Galveston Daily News, December 17, 1987

Galveston Daily News

December 17, 1987

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Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - December 17, 1987, Galveston, Texas Greetings First RepublicBank TheRjght Response Member THURSDAY MORNING DECEMBER MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS CaKtsion Newspapers Inc Fine Maximilians TEXAS OLDEST NEWSPAPER THE SAN LUIS HOTEL VOL 145 NO 251 ROH ROLLS TO VICTORY South Korean warns afalnst Hectton Page 114V STRONGLY BACKED Kvnrwdy and ap proval of indicated Page 2A FOREVER A BUG Andy RMMO hai a place In his heart for 0Conrwll Page1B INSIDE Count CroM d 10B 13B Entertainment OpinkM 13A Sporti TV UatlnQt Comlct 14B 6B 2A PASSING PARADE Happy SWxtoy Millie Mypollte Davena Qreana Ashley Elizabeth Halllsey RoMttaofl Alfred Lopez Patrick MarttMll Qreer Elizabeth Ward Terrance Kin Gertie and a very Mrtfxtty wish to Dolprt TMotMn Celebrating their anniversary today are Ben and Sandra Mar and Mr and Kenneth Gardner Army ftuuctl C Bretand son of Ralph E and Patricia See PASSING 15A WEATHER AREAFORECAST Partly cloudy today with a high in the mid 50s East wind 10 to 15 mph Partly cloudy tonight with a low near 50 Party cloudy and warmer Friday with a NQh near 60 GALVESTON BAY East wind near 15 Knots today East and southeast wind near 15 Knob tonight Bay waters slightly choppy to choppy More Weather 2A CLASSIFIEDS GET THE JOB DONE CALICOS 2 lovely Call I Decltwed Need home where will be treated gently kept In noon Will place Im delighted with the mulls I found lowly home for the re both In Mwgwet Outton GA VL E STON 7443611 Sweeping welfare plan OKd WASHINGTON AP The House on Wednesday passed an ambitious and controversial plan aimed at weaning the poor from dependency on welfare with new work requirements for most welfare parents The 230194 vote culminated a year that began with bipartisan consensus that the welfare system needed to be changed but ended with what one member labeled bipartisan polarization over fiscal and philosophical concerns Democratic sponsors of the fiveyear billion Family Welfare Reform called it a pro family prowork measure that shifts the burden of child support to parents and offers the services and incentives needed to make work a feasible alternative The poor children of this coun try have something to celebrate this said Rep Tom Downey chairman of the subcommittee that wrote the bill Its a strong first step toward a better life for Americas poor children and their said Stephen Heintz Connecticut welfare commissioner and chair man of the American Public Welfare Associations welfare reform project Only 13 Republicans voted for the bill and 31 Democrats voted against it reflecting the sharp ideological split over how best to help the nations poor GOP opponents labeled the bill antiwork and said it would trap people in dependency But they lost 251173 in a bid to substitute their own billion proposal which contained stringent work requirements but few benefit im provements The vote went almost along party lines with only six Republicans voting no and only three Democrats voting yes The more comprehensive welfare reform act promoted by the Democratic leadership re quires states to set up education training and work programs bolstered by child care and trans portation subsidies Most welfare parents would be required to par ticipate In other key changes states would have to extend welfare assistance to twoparent families only half do so step up ef forts to identify fathers and set up a system of immediate automatic wage withholding when a child support order is issued And they would receive financial incentives until 1991 for raising welfare benefits which in many states amount to less than half of the federal poverty standard The whole program is supposed to pay for itself in the first three years through a phaseout of child care tax credits for the welloff and acceleration of Internal Rev See WELFARE 15A Customers Shane and Cindy Bates look for that perfect tree at Optimist lot Thieves remove trees In bundles By JOYCEBOYD The Daily Hews GALVESTON Tree thieves are a new experience for the Noon Optimist Club volunteers on their Broadway tree lot Members who volunteer their time on a regular basis to sell trees say they are sadly disappointed with the thefts Over the years there have been minor thefts maybe a tree or two may have come up missing but nothing like this said one volunteer Apparently thieves are removing the trees in bundles adding up to a loss for the Optimists Volunteers noticed the fence and wires cut on Dec 10 when a Galveston police officer visited the lot He came to check out the possible thefts volunteers said Seems the word was out on the street that someone was tak ing orders for trees and that the trees were coming from this another volunteer said A nurse from John Sealy Hospital came by to buy a tree and told us there was a man at the hospital selling trees for trees that looked like they ought to be or He told hospital employees he had just put his father in the hospital and went home and got the said a volunteer The three men who were on the lot Wednesday said that no police report was made The tree salespeople dont keep a tally of the number of trees they just keep account of the revenue they said and they know they are short this year One volunteer went on to say that they SM THIEVES 15A McConnell seeks for bail HOUSTON Onetime high flyer McConnell remained in the Harris County Jail Wednes day trying to whistle up in McConnell a bankrupt devel oper accused of criminal fraud charges may have masterminded the biggest title insurance scam in history District Judge David Hitt ner Tuesday set bail at for McConnell but he also at tached some other conditions to letting McConnell out The order came four weeks after McConnell stepped off an Aeromexico flight at Intercon tinental Airport and into the handcuffs of waiting