The Orlando Sentinel from Orlando, Florida on August 7, 1988 · 1
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Weather: A good chance for a wet afternoon. High 91 , low 73. Details, page A-2. Sunday, August 7, 1988 HhieO k mr . iur.ii 1. V W i J" JT a 'Jk " . A -Vita w-ey -3 j 0 $1.00 1966 Sentinel Communications Company Tfte best newspaper in Florida Bush's list crowded for No. 2 slot Running-mate roulette has everyone guessing By Harry Straight OF THE SENTINEL STAFF Nancy Kassebaum says there's a bumper sticker somewhere in Washington that reads, "Honk if George Bush has asked you to be vice president." Kassebaum, a U.S. senator from Kansas, is one of 24 Republicans Bush is said to be considering for his running mate. Kassebaum, by the way, says she's not interested. But the list of prospects has gotten so long that some Republican consultants now are joking that Bush runs the risk of insulting Sound Off: A female veep?: G-1 thousands of loyal suppporters if their names don't get mentioned before the party's nominating convention opens Aug. 15. One reason for the wide-ranging mate hunt is that Bush has so many potential liabilities, no one choice can solve them all: He has been trailing Democratic nominee Mike Dukakis in the polls, his un-. favorable rating among voters is one of the highest in recent presidential campaign history and he's weak in some of the Republican Party's usual electoral strongholds. GOP analyst Kevin Phillips put it this way, "I think the problem is George Bush has about five wounds that are bleeding and has at best lVi bandages coming out of the vice presidential selection. "He's got problems in California, the Midwest, the upper South, with blue-collar workers and with women," Phillips said. "He can't solve all of those. The best he can hope for is to do something with two of them." William Schneider, an often-quoted political scientist with the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank, said he doesn't see "anyone on any list who works magic for George Bush." "The one and only rule is that you pick someone who helps you win the presidency," he said. "Nothing else matters. You don't have to get along with the guy. You get the devil if that's what it takes." Dukakis chose Sen. Lloyd Bent-sen of Texas after a not-so-secret selection process that included exhaustive background checks, face-to-face interviews, campaign appearances with some of the prospects and even pilgrimages to Boston by several of the others. Bush, on the other hand, has Please see VEEP, A-12 L v . K. ASSOCIATED PRESS Brandy Johnson, 15, has a big hug for her coach, Bela Karolyi, after making the Olympics gymnastics team on Saturday. Seoulful performance: Johnson makes team By Melissa Isaacson OF THE SENTINEL STAFF SALT LAKE CITY Jerry Johnson could not watch. Instead, he circled the outer concourse of the Salt Palace, praying silently to himself as his youngest child attempted to make the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team. While he paced Saturday afternoon, he was thinking. Mostly, he considered his family's sacrifice over the past eight years. He thought about what this day meant to everyone, what it meant to his daughter. And as he did, he tried not to get physically ill. Inside, Brandy, 15, was as ner vous as her father, aborting her first vault on the final day of competition and telling herself she was going to blow everything if she didn't calm down. She eventually did, giving Al-tamonte Springs its second Olympian along with hurdler Schowonda Williams. It's as much a story about dedication as it is about gymnastics, and one little kid's desire to be the best. A story with some drama in it, too: Brandy was in fourth place going into the optionals six gymnasts would make the team. Although she completed her vault on her second attempt, her 9.238 made her more nervous than ever. Please see BRANDY, A-7 gets By Craig Dezern OF THE SENTINEL STAFF Lotto losers, you are legion. All week, you stood in ever-expanding lines to buy more than 26 million tickets, the most sold since the game began. Saturday alone, you bought more than 11 million chances to match the six-number combination that would bring fame and fortune. Mostly fortune. The jackpot exceeding $24 million is the richest yet, approaching the list of top jackpots in state lotteries across the country. Today, lottery officials will determine who, if anyone, beat the 13.9 million-to-1 odds and captured that grand prize jackpot. But if your number wasn't up, remember the words of the immortal Scarlett O'Hara: "Tomorrow is another Lotto." Throughout the state Saturday, Lotto aficionados lined up for one more chance. They were backed up to the video machines at the "lucky" 7-Eleven convenience store on West Colonial Drive in Pine Hills. The Lotto lovers surged like a tide all afternoon at the store, which earned its reputation for good fortune by selling four $5,000-winner tickets on the first day of the Florida Lottery. Sometimes there were a dozen people in line, sometimes only a handful. But almost always, somebody was ready to pay $1 for six numbers and a chance at the big jackpot. Multiply that scene by the 4,100 Lotto retailers across the state that reported record sales Saturday. At 2 p.m., the state was selling 408 Lotto tickets every second, said Lottery Director Rebecca Paul. Tickets sold for the day to- now w Lotto millions? THE WINNER: 12-15-17-18-31-42 1 i.