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2The Daily Tar HeelTuesday, September 13, 1988
World and Nation
From Associated Press reports
KINGSTON, Jamaica Hurri
cane Gilbert slammed into Kingston
on Monday with torrential rains and
1 15 mph winds that ripped roofs off
homes and buildings, uprooted trees
and downed power lines.
No serious injuries were imme
diately reported in the city of 750,000
people, which was hit by the full force
of the hurricane around noon.
For half an hour the hurricane
lashed the city, tearing branches from
trees, blowing down fences and
whipping paper through the air.
The National Weather Service
reported heavy damage to Kingston's
in air piracy tria
From Associated Press reports
FRANKFURT, West Germany
The pilot of a TWA jetliner
hijacked by Arab terrorists in 1985
testified Monday that Mohammed
Ali Hamadi took pleasure in '
torturing the passengers and fired
the shot that killed an American
Capt. John Testrake, who com
manded the plane during the
ordeal, told the court he believed
Hamadi was the more violent of
two hijackers who invaded the
jetliner's cabin and later killed
Robert Stethem, a U.S. Navy
But under questioning by
defense lawyers, Testrake said he
did not actually see Hamadi pull
Hamadi is charged with murder
and air piracy. He has admitted
being one of the hijackers, but has
denied killing Stethem. The
Athens to Rome flight was
hijacked June 14, 1985. It was
flown to Beirut, where Stethem
was killed, and 39 Americans were
held hostage for 17 days.
Testrake had testified earlier
that either of two hijackers could
have led Stethem to a cabin door '
where he was shot. But after a
-recess, Testrake told the court he
had a chance to get a closer look
I want to make an important
statement," Testrake said. "I did
say before that one of the two
bears brunt of liiyiriricaoe
airport and aircraft parked on its
The first shock let up as the eye
of the storm moved across the city.
Skies brightened, winds died down
and people waited for an hour before
the second blow of the hurricane
All Jamaica-bound flights were
canceled at Miami International
Flights from the Cayman Islands,
reportedly next in the path of the
hurricane, arrived in Miami packed
with travelers cutting short their
vacations. "People were running
(hijackers) appeared to do more
of the communicating and the
other more of the violence."
He said, "It appeared that one
of the hijackers (Hamadi) enjoyed
beating the passengers more . . .
to inflict violence.
"Looking at this man now, I was
struck that . . . this is the man who
I recall had stood in the forward
entry way and shot Stethem."
The plane landed in Beirut, was
refueled, and flew to Algiers. . It
took on fuel and returned to Beirut
where Stethem was slain and 39
other passengers were taken off the
Boeing 747 and held hostage.
After the plane landed in Beirut
the second time, Testrake told the
court, one of the hijackers talked
to the airport tower in Arabic.
"I could tell the hijacker was
becoming more and more agi
tated. He began screaming into the
radio. At this time he turned
toward his accomplice and
screamed what appeared to be an
order," the pilot said.
"The forward cabin door was
open. I saw the other hijacker push
Stethem out the doorway. Then
I heard a single shot," Testrake
told the court.
After Testrake finished his testi
mony, the judge asked Hamadi if
he had anything to say." He replied
through an interpreter: "There are
some things that are being lied
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A National Weather Service report
said the hurricane was moving west
at 17 . mph with maximum sustained
winds of 115 mph. The report said
Jamaica would receive up to 10 inches
of rain that would cause flash floods
and mud slides.
"Right now it's actually moving
over Jamaica," said Bob Sheets,
director of the National Hurricane
Center in Miami.
"It looks like the eye is going to
move lengthwise across that island,
Six states go to pol Is
as pr i mary season, .
reaches final stages
From Associated Press reports . ,
Battles for Senate nominations to
replace Democrat William Proxmire
in Wisconsin and Republican Robert
Stafford in Vermont highlight pri
mary voting in six states Tuesday,
along with challenges to GOP law
makers who helped oust Evan
Mecham as governor of Arizona.
New Hampshire Republicans will
choose a candidate for governor and
decide a bitter congressional primary. ,
Minnesota -voters are expected to
nominate Republican Sen, David
Durenberger for a third term and give
Democratic Attorney General
Hubert "Skip" Humphrey III the
right to challenge him. Utah has just
one contested congressional race.
Five other states hold elections
later in the week as the primary
season winds down. Connecticut,
Massachusetts, New York and Rhode
Island delayed voting until Wednes
day or Thursday to avoid having a
primary on the Jewish holiday of
Rosh Hashana. Hawaii's primary is
set for Saturday.
Wisconsin's four-way Democratic
Senate race has been lively and
expensive, with Milwaukee Bucks
basketball team owner Herbert Kohl
spending nearly $2.1 million after
making a late entry. Much of that
was on TV advertising to argue that
his wealth makes him immune to
special interests and thus he would
be "nobody's senator but yours."
A poll published by the Milwaukee
Journal on Sunday showed Kohl
neck-and-neck with former Gov.
