New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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how Chelsea “went limp like a rag doll” after the shots from Ms. Jones.
Outside the small, Central Texas courthouse, there were tears of relief.
For Robin Alexander, Petti’s mother, the conviction was prod that “Chelsea Ann did not die in vain.” But there also was a grandmother's regret that it took Chelsea’s death to bring Ms. Jones into a courtroom.
“It had to be stopped. It could have gone on forever,” she said of the string of mysterious deaths and injuries to children in Ms. Jones’ care.
“If it had been stopped in San Antonnio, it would have never gone to Kerrville,” she said. “They were warned about Genera. They didn’t pay heed.”
As Ms. Jones was hurried back to jail, demonstrators screamed at her. Five women had come from San Antonio to picket and yell outside the courthouse.
The nurse was crying as she was put into a deputy’s car. Janie Adame, a demonstrator who said her son died at a San Antonio hospital, yelled, “The mothers will never stop crying. We love Georgetown.”
Defense lawyer Jim Brookshire had little to say. “Why don’t you just give me a break and leave me alone right now,” he told reporters.
Throughout the trial, now in its fifth week, the
defense pushed two major points — the tests that discovered succinylcholine in the girl’s body were inconclusive and there was no proof that Chelsea was anything other than a sick girl who died.
Burt Cames, one of the court-appointed defense lawyers, argued Wednesday that prosecutors were “obsessed” with the case. Cames suggested that it was Ms. Holland’s “incompetence or wrongdoing” that killed Chelsea and injured the other children.
Reviewing the testimony from the incidents, Cames said Ms. Jones’ only possible crime was
“maybe that she practiced a little medicine without a license.”
Kerr County District Attorney Ron Sutton wrapped up the state’s case with this warning to jurors:
“If Genera Jones should be allowed to walk out of this courtrooom based on the evidence now before you, I would say we should go up to the top of the courthouse and remove that sword from the statue of justice and insert a syringe.★ Landmark
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The students’ lawyers contended that NBISD did not provide a rule or regulation that prescribed use of such an academic penalty for disciplinary purposes. They also claimed the students’ Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights had been violated.
At the time they were suspended, Tart was ranked fifth and Armke was ranked tenth in their senior class.
Their counsel also said that this penalty was unfair because it came during a critical time in their high school career.
The students won their initial lawsuit, which was heard by 22nd District Court Judge Charles Ramsay on May 14,1981.
Ramsey’s ruling prevented NBISD from changing the students’ grade point averages as related to their punishment for being suspended or from further disciplinary action.
The Waco Court of Appeals reversed that verdict and dismissed the injunction, noting students had been warned often at school assemblies about the district’s drinking policy. The court added the students had been accepted by colleges and this ruling would not affect their future education, personal or professional lives.
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Beirut. They took the Christian coastal town of Damour and the neighboring hilltop Mishref barracks of the rightist Christian Lebanese Forces militia at about 2 a.m. today, communiques from both sides said.
The Marine base was not affected by the hostilities. Preparations continued for the eventual pullout of the 1,200 Americans based there.
“There was silence overnight,” said U.S. Army Maj. Don Medary. “No U.S. ships fired and there were no U.S. planes on military reconnaissance flights.”
However, a Beirut radio report monitored later in Jordan said two U.S. warplanes flew over the Beirut area shortly before noon.
Bulldozers at the Marine base were destroying bunkers and filling them with dirt as Navy construction workers loaded supplies onto landing craft that took them to ships offshore in preparation for a final pullout of the
Anti-government militiamen kept their distance from the base and its landing craft strip on the beach just south of the airport as the work progressed.
The Phalange Party, founded and headed by the president’s father, Pierre Gemayel, conceded the loss of Mishref — the largest Christian garrison between Beirut and Israel’s Awali River defense line in southern Lebanon.
Both sides said Mishref fell without resistance.
The retreat left Christian troops of the Army’s 4th Brigade and their Phalangist allies holding only a six-mile strip of the coastal highway between the town of Saadiyat and a checkpoint just north of the Israeli defense line.
Israeli Army Radio, based in Tel Aviv, said Gemayel’s palace in the eastern suburb of Baabda was shelled overnight, but there were no reports on damage.
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Terms of Endearment heads Oscar list
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -“Terms of Endearment,” the funny-sad story of an eccentric mother and a willful daughter, scored top honors today at the 56th annual Academy Award nominations, placing in ll categories.
“The Right Stuff,” a panoramic view of the America’s first space travelers, followed with eight nominations. “Fanny and Alexander,” which Ingmar Bergman says is his last movie, placed third with six.
