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   Winchester Star (Newspaper) - April 26, 1985, Winchester, Virginia                                The Winchester Star 89th Year No. 250 32 PAGES/4 SECTIONS WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA 22601, FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 1985 667-3200 15 CENTS Anti-Sandinista Moves Eyed WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan, his aid plans blocked by Congress, today ordered a review of political, economic and other steps that could be taken against the leftist government of Nicaragua ?nd in support of the U.S.-backed guerrillas. One option, presid'ential spokesman Larry Speakes said, could be to seek money from outside groups for the Contra rebels. Review Ordered by Reagan Speakes said Reagan had directed Secretary of State George Shultz and National Security Adviser Robert C. McFarlane "to begin a review of the fuir range of options with regard to U.S. policy toward Nicaragua. Over the next several days, the administration will be reviewing the full family of measures that can be taken to influence the situation in Nicaragua. "We will not be specific on the op- tions under consideration. They do include political, economic and other measures," he said. Speakes said, however, that no plans were contemplated for U.S. military action. "I wouldn't raise that scare tactic," he told reporters at a briefing. He added: "The goal of the policy review is to influence the behavior of the Nicaraguan government, influence the situation in Nicaragua, to achieve our policy goals there of a free society, ready to have free elections - the immediate goal being an opportunity for the Sandinistas to See Sandinista Page 2 Spring Forward Sunday WASHINGTON (AP) - Most Americans will have to spring forward with an hour's less sleep on Sunday, as our clocks perform their annual rite of passage into Daylight Saving Time. In all of part of 48 states on Sunday, time will skip from 2 a.m. (o 3 a.m., an artificial device designed to delay the arrival of the morning sun, and add that light onto the evening to provide more time for barbecues, yard work and other outdoor activities. First instituted in World War I, the shift regularly generates controversy and legislation is introduced in Congress, almost every year, to change the practice, generally with little success. With the Greatest of Ease Associated Press Hope Phillips and her 2-year-old son Adam take a springtime swing .in their front yard in Memphis, Tenn. Adam's holding on, but he seems otherwise pretty ho-hum about things as he glides through the worm April air. Warsaw Pact Extended WARSAW, Poland (AP) -Leaders of the Soviet bloc today signed an agreement extending the Warsaw Pact, the 30-year alliance which binds the Eastern European nations to the Soviet Union, the official Polish news agency PAP reported. The one-sentence PAP report did not say for how long the military and political alliance was extended. It would have expired next month without formal renewal. Communist Party chief Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed the agreement for the Soviet Union, PAP reported. PAP said, "Directly after the completion of debates among the party and state leaders of the Warsaw Pact states ... took place the sublime act of signing a protocol on prolonging the validity of the act on friendship, cooperation and mutual help signed May 14,1955." In addition to the Soviet Union, members of the treaty signing the agreeemnt were Bulgaria, Hungary, East Germany, Poland, Romania and Czechoslovakia. The agreement was reached following a formal summit meeting that convened in the same 18th century palace where the treaty was first ratified. The leaders of the Warsaw Pact member states arrived in Warsaw for their summit meeting on Thursday. It was Gorbachev's first trip outside the Soviet Union since he took power as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party last month. Some diplomatic observers said the summit and treaty renewal were merely formalities and the meeting was significant as an opportunity for Gorbachev to get together with his allies. He met with them last month after the funeral of his predecessor, Konstantin U. Chernenko. The Warsaw Pact originally was valid for 20 years and was automatically renewed for another 10 years in 1975. Hundreds Feared Dead in Shootout LONDON (AP) - Hundreds of people were feared dead in Nigeria today after a shootout between police and members of an outlawed Moslem sect, the News Agency of Nigeria reported. The semi-official agency, monitored in London, said troops were rushed to Gombe, in Bauchi state, after the clashes began when police officers tried to arrest Yusufu Adamu, a leader of the Maitatsine sect. "No official death toll was immediately available, but hundreds of the people including civilians, the police and members of the sect ... (are) feared dead in the shootouts while most inhabitants of the town are deserting their homes," the agency reported. The agency said troops ringed the town - 150 miles from the Nigerian border with Cameroon - and would allow no one in. Trucks packed with families and their belongings were seen leaving, the agency reported. Today, Weekend takes you on a wild mushroom hunt through western Frederick County. This is the prime time for finding morels, a wild edible mushroom that's known as a gourmet food in some cities and just fine eating here in the country. Weekend Editor Lynn Price offers tips on where to look, and photographer Scott Mason gives you a closeup view of this delicate treat. Price also reviews rock singer Madonna's first I movie, "Desperately 1 Seeking Susan," and New ? York Times News Ser-1; vice Writer Bernard } Gwertzman reviews i: Jimmy Carter's new I book, "The Blood of I Abraham. I There are entertain-l ment features, glimpses ? of books to plan a ,: Virginia vacation, and ; information on this weekend's home and I garden tours. }. Weekend tells you I what's happening in town  and throughout the area. Before.you start your I weekend, check out our I Weekend. inside-Today Classified.............23-31 Comics..................22 Dear Abby ..............13 Living.................9-13 