A: The ballot box Maryland's eight incumbent members of...

Newswatch...on last week in review

September 17, 1990

A: The ballot box Maryland's eight incumbent members of the House of Representatives, six Democrats and two Republicans, easily won their party's primaries Tuesday with only Rep. Roy Dyson, the 1st District Democrat, overcoming a major threat.

Besides Dyson, who beat Del. Barbara O. Kreamer, D-Harfordfor the right to face Republican Wayne T. Gilchrest in November, the winners were: 2nd District -- Republican Rep. Helen D.

Bentley and Democrat Ronald P. Bowers. 3rd District -- Democratic Rep. Benjamin Cardin and Republican Frederic M. Parker. 4th District -- Democratic Rep. Tom McMillen and Republican Robert P. Duckworth. 5th District -- Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer and Republican Lee F. Bruer. 6th District -- Democratic Rep. Beverly Byron and Republican Christopher Flates. 7th District -- Democratic Rep. Kweisi Mfume and Republican Kenneth Kondner. 8th District -- Republican Rep. Constance Morella and Democrat James Walker.

*Charles I. Ecker, a former associate superintendent of Howard County schools, was nominated by the Republican Party in Howard County to challenge Democratic County Executive Elizabeth Bobo in the general election. Ecker glided to a 2-1 margin of victory over Gilbert I. South. Bobo was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

*Del. Eileen M. Rehrmann, an eight-year veteran of the General Assembly, won the Democratic primary for Harford County executive, defeating her main Democratic opponent, Councilwoman Barbara A. Risacher. Rehrmann will square off against former Bel Air mayor Geoffrey R. Close in the general election.

*In Anne Arundel County, Democrat Theodore J. Sophocleus won his party's nod for county executive. He will face Republican Robert R. Neall in November.

*In the Maryland Senate, the primaries brought the apparent breakup of the anti-abortion filibuster bloc.

Wholesale prices soar

Wholesale prices shot up 1.3 percent in August, the biggest surge in seven months, the government said Friday. The government also reported that U.S. retail sales fell 0.6 percent in August.

In the Persian Gulf

France said Iraqi troops burst into the French diplomatic compound in Kuwait and took away four French citizens. The French Foreign Ministry in Paris said Iraqi troops entered the French ambassador's residence in Kuwait Friday, taking away three French nationals. The French government reacted Saturday by adding another 4,000 troops to its gulf forces.

*Iraq began rationing bread Saturday. According to the rationing system, each Iraqi will have access to 13.2 pounds of wheat flour each month, in the form of flour or bread. Rationing of sugar, rice, cooking oil, soap and detergent began in some neighborhoods earlier this month. Large lines have formed at bread shops since the U.N.-imposed economic embargo against Iraq and Kuwait in reaction to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait Aug. 2. The United Nations set strict limits Thursday yesterday on food shipments to Iraq.

*Iran has agreed to give Iraq food and medicine in exchange for oil and cash, a well-informed source in Tehran said last week. Tehran has continued to deny such a deal exists. Meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council approved a compromise plan to allow limited humanitarian food shipments to Iraq.

*West Germany said Saturday it will provide $1.9 billion to assist the multinational campaign against Iraq. A day earlier, Japan said it will provide an additional $3 billion in aid.

*Secretary of State James A. Baker 3rd met Friday with Syrian President Hafez Assad, and Assad reportedly was likely to send 15,000 more troops to help defend Saudi Arabia. Syria already has about 3,000 soldiers in Saudi Arabia and 1,000 in the United Arab Emirates as part of the multinational force.

Hopkins to the rescue

Johns Hopkins University said Thursday it was pledging about $3.2 million to Peabody Institute's emergency fund-raising campaign so Peabody could qualify for $30 million in state support. The Hopkins move enabled the music school to meet a state-imposed Saturday deadline.


Three teen-agers convicted of raping and assaulting a woman jogging in New York's Central Park received maximum sentences Tuesday of five to 10 years in prison. Yusef Salaam and Antron McCray, both 16, and Raymond Santana, 15, were convicted Aug. 18.

Liberian killed

The U.S. State Department confirmed last week that Liberian President Samuel Doe was killed last Monday. Rebel chief Prince Johnson named himself president, and Johnson's rival, Charles Taylor, called on Johnson to surrender. Johnson controls Monrovia, but Taylor's army has overrun much of the rest of Liberia.

Germany treaty

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