Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 4, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Lost Wallet Returned, Courtesy Of Fisherman
RANDOLPH, Vt. (AP) - A man who lost his wallet off the New Hampshire coast got lucky when another angler hooked it during a bluefish tournament.
Randy Lindquist said he had given up hope of ever seeing the billfold again when he received a call informing him that his wallet had been found — complete with credit cards, driver’s license and $93 in cash.
“I had better odds hitting the Megabucks lottery than ever seeing that wallet again," said Lindquist, 31, of Randolph.
He said the wallet was returned one day later by Dennis Murphy of New Castle, N.H.
Murphy hooked it with a lure on Aug. 26, six days after it was lost.
Lindquist said Murphy would not take a reward, but offered to go blue-fishing with him someday.
Parking Attendant' Finds A Windfall
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A homeless man has landed on Free Parking outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art by charging drivers for spots that should be free.
Much to the annoyance of police, motorists and museum officials, Eugene Harris charges drivers $3 to $5 and even hands them a stub.
He sees himself as an entrepreneur.
“Look," he said last week, “nothing’s free in Philadelphia, right? This isn’t like theft or anything. I can make $300 on a good day.’’
Police say the 27-year-old Harris is a ripoff artist. They’ve arrested him three times during the past month on charges including resisting arrest. But they’ve had problems prosecuting.
“We can’t seem to get anybody to press charges, and the few times we have, we have trouble getting higher-ups to prosecute," said police Capt. Larry Norton. He said the latter is partly due to the prevalence of more serious crime and a cap on jail admissions because of crowding.
Harris, who sleeps at a railroad station near the museum, carries ticket stubs that he picks up from other parking lots, and gives them to his customers.
Sun On Hold
Skies will be mostly cloudy today with a chance of showers. The high will be in the lower 80s. The low will be in the upper 60s. Please see details on Page 6A.
Lawrence Glover, Trenton Amanda Thomas, Belvedere Virginia Neumar, Belvedere Nealie P Webb, Augusta Ella B. Bonnette, Sumter Robert F. Casey, Columbia Please see details on Page 6A.Inside Today
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U.S. Drug Gear Flows Into Colombia
Bomb Blast Hurts 5 In Medellin Suburbs
By The Associated Press
BOGOTA, Colombia — In the latest apparent strike by drug barons, a bomb tore through shops in an industrial suburb of the cocaine trafficking center of Medellin and wounded five people, authorities said.
The Sunday night attack came just
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hours after U.S. military gear began arriving, along with ground crews, trainers and technicians, for use in the government’s two-week-old offensive against the ruthless cocaine underworld.
The bomb blast in the southern Medellin suburb of Itagui heavily damaged a two-story commercial building including a bank, an insurance company office, a shoe store and an optical shop, an Itagui police spokesman said by telephone. He asked to remain anonymous.
Five people were wounded, Alonso Villanueva of the Colombia Red Cross in Itagui said by telephone. The blast came
half an hour before a IO p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew took effect in Medellin and several suburbs, including Itagui.
There was no claim of responsibility, but the attack was similar to others carried out by drug traffickers who are combating an unprecendented government anti-narcotics sweep that began Aug. 18 when a leading presidential hopeful was assassinated.
In the sweep, authorities have seized hundreds of millions of dollars in property and arrested thousands of suspects.
Two bombs were tossed from a motorcycle into a garden of Medellin’s Inter
continental Hotel on Sunday but no one was hurt, police said.
In the northwestern city of Monteria, a C-123 airplane of the U.S. State Department’s anti-narcotics division burned at an airport Sunday, a U.S. Embassy spokesman in Bogota said.
The plane was bound from Peru to the United States when it made an emergency landing in Monteria because an engine failed, the spokesman said. He said the cause of the fire was being investigated.
Drug traffickers have declared a “total and absolute war” on the state, judges, industrialists and journalists.
126 Persons Dead In Cuba Jet Crash
FEELS SO GOOD: President Bush beams with pride over a bluefish he caught Sunday in Kennebunkport, Maine. It ended a near fish-less vacation for Bush, who returned to the White House today. For the story, please see page 2A.
By The Associated Press
MEXICO CITY — All 126 people aboard a Cuban jetliner were killed when the Italy-bound plane exploded shortly after takeoff and crashed, raining flaming debris onto a Havana suburb, news agencies reported.
All but two of the 115 passengers on the chartered Cubana de Aviacion jetliner that crashed Sunday evening were Italian tourists, Cuba’s official news agency, Prensa Latina, reported.
The Mexican news agency Notimex said 63 people on the ground were injured. The Soviet news agency Tass said the four-engine Soviet-made Ilyushin 62 crashed a half mile from the runway and 20 houses were damaged.
Prensa Latina, monitored in Mexico City, quoted Cuban state radio and television as saying there were no survivors. It said Gen. Rogelio Acevedo, Cuba’s civil aviation chief, had named a commission to investigate the crash.
