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SHQgJLB iWG MAUG A TJllftQP CGAGMG DASGDALL TTGAtVl? YgJ GILP, US, Tl PENSACOLA LIFE OF LUXUaY IS IN EASY REACH Americans of the '90s would much rather do the things that please themselves than things to keep up with the Joneses, 1E SUTTON 5III7TS to a Former star pitcher approaches career in baseball announcing as he approached life as a player by being --f. himself, 1C I A Gannett Newspaper Pensacola, Florida Sunday March 11, 1990 EscambiaSanta Rosa 3 ttJjNj ZZTV I Public uprising ousts Haitian leader PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -Haitian ruler Lt. Gen. Prosper Avril, who rose to power 18 months ago in a revolt by pro-democracy soldiers, resigned Saturday during a popular uprising against his military regime. The embattled Haitian leader turned over power to Maj.

Gen. Herard Abraham, the army chief of staff, who said he would transfer rule to a civilian-led government within 72 hours. Abraham said the interim government would prepare for elec tions but did not give a date. Diplomat sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Avril would leave the country within two days. There was no word on where he would go and how he would get there.

Immediately after Avril's resignation, members of a coalition of opposition parties disagreed over the provisions for Abraham's rule and there also was discord over who would lead the civilian government. The opposition members later met with Abraham and it was not immediately known whether they reached agreement They scheduled a news conference for this morning. It was Haiti's fifth change of government since February 1986, when dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier fled the impoverished Caribbean nation into exile in France. Avril's departure followed five days of mass protests. His opponents said they no longer trusted him to usher in fair elections that had been scheduled for October.

Thousands of residents poured into the streets of the capital to Celebrate. Youths erected flaming tire barricades at major intersections, and black smoke filled the sky over the capital. The television station Tele-Haiti said teen-agers shouted slogans outside the house of a special police agent in the slum suburb of Martissant, and that the agent and backers "wildly" opened fire, killing ran Uli 1 nun it ,0 ivvv-v1r-xjt ssj iW 1 SHS mi-Mix TxZVjf: mamas. fc.a;.: ag "-wai'Mt-sais i sssmii ftiif.l! six. Radio Metropole said seven were killed.

Independent Radio Metropole said the houses of some Duvalier and Avril sympathizers had been ransacked and their cars bumed. On radio talk shows, callers demanded that Avril be thrown out of the country. Haiti, the poorest country in the hemi- sphere, has been ruled by force of arms for most of its history since independence from France in 1804. Marchers; are told go to D.C! MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) The re-enactment of the historic, 50-mile march from Selma to Montgomery ended Saturday with 3,000 people gathered in the shadow of Alabama's Capitol.

The turnout paled in comparison to the 1965 march, when 25,000 people gathered in "the Cradle of the to demand voting rights, but organizers hoped the 1990 trek would herald a new age of activism. would be a shameful waste if we marched all the way from Selma to Montgomery to go home and sit on our seats of apathy," said Joseph Lowery, president of the Southern Christan Leadership Conference, who led the commemorative march. At the Capitol, where the Confederate battle flag still flies over the dome despite blacks' protests, Jesse Jackson told the chanting crowd their message must be taken to the nation's capital. "On to Washington for jobs," Jackson exhorted the gathering. "On to Washington for peace dividends.

Keep hope alive." Coretta Scott King encouraged the mostly black crowd to keep fighting for racial equality. "These are the faithful few, and God always uses those who are willing to be used," said the widow of slain civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King whose first church is a block down the street from the Capitol steps. King, Jackson and others said blacks had made progress but much remained to be done. Lowery called for corporations "to engage in equitable reinvestment in our communities." Jackson later went to meet with former Gov.

George C. Wallace at his home. Wallace, who opposed the 1965 march, later won widespread black support that helped win his fourth and final term as governor in 1982. "If the governor can come from where he was 20 years ago and speak of a moral society where there is economic justice, there is hope for blacks and whites Jackson told reporters after the meeting. The rally capped a week in which about 150 marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma and headed east along a rural highway to Montgomery, covering the same path activists took in 1965.

The final, two-mile leg of the commemoration began about two hours before the Capitol ceremony, with Lowery and King leading about 1,000 blacks and a few whites through some of Montgomery's black neighborhoods. Blue skies and warm temperatures greeted the sign-carrying marchers, who chanted "Fired up!" and "We ain't gonna take it no more" on their way downtown. Lowery said blacks must reclaim values of the civil rights era. 1 Feb. 4, 1 976: Stat Trooper S.R.

