The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on December 18, 1985 · 2
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Wednesday, December 18, 1985
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Cos Angeles Sanies The News in Brief Los Any T:nip-. VV.Tnf j',J' P' T- ; 3 In Part One An investigation by the FBI led to arrest of four men accused of diverting oil from Arco subsidiary's pipeline. (Page 3.) Sirhan B. Sirhan, assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, has been granted a new parole hearing, probably in March. (Page 3.) Pioneer 6, a spacecraft designed to last six months, was alive and well on its 20th birthday, when NASA paid tribute. (Page 3. ) The FAA announced it is launching an investigation of the maintenance practices of every major U.S. air carrier. (Page 4.) In Metro While Metro Rail remains just an idea, for some on the proposed route it has already become a disruption in their lives. (Page 1.) The City Council ended years of resistance and agreed, at a cost of $528 million, to fully treat sewage dumped into the ocean. (Page 1.) The Federal Reserve Board proposal to regulate "junk bonds" is wrong, Robert J. Samuelson writes. ( Editorial Pages. ) , White voters, not the government, should be the target in South Africa, an editor writes. (Editorial Pages.) In Sports Two years ago, John Jefferson was a Pro Bowl-caliber pass catcher. Now, at 29, he is without a job. (Pagel.) Who is the finest player in professional football? Columnist Mike Downey poses the question. (Page 1.) Playing bad hockey in Los Angeles isn't unusual, but it's cause for alarm in hockey-mad Toronto. (Pagel.) Clipper guard Derek Smith, sidelined for the past 16 games with a knee injury, has been reactivated. (Pagel.) In Business Eleven Latin American debtor nations, meeting in Uruguay, said a plan proposed by the United States doesn't go far enough. ( Page 1. ) The Dow Jones average of 30 industrials retreated 8.60 from its record close Monday to finish the day at 1.544.50. (Page 2.) In View Arab-Americans return Jewish organization's greetings of "Happy Hanukkah" at celebration in Venice. (Page 1.) Photojournalist Rick Smolan is the man who made the Japanese say "cheese" in "A Day in the Life of Japan." (Pagel.) The first- play concerning the sensitive topic of Jewish emigration has become a smash hit in Moscow. (Page 6.) South African black vigilantes stabbed and burned to death a youth whose holiday party, they said, violated a boycott. (Page 10.) Reputed Mafia boss Paul Cast el -lano probably was killed because racketeering trials undercut his leadership, experts said. (Page 14.) White House aides took little comfort from President Reagan's victory in resurrecting the tax overhaul proposal. (Page 28.) In Calendar Through no fault of Meryl Streep, there doesn't seem to be enough electricity generated in "Out of Africa" to power a love story 2V hours long. (Page 1.) Whatever the shortcomings of Steven Spielberg's artistic choices in the film version of "The Color Purple," he has collected an almost-perfect cast. (Page 1.) 2 Part IWednesday, December 18, 1985 The World India, Pakistan in Accord India and Pakistan, longtime adversaries who have accused each other of developing nuclear weapons, pledged not to attack each other's nuclear facilities and announced other steps to improve relations. The agreement came after a meeting in New Delhi between Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Pakistani President Zia ul-Haq. Zia said that if the moves to improve relations succeed, Pakistan will review its weapons purchases from the United States. The two sides, which have fought three wars, agreed to try to eliminate military clashes on a Himalayan glacier in disputed Kashmir. The Assam People's Council, a new party formed in northeastern India by native Assamese who want to expel more than 1 million illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, took a strong lead in Assam state elections over Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's Congress-I Party. The Congress Party has controlled the state government for all but two years since 1947. A student-led anti-immigration campaign in the state has stimulated ethnic violence that has taken more than 4,000 lives in six years. Cheering Nicaraguans gave a warm welcome to an International March for Peace caravan entering Nicaragua after being expelled under armed guard from Costa Rica. About 1,000 students and workers greeted the 217 marchers as they crossed the border, and a rally was held at the border checkpoint at 'Sapoa, 78 miles south of Managua. The marchers were criticized in Costa Rica, which accused them of being manipulated by Communist groups. The International Press Institute criticized South Africa for its press restrictions and also condemned calls by world