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Zsa Zsa Stands Up To Motorcycle Cop
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -A motorcycle policeman who stopped entertainer Zsa Zsa Gabor for a traffic violation says the actress cursed and spit, and slapped his face.
Officer Paul Kramer testified in Municipal Court Thursday that the celebrity aristocrat screamed at him, “Do you know who I am?” “She closed the door and she spun around and slapped me on the side of the face. I was very surprised,” Kramer testified.
Miss Gabor is charged with misdemeanor battery on a police officer, disobeying an officer’s orders, driving with an expired license, and having an open container of alcohol in her car and an expired car registration. A conviction carries a maximum two years in jail and $4,000 fine.
Woman Gets Bird
CHICAGO (AP) — When Diane Ko-hutynski went to divorce court, the key issue was visitation rights — with the Moluccan cockatoo she and her ex-husband had raised from a fledgling.
“It’s a little weird, a little strange,” she said in a telephone interview Thursday. “I walked into work and everybody was laughing.” The couple has no children, but snowy white, orange-crested Magic “is like a baby,” said Ms. Kohu-tynski, 28, of Hickory Hills.
“He’s very affectionate, very loving,” she said of the $3,000 bird she has not seen in a year. “He goes up on your arm and leans against your shoulder for a hug.”
The property settlement approved Wednesday requires her former husband, Leroy Kohutynski, 28, of Palos Hills to allow her regular visits with the bird.
Her attorney, Norman Becker, told the judge that Kohutynski also has agreed to execute an irrevocable will giving her possession of Magic if he should die or decide he doesn’t want the bird anymore.Weather
Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. The low will be in the upper 60s. Partly cloudy skies and a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms are forecast Saturday. The high will be in the mid 80s. Please see details on Page 6A.Deaths
Elzie Collins, Winnsboro Michael Coursey, Augusta Perry Jackson, Jamaica, N Y. William E. Jackson, Aiken Tillman Jackson, Washington, D.C. Philip D. Sanders, Barnwell Melvin Stevens, Beech Island Evelyn M. Taylor, Queens, N.Y. Gwendolyn J. Turner, Florence Jamie Lee Whitmore, Edgefield Please see details on Page 6A.Inside Today
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Official Outlines SRS Problems
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UAL Board Approves Buyout
By The Associated Press
CHICAGO — UAL Corp.’s directors have approved a buyout by a group of pilots and top executives that would make the parent of United Airlines the largest employee-owned company in the nation.
UAL announced Thursday night that it had signed a $300-a-share, or $6.75 billion, agreement with the labor-management group.
The plan could end a 6-week takeover battle at the nation’s second-largest airline.
California investor Marvin Davis, who started the battle and eventually bid $6.19 billion, or $275 a share, for UAL, declined to comment immediately on the announcement. His spokesman, Jim Fin-geroth, said Davis would respond later today.
A source close to the UAL takeover battle said Davis may still pursue his bid,
despite the agreement with the management-labor group.
“I would not assume that this means ifs over,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The agreement was announced after the employee group made a presentation to a special committee of the UAL board and revealed the financing for the bid.
Frederick Dubinsky, a spokesman for United’s unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, said he believes the plan will go forward.
“We bring something to the table that no one else can bring,” Dubinsky said in a telephone interview early today from New York.
The pilot-management group’s proposal includes a seven-year no-strike guarantee by the pilots and cuts in wages and benefits, terms that any outsider would have difficulty matching.
Under the agreement announced Thursday, Chicago-based UAL would
merge with Airline Acquisition Corp., the group formed by pilots and management. Employees would own 75 percent of the company, UAL management would hold IO percent and British Airways PLC would own 15 percent.
“The merger agreement we have just signed is designed to secure the future of United Airlines and its 68,000 employees, to serve the public with quality air transportation and to provide the best value to UAL’s shareholders,” said UAL Chairman Stephen Wolf.
The deal still would need the approval of shareholders and the Department of Transportation, which is not expected to raise major objections although in the past it has been concerned about foreign carriers buying into U.S. airlines.
With inclusion of financing costs, the deal would total $7.2 billion. Citibank and the Chase Manhattan Bank have committed $3 billion to finance the buyout and
will obtain commitments for an additional $4.2 billion, officials said.
The buyout attempt is led by Wolf and the 6,300 United pilots represented by ALPA. The group had hoped to win support from United’s other unions.
The Association of Flight Attendants, representing about 12,700 United workers, met with management Tuesday and “has begun negotiations toward possible participation” in the employee buyout effort, said spokeswoman Carol Holmes.
But the International Association of Machinists, representing 25,000 of United’s 70,000 employees, has refused to back the proposal, saying it would leave UAL heavily in debt and could threaten the job security of union members.
In the past two years more than 300 companies have been purchased by their employees. Avis Inc., with 11,000 employees, is the nation’s largest company owned by its employees.
Girls, Girls, Girls
By The Associated Press
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
NOW COED: Skirts and ponytails are now being seen among the ties and haircuts at Aiken Preparatory School. Please see story on Page 1B.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed for the second straight month in July, to $7.58 billion, the smallest gap in nearly five years, the government said today.
