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Tuesday, March 17, 1987
By The Associated Press
Air Force mum on crash investigation results
SPOKANE, Wash. Drug tests have been ordered for mechanics who
serviced ajet tanker that crashed, killing seven people and destroying the
$18 million plane, part of a new aerial show, an Air Force spokesman said
"We don't know what the cause is at this point, and when we do, we're
not going to tell you," said Bob Ballew, spokesman for Fairchild Air Force
base. "The cause will never be released."
Urinalysis for maintenance people is standard procedure, said Ballew.
Autopsies were scheduled Sunday and Monday on the six people
aboard the plane, he said. The seventh victim died in a car on the ground
struck by the plane.
The KC-135, a modified Boeing 707, that was part of a new aerial show,
crashed in a field shortly after takeoff during practice for a routine that
called for a simulated refueling run with a B 52 bomber, both flying at a
The aerial team was designed as the Strategic Air Command's answer to
the Air Force's Thunderbirds and the Navy's Blue Angels. Its official debut
was scheduled for May.
Mass. governor announces presidential bid
BOSTON Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis announced his
candidacy for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination Monday,
saying he felt he had the strength to run the country although the odds
against his winning were "very, very long." ,
"With your help and with your prayers the son of a Greek immigrant
named Mike Dukakis can be the next president," the 54-year-old governor
told his supporters at the Statehouse, where he announced he was
forming a campaign committee and would formally announce his entry
into the race May 4.
"1 have the energy to run this marai hon, the strength to run the country,
and the experience to run this economy."
Two other Democrats, both long-shots, have alreadyjumped in the race.
First to announce was Missouri Hep. Richard Gephardt, who formally
joined the race on Feb. 23. Then came former Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt,
who announced his bid on March 10.
Soviets conduct first shuttle rocket test
WASHINGTON The Soviet Inion has conducted the first test firing
of the huge rocket that will power its new space shuttle to orbit, the
industry magazine Aviation Week and Space Technology said Monday.
The first manned flight is expected by late 1987 or early 1988, probably
before the U.S. shuttle Hies again, the magazine said.
While the American shut tie uses three onboard engines to get into orbit
in addition to the booster rockets that provide 80 percent of its power, the
Soviet shuttle has no launch propulsion of its own. If rides piggy back on
the booster to get into orbit.
For the flight readiness test, the 6.6 million pound thrust rocket was""
put on I lie launch pad and its engines were fired for a few seconds. The
first unmanned flight of the heavy-lift vehicle is expected by midsummer.
Remembering the kidnapped. . .
Prayers mark anniversary of Anderson's abduction
VALLEY FORGE, Pa. Friends, relatives and colleagues
held hands and prayed for Terry Anderson two years after
his kidnapping in Lebanon, and his sister said the hope that
there won't be a third such ceremony keeps his family
going. , , nn
"We have to have faith," Peggy Say, sister of the 29-year-old
Anderson, said Monday.
Anderson, the chief Middle East correspondent for lne
Associated Press, was snatched off a Beirut street on March
16, 1985, by armed men. He is the longest held of eight
American hostages in that country.
"I don't think there is any more hope today than yester
day or last year on when he will be freed," Say said at a news
The occasion was a news conference and prayer luncheon
sponsored by the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A.
at its headquarters here. , .
There was a special plea for freedom for all 26 foreigners
missing in Lebanon, including Church of England envoy
Terry Waite, who disappeared on a mission to gain freedom
for the others.
Participating were the Rev. Lawrence Jenco, who had
shared a cell with Anderson for many months before he was
freed last July; Eric Jacobsen, the son of former hostage
David Jacobsen who lived with Anderson in a dimly lit
V . '7
windowless room for 16 months; Elaine Collett, wife of
British hostage Alec Collett, and Walter Mears, AP's execu
tive editor and vice president.
In Washington, White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater
said Reagan didn't plan to contact the Anderson family, but
said the president "feels very deeply about the hostages."
William Coper, executive director of the Baptists' Board
of National Ministries, led a prayer asking "our national
leaders to press more ardently through every possible
peaceful mens to secure their release."
Israel: Pollard was last U.S. spy
JERUSALEM No one has spied for
Israel in the United States since Jona
than Jay Pollard was arrested in 1985,
Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin said
He was less emphatic in rejecting
reports that other Americans were
involved with Bollard, 32, a former U.S.
