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Chronicle Telegram {Newspaper} - 1990-03-04,Elyria, Ohio C-3 chronic a tilt Florain Suntkin mooch 4,19m census Bureau expects some surprises in 90 Washington apr so Tell me about your sell a the census Bureau is about to ask americans a bit like an eager Young Man in a singles bar. Both suitor and statistician think they already know some of the answers. But inevitably both will hear things they did no to expect. A there were some surprises in 1980 and we also expect some surprises in 1990,�?� says William p. Butz associate director of the census Bureau. A there Are things we think Are happening but come the �?T90 census Well find that some of that is wrong a Butz acknowledges. What surprises Are Likely with census Day set for april 1, and months of Effort to follow in compiling and analysing the numbers Butz says simply a i done to know while the census Bureau takes a National head count Only once every 10 years it is constantly taking Sample surveys and has a pretty Good idea of what a going on with the nations Quarter Bil lion people. The 1990 census will find not Only a bigger population than in 1980, but one that is different in Many ways. Americans Are older live in different places have a larger ethnic component and have changed socially and economically in the last decade. Anticipating what the april count will find Here a a look at the census Bureau s most recent estimates How Many the . Population was estimated at 249.6 million As of Jan. 1 and should be close to 250 million by april 1, up from 226.5 million in 1980. The first census in 1790, counted 3.9 million people. That a just slightly More than now live in the Dallas fort Worth area. Who hispanics now make a big Dent in americans consciousness having increased to More than 20 million people As they flooded into the country in recent years. Hispanics now account for 8.4 percent of the population up from 6.4 percent in the 1980 census. That Means hispanics Are growing faster than the general population. A immigration accounted for about half of the Overall gain Quot said Carmen Denavas of the census Bureau. A since 1982 the Central and South american population Here has grown 67 the location and characteristics of immigrants will be of interest this time Butz said. In 1980 the Bureau was surprised at the Lack of education among haitian immigrants for example and it located some unexpected pockets of new arrivals. The nations racial breakdown also is changing. In 1980, 85.9 percent of americans were White 11.7 percent were Black and 2.3 percent were asian or members of other races. Estimates for 1990 anticipate the White share will be Down to 84.2 percent with Blacks up to 12.4 percent and asians and others rising to 3.4 percent. The 1980s appear to be the first decade in at least 100 years when More Blacks moved to the South than left it and the census Hopes to learn More about that trend Butz said. Getting an accurate county of minorities is an important Effort this time since studies of the 1980 census concluded Blacks were missed More often than Whites. Families families including a married couple account for just 56 percent of All households Down from 61 percent in 1980 and 70 percent in 1970, reflecting the growth in single people and one Parent families. Family size also has been declining As people have fewer children. In 1980 there were 79 youths aged 18 and under for every 100 families. By 1989 that was Down to 69. Prosecutor out to prove that beliefs can kill Dallas apr a prosecutor investigating the deaths of eight followers of a housewife turned guru Over the last 12 years is trying to piece together a criminal Case with a hard to prove premise that beliefs can kill. Four followers of mystical Leader Terri Hoffman have committed suicide including two of her four husbands and two died in apparent accidents. Of those six two told relatives they suffered from terminal illnesses although autopsies showed they did not and at least four bequeathed Money and property to Hoffman. Then in november police linked the deaths of an investment Counselor and his wife to Hoffman a pastiche of philosophy ancient mythology and metaphysics. David and Glenda Goodman were found shot to death in their Den two handguns beside them on the floor. On a desk a few feet away Lay two purple spiral bound notebooks in which they recorded their Devotion to Hoffman. In one Book mrs. Goodman called a the shooting the path to Success and an escape from the sufferings of the physical world. Soon she wrote to her husband he would be Able to come and go from the physical world at will just As she said a a Terri can. The journals Tell More How the Goodman both 48, were considering leaving their Home to Hoffman. Their Check registers indicated they a already Given her 110,000 Over three years police say. In addition to the deaths of the eight devotees a ninth person a housekeeper died when the car of one Follower plunged off a Colorado Cliff. Assistant District attorney Cecil Emerson said he a trying to determine whether a mind control can be legally blamed for contributing to a death which might require breaking new Legal ground. A a it a never entered anyone a mind that you could put together a Case like this a Emerson said. A a in a confident we still he conceded it would be a Long time before he could put the Case before a grand jury a if it even gets that far. A the theme of this investigation is murder Quot he said a the reality is probably so far investigators have gathered mostly autopsy reports the files of police investigations into the accidents and the financial records of some of those who died. No criminal action has been taken against Hoffman but two Terri Hoffman subject of probe lawsuits have been filed against her. In 1982, the brother of Follower Sandra Cleaver contested her will leaving everything to Hoffman including a f300,000 life insurance policy and a House. Six Days after the Case went to trial Hoffman and cleavers brother agreed out of court to split the estate. She faces a civil trial in March stemming from a wrongful death suit brought by the children of her fourth husband Don Hoffman who killed himself in september 1988. Hoffman a attorney Fred time said she is being persecuted. A a it switch Hunting a time said. A a she a supposed to have All these tremendous Powers a ridiculous. There a no history of that anywhere in the he said the suit and investigation would Clear Hoffman 51, who he described As a a Plain Ordinary person who gets Money by counselling How does he explain the number of deaths among her followers a she listens to people who Are in extremely transient stages of their life a time said. Hoffman told the associated press she would answer questions Only in the presence of time who said he would not allow her to speak to reporters while an investigation was pending. Hoffman became known in Dallas in the late 1960s and Early �?T70s for her meditation classes a blend of mythology and metaphysics in which a a masters were said to be reached. In 1974, Hoffman founded conscious development of body mind amp soul inc. To sell tapes and booklets of her teachings. She sold thousands. Time said and attracted hundreds of followers. 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