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Another Dnman Weekly Live Telecasts Eyes Masters (Slon; Of OprySftartTomorrov Returning to Dallas? Producer Won't Say, 6D Hdlberg Early Leader, 1C The Nashville Network, ID IP A GANNETT NEWSPAPER Weather Index Amusements 2D Horoscope. 5D Arts.Leisure ID' Newsmakers 10A Business 5B Obituaries 4B.7C Classified 7C Opinions 13A Comics. 8D Sports 1C Crossword 5D TV 6D Editorials. 12A HIGH 74 low 54 See 7C Second class postage paid al Nashville, Tom. VOL.80-No.25 54 Pages NASHVILLE, APRIL 12, 1985 Sarbara Bel Geddes TheTENNESSEAN Neighbors Seal Windows After Young Mother's Rape By LAURA MILNER The rape last Friday night of a young mother at home in the David LipscombLealand Lane area has neighbors nailing their windows shut and police urging residents to be cautious. Therapist a white man in his mid-205 entered the small house through a rear window and removed the woman's baby from the room before raping her, Metro police said yesterday. He may be the same man who broke into a nearby house on March 29 and fled when the woman began to scream. "There are overtones of it being the same person, but we can't say there's a pattern," said Sgt Michael J. Schiele of the Metro Sex Abuse Unit "It could happen once and never again, but the chief cular build, police said. He escaped with some household items and left the victim unharmed. About 8 p.m. last Friday, a woman who lives about two blocks away was sitting on her living room couch with her infant, watching television, when she thought she heard a noise. 1 Several minutes later, she looked up and saw a man standing in the hallway, pointing a pistol at her. The man was white and appeared to be about 25, she told police. He was wearing blue jeans and a sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head, and a mask covered most of his face, Nickens said. He had popped the screen off the unlocked window and climbed into the house, police said. (Turn to Page 2, Column 1) has had us intensify our efforts in that area The neighbors certainly have reason to be more cautious." The recent rape, aggravated assault and burglaries happened inside the homes and not on the Lipscomb campus, said Jim Goode, director of security for the Church of Christ college. "Nothing has happened on our property," Goode said. There are unconfirmed reports of at least two other attacks at the Reese Smith Athletic Complex track and field, which runs parallel to Lealand Lane. Both Lipscomb and Metro police said they have received no reports of anyone being assaulted on the busy track, shared by students and area residents, since a woman jogger was raped near there on a rainy night last April. "There's been some concern on campus, but no outlandish backlash," said David England, director of the private school's news bureau. "We've warned all the students, through our chapel program and dormitories, to avoid the track area after dark." Metro Assistant Chief Sherman Nickens gave this account yesterday. On March 29, a woman who lives near the athletic field woke up when she felt a man touching her hair, police said. The woman screamed and the man escaped through the window. The man, dressed in faded jeans and a blue wind-breaker, was described as roughly 6 feet tall with a mus Judge Scolds Cooper Critic "lE? For ranniiruiiCEir Berates English Teacher YyZ'jX' bomb threats. Attendance this week has been unusually low. "I suggest to you that you should consider whether your future actions should be to continue to foment the situation, or attempt to be a mollifying influence," Wiseman wrote. "The actions of adults in Fairview, and especially teachers, will have a lasting impact on the children. Respect for law is one of the most important lessons your students will learn." Buttrey, who has been teaching for 12 years, said Wiseman misunderstood his letters. He said he wrote them to find out if he would be violating any court order by sending information about Cooper to the school board. As to the improper English, But- trey said he wrote the letters early in the morning on a sleepless night and probably made some typographical errors. He argued that grammar usage is open to interpretation. "My writing is imaginative and creative," Buttrey said. "I invite anyone to sit in on one of my classes. I stand on my record as a teacher. I'm sorry, but I think Judge Wiseman misunderstood my letters. All I wanted to do was make sure that I was not violating something." Buttrey was one of several teachers who testified against Cooper during the incompetency hearing. The principal disputed most of their testimony and raised the ire of students by calling some of the teachers liars. Some of the students who came to school yesterday wore hand-drawn signs on their shirts saying "We love ByTOMMULGREW Tenaessean Staff Correspondent FAIRVIEW, Tenn. A Fairview High School English teacher was chastised yesterday by U.S. District Judge Thomas A Wiseman for using poor grammar in letters attacking the competency of black Principal Freeman Cooper. In a letter obtained by WSMV, suggested that William E. Buttrey, a veteran English teacher, refrain from criticizing Cooper and brush up on his writing skills. "Before attacking the competency of another teacher, I further suggest that you reexamine the two letters you have written me with enclosures," the judge wrote. "Both have contained misspelled words, misused words, split infinitives, and very poor sentence construction. I trust you are teaching better English usage than was exhibited by your own writing." The judge also wrote that it was "unneccessary and inappropriate" for Buttrey to continue writing letters about Cooper, emphasizing that "the case is closed" and "the action of the school board is final." Cooper was appointed principal of the virtually all-white school last summer after winning a racial discrimination suit in Wiseman's court. However, shortly after assuming the post Cooper was accused by Williamson County Schools Superintendent Ken Fleming of incompetency. The charges recently were dismissed 9-3 by the Williamson County Board of Education after a lengthy hearing. Bomb threats and false fire alarms have disrupted the school since then. Only about 100 of the school's 475 students attended classes yesterday in the wake of two early morning "5) Staff photo by Ricky Rogers Nashville second baseman Scotty Earl completes a double play over Buffalo's Steve Christmas in the Sounds' Triple-A opener. Only 4,730 See Sounds' 3-1 Victory our teachers." Asked why no one