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' " ' THIS S PAGE MADS CVit? FINAL EDITION . SEE Ea& OF ROLL - : 1 ; . : Hggamsv SB? I , - - firiimr iv i -- - "-"-'' " " ' .nw.,-.r- ,. i ,m , lM. 1 Step up Analysis Foes turn friendly in school board sri Page 19 Hired Shutdown 49ers clinch NFC Western Conference title Page 21 Colorado names new football coach Page 21 Key Theater closes for now Page 19 ffle fciiiii-nnrr' i pi 1 'i -: i! win utitt i tandardl - w TO Serving Luzerne, Carbon, Schuylkill, Columbia and Mo VOL. 128, NO. 37027 ESTABLISHED 1866 HAZLETON, PA. 18201 TUES roe Counties - Phones 717455-3636 -1-800-843-6680 AY, NOVEMBER 29, 1994 Weather Sunny. Highs to mid 50s. (Details on page 4) 1 ft I I mill i if' Milled in prison State Rep. Thomas B. Stish talks with Standard-Speaker reporter Tony Greco Monda; to Republican and the events resulting from that switch. morning about his change from Democrat (Photo by David C. Haupt) Stish blasts Demos armd refuses to resign his 116th Disitrict seat By TONY GRECO Standard-Speaker Staff Writer State Rep. Tom Stish, back in Hazleton, said Monday his party switch is past history and that his present focus is to provide a more promising future for his constituents. And that can best be accomplished, he said, as a member of the Republican Party. In a half-hour interview, he criticized the House Democratic leadership for making physical threats against his family and for behaving like "government in temper tantrum" in response to his Nov. 14 switch to the GOP. Stish said he will not resign his 116th District seat, as some Democrats have demanded, and that he "absolutely" will run for re-election in 1996. "I'm the state representative. I have a job to do," he said. "The people of the district elected me to do a job, and that's what I'm going to do." As for the Democrats' behavior toward him, Stish said, "Quite frankly, I'm not going to take it." He pledged to fulfill his obligation "no matter what they do. And they better get it in their heads." Stish also hinted at possibly taking legal action in response to the threats and the slanderous, libelous statements that have been made against him in the past two weeks. His party switch carrMse only six days after being re-ele- cted, as a Democrat, to a fourth consecutive term. It gave the GOP an imme diate one-member votiix majority in the House of Reprsssentatives and total control of the CTapitol the House, the Senate governor's office in "I knew they would very vile manner," he Democrats. "I really di they would go to tries threaten my family." Stish had considered parties last year, but on Dec. 9 that the leadership had promi more receptive to his viewpoint, and that would be heard. s and the ranuary. react in a iaid of the Ldn't think s level to switching nnounced emocratic d to be moderate is voice "It didn't happen," he said Monday. "The present Democratic leadership, I saw two more years of gridlock, of obstructing Gov. ' (Tom) Ridge's programs, of all kinds of political games down there. . . . "The people don't want that." Asked if the GOP had offered anything in return for his vote, Stish said its leaders only pledged "to move the state forward. That was my promise. The party has changed but the mission is the same." About an hour after his Nov. 14 press conference, Stish was on the House floor. The legislators re- Please see STISH, page 4 By ARTHUR L.SRB Associated Press Writer MADISON, Wis. (AP) Jeffrey Dahmer was attacked and killed while cleaning a prison bathroom Monday in a gruesome end for the man who strangled and dismembered 17 boys and men and cannibalized some of them. Another inmate was being held in Dahmer's slaying and in the severe beating of another prisoner at Columbia Correctional Institution. The suspect, Christopher J. Scarver, is serving a life sentence for murder, authorities said. They wouldn't speculate on a motive. "It's not as brutal as what he did to our children," said Shirley Hughes, a mother of one of Dahmer's victims. "This was just a quick way out." Dahmer had been in prison since July 1991, when a handcuffed man who had escaped his clutches led police to an apartment containing body parts packed in oil drums, skulls saved as mementos and one or two hearts Dahmer said he had set aside "to eat later." ' 'Dahmer had a death wish, and I know that he didn't have the gumption to do it himself, so I had predicted that the day would come when he would be killed in pris-on," said Gerald Boyle, Dahmer's lawyer at trial. The 34-year-old former chocolate factory worker, who was serving 16 life sentences, had been attacked in prison once before. In July, an inmate tried to cut his throat during a chapel service, but the razor blade attached to a plastic handle fell apart