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Diplomats do double- duty sans Soviet staff
By ANDREW ROSENTHAL
Associated Press Writer
MOSCOW U.S. Marines washed
dishes at the American ambassador’s
house, and diplomats who can handle
a wrench were in demand yesterday
as the Kremlin retaliated for the
expulsion of 55 Soviet diplomats from
the United States.
The scores of Soviets who work at
the U.S. Embassy, ambassador’s res
idence and American diplomats’
homes in Moscow and the U.S. consul
ate in Leningrad quit yesterday on
The Soviets also ordered five more
American diplomats to leave and put
strict limits on visas for temporary
duty staffers and diplomats’ guests.
American officials said they still
were assessing the long-term impact
of the Soviet actions. But the initial
effects were obvious.
“It will be a nightmare, for a few
days anyway,” said one diplomat.
At the embassy, a nine-story ochre
building on Tchaikovsky Street, there
was silence in the inner courtyard
where Russian voices normally min
gle with roaring engines and clanging
Cars, trucks and buses normally
driven by the embassy’s 50 Soviet
chauffeurs stood idle. Parents
scrambled to get their children to
school and the ambassador had to
drive himself to work.
Gone were the Soviets who type and
answer phones in the visa section,
handle the Soviet bureaucracy for the
administrative officers, keep ma-
NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP)
The jury that convicted Steven
Benson of killing his tobacco-heiress
mother and adopted brother, but then
voted-to spare his life, has reunited
briefly to reflect on the trial.
The 12 jurors and two alternates
spent four weeks this summer sitting
together in a crowded courtroom.
.During recesses, they laughed,
played trivia and told each other
about their children.
On Wednesday night, more than
two months after the verdict, the jury
members gathered for dinner and
cocktails at the Mariners Inn here.
“We were together for 30 days.
Sometimes, we were there for hours
in that little (jury) room," recalled
jury member Fred Kruger of North
“We had a coffee pot in there. The
women would discuss their children.
We’d play trivia. We got to know each
other'really well, so here we are.”
Bette M. Lithgow of Fort Myers,
who arranged the reunion, said, “We
got to be kind of close being together
for four weeks.”
Lithgow said three things con
vinced her of Benson’s guilt: his palm
prints were found on the invoices for
pipes bought shortly before the bomb
ing; Benson ran his mother’s burglar
alarm business and was an expert on
electrical wiring; records showed he
had financial problems.
“He was just a kid with too much
money. His mother found out he was
ripping her off and was going to
disinherit him,” Kruger said.
Kruger said he didn’t believe the
defense’s contention that Steven’s
adopted brother Scott Benson was
involved in drugs and that his drug
dealing friends may have committed
“If a drug dealer is after you, he
isn’t going to mess around with
bombs. He’d take you out to the
Everglades and put a bullet in your
“Each day, more of it fit together,”
said Ruth Ridings, of Fort Myers,
The jury had also invited the judge,
bailiff, prosecutors and defense attor
neys for the trial to the reunion.
But only Assistant State Attorney
Jerry Brock and his brother, Assis
tant State Attorney Dwight Brock,
the prosecutors in the case, attended
“I’m surprised that 14 people from
such diverse walks of life would want
to (have a reunion),’ said Jerry
Brock. “But they obviously formed
some special bond during that month.
It’s refreshing to see people take such
a great deal of pride from within for
what they did.”
The jury found Benson, 35, of Fort
Myers, guilty of first-degree murder
in the pipe bomb slayings of his
tobacco-heiress mother, Margaret H.
Benson, 63, and his adopted brother
Scott, 21, both of North Naples, in an
attempt to seize her $lO million es
The two died the morning of July 9,
1985, when a pipe bomb exploded
between them as they sat in her car.
The jury also found Benson guilty
of the attempted first-degree murder
of his sister, Carol Lynn Benson Ken
dall of Brookline, Mass.
chinery in repair and haul away the
‘ ‘We’re going to find out who among
these diplomats around here can han
dle a wrench,” said Ralph Goff, one
of three Americans who once super
vised dozens of Soviet plumbers, me
chanics, carpenters and electricians.
