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Playground Daily News (Newspaper) - April 28, 1990, Fort Walton Beach, FloridaWeather today showers. High 70s Low 60s. Southeast wind 10-15 mph/2a news inside Index Bush removes Japan from Trade a hit list Page 5a defense cuts cause private sector layoffs Page 6c business. 6,7c editorials. 4a Calendar. 4c local news in Church news. 7-9b movies. 4c classifieds. 1-10d obituaries 3b comics. 8c Public record. 2b crossword. So sports. 1-3c dear Abb a. 6b to sch Odulo 4 c r 4 motions 36 pages fort Walton Beach. Fla copyright 1990. The daily news saturday april 28, 1990 Northwest Florida daily news 1q90 2sebridge still on track new chief says by Lee Forst daily news staff writer the acting chairman of the mid Bay Bridge authority says the $63 million project will proceed As planned despite longtime chairman David weavers resignation in the face of ethics charges. A what happened is not going to change the Progress of the Bridge a Russell Mohney said Friday. A that Bridge is going to Mohney who served As Vic drug War causes gop Tiff White House opposes cobras for Colombia by the Baltimore Sun Washington a Republican congressional move to Supply four cobra helicopter gunships to Colombia has angered the Bush administration which worries about injecting a a excessive new firepower into colombians War against drag traffickers. The dispute comes amid heightened violence in colombians internal War with a third presidential candidate assassinated this week and a renewed extensive government manhunt for the notorious drag lord Pablo Escobar. Sen. Orrin Hatch. A Utah is sponsoring an amendment to a supplemental appropriations Bill pending before the Senate that would lease to Colombia four cobras currently in Marine stocks. The aircraft Cost $7.5 million when new. If approved the two seat gunships could be among the most potent weapons supplied to Colombia which already has received millions of dollars Worth of . Military Aid since it launched a crackdown last August. Colombia is due to get another $40 million Worth this year. A Hatch aide said that the added firepower was necessary to protect drag enforcement administration agents accompanying colombian police on raids of cocaine laboratories. Colombians Medellin Cartel May possess surface to air missiles posing a severe threat to the less Well armed helicopters usually used on such raids the aide said. But John Walters chief of staff to William j. Bennett National drug policy director said. A we do not consider it an appropriate piece of Quot we Are very concerned that lethal Aid be limited in a Maimer that prevents excessive use beyond what is necessary for programs we re proposing in conjunction with the andean c Watnes a he said a this particular weapon system involves firepower in excess of anything government experts believe is concern already has been raised in Congress and elsewhere about the amount of lethal Aid going to governments Frith questionable human rights records. An administration official said that it would be a extremely imprudent to provide weapons that Are excessive in the face of the Security and Law enforcement operations that we want to help these governments chairman under Weaver has assumed the chairman a duties for the time being. He said he will push to build the Bridge linking Destin and the Nice vice area across Choc to Ohatchee Bay on schedule. A a in Mas totally dedicated to the Bridge As or. Weaver is a he said. Validation proceedings Are under Way for the projects $70 million in Bond financing. Mohney said a meeting probably will be held in the next two weeks or so to discuss that Issue. Weaver who served on the five member Bridge authority since its formation in 1986, resigned during a Florida commission on ethics hearing held thursday in Tallahassee. George fallen Beck who lives near the Bridges proposed landfall just East of White Point had prompted the ethics investigation. He had charged that weavers role on the Bridge authority and his vote to use White Point Road As the Access to the Bridges Northern landfall would Benefit his employer Bluewater Bay Bluewater Bay owns undeveloped commercial land along state Road 20 near the Northern end of White Point Road. Weaver is project manager for the development. Roy Young weavers attorney told the ethics commission that Bridge authority counsel Mary Kraemer had advised Weaver there was no conflict of interest. Interviewed Friday Kraemer would not comment on her advice to Weaver a it wont Benefit anyone to second guess the ethics commission a Kraemer said. Bridge authority member a1 Metzner refused to comment Friday on weavers resignation. Authority member Chris Cadenhead was out of town and Ferow member Ann Wallace could not be reached. Mohney said Weaver had taken a lot of a cheap shots from Bridge opponents who done to understand or refuse to admit the need for a Bay spanning Bridge. A Bridge across the Bay had been discussed for years before the project actually began. A where have these people been All these years a Mohney asked. A with their Heads in the Sand a feb Hospital dilemma of novt Maulk Kulaw Bui Tennis stands outside the old fort Walton Beach Hospital building which he would like to ass become a government office Complex. County weighs options in reviving old Hospital by Lee Forst did a hmm staff Waltar Bill Tennis remembers the Early 1960s, when the area along Hospital drive was a bustling part of fort Walton Beach. There was the fort Walton Beach Hospital the White Wilson clinic and doctors offices nearby. The Post office jul up the Street added to the activity. A it was. The enter of to in when you had the Hospital the clinic and the Post office two blocks from each other Quot Tennis says As he strolls around the old hoi ital grounds. The county owned red Brick building has deteriorated since fort Walton Beach extended c Are and the county a morgue moved out. Since August 1988, windows have been boarded up posts and roof vents have nisted and weeds have taken Over much of the Ian and the roof leaks. A a with the boarded up windows no landscaping and that sort of thing it gets depressing a Tennis says. Tennis a realtor does no to like unoccupied space especially 57,000 Squair feet of it. He envisions a government Center with City county state and Federal offices in the old Hospital. But he a not stubborn. A anything with a payroll a he says will do. The Okaloosa