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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas CNN Beirut bureau chief escapes from captors New Braunfels Herald Zertung Thursday, February 14,1985 7A BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Jeremy Levin, the Beirut bureau chief for Cable News Network who disapeared last March 7, escaped from his captors early today, the Christian Voice of Lebanon radio station said. The report said Levin, 51, showed wp at a military headquarters of tile Syrian army in the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek about 2 a.m. It gave no further details. The office of the French news agency Agence France Presse in Beirut said an AFP correspondent in Baalbek had seen Levin, and that he appeared to be in good health but was tired. AFP said it had a picture of Levin. Levin failed to report for work last March 7 and was assumed by his colleagues in Beirut to have been kidnapped. He was last seen by his wife in their apartment in mostly Moslem west Beirut. Members of Levin’s family in the United States said they had no confirmation of the reports of his freedom. His wife, Lucille, told Associated Press Radio in Washington, D.C., that she called the State Department after hearing reports of her husband’s freedom. “The operations desk had not heard at first and then called back and said they’d heard something on the radio. But they had not received anything,’' she said. Asked whether she now expects to hear from Syria, she said: “Well, I think that would be great. I don’t know, it’s hard to speculate. I think that would be wonderful.’’ “I did expect it. I have expected it, but a year is an awfully long time,” she said. Mrs. Levin said she also was concerned about other Americans missing in Lebanon. There were reports published in the United States that the U.S. State Department last July saw a videotape showing Levin alive. He was also mentioned by William Buckley, a kidnapped U.S. Embassy political officer, who recently appeared on a videotape obtained by the British television agency Visnews. William L. Eagleton, the U.S. ambassador to Syria, said in a telephone interview from Damascus: “We have only heard through press sources the same rumor’’ about Levin’s escape. “I don’t know anything specific.” In Washington. State Department spokeswoman Sondra McCarty said the department was aware of the news report, but had no independent information. Levin is among five Americans who have disappeared or been kidnapped in the Moslem sector of Beirut since Feb. 6,1984, when Druse and Shiite Moslem militias drove the Lebanese army out in the latest round in lebanon’s long civil war. The missing Americans are Buckley, who was kidnapped last March 16: the Rev. Benjamin Weir, a Presbyterian minister, who was kidnaped May 8; Peter Kilbum, a librarian at the American University of Beirut, who disappeared Dec. 2: and the Rev. Lawrence Jenco, a Roman Catholic priest and head of the Catholic Relief Services Office in Beirut, who was kidnapped Jan. Ex-government officials warn about inflation WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan    group    of    former government officials said today it is too soon for President Reagan to declare he has conquered inflation. “The reduction of inflation to the neighborhood of 4 percent is in no sense a victory,” said a statement issued by    Henry    H.    Fowler, treasury    secretary    under President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Herbert Stein, chairman of President    Richard    M.    Nixon’s Council of Economic Advisers. They are co-chairmen of the Committee to Fight Inflation, a bipartisan group of 14 former government officials formed in 1980. Fowler and Stein contend the prospect of continued high budget deficits is a major threat to reducing inflation. The river of federal red ink, now running at more than $200 billion a year, could force the government to deal with the debt through inflationary policies, such as simply printing mere money to cover the shortfall, said the analysts Other members of tile group Fowler and Stein represent are: Former treasury secretary^ W Michael Blumenthal and C. Douglas Dillon; former Sen. Harry F. Byrd Jr., Ind-Va.; former Rep. Barber B. Conable Jr., R-N.Y.; former treasury' under secretary Frederick L. Deming and former presidential assistant Peter M. Flanigan. Also, former Federal Reserve chairman William Mc Martin Jr.; former Rep. George H. Mahon, D-Texas; former Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, D-Ark.; former Sen. John J. Williams, R-Del.; former treasury secretary William E. Simon former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Paul W McCracken. Budget attacked about health care IRVING (AP) - Members of the U.S. House Budget Committee have been told that the Reagan Administration’s proposals for fiscal 1986 spending on Medicare and Medicaid would be “a major blow to some of the most vulnerable people in Texas ” “The government and administration are not treating patients as individuals, but rather as groups,” Dallas physician Dr. Emmett Conrad told the committee Wednesday. “Good health simply cannot be produced by mass production.’’ Witnesses representing health care providers — including community service groups, hospitals and private physicians — testified during one of the House panel’s field hearings on President Reagan’s budget blueprint. “We’re either going to have to drop some of the people we’re serving or we’re going to have to drop some of the services," said commissioner Marlin W Johnston of the Texas Department of Human Resources, speculating on the effect of a proposed cut in the federal share of Medicaid expenses. The administration’s budget proposal calls for a $1.1 billion reduction during the 1986 fiscal year in the federal portion of the health care program for low-income Americans, Medicaid, which is administered by the states. The White House also is seeking fiscal 1986 savings of $250 million in the Medicare program for the elderly. Reagan’s budget message put total savings through 1990 at about $5.2 billion, if Congress approves an increase in the Medicare premiums paid by senior citizens, a hike in the annual deductible, and requires recipients to begin paying a fee for home health services. Conrad also attacked the administration’s budget plan for failing to take into account medical advances that have prolonged life and helped increase America’s elderly population. Aside from blasting the Reagan budget proposal, few speakers offered suggestions for ways the Budget Committee could trim spending without affecting health care services. “The bills are going to have to be paid.” said Rep. Marvin Ijeath, D-Texas. Udall—Refugee act needs clarification TUCSON, Ariz (AP) — Arizona's congressional delegation should seek clarification of the Refugee Act of 1980 and a congressional investigation to find out what happens to deported Central .Americans would be sensible. Rep. Morris K Udall, D-Ariz., says. Udall, saying he believes most Central Americans coming to this country are legitimate political refugees, agreed Wednesday with resolutions passed this week by the Tucson City Council and Pima County supervisors. The resolutions urge the congressmen to seek clarification of what the 1980 act means to the Reagan administration in light of efforts by the sanctuary movement to aid Salvadorans and other Central Americans fleeing their homes. The church-supported sanctuary movement contends it is legitimately sheltering people who are escaping violence and political persecution and who under the refugee act are entitled to political asylum. The Reagan administration contends that most of the Central Americans are illegal economic immigrants. I^ast month, author and human rights advocate Elie Wiesel called for Congress to investigate whether Central Americans who are deported by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service are being tortured or killed upon their return to their own countries. Said Udall: “I think it makes a good deal of sense to have an investigation to find out whether in fact these people are going back to real serious danger or whether they’re just using that as an excuse to get extended residence in the United States ” Udall said he thinks he and his fellow Arizona congressmen ought to “get a clarification of what the I (WO law means to the present administration. And certainly ITI participate in getting clarification ” At a news conference, Udall said he is “inclined to beleve that we’re sending a lot of these people to death or torture or possible danger" and that those here ought to be given “the benefit of the doubt " Udall said many congressmen think the sanctuary movement is an outrage, while others feel it is “in the highest tradition of America.” Shootout gang kills three at roadside restaurant COLBY, Ran. (AP) - Three young men and a woman apparently held up a roadside restaurant, shot the manager to death and killed two hostages “execution-style” in a crime spree that ended when one of the suspects died in a shootout with police, a sheriff said today. An undersheriff, a grain elevator operator and two of the suspects also were wounded in the three-county rampage in rural northwest Kansas on Wednesday, said Thomas County Sheriff Tom Jones Ijirry McFarland, the manager of a Stuckey’s restaurant along Interstate 70, was shot to death in an apparent robbery, Jones said. After the body was found the suspects exchanged shots with Thomas County Undersheriff Ben Albright, leaving him wounded. Minutes later, two men were abducted and a pickup truck was stolen at a nearby grain elevator The two abducted men were subsequently “laid down in a road” and shot in the face, said Jones. He called the crimes “needless, bloody, ruthless murders There’s just no rhyme or reason to it.” The chase ended with a gunbattle when a police roadblock forced the pickup truck off the road. One of the three surviving suspects was hospitalized, and two others were Jailed. They were being held without bail on probable cause for first-degree murder and were to be formally charged in a hearing here today, said Thomas County Deputy Sheriff Mike Bond, Authorities identified the suspects as Mark Anthony Walter and Usa J. Dunn of Sutton Bay, Mich.; Daniel Eugene Remeta, address unknown, and James C. Hunter of Amoret. They were estimated to be from ll to 25 years old. “Why in the world did they do what they did in our particular county? I just don’t know,” Jones said. He said a high school student found the body of McFarland. 27. about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday inside his restaurant along the 1-70 exchange at Grainfield, a Gove County town of about 400 people about 35 miles southeast of Colby. A short time later, Albright, 27, was shot at least twice when he approached a suspicious vehicle at the 1-70 exchange at levant, an unincorporated community of about 80 people a little more than 40 miles northwest of Grainfield. The wounded officer called in a description of the vehicle and suspects, Jones said. Albright was in serious but stable condition today following .surgery at Citizens Medical Center in Colby. The suspects then drove a short distance to the Bartlett and Co. grain elevator in levant, where they allegedly abducted two men, stole a pickup truck and shot the elevator manager, Maurice Christie, 61, wounding him, Jones said Around 4:30 p m., the bodies of the hostages, Glenn Moore of Colby and Rick Schroeder of levant, were found along a road northwest of levant. Both had been shot in the face, Jones said. Telephone Sales $10 to $20 per hour Yes, and even more after our short training period. Also excellent pay while training. Experience helpful but not necessary as We Will Train. Handicapped Men & Women Welcome, also pregnant ladies & grandmothers. Must be at least 18 yrs old and have a good clear English speaking voice, available to work at least 24 hours a week. 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