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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - June 2, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 269 K OKOMO Kokomo Ind Thursday June 2 1994 50 cents Vets jumping at 2nd chance G HOUSTON AP As a young World War II paratrooper Richard Falvey stood at the edge of an open airplane edoor anxiously waiting to jump into the dark ness behind enemy lines Falvey the second man out the door watched as two other planes packed with para troopers exploded just O before he jumped And all I could think of was Let me out of this airplane and give me a fighting he recalled Falvey was one of thousands who para chuted into Normandy Jj on DDay to help the I invading allied ground I forces He now is among a group of 38 former para m troopers returning to France to mark the 50th anniversary of DDay by Oreenacting their jumps A 39th veteran is going with them but decided not to make the jump On Sunday they will leap from World War II planes into the northern French village of Ste MereEglise OTll be thinking of all the men we left Falvey said Wednesday wearing the same lace up boots he jumped in 50 years ago The veteran Vwho now lives in Ham mondsport was just 22 on June Some of the paratroop ers jumped on DDay while some jumped in other World War II battles The veter ans ranging in age from 68 to 83 all had to renew their skills by making at least three practice jumps before they could partici pate in Sundays event Were ready to go said Thomas Rice 72 of San Diego We left part of our youth in France We want to try it all together to complete the cycle to get part of our youth Back in 1944 the paratroopers made their jumps under cover of darkness There was no such secrecy surrounding their trip back to France The group left Houston on Wednesday amid patriotic pageantry complete with minia ture American flags a red carpet and a military band All were dressed in the same new tan militarystyle uniforms maroon berets and tall laceup boots Now living in 18 states they reunited in Houston to make the trip Inside Local A Chrysler employee is sen tenced on a false reporting charge involving a bomb scare Page A3 Sports Amazing 25point fourth quarter by Reggie Miller has Pacers on brink of Eastern Conference championship Page A8 Also inside Business Classified Local News of Jamie Hornberger Michigantown a member of Iron Workers Local 379 mans the picket line at the IUK library pro ject this morning Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Strike hits JUKs library By DAVE PHILLIPS Triburie staff writer Construction of Indiana University Koko mos million library was interrupted Wednesday and today by a strike by iron workers and other building trades who hon ored strike pickets Members of Iron Workers Local 379 walked out on strike Wednesday after failing to reach a new labor agreement with Contractors Association a business group that represents several construction firms including Lafayettebased Kettelhut Construction Inc and Kokomobased Z H Construction Inc The Iron Workers Locals threeyear agree ment expired at midnight Monday The two groups which last met Friday are negotiating over wages and overtime said Gary Sickels business agent for the local He declined to offer details and said no new talks have been scheduled They want to trim our overtime and dou ble said Sickels And we work too hard as it is to get a 40hour work week five days a week for the The Lafayettebased local represents about 130 iron workers at construction contracting sites across north central Indiana Only three iron workers were working on the IUK facility at the time but up to 25 iron workers have participated on the project Crews have finished most of the steel and structural work However Tom Lewis a striking iron worker said touchup work remains to be completed in the auditorium and stairwells Library construction stopped Tuesday when other skilled building trades unions honored the pickets Several workers crossed the picket line early today according to strik ing iron workers but the majority of skilled trade workers honored the strike and went home Steve Wright business agent for Operating Engineers Local 103 said the locals members planned to continue honoring the pickets Weve had up to seven workers on that job and I assume none of them are said Wright Its obvious Were honoring the pickets and will con tinue to honor said Bill Williams pres ident and business representative for Labor ers Local 274 which has seven workers on the job now However some workers were expected to break ranks and return to the job today I think youre going to see more workers cross the line and trickle said Artie Scrug gs business manager for International Broth erhood of Electrical Workers Local 873 Theres a legal path that we have to follow according to the construction said Scruggs We recognize the pickets for one day but after that we have to look at how the strike is affecting the job Theres no provision in the contracts to extend work delayed because of a added Scruggs The project manager also faces fines if the job isnt completed on Officials with South Bendbased Christman Construction general contrac tor for the project declined to comment The squarefoot facility is scheduled to be completed late this year at a cost of million According to IUK the project is near ly 50 percent complete and remains on sched ule Open Girl Scouts to lesbians surgeon general advocates letting gays in Scouts WASHINGTON AP Sur geon General Joycelyn Elders says lesbians should be allowed to join the Girl Scouts and politicians shouldnt worry about anyones bedroom but their I feel that sexuality is up to the Elders