As expected, “Terms of Endearment” dominated the nominations, collecting for best picture and for four performances. Stars Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger will be competing against each other for best actress, and Jack Nicholson and John Uthgow as supporting actor. The film also was nominated for best direction and writing by James L. Brooks.
Also nominated for best picture were “The Big Chill,” “The Dresser,” “The Right Stuff” and “Tender Mercies.”
Two-time winner Meryl Streep again was nominated for best actress for her performance as the doomed nuclear-plant worker in “Silkwood." Other nominees for best actress, besides Miss MacLaine and Miss Winger, were Jane Alexander of “Testament" and Julie Walters of “Educating Rita.”
None of the best actor nominees has won before. They are: Michael Caine, “Educating Rita”; Tom Conti, “Reuben, Reuben”; Tom Courtenay, “The Dresser”; Robert Duvall, “Tender Mercies," and Albert Finney, “The Dresser.”
Besides Nicholson and Lithgow, nominees for supporting actor were: Charles Durning, “To Be Or Not To Be”; Sam Shepard, “The Right Stuff,” and Rip Tom, “Cross Creek.”
Nominees for supporting actress were Cher, “Silkwood”; Glenn Close, “The Big Chill”; Linda Hunt, “The Year of Living Dangerously”; Amy Irving, “Yentl,” and Alfre Woodard, “Cross Creek.”
Nominated as best director of 1983 were Brooks, for “Terms of Endearment”; Peter Yates, “The Dresser”; Ingmar Bergman, “Fanny and Alexander”; Mike Nichols, “The Dresser,” and Bruce Beresford, “Tender Mercies.”
“Fanny and Alexander” was one of the surprises of the nominations since foreign-language films rarely score in several categories. Besides Bergman’s direction, the movie was cited ai best foreign-language film, along with “Carmen,” (Spain); “Entre Nous” (France); “Job's Revolt,” (Hungary), and “Le Bal,” (Algeria).
A prominent omission was Barbra Streisand, who received no nominations for her producing, directing, co-writing and starring in “Yentl.” The film drew five other nominations, however, including Miss Irving as supporting actress, as well as original film score and for two songs.
The “Yentl” songs were “Papa, Can You Hear Me?” and "The Way He Makes Me Feel.” Also nominated were “Flashdance ... What ab feeling” and “Maniac” from “Flashdance” as well as “Over You” from “Tender Mercies.”
Teen Connection meets tonight
public is invited to attend.
Following a brief business meeting and installation of raw officers, visitors will be given a tour of the facility.
The Board of Directors of Teen Connection will hold its annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. today.
The meeting will be at Teen Connection, 1414 W. San Antonio St. The
Houston officers fired for shooting driver
HOUSTON (AP) - Two police officers indicted in connection with the shooting of a driver have been fired but are appealing their indefinite suspensions, officials said.
Police Chief Lee P. Brown fired the officers Friday for their alleged involvement in the Oct 14 shooting of a motorist, saying their statements describing the incident were an attempt “to fabricate an alibi (for an officer’s) unwarranted shooting of (a civilian).”
A Harris County grand jury indicted Officer Ken Patterson on Jan. 19 on charges of attempted murder in the shooting of William Henry Presley, 32.
On Jan. 27, the panel indicted Sgt. W.L. Brasher on three counts of aggravated perjury based on his description of the shooting.
Pressey, critically wounded, was in Ben Taub Hospital's neurological intensive care unit until he was released in December to begin rehabilitation therapy.
Portions of both frontal lobes of Pressey's skull had to be removed, and he suffered irreversible brain damage, his attorney said.
The appeals filed by Patterson and
Brasher on Wednesday made public Brown’s recommendation to the city Civil Service Commission last Friday that they be fired.
Brown gave this account of the incident.
Pressey was stopped in his pickup truck at the scene of a five-car accident at which Brasher and Patterson were helping to direct traffic. Patterson advised Pressey to move along and the two exchanged words.
Pressey then turned north. As he drove off, Patterson held onto the side of Pressey’s truck or ran alongside it. At some point far north of the intersection, Patterson shot Pressey in the head.
Both officers told investigators Patterson fired because it appeared Pressey was trying to run over Brasher, whom they said was standing in front of the truck.
Brown said the investigation concluded that Brasher was never endangered by the truck’s movement at the intersection; that Pressey was not shot where Patterson and Brasher claimed he was shot and that no one’s life was placed in danger by Pressey at the time he was shot.
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