Statesman Journal from Salem, Oregon on May 1, 1984 · Page 2
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Tuesday, May 1, 1984
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2k novo o. Statesman-Journal, Tuesday, May 1, 1984 idwesf er s acr Hurricane-like winds claim lives form now oss 1 1 E 0 KILLER TORNADO A wide tornado roars into Mannford, Okla, Sunday, killing one man and AP photo injuring dozens of others. The twister also struck Prue, 15 miles to the north. The Associated Press A killer storm tore into the Midwest with hurricane-force winds and up to a foot of soggy snow Monday, closing roads and cutting power lines to tens of thousands of customers. The winds, which gusted to 81 mph at Waukesha, Wis. and almost as strong in many areas of Michigan, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana were caused by the same storm system that spawned twisters Sunday from Oklahoma and Mississippi into Wisconsin, killing one person, injuring more than 60 and leveling scores of homes. At least three people were killed in the powerful winds Monday in the Midwest. In northeastern Ohio, an 82-year-old Amherst man was killed when high winds toppled a tree onto his car, and a 21-year-old Crown City man was killed when a power line fell onto his coal truck in the southeastern part of the state. In Zeeland, Mich., a 27-year-old man on a motorcycle was killed by a falling tree limb. A single-engine plane trying to land Sunday night at the St. Paul, Minn., airport during heavy snow and high winds hit a wire supporting a radio tower and crashed in Woodbury, killing all four people aboard. A woman died Monday when her car went out of control on a slush-covered road north of Medford, Wis., and was hit by a truck. t The National Weather Service said the sky over cen tral and northern Ohio had a brownish tinge Monday from dust blown up from Oklahoma and Texas, and visi--, bility was reduced to about two miles. The winds were clocked at 75 mph across southern Michigan and officials of that state's two largest utilities said power was knocked out to more than 140,000 , homes and businesses. Wind gusts to 70 mph were reported in the Chicago area, causing some injuries to people knocked down or hit by flying objects. Commonwealth Edison reported 20,000 customers in Chicago and its suburbs were without power following the high winds. Northwest Wisconsin was plastered with up to a foot ; of heavy, wet snow Monday that snapped power lines. Southern and central Minnesota and northeastern Nebraska also got about a foot of snow, with 10 inches reported in Minneapolis-St. Paul. About half a foot covered western Iowa, southeastern South Dakota, and the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. On Sunday, twisters killed one man and injured 50 people in Oklahoma, injured 10 people in Missouri, two in Mississippi where tornadoes took 15 lives Easter weekend - and one in Kansas. No one was reported injured when tornadoes raked Illinois. Since April 21, tornadoes have claimed at least 26 lives. Meanwhile, on Monday ranchers in Montana began counting sheep and cattle killed by the latest snows, some of the livestock still buried in drifts 18 feet deep. Washington museum to recoil atrocities Survivors prepare Holocaust site WASHINGTON (AP) - Survivors of Nazi horrors gathered in a dreary rain Monday to begin transforming two buildings into a U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that will show "the dark side of human civilization." The symbolic groundbreaking for the $100-million, privately financed museum near the Washington Monument was a focus of the annual Days of Remembrance for the 6 million Jews and countless other Eu-ropean minorities who were slaughtered and persecuted under Adolf Hitler. "If you remember, you shall live," said Elie Wiesel, who survived Auschwitz and came to America to write, teach, campaign for human rights and become chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Wiesel told Vice President George Bush and more than 400 people attending a noontime commemoration in the Capitol Rotunda that memories of the death camps provide lessons for the present and warnings for the future. "The world unleashed madness more than 40 years ago, and that madness is still dominating the minds and souls of too many countries," said Wiesel, who spoke earlier at the groundbreaking about the museum's purpose. "No cause is more noble, no endeavor more sacred," he said, than Hart, Mondale loose barbs The Associated Press Gary Hart resurrected the Iranian hostage crisis in a harsh attack Monday on Walter F. Mondale, a move the former vice president said "sug-gests some desperation on his part." The longdistance exchange between the two came as the third Demo cratic presi- WALTER MONDALE dential candidate, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, told a morning news conference in Memphis, Tenn., that, as president, he would cut the defense budget by 20 percent and put that money into educational programs and aid to agriculture. All three candidates converged on Tennessee Monday to do some last- Mi minute campaigning before today's primary, in which 65 delegates are at stake. District of Columbia Democrats also go to the polls today to indicate their preference for president and to apportion 15 of the state's 19 delegates to the party's national convention in San Francisco in July. Hart said Monday that the Iranian hostage crisis four