The Soviet sanctions weren’t sup
posed to affect construction on a new
U.S. Embassy building. But an em
bassy source, speaking on condition
of anonymity, said the project’s
translator and driver were with
Foreign Ministry spokesman Gen
nady Gerasimov, who announced the
new measures Wednesday night, esti
mated the U.S. missions’ Soviet staff
at 260. Embassy spokesman Jaroslav
Verner said he thought that was too
high, but he did not give a figure.
The order that five more U.S. offi
cials leave the Soviet Union brings to
10 the total ordered out in a series of
Washington has ordered a total of
80 Soviet diplomats to leave the Unit
ed States, beginning with 25 diplo
mats at the Soviet U.N. mission who
the Reagan administration charged
The Kremlin said the Soviet staff
ers who quit can be replaced only
with Americans. It wasn’t clear how
the Kremlin would prevent non-
Americans who already are living in
the Soviet Union, such as dependents
of other nation’s diplomats, from
working at the U.S. Embassy.
With the embassy and consulate
limited to 251 American staffers, the
United States faced the prospect of
Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., gestures as he speaks on behalf of U.S. Senate candidate Bob Edgar, left, at a
breakfast gathering in Erie.
Company grounds copters
By RICK HAMPSON
Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK The operator of a
helicopter that crashed into the Hud
son River, killing a radio traffic re
porter and seriously injuring the
pilot, said yesterday it was grounding
four similar helicopters.
“We want to know what hap
pened,” said Barbara Bilmes, exec
utive vice president of Spectrum
Helicopters of Ridgefield, N.J. “We
want to know what was wrong with
The Wednesday crash was Spec
trum’s third this year, and last year
the Federal Aviation Administration,
citing numerous violations of safety
rules, restricted the company’s
flights, for 45 days.
Bilmes said the suspension resulted
from poor paperwork not reflecting
all the maintenance that was done. In
the current case, she said, company
records showed the helicopter had
undergone proper maintenance.
The helicopters grounded yester
day, like the one that crashed, were
piston-driven three-seaters made by
Enstrom Helicopter Corp. of Meno
minee, Mich. Bilmes said Spectrum
was still flying two turbine-powered
National Transportation Safety
Board investigators inspected the
wreckage of the helicopter, but had
no immediate comment on what may
have caused the accident.
Bilmes said, “We think it might
have been something in the drive
system,” based on a sound heard just
cutting back on political and econom
ic analysts, military and other ex
perts to bring in people to replace the
Some embassy staffers were de
fiant, like the military attache who
said he hoped President Reagan
would not back down. "I’m sure we
can recover,” he said.
Others were dismayed.
“I never thought it would be like
this," said Betty Franklin of Mesa,
Ariz., a custodian for a private com
pany that maintains the new embas
sy. "We’re going to give it our best
shot, but it’s going to be rough.”
At Spaso House, Ambassador Ar
thur Hartman’s luxurious residence,
his wife, Donna, helped prepare a
kosher meal for visiting Nobel Peace
Prize laureate Elie Wiesel.
Two Marine guards rolled up their
sleeves to do the dishes. Hartman and
an embassy aide cleared away the
“I volunteer to do the gardening
and the greenhouse and the snow
removal, so long as they give me a
machine. I want the kind you sit on,
you know that’s long been a fanta
sy of mine,” said the willowy, aristo
Alfredo Colletti, who runs the em
bassy snack bar, was shocked when
his 14 Soviet employees did not come
“I don’t know what to do becuse I
can’t run this place without them,” he
Gesturing at a huge freezer, he
said, “There are 400 stuffed quail in
there and I guess that’s where they’ll
before the crash occurred on live
The helicopter’s pilot, William
Pate, 30, was hospitalized in critical
condition after surgery Wednesday
night to explore internal abdominal
The WNBC radio traffic reporter
killed in the crash, Jane Dornacker'
40, was riding in another Spectrum
helicopter earlier this year when it
plunged into the Hackensack River in
Dornacker escaped injury then, but
one colleague said the crash left her
“afraid of flying,” and that she had
only recently resumed airborne re
porting after several months of studio
She died shortly before 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, about four hours after
the chopper went down. Hundreds of
thousands of radio listeners heard her
frantically scream to the pilot, “Hit
the water! Hit the water! Hit the
A Spectrum helicopter also sank in
the Hudson River on June 25 when the
pilot attempted to land amid strong
winds at the West 30th Street heliport.
