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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - March 4, 1990, Darmstadt, Hesse Sunday March 4, 1990 the stars and stripes a a Page 3group claims Antarctica crossing record Paris apr the six members of an International expedition arrived saturday at a soviet base on Antarctica a Eastern coast completing what organizers called the longest a mechanized crossing of the forbidding continent. A a in a feeling great happiness and great Relief at the end of seven difficult months a co Leader Jean Louis Etienne of France said in a live interview on French television moments after the arrival. In a Hookup with reporters in Paris Etienne said he is looking Forward to returning to Normal life. He said that apart from his companions and the dogs that pulled the sleds he saw Only three animals All Birds. A i want to see nature. I want to see living things a Etienne said. The arrival ended a seven month 3,800-mile trek by ski and dogsled that risked turning to tragedy at the very end. Keizo Funatsu of Japan disappeared in a blizzard for 11 hours before being found by his worried fellow adventurers Friday morning. On feb. 12, italian Mountaineer Reinhold Messner and West German adventurer arved Fuchs completed what they said was a 1,699-mile crossing of Antarctica on foot without the use of sled dogs. They Are expected to arrive in Frankfurt West Germany later this month to provide details of their journey. The television images showed the final Steps of the latest expedition. The men in their Bright red and Blue suits stood out against the White Snow As they and their 30 dogs reached a sign marked a a finish in English. Six National flags flapped in the wind. They represented the counties of the participants. Besides Funatsu and Etienne the team members were co Leader will Steger of Ely Minn., Victor Boyarsky of the soviet Union Geoff Somers of Britain and Quin Dahe of China. The expedition is intended to generate support for Antarctica a preservation and to demonstrate the Power of International cooperation. To attract attention the team decided to attempt the first a mechanized crossing using Only dogsled to help them transport their supplies and equipment. On dec. 11, the team reached its Halfway Point becoming the first to reach the South pole by dogsled since Norway a Roald Amundsen first arrived at the pole in 1911. The current journey began july 28 near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula which reaches out toward South America and ended at the soviet science station on the Indian Ocean. But Etienne said in a television interview that the toughest part came earlier. A the first two months were very very hard a he said. A we started to doubt after a month whether we would make he described Antarctica As a huge and sometimes president Bush sent a letter of congratulations to the team and invited its members to the White House. French president Francois Mitterrand sent a message of congratulations to Etienne calling the trek a a human adventure and a scientific testimony of the importance of the Antarctic continent for our the wind was howling at 70 Mph and the temperature was 20 below Zero when Funatsu left a soviet Mobile Home where he was meeting with a French film Crew thursday spokeswoman Jennifer Gasperini said from St. Paul Minn. When Funatsu did not arrive Back in his tent for dinner team members tied themselves together and made a search of the area until 10 p.m., when they gave up because of darkness Gasperini said. The search resumed at 4 . Friday and Funatsu was found about two hours later she said. Etienne said that when expedition members came by calling a Keizo Keizo Keizo a Funatsu a jumped out like a mushroom from the Snow. He was in very Good a the had survived by digging a Hole in the Snow and crawling inside just As the dogs do each night to stay warm a said Gasperini who received the news from members of the support show Small car bumpers offer poor Protection by new Day sixteen Small cars that were crash tested at 5 Miles per hour sustained As much As $3,800 in damage because of poor bumper Protection an insurance Industry Trade group said. The group the Washington based insurance Institute for Highway safety called on the Federal government to require bumpers that would be Able to offer Protection at 5 Mph. Federal standards weakened in 1982 at the urging of the Auto Industry now require Protection Only up to 2.5 Mph. Poor bumper Protection a is a legacy of the anti regulatory atmosphere of the Early �?T80s that Consumers Are still paying for a said Charles Hurley a spokesman for the Institute. But spokesman Tim Hurd of the National Highway traffic safety administration said the Agency believes that gains in fuel Economy from lighter