ge 2-The Michigan Daily-Monday, September 18, 1989
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An oil tanker burns in the North Sea following a collision with another tanker early yesterday, spilling 300,000 gallons of oil into the North Sea. The
Maltese registered Fiona, which was at anchor when the collision occurred, suffered damage in the bow, while the Liberian registered Phillips
Oklahoma, which was moving, suffered damage in the stern.
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SDETROIT (AP) - Some ac-
quaintances of the Lawrence DeLisle
family say they saw warning signs
long before the Lincoln Park man's
car plunged into the Detroit River
killing his four children.
Others refuse to believe DeLisle
was capable of plotting the deaths of
his wife and children.
Bryan DeLisle, one of the four
children killed in the Aug. 3 tragedy,
had tears in his eyes and was fright-
ened last June when he joined his
Little League teammates at a pizza
party, said Dorothy Weatherly,
whose son also was at the party.
The 8-year-old first base player
said he feared being killed by his fa-
ther, Weatherly said, adding that she
believes Bryan DeLisle was trying-to
get help when he confided in her
son, Clint Runyon.
:Bryan DeLisle and his three sis-
ters - Melissa, 4; Kathryn 2; and
Emily, 8 months - drowned when
the family car crashed through a bar-
rier in Wyandotte and plunged into
the river. Lawrence DeLisle and his
wife, Suzanne, survived the crash.
Lawrence DeLisle awaits trial on
four first-degree murder counts and
one count of attempted murder on
Wayne County Assistant
Prosecutor Kevin Simowski said he
hasn't decided if Clint Runyon will
be called to testify. Lawrence
DeLisle's lawyer, Frank Eaman, said
others who attended the party recall
that Bryan was happy.
"Bryan came up, gave me a hug
and sat on my lap," Team manager,
Joe Clevenger said. "There was no
change in his attitude."
Some people are standing by
Lawrence DeLisle. Forty-three nen-
ple have signed a petition calling for
his release on bond.
Police have said that in his con-
fession, which hasn't been made
public, DeLisle indicates that he in-
tentionally drove the car into the
river, hoping to ease his financial
burdens by killing his wife and chil-
"Everybody has money problems.
They were making their payments,"
said Carol Langland, Suzanne's sis-
Lorraine Mason of Utah, a former
college roommate of Suzanne
DeLisle, said she received a phone
message from Suzanne the day be-
fore the tragedy.
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Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Chinese economy slows
WASHINGTON - China's violent crackdown on demonstrators for
democracy is sharply cutting private investment and contributing to
troubles that will keep the Chinese from matching last year's 11.2 per-
cent economic growth rate, World Bank officials say.
China will "need to deal with the economic consequences of political
problems this (past) summer," said the Bank's vice president for Asia,
"These problems include a sharp downturn in tourism and a signifi-
cant reduction in private ipvestment," he told reporters at a briefing on
the Bank's annual report released Sunday.
China is enjoying a strong year in agriculture,"which will reduce the
need for food imports," but the growth rate can be expected to decline as
Chinese leaders pursue measures to cool the economy and reduce infla-
tion, Karaosmanoglu said.
East Germans, Czechs move
to stop mass refugee exodus
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - East German and Czechoslovak
authorities have begun seizing passports to stop the flood of refugees
fleeing to the West, East German emigres said Sunday.
Hungary's foreign minister, meanwhile, defended his country's
decision to aid the immigrant exodus and said the Warsaw Pact should
stick to military defense and not dictate ideology or foreign policy to its
In West Germany, officials said they registered 1,400 new East
German refugees during the weekend, bringing to more than 16,000 the
number of East Germans who have arrived since Hungary threw open its
borders to the West one week ago.
East German officials have said they would not crack down on visas
for citizens wishing to visit Hungary. But refugees and charity workers
at camps in Hungary said travel documents were in fact being seized.
Abused man dies in crash
MERCED, Calif. - Steven Stayner, kidnapped at the age of 7 and
forced to live as the sexually abused foster son of his abductor until he
escaped seven years later, has been killed in a hit-and-run traffic accident.
"He sure had a rough life," California Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill
Balestra said of Stayner, who was returned to his parents less than 10
years ago and was the subjectof an NBC miniseries in May, titled "I
know My First name Is Steven."
Balestra said Stayner, 24, married and the father of two children, was
killed Saturday when a car pulled into the path of his motorcycle on a
highway between Merced and Atwater, some 70 miles east of San
Balestra said officers believe they knew the identity of the driver of
the car, who abandoned his car two miles away, jumped into another car
Unknowns may be inducted
in Automotive Hall of Fame
MIDLAND (AP) -- Motorists might recognize only the name of
Soichiro Honda when the Japanese industrialist and three others are
inducted next month into the Automotive Hall of Fame here.
But if they've admired a Cord or Duesenberg, flipped on their
intermittent windshield wipers or owned a Cadillac, then they might also
understand the enshrinement of Gordon Buehrig, Elmer Wavering and
The institution was known as the Automobile Old Timers when it was
founded in 1939 in New York. The Hall of Fame relocated in 1971 to
Its 100 inductees include not only famous industry pioneers like Henry
Ford, but also people in sales, racing, and engineering.
"People can identify with superior athletes in baseball or football, but
in the auto industry people take it for granted," Hall of Fame president
Donald Richetti said.
Families pay tribute to feud
MATEWAN, W. Va. (AP) - The Hatfields and McCoys don't fight
anymore and many of them would just as soon forget their ancestors'
feud. But some in the community are trying to find a way to commemo-
rate the bloodshed.
"There are a lot of grandsons of Devil Anse (Hatfield) and his brothers
around here," said Paul McAllister, director of the new Matewan
Development Center. "Most of them are in their 60s and they're a little
bit bitter about the reputations they had to grow up with and live with."
The Matewan Development Center, located in the only three-story
building in the town of 800, features a photo display on the massacre
and other incidents in the town's history. It draws a few people a week.
McAllister is hoping the National Park Service will help turn Matewan
into a tourist attraction.
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She said the events over the next
two weeks will try to reflect some of
the diversity within Hispanic cul-
ture, a culture that spreads from the
Central and South Americas to
The coordinating committee con-
sists of Martinez; Lopez; Catalin
Berdy, Hispanic representative from
the Office of Minority Student
Services; and Aboleena Gonzalez, a
recent University graduate.
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