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   Texas City Sun (Newspaper) - January 3, 1994, Texas City, Texas                                Another side of Clinton, p.2 Readers rate Ann's advice, p.6 Pokes win NFC East, p.8 Texas City Sun Good morning, it's Monday, Jan. 3,1994 Serving Texas City, La Marque, Hitchcock, Santa Fe and Dickinson 50 cents daily, 75 cents Sunday Armed Indians battle with Mexican troops By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico - Armed Indian peasants fought army troops Sunday as the rebels withdrew from this popular tourist town, but they held onto three other villages and seized a fourth. There were reports of at least 12 people, including nine police, killed in the weekend uprising, the first sign of organized guerrilla activity in Mexico since the 1970s. There was no word of casualties among the rebels, who wanted to draw attention to their poverty. The federal government was watching the situation "but we have avoided the trap that they set for us, getting us to react violently," a spokesman for President Carlos Salinas de Gortari said, on condition of anonymity. The Roman Catholic bishops of Tuxtla Gutierrez, the state capital, and Tapachula asked for a truce and promised to seek a way to discuss grievances within 48 hours. "This whole thing has been terrifying for us," said Heman Pedrero, manager of the Santo Tomas Hotel on San Cristobal's main plaza, which was strewn with charred debris and office equipment destroyed by the rebels. Pedrero said the 95 tourists staying at his hotel were taken to Tuxtla Gutierrez on Sunday under army escort As the rebels left San Cristobal, they clashed with the army troops, wounding two of them near Rancho Nuevo, about six miles to the east. Amado Avendano Figaroa of the local El Tiempo newspaper said some wounded were taken to San Cristobal for treatment Francisco Arevelo, of the Novedades dc Chiapas newspaper in Tuxtla Gutierrez, said wounded soldiers were arriving at the regional military hospital there. The rebels' attacks on San Cristobal and three other towns Saturday and one on Sunday were the latest of many peasant uprisings over the years in Chiapas, one of Mexico's most impoverished and isolated states. "This region suffers from historic problems which could not be eliminated totally despite efforts by five years of this administration," Deputy interior Secretary Ricardo Garcia Vil-lalobos said in a statement. The rebels had attacked San Cristobal de las Casas, 50 miles east of Tuxla Gutierrez, plus Ocosingo, Las Margaritas and Altamirano on Saturday. They moved into Ghana!, a nearby village, on Sunday. Young woman accosted outside relative's home By CHUCK STEVICK Texas City Sun Rtporf r_ TEXAS CITY - A Houston woman visiting her aunt was accosted by a gun-toting robber Saturday night The robbery occurred about 6:45 p.m. in the driveway of a residence in the 400 block of Ninth Avenue North. Police said the 17-year-old woman was retrieving some things from her car when a man stuck a pistol fit her back and demanded her purse. When she told the thief she didn't have a purse, he said, "Give me your wallet then" - and pointed the large black pistol at her chest, according to reports. She didn't have a wallet either. As the robber grabbed the keys from her hand, a small child came out of the residence. The robber panicked, jumped on a bicycle and rode off with the keys, police said. Police searched the area, but were unable to locate the robber. He was described as Hispanic, 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-11,170 pounds. Chemical release TEXAS CITY - Police blocked off Port Industrial Road at Loop 197 South for nearly an hour Saturday night after a chemical cloud was released into the air. The chemical was reported to be methyl tert-butyl ether, a flammable gasoline additive. Police reported the release occurred at the Stan Trans dock in the 1100 block of Dock Road, but that was disputed Sunday evening by a Stan Trans supervisor. According to the supervisor, the release originated at a dock south of the Stan Trans dock. Stan Trans reported the release to authorities after two operators noticed a smell coming from the other dock, he said. He could not identify the company that uses the other dock. Police said the barricades were put up shortly before 8:30 p.m. and removed at 9:20 p.m. Drug arrest TEXAS CITY - A Texas City man was charged with felony drug possession after he lost a foot race with police Saturday. Police approached the man after observing an apparent noontime narcotics transaction in the 500 block of Second Avenue