years ago, when Mondale was vice president, and the deployment of U.S. Marines in Lebanon last year was evidence that if he loses the Democratic presidential nomination, Americans will be faced"with "a bleak choice between two failed pasts." In Knoxville, Tenn., Mondale said the senator's remarks "suggest some desperation on his part." "I don't recall at that time the senator being so clear about what he would have done that was different," he added. to offer future visitors a graphic portrait not only of "the inhumanity of the killer, but also the humanity of his victims." Wiesel and other survivors are raising funds to create a memorial illustrating the horrors of genocide and the daily lives of death camp victims. There also will be computerized archives of Nazi extermination records seized by the United States after World War II. Seen by Wiesel as a "magnet for all who visit Washington," the museum will be housed in two century-old buildings, donated by the U.S. government, that have served federal agencies in the past as auditors' offices, warehouses, stables and a fish hatchery. The red brick structures half a block from the National Mall contrast sharply with the white marble and concrete of official Washington. For Mark Talisman, vice chairman of the memorial council, they are instant reminders of mass murder. "When I saw the buildings, it evoked Auschwitz and Dachau," he said. "The imagery will be preser ved in the renovation." He said officials hope to have the museum portion open by early 1986 and the full facility operating by early 1988. Benjamin Meed, vice chairman of the Days of Remembrance Committee, said the facility will be "a unique structure, a museum that testifies to the dark side of human civilization, to the capacity of a cultured people to perpetrate the most evil of crimes and to the indifference of world leaders who failed to act against the evil until it was too late." Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, R-Tenn., said there is a thin line between civilized and barbaric societies. "The triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing," he said. Wiesel said that during the Days of Remembrance, survivors "close our eyes and we see them a procession slowly walking with the angel of death ... We are the link between you and them." Noting that the Holocaust was rooted in laws enacted by the German parliament, Weisel said it was symbolic to hold the ceremony under the Capitol dome. Bank Jesse James robbed hit again - century later NORTHFIELD, Minn. (AP) - A man has been taken Into custody after a robbery at the First National Bank of Northfield - ihe first attempt to rob the bank since the Jesse James gang tried and failed a century ago, authorities said Monday. In 1876, the James gang botched an attempt to rob the bank. Citizens fought them off, slaying three of the would-be robbers and capturing three others. Only James and his brother, Frank, escaped. Police Chief Mancel Mitchell said that, to the best of his knowledge, a robbery at the bank Monday morning was the first since the James gang bungled the job. Mitchell said a 36-year-old man was taken into custody about five miles north of Northfield after a police chase. He said an undisclosed amount of money was recovered. Police believed there was none missing. The suspect was being held in the Rice County jail pending the filing of formal charges today, Mitchell said. Blood-pressure regimen urged Non-drug approach cited WASHINGTON (AP) - Most people diagnosed with high blood pressure should drink less alcohol, eat less salt or lose weight before taking drugs to control the disease, a panel of medical experts recommended Monday. The latest recommendations for detecting and treating high blood pressure - or hypertension say that aggressive treatment of the disease can decrease the chances of heart disease and stroke. The Joint National Committee on the Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure said it was updating its report of 1980 to reflect results of recent clinical trials and advances in diagnosis and treatment. Since many adults already know their blood pressure or will find out what it Is through routine medical visits, widespread screening programs to detect hypertension are not needed except in special cases, the panel said. Resources should be concentrated on controlling blood pressure in patients already diagnosed with hypertension. These patients should be encouraged to adopt non-drug ap proaches first, then add drug therapy if needed, said the panel of doctors and nurses who specialize in high blood pressure. "Weight reduction by caloric restriction often results in a substantial decrease in blood pressure, even if the ideal body weight is not achieved," it said. The panel also recommended restricting dietary sodium to an equivalent of 2 grams of sodium, or 5 grams of salt, per day. (The Heart Institute said most Americans consume 10 to 12 grams of salt daily, most of which is added to food during Its preparation.) The group also suggested that people with hypertension restrict their use of alcohol to less than 4 ounces of hard liquor, 16 ounces of wine or 48 ounces of beer per day. These people also should avoid smoking and reduce levels of blood cholesterol through reducing fats in the diet. The report also recommended a regular program of doctor-supervised exercise, noting that walking, jogging or swimming not only can help control