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The Undianapol TODAY'S CHUCKLE TAR nut mm riuiniu High, 90; Low, 75 A big shot is a fellow who has his name printed on company letterheads because no one can read his signature. Yesterday High, 92; Low, 73 'Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty" II Cor 3 17 VOLUME 78, No. 36 Copyright 1980 The Indianapolis Star FRIDAY, JULY 11, 1980 C1RRIER DELIVERED 5e PER WK MOTOR DELIVERED 90c PER 2, GOP RACE FOR VEEP Lugar Among The 3 Re a Considering WEATHER TODAY tfi aj I is fa ft 1 w.5r" FROM WIRE SERVICES Washington U.S. Sen. Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, the former two-term Indianapolis mayor who brought unified government to Marion County, is one of Ronald Reagan's three final choices as a possible vice-presidential nominee, Reagan campaign aides disclosed Thursday. While the choice has been narrowed down to Lugar, former U.N. Ambassador George Bush and Sen. Paul Laxalt of Nevada, Reagan still has made no final decision on a running mate, United Press International reported. "Anything could happen," said one strategist. "He has made no final decision and it's possible other names could be added. But it has really come down to those three." ANOTHER KEY campaign aide said that "Laxalt is Reagan's personal preference" but that Reagan is concerned about picking someone who can "help to broaden the base of the party." "If I had to put money on one of the three," the aide continued, "it would be Lugar." Reagan met privately with his top campaign advisers at Los Angeles Wednesday to discuss the vice-presidential selection. Among those attending were campaign director William Casey, chief of staff Edwin Meese, special assistant Michael Deaver and communications chief Lyn Nofziger. Meese told the Associated Press that "all of the speculation you see in print is very unreliable because anybody who knows what is going on isn't talking and anybody who's talking doesn't know what is going on." ANOTHER CAMPAIGN official said it is unlikely Reagan would make a final decision until after he arrives at the FAMILY OF OPAL MAYSE BEGINS CLEANUP OF WHAT WAS ONCE HER HOME ON IND. 3 Staircase Stands Defiantly Amid Debris Strewn About By Wednesday's Killer Tornado Devastated Rush County Declared Disaster Area By PATRICK T. MORRISON And SCOTT L. MXLEY As cleanup workers battled intermittent thunderstorms and muggy weather, 1 tornado-ravaged Rush County was de- dared a disaster area Thursday. The declaration came less than 18 hours after a funnel cloud touched down four times in the southeastern Indiana county, killing two persons, injuring dozens of others and doing extensive proper- ty damage. Damage to homes and barns in Rush County was estimated between $1.7 million and $2 million, based on a house-by-house assessment made by the Indiana Civil Defense Department Thursday. That estimate does not include damage to crops or businesses in Rush County. MOST OF THE 25 persons injured in the storm were treated at area hospitals and released. However, nine of those were hospitalized, including 7-month-old Mindy Stout, who is listed in serious condition in Methodist Hospital. Sen. Birch E. Bayh (D-Ind.) announced that the area had been designated a disaster area by the Farmers Home Administration Thursday afternoon, making area farmers eligible for federal emergency assistance. Following the announcement, Bayh flew to Rush County to inspect storm damage. The tornado smashed into Rush Coun- i Republican National Convention at De troit on Monday. "I think he wants to discuss it thoroughly with other party leaders first," the official said. Lugar had no comment late Thursday on the vice-presidential reports. An aide said the senator would issue a statement this morning. Lugar was mayor of Indianapolis from 1968 to 1975 for a time the only Republican in charge of a major U.S. city. .7" (Star Photo By Frank H. FltH) Sweet said. "Then it (the tornado) kept chewing away until most of the house was gone." The twister smashed a car and van parked in Sweet's driveway together and stacked them like cordwood about 20 feet away. When Sweet came out of his house, he said he found his brother's girlfriend clinging to the bumper of a station wagon. But his mother's trailer was gone, with pieces of it strewn into a field across the street. Lowell found his brother, Michael, in the field more than 100 feet from the road. A search for his mother was futile Wednesday night. Authorities found her body amid the wreckage of the trailer Thursday. MICHAEL SWEET was taken to Henry County Hospital at New Castle, where he was listed in satisfactory condition. same touchdown killed Ms. Bowman at her home along Ind. 3. As the cleanup began Thursday, the steady drone of chain saws was interrupted by scattered thunderstorms which dumped small amounts of rain on the area and created almost unbearably muggy conditions. Telephone linemen had most service restored by midafternoon, but Public Service Indiana employees advised residents that power would not be restored for several days. Disaster specialists from the American Red Cross opened a service center at the Rush County Courthouse, and Salvation Army Canteen trucks carried food and drink to residents left homeless by the tornado. VOLUNTEERS FROM surrounding counties and Indianapolis flowed steadily into Rushville to offer assistance. However, highways and roads had to be blocked by