Wednesday, March 20, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 2 0 HeraldZeltung 0 Wednesday March rocks Obituaries remote northwest Chin By CHARLENE L FU Associated Press Writer BEIJING AP A strong earth jtjuake struck a centuriesold trading center along the Silk Road in remote northwestern China killing at least 24 people collapsing buildings and cracking a dike More than 70 people were injured in flie quake that hit at 11 Tuesday 10 govern ment seismologists said today The number of dead injured and homeless was expected to rise when communications were restored to some of the hardesthit areas near the epi penter of the quake 35 miles north fcast of the city of Kashgar in the Xin jiang region Fiftytwo aftershocks were recorded including one with a magnitude of jsaid Zhang Yunfeng with the Xinjiang Seismology Bureau The State Seis jnology Bureau warned there could be Jnore About people were home less after the quake damaged or Sestroyed their homes Zhang said He also said more than buildings 3nd homes in Jiashi county south of flie epicenter collapsed including 28 schools More than head of livestock mostly sheep were killed in Jiashi he said Soldiers and officials were dis tributing tents to homeless families there Temperatures in the sparsely popu lated desert region with lowlying mountains were around freezing today and were expected to drop to 14 degrees F overnight Zhang said damage was estimated at million but the figure is also expected to rise In Kashgar a city of people local officials said at least several hun dred homes were damaged by the tremor Residents however said there was little visible damage Robert Kerr an American student who would not give his hometown said he saw a few minor cracks in buildings in the city center Residents described the quake as lasting from 15 seconds to more than a minute The town closest to the epicenter is Artux 15 miles or a bumpy halfhour bus ride north of Kashgar Cracks as wide as 19 inches opened up along a section of a dike at a small reservoir Water was leaking out and residents worked through the night to close the gaps Zhang said Artux a small trading town of is inhabited mainly by ethnic Kyrgyz Most live in oneor twosto ry mud brick homes with wood beam roofs covered with mud that could cause heavy casualties if they col lapsed The remote area about miles west of Beijing near Chinas border with the former Soviet republics of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan is a vibrant commercial crossroads along the old Silk Road that once connected East to West Many of its inhabitants are Mus lim ethnic minorities including Uygurs and Tajiks The official Xinhua News Agency reported that seismologists earlier this year had predicted the quake but did not say if residents were told to prepare for it Tuesdays quake followed a magnitude quake along the Mongo lian border last week and a magni tude earthquake in southwestern Yun nan province on Feb 3 which killed more than 300 people An earthquake of magnitude 7 slightly stronger than Tuesdays tem blor is considered a major earthquake and is capable of widespread heavy damage Clvo Prince McDonald Elvo McDonald age 80 of Canyon Lake TX died Sunday March 17 1996 at his residence He was bom March in Midloth ian TX to John Douglas McDonald and Jewel Prince McDonald He mar ried Nina Olive who survives him Mr McDonald was a partner in several Princes DriveIn Chains in Houston for over 40 years He was a devoted husband and father an avid fisherman and hunter He and his wife retired to Canyon Lake TX over 20 years ago Besides his loving wife Nina O McDonald he is survived by a daugh ter and soninlaw Carol McDonald Toops and Charles Toops of Austin TX Son and daughterinlaw Stephen A McDonald and his wife Jan of Montgomery TX Sister Kathlyn McDonald Philips of Huntsville TX Brother McDonald of Houston TX nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews Mr McDonald was preced ed in death by a son David S McDon ald brothers Donald Robert and George McDonald and a sister LaVone Gravitt Funeral service will be held Thurs day March 21 at 2 at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel with Rev Bill Jacobs officiating Burial will follow in the Cranes Mill Cemetery in Startzville TX Mrs Wally Marie Thames Mrs Wally Marie Thames age 91 of New Braunfels died Tuesday March 19 1996 at the Colonial Manor Care Center Funeral service is scheduled for Thursday at 10 at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel with Rev Richard Carse officiating Interment will follow in the Comal Cemetery Visitation continues today until ser vice time Thursday at the Zoeller Funeral Home Herbert E Barnes Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in Canyon Lake TX for Herbert E Barnes who died at the Baptist Med ical Center on Tuesday March 19 1996 at the age of 71 Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home Kenneth Mayfield Kenneth Mayfield of Canyon Lake died onMonday March at the Wilford Hall Medical Center at the age of 66 He was born on in Perkins OK ori November 2 1929 tdOrix