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Winchester Star (Newspaper) - April 20, 1985, Winchester, Virginia Volunteer Author Page 9 Handiey Jumps The Winchester Star 89th Year No. 245 40 PAGES/4 SECTIONS WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA 22601, SATURDAY MORNING , APRIL 20, 1985 667-3200 15 CENTS 5-Inch Snowfall In Colo.; Record Highs Elsewhere By The Associated Press High-temperature records tumbled Friday from tiie Plains to the Atlantic Coast, delighting sun-bathers and beachgoers, while skiiers found their pleasure in snow that hit the Colorado mountains. At least 15 cities reported record highs by early afternoon, including the 94 degrees recorded in Baltimore, said Bill Sammler, a meteorologist at the National Severe Storms Forecast Center in Kansas City, Mo. Meanwhile, heavy rainstorms and tornadoes swept through eastern Nebraska Friday night, blowing down power and telephone lines and taking roofs off buildings. There were no immediate reports of injuries. The storms brought to a halt a four-day spell of unseasonably warm weather. Record high Employee Error Caused Explosion That Killed CROZET, Va. (AP) - An explosion that killed three chemical workers here Friday was caused when employees inadvertently mixed water with an industrial solvent, authorities said. A fourth worker injured in the explosion and subsequent fire was listed in critical condition. A fifth employee of the Greenwood Chemical Co. here escaped unharmed from the 3:30 p.m. blast Thursday, said Crozet Fire Chief Roger Baber. Baber said the cause of the explosion and fire appeared to be accidental. He said employees inadvertently mixed water with an industrial solvent known as toluene, causing it to boil over. Something in the one-story building then triggered an explosion and subsequent fire, he said. The plant's electricity was switched off after the toluene was spotted, Baber said, but the fire ignited from an undetermined source. The three workers who died had been taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville in critical condition. They died overnight, said medical center administrator Dan Vincent. The three were identified as Maurey Clark and John Harper, both of Afton, and Keith Wood of Waynesboro. The fourth victim, Charles Ward, 31, was flown to Norfolk General Hospital, where he remained in critical condition Friday with Jjiucns over 75 percent of his body, said Norfolk General spokeswoman Donna Jones. Ward also suffered smoke inhalation, she said. temperatures were set in the state on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Most cities had highs in the 80s and a few had temperatures above 90. Tornadoes either touched down or were sighted in David City, Omaha, Alvo, Avoca, Bancroft, Offutt Air Force Base and Grand Island, Neb. Baltimore's temperature broke by 1 degree the record set in 1896, and was 1 degree shy of the all-time high in Baltimore in April, a record set April 23,1960. "I've seen people walking around in bathing suits and towels. But the water temperatures aren't real warm yet," said Sue Siefried, spokeswoman for Ocean City, Maryland's resort capital. "We expect a really good weekend." In Colorado, 5 inches of snow was reported Friday at Loveland Basin and Mary Jane ski areas. Four inches was on the ground at Aspen Mountain, Arapahoe Basin and Winter Park. The snow could reach into lower elevations by Saturday night, and snow mixed with rain is possible in Denver, said Doug Baugh, a National Weather Service forecaster. Travelers' advisories for snow and blowing snow were posted for the Mount Shasta, Siskiyou region, the northern Sierra Nevada and the Lake Tahoe Basin. As much as 4 inches of snow were forecast in some rtiountaln passes, and "the weather service said cold and wet weather could put a stress on young livestock. Associated Press Rita Lavelle, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency's foxic waste Superfund, wipes a tear away after saying goodbye to her family as she begins a six-month sentence for lying to Congress. Botha Seeks an End to South Africa Violence JOHANNESBURG, South Africa let his name be used, in keeping with (AP) - President P.W. Botha asked a new policy of the white-minority the opposition on Friday to join in government negotiating with blacks for an end to Extra police patrolled a white the racial violence that has claimed area near Port Eizabeth where more than 300 lives since August. 