before it could hurt Dahmer. Monday's attack occurred as all Please see DAHMER, page 2 1 , Jeffrey Dahmer Rebel Serbs battle ffor Bosnian stronghold. By SRECKO LATAL Associated Press Writer SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) Rebel Serbs were reported in hand-to-hand combat Monday with defenders of the last government stronghold in northwest Bosnia. Western diplomats, stung by the United Nations' inability to save the "safe zone," scrambled to broker a cease-fire. There was little sign that Bosnia's Serbs would agree to one except on their terms. They have seized up to 40 percent of the safe zone in the Bihac enclave that was declared off-limits to combat by the United Nations, and they were intent on forcing the government garrison there to surrender. See related story, page 15 The Serbs' war gains have created a crisis for the international community. Three NATO airstrikes on Serb positions last week were ineffective, and more than 400 U.N. peacekeeping troops have been detained by the Serbs to ward off more Britain's defense se icized remarks t y Republican leader Bob Britain and France were: blame for the failur U.IN.-INA.1U mission i Both countries fear NA' would trigger Serb r against their peace keepi The Serbs launched years ago when they against a move by Croats and Muslims Please see SERBS, , ttacks. etary cnt-Senate Dole that partly to of the Bosnia. attacks etaliation g troops. he war 2 rebelled Bosnia's o secede Beaver Meadows 12 Bridge 30 Business 20 Classified 30-35 Comics, crossword ...26 Deaths, funerals..; 2 Editorial 16 Entertainment 27 Freeland 28 HealthScience 10-11 Horoscope 29 Hospitals, births 29 Mahanoy City 14 McAdoo 12 Neighbors.... 8-9 Police 5 Sports 21-25 Stocks, markets 30 Tamaqua. 12 Weatherly 28 Clinton gathers econoi-nic stars of past to push GA. TT By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -President Clinton assembled the economic stars from eight previous administrations on Monday to give a final push for congressional approval of a 124-nation trade agreement. "We have to do it now. We can't wait until next year," he declared. Supporters predicted that the rewrite of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade would sail through the House today with perhaps as many as 60 votes to spare. However, they suV setbacks in the Senate or with the announcements Max Baucus, D-Mont., Hank Brown, R-Colo., pose the agreement. Baucus had voted foi when it cleared the S nance Committee in Oct said he had switched growing concern that tl Trade Organization was to U.S. sovereignty, sred two l Monday that Sen. and Sen. fould op- the pact enate Fi- :tober. He :cause of le World a threat in part I., 1" at-. j t . ? - - Please see CLINTOTW, jragt 2 Bobbie Butler, left, and Sissy Magee, both of Magee, Miss., clear soggy insulation and sheetrock from the kitchen of Butler's home off Highway 541 Monday after a tornado cut through Simpson County Sunday night (AP) Area gets a break from early winter From Staff and wire reports As the old saying goes, close only counts in quoits. Had wanner air not pushed into northeastern Pennsylvania on Sunday night to change the snow to rain, you definitely would have been busy shoveling snow Monday. Robert Zientek, manager of the Hazleton City Authority, said approximately 2 inches of precipitation was recorded in the Hazleton area over the 24-hour period that ended 10 a.m. yesterday. "The rule of thumb is that an inch of rain equals about 10 inches of snow," Zientek noted. Please see BREAK, page 6 Tornadoes wreak death, destruction in Tennessee By WOODY BAIRD Associated Press Writer GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (AP) When a tornado smashed two dozen homes in this well-to-do Memphis suburb, neighbors dived into the rubble and rescued children by looking for their hands sticking up from the wreckage. There was little for survivors to do Monday, a day after a half-dozen twisters tore through western Tennessee, killing three people in one Germantown house and one in a rural area. The last of the bodies were recovered early Monday morning. "We're just looking for family pictures and things. That's what we came to find. There's really not much salvageable other than pictures," said Karen Glaus, whose house was flattened by the storm. The twisters were part of a vast storm system that was still producing rain and snow across parts of the Northeast on Monday. The Tennessee tornado deaths were among 14 fatalities Sunday from North Dakota, where snow and ice glazed highways, to Georgia, where dense fog contributed to the crash of a small plane. The storm stranded or delayed hundreds of travelers; some of Please see TORNADOES, page 6

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