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18A THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999 Musician Beau Jocque. gave zydeco new spirit .'Iff Farmers seek return of U.S. price supports s:. .-g . a ': Obituaries W 8 " 1 JOT --t MM . i i mm ETA '4 IV i j J United States. Under Tito's 35-year rule, Mr. Djujic was banned from returning to the country and the U.S. government consistently rejected extradition claims from Belgrade, which sought him as alleged war criminal. In Chicago, Mr. Djujic was a prominent activist of the Serb anti-communist migrs and laterT" moved to Southern California. DENNIS COOKAssociated Press Hundreds of family farmers rallied on the U.S. Capitol grounds Monday to urge Congress for help by dumping the 1996 farm bill. 1 J. Molloy, actor, novelist OAKLAND, Calif. John Molloy, an Irish actor and novel Corporate growers and the 1996 farm law are closing family farms. By Bob Dart Palm Beach Post Washington Bureau " WASHINGTON David Senter smiled sadly at his year-old grandson, Mason, who was wearing bib overalls and sitting on a toy John Deere tractor on the sunny grounds of the U.S. Capitol. , "I wish my grandsons would have had a chance to farm," allowed Senter, a former Texas farmer lamenting how his family had been forced to sell its spread near Fort Worth where his forebears had raised cotton and cattle for a century. In a ritual nearly as regular as plantings and harvests, hundreds of family farmers from across the heartland assembled in the na-tioti's capital on Monday to protect federal agricultural policy. Z $This time, the farmers' ire is directed at the 1996 farm law, dubbed Freedom to Farm by its supporters. The law eliminated many government controls on what crops farmers could grow and how many acres they could plant, but it also eliminated many price supports that had helped farmers survive bad times since the Great Depression. 1 ; Prices that farmers receive for corn, wheat, pork and other commodities have fallen dramatically since the "Freedom to Farm" legislation was passed, and the disgruntled farmers want a return to the so-called safety net of federal price supports. "I used to love farming better than I love to eat," said Charles Harris, who grows corn, cotton and peanuts near Albany, Ga. "But now it takes more to plant than you can get out" Harris figures it costs him $3 a bushel to grow corn, but he can only get $1.85 a bushel at market "But those people sitting in there, they don't care," he said, gesturing toward the Capitol. "How do they expect a man to live with prices this low?" Many of the protesters had attended the 14th annual Far-mAid Concert on Sunday, where Willie Nelson, NeU Young, John Mellencamp and other singers performed at a benefit concert in a Virginia suburb. "Even though we've been going at this for 15 years, this is just the beginning," Young promised the farmers at the Capitol Hill rally. He called for a return to "parity" a long-abandoned agricultural policy that guaranteed farmers a minimum price for their crops based on the cost of production. "If 'Freedom to Farm' doesn't go, the family farmers will," said Bill Christianson, a Missouri corn grower. "You can't have both." The farmers blamed many of the problems in rural America on corporate agricultural giants like ist, has died. He was 70. 0 Born in Dublin, Mr. Molloy'' ran away from home at 14 to join a troupe of actors who roamed ther country performing in small'- towns, and later worked with Marcel Marceau in Paris and with the Gate and Abbey theaters in Dublin. At the Abbey, he special- ized in the works of Samuel Beckett. , Mr. Molloy appeared in some 60 movies and played Broadway in his own two-man show, Double ,t". Dublin, in 1963-64. He wrote 39.,; revues, two musicals, many TV i : " "nfi .1 .-rriVrDhi' r , v v Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on the "farm financial crisis." But the trend toward bigger and fewer farms has continued for over a century. Charles Harris can't afford to have any of his five sons follow him onto this Georgia farm. Many families, like the Senters, have already left their rural roots. "I miss farming," admitted David Senter, who now lives in Maryland and works as an organizer for FarmAid and other agricultural causes. "I was a fourth-generation farmer." But the land he had expected to farm had to be sold to support the retirement of his parents. His daughter, Pattie, said she wishes young Mason could grow up in a rural area like she did. "I liked living on the land better than in this big ol' rat race," she said. punished The book alleges that Norwood a former secretary at British Non-Ferrous Metal Research Association, which helped develop the atomic bomb began spying in 1937 and continued until her retirement in 1972. But Straw said she gained access to secret government documents only in 1945. Her security clearance was revoked four years later after concerns were raised, and it was never reinstated, he said. and radio plays and a best-selling novel, Alive, Alive-O. M. Fahmy, Egypt warrior CAIRO, Egypt Field Mar- " shal Mohammed Ali Fahmy, f Egypt's former army chief of staff ,'ii and commander of Air Defense rv Forces durine the 1973 Arab-iw Brits ask why Russian Palm Beach Post Wire Services KINDER, La. Beau Jocque, an accordion player who helped revitalize Louisiana's zydeco music, has died of an apparent heart attack. He was 45. Mr. Jocque, whose given name was Andrus Espre, worked as a welder before picking up his father's piano-key accordion. In his version of zydeco, he combined rhythm and blues, hip-hop beats, funk and Texas blues-rock. He was credited with bringing zydeco, a mix of old-time Cajun music and rhythm and blues, to contemporary audiences. He played overseas, and on the David Letterman and Conan O'Brien shows. Alfredo Gil, musician MEXICO CITY Alfredo "El Guero" Gil, the last surviving member of the original romantic trio Los Panchos, died Friday at 84. Mr. Gil was born in the central state of Puebla and became a professional musician at age 15. In 1944, he was in New York when he linked up with two other musicians Chucho Navarro and Hernando Aviles of Puerto Rico to form Los Panchos, in which Gil played the requinto, a small guitar. M. Djujic, Serb fighter SAN MARCOS, California Momcilo Djujic, a political emigre and one of the top leaders of the World War II anti-Nazi, anti-Communist Serbian troops known as Chetniks, died Saturday, a longtime friend said Sunday. He was 92. ( Mr. Djujic became a wartime Serb leader when the Nazis invaded the former Yugoslavia in 1941. He led his units in what is today central and southern Croatia where he fought against the Germans, local pro-Nazi Croats and also against the Communist-led local guerrillas support by Soviets. j In 1945, Mr. Djujic was wanted by the triumphant Communist guerrillas led by Josip Broz Tito, but managed to escape to j the FOOL THIE PtotectioH. & PU&iute, fot Israeli war, died of kidney failure W Sunday in London. He was 77. Marshal Fahmy, a graduate of r.i Soviet military academies, served j y as a close adviser to former Presidents Gamal Abdel-Nasser 1 1 and Anwar Sadat His command of the air defense forces during lf. the 1973 Middle East War ri when he set up what came to be known as an "impenetrable wall" against Israeli warplanes brought him fame. After Hosni",F Mubarak became Egypt's presi- r ; dent in 1981, Mubarak made ;v Marshal Fahmy army chief of staff and later his military adviser."'