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Hleileman I ,oa
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - G.
Heileman Brewing Co. announced
yesterday it plans to sell two smaller
breweries in Minnesota and Michi-
gan as part of its long-range plan to
concentrate on its major brands.
Heileman president Murray Cut-
bush said the Jacob Schmidt Brewery
in St. Paul, Minn., and another
brewery in Frankenmuth, Mich., are
The company will look to reach
deals that will package certain brands
along with the facilities, he said.
"Even though the brands produced
at these two breweries have a loyal
following among customers, the
volumes are not at the level of our
other brands and no longer fit
Heileman's strategic plans," Cut-
The Jacob Schmidt Brewery will
be sold along with the J. Schmidt
label and Heileman plans to continue
West Coast production and distribu-
tion of J. Schmidt at its breweries in
Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore.,
Other secondary brands to be con-
sidered for sale include: Red, White
and Blue, Wiedemann, Grain Belt,
Altes, Pfeiffer, Stag and Hauenstein.
A sale of both operations is ex-
pected "in the near future," Cutbush
said. Company spokesperson Bill
Eilers said Heileman had received
several inquiries about the two brew-
eries but no tentative agreements had
Heileman, which was purchased
by financially troubled Australian
brewing magnate Alan Bond in
1987, recently reached loan waiver
agreements with its major creditors
that gives it to June to rebound from
declining market share and sales.
Bond Corp., which has been put
in receivership by a court in Aus-
tralia, purchased Heileman for about
$1.3 billion and reportedly still owes
about $850 million after selling the
profitable Heileman Baking Co. and
Actor Ed Asner and Markus Raskin of the United States Institution for Foreign Policy Studies presented a
petition condemning the U.S. invasion of Panama to President George Bush yesterday. Bush was out of town,
but the mailing room received the document.
Teen admits to molesting children
GRAND RAPIDS (AP) - The
case of a 13-year-old boy who has
admitted sexually abusing as many
as 64 children in a church nursery is
an alarming but indicative sign of
the problem of children who molest
children, authorities say.
"In too many cases, signs are ig-
nored and adults reduce it to 'sex
play' or experimentation and believe
there's nothing to worry about.
Then, you hear something like this,"
said Dr. Toni Cavanaugh Johnson,
one of the leading researchers in the
In what is believed to be one of
the largest cases of its kind in the
nation, a Fruitport boy has admitted
to molesting dozens of boys and
girls between the ages of 18 months
and 4 years who were left at the
Fruitport Bethel Baptist Church
nursery while their parents attended
The alleged incidents occurred be-
tween 1985 and 1988. The extent of
the case was uncovered last year
when the boy confessed to a coun-
selor while undergoing court-ordered
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I would be giving you a very, very
informed answer," Baker said.
Still, Baker said the uncertainty
would not alter his plans to try to
make headway on arms control,
Afghanistan and other issues.
"As far as I know the schedule is
exactly how we originally laid it
out," Baker told reporters aboard th
U.S. Air Force jet. "That's not tak-
ing anything at all away from what
are clearly some very, very impor-
tant and fundamental developments
going on in Moscow."
Baker planned a four-day stay in
the Soviet capital. His scheduled
meeting with Gorbachev on Friday
is the anticipated climax of what was
designed initially as a trip to mako
preparations for a Washington sun3-
mit meeting in June but has now
grown into a more important U.S.-
Shevardnadze, meanwhile, pro-
posed that the German reunification
issue be put to an international refer-
On the U.S side, Baker this week
endorsed through a close aide a pro-
posal by West German Foreign Min-
ister Hans-Dietrich Genscher that
would keep a reunified Germany in
the North Atlantic Treaty Organiza-
tion but keep Western forces out of
what is now East Germany.
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Bush declares SDI sensible
SAN FRANCISCO - President George Bush toured the nation's
largest nuclear-weapons lab yesterday, then declared that Star Wars "makes
more sense than ever."
"This purely defensive concept doesn't threaten a single person any-
where in the world," Bush said in a prepared foreign policy address to the
Commonwealth Club after he toured the Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory in Livermore, California, where most research on the Strate-
gic Defense Initiative is conducted.
The president is on a three-day trip to focus attention on his proposedl
$292 billion Pentagon budget for fiscal 1991, which Democrats argue
gives too much to strategic weapons systems while closing bases.
Bush tempered his proposal for wholesale base closings with a vow of
federal aid to help the communities and individuals affected.
U.S. strips alleged spy's pay
WASHINGTON D.C. - Felix Bloch, the career diplomat suspected
by U.S. authorities of spying for the Soviet Union, was formally sus-
pended yesterday and stripped of his $80,000 annual salary, the State De-
Deputy spokesperson Richard Boucher said the department is also
proposing to fire Bloch.
The moves were the latest chapter in a saga that began eight months
ago when Bloch was placed on administrative leave with pay after he re-
portedly had been videotaped passing a suitcase to a Soviet agent in Paris.
Efforts to reach Bloch yesterday were unsuccessful. In the past, he re-
peatedly has passed up chances to deny the allegations, saying instead the
government has not been able to bring charges, much less prove them. He
has also not returned phone calls from reporters in the past.
Satellite to trace swan flights
TOKYO - The mystery of where swans go on their migratory flights
may be unraveled with the development of a tiny transmitter to be at-
tached to the birds so they can be tracked by a satellite.
The Wild Bird Society of Japan and the telecommunications utility
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation jointly announced yesterday
that a transmitter weighing 1.4 ounces will be attached to swans. Signals
from the birds will be beamed to a U.S.-French environmental satellite
called Argos to tell scientists where the swans are.
The first satellites will be attached this spring to four swans in
Hokkaido, the northernmost Japanese island. The satellites will tell scien-
tists the flight path swans use to reach their Arctic summer homes.
Larger transmitters have been used in recent years to track migrations
of dolphins and seals, but they were too heavy for the 12-pound swans to
carry in flight.
Kildee proposes Michigan
river development limits
DETROIT - Construction of hydroelectric dams and other structures
that impede water flow would be restricted along sections of 14 Michigan
rivers under legislation introduced yesterday in Congress.
"These free-flowing rivers in Michigan are part of our national patri-
mony that deserves our careful custody," said Rep. Dale Kildee, (D
Flint), the bill's primary sponsor. Ten of the state's other 17 House
members have signed on as co-sponsors.
The bill would designate sections of the rivers, totaling 635 miles, as
components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System and would di-
rect the U.S. Forest Service to study another 339 miles for possible in-
clusion in the system.
Aside from ensuring free water flow, the designation would require
management plans for each river corridor, which includes the water and a
quarter-mile stretch of land on both sides of it.
Leeches heal finger wounds
DETROIT - Patients sometimes squirm when doctors suggest daily
doses of leeches to heal their wounds, but they generally accept the again-
popular, centuries-old therapy.
At Harper hospital, surgeons have been applying leeches daily since
yesterday to the hands of Robert John, whose eight fingers were severed in
an industrial accident Tuesday and reattached in a 19-hour operation.
Two of his fingers may not survive the operation, but "if these two
fingers make it, it probably will be because of the leech therapy," said
Rad Hayden, physician assistant to Dr. Robert Larsen, who led John's
Leeches are accepted widely as therapy, Hayden said, adding they are
grown under laboratory conditions for sale to hospitals.
Leeches secrete a strong, natural anticoagulant called hirudin, which
helps drainage; their saliva contains an anesthetic.
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