New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 20, 1985, Page 6

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung December 20, 1985

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 20, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Briefly Texas Breakout attempt reported NANTES, France (AP) — Gunmen holding 13 hostages inside a courthouse tried to break out of the building with their captives early today, but lost heart and turned back when they reached the darkened lobby, a source at the scene said. The source, who spoke on condition he not be identified, said ohe of the three gunmen fired two shots during the pre dawn escape attempt, and that in the confusion, a woman court clerk who had been taken hostage was left behind and escaped. She was the 22nd captive freed since a self-proclaimed Palestinian guerrilla and two robbery defendants commandeered the courtroom on Thursday. The source’s report could not immediately be confirmed by officials. Army claims coup attempt foiled LONDON (AP) — Nigeria’s military government said today it had foiled an attempted coup by army officers. Lagos Radio, in a broadcast monitored in London, quoted Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Domkat Bali as saying: “A number of military officers have been arrested for attempting to overthrow the federal government.” It said he disclosed the failure of the takeover at a news conference in the Nigerian capital of Lagos. The radio said Bali warned that anyone else found to be involved would be “dealt with in accordance with military law.” The British Broadcasting Corp., which monitored the broadcast, said it gave no further details. The present government, headed by Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, overthrew the previous military regime on Aug. 27. Nigeria has been under military rule since Jan.I, 1984 when the elected civilian government of President Shehu Shagari was ousted. STNP gets $750 million in settlement of law suit AUSTIN (AP) — A 4-year-old legal battle over whether a former builder was responsible for delays and massive cost overruns at the South Texas Nuclear Project ended with the last of four partners accepting a $750 million settlement. Austin City Council voted 5-1 Thursday for the settlement that Brown & Root Inc. and its parent firm, the Halliburton Co., had offered and gotten approved earlier in the three other jurisdictions. Under its terms. Houton Lighting & Power gets $231 million, San Antonio Public Service $210 million, Central Power and Light of Corpus Christi $189 million and Austin $120 million, said STNP spokesman Terry Young. The money will be paid quarterly over the next seven years, beginning in January, he said. White proclaims seat belt day AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Mark White has proclaimed Jan. I as “Safety Belt Day in Texas” to encourage all motorists who haven’t started doing so to begin complying with the mandatory seat belt law. The law, which can draw fines of $25 to $50, requires drivers and front-seat passengers of autos and most pickups to wear seat belts. White said doing so is a life-saving idea. “The average person makes about 45,000 automobile trips in a lifetime. Statistically, the chances are one in three that each person will be involved in a serious or fatal crash The best preventative action that anyone can take to protect himself... is to buckle up,” he said. “I encourage all citizens to obey this law for their sake and the sake of their loved ones.” Pentagon, CIA oppose Shultz WASHINGTON (AP) - With the chiefs of the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency arrayed against him. Secretary of State George P. Shultz says he would resign before agreeing to have his loyalty checked through a lie detector test. Breaking an eight-day silence Thursday, Shultz made what is believed to be his first public threat to resign during his 34 years in office when he strongly opposed a new directive calling for the use of polygraphs to expose disloyal officials. “The minute in this government that I’m told    that I’m    not trusted is the day that I leave,” Shultz said, adding    that he    bel':,.es    lie detector tests are highly unreliable. White House spokesman Ed Djerejian refused to say whether Shultz might at some point be asked to take a lie detector test, but he stressed that the program is aimed at catching spies, not chasing down leaks to reporters. Kennedy says he's not going to run for president in '88 BOSTON (AP) — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s disavowal of a race for the White House in 1988 showed “political class” and portended a hot contest among the new generation of Democratic presidential contenders, politicians said. “I know that this decision means that I may never be president, but the pursuit of the presidency is not my life. Public service is,” Kennedy said in an unusual, paid political announcement televised Thursday evening in his home state of Massachusetts. His announcement led House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. to predict “a wide-open scramble” for the Democratic presidential nomination. It was the second time in three years that Kennedy, $3, has withdrawn from a presidential race. In 1982, he called a news conference in Washington to say that, although he wanted to be