-1 i Mitrokhin, an archivist for the Soviet intelligence service who defected to the West in 1992. Norwood and another British spy, former London policeman John Symonds, 64, were unmasked in a new book based on Mitrokhin's documents. The book also names former lawmakers Tom Driberg and Raymond Fletcher, both dead. Norwood reiterated Monday that she has no regrets, but apologized to her family for the shock. "I did what I did for the best intentions," she said in a statement "I know many people find that hard to understand." The London Times began serializing the book, The Mitrokhin Archive, by Cambridge academic Christopher Andrew on Saturday, thus introducing Norwood and other information on Soviet espionage activities to the world. The Times reported Monday that the book reveals that caches of booby-trapped weapons hidden by Soviet agents for possible sabotage attacks are concealed all over North America, Europe, Israel and Japan, and are now unstable. Throughout the 1960s and '70s, the KGB spent huge sums preparing attacks on Western strategic targets, including pipe .id ;"; - 'A Ah 87-year-old is one of two British citizens who were unmasked as foreign spies in 1993. The Associated Press I LONDON A Cabinet minister ordered an inquiry Monday into why Britain failed to prosecute spies revealed in KGB files smuggled to the West including a former secretary, now a great-grandmother, who passed atomic secrets to the Kremlin. 'Home Secretary Jack Straw disclosed that he learned of the allegations against the 87-year-old Melita Norwood in December, but had accepted a ruling that it was too late to charge her. . "There is no reason to doubt ; . j that the KGB regarded Mrs. Norwood as an important spy," Straw said in a statement issued after he met with bosses of the MI5 intelligence service. ' ; But the damage she did was limited, he said, because "the vetting system prevented her from having authorized access to government secrets after 1949." . 'Straw said lawmakers from all parties would investigate MI5's handling of copies of thousands of KGB documents brought out of thej Soviet Union by Vasili Bole calls for Archer Daniels Midland, Smith-field, Conagra, Tysons, and Cargill Inc. and Continental Grain Co., which have announced plans to merge. These few, powerful "multinational cartels" are manipulating the agricultural economy and squeezing out small family farmers, the demonstrators charged. "The fact is that an unregulated free market does not work for nor does it exist in agriculture," said Keith Dittrich, a Nebraska farmer and president of the American Corn Growers Association. "Our family farm system is about to be sacrificed, and the only beneficiaries are the greedy multinational corporations." The Senate approved $7.4 billion in emergency farm aid last month to compensate growers for a second year of low commodity prices, and the House Agriculture spies never lines, bridges and railways, as well as U.S. military bases, missile sites and radar installations, the newspaper said. The KGB planned to disrupt preparations for the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales in 1969 by blowing up a bridge, but decided, it was not worth the risk, the newspaper said. It also considered breaking the legs of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev after his defection and "was obsessed" with neutralizing the influence of Pope John Paul II, whom it considered "virulently anti-Communist" ' Key questions include how long MI5 knew about the spies more are expected to be identified after Mitrokhin defected, whether MI5 concealed the information from government ministers and who decided not to prosecute. The government has come under increasing pressure to prosecute Norwood, but Straw said he had accepted the attorney general's advice to abide by a decision made in 1992 not to try her. It was decided not to prosecute her then, the year the documents were smuggled out, in order to protect Mitrokhin's material and because the evidence was not strong enough, Straw said. l'.'"'-'" mmmu jmIZm customer per certificate. Not i 21 be 1 ms I T14 suggested. Certain restrictions 'crusade against drugs' Our satisfied customers know they can rely on Jupiter Aluminum Products to protect their home from Florida's storms! Buy Direct From The Manufacturer The' Associated Press : i JACKSONVILLE GOP presidential hopeful Elizabeth Dole called Monday for a "crusade against drugs," pushed for tax relief, more local control for schools and a return to character and values. 1 ! "We need to do everything we can to cut the supply side and the demand side" for illegal drugs, Dple said. "We've got to pull out all the stops and have a crusade." She addressed about 60 people at a $500-a-plate luncheon at the River Club in downtown Jacksonville. The fund-raiser was hosted by U.S. Rep. Tillie Fowler, a Jacksonville Republican, and A Dano Davis, chairman of Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. The event came three years after Dole visited North Florida when she was campaigning for her husband, then-U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, in the 1996 presidential race. "I feel a passion for this. I want to make a positive difference," she said of her presidential campaign. Dole said education is the No. 1 priority in the United States and a top priority for her campaign. She urged more local control. "You can't manage the schools by remote control from Washington, D.C.," she said. "We need to put teachers back in charge of the classroom." 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