New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Seattle police find 12 bodies in dub
SEATTLE (AP) — Police pried open the doors of an exclusive Chinatown gambling club Saturday and found 12 men and a woman, most bound and shot in the head in the worst mass killing in Seattle history.
Police speculated robbery might have been the motive, but Capt. Mike Slessman would say only the “very methodical” killings appeared to be the work of more than one person.
Within hours of the discovery at the Wah Mee Club, police arrested two men on suspicion of homicide, and a third was being questioned, said police spokesman Gary Flynn. He declined to provide details.
Police went to the club shortly after midnight after a passer-by reported seeing a wounded man in an alley. The wounded man, who also had been shot in the head and was hospitalized in serious condition under heavy police guard, motioned police toward the club.
Inside, police found floors so covered with blood that “we were all worried about falling in it, it was that thick,”
All but one of the victims had been bound hand and foot; all had been shot in the head, some more than once. Many lay face down, and the bodies were “just strewn around the floor,” Flynn said.
Police found only one wallet and one passport among the victims. “If they had wallets, they were gone,” Slessman said. Handguns of at least two different calibers were used, Slessman said.
Dr. Gary Bonnell, King County deputy medical examiner, said the victims were Asian, ranging from “the 20s as far up as 60s and 70s.” Eleven were found in the main room and the body of another man, who was not bound, was found in the office, Bonnell said.
“Some were shot once and others shot multiple times,” he said.
The people in the club had been playing a Chinese game called “paykyo,” Slessman said. Gambling paraphernalia, including dominos, chips and dice, was found, but no
money was seen.
Only people of Chinese ancestry were allowed into the club, and had to be recognized to gain entry, said Slessman, indicating the victims may have known their assailants.
One resident of the neighborhood who asked to remain unidentified said the Wah Mee club operated in the same location for 20 years.
It is in Seattle’s International District, an area of mainly Asian businesses, restaurants and homes near downtown and the Kingdome sports stadium. The club is down a wide alley lined with trash bins.
Census figures show there are almost 10,000 Chinese around Seattle.
In December, three young men were killed and eight people were wounded in an apparent gang-related ambush in New York’s Chinatown.
Professional gambling is illegal, but fraternal and charitable organizations are allowed to conduct games. Flynn said the last time the Wah Mee was raided by police was in 1972.
Zimbabwe leader Mugabe halts rival Nkomo's travels
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Prime Minister Robert Mugabe’s security police stopped opposition leader Joshua Nkomo from leaving the country Saturday, detained him for several hours and seized his passport, a government spokesman said.
It was the most serious public clash between the two rivals since Mugabe fired Nkomo from the Cabinet a year ago and accused him of plotting an insurrection.
The government spokesman, who declined to be identified, said, “The police stopped him from leaving the country- and held him for a little while. They have taken his travel documents.”
Nkomo was detained at the airport in Bulawayo, capital of Matabeleland province, as he was about to leave for a conference of the World Peace Council in Prague, Czechoslovakia. The spokesman said police released Nkomo early in the evening and returned him to his home in Bulawayo.
Nkomo's son-in-law John Ndlovu said in a phone interview that Nkomo was held at Ross Police Camp near Bulawayo, where guerrillas were held for interrogation during the independence war against Britain.
The detention followed recent allegations by Nkomo that government troops are killing scores of civilians in a campaign
to crush spiraling violence in
Matabeleland Province, Nkomo’s powerbase in southwestern Zimbabwe. Bulawayo is about 300 miles from Harare.
“There is no peace in Matabeleland, so how could he possibly attend a peace conference?” the government spokesman said. “And anyway, there is incriminating evidence against him of involvement in a coup.” He did not elaborate.
* Josiah Chinamano, vice president of
Nkomo’s Zimbabwe African People’s Union party, said, “We do not know why they stopped him yet. Perhaps they thought he was running away from the country.”
Mugabe fired Nkomo on Feb. 17, 1982, and accused him of plotting a coup. Mugabe has said his rival will be tried if there is firm evidence against him.
The two led separate guerrilla armies in the seven-year war to end white-minority Rhodesian rule, but Mugabe won the national elections prior to Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980.
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Chicago election looms
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Jane Byrne is scrambling to beat back two onrushing challengers and capture a hefty chunk of undecided voters with just two days left before the city’s Democratic mayoral primary.