president, his “overriding obligation” was to his three children. Nation L We Love You Shannon, Jarrett and Monty and also from Your friends at First Federal Savings and Loan of New Braunfels Envoy returns to Beirut to seek Americans' release by Christmas LONDON (AP) — Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite left for Beirut today to resume negotiations for the release of American hostages, hoping for a Christmastime gesture of goodwill from their Moslem kidnappers. “I am going with suggestions that I think, if they are accepted, could lead to a resolution of this problem,” he told reporters before boarding a Middle East Airlines plane. “I would hope the fact that Christmas is coming will help,” Waite said. The lay envoy, an aide to Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Run-cie, did not say if he had become more optimistic since his two previous trips to Beirut late last month. Since then, he has visited New York and Geneva on his five-week-old mission to gain the release of four Americans who wrote to Runcie asking that he intervene on their behalf. Waite said, “It is a very opportune time to seek a resolutiort to this problem which has dragged on for far too long.” Waite said he hoped “people would recognize that Christmas is a time of peace. It would be marvelous if this Christmas we could see peaceful gestures coming from the Lebanon rather than all these pictures of violence and war.” “Religious festivals, Christian or Islamic, do have a significance for people who have a religious belief,” he said. Earlier, sources close to Waite’s mission said he probably would make an appeal to the fundamentalist Moslem captors to release the prisoners in time for Christmas. But there was no indication whether Waite had anything concrete to offer the captors. The Islamic Jihad terrorist group has said it is holding the missing Americans and has demanded Kuwait release 17 people convicted of bombing the U.S. and French embassies there in December 1983. Kuwait has refused. Three of the 17 have been sentenced to death. The four Americans who sent the appeal to the archbishop of Canterbury have been held hostage in Lebanon for periods from six to 12 months. They are Terry Anderson, chief Middle East correspondent of The Associated Press; the Rev. Lawrence Jenco, a Roman Catholic priest; David Jacobsen, director of the American University Hospital in Beirut; and Thomas Sutherland, dean of agriculture at the American University in Beirut. Two other Americans also are missing in Lebanon. Islamic Jihad claimed in October to have killed William Buckley, a diplomat, but U.S. officials say there is no conclusive evidence that he is dead. Nothing has been heard about Peter Kilburn, a librarian at the American University of Beirut missing since Dec. 3, 1984. Waite said as he left London that he would concentrate on releasing the four Americans who wrote to Runcie “because that is where my principal contacts are.” “But I shall of course be looking at the interests of the other hostages.” Authorities seek answers in prison escape PELZER, SC. (AP) - Investigators are quizzing the associates of three escaped convicts as officials tried to figure out how to prevent a repeat of the daring breakout in which a woman hijacked a helicopter, landed in a prison and swooped the trio to freedom. “What would we do? Do we want to shoot the helicopter down and risk hurting somebody?,” said Hal Leslie, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections. “You can’t put a lid over the prison.” The inmates, one a convicted murderer and the others serving lengthy sentences for armed robbery, fled Thursday from Perry Correction Institution near Pelzer aboard a helicopter that had been hijacked at gunpoint by a woman and ordered to land in the prison yard crowded with 200 inmates. Five inmates tried to board the two-passenger red-and-white helicopter when it landed, said Leslie. But pilot Larry Green told the woman, “I can’t take that many,” and two were either kicked or pushed off, Leslie said. “I was afraid that if I didn’t try to take off she might just simply shoot me,” Green told The Associated Press. "I did try to take off and with all them extra people we couldn’t,” he said, “so next thing I Ifnow a scuffle broke out and the gun went off and one fellow that was standing on the helicopter took off running and then they actually physically threw another guy out. “That left us with five total, then I was able to take off.” Guard William T. Wade. 34, of Greer, was shot, apparently by the woman, as he tried to pull the remaining inmates off, authorities said. He was in serious condition following surgery for a gunshot wound that fractured his jaw and knocked out several teeth. The four flew to a pasture four miles north of the prison, released Green unharmed and fled in a waiting car, which was later found abandoned at a convenience store. Greenville County Sheriff johnny Mack Brown identified the escapees as James Rodney Leonard, 20, serving a life sentence for murder; William Ballew, 42, serving 23 years and three months for armed robbery, contempt of court and attempted escape; and Jesse Glenn Smith, 36. serving 40 years for armed robbery, receiving stolen goods and assault and battery with intent to kill. Authorities have a good idea who the woman is but will not release her name