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Tuesday, August 13, 1996
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S n Chicago Tribune, Tuesday, August 13, 1996 Section 2 3 CHICAGOLAND Firebomb is ignited at Loyola Hospital Damage minor; no one injured . 1 ' X Tr ,f'l u" T" '. ? Li i. . . I. 'I - ... B Air ,1 : 1 1 j Z L Tribune photo by Cart Wagner MJhuck Burandt (left), a backer of ousted Local 714 chief William Hogan Jr., clashes with supporters of Teamsters President Ron Carey. Teamsters take battle to Berwyn streets By Joel Kaplan Tribune Staff Writer The battle over the leadership of the international Teamsters t Union continued to play out I'.'r&Ionday in west suburban Ber-i.Vyn as the two opposing factions faced off in a stormy, but ""non-violent confrontation. " About two dozen supporters of incumbent Teamsters President '.' Ron Carey brought picket signs " 'and a bullhorn to march in front ''"""of the campaign headquarters of ft"the opposing ticket headed by "Jimmy Hoffa Jr. and Chicago's William Hogan Jr. : : .The campaign headquarters is iM,two doors down from the Team-wsters Local 714, which was run 1)y Hogan until last week when Carey's international organization stripped him of power and ;,;,placed the local into trusteeship. "They are here to create an 'They are here to create an incident to try to show you guys are goons William Hogan Jr. Ousted Teamsters leader incident to try to show you guys are goons," said Hogan, addressing about 50 of his supporters. "They are here because I'm running against him and I'm winning, that's why. I've been saying this is political and this proves it" The picketing by supporters of Carey, who was elected Teamsters president in 1991 as a reformer and will face off against the HoffaHogan ticket in November, came a day after about 500 Teamsters rallied on behalf of Hogan in front of the federal building downtown. "We're here to stop the mob and the corruption," said Lorelei Anderson, a candidate for central vice president on the Carey slate who led the protest "We're sending a message here. We don't want them in our union." But the members of Local 714, were quick to attack the Carey supporters, pointing out that all of them had to be imported by other locals since Hogan still maintains monolithic support in his own shop. As the two sides warily approached each other on the sidewalk outside the Hoffa Hogan campaign headquarters at 6811 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn, epithets and profane language filled the air. While the confrontation occurred on the street the door to Local 714 remained locked Monday as St. Louis Teamster leader John Metz, the emergency trustee, was talking to a small group of the local's membership, according to Jim Hogan, the local's recently ousted president and brother of Bill According to Jim Hogan, Metz told the group that some of the local's former officers will be brought back, but no action will be taken for 30 days. Toward the end of the protest, Berwyn police were called. Police told both sides that they had the right to peacefully protest as long as they did not block the street or sidewalk. "You guys will have to learn to get along until the election is settled," Cmdr. Robert Arnony said. "Otherwise, you'll all be going to jaiL" By Dennis O'Brien Tribune Staff Writer A crude firebomb scorched stairs and caused minor property damage Monday morning at Loyola University Hospital in May-wood, but no one was hurt, Cook County sheriffs police said. "There was what appears to be a Molotov cocktail burning in a stairway of the Fahey building. It wasn't thrown, it was just sitting there," said Cmdr. John Rita. "Nobody's hurt, that's the important thing." The building was evacuated for nearly an hour while the fire was extinguished and the Cook County bomb unit and sheriffs police investigated the scene, said hospital spokesman Michael Maggio. It was not known how many people were evacuated. The Fahey building includes an outpatient psychiatric clinic, a dialysis clinic, and departmental offices for psychiatry, orthopedics and neurosurgery. There were no bomb threats made to the hospital, nor were there claims of responsibility, Maggio said. A hospital security guard discovered the firebomb when he responded to a 10:40 a.m. call from someone in the building who had smelled smoke, Maggio said. The guard, John Battisto of Oak Park, looked through the stairway door and saw flames leaping upward from the lower-level landing, he said. Battisto, 52, pulled a wall-mounted fire alarm and attacked the blaze with a fire extinguisher just as the overhead sprinkler system went on, he said. At the center of the sooty staircase landing sat the charred device a plastic bottle, filled with a flammable liquid and lit from a wick, Maggio said. Battisto was relaxed enough to joke about the incident. "I was telling the county guys . . . Just because I was the first guy there, don't think I put it here," said Battisto, referring with guarded humor to the case of Richard JewelL the Atlanta secu rity guard who went from