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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 25, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 201 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Friday March 50 cents Smoking on job maybe banned WASHINGTON AP The Labor Department is considering a ban on smoking in all work Elaces to protect employees from eing exposed to unhealthy air administration sources say Such a sweeping prohibition would be the most farreaching attack on the tobacco industry to date at a time when public smok ing has been under assault in Con gress in the military and from state and local governments The administration proposal to be announced today by Labor Sec retary Robert Reich is part of a broader effort to address the so called sick building syndrome an assortment of problems with indoor air and materials that have made workers ill The sources who spoke under the condition of anonymity said the smoking ban is one of several options that will be considered as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration develops rules for dealing with indoor pol lution problems in the workplace A final decision is expected later this year after a lengthy comment period While the department is expect ed to consider a number of options such as requiring employers to provide separately ventilated smoking rooms the agency prefers the smoking ban as the best approach the sources suggested Although OSHA rules normally exempt small businesses the smoking proposals would apply to all businesses even those with fewer than 18 employees the sources said The Labor Departments move to curb smoking is but the latest in a series of actions in recent months to deal with the health concerns raised by drifting tobac co smoke socalled secondhand exposure to tobacco smoke A House subcommittee is on the verge of voting on a broad anti smoking bill that would make vir tually all commercial buildings smokefree including restaurants bars and work sites The legisla tion has 65 cosponsors Earlier this month the Defense Department announced that all military workplaces would be smokefree and a number of states including Maryland are considering curbs on smoking in public buildings Greentowri firefighter Dan Minnich rips through a roof at a house fire at 4208 E Road 100 North Tribune photo by Anne Farrar Short sparks blaze in rural home GREENTOWN A short in an electrical outlet sparked a blaze at a twostory house at 4208 E Road 100 North Thursday evening according to Greentown Fire Chief Kenneth Grove The houses only occupant a middleaged woman escaped without injuries Grove said the woman was painting in an attic area above the garage left to take her dog for a walk and noticed the room ablaze when she returned She called the fire depart ment about It took 18 Greentown firefighters and four firemen from Indian Heights Fire Department about 10 minutes to extinguish the flames Grove said Damage was estimated at to Grove said Two rooms upstairs were destroyed and the first floor sustained exten sive smoke and heat damage Grove said the fire could have been much worse if the woman had spent a little more time walking her dog Firefighters arrived on the scene to find flames coming out of the eaves troughs We made a very good stop and saved a lot on the Grove said President faces tough questions Clinton keeps his cool as he tries to stay out of hot water WASHINGTON AP Presi dent Clinton kept his cool through 40 minutes of questions about Whitewater yet while compli menting his primetime perfor mance friends and foes alike agreed that the investment and ethics controversy was not likely to fade away overnight The White House was releasing additional tax and financial records today and skeptical Republicans were prepared to put them under the closest scrutiny Many Americans may have had some difficulty following Clin tons minutiaepacked answers AP analysis but even the presidents critics marveled at his comeclean per formance Still this morning Clin tons chief critic in the House expressed his continuing skepti cism I thought the president did an absolutely fabulous job in terms of his presentation He may well be the most charming president in American said Rep Jim Leach RIowa But he added This is an issue of public ethics more than public laws but that doesnt mean public laws may not have been stretched if not For each explanation Clinton offered for every document he pledged to release there are dozens more questions still to be asked hours of hearings yet to be held Special counsel Robert Fiskes inquiry will go on Congress will tread much me same territory in public Reporters will delve into every detail of the records Clinton pledged to release today Clinton was hoping that these new disclosures and his acknowl edgement that hed exaggerated his losses in Whitewater would make it possible for him to focus more on issues before Congress The American people should know that I and my administra tion will not be a res olute Clinton declared ticking off a lengthy list of priorities from healthcare reform to fighting crime This