Beneath his gruffness, Casey was a good person

Willis Casey, former athletic director at N.C. State University, was a mover and shaker behind the scenes in the Atlantic Coast Conference and a genius with an athletic department budget. And his ability to evaluate coaching talent led to Casey's hiring of a long list of successful coaches at State. But Casey, who died Sunday of a heart attack, was known as a gruff man. ``He was a good person,' said his long-time aide, Frank Weedon. ``But he never wanted you to know he was a good person because it would have ruined his image.'

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NATION AND WORLD

Lebanese captors release last Western hostages

Two German hostages, who had been held by pro-Iranian kidnappers in Lebanon for three years, were freed and turned over to officials Monday night, sources said. Relief workers Heinrich Struebig and Thomas Kemptner were the last of scores of Western hostages held in Lebanon. In attempts to get the world's attention, Shiite Muslim militants abducted at least 92 foreigners between 1984 and 1991.A1

Court says kidnapping of Mexican doctor is legal

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government may kidnap foreign criminals, despite their own country's objections, in order to bring them to trial in the United States. The decision allows officials to prosecute a Mexican doctor in the torture of an American drug agent and the agent's pilot. The court said the doctor's abduction isn't barred by the extradition treaty between the U.S. and Mexico.A1

Perot devised strategy to shut off GM computers

Possible presidential candidate Ross Perot plotted shutting down General Motors' computer systems during a 1986 feud with the auto maker. Perot's former aides at Electronic Data Systems in Dallas say Perot outlined a strategy to paralyze GM's assembly operations by sabotaging the company's computers. The plan was never carried out.A3\

LIFE

Same alimony guidelines in place for men in state

Men who meet the same eligibility guidelines as women legally are allowed to ask for alimony, says Bruce Morton, chief district judge in Greensboro. In North Carolina, a person must prove to a jury that his or her spouse committed at least one of 10 acts, including adultery, abandonment or abuse, and that he or she was dependent on the earnings of the spouse.D1\ BUSINESS

State bankruptcies drop, but increase nationwide

Although a record number of businesses and consumers filed for bankruptcy during the first three months of the year, bankruptcies dropped nearly 10 percent in the Middle District of North Carolina for the first five months of 1992. That district includes Guilford and Forsyth counties.C4

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TODAY'S EVENT Pops in the Park will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Festival Park at the Oak Hollow Lake Overlook, High Point. Music will be performed by the Winston-Salem/Triad Symphony. $8, $5, $2. Rain date is Wednesday.

COMING TOMORROW Scientists are in search of the golden egg. Researchers are trying to find modern-day technology that will get people to buy and eat eggs with the gusto they did 25 years ago.

Triad & State

Police reports not new for woman found dead

The death of Natalie Surratt Bridges of Thomasville Wednesday ended a long cycle of abuse. Her husband, Alexander Lee Bridges, has been charged with first degree murder in her death. Neighbors say fighting was almost a daily event for the couple. For years, Thomasville police had gone to their home to break up fights between the husband and wife. But Bridges refused to leave her husband and only pressed charges once.A1

County has savings fund worth millions of dollars

Guilford County has a savings account containing from $13 million to more than $16 million dollars, but Commissioner Steve Arnold says that money shouldn't be used to provide additional funding for schools. The level of the savings fund affects the county's ability to sell bonds and its financial standing.B1

Gas pipeline is severed during construction work

A dozen Burlington gas customers were without service Monday after a backhoe cut through a natural gas pipeline at Alamance Road and Interstate 40 / 85. Traffic at the already congested intersection was at a standstill for more than an hour Monday morning as crews from Piedmont Natural Gas Co. sealed off the line.B1

State shows an increase in non-English speakers

In the past decade, a large part of North Carolina's population growth has been people from other countries. In fact, the 1990 census shows that 4 percent of North Carolinians speak languages other than English at home, and many more say they don't speak English well. The lack of fluency in English creates challenges for schools and law enforcement officials. A1

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