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Monday, March 20, 1995
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Jordan Rebounds Michael Jordan returns from retirement and has 19 points, six assists and six rebounds in the Chicago Bulls' overtime loss to the Indiana Pacers SPORTS 1C REGION News At National Is Mixed ib NATION Farmers Fear Subsidy Cuts sb BUSINESS Jefferson Co. Enjoying Boom 12BP Strong Tug . Of Nostalgia A psychoanalyst says nostalgia's pull can be' very strong. Several St. Louisans have the fever. EVERYDAY IE FOOrE SWT 'PS n VOL. 117, NO. 79 Copyright 1995 MONDAY, MARCH 20, 1995 (3) 5-STAR 50$ The Leader Of Ireland Crosses Sea To Festus By John M. McGuire Of the Post-Dispatch Staff Just two days after his visit to the White House, Irish Prime Minister John Bruton stopped by Festus Sunday to visit his American roots and to meet four relatives he never knew he had. It was a smashing end to a "St. Patrick's tour" of America, said Bruton, a trip scheduled because of the crucial An-glo-Irish peace talks in progress. Bruton's great-grand-uncle, John Brierton, was one of the founders of Festus in 1887. Bruton spent part of the day visiting Brierton's family burial plot at Calvary Cemetery in De Soto. In Festus, about 200 residents watched as Bruton received a key to the city bedecked with a large green bow, a Missouri flag and a proclamation declaring Sunday as John Bruton Day. Festus Mayor John Graham also gave Bruton a street sign for Brierton Lane, a road named for his relative that runs along the border between Festus and Crystal City. Bruton presented Festus city officials with a bog oak carving, a shiny, black, sculpted form taken from a peat bog. "The oak tree collapsed into the bog more than 5,000 years ago," Bruton said. See VISIT, Page 4 Major takes tough stance on IRA In phone call 3A Labor Dept. To Offer Rules On Repetitive Motion Injuries 1995, The Washington Post WASHINGTON The Labor Department will propose rules today dealing with repetitive motion injuries in the workplace just days after the House voted to cut the depart-. ment's budget for not freezing new safety regulations. But the new ergonomics rules by the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration are dramatically weaker than those drafted last June, before the Republicans took control of Congress. The rules now would cover 2.6 million businesses instead of 6.1 million. The number of employees covered would drop to 21 million from 96, million. See OSHA, Page 5 WEATHER Windy And Wet Warmed Over POST-DISPATCH WEATHERBIRD FORECAST Today Windy, scattered showers. High 65. Clearing tonight. Low 43. Tuesday Mostly sunny. High 67. Other Weather, 8B 091821100 Wm FiddijD b n Six Killed; Poisonous Gas Paralyzes Tokyo Transit System In Mass Attack toon SHIMS Compiled From News Services TOKYO Mysterious poisonous fumes overwhelmed thousands of rush-hour subway commuters this morning in Tokyo. The fumes killed at least six people, sickened thousands and paralyzed the city's transportation system. At least 16 people were unconscious and in critical condition. A government spokesman, Kozo Igarashi, called the. poisonings a "random mass attack," and Japan's Kyodo News Service said police were treating the case as a murder investigation. Two main subway lines were shut down and 26 stations were closed, said Yasuo Nishijima, a subway spokesman. The Tokyo Metropolitan Fire Department said the first report came from Tsukiji station in central Tokyo shortly after 8 a.m. (5 p.m. Sunday, St. Louis time). Passengers reported that a man in his 40s placed a lunch box wrapped in newspaper on an overhead rack inside a subway car and then got off. Shortly afterward, passengers began coughing and complaining of headaches, blurred vision and nausea. A station employee, Shinichi Sato, 44, said co-worker Kazumasa Takahashi, 50, went into one of the train cars at Kasumigaseki as people were fleeing. Takahashi removed a plastic bag with some of the poison in it and carried it to the station office. He died soon after, Sato said. Kyodo News Service reported that a bottle wrapped in newspaper also had been found inside a subway car, raising suspicions that the perpetrator left gas bombs in several places. "The smell of the gas was very strong," said Yoshio Kakurai, the station chief at Tsukiji. He described the odor as acidic. Kakurai said that when the affected train pulled in, "the people all came bursting out." Some immediately collapsed on the platform, and others staggered out to the street. At a string of stations along Tokyo's Hibiya subway See FUMES, Page 5 if; AP Emergency medical teams administer intravenous injections to subway passengers stricken by poisonous fumes during the morning rush hour in Tokyo today. So Close f 1 P t. f 12 f P4. f.. A f t r. 1 K J ! V.J - .j . 