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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Briefly HeraldZeftung. New Braunfels(Texas Wednesday, December 4,1985 Page 11A American, German released by rebels MANILA (AP) — Moslem secessionist rebels on Wednesday released an American and a German they had held hostage in the wilderness of the southern Philippines for more than a year, the U.S. Embassy said. A brief embassy statement telephone to news agencies in Manila said John Robinow, a native of New York; and Helmuth Herbst ___________ of Munich, West Germany, were flown to a hospital at the United States’ Clark Air Base immediately after their release on Jolo Island to Pakistani Ambassador Aftab Ahmad Khan. Panic over non toxic gas NEW DELHI, India (AFD A cloud of nontoxic gas leaked from a fertilizer plant and floated over a congested area of the Indian capital today, sending hundreds of residents fleeing in panic, police said The city’s chief secretary, Virendra Prakash, said 53 people were taken to hospitals and all hut five were released after receiving first aid No one was seriously hurt, said police spokesman Satish Sharma. Three employees of the fertilizer plant were arrested on charges of “causing in juries due to negligence,” Sharma said. The leak occurred one day after the first anniversary of the gas leak at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal that killed more than 2,(MW) people Sharma identified the gas as oleum and said it leaked from a business named Sri Bam Food and Fertilizer Private Ltd. Bishops press diverse views VATICAN CITY (AP) Latin American bishops gathered at the Vatican are pressing sharply divergent views of liberation theology, with liberals saying it is indispensable to the Roman Catholic Church and conservatives arguing it has had some “very sad” results Participants in an extraordinary synod to assess the work of the Second Vatican Council say one reason for the differing opinions is the failure to agree on a precise meaning of liberation theology, whose roots date hack to South America in the I960’s. It has become a loosely used term describing highly theoretical studies, clerics’ left wing politics, and even the activities of gun-toting priests Proponents often use the Gospel to justify political action on behalf of the poor. But some use the Marxist idea of class struggle in assessing social problems a practice repeatedly condemned by Pope John Paul II and the Vatican. The Vatican on Tuesday said a group of Latin American cardinals at the synod had signed a statement applauding the Vatican’s criticism of the Marxist elements in liberation theology It provided no details. Some priests inspired by the principles of liberation theology have been helping to organize fishermen in southern India, while others are using the principles as a basis for opposing apartheid in South Africa Senate approves farm credit bill WASHINGTON (Apt The Senate has approved a rest ue package for the Farm Credit System and the House has put similar legislation Ona fast track in an effort to shore up confidence in the system before Congress adjourns for the year. On a 57 34 vote, the Senate late Tuesday passed a hill offering unlimited standby federal financial aid to the system, the nation’s largest farm lender, which is suffering along with the rest of agriculture from the most depressed farm economic conditions in decades The hill also would centralize the system’s loosely linked finances and strengthen the Farm Credit System into a true arm’s-length regulator Nation Joseph Kennedy ll plans to run BOSTON AP) A third-generation member of the Kennedy clan has quietly made it known he plans to run for the congressional seat that set his uncle, John F Kennedy, on the road to the presidency Joseph P Kennedy II. son of the late Sen Robert F Kennedy, D-N Y , was expected to announce his candidacy today for the 8th Congressional District post being vacated by House Speaker Thomas I* O’Neill The 33-year-old Kennedy has already told local politicians he plans to enter the district's Democratic primary next September, and was tagged as the overnight front-runner even before his announcement There .was no official confirmation from Kennedy or his family on Tuesday, hut his uncle. Sen Edward Kennedy, D-Mass , said he thought Joseph “would make a great congressman ” Compromise on Superfund WASHINGTON (AP) Two House committees have agreed on a compromise $10 billion “Superfund” hill, clearing the way for floor debate this week on legislation to reauthorize the stalled toxic dump cleanup program. The compromise, which is being supported by environmental groups, was reached Tuesday following two weeks of negotiations by leaders of the Energy and Commerce and Public Works and Transportation committees. IE.T. RENTALS is offering' First Week Rental* All Rent To Own Items including living room suits, bedroom suits, dinettes, washers, dryers, refrigerators, televisions, stereos, waterbeds, microwaves and much more. Two Locations To Serve Youi I IO East Court St.    672    S. Walnut Square New Braunfels 629-7080 Seguin 372-4740 Open Monday thru Saturday IO to 7 Closed Wednesdays *2 week minimum rental Textile forces fear veto in trade fight WASHINGTON (AP) - Textile forces in Congress, somber despite victory in their crusade for legislation to force import cutbacks, are clinging to a flickering hope that the measure will escape President Reagan’s veto pen. “If