leaders to curb media coverage of terrorism and violent protests. "Perhaps (lead- The Nation Shuttle's Launch Delayed The space agency postponed the launching of the shuttle Columbia by 24 hours because tired workers had fallen behind in their countdown tasks. "Essentially, there were too many tasks to complete and too little time to complete them," said George Diller, a spokesman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. "We felt it was more prudent to delay than to take a chance on making a mistake." The launch was rescheduled for 4 a.m. PST Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center with Columbia carrying a crew of seven that includes a Florida congressman and the first Latino-American astronaut. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lee M. Thomas said the agency is hamstrung by "deadline gridlock" a profusion of cleanup deadlines set by courts and Congress that cannot all be met. Thomas, speaking to an industry-labor group in Washington, said his agency faces so many deadlines that EPA officials working with limited resources have been forced to pick what schedules they will try to satisfy. Thomas said: "You can't meet all the deadlines," but he did not specify what deadlines EPA would not meet. The House Foreign Affairs Committee voted 21 to 2 to issue contempt of Congress citations against two New York City brothers who have refused to provide information about the purported U.S. investments of Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos. A subcommittee has been investigating the U.S. investments of Marcos and his wife, Imelda. That panel voted 6 to 3 last week to issue the citations. If the full House upholds the committee decision, Joseph and Ralph Bernstein would each face up to a year in jail and a fine of $1,000. Two Ku Mux Klan leaders and four other persons pleaded guilty in Statesville, N.C., to federal civil rights charges in a series of cross - ers) fail to see that terrorists and rioters have the same goal to be heard," the group said in its annual review of press freedom in 65 countries. It said the real reasons behind calls for news restrictions "are to cover the fact that the governments can't cope with their problems be they Cape riots or the sticky legacy of Northern Ireland. Censorship is a handy tool." A former vice president and a retired chief justice told the Philippine Supreme Court that it should allow a special presidential election, even if it is unconstitutional, or the nation might be "plunged into (political) chaos." The court was hearing a dozen challenges to the constitutionality of the snap election that President Ferdinand E. Marcos has called for Feb. 7, a year ahead of schedule. Lebanon's main Christian militia freed some Syrian prisoners in a move heralding renewed efforts for peace in Lebanon. A spokesman for the militia, called the Lebanese Forces, said the prisoners, who were captured earlier in the 10-year civil war, were handed over to Syrian officers near Syrian army lines in mountains eight miles from Beirut. The spokesman declined to say how many were freed. News reports said Syria would respond by freeing Christian captives soon. The U.N. General Assembly, in a 91-6 vote, passed a resolution urging the United States to lift its trade embargo against Nicaragua. The resolution said the embargo, imposed last May, "adversely affects" Nicaragua's economy and hampers its development. U.S. Ambassador Vernon A. Walters told the assembly that the embargo was imposed in retaliation for Nicaragua's "aggression against its neighbors." Voting with the United States against the measure were Gambia, Grenada, Israel, Sierra Leone and St. Christopher and Nevis. burnings designed to harass blacks and whites who associate with blacks. The pleas came just before the scheduled start of a trial of four of the defendants. The two other defendants had already agreed to plead guilty and testify for the prosecution at the trial. Farmers demanding a moratorium on foreclosures stormed a farm credit office in Mankato, Minn., and kept it chained shut for six hours, but they agreed to leave with a promise that Gov. Rudy Perpich would sit down and discuss their problems. About 12 farmers from the group Groundswell seized the Production Credit Assn. office when it opened for business and chained the doors to highlight their credit concerns. Prosecutors in Gov. Edwin W. Edwards racketeering trial in New Orleans asked the judge to provide grand jury and trial testimony of all defendants to the jurors, who reported that they remained deadlocked. "They should not have to rely on their recollection of what was said and what was not said," argued U.S. Atty. John Volz, who pointed out that the trial had lasted almost 13 weeks. Defense attorneys objected to the motion. U.S. District Judge Marcel Livaudais said