hero to suspect in the Olympic park bombing. A security guard with Loyola for 16 years, Battisto also is a member of the hospital's fire brigade. He said the brigade's regular training with the Broadview Fire Department prepared him for fighting the fire. The woman who called In the report of smoke from an office in the Fahey building has been checked out and cleared as a suspect, Maggio said. Cook County investigators are examining videotape filmed by an array of security cameras in the area, Maggio said. "Just about every area on this campus has surveillance of one sort or another," he said. "It's possible we'll see him the suspect on that" ' Those evacuated from the building reacted in different ways. For some, it just meant an extended lunch. Others were fearful "When the fire alarm went off and we walked out, I looked to my right and saw the stairway was filled with blackness," said Kathleen Webb, a secretary in the psychiatry department "I was scared. I never was that close to smoke like that before. It was scary to look at" Webb, who lives on Chicago's Northwest Side, said she was nervous an hour later. "I don't feel safe at all," she said, adding that several people from an office across the hall went home for the day because they felt lightheaded. A co-worker and fellow Northwest Side resident, Marie Del-Giorno, said exit paths rehearsed in fire drills made for a calm and orderly exit "When the alarm went off, I didn't realize there was a fire," DelGiorno said. "We've had fire drills before, so everyone kind of did what they were supposed to do. I wasn't scared." ' 4a : Tribune photos by Charles Cherney .Lawrence Quarles, 13, listens Monday as bronze medalist Nate Jones discusses his Olympic moment at the Matador Gym on the Near North Side. Jones grew up as a member of the Matadors boxing program. Boxer brings home Olympic pride j - Jones takes a bow where it all started By James Hill " Tribune Staff Writkr .'! -Sometimes it's the little things that mean the most Like the doz-:ens of little kids with a few grownups sprinkled in who gathered at the Matador Gym on the iNear North Side to welcome home -Olympic bronze medalist boxer .Nate Jones. For Jones, who grew up as a Yfrember of the Matadors boxing program, it was one of the proudest -moments he has had since tak-'ing his place at the awards cere-.mony at the Olympic Games two 'weeks ago. And those who gath-.e-fed to honor him Monday couldn't have been prouder if they had won the medal themselves. Besides the cake and punch, -Jones was treated to a little exhi-itijtibn of up-and-coming talent as '..future Olympic hopefuls traded ,jab6 in the ring, as if they were auditioning to fill his shoes. Z And like a teacher watching bver his students, Jones smiled ' and observed. 'That boy there is slick," Jones -Said, pointing to 16-year-old Leo Ramirez as he sparred in the ring. t'Man, the amount of support I have gotten from everyone here in -Chicago has been overwhelming. I '"was in the Bud Billiken Parade on r. k. ' j Jones kisses his bronze medal at the gym where he learned to box and chased his Olympic dream. Saturday and people were shouting to me 'Yo, man, I saw you on TV. Congratulations, we're behind you all the way.' The whole experience has been great, but it's great to be home." Walking around the gym, talking with well-wishers, the soft-spoken Jones, wearing a gold link chain with a charm of two gold boxing gloves and the name "Nate The Snake" outlined in diamonds, seemed almost as much in awe of his fans as they were of him. Children rushed to his side as he opened a small wooden box to reveal the bronze medal, dangling from the end of the now all -to-familiar green Olmypic ribbon. "Can I have it," one young admirer shouted. Jones laughed, as he told the youngster that maybe one day, he would win his owa "Yeah," the little boy replied. Ramirez, who has been a part of the Matadors for five years and has sparred with Jones, said he was glad to see the Olympian come back to his training home. He will be boxing in the Golden Gloves and hopes to get a few pointers from Jones. "Seeing him here, after winning that Olympic medal, gets me excited," Ramirez said, cooling down from his sparring session. "It makes me want to push myself 100 percent harder, so that I can make it to the Olympics. I want a medal, too. "I know he is going to be going pro, but maybe he will continue to come back and help me out," Ramirez said. Ruben Covarrubias and Steven Estrada, both 10 years old, watched as Jones made his rounds in the gym. Both dressed in shorts and tank tops, with boxing gloves dangling at their sides, their feelings summed up simultaneously and in one word: "Wow!" HUSH PUPPIES PreSeason savings Buy 2 pair... Save 15 Buy 3 pair... Save 20 Many more styles for men and women in stock. Sale excludes clearance merchandise. Sale runs July 29 through Sept. 2. VlQGlifl(8Sf Advice you can Mk OOUn Appearing Monday through Friday in Yourfiloney U nMpHQBHPHI If u II SB M mm VMi 13 V?g;kfM f- Ifcr mmmm I - J

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