county Coniku on aging also is looking at the Hospital building. Representatives say it could handle a 75-bed congregate living Center administrative offices and a Day care Center for the elderly. James Ward who is assisting the Council on aging has asked legislators to appropriate $250,000 in the state budget to help pay for studies and renovation. Tennis Ward aim Ruth Lovejoy the on aging a executive director have made their cases to Okaloosa county commissioners and the fort Walton Beach City com Neil. A Pri vate firm also is . Ted in the building commissioner Mike Mitchell said Friday. A Pensacola attorney inquired about it recently but did no to identify his client Mitchell said. After nearly two years of neglect county come Missione is now have three potential uses for the old Hospital. All the ideas have Merit they say. A government Center could relieve cramped quarters at the courthouse Annex in Shalimar. A Center for the elderly would provide a needed service. Selling the six acre parcel appraised at $1.46 million a few years ago would put the property Back on the tax Rous. A a its past time to a sell or please see h0spitau6a foes Zero in on feasibility of b-2 program by the los Angeles times Washington in deciding to proceed with production of the b-2 bomber at a pared Down rate. Secretary of defense Dick Cheney rejected p proposals to kill the controversial plane and begin production of a cheaper �?ob-3�?� that would not attempt to penetrate soviet defences unseen. As Congress prepares to debate Chi neyts revised., $60 b-2 program however of the aircraft already have begun to focus on cheaper and less provocative alternatives to the vaunted a manned penetrating time and. Again their arguments have withered in the face of the air forces unshakeable insistence that such a Force is the very Keystone of . Military Power and must be maintained at All costs. But with the b-2 program continuing to raise hackles on Capitol Hill some lawmakers Hope that Cheney will rethink his decision and scrap the b-2, using some of the savings to build and maintain a Force of so called a stand off Quot bombers. Their arguments could revive interest in the proposed b-3, a a drawing boards plane that most Pentagon analysts believe would destroy soviet targets by lobbing cruise missiles at them from considerable distances. Such aircraft virtually stripped of costly electronic equipment could act As Low Cost Low tech a a buses carrying dozens of cruise Iniss Des j ust to the Edge of the areas protected by soviet air defences. From their Perch outside of harms Way. The planes could deploy the radar eluding missiles to run the Gauntlet of soviet interceptors and surf Ace-t0"air missiles All for a fraction of the Cost of the b-2 bomber. A a we re approaching the Point where we May not need manned penetrating said sen. Warren Rodman r-n.h., a member of the defense subcommittee of the Senate appropriations committee in a recent interview. A there ought to be debate and Dick Cheney plans major military cuts there ought to be some Resolution of the Issue and 1 think that could Start this sen. John Glenn a Ohio citing the prowess of the air forces advanced cruise missile urged Cheney to consider a shifting emphasis from penetrating bombers to to Tow s Teal the one w w a Pons. Che Ney in unveiling the results of a a major aircraft review a recommended thursday that the air Force reduce its purchases of b-2 bombers from 132 to 75 planes reducing the projected Cost of the program by $14 . On Friday Cheney lashed out his congressional critics saying some lawmakers a probably would not have supported the defense budget m the Middle of world War ii the United states already has deployed 1 Hio air launched cruise Nus Siles to be carried on the aging b-52 bomber Force at a Cost of about $4 billion. A new stealth Type version of the cruise missile still is being tested. But the Pentagon plans to produce about 1.500 o f them for $7 billion or roughly 85 percent of the estimated Cost of the b-2 Force. In addition the 97 b-1 bombers now included in the nuclear Arsenal have let Een designed to convert to cruise missile carriers in several years when air Force of a please see b-2 foe s/6 a suicide victim Dies protesting lithuanian occupation Moscow a a Man who burned himself to death was sending a message to president Mikhail s. Gorbachev a that lithuanians will not live in a Lithuania that is not Independent a according to suicide notes released Friday. In the lithuanian capital of Vilnius russian truckers Lay Down in front of their rigs and blocked Rush hour traffic to protest the Baltic Republic s declaration of Independence on March 11. The suicide victim. Sta Nasiovas Jamaitis 52, died thursday of Burns suffered when he doused his clothes with gasoline and set myself ablaze in front of the Bolshoi theater in Central m Moscow. Jamaitis a lithuanian left suicide notes to his wife. Tasala and to lithuanian president vytautas Landsbergis the lithuanian supreme Council or parliament. Released the texts Friday. Spokeswoman Rita Radzevicius translated them from lithuanian to russian and read them Over the Telephone. The official soviet news Agency Tass also reported the existence of the note but did not mention any poetical motive. Tass said the letter a spoke of an impossible family life and a desire to commit the version released by lithuanian authorities apologized for a something bad in his marriage but stressed political motives. A i went to Moscow to set myself on fire in red he said. The Bolshoi is a few blocks from red Square where Security is heavier. A the occupiers have Cut off Energy supplies and people Are being thrown out of work a wrote Jamaitis who officials say was recently Laid off. A i have lived my whole life in occupied wrote Jamaitis. Who was born two years before the soviet Union forcibly annexed Lithuania and its sister republics of Latvia and Estonia during world War ii he was killing himself he said to a let Gorbachev know that lithuanians will not Uve in a Lithuania that is not said the note read by is Radzevicius. The suicide recalled the 1971 self immolation of a lithuanian student Romas Kalanta in the Western lit Huaman City of Kaunas. That act was a Symbol of lit Huaman resistance in the 1970s and 1980s, activists say. The truck blockade in Vilmus marked a new level of protest by please see Lithuania/6a

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