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Winchester Star (Newspaper) - November 29, 1996, Winchester, Virginia The Winchester Star 101 st Year 127 36 SECTIONS VIRGINIA NOVEMBER 1996 6673200 25 CENTS Star Photo by Rick Foster The Apple Blossom Mall parking lot was crowded early this morning as shoppers got off to a fast Shoppers Surge into Area Stores By DAVID FOREMAN The Winchester Star Maybe its called Black Friday because its still dark outside when stores Too much turkey and temperatures around 17 degrees didnt keep hundreds of Winchesterarea residents from getting up before the crack of dawn today to kick off the traditional start of the Christmas shop ping Annie Murphy of and Vickie Smulovitz of Winchester had the motor running at to keep warm as they staked out the Leggett store in the Apple Blossom If youre asking me why were here at 6 in the she drug me Smu lovitz We are diehard Murphy This is the big day for We look forward to it every And theres free Both agreed its also a good way to make their husbands take care of the The pair quickly left their car when Linda Shockley appeared in the doorway at but it was all just a Linda didnt open the outer doors until A little but with smiles on their Murphy and Smulovitz joined 10 other shoppers as the doors opened with a rush of warm Don and Rhonda Gillette of Winchester said theyre always up so its not just a reason to avoid long and outofstock Its just the best I wish they were always open this Rhonda But what is there at 6 that wont be there at 9 In many stores that may be summed up in two words Nintendo More than 30 people stood in line at the WalMart Supercenter and more than 20 at both on South Pleasant Valley waiting to get the hottest video sys tem on the See Area Shoppers Page A8 Thanksgiving Festivities Have Many Faces By MARK JEWELL Associated Press Writer The Luft familys Thanksgiving turned into a much larger affair when an ice storm and power outages in the Northwest turned their home into a dark But instead of the family helped prepare a traditional turkey dinner with about 30 others in a churchturned where hot showers and privacy were in short I was pretty upset yesterday when it looked like wed have to be spending Thanksgiving Robert Luft said as his aged 4 and tugged at his pants after finishing pumpkin But being here seeing these people enjoying this dinner is probably better than just spending it only with my Throughout the Americans cel ebrated in traditional ways eating with family and dishing out food for the needy or bundling up for a parade and not so traditional bringing home newly adopted children or getting settled in after being ac cused of spying in North The Lufts were staying at one of two shel ters still operating following a 19 ice storm that knocked out power for homes and businesses in the About homes and businesses in east ern Washington and northern Idaho remained without Temperatures rose to the mid 30s on causing ice to melt off power lines and tree In the temperature was in the mid and the Navy accomplished Operation feeding more than 700 needy residents with 260 pounds of 175 pounds of five gallons of 120 cans of sweet See Thanksgiving Page A2 Across the Its the Season To Be Shopping By RACHEL BECK AP Business Writer NEW YORK Now that Amer icans have finished their Thanks giving theyre ready for the next holiday ritual the start of the Christmas shopping Faced with five fewer shopping days this year to complete their consumers are ex pected to crowd department stores and trek through malls this week forking over billions of dol lars on Consumers are starting to real ize they have less time this year with 1 coming right at the end of the Thanksgiving week said John vice president of research at the Inter national Council of Shopping Cen a trade So theyre heading into stores early so that they finish their shopping on he After a dismal Christmas sea son a year retailers are up beat about the optimistic that shoppers will be eager to thanks to a rebounding economy and high levels of con sumer But merchants remain fearful that five fewer shopping days be tween Thanksgiving and Christ mas could hurt To lure cus tomers they launched pre Thanksgiving sales and advertised like discount retailer Kmart stayed open on Retailers count on the holidays for about half their annual sales and and look at the day after Thanksgiving as the official kickoff of the holiday shopping Last consumers did 16 percent of their Christmas shop ping on the Friday after Thanks also known as Black Fri day in the according to the National Retail a industry Contrary to widespread assump Black Friday is usually not the busiest sales day of the year for shopping It ranked seventh last according to the International Council of Shopping See Shopping Page AS Virginians Set For Assault On the Stores By GAYNELL TERRELL Associated Press Writer Now that their customers have had time to digest heaps of turkey and to watch Thanksgiving Vir ginias retailers were lim bering up for one of the big gest shopping days of the year A