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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                HeraldZeitung O Wednesday December 25 1996 n 3A Page missing from New Orleans ships engine log By ROXANA HEQEMAN Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS AP A Coast Guard commander doesnt believe anyone tampered with the engine log of the ship that crashed into a riverside shopping mall But Cmdr Ken Parris was not asked at an inquiry Friday if he noticed that a page was missing when he checked the book right after the accident The missing page neatly cut out of the bound handwritten log covered the two days before the Dec 14 accident It has caused an uproar among several lawyers who say the page might have been used to record problems with an engine lubrication pump that failed leaving the ship almost impossible to steer After he testified Parris the senior investigating officer on the accident told The Associated Press that he did not remember if a page was missing I am satisfied there was no Parris said in the interview Parris was among the first aboard after the 763foot ship loaded with tons of com lost power and crashed into the Riverwalk mall At least 116 people were injured and more than a dozen shops and a small part of the Hilton Hotel were destroyed Also Friday a diver at the accident site was trapped for 15 minutes after he got tangled in some of the debris and pulled some collapsed building on top of him said Lt Cmdr Doug Blakemore of the Coast Guard Two other divers freed him and he was not injured The divers arc using sonar equipment in the murky Mississippi River to determine just how much of the ship is holding up the collapsed mall before moving the freighter Parris told the joint Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board that he dictated the contents for the day of the crash into a tape recorder He acknowledged during questioning that there were a couple of minor differences between the log now and what he dictated That could be because he could not read the handwriting when he was making his oral memo he said The missing page was discovered Wednesday during a break in the hearing by Rob Barnctt an attorney for the states river pilots He demanded to see the original log rather than the copies provided to the inquiry board Barnett said Friday the entries prior to the accident were written in more detail and were more neatly done than the entry for the day of the accident He also noticed the handwriting had changed That caught my eye and gave me reason to to look it the Barnilt said The missing page worried lawyers that other evidence could disappear Lost business and property danugc from the crash could total well over million said Daniel Ikend an attorney who has lied a lawsuit on behalf of mall business owners The ships owners COSCQ Shipping have tiled suit under a federal maritime statute to limit their liability to the value of the ship and its cargo about million Spurs cant take the Heat as Robinson breaks bone in foot AP Alonzo Mourning on his way to a 32point game for the Miami Heat scarcely noticed when David Robinson limped off the floor Mourning and the Heat handed San Antonio a 9079 defeat at the Alamodome but the worst news for Spurs fans came after the game The team announced that Robinson broke a bone in his left foot requiring surgery to place a screw in the bone The operation will be performed Thursday or Friday and Robinson is expected to be out six weeks He missed the first 18 games of the season with back problems Im sorry to hear Mourning said when he was told Robinson was hurt From what 1 could tell it was a freak accident But that just shows you what a physical game this Robinson said he came down on the side of his foot Id like to thank all those people who were praying for my Robinson said They did a great job It felt great Now I need a shift for my The victory the first in Miami franchise history in San Antonio improved the divisionleading Heat s to 207 with 14 of t This is obviously a different situation than we were planning for We were going in one direction and now we have to Gregg Popovich Spurs coach those wins on the road including 12 straight The Spurs who started the season 315 without Robinson fell to 618 They had a three game winning streak stopped My turnaround was working well and my teammates were doing a great job getting me the Mourning said We shot the ball well as a group and that was the key to our Miami hit 56 percent of its shots in the first half rolling to a 5141 halftime lead Mourning went 7for8 to start the game and had 21 points in the first half San Antonio closed the gap to three twice in the third quarter but the second time Mourning made two free throws and then Tim Hardaway threw in a 12 footer as the shot clock ranjout tos stretchthe lead back to Were satisfied anytime we can get a W on the said Hardaway who had 11 points and eight assists I have no idea why were playing so well but it feels The Spurs meanwhile have to figure out a way to survive six weeks without their team leader This is obviously a different situation than we were planning Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said We were going in one direction and now we have to reload Were going to have to go a completely different way Robinson who has missed only 35 games in sevenplus seasons in the league tried to put a positive spin on the injury Weve gotten better in the last week or so were playing with more he said Weve gotten a taste of what its like to Still he said the teams goal would be simply to make the eightteam playoff field This is a nightmare for a he said Now Ive got to go back and do even more Robinson and Sean Elliot led San Antonio with 18 points each Kurt Thomas added 15 for the Heat which trailed only once Woman has to share money from stolen violin By EVAN BERLAND Associated Press Writer HARTFORD Conn AP A woman who returned a 1713 Stradivarius violin that her husband stole in 1936 should have shared the finders fee with her stepdaughter the state Supreme Court ruled Monday Marcelle Hall who was an administrator of her husbands estate had argued that she should keep the entire reward because a thiefs descendants should not benefit from his crime Her lawyer has denied the estate was entitled to the fee and she argues she is being penalized for trying to do the right thing But the high court said the Gibson Stradivarius was an estate possession so Hall should have shared the fee and interest with her stepdaughter That amounts to said Christopher Donohue a lawyer for the daughter Hall who lives in a mobile home park in Claremont said the reward money is long spent in gifts to charities taxes and other uses The case of the stolen violin rocked New York in 1936 when the instrument disappeared from the Carnegie Hall dressing room of Polish virtuoso Bronislaw Huberman as he performed on stage Police never questioned Julian Altman then a 20yearold strolling violinist at the Russian Bear a nightclub next to Carnegie Hall Huberman received a insurance settlement from Lloyds of London and the trail of the Stradivarius seemed to evaporate The crime remained unsolved for nearly 50 years Hall said she learned that her husband was the thief only in 1985 when he confessed to the crime on his deathbed Hall negotiated a finders fee with Lloyds In 1987 she returned the violin to the insurer and received a reward Lloyds sold it to British violinist Norbert Brainir for million Altmans daughter and lone surviving descendant Sherry Altman Schoenwetter of Buffalo maintained she had as much a right to the reward money as her stepmother Donohue said he plans to go after a piece of land owned by Hall in Bethel worth about Hall said she plans never to return to Bethel The state of Connecticut should be ashamed really ashamed of she said I wouldnt go back to the state of Connecticut if you paid FABRICS CARDS PARTY LOOK FOR OUR FREE WITH PURCHASE COUPON AT iSwpw Selection Super I Christmas 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