Victoria Advocate from Victoria, Texas on December 7, 1990 · 24
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Victoria Advocate from Victoria, Texas · 24

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Friday, December 7, 1990
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-1 2C-THE VICTORIA ADVOCATE, iTTestimony v By Liaison JP or Keating Anticipated WASHINGTON (AP) - In compel-' ling James Grogan to testify, the Sen-Jjate Ethics Committee is summoning the person who probably knows more ihan anyone but Charles H. Keating Jr. about Heating's relationship with jive powerful senators. At the start of Thursday's 13th day hearings, the committee announced Grogan will begin closed-?"j.door testimony on Dec. 17, followed by his appearance at an open hear- 0, Grogan was Heating's main liaison with Congress. He's the man who can " lie together any relationship between the money Keating raised for the Keating Five and their intervention -t.-'with thrift regulators on his behalf. Documents released in the case s-show that Grogan, who earlier de-Lclined to testify on Fifth Amendment Nirounds, had often arranged for o; Heating's political donations and had nz enlisted the senators' backing for Heating's failing Lincoln Savings uand Loan. osln testimony Thursday, a career VTcounsel for the Federal Home Loan n;.ank Board, William K. Black, said f.he five senators mounted "defense after defense after defense" of Lin-.coln at a 1987 meeting when examin-ci'fers informed them of massive viola-' : tion's at Heating's thrift, bfi And the senators did so, Black said, fc'iVdespite us laying out in the starkest .tenns ... exactly what was wrong, and it didn't impress them. " But four members of the ethics panel appeared skeptical about -v whether the senators had been as aggressive as portrayed by Black. Sen. Terry Sanford, D-N.C., accused e the witness and his fellow regulators of having a "siege mentality" when vthey entered the meeting with the tive lawmakers. The committee is trying to learn whether the $1.3 million Keating "raised for the five influenced their conduct. The senators are Dennis DeConcini, D-Ariz. ; John McCain, R-Ariz.; Donald W. Riegle Jr., D- Mich.; Alan Cranston, D-Calif., and 1 John Glenn, D-Ohio. 2 ; Grogan was the corporate counsel J for Heating's American Continental Corp. and vice president of Lincoln. Hie undertook several activities that could spark the committee's interest. .Jor instance, he: Arranged for Heating's contributions to three voter-registration pro-- jects supported by Cranston. Keating donated $850,000. Set in motion a complaint by a Cranston aide to regulators about a '.'.tough enforcement action planned " against Lincoln in May 1988. Z'X Played a role in arranging two ';rucial meetings with regulators. One, on April 2, 1987, involved all of f.'$tie five senators except Riegle; the ' second, a week later, included all the 'senators. na- wag told in a memo from Keat- -ing to try to get Black fired for his tough stance against Lincoln, o - In that July 1987 memo, Keating 'rewrote: "Highest priority - get Black. nT'Good grief - If you can't get Wright and Congress to get Black kill him - dead you ought to retire." Wright rls a reference to former House '- Speaker Jim Wright. t.?. Black, testifying Thursday, repeat-J0d his assertion that political pres-. -osure by the senators caused the bank "Jboard to loosen its regulatory control o un Lincoln. rw,V'He blamed the senators' pressure sfor the decision by top regulators in ic 'Washington to take San Francisco-' "based regulators off the examination of Lincoln. The examination, he said, ' would have disclosed phony transac-v ' -tions and a "tax-sharing scam" that ient false profits to Lincoln's parent company. '. ' -w,- "This is the most likely explanation ffor this completely unprecedented t -tand grossly improper action of halt- VI.". ,ing the examination that would have ' blown all of these thing so wide .jopen," Black said. "' The committee's vice chairman, pji Sen. Warren Rudman, R-N.H., announced Thursday that, under a grant of limited immunity, Grogan will be asked to produce key documents Wednesday five days be-f ore his closed-door testimony. There could be more private testi-' 'mony after Dec. 17, and then public testimony by Grogan after that The 'j revised schedule will delay testimony from the five senators until they to bear what Grogan has to say, Rud-9gtnan announced. ro Seven witnesses, including Grogan Eand Keating, have refused to testify Jvon Fifth Amendment grounds. Rud-t,i,man said Keating would not be of-ci jered immunity and is not expected no to appear. Documents abound on Grogan's role in dealing with the senators and their aides. . ' On Oct. 6, 1987, Cranston wrote Keating, "I am very grateful for - your ' willingness to contribute $250,000 this year, and have asked ; Joy to discuss with Jim Grogan the ; states in which you would most like ; to help." In the same letter, Cranston ex ' pressed his pleasure that Keating's . meeting with M. Danny Wall, then chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, "had gone so well." Friday, December 7, 1990 Ouch! Not Really A Canada goose sits on the ice of McCarron's Lake in St. Paul, Minn., with an arrow stuck in its back. Reports of the goose with an arrow began coming in September and Janice Hage of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the wound Nation Low Fuel Forces Emergency Landing & J & NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Northwest Airlines officials were investigating why a company jet ran low on fuel, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Newark International Airport, an airline spokeswoman said Thursday. No injuries were reported when Flight 90 touched down Wednesday, authorities said. The flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul was bound for New York's LaGuardia Airport. The 183 passengers and seven crew members aboard the Boeing 757 Fire Destroys UNC Press, Rare Books CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Fire gutted the University of North Carolina Press headquarters, destroying rare books and irreplaceable manuscripts, officials said. The fire broke out about 6 p.m. Wednesday at the building near the university's Chapel Hill campus and caused some $500,000 in damage, authorities said. No injuries were reported. Richard Hendel, university press associate director, said he believed some items destroyed in the fire were irreplaceable. "There were some new manuscripts in the editorial department, and those would have to be edited all over again," he said. "There also were a few rare books in our library. I'm sure there are copies elsewhere, Rhinoceros Dies in NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Lewis Greene, flecks of blood clinging to his glasses, still looked a little dazed as he watched workers hose down the rhinoceros house at the Audubon Zoo. Greene had just lost if not a loved one a longtime companion. Jessie, a 32-year-old African white rhinoceros, died Monday as veterinarians removed part of her horn in hopes the operation would enable them to breed her before she was too old. "Both of our males have very small horns and both females have large horns. We think that prevented them from mating. The females with larger horns would spar with the males and were able to keep them away," said Greene, the. zoo keeper in charge of rhinos'. GOP Candidate Wins OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A Republican logging supporter defeated the incumbent for his legislative seat by one vote after a recount, but she didn't gloat in the "campaign from hell." "You can bet I'm not going to be running up and down the street yelling, 'Hey, I'm Representative Goos.' I'm not going to act like an idiot," said Ann Goos, whose name rhymes with dose. State Rep. Evan Jones, D-Sequim, said he'll contest Wednesday's results and demand a new recount. There is no legal limit to the number of recounts and the Legislature could be asked to decide which candidate to seat, said David Brine, spokesman for Secretary of State Ralph Munro. Psychiatric Drug's Price May Drop EAST HANOVER, N.J. (AP) -The maker of an expensive drug used to treat schizophrenia said it will study alternative ways of monitoring its use that could cut costs and make it available to more people. The New York Times reported Thursday that the Swiss-owned drug company, Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, folded to congressional and public pressure and agreed to reduce the cost of clozapine. The drug costs $8,944 in the United States for a year's supply. A significant portion of the cost is believed to come from a monitoring system -required by Sandoz - that guards against potentially fatal side effects. An official for the East Hanover-based company said Wednesday the company agreed only to look for different ways to monitor the drug. "It could change the overall price structure but we don't know how ' k- . . : - in Brief were taken by bus to LaGuardia, about 20 miles away, said Northwest spokeswoman Christie Clapp in St. Paul. The plane was then flown back to Minneapolis, to be checked out by maintenance experts, she said. The incident came two days after , two Northwest jets collided in heavy fog at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, killing eight people and injuring 24. In January, an Avianca flight en route to New York's Kennedy airport crashed on Long Island when it ran out of fuel, killing 73 people. but they will be difficult to find." Many computer files also were lost, he said. Hendel was the only person in the building when the fire erupted. He said two men apparently university