Florida Today from Cocoa, Florida on July 30, 1991 · Page 1
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Tuesday, July 30, 1991
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P'-pmmmimtm Tiiat rurrfii iv i",nwn, aieib hrftiiiTiWrT-ii?irrirtfMtiiiTiiiiwrii- linifif m'i-i rnwtwir rmr hi DRUNKEN DRIVING State tightens test regulations, 6B. CLUNKER Ir..- I Baseball fan wins car even I screwdriver won't y "" start, 6B. ' MR. SENSITIVE J; Movie heroes are I mellow fellows, 1D. kevincostner: 'Robin Hood star. JACK TAKES TITLE Nicklaus wins U.S. Senior Open golf tournament, 1C. .1m NEXT PAIGE Dolphins like fullback, 1C. SET TO SAIL Majestic scheduled for weekend trip, 18C. 1 , . V JACK NICKLAUS: Wins playoff. eh TUESDAY, July 30, 1991 HEADLillSES TODAY'S NEWS AT A GLANCE SPACE: Next launch: Space Shuttle Atlantis with a $120 million Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, no earlier than Thursday. WEATHER: Partly cloudy with a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms. High near 90; low in the low to mid-70s. Weather, 8A. BREVARD: School Board Chairwoman Kathy Carlson and member Lynn Demetriades think having problem students attend an alternative school at the new Educational Services Facility will save money, IB. Renovations on three elementary schools with mold and mildew problems probably can begin this winter, IB. Volusia Congressman Craig James warns a hurri cane flooding Brevard as far west as Interstate 95 might threaten VA hospital site, IB. .....,,. ......... "4 A , ' rr fa ; CARLSON FLORIDA: Air Force pharmacist charged with illegally distributing drugs to Desert Storm troops opts to have court-martial heard by a single judge rather than a panel, 6B. Inspector general for Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services is looking at claims of abuse at juvenile center, 6B. 4-month-old girl allegedly sold for $10 by her father is in a foster home while her mother wrestles with disbelief over the claim, 6B. NATION . Four years after Congress directed that children of homeless families have access to public education, many still don't attend school, advocates for the homeless say, 2A. Judge orders federal marshals into Wichita, Kan., to enforce his order that abortion opponents not block an abortion clinic, 2A. Federal Reserve levies a $200 million fine against the Bank of Credit and Commerce International; New York indicts the bank, 3A. WORLD: South African President F.W. de Klerk demotes the two controversial ministers in charge of South Africa's security forces in an effort to defuse a growing scandal, 3A. U.N. officials say Iraq has agreed to begin returning the Kuwaiti currency and millions of dollars worth of gold it plundered, 4A. SPORTS: New York Knicks of the National Basketball Associa tion win their arbitration hearing against center Patrick Ewing, who thinks he is not among the four highest paid players in the game, 1C. Muhammad All is honored for his feats in boxing as y I the Miami Beach Conven- il' I tion Center names a hall EWING after him, 5C. 1991 Air Force Worldwide Men's Championship slow-pitch softball tournament begins today at Patrick Air Force Base, 3C. . i fit BUSINESS: Capt Ed's Seafood Restaurant and other property formerly owned by scallop fisherman Edgar Griffls is sold during a liquidation auction at Port Canaveral, 18C. New York Stock Exchange retreats from a plan to open a half-hour earlier in a move welcomed by tired West Coast brokers, 18C. PEOPLE: Parents should be guided by child's questions when explaining why Pee-wee Herman was arrested, experts say, 2D. Rice and toast fly through the air at a midnight showing of cult classic 'Rocky Horror Picture Show,' YO! INFO!, 4D. OPINIONS: State should ensure lottery operation is not weakened by political cronyism or administrative incompetence, 6A. Across Space Coast, 3B Movies, 2D Business, 17-18C Opinions, 6-7A Claimed, 7-1 3C Outdoors, 3C Comics, 6D People, 1-5D Crlmewateh, 5B Space Coast Diary, 5B Crossword, SD Sports, 1-6C Dear Abby, 5D State News, 6B Deaths, 3B Stocks, 14-1 7C HELPI8A Susan Swartz.lP Horoscope, 5D Television, 3D Mike Royko, 8A Weather, 8A Property owners face tax increase ByJohnA.Nagy FLORIDA TODAY If Brevard County commissioners had their way, there would not even have been talk of a tax increase Monday. However, things did not go their way. As a result, county property owners face up