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2The Daily Tar Heel Thursday, April 20, 1989
World and Nation
From Associated Press reports
NORFOLK, Va. A huge gun
turret packed with gunpowder
exploded in flames on the battleship
USS Iowa near Puerto Rico on
Wednesday, killing at least 47 people
in one of the worst peacetime military
disasters in recent U.S. history, the
The death toll from the accident
"could go higher, but we don't know
at this point," said Lt. Cmdr. Steve
Burnett, a spokesman for the Atlantic
Fleet, based in Norfolk.
' He said the number of crewmen
injured had not been determined.
Crewmen put out a fire inside the
forward turret, which supports three
of the ship's 16-inch guns, flooded
several compartments holding explo
sives as a precaution, and declared
the ship no longer in any danger, said
graduate students spaces relatively
The Transportation and Parking
Office told Merritt the number of
spaces that would be available in L
lot is between 30 and 80, he said. The
Student Parking Allocation Commit
tee has estimated the number to be
Most of the spaces in L lot have
been re-allocated to the PR lot, a new
perimeter lot near P lot, he said.
The P bus route is being re-routed
to better serve residence halls,
Gardner said. It will go past every
residence hall except Whitehead, Old
East and Old West, he said.
"I think it is as convenient as it
can possibly be made."
The bus will run from 6:30 a.m.
to 1:30 a.m., Sunday through Friday.
On Saturday it will run from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
"You're not on the average going
to have to wait more than 10 min
utes," Gardner said. The bus will run
every 13 minutes in the morning and
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Lt. Cmdr. Chris Baumann, another
spokesman for the fleet.
The Iowa rendezvoused at midaf
ternoon with the nearby aircraft
carrier USS Coral Sea, which carries
three doctors and has full medical
facilities, Baumann said. Helicopters
from the Coral Sea brought medical
equipment to the Iowa and trans
ferred some of the injured to the
The Iowa will proceed on Thursday
to- Roosevelt Roads, a Navy base in
Puerto Rico, Atlantic Fleet Cmdr.
Robert Franzmann said.
Navy officials were personally
notifying family members of the
deaths, Baumann said.
The explosion occurred while the
ship was taking part in a gunnery
exercise about 330 miles northeast of
Puerto Rico, said Burnett.
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afternoon peak hours, every 20
minutes during midday and every 30
minutes at night.
Gardner said he worked with
students from the Residence Hall
Association and student government
to formulate the bus service.
The parking deck will be finished
in two years, Gardner said. The cost
of a parking space in lots comparable
to what the deck will be when finished
is $240 this year, he said.
Fewer students have preregistered
for a parking permit this year,
Cornwell said. Students who prereg
ister now are sent a permit over the
summer and can avoid waiting in line
At this time last year, 45 percent
of students applying for parking had
registered. Only 25 percent have
preregistered this year, she said.
Students who do not get the permit
for which they preregister will be put
on a waiting list and will receive a
space when one becomes available,
Cornwell said, . .
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U Dowa kills 47
The ship's guns were being test
fired, and the turret was "full of
gunpowder," Baumann said. The 16
inch guns can fire 2,700-pound shells
a distance of 23 miles.
A gun turret is normally occupied
by 27 people, but can hold up to 60
or 70 people, Baumann said.
"We don't know how many people
were in there at the time," he said.
The training exercise to improve
fleet readiness began April 13 and
involved 19,000 people aboard 29
U.S. ships, three allied .ships and
shore-based aircraft, Baumann said.
There were 1 ,600 people aboard the.
ship, including Vice Adm. Jeremiah
Johnson, commander of U.S. 2nd
In Washington, President Bush
was asked during a photo session with
congressional leaders to comment on
Student Parking Allocation
Lot Grad. Undergrad. Hardship Total
A (resident) 0 60 10 70
I (resident) 0 89 15 104
K (resident) 0 183 20 203
L (resident) 19 13 13 45
M (resident) 41 179 20 240
Total (resident) 60 524 78 662
F (commuter) 240 203 35 478
S5 (commuter) 170 197 40 407
Total (commuter) 410 400 75 885
PR (commuter) 10 117 5 132
PR (resident) 15 333 20 368
P (commuter) 225 118 0 343
Total (fringe) 250 568 25 843
N4 (hardship) 0 0 27 27
W (hardship) 0 0 9 9
Total (hardship) 0 0 36 36
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"It is a great tragedy and a matter
of terrible sadness," he said.
"I will take this opportunity to
express my regrets, especially to the
families of the kids that were killed,"
Bush said. "It is a terrible tragedy . . .
lose a lot of fine young lives."
