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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeituna n Thursday Seotember n 5A National Briefs Mtradlth LOS ANGELES AP Burgess Meredith versatile raspyvoiced actor whose film roles over 60 years included the fated hero in the tragic caretaker in Of Mice and Men and the crusty boxing manager in has died He was 89 Meredith died Tuesday morning at his home in Malibu his son Jonathan said He had suffered from melanoma Alzheimers disease and other complications of old age his son said He sometimes wrote directed or produced his films In later years he often took roles that seemed beneath his status as one of Americas distinguished actors He explained to an interviewer in 1967 If I spent all my time in Shakespearean companies and only did art movies like Olivier my position would be more dignified and more serious I might even be a better actor But this is America and Im a man moved by the rhythms of his time so Ill just take amusement at being a Feds set up shop at Union Pacific to monitor safety OMAHA Neb AP Federal regulators will take the unprecedented step of setting up shop at Union Pacific headquarters to monitor safety at the nations largest railroad because of violations found after a string of crashes over the summer that killed seven people The size of this railroad calls for different and unique fixes to what we consider serious Federal Railroad Administration spokesman David Bolger said Wednesday The move came after a 16day FRA inspection by about 90 investigators that found fatigued Union Pacific crews working long overtime defective equipment and harassment and intimidation of employees reporting safety problems jThe agency will decide how much to fine the railroad It will also continue monitoring Union Pacific and place one official at the companys headquarters in Omaha to i work with railroad executives astep never taken before Bolger said Union Pacific officials said they know the company has problems and hope the federal agency will help fix the errors DPS says It will boost number of troopers on highways AUSTIN AP More state troopers will hit Texas highways over the next 1 years the head of the Public Safety Commission pledged Wednesday Chairman James B Francis said he outlined the plan to Gov George W Bush after state auditors attributed a shortage of troopers to the Department of Public Safety spending money earmarked for new officers on other things We already have selected candidates for the Sept 23 1997 recruit school and we plan to put more than 100 additional troopers to work on Texas highways during the next 18 Francis said We intend to comply with the Legislatures intent of improving public safety by putting more troopers to work as soon as Bush summoned Francis to the meeting and the governor was satisfied with the DPS plans Survey More drug deals take place at school Growers optimistic about pecan crop COLLEGE STATION Although it still could go either way the 1997 Texas pecan crop is giving growers cause for optimism the Texas Agricultural Extension Service reports Extension economist Of r Uvalde said this very promising in cdtripdfisbnto the low yields from last years drought plagued crop We have a very good bumper crop this Pena said Its a little late and green but overall a good Cindy Wise Executive Vice President for the Pecan Growers Association said even though there are no official numbers yet all evidence is pointing towards high yields If pecan growers received adequate water on their crops we should not only have high yields but also high Wise said This quality will determine how steady market prices will hold said Extension Horticulturist Dr Larry Stein Beginning market prices are expected to be the same as last years ending Stein said After that prices will be determined by the quality of the Stein said the higher the quality of pecans the more likely that market prices will hold steady If quality drops over time prices will start to fall He said the weather will play a key role in determining what kind of crop will be harvested Pecans love Stein said Even though we would like a little more rain and cooler temperatures a month of overcast skies could do just as much damage as the Stein said tfrigate those who do not irrigate weather conditions are a much bigger concern The amount of rainfall received in the upcoming weeks will determine crop size and quality he said Another factor is insect damage While most crops experienced some problems Pena said insects have not caused extreme damage this year The insect problems have been much lower than Pena said Most growers were able to take control and the rains we had in June really helped by knocking insects off the Wise added that insect problems in the early spring actually helped this years crop develop The insects thinned out the crop and kept trees from becoming too heavily loaded Other growers have the option of having trees mechanically shaken to reduce the Wise said While no one will know for sure how good this years pecan crop will be until it is harvested Pena said he is optimistic about the outcome After the drought and the pecan nut casebearer problems we endured last year this years crop is expected to be much larger and of better he concluded Extension service hosts goat clinic Meat goat entries are increasing steadily and demand for information has prompted the Texas Agricultural Extension Service to offer a show goat clinic at Wednesday at the Comal County Fairgrounds The program will be on show goats and will be geared to benefit 4 H and FFA youth planning on showing goats this show season Speaking will be Warren Thigpen county extension agent and meat goat producer from Bandera County He will discuss all aspects of exhibiting goats including topics on selection care feeding fitting and showing Also on hand will be Barry Myrick speaking on the nutritional aspects of meat goats For more information contact Wade Mayfield county extension agent at 6203440 FALL ALLERGIES Do you have a RUNNY NOSE SNEEZING CONGESTION or ITCHY EYES in September or October If so we need volunteers for an allergy research study involving an investigational medication ADULTS Mri A Frn CHILDREN 12 YEARS UP NO CHARGE rOK 6 n YEARS OLD Allergy skin testing Physician monitoring Lab tests Qualified patients may be compensated up to CENTRAL TEXAS HEALTH RESEARCH NEW BRAUNFELS TX 78130 METRO NEW YORK AP Schools are no safe haven from drugs since more teenagers see drug deals at school than in their neighborhoods a new survey found Fortyone percent of high schoolers said they witnessed drug deals on school grounds while 25 percent claimed they saw them in their neighborhoods according to a study released Monday by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University School officials saw much less only 12 percent of the 789 high school teachers questioned witnessed drug deals at school The summer survey of students from urban suburban and rural schools across the country had a margin of error of percentage points The margin of error was 5 percentage points for teachers because fewer teachers were surveyed Until we get drugs out of our schools were not going to have the kind of quality education that everybody dreams Joseph Califano addiction research center president While our schools used to be sanctuaries for students many have become candy stores of dangerous substances cigarettes alcohol inhalants marijuana heroip cocaine and acid sold or used by classmates on the school said Joseph Califano former Secretary of Health Education and Welfare and president of the addiction research center Until we get drugs out of our schools were not going to have the kind of quality education that everybody dreams Califano said in recent editions of The New York Times Rates were lower for middle schoolers 18 percent had witnessed drug deals at school compared to 12 percent in their neighborhood The study also found that threefourths of high school students and nearly half of middleschool students say drugs are kept used or sold on school grounds Over a fourth of high school students also said that a student in their school died from an alcohol or drugrelated incident in the past year Thirtyfive percent of teens cite drugs as the most important problem they face slightly up from 32 percent in 1995 and 31 percent in 1996 Students at schools where marijuana was available were four times likelier to try it New grad school guides contain goofs omissions HOUSTON AP Texas Christian University hasnt had a law school since 1920 But there it is in The Insiders Book of Law School We appreciate getting national recognition but unfortunately the facts are a TCU spokesman told the Texas Journal of The Wall Street Journal in Wednesday editions Thats not the only error in the new guide books on medical law and business graduate schools published by New Yorkbased Kaplan Educational Center Under the near the beach heading in the medical school guide theres no mention of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Graduate schools at Rice University and the University of Houston also are omitted The books also list the University of TexasPan American in Edinburg as one of seven universities in Texas where they have a bounty on Truth is the Lower Rio Grande Valley area is a Democratic party bastion Houston didnt make the grade under schools listed as close to great despite the Houston Rockets NBA championships in 1994 and 1995 The Houston Comets WNBA title this year came after the guides were published And Texas Tech University in Lubbock is described as ugly and in the The guides author Mark Baker lived in Lubbock as a child and defends the portrayal saying he remembers his parents car being pelted with mud drops when dust storms would be followed immediately by rain But Baker concedes his errors on TCUs phantom law school and Houstons basketball prowess As for Texas PanAmerican he says 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