North. When the man saw police, he ran. Officer Robert Reyna ran down the suspect and arrested him at the intersection of Sixth Street and Texas Avenue, reports said. Johnny Fischer was charged with possession of cocaine and evading arrest. He was transferred to the Galveston County Jail on bonds totaling $5,500, police said. TC man robbed TEXAS CITY -An 18-year-old Texas City man was robbed outside an apartment complex Saturday evening. The victim told police he was standing in the 500 block of Second Avenue North when four men appeared and asked whether he had any money. When he said no, one man grabbed him in a bear hug while the other three went through his pockets. The thieves fled on foot with $40, police said. Suspects have been identified, but no arrests were reported. Prisoner charged TEXAS CITY - A prisoner in the city jail was charged Saturday with giving police a false name and on a warrant issued under his real name. Police said the 19-year-old suspect was arrested Thursday for traffic violations. On Saturday, an informant let police know the suspect was using a fake name, reports said. Roshone W. Elam - believed to be his real name - of La Marque was charged with giving false information and on an aggravated assault warrant Bond on the assault charge was $30,000. ANOTHER BIG GAIN - Houston Oiler running back Gary Brown is tackled by Brian Washington (48) of the New York Jets while Oiler receiver Gary Wellman, below, scoots out of the way Sunday in the Astrodome. The Oilers stomped the Jets 24-0, but the real action appeared to be on the sidelines. See Page 8. (AP photo) Wynette off life support By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS_ NASHVILLE, Term. - Ailing country music star Tammy Wynette improved enough to be removed from a life support system Sunday, and the singer issued a statement thanking her fans and God. "I don't remember a lot but I feel wonderful to be alive and want to thank everyone for their prayers," said Wynette. She had been placed on a respirator Wednesday after falling ill with a serious infection in her bile duct "1 just thank God that I'm alive," Wynette said. Wynette spokeswoman Evelyn Shriver said the singer could be removed from the hospital's intensive care section later in the week. Doctors believe Wynette's infection was caused by scar tissue from previous surgery, said Baptist Hospital official Aileen Katcher. Wynette, known as country music's "heroine of heartbreak," has recorded such hits as "Stand By Your Man" and "D-I-V-O-R-C-E." She recently recorded the album "Honky Tonk Angels" with Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. 'Russian Hitler' causing uproar By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BERLIN - Russian ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky angrily threatened Germany last week when it refused to let him visit, the government said Sunday. One report said he threatened World War III. Meanwhile, France joined the growing list of countries where Zhirinovsky is persona non grata, saying he would not be welcome. Informed by a German diplomat in Bulgaria that Bonn was denying him a visa, Zhirinovsky responded that the rebuff could lead to a new world war and Germany's ' 'complete destruction,'' the newspaper Welt am Sonntag said. The extremist, whose party won the most votes in Russia's parliamentary elections last month, also said that if he gains power he would reverse the Russian withdrawal from eastern Germany and move 300,000 troops into the country, the newspaper said in Sunday editions. The man dubbed "the Russian Hitler" by some German media also threatened to impoverish Germany by exacting more reparations for World War II, the paper said, citing unidentified German security sources. Zhirinovsky is causing great alarm in Europe with his expansionist and anti-Semitic rhetoric. He has close ties with German and Austrian right-wing extremists and has advocated carving up central Europe just as Hitler and Stalin did. A Foreign Ministry spokesman in Bonn would not disclose Zhirinovsky's specific comments Wednesday at the airport in Sofia, where he was being expelled for allegedly insulting President Zhelyu Zhelev. "He made threats against Germany but we do not wish to mention them in detail," said spokesman Markus Ederer. "He also personally insulted the German consular official." The spokesman would not confirm Welt am Son-ntag's report that Zhirinovsky threatened to have the German diplomat "liquidated" through his "good contacts" in Russian intelligence. "He yelled at the German official. He was in fact very angry," Ederer said. In