The Commerce Department reported the July deficit represented a 5.3 percent decrease from a revised June deficit of $8.01 billion.
The narrowing gap came from a 2.5
Eercent decrease in imports to $38.32 biion and a 1.8 percent decrease in exports to $30.74 billion. The trade deficit is the difference between imports and exports.
The overall July deficit of $7.58 billion was the smallest since a $6.79 billion imbalance in December 1984.
Economists had been expecting the deficit to widen as imports fueled by oil purchases rose while the higher dollar cut exports by making them more expensive overseas.
America’s foreign oil bill rose 2.9 percent to $4.3 billion in July.
Printing Plant Worker's Warnings Went Unheeded
By The Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A printing plant worker who shot 20 co-workers had pledged to get even after being let go for mental disability last year, but his warnings went unheeded, employees at the plant say.
Joseph T. Wesbecker, armed with several semiautomatic weapons, went from floor to floor shooting former co-workers at the Standard Gravure Corp., killing seven and wounding 13 before taking his own life Thursday morning.
“He just came off the elevator shooting,” said Kathy Wilkins, an assistant buyer. “The elevator doors opened and he started firing.”
Wesbecker, a 47-year-old pressman, was placed on permanent disability leave last year because of mental illness, police said.
“He carried a big grudge because of that,” said George Os wine, a former co-worker. “He said before he left he would get even. I remember that.”
Oswine said Wesbecker had begun collecting guns since his leave.
Another former co-worker, pressman Joe White, said Wesbecker’s talk centered on guns and Soldier of Fortune magazine. White, whose brother Lloyd was killed in the rampage, said Wesbecker thought of himself as a soldier.
“This guy’s been talking about this for a year,” White said.
“I guess nobody believed him,” said Dan Frazier, president of the union local.
Frazier said Wesbecker had become more upset recently because he thought his disability benefits were about to be
Relatives told police that Wesbecker was a manic depressive who had attempted suicide three times. Wesbecker also had voluntarily spent time in mental institutions, said Lt. Jeff Moody, commander of the police homicide division.
Wesbecker entered the building at 8:30 a.m. EDT and took the elevator to the
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Jim Bakker Used Phony Fund-Raising Numbers
By The Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jim Bakker’s right-hand man at PTL testified that the evangelist gave his TV viewers phony fund-raising figures and knew that $265,000 in church funds went to Jessica Hahn as hush money.
Richard Dortch, PTL’s former executive vice president, told U.S. District Court jurors in Bakker’s fraud and conspiracy trial Thursday that the ministry kept two sets of fund-raising figures — a secret one with the actual numbers and a phony one with lower numbers that Bakker read to TV viewers.
“No one understands this plan really but me,” Dortch recalled Bakker telling him.
Later, Dortch testified that Bakker personally approved paying Hahn to keep her quiet about their 1980 sexual encounter in a Florida hotel room. Bakker resigned from PTL in March 1987 as the encounter was about to be made public.
Dortch, 57, was indicted with Bakker, and last month pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud and conspiracy in a plea bargain in exchange for his testimony against Bakker. He was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined $200,000.
Dortch, who joined PTL in December 1983, said by 1987 almost all PTL revenues came from sale of “lifetime partnerships,” supposedly good for lodging each year for life at Heritage USA, PTL’s Christian theme park near Fort Mill, S.C. He said the money was desperately needed to cover operating costs, including a biweekly payroll of nearly $1 million.
Bakker considered the partnerships an unlimited “gold mine,” according to Dortch.
He said Bakker told him: “This was the easiest money we could raise, and there would be no limit to what amount could be raised in the days to come.”
Prosecutors contend Bakker used more than $3.7 million raised from the sales to fund his lavish lifestyle.Studies Say 20 Percent Of Adults Are Fat, Posing Major Health Risk
WASHINGTON — The United States may be land of the free and home of the brave, but it’s also the country of the fat.
A researcher on obesity says that 33 million adult Americans, about 20 percent of the adult population, are significantly obese, giving the United States one of the highest populations of fat people in the world.
“It’s clear that significant obesity appears to be more prevalent in the United States than elsewhere,” Dr. George A. Bray, a professor of medicine at Louisiana State University, said Thursday.
“The greater the excess weight, the greater excess risk” of resulting health problems, he said.
Obesity is a public health concern only in Europe and North America, and the percentage of significantly overweight people is highest by far in the United States, Bray said.
The scientist said researchers don’t know why there is a higher percentage of fat adults in America than elsewhere, though he suggests it could be because of the highly mechanized U.S. civilization that makes it easy to avoid walking or climbing stairs.
Bray says statistics suggest Americans are eating a better diet now — avoiding meats and other foods high in animal fats — but the number of significantly obese people “continues to creep up.”
The effects of excess weight is showing up in health studies that show the obese are suffering more heart attacks, more high blood pressure, more diabetes and more gall bladder disease.
Being extremely fat, Bray said, is only slightly less of a health risk than smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.