Navy analyst sentenced in Washington
two weeks ago to life in prison for sel
ling military secrets to Israel.
Responding to a report that others
may have been giving Israel informa
tion at the same time Bollard did,
Rabin said: "So far no one can present
any- pitui' . ahal .there are . others. 1
don't believeTfs true."
Israeli sources confirmed, however,
that U.S. investigators believe a high-
'Israel has not
carried out any
ties in the United
ranking American may have been
involved in the Pollard operation. That
belief stemmed from facts gathered
from Pollard by interrogators, the sour
The Washington Times quoted Jus
tice Department officii John Martin as
saying last week: "The prosecution of
Pollard has ended. The investigation
surrounding his activities and the
activities of his co-conspirators has not
Israel claims Pollard was part of a
remegade operation run by lower-level
Defense Ministry officials without
government authority. Rabin said the
agency responsible was dismantled and,
since then, "Israel has not carried out
any espionage activities in the United
"Let me make it clear. . .There are
no Americans or non-Americans that
serve as spies for Israel against the
United States," he told American fund
raisers at Hadassah hospital on Mount
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Farm suicide FDA advisers OK anti-baldness drug
FARGO, N.D. Farmers who com
mitted suicide in live Midwestern states
during the early 1980s often took their
lives for reasons unrelated to financial
troubles, a health official said Monday.
VVentz and Paul Gunderson of the
Minnesota Center for Health Statistics
released a study that showed the farm
suicide rate in North Dakota, South
Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Wis
consin had gone down in the past three
But the study also showed that farmers,
particularly those in their early 60s, are
more likely to take their own lives than
the average white male, said Guilder
son, whose office coordinated the
The recession likely contributed to
some of the 589 suicides by farmers in
the five states during the six-year
period analyzed, "but the question is
how much," Gunderson said.
WASHINGTON A government advisory panel on Mon
day recommended approval of the first drug shown t o make
hair grow on bald men, but with the provision that doctors
be instructed to tell their patients not to expect miracles.
The panel of outside experts also told the Food and Drug
Administration it expects the agency to closely monitor
advertising of the product to make sure the manufacturer,
Upjohn Co., does not overstate what the hair grower can be
expected to do.
C. C. Evans, the physician who heads the FDA's derma
tology section, said he expects the Upjohn drug to be
approved in a few months.
The Michigan company has been selling the drug - minox
idil - in Canada under the trade name Regaine since last
October and plans to market it in the United States as
A one-month supply has been selling in Canada for about
$45 in U.S. equivalent currency, but Upjohn officials
declined to say how much it will cost in this country. To be
effective, the drug must be taken indefinitely. If discon
tinued, the hair it has stimulated to grow falls out.
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Study: 300 northeastern lakes
to titoi acidic in next 50 years
WASHINGTON - A long-awaited
study of acid rain predicts that
about 300 lakes iri the northeastern
United States will bcome acidic in
the next 50 years unless the pollu
tants that cause the problem are
Many of the lakes in jeopardy are
clustered in southern Massachusetts,
Connecticut and Rhode Island, the
Other vulnerable areas are the
Adirondack Mountains of New York,
where environmentalists say fish
already have been killed by acid
rain, and the Pocono Mountains of
If the study's prediction is borne
out, it would mean almost a dou
bling of the number of acidic lakes
in the Northeast.
"We're starting to get the answers
now and it doesn't look all that
good," said one EPA official, who
like all the others spoke on condi
tion of anonymity. "There's an indi
cation of progressive damage."
The Canadian government says
half its acid rain comes from the
United States, and its call for a 50
percent reduction in U.S. emissions
has received wide support among
A 71 O sou or mirs
i Potential acidic area in U.S.
At least some of the more than
200 acidified lakes high in the'Adi
rondacks 138 by EPA's count,
which omits lakes of less than 10
acres have been acidic for cen
turies; others started to change in
the middle of this century, some
It concluded that 60 percent of
the 7,096 lakes in the Northeast and
67 percent of the 10,352 in the West
had little ability to neutralize further
EPA defines "acidic" as the loss
of capability to neutralize further
acidity. By that measure, no lakes
are currently acidic in the West and
326 are acidic in the Northeast.
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