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2 Part I Monday. October IOL I9SS , LF Co Aafiele Sunt Candidates Mark Columbus Day, Get Set for 2nd Debate From Attoctoifd Pmt George Bush and Michael & Dukakis courted the support of Italian-Americans in competing Columbus Day appearances today that left plenty of time to polish their lines in private for this week's second and final presidential cam paign debate. Both camps said they expected the 90-minute debate to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday on the UCLA campus, and the presidential rivals were flying to the West Coast on Tuesday to prepare. Dukakis spent his morning in New York with Gov. Mario Cuomo and John F. Kennedy Jr. The Democratic candidate marched in the annual Columbus Day parade in New York City after first proposing a program to ease the way into the housing market for first-time home buyers. "George Bush has no housing program. He has no solutions." the Democrat said in a speech in Levit-town. a Long Island community that was the embodiment of the post-World War II boom in affordable housing. "He has no new ideas." The Democratic presidential candidate outlined a plan that he dubbed "Home Start" that would allow first-time home buyers to use their Individual Retirement Account or tax-deferred pension savings for a down payment on a home. Current law prohibits the use of those funds without payment of deferred taxes and in some cases, a penalty for withdrawal Dukakis said his program would also include provisions to lower down payments and closing costs and to raise borrowing limits on federally guaranteed mortgages. He did not cite a cost for the program, and details were not available. "We rolled up our sleeves- Mother Teresa to Talk to Pope About Nuns in N.J. MORRIS. N.J. (UPI)-Five cloistered nuns who locked themselves in their monastery in a dispute over moves to liberalize their austere life style were overjoyed today by news that Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa will speak to the Pope on their behalf. "We're delighted, because we know we'll get some help," said Sister John of the Cross, a spokeswoman for the Carmeli'e nuns who have been holed up in tl.e infirmary wing of their convent since last week. "Mother Teresa will see the Holy Father about us. It's a positive sign for us that (the Pope's decision) will be in our favor," she said. "We know he's very much behind the move to preserve the traditional Carmelite order throughout the world. He has been a supporter of keeping it conservative." Mother Teresa said in an interview published today that she will ask Pope John Paul II during a regularly scheduled visit to Rome to intercede on behalf of the five nuns. Tenneco to Sell Oil Interests for $7.3 Billion HOUSTON (UPI) -Tenneco Inc. has reached agreement to sell substantially all segments of its Tenneco Oil Co. subsidiary for more than $7.3 billion, the company said today. Chevron Corp. said it would buy Tenneco's Gulf of Mexico oil and naturaPgas reserves, production facilities and leasehold interests for about $2.6 billion. Maverick Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens' Mesa Limited Partnership agreed to purchase Tenneco's Mid-Continent division for $715 million in cash, and Seagull Energy Corp. bought several Tenneco properties for $56.2 million. Tenneco refused to disclose the number of purchasers, the names of the companies involved or how much they were to pay for the eight segments offered for sale. "We will not issue any specifics on the buyers," Tenneco spokesman Joseph Macrum said. "Once they have announced, we will confirm they are indeed a buyer. . . . Those companies have disclosure requirements and we cannot disclose this information for another company." Macrum also would not say whether any of the purchasers were foreign companies, although Tenneco earlier said some international firms had expressed interest in some of the properties. Democrats and Republicans alike and made a great national promise, a promise to provide affordable housing for all Americans." the Massachusetts governor said after visiting the home of a Leviltown couple. "The Administration that Mr. Bush has been a part of broke that promise in the early 1980s." he said. Bush today pointed with satisfaction to weekend surveys rating him the leader across the South and in scattered other states. The Republican candidate street-campaigned in New Jersey, walking through an Italian neighborhood in south Trenton before delivering a speech on crime. "Frankly, law abiding Americans are fed up with the cruel and unusual punishment inflicted on them by those who are soft on crime." the vice president said. While refraining from the type of harsh attack on Dukakis' crime record that has become a regular part of his campaigning. Bush criticized "liberal thinkers" who he said "thought it was compassionate to lighten up on sentencing to allow early releases and furloughs." That remark was a reference to the Massachusetts prison furlough program that Bush has repeatedly criticized during the campaign. In one infamous incident, a murderer out of jail on a furlough escaped and brutally attacked a Maryland couple. Bush told reporters aboard Air Force Two en route to New Jersey that he favors a review of the federal furlough program but said he doesn't have any "specific feelings" in mind. In a jab at Dukakis, he added that he wants to make sure the federal program doesn't "slip into the Massachusetts model." "I'll be going after two or three weeks," the 1979 Nobel laureate told the Record of Hackensack. Sister John and three others from the Order of the Discalced Carmelites, ranging in age from 28 to 45, locked themselves last Tuesday in the infirmary wing of the secluded Monastery of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel