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Winchester Star (Newspaper) - February 27, 1997, Winchester, Virginia 101 st Year 202 The Winchester Star 28 SECTIONS VIRGINIA FEBRUARY 1997 6673200 25 CENTS CityCounty Communication Center 6DOA By DON WORTHINGTON The Winchester Star The offagain efforts to built a joint WinchesterFrederick County 911 emergency communication center are off The fuse is the lights are Harry president of Winchesters City said Wednesday The chances of a joint emergency com munication center in the basement of the Joint Judicial Center are thats Smith Smiths comments followed the Fred erick County Board of Supervisors unan Winchester and Frederick County officials have different ideas about plans for the emergency communication and City Council President Harry Smith says the disagreement will lead to separate dispatch imous approval Wednesday evening of a Emergency Communication Services The agreement passed by the super visors differs from the one passed 11 by City The supervisors agreement calls for the county and the city to share the costs of the 911 dispatch center and the need ed After Fred erick County will be the fiscal agent for the center and the centers director would report to a joint Public Safety Commit The citypassed agreement caps con struction costs at and equip ment costs at Each govern ment would pay half of the The city would be the fiscal agent and the centers director would report to the fis cal agents top administrative ty Manager Edwin In the fu the majority user of the facility would be the fiscal Representatives from both gov ernments said a joint center was pre We want the city to be full I think the differences in the agreements are largely Frederick Coun ty Board of Supervisors Chairman James Longerbeam said But the changes the county made to the agree ment make that Smith and Councilman Charles Gaynor The changes are Gay nor Gaynor has been City Councils primary negotiator for the joint com munications Neither Gaynor nor Smith attended the Board of Supervisors The city will likely build a separate equal and probably less cost than what we were willing to spend on a joint Smith See Center Page A6 Area Jails 2 Chinese Inmates Set For Release By KRISTEN GREEN The Winchester Star Two Chinese men being held in the Regional Jail are scheduled to be released on almost four years after a freighter smuggling them into United States ran aground off New York The two of 286 people aboard the ship Golden were ordered to be released ear lier this month by President They had been in the cus tody of the federal Immigration and Naturalization since the boat ran aground in June INS spokesperson Elaine Komis said this morning the INS asked that the remaining 53 Chinese detainees be released out of hu manitarian She said all the detainees were scheduled to be paroled by Saturday and 39 were released from a York Coun prison did see they were in jail a long period of Komis the process of their ap peals thats caused them to be detained so Komis said the most of whom are in the process of ap pealing deportation orders in fed eral court will be re quired to report to an INS once a month and to scheduled court Regional Jail Administrator Fred Hildebrand said only two of the 61 detainees originally being held at the Regional Jail were still in custody this Many of the others were sent to See Detainees Page A2 Rain at the Game As a light rain began to fall during Shenan doah Universitys baseball game on Wednesday some brightly col ored umbrellas made an The Star Pholo by Ginger Perry Hornets defeated Eastern Mennonite Uni in their home season opener at Bridgeforth Field in For more photos and a see Pages Paul Rhinehart Dies 1983 Tire Fire Gave Him Unwanted Fame By WAYDE BYARD The Winchester Star Clinton Defends Donor Plan By ELIZABETH SHOGREN and JANET HOOK Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON President Clinton on Wednes day defended as entirely appropriate his practice of inviting wealthy donors to the White But a key House Republican charged that new evidence of Clintons direct involvement justifies a bigger and broader investigation of White House fundraising I dont think people who support you and help you through tough times and who believe in what youre doing should be disqualified from being the presi dents guest at the White Clinton said dur ing a news The trying to deflate the ballooning con troversy over Democratic fundraising said it was his family not taxpayers who bore the cost of accommodating White House seven eighths of whom he had relationships with inde pendent of my campaign for president in Clintons defense of the Lincoln Bedroom sleep overs and White House coffees with donors and other supporters came amid growing anxiety among Demo crats on Capitol Hill about the political repercussions of the fundraising flap and demands by some law makers for appointment of an independent counsel to review the entire used the latest revela tions to justify expanding their investigation of Dem ocratic fundraising The investigation is unfortunately getting bigger and It seems to be that way every See Clinton Page A6 Paul who inadvert ently thrust Frederick County into national died as he lived most of his died on Sunday morning at Hillcrest Manor Nurs ing according to a Hillcrest