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Gilbert reached Jamaica after
skirting southern Puerto Rico, Haiti
and the Dominican Republic. - Hur
ricane warnings were issued Monday
for the south coast of Cuba east of
Camaguey, the Cayman Islands,' and
Haiti, while warnings were discon
tinued for the Dominican Republic.
High winds and heavy rain preced
ing the storm drenched Kingston
overnight, toppling trees, causing
local flooding and littering streets
Anthony Earl, the early favorite.
Kohl was preferred by 43 percent of
the voters and Earl by 40 percent.
Edward Garvey, an unsuccessful
Senate candidate in 1986, drew 8
percent, Secretary of State Douglas
La Fpllette 5 percent, and 4 percent
were undecided. The poll had a
margin of error of 6 percent.
La Follette, who reported spending
$15,536, ran a radio commercial that
began with the sound of a toilet
flushing, his way of saying that a
Wisconsin . tradition of personal
campaigning epitomized by Proxmire
during 31 years in the Senate was
going down the drain. Proxmire spent
just $ 145. 10 to win re-election in 1982.
Earl ran an ad showing a short,
balding man in a tuxedo wildly
dribbling a basketball, the name
"Herb" and two dollar signs on the
back of his jacket. The ad said Kohl
had "fumbled the ball" and included
a recording of a radio show on which
Kohl was unable to identify Secretary
of Defense Frank Carlucci.
Garvey joined in the fun, running
an ad that showed Frankenstein
monster with a television on its
shoulders and a Kohl ad on the
screen. In the background, film clips
from horror movies showed citizens
fleeing in terror.
In Arizona, the main focus has
been on state legislative races in which
a number of GOP candidates are
ultra-conservative backers of ousted
Gov. Evan Mecham.
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Shiite kidnappers release
hostage after 20 months
From Associated Press reports .
BEIRUT, Lebanon Shiite
Moslem kidnappers freed West
German hostage Rudolf Cordes at
midnight Monday, after declaring
that they were ending his 20
month ordeal in response to
Syrian and Iranian intervention,
an official said.
The official, an aide to Interior
Minister Abdullah Rassi, said the
55-year-old businessman was freed
at midnight in the luxurious
Verdun neighborhood of west
Beirut, outside the minister's
Fires ravage park
IONAL PARK, .Wyo. Fire
fighters took advantage of chilly,
damp weather Monday to
strengthen lines around fires that
have ravaged nearly 1 million acres
inside the park, but hoi, dry
weather was predicted by
"It's a sleeping giant now,"
Denny Bungarz, a fire incident
commander, said during a briefing
Monday. "We want to tie it down
so when it wakes up it can't run
Fire activity was limited Mon
day after a weekend of showers
and light snow the first signi
ficant precipitation since spring
that gave firefighters a needed
break from high wind and temper
atures that let fires grow by
thousands of acres per day last
Crop harvests projected
and hot weather nibbled at the
nation's corn and soybean crops
last month, but new Agriculture
Department estimates showed
Monday that most of the damage
had already been done in June and
Officials held to an earlier
prediction that consumer food
prices will go up an average of only
3 percent to 5 percent this year,'
with about 1 percent of the rise
caused by drought. A further
increase is expected in 1989.
The department estimated the
corn harvest, which is under way,
at a five-year low of 4.46 billion
bushels, down 37 percent from
7.06 billion bushels harvested in
Minister faces trial
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News in Brief
ister went on trial Monday on
charges of beheading a handyman
and burning down his church in
an alleged attempt to assume a -new
identity and disappear with
$50,000 in church money.
Jury selection is expected to "
take most of the week in the first
degree murder and arson trial of
the Rev. John David Terry, who
faces the death penalty if
Terry may take the witness -stand
to break his yearlong silence
in the decapitation of James -Matheny.
The slaying and fire on June 15,-
1987, at Emmanuel Church of '
Christ Pentecostal Oneness,-
stunned Terry's parishioners.'
Some have stuck by him since
Matheny 's body was found rolled ' -up
in a scorched carpet.
"Two days before this happened .
we would have given him our last
dime," said Marsha Brown, 30,'
v who with others in the 40-memben
congregation has been attending
weekly services in a borrowed'
building in nearby Gallatin.
Activist earns honorary degree
BOLOGNA, Italy The Uni
versity of Bologna on Monday
awarded an honorary degree to
Nelson Mandela, a black activist
imprisoned in South Africa.
The degree in political science
was accepted by Johnny Makatini
a fellow member of the African
National Congress, which is out
lawed in South Africa.
Makatini read a brief statement
from Mandela's wife, Winnie,
which said: "I want to underline
the importance and the impact of
this award in the fight for the
people of South Africa to build
a just society."
The university said the degree
honors people "who have greatly, .
contnbuted to the return of free
dom in their countries." The
university also announced that the
department of political science will
. hold an annual symposium ded
icated to Mandela and the status ,
of apartheidjn South .Africa.
Mandela, who turned 70 on '1
July 17, Was sentenced to life
imprisonment in 1964 for sabotage''
and plotting to overthrow the :"
white minority government.
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