The 48-year-old mayor, seeking a second term, has lost her lead over her two major opponents, according to a poll published at week’s end.
Cook County State's Attorney Richard M. Daley, son of the late mayor, and U.S. Rep. Harold Washington, who could be the city’s first black mayor, were gaining in the Chicago Sun-Times-WMAQ-TV survey.
Mrs. Byrne said she was “very pleased” with the poll. Daley, 40, said his instincts told him he was winning. Washington, 60, proclaiming himself ahead, began planning a mayoral cabinet.
The primary is Tuesday, and a victory is tantamount to election ; no Republican has been mayor since the 1920s.
"I think it’s a toss-up,” said north side ward leader and Byrne backer Ed Kelly.
“If Daley and the mayor are close to being even, Washington could sneak in the back door. I think it’s that close.”
The Feb. 11-16 telephone poll, conducted by the Gallup Organization, said Mrs. Byrne was 5 percentage points ahead of Washington among likely voters and IO points ahead of Daley. But the poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points, meaning the results showing Mrs. Byrne ahead were statistically insignificant.
The poll indicated a 7-point drop in Mrs. Byrne’s support in three weeks and said IO percent of likely voters still were undecided.
“The undecided voters, they’re the swing,” said Milton Rakove, a University of Illinois-Chicago political scientist. “They’ve never been such a major factor.”
Mrs. Byrne, as an underdog, squeaked to victory over well-financed machine Mayor Michael Bilandic in 1979. But this time, instead of fighting City Hall, she’s the
candidate of City Hall and Daley and Washington, both machine products, are campaigning as outsiders.
The mayor’s $10 million campaign fund, raised mostly from city contractors, has drawn fire from her opponents.
Mrs. Byrne declares she saved Chicago from fiscal disaster. She also announced $769 million in public works projects — denounced by critics as politically timed — and made an appeal to women.
“The woman are rallying behind her,” said Alderman Roman Pucinski, a Byrne supporter. “She has said time and time again, ‘As the first woman mayor of Chicago, I cannot afford to fail.’ Many of the ladies share that with her.”
But in fact, the poll showed one in five black women remained undecided and that could bode well for Washington, who is pinning his hopes on a huge black turnout.
Daley, whose father was mayor for 21 years, has attacked Mrs. Byrne’s campaign fund-
EPA document fight on
WASHINGTON (AP) — One constitutional skirmish over Environmental Protection Agency documents is at an end, but there was evidence Saturday the agreement on hazardous waste clean-up files may not satisfy other congressional committees investigating the agency.
Rep. Elliott Levitas, who provoked the intial showdown with the Reagan administration over the disputed files, said his House Public Works subcommittee is pursuing leads that accusations of misdeeds and political favoritism in the management of a $1.6 billion hazardous waste “superfund" may go “high up in this administration.”
The White House reached a compromise Friday night with Levitas’ subcommittee that will allow his subcommittee to see dozens of documents that EPA Administrator Anne Gorsuch had refused to turn over.
Mrs. Gorsuch was cited in December for contempt of Congress for refusing to produce the documents, which President Reagan had ordered withheld under a claim of executive privilege. The administration claimed that the papers revealed sensitive enforcement strategies against chemical polluters that might be revealed if turned over to Congress.
Under the agreement, the administration would make the disputed documents available in edited versions with briefings to explain what information was being withheld.
If the committee still desired the unedited versions, they would be provided for review in
closed-door sessions. Committee members would not be allowed to keep the unedited documents, however, but would have possession of the edited papers.
Levitas’ subcommittee is one of six congressional investigations underway into charges of conflict of interest,
mismanagement and political favoritism in the “superfund” program.
levitas’ agreement is not binding on the other House subcommittee chairmen but he said Saturday that he believed they would want to strike similar deals “because they provide full access.” However, Rep. James Scheuer, D-N.Y. and chairman of the House Science and Technology subcommittee, said he was not totally satsified with the agreement because it does not allow the House to take
possession of unedited documents, but only to see them. He said he was also concerned about possible delays in getting the unedited documents after rejecting the edited versions as inadequate.
“It's a very protracted settlement that all of us could probably muddle through,” Scheuer said. “But limy be we should say no and stick to time-honored congressional procedures.”
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