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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - February 28, 1983, Tokyo, JapanMonday february 28, 1983 Pacific stars and stripes Home sales Post record 15.5% leap Washington up sales of existing family Homes jumped a record 15.5 percent in january to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of2.61 million units the National association of realtors has Industry Trade association said the jump from december s 2.26-million-unit annual rate was the largest monthly increase in the 16 years it has tracked resale Carlson chief economist and executive vice president of the association said the january rate Marks the fifth consecutive month of higher sales said if the january annual sales Pace is maintained throughout 1983, the nation s Gross National product for the year will Rise $11 billion Over 1982 and 215,000 new jobs will be created. He said the january sales Pace is 40.3 percent above the 1.86-million-unit annual rate recorded last August and 38.1 percent higher than the year ago rate of 1.89 million units. Carlson attributed the gain to the positive Impact lower mortgage interest rates Are having on the housing thousands and thousands of people Are coming Back into the marketplace As a result of lower interest rates and they Are discovering that the Home they contemplated purchasing Early last year but could t afford because of higher interest rates is Worth another look now association president Harley Snyder said. Actual january sales of already existing Homes totalled 157,000, up from 148,000 in december and 116,000 in january 1982, the association report housing markets led the recovery with january sales for the Region surging 31.8percent Over december s level. In the Northeast the month to month increase was 6.7 percent inthe West 5.3 percent and in the North Central Region 5.2 median Price of an existing Home in january was $68,300, up 2.9 percent from the year ago Cost of $66,400. Emergency jobs Bill gains Speed . Times Washington Congress has taken the first step toward enacting emergency jobs legislation As the House appropriations committee has adopted a $4.6 billion package aimed at creating jobs and. Providing humanitarian Aid for jobless work ers. The Bill which passed by voice vote is a supplementary appropriation for the current fiscal year that ends sept. 30. It is scheduled for debate on the House floor this week and congressional leaders Hope to have it on the president s desk by mid March. The urgency is enhanced by the second Section of the Bill which contains More than $5 million for unemployment benefits in the nation s most depressed states will run out of their own funds in the next few weeks and have to borrow from Washington to meet their obligations. The total jobs portion of the Bill is Only slightly larger than the $4.3 billion plan advanced by the Whitehouse earlier this month. But within that spending limit democrats shifted priorities significantly. Sev eral Hundred million dollars were added for human services not endorsed by the administration while similar amounts were deducted from heavy construction projects. White House officials say the support about three quarters of the Bill and will work to change the remaining portion As the Bill makes its Way through Congress. But democratic leaders expressed Confidence that president Reagan would sign the Bill if it stays within reasonable the legislation reflected a delicate balance struck by House democratic leaders As they tried to keep their own troops Happy while avoiding the risk of a veto. Even supporters of the legislation acknowledged that it would make Only a very Small Dent in the lives of More than 11million unemployed workers but they defended it As the Best Bill that could be enacted quickly. A Good step Forward it s a Good step Forward maintained rep. Edward p. Boland a mass. It s not a giant step but a least it recognizes that there is a problem that has to be dealt but rep. Silvio o. Conte of Massachusetts ranking Republican on the appropriations committee said the Bill would not create enough jobs because the projects it finance were not labor in addition he said the bulk of the Aiwas not aimed at the most needy areas of the country but was allocated to pet projects promoted by influential legislators. Both sides ought to be ashamed of themselves Conte told the committee. This is a Rotten rep. Jamie l. Whitten of mis Silvio Conte Sis Sippi the committee chairman pleaded with fellow democrats to resist adding More funds to the package. Please hold your Amend ments he said. Let s not give them any excuse to veto this All attempts to increase spending were Defeated by voice vote. Al Salvador is blamed in . Writer s death Pomona . A the family of an american free Lance writer who disappeared in Els Alvador and a congressman Are accusing government forces thereof his murder. John j. Sullivan Iii of Bogota,n.j., vanished after arriving in the Central american nation on dec. 28, 1980, to research articles on the Al Salvador civil War for Hustler Magazine. Family members and Torricelli d-n.j., who went to Al Salvador to see Transfer of the remains charged that the Salvador an government murdered Sullivan and said the . Embassy failed to cooperate in the search for him. Beyond my comprehension Why Johnny was so brutally murdered by a government we support is beyond my com prehension said Lorraine Sulli Van Mother of the 26-year-Oldvictim, after her son s body was identified. But if his dying alerts our government to cease support ing such a corrupt regime then his dying will not be in i do not believe there should be an american role in Salvador Torricelli said adding he will introduce legislation to end . Aid to the said Sullivan s body was found in a body dump where right Wing death squads leave their work from the night or. Frederick Zugibe the physician who did the autopsy with a team of forensic scientists said they suspect Sullivan was killed by a dynamite blast that struck his upper body. There s no doubt in my mind twas the salvadoran Security forces said Sullivan s sister Donna Igoe. Body found december 1980 the decapitated and handles body was found in a shallow grave 12 Miles South of san Salvador on dec. 29, 1980, one Day after Sullivan arrived in Al despite the efforts of his family and . Officials it was Only returned to the United states last sunday. Today is the Saddest Day of my life mrs. Sullivan said at a news conference at Zugibe s office a two year frustrating search for my son we have a answer not the answer we wanted but an answer. Weill miss him Zugibe the Rockland count medical examiner who volunteered to do the autopsy said the body s age sex race height shoe size and remnants of clothing were completely consistent with information on Sullivan. He said old a rays of a deformed Bone in Sullivan s left knee matched Bone samples from the remains. W. Coast chinese officials meet to Avert gang wars Seattle a West coast leaders of secret chinese fraternal organizations have been meeting tory to head off gang warfare Over the slaying of 13 people in a Seattle Chinatown gambling club one Mem Ber says. Bill Chew a Seattle member an former official of the hop sing Tong said leaders of the organization me last week in san Francisco. Benjamin no and Kwan Willie Mak charged with first degree Mur Der in the killings have Bee identified by Chew and others As hop sing members. The pair has pleaded to killing the 13 victims most of whom have been identified As members of a rival Tong Bing believe robbery was the motive for the killings. A third suspect who has not been identified is being sought. Joe Locke a chinese elder i Seattle said the City s other two major tongs Are hip sing and Sueying. I be talked to Bing Kung Leader Sand i m confident we won t have a problem unless it s caused by outsiders Chew said. This should remain a Seattle problem not a Sanfrancisco problem. We Don t want an increase intension Here Between the two newspaper files include reports of several local Tong wars in the 1920s, probably As part of Tong wars i chinese communities from coast to hip sing men were killed in 1922 near the scene of the massacre week ago at the Wah Mee club where 12 men and a woman were shot at close Range after All but one were hog tied and robbed. In 1925 and 1926, Tong wars i Seattle claimed another two lives. Chew said most local chinese gambling is divided geographically with hop sing in control in one Are and Bing Kung in another. Before the killings at least three or four High stakes gambling operations were Active Chew Start one he explained at least one investor had to be included fro the Tong in control of the area where the gambling was to take place. I am strongly against gambling especially professional High stakes gambling Chew said. It invite the younger element. If we Don t do something about gambling this Type of incident could occur and no made a Brief appearance Friday before Kin county Superior court judge Gerard m. Shellan for from acknowledging their names they said Little at the hearing. The names of the 12 men and one woman slain were read and each defendant through his at Torney pleaded innocent to each count. The trial will Start no sooner than May probably in the summer said senior Deputy King county prosecutor Robert Lasnik. If convicted they face a possible death sentence

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