The Dispatch from Moline, Illinois on August 29, 1990 · 1
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Moline, Illinois
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Wednesday, August 29, 1990
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- 'Ken Moburg End of a career Long-time administrator ,at Lutheran Hospital packs up for retirement - Local, C6 Going y- ojj bananas rvw yl This fruit's easy i 1 1 J to prepare, good to eat IV y and good for you Imrmr, -Ufe,Bl - A Todd VanPoppal Pitching phenom 18-year-old Texan opted for the bank instead of the books - SportsDay, C3 BAILY BI 113th YEAR No. 30 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 1990 PATCH i MOLINE , ILLINOIS '60 35? Students escape tornado Former Q-C area coach involved By Bob Merrlfleld and Linda Young Chicago Tribune CHICAGO Moments before a tornado destroyed Plainfield High School Tuesday, 102 varsity and junior varsity members of the Plainfield Panthers football team were on the school's athletic field, practicing for their first game of the season Friday. Thirty members of the girls' volleyball team were in the gymnasium preparing for a late-afternoon game against a team from Bolingbrook. Teachers and administrators were getting ready for the opening of the new school year Wednesday. Then, at about 3:30 p.m. CDT, lightning started to flash to the west, and coach Wayne DeSutter ordered his football players to take shelter in the gym. DeSutter coached at Sherrard, Alleman and Rock Island before moving to Plainfield. At about the same moment, 16-year-old Amy Singletary took a break from her volleyball practice and stepped outside the gym to find hail falling from a darkened sky. The football players, who had been taking their time, were now running full tilt to the gym at the advise of their coach. In hallway As Amy stepped back inside, the school's fire alarm sounded, and everyone was ordered into an interior hallway 50 feet away. X cJ&'k- !!rv i r V.k It rP -mf I j cT -V 4 . teSk. ' '-' Firefighters search the rubble of what was Plainfield High School for three missing people after a tornado swept through the area Tuesday afternoon. School was to have started today. (UPI) Volleyball coach Kathy Cart-wright told everyone to sit on the floor. "We were in the gym practicing when the principal ran in and told us to get out," said Ellen Brunke, 14, a member of the volleyball team. "We went to the hallway, and sat out by the walls. Everything got dark and we heard a sound like a freight train. Then we heard a loud boom." "We all knew what to do," Amy said. "We stood against the wall with our hands over our heads." Then, it hit. "All of a sudden, the lights went out, and the alarms went off." said 16-year-old Ed Petka (Please see GYM, page A5) DeSutter from here Wayne DeSutter is a Quad-City area native who not only played football here but also was a head coach for 12 years. He was a 1962 graduate of Atkinson High School where he earned all-state and all-conference honors. He then went on to star for three years at Western Illinois University. His first coaching job in this area was at Sherrard High School where in five years his teams posted a 41-6-1 record. He coached at Alleman from 1976-80, posting a 24-22 record, and at Rock Island in '81-'82, posting an 11-9 mark. He moved to Plainfield prior to the 1983 season. U.S. too ops die in crash Cargo plane bound for Middle East RAMSTEIN, West Germany (UPI) A U.S. military transport plane assigned to carry supplies to American troops stationed in the Persian Gulf crashed early today, killing 13 U.S. soldiers, a military spokesman said. The C-5 transporter aircraft crashed about 12:30 a.m. in a wooded area and caught fire shortly after takeoff from the U.S. military base of Ramstein in western West Germany, said spokesman Doug Moore. The cause of the crash was not immediately known and U.S. military officials were investigating. The plane was headed to another base in Frankfurt before it was to fly to the gulf and deliver food rations, medical supplies and maintenance equipment to U.S. troops leading a multinational force deployed after Iraq invaded Kuwait, the spokesman said. At least 13 people were killed and four were injured, the spokesman said. Rescuers said it took about an hour to put out the flames and afterward, dense fog hampered efforts to find victims. An Air Force spokesman said rescuers found the body of the 13th victim almost 12 hours after the crash of the C-5 Galaxy, one of the world's largest military transport planes. The four injured men were taken to the Landstuhl Army Medical Hospital near Ramstein, a hospital spokesman said. The aircraft was attached to the 60th Military Airlift Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., but the flight crew was from a reserve unit, the 433rd Military Airlift Wing, Kelly Air Force Base, at San Antonio, Texas. More than 200 reservists as- Hardee's tourney means big business, not just golf Promotion-bent companies invite thousands to Oakwood By Rita Pearson Staff writer The Hardee's Golf Classic is big business for corporations and businesses that use the professional golf tournament to promote their companies, the community and the tournament. From the first event, the Past Chairmen's pro-am Monday, until the 1990 champion collects his winning purse, local businesses wine and dine their customers, dealers, agents and friends. This year's event is Sept. 3-9 at Oakwood Country Club, Coal Valley. Local business people view the golf tournament as a win-win venture. They use the tournament to thank their loyal clients and boost their companies' name recognition to the public. Their support goes to the tournament, the tournament charities and to the Quad-City community by bringing in thousands of guests. Thoms-Proesller Header Hardee's Food Systems brings in 200 to 300 franchisees and corporate $1,000,000 CLASSIC guests during the tournament Thoms-Proestler Company, Davenport, is the recognized leader of corporate hospitality companies at the Hardee's tournament and the entire PGA circuit, said Tony Piazzi, tournament director. This year, Thoms-Proestler sent out 4,000 invitations to customers throughout the Midwest to be its invited guests for a day during the five-day event, said Steven Thorns, vice president-systems. With a return