New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
WarningAFL-CIO warns that deficit could cause national recession
BAL HARBOUR, Fla. (AF) - The AFI/-CIO has renewed its call for a substantial rollback of the 1981 three-year tax cut program and warned that high deficits “may soon tip the economy into another Reagan recession.”
For the third consecutive year, the top leadership of the 13.8 million-member labor federation issued policy papers finding fault with President Reagan’s budget and tax policies.
In the first day of its week-long meeting here, the 33-member executive council said Monday that the deficit, estimated to reach
$180 billion in the next budget year, “must be reduced by stronger economic growth, increased federal revenues and lower military expenditures.”
If more money is needed to shore up the nation’s defenses, the labor leadership said, it should be bankrolled with a special income tax surtax on both corporations and individuals.
President Iiane Kirkland told a news conference that unemployment remains too high, and he refused to give Reagan credit for the business turnaround of the last 14 months.
“We have eight percent official unemployment in the midst of what is advertised as a boom, which is about a million more people unemployed than at the depths of what was a recession in the previous administration,” said Kirkland.
Among proposals which the executive council said could cut the deficit by $50 billion in fiscal 1985 were these:
-Cap the third-year installment of the 1981 tax cut program at $700, which would in effect deny any further tax cuts for those earning more than $40,(KH) a year.
Eliminate several tax "loopholes” for
corporations, including foreign tax credits and deferrals in the form of tax subsidies for the overseas operations of U.S. multinational corporations.”
“We have an administration which somehow, after having campaigned for many, many years on the proposition that the deficit is at the root of all evil and promising its elimination, this year has magnified the deficit and multiplied it beyond all comprehension." Kirkland said.
He said, "This is a tirne-bomb that's ticking away, and it s going to exact a price," the AF1/-CIO chief said
Marines pull forces out of Beirut
BEIRUT, lebanon (AP) — U.S. Marines began pulling their combat forces out of Beirut today to Navy ships offshore, and Israeli warplanes bombed and strafed suspected guerrilla positions in the Syrian-controlled central mountains.
“Today the support people have gone and we’re working on the combat gear,” said Marine spokesman Maj. Dennis Brooks. “Today is the first day of the relocation of the actual 22nd MAU (Marine Amphibious Unit) personnel."
Brooks said he did not know how many of the roughly 1,300 Marines based at Beirut airport would leave today. He said the evacuation would take “approximately a week, maybe two.”
Brooks said all .support gear and 99 per
cent support personnel had been evacuated since President Reagan disclosed his decision Feb. 7 to withdraw the Marine contingent from the airport.
The Marine base has been surrounded by Syrian-backed Druse and Shiite Moslem militias since the militias wrested control of mostly Moslem west Beirut from the lebanese army 15 days ago.
The Israeli military command said its warplanes attacked "terrorist targets" — the usual reference to Palestinian guerrillas — in Mansouriyeh, Ain Jdeide and south of Bhamdoun, a Druse-held town about nine miles southeast of the lebanese capital on the Beirut-Damascus Highway.
There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties in the raid, the second this week and the fifth this year. All Israeli
planes returned safely to base, the command said.
The raid coincided with reports the Israeli army has moved dozens of tanks and armored personnel carriers across its southern defense line toward Beirut over the past two days.
In Beirut, police said ll people were killed today during clashes across the “green line" separating the capital’s Moslem and Christian sectors and in fighting at the lebanese army garrison in Souk el-Gharb. atop a mountain east of Beirut. At least 8*1 civilians and combatants were wounded, police said.
U.S. Navy jets made repeated reconnaissance runs over Beirut and the neighboring hills overnight and this morning, drawing no ground fire, lebanon'* state
Despite the fighting, and demands by opposition leaders for the resignation of President Amin Gemavel. two Saudi Arabian envoys were sent to Syria, reportedly to propose another peace plan that would keep Gemayel in office, impose a cease-fire and comply with Syria's demand that the I>ebanese-Israeli troop withdrawal pact be scrapped unconditionally.
