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Burlington Times News (Newspaper) - May 25, 1990, Burlington, North Carolina Red Baron says Chance of rain 50s tonight. Rain upper 70s saturday/a2 fast Cash Burlington woman wins More than $30, xxx in grab for Cash by almost there Elon College nears National Tennis Crown a i r your Freedom newspaper accent/a5 business/c6 class/b7 comics/c5 movies/b5 obits/b2 opinion/a4 police/b2 puzzles/c5 Region by sports a i tv/b4times-Newsreport uss Iowa explosion not sabotage by Susanne m. Schafer the associated press Washington congressional investigators said today their tests did not support the Navy a finding that sabotage caused the uss Iowa explosion a Day after the Navy reopened its investigation into the disaster that claimed 47 lives. The congressional report said the explosion could have resulted from Gunpowder bags in the ships guns being rammed at a higher than Normal the Navy on thursday ordered a halt to any firing of 16-Inch guns aboard the services four battleships after an a a unexplained ignition of some Gunpowder bags during testing. The finding came As the Senate armed services committee heard the report from the Gao a Congress watchdog Agency a on the Navy a controversial finding that gunners mate Clayton Hartwig probably sabotaged the battleship in an april 19, 1989, explosion. Last fall the Navy said Hartwig who was killed in the explosion a most probably had placed a some Type of detonation device Between Gunpowder bags when he supervised the loading of the warships guns. Armed services committee chairman sen. Sam Nunn d-ga., said the testimony a cast grave doubts on the Navy a findings that foreign material had been found in the gun barrel. Nunn said the Gao finding a will essentially eviscerate the Navy a conclusion that the explosion aboard the uss Iowa was the result of a wrongful intentional act the Gao said tests at the Sandia National Laboratory a could not corroborate the Navy a technical finding that an improvised chemical device initiated the explosion. Furthermore Sandia has identified a potential Hazard a the Impact sensitivity of the Gunpowder in combination with an overran at higher than Normal speeds which could have caused the the Gao analysis made no mention specifically of Hartwig in its report. Sen. John Warner r-va., the ranking Republican on the committee said the Laboratory findings were not a full answer to what happened exactly aboard the Iowa and he called for additional testing. The Gao hired the Sandia Laboratory to evaluate and critique the testing done by the Navy in its initial investigation. The report said the Sandia Laboratory was a confident in its findings which conclude that the foreign materials that the Navy found were not inconsistent with the nominal Levels found throughout gun turrets an please see Iowa/a2 companies make fast contract for plane the associated press Washington five companies that usually compete for aerospace business will work As a team with government permission to develop an air plane 25 times faster than sound. A they will work As if they were one a said Lee Beach nasal a director of the National Aero space plane project a each company will share in All of the data which is a very different kind of thing than they Are used the goal is to have the Asp known As the x-30, flying by 1996-1997 if the project gets a final go ahead three years from now. The x-30 will be a research vehicle to develop technologies for planes of the Alture. A this is not a full scale development program for an operational vehicle a Beach said. A we Are talking about a technical demonstration the x-30 would Fly directly into orbit from a conventional runway unlike the space shuttle which requires a Booster rocket and an expendable fuel tank for launching. It also would be capable of Long Range hypersonic travel within the atmosphere. The five companies forming the new National contractor team Are general dynamics Mcdonnell Douglas Rockwell International Rockwell a Rock Eudyne division and Pratt amp Whitney. They agreed in january to end Competition for developing the plane and modify fixed Price contracts with the government to reflect the team concept. Congress appropriated $254 million for the Asp project this year. Antitrust issues raised by the teaming Are not expected to be a problem since the x-30 is not a commercial product and not for profit. Martin seeks end to War of words by Dennis Patterson the associated press Raleigh a gov. Jim Martin says he Hopes to Patch together a truce with legislators in placing blame for the $800 million shortfall in the states budget for this year and next year. A i know there Are going to be some grenades thrown on both sides but in a going to try again to declare a truce. A a in a going to ask everybody to hold your fire and concentrate on How to solve the problem a he said. A nobody out there seems to care who caused Martin said he thought he had a truce after a breakfast meeting with legislators at the executive mansion monday. But democrats charged