Waimart in Colonial Heights was thronged with shoppers on Thursday and employees were getting ready for eager buyers to begin flooding in as early as 4 Were going to have the police department in to help with traffic said David an assistant manager at the We did it last year and it helped a While stores prepared for consumer Virginians celebrated older virtues on At the Roanoke Rescue Mis familystyle dinners were prepared for about 600 people who included the neighborhood the recent jobless and folks who just didnt have See Virginians Page A8 Survey Indicates Steady Spending By The Associated Press NEW YORK Most Americans say they will spend as much or more on gifts this Christmas sea son than in the last few according to an Associated Press The list hasnt gotten any big ger or said Bill Deverson of Coral while look ing at a Christmas display in a See Survey Page A8 Watching Saddam Perry Stealth Fighters Will Stay in Kuwait Indefinitely By SUSANNE SCHAFER AP Military Writer ABOARD THE USS KITTY HAWK The United serving notice it is closely watching Iraqs Saddam will keep eight radarevading F 117 Stealth fighters in Kuwait De fense Secretary William Perry said The decision puts the stealthy aircraft within easy reach of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and the Iraqi presidents major military allowing the planes to drop precisionguided bombs should a major crisis break The aircraft had been rushed to the Persian Gulf in September following attacks on Kurdish minori ties in northern Iraq by Saddams Shortly President Clinton extended the range of the nofly zone over southern and American warships and planes launched 44 cruise missiles against the Iraqi air defense Perry announced his decision as he addressed some of the Army posted at Camp Doha outside Kuwait who are due to finish their desert maneuvers in Referring to the stealth Perry said he told Kuwaiti leaders today We will leave them here for an indefinite period of He said that in conjunction with 100 combat air craft flying out of bases in Saudi Arabia and patrol ling southern the United States is able to moni tor Not only to keep watch but to serve notice to Dont ever think about coming south Perry The defense secretary also said another battalion of Army soldiers will deploy to Kuwait in Feb In the a Marine amphibious con tingent of combat troops will be stationed off Perry told the soldiers that there were essential to keeping the peace in the Gulf with their maneuvers and cooperation with Kuwait armed This is deterrence and it Perry said about See Perry Page A6 Tomorrow Chance ol 40s 1 INDEX I Sports 6 MISS YOUR PAPER Call 6673200 till 7 Abortion Clinic Killer Commits Suicide in Massachusetts Prison By The Associated Press John Salvi who was convicted of killing two people and wounding five others in a shooting spree on two abortion clinics in has killed himself in his moth er said Ann Marie Salvi said she was told this morning that her son had died of She said he had committed but didnt have I just found out at this It was too hard for Salvi said by telephone from her was found dead in his cell early Department of Correction spokesman Anthony Carnevale He said the death was under It appears to be a Carnevale It happened sometime He refused to give Salvi was sentenced to two con secutive life terms March 18 after jurors rejected claims that he was insane and convicted him of mur dering two receptionists and wounding five others during a See Salvi Page A6 Dinner for 400 Star Photo by Rick foster More than 300 pounds of potatoes were and mashed on Thursday morning as volunteers such as Mikie Jones facing camera and Susan Gouker prepared a Thanksgiving dinner for the held at First Presbyte rian Church in Sponsored by the church and the Salvation the event fed more than 400 who ate in Loudoun Hall or had meals For sto ries and more see Page Researchers Identify Gene Influencing Personality By RICK WEISS The Washington Post WASHINGTON Scientists for the first time have identified a personality gene that seems to in fluence whether a person will be a handwringing worrier or a self assured The gene can act like natural Prozac in the enhancing selfconfidence and contributing to a cheerful according to a report in todays issue of the journal But the researchers found that most people inherit a different version of the gene that appar ently has the opposite pre disposing them to mild but chron ic If confirmed and extended in followup the finding could shed light on the genetics of personality and facilitate develop ment of better moodaltering med Already it has ignited a burst of speculation about why evolution might have favored indi viduals with an anxious The work is the latest in a string of recent efforts to find the genetic basis of complex behaviors a new scientific specialty that has stirred controversy over its tentative findings of genes for manic depression and Virtually all those findings have crumbled upon further And experts cautioned that the See Gene Page A6
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