an interview Sunday with ZDF television, Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel called Zhirinovsky's remarks "in form and content unseemly and uncalled for" and said Germany is confident President Boris Yeltsin and reform forces will prevail over Zhirinovsky. Meanwhile, a French official indicated Zhirinovsky should think twice if he intends to visit Paris in the springtime, or any time. Federated purchases hefty stake in Macy's By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CINCINNATI - Bloomingdale's parent company bought a share of R.H. Macy & Co. Inc. with an eye toward eventually combining the two into the nation's biggest department store company. Federated Department Stores Inc. said Sunday it closed a $449.3 million deal with Prudential Insurance Co. of America to buy half of the insurer's IS percent claim in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization of Macy's. The insurance company had been Macy's largest single creditor. Federated negotiated the deal without Macy's knowledge and only told Macy's about it the day it was announced publicly, said Carol Singer, a spokeswoman for Cincinnati-based Federated. Macy's spokesman Michael Fre-itag did not immediately return a phone call left at his New York home seeking comment The deal makes Federated a creditor of Macy's. That allows Federated a voice in what happens to the privately owned company as it tries to emerge from the bankruptcy reorganization it entered in January 1992. Ms. Sanger said it was premature to discuss what changes Federated would make if it acquired Macy's. Both companies are heavily concentrated in some retail markets, particularly New York and New Jersey. Federated paid Prudential $109.3 million in cash for the 7.5 percent stake, with the balance to be paid with interest in three years. It also took an option to buy Prudential's remaining 7.5 percent within three years. New York-based Macy's had $6.3 billion in sales for fiscal 1993. The retailer operates 111 Macy's and Bullock's department store branches, as well as I. Magnin, Aeropostale and Charter Club specialty stores. Servin Martinez of the San Cristobal Red Cross said one person was killed there. Notimex said five police were killed in Las Margaritas, and residents in Ocosingo said at least six people, including four police, died there, A man reached by telephone in Ocosingo said there were 2,000-3,000 Mexican and Central American rebels still there Sunday and that they were uniformed and armed. He said they had burned the town hall and killed some policemen. Planes collide, killing 5 By the associated PrFsS PEARLAND - Five people were killed, including a 5-year-old boy, when two planes collided in the air near a small, uncontrolled airport, authorities said. A Cessna 172 and a Mini-Cab Hawk, a home-built two-passenger plane, collided at about 4:30 p.m. near Clover Field about a mile from Pearland, the Department of Public Safety said. The field has no tower, officials said. The 5-year-old was taken by helicopter to Hermann Hospital trauma unit in Houston where he died shortly after 7 p.m., a spokeswoman for the DPS in Texas City said. The Cessna was approaching the landing field southbound when it collided above the tree line with the minicab approaching from the southeast, the DPS said. In the Cessna were a 36-year-old Pearland man, another man whose age or hometown was not available, and the boy, said the DPS. Two brothers were in the minicab, one a 39-year-old from Pearland and the other a 37-year-old from Santa Ana, Calif. The victims names were being withheld until family members could be notified. Editor's note: This is an updated version of a story that appears inside today's paper. News key � headlnes Cesar Romero, the tall, suave actor who capped a long film career with a popular television role as The Joker on "Batman" in the 1960s, is dead at age 86. PAGE 3 WEATHER Sunny and windy today, fair tonight. High in the upper 50s. � INDEX L.H. Buchorn, L.C. Dishman and Doris Goodwin, thank you for subscribing to the Texas City Sun. Volume 82, Issue 3 Ann Landers........................6 Bulletin board.......................6 Classified......................11-12 Crossword............................7 Deaths.................................3 Sports.............................8-10 Viewpoints...........................4 � PAUSE TO PRAY Dear Father, we are entirely helpless to achieve what is best for our lives without your constant guidance. Help us to turn over to you all those plans we try to make, in vain. Amen   

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