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Simms' state champs welcomed homeiB Cloudy Warmer. High 40. Low 35. Page 1 0A. I' SjxL'J 1 1 F n lM.izi 1 1 1 IE 2 SO jmnmwwpwirw'wmmmamwiMimmrwmrmmmfmi u nmmwMmmmmmmmmm''mwmmmfmmmmmmmmmmmimmmriwmmrm FallSs I U UuJ s iJLLhJi Germany's Kohl wins Communists, Greens lose much support Kohl BONN, Germany (AP) - Chancellor Helmut Kohl's center-right coalition on Sunday easily won the first free all-German elections since 1932, buoyed by his popularity as the man who crafted swift unification. In perhaps the biggest surprise, the Greens environmental party of former West Germany, Europe's best-known ecology movement; lost all their seats. Only the Greens' sister party in eastern Germany won seats in the new parliament. The balloting capped a breathtaking transformation that began with a revolt last year against East Germany's Communist gov ernment and led to the merging of East and West Germany on Oct. 3. East Germany s former ruling Communist Party, now called the Party for Democratic Socialism, won 17 seats in the new XI German Parliament, but Nj lost much of the support it iiau caiuci una jecu, cu.- cording to final returns. A jubilant Kohl was greeted at his Christian Democrat party headquarters by a throng of well-wishers. "This is a day of great joy," he told them. "This is a great success and something to be proud of." At the headquarters of the rival Social Democrats, the scene was somber. "We have lost the election," Kohl's rival Oskar La-fontaine told his supporters. According to final results, Kohl's coalition the Christian Democrats, its Bavarian sister party and the Free Democrats took 54.8 percent of the vote, compared to 33.5 percent for the Social Democrats. Berlin, divided until just over a year ago by the Berlin Wall, held its own united elections. Social Democrat Mayor Walter Momper lost to his predecessor, conservative Eberhard Diepgen of Kohl's party. t The Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, increased their parliamentary seats from 305 to 313. The Social Democrats, who had 226 seats before the vote, captured 239. Along with Kohl, Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher was among the big victors. Genscher's Free Democrats, Kohl's junior coalition partner, will increase their representation from 57 to 79 seats in the 656-seat Parliament. They gained 11 percent of the vote. The Free Democrats and Kohl's party have already said they would form a new coalition if Kohl won. The poor showing of the Greens was one of the biggest election surprises. Final returns said the Greens across Germany lost all but eight of their 48 parliamentary seats. In the former West Germany, they garnered only about 4.8 percent of the national vote, less than the 5 percent needed for parliamentary representation. That means the Greens' main leaders will be excluded from Parliament. The Greens' sister branch In former East Germany won about 7 percent of the vote. Under one-time special election laws, small parties in former East Germany can enter Parliament by chalking up at least 5 percent on their home turf. In West Germany's 1987 federal elections, the Greens won 8.3 percent. The Greens, who initially resisted swift German unification, were one of Europe's first ecology groups whose disarmament policies brought them support and seats in the federal parliament in the 1980s. But the Greens became rebels without a cause when mainstream parties embraced ecology as their own theme and disarmament accords began removing nuclear missiles from Germany. The election results include all the votes, but the official count will be approved later this week. Lafontaine blamed his Social Democrats' loss on Kohl's ability to capitalize on the tumultuous events that began with East Germany's peaceful revolution in October 1989 and led to unification. . "There were official events which gave the stage to the government and gave the opposition difficulties in articulating its program," he said. Germany last voted freely as one nation in November 1932. Two months later, Hitler was named chancellor and soon drove through laws depriving non-Nazis of their seats in parliament. Hitler's designs triggered World War II, which laid waste to Europe and carved two ideologically opposed German nations out of one. Kohl automatically became the leader of all Germany when the two states merged on Oct. 3. Even as Germans looked to a united future, the election was shadowed by a reminder of a dark past. Officials were seeking entry to a Soviet military hospital near Berlin to arrest former East German leader Erich Honecker. Honecker, 78, is accused of personally issuing shoot-to-kill orders to prevent people from fleeing the Communist state he ruled with an iron hand for 18 years before being swept from power in October 1989. A warrant for his arrest was issued on Friday. The ARD network said the