in Morris Townhip. A fifth nun, 72-year-old former prioress Mother Philamena, joined the group Wednesday. Mother Philamena, who is recovering from a pacemaker operation, feared she would be transferred to a nursing home by the current prioress, the nuns said. The nuns contend that their prioress, Mother Theresa Hewitt, has introduced sweets and such distracting modern amenities as television, videotapes and newspapers to their monastery, where the sisters devote themselves to prayer and contemplation and an ascetic lifestyle. Snow business Christopher Pinto, 6, left, and his brother, Michael, 7, create what is surely one of the first snowmen of the season after 2 inches of wet, heavy snow fell in Bangor, Me. The storm caught motorists by surprise and disrupted power. Ey right Female cadets from a college for political warfare march past reviewers in 2 Resignations Indicate Major CzechShake-Up PRAGUE. Czechoslovakia OP) In a major governmental shake-up today, Czechoslovak Premier Lu-bomir Strougal, who headed the federal government for more than 18 years, and Slovak Premier Peter Colotka resigned, the state news agency CTK reported. The announcement was made by Communist Party chief Milos Jakes at a plenary session of the party's Central Committee. He said the resignations were accepted. Strougal, believed to be the longest-serving premier in Europe, replaced Oldrich Cernik in January, 1970. Colotka had served as Slovak premier since May. 1969, and as Czechoslovak deputy premier since September, 1969. Czechoslovakia consists of two republics of equal status, the Czech Socialist Republic and the Slovak Socialist Republic. Each is governed by a National Council, which delegates to an overall Federal Assembly responsibility for constitutional and foreign affairs, defense and important economic decisions. Similar Switches Elsewhere The primary source of power in Czechoslovakia is the Communist Party. The shake-up in Czechoslovakia follows similar government reorganizations in the Soviet Union, Hungary and Poland. In his speech to the session, Jakes also announced changes in the top-ruling Politburo, the party secretariat, the Central Committee and the federal, Czech and Slovak governments. Jakes was quoted as saying the proposed changes "proceed from the need for a new deployment of leading cadres in the interest of mastering the demanding tasks of economic and social restructuring." Associated Press Philippine Court Marcos Come Home From Renter MANILA A Philippine court today rejected a petition by deposed ruler Ferdinand E. Marcos to return home and answer corruption charges, saying the decision is up to President Corazon Aquino. Justice Romeo Escareal issued, the ruling a month before the court begins a pretrial hearing on allegations that Marcos received millions of dollars in kickbacks from Japanese companies during his 20-year rule. Aquino has barred Marcos' return from exile in Hawaii, calling him a threat to national security. Escareal said Marcos' return is a political question beyond the reach of his court and one that only Aquino could resolve. He suggested Marcos could challenge the ban by elevating his case to the Supreme Court Soldiers Fire on Protest in Algiers; 25 Die ALGIERS, Algeria OB-Soldiers fired on demonstrators today, killing at least 25 people, witnesses said. The gunfire occurred in Bab el Oued, a district in western Algiers, as 10,000 people responded to a call by the Islamic fundamentalists for a "peaceful march of protest." It was the latest clash in a week of bloody riots against spiraling prices and the economic policies of President Chadli Bendjedid's government. A marcher reported seeing the body of a teen-ager wrapped in a sheet and taken away by friends. Others spoke of at least 25 and perhaps 30 dead. Witnesses spoke of dead and injured being taken away in trucks and ambulances, and it was difficult to establish a clear casualty count from the overlapping accounts. The witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity. An Islamic group said more than 250 people have died in weeklong anti-government protests. The army fired volleys of ma-, chine-gun fire into the air today to disperse the march from Belcourt, three miles to the east of Bab el Oued, which violated regulations under the state of emergency declared Thursday. Big Rock Mesa Landslide Case a Mega-Trial By KENNETH J. GARCIA, Times Staff Writer Michael B. Ross has spent most of the last week sitting at a drafting table in his Sonoma office, designing the largest courtroom in the United States. Barring a last-minute settlement, the courtroom will be the site of a colossal legal battle beginning early next year in Los Angeles. The mega-trial of the Big Rock Mesa landslide case, which pits about 250 Malibu homeowners and their insurance companies against Los Angeles County and several other government agencies, could be one of the biggest and longest civil trials ever held in the nation. When the courtroom is completed, it will resemble a futuristic, high-tech arena more than a traditional judicial chamber. It will be filled with cameras, giant video screens and television monitors.. Please see MESA, Page 3 Ihrnn Taipei, Taiwan, in a parade during the 77th anniversary of Nationalist revolution in China. Walton Tops List of Richest Americans NEW YORK (UPI)-Wal-Mart Stores Inc. founder Sam Walton, currently worth $6.7 billion, today topped the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans despite losing almost $2 billion in last year's stock market collapse. Walton. Wal-Mart's principal stockholder, headed the list last year with a net fortune of $8.5 billion. Since then, the value of his holdings in the Bentonville. Ark.