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Playground Daily News (Newspaper) - March 17, 1990, Fort Walton Beach, FloridaWeather news inside Index today Cloudy. High near 60 Low 40s. Northwest / winds 15-25 r mph/2a super Collider faces Tough funding Battle Page 6a Missouri fails in the biggest upset so far busini6.ss 10,1 in dear Abby. 9b Calendar 6b editorials. 4a Church news. .5-7c local news. In classifieds. 8c,1-12d movies. 6,7b comics. 8b obituaries. 4b court log. 4b sports i-4.ec crossword 1.2b to schedule. 7b Page 1c r 4 a a colons 40 pages fort wanon Beach. Fla copyright 1990. The daily news saturday March 17, 1990 h Northwest Florin daily news 7 1qqnda 25<prains wreak havoc along Gulf coast by Elizabethe Holland daily news staff writer torrential Rains flooded roads parking lots and residential Yards Friday night in Okaloosa county forcing numerous thoroughfares to be closed and stranding dozens of motorists in stalled vehicles. No injuries were reported. Although lightning accompanied the rain there were no widespread Power outages. The Rains were part of a slow moving storm front that had drenched Escambia and Santa Rosa counties earlier Friday spawning a Tornado that touched Down in Milton. The storm lumbered East into the fort Walton Beach area Between 5 30 and 6 Over the next three hours from 6 to 9 ., a staggering 4.4 inches of rain fell. Sporadic rainfall had preceded the storm. From 6 Thursday to 9 Friday fort Walton Beach received 7.25 inches of rain. Some area roads and Bridges take it. Standing water forced the closing of two Bridges in staff writers Jeff Newell and b life to if sen c Ontra Bill de to this report. Okaloosa and Walton counties As Well As numerous roads and intersections. Hie roads closed included parts of . Highway 98 and Eglin Parkway. A we have no idea when these will open a Okaloosa county emergency management director Hank a Kristen said late Friday. A was soon As the flooding stops some of them will reopen pretty Okaloosa county Road depart ment workers braved the downpour to barricade impassable roads. A a with the rain we re getting now we re going to have More roads under water and closed tonight and saturday a said Becky Davis Road department office manager. A a we a have Crews out to reopen them As soon As Niceville City manager Lannie Corbin said City workers were out Friday night making sure culverts and storm drains did no to become clogged with debris. Niceville City workers also helped Cut away a tree that had fallen on a Home on Darlington Oak drive Corbin said. The deluge threatened or flooded Many Homes in Low lying areas. A resident of Cut Idlewood. Subdivision in Wright was warily wat roads closed parts of Tihana we of a dosed Friday or Light As a result of heavy rain South Okaloosa county a Mayflower Avenue at Newcastle drive or item. M Hig Liway 90 at Santa Rose. Boulevard. A area of p Arkway and Racetrack k , Ocean Chy. A Jat drive fort Walton Beadi. Red Brown Street. Fort Walton Beach. A main Gate at Eglin air Force base. A Tupelo Avenue at third Street. Fort Walton Beech. A Perry Avenue at Eglin Parkway. F Ort Walton Beach. A anchors Street fort Walton Beach. Motorists slowed through flooded roads during Friday nights downpour. Ching the water Rise Friday night. A you can to see the grass in the front Yard a the bom to Wner said. M a Telephone interview. A a there san Inch of water in the Utility a Tornado watch in effect for most of Northwest Florida including Okaloosa county was Friday fro m 10 . To 8 And then to 3 . Today. Seven High school baseball and softball games involving Okaloosa co teams were postponed because of the weather. Ii was not known late Friday whether games scheduled for today would be played. The rain was expected to Stop sometime this morning said de , .e Teodolo Gist with the National weather service in Pensacola. West of Okaloosa county., the Brunt of fridays storm was Felt during the daytime. Parts of interstate 10 and . Highway 90 in Escambia county were closed from 10 to 11 30 . North Okaloosa county a Antioch Road from state Road 85 South. A area of rat and Valley roads a East Chestnut Road a slate a Road 4 West of . A m Antioch a still Road. A Sherman Kennedy Road. A Tommy Steele Road a Jim Spicer Road. A West Ksany Road a pea Dan Bridge area near Baker. Walton county a Bridge on swamp Road near Paxton. Parts of Thasa roads had bean flooded but not closed by 8 30 . Friday please see roads/5a please see r.a�ns/5 a americans pay tribute to hostage by the los Angeles times Washington family friends and colleagues of associated press reporter Terry Anderson gathered at Lafayette Park Friday to Mark an anniversary they had hoped to never see. On March 16, 1985, after playing an Early morning Tennis match with an a colleague Anderson was kidnapped from a Beirut Street and whisked away. Friday marked the end of his fifth year in Captivity. Since then both his father and his brother have died of cancer. He has never seen his daughter who will turn 5 years old in june. The solemn ceremony held across the Street from the White House also brought together the families of the seven other americans who were kidnapped after Anderson and Are still held in Lebanon. There were songs prayers and remembrances expressions of outrage and Hope. But noticeably absent was any evidence that the hostages would be released soon. Just two weeks ago anticipation of a possible release intensified when iranian president Hashemi a Sfanjani said he saw the hostage ordeal a moving toward a since then however the mood has turned sour Llie iranian president openly mocked president Bush last week for having accepted a phone Call said to be from Raf Sajani that turned out to be a hoax. The iranian news Media weather whips wholesale prices former hostages Roger Tuque left and Jean Paul Kauffman both from