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Byh defends membershop
From Associated Press reports
; WASHINGTON President
Bush on Monday defended his life-
lone membership in the National
rifle Association (NRA) while voic
ing support for a "constitutionally
Sound" further crackdown on semi
; "We are in different times now and
1 am convinced that reasonable men
and women can work together to find
an answer to the problem," he told
a group of female state legislators at
the White House.
!. Meanwhile, White House press
secretary Marlin Fitzwater called for
a cooling down of emotions in the
gun-control dispute, saying "the
president feels we don't need to be
threatening each other."
He was referring to news reports
hat NRA officials had indirectly
threatened drug czar Bill Bennett with
political retaliation if he pursues a
course toward more firearms restric
tions allegations that the gun
owner's lobby denied anew Monday
This is not a time to be threatening
From Associated Press reports
! WASHINGTON One in five
public or private school agencies is
violating a 1987 federal requirement
to inspect buildings for asbestos and
develop a cleanup plan, the Envir
onmental Protection Agency (EPA)
; Thousands of other school districts
have been unable to meet the deadline
for the inspection and cleanup
requirements but are not in technical
violation of the law" because of
extensions granted by state officials.
The figures released by the EPA
provided the first indication as to how
effectively public and private school
leaders are handling the asbestos
problem, which raised widespread
concern several years ago and promp
ted Congress to order inspections and
cleanup efforts nationwide.
According to the EPA, compliance
with the inspection and cleanup
requirements has been uneven among
the states. Ten states show that better
than 95 percent of their public school
systems and private schools met last
October's federal deadline for having
inspection and cleanup plans. Six
states had fewer than 60 percent of
their school agencies in compliance.
The EPA figures reflectnhe
response to the asbestos requirements
by more than 50,000 school entities,
many of them private.
Although the EPA has no complete
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people, but rather a time to try to
work together to solve a problem that
clearly needs to be solved, Fitzwater
The administration last week
announced it was banning the import
of semiautomatic weapons. Bush had
said the move reflected a "pulse
change" on his part on the subject
of cun control, which in the past he
has steadfastly opposed.
"Clearly there's been some evolu
tion of his (Bush's) thinking" on gun
control, Fitzwater said Monday.
Bush has directed Bennett to
review the entire subject of semi
automatic weapons. Fitzwater said
neither an expansion of the ban nor
other new restrictions on guns would
be proposed during the overall review
that Bennett is overseeing.
The president told his audience:
"On the NRA, of which I'm a proud
member, I might add I believe that
we can find accommodation between
the legitimate interests of the sports-
man and the interest of the police
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figures breaking down compliance
rates between public and private
schools, a spokeswoman said gener
ally the public school districts have
a much better compliance record.
For example, in Connecticut, New
Jersey and Virginia, more than 90
percent of the public school systems
were in compliance with the federal
requirements, but only about half of
the private schools in each of the
states were reported in compliance,
according to an EPA analysis.
Six states did not report complete
enough statistics to be counted in the
national compliance average, officials
Asbestos can cause chronic lung
disease and various forms of cancer
when its microscopic fibers are
inhaled. The 1986 federal law requires
schools to hire inspectors approved
by the EPA to determine if there is
an asbestos danger in school build
ings and, if there is, to submit to state
officials a detailed cleanup program.
The 1986 law and implementing
regulations by the EPA required the
inspections to be completed and
cleanup programs submitted to state v
officials, by , October; 198tBu moslA.
school districts missed the deadliner
According to data provided the EPA"
by state officials:
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chiefs in protecting their people who
put their lives on the line every single
The country needs to know that
there is some answer to this. I don't
yet know what it is," he said. 4
While much of the answer rests
with the states, "we have a respon-
sibility" at the federal level as well,
"We have got to give the police
proper support when they lay their
lives on the line for us. And so well
find some answer that is constitution
ally sound and that also protects the
lives, as best one can from Washing
ton, of police officers." ':
Sources who spoke on condition
of anonymity told The . Associated
Press last week that Bennett hac been
receiving warnings from the rifle
association through third parties
hinting that NRA's campaign fund-
raising abilities might be used against
him if he ever sought political office,
Bennett said through a spokesman,
Don Hamilton, that "there have been
a lot of phone calls, a lot of pressure.
met the Oct. 12 deadline for complet
ing inspections and submitting clea
Thirty-nine percent of private and
public school entities were granted an
extension until this May to comply
with the federal requirement.