All the helicopters, Bilmes said,
were Enstroms. But she said the first
crash involving Dornacker was
caused by pilot error, the June acci
dent by wind shear.
Esther Helms, a spokeswoman for
Enstrom, said having three crashes
this year in the New York area was
unprecedented. “We’ve never had
anything like that happen before,”
she said. “We have an excellent safe
cups after lunch
wife of American Ambassador Arthur Hartman,
in Spaso House, the ambassador’s residence in
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP)
The daughter of House Majority
Leader Jim Wright was charged
with unlawful possession of a
firearm yesterday, but prosecu
tors said they have not decided if
she will be charged with a narcot
A Lake Worth park officer
stopped Alicia Carnes and her
husband, John Thomas Carnes,
on Sunday for driving erratically
on a park road.
He arrested the pair after see
ing a gun barrel protruding from
Carnes’ purse, said Marshall
Hines, assistant Tarrant County
Hines said Carnes was charged
with possession of a controlled
substance after officers said they
found 2 grams of amphetamines
in the couple’s car.
A green leafy substance and a
syringe were found in Carnes’
purse, but prosecutors say they
are awaiting lab tests before de
ciding the next step.
The Carneses were released
Monday from the Tarrant County
Jail after Wright arranged for an
attorney to post a $1,500 bond,
Kennedy joins Edgar
on campaign tour
By JEFF BARKER
Associated Press Writer
JOHNSTOWN Sen. Edward
Kennedy teamed with Democratic
Senate contender Bob Edgar yes
terday, telling campaign audi
ences this election reminds him of
his brother John’s 1960 presi
Kennedy, D-Mass., said during
stops in in Erie, Johnstown and
Wilkes-Barre that like 1960, a Re
publican administration is paint
ing an unrealistic picture of the
“The administration says now
that we never had it so good,”
Kennedy told 150 Democrats at a
fund-raiser in Erie. “Bob Edgar
says he can do better.”
Later, at a Johnstown fund-rais
er, Kennedy said Republicans
were in the midst of “a period of
“They have not really come to
grips with the economic crises we
are facing,” he said.
Edgar’s opponent, incumbent
Sen. Arlen Specter, greeted facto
ry workers arriving for the day
shift before dawn at a Wilkes-Bar
re sewing shop. He is the'only
Republican senator endorsed by
the International Ladies Garment
Workers Union, which has 9,000
members in Luzerne County.
$56 million deficit
By VICTOR L. SIMPSON
Associated Press Writer
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican
yesterday forecast a record $56 mil
lion budget deficit for 1986 and made
an urgent appeal for the faithful to
contribute more money to close the
The Vatican also said in a
statement it wanted to dispel the
notion of “presumed Vatican riches.”
It said the artworks and cultural
artifacts owned by the Roman Catho
lic Church constitute “a treasure for
all humanity” and cannot be sold.
The statement, issued a after a two
day meeting of cardinals, said the
Vatican forecast revenues of $52 mil
lion and expenses of $lOB million this
year, leaving a deficit of $56 million.
The statement said the expected
deficit was due mainly to increasing
The Vatican’s budget pays for the
Curia, the church’s central adminis
tration, diplomatic missions, Vatican
Radio and the Vatican newspaper
In 1985, the Vatican had $45 million
in revenues and spent $B4 million,
leaving a deficit of $39 million. The
Vatican originally had anticipated a
deficit of more than $5O million.
The statement said contributions
from the faithful, the so-called Pet
er’s Pence, amounted to $2B million,
The Daily Collegian
Friday, Oct. 24, 1986
MOSCOW (AP) The U.S. Embas
sy chef sat today in his empty kitchen
wondering what to do with 400
stuffed, pre-roasted quail.
“It was going to be the lunch spe
cial today,’’ moaned Alfredo Colletti,
the Italian who runs the embassy
Colletti’s lunchroom is a favorite
midday gathering place for Ameri
can diplomats, reporters and busi
nessmen. The canteen usually serves
American-style cheeseburgers and
steak sandwiches, but the chef occa
sionally produces a more exotic plate
using local resources.