Once the Marines in Beirut pull out. only French troops of the multinational force will remain in the lebanese capital, although some Marines are expected to remain ashore to guard the U.S. Embassy offices on west Beirut’s seafront
The British and Italian contingents of the four-nation force have already pulled out.
Eggs all the rage across United States
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
In the matter of eggs, the imagination usually stops at botling or frying. But turn some of the nation’s brightest minds loose and you get eggs being snatched rn Australia, hatched in San Diego, dropped in Cleveland and going cosmic in Chicago.
An absolute flurry of science-related egg news has been breaking around the country this week.
Or not breaking, which was the point Monday in Geveland, where David Allan claimed his second straight championship in Case Western Reserve University’s egg-drop contest for engineering students.
Allan's egg survived a 60-foot fall inside a Styrofoam cylinder, bealing such contenders as a small teddy bear with an egg placed in a hole in its stomach. The bear failed to land on its paws and — well, it was not pretty.
Wisconsin's George Archibald just loves poached eggs. He likes them best when he’s poached them himself from the nests of the rare and vanishing Eastern sarus crane of Australia, where the government approved his mission to take some eggs from the wild and try to establish
a captive breeding flock.
Archibald, director of the International Crane F oundation, was heading home today to Baraboo. Wis., with two boxes of eggs gathered since Christmas. His goal is to reintroduce the crane to Thailand, where hunters and habitat destruction have wiped out the species.
Continuing their quest to revive the California condor population, now down to about 20. scientists from the San Diego Zoo boarded a helicopter Monday and heisted their second egg of 1984 from a mountainside nest.
If the egg proves fertile, as one taken last week has, zoo workers will coddle it — figuratively, of course — in hopes that a chick will hatch rn 60 days Three condors were hatched at the zoo last vear.
Scientists at the University of Chicago laid a monster "egg” on the space shuttle program Monday, unveiling an aluminum-shelled, ovoid 5,000-pounder containing cosmic ray detectors. It is scheduled to go aloft in March 1985
The aluminum egg’s detectors can measure particles of higher energies than has so far been possible.
Comanche Peak critics question consultant
FORT WORTH (AP) - Opponents of the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant have questioned the independence of a consultant who said the plant’s quality-assurance program was adequate.
Officials of Cygna Energy Service told a three-member panel of the Atomic Safety and Ijcensing Board on Monday that Cygna provided Comanche Peak officials a list of documents the firm planned to study before visiting the plant.
The Dallas-based Citizens* Association for Sound Energy contended that the notice allowed the plant’s staff to check the accuracy of the records before the inspection team arrived and biased the independence of the Cygna findings.
But Cygna project manager Nancy Williams said the notification had little effect on the conclusions of the study. Ms. Williams said the study team was aware of record-keeping
problems at the plant before requesting about 1.000 documents during the quality assurance study last fail.
The plant's staff was given the list because the consultants estimated it would take at least four hours to find all the documents, which listed design changes for eventual correc tion, Ms Williams said
Advance notification is a standard quality assurance audit approach. Ms Williams said
But ASI.B chairman Peter B Bloc h questioned the explanation, saying the procedure doesn t seem to me to be an adequate test of how the documents were handled day to day
The session was the first in a weeklong hearing addressing quality-assurance programs at the plant. which is under construction near Glen Rose, about 60 miles southwest of Fort Worth
Hunt planned to save giraffes
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
An American actress, an African game catcher and a Florida zoo manager piled into a land cruiser in Kenya this month to rescue 25 giraffes, members of a subspecies in danger of extinction
Don Hunt, of the International Animal Exchange, heads the operation to corral the giraffes and transport them in a cargo plane to the Busch Gardens zoo in Tampa, Fla.
He has been joined by Gerald S. l*ntz, manager of the Busch zoo, and Stefanie Powers, who plays Jennifer Hart on ABC-TV’s "Hart to Hart” series
Miss Powers had been visiting Hunt and his wife, Ins, in Nanyuki, Kenya, when she was invited to join the safari. The Hunts own the Mount Kenya Game Ranch; Miss Powers is a member of the ranch board of directors.
