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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 27, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 4A . New Braunfels He\a\d-Zeitung Tuesday, August 27,1985 DPS predicts holiday deaths AUSTIN (AP) — Although the Department of Public Safety predicts 45 Texans will die on highways this Labor Day Weekend, officials say that toll could be reduced significantly if motorists obey the mandatory seat belt law that takes effect Sunday. “We’re hoping Texans will start getting in the habit of using safety belts. If the vast majority of motorists make a conscious effort to buckle up during this Labor Day holiday period, we will see a dramatic decrease in the number of deaths,” said Jim Adams, DPS director. The seat belt law, passed by the Legislature this spring, goes into effect Sunday. However, the law includes a 90-day grace period before fines can be levied against violators. In issuing its fatality estimate for the 78-hour Labor Day period, the DPS noted that 41 people were killed in collisions last I>abor Day, with five more dying later as a result of injuries suffered in holiday crashes. Besides urging motorists to buckle up, Adams said the DPS will conduct “Operation Motor-cide” over Labor Day weekend, providing the news media with periodic updates on the highway death toll. “Our philosophy is that public awareness of the number of people who are dying on our streets and highways will make drivers more cautious and help reduce accidents,” Adams said. The DPS also will put additional state troopers on duty for the weekend to deal with the heavier traffic. Adams said that of last year’s 46 victims, 28 died in accidents in which excessive speed or alcohol were factors. Poverty rate declines WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s poverty rate dropped to 14.4 percent in 1984, down eight-tenths of a percentage point from a year earlier, with the number of Americans below the poverty level declining by 1.8 million, the Census Bureau reported today. At the same time, real median family income rose 3.3 percent to $26,430, the second increase in two years. The drop in the poverty rate, from 15.2 percent in 1983, marked the first time it had fallen since 1976. The poverty threshold for a family of four last year was $10,609. Some decline had been widely anticipated both in and out of government, due to the improving economy. Even Robert Greenstein of the private Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a group often critical of the Reagan administration, had predicted a decline in poverty. Other findings of the new study included: — The poverty rate for whites dropped from 12.2 percent in 1983 to 11.5 percent in 1984, and the rate for blacks fell from 35.7 percent to 33.8 percent. — The poverty rate among children under 18 declined from 22.2 percent in 1983 to 21.3 percent in 1984. The rate among people aged 65 and over dropped 1.8 percentage points to 12.4 percent. — Both the number of people below the poverty level and the poverty rate declined in the South and the West, while there were no significant changes in the Northeast and Midwest. In 1983, poverty had edged up 0.2 percentage points to the 15.2 rate, a disappointment to administration officials who had hoped for a decline. While critics denounced the fact that poverty went up in 1983 — contending it was a result of cuts in social programs — White House officials considered the small increase a somewhat positive step. In the 1980-82 period, poverty levels increased I percent or more annually. The poverty rate last declined between 1977 and 1978, when it edged down from 11.6 percent to 11.4 percent. A decline in poverty rates this year sounds promising, Greenstein said, but, he cautioned, the drop is largely a function of the economy, with the poverty rate declining as unemployment dropped in the last year. Now. he warned, the economy has stalled, so this drop may be a one-step event, followed by a plateau without improvement in coming years. In addition, Greenstein said, even a sizable reduction in poverty could be considered disappointing in relation to the unemployment rate. Unemployment was estimated at 7.5 percent for the first half of 1985, he pointed out, and the last time the rate was that low the poverty rate was just over 11.5 percent. West German spy scandal widens Officials applaud handling of spill SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Emergency officials gave Union Carbide Corp. high marks on dealing with the company’s second leak in two weeks here, a spill of hydrochloric acid that was contained with no injuries or evacuations. The spill Monday night, about 14 miles from an outdoor amphitheater where 60,000 people were attending a rock ’n’ roll concert, was at a different unit of the plant where a spill Aug. 13 sent some residents fleeing. After that leak, and another two days earlier at Carbide’s Institute plant, officials criticized the company for delays in reporting. Not this time. "We’re more than satisfied with the information they gave us,” Charleston public safety director Kent Carper said. “They notified us within minutes of the leak, and they let one of our people into the plant.” The spill occurred at 8:30 p.m. at Carbide’s Blaine Island unit and was contained in about an hour, said Carbide spokesman Mike Lipscomb. It was caused by a gasket leak in the plant’s silicon unit, he said. Authorities said they were notified Horoscope TUESDAY, AUGUST 27 Born today, you are one of those strong-willed, energetic and remarkably vital individuals who are very much the leading players in their own lives You are never one to take a back seat to anyone, regardless of the situation or task at hand ~ or what may be your lack of pertinent knowledge or experience. You maintain a rigid code of ethics and principles, and you make decisions based solely upon this code, not at all upon the prevailing attitudes or opinions - with which you are often at odds. Just as you are greatly admired and respected by some, you may be villi-fied by others Don’t let it get to you; you have something to offer everyone - including those who spend a great deal of energy trying to stand in your way! You should no doubt find your home and family a source of great pride Also born on this date ars Martha Rays, comedian; Tuesday Weld, actress. To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. Let your birthday star be your daily guide WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28 VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept 22) ~ Go ahead with plans fully confident that your preparation and abilities will lead to success and fulfillment LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) ~ You may face a discipline problem at home or at work Be strict, firm, reward those who set the proper example. