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Burlington Daily Times News (Newspaper) - March 8, 1980, Burlington, North Carolina Ruled mentally fit John Vav. Gacy jr., accused of the sex killings of 33 Young men and boys was ruled mentally fit to stand trial by a circuit judge in Chicago. See Story on Page 2a.still not certain following a discussion Friday with Ronald Reagan s former Campaign manager former president Gerald Ford indicated he still has t made up his mind about tanning for the White House. See Story on Page Hall of Fame Richard Mcgeorge a former All America football player at Elon College and or. . Hook one of the founders of the states first intercollegiate conference will be inducted into the Naja Hall of Fame. See Page 2b.the daily times news 92nd year no. 226 Burlington n c., saturday March 8, 1980 15 cents High near 70 Low 40s precipitation 70fl< winds Evv 10-20 Mph records hi-82 to 15 3 sections 24 pages 8 workers suspended after nuke shutdowns Athens Ala. Apr a reactor at the nation s largest nuclear Plant was mysteriously shut Down three times in less than a week prompting the suspension of eight employees and an investigation by the Fri Federal officials said Friday. The shutdowns occurred last month at one of three reactors at the Browns ferry nuclear Plant owned by the Tennessee Valley authority officials would not say whether the incidents were believed deliberate. John Schlatter a Tva spokesman at the Agency a Headquarters in Knoxville tenn., said the shutdowns posed no danger to the Public. The first shutdown occurred feb Ioas the unit two Turbine was Wheeling through its million kilowatt Peak the reactor turned itself off again on feb 12 and 15. After the first two shutdowns or a trips a the reactor was restarted within a matter of hours but when the third unexplained trip occurred engineers ordered operations halted until the cause was determined. On March 3, the unit went Back on line though no operational reason for the shutdowns could be found Schlatter said the eight Plant employees were suspended for the duration of the investigation. He would not identify the employees or say what Type work they performed a a i can to Tell you what they he said a but i can Tell you what Thev Aren t. They Aren t operators they Aren t control room employees a a shutdown of that Type is not All that rare Quot Schlatter said. A it happens at All nuclear plants for a variety of reasons sometimes there will be a faulty electrical signal for example in Birmingham Fri agent Joe Ross said two investigators were assigned to the Case to determine whether Federal Laws were violated the government owned Tva a seven state Utility and operator of Browns ferry and six other nuclear Power plants also disclosed what it termed minor Security breaches at the Alabama site and two at two others in Tennessee in late january a clerical employee who habitually carries a pistol in her purse took the weapon into the Browns ferry facility by Accident weapons Are not allowed inside when she discovered the mistake she turned herself in and was not suspended an employee at the Sequoyah nuclear Plant near Chattanooga. Tenn., Drew a suspension of undisclosed length wednesday for taking. Without permission photographs of test fuel loading soviets gird up for push on afghans Kabul Afghanistan a the soviet Union s Long awaited Spring offensive against the afghan nationalists is gearing up with a huge Airlift and Road caravan of supplies to Russia s estimated 80,000 troops and Afghanistan has issued a new draft callup to fill vacancies in its own weakened army. Afghan president Babrak Karmalis regime has issued a callup to fill vacancies in its own army radio Kabul said Friday the Force has been weakened seriously by desertions and defections and the Dari language broadcast said conscripts now in service would not be released even on completion of service until replacements arrive. A steady Stream of giant four engine civilian Jet transports has been Landing at Kabul s International Airport for the past two Days at a rate of one every 30 minutes with soviet Mig jets screaming Low overhead during the unloading operation the White and Blue transports lined up. Sometimes four in a Row. Along an auxiliary runway and emptied their cargoes onto rear door ramps scores of russian soldiers carried out hundreds of wooden crates that were loaded onto trucks and helicopters for distribution in the strife torn country for three Days southbound russian military trucks Laden with supplies and escorted by tanks and armoured cars have clogged the main Highway from the soviet Union witnesses said. Foreign reporters who travelled As far Asma Arl Sharif 25 Miles from the soviet Border and 200 Miles North of the capital reported seeing convoys of hundreds trucks according to Kabul radio men Over 21 would be eligible for Afghanistan s new draft callup. No maximum age was Given the afghan army which was 100,000-Strong in 1978, was estimated to have fewer than 40,000 men now according to . Intelligence sources in Washington poor performance in its campaigns against the moslem nationalists was believed to be a reason the soviet Union moved its troops in to Back a government coup last december and maintained them there to fight the patriots Jet Quot copter Buzz embassy no breakthrough in colombian talks peaceful easy living a the pondering pose of Talmadge Crowson As he sits on the porch of his Home on Woods Chapel Road belies the troubles going on in Iran. Colombia and Afghanistan. Perhaps he is considering some photo by stove Daniel item he read in his paper or is thinking about the sudden change in weather this week in Alamance county. Whatever the peaceful easy feeling one gets about this scene is enough to make a Man throw his