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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - July 28, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 318 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Thursday July 50 cents Up in arms over plan ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer A proposed housing project for area farm workers has churned up seeds of discontent among resi dents on Kokomos north side Opponents of the project which is to be built near the corner of Apperson Way and Morgan Street as soon as a federalgrant conies through say theyve collected hundreds of petition signatures to uproot the plans before any ground is broken The project will bring extra crime traffic and acci dents to an already troubled part of town the residents claim Theres not enough stores and shopping for said Virginia McCartney 405 Gano St What are we gonna do about all these extra people and kids The wnole north end is up in arms about this and well take it all the way to Washington if we have About 95 percent of farm work ers in the Howard County area are Hispanic according to Jim Seiber one of the projects planners McCartney said tnat has nothing to do with her objections Im not prejudiced if thafs what youre getting she when asked why she thinks lowincome housing will bring more crime to the area I dont want any more people in this area of I dont care what color they are green pur ple yellow white Seiber said he believes opposi tion is stemming more mis information than I dont think its strictly a racial thing I think its more misinfor mation about whos going to be living Seiber said Complainants hes heard from incorrectly assume migrant work ers will live there but only year round workers will be eligible Seiber said The site will hold a Head Start program for children of migrant Workers who will con tinue to live in camps elsewhere Most people are hardworking families The units are going to be well managed by a professional management Seiber said hell be organizing an informational meeting in the next couple of weeks to educate concerned residents about what the project is really about The million project spon sored by the nonprofit Harvest Homes Would be funded by a grant from the Farmers Home Administration The 3 acre site layout consists of eight housing units with a oneand twostory configuration A squarefoot community day facility will include an office laundry mainte nance and storage rooms Neighbors complained they werent given notice of the plans until they saw it in a Kokomo Tri bune story last Sunday We never had a chance to go to a city council meeting and say what we said Helen Bowman 2205 N Locke St Dont we deserve that chance Bowman who lives about four blocks from the site said she believes the proximity of lowincome housing will bring her property value down She also said she fears for the safety of the 92 children whod stay at the day care center without any large area to play in Area farm workers are in seri ous need of an affordable place to live according to a countywlde farm labor housing study recently conducted by the Institute for Social and Economic Develop ment For more information on the project call Jim Seiber at 457 5201 Inside Business Classified Local News of Vernon Schrock Kokomo left looks at a Farmall tractor with Curt Brunner Tucson at the Howard County Fair Wednesday Tribune photo by Stephen Shaner Rain puts damper on fair attendance GREENTOWN Ind Attendance at the Howard County 4H Fair is down about 10 percent overall according to fair secretary Jay Freeman The rain on Monday has a lot to do with it he noted The rain hit at the fairground at just about when many visitors were just heading to thefairground One of Monday nights activities the linedancing had to be canceled because of the downpour But with the clearing skies came perhaps one of the best attendance days the fair has ever experienced Freeman said he believed Tuesday was probably the second largest day the Lions Club has ever had at the fair Tuesday was Kokomo Tribune Day at the fair On Kokomo Tribune Day fairgoers redeemed a newspaper coupon and paid to ride as many rides as they wished Howard County Emergency Management Services personnel were parking cars out to the entrance of the fairgrounds Tuesday night which signals a large turnout The fair continues tonight with the 4H Livestock Auction at followed by a youth talent contest at 7 A 2wheel and 4wheel truck pull is planned at 7 The fair closes Saturday with a performance by the Grass Roots Stones prove theyre still on a roll WASHINGTON AP The legendary bluesmen Muddy Waters Elmore James from whom the Rolling Stones draw their greatest strengths died of old age still plying their craft So why shouldnt the 50something Rolling Stones hit the road once more Theres little argument against it to be found on their new album Voodoo an energetic aggressive offering that bows to music past with lyrics that apply to the here and now But somehow the age issue is inescapable Rock n roll has always been a young mans game and the Stones helped make it so over 50 old enough that short of staying thin they neednt bother trying to look young Undeniably the 43city 58date American tour that opens here Monday is geared toward their baby boomer following Tickets have a top price of a figure most of those chronically under employed Generation X ers cant easily afford and record stores report at least anecdotally that those purchasing Voodoo Lounge are mostly of the post adolescent set Over the next five months the Stones will be crisscrossing the continent on a tour that would test the endurance and mettle of men half their age After starting in Washington they