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Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - May 17, 1981, Galveston, Texas 6 6 I F g First HucchingsSaaly National Bank Established in 1842 Dedicated to the growth and progress of Galveston and all of Galveston County VOL 140 No 37 Member United Press International GALVESTON TEXAS SUNDAY MORNING MAY Texas oldest newspaper 25 daily 50 Sunday Concern for improving coastal evacuations aired By LEE HERMAN News Staff Writer TEXAS CITY Although a slate official said the name of the game in highway construction is money Galveston County leaders Saturday took the opportunity to reply that their concern is lives At a public hearing set up by state Sen James E Busier Brown county officials told a com missioner of the State Department of Highways and Public Transpor Condition of pope grea tly improved ROME UP1 Pope John Paul II was taken off painkilling drugs Saturday and his condition im proved so dramatically that pre parations were made for him to give his regular Sunday prayer broadcast from hishospital room Meanwhile police revealed the pontiff was hit by two bullets in stead of three in last weeks assassination attempt Mother Teresa of Calcutta winner of the Nobel Peace Prize joined a stream of visitors Saturday to the pontiffs glassenclosed air filtered hospital room Other visi tors included Italian President Sandro Pertini and John Pauls old friend and his 25year personal physician from Poland Dr Gabriel Turowsky The popes constitution is one of the strongest 1 have known in my career Turowsky said Romes police scientific branch released a report saying two bullets and not three as indicated previously caused the wounds to the pope and two American women Ann Odre 60 of Buffalo and Rose Hall 21 of Ayer Mass now a resident of West Germany Ballistics experts said one bullet grazed John Pauls right arm above the elbow and then critically wounded Mrs Odre A second bullet went through the popes abdomen and grazed his left index finger after exiting near the base of his spine It then struck Mrs Halls left arm and shattered the elbow Mrs Odre whose spleen was removed is no longer on the critical list and Mrs Hall underwent sur gery on her left elbow Friday A medical bulletin issued by Gemelli hospital said the popes Intestines were functioning normally and doctors said he would be able to broadcast his first prayers over Vatican Radio on Sunday Earlier in the day doctors said John Pauls life still could not be considered out of danger for at least another week to 10 days They took the 60yearold pontiff off pain killing drugs and pronounced him in satisfactory condition but said he could remain hospitalized as long as five weeks At police headquarters in Rome Turkish terrorist Mehmet AH Agca who was seized after the assassina tion attempt Wednesday main tained again that that he acted alone but police said they were focusing on photographic evidence that a secoiyl gunman was in the St Peters Square crowd ready to back him up Investigators said intelligence services worldwide were helping See POPE Page 2A tation their suggestions for im proving coastal evacuations Fortunately we dont have them hurricanes often but they just scare the daylights out of us every said Texas City Mayor Emmett Lowry trying toexplain the urgency for evacuation im provements in the area Listening to local fears and sug gestions was Highway Com missioner John R Butler and Highway District Engineer Omer Poorman Butler was appointed as one of three commissioners only two months ago Lowry Galveston City Manager Steve Huffman and County Judge Ray Holbrook joined about 30 ama teur radio operators Chamber of Commerce officials civil defense personnel and interested citizens at the morning hearing at Nessler Center Most speakers said the county evacuation efforts were adequate but that bottlenecks at certain key intersections and in Houston could be catastrophic If we dont get some of these bottlenecks cleared we are going to have a disaster that will surpass the Galveston 1900 storm that is sup posed to be the worst natural dis aster in warned a Clear Creek Chamber of Commerce official County officials mentioned the usual bottlenecks such as low spots in highways lack of traffic control at key intersections lack of coordination among the coastal counties between the county and the state and the lack of com munication between county of ficials and citizens Some of the suggestions made Saturday included Department of Public Safety Troopers stationed at key intersections such as Texas 288 and Highway 6 in Brazoria County to help direct traffic where two evacuation routes cross Texas Highway De partment and Texas Department of Public Safety personnel to take part in hurricane disaster drills in the county so they know how local communications are handled sure the highway de partment can quickly and accu rately tell local officials what roads See EVACUATION Page 2A Redistrict Plan One draws most favor By DARLA MORGAN News Staff Writer AUSTIN The majority of those testifying Saturday at a Senate subcommittee on redistricting favored a plan for senatorial dis tricts that links Galveston County with southeastern Harris County to form District 11 But Republican Sen James E Buster Brown said Republicans are working on another version of the redistricting map which will better reflect conservative growth on the Texas Gulf