France chained themselves and donned blindfolds on Friday near Paris iranian embassy visible in background to protest the continued Captivity of american hostage Terry Anderson. Washington a Topsy Turvy weather is sending wholesale inflation on a rollercoaster ride so far this year., with prices unchanged in february after a Steep increase a month earlier. A Sharp drop in Energy prices offset increases for other items and held the labor producer Price Index steady Overall last month the government said Friday. It was the Best report in six months and Welcome Relief after the huge 1.8 percent Rise in january that increase the largest in 15 years., was. Drive c n by a record gain in Energy costs acid a Large jump in food prices. Food c its Rose substantially again in february particularly vegetables. Taken together the two Mott the represent an annual wholesale inflation rate of 11.4 percent. But Many analysts believe prices Are falling this producer Price Index for tin mid goo it to so of i Tom prior Mon 1s.% .0,.5 % mama Jason of 1m8 1980 feb. �?T89 Jan. �?T90 feb. 90 0.6%l 11.8% 0.0%1 please see prices/5 a out Otap have begun referring to the hostages again As american on thursday the islamic jihad for the Libe . Tio n of Palestine re leased a state ment to tired tuning. To execute three american professors who were taken hostage in 1987 Robert Polhill Alann Steen and Jesse Turner. Asked by reporters Friday whether be had any optimistic news for the families of the hostages. President Bush demurred. �?o1 done to want to get the Hopes up through a lot of speculation and have the m dashed doot Quot the president said. A i respect the families too much to do a a we done to have any breakthroughs we can White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater added. Opponents of re Gime said they see no reason to believe a hostage release is imminent. A they use them hostages As a card to play for internal political purposes a said Alireza Jafar Zadeh a spokesman for Peoples of Iran the principal opposition group. A a it a just not in their interest to release the hostages. The weaker the regime gets the More they need Bush declined to appear at Fri state asked to help Deal with military cuts please see h0staqe/5a Etc to test product environmental claims Washington a the Federal Trade commission on Friday announced an investigation into the environmental claims of products ranging from trash bags to Hairspray saying it will vigorously pursue deceptive advertising and packaging. Commission chair onus Janet Steiger said the Etc staff would join various state officials and a number of companies a to substantiate. Environmental claims in advertising and packaging. No specific companies were targeted. A Consumers who buy a environmentally Friendly products in Hopes of bettering the environment cannot themselves judge whether p products will deliver the promised benefits a is. Steiger said in a speech to the consumer federation of America. A Broad Range of consumer products have appeared in stores Over the past year claiming to be beneficial to the environment the products Range from a a degradable plastic trash bags. To a Ozone Friendly Hairspray to diapers said to decompose in landfills. The attorneys general from eight states have been investigating environmental claims on consumer products and earlier this week held a fact gathering hearing in st. Paul minn., that attracted representatives from dozens of companies and environmental groups. A adding a Flower the a in sane or a whale to your Label is not enough a said Minnesota attorney general Hubert Humphrey iii. Various environmental groups have criticized the environment oriented marketing that has characterized an increasing num Ber of p products charging the claims 0 fee n Are misleading a Survey last year of 1.000 adults found that nearly nine in 10 were concerned about the Impact a product has on the environment. Eight in 10 Sald they would pay extra for a product packaged with recyclable or biodegradable material. Orlando a although Florida May fare better than most states Industry and education leaders Are urging state officials to take action to Deal with cuts in the ones defense budget. The states jobless ranks Are beginning to swell with unemployed military personnel and some civilian defense workers Are losing their jobs As military forces Are Cut a legislative panel was told thursday in Orlando. There Are no plans to dose any major military installations in Florida but an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 of Florida s 77,000 military personnel May be unemployed and seeking jobs in the coming years according to the Florida High technology and Industry Council. Members of the Florida House subcommittee on military and veterans affairs meeting at the University of Central Florida were told that some military contractors Are losing weapons programs. Major companies Are diversified enough to weather cutbacks but some of the Small suppliers will need help in shifting Over to other products said Ray Yanucci executive director of the Council. A the second level defense suppliers will have to diversify their product line and commercialize their technology a Yanucci said. Navy capt. Dan Rowley former commanding office at the National training systems Center in Orlando said the number of jobless military could climb As High As s my 0 nationally Over the next several years. Steven Altman president of uhf told the panel the Orlando school offers a retracing program in which the personnel in the military and defense related Fields can obtain engine Reg degrees and move into the private sector. But other officials said that with the unemployment numbers growing All educational institutions must focus on the problem or the state s Economy will suffer

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