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Secretaries cain in Pilot drug progam 0IC'd1B Isgsnd revisited SPORTS, Page 1D prestige LlVING.Page 1C Penney adds latest styles8E Pet Gray In his heyday with the Browns. Mary Jane Pessarchlck Is a budget specialist. Music festival jazzes up1 B . ; ' Sunday April 23, 1989 FINAL EDITION Mostly sunny High: 44. Low: 23 Details on Page 2A Skipper's decision called 'priceless' PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A Vietnamese family was reunited with the U.S. admiral who saved their lives by dumping $10 million worth of helicopters in the sea so they could land a small plane on the deck of his aircraft carrier. South Vietnamese Maj. Bung Lee, his wife and their five children had crammed into a single-seat Cessna 0-1 Bird Dog to escape from their homeland as it was overrun by communist forces in April 1975. ' It appeared they would be unable to land . on the u.S.S. Midway in the South China Sea because its flight deck was filled with helicopters used to evacuate Saigon. Rear Adm. Lawrence Chambers, now retired, ordered the deck cleared. "His decision was priceless," Lee said Friday. "Without his decision we would not be here today." Bentsen: Many firms carry high-risk debt WASHINGTON ( AP) - Congress may be asked to bail out numerous corporations that will be forced into bankruptcy in the next recession because of excessive debt, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said Saturday. Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas, said a study that shows a spectacular increase in the amount of high-risk "junk bond" debt since 1980 , makes him worry about the possibility of a taxpayer bailout similar to the multi-billion dollar rescue of the nation's troubled savings and loans. In 1980, one out of 25 bonds was below investment grade; today it is one out of five, Bentsen said. CI A report: Soviet defense spending rises WASHINGTON (AP) - Soviet defense spending rose 3 percent last year, despite President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's promises to cut his military budget, according to an intelligence report released Saturday. But the study, prepared jointly by the CIA and the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency, also said Gorbachev was laying the groundwork for his proposed 14.2 percent cut in defense spending. The study said chopping military spending so sharply would require the Soviets to reduce their armed forces by more than the 500,000-troop reduction announced by Gorbachev last December. 17-year-old's married prom date causes a stir Gannett News Service ALBURNETT, Iowa An Alburnett High School junior is being prohibited by school administrators from taking a married woman to the prom and her husband filed a court injunction Friday requesting she be allowed to go. A hearing has been set for Thursday. Jayme Wessels, 17, made up his mind months ago to take family friend Delores Washburn, 35, to the junior-senior prom April 29. But after he signed their names to v a guest list and paid a $15 dinner fee, principal Raymond Cull returned the money and a ruling. "They said the community wouldn't like it, that it would frown on it, Wessels said. "I said the community isn't going to the prom." Washburn and Wessels have been friends for about two years, Wessels said. State lotteries N.Y. Daily Number: 5-5-4 N.Y. Win 4: 2-9-2-0 N.Y. Lotto: 9-11-15-25-37-52 Supp: 17 N.Y.Keno: 4-6-8-10-13-14-15-29-36-37 -40-46-49-56-59-62-71 -73-77-80 Pa. Dally Lottery: 3-0-5 Pa. Big 4: 5-3-4-2 Page index Business 8E Puzzles 2C Classified 2-1 8F Sports ID Comics pullout State 7B Community 1-6B Stocks 5-6E Living 1C Travel 15C Movies 17C TV pullout Nation ' 3A Washington 9A Obituaries 6B Weather 2A Opinion 1-4E World 1F Questions or comments? For matters regarding world, national and state news call News Editor Diana Bean q at 798-1 184, weekdays after 4 p.m. STM 3(eJ ftlU 5i -JoJ i1:fol Wilo JHSlei S'if? Landmark ruling legalizing abortion By RITA CIOLLI Newsday Reshaped by a conservative president and confronted with advancing medical technology, the U.S. Supreme Court seems primed to narrow its 1973 landmark decision legalizing abortion when it considers a challenge to the ruling this week. At 10 a.m. Wednesday, when the clerk calls the Missouri case of Webster vs. Reproductive Health Services, the justices once again will try to determine where a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy ends and the state's interest in protecting life begins. There are three new justices since the court decided Roe vs. Wade, including Sandra Day O'Connor, widely seen as the probable deciding vote. The court may not overturn Roe, but could strike a balance in favor of allowing states to restrict the availability to abortions in some cases. "We are at a different moment in histo- 16 ..years lafflsr faces Supreme Court challenge ry. The conservative movement has been successful in restructuring the federal courts while at the same tune the anti-abortion forces have shown a dogged persistence in keeping the issue alive," said David O'Brien, a professor of government at the University of Virginia, wno has written extensively about the Supreme. Court. If the court finds that any part of the Missouri law is constitutional in its effort to limit abortion access in certain cases, it See ABORTION Page 7A Inside on Pages 6A, 7A Two Broome County women share their abortion experiences. Maine-Endwell students discuss abortion. Experts say the medical procedure has little to do with shaping teens' sexual mores. New York could become the abortion capital again. . . Issues of Missouri case explained. Project tells history of local Jews Following the trail of Jewish tradition in Broome County. Page 1 0A. By JEFF DAVIS Staff Writer Until Lance J. Sussman arrived at the state University Center at " Binghamton in 1986, the Bingham- ton Jewish community had no his torian to tell its story. Just 2V2 years later that void has been filled by an ongoing project that is successfully connecting the present and the past. Beyond the Catskills: A Brief History of the Jewish Community of Binghamton, N.Y., 1850-1975 is the title of bussman s survey of local Jewish history and the name of an exhibit scheduled to open May 17 at the state University Center at Bingamton. The 10-day exhibit in the university's Elsie Benensohn Rosefs-ky Gallery will feature 300 historic photographs