Social Democrats were badly defeated in former East Germany, where they won 25 percent of the vote to 57 percent for Kohl's coalition. M ureter still a mystery M " W.'i . ; f ' 'A i Tribune Photo by Worn Arnst More than five years after former Great Falls resident Morris Davis' death, his killer remains at large. Still, Davis' mother, Delnita, right, and his brother Cliff, left, have at least some reasons for optimism. The program "Unsolved Mysteries" will feature the murder of the pizza deliveryman on network television this week. Network TV show to feature death of local pizza deliveryman By RICHARD ECKE Tribune Staff Writer Weather was bitter and police officers sounded anxious after reports of a shooting that night. A Bicsak ambulance operated by paramedics Cliff Davis and Ed Day was called to a westside house on April 6, 1985. So many police patrol cars were parked outside it looked like "a TV show," Davis recalled. Davis noticed a Howard's Pizza truck parked there, but he was concentrating on his job, and thought little of the fact his brother, Morris, drove such a truck. Inside, the house was eerily vacant. Davis noticed a for-sale sign propped up. "I thought, What the hell's going on?'" he recalled. Davis's partner, and a policeman, were ahead of him. The murder victim was lying in a bloody, cramped area. Davis followed. His eyes fixed on the victim's cowboy boots, a present he had purchased for his brother, Morris Davis. "When I saw his boots, then I knew," Cliff said. At the time, he let out a bloodcurdling scream. He had been called to the scene of a murder where his brother was the victim. There was no hope of saving the well-liked, 23-year-old deliveryman, who had been shot repeatedly. . More than five years later, his killer remains at large. Still, Cliff Davis and his parents, Morris and Delnita, have at least some reasons for optimism. A television program on the NBC-TV network this week will feature the murder of the pizza deliveryman. His mother, Delnita, said she tries not to get her hopes too high. "I've been telling myself not to get excited about it, but I am," Davis said. The program is "Unsolved Mysteries," the J7th-rated network program for the most recent ratings week of Nov. J 9-25. Each week, 14 million homes tune in the show, featuring host Robert Stack. The program will air at 7 p.m. Wednesday on KTGF-TV, Channel 16, or cable Channel 12. It is one of a handful of stories to be shown. Others include a woman who was shot in the head and survived, and a search for buried treasure in Arizona. The Davis killing has baffled local authorities. An unknown man ordered a See MURDER, 10A Saddam says chances of war are 50-50; Iraq tests missiles .... r . . v-' ,1V i cA AP Photo Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali leads a group of Americans as they leave Amman, Jordan's airport Sunday. The hostages were released after the boxer met with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. By The Associated Press Saddam Hussein's armies rattled nerves around the Persian Gulf Sunday with the first test of surface-to-surface missiles since the invasion of Kuwait, and Iraq's president said the chances of war are 50-50. In Washington, Secretary of State James A. Baker III said the United States would not attack Iraq provided Iraqi troops are withdrawn from Kuwait and foreign hostages are freed. Iraq, which has been sporadically releasing captives, let more go on Sunday. Fifteen freed Americans flew out of Iraq to Amman, Jordan, with former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, who secured their release in talks with Saddam. A spokesman for the boxer said he planned to return to Baghdad on Christmas Eve to try to bring out more of the hundreds of remaining captives, who were stranded when Iraq invaded small, oil-rich Kuwait on Aug. 2. Also in Amman, Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Kassem told Kuwaiti leaders that Jordan favors the total withdrawal of Iraqi troops from the emirate, according to Kuwaiti reports and a senior Jordanian official who spoke on condition of anonymity. A statement signed by former Kuwaiti Parliamentarian Ahmad Al-Rabee said the meeting "was a step towards improving relations" between the two nations. King Hussein has criticized Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, but has failed to strongly condemn it like most countries. There was also speculation some supplies were shipped through Jordan to Iraq in violation of the U.N.-backed trade embargo. The Kuwaiti delegation, which includes lawmakers, journalists and writers, was scheduled to meet King Hussein and other state officials. Iraq, meanwhile, told the Soviet Union that it could lose its influence in the Arab world if it sent troops to the Persian Gulf. That was apparently in response to a warning from Soviet Foreign Minister Ed-uard Shevardnadze, who said last week Moscow would send in soldiers if Soviet citizens trapped in Iraq were harmed. The official Iraqi News agency quoted an Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying Shevardnadze "seems to be looking for a pretext to send troops to the region." More than 350,000 troops are in the Persian Gulf as part of the US.