of an RSVP, a Thoms-Proestler customer receives credentials to enter the gate to the golf course and a ticket to the company's hospitality area for a sit-down formal dinner, served all day. Last year, the company built a permanent gazebo nestled in the woods, overlooking the first tournament tee at the golf course. The gazebo is close to 2,000 square feet and seats 100 people. Nearby is a 40-by-lOO-foottent. This year's menu includes rack of lamb, grilled salmon and shrimp stuffed chicken, all to be served in a formal dining setting on china and tablecloths. The dinner will be served with cocktails of wine, beer or soft drinks. Television coverage of the .tournament will be provided. About 60 people will staff the five-day event, Mr. Thorns said. "It's a win-win idea the tournament benefits from our contributions, the community benefits by having these people attend and it's an opportunity for our company to extend hospitality to our guests over an extended period of time," Mr. Thorns said. (Please see HARDEE'S, page A2) T i ri i j ' IS A 'TV 1 Queen comes to town Quad-Cities residents sit along the Mississippi shore in Davenport Tuesday afternoon getting a closer look at the Delta Queen riverboat. As the boat left the dock at approximately 12:30 p.m., it treated the visitors to a musical farewell. (Photo by Lisa Davis) MCITYI For around-the-clock updates on the Mideast turmoil, call CITYLINE at 757-1000, then select "World News" by pressing category 2510. i signed to the 433rd Military Airlift Wing, rather than wait for the call-up from the Pentagon, have been transporting troops and cargo from around the United States to the Middle East since Aug. 8. Ground crews assigned to the wing based at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio have been working 24-hour shifts since Aug. 5, repairing and maintaining incoming planes for quick departures. j For the first time Tuesday, the 433rd reservists were allowed to disclose a few dates and numbers about their role in the massing of U.S. troops in the Middle East in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait Aug. 2. The aging 15-plane C-5A fleet assigned to the 433rd has caused little mechanical trouble. "It's a large operation and things have gone very well," reserve CoL Mahlon Stief, of San Antonio said about the largest military aircraft outside the Soviet Union, which is capable of carrying 85 tons of cargo. ; The C-5 that crashed near Ramstein came down about 5 miles from the largest U.S chemical weapons depot in West Germany. This month, 400 tons of chemical weapons are being removed from the depot to be destroyed on a Pacific island. Fear drapes Gainesville in deep fog 5 murders push town over edge of paranoia By Patrick May Knight-Ridder Newspapers GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The University of Florida student at the hotel's front desk fumbled with her VISA card. She was out of breath, as if she were running from whoever has been killing people in this college town these past few frightful days. ' "We just couldn't stay at our apartment tonight," she told the clerk at the Holiday Inn in downtown Gainesville Tuesday afternoon. "We'll be safe here, won't we?" Then she added: "I hear the killer is wearing a police uniform. So if any police officers come in here tonight, you'll make sure they are who; they say they are?" ' The woman, who would not give her name, was serious. From the neighborhood where five bodies, have now been found, through the; campus, in the hotels and churches and private homes, fear is draping Gainesville in a deep fog. (Please see PARANOIA, page A2) ! Statue of Liberty closed by protest NEW YORK (UPI) - Liberty Island was closed to the public Tuesday afternoon when scores of demonstrators, led by the Rev. Al Sharp-ton, began setting up tents under the gaze of the Statue of Liberty. The national park was closed shortly after 1 :30 p.m. when between 40 and 80 protesters began putting up tents. National Park Service rangers is- sued citations to Sharpton and 13 others, and the demonstrators then peacefully left the island on a Park Service boat and were dropped off in lower Manhattan. In a release, demonstrators said they were protesting homelessness and the current state of race relations in the city on the 27th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, D.C. The group also was to begin a petition drive to change the name of New York to "New King" in honor of the slain civil rights leader, the release said. New mammal found in Brazilian forest SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (UPD Researchers said Tuesday they have discovered a new species of mammal a tiny, pouchless marsupial native to a remote Brazilian rain forest. University of Rhode Island natural resources professor Thomas Husband, university environmental specialist David Abedon and five undergraduate students said they found the "pygmy mouse-opposum" earlier this month in Sergipe, Brazil. The researchers came up with the name because of the animal's appearance. The animal has a gray body, white belly and black circles around its large black eyes, he said. It stands less than 3 inches tall, has an 8-inch tail and has ears half the size of its body, Abedon said. An official at the Smithsonian Institution said the find would be "significant" if the animal is a new species but not "earth shattering" because two new species of mammal are typically found each year, he said. However, only 10 percent of the mammals in the world are believed to remain undiscovered. Somehow teen's prize wasn't appropriate CLEVELAND (UPD - A 15-year-old girl won a newspaper writing contest by penning a poem that decried the crass commercialization of school products ranging from pens to notebooks and folders. Theresa Schroeck, a junior at Willoughy Hills Senior High School who won the student category of The Cleveland Plain Dealer's recent back-to-school memories contest, received a full line of Bart Simpson school supplies for her efforts. u Fair and sunny Tonight: Fair and cooler with the low In 60s; light winds. Thursday: Mostly sunny with high In the upper 60s Inside. Business D1 Obituaries A6 CITYLINE D6 SPEAK OUT D6 Classified D3 SportsDay C1 Comics B8 Televison B9 Life B1 Theaters B4

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