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People in the News

March 16, 1988

DALLAS (AP) _ Billionaire businessman H. Ross Perot says he just wants to make Dallas a better place to live.

That, he says, is why he has tried to help a police effort to abolish a civilian review board and get the city to hire more officers.

″I’m about to decide that the perception around here is that if you’re not an elected official, I ought to just sit out in the office and make money,″ Perot told Dallas Times Herald editors Tuesday. ″Fine. Create jobs, make money, that’s your slot in life, Perot. Fine.″

The newspaper editors invited Perot to lunch after he complained that the media had failed to communicate adequately his motives for championing the police efforts.

″I see these people working together without regard to races and sex. By God, they’re an example for the rest of us,″ he said.

Opponents say the review panel, which has limited subpoena powers, is unnecessary. They contend police already are subject to grand jury scrutiny and internal affairs investigations. Perot has joined opponents in efforts to repeal the measure through a charter amendment election.

City Council approved the review board following controversy over accusations police are trigger-happy with minority suspects and a congressional hearing.

″It bothers me a lot to have spent 20 years of my life and tens of millions of dollars trying to help the minorities in this state and get the kind of reaction I’m getting right now,″ Perot said. ″I never expect anybody to thank me, and nobody ever did. But I sure ... didn’t expect to get my teeth kicked in (and be called) a racist.″


PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) - Judge Joseph Wapner works to protect justice on the ″People’s Court,″ but he also inadvertently saved two women from injury.

Trossa Fowler, 73, and another woman, who was not identified, were taking their teacups to the kitchen in Mrs. Fowler’s home Monday when they stopped to hear the judge.

″We weren’t really watching it,″ Mrs. Fowler said. ″But when we passed by, Judge Wapner said something interesting.″

Good timing. It was then that a truck crashed into the kitchen, Mrs. Fowler said.

Mrs. Fowler said her stove was bent, and the damages totaled $6,000.

The 64-year-old driver suffered minor injuries and was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated.


LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - Painter Ralph Fasanella wandered among the cavernous red-brick buildings more than a half-century after violence erupted between angry immigrant mill workers and police.

He saw ghosts of the 1912 Bread and Roses strike everywhere.

″I didn’t have to witness the strike to know the images,″ said Fasanella.

Fasanella and his painting soon will return to Lawrence, where workers battled mill owners and the National Guard in a clash considered pivotal in the early labor struggle.

″The painting is going home,″ Fasanella, 73, said Tuesday from his Ardsley, N.Y., home, where the painting is now.

The May 1 dedication of Fasanella’s ″Lawrence 1912: The Bread and Roses Strike,″ will culminate months of planning and fund-raising, said City Hall spokesman James Ball.

Half the $100,000 price of the painting was donated by the state; private donations and more than $10,000 from unions around the nation were raised, said Ball.


ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) - Yasuhiro Nakasone, former prime minister of Japan, took a break in a speaking tour to share lunch with an old friend, a man who befriended his daughter 27 years ago.

Almost without trying, Mort and Agatha Winski made Nakasone and his wife, Tsutako, comfortable Tuesday. Japanese labels are on appliances around their home. A small Japanese koi pond caught Nakasone’s eye.

″Omoshiroi″ - interesting - Nakasone said.

The couples ate at a nearby resort hotel, which recently was purchased by a Japanese corporation.

Winski, 72, formerly of Michigan City, Ind., met 11-year-old Mieko Nakasone through a summer exchange program for students in 1961. Four years later, the Winskis volunteered to be hosts to Mieko for a year while she attended a U.S. high school.

The Nakasones returned the favor, taking in the Winskis’ eldest daughter, Susan.

″We just kept exchanging daughters,″ Nakasone, 69, said. ″And I hope it continues.″


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - When the time comes, Kaye Lani Rae Rafko says, she’ll be ready to ″hang up the heels and the tiara and head back to work.″

But meantime, Miss America is promoting her profession, nursing.

The 24-year-old former Miss Michigan, a registered nurse, plans to return to a Toledo, Ohio, hospital to work with terminally ill cancer and AIDS patients.

The first months of Miss Rafko’s reign, which began in September, were booked with appearances for the pageant’s six sponsors, said pageant executive director Leonard Horn.

Now, she visits hospitals and hospices and has spoken to many nursing associations and medical groups. She has done a public service announcement for the nursing profession and appeared on the cover of a nursing trade journal.

″A main focus of today’s American people is health, and fortunately I know a lot about that,″ she said Tuesday while visiting hospitals here.


HOLYWELL, Wales (AP) - Prince Charles is ″bearing up well″ after watching his friend and skiing companion, Maj. Hugh Lindsay, die in a Swiss avalanche, his wife, Princess Diana, said Wednesday.

Charles, 39-year-old heir to the British throne, escaped injury at the Klosters ski resort a week ago.

Lindsay, a 34-year-old career army officer and former aide to Queen Elizabeth II, was probably killed by a block of ice before being buried in the snow, an inquest heard Tuesday.

Diana’s first public appearance since the tragedy was at the Holywell Leisure Center in North Wales where where a member of the waiting crowd asked how Charles was coping.

″He is bearing up well, thank you,″ she said.

Diana and her pregnant sister-in-law, the Duchess of York, were in their chalet when the accident occurred. Another member of the ski party, Patti Palmer-Tomkinson, suffered two broken legs and a lung injury.

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