Mexico’s Excelsior news agency said there was a heavy downpour with thunder and lightning at the time.
Cuba’s state-run television interrupted its regular programming to show the plane engulfed in flames, Excelsior reported, adding that that area around Havana’s Jose Marti airport was plunged into darkness for a time when the falling wreckage snapped power lines.
Flight 9046 was en route to Milan, Italy, with a refueling stop in Cologne, West Germany.
Cuban authorities had not released a passenger list or disclosed any identities
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of victims by early this morning.
In Rome, the Italian news agency AGI said all 113 Italians aboard had died in the crash, but Italian radio reported one Italian survived and was in critical condition.
An employee of the Italian Foreign Ministry’s crisis unit said it appeared all the Italians had died but that tne ministry could not yet confirm it. He spoke on condition of anonymity.
Notimex quoted Havana’s Radio Reloj as saying 63 people were hospitalized with injuries when pieces of the plane showered on houses in a Havana suburb.
The Tass report, monitored in London by the British Broadcasting Co., said all approaches to the road leading to the airport were blocked off by traffic police. The report said first aid vehicles and fire engines were seen racing to the airport.
Cuban President Fidel Castro and other senior officials went to the scene of the accident soon after the crash at 7 p.m.
Poll Finds Strong Support For Minimum Wage Hike
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Americans overwhelmingly favor an increase in the federal minimum wage, even though most workers are generally satisfied with their pay, a national poll has found.
Nearly nine in IO respondents to the Media General-Associated Press poll wanted the hourly miniumum raised from $3.35, and two-thirds of them favored the $4.55 minimum approved by Congress but vetoed by President Bush in June.
At the same time, six in IO supported Bush’s proposal for a “training wage" under which new workers could be kept at $3.35 for their first six months on the job. Congress has not adopted that plan.
On other workplace issues this Labor Day, nearly four in IO respondents said
they would join a labor union at their workplace, even though most regarded management more favorably than they viewed unions.
Most workers gave favorable ratings to
(Please See POLL, Page 5A)Island-Hopping Proved Marines More Than Show
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
James Andrew (Jim) Peterson was fresh out of high school in June 1940 when he joined the Marines, his imagination seized by a recruiting poster that featured a handsomely dressed Leatherneck.
Peterson expected to have a grand He knew Marines spent a lot of time on big ships and that meant going to strange places.
“But I didn’t have one bit of an idea what the Marines really were all about," said Peterson, a native of Del Rio, Tex., who put his signature on the enlistment contract in San Antonio.
Before his five-year tour ended in 1945, Peterson discovered — under the harshest of conditions — that Marines do more than strut around in fancy dress uniforms, wear snappy hats and see a lot of distant places.
Marines are the American military’s premier attack troops and they are thrown into a lot of battles. That’s where Peterson found himself as American forces began an island-hopping campaign
in the Pacific in the final months of World Warn.
In February and March of 1945, Peterson, who had climbed the promotion ladder to gunnery sergeant, was among the assault troops of the 3rd Marine Division who spent three tough weeks rooting out Japanese defenders from I wo Jima.
Capture of the pear-shaped little island was crucial in two ways: it would prevent the Japanese from using its airfield to attack U.S. troop convoys; it would give U.S. fighter planes an unsinkable carrier
(See ISLAND-HOPPING, Page 5A)
IFreak Accidents Mar Holiday Activities Around The Nation
By The Associated Press
Tragedy blighted I^abor Day weekend festivities when a stunt truck ran into a crowd of spectators at a New Hampshire state fair Sunday, injuring 23. In Florida, a woman was killed when a powerboat sliced through her houseboat.
On Saturday, five motorcyclists headed to a Labor Day festival in northern California were killed when a flatbed truck spilled a load of firewood and turned over in front of them. Four others were injured in the fiery crash in the Sierra Nevada.
At the state fair in Hopkinton, N.H., a pickup truck performing in a stunt act crashed through a fence and hit a fried dough stand shortly after 5 p.m., scattering injured people on the ground before thousands of spectators.
State police LL Dave McCarthy said the only fatality was the 62-year-old truck driver from Mifflintown, Pa., and they were investigating the possibility that he suffered a medical problem before the crash.
In Miami, Barbara Basford, 38, of Jacksonville was killed when a speeding powerboat sliced through a houseboat she was sleeping in early Sunday on the dark, shallow waters oft Islamorada in the Florida Keys.
In other accidents over the Labor Day weekend:
^ A Middletown, Conn., man and his father were badly burned Saturday night when their 30-foot cabin cruiser exploded near the Niantic River Bridge, destroying the boat, police said.
^ In Barnesville, Ga., three people were killed Sunday when a fire — apparently deliberately set —• swept through a camping trailer, authorities said. The victims were not immediately identified.
year-old rather was seriously injured when their aluminum boat was struck by lightning Sunday afternoon while they fishing at Perry Lake near Crosby, Minn., authorities said.