The Kansas City Star from Kansas City, Missouri on May 19, 1989 · 1
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Friday, May 19, 1989
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(i M' The Kansas City Housing A uthority opened its Section 8 up by the thousands There were 1038 The storm that hit Thursday afternoon brought the parched Kansas City area more rainfall In 24 hours than any time since September Rainfall now has surpassed last year's total at this time O Good land 194" Columbia Springfield Totals since Sunday Adding It all up Total year to date In Inch— at KCI 10 ““ THE KANSAS CITY STAR Friday evening May 19 1989 Main Edition 72 pages City 35c Chinese troops sent to Beijing Order by Chinese leader follows midnight ban on demonstrations By in Associated Press ! eijing— Premier Li Peng ordered troops into Beijing early Saturday 'to end more than a month of student demonstrations that have shaken the communist leadership The move came after the student campaign for democracy evolved into a nationwide movement disrupting Soviet President Mikhail S Gorbachev’s visit to China Li issued the order amounting to martial law in front of an audience of several thousand at the Great Hall of the People the national seat of government President Yang Shangkun attended but Cdmmunist Party General Secretary Zhao Ziyang was not immediately seen in le national television broadcast of the speech Sources said Zhao who opposed a crackdown on the students offered to resign Friday Is announcement came after the State Council China’s cabinet banned demonstrations as of midnight (10 am today Kansas City time) Earlier Li had warned that measures would be taken if thousands of students did not end a hunger strike in central Beijing’s Tiananmen Square Students decided to end the six-day hunger strike but vowed to continue a pro-democracy sit-in in the square At midnight crowds rushed from the west toward Tiananmen Square shout ing that soldiers were coming although no troops were visible A Cable News Network reporter said he saw about 50 army trucks more than a mile west of the square He said people were urging the soldiers not to move in The decision to end the hunger strike came after at least 2400 participants were taken to hospitals Most returned to Tiananmen Square after being revived but doctors reported hepatitis and other infectious diseases in their damp and dirty squatter’s camp “We have achieved a great victory” said student leader Zhang Boli “We will change from 3000 hunger strikers to a sit-in of tens of thousands Our struggle hasn’t ended” The official Xinhua News Agency called the strike halt temporary but it did not elaborate The sirens of ambulances taking collapsed fasters to hospitals rang through the city and marchers and trucks filled with protesters headed for the huge square where about 100000 protest supporters milled Student leaders urged their classmates not to respond with force if police or soldiers tried to break up the sit-in The students said they would stay in the square until the government agreed to their demands which include a dialogue on political reform a free press and an See China pg 12A col 1 Danforth and Kassebaum among Senate millionaires By Andrew C Miller The Star's Washington correspondent lashington— Two of the four US 'senators from Missouri and Kansas are millionaires and Sen Jack Danforth is the wealthiest according to financial disclosure statements released today Danforth a Missouri Republican reported a net worth of at least $7852082 in the new reports Republican Sen Nancy Landon Kassebaum of Kansas reported a net worth of at least 31088042 Kansas Sen Bob Dole the Senate Republican leader said he had a net worth of at least $286021 His wife Labor Secretary Elizabeth Dole listed a Snapshot brings heirs $190000 i By Joe Lambe staff wr Iff The mystery of Kansas City’s George Marsh who left behind an unexplained fortune when he died 1 about seven years ago was officially solved on Thursday Marsh’s real name was Joseph Zelen-ka and 24 heirs will divide about $100000 Jackson County Probate Judge John A Borron ruled Thursday Zelenka was known as George Marsh when he died in a Kansas City nursing home in 1982 with no known relatives and the county took control of his wealth The break in the case came almost two years ago on the television shoW “Unsolved Mysteries” That was when Eleanor Tolar of Rock Springs Wyo saw her high school graduation picture on television Tolar his 72-year-old niece said in a letter to Jaqkson County court that she was sleeping during the show "When I woke up I saw my high school picture on the screen and thought someone was playing a joke on me with a VCR” she said The photo had been found among Zelenka ’s possessions Tolar had signed her name on it “Ehrnor” in a teen-ager’s desire to be fancy she said and there was no way the photo could be anyone else She and other relatives soon pulled together birth certificates photos and other documents linking them to a relative they had not seen since 1933 One fourth of the $190000 minus net worth of at least $1115038 The fourth area senator Republican Kit Bond of Missouri listed a net worth of at least $101021 but that accounting did not include a blind trust he established in 1973 that was valued at $859856 three years ago The information comes in the newest round of financial disclosure reports filed by senators which include their assets liabilities speaking fees gifts and reimbursements for speaking trips covering 1988 Under Senate rules lawmakers report their finances in categories making it impossible to exactly determine income assets or liabilities Personal homes are See Senators pg 12A col 4 A long line and a long wait for housing program this morning and prospective applicants lined available ( staff photos by Joe Ledford) City predicts 3000 may apply for Section 8 aid By Barbara Shelly staff writer Aline that began forming Thursday evening at