to a 4 percent tax increase over what they pay now under a tentative tax schedule established Monday by the commission. Now that the tentative rate has been set, state law prohibits further increases. As proposed, the county's share of a property owner's tax bill would increase from $5.72 for each $1,000 of taxable value to $5.96. Higher taxes, combined with several million dollars in spending cuts, are seen as the only way to get the county out of the $8.4 million deficit in which it has become mired. "We cannot make everybody happy and fund everything the way people want us to fund it," Commissioner Truman Scarborough said. "We have this feeling that we don't control government the way we want to. We as a community have to come together and set priorities." Community members did come to Monday's meeting, but they did not bring common priorities. Al Key, a Brevard County resident since 1958, wanted lower taxes: "When your income is cut, you've got to cut people and services. I think you have a very elementary decision to make." Pat Freeman, chairwoman of See TAX, Next Page Budget office, 1B. The Army is considering a series of launches - possibly from Cape Canaveral - to test an anti-satellite weapon system. Army officials are hosting a meeting at the Cocoa Beach Hilton to discuss the program. f Si - " - Beads give the I i.; 1 a weapon additional I 1 v A. " r 1 means of I 1 .-v, VtSV ,"' V' 1 destroying 1 1 I ' -j- , opposing satellite. li. ., ,1,wr'-fr-'--'-"-i' 5fetJSi! ' ' u s Armv illustration : - mm mull " " " ' . ...... kt ar . -mff 7 7 After v. A l Sow tho anti-saicl lito cyctom works Small, 30-foot rocket is launched carrying anti- satellite (ASAT) weapon. n deployment, ASAT uses visible light to lock onto target. Carrying no warhead, ASAT destroys enemy military satellite by ramming into it. Graphic by Tom McKay, FLORIDA TODAY Cape could be test site for new system By Jim Banke FLORIDA TODAY Cape Canaveral is a candidate for testing and deployment of a new series of Army missiles that would destroy enemy satellites in space. "We did a fairly extensive survey of where to do the test launches, and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station were the top choices," said Army Col. Wilbur Etbauer, deputy program manager for the Kinetic Energy Anti-Satel- Public meeting When: 7 tonight. Where: Cocoa Beach Hilton. lite Weapon System, as it is formally known. Officials are unsure which site to use, but are leaning toward Vandenberg because it is easier to schedule launches there, Etbauer said. "The Cape tends to be a very busy place with a lot of NASA and commercial stuff," Etbauer said. A decision on the site is expected by the end of the year. Testing could begin in the next five to six years and deployment is scheduled for 1998, officials said. The Army is writing a required report on the environmental effects of conducting launch operations from either of the national ranges. An Environmental Impact See TEST, Next Page Your county taxos The owner of an $85,000 home taking the standard $25,000 homestead exemption would pay $357.60 to the county, a $14 increase. That figure does not include taxing authorities such as the Brevard County School Board and Florida Inland Navigation District. Gloria Abood, FLORIDA TODAY araets ursday yttle fBi ght By LK. Brown FLORIDA TODAY Countdown clocks at Kennedy Space Center began ticking Monday for a second launch attempt of Shuttle Atlantis, now targeted for Thursday. One obstacle remains before KSC gets a green light: Managers are to meet today to review information from a failed main engine test last week at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. "We really don't feel that's going to be a concern with Thursday's launch attempt," NASA test director Eric Redding said Monday. The test engine, which was severely damaged, is not identical to the engines NASA now uses on the Shuttles. The test engine also had been fired many more times than any Shuttle engine that has flown, Redding said. Starting the launch countdown clock at 4 p.m. preserves NASA's option to launch Atlantis between 11:01 a.m. and 3:06 p.m. Thursday, KSC spokesman Bruce Buckingham added. NASA tried to launch the Shuttle last Wednesday, but the failure of a computer that controls one of the three main engines forced managers to postpone the flight. Over the weekend, technicians installed and tested a spare