But today it was shut down by the
Kremlin’s order that all Soviet per
sonnel leave the embassy, part of
retaliation for Washington’s order
Tuesday that 55 Soviet diplomats
leave the United States.
When Colletti, who has worked in
the embassy for 24 years, arrived in
the morning, his entire staff of 14 was
not at work.
“I don’t know what to do, because I
can’t run this place without them,” he
He gesturing at a huge freezer in
one corner of the kitchen and said,
“There are 400 stuffed quail in there,
and I guess that’s where they will
stay. Maybe tomorrow they will come
to their senses.”
Specter later met with senior
citizens in Scranton and granted
several media interviews.
Kennedy likened the 1986 elec
tions to the 1960 contest in which
his brother John defeated Vice
President Richard Nixon. Then
too, Kennedy said, a two-term
Republican administration head
ed by President Dwight Eisenhow
er was painting a rosy portrait of
Kennedy joined Edgar as part a
hectic campaign tour. Kennedy,
recovering from a bad cold, has
traveled in the past week with Sen.
Alan Cranston in California and
Senate candidate Brock Adams in
He said he flew to Pennsylvania
yesterday morning after watching
the Boston Red Sox play the New
York Mets Wednesday night in the
World Series at Boston’s Fenway
All of Kennedy’s Pennsylvania
stops were fund-raisers. Edgar is
expected to raise less than half the
money of Specter. The three Ken
nedy events raised more than $40,-
000, according to Edgar campaign
Notably absent during the day
were attacks on Specter. Edgar
barely mentioned his name and
Kennedy never did.
forcing the Vatican to cover the dif
ference with the “by now reduced
A Vatican official, who spoke on
condition of anonymity, said the Vati
can sold some real estate and some
stocks to help meet the deficit.
The statement said 54 percent of
the budget were spent to pay wages of
2,281 employees and retirement bene
fits of 925 people.
The administrators of Vatican City
produced a modest surplus of $146,-
603, the statement said. The Vatican
City administration runs the post
office and sells stamps popular
The statement said the 1985 deficit
was lower than anticipated because
the Vatican cut expenses “whenever
It said the budget could not be
trimmed further and that its patrimo
ny was being eroded steadily. As a
result, the statement said, there was
an “urgent need” for more contribu
tions from the faithful.
In 1981, the Vatican for the first
time made public limited financial
data. Vatican officials said at the
time that it was part of an effort by
Pope John Paul II to eliminate “the
myth” that the Vatican is wealthy.
The Vatican has extensive real
estate holdings, stock portfolios and a
priceless collection of artworks.
state news briefs
Repeal of law frees Gypsies
PITTSBURGH (AP) The recent repeal of Pennsylvania’s
little-used restrictions on Gypsies has removed an unwelcome
shadow on members of the ethnic group.
Until Gov. Dick Thornburgh signed a bill repealing Pennsylva
nia’s Gypsy registration laws earlier this month, authorities were
free to impound Gypsies’ property or run them out of town under a
1909 statute. State law also required Gypsies to obtain licenses to
move about the state freely.
Under another state law, any fellow county resident could inspect
a Gypsy’s residence.
“I remember in the middle of the night, sheriffs coming and
banging on the door with a flashlight, telling us to leave,” said
Steve Mitchell, a Gypsy- who eventually settled in Pittsburgh’s
Overbrook section. “It’s good to see these laws gone.”
One of the few times the law was used in court was when brothers
Steve and Tony Demetro were charged with being unlicensed
Gypsies three years ago in nearby Bridgeville. They also were
charged with criminal trespass and impersonating public servants.
The men’s truck was seized, $4,000 in cash was impounded and all
their possessions were; placed in police custody.
Bridgeville Police Chief Leonard Villani said an officer examined
various legal statutes when the brothers were accused of trying to
rob an elderly woman. When the patrolman discovered the 1909
statute, he said, “we were surprised. But we used it. It worked.”
Teen shot to death
ERIE (AP) A 15-year-old suburban Erie boy was shot at close
range and killed as he played football with friends, and police
charged another 15-year-old boy in the slaying, authorities said
Friends of the victim, Kevin Kelly of Millcreek Township, said
Kelly and his assailant had taunted each other in the past about
whose school was better.