Twenty-one percent of public
districts or private school agencies fell
into noncompliance of the federal law
because they did not meet the dead
line and either did not request an
extension or had a request rejected.
EPA spokeswoman Alicia Tenute
said that the agency had received no
information from the states on how.
19 Mames lolled on helecooteir crash
From Associated Press reports
SEOUL, South Korea An
American military helicopter crashed
Monday during joint maneuvers with
South Korean forces, killing 19
Marines and injuring 16, U.S. mil
itary authorities said.
The incident was the second fatal
American helicopter crash in South
Korea in four days. On Friday, all
four, Marines aboard were killed
when a dH-46 assigned to the 13th
Marine Expeditionary Unit based at
Camp Pendleton, Calif., crashed in
a rice paddy on the east coast.
On Monday, a CH53-D Sea Stal
lion carrying four crewmen and 30
other Marines crashed near the
southeastern port of Pohang during
the joint exercises, a Marine Corps
spokesman reported. He said the
injured included a Marine on the
Marine officials said investigators
were at the site to determine the cause
of the crash, but no quick result was
expected because only charred pieces
of the helicopter remained.
The Marines were from the 1st
Battalion, 5th Marines of the 1st
Marine Division based at Camp
Pendleton. The helicopter was
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Let's cool off."
Wayne LaPierre, legislative direc
tor for the NRA, said Monday that
"we never made a threat in the first
place. It's not the way we operate,
it's not the way the NRA functions.
I don't know how to be any clearer
He said that the NRA shares the
nation's "heightened outrage about
violent crime" on the nation's streets.
"We want to be a part of the solution,
we're going to be in there in a
But, LaPierre said in an interview,
"we don't believe we should be pushed
into a cosmetic solution that won't
address the real issues and won't solve
the real problems."
"There's nothing new about
semiautomatic firearms. They've
been around for a century," he said.
He claimed the problem was failure
to use existing laws to prosecute drug
dealers who use guns illegally. "It's
not that we don't know who these
people are: they glow in the dark."
many of the school systems that had
been granted extensions are expected
to meet the May deadline.
Under the 1986 federal law, school
officials are supposed to have asbes
tos cleanup efforts underway by July
Public school districts or private
schools organizations in violation of
the requirements will have 60 days
to show they have come into com
pliance or be subject to EPA enforce
ment action, officials said.
The 1986 asbestos law allows for
the EPA to seek civil penalties of up
to $5,000 a day for violations.
assigned to the 1st Marine Air Wing
based at Futenma Marine Corps Air
Station in Okinawa, Japan.
Yonhap, the South Korean news
agency, quoted government officials
as saying the helicopter appeared to
have engine trouble and exploded in
A Seoul newspaper, Kookmin,
quoted a witness as saying one of two
choppers, hovering at a$out 2jiQ jfeet
suddenly turned upside! down" and
plunged into anSreek. About 10 men
jumped out as it struck the ground,
the report said.
Both helicopters that crashed
operated from the USS Belleau
Wood, a Marine assault ship partic
ipating in the annual "Team Spirit"
exercises, which began Tuesday.
Some of those injured Monday
were taken to the Belleau Wood and
others were evacuated to a U.S.
military hospital in Seoul. Marine
officials withheld the identities of the
dead and wounded pending notifica-
tion ot relatives.
About 43,000 American soldiers
are based in South Korea under a
mutual defense agreement and 30,000
have been brought in for the maneuv
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Official says Pan Am ignored
From Associated Press reports
WASHINGTON Pan Amer
ican World Airways has yet to
implement many steps recom
mended by a security consultant
who in 1986 warned that the
airline was doing little to prevent
bombs from being smuggled onto
aircraft, a congresswoman said
According to Rep. Cardiss
Collins, D-Ill., the Israeli security
firm KPI Inc. cautioned the carrier
more than two years ago that it
was "highly vulnerable" to terror
"The fact that no major disaster
has occurred to date is merely
providential," KPI wrote in Sep
tember 1986, Collins said.
Last Dec. 21, Pan Am's Flight
103 was blown from the skies over
Scotland by a bomb authorities
say was placed in a radio-cassette
player, killing 270 people.
Collins, chairwoman of the
Government Operations transpor
tation subcommittee, wrote a
letter to the Federal Aviation
Administration Monday quoting
portions of reports the security
company wrote to Pan Am in
September and November 1986.
She wrote that "within days" of
the completion of the September
1986 paper, a terrorist attack in
Karachi, Pakistan, killed 18 Pan
Am passengers and crew
U.S. removes surveillance plane
WASHINGTON The Uni
ted States has withdrawn a second
AW ACS radar-surveillance plane
from Saudi Arabia because of the
cease-fire in the Iran-Iraq war, the
Pentagon said Monday.