that Republican it gov. Jim Gardner used partisan rhetoric during the breakfast by accusing the legislature of Caus ing the shortfall because of a a spending a there have been some things said that ended that truce rather quickly a Martin said referring to the democrats complaints. A i done to think what the lieutenant governor said was any different from some of the things the other Side was saying a Martin said. A i think a truce is a Good characterization a Martin said. A a it a not a surrender. It does no to mean anybody gives up what they Martin said again he does not plan to recommend a tax increase this year to help make up the shortfall. And he said he had not decided whether to support tax proposals originating in the legislature. A let me keep listening a Martin said. A a in a open to any suggestion but in a not going to offer carte Blanche support please see Martin/a2 anti tobacco group gaining momentum measuring up Mitchell Zachs / times news before the Carpenter can reach into his Box of tools for a Hammer or saw he must get Down to basics starting with a tape measure. Carpenter Boyd Williams is helping build a Home on Marlborough Road in Burlington. He a working on installation of Wood studs. By Leslie Dreyfous the associated press Boston a advocates battling for a cigarette free society have begun a divestment Campaign they compare to the one apartheid opponents used against South Africa. Officials at the Boston based tobacco divestment project said thursday they have begun pressuring hospitals universities and state retirement funds to sell their holdings in tobacco companies. A a we re hoping that much like the anti apartheid movement brought about a shift in the Way South Africa was viewed. This will bring about a shift in the Way tobacco companies Are viewed a said Patrick Reynolds whose Grandfather founded . Reynolds tobacco co. And died of smoking related emphysema. The anti smoking Campaign recently appears to have gained momentum. Health Secretary Louis Sullivan a called thursday for a ban on cigarette vending machines. Harvard University and City University of new York said recently they would sell All Stock in companies that manufacture tobacco products. Sullivan testifying before the Senate finance committee also proposed creating a licensing system for tobacco retailers and establishing penalties for those who sell cigarettes to minors. The world conference on lung health at a meeting please see group/a2president�?Ts China Trade decision draws fire from Capitol Hill by Joan Mower the associated press Washington a members of Congress Are trying to Stop president Bush from giving another year of Trade benefits to China whose leaders they called butchers and pirates. Bush announced on thursday he would extend most favored nation Trade status to China for an additional year despite the administrations unhappiness with Beijing a human rights policies following the june 1989 massacre of pro democracy demonstrators at Tiana men Square. This is the second time in a year the president has fought with Congress Over China. The last time when the Issue was How to protect chinese students studying in this country Bush won a narrow Victory. The announcement touched off a firestorm on Capitol Hill in part because Many lawmakers thought Bush might impose some conditions on Beijing at the same time he approved Trade benefits. Most of the criticism came from democrats but a few republicans were angry too. A the presidents repeated concessions for the chinese government have been met with intransigence a said Senate majority Leader George Mitchell a Maine. A the answer is not More concessions. That does no to make House speaker Thomas s. Foley d-wash., criticized Bush for failing to put any conditions on the one year Extension to prod China toward reforms. A i think he faces some very severe problems Here a Foley said. A at the present time i would say there Are not the votes to approve Mitchell vowed to a aggressively and vigorously pursue legislative action to revoke China a Trade benefits. Most members criticized China a human rights record. By extending favored Trade status a we Are Only legitimizing the bankrupt and repressive butchers of Beijing a said rep. Tom Lantos a Calif. One of the presidents few defenders was rep. Jim Leach a Iowa. A closing Down the Economy May slam the door on political Reform in China he said. House minority Leader Bob Michel r-111., said earlier he would Back the president. Members did no to waste any time introducing Bills that could end most favored nation status for China. Resolutions disapproving the Extension were introduced in the House and Senate. If passed Bush could veto them. Both houses would need a two thirds vote to override the veto. Alternatively the Senate finance committee and the House ways and Means committee could initiate legislation to revoke the Trade benefits. The associated Presa president Bush had another pressing appointment after making China Trade announcement thursday

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