The Charlotte Observer from Charlotte, North Carolina on March 22, 1986 · 1
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The Charlotte Observer from Charlotte, North Carolina · 1

Charlotte, North Carolina
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Saturday, March 22, 1986
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I IMf I Is M I i I k I SPORTS North Meek Girls Win State Title — Page ID caqouma uvnio Charlotte’s Library: The New Design f y — Page 15A NC State Ousts Iowa State — Sports Page ID Duke Holds Off DePaul — Sports Page ID Wolfpack Crisis Basketball — Ron Green Page ID Southeastern SEC Invitational — Sports Page ID Business 80 Classified 1C Comics 108 Editorial ISA Landers 128 Living 15A Movies $8 Obituaries 14A People- 12B Sports ID TV Listing -88 What's On 68 Brisk: Chilly and sunny High In the mld-40s Low in the mtd-20s Light north-' erly winds — Weather PageZA Saturday March 22 1986 b Home Delivery Assistance 379-6666 7am -Noon Place A Classified Ad 377-5555 s Price: 25 “ There is nothing I believe in our application which said that we want this station because we want to ensure minority input into the station ” — Mayor Harvey Gantt Gantt Partners Might Make Millions By Selling TV Station By TED MELLNIK Stall Writer Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt and six partners in a minority-run company stand to make more than $3 million selling a new Belmont television station not yet on the air Gantt who paid from $450 to $45000 for his stock in Metro-Crescent Communications Inc stands to make $450000 plus interest over the next 10 years according to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Gantt wouldn’t disclose the price he paid for the stock and the precise figure isn’t clear from the documents Metro-Crescent won the federal license last summer for WMHU (Channel 46) which will cover 10000 square miles of the Carolinas Piedmont It won’t sign on until at least the fall Gantt one of four prominent Charlotte blacks who control the station testified at an FCC hearing in February 1985 that he was an investor also interested in promoting black minority ownership “I guess a broader role here is that I have for years been interested fn seeing minority and women busi ness operations get involved in what I considered to be nontraditional entrepreneurial activities” he said during the hearing But now Gantt says he has no qualms about selling to a company controlled by nonminorities "It has to be first a business decision” Gantt said this week " There is nothing I believe In our application which said that we want this station because we want to ensure minority input into the station The application did not stipulate that we maintain ownership for any particular period of time ” In awarding new licenses the FCC gives special consideration to minority applicants and others not already in broadcasting But it doesn’t stipulate a length of time they must stay with the business Officials familiar with television licensing said such business deals are not unusual “The question is always arising as to whether you would keep the station for the long-term or the short-term” said Gantt “Our answer has always See GROUP Page 12A Trammell Crow To Develop Mall Near Raintree By MARION A ELLIS SteH Writer The Trammell Crow Co is planning a major 745000-square-foot shopping mall at the southwest corner of N C 51 and N C 16 near the Village of Raintree sources close to the project said Friday “We’re not ready to make an announcement” said David Miller Charlotte retail partner for Crow “We’re studying our plans and talking to neighborhood groups and interested parties We plan to make a statement m the future” Raintree residents said they were told at a Thursday night meeting of Crow’s plans to develop all four corner properties of the Intersection with retail and office complexes Sources confirmed the plans which would lead to Mecklenburg County's third largest shopping mail behind SouthPark and Eastland The type of development outlined would require a change in zoning on all four corners but the Crow company hasn’t filed rezoning petitions for any of the property Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission officials said Friday Sources said the major mall would Include four anchor stores and would be developed in 1987 Raintree residents said and sources confirmed that Crow is negotiating with New York-based Lord & Taylor a high-fashion department store and Rich’s department store chain of Atlanta and also has contacted Belk depart- See CROW Page 12A Reagan Keeping Quiet On Cutting Deficit By CHARLES GREEN Otetrvgr Washington Burtau WASHINGTON — After President Reagan torpedoed a politically controversial deficit-reduction plan last year a miffed Sen Slade Gorton R-Wash complained that reducing the deficit wasn’t very high on Reagan’s list of priorities “He’s quite true to his priorities” Gorton added Some members of Congress say that events of recent weeks have reinforced that impression The president has been pressing hard for military aid to the Nicaraguan rebels summoning lawmakers by the dozens to the White House for lobbying sessions and wooing them with phone calls And his administration has been working closely with the Senate Finance Committee in fashioning a draft tax revision plan But as Congress begins work on a fiscal 1987 budget plan Reagan and his top aides have kept their News Analysis distance shunning calls for negotiations “The president’s priorities are very clear” said Rep Jim Slattery a Kansas Democrat on the House Budget Committee “No 1 is Central America No 2 is tax reform — and the budget probably falls down there about 101st” Administration officials reject that assertion saying the decision not to negotiate with Congress over how to reduce the deficit is a tactical one aimed at avoiding compromises early in the budget proceedings in hopes that a better deal can be made later on “It’s obviously a risk but it’s a calculated one” said one administration official The administration’s goal he said is getting "the most possible defense and the least See REAGAN Page 12A itr -y L Ii aM A'&S '?? 