March 24, 1988 |
The Senate gave voice vote approval Wednesday to the nomination of William L. Ball III to be Navy secretary, replacing James H. Webb Jr. Ball, a former Administration lobbyist on Capitol Hill, was appointed by President Reagan after Webb resigned in a budget dispute with Defense Secretary Frank C. Carlucci.
May 17, 1988
San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos asked the Navy to revise its plans for basing the battleship Missouri in his city, but the service's civilian chief declined any immediate endorsement of the idea. Navy Secretary William Ball "heard the mayor out, will study his proposals and get back to him at a later date," said Cmdr. Jeff Zakem, a spokesman.
November 20, 1988
As medical waste continued to wash up on San Diego County beaches, Sen. Pete Wilson (R-Calif.) requested a Pentagon investigation of suspected Navy ocean dumping of antiseptic vials and other wastes. In a letter to Navy Secretary William Ball III, Wilson expressed "concern about persistent reports of medical waste from naval stockpiles washing up along the Southern California coastline."
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January 7, 1988
Redondo Beach police arrested seven people during a raid on a suspected drug lab early Wednesday. Police and agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration raided a home in the 1900 block of Matthews Avenue at 1 a.m. and seized chemicals and equipment allegedly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Police said an informant directed them to the house, where they said they also seized an undetermined amount of methamphetamine.
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September 23, 1986 |
A motorcyclist was killed on the Costa Mesa Freeway in Orange after he struck a car, fell off his bike and was run over by a truck, the CHP said Monday. The victim was identified by the coroner's office as Russell Lemaster, 20, of Fountain Valley. He was riding northbound in the fast lane at the time of the accident, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.
March 31, 1988 |
William L. Ball III was sworn in Wednesday as the nation's 67th secretary of the Navy, pledging to keep his forces "strong and prepared" to meet any challenge. Standing in an ornate Old Executive Office Building room first used by Navy Secretary Richard Thompson in 1879, Ball said that by maintaining military strength, the United States will "preserve the peace and ultimately extend the special gift that is freedom the world over." White House Chief of Staff Howard H. Baker Jr.
August 28, 1988
The Navy announced it would begin random drug testing of selected civilian employees this fall. The service said its final plan for the tests had been signed Aug. 6 by Navy Secretary William L. Ball III and that 81,000 of the Navy's 337,000 civilian workers are being notified they will be subject to urinalysis testing for drugs. Although testing legally could begin as early as Oct. 6, the Navy does not plan to start the program until early November, said Lt. Ken Ross, a Navy spokesman.
October 20, 1988 |
Navy Secretary William L. Ball III today rejected a request from Ensign--and basketball star--David Robinson to be released from active duty six months early to start his pro basketball career. Robinson, a 7-foot-1 All-American while at the Naval Academy who played on America's Olympic basketball team this summer, had asked to be released from active duty now in order to begin playing with the San Antonio Spurs where he has an eight-year $26-million contract.
August 31, 1985
Allen Fletcher, a director particularly well known in dramatic circles for stage productions in San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and San Diego, has died in Denver at the age of 63 after a long battle against a rare blood disease. Fletcher, who last year became head of the National Theatre Conservatory at the Denver Center Theatre Company, died Wednesday.