Coast That plan will be presented at a later date Brown said He said he doesnt support either plan submitted by the staff of the subcommittee Under Plan One of the Galveston County residents would be included in District 11 currently held by state Sen Chet Brooks of Pasadena That plan also includes residents of northeastern Galveston County in District 17 which is held by Brown Under both plans residents of Port Bolivar would be placed in District 4 now represented by Sen Carl Parker of Port Arthur Under Plan One District 17 would include Brazoria Matagorda Wharton Colorado Austin Jackson Calhoun Refugio and Aransas counties Plan Two places residents of Galveston County in District 17 Redistricting plans shown on maps Page 2A along with residents of Brazoria County and resi dents of southeastern Harris County No one testified in favor of Plan Two Although details of the alternative plan being developed by Republicans are not available Brown said the Republican plan will include a senatorial district in Harris County which would most likely elect a minority for senator Both plans offered by the subcom mittee include a district that features a predominant population The difference is the staff proposed maps preserve other dis tricts for incumbent Democrats while packing most Republicans in two districts that are already held by Republicans Brown said The Republican plan would create a district that would most likely elect a conservative Re publican candidate Brown said In the Dallas area The Coaltion for Minority Representation has joined with Republicans in opposing both redistricting plans submitted by the staff while Houston area minorities supported plan one Sim Stokes of the Dallas coalition accused the subcommitteeplan of diluting black votes in the four r senatorial districts in Dallas making it impossible for a black candidate from that area to be elected to a senatorial The subcommittee will meet again Monday possibly to vote on the proposed plans UPiTelcphoto JAMES BARRETT a relative of Atlantas 27th murder victim William Barrett bends over the 17yearolds grave Saturday to arrange flowers Like 15 other of the victims Barrett died of asphyxiation The funeral for the 26th victim Jimmy Ray Payne was held in a church across the street from the Barrett servicesjust two weeks ago Meanwhile volunteers continued to look for clues in a section of Atlanta See story Page Xexas fishermen protest legislation for 2nd day PORT OCONNOR Texas UPI Texas commercial fishermen appeared in force from Port Mansfield to Galveston for the sec ond day Saturday to protest con troversial fishing legislation However a Coast Guard Na tion s cities reported in grim financial straits WASHINGTON UPI The na tions cities no matter their size or region are in grim fiscal trouble and the federal government may have to develop new policies to deal with municipal defaults a con gressional study said Saturday The number and proportion of cities which reported deficits in this report surpassed even the most pessimistic said the survey released by the Joint Eco nomic Committee And it should be noted that cities with deficits are not confined to any one region or it added The survey which sought to look at the fiscal conditions of cities surveyed 594 cities and received responses from 275 The the report said are If the economic crisis of the cities continues it warned it could well create another round of urban While there was reason to believe outmigration from cities had begun to stabilize the report said This potential stability is now in grave danger of disintegrating The federal government may have to develop a policy for dealing with municipal default on other than an ad hoc While large proportions of cit ies of all sizes reported operating deficits for 1979 and 1980 the study found the greatest proportion of cities in deficit occurred in the largest In 1980 over 70 percent of the largest cities were in deficit and for 1981 all but four of the largest cities anticipate running it said The study did not name the four The survey was conducted before the announcement of President Reagans 1982 budget proposals but still noted that both city and state governments will be forced to live with less federal assistance it warned drastic and sudden reductions in assistance to state and local governments will See CITIES Page 2A spokesman in Corpus Christi said the fishermen were not blocking waterways In the Port Mansfield area we gave them a basic said Coast Guard Lt Etldie Mayenshein We told them they were violating federal law and they did break Port Mansfield is located about 45 miles north of Brownsville Mayenshein said although the fishermen were heeding the Coast Guards warning they continued just milling around on their boats in the waterways The fishermen are trying to draw attention to the Texas Senates approval of the redfish which would impose a twoyear ban on commercial fishing for redfish and speckled sea trout The bill is now before the House This is a peaceful said the wife of a commercial fisherman in Seadrift The woman who asked that her name not be used said fishermen were between Corpus Christi and Port Aransas Rockport and Aransas Pass and in the in tercoastal canal just below Port OConnor She estimated 90 boats were in the Corpus Christi area and 35 to 45 between Seadrift and Port OConnor Port Bolivar Seabrook Kemah and Smith Point fishermen are