New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
GA New Braunfels Herald-Ze/Yuny Thursday, April 18,1985Ted Turner wants control of CBS network
WASHINGTON (AP) - Broadcast maverick Ted Turner told the Federal Communications Commission today he will try to take control of CBS Inc. and is asking federal approval for the unfriendly takeover.
In papers filed by Turner’s lawyer, former FCC Chairman Charles D. Ferris, the Atlanta broadcaster said he hopes to acquire 21 million shares of CBS stock, approximately two-thirds of the voting shares in the netowrk.
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nounced on his Cable News Network that he would offer securities worth about $175 for each of CBS’s 29.7 million shares outstanding.
Turner, who owns 80 percent of Turner Broadcasting System Inc., said his offer was conditional on his receiving 67 percent of CBS’s stock.
CBS repeatedly has maintained it intends to remain an independent company and analysts have been skeptical that Turner would succeed in an unfriendly bid.
The announcement ended weeks of speculation that Turner would make such a
The papers filed with the FCC put the total value of the stocks, notes and other securities in his Turner Broadcastying System being offered to CBS stockholders at $2.98 billion.
Approximately 30 million units of Turner’s securities would be exchanged for the 21 million shares of CBS stock he hopes to acquire.
Turner said he would seek a seat on the
CBS board as soon as he can acquire the stock.
The papers constituted a formal application for FCC consent to transfer control of CBS to TBS, a necessary step because the commission has authority over broadcasters and networks.
The papers filed with the commission acknowledged that Turner expects CBS to oppose the takeover and said no cooperation from CBS management had been sought.
The application asks for a year to complete the acquisition of CBS stock, and two years to divest the combined companies of radio and television stations that exceed the number allowed a single owner under federal regulations.
Several CBS-owned radio stations would be sold, as well as WCAU television in Philadelphia, the papers said. Also, Turner would sell off radio stations in New York, Chicago, IiOS Angeles, Philadelphia and St. Louis.Israel pays special tribute to victims of Holocaust
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Rush-hour traffic froze and people halted in mid-stride, heads bowed, at the wail of sirens signaling a two-minute silent tribute today to the six million Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust.
Prominent Israelis, angered at President Reagan’s plans to visit a West German cemetary in May where members of Hitler’s SS stormtroopers are buried, declared the Holocaust must not be forgotten.
Traffic in Israel’s cities resembled a frozen tableau at 8 a.m. as drivers halted in the middle of the street, getting out of their cars to stand at attention at the whine of the sirens. Pedestrians bowed their heads.
The annual Holocaust Day observance officially began Wednesday night with commemorative ceremonies for Holocaust survivors.
“We say today to those who took part in the defeat of the Nazi beast that it is their duty too to remember and to remind, to educate and to make sure that this monstrous occurrence never happens again,” said Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir at a commemorative Tel Aviv rally Wednesday night, when the annual Holocaust Day observance began.
Although Shamir did not name Reagan, aides who distributed the text of the speech pointed to the remark as indirect criticism of Reagan.
Prime Minister Shimon Peres told a rally at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial that reconciliation
between two peoples who fought each other in World War II was legitimate, but “there is no reconciliation with the past, with wickedness, with the devil.”
Knesset Speaker Shlomo Hillel told the Israeli parliament Wednesday that Reagan’s decision “resembles a contribution, albeit an unwitting one, to the process of forgetting” the Holocaust.
The English-language Jerusalem Post said in an editorial that the commemoration was a chance “to reaffirm the resolve not to allow the memory of the six million ... to be expunged.”
The daily wrote that Jews “are deeply grateful to Mr. Reagan for his consistent support of the Jewish state. But they cannot pass over in silence the President’s readiness to bury the hatchet not only with today’s Germans but with yesterday’s Nazis.”
Following a storm of criticism in the United States and other countries of Reagan’s plans to lay a wreath at Bitberg cemetary in West Germany, the White House this week sent two staff members to West Germany to search for a monument to Nazi victims that Reagan could visit.
West German government officials confirmed Wednesday that the site of the former Bergen-Belson concentration camp and the former concentration camp at Dachau, near Munich, were being considered.Pressure
Congress gears up for changes in defense contracts
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional momentum is building for major changes in how defense contractors do business with the Pentagon amid disclosures the Boeing Co. is sifting through millions of dollars in old bills to weed out political contributions and other unallowable expenses.
