New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 28, 1984, Page 5

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February 28, 1984

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 28, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas The road "^IIIIIElj tome White HouseNew Hampshire1984 primary:February 28 1982 registered voters: 451.323 Democrats 29 6% Republicans 40 7% No party 29 7% 1980 primaries Republican Primary: Reagar 50% Bush 23% Baker 13% Anderson 10% All others 4% Democratic Primary: Carter 47% Kennedy 37% Brown 10% All others 6% 1980 presidential vote: Anderson 13%Democrats await New Hampshire results Chicago Tribun* Graphic Sources The Almanac ot American Poetics and Ne* Hampshire secretary ot state s office CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire voters, playing their traditional and often unpredictable role in presidential politics, went to the polls today watched by eight Democrats nervously waiting to see if the nation’s first primary once again will shuffle the political deck. In line with state tradition, the 27 voters of Dixville Notch, a tiny mountain hamlet, cast their ballots at midnight at the Balsams Hotel, with Sen. Ernest Hollings of South Carolina receiving 3 votes and former Vice President Walter Mondale 2 votes. Sen. Gary Hart of Colorado and former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew had I each On the Republican side, President Reagan had 15 votes, while Hollings had 5 write-ins in Dixville Notch. Most New Hampshire polls open at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m., CST, and close anywhere from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The campaign, which began more than a year ago, ended with a flurry of opinion polls saying that Hart was gaining on the frount-runner, Mondale. An ABC- Washington Post poll released Monday night showed Mondale and Hart in a virtual dead heat in New Hampshire, with each receiving 30 percent support of the 446 Democrats and independents polled while Sen. John Glenn received 14 percent and the Rev. Jesse Jackson 8 percent. The poll, based on a rolling three-day average, has margin of error of plus or minus 6 percent. The poll indicated dramatic movement of support toward Hart. A day before, the same poll showed Mondale with a seven-point lead over Hart.    An even earlier ABC- Washington Post poll had showed Mondale with a 14-point lead over Hart. Glenn, of Ohio, whose standing in the polls plunged after his disappointing fifth place finish in the Iowa caucuses last week, insisted Monday that he’s in the race to stay and predicted he would rebound and win the nomination. Glenn told a television interviewer who asked if he would pull out if he had another disappointing finish, “The answer in advance is no, I’m not getting out.’’ Reagan had only token opposition in the contest for the state’s 22 delegates to the Republican National Convention. He also might be a factor on the Democratic side where supporters were urging voters to write in his name. The Democrats also will send only 22 delegates to their party convention out of a total of more than 3,300.Cranston keeps on PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Sen. Alan Cranston, once considered a likely challenger to the front-runners for the Democratic presidential nomination, is struggling hard just to keep afloat in today’s primary election. The voting here will determine whether Cranston lingers on among die eight Democratic contenders, and campaign sources said the Californian may drop out unless there is some strong reason to believe he might make a comeback. “He’s a realist,” said one campaign official familiar with Cranston’s thinking. “In the Senate, he was known as the vote counter. Cranston is not one to let a losing fight linger on.” Publicly, Cranston insisted Monday that he will fight on and campaign in Maine where Democrats meeting in caucus Sunday will begin to choose delegates to the Democratic National Convention. “I intend to go on to Maine regardless of what happens here or fails to happen here (in New Hampshire) Tuesday,” Cranston told a group of supporters. But the numbers aren't what matters in this primary. It’s a test of whether Mondale can solidify his status as front-runner in a conservative state that has been rough on such leaders in the past as Sen. Edmund S. Muskie and George Romney. People in this state are proud to remind visitors that since 1952 no one has been elected president who didn’t first win the New Hampshire primary. Jackson moved to an emotional close of his New Hampshire campaign as he tried to overcome the impact of allegations he had referred to Jews as “Hymies," a term found offensive bv many Jewish people. After saying for nearly two weeks that he could not remember using the term. Jackson appeared Sunday night at a Manchester synagogue and ad mitted he had used the term in a private conversation. The day after his admission, Jackson still was being questioned about the incident. At a rally in Littleton, a questioner in the audience who identified himself as a Baptist minister, as is Jackson, asked the candidate if he shouldn’t withdraw from the race. Jackson replied that he would not pull out. “If there is anyone amongst us that can throw a stone based on perfection, the rock will stay on the floor,” he said. “Even Baptist ministers can’t claim perfection.” Appearing on ABC-TV’s Nightline Monday night, Jackson said he regretted the remark. “It was an unfortunate off-color remark in private conversation, and I was astounded at the attention that it finally did receive.’’ Hollings passed up Iowa and invested all his efforts in New Hampshire. Hollings acknowledged Monday that Mondale might win big enough to lock up the nomination, but he said the former vice president could not beat Reagan in November. Also campaigning even after the polls opened were Sen. Alan Cranston of California, former Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota and Askew. former governor of FloridaWhite wants help for Valley WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Gov. Mark White has accused President Reagan of ignoring the economic plight of communities near the Mexican border and suggested that the border region might have to invite a U.S. military invasion to attract federal aid. “If President Reagan doesn’t believe there is hunger in America, then let him come to South Texas where he can see it in the face of the people," White said Monday in a speech to the National Press Club. White, a Democrat, said he felt that “having seen the help that Grenada got from the administration after the invasion that maybe we should invite such an invasion of South Texas and have the Marines come down and await an economic response." White said that residents of the border region, long one of the nation's poorest, were teetering on "the precipice of economic disaster." Peso devaluations in 1982 sharply reduced Mexican buying power on the U.S. side of the border, bringing a sharp drop in retail sales and tourism and a surge in unemployment, he said. Then a winter freeze last December "caused record crop damage” in the lower Rio Grande Valley and thousands more farm workers lost their jobs, he said. White said the signs of distress were visible everywhere, in "the boarded-up businesses on main street, the dirt streets...turned to mud by rain, ramshackle one-room dwellings in which whole families live with no running water...and large numbers of jobless people...standing in lines for soup or other basic assistance...” "The president says America is back, but it isn’t back in the (Rio Grande) Valley," White said. But he said that “we ask the president for real help, in economics or enforcement or education, and we get empty gestures, giving with one hand and taking away with another." White was in Washington attending a meeting of the National Governors’ Association. Though attacking Reagan in his speech, White did not join other governors at an earlier meeting with the president at the White House. Ann Arnold, White’s press secretary, said White did not go because he was reviewing his speech. MARK WHITE Court denies Bell hike AUSTIN (AP) — Southwestern Bell, which scurried to the courthouse after the Public Utility Commission denied an immediate $280 million rate hike, today is deciding whether it will look for another courthouse. A state district judge on Monday upheld the PUC’s order denying an increase that would have added $2.75 a month to residential bills. Judge Mary Pearl Williams told the phone company it can't get the temporary hike until April 22. Paul Roth, Bell vice president for revenues in Texas, said that’s too late. Company officials say the delay w ill cost them $46 million. •‘We’ll have to talk to our lawyers. We have the right of appeal. We ll have to look at our options," Both said. The company can appeal to the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin. Attorney General Jim Mattox, whose staff defended the PUC order, called the Monday decision a "victory for ratepayers all over Texas.” "We have won a battle, but the war to keep phone rates affordable still goes on," he said. "I am hopeful that this ruling will give the PUC time to make a decision that will not stick residential customers with higher rates for phone service." Monday’s courtroom battle was over the refundable rates that utility companies are allowed to charge while rate cases are pending. Bell has a $1.3 billion case pending at the PUC. l^ast year, lawmakers added 60 days to tile waiting period between the filing of a rate hike request and the date a utility can set and collect bonded rates. The new law took effect on Sept. I Bell filed its rate case in June, but did not complete the filing until Oct. 19. Company officials said the old law — requiring a 125-day waiting period governs their case. But the commission said the new law rules because Bell didn t finish filing until Oct. 19. Mrs. Williams agreed. "It would be shocking to require the commission to carr} out its process of evaluation and decision when a utility company has not yet presented its full intention and supporting data." she said. adding that Bell’s $1.3 billion request was "not complete and subject to evaluation" until Oct. 19. Under the 185-day law, bell can charge bonded rates on April 22. but a final order in the $1.3 billion case is expected before then Iraq threatens to blow up ships NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - A high-ranking Iraqi official warned today that Iraqi forces would "destroy" all ships, whatever their nationality, approaching Iran's main oil export terminal at Kharg Island. The warning by Information Minister l^itif Nsayyef Jassem came one day after Iraq said its fighter planes attacked oil tankers anchored near the Persian Gulf island and announced a blockade of the sensitive area. Iran today denied the attack claims, calling them "imaginary and without foundation.’’ But one shipping agency source in Bahrain said "a number of vessels" — including a British tanker — had been hit. Jassem, speaking at a news conference, said tile Iraqi blockade was "serious and irreversible." "Any ship of any nationality or of any company approaching Kharg will be destroyed," the minister said. Shipping officials in the region say Japanese and Greek Winkers have been loading at Kharg. Earlier today, Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted an unidentified “informed source" on Kharg, 130 miles southeast of Iraq’s southern border, as saying, “There are no signs of a successful Iraqi air raid on oil tankers carrying Iranian crude. “Witness to this fact is the completely normal movement of ships in the region and normal activity at Kharg island at present and during the past weeks,” IRNA quoted the sources as adding. The shipping agency source in Bahrain, who declined to be identified, said “a number of vessels were hit" by Iraq but reported that navigation in the area, including the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the south end of ther gulf, was normal today. In the 3‘a-year-old war, Iran and Iraq often issue conflicting claims about battle action. Most of the reports cannot be verified because Western reporters are rarely allow ed into the w ar zone. There was no immediate Iranian response to the report that a U.S. warship in the Persian Gulf area had fired machine guns to warn off an Iranian patrol plane that came too close to American w arships Unidentified sources in Washington said the warnings were made Sunday — the first report of a U S warship opening fire in the area. The latest Iranian offensive was launched last Wednesday in the southern sector of the battlefront near Basra, Iraq’s port and second largest city. Iran said its forces have seized territory near the strategic Basra-Baghdad highway. IRNA said today that Iranian troops scored fresh victories in "intensive fighting" Monday night. 'You’ll laugh. cry. care, [and you ll come to Perms |Winner OI ll Academy Awards *    w'n9,r^ 2 OO 4 20 7 OO 9 20 Sat & Sun 7:00 9 20 Mon & Fri.    ^ 7:15 Tues Wed 4 Thurs ■    ’ I SC R t m : • 290 W ban Antonio 625 4411 Ini • SCREEN 2    . Genene Jones alone in cell for safety SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Bexar County Jail administrators say Genene Jones has been assigned ber own cell because of fears that other inmates might try to harm the nurse, who has been convicted of murdering a baby with drug injections. Ms. Jones, 33, was transferred to San Antonio this week for a pre-trial hearing on another charge accusing her of injuring a month-old boy with a shot of a blood-thinning drug. "I worry about how the other inmates will treat her,” said Ms. Jones’ court-appointed attorney, Royal K. Griffin, after Monday’s hearing. “They don’t need the same burden of proof that you and I and a judge and jury need,” he said. “They just assume she’s guilty. She needs to be segregated." Jail administrator Paul Bailey said the vocational nurse had been put in a “single cell” in a "safe section” of the jail. “I talked to her attorney and we’re very sensitive to his concerns," Bailey said. “Inmates usually don’t like other inmates who are accused of harming children in any way.” Ms. Jones was convicted two weeks ago of murdering a 15-month-old girl with shots of the powerful muscle relaxant succinylcholine at a Kerr County pediatrics clinic in September 1982. She will be tried next on a Bexar County indictment that contends she injected young Rolando Santos with an overdose of heparin, an anticoagulant, at Medical Center Hospital in January 1982. State District Judge Pat Priest granted motions Monday allowing the defense access to some evidence gathered by the district attorney’s office, but put off ruling on defense motions asking for the indictment to be quashed and for a venue change in the trial. Ms. Jones’ murder trial was moved from Kerrville to Georgetown because of extensive publicity, but Griffin said the judge wanted to wait to decide on the venue change until he ruled on all other motions. "One of the dangers about a community being highly politicized is that the people on the jury have to go back and live in that community," Griffin said. “The pressure to convict is enormous here.” Bexar County Chief Deputy District Attorney Nick Rothe, who helped prosecute the murder trial in Georgetown, said Monday that the Santos case presented some problems. “I believe it will be more difficult to try,” he said. 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