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NASA Not Giving up On Satellite SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) - NASA is not ready to give up on the Syncora IV-3 satellite that failed to turn itself on, and space engineers doing "back of an envelope" studies believe it may be possible to recover the $85 million machine on a future shuttle flight. Synconi now is drifting in low orbit, as useless as a television set in a power blackout. Space shuttle Discovery astronauts, using improvised "fly swatter" tools, successfully hit the satellite's on-off switch, but Syncom failed to come to life". Now engineers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Johnson Space Center are looking at the possibility of capturing Syncom and returning it to Earth aboard the shuttle. They warn that Syncom - with tons of unexpended fuel on board and an unknown electrical problem - would be more difficult to recover than two satellites brought back to Earth last November. But, they say, it can be done. "We have not looked at it in any depth, but it's probably a very possible thing," said Bob Blount, an expert in payload safety. Of major concern, said Blount and others, is the 352 pounds of unexpended hydrazine fuel carried in Syncom. Hydrazine is corrosive, highly toxic and explosively flammable in oxygen. "It's a very messy thing to deal with," said Blount. Rita Lavelle Begins Prison Sentence PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) -Rita Lavelle, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency's toxic waste Superfund, surrendered Friday at a federal prison while her lawyer asked the Supreme Court to overturn her conviction for lying to Congress. "We filed a petition with the Supreme Court today to rehear the case," said attorney Jim Bierbower. "(Mrs. Lavelle) is optimistic that the Supreme Court will reverse (the conviction.)" Mrs. Lavelle, 37, arrived at 11:15 a.m. to begin serving a six-month sentence at the minimum security Federal Correctional Institution in this small town about 40 miles southeast of San Francisco. The prison, completed in 1974, houses 565 inmates, including 365 women. Newspaper lieiress Patricia Hearst was incarcerated there after her conviction for taking part in a bank robbery with her kidnappers, the Symbionese Liberation Army. Associate Warden Gary Driver described the prison as "a fairly open facility ... not a San Quentin by any means." San Quentin, the notorious maximum-security prison just north of San Francisco, is home for some of the nation's most dangerous criminals. "It's not what one would expect a prison to look like," said Driver, who added that inmates are free to move around within the facility. Mrs. Lavelle was fired from her Superfund waste cleanup post two years ago along with about two dozen other EPA officials, including EPA head Anne Burford, Key Democrat Proposes SS Freeze, But Byrd Will Fight It WASHINGTON (AP) - The senior Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee, in a move highlighting internal party divisions, proposed Friday freezing Social Security benefits for one year as part of an overall plan to reduce federal deficits through spending cuts and higher corporate taxes. Sen. Lawton Chiles of Florida discussed his recommendation in a telephone interview as Senate Democratic leader Robert C. Byrd was telling a news conference that he and a "great majority" of Democrats will fight any changes in Social Security benefits when the Senate begins debating the 1986 budget ne.xt week. "Every Democrat down there will have an opportunity to speak his own conscience," said Byrd, D-W,Va. ",., I would think we'd get some votes from the Republican side of the aisle." Even so, his move and Byrd's comments reflected disagreements among Democrats as floor debate approaches on a $52 billion package of spending cuts supported by President Reagan and leaders of the Senate's Republican majority. That proposal provides for a 2 percent increase in Social Security benefits in each of the next three years, half the expected inflation rate of 4 percent. Any inflation rise over 4 percent would be matched by further hikes in benefits. Despite Plea, SS Cemetery Visit Is On WASHINGTON (AP) -Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel implored President Reagan at a White House ceremony Friday to drop a planned visit next month to a West German cemetery where Nazi SS troops are buried. The White House said Reagan is going ahead with the plan, but will also visit the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Wiesel urged Reagan, who presented him with the Congressional Gold Medal, to find an alternative site rather than visit the Bitburg military cemetery that includes the graves of 47 members of Hitler's notorious SS corps. "That place, Mr. President, is not your place," he said. "Your place is with the victims of the SS." Wiesel, chairman of the government's Holocaust Memorial Council and a prominent author, spoke to a group gathered in the Roosevelt Room for the presentation ceremony. He turned frequently toward Reagan, who sat Associofed Press Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel speaks passionately after accepting the Congressional Gold Medal from the president as President Reagan and Vice President George Bush listen. with his hands clasped, obviously moved bv the appeal. Wiesel, who as a child was imprisoned at the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps, painted a vivid picture of the horrors that he witnessed and that Jews and other Nazi victims suffered. "One million Jewish children perished," he said. "If I spent my entire life reciting their names, I would die before finishing the task. Mr. President, I have seen See Visit Page 2