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Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 21, 1982, Bluefield, West Virginia Oluchi ctr pain Elc graph vol.lxxxviino.325 Bluefield w.va., sunday morning november 21,1982 20 cents cd cents daily sunday during address in Sicily heavily guarded pontiff decries Gangland violence Palermo Sicily apr a heavily guarded Pope John Paul ii travelled to this mafia stronghold saturday and lashed out at the wave of a barbarous violence that has claimed 130 lives in Gangland murders this year including four just hours before his arrival. Police picked up two West germans and an austrian carrying empty Cartridge magazines and a Bayonet in backpacks near the papal route two hours before the Pope got to Palermo. However they had no guns police said. Police said two of the men would be placed under formal arrest but did not say what they would be charged with. They said later they did not believe the incident was linked to the papal visit but refused to elaborate. The Pope was shot and wounded by a turkish extremist in St. Peters Square on May 13, 1981 and a year later escaped unharmed when charged by a Bayonet wielding renegade Spanish priest in Fatima Portugal. After his motorcade passed just Yards from the spot where Italy Stop crime fighter was assassinated in september the Pope went to a Palm lined Central Square saturday and threw Down an immediate Challenge to Palermo authorities and citizens to put an end to the killings. A the deeds of barbarous violence which for too Long have bloodied the streets of this splendid City offend human dignity As do subhuman conditions discrimination against fundamental rights and economic and social inequality a the White Robed pontiff told a throng of More than 50,000 people standing shoulder to shoulder in Cool sunny weather in Palermo a pol Teama Square. In a massive Security operation hundreds of police lined the route Over which the Pope passed standing in the Back of a Glass enclosed White jeep. Authorities sealed off the City Center to private traffic and erected Metal barricades to hold crowds away from the pontiff. The 62-year-old Pope did not mention the mafia by name in his speech made in response to a Welcome by City officials but later in remarks to University professors he denounced what he called a the mafia John Paul told the professors they have the Power which a Springs from the strength of ideas and which is needed More than Ever today As an antidote to profound evils particularly to those connected with the mafia phenomenon that concerns today a a yes it is True that certain repressive measures can halt some manifestations of violence. But the Only Way these evils can be completely overcome is through the patient work of forming making the first trip by a Pope to Sicily in nearly 600 years and the first Ever to Palermo the polish born pontiff in effect gave his support to a Campaign against the mafia being waged by the islands roman Catholic Church. Mafia violence reached new Levels of ferocity this year capped by the september assassination of Gen. Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa his wife and bodyguard in an ambush in downtown Palermo. Dalla Chiesa had been sent to Sicily to direct the governments Campaign against the crime Syndicate which has become the largest single supplier for heroin addicts in the United states. . And italian officials say that $560 million Worth of heroin is produced in Sicily each year. In the latest wave of violence suspected mafia gunmen armed with pistols and sawed off shotguns killed four people overnight in the outskirts of Palermo in two separate ambushes. Last month the sicilian Church renewed the penalty of excommunication issued in 1944 and again in 1952 for murder and other violent crimes. The Church document however for the first time explicitly noted the link Between the mafia and violence on the Island of 5 million people. The first leg of the trip to Sicily took the Pope by helicopter to the islands Interior where an earthquake killed 300 people in 1968 and where some 40,000 survivors still live in temporary corrugated Metal shacks. A How can one not raise ones voice to denounce the unnatural persistence of such a painful situation a said the Pope Clad in Gold and White vestments to a crowd of More than 100,000 gathered for the Hillside mass in the Belice Valley 70 Miles Southwest of Palermo. The Pope returns to Rome sunday night. Sunday a Low temperatures ram Tkv Snow Etc Shower flurries fronts cold stationary 1 mostly Cloudy today and tonight with scattered showers in the mountains. Highs will be around 60. Lows tonight will be in the 40s. The extended forecast for monday through wednesday Calls for partly Cloudy conditions throughout the period with a Chance of showers monday. Highs monday and tuesday will be in the 60s with lows in the 40s. Cooling somewhat books. .5d Heartline. .11b bulletin Board. .4b,6d hobbies. .4d business. .9c Lively arts. .8b classified. .6 Iid obituaries. .2a Coal pages. .2-3d people. .12a consumer. Ioc pet Corner. .10b Dixon. .11 b science. .5b editorials. .4a society. I -12 b farm report. In sports. I 8c Giles county. .6b Volunteer. In what do former mayor Billy Swope of Welch mine disaster survivor Bill Derenge and the Star spangled Banner have in common they re All featured in this week s sunday Mcdowell county