seems to have a life of its lamented Democratic poll ster Celinda Lake Voters would like to move on but the process doesnt want Eggciting Kokomo Jaycees Kristen Anderson Mindy McClure and John Fisher stuff plastic eggs Community Easter Egg Hunt at Foster Park The hunt will be at 11 and will feature roped areas for four different age groups plus a special area for handi capped children Some eggs will contain tick ets for special prizes McGruff the Crime Dog and representatives from the Kokomo Fire and Police departments will attend Rain date for the hunt is April 2 Tribune photo by Dave Hess Western youth suspended RUSSIAVILLE Ind The boy who was charged last week with intimidating the principal of Western Middle School was sus pended from school for his alleged actions and is getting professional the principal said But Western Middle School Principal Ron Colby refused to say Thursday how long the boy was suspended from school or if the suspension is over Thats none of your he told a Kokomo Tribune reporter March 16 Colby reported to Howard County Sheriff Depart ment that a note had been inter cepted which contained a threat to poison the principal according to sheriff department records The alleged author of the note a 13 yearold Howard County boy was taken to Robert J Kinsey Youth Center in Kokomo and charged with intimidation The boy was detained at the cen ter for questioning and then released said Jeff Lowry Howard County deputy prosecutor for juveniles But the case is still under inves tigation Lowry said The boy was initially charged with intimi dation but we have to review the police reports and the lab results before anything will bt he said And the 13yearold was allegedly in possession of a white which the intercepted note had said was to be placed in Colbys coffee the deputy prose cutor said The white powder was not iden tified in the note and Lowry said investigators must now test the powder the boy allegedly had in his possession Then we will pro ceed he said Wednesday It could be two weeks before investigators receive the test results Western Schools Interim Super intendent Smith said Thurs day he had no information on the case Its just another discipline Kroblem as far as Im e said Its no federal Housing affordability high here By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer Kokomo continued to rank among the most affordable hous ing markets nationwide during the fourth quarter of 1993 accord ing to a survey released Thursday by the National Association of Home Builders Only Jackson Lansing Brazoria Texas Kalama zoo and Elkhart had more affordable housing markets at the end of last year the group said The builders trade group said percent of the homes sold in Kokomo during the final period were within reach of the citys median household income at the prevailing mort gage interest rate percent During the third quarter of 1993 the city ranked 13th with a hous ing affordability index of Please see Housing North Korea ready for war SEOUL South Korea AP The Korean war of nerves hit a new pitch today with South Kore an officials saying North Korea has put its army on alert and told its people to prepare for war South Koreas troops went on alert earlier this week over the worsening nuclear crisis on the peninsula The Korean border was calm today officials said A foreigner contacted by telephone in Pyongyang the North Korean capital said things seemed nor mal there At a meeting of securityrelated Cabinet officials today in Seoul Defense Minister Rhee Byoung tae said North Korea had issued an emergency alert order to its military Kim Deok director of the intelli gencegathering Agency for National Security Planning said the communist government was telling its 22 million people that war appeared inevitable Briefing reporters on the meet ing Information Minister Oh In hwan said the North Korean gov ernment has banned all travel for its people The Norths TV and radio repeatedly broadcast that Pyongyang is bent on pulling out of the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty he said Telephoned from Beijing today the foreigner said he could not comment on reports of a high military alert but said there is absolutely no feeling of such kinds of Its absolutely normal Theres not much traffic as usual people are walking as he said speaking on condition of anonymity The crisis blew up when North Korea refused to let inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency see a plant sus pected of producing plutonium an ingredient of nuclear weapons The agency referred the issue to the Security Council which may consider sanctions North Korea said it had fully complied with international nuclear controls and was not afraid of any kind of Its news agency said Western gov ernments may be looking for ways to pressure Pyongyang into allow ing new inspections Inside todays Tribune Business AmericanTrust will move uptown banking office to west side professional park Page 6 Style Excellent women are sought for honors Page 9 Sports Big Dog was Big Story in Kndxville Page 12 Also inside Business Classified Dear Local News of ;