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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas riefly Herald-Zeltung, New Braunfels, Texas Tuesday, December 31,1985 Page 3Blaze causes heavy damage to offices SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An early-morning blaze at a three-story office building caused heavy damage to the structure, and officials say an explosion may have preceded the fire that caused one minor injury. Firefighters responded shortly after midnight today to a four-alarm blaze at the Atrium near Northeast Loop 410. A fire department spokesman says one firefighter was treated by emergency personnel after a brick fell on his wrist. Damage to the structure was estimated at about $2.5 million, said fire department spokesman Joe Montanez. He said fire officials were told that residents heard an explosion as the fire began. He said the blaze was reported at 12:36 a.m. Residents of a nearby apartment complex were awakened by authorities and warned of the fire. Montanez said the fire was brought under control at 4:08 a.m. A cause has not yet been determined.Children's home moves occupants CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) — About 200 children who lived in two church-run homes that were the focus of a lengthy church-versus-state fight over licensing have been moved out of Texas, officials said. The homes are closing rather than comply with a court ruling that they must be licensed by the state of Texas despite their claim to exempt status because of church sponsorship. Moving the children is but the latest bout in an almost decade-old feud over the homes that began with founder Lester Roloff, a wiry, outspoken preacher who battled for no state control until his death in a plane crash in 1982. “The Roloff homes are in exile,” the Rev. Aubrey Vaughan read from a prepared statement Monday as he stood on the steps of the empty Rebekah Home for Girls. “They stand empty due to state officials who are more concerned for their political careers than the children,” said Vaughan, pastor of Grace Baptist Church of Houston and a longtime Roloff supporter. The Rebekah Home for Girls and the Anchor Home for Boys in South Texas sent their troubled teen-agers out in a caravan of buses Sunday night after church services, home officials said. The officials would not disclose the number of children involved, although they are believed to number about 200, nor where the children were sent. Designer drug linked to death DALLAS (AP) — Authorities say the death of an 18-year-old woman at a nightclub could have been related to a “designer drug” outlawed in July. Police said they believed the woman died after taking an overdose of Ecstasy, which was banned by federal authorities. The woman collapsed about 2:30 a m. Monday at Baby’s, a nightclub. She was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 3:20 a.m. A man who told police he was at the club with the victim said she had taken several doses of Ecstasy before she collapsed. Officers were awaiting the results of toxicology tests by the Dallas County medical examiner’s office to determine whether the drug caused the woman's death. Authorities said the tests were expected to be completed in about three days. Fatal overdoses of the designer drug are extremely rare, said police spokesmen. Nation Social Security going up WASHINGTON (AP) - The Social Security system will take an extra dime from every $100 that the average worker earns starting on New Year’s Day. The payroll tax will rise from 7.05 to 7.15 percent when the new year rings In. That means that $7.15 will come off the top of every $100 that most American workers earn, with their employers kicking in an equal amount. While workers will find their paychecks a tad lighter in 1986. Social Security’s 37 million beneficiaries will find their monthly benefit checks 3.1 percent fatter starting Friday. Four million aged, blind or disabled poor people who get Sup plemental Security Income will also get a 3.1 percent cost-of-living increase in their checks, which are being delivered today, a day early due to the holiday, Social Security spokesman James Brown said. The one-tenth of a point rise in the payroll tax rate translates to a 1.4 percent tax increase for employees The self-employed will be hit with a 4.2 percent increase in their Social Security taxes, as their tax rate climbs from 11.8 percent to 12.3 percent. Members of Nazi-like group convicted of racketeering SEATTLE (AP) — A member of the Nazi-like group The Order wants "exile to any white nation” for himself and others of the IO white supremacists who were convicted of waging a bloody, racist revolution against the United States. An all-white jury deliberated two weeks before convicting the defendants Monday of conducting a criminal conspiracy in 1983 and 1984 that encompassed two murders; bank and armored-car robberies totaling more than $4 million; counterfeiting and arson. David E Lane, the only defendant who returned calls late Monday from the Pierce County Jail in Tacoma, said the others did not have any comment. "We will ask for exile to any white nation that will have us and let us live among our own kind,” Lane said. "We will never darken the shores of this continent again ” Trade deficit increases WASHINGTON (AP) — The U S trade deficit hit $13 68 billion in November, the third largest imbalance on record, as a big rise in oil imports swamped a modest gain in exports, the government reported today. The Commerce