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c T Phils lose to Padres 6-5 Dlue Rocks win 7th in row Lead poisoning ,- DeShields OK COVER STORY; Why more than 5 million tourists will spend nearly $1 billion in Delaware this year. - . 1 - - 7 after collision 10:30-11:30 a.m. V Toaay Sports, B1 II you are calling tram outside New Castle County, V dial (BOO) 235-91 uo ana asK tor extension zbsb The News oral 1 994, The News Journal Co. A Gannett newspaper Wilmington, Del. 116th year, No. 48 35cents MONDAY April 25, 1994 FINAL EDITION Car bomb lulls 9 near ANC office in S. Africa By DONNA BRYSON Associated Press JOHANNESBURG, South Africa A car bomb exploded in downtown Johannesburg Sunday, killing at least nine people, damaging the headquarters of the African National Congress and terrorizing South Africans two days before the first all-race election. No one claimed responsibility for the blast, which also wounded" about 100 people. Police later received a report of Eagles take 6-8 OT first Georgia's Williams may start right away By KEVIN NOONAN Staff reporter PHILADELPHIA - For the i third time in the last four years, the Eagles have looked to the offensive line with their first-round draft pick. The Birds selected tackle Bernard Williams of Georgia on the first round of Sunday's NFL draft, the 14th pick overall. Last year, the Eagles drafted guard Lester Holmes of Jackson State on the first round, and 1991, they Mandela reassures whites AS Editorial: A change of heart . . . A1 2 a second bomb in a car parked only blocks away, but it turned out to be a false alarm. Acting on an anonymous telephone tip late Sunday, police checked out a stolen car parked near ANC headquarters but no explosives were found, said police Col. Eugene Opperman. Political leaders from several parties appealed for calm. See BLAST A5 WILLIAMS took tackle Antone Davis of Tennessee. Both were in the starting lineup at the end of last season. I The rest of the picks . B1 According to Coach Rich Ko-tite, 6-foot-8, 315-pound Williams will join them right away. "The fact that he can play left tackle tor A us right away, that was the most important factor," said Kotite. "I think he's going to prove to be an excellent player for a long time. That's why we GARNER targeted him at No.14." In the second round, the Eagles took defensive tackle Bruce Walker of UCLA and Tennessee running back Charlie Garner. Earlier, the Birds acquired linebacker Bill Romanowski in a trade with San Francisco. They gave up a pick in the third round and one in the sixth for Romanowski, a six-year veteran who will replace Seth Joyner at left linebacker. "He played every down for the 49ers, he's been a Super Bowl player and he's been an impact player for them," Kotite said. "He'll . . . certainly give us the type of performance and leadership that we're looking for." HIGH LOW 84 58 Details on A4 mm Business D1 Movies Comics C5 People Crossword C4 DearAbbv C4 Editorial A12 Sports Letters Q901"2181 1 8 5 IK I -- Serbs leave Gorazde APENRICF. MARTI An Injured man is transferred to an ambulance In Sarajevo after air-evacuation from the besieged Gorazde. By JONATHAN C.RANDAL The Washington Post SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina Under threat of NATO airstrikes, Bosnian Serb forces pulled two miles back from the battered Muslim city of Gorazde Sunday but left a trail of flame and destruction in their wake. British Lt. Gen. Michael Rose, the U.N. military commander in Bosnia, said in Sarajevo that Gorazde, 35 miles to the southeast, was calm for the first time since the Serbs launched an all-out of- C4 Classified B6 Obituaries A7 C3 Public Diary A6 Scoreboard B4 B1 A12 Television C2 fensve against it March 29 a relentless onslaught that left at least 700 residents dead, more than 2,000 wounded and much of the city a shapeless ruin. "The citizens of Gorazde are out walking in the streets for the first time in three weeks," Rose said. But Arms for Bosnia Muslims urged A8 U.N. officials said withdrawing Serbs set fire to scores of houses and sought to destroy any facility that could be of use to the city's Slavic Muslim defenders, including the sole water treatment plant. NATO'S Friday ultimatum.' ordered the Serbs to stop shelling Gorazde immediately a demandl initially ignored and to puD back to the city's outskirts by 2 Sunday morning, then 12 milei back by Tuesday under pain dt NATO threats to "bomb the crar out of them." The Serbs' scorched-earth witb drawal also delayed by more tharC three hours the air evacuation o( scores of critically wounded civil ians from Gorazde and the arrivaC of a U.N. convoy of food and medt! ical supplies. ' d n n mm tr n IWGU H U J . il f XX w i I 7-: ' W i f x- fc c - j"' ww fe.aru SlMUJk jiJLl- $ .... " ft i 'X I. :ff 1 i f : ; T ' 05 ..' . f ' f The News JournalBOB HERBERT New Castle County Police Col. Thomas Gordon searches fugitive's hideaway by the Brandywlne River Sunday. Labeled one of America's most wanted fugitives by the producers of the popular television show, Larry Donald George is taken Into custody Sunday. f"i 937 ff: ' ' S, 'J A ! j- r . it'" ' Iff 4 . fa .