he would rule today. William Jeffress, arguing for the defense, objected to jurors getting transcripts. Ai many as 80 inmates demanding better living conditions took control of two wings of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, stabbing three guards and seizing seven others as hostages, authorities said. Dozens of state troopers were sent to the maximum-security prison in McAlester, Okla., to try to regain control of the facility, where about' 150 convicts were outside their cells. Hostage negotiators were in the two units and talking to the inmates, said Dan Reynolds, an administrative assistant to the warden. Is, f wrgm fcft High endeavor Workmen at the top of the Statue of Liberty begin removing scaffolding from around the flame. Refurbishing of the The State Armored Car Stand-in, $800,000 Stolen Robbers in San Francisco took advantage of a strike by armored car workers to steal a vehicle loaded with nearly $800,000. Police Inspector Jim Bergstrom said two masked gunmen stole one of two autos being used as substitutes for armored cars to pick up money at a grocery store. He said that while the money-collectors were inside the Lucky supermarket, gunmen forced the drivers to lie face down in one car and drove off with the other, which had nearly $800,000 in the trunk. Backers of an Initiative to change California's "deep-pocket" liability law said they have gathered about 660,000 signatures, nearly 230,000 more than needed to qualify the measure for the June ballot. The initiative is aimed at the state's "joint and several liability" doctrine that makes a party found to be partially responsible for an injury liable for all of the damages if the party primarily responsible is uninsured and insolvent. The initiative would retain the doctrine for damages such as medical costs and lost wages, but it would assess damages, such as pain and suffering, on the degree of fault. Thus, a city found 10 responsible for an Newsmakers Primary Shows Politics Makes Estranged Bedfellows Illinois State Rep. Jill Zwick says she was a little surprised when her ex-husband decided to run against her in the Republican primary. But then politics was something they shared during almost 16 years of marriage. "There is no hatred," said Morton Zwick, a Chicago commodities broker, who was divorced from Jill Zwick last year. "I have no animosity. She's the mother of my four children and I consider her an honorable person." "I hope we stick to the issues," Jill Zwick said. "Neither one of us wants to display our private life on the front pages." She was first elected to the Illinois House from the 65th District in the Chicago suburb of Dundee in 1981. "I'd be less than honest if I didn't say I wish he wasn't running," she added. "It's more awkward than anything else." Disc jockey Jack Daniels said he had been "kind of depressed" the day before. So he decided to play this song during his whole show to cheer himself up. The song he played in Davenport, Iowa, over station WLLR was by the duo of Elmo and Patsy. It's about a grand - accident could be ordered to pay all of the medical costs but only 10 of the pain and suffering award. The California Trial Lawyers Assn. opposes the measure. Placer County ski instructor Gary Talanov, weary of instant celebrity status, was allowed to drop divorce proceedings against his Russian wife, who cannot get out of the Soviet Union. Superior Court Judge James Garbolino in Auburn, after granting the request, took action that assures continuation of efforts to allow the wife, Elena Kaplan, to immigrate to the United States. The judge reaffirmed his order that Talanov, 31, must sign documents requesting Soviet permission for Kaplan to attend court hearings here regarding a legal separation. Kaplan, 27, filed for separation to slow proceedings toward a divorce, which she feared would endanger her life. A plan to install French toilets along San Francisco streets was tabled by the Board of Supervisors, which instead opted to send a letter to Mayor Dianne Feinstein asking her to have city budget officials pursue the plan. The proposal, designed to meet the needs of the mother who, after having a little too much eggnog, goes out her door and is run over by Santa Claus and his reindeer. Program Director Ray Randall said he has no objection to Signs of Christmas Joey Stanley, 4, expresses his holiday wishes to Santa Claus using sign language; the occasion was a party for handicapped children staged by the Delaware Assn. for the Deaf and Blind at the Radisson Hotel in Wilmington. Associated Press exterior has been completed but it will take about four months to remove all the scaffolding. Statue will be rededicated next July 4. city's homeless and to quiet residents and merchants who complain of human waste in doorways, has been shot down twice by a supervisors' committee