hit New York and seven other cities before August is over appear in 10 different places in September another 10 each in October and November then play seven different domed stadiums between Dec 117 relief officials race against death Hellish misery plagues Rwandans GOMA Zaire AP In an effort to reduce congestion and the spread of deadly cholera relief officials opened four new camps today for the million suffering Rwandan refugees jammed in and around this border town The new camps bring to eight the number of sites staked out on the rocky volcanic plain north of Goma for the refugees who have been dying at a rate of more than a day from diseases spread by lack of sanitation and clean water Because latrines cannot easily be dug in the hard soil almost every square foot of the older covered with the slime of human excrement and vomit from victims of the cholera epidemic sweeping through the wretched masses Ray Wilkinson spokesman for the High Commissioner for Refugees said officials also had won approval from the local gov ernment for the Zairian military to truck refugees out of Goma and Into the nearby camps He estimated between and Rwandans were in the town itself which formerly had a population of Dis eases are beginning to spread through the local population he said The estimated million ethnic Hutu refugees fled to eastern Zaire from neighboring Rwanda this month as rebels led by the minority Tutsis routed the Hutu government army The Hutus feared rebels would take revenge for the massacre of to people mostly Tutsis by Hutu militias from April to mid July The camps themselves became immediate breeding grounds for disease and death a process accelerated by the mounting toll of rotting unburied bodies About people have died in the past week Despite the desperate need for clean water a Army purifica tion unit was running at only half capacity because there werent enough trucks to deliver the water of gallons are needed organizers said they were searching for tanker trucks in Zaire and shipping in about 10 from Uganda and Croatia John Crosthwaite of Britains Overseas Development Adminis tration said aid officials hope to get six trucks today should see most of the water He said Army engineers churned out gallons of clean water Wednesday but only two trucks one leaky and the other unable to carry a full load r were avail able Yards from where the engi neers worked refugees filled up cans from a spring contaminated by human waste In Washington Defense Secre tary Wiliam Perry said the num ber of troops assisting Rwan dan refugees will soon grow from 750 to and could grow high er if a system is set up to help refugees return to Rwanda Digging in WENATCHEE Wash Chelan County firefighter Pat Clark battles the advancing Tyee Creek fire as it nears homes east of Entiat in the Wenatchee National Forest Wednesday afternoon At acres the fire was the worst of dozens burning across more than acres in central and eastern Washington No serious injuries were reported but the fire destroyed 13 homes AP photo GM earns huge profits Most profitable quarter ever DETROIT AP General Motors Corp today said it earned billion in the second quarter a 114 percent increase from a year ago and the most profitable quar ter ever for the worlds industrial corporation Related story GM Hughes earnings are up Page B4 Earnings per share were vs 92 cents a year ago when GMs profits were million Were pleased that our second quarter performance was the best ever for GM in any quarter but we recognize that we cant get GM President Jack Smith said Smith said that GMs North American automotive operations produced a million profit compared with a million loss in the second quarter of 1993 International automotive opera tions also improved with net income of million up from million The Big Three automakers all set profit records in the quar ter Revenues for the second quarter for GM were billion com pared with billion in the comparable period of 1993 Ford Motor Wednesday that rebounding business Europe and strong sales in North America helped it more than dou ble its secondquarter profits to billion surpassing the record billion it posted for AprilJune 1988 Chrysler million secondquarter profit broke the million record it had set three months earlier All three companies have been benefiting from strong North American sales of cars and light trucks They also have been cut ting production and development costs shifting away from lower profit fleet deals with rental car companies and cutting spending on rebates and other incentives Judge rules on DMA issue LOS ANGELES AP A judge cleared the way for DNA testing of blood samples today in the Simpson murder case amid signs the defense will wage a molecule bymolecule battle over evidence At an emergency hearing Wednesday Judge Lance Ito affirmed his decision that defense experts could remove 10 percent of each of the samples before the prosecutions testing began this morning Officials at the laborato ry had wanted their own techni cians to do the job The defense meanwhile object ed to Itos requirement that they use the labs equipment to cut their samples which were to be stored at the lab until Ito decides if they can conduct their own tests The blood being tested was swabbed up at the crime scene Simpsons Bronco and his estate A defense expert Dr Henry Lee was seen entering Cellmark Diagnostics in Germantown shortly before 8 today when DNA testing was to begin With a case based on circum stantial evidence prosecutors hope the genetic fingerprinting will link Simpson to the slashing deaths of exwife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman Simpson has pleaded innocent to two counts of first degree murder ;