It was disclosed on Wednesday that Boeing, citing negative publicity, pulled back all outstanding overhead charges for review and withdrew entirely at least $300,000 in such bills.
Many members of Congress are preparing legislation to address a wide array of alleged abuses in the defense contracting process.
; And Rep. Les Aspin, D-Wis., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said in a speech Wednesday night that Democrats have a golden opportunity in the fact that "the public perceives the procurement system to be a mess.”
“It may well have been a mess before, but now it’s a mess on Ronald Reagan’s watch,” Aspin said. “This administration let the procurement issue get away from it politically."
The Pentagon, meanwhile, answering defense industry complaints that it has overreacted to billing problems, said it has agreed to change some of its procedures requiring top executives to swear under oath that their overhead claims are proper.
Pentagon officials denied they were softening the “get tough” approach imposed last month by Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger.
But Sen. David Pryor, D-Ark., called the changes “the reversal of the new ‘get tough’ policy after only six weeks.”
“It shows how extraordinarily difficult it is to make any changes in the procurement area,” said Pryor, who indicated he now will likely introduce legislation to stop contractors from charging their public relations and general business expenses to the government.
Sen. William V. Roth, R-Del., meanwhile, introduced a legislative package which he said is designed to provide defense contractors with a firm set of guidelines to curb abuses while assuring them a fair profit.
The Pentagon’s changes will limit the number of monthly claims that must immediately be accompanied by sworn statements vouching for the propriety of the bills.
Weinberger announced his decision to require sworn statements from defense contractors following the disclosure that General Dynamics billed the Pentagon for a variety of questionable expenses, including boarding an executive’s pet dog.
Boeing now says its political contributions to hundreds of state and local candidates of both parties were billed to the Pentagon by a “totally inadvertant” mistake.
Reagan considering changes
in aid to Nicaragua
WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing stiff opposition to resuming military lid to Nicaraguan rebels, President Reagan appears willing to look at ilternatives to his plan for $14 million n new aid, House Democrats say.
As congressional head-counters gave Reagan’s plan little hope for House approval, even some longtime supporters of “Contra” aid began publicly calling Wednesday for an approach that would withhold military assistance from the rebels fighting Nicaragua’s leftist San-dinista government.
Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia, a moderate Democrat who has backed Contra aid in the past, proposed a compromise he said would keep pressure on the Sandinistas while putting “military action on the back burner.”
“The perception is — right or wrong — that the military option through the Contras has been on the front burner and is the president’s course of first resort,” Nunn said in a speech to the Coalition for a Democratic Majority, a group of moderate Democrats.
Nunn proposed giving the Contras non-lethal supplies, such as food and medicine, demanding the Sandinistas accept a dialogue with their opponents, and enlisting U.S. allies in an economic embargo on Nicaragua to keep pressure on the Sandinistas. He added if the Sandinistas still refuse to moderate their behavior, Congress should consider resumption of military aid.
Nunn’s proposal reflects a growing sense among past supporters of
Contra aid that a new approach may be needed to avert Reagan’s first major congressional defeat in his second term. The House votes on Contra aid next Tuesday or Wednesday.
Other moderate Democrats who met with Reagan on Wednesday also noted that the president seemed willing to compromise. “He said there is room for negotiation,” said Rep. J. Roy Rowland, D-Ga.
But Democratic House members said the president discussed no details of any possible compromise and indicated no intention to reduce the amount of the $14 million in Contra aid, which would start as nonlethal help but could be made military assistance if proposed peace talks fail.
In the Senate, sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said Republican leaders were looking for a way to sidestep any showdown vote at all.
A proposal under discussion by Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. David
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Syria rites to coax former Lebanon prime minister to retract resignation
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Syria was reportedly pressing Prime Minister Rashid Karami to retract the resignation of his national unity government today, as street battles again broke out in west Beirut.
Karami’s resignation came Wednesday after fighting between Sunni and Shiite Moslems and their allies from various other militant factions raged for more than 15 hours.
Police said the latest casualty toll stood at 33 killed and 135 wounded.
Machine gun bursts and rocket-propelled grenade explosions shook the city just after IO a.m. this morning, following a quiet night, sending people diving for cover in the streets.
Shops that had opened after a two-day shutdown quickly lowered their shutters and panicky motorists sped through the streets blowing their horns to get pedestrians out of their way.
