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Thursday, April 9, 1987
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON A third Marine
who worked as a security guard in Mos
cow and Leningrad and in the U.S.
Embassy in Rome has been arrested on
suspicion of espionage.
Sgt. John Joseph Weirick, 26, of
Eureka, Calif., was arrested Tuesday
night and held in the brig at Camp
Pendleton, Calif., said Robert Sims,
chief Defense Department spokesman.
He is suspected of espionage while
working as a security guard at the
American consulate in Leningrad in
1981 and 1982, Sims said.
Meantime, as American officials
sought to measure the damage caused
by the infiltration of American diplo
matic missions by KGB agents and
electronic eavesdropping devices, there
were these developments:
O FBI Director William Webster ac
knowledged at a Senate hearing on his
nomination to head the CIA that the
Soviets use their new hilltop embassy
complex in Washington to intercept
U.S. telephone communications. But he
said he was unable to say "how much
damage they are doing."
O Secretary of State George P.
Shultz told reporters that Soviet
eavesdropping at the U.S. Embassy in
Moscow had cast "a heavy shadow"
over the talks he will hold next week in
the Soviet capital. He said he intended
to tell the Soviets "that they can't
expect to continue to create a hostile
environment for our people overseas
without cost to themselves."
O Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister
Vladimir F. Petrovsky said the U.S.
charges that the KGB had bugged the
new U.S. Embassy in Moscow are "dirty
fabrications" intended to spoil Shultz's
trip. He accused President Reagan of
making "hostile remarks."
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don their new Washington embassy site
and negotiate a new agreement with
the United States, Sen. William V. Roth,
R-Del., said he believed the new U.S.
Embassy in Moscow would have to be
torn down because it is so heavily
Pentagon officials, speaking on con
dition of anonymity, said military
investigators now believe that Weirick
"got some money from the Russians"
and "may have allowed access to the
consulate; more limited than Lonetree,
The arrest of Sgt. Clayton J. Lonetree
in December triggered the current mil
itary investigation, which has so far led
to three other arrests. Lonetree and
Cpl. Arnold Bracy, who worked together
as Moscow embassy guards in 1985 and
1986, have been charged with espionage.
Divers recover bodies from capsized ferry
ZEEBRUGGE, Belgium Divers struggled through
nightmarish mounds of mud and debris Wednesday to rec
over 104 bodies from a British ferry that sank more than a
month ago, officials said.
"It is absolutely disastrous and horrific inside," said
Commander Jack Birkett, who was directing the British
Royal Navy divers.". . .it was far worse than I anticipated."
About 30 more corpses were believed still inside the
Herald of Free Enterprise, which capsized March 6 and was
righted on Tuesday. Its keel was resting on the sandy
bottom in 30 feet of water about 1,000 yards off the harbor
entrance of this North Sea port.
Sixty-one bodies were recovered in the days following the
disaster, and the final death toll is expected to be about
195, making it one of Europe's worst peacetime maritime
tragedies. The cause of the accident remains under investi
gation by Belgian and British authorities.
About 348 people survived.
Officials said up to 20 bodies have been located on upper
decks and were to be brought ashore Thursday. They
doubted the others could be recovered from the submerged
lower decks until after the vessel was refloated. The salvage
company said that could take another two weeks.
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The divers, some carrying powerful flashlights and porta
ble generators, continued the gruesome search after night
fall inside the darkened hull of the 7,951-ton vessel.
Television broadcasts showed a teddy bear lying among
broken glass and black mud on a passenger deck where
many of the victims had gathered as the ferry pulled out of
Zeebrugge harbor 4 12 weeks ago. Witnesses said the
vessel capsized in less than one minute.
