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26 Part I Saturday. March 11. 1989 F Cos Angeles (Times BOMB: Blast Destroys Van Belonging to Captain of Vincennes Continued from Page 1 in San Diego in late December for a Syrian national allegedly linked to the Dec. 21 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 that killed 259 passengers and crew members in Scotland last year. A copy of the FBI document, obtained by The Times, said the Los Angeles FBI office had received an anonymous phone call alleging that the Syrian, identified as Farwan Abdin, was "involved in or responsible for the Flight 103 bombing over Scotland." The FBI added: "Also mentioned were Navy quarters or TV station. No further information given." The FBI's assessment at the time was that the call was "shoddy" but that efforts should be made to locate Abdin. Officials said Friday that a serious investigation of the call was never launched. The Rogerses were being protected Friday night by the Naval Investigative Service and other Navy personnel at an undisclosed location. "They are not home, and we will not disclose their location," said Chief Craig Huebler, a Navy spokesman. "And we won't discuss it beyond that. That gets into security, and you can understand the sensitivity to that." He said that no special security precautions had been undertaken for Rogers, crew members and their families after the Vincennes returned to San Diego. "Why should the Vincennes crew be treated any different?" he said. "There was nothing to indicate a threat to the crew or to their families." All 360 sailors assigned to the Vincennes were alerted by their commanders Friday morning of the bomb in the Rogerses' van and urged to take whatever precau- State Board Acts to Reduce Smog in San Joaquin Valley From United Press International SAN MATEO, Calif.-The state Air Resources Board, heeding pleas of farmers and conservationists, unanimously agreed Friday to take immediate steps toward meeting clean air goals in the smoggy San Joaquin Valley. The panel voted to notify the eight counties in the valley to adopt proposed rules lowering the amount of pollution new industries may put into the air before being required to offset the damage by reducing other sources of contamination. If the counties fail to act quickly, the state board will step in and adopt the standards, members said. "We want to keep their feet to the fire, and let them know we're serious," said Jan Sharpless, board chairwoman. New Evaluations The board will ask the eight county air pollution control districts in the valley to evaluate all permits for new industries according to proposed stricter offset standards. The counties are represented on the San Joaquin Valley Basin Control Council, which called for reducing threshold levels of nitrogen oxide the main ingredient of smog from 250 to 150 pounds per source per day by Jan. 1, 1990, and to zero by July 1, 1991. Industries now can each emit up to 250 pounds a day before having to make other pollution-offset reductions. The counties can adopt different ffliixsiijfis: tiir: WW il i0 Agents inspect van destroyed tions they deemed necessary, Huebler said. Police and Navy officials said Rogers and his wife telephoned their son. Bill Rogers, at an eastern university, where he is a student. They assured him that they were safe. After the bombing Friday, an FBI spokesman said the Rogerses' van was usually driven by Sharon Rogers, but two highly placed law enforcement sources told The Times that Will Rogers drove his wife's van to a doughnut shop without incident about an hour before the blast. The explosion occurred while the van was in the left-turn lane on Genesee Avenue, south of La Jolla Village Drive. A law enforcement official, who asked not to be identified, said Sharon Rogers told investigators that she pulled up behind standards, however, as long as they would achieve a negative net increase of nitrogen oxides. They also could ban new pollution sources. Many valley cities, including Fresno, Bakersfield, Stockton, Modesto and Tulare, approach or exceed federal ozone standards of 12 parts for every 100 million parts of air. Cause Health Problems Ozone levels from auto exhaust and industry can cause respiratory problems and aggravate asthma and heart trouble. The dirty air, trapped in the valley by weather conditions, reduces growth of cash crops such as cotton, seedless grapes, tomatoes, fruit and nuts that costs farmers $300 million a year in lost production, board researchers reported. A rash of small power plants that has sprung up in the valley