Despite a lifetime of entrepre neurial Rhineharts pri mary claim to fame began during the early morning of Halloween Thats when approximately 7 million tires stored on his 257 acre farm on Route 600 in west ern Frederick County caught Rhinehart began collecting tires in 1972 in hopes of recycling them in an incinerator he had and partially on his prop On the tires were set aflame in what was later de termined to be Melvin Russell Jenkins pleaded guilty to starting the fire in December 1987 and is sentenced to 110 years irj prison for starting the Rhinehart fire and for convictions on other arsons and Within hours of the fires start a column of smoke that resembled an atomic blast rose over western Frederick up to 20 miles The fire burned for eight months and took hundreds of firefighters to The federal Environmental Pro tection Agency is still monitoring the site for ecological Before and after the Rhine hart was a fixture at various Fre See Rhinehart Page A6 BalancedBudget Amendment Is Expected to Lose by Single Vote By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON The balancedbudget amend the first and foremost priority of the Repub lican Congress this appears headed for Robert ended days of sus pense on Wednesday when he announced that he couldnt accept the Republican version because he thought it left the nation too vulnerable in times of military or economic Those he compel me to deny the 67th and deciding for a constitutional amend ment requiring a balanced Torricelli was the last undeclared and supporters needed him to obtain the 67 or two thirds needed for Without the amendment could face the same fate it met two years when a balancedbudget amendment was defeated by one vote in the The Republican leadership has until next the probable date of a final to change some bodys but the chief sponsor of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin R showed little interest in making concessions to bring another Democrat on The GOPcrafted bill is the only bipartisan amendment that has a chance of he Theres no way we can change the This has been worked out over the Senate Majority Leader Trent also said his party would probably not make concessions on Social the issue cited by many Demo crats opposing the He without that he had a couple other but also acknowledged that the only way we are going to win is if a couple more Demo See Amendment Page A3 Tomorrow Highs in the 60s INDEX I 3 12 38 Sports 13 MISS YOUR PAPER Call 6673200 till7pm Greenspan Warns Stock Surge Could Hurt Economy By ART PINE Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON Federal Re serve Chairman Alan Greenspan suggested on Wednesday that the tremendous rise in the stock mar ket during the past two years may have gone too far too and warned bluntly that the if it could backfire and hurt the For the second time in less than three Greenspan also raised the prospect that the Fed soon may have to increase interest rates in a preemptive strike to keep wage increases and the econ omys growth rate in check pos sibly even before it has any really solid evidence that inflation may be Greenspans delivered during testimony before the Sen ate Banking Committee as part of his semiannual report to Con rocked the financial mar The Dow Jones Industrials Average plunged 120 but later recovered somewhat to close at down from Tues See Greenspan Page A6 First Grammy Associated Press Among the winners at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards ceremonies in New York on Wednesday was first lady Hillary Rodham who won in the Spoken Word or Nonmusical Album category for a recorded version of her It Takes A For a see Page PAUL RHINEHART 1992 Work by EPA At Fire Site May Cost Million By WAYDE BYARD The Winchester Star A summary of the federal Envi ronmental Protection Agencys dealing with Paul Rhinehart and the cleanup of the tire fire on his Route 600 property fills 11 The continuing work on the Rhinehart site is directed from EPAs Region III office in Wheel Pat EPAs community involvement coordina tor in said Wednesday Rhinehart always treated EPA with as does Gaughan gave no price esti mates as to how much EPA had spent at the Rhinehart In EPA estimated it had spent See EPA Page A6 State Officials Wont Enforce Tobacco Purchase Rules By ELLEN NAKASHIMA The Washington Post RICHMOND Virginia of ficials say they will not enforce new federal regulations taking effect on Friday that require tobacco buyers younger than 27 to produce photo State Attorney General James Gilmore a Republican run ning for governor this con tends that the federal government has no business regulating the sale or use of Virginias 1 cash It is the attorney generals po sition that the Food and Drug Administration does not have the authority to invoke juris diction over tobacco said Neal the Virginia Health Departments director of tobacco use control What theyve proposed is were not going to en force an invalid The new regulations are the first phase of a threepart na tional crackdown on teenage smoking that President Clinton made a point of touting during the fall election They also set 18 as the minimum age for buying although every state has such a During the next two the FDA will impose several other restrictions on tobacco companies and their including See Tobacco Page A3 ;