joining together in the Galveston See FISHERMEN Page 2A Americans advised to leave Lebanon BEIRUT Lebanon UPI The United States ordered the evacua tion of American Embassy depen dents from Lebanon Saturday and advised some other Ameri cans to leave in the face of mount ing danger of a SyrianIsraeli war on Lebanese soil Middle East troubleshooter Philip to Saudi Arabia from Israel In a broadening of his shuttle mission to ward off a SyrianIsraeli showdown over Syrias emplacement of Soviet made SAM6 missiles in Lebanon Israel which has vowed to use force to remove the missiles if diplomacy fails sent its warplanes over Beirut buzzing the Lebanese capital but avoiding eastern Lebanon where at least 27 SAM6 missiles were poised for attack Four were fired last week and one Israeli pilotless reconnaissance aircraft was shot down In heightening tension In the area a Soviet cruiser the Moskva capable of carrying 18 helicopters moved Into the Mediterranean Friday and a aircraft carrier the USS Independence was also in the same waters on its way home to Virginia from the Indian Ocean the Defense Department said She Is headed home but she might be going slower than usual until a determination Is made of the situation a Pentagon official in Washington said of the Independence which carries F14 Tomcat fighters Also in the Mediterranean were two ships on routine missions near the Israeli port of Haifa and another carrier battle group the Pentagon said Embassy Press Attache Boulos Malek said wives and children of American Embassy personnel were ordered to leave Lebanon but said a general evacuation of Americans being ordered We are telling private Ariieri can citizens that they should con sider whether they haye urgent business in the the press attache said The embassy said American citizen are living in Lebanon At the Embassy 50 Americans will remain following the depen dents departure The British and Austrian Embassies advisedtheir citizens to leave last week Observers said Habib would ap parently seek to persuade Saudi Arabia the areaswealthiest nation and ally of Syria to get Damascus to pull out its recently deployed Sovietmade missiles from Lebanon Saudi Arabia was the main fi naricer of four gulf Arab states who had provided monthly payments of million to support Syrian peacekeeping troops in Lebanon The kingdom withdrew its funds two weeks ago for undisclosed reasons Reports from Israel suggested that Habib would return to Damascus for a third time follow ing his trip to Saudi Arabia for more discussions with the Syrian leaders But there were no signs that Habibs 10day mission had made any progress Lebanon Iraq Iran Libya and the Palestine Liberation Organization have announced their readiness to come to Syrias aid if attacked by Israel which could turn the missile confrontation into a fullscale ArabIsraeli war The SAM6 missiles operate 22 miles against warplanes flying at an altitude of feet The less sophisticated SAM2 and SAM3 batteries which stationed along the Syrian Lebanese border but not inside Lebanon are used against higher flying jets Amid the increasing fears of turning Lebanon into a battlefield Lebanese Prime Minister Chefik Wazzan met separately Saturday with Ambassador John Guh ther Dean and Soviet Ambassador Alexander Soldatov The foreign diplomats refused to comment on the talks while Wazzan said the talks concerned Lebanons belief that the two superpowers should exert all forms of pressures on Israel to stop escalating its aggression that could lead the the entire area to Weather GALVESTON area forecast Partly cloudy today with a 20 percent chance of rain Fair tonight and Monday High today and Monday low 80s Low tonight low 70s BOATING and recreation forecast Small craft advisory was in effect Saturday night South to southeast winds 20 to 30 mph today decreasing to near 15 mph tonight Bay waters rough subsiding tonight Tides in Galveston Bay will run 2 to 3 feet above mean sea level through today BEACH water temperature 72 degrees Check these CONVICTED turncoat is ac quitted in morals case PageGA NEW YORK airport bomb explosion is fatal Page 12A Parade Index Amusements Bulletin Board 8D Business 4B5B Deaths 6D Of Special IB Police School 7D TV WantAdt John Tassin is painting up a storm in preparation for the Bay Area Art Show coming up next Sunday Sissy Jakovich is very proud of her two Daughter Jaime Lynn Jakovich recently won a bronze medal in the Pasadena Fun Run and son Edward Trey Jakovich won the honor of being guidon bearer for the corps Squadron Four at Texas A M University During Final Review May 9 the Ag gies delivered a superb performance in spite of the rain and the mud Now equal time for the Long horns Arent we democratic Scott Fish and Kathleen Marie Gately both of Galveston David Carol Harris and Harley Mat thew Ross both of La Marque and Keith Alan Courtney and Charles Ray Johns both of Tex as City have been named honor students by the UT College of Engineering Furthermore Dianne Holllday of Galveston was one of 14 stu dents selected for the 198182 Junior Fellows Program a IIT College of Liberal Arts program which provides outstanding students the opportunity to conduct individual research From the More Graduates Department Stephanie Btoone an QConnell High alumnus will receive a bachelors degree from Spelman College in Atlanta to day And from the Still More Graduates Department Lta v SeePASSINGPafBlA