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   Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - July 18, 1981, Galveston, Texas                                UCb 00i xi svnvo XOfl 0 bstantial internet panel ty f on aatHy withdrawal First HutxshingeSealy National Bank Established in 1842 Dedicated to the growth and progress of Galveston and ail of Galveston County 25 daily 50 Sunday VOL 139 Member United Press International GALVESTQN TEXAS SATURDAY MORNING JULY Texasoldest newspaper Democrats seek to postpone redistricting By DARLA MORGAN News Staff Writer AUSTIN Democrats dispat ched private planes throughout the state Friday to round up missing members for an important vote to postpone action on a congressional redistricting plan that had Re publican Gov Bill Clements stamp of approval State Sen Jack Ogg DHouston opened debate by asking that a vote on his Senate Bill i SB 1 be delayed until Monday Ogg angered many Democrats Wednesday by voting for an amendment to the bill that would create a predominantlyblack district in Dallas Oggs reason for the delay was the absence of four colleagues State Carl Parker DPort Arthur Kent Caperton DCollege Station Ray Farabee DWichita Falls and Bob Glasgow D Stephenville Threatening a filibuster of the proposed Medical Practice Act which subsequently received Senate okay Ogg gathered 17 votes by 11 enough to call a recess for lunch Texas Senate passes Medical Practice Act AUSTIN Texas UPI The Texas Senate Friday passed a Med ical Practice Act one of the most controversial subjects of the regu lar session but a critic of the proposal immediately criticized the plan for failing to address several issues Passage of the act will serve to regulate the medicine in the state was an ticlimatic in light of arguments moments earlier over a con gressional redistricting bill that also was to be voted on It appeared initially that the Med ical Practices bill sponsored by State Sen John Wilson DLa Grange was to be the vehicle for a filibuster by Senate Democratsijvho lost out in a previous redistricting battle and wanted to postpone con sideration of the issue until Mon day However the question of delaying a vote on the redistricting plan which liberal Democrats claim favors Republicans appeared to have been resolved and the bill was fallowed to pass Sen Lloyd Dpggett DAustin who had threatened to filibuster Wilsons bill eventually voted for the measure but said it represented only an4 improvement over the bill considered in the regular session It representsan Doggett said but it does not inject enough competition Texans are being denied health care in every part of the state because of fear of competition by the medical In particular Doggett objected because the bill does not allow optometrists to use diagnostic drugs Opthalmologist have been the main opponents to the pro vision saying that the optometrists have not had enough training in pharmacology to safely use the drugs Wilson said the House probably would add language to the bill dealing with the use of drugs by optometrists Doggett also complained that the bill does not make it mandatory for local medical boards or associations to of in competence or drug abuse by doctors to the Board of Medical Examiners The iSenate was able to reach an agreement on one issue that had stopped the bill from passing in the regular session The Texas Medical Association and the Texas Osteopathic Association worked out language that bars hospitals from dis criminating against a qualified physician because he is an os teopath in at City hotel 25 are killed KANSAS CITY Mo UPI Two concrete balconies collapsed in the Hyatt Regency Hotel lobby crowded with hundreds of people Friday night killing at least 25 and trapping and injuring an un determined number of people under Theres quite a few fire department spokesman Knobe That whole thing just collapsed We dont know how many people are under Police Sgt Jim Treece said at I least 25 people were killed in the double collapse More than 100 were injured he said Knobe estimated 500 people were on the two balconies and the main lobby floor when the concrete structures collapsed about Galveston time pulling down a chunk of the hotel with it Dozens of injured people dressed in evening attire were strewn hap hazardly on the ground outside the 40story 1yearold downtown hotel which cost million to build Some wandered bleeding and dazed The lobby floor was jammed with people attending a Tea Dance a popular Big Band event that is held each Friday at the Hyatt The dancing was just ending at the time of the collapse A witness said she heard a sud den loud clapping noise She looked up and saw what she thought was the thirdfloor balcony fall on to secondfloor balcony which all fell to the lobby floor There were hundreds of people trapped she said At least 30 emergency vehicles converged on the one of the most elegant in Kansas City to transport the injured to area hospi tals Authorities hauled in a variety of extrication equipment including cranes to aid in pulling out trapped victims Weather GALVESTON area forecast Fair and hot through Sunday High today and Sunday in the upper 80s Low tonight low 80s BOATING and recreation forecast Southerly winds near near 10 mph through Bay waters smooth BEACH water temperature 83 degrees Index Bulletin Court 12A Police TV Want 512B Check These GRAND JURY weighing Atlanta murder mysteries See Page 3A WORLD NEWS roundup is featured on Page 9A Passing Parade PickinAnd Grinnin If youre a country music fan youll enjoy the cover story in Sundays Time Out Its a profile of the Brown Brothers Bandby News Staff Writer Betty Monych Dont miss From our Priceless Treasures Department Prisms and Chandeliers Charity Club will hold a garage sale today and Sunday from 9 at 3620 Avenue groups Hazel Macklemore invites bargain hunters to drop by Welcome Home Abe Calvin Holloway will arrive on the island today for a visit with his parents Mr and Mrs Clifford Thompson Abe is serving in the See PASSING Page 2A Between the recess and 2 State Sen Payton McKnight D Tyler sponsor of the Democratic plan sent his private plane to College Station to pick up Caperton who was involved in a trial Parker flew his private plane back to Austin while Farabee and Glasgow chartered planes for their hurried trips back to the state capital The reason for the rush was that Democrats hoped to convince some of their colleagues over the weekend to support a plan more favorable to Democratic incum bents in Dallas County When all 31 senators arrived at 2 the only vote taken was to adjourn until 2 Monday This was a very important vote It means the difference in Dallas said McKnight a wealthy oil man The weekend will also give Ogg time to work out a compromise amendment concerning the two Democraticheld Dallas districts McKnight said State Sen John Wilson DLa Grange