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The Spokesman-Review from Spokane, Washington • Page 15

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Death penalty beaten again Spokane, July 14, 1983. The SpOKESMAN-ReVCW 15 Last passenger trains I rolling across Wyoming I The other votes were 344-263 against hanging for the murder of policemen, 348-252 against death for murderers of prison guards, 374-204 against the execution of murderers by shooting or causing an explosion, and 369-194 against hanging for murder in the furtherance of theft. Speaker after speaker on both sides of the issue used the killings in Northern Ireland to bol- ster their arguments for and against capital pun-'ohn Hume of ic party, Jing tyrs of the guerrillas, and if you want the IRA Prime Minister Margaret Thatchers law-and-order spokesman. Home Secretary Leon Brittan, opened the debate with a call for restoration of the death penalty for terrorist murderers but said he opposed capital punishment for other killers. Brittan said advocates of the death penalty are not thirsting for revenge, but they do regard it as the duty of the state to signal its total and absolute repugnance for those who commit crimes that undermine its very foundations.

The terrorist is at war with us and will take whatever action he can to defeat us, said Brittan, who is in charge of the police and prisons. Roy Hattersley, the opposition Labor Partys chief spokesman on domestic affairs, said bringing back the hangman for any kind of murder would mark a reversion to barbarism. Britain, he said, would become the only democracy in Western Europe to exercise the death penalty. By ROBERT GLASS Associated Press LONDON The House of Commons decisively rejected restoration of capital punishment for murder for the fifth time in nine years Wednesday night. By a vote of 368-233, the lower house of Parliament rejected a Conservative members motion calling for the return of the death penalty for murder, which Parliament abolished 14 years ago.

Earlier, the house by majorities ranging from 175 to 81 votes rejected amendments calling for hanging for five different kinds of murder, including by terrorists. The deputies voted 361-245 against death for murder by terrorists despite the slaying by the Irish Republican Army of four government militiamen and two Irish Catholics in Northern Ireland earlier in the day. CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) More than a century after the Iron Horse helped win the West, the last passenger trains are crossing Wyoming this week, signaling an end of an era. Amtrak is discontinuing service across Wyoming in favor of a more scenic route through Colorado, leaving Wyoming without passenger trains for the first time in 115 years and closing the route of the nations first transcontinental railroad.

Oldtime railroad towns like Rawlins and Evanston are even planning good-bye parties Friday, the last day the passenger trains will roll through the communities. But Wyoming historian T.A. Larson of Laramie notes that rail passenger service has become steadily less important in Wyoming since the coming of the automobile in the 1920s. Its just a change in life, and the automobile is primarily responsible, Larson said Wednesday. Reduced ridership prompted Amtrak, the federally subsidized National Railroad Passenger td decide earlier this year to reroute its Chicago-San Francisco Zephyr from Union Pacific rails through Wyoming to Denver Rio Grande Western track in Colorado.

The train will be renamed the California Zephyr. to win, then hang them. If you erect a scaffold in my country, you will turn it into a savage and bloody battlefield. The Rev. Ian Paisley, the militant Protestant leader, retorted: The gallows has already been erected in Northern Ireland, not by this House but by the IRA.

Today there is a cry to this House from those already hung, drawn and quartered, murdered and tortured by the IRA. Union asks more air crew training HUNDREDS OF BARGAINS FROM EVERY DEPT. REDUCED TO CLEAR! YOULL FIND GREAT DEALS ON SPORTING GOODS, FOOTWEAR CLOTHING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! SOME ONE-OF-A-KIND, BUT ALL PRICED TO SAVE YOU WASHINGTON (AP) An airline employees union called Wednesday for stricter emergency training requirements for airline crews, saying flight attendants are expected to know how to fight a cabin fire but many have never discharged a fire extinguisher. The testimony came during congressional hearings prompted by the death of 23 people aboard an Air Canada jetliner last month after a fire engulfed the plane forcing it to make an emergency landing in Cincinnati. Janis Saito, safety director for the Association of Flight Attendants, said airlines too often rely on classroom instruction, books, and slides to teach flight attendants how to respond to an emergency.

While some carriers require crew members to practice evacuation in a smoke filled aircraft cabin simulator, others do little more than require a flight attendant to answer written questions on how an evacuation should be conducted, she said. The majority of carriers do not let flight attendants discharge a fire extinguisher during training, Saito told a House transportation subcommittee. Instead, she continued, attendants are simply told where to aim the nozzle. In another example, she said airlines normally do not allow emer- ency escape chutes to be activated uring training. She cited several emergencies in recent years in which slides were incorrectly deployed because an attendant had never used one before.