The withdrawal of the huge
elsewhere in Asia.
This year's exercises involve about
200,000 military personnel from both
Dissidents demand an end to the
joint maneuvers on grounds they
increase tension on the divided
peninsula and hamper talks with
communist North Korea on peace
JEpiir people were injured Monday
m aconffo"htation between police and
about 700 villagers demanding an end
to U.S.' bombing practice at the
Late CIA director
cited in North tria
From Associated Press reports
WASHINGTON Former Rep.
Michael Barnes testified Monday that
former CIA Director William Casey
tried to discredit a congressional
committee staff member at a time the
panel was investigating Oliver
North's efforts on behalf of Nicara-
"He indicated that a member of my
staff had met with a representative
of the Nicaraguan government,'" said
Barnes, a Maryland Democrat. The
CIA, Barnes said, found out about
the meeting by intercepting a conver
sation between the Nicaraguan
ambassador and that country's for
Barnes identified the staff member
as Victor Johnson, who was staff
director of the subcommittee on
Western Hemisphere Affairs. At the
time, in late 1985 when official aid
to the Nicaraguan rebels was forbid
den by U.S. law, Barnes' subcommit
tee was trying to pry information
from the National Security Council
on its activities.
The former congressman denied
there was anything wrong with
Johnson's contact with the Nicara
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News in Brief
early-warning plane earlier this
month leaves two other such
aircraft still in Saudi Arabia. The
Saudis have purchased five of the
planes themselves, but the United
States deployed additional
AW ACS during the height of
fighting in the Persian Gulf two'
The U.S. planes, in cooperation
with the Saudi aircraft, flew
surveillance missions over the gulf '
24 hours a day while U.S. Navy
ships were escorting oil tankers. '
The Iran-Iraq cease-fire took,:
effect in August and, while little
progress has been made on a peace
treaty, both sides continue to
respect the truce. As a result, the
United States also has beguat
withdrawing some of its naval
forces in the region.
The Pentagon withdrew its firs,t
AW ACS plane in January.
Okinawa water use reduced '
TOKYO Okinawa's worst'
water shortage in seven years has'
forced officials to cut water sup
plies throughout the southern.'
Japanese prefecture for 24 hours'
every other day, officials said
Water in two reservoirs aver
aged only 1 1.5 percent of capacity,
while five reservoirs were averag
ing 44.6 percent of capacity, a local
government official said.
An Okinawa weather bureau
official said only 0.78 inches of
rain fell in the prefecture in
February, or 17 percent of then--ormal
Koon-Ni range near a coastal village
about 70 miles southwest of Seoul, -v
Villagers have held several violent
protests around Koon-Ni, the only
bombing range in South Korea for ;
U.S. aircraft, demanding it be closed.4
They complain of noise and of danger'
from the bombing. '
. At. one point, Yonhap. reported, 1
villagers , briefly occupied . a , smajl
island inside the
range, ana , purnea .
were no reports coi-:
"My memory of what Casey said
is that a member of my staff had met
with o rfnrcpntnt5vf nf the lMirara-
euan government," Barnes said. "He
told them it they were to improve the
human rights situation in their
country, lifting martial law, restoring
freedom of the press . . . such steps,
could be of help to members of
Congress trying to reject aid to the
Contras." . ;
"Did he indicate to you the staff,
member gave classiiied in! ormation.'
asked Brendan Sullivan, Norths
lawyer. , . ;
"No sir," Barnes said. "I found the
allegation he made basically to ;be,t'
frivolous." ' j, v ;
Casey died in early 1987.
Hall of fame
from page 1'
reporter for the Wisconsin Stater
Journal and a former president of the: j
American Association of Schools and)
Departments of Journalism. : rwj
Adams said Monday that he was.'
very pleased to learn that he had been
selected as a member. "The School
of Journalism is one of the best in.
the country, and it is a great joy to i
be recognized by it." ;.
Shumaker attended UNC and has I
been a professor in the Journalism..
School since 1972. He was editor of i
The Chapel Hill Weekly and writes
a weekly column for The Charlotte
Brinkley, a nationally known
corresnondent and reDorter for ABC-
TV, is a native of Wilmington.
"He has been a major figure in.
journalism," said Shumaker. "I am
surprised he wasn't chosen long ago.
He is probably one of the best choices
the committee has made."