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May 15, 1987

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ To yachtsman Dennis Conner, the America’s Cup race is more than a simple sailing competition: ″It’s a symbol of a tremendous game of life.″

Conner, who brought the Cup back to the United States from Australia earlier this year, said Friday that the competition requires skills in everything from engineering to scouting the opposition to public relations.

He was the skipper of the Liberty, which lost the America’s Cup to the Australia II in 1983. The defeat broke America’s 132-year-hold on the Cup.

But Conner avenged the defeat when he skippered the Stars & Stripes to a 4-0 victory over Kookaburra III, Australia’s defender in the yachting series.

He was in Charleston to address commencement ceremonies at the Medical University of South Carolina. Another America’s Cup winner, Ted Turner, was to address graduating seniors at The Citadel here on Saturday.

″Is there room in this town for both of us? You said Ted who?,″ Conner joked.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Organizers of the Johnny Cash Freedom Train have canceled a series of patriotic rallies and concerts in 10 cities, but shows still are scheduled for Memphis, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

″We didn’t get enough sponsors in to do all of them,″ promoter Henry Harrison said Thursday.

Under the original plan, a 16-car train carrying speakers and entertainers was to leave Memphis on May 30 and make concert stops throughout the South.

The plans were announced in January at a rally in Memphis attended by Cash and retired Gen. William C. Westmoreland, the former commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam.

Westmoreland said the traveling show of patriotic music and speeches would be ″the beginning of a crusade of sorts to rekindle our sense of freedom.″

Harrison said the train ride has been called off because of a lack of money from the business community. He said donations for the project have been returned, and the new plans call for the rallies and shows to be self- supporting.

A spokeswoman for Cash said she hoped the trip could be rescheduled.


ATLANTA (AP) - Salvador Jorge Blanco, former president of the Dominican Republic, is being treated for a heart ailment at Emory University Hospital, officials said.

Jorge Blanco, who suffered a heart attack a week ago, arrived in Atlanta on Thursday night, said DeKalb Peachtree Airport manager H. Fairfield Manget Jr.

The trip was delayed two days by negotiations over Jorge Blanco’s legal status and his obligation to return to his homeland to face criminal charges.

He and a number of top military officials and businessmen are charged with illegally making $3.5 million in commissions from military equipment sales during his last two years in office.

He left office in August after completing a four-year term and did not seek re-election.

His departure was cleared Thursday when he agreed to be registered as a detainee in one of his nation’s prisons and promised to return.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - It was a promise straight from the governor - pupils at an elementary school year will always be entitled to ride horses at this farm.

Gov. Ned McWherter made that promise Thursday when he paid another visit to his young friends at Sylvan Park Elementary School.

Sylvan Park students served as grand marshals in the inaugural parade after McWherter taped a campaign commercial with the youngsters last year. He returned to the school in February to celebrate his birthday.

On Thursday, he was greeted by four children who escorted him to the auditorium for a skit called ″This is Your Life, Ned Ray McWherter.″

The play included McWherter eating vanilla wafers as a child on his parents’ farm and continued through his January inauguration. Daniel Arnold, 9, played the governor in a dark suit and large black shoes.

″Where did you get those shoes from, son? It looks like you got them out of my closet,″ the governor said.

″I want y’all to come and visit me. When I’m a private citizen, I’ll move back to West Tennessee. I’ll always have a farm for you to walk across and I’ll have a horse for you to ride,″ he told the students after the play.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Charlie Daniels, known for such country-rock hits as ″The Devil Went Down to Georgia″ and ″The South’s Gonna Do It Again,″ is turning his attention to construction.

Daniels said Thursday he hopes to build 12 indoor arenas throughout the country for equine events and concerts.

The arenas, a joint venture with Southeastern Arenas, are proposed for Florida, North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama and New York, and two are planned in Tennessee. One has been built in Unidilla, Ga.

Wendell Kersey, president of Southeastern Arenas, said backers are being sought.


BERNERAY, Scotland (AP) - The heir to the British throne rounded up sheep, planted potatoes and joined a neighborhood songest when he spent three days on this remote Scottish island without his wife and children, the islanders say.

Prince Charles made the trip prior to joining Diana for a trip to the Cannes film festival on Friday.

The British press has noted the 38-year-old prince’s growing taste for remote places and the simple life, and islanders, speaking after his departure Thursday, said he fit right in.

″He and his bodyguards were in dungarees, just like anyone else, slaving away with the best of us,″ said Chrissie MacAskill.

The eight-square-mile island is in the Outer Hebrides chain off northwest Scotland. Part of Charles’ formal title is Lord of the Isles and Great Steward of Scotland.

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