law-enforcement officials as curious sightseers also flocked into the area to get a glimpse of nature's wrath. Residents of a housing and farming development along River Road, west of Rushville, were some of those hardest hit by the tornado. Many began picking pieces of their homes from the muddy waters of Flat Rock River and the surrounding woods. What had once been peaceful shade trees are now giant, grotesque splintered toothpicks. Downed and uprooted trees and limbs littered the yards, streets and fields in the area. Power lines were snapped by falling trees and flying projectiles, and running water was disrupted by the storm. A HOME THAT James W. Hardin, 40, See RUSH Page Iran Releases Hostage Too 111 For Its Hospitals GM Not Responsible For Woman 9s Injuries In Fire, Jury Says Paul Laxalt Bush or another well-known moderate who would bring greater name recognition and balance to the ticket. But, according to the Associated Press, Laxalt now believes that while Bush is still a possibility, the choice will come down to himself or Lugar. Bush, who failed in his two-year effort to win the GOP presidential nomination, is known to be supported by what some aides call "the party establishment," which includes GOP National Chairman William Brock. Former Treasury Secretary William Simon is also known to be promoting Bush. ously observed by Islam, the man should be handed over to his parents, so that they may provide treatment for him wherever they wished." THERE WAS NO firm word on the nature of Queen's illness Khomeini's statement did not specify, saying only: "One of the hostages. Richard Queen, has been confined to bed in one of Tehran's hospitals because of illness. "Following repeated examinations, carried out fay specialists, they have reached the conclusion that he i Queen) should be transferred to one of the countries enjoying better medical facilities In Anaheim, Calif, an American radio news reporter said he telephoned Shoho-da Hospital in Tehran Thursday and talked to a doctor who told him that Queen is a patient there and is suffering from a disease called paraplegia. "The doctor told me 'He is extremely ill. His legs are said Gary Johnson, assistant news director of radio See HOSTAGE Page 6 By THOMAS LEYDEN An Eastside grocery that was a neighborhood landmark for 60 years was damaged heavily Thursday by a fire believed started by youngsters playing in the back, investigators said The blaze, which also damaged four apartments on the second floor of the building, broke out about 4 p.m in a pile of cardboard boxes behind the Neighborhood Market No. 1, 2962 East Michigan Street. By the time firemen arrived the rear walls were engulfed in flames. THE SMALL, family-type market, which had lived under successive owners through the Roaring '20s. the Great De-More Fire Pictures, Page 52 pression and World War II. suffered possibly fatal damage six months after being purchased by a new owner, Joe Munns Munns. who had remodeled the market and the apartments, was uncertain after the fire whether he would try to repair the damage and reopen the store. Munns placed the blame for the fire on neighborhood youngsters, saying that twice Thursday afternoon before the fire was discovered, he had chased children aw ay from the backyard of the building. A "routine" arson investigation was ordered by fire officials. The fire was discovered by a next See FIRE Page George Bush Richard G. Lugar Other Convention News, Page 9 It was a period when he was frequently described as "Richard Nixon's favorite mayor" a description he now shuns as "rubbish," saying it was coined in 1974 when he made an unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Birch E. Bayh (D-Ind.) THE HALLMARK of his mayoral term undoubtedly was the enactment of Uni-Gov, a limited form of consolidated government which has been both controversial and much studied as a possible model for troubled urban areas. Before becoming mayor, Lugar was a member of the Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners. He also was a businessman, associated with a family-owned machine company and a large farm. It is thought that Lugar would be attractive to moderate Republicans because of his earlier efforts in behalf of the unsuccessful campaign of Sen. Howard Baker R-Tenn. A press spokesman for Laxalt quoted the senator, who is Reagan's national campaign chairman, as saying news reports naming the three vice-presidential contenders were "just speculation." LAXALT IS expected to deliver the speech nominating Reagan for president. Laxalt, described as a long-time alter ego of Reagan in both private and public previously urged Reagan to pick three Anericans were released and on Nov. 20, 10 more. Five of the 13 Americans who were released were women and eight were blacks. But those releases, which also were ordered by Khomeini, had a pure political tinge, with Khomeini explaining he considered American blacks and women to be oppressed. Queen's release was apparently the first for reasons of health or humanitarian concerns. Khomeini's statement, carried by Radio Tehran and in which Khomeini is referred to in the third person: "The matter was reported to the Im-mam (Khomeini). He ordered that considering humane issues which are seri- Xlions A former "coyote" tells how he helped smuggle aliens into the United States. Page 8 Photo by Jeff AMtbcrry) HISTORIC EASTSIDE MARKET Children Playing In Backard By UNITED PRESS