The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on April 24, 1981 · 1
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Friday, April 24, 1981
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Cuba marches in Castro’s new direction Page 3oa Fair VtTjrm etaiil on 2 Final Edition : 100 pages Friday April 24 1981 25 cents Judge orders jailed Mariel refugee freed :) v By GUILLERMO MARTINEZ Herald Staff Writer A federal judge in Kansas ruled Thursday that the US government must release a Mariel refugee held 11 months in a maxi-'mum-security prison for stealing a suitcase in Cuba -t The decision could set a precedent in a class-action suit that seeks the release of as many as 1700 Mariel refugees now held at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary A federal prosecutor said he would seek a stay and appeal the order US District Judge Richard Rogers gave the government until 2:45 this afternoon to release Pedro Rodriguez 48 or appeal the decision to a higher court Late last year Rogers overruled the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) when it said it would jail Rodriguez because he had committed a crime of “moral turpitude” in Cuba and therefore could not legally be admitted to the United States Rogers said the detention of Rodriguez was unlawful and that he would parole the Cuban if the government did not release him in 90 days The time limit expired Thursday Henry Watson the Kansas attorney who represents Rodriguez and filed the class-action suit said the ruling could serve as a precedent in the case involving the 1700 other prisoners Rogers is also hearing that case Rodriguez was one of the many suspected criminals who arrived in last year’s boatlift They were sent to federal prisons around the country In the last month the 1700 still under detention have all been sent to the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary Rodriguez had told INS officials that he was jailed in Cuba after being convicted by a military court of stealing a suitcase He said he also was serving time for attempted burglary a charge that he denied and for escape “Our experience is that the dangerous offenders the serious offenders were released by the government and are now in our streets” Watson said “Most of the people in the Atlanta Penitentiary are not dangerous offenders” he added “We are not asking that rapists and murderers be released All we ask is that the case of each individual be judged on its own merits” Government officials at the Atlanta Penitentiary admit that there are “no more than 400 to 600 hard-core offenders” among the 1700 Mariel refugees there The 1700 are the refugees who admitted criminal backgrounds when interviewed by federal officials upon their arrival and Please turn to RELEASE 3A Annual Rate i Of Inflation Falls to 75 From Herald Wire Services WASHINGTON — With gasoline and fuel-oil costs leveling off the annual rate of inflation dropped well below a double-digit pace to 75 per cent in March the Department of Labor reported Thursday Taken together with previous in- Reagan may move to lift ban on grain STEVE DOZIER Miami Herald Staff American High School students Suzette Johnson left and Wenda Exclusa are happy winners It’s a Silver Knight to remember Wenda Exclusa heard her name announced but she rose and walked to the stage to receive her Silver Knight award almost with disbelief ' “It came as such a big surprise” she said a few minutes later clutching the little metal statue that she was awarded along with a $750 scholarship “When it’s something you’ve always done you really don’t expect to get honored for it” said Exclusa who was picked for her achievements in business education - But ordinary behavior for Wenda Exclusa and 13 other Dade County high school seniors selected for The Miami Herald’s outstanding student awards is something very extraordinary They were picked from 329 seniors nominated as the very best their individual schools could offer in 14 academic fields With 2500 looking on the 14 kids probably filled the stage of the Dade County Auditorium Thursday night with as much talent as any musical or dramatic event held in the concert hall And more humility “I never thought they would pick me” said Keith Carswell picked in the drama category “It’s the greatest feeling I’ve ever had” Ursula Werner whose considerable academic achievements are hardly as notable as her volunteer work at South Miami Hospital said “The award means a lot to me but we’ve can’t stop If we receive recognition it shouldn’t mean that we give up what we’re doing” said Werner who won in the English and literature category “I just wish more people would become involved in helping the community” said Aleida Martinez who spends her time helping Cuban refugees understand English and who won in the foreign language category The Silver Knight program was conceived by John S Knight editor emeritus of Knight-Ridder Newspapers and The Miami Herald The awards were first presented in 1959 This year’s winners were students of dazzling academic credentials But Silver Knight judges were charged with searching out more Please turn to AWARDS 23 A creases in living costs March’s 06 per cent advance in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) triggered an 112 per cent rise in Social Security benefits for 36 million Americans That increase which will mean an extra $37 monthly for the average recipient will take effect in July The nationwide CPI increase for March the smallest one-month rise since a 01 per cent gain last July was hailed as good news by Murray Weidenbaum chief economic adviser for President Reagan But Weidenbaum said that the accumulated inflation figure for the past 12 months of 106 per cent was still too high adding: “The basic conditions which have led to the high underlying rate of inflation and poor productivity performance of the past several years remain with us” Nationally March’s 06 per cent rise in the index was well below the 10 per cent increase recorded in February and the final four months of 1980 A slowdown in energy prices last month accounted for the improvement Gasoline went up by 23 per cent a substantial increase but far below the 66 per cent jump in February and the 38 per cent rise in January Similarly fuel oil climbed by just 27 per cent in March down from increases of 75 per cent in January and 85 per cent in February Oil Please turn to ECONOMY 1 6 A Friday sampler Officials probe Atlanta ‘witness’ claim Candidate for mayor slain on Miami