controller for the third main engine. They also replaced an electronics device used to relay computer signals to the first main engine. The device had a minor glitch during the first launch attempt, and because Atlantis' engine compartment had to be reopened anyway, engineers decided to replace the unit, Redding said. On Monday, technicians finished recharging the batteries of the $120 million communications satellite in Atlantis' cargo bay. Atlantis' five astronauts, who are expected to fly back to KSC today, are to deploy the satellite about six hours after the Shuttle reaches orbit. Bush hopes to bolster Gorbachev FLORIDA TODAY Wires MOSCOW President Bush today opens two days of talks aimed at shaping the future of superpower relations amid what he called a "critical time" in Soviet history. The president arrived with clear signals that he hopes to bolster his host and summit partner, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, whose central authority is under challenge on almost every side. A major goal is to forge a joint approach toward a Middle East peace agreement "The president of the United States primarily deals with the president of the Soviet Union," Bush said Monday. Although he was to meet briefly with Russian Republic President Boris Yeltsin this afternoon, Bush said his ties with Gorbachev are more important "I don't want to suggest that we've got a three-sided triangle" in which Bush, Gorbachev and Yeltsin have equal roles, Bush said. On the eve of the summit, Yeltsin and the rebellious republics challenged Gorbachev on his home turf. Yeltsin on Monday signed a treaty with the Baltic state of Lithuania, recognizing its independence. Gorbachev has invited Yeltsin to participate in a summit luncheon and meeting, a recognition of the Russian leader's growing power as the popularly elected leader of the largest and richest Soviet republic. Also invited for the sessions was the president of the republic of Kazakhstan, Nurs-ultan Nazarbarer. Mideast talks, 3A. Hundreds wait in line to vie for jobs at new Olive Garden By Scott Solomon FLORIDA TODAY They came by the hundreds Monday to Olive Garden's newest Brevard County restaurant People of all ages, searching for a job. Many were waiting in line under the restaurant's green canopy when the doors opened at 8 a.m., trying to be among the first to submit an application and obtain an interview. Scheduled to open Aug. 19, the Olive Garden at 2508 W. New Haven Ave. in West Melbourne is hiring 180 full- and part-time employees in all positions, said John Lamb, a manager for the Orlando-based restaurant chain. More than 500 people submitted applications Monday, and the screening process will continue through Saturday, Lamb said. "I think this is a little more than we expected," he said. But when the economy turns sour Brevard's June unemployment rate of 7.5 percent was the highest since October 1983 people turn out for any job they can find to make sure bills are paid and families are supported. Ask Jud Terhune, a 56-year-old Melbourne resident who was laid off in November as a salesman for an electrical supply company. Since then, he has sent out 60 to 70 applications for a position with a wholesale company. "I've given that up. There's nothing out there," he said. Terhune can not afford to be picky any longer. Every time he runs into friends, he asks whether they have heard about a job opening. "I'm way into my sav ings, and that's not good," he said. The economic recession also altered the career path of 60-year-old Millicent Chin of Palm Bay, who has been in the electronics field most of her working life. That changed in May, when she was laid off from Melbourne-based Symetrics Inc., where she had been since moving to Brevard three years ago. "This will be hard for me because I've never been in this field before," said Chin, a native of Jamaica. "I'm not looking for a glamorous job just something to keep me going." Many in line were students hoping to earn a few dollars for school. Some came to Olive Garden because of its reputation and connection to parent Company General Mills Inc. --4i 1 1 !(!"-"'' St " h s 4 ' .' " 6" Theresa DeCapua, FLORIDA TODAY HUNDREDS LINE up at Melbourne's new Olive Garden to apply for jobs Monday. Mark McKee, right, has been in Florida for a week and has filled out 25 job applications. -.9

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