-led multinational force. American troops, now numbering more 240,000, are expected to swell to around 400,000 by next month. The U.S. military refused to say whether the American forces went on alert Sunday when Iraq launched surface-to-surface missiles in what appeared to be test launches. The missiles were fired and landed in Iraqi territory, U.S. military officials in Saudi Arabia said in a statement. The officials refused to say how the missiles were detected, but they apparently were monitored either by U.S. spy satellites or AWACS airborne early-warning radar planes, which are on patrol 24 hours a day. The military statement did not say what kind of missiles were involved, but Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, interviewed in Washington by ABC-TV, said they were SCUD missiles "or SCUD variants." He said it was the first such firing since April. Cheney said Saddam has used the missiles, which have a range of 350 to 400 miles, with conventional warheads in the See IRAQ, 10A Audit blasts BIA for way of handling Indian art, artifacts By MARY BENANTI Gannett News Service WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Indian Affairs has been storing Indian art and artifacts under deplorable conditions in its Washington offices, a federal audit shows. "Paintings, prints, pottery, articles of clothing and a handmade hat ... were stored in an attic which was exceedingly hot, humid, dusty and dirty," said a report by the Interior Department's Inspector General's office. The BIA has agreed to two of the report's recommendations: that they conduct an inventory and put someone in charge of properly storing artifacts. But the agency balked at the third suggestion that they hire an art expert to evaluate the work, saying it would be too expensive. The internal agency watchdog's report pointed out that the artifacts may be more valuable than the BIA "We want to give the department time to rectify the situation. They are moving it (the artifacts) from where we found it to better quarters." Harold Bloom suspected. One of the artists is painter Kevin Red Star whose paintings now are worth an estimated $4,000 to $5,000; another, Fritz Scholder, is a contemporary artist who exhibited at the Heard Museum in New York. However, no dollar value has been placed on all of the artifacts. "Paintings were found stacked haphazardly on the shelves or leaned against each other on the floor and several had broken glass or frames." A BIA spokesman complained that the audit did not report on many items that are displayed and properly cared for on bureau office walls. But he said the agency will take steps to improve its handling of all the items. The audit was the result of an earlier investigation by the same office after it received reports that the Interior Department to which the Indian bureau belongs had lost hundreds of pieces of valuable art, some of which were received as gifts, over the years. Inspectors found Indian artifacts often were kept in a storage area that had a leaking water pipe that created a puddle of water about 20 feet from the artworks. The federal government's own manual on museums, cited in the report, warns about damage from improper storage and handling of artwork, especially storage in warm, humid rooms where mold can cause disfiguring stains. Even the offices in which some of the artwork was displayed "were not appropriate for preserving artifacts," the inspecting office noted. In its review of 50 art objects in storage or scattered in offices in two BIA buildings, the Inspector General found that 49 were not even included on the bureau's inventory records. Harold Bloom, who prepared the report, said his office would not conduct another audit for a year or two. "We want to give the department time to rectify the situation," Bloom said. "They are moving it (the artifacts) from where we found it to better quarters." Bureau spokesperson Tommy Garrett said the BIA will assign a group to find out which pieces are so badly damaged they should be disposed of and which should be repaired. The group will also look into whether there is someone who was responsible for the artworks and if there has been gross neglect of duty. m Classified 6-1 0B Comics 5B Crossword 5B Entertainment 7A Health 9A MetroMontana 5A Obituaries, records 6A Opinion 8A Sports 1-4B TV listings 7B Tribune telephones: Newssports: 791-1460 Circulation: 791-1400 Classified ads: 791-1420 Display ads: 791-1440 Toll-free long-distance: 1-800436600 1 990 Great Falls Tribune A Gannett Newspaper

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