street Miami mayoral candidate Alberto M Sarmiento was shot dead as he walked his dogs near his home IB Adjustable mortgages are wave of future Mortgages with interest rates $hat can be adjusted every six months or a year are the wave of the future in South Florida ID By WILLARD P ROSE Herald Staff Writer ATLANTA — Operating intensely but secretly FBI agents and local police Thursday fanned out across the city to check out a troubled civil-rights organization’s claim that it has identified one of the killers of at least six of 25 slain Atlanta black youths Police refused to answer any questions about the claim made Wednesday by the New-York-based Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) that it has uncovered a “critical witness” and has one of the killers under surveillance “The FBI and the special police task force arq in the process of looking into the information That is the only comment we can make at this time” said police spokes--woman Beverly Harvard While authorities and CORE officials were bickering over the validi- Father: Woman lacks ‘all her senses’ McGill By JOE OGLESBY And MARILYN MILLOY Herald Staff Writers The South Florida connection in the search for Atlanta’s child killer is a 26-year-old drug addict and prostitute once tried for murder Her name is Shirley McGill also known as Geneva Cunningham or “Donkey” Her home is Hollywood She told a Miami disc jockey members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) Atlanta homicide detectives and the FBI that she thinks her boyfriend is the Atlanta killer “She’s a heroin addict” said her brother Larry 22 “She’s just in and out Mostly just comes here to sleep She don’t be here much” Her family didn’t even know officials in Please turn to McGILL 13 A ty of the witness and her story another young black was reported missing Jimmy Payne 21 was last seen at 1 am Wednesday wearing a red jogging suit His sister Evelyn said he is 5-foot-3 and weighs 130 pounds The last three victims have been young adults who had the bodies of children As rumors about CORE’S “secret witness” swept the city along with reports that an arrest might be imminent police refused to confirm or deny a report that the witness is a Miami woman who once tended tables in a Dade County bar Sources close to CORE said the witness was a former girl friend of Please turn to ATLANTA 13 A Investigators never gave up on 'the mysterious kidnaping of little Rolondeous Gray White House officials predict action today Washington Post Service WASHINGTON — President Reagan plans to lift the grain embargo against the Soviet Union today after the stock and commodity markets have closed for the weekend according to White House' officials The embargo has been a thorn in Reagan’s side since his inauguration He campaigned against it and pledged to lift it but when he took office he was persuaded that he would send the Soviet Union a wrong signal if he followed through on his pledge at that time White House counselor Edwin Meese insisted to a group of newspaper editors Thursday that “I have no basis to tell you when Reagan might make a decision” The embargo imposed by former President Jimmy Carter in January 1980 in an attempt to punish the Soviets for their invasion and occupation of Afghanistan apparently is being lifted with the justification that the Soviets have not invaded Poland or sponsored an internal crackdown against its labor unions Reagan has consistently opposed the embargo on the grounds that it is unfair to farmers demanding that they shoulder a burden he says should be borne more generally Farm groups have pressed him to honor his campaign pledge and the President repeatedly has said he would like to lift the embargo Secretary of State Alexander Haig persuaded the President early in the administration however that with the Soviet threat to Poland increasing it would be inappropriate and inconsistent with the hard-line stand against Moscow the Reagan' Administration was seeking to establish to lift the embargo Haig Meese and Agriculture Secretary John Block a strong advocate of ending the embargo met at the White House Tuesday to discuss the action Haig and other administration officials have said recently that the Please turn to EMBARGO 16A Amuse Classified Comics Crossword Deaths Editorials fishing Fla News Goren 1C Horoscope 29D 10D Landers 4E 28D Lat News 28A 28D Legislature 18A 4B Movies 4C 6 A Pope IF 10F Swift 28D 19A Synagogue 5E 29D Television 9D After a year baby is back home Content Copyright 1981 Tho Miami Herald Today’s Chuckle The trouble with government of the people by the people and for the people is that we get billed for it in triplicate By JOHN ARNOLD And MICHAEL KRANISH Herald Staff Writers MELBOURNE Fla — Cassandra Gray saw her baby boy for the first time in a year She hugged him hard and then badly shaken she almost dropped him Little Rolondeous Gray kidnaped a year ago from a hospital room was back home with his mother “I took one look at him and said ‘Yeah he’s mine’ ’’ Gray said The last time she saw her son was April 2 1980 He was four months old then and in an oxygen tent at the Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne The 19-year-old pother had taken him there to be— treated for croup a childhood respiratory disease Investigators who never gave up hope of solving the abduction called the boy’s return — safe and sound — a near-miracle He was found Tuesday in the home of a Fort Pierce woman who believed she was caring for her own grandchild Police plan to question her daughter-in-law a Georgia prison escapee in connection with the abduction Rolondeous weighed just 12 pounds the day he was mysteriously snatched from the pediatrics ward When he was welcomed back into his mother’s arms Wednesday he was 16 months old and weighed 28 pounds The stocky toddler was more than twice as big as he was the day his mother last saw him Nearly overcome with emotion the baby’s real mother said she would stay at home with Rolondeous and her second son Pavis until they all get reacquainted “I’m not going nowhere for a while I’m staying home with him” ' Bob Mitchell hospital security chief and one of the jubilant investigators who solved Melbourne’s mysterious kidnaping said “It just proves you can find a needle in a haystack because that’s what we were looking for” Police found the child at the Fort Pierce' Please turn to BABY i-20A i Associated Press Cassandra and Rolondeous (jfay after reunion i

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