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-NOV.21) -A prosperous, influenctal figure you once admired may come to you for assistance Don’t wonder at it; help' SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -A scheme entered into with some doubts may prove to be doubly rewarding today, but remain cautious. CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan. 19) -That nagging feeling that something is wrong may be chased away suddenly by good news received early in the day. AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) ~ Do not be so anxious for a reward that you settle for less than you deserve today Speak up if you must PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) - As you angle for position today, be careful not to use a line, lest you be caught on your own hook! almost immediately by Carbide. However, the leak was marked by confusion concerning the nature of the chemicals. Lipscomb said the leak was 35 percent hydrogen chloride and 65 percent water, ani that a white cloud that formed was steam resulting from water poured on hot equipment by the emergency crews. Rom Engle, chief chemist with the state Air Pollution Control Commission, said the chemical that spilled was the same as hydrochloric acid. “If you were in it, it would cause burning of the eyes, the skin, the respiratory system.” Carbide officials “called here and reported it was all under control,” said S.C. Nichols of the Kanawha Valley Emergency Services office. “They said it did not contain anything dangerous.” As a precaution, police said, officers closed the Patrick Street Bridge, which connects Charleston and South Charleston and runs adjacent to the plant. The leak occurred just 14 miles downriver from where a crowd gathered for an annual festival. BONN, West Germany (AP) — A high-ranking counter-espionage official who defected to East Germany may have been an undercover Communist agent for almost 20 years, government officials said. Chancellor Helmut Kohl scheduled an emergency Cabinet session today to discuss West Germany’s widening spy scandal, which authorities say will force reorganization of the entire counter-espionage operation. Interior Ministry spokesman Wighard Haerdtl told a news conference Monday that Hans Joachim Tiedge, a high-ranking counterespionage official who defected to East Germany last week, could have been a long-time East German agent. Tiedge worked for 19 years in the Constitutional Protection Office. West Germany’s primary counterespionage agency. “We have to accept the possibility that he worked for a foreign intelligence agency for years,” Haerdtl said. “In theory he could have been a spy since 1966,” another ministry spokesman, Michael-Andreas Butz, told Hie Associated Press. “His (Tiedge’s) division will have to be reorganized. This means we will have to reorganize counterespionage.” Butz said that as soon as East ARIES (March 21-April 19> - Pa Hence may be tried as inferior contin ually preys on your few weak points in hope for gain TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Financial gain may not be as great as hoped for but it should prove an am pie start Remember slow and steady GEMINI (May 21-June 20) ~ Care and understanding are essential todav. St. John s Episcopal Church Announces: The Fall registration of their Mother’s Day Out Porgram Ik* ginning Sept. 6. This program will be offered on Monday s & Friday’s from 9;30 2:30 for children ages 4 months to 2 years. For registration info, please call Myrtle at the Church ffice at 625 2532 or Ellen at ,629 5684 or Sue at 625 OM I TODAY’S THOUGHTS! WITH BOB DIETZ A minute with Andy Rooney Herald Zeitung THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE The complete English vocabulary consists of about 500.000 words Of course a computer has determined that the 26 letters in the alphabet could be arranged to form as many as 620,239,000,000 words The computers also have explained to me that the average adult knows between 35 OOO and 70,000 of these English words But an average adult uses only 7.500 of toem, even though he speaks about 18,(XX) words in a day lf all the words you spoke in one year were put on paper, they would fill 66 books, each containing 800 pages lf you live to he 60 your bound words could easily stock a smatl-town library Bob T albert When Your Thoughts Turn To Eating Out Think Of... Church’s Fried Chicken 824 W. San Antonio New Braunfels 625 0491 Germany’s official ADN news agency announced Tiedge’s defection last Friday, Bonn warned its agents abroad that they are in danger of exposure. Government officials have said privately that intelligence experts were hastily arranging to bring some of their undercover operatives out of the Soviet bloc out of fear they would be exposed by Tiedge Butz said Margarete Hoeke, a secretary in President Richard von Weizsaecker’s office arrested Saturday in connection with the spy scandal, had access to secret reports and cables from West German embassies She worked in the defense and foreign affairs section of the office, Butz said. The West German president s post is largely ceremonial, but he is kept informed on all government matters. “I’m afraid she can cause a lot of damage,” Butz said. “But not as much as Tiedge can cause.” Ms. Hoeke, 50. was the first person arrested in the scandal. Four other people wanted in connection with it are believed to have fled the country. The mass-circulation Bild daily newspaper reported today without citing its sources that about a dozen Bonn government secretaries also are under investigation in connection with the spy scandal. One of the secretaries works in Chancellor Helmut Kohl's office, Bibi said. Opposition Social Democratic Party leader Hans-Jochen Vogel described Tiedge’s defection as "the worst case of treason since the founding of the republic." “We must ask how seriously Interior Minister Friedrich Zim- mermann has taken his responsibilities,” Vogel said Meanwhile, West German television reported that Willy Brandt, former chancellor and chairman of the Social Democrats, would travel to East Berlin next month to meet Communist Party leader Erich Honecker. It will be Brandt's first trip to East Germany since he was forced to step down as chancellor in 1974 after his chief aide, Guenter Guillaume, was exposed as an East German spy. Canyon Lake Billie Study Fellowship / i 'N Meets Each Wednesday at 7:,iv p.m. Canyon lake Hills Civic < IiiIiIhhim1 (Oblate Drive) A Study of the Bible Chapter by Chapter (Now studying in the book of Acts) EVERYONE WELCOME TO ATTEND!! Non-lit no mm«i IU mu I as you may face family difficulty that could jesuit in permanent rift CANCER (jane 21-July 22) - A well-defmet plan of action should see you VKI joal m hand by day s end Take a ii ic.r d into your confidence LEO (July 23-Auv 22) - Occupy your mind with trivial, mundane matters and an impossible situation should become clear in no time. 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