has highest dropout rate in West Virginia a Page 8a parents become the students at Princeton High a Page us birth centers provide options �?page6d mine deaths Down in state a Page Wavu Vii Post Gridiron victories a sports Page in Scooter Guin fills the Bill for Princeton High a sports Page in photograph leads to Happy reunion a Page we support mounts to help find lost children a Page 2 Victory. Roby Taylor 81, of Bromley Gap va., gestures after he and a group of Washington county residents and supporters finished a 50-car Parade from Bromley Gap to Abingdon and Back to celebrate the announcement several weeks ago that appalachian Power company had dropped plans to construct a dam project that would have flooded the Bromley Gap area. The Parade was part of a thanksgiving Celebration by the area residents. A laser photo president Calls for free Trade Washington apr president Reagan called on americans trading partners saturday to work for open markets and reject protectionist policies that insulate their countries from world Competition. A free Trade serves the cause of economic Progress and it serves the cause of world peace a the president said in his weekly radio broadcast to the nation. A when governments get too involved in Trade economic costs increase and political disputes multiply. Peace is Reagan a address comes four Days in Advance of a meeting of free world trading ministers in Geneva Switzerland. Declaring that the International trading system is at a Crossroads Reagan said a either free world countries go Forward and sustain the drive toward More open markets or they risk sliding Back toward the mistakes of the 1930s and succumbing to the evils of More and More government intervention and this is really no Choice at he said the United states a will reject protectionist and defeatist proposals a and a will set new goals and Lay out a program for limiting government intervention in world a we will Lead with a Clear sense of our own commercial interests and a quiet determination to defend these interests a said Reagan. A let no one misunderstand us Quot he added. Quot we re generous and farsighted in our goals and we intend to use our full Power to achieve these goals. A we seek to plug the holes in the boat of free markets and free Trade and get it moving again in the direction of Prosperity a Reagan said. A and no one should mistake our determination to use our full Power and influence to prevent others from destroying the boat and sinking us explosion touches off fire Habib told Lebanon nixes pullout terms Beirut Lebanon apr a fiery explosion ravaged a building in israeli occupied Sidon saturday and lebanese leaders told . Envoy Philip c. Habib they rejected Tough new israeli conditions for a pullout the Christian voice of Lebanon radio reported. The broadcast said an explosive charge touched off the fire in a seven Story building in Sidon 25 Miles South of Beirut. There were no reports of casualties. Tenants were evacuated from the building by firemen according to the radio reports which said the building was next to the offices of the state run electricity company and the civil defense Headquarters. A spokesman for the israeli army in suburban Beirut told the associated press the building was privately owned and no major israeli positions were near the scene of the fire. Gunmen killed one israeli Soldier and wounded three others in Sidon Friday and responsibility was claimed by a Wing of an extremist group that said it set off a car bomb that destroyed the israeli military Headquarters in southernmost Tyre last week killing 75 israelis. In Aley 7.5 Miles Southeast of Beirut a car bomb wounded two pedestrians saturday state and private radio stations said. Month Long fighting Between Christian and druse militiamen in the Aley Region has claimed 55 lives. Gemayel a Christian phalanges party said five of its militiamen were shot to death saturday by druse leftists of the socialist progressive party in the Village of Zainab nine Miles South of Beirut. Israeli officials in tel Aviv said their troops intervened saturday in fighting Between druse and Christian militiamen in the Village of Ain Zanoub eight Miles South of Beirut. The Village is next to Zainab. Israel invaded Lebanon june 6 to smash the Palestine liberation organization and still has an estimated 35,000 troops in the country. The Pix has about 10,000 fighters deployed in Northern and Eastern Lebanon behind some 35,000 syrian troops who entered the country six years ago to police the armistice that ended the 1975-76 moslem Christian civil War. Habib held four hours of talks saturday with lebanese president Amin Gemayel and prime minister Shafik Wazzan. The voice of Lebanon the radio of Gemayel a phalanges said the lebanese conveyed to Habib their rejections of a fall the israeli conditions that infringe on Lebanon a sovereignty the radio said Israel was demanding a permanent military watch Post atop the Barouk Mountain in Lebanon scentral Mountain Range with a 25-mile Access corridor from the lebanese coastal City of Damour 12.5 Miles South of Beirut. The Barouk Mountain overlooks Eastern Lebanon a Bekaan Valley where Syria stations the bulk of its forces. The Phala Gist radio said Israel also demanded free Trade and quasi diplomatic missions in Lebanon and the right to patrol Lebanon s air space and territorial Waters. Wazzan told reporters