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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - August 5, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 326 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Friday Aug 5 1994 50 cents Fans strike out at greed 78 percent in poll call four Associated Press Poll If talkfe More games Source AP national telephone poll of 665 adulta who consider themselves baseball fans taken July 27Aug 2 by ICR Survey Research Group of Media part of AUS Consultants Margin of error Is plus or minus 4 percentage points Because of rounding sums may not total 100 percent NEW YORK AP Convinced that baseball players and team owners are being greedy in their contract dispute most fans say a strike Would reduce their interest in the sport according to an Asso ciated Press poll After A strike ended 52 percent say they would watch or attend fewer games One in seven say they already are annoyed enough to stop following baseball A Whopping 78 percent of respondents in the pofl see greed involved Fiftytwo percent say both sides are too greedy 20 per cent say if s the players who are getting carried away and 6 per cent fault the owners Fans split about evenly on which side they support with 37 percent backing players and 40 percent the owners Of the rest 16 percent back neither side and 7 percent are uncertain If I were a fan my first reaction would be If s a bunch of million aires fighting each said Richard Ravitch who represents the owners in negotiations Then if theres a strike Id sit down and learn more I know Im biased but I think Id find nothing unreason able in what were But union head Donald Fehr said the notion that players and owners are both millionaires is silly They have vastly more money They have corporate enti ties They are vastly Fehr said I think if s clear to everyone that this is not a fight of the players by me possible interruption of the season Of the miffed majority 17 percent describe themselves as annoyed but resigned to a strike 33 percent are very annoyed but not enough to stop following baseball and 14 percent are annoyed enough to give up on the sport The results from 415 men and 250 women in the United States who consider themselves baseball fans are from random polling by phone July 27 through Tuesday by ICR Survey Research Group of Media part of AUS Consul tants Results have a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent age points The owners claim that teams in smaller cities are losing money and they want to cap player salaries which averaged million on opening day Jennifer Ramberger 10 Kokomo waits patiently at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway pit wall fence for the rain to Stop on Thursday Tribune photos by Brian Reynolds Race qualifies for spot in Indy history All the hype all the planning all the anticipationhas come to an end Qualifying for the inaugural Brick yard 400 NASCAR race at the Indi anapolis Motor Speedway began Thursday with longtime driver Rick lAftffrftj ond time in his Winston Cup career Masf s lap at mph was the fastest among 70 drivers who made qualification attempts Thursday for the first Brickyard 400 the first non Indy race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in more than 80 years The top 20 qualifiers were locked in place leaving the next 20 with a big decision today whether to gamble that their speeds would hold up or to try again For everyone else there was no choice if they hoped to get into Satur days 40car field for shares of a stock car record million purse Saturdays race begins at and will be shown on a tapedelay basis at 7 on Channel 6 The race is sold out but for those lucky enough to get a ticketgates open at 6 Stories on Thursdays qualifications may be found in Sports on Page A7 When Rick Mast was taking practice laps Thursday morning little did he know that a few hours later he would win the first Brickyard 400 pole Serbs seize heavy arms SARAJEVO BosniaHerze govina AP Risking a NATO air strike Bosnian Serbs seized a tank and other heavy arms from a site today in violation of a weapons exclusion zone around the capital Saraje vo In a further act of defiance Serb soldiers shot a heli copter sent to track the tank said Maj Rob Annink a spokesman for peacekeep ers The helicopter returned to its base and no one on board was injured he said The actions by Bosnian Serbs could signal their increasing desperation following a cutoff of support from Serbia because of their refusal to accept an interna tional plan to end Bosnias 28 monthold war Yugoslavia severs BosnianSerb ties The Yugoslav government which represents Serbia and Montenegro severed all political and economic ties Thursday with Bosnian Serbs due to their rejection of the latest international peace plan The Bosnian Serbs have relied on Belgrade or military and other supplies during their 28monthold war against Muslims and Croats This policy will virtually strand Serboccupied regions of Croatia from Serbia Current control of tht region Approximate of control Q Serb control BosnianSerb control MuslimCroat federation control Croat control fi Retel Muslim control TeleCable installing fiber optics By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer TeleCable of Kokomo said Thursday it will begin installing fiber optics throughout its Koko mo system next month ushering in a new generation of digital video information services by the end of 1995 When completed the project will allow the company to offer addi tional channels online computer services video conferencing local telephone service athome shop ping and digital cable radio We are anxious to get on the information highway and to get there we need fiber optics you cant go anywhere without said Rick Hamilton TeleCables general manager This project is going to open the door to a lot of possibilities our customers have been asking For example with digital cable radio subscribers can choose among 30 commercialfree music formats The Norfolk cable operator will spend million this year and another million in 1995 to install fiber optics throughout its 21 cable sys tems Consumer demand and compe tition from other providers is spurring TeleCable to make the investment Almost half of Tele Cables systems are currently being wired for fiber optics which relies on light rather than electrici ty to send digital and analog sig nals We hope to be able to offer nearvideo on demand by the end of said Hamilton He said customers will begin receiving digital decoder boxes sometime late next year TeleCable officials are also look ing at onscreen menu services Hamilton said and likely will select a system under develop ment by die publisher of TV Guide The biggest change people will notice will be the clearer picture and said Hamilton We also plan to raise our reliability rating from 99 percent to per cent TeleCable of Kokomo is limited to its current 47channel lineup by system constraints The company has rebuilt its delivery system in the city enough to expand channel offerings up to 60 however outly ing areas in the county have not been rebuilt The company provides cable television to about cus tomers in Kokomo Greentown Russiaville Sharpsville Windfall and Galveston Hamilton said customer prefer ences will determine which chan nels TeleCable will add but he hinted that Court TV ESPN2 The Cartoon Channel The Travel Channel Country Music Televi sion and the Sega Channel will be among the first channels added Pending a move by Congress to lift restrictions TeleCable could rely on fiber optics to begin offer ing local telephone service TeleCables Overland Park system in conjunction with anoth er cable company has been offer ing long distance access service for businesses for two years Girl arrested on criminal recklessness charge Inside Also Inside Business Classified ads A2 Nation A3 News of NNaofd AlO Opinion A6 Substance abuse among Dr women examined ftp If State A 15yearold girl was arrested Wednesday on a criminal reck lessness charge after she reported ly poured seven cups of sugar into a diabetics drink The diabetic a 14yearold girl was given two insulin shots to counter the sugar Howard Coun ty sheriff deputies reports said According to Howard County sheriff deputies the incident occurred at at the Home 6412 W Road 90 Saudi The director of the home told deputies mat the girl poured the sugar into the other girls unsweetened KoolAid which raised her blood sugar count The staff called a hospital physician and was instructed to give die girl insulin Bom girls are residents of die home reports said The girl who was charged was taken to the Kinsey Youth Center Reports say the charge of criminal recklessness was filed as a Class B misdemeanor Marty Stout Juvenile Probation officer said die girl is being held in secure detention at the Kinsey Youth Center pending a decision by die prosecutor on what county die girl will be charged in According to an Indiana statute on juveniles a juvenile can be charged in either die county in which die offense took place or die county of residence Stout said He explained that since die girl is a resident of Madison County she could be transferred there to face die charge ;