Movies..................15 Obituaries ...............2 Religion..................8 Sports................17-21 TV Schedule.............22 Outside-Tomorrow Partly Sunny Details, Page 2 Senate GOP Backs Off Budget, Seeks Votes WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republican leaders, unable to give the budget package endorsed by President Reagan the early send-off they had promised, are scouring their party's ranks for the votes needed to keep the plan alive. "I'm not sure I have them yet," Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole, R-Kan., conceded late Thursday after he abruptly recessed the GOP-controlled Senate rather than risk a crucial showdown vote he had spent most of the day arranging. The inability of Dole to move the package over its first procedural hurdle, coming just 24 hours after the president's nationally broadcast appeal for the $52 billion package of spending cuts, dealt the plan a potent, possibly disabling, blow. While Democrats rejoiced in their initial victory. Dole vowed to toil to find the needed additional support overnight. "We're going to try to turn it around (on Friday) and if it takes a month to turn it around, we'll take a month," Dole told reporters. "The point around here is winning. We may lose eventually, but we're going to first do a lot of work." The proposed spending outline, painstakingly negotiated by GOP leaders and the White House, contains a raft of politically sensitive spending cuts, ranging from limits on Social Security benefit increases to termination of Amtrak rail passenger subsidies. Dole's hasty retreat from Thursday's scheduled showdown - a vote needed to bring the administration's plan formally before the Senate as a package - came even as switchboards all over the Capitol were lighting up in response to Reagan's plea for a show of public support. Patricia Daniels, assistant chief telephone operator, reported that more than 23,000 calls came into the Capitol on Thursday - more than three times the usual 7,000. The calls were running heavily in favor of the president's package, congressional offices reported. But with a partisan battle expected, Republicans appeared to be at least a vote or two shy of the needed majority in the 100-member chamber. One Republican, Sen. John East of North Carolina, was in the hospital, and the support of at least three GOP members was reported by party strategists to be questionable. Republicans maintain a narrow 53-47 majority in the chamber. One of the wavering Republicans, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, said Reagan called to lobby him personally for the plan to trim federal spending by S295 billion over three years. "I said I just don't have my mind made up," Grassley reported. Sentate Democratic Leader Robert C. Byrd apparently caught Republican leaders off guard by agreeing early Thursday evening to go ahead with the vote at once - after initially delaying the showdown. Absent Republicans were quickly summoned to the Senate floor, as was Vice President George Bush, who as presiding officer can vote to break a tie. "The vice president looks a liltlc nervous," Byrd taunted. Byrd all but dared Dole to proceed with the roll call vote. When the Republican leader backed away, Byrd said Democrats might not be as accommodating on Friday. Even if the Senate had held the vote Thursday, and the Republican leadership had prevailed, it would have marked only the beginning of a budget battle that is expected to last at least two weeks. Dole had said that getting the president's plan before the Seante as a package - instead of attempting to present it in a piecemeal fashion - would provide an important psychological lift for the spending blueprint. Hearing Is Set for White Post Fugitive WHITE POST (AP) - A man who hid out in the mountains of Page County for 21 months after breaking out of a prison camp faces a hearing May 15 in Clarke County General District Court,  authorities say. State troopers have recaptured Owen Smelser, who lived much of the time in a tiny shack camouflaged by pine boughs. "He knew those mountains like House of Cards. Apple Volley Square. the back of his hand," said Superintendent Gary T. Keyser of the White Post Correctional Unit in Clarke County. Smelser, 59, fled a work detail on farmland outside the correctional unit on July 17, 1983, and headed south. Keyser said he would get "little tidbits ' of information about Smelser's whereabouts for months - informants sometimes saw dead animals that Smelser was believed to have shot for food. About two months ago, Keyser heard that Smelser was in the vicinity of Round Mountain, about 35 miles south of the prison camp. For about 10 days, a state trooper, "a good woodsman," would search for Smelser's hideout by day and be picked up at night "but couldn't find it," Keyser said, On April 11, eleven troopers and a prison guard flushed Smelser from his house and captured him after he fell while trying to run away, Keyser said. The bearded Smelser "appeared to be healthy as a horse," despite having lived in an area where winter temperatures drop to 20 degrees below zero, Keyser said. The men found about $200 worth of food, a 16-gauge shotgun, a lamp and a camping stove in the shack. Smelser entered the prison system in 1974 to serve 21 years for burglary, grand larceny and unlawfully killing three cows. Bitburg Queries Ducked WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is declining to answer questions about President Reagan's upcoming visit to a German military cemetery where Nazi SS troops are buried. Spokesman Larry Speakes said Thursday the president has made no changes in his plans to visit the cemetery that contains the graves of about 2,000 German war dead, including 47 Nazi SS soldiers. "We are not answering Bitburg questions; there has been no change in the president's plans," Speakes said. Reagan leaves Tuesday for a 10-day European trip including an economic summit conference in Bonn. The scheduled May 5 visit to the Bitburg graveyard and plans to lay a wreath in a ceremony there has outraged Jewish organizations, concentration camp survivors and veterans' groups.   

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