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Dogs Help Save Lost Toddler
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A 3-year-old boy spent two nights lost in the forest with three dogs for company, then walked up to a police post and asked for a cookie.
The dogs probably saved Joseph Edwin Leffler’s life, said Dr. Robert L. Norton, who examined the boy at University Hospital. The canines kept the boy alive by sleeping next to him through the 40-degree nights.
The toddler became the object of an intense weekend search by about 300 people after disappearing Friday. He came out of the woods, with the three dogs trotting alongside him, shortly before noon Sunday.
The boy had told his mother he was going on a “pretend fishing trip” after lunch Friday. His parents assumed he was going to play in the backyard of the house about 25 miles southeast of Portland.
Norton, an emergency room physician, said the boy was hungry and had wet feet but his vital signs were normal. The child spent the afternoon at the hospital before being sent home, hospital spokeswoman Lee Husk said.
New Comic Book Hero No Wimpy Alien
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — As the creator of the comic book “Zen, Intergalactic Ninja” sees it, most of today’s space aliens are either bad guys or wimps.
Enter Zen, a short, muscular, biue-skinned space warrior; a no-nonsense sort of extraterrestrial.
“Sort of the Dirty Harry of aliens,” said his creator, Steve Stem.
Rather than spattering small-time villains with a big revolver like the Clint Eastwood film character, however, Zen addresses the big questions.
His latest mission is to save Earth from ecological destruction at the hands of a planet-devouring madman named Notan the Magnificent. Zen works through his mental link with Jeremy, the offspring of an alien queen and a mortal human.
Stem and airbrush artist Dan Cote publish the bimonthly comic as a sideline from their jobs. Stern heads a small advertising business; Cote is a commercial artist in Lewiston.
Until now, writers and film producers have treated most space aliens as evil, said Stern.
Heat Is On
Isolated evening thunderstorms are forecast tonight. Skies will be fair, and the low will be in the lower 70s. Partly cloudy skies and hot, humid weather are forecast for Tuesday with a high in the upper 90s. There is a 20 percenct chance of afternoon thunderstorms.
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Aramina Imposes 'Harsh' Measures
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Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 164
Bush Proposes Aid To Poland
President Praises Country's Reforms In Speech Before Polish Parliament
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GERMAN DOUBLE: West Germany’s Steffi Graf, left, and Boris Becker pose with the Wimbledon championship trophies they won Sunday. Graf took the ladies' singles championship, and Becker won the men’s title.
Inmate Riots Quelled At California Prison
By The Associated Press
BANNING, Calif. — Inmates rioted at a prison camp..injuring at least 19 people and leaving se/en buildings in flames early today, authorities said.
At least IOO law enforcement officers were involved in quelling the three-hour not, ended around midnight Sunday at the Banning Road Camp Rehabilitation Center, a minimum- and medium security prison with 772 inmates.
We still do not know what precipitated this, but it appears to have been racial in nature,” said Riverside County Sheriff’s Capt. Jake Bowser. “We had some fighting break out between barracks ... After
that it just broke out in general pandemonium.”
An administration building, the prison kitchen, a g -ard tower and at least four other buildings caught fire, said Chris Hays, a reserve Banning firefighter. Several vehicles were also reported to have burned. The fires were controlled just after midnight.
Flames shot at least 50 feet into the night sky, witnesses said.
Seven of the injured inmates were treated for minor cuts and scratches at a hospital, nursing supervisor Beryl Brindisi. One guard was among the 12 people
(Please See INMATE, Page 8A)
By The Associated Press
WARSAW, Poland — President Bush today proposed a $100 million aid package and promised to seek new loans and debt relief for Poland, declaring that the Communist nation’s moves toward democratic freedoms “show the way toward a new era throughout Europe.”
In the first address by an American president before the Polish parliament, Bush hailed recent political and economic reforms and said, “This generation’s calling is to redeem the promise of a free Polish republic. Poland has not been lost so long as the Polish spirit lives.”
The Polish deputies interrupted Bush’s speech five times with polite applause, but gave him a standing ovation at the end.
The speech was the dramatic high point of the first day of the president’s 10-day European tour, which included 2 hours and 40 minutes of talks with Polish leader Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski.
Bush was cheered by about 4,000 flag-waving, chanting Poles who shouted “Ixing Live, Long Live” when he attended wreath-laying ceremonies at memorials to Polish war dead and the Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust during World War II.
At a luncheon, the president urged Polish Communist leaders and representatives of the once-banned Solidarity trade union movement to ‘ rise*; bove the mistrust to bring the Polish people together for a common purpose.”
In view of Poland’s $39 billion foreign debt and other economic woes, Bush’s aid proposals seemed modest. But Secretary of States James A. Baker III said, “This is really not a trip to bestow economic largesse.”
Bush, in his parliamentary speech, said, “The reform of the Polish economy will be an historic challenge. There can be no substitute for Poland’s own efforts.”
Warning that Poland must accept austerity measures, the president said: “I must speak honestly: economic reform and recovery cannot occur without sacrifices.”