bumpers outweigh the higher repair costs. A a it a cheaper Over the life of the car for the average consumer a he said. The tests involve running the cars Forward and backward into barriers. All cars tested were four door sedans. Repair costs ranged from $3,838 for a Kaihatsu charade be to $769 for a Honda civic do. Three Volkswagen tested a a Jetta go Golf go and Fox go a sustained damage estimated at $2,656, $2,251 and $ 1,990, respectively. Other models tested listed from worst to Best in test performance were the Mazda protege Nissan sentry Ford escort Geo metro Subaru loyale Plymouth horizon Geo prize Hyundai Excel Mitsubishi Mirage Dodge Shadow and Toyota disgrace mongolians express their Long held resentment of nearly 70 years of soviet domination by trampling on the toppled statue of Josef Stalin. Officials in ulan Bator capital of the mongolian Peoples Republic removed the late soviet dictators statue from its Pedestal in front of the Library. Suspected computer extortionist confined under House arrest Cleveland up a a world health organization anthropologist wanted in England in an alleged massive International computer extortion scheme was released on $50,000 Bond Friday and ordered placed under House arrest supervised by his parents. Before releasing the suspect however judge Ann Aldrich required Joseph Louis Popp 39, of suburban Willowick to hand Over to the court his passport credit cards and computer. Popp was arrested feb. 1 by the Fri after the Agency received an arrest warrant from Scotland Yard. He will be confined to his parents House but he will be allowed to meet with his lawyers go to the doctors or attend Church under the supervision of his parents. Popp was described As a the single most sought after Man on the european continent by John Mcafee chairman of the computer virus Industry association a Santa Clara calif., group representing major computer software and hardware manufacturers. Scotland Yard alleges that poppy a involvement in an extortion scheme included the mailing of at least 20,000 destructive computer diskettes to government offices businesses and hospitals around the world. The Fri said Popp had another 2 million prepared to mail. The diskettes were received in England France West Germany Italy Spain Denmark Nigeria South Africa Norway Sweden Switzerland and Greece. Mcafee said recipients were lured into using the diskettes by enclosed notices that said the diskettes contained information about the chances of contracting aids. That notice was True. But the diskettes also contained a destructive Trojan horse that destroys the information in the Host computer unless a key is obtained. Mcafee said users were asked to Send $387 to a Post office Box in Panama City fla., to obtain the key. Trojan horses differ from computer viruses in that the latter replicates its program. Psychiatrist gaj7 Wilkes testified thursday that keeping Popp in jail could affect his ability to assist his defense. Wilkes said Popp became paranoid and suicidal and suffered delusions after Reading news reports on the Case. Poppy a lawyer Niki z. Schwartz said wednesday that the suspects medical and scientific background the absence of any past criminal activity and his ties to his family and local Community would be enough to guarantee his appearance at future court proceedings. A a we re very Happy very pleased with this decision a poppy smother Dorothy said. The restrictions Aldrich attached to the release satisfied the government. House fire kills Man 5 children Turtle Creek a. Apr fire swept through a Home outside Pittsburgh Early saturday killing a Man and five children hours after a birthday party for one of the victims officials said. Another Man was hospitalized after he was pulled from the burning Home by police. Allegheny county homicide it. John Brennan said it appeared the fire broke out on the first floor of the three Story House but the cause was under investigation. Turtle Creek is 10 Miles East of Pittsburgh. The 2 . Fire spread to two adjoining Homes. Their residents escaped. Officials tentatively identified the dead As James Bennett 23 Joshua Harris 8 Carly Harris 6 Jessie Harris 4 Terrance Cleary about 5 and Amanda Lee Cleary about 3. Brennan said the Cleary children had attended Joshua a 8th birthday party and were staying overnight. Dusty Harris 26, Mother of the Harris children was visiting neighbors and saw the fire when she left. Five officers tried to get in through the front door and a Side window but were driven Back by smoke and flames. Then they kicked in a Back door. A because of the heavy smoke we got Down on our hands and Knees and crawled in where we saw a Guy lying there about 15 feet from the door and we dragged him out a an officer said

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