the president simply vetoes it without giving any explanation, I think it would anger a lot of people,” Rep. Ed Jenkins, D-Ga., said Tuesday as the House passed the measure 255-161. The bill now awaits Reagan’s signature. The margin not only fell short of the two-thirds needed for an override of a threatened veto but represented a seven-vote dropoff from House support Oct. IO for a differing version of the bill. Reagan has remained silent on the textile measure, which also would furnish aid to the import battered ap pare!, shoe and copper industries. U.S. Trade Representative Clayton K Yeutter, however, told lawmakers again Monday he would urge a Reagan veto of the measure which, despite charges it violates longstanding free-trade doctrine, emerges as the only major trade bill even to ap proach the passage stage this year. In a two-hour debate Tuesday, House supporters of the textile, ap parel and shoe industries warned of new plant closings and layoffs without action to curb imports. Rep. Olympia Snowe, R Maine, whose home state is reeling from shoe factory shutdowns, said a vote against the bill would “endorse the death of an industry .” “I ask your vote for America,” declared Flep. James H Quillen. R-Tenn. ‘‘Crafted with pride in America - what’s wrong with that?” Rep. Philip Crane, R IH., blasted the measure as ‘‘protectionism in its worst form ” Rep Hal Daub. R Neb , said it was sure to launch retaliation against U.S. exports in Asia and thus was “a kick in the teeth for American workers and especially American farmers.” The textile bill has been in the vanguard of more than 300 trade measures — many of them calling for import curbs that flooded the congressional hopper in the last eight months amid estimates that red ink in the U.S. balance of payments would rise to $150 billion this year The bill would roll back textile and apparel imports from Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea by a maximum of 30 percent and limit growth in shipments from other nations. Canada and the European Common Market would be exempted Mexico and Caribbean nations would be sheltered from the brunt of the measure The measure w'ould limit shoe imports to 60 percent of the US market and place quotas on luggage shipments from overseas It also would prod the Reagan administration to open talks aimed at getting copper exporting nations to set production quotas New problems arise for General Dynamics WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time this year, the General Dynamics Corp. has been suspended by the Pentagon from receiving new contracts because of alleged misdeeds involving past contracts. The latest suspension, on Tuesday, came just one day after General Dynamics and four former or current executives were indicted in Los Angeles on fraud counts involving alleged mischarges on an Army contract Among those indicted was NASA Administrator James M Beggs, a former General Dynamics executive The suspension order, issued by the Navy in its role as executive agent on all contractual matters involving General Dynamics, applies not only to Pentagon contracts but also to any other government work The order carries no precise time limit General Dynamics will have 30 days in which to contest the sanction or propose corrective actions. Following formal pleadings, government officials will decide how and when the freeze should be lifted General Dynamics received Pentagon contracts worth $6 billion in fiscal 1984 The company’s stock fell $1 75 on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, closing at $66 The issuance of the contract freeze prompted predictions by Pentagon sources the company could be seriously harmed if the matter is not resolved quickly. The order came as a Reagan administration source disclosed Beggs is planning to take a leave of absence from his job at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration The source, who spoke on condition of not being identified by name, said Beggs “felt he should follow the policy established by the White House in the Donovan case ’’ This was a reference to former Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan, who conducted a long defense in office against allegations that his former construction company had ties to organized crime However, he went on unpaid leave in October 1984 after being indicted by a New York grand jury. “I’ll do what I do when I ve seen the indictment,” Beggs responded in an interview with an Associated Press reporter Tuesday “I ve been put through more wringers than you can put me through in 17 hours.” General Dynamics and the four individuals were charged with one count each of conspiring to defraud the Pentagon between Jan I, 1978, and Aug 31, 1981, in connection with development of a prototype for the Army’s ill-fated Sgt York air defense gun The 39 page indictment said $7.5 million was mischarged, resulting in a $3.2 million net loss to the government. Tuesday s suspension order was similar to one issued earlier this year following disclosures of questionable administrative and overhead claims on past contracts. Alvin Spivak, a General Dynamics spokesman, branded the latest suspension "inappropriate, since the issues in the case should not have resulted in indictments against the company or its people ” The company’s earlier suspension lasted from May 21 to Aug 13. and delayed the award of more than $1 billion in contracts. 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