Karami, 63, a Sunni Moslem, called the worst fighting in the capital in a year a “horrific nightmare,” and
announced the resignation after the Sunni militia, Mourabitoun, appeared to have gotten the worst of the fighting.
The Sunni defeat weakened Karami’s base of support and he telephoned his resignation to President Amin Gemayel, a Maronite Christian, at the presidential palace in suburban Baabda. Local radio stations said the president asked Karami to stay on until a new government can be formed.
Gemayel consulted by telephone for an hour with Syria’s president, Hafez Assad, about Karami’s resignation, local radio stations reported. The radios said that Syria was asking Karami to take back the resignation.
Syria, which has at least 30,000 troops in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, became the major power broker in the country after the U.S. peacekeeping effort ended in February 1984 Assad sponsored the national unity government Karami
formed on April 30,1984.
In Washington, State Department spokesman Bernard Kalb said the resignation “comes at an untimely moment.” He said it has been “our consistent goal to have in lebanon a central government able and willing to exert control over all lebanese territory.”
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Durenberger, R-Minn., chairman of the Intelligence Committee, would call for a statement of support for the Contras, but end all military assistance, the sources said.
In other developments:
—A congressional study reported today that National Guardsmen from the ousted regime of Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza hold 46 of the 48 positions in the command structure of the U.S.-backed Nicaraguan Democratic Force, the chief Contra group known by its Spanish initials FDN.
The report for the bipartisan Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus, a congressional caucus that has criticized Reagan in the past, challenges FDN claims that only a few former National Guardsmen remain in its ranks and those mostly at low levels.
The caucus report also said that up to 20 private U.S. groups have provided the Contras with about $5 million in financial and material support in the past year, since Congress cut off CIA funding for the rebels.
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Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, in accordance with the rules of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, hereby gives notice of the Company s intent to implement a new schedule of telephone rates in Texas, effective May 6. 1985, unless otherwise determined by the Commission The Public Utility Commission of Texas has received the application as Docket 6200
While proposals as to specific rates vary, it is expected that the requested rate schedule will furnish a 10 5 percent increase in the Companys unadjusted test year intrastate revenues or a 9 7% increase in test year revenues as adjusted for test year customer growth and annualization of test year rate increases The rate application seeks an annual increase of $323 9 million in revenues All customers and classes of customers of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company within Texas will be affected by the proposed changes
Most rates proposed for increase would increase by about 18 5 percent, including local exchange rates However, there are some exceptions. For example, those customers residing in cities that will be reclassified into larger rate groups will experience local exchange rate increases greater than 18 5 percent Also, the rate increases proposed for private line services in El Paso, due to a proposal to restructure such rates, are greater than 18 5 percent.
A complete copy of the new rate schedule is on file with the Public Utility Commission at Austin, Texas and with each affected incorporated municipality served by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company The Commission staff has contended in the past that all rates are subject to change as a result of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company s rate application This filing includes, but is not limited to. proposals to increase rates for local exchange service, mtraLATA long distance, intra-LATA interexchange private line service (which includes foreign exchange service) and to decrease certain access service rates
Notice to Customers of Other Telephone Companies
This filing includes, but is not limited to, proposals to increase rates for intraLATA long distance and for intraLATA, interexchange private line service (which includes foreign exchange service) and to decrease certain access service rates Changes in such rates would also affect customers of other telephone companies because such companies provide certain services in accordance with rates specified in Southwestern Bell Telephone Company s tariffs
Notice to All Customers Concerning Access Charges and Certain New Service charges
Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, as a part of this filing, is also proposing to reduce certain access rates charged such customers as AT&T Communications, Inc., MCI and other carriers. The resulting reduction in revenues is proposed to be offset by revenues from two new service charges, late payment charges applicable to business customers only ana for certain operator services such as busy line verification, plus stimulation of access service charge revenues. Since this portion of the filing, if granted, would have essentially a zero net revenue effect on Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, Southwestern Bell Telephone Company is proposing that this portion of the filing be expeditiously handled by the Commission and not await Final Order.