Mayfield and Dora McKinsie and mar ried Helen Marie Curry on July 1 1950 in Seguin TX Mayfield was a retired Msgt Air Force and served 33 years of Military Duty including serv ing in World War II and Korea He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Canyon Lake the American Legion Post 345 and tiWCanyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department Survivors include his wife Helen Marie Mayfield of Canyon Lake mother Dora Mayfield of Still water OK daughter Valorie Luker of Canyon Lake Son and daughterin law Mark and Theresa Mayfield of Canyon Lake sisters Imogene and Lavona both of Stillwater OK broth ers Gary and Junior both of Stillwater OK and grandchildren Kevin Luker and Brian Luker both of Canyon Lake and Kena Mayfield and Mark May field Jr both of Canyon Lake There will be a graveside service only on Friday March 22 1996 at 2 at the Cranes Mill Cemetery with Full Military Honors Visitation will be from 10 until 8 Thurs day and from 9 am until 1 Friday at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Horae at Canyon Lake Memorials may be given to American Legion Post 345 Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home Texas Today terot If Called I Will Run WASHINGTON AP In what looks like a case of deja vu Ross Per 6t says hes ready to run for president ijf his new Reform Party calls on him Although the Texas billionaire said no to running just last month his fcomments Tuesday were eerily like the promise he made in 1992 to cam paign if volunteers got his name on ballots nationwide Lets assume the dust clears and thats what the members of this party Perot told WOAI radio in San Antonio Then certainly I would give it everything I j Perots remarks came as aides Worked to put his name on the Novem ber ballot in Texas Florida and a dozen other states Officially his name was Ijeing used until a Reform Party nom friee is chosen in September But those organizing the effort have made no secret that they want Perot to n and on Tuesday he said he would 4 4 Man Who Fled Trial in 1980 To Be Sentenced Today VICTORIA Texas AP More fjian 15 years after he fled frorrf a Vic toria courtroom where he faced a life prison term Jimmy Paul Atchley returned to the courtroom today to be sentenced Atchley was 24 and being tried on a tiirglary charge on Oct 23 1980 when He walked out of the courtroom with His wife and fled to Harrison Ark Atchley and his brother Joe Alan Atchley were accused of hiding inside at Penney when the store closed for the night and making off with worth of jewelry As a twotime loser he faced life in prison He was free on bail when he decided not to return for the remainder of the trial Life I was Atchley said Tuesday I just stood up walked out of the courtroom grabbed my wifes arm and I walked out Walked out got in the car and took off to Harrison UT Suspends Admissions After Court Rejects Its Affirmative Action Program AUSTIN AP University of Texas System officials worry that the rejection of a racebased admissions program for the School of Law could be the death knell for affirmative action The decision has serious impli cations for Texas including the virtu of higher j presidentof the University of Texas at Austin The UT system suspended admis sions at all 15 of its campuses Tuesday until it analyzes the impact of a feder al appeals court decision that rejected its policy of weighting law school admissions in favor of blacks and His panics The admissions freeze will last approximately one the uni versity system said The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Monday reversed a lower courts ruling that supported affirmative action at the law school Four white students had sued the school in 1994 claiming they were denied admission by an unlawful pol icy rooted solely on race Fifth Man Dies After Exposure to Contaminated Oxygen TEMPLE Texas AP Medical examiners will investigate a fifth death at a veterans hospital as possibly being linked to contaminated oxygen Liz Crossan a spokeswoman for the Olin E Teague Veterans Center said Tuesday that an autopsy has been ordered for Hugh Anderson 84 of Marquez Anderson died Tuesday six days after being exposed to tainted oxygen through the centers central oxygen system Anderson and three other men who died within hours of exposure were being treated in the hospitals inten sive care Sunday rtof jn tfte JCU It remained undetermined Tuesday whether any of the deaths were related to the tainted gas Department of Vet erans Affairs officials and Dallas County medical examiners are inves tigating possible links A total of 89 patients were exposed to the oxygen last Wednesday when a new oxygen supply contractor Air Liquide hooked up its equipment The remaining 84 patients are on bottled oxygen and appear to be doing well Mrs Crossan said The Deals are Better Becker 1991 Dodge Conversion Van V6 Tilt Cruise Luggage Rack Dual Cassette Running Boards White Miles 1993 Dodge Gram USED CARS 1992 Plymouth Vovager LI 6 Tilt Cruise Seat Quad Seating Wildberry Miles Caravan LE 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