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2The Daily Tar HeelMonday. January 22, 1990
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Mayor seeks drag addiction help
From Associated Press reports
WASHINGTON Mayor Marion
Barry, acknowledging that he needs "to
heal my body, mind and soul," but
declining to mention drug abuse, an
nounced Sunday that he would seek
help following his arrest on a cocaine
"He has reached the hour of reckon
ing," said his wife, Effi.
At times blinking back tears, the
mayor provided no further details on
what kind of assistance he will seek,
except to say that social activist and
self-described nutritional expert Dick
Gregory has been advising him on how
to get help. An aide said Barry's main
problem was with alcoholism.
Top advisers to the mayor, speaking
on condition of anonymity, said the
mayor was considering checking into
the Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mi
rage, Calif, and two unnamed clinics in
the Washington area. A decision on
where the mayor will be treated is
expected before Monday, the aides said.
Barry's brief statement was the lat-
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est chapter in an unfolding drama that
has riveted the nation's capital since
the mayor was arrested on drug charges
last Thursday night.
While the mayor did not say whether
he was suffering from drug abuse, oth
ers say he is.
Herbert Reid Sr., one of the mayor's
closest personal advisers, said he hoped
that from Barry's travails "we can all
learn something about drug addiction."
"He's doing the right thing," Reid
said. "I am we all are relieved,
because many of us have suspected for
some time that he has had a problem."
'The most serious problem is alco
holism," Barry spokeswoman Lurma
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edged that he has a health concern, and
the details are his private matter."
"For you to admit that you have a
problem ... that you need to make your
self whole again is truly a burden lifted
from our souls," the mayor's wife said
in remarks that followed her husband's.
"For our family it is just the beginning."
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Barry, surrounded by clergy in a
broadcast appearance in front of St.
Timothy's Episcopal Church near his
home, clasped his wife's hand and said
he has come "face to face with my
deepest human failures."
Barry said, "These ministers have
helped me to keep the strength I need ...
I'm going to find a way to heal my
body, mind and soul."
The mayor did not take questions
and turned the podium over to Mrs.
Barry following his brief statement.
Attention has been focused on Mrs.
Barry in part because the mayor was
lured to his arrest by a woman with
whom the mayor has been friendly.
Barry, 53, was arrested Thursday
evening at a downtown hotel in an FBI
sting operation. He now faces a misde
meanor cocaine possession charge af
ter testing positive for cocaine in blood
and urine tests administered following
Close advisers to Barry told The
Associated Press on Saturday that the
mayor had agreed to enter a drug treat
ment center. The sources said details
on the type of treatment and location of
the facility were still being worked out.
Barry had been poised to announce
his bid for a fourth term as mayor on
Sunday but his arrest has thrown local
politics into turmoil. Several advisers
said Barry had agreed to abandon his
bid for re-election, and they added that
the possibility of his resigning from
office was never discussed in strategy
sessions on Friday and Saturday.
"The issue never came up, because it
is so far out there beyond what we are
dealing with now," said one aide who
spoke with Barry several times on Sat-
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urday. "There is no reason for him to
resign, because if he did, he would lose
the powers of office, the influence, and
the ability to generate money for his
treatment program and his legal de
fense." One Barry cabinet member suggested
that prior grand jury testimony in
which the mayor has said he denied
ever using drugs prevented the mayor
from making specific references todrug
abuse in his short announcement Sun
day. "If he had said he had a cocaine
problem or some other form of drug
abuse, then he could possibly face a
perjury charge," said the aide, who
spoke only on condition of anonymity.
"He had to be careful."
"This will help minority retention," she
The BSM is also planning "Discov
ery," a weekend of lectures and activi
ties in February or March focusing on
the state of blacks at predominately
white universities. "This is one of our
biggest projects. It's about discovering
just being black and some things black
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East German Communists
falter, expel former leader
From Associated Press reports
WEST BERLIN East
Germany's Communist Party on
Sunday expelled Egon Krenz, the
ousted leader who opened the Berlin
Wall, and lost its popular No. 2 offi
cial in a resignation that could cripple
the already weakened party.
The Communists offered the
opposition "co-responsibility" in the
government until May elections,
abolished their clasped-hands em
blem and offered to change their
Also Sunday, the government
threw former Parliament speaker
Horst Sindermann into prison along
with two other former members of
the now-disgraced leadership, and it
opened a criminal probe of the
Communist finance minister on
charges of graft.
Haitian regime arrests critics
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti A
prominent civic leader, considered
the father of Haiti's constitution, was
forced into exile Sunday by the mili
tary regime a day after it imposed a
state of siege and arrested dozens of
Louis Roy "was carrying a small
suitcase, kissed the ground two times,
and mounted the stairway to exile," a
relative told The Associated Press.
Roy, 74, founder of the Haitian
Red Cross, flew to Miami aboard a
On Saturday, another government
critic, conservative leader Hubert de
students are concerned about."
The group will continue efforts to
establish a committee with Gillian Cell,
the dean of the College of Arts and
Sciences who has been under fire from
black students in recent months. The
committee would discuss minority is
sues in education and would hold a
forum for student body elections, she
Blanks's old position will remain
unfilled until the election, so she will
continue to carry out most of the vice
Several BSM members expressed
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Actress Stanwyck dies
LOS ANGELES Barbara
Stanwyck, who began show busi
ness as a Ziegfeld Follies dancer but
went on to play some of the toughest
ladies in film and TV, was remem
bered by colleagues Sunday as an
Stanwyck died Saturday of con
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