The shooting occurred around 5 p.m. Wednesday, police said. The
suspect was arrested yesterday morning and arraigned as an adult
before Magistrate Charles Wise on charges of criminal homicide
and possessing an instrument of crime, a 12-gauge shotgun.
Wise said he sent the boy to a juvenile detention center without
bond to await a preliminary hearing Oct. 31.
In capital cases against juveniles, such as Kelly’s death, prosecu
tors charge the suspect as an adult, leaving it defense attorneys to
petition to have the case sent to juvenile court, Wise said.
The magistrate, nonetheless, declined to identify the suspect by
phone because he is a minor.
Kelly was an eighth-grader at J.S. Wilson Middle School, where
Principal James Stevens said counselors were called on to help
students understand their classmate’s death.
nation news briefs
Mexico improves drug destruction
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) Mexico’s drug crop-destruction
program has improved, but it is too early to tell whether the
country will make substantial strides this year toward erasing its
record as the No. 1 source of U.S. heroin, the head of the State
Department’s anti-narcotics drive said yesterday.
In recent weeks, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has
verified that Mexico sprayed herbicides on 99 percent of the opium
fields it told U.S. authorities it would spray during the current
campaign, said Ann Wrobleski, assistant secretary of state for
international narcotics matters.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Wrobleski said that in
previous years, Mexico would promise to spray a certain number of
fields, but spot checks by the U.S. agents would show that only 20
percent of the fields on the Mexican list had actually been sprayed.
She said the Mexicans also are using a more efficient herbicide
mixture to kill opium, the raw ingredient in heroin,
Carnegie grant helps school reform
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) A New York-based philanthropic
group yesterday offered $890,000 to help the nation’s governors in
their quest to reform the American educational system.
The Carnegie Corp. said it was presenting the funds to help the
National Governors’ Association “assist states in strengthening the
teaching profession and restructuring American schools.”
“If we care about children, there’s nothing more important,”
said New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, who accepted the money on
behalf of his colleagues.
The Carnegie Corp. said the one-year grant will be used to allow
governors association staff to help with pilot educational reforms in
several states. Matching funds will be available to states.
“The states, as we know in every field, are great laboratories,”
said Carnegie President David Hamberg.
world news briefs
5 arrested Pinochet murder attempt
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) Police have arrested five men they
suspect fired rifles at President Augusto Pinochet’s motorcade
during an assassination attempt last month, the military govern
ment announced yesterday.
The five young men were the first of 50 suspects identified by an
army prosecutor as wanted in the assassination attempt, in which
five presidential bodyguards died and 11 were wounded. Pinochet
suffered only a cut on his hand.
Francisco Cuadra, secretary general of the government, handed
reporters a brief statement last night on the arrests. It said one
suspect had received military training in Cuba and another is the
son of a Communist Party official who disappeared after being
arrested in 1976.
All five suspects were said to be members of the Manuel
Rodriguez Patriotic Front, the communist rebel group that
claimed responsibility for the Sept. 7 ambush. The front is named
for a Chilean independence hero.
U.N. report calls for clean water
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) Millions of deaths could be prevented
each year if access to sanitation facilities and clean drinking water
was considered a basic human right, according to a U.N. report
The devastation caused by contaminated water including an
estimated 4.6 million deaths of small children annually from
diarrhea was stressed in the U.N. Environment Program’s
William Mansfield, a former U.S. State Department official who
is deputy executive director of the Nairobi-based U.N. agency, said
half the people in developing countries lacked access to clean
drinking water and 75 percent had inadequate sanitation facilities.
“The magnitude of the problem would make one pessimistic,”
Mansfield said at a news briefing. “It is worldwide, and urbaniza
tion is taking place so rapidly that it is hard to provide enough clean
water. But we have to make the effort.”
Mansfield said China provided a positive example for the Third
World because it had overcome most of its water and sanitation
problems despite a per capita income no higher than many other
Clean water and sanitation facilities “should be regarded as a
basic human right and, in that light, lead to a re-examination by
governments of the resources nationally allocated for their provi
sion,” the report said.
“A healthy environment pays,” the report added. “Venezuela,
for example, found that the provision of clean-water paid for itself
five to 11 times over in increased productivity that better health
brought to the work force.”
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