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Tne rain stopped, but the damage is done, as this truck contends with near-record flooding in Slidell, La., where the
Pearl River waters are expected to crest at 10-feet above flood stage today. Thousands of residents in Louisiana and
Mississippi have been forced to evacuate their homes since Thursday.
Storms abate in southern states
From the Associated Press
Thunderous rains ended yesterday
after claiming 10 lives and forcing
27,000 people to flee flood waters in
Louisiana and Mississippi, but the
storm moved into Florida and spawned
a tornado that killed three people.
President Reagan pledged financial
aid for areas awash after four days of
Many towns remained under threat of
more flooding from up to 2 feet of rain.
The 20,000 evacuees in Louisiana and
7,000 in Mississippi have begun retur-
Residents of Slidell, La., a New
Orleans suburb and one of the fastest-
growing areas of the state, were asked
to leave Saturday because their turn
had come to fight the waters of the
raging Pearl River.
Nevertheless, the sun broke out in the
afternoon for the first time in days. And
Jim Thornhill, the Civil Defense direc-
tor of Columbia, Miss., where the wild
Pearl consumed a levee, said, "We're
definitely on the road to recovery."
At Inverness, Fla., north of Tampa, a
car "was picked up and slung to the
ground about 200 to 300 feet from the
roadway" by a tornado Saturday and
three occupants were killed, Citrus
County sheriff's Capt. Jim Hill said.
Nolan Duke of the National Severe
Storms Forecasting Center in Kansas
City, Mo., said the storm was "pretty
much breaking up" after reaching the
Duke said the storm was pushed
ashore by a "big jet stream system"
that barely budged for four days and
relentlessly pounded the coastal
flatlands day and night.
SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) -
Two years ago space officials held their
breath as they tested a radical concept
that some thought impractical - a
reusable shuttle. Now, with two of the
ships in operation, NASA is boldly
moving forward with plans to expand
America's presence in space.
From launch last Monday to landing
Saturday, Challenger, second in the
shuttle fleet, performed with a
precision that impressed the experts.
The only blemish - a problem with the
$10 million communications satellite -
apparently had nothing to do with
Challenger, but was caused by a faulty
"It was kind of a proof flight," said
Gary Coen, a flight director. "We're
proving that it works the way it was
built to work."
In two years, NASA has come from
having no proven shuttles to having two
of the world's most advanced
When Columbia was poised for laun-
ch in April 1981, space agency experts
still had a timid uncertainty about the
wisdom of trying to fly a winged craft
into and out of space. Aerodynamically
and scientifically, there were unknowns
that caused sleepless nights and gray
Now, after six flights - five by
Columbia and one by Challenger - the
shuttle system has accomplished these
" Proven the practicality of a
reusable craft that can land like an air-
plane. That accomplishment will be
enhanced even further on the seventh
flight when Challenger lands on a
limited concrete runway at the Ken-
nedy Space Center.
" Proven a spacesuit design that is
more flexible, more easily put on and
less expensive. A pair of malfunctions
on the fifth flight helped to iron out
small design and application flaws and
helped make possible the highly suc-
cessful 31/-hour spacewalk by Story
Musgrave and Donald Peterson.
Astronauts say they now have full con-
fidence in the new suits.
" Proven the design and use of a robot
arm that can be used to move large ob-
jects in space. The arm was tested on
flights of Columbia and is ready for a
major application, such as launching or
* Proven the reliability and cost-
effectiveness of using the shuttle to
ferry satellites into orbit. The fifth
flight successfully launched two
on time, and
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is one more ship, the Enterprise, which
never had space engines and was used
only for landing tests.
The crowd, which braved heavy traf-
fic and stinging desert dust, was
rewarded on a cloudless day with a
vivid experience they could not get by
watching the landing on television.
"I heard we would be a long way
away and we were," said Jim Marek of
Los Angeles. "But there is always the
fear that it's not going to come down
and in seeing it, it's like you are part of
the success in a history-making event."
"We've been here for each landing,"
said Marty Holyfield of Los Angeles.
"You can't beat it. It's just for that
fleeting few moments of glory for the
U.S. It really puts us out front."
Much of the crowd gathered around
more than a mile of makeshift wooden
fencing surrounding the landing site at
Edwards Air Force Base. En-
trepreneurs did a brisk business in
"E.T." dolls wearing space shuttle T-
shirts as well as the usual baseball
caps, decals and buttons com-
memorating the mission.