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OMAHA Rep. Jack Kemp,
R-N.Y., brought his conservative
message of a strong defense and
stable American economy to
Omaha Tuesday, the second day
of the beginning of his bid for the
1988 Republican presidential
Kemp, 51, was accompanied
by his wife, Joanne, and family as
he spoke to about 100 supporters
in a meeting room at Eppley
The nine term congressional
representative said he believes
there are people in the United
States who are willing to rally to
support a candidate whose mes
sage is "positve and progressive,
yet conservative in value."
Kemp told those gathered he
intends to bring his campaign
from the factory gates to the farm
and from the farm to the busi
nessman in his search for national
"Unless American leads the
world, the world will not have
any leadership," Kemp said. Kemp
said his campaign is centered in
three areas: the economy and
continued fiscal growth, a strong
defense of the U.S. and the West
ern allies and a policy that is
pro-life and pro-human rights.
Kemp said he supports the
administration's Strategic De
fense Initiative, or Star Wars,
plan for a space-based defense
"We need in this country a
return to the basic values," Kemp
said. "The right to life is an inal
ienable right. Ladies and gen
tlemen, I believe in a constitu
tional amendment that defends
the right to life in the United
Jazz singer Maxine Sullivan dies at 75
NEW YORK Maxine Sullivan, the diminutive jazz singer who was
about to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her first recording, died
Tuesday after a brief illness, her daughter said. She was 75.
Sullivan last performed about three weeks ago at the Westport Arts
Center in Westport, Conn., said her daughter Paula Morris.
Sullivan entered the Westchester Square Hospital in the Bronx last
week after suffering a seizure and died there Tuesday afternoon, Morris
Sullivan started early as a child in her native Homestead, Pa., and then
became a worldwide star from 1936 to 1957. She emerged from a 10-year
retirement in 1967.
Her first recording, "Gone With the Wind" with Claude Thornhill s
Orchestra was recorded on June 14, 1937. Her hit, "Loch Lomond," was
recorded the following Aug. 6.
Earthquake hits Nicaragua
MANAGUA, Nicaragua A strong earthquake rocked central Nicara
gua for about 35 seconds on Wednesday, but authorities said they had no
immediate reports of major damage or casualties. ,
The government's seismological institute said it had no immediate
reading on the quake, but the state radio, the Voice of Nicaragua,
described it "as quite big."
The tremor was recorded by U.S. Geological Survey earthquake moni
tors in Golden, Colo., at a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 on the Richter
scale. It occurred at 1 1:43 am. (1:43 p.m. EDT). There were no immediate
reports of anyone being killed or major damage.
Lawmakers give first-round OK
to Nebraska speed limit bill
LINCOLN A measure that would m-hmm
raise the speed limit to 65 mph on most
of Nebraska's Interstate system cruised
to first-round approval Wednesday in
an accelerated trip through the Leg
islature. Lawmakers voted 38-1 to send LB430
to the second stage
of floor action.
Speaker of the Leg
islature Bill Barrett
of Lexington pre
dicted that the bill
would be passed
within 10 days.
The bill carries
an emergency clause,
allowing it to become
law almost Immed
iately if signed by
the governor. Gov.
Kay Orr said she
supported the bill
as long as it repealed
a section of the law
that prevents the
assessment of points
against the driving
'I think it's been a
long time coming.'
records of people
exceeding the speed
limit by less than
10 mph. The bill
carries a section to
repeal the 10 mph
"I think we are
moving in a direc
tion of being very,
very honest," said
Sen. Tim Hall of
Omaha, a co-sponsor
of the measure. "We
know people do not
drive 55 (mph) across
Sen. Elroy Hefner
of Coleridge said, "I
think it's been a
long time coming."
'I think we
are. . .being very,
very honest. We
know people do
not drive 55
(mph) across this
Joining Hall in co-sponsoring the bill
are Sen. Ernest Chambers of Omaha, a
longtime champion of the drive to raise
the Interstate speed limit, and James
Pappas of North Platte.
Under LB430, the Interstate speed
limit would stay at 55 mph for sections
of the system that run through urban
ized areas of 50,000 population ormore.
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