PWTERNATIONAL One of the 53 American hostages in Iran, Richard Queen, was freed today and flown out of the country in the first release of any of the captives in eight months, a Tehran airport official said. The official said that Queen, 28, a native New Yorker, was put on a morning flight for Zurich after he had been released to the custody of Swiss Embassy officials. He was due to arrive in the Swiss city at 5:40 a.m. EDT on the Swissair flight. The release of Queen, who had been held for 250 days, came after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini stepped in Thursday and ordered the freeing of the seriously ill American, Tehran Radio said. Tehran Radio did not disclose the nature of Queen's illness, but said he was in "serious" condition in a Tehran hospital and Khomeini ordered the release out of humane considerations. QUEEN'S RELEASE was the first since the earliest days of the hostage crisis, which began with the seizing of the American Embassy Nov. 4. On Nov. 19, Afore Tornado Pictures, Page 52 ty about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday on the heels of a severe thunderstorm. Moving in a haphazard southeasterly direction, the tornado first touched down on Ind. 44 about 2 miles southwest of Rushville, destroying three businesses there. A HOUSING development along the Flat Rock River was leveled when the twister touched down a second time. The third touchdown occurred on Ind. 9 and old Ind. 9, where two Rush county women were killed. Like a runaway locomotive without tracks, the tornado then crashed Into a rural area just outside New Salem on U.S. 52. Killed in the storm were E. Myrtle Sweet, 59, and Gail Bowman, 35, both of R.R. 4, Rushville. Mrs. Sweet was killed when her trailer was disintegrated by the tornado about 9:30 p.m., according to her son, Lowell Sweet, 39. Mrs. Sweet and another son, Michael, 22, had been living in the trailer on old Ind. 3, next door to Lowell Sweet's one-story brick home. LOWELL SWEET'S family fled into a central hallway of their home as the winds from the storm became stronger. "The (attached) garage went first," other factors, beyond the control of the manufacturer, could have caused the fire. The Chevelle was four years old, had 96,000 miles on its odometer, and never was serviced by either defendant before the fire. Kreuscher emphasized the possibility a "foreign agent" (substance) was responsible for the blaze. Testimony showed Mrs. Lawrence at one time accused her ex-husband of causing the fire. The arson investigation was not conclusive. W. SCOTT MONTROSS, attorney for Mrs. Lawrence, maintained his client did not need to pinpoint a defect in the car in order to prove negligence on the part of the manufacturer. "There's something I've wanted to get off my back since this case started," said Montross in a dramatic conclusion. Now, Patricia Miley Lawrence is your responsibility. I submit her for your decision." Mrs. Lawrence testified Wednesday, illustrating the extent of her scars by baring her arms, legs, and face to the jury. "The jury agreed that it is not the See GM Page 6 Inside Today's Star News Summary On Page 2 Amusement Pages 28-33 Bill Graham. 12 Bridge 22 Comics 27 Crossword 10 Editorials 16 Finance 39-41 Metro News 15 Obituaries 42 Sports 34-38 Steincrohn 26 TV-Radio 23 Want Ads 42-51 Weather 51 Women 19-21 Court News and Statistics 51 Star Telephone Numberg Circulation 633-9211 Main Office 633-1240 Want Ads 633-1212 Scores After 4:30 633-1200 CnniE If You See A Crime Committed Spot Suspicious Activity Coll This Number 911 STARTED BY YOUNGSTERS? Inferno Guts Landmark Eastside Grocery By TIMOTHY AEPPEL A Camby woman, with hair brushed forward to conceal scars she carries as a result of an auto fire, watched quietly Thursday as a Superior Court jury ruled that America's No. 1 automaker is not liable for her injuries. The jury of 11 women and one man in Civil Division, Room 5, deliberated about 3'j hours before returning a verdict in favor of General Motors Corp. and a Hoosier dealership. Patricia Lawrence, 33, who received third-degree burns over 50 percent of her body when her 1969 General Motors Chevelle SuperSport burst into flames in 1973, had sought $2 million in damages. SHE CLAIMED THE manufacturer and Nankivell Chevrolet Inc. were negligent in building the car and should be held liable for pain and medical costs. But defense attorney Wayne C. Kreus-cher admonished jurors not to be "swayed by sympathy" for Mrs. Lawrence or let their decision be "based on speculation. "When you clear away the pain and suffering," said Kreuscher, "you're left with nothing." Defense lawyers claimed too many The Weather Joe Crow Says: Until we hit 40, most of us are convinced that old age is something that only happens to the other guy. Indianapolis Very warm and humid today; high, about 90. Very warm and humid tonight; low, around 75. Hot and humid with scattered thunderstorms Saturday; high, 90. Indiana Hot and humid today through Saturday with scattered thunderstorms Saturday; highs, mid 80s to mid 90s. Lows tonight in the 70s. Today 's Prayer You, Lord, offer quiet places and quiet times to help us discover the miraculous beauty of prayer. Remind us to make use of these gilts from You We offer thanks Amen I nil titi if STANDING ON ADJOINING ROOF, FIREMEN BATTLE BLAZE AT Landmark Grocery Heavily Damaged By Fire Believed Started By

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