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MiDitary forces kill looters in IBycma
From Associated Press reports
RANGOON, Burma Coup
leader Gen. Saw Maung formed a
Tuesday, and state radio reported
that security forces killed 59 people,
primarily looters of government
In all, more than 200 people have
been reported killed since Saw
Maung seized power Sunday from
Maung Maung, Burma's first civilian
leader in 26 years.
Top opposition leaders issued a
statement Tuesday calling for talks
with Saw Maung to resolve the
country's political and economic
crisis and criticizing the military's
bloody crackdown on dissenters.
Saw Maung, who took power after
weeks of protests against one-party
rule, holds the defense and foreign
affairs portfolios in the Law and
Order Restoration Government of
nine ministers announced by state
run Radio Rangoon.
At least six of the new ministers
were among the 18 senior officers who
mounted the coup with Saw Maung.
Saw Maung, a hardliner, was the
right-hand man of toppled President
Sein Lwin, who was widely hated for
brutal suppression of dissent.
Saw Maung said the coup was
intended to halt the country's social
chaos so democratic elections could
be held. The opposition had
demanded an interim government be
named before elections, which had
been called by Maung Maung.
State radio reported five separate
incidents Tuesday in which security
forces killed 59 people, including
looters and civilians who attacked a
Security forces killed 16 people
looting the Fisheries Department
office in Rangoon in the early
morning, while five people died as
troops broke up looting at a biscuit
factory in the northern part of the
capital, the radio said.
Economic growth -"strong, officials say
From Associated Press reports
WASHINGTON An improving
trade deficit helped economic growth
remain strong in the second quarter
despite the Farm Belt drought, but
inflation was more severe than
previously believed, the government
The Commerce Department said
the gross national product, the
broadest measure of the nation's $4
trillion economy, grew at a seasonally
adjusted annual rate of 3 percent in
the April-June period. That was
slower than the 3.4 percent expansion
rate in the first quarter, but still brisk.
If not for the drought, second
quarter growth would have been a
more robust 3.9 percent. Crop and
livestock: losses for the year are
estimated at $13.9 billion and will be
even more of a drag on the economy
in the third and fourth quarters.
The government said accelerating
inflation accompanied the strong
"How ever you measure inflation,
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in the second quarter and that's bad
news for the financial markets," said
David Jones, an economist with
Aubrey G. Lanston & Co., a govern
ment securities dealer in New York.
The GNP deflator, which reflects
changes in buying patterns as well as
prices, rose at an annual rate of 5.5
percent in the second quarter, com
pared with 1.7 percent in the first
quarter. It was the biggest jump since
the third quarter of 1982.
At the White House, spokesman
Marlin Fitzwater called Tuesday's
report good news. "The facts, plus
the moderating growth rate, point to
inflation remaining under control,"
Jones said the acceleration in
inflation after nearly six years of
economic growth is, while trouble
some, more moderate than in pre
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Dukakis calls for national
health insurance program
brief visit to
to the Annin
From Associated Press reports
Democrat Michael Dukakis
proposed a broad health insurance
program for American workers
Tuesday and told Republican rival
George Bush "it's about time you
came out from behind that flag"
and addressed the issue. Bush
draped himself in patriotism,
visiting the nation's largest flag
Dukakis, seeking support from
working people, said the federal
government should enact legisla
tion requiring most employers to
provide basic health insurance
benefits for employees and
Campaign aides said the first
phase of Dukakis' program would
give benefits to about 22 million
people who have none, leaving 15
million or more Americans still
awaiting protection under a
national, health insurance plan.
Bush's campaign derided Duka
kis' plan as "socialized medicine"
and "a prescription for financial
Bush made a
"My friends, flag sales are doing
well and America is doing well,"
said Bush, who has stressed patri
otism in his campaign and has
attacked Dukakis for vetoing a
Massachusetts bill that would
have required public school
teachers to lead students in reciting
the Pledge of Allegiance.
Arson fire continues
VACAVILLE,' Calif. Anx
ious firefighters watched the winds
Tuesday as they worked to create
a blackened dirt barrier to hold
a 4-day-old arson fire at a road
outside city limits.
Firefighters ordered the evacua
tion of 500 people along a 10-mile
stretch of Pleasant Valley Road,
just west of city limits, fearing that
afternoon winds could fan the
blaze toward scattered homes near
the road. But they expressed
optimism that the fire would not
go into the town itself.
