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Thursday, July 13, 1989
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14A ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH THURSDAY, JULY 13, 1989 H I 3 Face Trial In L.A. Murder, Allegedly Over 'Cotton Club 9 1 H Bubble Magic Scott Lozo, 4, of Kingston, wand to form a long tubular TV Evangelist Recalls Flight On PTL Jet CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Television evangelist Rex Humbard testified Wednesday that he once had hitched a ride on a private jet with executives of the PTL ministry but that he did not know the trip was charged to David Taggart's personal credit card. David Taggart and his brother, James, are charged with failing to pay $487,000 in income taxes from 1984 to 1987. Federal prosecutors say the brothers, both former PTL executives, diverted $1.1 million of ministry money to their personal use by taking cash advances on PTL credit cards and using blank ministry checks to pay the credit card bills. Humbard, a former PTL board Some Target Bush's NRA Membership WASHINGTON (AP) Some " National Rifle Association members are signing petitions to oust President George Bush from the organization because of his decision to ban imports of semiautomatic assault rifles. The White House says that Bush has no intention of resigning his lifetime NRA membership. The president imposed last fweek a permanent ban on imports of 43 styles of the weapons. "The president's a good, solid member of the NRA, always has been, always will be," spokesman B. Jay Cooper said Tuesday. '"We've done nothing that goes "against the Second Amendment," which ensures the right of citizens to keep and bear 'arms. ! Wayne LaPierre, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, said "a lot of people are very upset about this" because many voted for Bush be-" cause of his opposition to gun control. The petition drive "is not ' something the organization is undertaking," said LaPierre. But, ,; he said, "The sentiment is certainly understandable . . . There is an awful lot of disillusionment around the country." Anthony J. Hilder, a radio talk- show host in Anchorage who is spearheading the petition drive in Alaska, said he had gathered " 400 signatures over the weekend at a gun show there. Similar petition drives are under way in 22 other states and the District of Columbia, Hilder said. ! A single NRA member can call ifpr the expulsion of another 'member by alleging a violation of NRA bylaws. One bylaw re-" quires that members protect and defend the Constitution, in particular the Second Amendment. s Jhe group's ethics committee considers complaints. , If the committee recommends suspension or expulsion, the member is given jo days to request a hearing. After a hearing, the committee's final recom- ,-mendation is considered by the 75-member NRA board. n Fleet Mortgage Corp. Do You Have a 'ft i ' , Home Equity Loan? Is Your ' Adjustable Rate Mortgage : Going Through the Roof? Now's the Time to 1 REFINANCE!! . fl 1 5 YEAR FIXED RATE .9 9.66 t A.P.R. T.fHAVA & CONVENTIONAL 997-1330 " Rates Subject to Change . Example $60,000 Loan and a 20 Downpoyment Monthly Payments of $487.20 for 180 ' months 1 - j ; J Pa., waving an oversize bubble creation. Scott was playing with member who has been a TV evangelist for 36 years, said he did not know why David Taggart charged the $3,899 flight on his personal card and then sought reimbursement from the PTL. The flight was from Charlotte to Florida in August 1985. Humbard testified that his ministry did not allow any expenditures over $10,000 that had not been approved by the board of directors. On Tuesday, a former PTL financial officer testified that he did not believe he would get help from the PTL ministry founder, Jim Bakker, in getting documentation explaining $200,000 in cash advances to David Taggart. "I had the distinct feeling I wouldn't Bush Renews WASHINGTON (AP) - President George Bush's administration tried Wednesday to calm growing criticism of its draft of clean-air legislation. Officials urged opposing environmental and industry critics to stop "nitpicking this thing apart." They said they were worried that heavy criticism could reinforce the legislative deadlock that has prevented passage of a bill in the past decade. "This is the best hope we've had in a long time to break the 10-year logjam," said EPA chief spokesman David Cohen. "We are being absolutely faithful to the president's commitments. To start nit-picking this thing apart may pave the way to the gridlock that has prevented re-authorization of the Clean Air Act." Bush promised on June 12 to "curb three major threats to the nation's environment and to the health of millions of Americans: acid rain, urban air pollution and toxic air emissions." At the time he had available only a 14-page outline. As legislative drafters worked to fill in details of the bill, copies of their working language have leaked out. This week, environmental groups and the chairman of the House environment subcommittee contended that the latest draft, dated June 30, had weakened the president's promise for a strong pollution-fighting campaign. Industry groups said the Environmental Protection Agency was trying to make the language tougher than Bush wants. mm j Sw I Lai ',lli I POINT MORTGAGES Home Buyers, you're paying too much if your lender is charging you more than 1 point. The 1 point mortgage offer is good on new applications received from July 10 through September 4, 1989, for ARM, Balloon and 15-year Fixed Rate Mortgages. r 'EXAMPLE: $100,000 loan amount, 1 loan fee, 9. 