Meanwhile, a survivor of the Air Canada fire June 2, praised the flight crew aboard aircraft and said he might not have lived if he had not been given a wet washcloth to help him breath as black, toxic smoke engulfed the cabin. ISPORTIHC GOODSl SELECTED GROUP KENS ASSORTED DRESS SHIRTS CHAPPARAL KENS COTTON KNIT TOPS 93500 9351 SELECTED GROUP KENS DRESS SLACKS SELECTED GROUP KENS FASHION JEANS MAGIC MAN A COPPERFIELD SS KNIT TOPS LEVIS BELLS A BIG BELLS JEANS GALS PUCKER CLOTH TOPS CAP OR SLEEVE LAGUNA KENS CORDUROY SHORTS DANSXIN DUFFLE TOTE SUNDRESSES A RCKPERS 20 OFF 133 MCGRAW LEATHER YOUTHS BATTING GLOVES 489 5X10 EXERCISE MATS REG. 119.95 50 OFF TRAMPEKING 6X12 RECTANGULAR TRAMPOLINE AP photo Suit designed for aircraft rescue operations is displayed by a firefighter Wednesday at House hearings. i CVA BLACXPOtfCEX RIFLE KITS 40 OFF 1988 II88 2gs8 4 INI FITNESS GYM PRODUCTS GUIDING ATHLEJJGlCLOTHING N.Y. shelters so full that many homeless sent to New Jersey 30 OFF 12" WEIDER HOKE DIVERSIFIED EXER-GYM CAVITY T0GLEBAR ENTIRE STOCK BILLIARD TABLES E.

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New Jersey Gov. Thomas H. Kean issued a heated statement Wednesday, saying he had asked state Human Services Commissioner George Albanese to seek a meeting in Newark next week with New York officials. Dealing with the tragic problem of homeless people by shipping them to a neighboring state is the height of irresponsibility, Kean said. Not only does it place an unfair burden on the taxpayers of New Jersey, but it is totally at odds with the needs of the persons involved.

Maria Alvarez, one of the homeless, said she gets enough money from New York welfare payments to pay the $231 weekly room cost and to feed her three children in restaurants. "I like it here, she said. The place is quiet. Its better for me and my children. We eat good.

She said welfare benefits every two weeks pay her $462 for housing, $170 for food and $148 for clothing and incidentals. That comes to more than $1,500 a month. Alvarez said she left Boston for New York City in search of her mother. She never found her and wound up on the streets. She said she was taken in by a woman who saw her crying and eventually was sent by a social worker to the Lincoln Motel in Newark last month.

Sonia Zapata, 33, who has been living at the same $33-a-night motel with her husband and two sons for about a month, also said she had no complaints. She said the accommodations were far better than in New York. She has set up a hot plate on which she cooks her familys meals, and she noted that the sheets are always changed and that her family can use the motel swimming pool. But Robert Hayes, director of the New York City Coalition for the Homeless, termed the practice an outrage. Besides the inability to get their medical care or food stamps in New Jersey, these families are uprooted from their friends, relatives and things they are used to.

They may very well become permanently dependent. Charlene Brown, a spokewoman for the New Jersey Department of Human Services, said, It is less than a humane approach since you are not resolving the issue. Hayes said the emergency funding being used to put the homeless in New Jersey hotels is designed to last only six months. He noted that after that period, the New York cases could become New Jerseys problems. Just wait until New Jersey finds out folks ar being sent to New Jersey and will become permanent residents entitled to permanent benefits, Hayes said.

Most of the New York City shelters were designed for single people, so the families have been placed in 30 hotels in the five New York City boroughs and in New Jersey because there is no place else for them to go, said Bob Jorgan, director of the citys Crisis Intervention Services. We are sending families to New Jersey simply because there are no more hotels within our price range that will take public assistance cases, Jorgan said. We are at the end of our rope. Suzanne Trazoff, a human resources spokeswoman, noted that families who have been evicted or victims of fire can find it extremely difficult to find low-cost housing in New York. Operators of the New Jersey hotels where the homeless are housed said they are paid $33 a night or about $1,000 a month for each family.

Deacy noted the federal Emergency Housing Act allows the city to pay higher amounts for emergency housing such as a hotel. We cant pay it for permanent housing, he said. So even though you could get a good apartment for much less, we couldnt pay for it. And if these people get an apartment in New Jersey, they lose all New York City benefits. JOBE BEELINE COMBO SKIS HI GEAR "SP03T0" LADIES CANVAS DUCK SHOES Our reg.


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