until a positive identification is made. Brown said. “We’ve got people everywhere. We’re out beating the bushes.” Congress stumbles toward year-end adjournment WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress stumbled badly on its way to adjournment early today, stalling on arguments over a three-year, $74 billion deficit-reduction package that bounced back and forth between the House and Senate. The budget Congress adopted last August requires the package. “Vote so we can go home and say that we did reduce the deficit,” Rep. William H. Gray III, R-Pa., chairman of the House Budget Committee, pleaded with his House colleagues. “The red ink is drowning this coun try.” But each chamber twice rejected the other chamber’s version of the bill, and lawmakers decided after meeting for 15 hours to take nine hours for some sleep before trying to end the stalemate later in the day. One casualty of the wrangling was the federal cigarette tax, which automatically dropped from 16 cents to 8 cents a pack at midnight Thurs day. The deficit-reduction package contained a provision making the 16-centtax permanent. When it appeared that the first session of the 99th Congress might adjourn on Thursday, Senate Democratic Leader Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia graded the session “mediocre-minus.” “We’ve been here too long,” Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole, R-Kan, said of the session that originally had been scheduled to end in October. But Dole's comment also applied to the final day that stretched into Thursday night and then into this morning On Thursday, House and Senate negotiators working on the deficit-reduction measure reached agreement on a plan to cut $60 billion from spending and raise taxes by $14 billion over the next three years. Medicare would take the biggest cut — more than $11 billion through 1988 — but the most controversial provision would establish a new tax on most large manufacturing companies to finance the Superfund program for cleaning up toxic waste dumps The Senate approved the compromise with the Superfund provision. The House removed it. The Senate reattached it Then, the House refused to accept the Senate version In the background, administration officials were telling legislators that President Reagan opposed the Super fund tax because it was contrary to his opposition to tax increases of any kind Also on Thursday, the House and Senate approved an omnibus $368 billion spending bill to keep money flowing to much of the government for the next nine months. The spending measure — adopted 261-137 in the House and then approved by the Senate on a voice vote — gives the Pentagon $281.2 billion for the fiscal year, a $5.7 billion increase over 1985. not counting $6.3 billion in transfers from earlier years. Spending for many domestic programs would be frozen or cut. The bill included provisions that would allow senators to earn an additional $7,510 a year in speaking fees and open the door to a congressional pay raise in 1987. White House spokesman Larry Speakes said the president would sign the measure, even though it provides slightly less for defense and more for domestic programs than he wants. Fuel prices will be stable over the holidays MISSION VALLEY BIBLE CHURCH Temporarily meeting at T Bar M Conference Center W Highway 46. 629-5725 HOUSTON (AP) - Holiday travelers can expect stable gasoline prices and plenty of available fuel over the holidays, the American Automobile Association says. Fuel prices have remained mostly unchanged since Thanksgiving, except for a 6.1 cent per gallon increase in diesel fuel costs, according to a AAA survey. About 39 percent of the 266 stations surveyed by AAA will be open for Christmas and 48 percent for New Year’s Day. Fuel will be most available in metropolitan areas, AAA reported Average full service prices for regular fuel are expected to be 131.8, the same as on Thanksgiving, and 137.5 for unleaded, compared with 137.8 at Thanksgiving. Diesel fuel prices average 133.1, compared with 127 for Thanksgiving. Self-service prices for regular gasoline will be about 106.9, compared with 107.3 for Thanksgiving, AAA reported. Unleaded fuel will cwt about 113.9, up from 113.8 for Thanksgiving. Diesel prices will average 119.4 com pared with 118 8 at Thanksgiving. Worship Service 9:30 Each Sunday Morning Hcott L. Tjernagel, Paator-Teacher 2 Timothy 2:15 EVERYONE WELCOME! IMT—Bi (ABLE ISQJOICETV THIS MONTH! TS*** CONGRATULATIONS ] Barbara J. Goodell On your Graduation from Southwest Texas State University with a M.B.A. Degree. BULLETIN!! 14 KL. Gold Chain Sale Sold by the inch. “50 mil quality One Day Only Sat. Dec. 21 9 am to 9 pm Beautiful Gold Necklace and Bracelet Custom made while you wait. 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  • David Jacobsen
  • Ed Djerejian
  • Edward M. Kennedy
  • George P. Shultz
  • Hal Leslie
  • Hcott L. Tjernagel
  • Ibrahim Babangida
  • James Rodney Leonard
  • Jesse Glenn Smith
  • Larry Green
  • Larry Speakes
  • Lawrence Jenco
  • Mack Brown
  • Mark White
  • Peter Kilburn
  • Robert C. Byrd
  • Robert Dole
  • Terry Anderson
  • Terry Waite
  • Terry Young
  • Thomas Sutherland
  • William Ballew
  • William Buckley
  • William H. Gray Iii
  • William T. Wade

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: December 20, 1985