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The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 18, 1985, Image 8

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/ W'lDI NATION Funky Winkerbean CONJUGATE THE FOLUOOJING : (I.) EUCALYPTUS by Tom Batiuk Druse leader prepares for new fighting SHOE byJeff MacNelly RgceiPr<5,piu.s, EXPW^^ANPCH^K lb)0£P&Z. GREAT... AJOW how exacts IT ALU „ OROANIZ^P? Damage in the millions Twister causes fatalities Associated Press VENICE, Fla. — A tornado roared through a residential area be fore dawn Sunday, causing millions of dollars in damage to dozens of homes and businesses and killing at least two people and injuring about 40 others, authorities said. “We heard people screaming less than a block away,” said resident Russell Leblanc, 59.” “The devasta tion is about total. It’s unbelievable.” Damage is going to be in the mil lions, Sarasota County Sheriffs Lt. Bill Stookey told Associated Press Radio. “We have approximately 24 homes totally destroyed, an additio nal 85 to 90 homes affected, not to mention businesses,” he said. Authorities conducted house-to- house and helicopter searches in the area south of Venice, in southwes tern Florida south of St. Petersburg, for more possible victims, said Terry Garrett, a Sarasota County sheriffs deputy. An aerial view showed the tor nado cut a narrow seven-block-long swath, downing trees and power lines and splintering houses. Some houses had no walls left standing. Debris floated in swim ming pools and a nearby canal and uprooted pine trees were scattered like discarded Christmas trees. Hardest hit was the Jacaranda Shopping Plaza, where the roof caved in, said Stookey. He said two deaths had been con firmed, including a man in a home and a woman sleeping in a camper in the shopping center parking lot. He said 41 people had been injured. Dozens of people in a half-mile area around the shopping plaza where the twister touched down at about 4:30 a.m. were evacuated in school buses and emeT gency vehicles to a Red Cross shelter, Stookey said. Bob Anderson, assistant director of the Sarasota County Disaster Pre paredness, said the twister was spotted in two areas — the Venice airport and the intracoastal water way — before touching down at the shopping center. The area was cordoned off except for recovery and rescue workers, Stookey said. The severe weather was part of a series of strong thunderstorms that developed along a cold front moving across central and southern Florida, said forecaster Paul Fike at the Na tional Severe Storms Center in Kan sas City, Mo. Forecaster Chuck Eggleton in Tampa said the tornado also was re ported to have touched down in Fort Ogden, about 30 miles east of Ven ice. In Fort Ogden the tornado caused some damage to trees and power lines, Fike said. “Damage was also re ported to the roofs of three homes with some windows blown out, but no injuries are reported,” he said. Stookey identified one of the dead people as Jaqub Sieniawski, 66. “His house was destroyed. The roof caved in,” he said. The name of the second victim, a 65-year-old Ohio woman, was being withheld until relatives could be no tified, Stookey said. He said the woman’s husband suffered head cuts and was taken to Venice Hospi tal. Close Senate vote predicted on $1.5 billion MX missile plan Associated Press WASHINGTON — Both sides are predicting ex tremely close votes this week when the Senate decides whether to approve $1.5 billion to build and install 21 additional MX missiles that supporters say are needed to strengthen the U.S. bargaining position in the arms control talks in Geneva. In the midst of heavy lobbying by opponents and proponents, an Associated Press count shows 42 defi nite or leaning votes both for and against the MX, whose critics say it would never survive a first strike by the Soviet intercontinental missile force. The House also is scheduled for a similar vote. One key indicator is to come today w hen the Repub lican-controlled Senate Armed Services Committee votes on the MX. Committee chairman Barry Goldwater of Arizorta said earlier this year that he has decided the flaws built into the MX could never be corrected; and so he would vote to kill it. More recently, Goldwater has been echoing the ar gument of the Reagan administration that denying funding for the missile as the arms talks get under way would encourage the Soviet Union to refuse any se rious proposals for mutual reduction of the nuclear ar senals held by both countries. Goldwater’s final decision could influence several wavering Republicans, including Daniel Evans of Washington, Paula Hawkins of Florida and Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire, who is a member of the armed services panel. Les Aspin, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and a supporter of the plan to build 21 new MX’s, estimated that the pro-MX forces are ahead in the House, but that the undecided vote is so large “the MX could lose.” On NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Aspin said that even if Reagan gets his new batch of missiles this time, Con gress is unlikely to be so generous with a request for ad ditional MX missiles expected later this year. Associated Press BEIRUT, Lebanon — Druse war lord Walid Jumblatt vowed Sunday to “wring the necks” of Christian mi litia mutineers within President Amin Cemayel’s Phalange Party and urged his followers to rearm for a possible new round in Lebanon’s civil war. State-run Beirut radio said Israeli warplanes flew reconnaissance runs over the northern fringes of Leb anon’s Christian heartland, where Syria moved troops and armor to support Gemayel against insurgents within his own community. Police said government troops fought a 15-minute shootout with rebel Christian militiamen manning a checkpoint at the mid-city museum crossing between Beirut’s Moslem and Christian sectors Sunday eve ning. No casualties were reported. Police said they had no word on what set off the clash on the sixth day of the rebellion led by Samir Geagea, a pro-Israel militant whose militiamen seized control of most of the Christian hinterland north of Beirut on Tuesday. The rebels have complained that Gemayel was giving too many con cessions to the Moslems in Syrian- mediated negotiations on political reforms aimed at ending Lebanon’s nearly lO-yetir civil war. They de manded a militant stance and a rep resentation in future talks. Israeli officials in Jerusalem sig naled that despite a longtime alli ance with Lebanon’s Christians, Is rael will not intervene to protect the anti-Gemayel rebels against any Syr ian crackdown. The rebel command later said it has no links with Israel, does not in tend to overthrow Gemayel and wants direct negotiations for a char ter of Moslem-Christian “peaceful coexistence” with Jumblatt and Na- bih Berri, his Shiite Moslem ally. Both Jumblatt and Berri, head of Amal, the Shiite militia, are mem bers of Lebanon’s national coalition Cabinet. The announcement was made at a news conference by Karim Pakra- douni, one of eight “emergency committee” members who serve as the collective leadership of the rebel lion. Pakradouni said he was in tele phone contact with Syrian Vice Pres ident Abdul-Halim Khaddam and that “the outcome of our talks is good.” In response to a question, he said he did not expect Syrian troops to at tack rebel-held areas. Pakradouni said the rebellion’s “uppermost objective” was the speedy election of a “National Chris tian Council” to serve as a parlia ment for the Christian zone. Earlier, Jumblatt accused the Christian rebels of planning to parti tion Lebanon into sectarian min istates. “We shall wring the necks of those Christian pretenders,” he vowed at a rally in his Chouf Mountain home town of Moukhtara, southeast of Beirut. “This is the only answer to the new conspiracy. We shall rearm, refortify and achieve victory.” Jumblatt has accused Gemeyal of reneging on pledges to introduce re forms giving Moslems an equal share of power with the Christians. The Syrians reconciled the two leaders four days before Geagea’s revolt, which undercut Cemayel’s image as the Christian side’s rep resentative and imperiled Syria’s peacemaking efforts. NO CIVILIAN BAND CAN MAKE YOU THIS OFFER. If you ’re a musician who’s serious about performing, you should take a serious look at the Army. Army bands offer you an average of 40 performances a month. In every thing lirom concerts to parades. Army bands also offer you a chance to travel. 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