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Hazleton Standard-Speaker, Tuesday, October 23, 1990 3 Briefs Senate approves weapons package, cash for Israel Teen dies on 'haunted hay ride9 attraction LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) A teen-ager who pretended to hang from a gallows as part of a Halloween hayride died while performing the stunt over the weekend. Hayride customers found the body of Brian Jewell, 17, about 8 p.m. Saturday, hanging from the gallows, his feet on the ground. The the stunt had worked other nights and there was no indication of foul play, Prosecutor James W. Holzapfel said. The gallows was being checked for flaws and an autopsy was performed Monday. "The way it's supposed to work is he's supposed to have the noose around his neck, but it's not a noose that tightens," said Holzapfel. Jewell would step down about one foot to the ground, making it appear he had been hanged, Holzapfel said. During the ride, about 40 people sit in a hay-filled wagon drawn by a tractor, which takes them past a number of Halloween fright exhibits. The stunt went off without problems earlier Saturday. But the tractor driver became concerned later that evening when Jewell failed to give the speech he normally did as the wagon passed. Preliminary autopsy results were expected Tuesday, said Lt. Michael R. Murray of the prosecutor's office. Blood tests for drugs would take several weeks, Murray said. The hayride, which had been conducted every night this month, was suspended after the death of Jewell, a junior at Tom's River High School in southern New Jersey. Telephone calls placed to Haunted Hayrides Inc., based outside Syracuse, N.Y.; were not immediately returned. Bernstein decided to give prize NEW YORK (AP) Leonard Bernstein decided two weeks before he died to use a $100,000 arts award he had won to further musical education, the prize sponsor said Monday. Bernstein, who died Oct. 14, will be honored posthumously with a Praemium Imperiale award on Tuesday in Tokyo. The other winners are director Federico Fellini, architect James Stirling, sculptor Ar-naldo Pomodoro and painter Antoni Tapies. The maestro's prize money will be used to establish the Bernstein Education Through the Arts Fund, said Hiroaki Shikanai, chairman of The Japan Art Association's Praemium Imperiale executive committee. Whale found beached on mud SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A humpback whale was found beached Monday on mud flats near Candlestick Park, snarling traffic as commuters on a bayside freeway slowed to watch the stranded creature, authorities said. Marine biologists were trying to learn why the whale was stuck in 3 feet of water near the edge of San Francisco Bay about half a mile south of the stadium. The whale may have been the same one seen swimming in the bay south of Candlestick on Sunday. The whale was spotted about 150 feet from U.S. 101 by the California Highway Patrol when it became light. The agency then notified the Coast Guard and California Marine Mammal Center. It also was spotted by thousands of commuters. "It's quite visible from the highway. It's causing a bit of a slowdown," said Coast Guard Petty Officer Brian Bender. Mark Weber, a marine biologist with the Marine Mammal Center, identified the whale from a videotape as a humpback, an endangered species. The animal's condition was not immediately known. Ex-Navajo leader sentenced WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - Navajo Chairman Peter Mac-Donald was sentenced Monday to nearly six years in a tribal jail and fined $11,000 for bribery, ethics violations and conspiracy. His son, Peter "Rocky" MacDonald Jr., was given a lVi-year sentence and fined $2,500. MacDonald, 61, who was suspended as tribal chairman last year, was convicted in tribal court Wednesday of 41 counts of bribery, conspiracy and ethics violations for taking cash, loans, plane rides and use of an car from businessmen trying to curry favor with him. His 36-year-old son was convicted of 23 counts of bribery, theft by extortion, ethics violations and conspiracy. Diplomat held on drug charges NEW YORK (AP) A high-ranking Nicaraguan diplomat who allegedly recruited other envoys to work as couriers for an international heroin smuggling network was ordered held without bail Monday after being extradicted from Japan. "Because of their status they would not be subjected to scrutiny," Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine Palmer said of travelers with diplomatic passports. "It was 95 percent guaranteed." William Tapia, the No. 2 official at the Nicaraguan Embassy in Tokyo until his arrest, pleaded innocent at his arraignment Monday on a seven-count indictment charging him with importing heroin and conspiring with others to import the illegal drug. By JIM DRLNKARD Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate voted Monday to give Israel at least $700 million worth of U.S. weaponry, despite one senator's complaint that America was becoming "a bottomless pit" of aid for its chief Middle Eastern ally. The aid was added to a $15.5 billion foreign aid bill for the year that began Oct. 1, which already includes $3 billion in cash for Israel and several other nonosh benefits worth hundreds of millions more. Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid. Senators voted 97-1 to endorse an amendment by Sens. Daniel In-ouye, D-Hawaii, and Robert Kasten, R-Wis., who contended the help was needed to counter the threat of attack by Iraq. "The best interest of this country is served by assuring the viability of Israel," Inouye said, citing that country's free sharing of Middle Eastern intelligence with the United States. "It is the best ally we have." The overall aid bill later became snagged in a dispute over whether the United States should continue a policy that bars aid to international population agencies that offer abortion as an option. Sen. Tim Wirth, D-Colo., pressed an amendment that would remove the United States from a list of countries that signed the. so-called Mexico City policy in 1984. Sens. William Armstrong, R-Colo., and Gordon Humphrey, R-N.H., threatened a filibuster over the proposal. In debating the issue of new aid to Israel, Kasten said maintaining its military on high alert during the Persian Gulf crisis already has cost ' Israel up to $1 billion in unforeseen spending. The aid would come primarily from equipment being withdrawn from Europe as East-West tensions ease, and must be committed within nine months unless dong so would jeopardize the readiness of U.S. forces. The change, if agreed to by the House, would vastly expand the Pentagon's current authority, which allows up to $75 million a year in gifts of military equipment to allies. It came as an apparent attempt to counterbalance new aid to two Arab countries: $6.7 billion in debt forgiveness for Egypt, and a $7.5 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. Inouye said the $700 million figure was chosen as a message of support "so we could show in terms of money, because money seems to be so important, that we have not forsaken our friends in Israel." But Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert C. Byrd the only senator to oppose the aid countered that "the United States is not a bottomless pit of aid money." "No one can say this amendment should be passed because we have not done enough for Israel," argued Byrd, D-W.Va., citing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of additional new benefits Israel's supporters have included in a Pentagon spending bill. "No other country has gotten anywhere near this range of initiatives from the United States," Byrd said. "Why $700 million more, at a time when our own government is strapped for funds?" Byrd also attacked what he said was the "fake psychology" that any lawmaker who votes against a new benefit for Tel Aviv is an enemy of Israel. "That attitude has been used to considerable advantage around here for years," he said. The aid bill when completed will present President Bush with a difficult choice. It includes the debt forgiveness for Egypt that he badly wants to strengthen the U.S.-led international alliance against Iraq. Clark Kent asks Lois to be Mrs. Superman NEW YORK (AP) - The Man of Steel has a soft spot. 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