since 1980 are blamed for evading the offset requirements and worsening the air pollution. Since 1980, the number of cogen-eration plants has increased from one to 49. Another 65 have obtained permits but are not operating, and at least 51 more are expected to seek permits by the end of the century. A coalition led by the city of Kingsburg and Citizens for a Healthy Environment Inc., citing massive air pollution violations, petitioned the state board to begin work immediately on establishing a basin-wide air pollution-control plan. DAVE GATLEY Lot Angela Timet by pipe bomb blast and fire. three or four cars stopped at a red light at the intersection and then suddenly heard two popping sounds. The official said she believed that her van had been struck in the rear by another car, so she got out and walked to the back of the van to look for damage. "And then it all went up," the official said. "That's all there was to it. There were holes everywhere, and there was plenty of burn." The explosion propelled metal fragments through the roof of the white Toyota and ignited a fire that destroyed the vehicle. One law enforcement source said several construction workers nearby reported that moments after the explosion, a red car quickly made a U-turn over the traffic median on Genesee and sped from the scene. No other description of the car was available, but witnesses said there were four people in it. mi lltf:imiliKii1iiaK.nri'f HFfa fJJ Jjj ' $7lnS?ft Genuine Italian Leather &fl7ffMft i , ' 'ill RETAIL $1098 Genuine Italian Leather t CI rft0 r ' Available In Washed Oak Genuine Italian Uather HAifffc . Or Mahogany Finish Both Pieces NCvSS pZj 9rx20"x78" RETAIL $4199 II VW nTl fSjr Ifl Genuine Italian Leather rmg-tt-t ill 111 11 Both Pieces lICVlS r asf lirl RETAIL $3399 IfetfW Pljjyj 3 Pc. Italian , 9 m In Almond Or Black f U Polyester Lacquer Ijp VWu I $A..J? 1 ! Si ifll Genuine Italian Leather LC"IT li. 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They took her to a pickup truck, where she told them that she was the van's sole occupant and asked them to call her husband. Will BBrtBaHiaBaD CLIP THIS C0UP0M bUAHAN I ttU LUW fHIUtS II within 30 days, you find a lower advertised price we'll meet that price, plus 10 off the difference! f C boost Ironi curved PVC vinyl aluminum f Fabric Scotch -guarded 60 off group A " Heavy Aluminum Track 5 vtar outran tat v 10 Dayt Ottrvtry Inilal- latton Avail Group B. C. 0, E. all site. 60 (channtl HOME OFFICE APARTMENT Hum) EVERYDAY LOW PRICES ON ESBALT. Mlni-Bllnds I PRICES ON I 1 CUSTOM PLEATEO I 1 n SHADES SUMANTEE1 LOW PRICES Oj CistM Drapes Mt rirr utur uritiwruruT run am 'UK met nunc HUrUUKtmtni tAll I tOUU; Rogers arrived at the scene within a few minutes, and police took the couple to the San Diego Police Department's Northern Division headquarters. "She looked like she'd just been rear-ended or something," said Charles Archer, one of two masonry workers to reach Rogers first. "She was surprised and shocked, but she wasn't burned and she wasn't bleeding." San Diego police and FBI agents rushed to the Rogerses' home on Sherlock Court, checking two other vehicles and the home with dogs specially trained to sniff for explosives. Investigators also used mirrors to look beneath the vehicles. Two law enforcement sources said Will Rogers left the couple's home about 6:30 a.m. and drove in the van to a doughnut shop. He returned, drank coffee with his wife, and then Sharon Rogers, who usually drove the van, left in the vehicle, investigators said. CUSTOM MADE VERTICAL BIOS ! WIOIKV W RYi M'i MVil 13'. 15 It'i IOUVi 113V. IlKVi 131'. 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COLORS (213) 383-7273 ( 818 ) 965 Iac DRAPERIES 1 714) 595 n n ("'"'" J t-IUI ""'mi an m -on unaraufxraaMarcnai. m fCUP THIS COUPON I B e figure i ijtcuqib When Sharon Rogers was interviewed, one law enforcement source said, she was nervous and shaken, but she did not immediately connect the explosion with any possible retaliation for her husband's role in shooting down the Iranian jetliner. The official also said that the van had been parked in the driveway overnight, but that neither the Rogerses nor any neighbors reported prowlers near the vehicle. He also said the Rogerses have a family watchdog. "The dog didn't bark, and the dog barks at everybody," the official said. He also said Sharon Rogers told investigators that her family had received no threats since the airplane was downed. "There were no threats, nothing," he said. "That's what's funny. 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