New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 2, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tuesday, Dec. 2,1980 2a|Christopher takes hostage reply to Algeria
AIXJIERS, Algeria (AP) — Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher arrived in Algiers today carrying the latest American response to Iran’s terms for freeing the 52 American hostages.
Christopher was accompanied by Redha Malek, Algeria’s ambassador to Washington, and a delegation of other American officials.
The deputy secretary is scheduled to meet with Algeiian Foreign Minister Mohamed Benyahia to relay the U.S. reply. Algeria has been acting as intermediary in the negotiations between the United States and Iran.
There was no immediate indication of a breakthrough on gaining the release of the hostages after nearly 13 months of captivity.
Christopher and other U.S. officials will be prepared to answer any questions the Algerians might have regarding the U.S. position, State Department spokesman David Nail said Monday night.
Christopher conferred over the weekend with President Carter at Camp David, M<1., about the U.S. response to Iran’s request for clarification, brought here last week by Algerian emissaries.
The contents of the U S. message were not disclosed, but it is known that the administration has tried to persuade authuiities in Tehran that there are major legal and technical complications to the terms.
The Washington Post quoted unidentified sources today as saying the message represents no change in the basic
American position carried to Algeria by Christopher three weeks ago. The latest response, the paper said, is merely a more detailed reiteration of a stance that has not changed “in broad outline” since an unsuccessful round of negotiations with Iran last spring.
The newspaper also quoted official U.S. sources as saying Christopher’s delegation is ready to caution Iran that American flexibility on the hostage issue may expire next month when President Carter leaves office. The delegation is ready to inform the Iranians through the Algerians, “It will be a whole new ball game after Jan. 20,” The Post quoted one U.S. official as saying.
State Department spokesman John Trattner dismissed on Monday any suggestion that the United States is engaged in
humilitating negotiations with violators of international law.
“Obviously, when you have a hostage situation you have to work to resolve it,” he said. “That’s what we’ve been doing. We’ll worry later about whether there is humilitation involved. I don’t think there is.”
President-elect Ronald Reagan, meanwhile, said it would be “pretty foolish” if Iran waited until after his Jan. 20 inaugural to try to get better terms. His comment was in response to a report from Tehran that an Iranian official had suggested such a delay.
Earlier Monday, a ranking White House official said the outcome of the hostage situation remains unpredictable and the domestic political situation in Iran is the crucial factor.
Grocery bills skyrocketed in November
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Grocery bills jumped by almost 24 percent last month — six times faster than they did in October, an Associated Press marketbasket survey shows.
Economists, meanwhile, are warning that the worst is yet to come, as the full impact of the summer di ought makes itself felt at the supermarket.
The AP survey covers 14 fowl and non food items, selected at random. Prices for the items weie checked at one supermarket in each of 13 cities on March 1,1973, arui have been rechecked on or about the start of each succeeding month. A 15th item, chocolate chip cookies, was dropped from the list after the manufacturer discontinued the package size used in the survey.
November brought higher prices up and down the aisles. Eggs increased at the checklist store in 12 cities; milk went up in seven cities; sugar and pork chops each rose in six cities. Coffee — which dropped in price at the checklist store in seven cities provided the only bright spot.
The AP found that the marketbasket bill went up at the checklist store in IO cities during November, rising an average of 3 2 percent. The bill decreased at the checklist store in only one city -- Atlanta, where it dropped half a percent. The total was unchanged in two cities. On ail overall basis, the average cost of the items in the AP marketbasket was 2.4 percent higher at the checklist stores at the start of December than it was a month earlier.
During October, in contrast, the marketbasket bill increased iii six cities and den eased in seven, for ait overall rise of only four tenths of a percent
November’s retail price fluctuations generally reflected changes at the farm and the wholesale level. Milk prices, for example, have been boosted by an Oct. I increase in the government price support level and by higher marketing costs. Coffee roasters have reduced wholesale prices several times in recent months.
Comparing pi ices today w ith those at the start of the year, the AP found that the marketbasket increased at the checklist store in every city surveyed, rising an average of 13.4 percent During the same period of 1979, the marketbasket total went up an average of 7 percent.
No attempt was made to weigh the AP survey results according to population density or in terms of what percent of a family's actual grocery outlay each item represents. The AP did not try to compare actual prices from city to city. The only comparisons were made in terms of percentages of increase or decrease.
The items on the AP checklist were: chopped chuck, center cut pork chops, frozen orange juice concentrate, coffee, paper towels, butter. Grade-A medium white eggs, creamy peanut butter, laundry detergent, fabric softener, tomato sauce, milk, frankfurters and granulated sugar. The cities checked were: Albuquerque, N M., Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami,
New York, Philadelphia, Providence, K L, Salt lake City and Seattle.
In Dallas, the marketbasket bill for 13 available items jumped 5.7 percent, from $19.24 to $20.33. Chopped chuck, pork chops, eggs and sugar went up; coffee and tomato sauce went down; paper towels were temporarily out of stock at the diet klist store. Everything else stayed the same.
Court to mull fate of male-only draft
WASHINGTON (AP) Sometime next year the Supreme Court could change the course of U S. military history.
The court said Monday it will decide whether any U.S military draft, or draft registration, must include women.
At issue: does a male-only draft unlawfully discriminate against men?
A three-judge federal court panel iii Philadelphia last July said yes, but the final word belongs to the nine justices of the nation’s highest court.
They piobably will hear arguments in the case in March, and announce their decision in May or June.
lf the Supreme Court agrees with the Philadelphia panel, Congress would have to rewrite the Selective Service Act to include women as potential draftees.