-v 'V. P us These weapons and survival literature and gear were recovered from the hideaway. NGGo police nab Ala. fugitive in wooded hideout near Brandywine By LAWRENCE HARDY Staff reporter WILMINGTON Past a scruffy boatyard, beyond a ripped cyclone fence, lies a dirt path that twists along the Brandywine River until it vanishes into a dank, tick-infested forest. About a half mile into the woods, past knotted vines and piles of shattered bottles, is Larry Donald George's home. Police don't know how long George lived in the earthen bunker. But he had been missing for six years, ever since Alabama authorities charged him with killing two people and leaving his wife for dead. George, 38, was arrested about noon Sunday after a brief struggle and chase. Sunday night, he was in Gander Hill Prison, awaiting an extradition hearing. New Castle County police got a tip last week that George, who has relatives in Delaware, was living in the remote, wooded area near Wilmington Industrial Park. They sent detectives Bruce Pinkett and Quinton Watson to inves tigate. The officers knew George was a survivalist but they had no idea what he had built in his remote retreat. They hiked to the area just before noon Sunday, posing as fishermen. "Pink" Pinkett is a big man; "Q" Watson is even bigger. Colleagues call him "The Wall." Pinkett said he saw the 6-foot 2-inch George out of the corner of his eye. The fugitive was approaching the river, walking from the rusting hulk of an overturned boat. It looked like some kind of shelter. "He asked us, 'Are you going fishing?'" Pinkett said. They said yes, and he showed them two large catfish he had caught, swimming at the bottom of a plastic garbage can. Then they identified themselves as police officers and tried to arrest him. At first, George seemed to cooperate. He asked to go to the bathroom, and to get . . See FUGITIVE A9 ,wm r mm. " !;,!'.',;,","'"- ' 1 ) I Suspect's I hideout w iwiitM - fen I ftwCftrWtoii Wilmington F yv,? j.. Industrial f 1 t T The News Journal Aee spellers win war of words By MOLLY MURRAY Sussex Bureau reporter DOVER Kyle Massey didn't need note cards to help him spell. He'd step up to the podium, lean toward the microphone and let fly. He wasn't a N-O-V-I-C-E, a word that fouled one of his competitors Sunday in the second round of the Delaware Spelling Bee Competition. Massey was last year's state spelling champion among seventh-graders. This year, he took top honors among eighth-graders. His secret: "You have to read." But he also has confidence. He doesn't use note cards to jot down the tricky "i before e" words .after the iudze throws him a word nothing to help figure out those troublesome situations when an "f" sound is really a "ph." By necessity, it's all in his head: Massey is blind and hearing-impaired. Massey, 13, of Seaford, reads his favorite books "humor, war and westerns no science fiction, please" in Braille. He heard the words he was asked to spell with the help of a special amplifier. Massey can't explain his ability to spell so precisely from memory. "I guess it's just a reflex," he said. Spelling bees, unlike other competitions, go on until somebody makes a mistake. In this one, presented by the Delaware Association of Teachers of English, the winners had to wait for everyone else to spell something wrong. When it came down to the final two spellers, they traded words back and forth. If one made a mistake, the other had to spell the same word correctly. Then the competitor had to spell one last word. Competitors were grouped List of winners . A9 by grade. Massey's final two words: E-M-A-C-I-A-T-E-D and S-U-B-S-E-R-V-I-E-N-T. Sometimes, the final two competitors volleyed word for word for intense stretches. Mary Anderson, 11, a sixth-grader at W. Reily Brown, loves pickles but she'd never heard ft lit ... ' " ? . J, - .W m Mi of a G-H-E-R-K-I-N. Her competition, Lisa Hovey, 12, from Burnett Elementary School, couldn't spell it, either. But Hovey ended up the sixth-grade champion, spelling "medieval" and "catastrophe." The intensity of the sixth-grade competition didn't do much for the composure of Laura Westfall, a seventh-grader at Woodbridge Junior High School. She went on to win her grade's competition, but one word almost caught her: M-E-A-S-U-R-A-B-L-E. Westfall wrote it down just like that. Then, she thought again. Maybe there was another "e." The News JournalOARY EMEIQH i "My teacher always said stick Lisa Hovey smiles after finishing first to my first guess," she said. among sixth-graders at the Delaware This time, it paid off. Spelling Bee Competition Sunday. HOME DELIVERY: 324-2700 or (800) 235-9100 ' ' L SELL WITH CLASiflEDS: 324-2424 or (800) 427 -2424

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