1 r fi" K t' V f AP A dejected Simeon Haley moments after the University of Missouri Tiger's 75-74 loss to UCLA in the final seconds of Sunday's basketball game at the NCAA West Regional playoffs. The tournament was held in Boise, Idaho. See story in Sports, Page 1C. Witness In '86 Murder Trial Recants Story By Terry Ganey Post-Dispatch Jefferson City Bureau Chief JEFFERSON CITY A witness who implicated Johnny Lee Wilson in the murder of Pauline Martz in Aurora, Mo., in 1986 has changed his story and now says that police pressured him into identifying Wilson as a murderer. Gary Wall, the witness, said that police had threatened him with jail during an interrogation and that he had named Wilson to please them. "They told me if I didn't say that Johnny Wilson did it, they would put me in jail," Wall said in a sworn statement given to Gov. Mel Carnahan's office last week. "I was afraid. I told them that Johnny Wilson told me that he killed Ms. Martz." Aurora police and the Lawrence County sheriffs department, which handled the investigation, refused to discuss the case. Wilson's attorney, Michael Atchison, obtained Wall's sworn statement to support Wilson's request for a pardon from Carnahan. Wilson is serving a life sentence in the Missouri State Penitentiary. AtJhison, a lawyer in Kansas City, said vVall's ... -- 4 in Wilson Brownfield statement is "a terrific piece of evidence." "The only thing that tied Johnny to the crime, other than his very questionable confession, is Gary Wall's original statement and Gary has recanted that," Atchison said. "This is just another piece of evidence that casts enormous doubt on Johnny's participation." Lawrence County Prosecuting attorney Robert George, who has inherited the case, said Wilson is where he belongs. "I believe, based on his confession and based on court records, we've got the right person sitting in prison; and that's where he should stay," George said. "We've got a law-and-order governor, and I'd hate to see him release an admitted murderer back onto the streets through the pardon process." Wall's sworn statement is the latest in a long series of legal developments that have raised doubt about Wilson's guilt in the murder of Martz, 79, in Aurora on April 13, 1986. The first development, reported by the Post-Dispatch in 1988, was that career criminal Chris Brownfield had confessed that he not Wilson had killed Martz. Brownfield named an accomplice and also said that Wilson was not involved. Aurora is in southwest Missouri, about 240 miles from St. Louis. Martz, who lived alone, was robbed, bound, gagged and then left in her home, which was set afire. Her charred body was found in the ruins. Wilson, who was 20 at the time of the murder, is See WILSON, Page 6 Weather Watch Seasons Change, So Do We; Slowly If We're Wise By William Allen Post-Dispatch Science Writer Robin songs, daffodil blooms and warm, bright weather made the region a happier place for many residents last week. But despite those uplifting events and the sudden impulse to get outdoors and play some St. Louisans undoubtedly experienced feelings of fatigue. What's going on here? Spring fever. Actually, two kinds of spring fever. Spring is a time of pleasure and danger, of highs and lows. One kind boosts the mind; the other can drain the body. Both are common reactions to changes in heat, humidity, sunlight and other elements of spring in the Earth's temperate zones. Spring, which officially starts today, is a time of pleasure and danger) of psychological highs and lows. It'sa time when our bodies come out of a kind of physical and mental hibernation like suddenly turning on a gas stove whose pilot light has burned all winter. "A lot of spirits are picking up," said Dr. Lee Ann Kelley, a psychiatrist at the University of Missouri at Columbia. "But not everybody can See SPRING, Page 5 Government confirms winter was warmer than normal . . . ; . 5A INDEX Business Plus 1-24BP Classified 1-12D Commentary 7B Everyday 1-8E Food 1-6FOOD Movie Timetable 7E NationWorld 3A News Analysis 5B Obituaries 4B St. Louis IB Sports 1-8C Television 6E EDITORIAL PAGE Halftime In Jefferson City Vengeance Times Two 6B

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