weight, but also may have beneficial effects on hypertension by itself. Media hail Supreme Court ruling WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court, in a decision that could save news organizations millions of dollars annually, ruled Monday that appeals courts have broad power to second-guess trial courts In libel cases. The 6-3 ruling, greeted with a sigh of relief by news media representatives, killed a $210,905 award to a stereo loudspeaker manufacturer that had sued Consumer Reports magazine. The Libel Defense Resource Center, a New York City research group supported by news or-'ganizations, said in a recently released study that the average award InPBO libel and privacy cases from 1980 to 1983 was $2.2 million. But the study showed that on appeal, about 80 percent of the awards were thrown out or sharply reduced." Bruce Sanford, a Washington lawyer for the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, praised Monday's ruling. "The Supreme Court has affirmed resoundingly the critical need for cool, dispassionate appellate scrutiny of Jury verdicts against the press," he said. "In an era of punishing libel mega-verdicts, the decision will have practical and salutary benefits." In other actions Monday, the court ; Cleared the way for polittcal-action committees to spend unlimited sums in this year's presidential campaign. Agreed to hear government and chemical industry appeals aimed at permitting the Environmental Protection Agency to ease regulations for some companies that discharge toxic wastes Into sewage systems. Ruled unanimously that It is illegal to send -FBI or Secret Service agents on a wild-goose, Jchase by telling them a phony story. 1 jjtk. f I v r AP photo IN COURT Frank Batey, left, sits in Denver District Court Monday as his former wife, Betty Lou Batey, talks with the Rev. Maurice Gordon in the background. The Bateys have been arguing the custody of their son, Brian, 12. Homosexual's son put in neutral setting - DENVER (AP) - A fundamentalist Christian mother and an avowed homosexual father agreed Monday to place their 12-year-old son, the object of a bitter custody dispute, in a neutral setting where both can visit him. "This has taken a great deal of giving on both sides. Both parties love Brian," said Denver District , Judge Harold Reed, in whose court the agreement was reached. Brian Batey's mother, Betty Lou Batey, had gone to court Monday seeking an emergency order to pre- Drugs cited in slaying of official BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Two gunmen on a motorcycle and others in a car ambushed the limousine of Justice Minister Roclrigo Lara Bon-ilia on Monday night and killed him in a barrage of bullets on an avenue in northern Bogota. Although left-wing guerrillas had launched a series of attacks over the past two days, killing three police-,men, it was believed Lara Bonilla was assassinated because of his campaign against Illegal drug traffickers. Bodyguards accompanying the minister engaged the killers in a gunfight. Officials of the Administrative Security police said one of the men on the motorcycle was killed and the other was wounded and captured at the site of the ambush. Caracol radio station Identified the captured suspect as Bayron Velasquez, 20, and quoted police sources as saying he told detectives he had been paid $20,000 to kill Lara Bonilla. Lara Bonilla had initiated an energetic campaign against Colombia's multl-billion-dollar drug rings, vent the boy from being returned to the custody of his father, Frank. She had been jailed earlier this; month after admitting she had ille-; '. gaily taken her son from his father"; and refusing to tell a judge the boy's' whereabouts. ; ', The divorced couple agreed Mon-' ; day to have the boy transferred to! the California Child Theft Unit in; San Diego, a juvenile unit connected-' with the local prosecutor's office-; there. "We're putting him in the hatids ! of experts," said the judge, adding-, that Brian, who had wanted to live with his mother, had made a sacri-; ' fice, too. '. ; James Walsh, a lawyer for the fa-;' ; ther, said the boy may eventually be; placed in a foster home. Batey, 39, an acknowledged homo-' ' sexual who lives In Palm Springs, Calif., has legal custody of Brian. Mrs. Batey, 39, has admitted illegally taking the boy from his father and bringing him to Colorado. She is a member of the fundamentalist Pentecostal faith, which disapproves of homosexuality, and she says it violates her faith to allow Brian to live with his father. She Is wanted In California on child-stealing charges. She was jailed April 12 by Denver District Judge Robert Fullerton for refusing to disclose her son's whereabouts, but was released on bond April 24 after Brian emerged from hiding and appeared in court. For the past week, Brian has been held In the Denver Crisis Center. In 1982, custody of the boy was awarded to his father by a California court because his mother violated terms of the couple's custody agreement by not allowing Batey to visit his son. She had had custody since the couple's 1976 djvorce. During a visit in September 1982, Mrs. Batey disappeared with her son. She took the boy to Texas and later to the Denver ared, she has said. Mrs. Batey surrendered to FBI officials April 4, but declined to reveal her son's whereabouts., j Brian has told reporters ha wants to live with his mfther. (

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