--. 1 . V i r 4 V -fc in m j. r I I VI. V f i BOBBY COKERSENTINEL Karen Walsh of Orlando fills out Lotto ticket at a 7-Eleven at Colonial Drive and Hiawassee on Saturday as others queue up to buy. taled $11.5 million, breaking last Saturday's one-day record of $7.4 million. If there is no winning ticket today, next week's grand prize could top $40 million. Florida would be in its fourth week without a winner. The biggest payoff until now came Memorial Day weekend, when Josie Moore of Port Charlotte won $14 million. Minus taxes, her annual check for the next 20 years will be about $560,000. The eight-figure jackpot attract-. ed newcomers to the game last Please see LOTTO, A-8 Beltway a path to growth, not relief Atlanta chokes on progress will Orlando learn a lesson? By Dan Tracy OF THE SENTINEL STAFF ATLANTA First there were four lanes. Then eight. It wasn't enough. The brake lights of cars and trucks still glared for miles. Soon, there should be 10 lanes. But no one believes the extra concrete will do anything more than open a small channel that will quickly brim over with the flood of traffic on the Interstate 285 beltway encircling Atlanta. ' "We're so far behind There's no way to catch up," said Kirby Hamil, an urban design engineer with the Georgia Department of Transportation. The next great hope of the DOT is to build a second and larger beltway, this one costing $1.2 billion, that would siphon off some of the more than 200,000 ! vehicles stifling much of 1-285 each weekday. ' J Will Orlando, struggling to finance and build its ' own four-lane beltway around the city, discover what Atlanta has learned the hard way: That roads do-; signed to relieve congestion do just the opposite they attract growth and traffic? 1 Orlando beltway proponents say their planned highway will offer beleaguered motorists a smooth-' driving option to stewing on choked arteries like In-terstate 4 or Semoran Boulevard. Dave Grovdahl, chief transportation planner for : the East Central Florida Planning Council, scoffs at such promises. "It's going to give you short-term re-' lief," he said, "but it isn't going to take any time be- (, Please see ATLANTA, A-10 : in Almanac A-2 Miss Manners F-2 Books F-6 Names and faces A-2 Business D-1 Obituaries B-6 Classified E-1 Real Estate J-1 Comicsgames 1-1 Brian Schmitz C-1 Corrections A-3 Scoreboard C-10 Insight G-1 Sports C-1 Ann Landers F-5 Style F-1 Local & state B-1 Travel H-1 IN A WORD aggress, ah-GRES: verb. From the Latin word meaning to step. To start a quarrel or be the first to attack. Housing trend for the '90s: bigger houses, smaller lots. Page J-1 wmVitT.rT.n When a child disappears so does family's peace of mind By Kirsten Gallagher OF THE SENTINEL STAFF Charles and Marie Hooper see Kathleen anywhere there are children on school buses, in swimming pools. Still, deep down, they know the granddaughter they raised is dead. Bob Armstrong began pasting posters of Care Bear characters in Regina's room two months after her abduction. He kept his daughter's room ready, just in case. William Rediger had planned a memorial service for his daughter a few weeks before a biker found Cindy's remains. It was a matter of sanity. However they have dealt with their children's disappearances, these parents have been held captive by the same fear and the same hope. There is no peace until they see their child, either alive or dead. Bob Armstrong knows that now. He put hope to rest last week when he recognized Regina's faded sun dress at the Oviedo police station. The dress and a child's skull were found at an Oviedo building site 10 months ago. But Oviedo police didn't draw the link to the 6-year-old girl until July 20. In that 10-month period, Bob and Donna Armstrong were divorced. "Who knows, if this would have happened 10 months ago, we could have patched things up," Armstrong said. "I was in love for 12 years." Counselors for grieving parents say that the pain of waiting never lets up. In some cases, it intensifies with time. Each day matters. "The stress is constantly having images pop in your mind: My God, is she being Please see FAMILY, A-8 I n " i I r i (: ) i 7'--' CHRIS USHERSENTINEL Charles and Marie Hooper look at picture of their granddaughter. She vanished Memorial Day 1987. 5 1

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