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Final edition 8-14-89 10 VOL. 63--NO. 12 MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 1989 25 CENTS Wreckage Stepping up the war on drugs ywra NFL SCHEDULES Who does your favorite NFL team play Sept. 10? Or Dec. 23? Who plays on Thanksgiving? See complete team-by-team schedules. Sports, Page 14 TODAY Umbrella weather Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of late afternoon or evening thunderstorms. High near 85. Foggy tonight with a low near 65. Details, Page 18. Unending troubles Catholics in West Belfast, Northern Ireland, mark the 20th anniversary of their campaign for greater political and economic freedom and a united Ireland. The day before, their Protestant opponents marched to commemorate the defeat of the Catholic King James II at Londonderry three centuries ago. Page 3. Traffic alert PennDOT officials are advising motorists to avoid 1-279 during rush hour until a final 3,000-foot stretch of the roadway is completed in late September or early October. Traffic snarled on the highway Saturday when thousands of confused Steeler fans used the highway to go to Three Rivers Stadium. Page 4. Sexier guide What's happened to TV Guide? Who decided to add puff pieces, sensationalism, an abundance of photos, astrology charts, short profiles of top celebrities, and coupons and recipes of the stars to that once sober observer of Tinseltown? Just ask Australian press lord Rupert Murdoch, who became owner of the U.S.' top circulation magazine 10 months ago. Magazine, Page 19. Celestial spectacular Residents of the eastern United States and eastern Canada will get a chance Wednesday to witness a rare event a nearly full eclipse of the moon. The sky show begins at 8:24 p.m. and the moon will become totally engulfed in the earth's shadow at 10:20 p.m. For more details, turn to Science, Page 28. Negotiations stalled No progress is reported in talks between striking telephone workers and Bell Atlantic Corp. that is causing some disruptions in service in six states and the nation's capital. The major obstacle to an agreement appears to be the company's demand that the employees cover a greater share of their health insurance premiums. Page 10. By Mike Pellegrini TOMORROW Robert Valentini took over as head of Bell of Pennsylvania in October, and has had plenty of occasions to agree with Gilda Radner: "It's always something." Considered squeaky clean if authoritarian, the. company suddenly has charges of whistleblower hunts and deceptive sales. And now a strike. Jim Gallagher reports on Valentini in Business. iFlDEX Ann Landers. 22 Magazine 19 Astrology 26 Obituaries 18 Business 10 Sports 11 Comics .... 22,26 Television 23 Crossword... .25 Theaters 21 Editorials 8 Want ads 24 Lottery 18 Weather 18. A 6 ... i - - v - A $T4i - Judy Spencer Post-Gazette Clamping their hands on his head and throat to keep him from swallowing balloons, police restrain Rodney Howard after undercover detectives spotted him in the East End. He is awaiting trial on charges of possession with intent to sell cocaine, which, police say, was concealed in the balloons. Squad battles to take back urban streets By Jim McKinnon Post-Gazette Staff Writer Officially, it's called Operation Impact. It might be called the Roach Patrol. The city's street-corner drug dealers, one observer said recently, are like the repulsive insects. And when the Operation Impact police arrive, wearing their blue jumpsuits, the drug sellers and buyers scatter and disappear as though a giant bare light bulb had been switched on overhead. In a highly publicized effort that was launched by Mayor Masloff before her recent mayoral primary campaign, the Pittsburgh police impact squad has been trying to make itself as much of a nuisance to the city's drug traffickers as the peddlers are to the neighborhoods they infest. The three dozen officers who belong to the special drug-busting force have continued their raids since Masloff won the primary. And they are to be beefed up with a dozen more officers soon, according to Earl Buford, the acting assistant police chief who heads the bureau's Office of Organized Crime, Narcotics and Intelligence. "We are determined to take back the streets," 'Miracle in Ambridge' church pastor resigns By Monica L. Haynes Post-Gazette Staff Writer The pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Ambridge, where a Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh panel disputed the occurrence of a miracle, has resigned from his post. The congregation, which has about 300 members, learned about the resignation of the Rev. Vincent Cvitkovic through a notice in the church bulletin yesterday. "After a period of rest, reflection and prayer, Father Vincent has resigned as pastor effective Aug. 4," the bulletin stated. "Father Vincent indicated that the decision was made in the best interest of the parish." Cvitkovic, 51, went on leave from the parish in mid-June and never returned to Holy Trinity. He had been the church's pastor for nearly four years. Cvitkovic, who was in seclusion at a Franciscan monastery in Patterson Heights, Beaver County, could not be reached for comment. A man who answered the phone at the monastery but would not identify himself said, "Father Vincent is a Franciscan and he is under a vow of obedience and is simply following the orders of his superiors." The Rev. Ronald Lengwin, a spokesman for the diocese, said last night that Cvitkovic had told ch,Vn V; i , r , v ' . ' J I mmMmmm -7 K The final scourge In inner cities across the nation, crack has intensified the misery felt by families affected by drug use. Nowhere can this be seen more readily than in the doorways and abandoned buildings of New York City's poor neighborhoods. Gina Kolata reports on the final plague these families cannot overcome. Page 2. officials he wished to resign, citing the "best interest of the church." The priest and his Beaver County church became the focus of national attention after he and about 150 parishioners said the eyes of a plaster Jesus on a crucifix suspended from the ceiling of the church closed during a Good Friday service in March. Word of the apparition brought hundreds of people to the church to see what was called "the miracle in Ambridge." The television show "Unsolved Mysteries" had taped a re-enactment of the Good Friday service for a segment it planned to run this fall. But a diocesan clergy panel, which conducted an investigation into the blinking crucifix, found that no miracle had taken place. John Dunn, a longtime member of Holy Trinity and a close friend of Cvitkovic, said the priest gave no indication that he would not return when he left the church in June. He said he believed Cvitkovic might have been pressured to resign after the crucifix incident. "I'm very dissatisfied with the way the whole thing was handled," he said. "I respect the clergy, but I think it was a raw deal for Father Vince." 