-based retail chain has dropped by $1.8 billion. If the money Walton lost during the stock market turmoil had been transferred to another individual, it would have made that person the 16th-richest American on the annual list compiled by the business magazine. Despite his losses in the stock market, Walton was ranked as the world's fifth-richest man in July by Forbes. His fortune is bettered only by three Japanese and a Canadian. Walton had twice as much money as the second-richest American on the list, German-born John Werner Kluge. Kluge, former chairman of Charlottesville, Va.-based Metromedia Co., had a net worth of $3.2 billion as of Aug. 30. Henry Ross Perot, founder of Electronic Data Systems, followed Kluge with a personal fortune of $3 billion. The Texan founded the Dallas-based data processing company in 1962 with $1,000 from his wife. The No. 4 and No. 5 spots were held by publishing tycoons Samuel Irving Newhouse Jr. and Donald Edward Newhouse. Each of the brothers, who currently live in New York City, had an estimated worth of $2.6 billion. The Newhouse brothers supervise some of the nation's best-known newspapers and magazines, including the New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Gourmet Pittsburgh venture capitalist Henry Lea Hillman was sixth on the list with an estimated fortune of $2.5 billion. Hillman's holdings include real estate and a fledgling biotechnology company. Falcon David Croudip Dies; Cocaine Cocktail Suspected LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (JP -Atlanta Falcons cornerback David Croudip died early today after suffering seizures at his home. Gwinnett County Coroner Randy Simpson said witnesses reported that Croudip, 29, had ingested cocaine. The suspicion is that "it is a cocaine -related drug overdose," Simpson said. "We have been told by witnesses that he had ingested a concoction or cocktail of some sort with cocaine and some liquid." He said an autopsy will be performed later today. Police Detective Larry Walton said the crew of an ambulance called by Croudip's wife found him suffering seizures. His heart failed while he was being taken to Joan Glancy Hospital, where efforts to revive him failed, Walton said. Croudip was pronounced dead about 3:30 a.m., the detective said. "We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of David Croudip," said Falcons Coach Marion Campbell. ". . . His death is a shock to the entire organization." Croudip, a Falcon since 1985, was a reserve cornerback and a leader on special teams. He played in Sunday's 33-0 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, a team he once played for, and had one tackle. Croudip attended Ventura (Calif.) College and San Diego Yugoslavia Cracks Down on Protests 'Urgent Measures Ordered to Put Down Montenegro Unrest BELGRADE. Yugoslavia (UPI) Authorities today imposed "urgent measures" to quell continuing unrest by workers and students demanding political and economic reform in the southern republic of Montenegro. The measures ordered by the state leadership of Montenegro included increasing the number of police patrols in the streets of the capital of Titograd. a police official said by telephone from the city. President Raif Dizdarevic appealed Sunday for an end to the demonstrations that have shaken his ethnically diverse nation, warning that the government will not allow the country to be torn apart by civil strife. The president said the tense situation might lead to "extraordinary conditions." an apparent allusion to a possible crackdown on mass protests similar to police strong-arm tactics in Titograd on Saturday. The government of Montenegro, one of Yugoslavia's six republics, introduced the unspecified measures today in Titograd "to prevent an extraordinary situation because the security situation rapidly turned for the worse." 'Limited Character' Montenegro state presidency member Blazo Orlandic said these "urgent measures are of limited character and are directed exclusively against those who misuse the justified dissatisfaction of the workers and citizens." The government statement said militant groups have begun "threatening to virtually suspend institutions of the legal political system and endanger personal security of the citizens and their property." Police cLshed Saturday with protesters in Titogra.'. and the town of Niksic. 37 nv'es north of Titograd, leaving 13 people injured. Police briefly detained 23 neople in Titograd, authorities said. Husnija Redzepagic, a senior official in the Montenegro Secretariat for the Interior said today that police in Niksic arrested another 12 people Sunday during a demonstration to demand the resignation of Montenegro leaders. A police official in Titograd told UPI, "It is calm here today and citizens of Titograd live a normal life." Strikes, Protests Continue But about 2,000 workers continued a strike today at a construction equipment factory in Titograd. In Niksic, workers demonstrated today at a bauxite mine and at the Piva hydroelectric power station. Several hundred school and university students and professors demonstrated in front of the Niksic town hall. The students and workers are protesting the use of force by police and seek the resignation of leaders deemed responsible for the nation's economic crisis. They also are demanding national political and economic reforms. More than 1,000 university students in Titograd and other Montenegrin towns went on a hunger strike Sunday to support demands for reforms. Associated Press David Croudip State before joining the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League. He later went to the USFL's Houston Gamblers and was picked up by the Rams in 1984. After being cut by the Rams, he played two games for the San Diego Chargers in 1985 before being cut. He then signed with the Falcons.

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