The Miller fire, named for the
canyon in which it began, has
burned 20,000 acres since it started
Saturday: Seven homes were
destroyed Sunday. It is one of two
major California blazes that have
destroyed 31 homes and about
News in Brief
28,000 acres of wildland, brush
and timber since the weekend.
Elsewhere across the West,
however, the situation was
improved as the worst summer for
fires in three decades wound to a
close. In all, nearly 70,000 fires
have been tallied, blacking more
than 4.1 million acres, about half
of them in Alaska.
Jordan would fire Green
RALEIGH Escalating his
attack on the ethical standards of
Gov. Jim Martin's administration,
Lt. Gov. Bob Jordan said Tuesday
if elected governor he would fire
Jimmy Green his predecessor as
lieutenant governor who is now a
Jordan, a Democrat, charged
that Martin's hiring of Green in
1985 was a "payoff ... a package
deal" in exchange for his tacit
support of Republican Martin's
gubernatorial campaign in 1984.
Green was lieutenant governor
from 1977 to 1985. After he failed
to gain the Democratic guberna
torial nomination in 1984, he
quietly signaled his support of
Martin and a number of his aides
and top supporters joined Martin's
After Martin's election, he hired
Green as a $329-per-day consul
tant and adviser on legislative
relations. Jobs also have been
awarded to Green associates such
as Arlene Pulley, director of the
state Office of Citizen Affairs.
Democrats repeatedly have
accused Green of doing little to
earn his pay.'
Stock trading up
NEW YORK The stock
market posted a modest gain in
lethargic trading on Tuesday,
recovering some of the ground lost
in the previous session.
The Dow Jones average of 30
industrial stocks, which fell 17.07
points on Monday, bounced up
6.40 points to close at 2,087.48.
Advancing issues outnumbered
declines by more than 4 to 3 in
nationwide1 trading of New York
Stock ; Exchange-listed stocks,
with 862 issues up, 603 down and
Arab .-hijacker killed
U.S. Navy diver,
f I ight attendant ay '.
From Associated Press reports
FRANKFURT, West Germany
A U.S. Navy diver "never made a
sound" as he bravely endured savage
beatings by the hijackers of a TWA
jetliner, flight attendant Uli Derick
son testified Tuesday.
Derickson said Mohammed Ali
Hamadi, on trial for air piracy and
the murder of Navy diver Robert
Stethem, also threatened to blow up
The German-born woman, now a
naturalized U.S. citizen and the
subject of a U.S. . television movie
earlier this year, said Hamadi held
a gun to her head shortly after the
Athens to Rome flight took off June
14,1985. v ;
But in the most emotional testim
ony of the trial, the 44-year-old
Derickson described the suffering
endured by Stethem.
The hijackers "took him up to the
cockpit and started to brutally beat
him," Derickson told the court.
"When Mr. Stethem collapsed, one
of the hijackers took the armrest of
a seat it still had the screws sticking
out of it and beat on him," she
said in German. Derickson said that
after the beating Hamadi turned to
her and said: "Look at him now, he
thinks he's so strong."
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Fighting back sobs, Derickson
said: "Mr. Stethem was a very
courageous man. He never made a
Derickson, who is credited with"
shielding passengers whose names
sounded Jewish by hiding their
passports, also said Hamadi asked
her to translate while , the hijackers
"Mr. Stethem was taken to the last
row of first class. He was asked where
he was from and what he did. He
said he was a Navy diver. I tried to
translate the word Navy for Hamadi,"
She said Hamadi was confused
because the German word for navy
is "marine." Other witnesses have
testified the hijackers shouted
"marine," as they beat Stethem. "I
tried to convince him that Stethem
was not a U.S. Marine," she said.
Derickson told the court that
shortly after Stethem was slain at
Beirut airport, Hamadi had a pistol
in his hand and began beating another
U.S. Navy diver, Clinton Suggs.
"I pushed Suggs down between the
seats in first class and told him to
stay there. Then I told the hijackers
to stop they had done enough,"
she said. ,
Thirty-nine Americans were held
hostage for 17 days in the ordeal.
Hamadi was arrested at Frankfurt
airport on Jan. 13, 1987, after
customs officials found liquid explo
sives in his luggage.
For the Record
The Daily Tar Heel incorrectly
printed Tuesday the dates and times
of the parking forums. The forums
will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in
Cobb Residence Hall's Morehead
Cellar and at 9 p.m. in the Carmichael
multi-purpose room, and Thursday
at 7:30 p.m. in Morrison Recreation
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