“I would have been delighted if the court had chosen to affirm summarily (uphold the lower court ruling without waiting to hear arguments)," said Philadelphia lawyer Donald Weinberg, who will make his first appearance before the high court to argue against the
The task of defending male-only military registration and induction will fall to the administration of President elect Ronald Reagan.
Despite the lower court’s ruling, some 4 million men were required to register for the draft last July. Millions more face registration next month.
lf the court eventually rules that the male-only system is unconstitutional, the government might have to destroy all records of those registrations
There has been no military diaft since 1973. No matter
how the court decides, Congress would have to pass a new law before call-ups could resume.
Much of the legal case will hinge on what .standard of judicial scrutiny should bt' applied to differing treatment of men and women envisioned iii the IMI draft law
Under a 197b Supreme Corn t decision, laws ti eating the sexes differently cannot survive if they do not serve “imper taut government objectives” and are not “substantially related” to achieving such objectn es.
In other matters Monday, the court:
Prime rate jumps again
NEW YORK (API- Chase Manhattan Hank today raised its prime lending late to 18.5 percent, the highest rate since May, as the surge in interest rates continued.
Chase raised its rate oil loans to its best corporate customers bom 17.75 percent, a level that was set last Wednesday. Until today, Wells F argo Hank ut San F rancisco
was charging the highest prime rate, 18 percent
Interest rates have been rising rapidly iii recent weeks, with the prune rising from 14 ;> percent in less than a month. Uie rate on six-month Treasury bills rose Monday to 14 554 percent, up from 14.03 percent a week earlier.
As a result, banks and
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'Depressed' man kills wife, children; later shot by police
— Agreed to decide in a Seattle case whether the government can withhold aid from schools that discriminate against female employees.
Agreed to decide in the case of an Olney, Md., woman whether a federal employee who charges the government w itll illegal age discrimination is entitled to a trial by jury.
Let die a $20 million libel lawsuit against NBC and Universal City Studios by two ex-aides to the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy stemming from the 1971 TV film “Tail Gunner Joe.”
savings associations will be able to pay up to 14.804 percent un six-month money-market certificates, beginning Thursday.
Other costs of funds to banks have also risen in recent weeks, and a number of bankers and analysts predicted that increases were inevitable.
DALLAS (AP) — A “very depressed’’ Dallas man said he killed his wife and lured his four children to their deaths by promising them a surprise before police gunned him down as he described the grisly slayings to a television reporter.
The man, identified as Thomas Ray Walker Jr., died at 9:30 p.m. Monday at Presbyterian Hospital, about an hour after he stepped from a phone booth screaming. “Shoot me! Shoot Me! Shoot Me!”
Police converged on a supermarket parking lot phone booth shortly after the man’s call to KDFW-TV news personnel was traced, police spokesman Bob Shaw said late Monday night.
Kenny Boles, executive producer at KDF'W-TV, said a man called about 5:15 p.m. and told a switchboard operator that he “had a good story.”
“I’ve done something terribly wrong,” Boles said the man told him. “Then he described in graphic detail how he murdered his wife and children. Basically he said he had murdered his wife in the shower while his children were outside.
“One by one, he brought the children inside, telling them he had a surprise for them,” Boles said. “As to why, he simply said he was depressed, that he did not feel his family could live through his suicide.”
After Walker, 36, was shot, officers located his address and kicked in the front door of his southeast Dallas home, police said.
Inside the bloodied home they discovered the body of Linda Jo Walker, 35, sprawled in the bathroom, and Traci, 14, Tammi, ll, Tommy, 9, and Nicholas, 7, dead on the floor,
Mrs. Walker had been shot twice in the face while she was in the shower. All were shot in the face, except for Nicholas, who was shot behind the right ear, he said.
“At least three of the children were shot on the pretext of ‘I’ve got a surprise for you,’” Shaw said.
A preliminary investigation showed the shootings began around 9 a.m. Monday, the spokesman said.
“He got the boys out of school about 9:30 a.m. and police theorize the woman was already dead,” Shaw said.
Lt. Roger Duncan and Sgt. Bill Parker went to the television station Monday evening after receiving a call from reporter Tom Steyer, who talked to the man on several occasions through the afternoon. Shaw said.
Boles said the man seemed "very depressed” during his conversations with station personnel.
“The man said he wanted the world to know why he had done what he had done,” the producer said. “He also at one point threatened our lives if we crossed him and he threatened to kill police or anyone else who got in his way.
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“It was obviously a touchy situation ... We didn’t know if it (the story) was true, or if his threats were legitimate,” he said. “All we knew was that he sounded too serious. We began to realize that the man was definitely a menace. There was no doubt in our minds about that.”
The man called again shortly after the officers arrived at the station, Shaw said, and they were able to trace his location to a phone booth outside a northeast Dallas grocery store.
“When they got there, Duncan got closest to the man and held out his badge and said, i’m a police officer’ and held his pistol in the other hand,” Shaw said. “He (the man) earlier had talked about having a pistol stuck in his pants.
“So, when Duncan confronted him, Duncan said he (the man) went crazy and said ‘Kill me! Kill me! Kill me!’ and reached for his back pocket.”
Duncan fired twice and two other officers fired five times, Shaw said.
“Three, perhaps four bullets hit the man in the chest area,” he said.
Steyer was recording his conversation with the man when police arrived, Boles said.
“He (the man) said ‘Shoot me! Shoot me!’ when police arrived,” Boles said. “The conversation ended when he was shot by police at 8:41.
After the parking lot shooting, Shaw said officers found a slip of paper indicating the man taken his children out of school on Monday.
Officers ran license plate checks on cars parked in the lot and matched one registration to the name on the slip of paper Shaw said.
They broke into the car and found a wallet, identification and photographs of the man’s children on the front seat, he said.
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