that called it too costly. Last Friday, a group of citizens protesting the lack of public restrooms in San Francisco staged a 15-minute "sit-in" on most of the 101 toilets in City Hall. A federal judge in San Francisco denied defense motions to suppress evidence in the forthcoming trial of accused Navy spy Jerry A. Whit-worth and also upheld the validity of search warrants in the case. U.S. District Judge John P. Vukasin said statements made by Whitworth to two FBI agents at his mobile home May 20 and material seized from a search the same day will be admissible at trial. Whitworth, a retired chief radioman, had testified that he "felt desperate" and was "psychologically beaten down" when he consented to the interview and the search. But Vukasin said: "Much of what he Whitworth said about psychological pressure is not credible." Whitworth, 46, is accused of transmitting secret code and message information to convicted spymaster John A. Walker Jr. the song, but thought it got tiring after a while. He estimated that Daniels played "Grandma G Run Over by a Reindeer" 27 times between 5:30 a.m. and 8:50 a.m., Anodttcd Press The Region Consumers have been alerted to avoid Slim Priced bottled water in one-gallon containers code dated "FEB 06" because it may have been contaminated with bleach, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health Services said. The warning came after an El Cajon woman purchased a bottle of the water at a Vons market and complained of breathing problems and a burning sensation in her mouth and throat. Vons officials said the water was removed from shelves. Health officials said that the El Cajon incident is under investigation and that it is not known if other bottles were contaminated, or whether the incident is connected with the ongoing supermarket strike. Domino's Pizza officials said they have doubled a reward to $100,000 for the apprehension of a former employee and a female companion sought in the murder and robbery of three employees of the pizza restaurant chain. Mitchell Carlton Sims, 25, and Ruby Padgett, 20, are being sought by police in the death of a Domino's Pizza deliveryman and the attempted murder of two Domino's employees in Glendale on Dec. 9. The two are also suspected of killing two employees during the Dec. 3 robbery of a Domino's restaurant in South Carolina, where Sims worked as a cook. After briefly closing the murder trial of Oleg Pinsky to the public and the media after Pinsky's attorney argued that his client feared that published reports of his testimony would put his life in jeopardy, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Pounders reversed his order, clearing the way for Pinsky to testify in open court after hearing arguments from attorneys for The Times. Pinsky, 20, a Russian immigrant accused of murdering a male prostitute, already had implicated two other gang members in a tape-recorded interview with police presented earlier in the trial, Pounders said. City Atty. James K. Hahn has been subpoenaed by the defense to testify in the McMartin Pre-School molestation preliminary hearing, now in its 17th month. Although key defense attorney Daniel Davis, who represents Raymond Buckey, 27, did not say when or why he might call Hahn to the stand, the official's testimony is apparently being sought to undermine the credibility of a 10-year-old witness who identified photos of Hahn, actor Chuck Norris and a priest and four nuns as among the "strangers" who allegedly molested children, killed animals and participated in bizarre rituals at a church altar. Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Gilbert Garcetti has termed the boy's identification of the public figures from a group of mug shots as "totally inaccurate," but maintained that other parts of the child's testimony were credible. which was when he came to the station and ordered Daniels off the air. Charles Blandford, 30, the Marquess of Blandford and grand-nephew of Winston Churchill, was ordered jailed in London on drug charges after the seizure of $70,000 of cocaine. "The dog did exactly as he is trained to do," Capt. Barry Glover pointed out. "We can't fault the animal or the handler." Bengal, a member of the Clearwater, Fla., Police Department's canine patrol, bit three officers rather than chase a suspect. K-9 officer Duane Smith ordered Bengal to stay in the police car while he joined other officers in chasing a reckless-driving suspect. But when Smith shouted to another officer, "Get him! He went that way," Bengal took that as an order to him and leaped from the car. He spotted officers Lloyd Wentz, Edna Lewis and Tami Swain running and brought them to bay rather roughly by biting their legs. The reckless-driving suspect eventually was arrested. -JENNINGS PARROTT

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