4 AP Pholo Katerina Lycheva eats a hot dog at the LaSalle Language Academy Young Soviet Ambassador Seeks Peace Knight Rldctor Newspapers CHICAGO — Katerina “Katya” Lycheva a cheerful Moscow schoolgirl brought messages of peace from her Soviet friends to American schoolchildren Friday as she began a two-week peace mission to the United States "Even if I accomplish a very little thing it will be a tiny contribution toward peace” the 11-year-old said after an all-Amencan lunch of a hot dog tater tots Jell-O cookie and ice cream “If I succeed in making many American and Soviet friends among children in the two countries that will be even a not-so-tiny step towards peace” she added During her first full day in the United States Katya proved friendly and unflappable She contended easily with reporters and photographers took part in math and social studies classes and seemed totally absorbed in the experience Her visit is sponsored by Children as the Peacemakers Foundation which developed the idea after Samantha Smith the Maine schoolgirl who visited the Soviet Union in 1983 was killed in a plane crash last year Katya said she had brought with her a "symbolic toy” for President Reagan “It’s a big globe which has two arms” she said “It’s waving one of the two arms and it’s holding a white peace dove with the other " T ainted Capsules Found Drug Firm Orders Recall Prm AimcIiM Prttt And Knight Pktor Mgwipgpgri Kinm PHILADELPHIA — A leading drug company said Friday the FBI had found small amounts of rat poison in capsules of its popular cold remedy Contac and two other brands of its over-the-counter drugs SmithKIine Beckman Corp ordered an immediate national recall of Contac the allergy medicine Teldrin and the appetite-suppressant Dietac Consumers were asked to return the drugs to SmithKIine to the retail outlet where they were bought or to destroy them Alan Wachter a spokesman for SmithKIine said warfarin an anti-coagulant used in rat poison was detected Friday in six Contac one Teldrin and one Dietac in tests by the U S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) The capsules came from retail outlets in Fiouston and Orlando Fla The FDA warned consumers not to use any of the three products that had been purchased since mid-March No injuries have been reported The traces of rat poison couldn't kill a person but possibly would sicken someone who took the tainted capsules said FDA Commissioner Frank Young SmithKIine President Henry Wendt said that although the three products had been recalled the company would continue production and reintroduce them later “We take this action most regretfully" he said “following the continued assault on public safety and the public welfare ” FDA officials disclosed Thursday that capsules of the three over-the-counter drugs had been adulterated with flour and cornstarch in two cities The FBI Immediately pined in a nationwide See TRACES Page 12A Lost And Found Myers Park ’ 62 Class Ping Took Detour To Maryland By TEX O’NEILL SteH Writer In 1963 Myers Park High graduate Samuel McGowan Littlejohn Jr’s girlfriend lost his 1962 class ring at Myrtle Beach Next week he’ll get it back Through a recent chance meeting Charlotte police personnel acquired the ring in Montgomery County Md Through diligent sleuthing they located Littlejohn now a dentist in Taylors S C near Greenville “I had given up a long time ago” Littlejohn said “I thought it was gone forever” Frank Coffren a Montgomery County Md police officer fished the gold ring with a deep green stone from the surf while vacationing at Myrtle Beach in 1976 He turned it in to his department thinking officers would trace it to its owner There the ring remained because Montgomery County officers didn’t know where Myers Park High School was although in recent years they developed a list locating high schools nationwide On March 7 two Charlotte Police Department civilians visited the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center to check out its communications and crime analysis sections When crime analyst John Couchell mentioned Charlotte officer Will DesJardins produced the 1962 Myers Park High ring which bore the Initials “SML" Couchell contacted the school resources officer for Myers Park George Dunlap who found Littlejohn's name But checks of N C motor vehicle registration records and the Charlotte phone book turned up nothing It fell to civilian investigations technician Amelia Smith to locate Littlejohn She thought If he lost the ring in South Carolina he might live there She checked SC motor vehicle records — “It came up nght away" Littlejohn plans to put the ring safely away until next year when he hopes to wear it to his class’s 25th anniversary reunion Staff writer Nancy Webb contributed to this story US Resuming Testing Of Its Nuclear Weaponry Staff Ptoto By JEEP HUNTER Amelia Smith: The civilian investigations technician tracked down the owner of this 1962 Myers Park High class ring By WALTER PINCUS Washington Post WASHINGTON — The United States plans to hold its first underground nuclear weapons test of the year today in a move that could trigger the end of the Soviet Union’s eight-month self-imposed testing moratorium An Energy Department spokesman said Friday that a "weapons development" test would be conducted at 11am EST at the Nevada Test Site by the Los Alamos National Laboratory The spokesman would not disclose the nature of the test but another source said it was “for a warhead that would go into the stockpile in the future ” On March 13 Soviet leader Mik hail Gorbachev said his nuclear test moratorium which began In August and was to end March 31 would continue until the next US test One day later President Reagan who had rejected the mor atonum sent Gorbachev a letter in which he invited Soviet scientists to observe a nuclear test in Nevada the third week in April Such a visit Reagan said could start a process leading to ratification of a 1974 treaty that limits the size of both sides’ tests On Capitol Hill Friday legislators who had assumed that the United States would not test again until April were surprised by the See US NUCLEAR Page 12A ( i MPUWMM1

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