Department said the trade deficit soared by 19.5 percent over the October figure of $11 45 billion. For the year, the difference between what America imports and what it sells abroad totals $131 8 billion, already higher than the total for all of 1984, which was a record $123.3 billion Economists have been predicting that the deficit for all of 1985 will be between $140 billion and $150 billion. Airport attacks said backed by Libya ROME (AP) — A man charged with taking part in the Rome airport massacre told investigators he belonged to a Libyan-backed group of 300 commandos that also planned attacks against Paris and Madrid, a Rome newspaper reported today. "We have the support of Khadafy and maybe Syria,” the Rome daily ll Tempo quoted Mohammad Sarham as telling investigators. Col. Moam-mar Khadafy is the leader of Libya. Authorities say Sarham is the only survivor of four terrorists who attacked Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport last Friday. Almost simultaneously, three terrorists attacked an airport in Vienna, where one gunman was killed and two were captured. Tunisian officials told the Italian government that passports carried by the three Vienna attackers had belonged to Tunisian workers in Libya and were lost or confiscated in Libya this year. The Libyan Embassy in Rome has denied that the North African nation was involved. However, Libya’s official JANA news agency called the twin airport attacks "heroic,” prompting Italian Premier Bettino Craxi to respond that those who praise such actions are “fanatic and bloodthirsty.” A total of 18 people, including four terrorists, died in the attacks, and nearly 120 were wounded. Sarham, who was wounded and is being held in a military hospital, was quoted by ll Tempo as saying, "There are 300 of us, all devoted to suicide actions. When I left Lebanon, preparations were being made for two other attacks like ours at the airports of Madrid and Paris.” The Rome daily usually has very good police sources and its past reports on the attack have proved to be accurate. Italian newspapers previously reported that Sarham told investigators that he and his accomplices belonged to a Palestinian faction headed by Abu Nidal. Abu Nidal has been reported at various times to have headqurters in Baghdad, Iraq; Damascus, Syria; and most recently in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. Italian investigators believe the terrorists who attacked the airports were trained in Iran and were dispatched from Lebanon to their target cities via Switzerland, according to Italian press reports. Sarham reportedly told investigators the attacks were supposed to be suicide actions. However, if security was lax or lf any of the terrorists survived, they were supposed to take hostages, hijack a plane and force it fly to Israel where it would be crashed into Tel Aviv, ll Tempo quoted Sarham as telling investigators. White House releases forecast WASHINGTON (AP) - The Reagan administration, whose economic projections for 1985 turned out a shade optimistic, is renewing its forecast for a healthy 4 percent expansion in the national economy for 1986. White House economic advisers, releasing in advance the economic assumptions that will be plugged into the president’s February budget request, also predicted a modest increase in inflation in 1986 by nearly I percentage point. Economic growth for 1985, measured by the increase in the Gross National Product minus the effects of inflation, is now estimated at 2.8 percent. The administration had initially forecast 4 percent growth for 1985, then scaled back the target to 3 in midyear as the economy performed sluggishly — after a rousing 6.6 percent GNP growth the year before. Beryl Sprinkel, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, conceded Monday that new forecast was optimistic, but called it "realistically optimistic.” He said that continued expansion in consumer spending, a gradual improvement in the nation’s trade accounts and a further decrease in interest rates because of government deficit reduction will keep the U.S. economy humming. However, many private economists are projecting slower rates of growth for 1986. David Wyss, chief economist for Data Resources Inc., a Lexington, Mass., forecasting firm, said he expects the economy to grow at closer to 2 percent next year. "They’re exaggerating both growth and inflation,” Wyss said of the new White House forecast. The economic forecast for calendar year 1986 was issued jointly by Sprinkel. Treasury Secretary James A. Baker III and Budget Director JamesC Miller III. It projects a slight rise in inflation in both 1986 and 1987 — to 3.8 percent in 1986 and 4.1 percent in 1987 compared with an estimated 2 9 percent for 1985, based on an inflation calculation built into the GNP figures. Short-term interest rates will rise a bit in 1986 before resuming a decline that began earlier this year, the forecast said In a related development, a spokesman for the Office of Manage ment and Budget said Monday it now appears a near certainty that the first budget cuts under the new budget-balancing act — amounting to about $11.7 billion — will take effect in 1986 Edwin Dale told reporters that budget officials anticipate the deficit for 1986 will be at least $20 billion above the $171.9 billion mandated in the new act. triggering the automatic cuts on March I. The reductions are to be divided equally between defense and non-defense programs. The OMB and the Congressional Budget