feet up on a Box and just relax Bogota Colombia a the government and leftist guerrillas holding diplomatic hostages at the i it dominican republics embassy concluded a third round of talks Friday with no sign of a breakthrough the freed austrian ambassador warned of a a catastrophic massacre unless there is a peaceful Resolution a source close to the government who asked not to be identified said colombian officials were continuing to seek a solution that would guarantee release of the two dozen or so hostages there was no official comment on Progress in the nine Day Gold takeover two hours before the negotiations began a colombian air Force Jet fighter swooped Over the occupied embassy to times witnesses said then an unmarked helicopter flew Over the embassy during the 11/hour talks in a prime rate hits whopping 18% new York a business borrowing costs continued to soar Friday As the prime lending rate Rose by As much As three quarters of a Point to a record 18 percent at one major Bank and to 174 percent at most others Bankers and economists attributed the rate spiral to Money tightening by the Federal Reserve acting to curb 18 percent a year inflation and to a borrowing surge by businesses fearing higher rates or the imposition of credit controls by the government. But the Boom a inevitably has to come to some sort of crashing halt said Charles m Bliss president of Chicago s Harris Trust amp savings Bank the nation s 24th-largest, which hiked its charge on Loans to top rated companies to 18 percent from 174 percent no major Hanks immediately matched the move. No 1-ranked Bank of America in san Franciso. No 2 ranked Citibank and no 3 ranked Chase Manhattan Bank in new York and most others raised their prime rate to 174 percent from 174 percent Umb Bank amp Trust . A Small new York financial institution went to 173 percent thursday. Chase econometric associates inc estimates each one Point increase in business loan rates adds More than $6 billion to corporations interest expenses president Carter will Confer with his economic advisers on inflation this weekend following reports that producer prices surged 1.5 percent but unemployment fell slightly to 6 percent in february a White House spokesman said Carter does not plan to announce any ant inflation moves until next week the president has the authority to order controls on borrowing and lending rep Henry s Reuss. A wis chair a my j a so he j pm 1979 80 Man of the House banking committee said the Rise in the prime rate by Harris Trust to 18 percent with other Banks going to 174. Is now totally out of line with the Federal Reserve s 13 percent lending rate for member the prime rate which is not directly tied to consumer loan rates but can indicate Short term loan rate trends. Stood at 114 percent to 114 percent a year ago says vah head japanese Cut . Car else Washington apr United Auto workers president Douglas Fraser and a key congressman warned japanese car makers Friday to reduce their Cai sales in the United states or face possible import restrictions. A i think we should Send the japanese an unambiguous message a that a protectionist tide is growing in this Fraser told a House ways and Means Trade subcommittee a unless they re More responsive to our problems they re in for some difficulties a Fraser said 201 too Law members have been Laid off As Domestic production has shifted to smaller fuel efficient cars in response to gasoline shortages and soaring fuel prices High demand for compact cars also has led to a surge in japanese imports which now claim 22 percent of the Market rep Charles a Vanik a Ohto. The subcommittee chairman joined Fraser in urging japanese automakers to Cut Back . Sales to 1977 Levels and to build More plants in the United states. A no nation allows vital industries to a destroyed by temporary surges of imports a Vanik said a i suggest in the strongest terms possible that the japanese not overwhelm our Industry but rather show Industry figures showed that japanese manufacturers sold 1.7 million cars in the United states last year compared with 14 million in 1977, and the import Boom continued into 1980 Vanik also complained that . Automakers resisted government pressure in the mid-1970s to produce fuel efficient cars because larger cars yielded bigger profits. Van parked outside the embassy there was no explanation from military authorities for the flights at Bogota s International Airport Security was tight and a witness reported seeing two Hercules 130 transport planes land in the morning one of the transports left later he said a masked female guerrilla and mexican ambassador Ricardo Galan one of 14 ambassadors being held hostage joined two government negotiators at 3 45 p in in the Van the talks ended just before 5 15 p m leftist guerrillas have held a total of 19 foreign diplomats and an undetermined number of other persons since Thev took Over the embassy during a reception feb 27 among the diplomats Are 14 ambassadors or charges do affaires including . Ambassador Diego Asencio the guerrillas have releases 24 persons Arsenno was reported to be in Good health and spirits austrian ambassador Edgar Seizer freed by the guerrillas thursday said the remaining hostages were in Quot an extremely dangerous he called on All to work for a peaceful solution adding a everything else in my opinion can Only end in a catastrophic massacre a Seizer 49, was released Bec Ausez is wife is gravely ill in Vienna he commented on the crisis on his return to the austrian capital Friday. Index Church new. 6-7a classified. Comics. 8a crossword. .8a deaths amp funerals. 6b editorials. 4a entertainment. So news summary. .3a police news. .2a saturday Back Page. 10b sports. 2-4b i weather. /

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