amended the Ogg re districting plan to create the Dallas minoritydominated district That amendment was supported by Ogg a position which drew widespread criticism from Democrats Wilson is currently preparing another amendment which would keep several Brazoria County cities in one congressional district The original Ogg plan would have split those cities between two districts State Sen James E Buster Brown RLake Jackson said he would withhold his support of the amendment until he could see Wilsons plan Both Democratic plans place all of Galveston County into the Ninth Congressional District Bitterly criticizing Democrats for the delaying tactics Brown ac cused the opposing party of raising the cost of state government The liberals who are causing this delay are costing taxpayers a day while we are in special session They only want more time to put more pressure on people to change their Brown said See VOTE Page 2A Gas station owner a waits Mobils move to close down unit By TERI CROOK News Staff Writer TEXAS CITY George Pugh waited all day Friday for Mobil Oil representatives to make good their threat and force him to close his Texas City station for not selling their gasoline They never showed up Pugh who has been the owner of the Mobil station at the intersection of Palmer Highway and Highway 146 since 1979 has been selling debranded gasoline for three weeks The regular and unleaded gasoline he sells costs his custom ers six cents less than the Mobil products Pugh said Mobil representatives heard of Pughs venture and sent a letter to him last week demanding he stop selling the debranded gasoline or face losing his lease for the station The letter indicated Pugh said Friday was his deadline Pugh said he was faced with going out of business if he did not start selling the debranded gaso line because he was not able to hiSwife arid thiee y6ung Since be began his debranded gasoline program his volume of business has increased 50 percent Pugh said The only reason I did this is to be competitive with other independent stations Im going to continue with this program until Mobil takes my license the 33yearold Alvin resident said After Pugh received the warning correspondence from a Dallas located Mobil representative his lawyer sent a letter to the corpora tion claiming protection under the federal 1978 Petroleum Marketing Practice Act which insures dealers of a court hearing before an oil compnay may terminate a lease Mobil representatives claim Pugh is violating his contract with the corporation by not selling Mobil products I dont think thats applicable Theyre forcing me out of busi Pugh answered The oil companies have talked themselves into believing their name alone sells the product Well theyre wrong Price sells the pro duct Theyve lost touch with the basic law of supply of he said In June the average cost per gallon of gasoline from the major dealers was for regular and for unleaded Pugh said Dealing through the open market he can buy regular for and unleaded for he added Its not ust my problem its who has a franchise with a majoV gasoline l Pugh said he received numerous calls of support and sympathy from other gasoline station owners and dealers who have heard of his plight including the Lone Star Service Station Association which has 750 Houstonarea members When he conceived the idea of debranding his station Pugh asked his Mobil representative if oil con glomerate had such a package The representative told Pugh the corn See THREAT Page 2A Hit 111 Staff Photo By Betty Monych George Pugh waits for Mobil Oil to act Israeli planes bomb Palestinian targets 134 deaths reported UPITHephoto WHY LEAVE a good pooch behind when there is an errand to be run Mrs Diane Guerrieri of Bethlehem places her poodle Jet in the rear carrier of her moped before taking care of business She claims her pet actually enjoys the ride and goes everywhere around town with her BEIRUT Lebanon UPI Re taliating for a week of guerrilla rocket attacks waves of Israeli warplanes bombed Palestinian targets in densely populated areas of Beirut Friday for the first time in seven years causing hundreds of civilian casualties The Palestinian news agency Wafa said 134 people were killed and 587 injured in the air strikes against both the city of Beirut and Palestinian targets in south Lebanon Casualties in Beirut in alone were put at 98 killed and 497 injured in the raids that marked a dramatic de parture from Israels stated policy of trying to minimize civilian casu alties in its war against the Palestinians Attacking in three waves the planes bombed a university two refugee camps and several apartment buildings containing both guerrilla offices and civilian residences in the heart of Beirut Other jetfighters struck Palesti nian targets in the south for the fifth time in a week blasting three bridges and destroying a guerrilla headquaters in the biblical port of Tyre Wafa said 36 people were killed and 90 injured in those at tacks The casualties were the highest for any single day since the Israeli invasion of south Lebanon three years ago The toll was expected to rise The civilian population was caught by surprise Casualties are very Wafa said In Jerusalem Prime Minister Menachem Begin said the raids were Israels revenge for a string of Palestinian rocket attacks on northern Israeli settements that killed three people and injured 27 4 We will not let up on the enemy until we put an end to his blood Begin said Under no conditions will we tolerate these He said that while Israel would not deliberately attack civilians we will continue to hit bases and headquarters of the terrorists even if they are deliberately located around civilian centers or in The Palestinians claimed they shot down two Israeli planes over Beirut but Israeli military officials said all of the planes returned safely to base after the 30minute raid that began at about 10 Galveston time They did not identify the planes or say how many took part in the attacks Israel has already run afoul of the Reagan administration for using its planes to attack an Iraqi nuclear reactor in violation of a law prohibiting the use of Americanmade weapons for other than defensive purposes Lebanese President Elias Sarkis summoned the US and Soviet ambassadors and requested an urgent meeting of the Security Council A spokesman said the council would convene this weekend It was the first time since 1974 that Israeli planes have bombed Beirut although they came close three years ago in a raid on Palestinian targets two miles out side the capital While Beirut was attacked with devastating Vengeance Israeli artillery and Jetfighters pounded south Lebanon with almost equal ferocity for the second day in a row An Israeli spokesman said the planes destroyed three more four were demolished Thursday   

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