Office won’t release the deficit figures until mid-January, but Dale said that it seems a safe bet those calculations will show a deficit remaining in the vicinity of $200 billion. Budget plan may cost Texas WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Phil Gramm’s balanced-budget plan could cost his home state of Texas $304.8 million in fiscal 1987, the biggest percentage cut of the IO most populous states, according to an analysis by a Washington research group The Gramm-Rudman-Hollings budget reduction proposal was signed into law by President Reagan earlier this month. It sets federal budget ceilings for each fiscal year until outlays equal revenues in FY 1991. If Congress and the president fail to stay within the spending limits, the law mandates automatic, across-the board cuts, except for certain protected programs, such as Social Security, Medicaid and food stamps Federal Funds Information for the States, a research group for the National Conference of State legislatures and the National Governors Association, assumed that the automatic cutbacks will go into effect. The research group estimated the effect on the states’ share of federal money for such programs as highways, education, energy, environment, urban development and general revenue sharing. FFIS said Texas could lose $43 6 million in fiscal 1986, the first year the law is in effect, and could have the biggest percentage loss of federal money among the IO most populous states in fiscal 1987. In FY 1987. Texas could lose 6.3 percent of the federal money it currently receives, compared to a loss of 5.7 percent for California and 4 4 percent for New York The average 1987 state reduction in federal money would be 6 3 percent, the group said. California’s share of federal money was predicted to be cut in fiscal 1987 by $562.7 million, and New York's by $510.2 million. Tony Proffitt, director of tax information for the state comptroller’s office, said Texas budget officers have different theories about where the ax will fall, but agree that it will. He said the states cannot make definite plans until Congress and the president act. "I guess it’s inevitable,” Proffitt said, "lf they don’t cut it back, then the automatic cutbacks go into effect.” The Texas legislature won’t be in session to deal with the expected FY 1986 cuts, so those losses will “go by the boards,’’ Proffitt said “If federal funds don’t show up. you can’t substitute state money” under law, he said Fiscal year 1987 and its expected cutbacks start in October 1986. giving the Texas Legislatuie, which meets in January, several months' in which to act, Texas can expect to suffer the biggest loss for the next two fiscal years in social services block grants and highway money, according to FFIS. According to the group. Texas could lose $4 2 million of its social services block grant share in fiscal 1986 and $38 2 million in FY 1987 The state’s share of highway money could drop in fiscal 1986 by $4 2 million and $35 9 million in fiscal 1987 The next highest cuts would be in compensatory education for the disadvantaged, with an estimated $4 2 million reduction in 1966 and $35 9 million in 1987; and low-income home energy assistance, expected to be cut by $2 4 million in fiscal 1986 and $11 million in fiscal 1987 9-year-old killed in police chase \ BALCH SPRINGS (AP) - A man suspected of passing a forged check at a Balch Springs bank struck and killed a 9-year-old boy as he attempted to elude police in a high-speed chase, officials said The child, Ricky Williams, was hit at the intersection of Loop 12 and Jim Miller Road as the chase reached speeds of IOO mph about noon Monday, police said. A 34-year-old Fort Worth man was being held in Lew Sterrett Justice Center Monday night pending filing of charges, officials said. Office construction decreases DALLAS (AP) — A survey shows office building construction in North Texas has declined significantly in the last six months due to a record completion of new projects and a slowdown in additional groundbreak ings The survey by Cushman A Wakefield of Texas Inc. shows only 16.6 million square feet of office space was under construction in the Dallas area at the end of 1985, a 25 percent decrease from mid-year 1985 and the lowest volume in several years But officials said the amount of completed vacant office space on the market in Dallas has ballooned in the last half of 1985 while building activity has decreased Cushman & Wakefield found in its survey that more than 26 million square feet of space was available for immediate occupancy at yearend, compared with about 21 million square feet of empty office space in June. About 3.9 million square feet of of flee building activity, the largest volume, was in downtown Dallas ^afters Christmas The child was apparently trying to cross the road near an apartment complex when the accident occurred After hitting the boy. the car skidd ed into a row of trees and stopped, said Balch Springs police dispatcher Donna Hawley. The suspect was then arrested without incident Two Balch Springs officers in separate cars began chasing the suspect after answering a call from the First Bank of Balch Springs that someone was trying to use a forged check to make a withdrawal from an account. When the suspect saw the patrol cars outside the bank, he fled in a vehicle. Hawley said The 15-mile chase lasted about 30 minutes, officials said A semi-automatic pistol was con fiscated. 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