students knocked on his office window and alerted him to the blaze. The fire's cause was under investigation Thursday, a fire department spokesman said. The . university press, founded in 1923, specializes in topics relating to North Carolina and the South. It has published books on subjects including black history, botany and literary criticism. One book the press published, "The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790" by Rhys L. Isaac won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1983. Horn Trimming "Other zoos that have had the problem have had good luck reducing the female's horn," Greene said. "Putting them on equal footing, so to speak.". Because rhinoceroses in the wild are disappearing, zoos are trying to breed those they have in accordance with an international species survival plan. All of the five surviving species are endangered because of habitat destruction and illegal hunting, especially for their horns, said Curt Bur-nette, Audubon's general curator. The horns, made of matted hair, are considered an aphrodisiac in the Far East, where they sell for as much as $18,000 a pound. Seat by One Vote "It ain't over 'til it's over," Jones said. Going into the recount, Jones led the race for the 24th District seat by five votes. But when new tallies were added from three counties, he trailed by one vote. The new total: Goos 16,167, Jones 16,166. Jones said he's evaluating which precincts and counties to include in his demand for a recount, and whether to seek a hand recount or a computer recount. He has to pay five cents a ballot for the recheck. "The one silver lining is that ... everyone thinks it is their vote that made the difference - and they're all right, of course," Jones said. "People can know that literally one vote makes a difference." much at this point in time," said Dr. David L. Winter, vice president of scientific and external affairs at Sandoz. The Food and Drug Administration estimates 200,000 severe schizophrenics in the United States could benefit from the drug, but because of the cost, only about 7,000 people are taking it. Many veterans hospitals and state programs refuse to use the drug because of its expense. Six states, led by Minnesota, have threatened antitrust lawsuits, and legislation has been introduced in Congress to make the drug more affordable. Patients taking clozapine are monitored for agranulocytosis, a potentially fatal side effect that reduces the level of infection-fighting white blood cells. 7 I i,r A Atsociattd Prns Wircphoto apparently healed with the arrow intact. Hage said the goose can fly and doesn't appear to be in any danger. As long as the goose can fly, she said it may not be in the best interests of the bird to remove the arrow. Lung Cancer Deaths Soar WA ror Women ATLANTA (AP) - Deaths from lung cancer are continuing to increase faster among women than men, said health researchers who predict the trend won't slow down until 2013. The federal Centers for Disease Control said Thursday that lung cancer incidence and death rates for 1987 sustained a pattern of the 1980s: increasing steadily for women and fluctuating slightly for men. Previous studies have blamed increasing lung cancer rates among women on their giving up smoking less readily than men. CDC researchers estimate that 85 percent of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking. That excludes cases in non-smokers caused by second-hand smoke, said Dr. Ronald Aubert, a CDC epidemiologist. "The whole passive smoking issue has been recognized more and more recently, and that's something to take into account," he said. The lung cancer death rate in this country rose slightly from 1980 to 1987, from 42.5 per 100,000 population to 47.9. The rate for males who still suffer the most lung cancer, despite the increases among women rose by fewer than 5 percentage points, from 71 .6 to 75.0. But the lung cancer death rate for women increased by more than one-third in seven years, from 20.9 in 1980 to 28.2 in 1987, Aubert said. Similarly, lung cancer incidence nationwide increased from a rate of 52.4 in 1980 to 55.5 in 1986 - the latest year available for those statistics -and increased faster for women than for men. The increases in lung cancer incidence and death rates among women "are consistent with historically increasing trends in smoking," the Atlanta-based CDC said. CDC researchers cautioned that because peaks in smoking are historically followed by peaks in lung cancer as much as 35 years later, today's lung cancer increases in women will continue for decades. "Based on these trends, the increases ... for females are not expected to plateau until after the year 2013," the CDC said, citing a math-model projection taking into account smoking prevalence and progression of disease. "That's our best guesstimate," Aubert said. In