Persons who wish to intervene or otherwise participate in these proceedings should notify the Commission as soon as possible. A request to intervene, participate, or for further information should be mailed to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, 7800 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Suite 400N, Austin, Texas 78757. Further information may also be obtained by calling the Public Utility Commission Consumer Affairs Division at (512) 458-0223 or (512) 458-0227, or (512) 458-0221 teletypewriter for the deaf
En conformidad con las dtsposiciones de la Comision de Services Pubhcos de Texas Southwestern Bell Telephone Company anuneia mediante el presente aviso su mtencion de estabiet er un nuevo arancel de tarifas teiefonicas en Texas con vigenoa a par hr del 6 de mayo de 1985 salvo disposition en contrano de la Comision La Corms
Texas a registrado esta solicitud bajo el Docket 6200 Si bien existe vartacion entre las propuestas en cuanto a las taritas precisas se anticipa que el arancel tarifarto solicitado aumentara en un 10 5°o los mgresos mtraestatales no ajustados de Southwestern Ben Tete fjhone Company durante el aho de prueba o sea un aumento del 9 7 por ciento en lot mqresos del ano de prueba despues de reahzar el ajuste pot la expan cion de los usuarios y por la anua^zacion del aumento 'as para el ano de prueba El objeto de esta so licitud de taritas es loqrar un aumento anual en los mgresos de $323 9 mdliones Los cambios propuestos afectaran a todos los usuarios y grupos de usuarios de Southwestern Bell Telephone Company en el estado de Texas
La mayona de las taritas que resultarian atei tadas por el propuesto aumento aumentar an aproxnnada mente en un 18 5 por oento. mciuyendo las tantas de centrales locales Sin embargo, exist en algunas excep Clones Por ejemplo los usuarios que residen en ciudades que se reclasiticaran pat a forma* parte de grupos taritanos mayores expenmentaran aumentos mas elevados del 18 5 por ciento Por otra parte los aumentos de las taritas propuestas para services de linea prtvada en El Paso aumentar an en mas de 18 5 por ciento corno resultado de una propuesta para re estructurar tales taritas Una copia completa del nuevo arancel de tantas se halla archtvada en las oticinas de la Concision de Sen vioos Publicos en Austin Texas ast corno en cade mumcipalidad mcorporada afectuda que tonga service de Southwestern Bell Telephone Company En el pa sado. la Concision ha sostemdo que toda tanta se halla sujeta a cambio toda vez que Southwestern Bell Tete phone Company solicite nuevas tarifas El registro de esta tanta incluye. pero no en forma limitative las pro puestas de aumentar las tarifas por servicios de cen bales locales, de large distance intraLATA y per services de linea privada interLATA entre centrales (mciuyendo services de centrales externas) ast corno las propuestas de reduce ciertas taritas de servicio de acceso
Aviso a los diorites de ottas companias de teletono
El registro de esta tanta mcluye pero no en forma Ii mitativa, las propuestas de aumentar las taritas por services de larga distance mtraLATA y por servicios de linea privada intraLATA entre centrales (mciuyendo servicios de centrales externas) ast corno las propuestas de reducir ciertas taritas de servicio de acceso Los cambios en dichas tantas tambien afectanan a los cli-entes de otras compahias de teletono, puesto que dichas companias proporcionan ciertos servicios de acuerdo con las tarifas especificadas en los aranceles tantaras de Southwestern Bell Telephone Company
Aviso a todos los clientes con respecto a los cargos de acceso y a determmados cargos nuevos de servicio
Al registrar esta tarifa Southwestern Bell Telephone Company tambien propone reducir ciertas taritas de acceso que se les cobran a clientes corno AT&T Com mumcations, Inc., MCI y otras companias de larga distance La consecuente reduccion de mgresos se piensa compensar por medio de dos cargos nuevos de servicio (cargos por pago atrasado que se apiarian solamente a usuarios comerciales, y cargos por ciertos services de operadora, tales corno venticacion de linea ocupada) ademas de la estimulacion de los mgresos por cargos por services de acceso En vista de que, en caso de otorgarse esta parte del arancel fanfare registrado, su efecto real en los ingresos de Southwestern Bell Telephone Company sena igual a cero, esta propone que la Comision tramite dicha parte de la tarifa en forma expeditiva sin esperar la Orden Definitive
Toda persona que desee intervene o participar en el presente proceso debe notificar a la Comision lo antes posible Las solicitudes de intervener, participacidn o informacion deben dirigirse a Public Utility Commission of Texas, 7800 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Suite 400N, Austin, Texas 78757. Para obtener mayor informacion debe llamar a Public Utility Commission Consumer Affairs Division, (512) 458 0223, o (512) 458-0227. o al (512) 458-0221 si requiem teletipo para personas con impedimentos de audicton
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