said in an interview with USA Weekend magazine made available Wednesday The interview conducted April 22 will run this weekend Elders defended an interview she gave The Advocate a gay newspaper in which she said sex was for pleasure not just procre ation and urged the Boy Scouts to admit homosexuals I also think girls who are les bians should be allowed to join the Girl she said None of us is good enough or knows enough to make decisions about other peoples sexual pref What goes on in someones bedroom is really none of my she said I dont feel that policymakers and decision makers should worry about any ones bedroom but their Teen moms families costing taxpayers billion a year Catholic schools merging K3 at St Patrick 47 at St Joan By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer Kokomos two Catholic schools will become one next academic year A commission with representa tives of St Joan of Arc and St Patrick Catholic churches made the decision during a Tuesday meeting according to a memo given employees and pupils of St Joan of Arc School Wednesday The hope is that the move builds a much more sound Catholic school system working in said St Joan of Arc Churchs the Rev David Hell mann a commission member Commission member Rita Ricci St Patrick director of religious education said a memo identical to that distributed at St Joan of Arc Wednesday would be given to St Patrick employees and pupils today The groups decision calls for grades kindergarten through three to be housed at St Patrick School and grades four through seven to be at St Joan of Arc The current enrollment at St Patrick School is 97 while 286 pupils attend St Joan of Arc In April 1993 the 16member commission recommended the schools merge beginning in 1998 But Hellmann said the resignation of one of the schools principals and the worsening conditions of one of the schools buildings led the group to step up its plans St Patrick School Principal Anthony Barrett is leaving his post at the end of this school year So Cecelia Smith St Joan of Arc School principal will lead the con solidated schools in 199495 Palmer School which houses St Joan of Arc pupils will not be in use beginning next school year Hellmann said it would likely be put up tor sale Hellmann said one teaching position from the two schools wil be cut for 199495 But because several classroom teachers are stepping down at the end of this school year the school may actu ally have to hire new teachers Issues such as where preschool will be housed and how other staffing will be affected by the merger will be tackled in the sum mer by a joint school board Another topic to be considered by the joint board this summer is what the consolidated school will be called Ricci said Ricci said St Patrick teachers feel the commissions decision is fine as far as we can tell I think the main thing is wondering where they would be At St Joan of Arc Hellmann said Several have thought we should have done this some time ago People are happy to see coop eration there Its just a positive sense of working WASHINGTON AP Tax payers are spending billion a year to support the growing num ber of poor families begun by teenage mothers A new study says these women are the least likely to earn their way off wel fare The General Accounting Office in a series of reports that profile the nations mushrooming welfare population said nearly half of all mothers on the rolls todiay had their first child as a teenager The costs are staggering Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders in congressional testimony last week said the government spent billion in 1992 on Aid to Families with Dependent Chil dren Medicaid and food stamps for families begun by adolescent parents In 1990 according to an estimate by the Center for Population Options it totaled billion GAO the congressional watch dog agency said teenage mothers tend to have more children and less education than other women on welfare They are also much poorer GAOs findings this week are the latest word in the debate over illegitimacy and teenage preg nancy Conservative Republicans say the problem is one or the most serious threats to American soci ety and that while welfare may not cause illegitimacy it is its economic The Clinton administrations welfare reform proposal due to be released in midJune will sin gle out the youngest of the 5 mil lion parents on AFDC the princi pal welfare program The plan would give young mothers two years of cash benefits and the education day care and training they need to get a job Those still unemployed after two years would be required to enroll in a work program Our approach will include both sanctions and rewards to encourage them to stay in school live at home go to job training as appropriate and to take parenting class to help them deal with the demands of single a senior administration official said Wednesday The reports from the GAO the investigative arm of Congress underscore the tough problems facing the White House as it con fronts teen pregnancy concluding that women who had their first child when they were teenagers may have the toughest time earn ing their way off welfare For example 18 percent of women on AFDC who gave birth as teenagers had four or more children compared with 9 percent of recipients who waited until they were at least 20 to have their first baby And fewer than half the AFDC mothers who gave birth as teen agers had a diploma compared with about twothirds of the older mothers Remember Singapore ORANGE Calif A vandal has a message for City Assem blyman Mickey Conroy who recently introduced legislation that calls for paddling as a form of legal punishment for graf fiti vandals AP photo ;