Complied from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Bishops still find fault in
Reagan's nuclear arms policies
WASHINGTON-Two leading Roman Catholic bishops took the unusual
step yesterday of denying that a bishop's committee yielded to White House
pressure in softening a proposed church statement that originally denounced
use of nuclear weapons.
Following Reagan administration praise for the new version of the
proposed pastoral letter, the two churchmen stressed that the document still
finds much to fault in President Reagan's policies.
Archbishop John Roach of Minneapolis, president of the National Con-
ference of Catholic Bishops, and Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago,
chairman of the committee that drafted the letter, said they "could not ac-
cept any suggestion that there are relatively few and insignificant differen-
ces between U.S. policies and the policies advocated in the pastoral.
"In the final analysis, the third draft is far more the product of reflection
and dialogue within the Catholic community than of the dialogue between
the drafting committee and the administration," Roach and Bernardin said.
Hawaiian volcano falls silent
VOLCANO, Hawaii-Kilauea volcano fell silent yesterday, but lava from
its latest eruption continued flowing through a remote hillside community
where it destroyed several homes.
"We can't really say the eruption is over," said Jon Erickson, spokesman
for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. "When it stops it stops."
About 150 residents of the Royal Gardens subdivision, routed Friday and
yesterday for the third time since the volcano began its eruption Jan. 3, were
ordered evacuated Friday as an 18-foot-high, 900-foot-wide wall of lava ap-
proached their homes on the volcano's slopes.
But a vent in the volcano fell silent yesterday morning and the level of ac-
tivity dropped to its lowest point since Jan. 3, Erickson said. Roadblocks
were lifted and residents were allowed back home. ,
Five structures were destroyed overnight by lava, Erickson said, and a
sixth-a model home for the subdivision-was "totally isolated, surrounded
by lava, there is no way to get to it."
PLO tries to block American
efforts to find negotiator
ALMAN, Jordan - Palestine Liberation Organization officials said yesterday
they had "no confidence" in a U.S. pledge to pressure Israel on Jewish set-
tlements if King Hussein enters the Middle East peace talks.
The comments by two high level emissaries of PLO chief Yasser Arafat
threw new obstacles into the path of American efforts to persuade Hussein to
negotiate with Israel on behalf of the Palestinians.
In Lebanon, police said two rocket-propelled grenades exploded in the air
over French peace-keeping troops stationed along the West Beirut water-
front and in an East Beirut suburb. No casualties were reported.
The PLO officials, Khalil Wazir and Hanni Hassan, held discussions with
Jordanian leaders in Amman to follow up on inconclusive talks last weekend
between Arafat and Hussein on President Reagan's Sept. 1 peace plan.
Wazir, the PLO's deputy military chief, reiterated that the PLO opposed
Hussein's entry into the Middle East peace process and dismissed the State
Department's pledge "to do our best" to secure an end to Israeli settlements
in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.
British families visit Falklands
'STANLEY, Falkland Islands-More than 500 wives and children of the
British soldiers and sailors killed in the Falklands war arrived within sight
of the islands Saturday on an emotional first visit to the battlegrounds where
the men fell.
"I think they will find that they may feel a little closer once they've seen
the territory which their menfolk came and fought for and gave their lives
for," said Sir Edwin Bramall, chief of defense staff.
Bramall spoke before setting off from Stanley to welcome the relatives as
they sailed within sight of the bleak South Atlantic islands aboard the Carib-
bean liner Cunard Countess.
The trip, which began on the April 2 anniversary of last year's 74-day war
with Argentina, was organzied by Britain's Defense Ministry.
U.S. sends weapons to Thailand
BANGKOK, Thailand-The United States rushed heat-seeking "Red Eye"
antiaircraft rockets and other weapons to Thailand yesterday in what U.S.
officials called a show of support for Thai forces fighting Vietnamese troops
deployed along the rim of western Cambodia.
Thailand claimed its forces had killed at least 250 Vietnamese soldiers who
it said had crossed the Cambodian border over the past nine days. The Viet-
namese are part of Vietnam's Cambodian occupation force, which has been
sweeping the Thai-Cambodian frontier for Cambodian rebels since March
Visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Paul Wolfowitz said the
American weapons were expedited deliveries of arms already ordered by
Thailand, through direct purchase and under credits provided by the
Foreign Military Sales Program.
The hand-held "Red-Eye" surface-to-air rockets, which use heat detectors
to find targets, were flown into Bangkok's military airport in a 1-day
operation which also will include delivery of long-range 155mm howitzers
and ammunition, U.S. Embassy officials said.
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