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Thursday, April 16, 1987
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Soviets propose to cit sMori-irainige mi
Superpowers anticipate nuclear arms talks in Washington
BRUSSELS, Belgium Secretary of
State George P. Shultz expressed op
timism in Moscow about reaching an
accord in "eliminating medium-range
nuclear missiles from Europe and flew
to Brussels to consult with NATO allies.
"We will consult, and I am sure,
come to a good conclusion," Shultz
said before leaving Moscow, where he
held three days of meetings with Soviet
officials, including Kremlin leader Mik
hail S. Gorbachev, who made new arms
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard
Schevardnadze told Shultz on Wednes
day the Soviets would eliminate their
shorter-range missiles in the Soviet
Union within a year after Senate ratifi
cation of a proposed treaty on medium
The Soviets have 80 shorter-range
missiles on their territory.
The Soviets have about 50 medium
range launchers with a range of 350
to 600 miles in East Germany and
Czechoslovakia. They would be scrapped
on the signing of a treaty to rid Europe
of hundreds of U.S. and Soviet medium
range missiles, which have a range of
Gorbachev made the proposals, which
could remove a major obstacle to a
treaty on me'dium-range missiles, dur
ing a 4 12-hour meeting Tuesday with
Shultz in the Kremlin.
"Very considerable headway had been
made, and it should be possible to work
nut an fltfrppmpnt in this field ( medium-
range missiles) with hard work and
creative effort," Shultz said in a Mos
cow news conference.
Shultz and Shevardnadze met for
several hours Wednesday afternoon be
fore the news conference, and the
Soviet officials said later that chances
for a Washington summit were "rather
The United States also offered a
compromise on strategic, or long-range,
nuclear weapons, he said, proposing
that the superpowers honor the 1972
anti-ballistic missile treaty for seven
more years while reducing strategic
weapons by 50 percent.
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Parkinson's disease: Neurosurgeons develop new treatment
Brain graft patient pleased with surgery
NASHVILLE, Tenn. A victim of Parkinson's disease
who last week became the first person in the United States
to undergo brain graft surgery said Wednesday she is optim
istic about the novel treatment.
"I'm not shaking at the moment; you do not know how
grateful I am," said Dickye Baggett, an insurance clerk who
lives in the Nashville area
Baggett, 42, wearing a white turban to cover marks of the
brain surgery, appeared at a news conference at Vanderbilt
University Medical Center less than a week after the five
She said she first developed symptoms of the degenera
tive disorder 10 years ago. Parkinson's, which causes trem
ors and a loss of balance, afflicts nearly 1.5 million
"It affects your thinking, your moods," she said. "You
wake up thinking, am I going to shake today as bad as I did
Brain graft surgery is a breakthrough in treatment of
central nervous system diseases, said Dr. George S. Allen,
professor and chairman of the department of neurosurgery
Baggett said she'd advise other sufferers of the disease to
"go for it" if they could undergo the procedure.
WASHINGTON Officials of
a mental hospital today with
drew their request that presi
dential assailant John W. Hinck
ley Jr. be given a 12-hour pass to
visit his family over the Easter
The hospital said it needed
time to study "writings and other
materials" discovered In a court
ordered search of Hinckley's room
U.S. District Judge Barrington
D. Parker accepted the hospi
tal's decision and said he would
rule later on a request by the U.S.
attorney's office to seal docu
ments and writings taken from
Parker had been reviewing
Hinckley's letters and papers to
determine his mental condition
in the wake of revelations he had
corresponded with Florida killer
The hospital did not specify
the terms of the proposed visit,
saying only that the time and
location would be set by St. Eli
zabeths. Hinckley's parents have
a residence in suburban north
ern Virginia, where Hinckley pre
sumably sought to go during the
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KOKOMO, Ind. Robert Gray told
his mother he couldn't bear a long
stretch in prison, but she's as puzzled
as anyone about why he brought a
bomb into the county courthouse and
killed himself in the blast.
- Fifteen other people, including the
sheriff and Gray's defense attorney,
were injured Tuesday. Hours earlier, a
judge had summoned attorneys to dis
cuss reports that Gray had threatened
"I don't have an idea about what
went through my son's head," said his
tlwB in coiarOioiise bombing
mother, Betty McKinley, of Marion.
Gray, 42, was on trial on two counts
of selling LSD, and faced a maximum
prison term of 100 years on each count
if convicted. An autopsy on his body
was being conducted Wednesday.
Police said they had not determined
where Gray obtained the explosives.
Mrs. McKinley received a letter from
her son on the day of the blast which
said in part: "I love you . .".I'm sorry
but I couldn't see the rest of my life in
prison. Why they want me so bad I don't
know. I've been trying to be good the
last few years."
Gray's attorney, Charles Scruggs,
said he believed his client intended to
detonate the bomb in the Howard
County courtroom, but changed plans
when Sheriff John D. Be&ity became
suspicious about the briefcase.
Scruggs said Wednesday that the
sheriff called him and Gray into his
office because he suspected Gray was
carrying a weapon or bomb.
"At that time I noticed the toggle
switch on the briefcase," said Scruggs.
"I just had time to turn but I didn't
have time to take a step. (Gray) said,
'We might as well all go now.' And he
detonated the bomb. It blew me through
the door and into the other room face
Scruggs was in good condition at St.
Joseph Hospital in Kokomo. Sheriffs
deputy John Howard and Walter Adams
of the Kokomo Police Department were
in good condition, said hospital spo
keswoman Mary DelVecchio. The oth
ers injured were treated and released.
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