In addition to its massive 16-inch
guns, the 887-foot Iowa is equipped
with 12 5-inch guns and Tomahawk
and Harpoon missiles. It was the
model for three other Iowa-class
battleships and is among the most
heavily armored of U.S. warships.
The Iowa and its sister ships, the
New Jersey, the Missouri and the
Wisconsin, are the largest battleships
ever built except for two Japanese
ships, the Yamato and the Musashi.
The Navy, in accordance with
policy, would not confirm or deny
whether the ship was carrying nuclear
Soviet scientist apologizes
for denouncing Sakharov
From Associated Press reports
MOSCOW Andrei Sakhar
ov's campaign speech before fel
low Soviet scientists was upstaged
Wednesday when one of his col
leagues publicly apologized for
denouncing the nuclear physicist
nine years ago.
Sakharov is running for one of
the seats in the new Soviet par
liament reserved for the Academy
of Sciences. He and other refor
mist candidates at Wednesday's
election meeting criticized a new
decree on dissent and authorities
for the deaths of 20 protesters in
a clash in Soviet Georgia.
The scientist who followed the
human rights activist to the
podium at Moscow State Univer
sity, however, was the one who
electrified the hall.
The elderly man, who identified
himself only as Vonsovsky, said
he was ashamed to admit that he
signed a letter to the Soviet
student leaders elected by the student
"The student body of a university
has the freedom to elect leaders whose
job it is to represent their best
interests," Raiford said. "Students
should have the right to determine
how student fees are spent without
excessive and unconstitutional inter
ference from the government."
UNCC Student Body President
Michael Wilson said he believed the
various student governments were
competent, efficient and ethical in
their distribution of fees. .
"I vehemently oppose (the bill)
because I feel it is a definite infringe
ment on the way we allocate student
UNC-CH Student Body President
Brien Lewis said student self-
governance in North Carolina was a
"sacred trust." '
"We are here defending a sacred
trust that has been given to us as
student leaders of our respective
institutions. We're not going to waver
from standing by that sacred trust of
All the student leaders said the
issue at stake was student government
autonomy, rather than gay rights.
Several of the UNC-CH representa
tives, , including Davis and David v
Turlington, have publicly opposed
funding the Carolina Gay and Les
bian Association (CGLA).
"The issue today is student auton
omy, not gay and lesbian rights," said
Turlington, UNC-CH's student
government state liaison and a former
Student Congress member. "Many of
us have fought against, the funding
of such groups on our campuses, but
we are all here today, united, to voice
our opposition to (the bill)."
Raiford also said whether a gay
group, should be funded was irrele
vant to the gathering. "Whether being
gay is right or wrong is not the issue.
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Presidium denouncing Sakharov" '
after the physicist criticized the'"
Soviet intervention in Afghanistan
"I committed a very bad act,"'
Vonsovsky said in front of
hundreds of top Soviet scientists
Senator halts S&L proposal
WASHINGTON The Senate,
attempted Wednesday to complete
action on a 10-year, $157 billion
bailout for depositors in failed
savings and loan institutions, but
a single senator's demands that
banks provide more customed
services threatened to stall the bill
More than a dozen senators ha4
amendments pending to what will
be the biggest government finan
cial rescue in history. ,
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Rather, the question is should a
campus group comprised 'of
regularly enrolled students who pay
their student fees at the same rate" as
every other student be denied
access to those funds." '
UNC-CH sophomore Peter Hans,
a member of the student government
external affairs committee, attended
the gathering and said he opposed the
bill. Last semester Hans was a student
representative to Campus Watch, a
Durham-based group that called ioi
legislation prohibiting student fees
going to homosexual groups. , !
But Hans said although he still
opposed CGLA funding, he now",
thought the decision should remain'
at the University level. "On further
reflection, and deeper understanding
of the sanctity of student self-l
governance, I feel legislative interfere
ence is not the way to go about n" ;
Turlington said the bill had "the!
sickening stench of the Speaker Ban;
Law of 1963." That , law prohibited,
speakers who were known Commu-:
nists or were suspected to be Com-;
munists from appearing on the;
campuses of state-supported schools
in North Carolina. The law was;
widely condemned and was ruled
unconstitutional in 1968.
"We are here to try to prevent'a
repeat of one of the ugliest eventiin
the history of North Carolina"
Turlington said. v;
Raiford said he didn't believe
homosexual groups promoted illegal
acts, as Arnold has said. The two
groups at NCSU serve an educational
purpose, working with RAs and
sociology classes and holding forurhs.
"They serve a lot more of a purpose
than Steve Arnold seems to think".- I
hope he will make the effort ;io
. become more educated on the subject
himself before writing such irrespon
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