Busch Gardens hired the animal ex
change to capture 22 female and three male reticulated giraffes for the zoo in Tampa The mission was designed to save some of the giraffes and to start a pure gene pool for breeding in the United States, I^entz said
The reticulated giraffe is considered the most beautiful of the four most common subspecies of giraffe. But only about 1,000 reticulated giraffes survive in Kenya, and government wildlife authorities there predict they will be gone in five to IO years.
In recent years, much of Kenya’s wild land has been turned over to farming and ranching. Giraffes and other wild animals trample farmers’ fences and the Kenya government has authorized landowners to shoot errant animals.
"It’s a tragic thing to see a species vanish,” lentz said. "We are fortunate that the means still exist to translocate these animals to a protected en-vironemnt.”
Capturing giraffes in their natural habitat on the l.aikipta Plateau. 130 mile* northwest of Nairobi, ha* been a tricky business Because of the giraffes' unusual respiratory system, they can’t be shot with tranquilizers
Once a herd is located and a candidate is spotted, the game catchers race alongside the giraffe in land cruisers at 20 to 40 mph until the animal tires and slows. Then a catcher extends a 12-foot pole with a rope loop at the end and slips it over the head and neck of the galloping giraffe. The animal is pulled alongside the vehicle, which slows to a stop The giraffe is given an injection to calm it down.
About 20 giraffes had been captured by mid-February and all giraffes bound for the United States should be ready for their plane ride in May, I>entz said. They will arnve in New York City and after a 30-day Agriculture Department quarantine will be taken by truck to Tampa
Union expected to ratify contract with Kroger stores
HOUSTON (AP) — Union leaders say they expect 6,500 members to ratify a new three-year contract with about 80 Kroger supermarkets in south and southeast Texas
The first of a series of ratification votes began Monday in Houston, but voting was to continue through Wednesday.
Tommy Blair, a business agent for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 455, said workers will "probably accept” the pact.
“It was the best we can do without a strike,” he said.
But union spokesman Walt Davis said the two main points of contention were the pension fund and health insurance.
Kroger spokeswoman Carmen Lovell declined to discuss details, but said the tentative settlement was fair for both sides
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Deported boy back in States
SAN DIEGO (APi — A 14-year-old boy reunited with his brother today after being mistakenly deported to Mexico says he falsely confessed to being an illegal alien because he feared that otherwise he would “get beat up ’’ Mario Moreno I/ipez, who had been taken to Tijuana last week with a busload of Mexican nationals, was found wandering the streets of San Diego on Monday by a couple who recognized him from news accounts He was teleased to the custody of his 19-year-old brother, but his frantic father did not know he had been found and was still in Tijuana looking for him today.
Mario is Mexican but has a visa allowing him to live in the United States legally He did not have it with him when he was rounded up on a Santa Ana street corner Wednesday.
His father has said he did not give Mario the visa because he was afraid the boy would lose it Mario said he sneaked back into the United States on F riday — after being .stopped twice by Border Patrol agents and had been looking for work in the San Diego area since “I didn t know they were searching for me." he told reporters Monday night.
"I knew they (his family) were worried about me and they would rome looking for me if something happened," he said When his father hadn't been located by midnight. San Diego police released Mario to his brother, Oscar, who said they would hitch a ride home with a Santa Ana policeman. Jose Vargas Vargas said that Mano s father. Juan Moreno Garcia, a plumber, had been checking with police every morning and that Tijuana officials would be alerted to tell him his son had been found.
I went through a lot of cold and hunger," Mario said of the days since L S immigration officials picked up hun and 33 other Mexicans iii Santa Ana. more than IOO miles north of Tijuana Through an interpreter. Marie said he signed a waiver of his rights and a declaration he wa* an illegal alien because I didn t want to get beat up "
Officials handed out a sheet that everyone was supposed to sign. They called out one guy s name and told him to sign. but he didn't want lo sign."
At that point. Mario said an official stood him up < the* man who declined to sign ■ and shoved him against the wall Everyone saw him Then everybody .startedsigning."
"I was worried about my brother because we didn't know w here he was But now that I see him by my side my heart is filled with happiness.” said Oscar as he appeared before reporters with his arm around his brother
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