the Gregg Community Center swelled overnight with people hoping for a chance to rent an apartment at an affordable rate The Kansas City Housing Authority’s Section 8 rent subsidy program had been closed for two years because of a long waiting list Officials predicted up to 3000 persons would apply for subsidies today They had handed out 1132 numbers by 7:45 am and the line of applicants at that time covered about three-quarters of a square block The Housing Authority has 3524 apartments in its subsidy program Of those apartments only 256 are vacant Some of those in line could expect a two-to three-year wait said Venita Fain deputy executive director of the Housing Authority The first to arrive was Selina Grant See Line pg 12A col 3 Selina Grant 24 reacts to the cheers from the crowd as thousands of people wait in line at the Gregg Community Center 1 600 E 1 7th St for a chance to be accepted for subsidized housing Grant who was the first in line waited for more than 15 hours FLOOD OF GOOD NEWS for 24 hours ending KCI ' IPwwHlWwW Km — Life insurance tip spurs probe of USS Iowa blast By The Associated Press Star chart Norfolk Va— Authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a tip that two crew members of the USS Iowa had bought life insurance policies before the explosion that killed 47 sailors a newspaper reported today The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star of Norfolk reported that federal authorities are looking into reports that the crewmen one of whom died in the blast took out life insurance policies more than a year ago naming each other as beneficiaries Both policies were for $50000 with a double-indemnity clause in case of accidental death the sister of a crewman killed in the accident said She identified the beneficiary as one of the 11 men who survived the gun turret blast The woman spoke on condi tion of anonymity and asked that her brother’s name be withheld as well She raised the insurance question with I the Navy she added Agents from the Naval Investigative Service and the FBI have questioned crewmen this week and have begun analyzing evidence recovered from the turret the newspaper reported Officials contacted about a possible criminal investigation acknowledged i that the naval service and FBI were questioning the beneficiary but would not elaborate Navy investigators also have learned i that the gun turret was significantly undermanned and that a number of those working in the turret lacked required training the newspaper reported Turret No 2 one of three on the 887- See Iowa pg 12 A col 1 French leader’s visit causes headaches for first lady New York Dally Nw Kennebunkport Maine— President Bush confessed Thursday that first lady Barbara Bush "bawled me out” for inviting French President Francois Mitterrand to his family’s summer compound in Kennebunkport— and sources said Bush wasn’t telling the half of it “This whole thing has gotten on her nerves royally” said one knowledgeable source “She’s sick of reporters and she’s sick of the Mitterrands She’s been livid all week” The first lady’s consternation appar- nvolved Mitterrand team wants new bed helipad See Mystery pg 12A col 1 ently is the result of the hassle involved in serving as host to a foreign dignitary including having hordes of security agents and staff people overrunning the family’s usually idyllic compound The Mitterrands arrive Saturday and will spend the night at the home of Bush's mother Dorothy next door to the Bush residence The French reportedly have made several demands for their president’s comfort including a king-size bed There was no bed of that size in the home and it was unclear whether they were able to get one A source also said the French advance team was appalled by a raised toilet seat in the home of Bush’s mother They insisted that it be removed In addition the source said the first lady an avid gardener “was fit to be tied because they put a helipad in her garden She was undone” The president revealed the family tiff in Rochester NY when he tried to explain to a group of Wilson High School teachers why his wife went to Kennebunkport early instead of accompanying him “We’re having the president of the French Republic come to our house” he said “So first she bawled me out about that and secondly because the house has been closed all winter— it’s up on the seashore— she’s up trying to get everything ready” An estimated 500 reporters— 300 American and 200 French— are expected to cover the visit The reporters along with the White House and French staff members have rented nearly every available hotel room in the tiny resort town Sources said Barbara Bush has encountered nothing but headaches since she arrived INDEX lad bat A rabid bat bites a Kansas City man in the face Page 3A $3 million smell Kansas City acts to correct odor problems at its new sewer plant in the Edst Bottoms area Page 3A KCI la battor KCI should take advantage of Den-vet’s decision to replace its delay- rOngfirport Page UA Summer cinama "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ” launches the summer movie season Preview Pye 16D Loading editorial Mikhail Gorbachev’s visit to Beijing was momentous but not in the way he intended Page 14A Kentucky penalties The University of Kentucky basketball program gets three years’ probation Sports Page 1C Barry Garron Third-place CBS will add nine new programs to its prime-time schedule this fall TV Pe 157 Sunny Partly cloudy tonight low of 56 Is the WeatherData Inc forecast Mostly sunny Saturday high 75 Starbeam When Chinese Premier LI Peng met with protesting students he autographed some of their shirts at their request For once he was glad not to be Deng Xiaoping Inside At Your Service 16B Bridge Crossword 6B BusinessFinancial 6C Classified 2-14B Comics 16B Deaths 10A Movies Section D News Briefs 7C RadioTV 15B Real EstateHome 1-2B Sports 1-5C Vol 109 No 209

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