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Mr m I a. a. ,tm. m-J Circulation: 1,136,813 Daily 1,421.711 Sunday Tuesday, August 16, 1988 LF 100 PagCS C opyright 1988The Times Mirror C ompany Arfii Higher 1 1 Dow Up Despite Trade Deficit From Times Wire Services NEW YORK The stock market advanced today despite unsettling news about the swollen U.S. trade deficit, rallying largely on what brokers described as a technical rebound from its recent losses. The Dow Jones average of 30 industrials closed up 17.24 at 2,021.51. New York Stock Exchange volume was about 162.79 million shares compared with 128.56 million shares Monday. Tables in Business Section Cuban's Kin Asks U.S. Asylum BUFFALO, N.Y. (UPI)-The son of one of Cuba's highest-ranking communications officials was being held in protective custody today after seeking political asylum during the weekend, the Immigration and Naturalization Service said. The INS was tight-lipped about the defector, but a relative identified him as Marcel Bernardo, 19, of Havana, the son of Francisco Bernardo, a member of Cuba's Ministry of Communications. The Miami-based relative said Bernardo is being held while the INS awaits a ruling on his request. 2 Palestinians Die in Prison Riot From Reuters JERUSALEM Rioting broke out today at a desert prison camp where Palestinians are held, and Israeli troops shot and killed two of the inmates and wounded three, an army spokesman said. Military sources said dozens of prisoners, most of them detained without trial for alleged involvement in an eight-month-old Palestinian uprising, rioted at the Ketziot Prison. No injuries to Israeli personnel were reported. Troops in the occupied Gaza Strip confined all 650,000 residents of the area to their homes for a second day in the latest Israeli effort to crush the uprising. Kimball Says He Will Compete INDIANAPOLIS ()-Diver Bruce Kimball, who faces alcohol-related manslaughter charges in Florida, said today that he will compete in the U.S. Olympic diving trials in Indianapolis. "I can't give up and I won't give up," Kimball said in an emotional statement. Kimball, flanked by his family, occasionally was near tears and his hands shook as he read a prepared statement. He said he came to Indianapolis "to help me get from one day to the next. . . . Diving is my work." Kimball won the silver medal in platform diving during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. DeLaurentiis Files Bankruptcy From Associated Press DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group Inc., left floundering by a string of box office flops, filed today for protection from its creditors under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy law. The move had been expected since Friday, when the company founded by Italian producer Dino DeLaurentiis revealed that it had failed to negotiate a debt swap with bondholders that it had termed essential for survival. The company maker of the movies "Crimes of the Heart" and "Weeds" and the TV miniseries "Noble House" has sold assets and sought to restructure its debt in order to survive. Man Survives Plunge in Car From United Press International A man described as despondent drove his sports car over a 250-foot ocean-side cliff on the Palos Verdes Peninsula early today, miraculously surviving the crash onto the rocks below. "The car landed right on its nose, and the guy had only a few scratches," Police Sgt. George Hanes said. "I've never seen anything like it." Three men who were leaving a nearby home saw Scott Fischer, 30, slowly drive his Alfa Romeo convertible over a curb in the exclusive Palos Verdes Estates at Via Barri and Paseo Del Mar about 1 a.m., Hanes said, adding, "He then crossed a field and drove straight off the cliff." Polaroid Spurns Disney Takeover From Reuters NEW YORK Polaroid Corp.'s board of directors today rejected a takeover proposal by Roy Disney's Shamrock Holdings Inc. as inadequate. Polaroid's stock price had risen on the New York Stock Exchange amid speculation that its board was meeting to consider either a sweetened bid by Shamrock or a leveraged buyout proposal. Shamrock has offered $40 a share, or about $2.5 billion, and a percentage of any proceeds Polaroid would get from its litigation with Eastman Kodak Co. Contra Refugees Get U.S. Aid WASHINGTON 0B-About six tons of U.S. -supplied food, clothing and tents have been sent to southern Honduras over the last 10 days to assist a large group of Contra rebels and Nicaraguan civilians who have fled to that area, the State Department said today. Spokeswoman Phyllis Oakley said the exodus reflects increased repression by the leftist Sandinista government and the dire condition of Contra units that have been left without any means of resupply inside Nicaragua. Miss. Anti-Corruption Bill OKd JACKSON, Miss. GB The Mississippi Legislature today overwhelmingly approved a bill aimed at doing away with a century-old county purchasing system the FBI found was rife with corruption. The House passed the bill 111 to 7 and