The six-point aid package announced by Bush included these provisions:
** A request to Congress for a $100 million “enterprise fund” to support private entrepreneurs in Poland. Bush said he will ask other industrial democracies at the economic summit in Paris this weekend to establish similar funds.
k* A proposal for the seven summit nations to intensify their cooperation in promoting democratic reforms in Poland and Hungary. He offered to work with the other summit nations to boost Western aid and technical assistance.
^ A promise to establish a U.S. center in Warsaw to conduct educational and cultural programs. He said he would ask Poland to establish a similar center America.
A plea for the World Bank to move ahead with $325 million in loans to help Polish agriculture and industry improve productivity.
^ A request for Western debtor nations to support “an early and generous” rescheduling of Polish debt. Bush said such a step could amount to deferral of about $5 billion in payments this year if Western nations agreed to liberalized terms.
^ A request to Congress for $15 million for a cooperative effort with Poland to fight air and water pollution in the industrial city of Krakow.
“The road ahead is a long one, but it is the only road which leads to prosperity and social peace,” Bush said. “Poland’s progress along this road will show the way toward a new era throughout Europe, an era based on common values and not just geographic proximity.”
(Please See BUSH, Page 8A)
Parched Western States Feel Heat From Wildfires
States with currently burning fires
and nearby cities or parks.
-(Yellowstone National Park!
Diamond Peak Fire J
By The Associated Press
Fires raged out of control in eight states and more than 600 people fled a Nebraska park where a lightning-sparked blaze today burned to within a half-mile of the historic fort where Sioux Chief Crazy Horse was killed.
A blaze also threatened the ancient Indian cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde in Colorado, and an arson fire swept toward the Ventana wilderness in the mountains rising from Big Sur, 120 miles south of San Francisco.
Major fires also were burning in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Oregon and Wyoming.
Cooler temperatures and rain helped nearly extinguish wilderness fires in Montana and Alaska.
In northwestern Nebraska, about 150 firefighters battled the biggest fire in the West, a 50,000-acre blaze that leapfrogged along a 20-mile front at Fort Robinson State Park. About 30 National Guardsmen entered the fray after Gov. Kay Orr declared a disaster area.
The flames leapt through the rugged canyons, leaving splotches of charred ground mixed with stretches of grass and stands of timber.
“There’s a limit to what humans can do to fight a fire when ifs in those canyons,” said state Sen.
Sandy Scofield, who lives nearby. “Those pine trees are like kerosene-drenched torches.”
Four patients were evacuated from a hospital and 25 from a nursing home in Crawford, a nearby town of 1,300 people. One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation, but his condition was not serious, said deputy state fire marshal Jerry Larson.
“What we’re fighting right now is fatigue,” Larson said.
Early today, the fire had consumed nearly half the 22,000-acre park and was half a mile from Fort Robinson, the former cavalry post where Crazy Horse was killed by guards in 1877. The fort now serves as a lodge.
The fire made a mushroom-shaped cloud of smoke that could be seen from Scottsbluff, about 90 miles away.
“It’s not a pretty sight, but these people have things well under control,” said Orr, after flying around the edges of the blaze.
“We could see whole lines of trees exploding,” said Marc Anthony, a state game and parks commissioner who also flew over the area.
More than 600 people were evacuated from the
(Please See PARCHED, Page 8A)
S&L Bailout, Tax Increase On Congressional Agenda
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Raising taxes by $5.3 billion and putting the final touches on President Bush’s $157 billion bailout of the savings and loan industry dominate the focus of lawmakers returning from a long July Fourth holiday .
Before recessing again in four weeks for its annual month-long August vacation, Congress also must look at raising the $2.8 trillion statutory ceiling on the federal debt.
But first, the House likely will vote this week on an administration-opposed moratorium on new offshore oil leasing in the wake of the Exxon Valdez tanker spill in March off the Alaska coast.
The White House and congressional Democrats also face the likelihood of another bruising fight over the transfer of U.S. aircraft technology to Japan for the FSX jet fighter.
Bush has threatened to veto a resolution passed by Congress last month approving the FSX deal but placing restrictions on negotiations for further stages in the joint project.
Opponents, led by organized labor, fear that Japan may use the technology to develop a commercial aerospace industry to compete with U.S. plane makers. They claim to have increasing support among lawmakers, making an override of the
(Please See S&L, Page SA)U.S. Cities Face Declining Revenue
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Many U.S. cities face declining revenue even though they are raising taxes and fees to meet budget problems often caused by a loss of federal funds, the National League of Cities reported today.
Half of the 362 cities in the organization’s survey said their spending is outpacing revenue in 1989, while 57 percent said their revenue growth is not keeping pace with the rate of inflation.
The imbalances persist even though 69 percent of the cities raised fees and charges for municipal services last year; 41 percent raised property taxes; 36 percent reported imposing new fees and charges; and IO percent instituted new taxes, the report said.
Alan Beals, executive director of the league, said the statistics from the group’s seventh annual survey of fiscal conditions show what happens when state and federal officials say “no new taxes.”
“The burden is shifted, the taxes are shifted and the cities get clobbered,” he said in a statement accompanying the report.
Exploring other coping methods, the report revealed slowdowns in the growth of local operating budgets in 43 percent of the cities and cuts in capital spending in 36 percent. Nearly a quarter reduced their municipal work force and 19 percent reported a hiring freeze.