general, lung cancer death rates in the 1980s have been higher for black men than for white men, but did not differ significantly between white and black women, the CDC reported. Surveys have shown that smoking prevalence is higher among black men, who also tend to smoke brands higher in tar and nicotine, the CDC said. Pearl Harbor Attack TcBe Remembered HONOLULU (AP) - The 49th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor will be marked Friday with a memorial service. The service at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center will honor the 2,403 people killed in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack that drew the- United States into World War II. Ted Mason, a Pearl Harbor survivor and author of the book "Battleship Sailor," will be the keynote speaker. A special prayer will be offered by a representative of the World Federation of Japan Religious Committee. The ceremony also will include a flyover by F-15 jets from the Hawaii Air National Guard, a 21-gun salute by U.S. Marines and taps played by the Fleet Marine Force Band. During the day, American flags will be briefly raised, then lowered at the USS Arizona Memorial. They later will be offered to the 50 states, the White House and U.S. territories to be flown as part of next year's 50 anniversary. Judge Hands 20 Years to Female Terrorists Sentenced WASHINGTON (AP) - Leftist radical Laura Whitehorn received a 20-year sentence Thursday for bombing the U.S. Capitol and conspiring to set off seven other explosions that a prosecutor called acts of terrorism. Whitehorn was sentenced along with co-defendant Linda Sue Evans, who was ordered to serve five years for her role in the bombing conspiracy after completing a 35-year term she is already serving for illegally buying firearms. The two women, who pleaded guilty in a plea bargain Sept. 7, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Harold H. Greene at a proceeding punctuated by the cheers and applause of supporters who packed the courtroom. "You have committed acts of violence which are not excused by good purposes or political purposes," Greene said. "The effect of these kinds of violence are just as devastating to the victims and to society at large as if they were motivated by greed." "The defendants Linda Evans and Laura Whitehorn are terrorists," Assistant U.S. Attorney Margaret Ellen told the judge. "They are people who by their actions have sought to coerce others by means of threats or violence." The Nov. 7, 1983, bomb blast that blew a hole in the wall outside the Senate chamber and the explosions at seven other locations in Washington and New York City "were not symbolic gestures; they were distinct acts of terrorism," Ellen said. "Only chance prevented serious harm" to people, she said. Over boos of the defendants' supporters, she said, "The government has not and does not view these actions as political crimes." Evans' involvement in the bombing conspiracy was part of "a pattern of escalating violence" that includes a 1987 conviction for buying firearms and ammunition, Ellen said. Settlement By Taylor, LOS ANGELES (AP) - Elizabeth Taylor and an ex-beau reached an out-of-court settlement Thursday in a battle over Passion perfume prof-' its, ending what promised to be a revealing peek into the star's personal life. Both sides agreed to drop their lawsuits in the middle of jury selection. The judge announced the actress and former boyfriend Henry Wynberg reached a settlement that leaves Miss Taylor in control of the perfume line. Wynberg sued Miss Taylor for a share of $70 million in profits, claim-. ing she breached a contract with him to market the highly popular fragrance. She had countered Wynberg's lawsuit with claims that his criminal record led her to abandon their planned business deal and turn to a major cosmetics company that began marketing Passion. Miss Taylor won permission to tell jurors about Wynberg's statutory rape conviction. Miss Taylor's lawyer, Neil Papiano, said no money would change hands and each party would pay its own legal expenses. "It means I'm vindicated and it proves the perfume, Passion, is something I worked for a year and a half for. ... It has nothing to do with Graceland Acquires Colonel Tom's Glitz MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The displays of sparkling jumpsuits, gold records and shiny motorcycles at Elvis Presley's house are about to get a bit flashier, managers of the estate said Thursday. Tom Parker, who directed Presley's career for 30 years, has sold his personal collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia to the residence known as Graceland. The collection includes about 70,000 pounds of business documents, photographs, clothes, newsreels and other items, Graceland managers said. It also includes more gold records, acetate recordings of