the Senate 50 to 0. It now goes to Gov. Ray Mabus, who had hailed the measure as "a tremendous victory against corruption and for effective government." ! Indiana as Running Mate . t t 5V , ; jjf ' i p " Coming and going President Reagan's and Vice President Bush's paths cross today at Belle Chasse Naval Air Station near New BERNIE BOSTON Los Angeles Times Orleans. The Reagans flew on to Southern California vacation, and Bush was arriving for nomination by the GOP National Convention. Bush Introduces 3 Grandchildren as 'Little Brown Ones' NEW ORLEANS CB-Vice President George Bush today introduced his three Mexican-American grandchildren to President Reagan as "the little brown ones" as the two met briefly at a nearby airport. After both Bush and Reagan made brief remarks on the Tarmac at Belle Chasse Naval Air Station, the vice president told the President he wanted him to meet his three grandchildren who had flown with him on Air Force Two from Washington. "These are Jebby's kids from Florida, the little brown ones," Bush said. The three children Jeb Jr., Noelle and George P. are the children of Bush's son, Jeb, and his Mexican -born wife, Columba. Bush has often bragged about the family, which lives in Tallahassee, Fla. Dukakis Scoffs at Criticism From GOP From Reuters WORCESTER, Mass.-Demo-cratic presidential nominee Michael S. Dukakis today brushed off criticism heaped on his party at the Republican National Convention as barely noticeable. It was, he said, "like a day at the beach" compared to the attacks on him during his unsuccessful 1978 bid for reelection as governor. Dukakis won back the governor's office in 1982 and gained a third term in 1986. "Facts are stubborn things," Dukakis told a news conference, borrowing the phrase President Reagan used Monday night in New Orleans to detail what he said were the untruths raised by the Democrats at their convention. "Last month the national crime rate went up. Last week, interest rates went up. Today the trade deficit went up again," Dukakis said. "This is a nation that eight years ago was the largest creditor nation in the world. Today we are the largest debtor nation in the world. That's the consequence of eight years of borrow and spend, borrow and spend." He said those facts are the ones "we are going to be debating in the course of the next 85 days. These are the reasons I believe the people of this country are going to elect a Democratic President." Dukakis, on a swing through central Massachusetts, said that if he is elected President, he hopes to submit a balanced budget in the fourth or fifth year of his Administration. GOP Adopts Platform; 'Rallying Cry for AH' NEW ORLEANS (B-Republi-can delegates chorused their approval today of a book-length, conservative-edged platform styled as "a rallying cry for all those who share our values." There was neither debate nor dissent on a single plank as the platform was approved in the half-empty Republican National Convention hall. The document was adopted by voice vote after Nebraska Gov. Kay A. Orr, the chairman, and other leaders paraded to the podium to describe their work as "a love letter to the American family," "an investment in the future of our children," and a rebuke to what they said was the evasiveness of the Democrats. Orr said the 40,000-word platform is "something more than a list r of policies. It is a rallying cry for all those who share our values. ... It is meant to chart a more certain course for our future, for our children." "It's hard to take a stand on controversial issues, but we Republicans would rather take a stand than take a walk," said Patricia Goodrich of Madison, Wis. Marilyn Thayer, a New Orleans delegate who led the drafting of the planks on family issues, called it "a love letter to the American family" that stands on "Judeo-Christian tradition." The platform toes the conservative line on taxes, abortion and defense while pledging new efforts to improve child care, education and the environment. Like the last two GOP platforms, there was no minority report for the full convention to debate. That outcome was assured Monday when the 106-member Republican Platform Committee approved the proposed platform with only two dissenting votes. No one attempted to gather the 27 signatures needed to file a minority report. The only "no" votes in the committee were cast by Connecticut's two platform members, Sen. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. and Mary Boatwright. No formal tally was taken. A few of the 106 members were absent, including Orr, who attended a luncheon honoring Nancy Reagan. Dodgers Trade Guerrero for Cardinal's Left-Handed Tudor The Los Angeles Dodgers traded away fiery slugger Pedro Guerrero to the St. Louis Cardinals today, thus bolstering their pitching staff for the stretch run by acquiring veteran left-hander John Tudor. Guerrero, hitting .298, earns $1.72 million, third highest on the Dodger payroll behind Fernando Valenzuela and Kirk Gibson. He has been on the disabled list for 52 days this season with a pinched nerve in his neck. Tudor, who won 31 of 41 deci sions in the Cardinals' pennant-winning seasons in 1985 and 1987, becomes the lone southpaw in the Los Angeles rotation. The Dodgers have been without a left-handed starter since Valenzuela was disabled July 30. Tudor, 34, who missed four starts at the beginning of the year because of a shoulder injury, is 6-5 and is among the league leaders with a 2.29 ERA. He owns a 50-22 record in four seasons with the Cardinals. INSIDE TODAY'S TIMES WEATHER: Hazy sunshine, afternoon winds Wednesday. LA. high around 87. Low tonight naar 60. Details: Part II, Page 5. Abby VIEW 3 Ann Landers VIEW 8 Astrology VIEW 6 Auctions METRO 8 Bridge VIEW 6 Comics VIEW 7 Crossword CLASSIFIED 20 Deaths PART I 24,25 Editorials METRO 6,7 Entertainment CALENDAR Letters METRO 6 TV-Radio CALENDAR 8,9 Car Builder Ferrari Dies Enzo Ferrari, whose name was synonymous with speed in racing cars, has died at 90 in his home in Modena, Italy. Page 3. A-Test Cooperation U.S. and Soviet scientists are preparing to demonstrate ways to verify unratified nuclear test-ban treaties. Page 3. Global Crops Seen Promising Most of the world is having a productive growing season that should ease the impact of the U.S. drought, a study said. Page 1 3. 41-Year-Old Conservative in 2nd Term NEW ORLEANS 00-George Bush said today he has picked 41-year-old Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle as his running mate. He introduced Quayle as "a man of the future" at a welcoming rally in this convention city. Bush thus reached out to add a youthful conservative to his ticket for his uphill race against the Democrats. Quayle is in his second term as senator. Bush made a formal announcement of his pick and the two appeared together, drawing loud cheers. Word of Quayle's selection leaked out a few hours after Bush arrived in the convention city to claim his party's nomination, saying he had picked a running mate "with finality" and then briefly struggling to keep his secret. But since Bush's first order of business was to inform people who were not chosen for the No. 2 spot on the GOP ticket, word began to spread. Among those to receive rejection calls were Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, who was told he had been one of two finalists; his wife, former Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Hanford Dole; Rep. Jack Kemp of New York, a favorite of many conservatives; Sen. Pete V. Domenici of New Mexico, and South Carolina Gov. Carroll A. Campbell. Also off the list was California Gov. George Deukmejian, who told reporters that he had received a telephone call. "It was a tough decision," Bush told Dole in a telephone call. About 10 minutes after Bush hung up with the senator, the vice president called back again, this time to inform Elizabeth Dole that she had been passed over, too. In his call to Campbell, Bush seemed to rule out two Tennesse-ans, former Gov. Lamar Alexander and former Sen. Howard H. Baker, by saying he had ruled out a Southerner. Bush trumpeted confidence about the campaign ahead as he arrived for his hour of triumph. "I do not intend to fail" in the quest for the White House, said the man who lags in the early public opinion polls. In a carefully scripted changing of the GOP guard, Bush flew to the convention city and strolled across a windy Tarmac to bid "hail and farewell" to a departing President Reagan. At a ceremony at Belle Chasse Naval Air Station 20 miles from town, Bush and Reagan met briefly and then headed their separate ways, Reagan en route to a long vacation in California and Bush making a triumphant entry into the convention city. "Hail and farewell," Bush told Reagan and his wife Nancy. Quoting Sir Isaac Newton, the vice president said: "If I've seen further, it's because I've stood on the shoulders of giants. . . . Today, America can see further because of your vision." In response, Reagan joked that he tried to make a deal with Bush: "I'd tell him where to find the best blackened redfish, if he'd tell me who's going to be vice president." But the President lauded Bush and said, "You have all our support and all our love." Bush shook Reagan's hand and said, "Have a safe trip; see you in a few weeks." The President, asked by reporters about the identity of Bush's running mate, said: "I don't know. He hasn't told me. I'm not sure he knows." Bush quickly interjected, "No, I know." Just before Reagan boarded Air Force One, Bush leaned over and whispered something in Reagan's ear Reagan nodded. Bush aide Alixe Glen said she thought the vice president told Reagan the running mate's name. In addition to finally making his vice presidential choice, Bush said he was also ready with the speech he will deliver Thursday night, Bush said he practiced the speech on the plane on the way to New Orleans. "I checked it out with Barbara," he said. "She stayed awake for the whole thing. I feel comfortable with what we've got."

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