his talks with Habib focused on arrangements for starting lebanese israeli withdrawal negotiations As Early As possible. Asked about israelis reported conditions Wazzan said a we have not received any conditions officially. We just heard of them. So we would not discuss them or Deal with them unless they become Wazzan said the talks with Habib were of a preliminary nature and that the american troubleshooter would probably go to Israel and other Mideast nations before shaping Concrete proposals for the Start of the withdrawal talks. Israeli officials have made no comment on the voice of Lebanon report. On tuesday according to israeli radio defense minister Ariel Sharon told a closed session of parliaments foreign affairs and Security committee that Israel had set Down several conditions before it would Start moving its troops to Southern mall managers want repeal of sunday closing Law by Karen Kaplan daily Telegraph staff writer members of the Mercer mall merchants association Are supporting efforts of both the Bluefield and Princeton Chambers of Commerce to review what can be done to repeal the county a sunday closing Laws but the organization As a whole has not yet endorsed any policy. However a number of members of the mall group Are All for sunday merchandising and express fears that they Are going to be damaged financially if they do not open for business on sundays to meet area Competition for the sunday shopping Dollar. Gary Woods manager of the mails Montgomery Ward store says the associations members have discussed the fear that they will lose business to stores in Raleigh Tazewell and other area counties which do not have a a blues Laws. He said Many mall stores expect to lose a great Deal of business once area shoppers get used to the repeal of Tazewell county a sunday closing Laws. A it was bad enough that area shoppers could drive to Beckley on sunday to shop but now they can go to Tazewell too a he said. A Blue Laws done to cause big losses when everyone around you is closed but when you re in the Middle a As we Are a and just about everyone around you is open on sunday and you Arentt there will be Large losses. We expect to see them on the books within the next six Woods said his company a Beckley store does More business during the five hours it is open on sunday than it does during the rest of the week. A i would think that the Mercer mall store would report about the same ratio if it were open on sunday a he added. A if you have $10 to spend on sunday and you Are just sitting around with nothing to do you la probably drive to Beckley or Tazewell to spend it a he said. A come monday morning you Arentt going to a have that Money because you spent it in Raleigh or Tazewell county while Mercer county stores were not allowed to be he said Montgomery Ward definitely would open every sunday from i to 5 or 6 . If the county a Blue Law is repealed. A we Are a Little distraught that the stores cannot open on sunday in Mercer county now a he said. A we have honestly fought for a repeal of this Law for the past two years. We have had our a Tomies talk to different people within county government and we were prepared to pay a $100 Fine every two weeks or so if we could be open on sunday but the county has a stronger Rule and we open at asked if opening on sunday would cause prices to go up Wood said a absolutely not. You use a limited Crew and allow those who work on sunday to have three Days off or a four Day workweek and pay them the same As those who work five Days a week. The prices in our Beckley store which is open on sunday Are the same As this Joe Barron manager of the malls Sears store said he expects the repeal of the Tazewell county Law to Hurt his stores business but he does no to know yet How much business might be lost. A i done to see How it can help us to be closed on sunday when nearly every county around us has repealed its sunday closing Laws a he said. A what it All boils Down to is we Are losing tax Money and jobs because we cannot do business on sunday. It is Sears policy to open if our competitors Are open but we will not be involved in any opening in violation of the county at a recent Bluefield chamber of Commerce committee meeting another mall merchant said he and other merchants Are losing Money because of the county a Blue Laws. Phil Shapiro owner of philos fashions said a i have it on Good information that 38 percent of the charge business at the . Penney a store in Beckley Crossroads mall is from Mercer county. Forty percent of the business at radio Shack in Beckley is from Mercer county. So i think it is a Little hypocritical that we Are caught Here Between two counties that have sunday he said the county would Benefit if those shopping dollars remain Here instead of going to Raleigh and Tazewell county stores simply because they Are open on sunday. But at least one major department store located in the mall would not open even if the sunday closing Laws Are repealed. Eugene Grove manager of the new Leggett store said Friday his company does not favor sunday openings for two reasons i to allow employees time with their families and 2 to keep prices Down. A with Many family members working it is difficult for the family to get together a he noted. A so we advocate one Day off for All workers so the Page two column five

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