U.S. government... should not take part in any covert activities against Nicaragua." The State Department has denied that the men, Dana Herbert Parker Jr. of Huntsville, Ala., and James Powell III of Memphis, Tenn., were on a U.S. government mission when their helicopter crashed Saturday during a flight inside Nicaragua from abase in Honduras. Patricia Volz, CIA information officer, said the agency would have no comment, at least for the present, on Weiss' letter. Nicaragua's Foreign Minister Miguel D'Escoto, appearing on NBC's "Today" show, accused the CIA of involvement in the raid. "We have documents to prove they were coming with a flight plan," D'Escoto said. "That came Capezio Ballet and Top Shoes Wilkins' ShoeCenter. down in the helicopter. That shows they were coming from the CIA-built airport." Sasser said an airfield was constructed this spring at Jamastran, 15 miles from the Nicaraguan border in southern Honduras, by the 865th Engineer Battalion. He said Jamastran is less than 20 miles from a mountainous area of Honduras used by rebels against Nicaragua's leftist government as a staging area for attacks across the border, inside-Today Clarke .....................8 Classified................9-14 Comics....................28 Dear Abby.................18 Living..................15-20 Movies....................27 Obituaries..................2 Sports..................21-26 TV Schedule................28 Outside-Tomorrow Sunny and Pleasant Details, Page 2