Bevis. 2. Nov. 11 Dec. 28, 1 987: Ed Walters, original eight sightings and photographs.

3. Jan. 12, 1988: Ed Walters. 4. Mar.

11, 1988: Unidentified minister. 5. Mar. 1 7, 1 988: Council Woman Brenda PoRak. 6 Mar.

17, 1 988: Nancy Reese and Marine. Patrol officers Nancy Andrews, Mike Delay. li Oct. 25, 1988: Toll booth workers Stanley Butter and Jerry Thompson. April 27, 1989: Gutf Breeze Sentinel reporter Kimberly Stevenson.

Jan. 8, 1 990: Ed Walters, Duane Cook, Buddy and Brenda Pollak. i 'Iffifpa Jeff DarbyNews Journal Observers: Gulf Breeze UFOs: 5 is Seeing Science fiction? or WEATHER Mostly sunny skies Jerry KovachNews Journal Ed Walters describes a UFO he saw over Gulf Breeze. The publication of Walters' photographs touched off a rash of UFO sightings. believing By Bill DiPaolo and Craig Myers News Journal Florida Highway Patrol Trooper S.R.

Bevis is convinced he saw a UFO an unidentified flying object on Feb. 4, 1976. So convinced that he would be willing to testify to the fact. "It was making some pretty unorthodox moves that an ordinary aircraft couldn't do. I'm not trying to say it was an alien craft.

I thought it may be something the military was fooling around with," he said. Bevis was on patrol near Navarre Beach when he made the sighting. I had the station call that night to see if the Navy or Air Force was testing anything. They said nothing was being tested," he said. The Navy's and Air Force's silence that night is characteristic of actions by government investigations into reports of UFO sightings and contacts.

But it's not enough to silence those who claim to have seen, or even had contact with, unidentified flying objects in and around Gulf Breeze. The term UFO was coined in 1953 See SEEING, 11A By Craig Myers and Bill DiPaolo News Journal GULF BREEZE In July 1988, Escambia County Medical Examiner C. Fenner McConnell and his wife, Shirley, were planning a dinner party for friends. Activities and decorations at the party were going to poke fun at several recent sightings of UFOs in the skies above Gulf Breeze. Guests could pose for photos with Martians painted on a backdrop, then eat Mars candy bars and Moon Pies for dessert.

But two days before the party, the tables were turned on the McConnells. For five minutes around dawn July 8, the McConnells watched as an object hovered over their pier in Pensacola Bay. The object matched photos taken by retired contractor Ed Walters and published in the Gulf Breeze Sentinel, the McConnells said. Walters' pictures are published in his just-released book "The Gulf Breeze Sightings." "It was the stereotyped flying saucer, with windows and a flashing light on top of it," said Mrs. McConnell.

"It was metallic gray in color and didn't make a hum no motor, no noise. It took one minute for it to get from our house to the Navy base, and when it hit the beams of the lighthouse, we couldn't see it any more." "I told it to come back (for the party) Sunday," Mrs. McConnell said. The sighting by the McConnells is just one of many more than 200 that were reported in the skies over Northwest Florida since Nov. 11, 1987, when Walters said he had a close encounter with a UFO.

The sightings, which usually come in clusters in different parts of the world, make Northwest Florida one of the recent "hot spots," said one UFO investigator. In the November 1987 incident, Walters said that about 5 p.m., as he looked out a window at the front of his house, he saw an object he described as "right out of a (Steven) Spielberg movie" hovering about 200 feet above the ground. He got a camera, went out the front door and took pictures. He claims he was hit by a beam See SIGHTINGS, 10A Rain chance, 0 percent. High 81.

Low 61. WeatherTrak hot line: 1-900-370-8400 Details back of this section INDEX Money. Movies "E.T." director Steven Spielberg has been invited to be guest speaker at a conference on UFOs, 10A Some of the most famous international and local sightings of unidentified flying objects. An extraordinary outburst of reports occurred in the late 1940s, 1950s and 1960s and locally since November 1987, 11 A Alabama Ann Landers 2E Classified 10-200 Crosswords Florida 17.20A Nation Obituaries 2B Opinion 18-19A Public Record 2B MOC Sports Horoscope. Life Local Lottery -1-6B 2B Stock Markets 2D World Other sections Include comics TV Week and USA Weekend 1990 Gannett Co, Inc..

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