75 simple interest rate, 9.926 APR, 180 monthly payments of $1,059.37. EPective rate as otJuly 11, 1989. - , flafes are subject to change. Cell lor a quote. Available at any ot the 28 Mercantile Bank N. A. offices. the bubble set on Tuesday outside his grandmother's house in Kingston. get a lot of help," said Peter Bailey, the ministry's former vice president for finance. Bailey said David Taggart had refused to submit documentation for the cash advances despite repeated requests. "He assured me he had the documents or he was working on the documentation," Bailey testified. "David told me the receipts were being maintained on the third floor the ministry's executive offices for reasons of confidentiality." Bailey said PTL eventually had to write off the $215,578 in outstanding cash advances that David Taggart had accumulated by November 1985. Push For Clean- Air Plan The environmental groups said Bush's proposal had been weakened in sections on auto pollution, the emission of toxic chemicals and the reduction of the substances causing acid rain. "It's unfair to say we're deviating" from Bush's wishes, said William Rosenberg, assistant EPA administrator for air and radiation. He said the proposal would "get the job done in a cost-effective way. You have a bill that's 286 pages. The fact sheet was 14 pages. When you get to the specifics, it's much more complicated." That prompted sharp disagreement from Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce environment subcommittee. "The legislative language is a far cry from what the president said he wanted to do: achieve clean air for every American," Waxman said. "In the area of smog, they seem to be willing to give in" to the auto industry "rather than assisting breathing Bundles Of Cocaine GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Bundles of cocaine continue to wash ashore on Texas beaches, including a 55-pound package found near Galveston, and the Coast Guard warned beachcombers to watch what they inhale when they take in the air. "If anybody finds any of it, I hope nobody opens the package," said Petty Officer James Gutknecht at the Coast Guard's Port O'Connor station. 16 Money Saving Mortgage Hfepcantiie WERtRtYTllE Bfinc i x "1. tr lLr I ap; "As vice president of finance at PTL, why did you hot demand that David Taggart turn over his receipts?" Brown asked. "We did the best we could. We tried to get the receipts on many occasions. We just couldn't do it," Bailey responded. The Taggart brothers were indicted in December, the day that Bakker and his former top assistant, Richard Dortch, were indicted on mail and wire fraud charges. Bakker and Dortch face trial Aug. 28. If convicted on the tax-evasion charges, each of the Taggart brothers could be sentenced to 25 years in prison and fined about $1 million. Americans to give them a break." The draft language would reduce the exhaust standard for unburned , automobile fuel to 0.25 grams for each mile from 0.41 grams. But while the current law requires that each car meet the standard, the draft legislation would permit automakers to achieve the reduction by averaging all their autos. Waxman said the automakers already were producing cars that would' meet the new limits and would have no incentive under Bush's plan to make further improvements. William Fay, head of an industry coalition called the Clean Air Working Group, called parts of the auto section "extreme." Rosenberg predicted that the automakers would achieve the additional pollution reduction promised by Bush because they would need a margin of safety below the new limits. If the limits were exceeded, the automakers could face an EPA-ordered recall. Found On Beaches "This cocaine is pretty potent stuff." At least nine packages have been found on a 225-mile stretch of beach between Galveston and Port Aransas since a fisherman found an 11-pound bundle on Matagorda Island on June 30, officials said . Officials have said a smuggling ship might have sunk in the Gulf of Mexico during Tropical Storm Allison three weeks ago. timli LOS ANGELES (AP) A reputed cocaine dealer and two former bodyguards of publisher Larry Flynt have been ordered to stand trial in the 6-yarf old "Cotton Club" murder of theatrical producer Roy Radin. Municipal Judge Parti Jo McKay heard two months of testimony about the Hollywood-related killing. She said that sufficient evidence had been presented to support convictions of the defendants at a trial. The defendants Karen DeLayne "Lanie" Greenberger, Alex Marti and William Mentzer were impassive as they stood to hear the judge's ruling. Deputy District Attorney David Conn had argued that Greenberger ordered the killing of Radin because she perceived him as a threat to her business relationship with producer Robert Evans. Conn said Greenberger had been involved in a deal with mm mmt mat mm mm mM RAMADA INN-SOUTH LINDBERGH & 1-55 I I j ''' tii Mil " V':""'" -iBfc! ; 1 C p iJ ; Ii 1 ',,,'tu I " n f y Lj I if JU fLlv iiirTi il-I'll Iff i lriiii nr-i stint 4 1." Evans to finance the movie "The Cotton Club." ' "Mr. Radin was an obstacle to further negotiations on the 'Cotton ;Club' deal," Conn said. "Mrs. Greenberger had a motive to murder Mr. Radin to remove him from the deal. She knew that Mr. Evans wanted and desired her to have a greater share in the'fleal than Mr. Radin wanted her to haTO." In addition, he said, Greenberger blamed Radin for a theft of drugs' arid cash from her home and helda grudge against him. yi Conn portrayed Mentzer and' Marti as hired killers who carried out"her instructions. They were bodyguards to Flynt, who publishes Hustler magazine. ' ''' Radin was last seen stepping 1Mb' a limousine with Greenberger ofi'May 13, 1983, en route to a business dinner. His body was found a month later. - via m '-" I

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