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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung □ Wednesday, December 25. 1996 fj 3Amissing from New Orleans snipes engine By ROXANA HEGEMAN Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Coast Guard commander doesn’t believe anyone tampered with the engine log of the ship that crashed into a riverside shopping mall. But Cmdr. Ken Parris was not asked at an inquiry Friday if he noticed that a page was missing when he checked the book right after the accident. The missing page — neatly cut out of the bound, handwritten log — covered the two days before the Dec. 14 accident. It has caused an uproar among several lawyers, who say the page might have been used to record problems with an engine lubrication pump that failed, leaving the ship almost impossible to steer. After he testified, Parris, the senior investigating officer on the accident, told The Associated Press that he did not remember if a page was missing. "I am satisfied there was no tampering,” Parris said in the interview. Parris was among the first aboard after the 763-foot ship, loaded with 56,000 tons of com, lost power and crashed into the Riverwalk mall At least 116 people were injured and more than a dozen shops and a small part of the Hilton Hotel were destroyed. Also Friday, a diver at the accident site was trapped for 15 minutes after he got tangled in some of the debris and pulled some collapsed building on top of him, said Lt. Cmdr. Doug 'Blakemore of the Coast Guard. Two other divers freed him, and he was not injured. The divers are using sonar equipment in the murky Mississippi River to determine just how much of the ship is holding up the collapsed mall before moving the freighter. Parris told the joint Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board that he dictated the contents for the day of the crash into a tape recorder. He acknowledged during questioning that there were a couple of minor differences between the log now and what he dictated. That could be because he could not read the handwriting when he was making his oral memo, he said. The missing page was discovered Wednesday during a break in the hearing by Rob Barnett, an attorney for the state's river pilots. He demanded to see the original log rather than the copies provided to the inquiry board. Barnett said Friday the entries prior to the accident were written in more detail and were more neatly done than the entry for the day of the accident. He also noticed the handwriting had changed. That caught my eye and gave me reason to want to look at the original," Barnett said. The missing page worried lawyers 'that other evidence could disappear. Lost business and propeity damage from the crash could total well over $500 million, said Daniel Becnel, an attorney who has tiled a lawsuit on behalf of mall business owners The ships owners, CO SGO Shipping Co., have filed suit under a federal maritime statute to limit their liability to the value of the ship and its cargo, about SIO million. Spurs can’t take the Heat as Robinson breaks bone in foot Tv-    IS    •    I    RAMI    S    •    NI    I    DI    I    Aft    I    •    ARI    SUPP!    IFS    •    IARRICS    •    CARDS    &    PARTY    SHO/O (AP) — Alonzo Mourning, on his way to a 32-point game for the Miami Heat, scarcely noticed when David Robinson limped off the floor. Mourning and the Heat handed San Antonio a 90-79 defeat at the Alamodome, but the worst news for Spurs fans came after the game. The team announced that Robinson broke a bone in his left foot, requiring surgery to place a screw in the bone. The operation will be performed Thursday or Friday, and Robinson is expected to be out six weeks. He missed the first 18 games of the season with back problems. "I’m sorry to hear that,” Mourning said when he was told Robinson was hurt. "From what I could tell, it was a freak accident. But that just shows you what a physical game this is.” Robinson said he came down on the side of his foot. "I’d like to thank all those people who were praying for my back,” Robinson said. "They did a great job. It felt great. "Now I need a shift for my foot.” The victory, the first in Miami franchise history in San Antonio, improved the division-leading Heat’s record to 20-7. with 14 of This is obviously a different situation than we were planning for. We were going in one direction and now we have to reload.’ — Gregg Popovich Spurs’ coach those wins on the road, including 12 straight. The Spurs, who started the season 3-15 without Robinson, fell to 6-18. They had a three-game winning streak stopped. My turnaround was working well and my teammates were doing a great job getting me the ball,” Mourning said. "We shot the ball well as a group, and that was the key to our success.” Miami hit 56 percent of its shots in the first half, rolling to a 51-41 halftime lead. Mourning went 7-for-8 to start the game and had 21 points in the first half. San Antonio closed the gap to three twice in the third quarter, but the second time Mourning made two free throws and then Tim Hardaway threw in a 12-footer as the shot clock ran out to stretch the lead back to 63-56. "We’re satisfied anytime we can get a W on the road,” said Hardaway, who had I I points and eight assists. "I have no idea why we’re playing so well, but it feels great.” The Spurs, meanwhile, have to figure out a way to survive six weeks without their team leader "This is obviously a different situation than we were planning for,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We were going in one direction, and now we have to reload. We’re going to have to go a completely different way now.” Robinson, who has missed only 35 games in seven-plus seasons in the league, tried to put a positive spin on the injury. "We’ve gotten better in the last week or so; we’re playing with more confidence,” he said. "We’ve gotten a taste of what it’s like to win.” Still, he said the team’s goal would be simply to make the eight-team playoff field. "This is a nightmare for a player,” he said. "Now I’ve got to go back and do even more rehab.” Robinson and Sean F'lliot led San Antonio with 18 points each. Kurt Thomas added 15 for the Heat, which trailed only once — «t 2-1. Super Selection, Super Sal1 itujs...El'cnjiltuj! Christmas Light Sets INCLUDES REPLACEMENT PULPS & OUTDOOR LIGHTED ITEMS 1/3 Off OUR EVERYDAY LOW PRICES Christmas Trees L 1/2 A Off* OU* EVERYDAY LOW Ft ICI Adult Long Sleeve Pant Sets O&FM A plus biztb • 30/30 POLY/COTTON 9.77 OUR EVERYDAY LOW 13.99-15 99 Christmas Picks, Bushes. 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Marcelle Hall, who was an administrator of her husband’s estate, had argued that she should keep the entire reward, because a thief’s descendants should not benefit from his crime. Her lawyer has denied the estate was entitled to the fee, and she argues she is being penalized for trying to do the right thing. But the high court said the Gibson Stradivarius was an estate possession, so Hall should have shared the fee, and interest, with her stepdaughter. That amounts to $340,000, said Christopher Donohue, a lawyer for the daughter. Hall, who lives in a mobile home park in Claremont, N.H., said the reward money is long spent — in gifts to charities, taxes and other uses. The case of the stolen violin rocked New York in 1936, when the instrument disappeared from the Carnegie Hall dressing room of Polish virtuoso Bronislaw Huberman as he performed on stage. Police never questioned Julian Altman, then a 20-year-old strolling violinist at the Russian Bear, a nightclub next to Carnegie Hall. Huberman received a $30,000 insurance settlement from Lloyd’s of London and the trail of the Stradivarius seemed to evaporate. The crime remained unsolved for nearly 50 years. Hall said she learned that her husband was the thief only in 1985, when he confessed to the crime on his deathbed. Hall negotiated a finder’s fee with Lloyd’s. In 1987, she returned the violin to the insurer and received a $263,000 reward. Lloyd’s sold it to British violinist Norbert Brainir for $1.2 million. Altman’s daughter and lone surviving descendant. Sherry Altman Schoenwetter of Buffalo, N Y., maintained she had as much a right to the reward money as her stepmother. Donohue said he plans to go after a piece of land owned by Hall in Bethel, Conn., worth about $2 5,(XX). Hall said she plans never to return to Bethel. The state of Connecticut should be ashamed, really ashamed of themselves,” she said. 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