4 1 INSIGHT Buford said recently. "Right now, we have people telling us they're scared to walk down the street to the store" because of the dealers and their customers. For the past seven months, the impact squad has been shining its unpredictable light on several known hot spots for dealing. Most frequently, it has hit the Homewood corners of Rosedale and Tioga streets and Homewood and Frankstown avenues; Centre Avenue in the Hill District; Westgate Village in the West End; Beltz-hoover; and parts of the North Side. The squad was created after residents of the troubled areas clamored for a greater police presence, in some cases staging marches in their neighborhoods to protest the invasion of drug peddlers. The city responded by reassigning Buford, formerly commander of the East Liberty zone, to head the impact squad assaults. He has been motivated in his mission by one other compelling force crack. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 W hi '" Richard Trumka "They want to force you to work of LelamcPs plane foiled. No survivors in mountainside crash By Jane Perlez New York Times News Service ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - The wreckage of the aircraft carrying Rep. Mickey Leland of Texas was found yesterday or a rocky mountainside in a remote region of western Ethiopia. The Pentagon and a congressman who flew over the crash site said there were no survivors. Eight other Americans, including three congressional staff members and four officials of the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, were aboard the plane, a de Havilland Twin Otter. The two-engine aircraft had not been heard from since shortly after leaving Addis Ababa in stormy weather last Monday. A spokeswoman for the State Department's Bureau of African Affairs in Washington said that because of uncertainty about the number of Ethiopians on the aircraft, there could be no confirmation on the number of dead. The original manifest of the plane listed five Ethiopians on board, but later reports from Ethiopia said seven Ethiopians were aboard, said the spokeswoman, Greta Morris. The aircraft crashed at 4,300 feet, failing to clear the top of a mountain peak by 300 feet, said Capt. Clair Gilk, a U.S. Air Force officer who piloted one of two Black Hawk helicopters that found the plane at 1 p.m. The plane was 45 miles northeast of its destination, Fugnido, a refugee area near the Sudanese border. Le Dunn: Screen inmates better before release By Jan Ackerman Post-Gazette Staff Writer County Commissioner Larry W. Dunn yesterday called for improvement in communication among judicial and law enforcement officials to prevent dangerous prisoners from being released from the Allegheny County Jail because of overcrowding. Dunn said he was "outraged" to learn that a McKeesport man with a long arrest record and a history of mental illness had been charged with . fatally stabbing a Stowe man while on release under the federal court order limiting the jail's inmate population. "We cannot let this happen again," Dunn told reporters at a news conference outside the jail on Ross Street, Downtown. He announced a plan that he hoped would provide more information to jail officials who are faced with releasing prisoners to meet population limits set by U.S. District Judge Maurice B. Cohill Jr. At the center of Dunn's plan would be installation of fax machines at the 54 district justices' offices in the county. He said the machines would be used to transmit arrest records from the Bureau of Criminal Identification so that magistrates would Darrell Sapp Post-Gazette from dark to dark. land, a Texas Democrat and chairman of the House Select Committee on Hunger, was planning to inspect conditions among Sudanese refugees at the camp. The site is 235 miles southwest of Addis Ababa and 16 miles southeast of Dembidolo, a region that had been a focus of the six-day search. The helicopter that first spotted the wreckage carried Rep. Gary L. Ackerman, D-N.Y., who said rescue workers lowered to the cliffside by cable radioed back that "everyone had died instantaneously on the moment of impact." Ackerman, a colleague of Leland on the Hunger Committee, said on his return from the site that the plane went "nose first right into the rocks." "The two wings were sheared off," he said, adding that there was no top remaining on the fuselage. "It was difficult to identify some of the people, but Mickey Leland was definitely among them," Ackerman said. Some of Leland's personal belongings were found, the congressman said. The crash site was about half a mile from the nearest place where a helicopter could land, requiring a three-hour walk through rugged terrain from there, making recovery of the remains difficult, Air Force officials said. Rep. Leland was drawn again and again to the place he called "the end of the earth." Page 3. have better information when they set bond. Dunn said he planned to look into the possibility of state and federal grants to pay for the machines. He recommended that no prisoner be arraigned until a magistrate has received his or her arrest records from the Bureau of Criminal Identification and that no prisoner be admitted to the jail without a copy of his arrest record. When the jail exceeds its court-ordered population, Dunn said, the district attorney's office should play a role in deciding which prisoners are eligible for release. Before releasing a prisoner, he said, the jail should check to determine whether new charges have been filed against him, and the police department that made the initial arrest also should be notified. If possible, Dunn said, the police should try to contact the victim. He said he planned to put his recommendations into a letter to the county Prison Board, which meets next month. Warden Charles Kozaki- j ewicz could not be reached for comment. Thursday, twelve days after he was released from the county jail;! because of overcrowding, Williamij 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 Unionists rally, call for unity By Tom Barnes Post-Gazette Stall Writer Mine workers' leader Richard Trumka shouted for unity yesterday as he stabbed his finger toward the 5,000 union members who jammed Market Square for a rally. "It's time we stand up together and march together and go to the streets together and show them that we are united and that they can't turn the clock back to the 1920s and 30s," he said. Trumka, United Mine Workers of America president, wore an Army-style green fatigue shirt and cap, as did dozens of others. The UMW joined members of other unions to show support for workers involved in three labor disputes a four-month walkout against Pittston Coal Co., a five-month strike at Eastern Airlines and the week-old strike against Bell Atlantic. City labor leaders organized the rally to promote solidarity CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 I

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