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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - October 24, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 144 No 51 Kokomo Ind Monday Oct 50 cents S Korean POW flees to freedom 43 years in North Korean hands Escape took months to engineer SEOUL South Korea AP A South Korean army officer escaped from communist North Korea after 43 years in captivity the govern ments top intelli gence agency announced today Lt Cho Changho 64 was semiconscious when a South Korean fishing ship rescued him from a small wooden boat near the countrys west coast early Sunday the Agency for National Planning said I was so hungry that I often had to steal Lt Cho Changho Security Cho was captured by Chinese troops in 1951 while serving in the Korean War the agency said His escape was apparently the first in many years by a South Korean POW South Korea says the North never returned more than South Korean prisoners from the 19501953 war The North says all POWs went home in 1953 More than Americans are listed as unaccounted for from the Korean War in which the United States sided with South Korea Fortyfive people have defected from North Korea this year After his rescue Cho was hospi talized with pneumonia and an apparent brain hemorrhage offi cials said He had trouble speak ing during an interview today with South Korean reporters Cho told the reporters that North Koreas heir apparent Kim Jong II is in firm control of the country according to Yonhap the national news agency It was unclear how he obtained this informa tion After President Kim II Sung died North Koreans swore alle giance to his son Kim Jong II and there are no signs of Cho said Since the elder Kim died July 8 after 46 years as North Korean leader his son Kim Jong II has only appeared in public twice and has not pub licly succeeded his father as president and communist party leader Cho was quoted as saying he decided to escape in 1992 Although he said the escape took months it remains unclear when or how he fled I was so hungry that I often had to steal food Yonhap quoted him as saying Cho said he crossed the Yalu River on the North KoreanChi nese border on Oct 3 and escaped into China There Cho said Koreans who live in China helped him flee aboard a Chinese fishing boat The boat brought him to the western coast where he used a flashlight to attract a South Kore an fishing vessel South Koreas intelligence agency said The res cue reportedly occurred 80 miles southwest of the port city of Kun san The Koreas have been enemies since the peninsula was divided in 1945 Their border is sealed with nearly 2 million troops deployed on both sides Charlotte the piq Gabrielle Beckner keeps an eye and a leash on Charlotte Potbellied pig makes for one doggone pet One familys best friend has a cuddly porcinality For some people walking the dog or cat is an everyday occurrence For the Beckner family its walking the potbellied pig as she is known is the pet of Nancy Beckner 1020 W Jefferson and daughters Gabrielle 3 Jessica 17 and Sophie 19 months The Beckners have had the pig for about two months and Jessica takes most of the pigcare responsibilities The Beckners do tend to attract quite a bit of attention with their pet As the Kokomo Tribune photographer was shooting pic tures on West Jefferson motorists were also slowing to catch a glimpse Gabrielle leftright Sophie and Nancy Beckner walk Charlotte Tribune photos by Brian Reynolds Fitness fiends Leaning toward an obsession By ELEANOR BAILEY London Observer Service LONDON Think of an exer cise junkie and you tend to picture a musclebound man pumping iron Youd be wrong Most exer cise addicts are women and their addiction is more closely related to eating disorders than the desire to keep fit A study conducted for The Jour nal of Behavioral Psychotherapy in 1993 found a sample group of anorexics did four times as much exercise as a control group of sporty students According to one medical estimate 78 percent of anorexics are exercise addicts Since the 1970s our culture has emphasized not just thinness but says Clive Long consul tant psychologist on eating disor ders at St Andrews Hospital in England People who become obsessed with exercise feel guilty and anxious if they do not stick to their schedule Their exercise regime becomes socially inappro priate An addict will know that what they are doing is excessive and so become secretive jog ging in the early hours for The point at which exercise becomes excessive depends on the individuals attitude Athletes can handle significantly more than an hour a day with no ill effects because they are goaldriven so in control of what they are doing The exercise addict on the other hand is appearancedriven and controlled by the exercise The addiction is largely psycho logical but there is a theory that endorphines in the brain are released during strenuous exer cise producing the same effect as opium There is no hard evidence but exercise addicts do experience physical withdrawal symptoms such as depression headaches Addicts need counseling to help them regain control They must learn that exercise is good for them but only in moderation Fortunately the physical dan gers are not as acute as with anorexia Most people will only suffer from frustration at with drawal or isolation from their friends as they give their life to exercise Distributed by Scripps Howard News Convicted murderer spreads word of God here John FuHer encourages to turn their lives around Tribune photo by Stephen Shaner By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer A convicted murderer was in Kokomo over the weekend not to terrorize res idents but to spread the word of God to students and inmates John Fuller who was convicted of first murder in 1957 in Tennessee has been touring the country speaking at youth groups prisons and churches as part of the National Prison Ministry which has 600 chapters around the nation Fuller spoke at Zion Christian Academy Zion Tabernacle Church and to the prisoners of the Howard County Criminal Justice Center Fuller was convicted of killing a woman after she walked in on him while he was burglarizing her home He was 15 years old at the time and was incarcerated in a juvenile detention cen ter until he turned 17 He was then tried as an adult for the murder and sen tenced to life in prison He was paroled from Brushy Penitentiary outside of Chattanooga in February of 1982 after spending 24 years behind bars The Rev Nathaniel Urshan of the Zioji Tabernacle Church referred to Fuller as a model of A person with this level of violence usually doesnt turn around like he has Hes a totally different man Urshan said He met Fuller at a Ten nessee church where Fuller was speak ing Fuller made such an impact at the church where Urshan was a pastor that Urshan also became involved in the prison ministry John is a very physically strong man and its amazing that a blind pastor was the only person who could relate to him I think it was the fact that someone said they cared about him and John never heard that before It made him think there is some worth to life The parole board seen such a drastic change in him they let him Urshan said Fuller said in his involvement over the past three years only a handful of the 200 exinmates involved in this program ministry program ever go back to the life of crime Fuller calls his resurgence back into society a modern day When 1 speak to the inmates 1 tell them there is hope If they allow God to make a change in their lives they would be accepted in he said Individuals cant change themselves and confinement cant change them They have to allow God to change their Fullefr said other inmates referred to him as the man without When 1 was in prison I felt useless and never thought Id be accepted in he said Until 1978 when 1 gave my life to God God opened the doors for me and I have been released from jail for 13 beautiful years with a clean A lot of young people in our schools and on our streets have this deep void from coming from broken families like 1 he continued 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