Los Angeles — Elizabeth Taylor, saddened but inspired by the suffering of her friend, Rock Hudson, will form a national foundation to seek a cure for AIDS. Hudson, the most celebrated victim of the deadly disease, has donated $250,000 and first lady Nancy Reagan has added her support to the research foundation.

Bad Windsheim, West Germany — A group of 50 U.S. veterans held a reunion with soldiers of a Nazi SS division in the Bavarian mountains, which about 20 demonstrators protested in the town plaza, calling it a betrayal of victims of the Nazis. They were to hold a rally and wreath laying ceremony today.

Washington — The House Ways and Means Committee, hoping to send a tough message to the administration and America’s trading partners, approved a bill Thursday to cut textile and apparel imports from 12 leading foreign suppliers and limit imports from other nations.

Pittsburgh — The federal government won the second conviction of its long investigation of cocaine trafficking in major-league baseball Thursday. Robert “Rav” McCue was convicted on seven of 13 counts of selling cocaine to ex Pittsburgh Pirates Dale Berra and John Milner in 1983 and 1984.

New York — Hurricane Gloria raked Atlantic City, N.J., and blasted ashore on Long Island with storm tides and 130mph winds that packed “an awesome power equal to an atomic bomb.” Earlier it slashed over the barrier islands of North Carolina and dashed toward New Jersey and New York in what forecasters called “the worst possible scenario” because its brief landfall did not diminish.

Washington — President Reagan and Soviet Foreign Minister Edvard Shevardnadze, one of the Kremlin’s new leaders, met for two hours in the Oval Office, then broke for a working lunch in the White House. Officials had hoped the Soviet foreign minister would present new arms proposals but there was no immediate word as to what was discussed.

Johannesburg, South Africa — Nobel laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu began a 24hour fast to protest alleged brutality by security forces, who responded to complaints by flying over Cape Town’s nonwhite neighborhoods urging residents to report any such incidents to police.

Mexico City — Foreign rescue workers, seeing little hopes of finding more survivors from last week’s devastating earthquakes, have begun returning to their home countries. The government said only 1,825 people were killed in the two temblors but the figure was widely disregarded by the media as President Miguel de la Madrid had said earlier the final toll would be more than 5,000.

Article extracted from this publication >>  October 6, 1985