New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald Zeltung, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, April 14, 1991
Plant explosions injures two
SWEENY, Texas (AP) — Two workers were injured Saturday afternoon in a series of explosions at the Phillips Petroleum plant in this Southeast Texas town, officials said.
The initial explosion occurred about 2:25 p.m. in the heavy oil desulphurization unit, with secondary explosions at 2:55 p.m. and 3:12 p.m.
The unit, used in refining crude oil into gasoline and other petroleum products, was shut down, along with two adjacent units. Officials were uncertain what prompted the explosions.
Sharon Spencer, 34, of Bay City, was admitted to Sweeny Community Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, the company said. Ronnie McDonald, 26, Van Vleck, was listed in good condition at Hermann Hospital in Houston, where he was treated for second-degree bums, Phillips said.
The fire was contained within the refinery unit, the company said.
The fumes were not toxic or carcinogenic, spokesman Bill Wicker said, and no evacuations were ordered.
The unit is a sister facility to the Phillips polyethylene plant that exploded in 1989, killing 23 workers in Pasadena.
Dropout figures dropping?
AUSTIN (AP) — There was a 14 percent decrease in the number of students who dropped out of school last year, compared with the previous year. But Texas education officials Saturday attributed the decline to more reliable data
In 1989-90 there were 70,753 students who dropped out as compared with 82,325 in 1988-89, according to the preliminary figures presented Saturday to the State Board of Education.
For the first time, the calculation figures the dropout rate by tracking a class of students from the seventh grade through the 12th grade. According to the figures, about 27 percent, or more than one in four students who start seventh grade, drop out before their ciass graduates high school.
Joey Lozano, a spokesman for the Texas Education Agency, said the new figures indicate that school districts have become better at compiling dropout information.
He said that in the previous two years, many schools counted as dropouts students who simply transferred to another school, or moved out of the state.
Hundreds return to Fort Hood
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Thousands of soldiers will return to Fort Hood in a series of flights through Monday, post officials said.
Approximately 275 soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division and 13th Corps Support Command returned to the Central Texas post on two flights Saturday, said Maj. Jesse Seigal.
An additional 2,300 1st Cav troops were scheduled to arrive on eight flights Sunday.
Another 2,800 troops irom the 3rd Signal Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd Armored Division and 13th Coscom were scheduled to arrive on seven flights
Making plans for Folkfest, May 4 and 5 at Conservation Plaza and the Musuem of Texas Handmade Furniture are representatives of the sponsoring organizations: New Braunfels Conservation Society, Heritage Society of New Braunfels and Sophienburg Museum and Archives. Activities range from displays and exhibits on the area's history to arts and crafts and a sale of antiques and collectibles. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
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More blasts rock Cypriot tanker
Bush promises Kurdish relief
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AP) — President Bush today vowed to provide massive relief to Kurdish refugees in Iraq but pledged that no American soldier would be “shoved into a civil war in Iraq that’s been going on for
In a speech at the Air University here, Bush continued the administration’s tack of warning Iraq against attacking the Kurds in the sanctuary zone but promising to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq.
Bush’s wide-ranging remarks also focused on European and Soviet relations in the “new world order” after the demise of the Cold War. The president said the path of reform in the Soviet Union “must proceed.”
Bush said the United States “will not tolerate any interference in this massive relieve operation. We will want to help the Iraqi refugees ... victims of Saddam Hussein’s brutality.”
Bush again insisted that Saddam must be removed from power before Iraq can rejoin the world community.
“With Saddam in power, Iraq will remain a pariah nation,” Bush said.
Critics have accused the president of verbally inciting the Iraqi people to overthrow Saddam, but failing to provide any military assistance to help the effort.
“Internal conflicts have been raging in Iraq for many years,” he said. “We’re going to continue to help these refugees, but I do not want any single soldier or airman shoved into a civil war in Iraq that’s been going on for ages.”
Bush wants more input on aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush is asking Congress for sweeping changes in the foreign aid bill that would give him far more say in how the money is spent and could result in cuts to some recipients of U.S. aid.
“Events in recent months have dramatically illustrated the growing urgency for flexible and rapidly available” foreign aid. Bush told congressional leaders.
“Yet the law governing foreign assistance has become so complex, splintered and restrictive that it no longer serves our essential national interests and aspirations,” the president wrote in a letter accompanying his proposed International Cooperation Act.
GENOA, Italy (AP) — A huge explosion and two smaller blasts rocked a burning tanker Saturday, heightening fears the sinking vessel could break apart and spill millions of gallons of oil onto the Italian Riviera.
In Rome, the government declared a state of emergency, making the region eligible for special aid. There was no estimate on the amount of oil spilled from the tanker, which was loaded with nearly 41 million gallons of crude oil when it began burning Thursday.
A towering wall of black smoke could been seen from resorts west of Genoa and thousands of residents and tourists lined the beaches and waterfront to see the fire on the Cypriot-registered Haven.
The tanker was set ablaze Thursday by an explosion in a holding lank that had just been unloaded, authorities said.
Three sailors were killed and three remained missing late Saturday. Twenty-nine crew members who
jumped overboard were hospitalized with bums and smoke inhalation, 11 of them in critical condition.
Early Saturday, another big explosion hit the ship, rattling downtown Genoa. The blast ignited oil floating on the sea.
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