Presley's early studio work and promotional tapes of Elvis messages passed out to radio stations in the early days of the singer's career. One acetate recording is of Presley's first appearance on the "Louisiana Hayride" radio show in 1954. Presley's famous gold lame suit will join his other outfits on display . at Graceland, as will the 1976 Cadillac he gave Parker as a present. The gold suit will go on display in January during annual festivities i surrounding Presley's birthday. Jim Jaworowicz, Graceland's specialist for rock 'n' roll artifacts, said the collection covers Parker's 65 years as a music promoter and offers a clear paper trail on the business side of creating a star. "It's so well kept, It's like a time capsule from the '50s." B omber FBI agents who raided a Baltimore apartment where Whitehorn and Evans, 43, lived found components for , more bombs and written plans to set off explosives at other locations. Whitehorn, 45, who raised her right fist to greet supporters as she entered the courtroom, described her involvement in what she called a radical struggle against racism, militarism and oppression of poor people. "This government put us in a difficult position of choosing between morality and the law," Whitehorn. "How did Martin Luther King achieve progress without violence?" Greene asked at one point during the proceeding. "The struggle of Martin Luther King is not divorced from other struggles that because of necessity had incorporated violence," said defense attorney Nkechi Taifi. "This whole country is built upon violence," the lawyer said, evoking cheers and applause from the crowd. Whitehorn received the maximum term for each of three charges to which she pleaded guilty: conspiracy, malicious destruction of government property and possession of equipment to make false documents. In sentencing Evans, Greene said he was taking into account the fact that she was already serving a 35-year prison term. Greene dismissed all charges against Susan Rosenberg and Timothy Blunk, who are both serving 58 years for possession of explosives, as part of the plea bargain. A Supreme Court ruling on double jeopardy precluded their prosecution. Charges against Alan Berkman, who is undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin's disease, will be dismissed at another, unscheduled, proceeding. Another defendant, Marilyn Buck, was given a 10-year prison term on Nov. 16 to run concurrently with a 60-year term she is serving for other crimes. Reached Ex-Beau Henry Wynberg," Miss Taylor said afterward. Miss Taylor said she didn't relish the idea of being on the witness stand, but didn't say that was the reason for reaching the settlement. "It's not like on television. It's not over in an hour. It's not something I was looking forward to, but I was willing to fight as long as I had to," she said. Wynberg said: "I'm pleased it's all over with." He said his decision wasn't based on fear a trial would reveal too much about his criminal past. "That turns out to be a two-way street. Anything they wanted to ask of me we could have asked also of Elizabeth,' Wynberg said. His lawyer, Quentin Kopp, refused to discuss how the settlement came about or any details. They also refused to acknowledge that Wynberg wouldn't receive any money. Attorneys had been negotiating for some time but were unable to reach agreement until Thursday, Papiano said. Jury selection had been under way for a day and a half, highlighted Thursday by a prospective panelist's assertion that he had seen most of the 58-year-old star's silent films. Parker, 81, who generally avoids reporters, said he had several would-be buyers for the collection, including an eager Japanese bidder who offered the top price. Parker, known as Col. Tom Parker or just "the colonel," said he wanted the collection at Graceland. He said he expects there to be an "Elvis and the Colonel" museum at Graceland oneday. "Someday when I'm not around, it will always be 'Elvis and the Colonel,'" Parker said by telephone from his residence near Nashville. Jack Soden, executive director of the Graceland Division of Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., would not reveal the purchase price for the collection. Niether would Parker. Graceland, which draws more than 600,000 visitors annually, already includes extensive displays of clothes, vehicles and mementos that once belonged to Presley. The estate also has a 36,000-square-foot shopping center devoted primarily to Elvis souvenirs. His body racked by drug abuse, Presley died at Graceland in 1977. He was 42. Parker said there was nothing he could do to keep Presley from abusing drugs. "He did it on his own. Elvis, you could not tell Elvis anything what to do," he said. "He made his own decisions and you could not change them." i

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