was wearing a sign saying "We love our principal," (Turn to Page 2, Column 2) By JIMMY DAVY It was a shame that so few came for a significant moment in professional sports in Nashville. Only 4,730 were on hand to see Nashville's minor league Sounds use major league pitching to usher in their first season in Class AAA baseball with a 3-1 win over Buffalo at Greer Stadium. "There is no excuse for a crowd like this. It was a great night for baseball," said Sounds president Larry Schmittou, with reference to the 60-degree weather for the opener. "We're very disappointed. It was terrible." But those Sounds fans who came headed home with the satisfaction that they sat in on the 100th anniversary of the first professional baseball played in Nashville. It was in 1885 that the old Chicago White Stockings brought its team here for a game with Nashville, accompanied by evangelist Billy Sunday. It was pitching, not preaching, that highlight "Naturally, it's a big thrill for me, but I am also thrilled for our players," Walls said. "O'Neal and Monge pitched great O'Neal got so many quick innings that I let him keep going." Walls said that last night's overall performance was typical for this Sounds team. "We had a lot of 3-1 and 4-1 games in spring training," he said. "This is what you can expect from us this season. "'These kids can play great defense," he added, in the understatement of the night It was the combination of defense and pitching which provided the Sounds a win on a night when the home boys managed only four hits scoring two runs in the first inning without a single hit "I thought one of the highlights of the game was O'Neal making Buffalo hit so many ground balls," said. (Turn to Page 6C, Column 4) ed the 100th anniversary of the game last night as starter Randy O'Neal and reliever Sid Monge scattered five Buffalo hits in impressive early season performances. And, for the history buffs, it was a farm club of the Chicago White Sox which lost its first Class AAA game in history lastJiight The Bisons, like the Sounds, are in the highest minor league classification for the first time. There is a major league team headed for Greer Stadium tonight, as the Sounds parent club, the world champion Detroit Tigers, travels here to play its No. 1 farm club. Game time Is 7:05 p.ia, and some 2,000 tickets in the Sounds facility still remain on sale. But last night's fast start in the American Association race was the thing on the mind of Sounds manager Lee Walls, who was making his managerial debut at the age of 52. "I love it," said Walls, while accepting congratulations from Detroit Tigers general manager Bill Lajoie. State's Astronaut Set To Fly Today Food Stamp Items7 Tax Exemption Pushed TENNESSEAN News Services CAPE CANAVERAL Technicians plugged a machine leak aboard Discovery, preventing a crew member from being grounded when the shuttle, which will carry Sen. Jake Gam and Tennessean Rhea Seddon, lifts off today. Crews had raced the clock to find and repair the leak in the drug-making machine. Had it not been fixed, industry engineer Charles D. Walker would have been grounded. "We're going to move forward," said Walker's boss, James T. Rose. "Charlie Walker is going to fly." Discovery was scheduled for launch at 7:04 am CST, whether the machine was working or not Thunderstorms were expected in the Kennedy Space Center area overnight but Capt Art Thomas, an Air Force weatherman, said they should move out and "we're cautiously optimistic we will be able to launch tomorrow." Scrubbing the project would have left Walker, a McDonnell Douglas Corp. employee, with nothing to do on the five-day flight "He certainly doesn't want to be in space twiddling his thumbs," said Rose, director of the drug-purifying project for McDonnell Douglas. With Walker, the crew numbers seven. One of those is Garn, a Republican from Utah, who is making the flight as a congressional observer. Garn heads the Senate subcommittee that oversees the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's spending of billions of dollars each year. During the flight the senator will be the subject of several medical experiments to help physicians learn how the human body adapts to weightlessness. On launch, Garn will wear five sensors on his head, four on his stomach and three on his chest Astronaut-physician Seddon will play a key role in Discovery's mission by operating medical equipment (Turn to Page 2, Column 5) By JIM O'HARA House tax reform advocates are 'moving to exempt food stamp purchases from the state sales tax as part of a "tax relief package" beginning to take shape in the legislature. Representatives behind the move are still trying to defeat the Alexander administration's effort to continue the state sales tax on food! and say the food stamp exemption represents a "fall back" position only if they are unsuccessful. I The food stamp exemption would cost an estimated $25 million annually, and would be the third element of a "tax relief package" now based on eliminating the state sales tax on heat and light bills a $28 million item and providing for a $2,500 exemption from the Hall Income Tax (a tax on dividends from stocks and bonds) a $14 million item. "I'm for taking the sales tax off food entirely, but if that's defeated, I need a fall back," said Rep. Steve Cobb, D-Nashville. Cobb and Rep. Mike Murphy, another Nashville Democrat say they have not given up trying to defeat the legislation keeping the sales tax on food. ergy tax and coupling that with the Hall Income Tax exemption first suggested by Lt Gov. John Wilder. While the advocates of rolling back the food tax say they will still fight for it the "tax relief package" appears the more likely legislative result this year. Adding the food stamp purchase exemption to the package appears headed for some difficulty although McWherter said yesterday he is to it Wilder, saying he was "flexible," expressed little enthusiasm for it (Turn to Page 2, Column 2) The legislature voted last year to begin a three-year rollback of the sales tax on food and it is to begin June 1 The Alexander administration proposes to repeal that rollback in its legislation to make permanent the state sales tax of 5.5. The administration proposal appeared to be making headway this week, being approved by the Finance committees of both houses. That progress was slowed Wednesday when House Speaker Ned McWherter, another advocate of the food tax rollback, proposed his "fall back" position of eliminating the en

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