and memorabilia from the Jewish community's first 125 years in Binghamton. Sussman's lengthy essay is the backbone of the catalog that will accompany the exhibit. The historian was aided and abetted by members of the local Jewish community, who contributed roughly 3,000 photos to his endeavor, and by two assistants: Peggy Marcus and Susan Savitch, whom Sussman met when they were doing graduate work at SUNY-Binghamton. Charles L. Rosenthal, Binghamton native, retired local businessman and staff member for the SUNY-Binghamton Foundation, also contributed significantly to the endeavor. Besides serving as resident enthusiast, Rosenthal financed the project. "I don't know how much it is," he said. "When they give me the bill, I'll pay it." See PROJECT Page 1 0A r it 4 1 KCLL SEIIJEB PHOTO About 50 people wait In line outside Beavers Restaurant In Pennsylvania to buy lottery tickets. The diner, just off Route 81 at the Great Bend exit, attracted New Yorkers as well as Pennsylvanians who want a chance to become a millionaire. Four Susquehanna County shops sell the tickets. Pag9 1 1 A. Lottery has 'em lining up By GEORGE BASLER Staff Writer , Colleen Marchiano knows she has better odds of being hit by lightning than . winning the Pennsylvania Super 7 Lottery, but that doesn't bother her. She's already been hit by ' lightning. That happened back in 1S84 while she was driving a United Parcel Service truck. The impact threw her from the truck, but left her ' uninjured. "I'm looking for the lottery to light up my life . as ain," she joked.- Marchiano', 34, a waitress at Beavers Restaurant in Great Bend, Pa., bought $10 worth of lottery tickets Saturday. "I wouldn't be an t . American if I didn't play," . she said. -; - Marchiano wasn't alone. Thousand! of people filed ; through the restaurant to buy tickets in the lottery whose jackpot reached a world record $70 million . Friday and is expected to climb higher before Wednesday's drawing. , The odds of winning, lottery officials say, are 9.6 million-to-l. ' "They're out there freezing " said Gary Conklin, manager of Beavers. "As the line goes down, 30 more ; people replace them." The restaurant called in a policeman tQ,help control the line that, at its height, SeeLOTTERYPagellA Whistlers pucker through classical concertos, 'Carmen' Bush orders CIA to conduct anti-Noriega election campaign that we're trying to help the opposition win the election," one offi- LOUISBURG, N.C. (AP) - A U.S. Navy sailor puckered his way through classical and popular tunes to become grand champion at the 16th Annual National Whistlers Convention on Saturday. Sean Lomak, 28, stationed at Pearl Harbor, had to get his commanding officer's permission to fly from Hawaii for the event, where he whistled a piece from the opera Carmen and a popular tune from The Entertainer. Lomak had never entered the national contest but had won awards at the International Whistle-Off in Carson City, Nev., in the classical category, said Allen De-Hart, founder and director of Saturday's event. Lomak will appear May 5 on the Tonight Show hosted by Johnny Carson. Second . place went to Yugo Conti of El Cerrito, Calif., who whistled a classical oboe concerto and Sailing to Spain. Amy Rose, 15, of Louisburg, who had won the children's national championship earlier, took the teen-age division. Her classical piece was the "Blue Danube." Terri Long, 12, of Louisburg won the children's category. Greg Smith of Raleigh was selected best supporting male whistler for his renditions of Putting on the Top Hat and a selection from the Nutcracker. Gwenneth Wagg of Philadelphia won the best supporting female whistler award. Best supporting awards go to the contestants who are second place among the whistlers, De-Hart said. The whistlers ranged in age from 9-year-old Jeff Tillett of Louisburg to 80-year-old Glenn Vivarette of Raleigh, DeHart said. By DOYLE McMANUS Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON - The Central Intelligence Agency, acting under orders from President Bush, has launched a covert operation to oust the regime of Gen. Manuel A. Noriega in Panama's presidential election, Bush administration officials said Saturday. The CIA is trying to boost the opposition's chances of ousting Noriega in next month's election. The CIA's effort has included funding for opposition activities, Erinting facilities for opposition terature and plans for clandestine radio and television broadcasts in the period leading up to election day May 7, sources said. But despite the CIA campaign, administration officials said they expect Noriega, Panama's military strongman, to succeed in delivering the election to his own hand-picked candidate, even though he may have to resort to fraud. "It shouldn't come as a surprise cial said. "Panama is probably the only country in Latin America where this kind of operation is greeted with acclaim by most of the population." But, he added, "Noriega's going to steal the election. . . . There's no way the opposition can win the way he's set it up." The existence of the CIA program was first reported by U.S. News & World Report in an article released Saturday. It said Bush signed a directive launching the operation last February. Bush "personally lobbied the plan through the congressional committees and won approval for the CIA to provide more than $10 million" to Noriega's opponents, the magazine reported. The White House refused to confirm the report. The United States has been seeking to oust Noriega since February 1988, when the dictator was indicted by two federal grand juries in Florida on charges of aiding drug traffickers. The Reagan administration encouraged Panama's then-president, Eric A. Del-valle, to fire Noriega as military commander, but Noriega ousted Delvalle instead. After that, the Reagan administration sought to force Noriega out of power through both overt and covert actions, with no success. The United States reportedly supported attempts to organize a coup within the Panamanian armed forces, but an 1988 attempt fizzled. Some U.S. officials proposed kidnapping Noriega to bring him to justice in the United States, but that idea ran into opposition both in the CIA and in the congressional intelligence committees, officials said. An administration official said Saturday that reviving those options is "a latent possibility" after Panama's elections. 0 n l i'ial

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