FBI men McConnells surrender was volun tary Hittners requirements for Mc Connells release were that the developer show up at all creditors meetings in his complex bankruptcy proceedings that he live in Harris County and that he get a job Hittner ordered McConnell to turn over his passport and a list of donors who are contributing to his defense fund Assistant attorney John Smith and defense attorney Dick DeGuerin are expected to argue before the judge on whether law enforcement officials should be al lowed to see the passport A Houston grand jury in October indicted McConnell and five others on charges of attempting to cheat Texas National Bank Post Oak and Home Savings Association by claiming to own property in which they had no interest Loans approved by the institu tions and backed by liens on property the defendants did not own were delivered to McConnell through people acting as straw SM MCCONNELL 15A Nicaragua to decree ceasefire MANAGUA Nicaragua AP President Daniel Ortega announced Wednesday his government will decree a ceasefire in ail combat zones with Contra rebels on Dec 24 and 25 at the request of Car dinal Miguel Obando y Bravo Only offensives against our forces and the civilian popula tion will be Ortega told reporters on the patio of the cardinals offices after a meeting with him The Sandinista government earlier had rejected a proposal made by Obando y Bravo on Dec 4 for a Christmas truce with the Contra rebels The president did not say why the decision was changed Ortega also said his gov SM TRUCE 15A County infection control policy eyed By MONTY FOWLER The Daily News GALVESTON Infectious diseases in the schools and how to deal with students who may have AIDS may result in a countywide infection control policy At Wednesdays Galveston In dependent School District board of trustees meeting the draft of a policy dealing with student hygiene and how schools can cope with students who may have ac quired immune deficiency syn drome was discussed at length Dr David McCormick the districts medical consultant said the draft policy came from initial efforts by the Galveston County Health District and Dickinson In dependent School District to come up with guidelines for both reduc ing the risks of spreading infec tious diseases and dealing with children who have AIDS or the human immunodeficiency virues which causes AIDS Committee dealing with homeport plan ByARLENEBATTISTA The Daily News GALVESTON Federal lawmakers are expected to an nounce today or Friday a funding plan for phase one of the islands Navy homeport The Senate previously ap proved a million spending plan for phase one of the project but the House of Representatives included just million in 1988 89 budget A compromise spending plan for this and several other disputed budget items is now before the SenateHouse Conference Commit tee which must decide this week what programs and services to cut said representatives from Sen Lloyd Bentsens Washington office If spending is not re duced by Friday the budget will be automatically cut as mandated by the GrammRudman deficit reduction plan Construction of the Galveston homeport facility is expected to cost about million The work will be divided into three phases with the original plan for phase one requiring million from the federal government and million from Galveston County said John Shrewsbury Navy lieutenant commander in charge of construc tion Although the final funding plan is pending funding of at least million for 198889 is ex pected he said The remaining million would be included in the 198990 budget for phase two of the project Galveston County has its mil lion in hand but that amount was approved when the federal gov ernment was promising its full phase one share of million said County Judge Ray Holbrpok If they approve million for this year our funds will be avail able at the same rate or roughly Holbrook said The county therefore would relin quish about million of the million with the rest pending ap proval of funds for phase two Galvestons homeport facility will be located at Fort Point a 50acre site near the Coast Guard facility Its primary func tion will be to send support ships to battleships leaving port in Cor pus Chrisit The Galveston port APLftserphoto The Galveston County Medical Society also is working with all nine school districts to come up with a unified policy he said The hygiene area of the report stresses handwashing and other basic hygiene precautions as well as preventing the sharing of body fluids through means such as mouthing of toys and pencils Guidelines for handling body fluids including blood vomit and saliva encourage the wearing of gloves to reduce the possible risk of infection If a student has AIDS the guidelines suggest forming a committee made up of medical and school officials and the parents to deal with each case in dividually Decisions on removing students from school will be based on indi vidual factors including students who lack toilet training have open sores or engage in behavior such See GISD 15A Deaver is found guilty WASHINGTON AP Michael K Deaver a close associate of Ronald Reagan through most of his political life was convicted Wednesday of lying under oath to deflect allegations he used his in fluence with the president in his career as a lobbyist Deaver who served as Reagans deputy White House chief of staff was convicted by a District Court jury of two counts of lying to a grand jury and one count of lying to a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee that was investigating allegations that his lobbying violated federal ethics laws The jury which began delibera tions Friday acquitted Deaver of one count charging that he had lied to the grand jury and another that he had given false testimony to the subcommittee In a written statement Reagan said he and his wife Nancy were sorry to learn of the verdict He has been a longtime friend Deaver court after threecount conviction ;