New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 5, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
Democratic candidates agreeable to TV debates
AUSTIN (AP) - Opponents of U.S. Rep. Kent Hance, vying for the Democratic candidacy for the senate seat from Texas, say they have agreed to a debate with their rival.
Hance issued the challenge Wednesday as he began a statewide tour, calling his “chief rivals” to appear with him in a series of debates throughout Texas.
He did not mention the names of his opponents, former U.S. Rep. Bob Krueger, D-Texas, and state Sen. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin.
“It’s time for the voters of Texas to see first hand, just how sharp the contrasts are between me and my opponents,” said Hance. “I know why I’m running for the Senate, but I’m not sure about the other two candidates, and I bet the voters of Texas aren’t either.”
Doggett responded quickly with a letter to Hance and a carbon copy to Krueger, saying, “Absolutely,” according to Paul Begala, Doggett's press secretary.
Krueger was campaigning and unavailable for comment. But a spokesman said Krueger supports the concept of debates.
“We debated (Democratic Senate candidate) Joe Christie in 1978. We attempted to debate (U.S. Sen. John) Tower in 1978; he never would. We have no problem with the debate concept,” said Robert Mann, Krueger’s media consultant.
“Actually, I’m not sure what the big deal is. We’ve been on the same platform with Hance and Doggett at least four times,” said Mann.
From Austin, Hance went to San Antonio, Houston, Beaumont and Texarkana, reissuing his challenge at each stop.
In Texarkana late Wednesday, Hance said the debate challenges were issued Wednesday morning to Doggett and Krueger offices. Doggett had accepted the challenge, but Krueger had not yet responded, Hance said.
Hance said he had never gone into a contested race as anything except the underdog, but added, “I’ve never lost a campaign.”
He is in his third two-year term in Washington, previously serving in the Texas Senate.
Hance said in Texarkana that his polls show Doggett’s campaign with much more “enthusiasm” than Krueger’s campaign.
“I think if Doggett gets the money to run his race, he’ll be my opponent in the runoff,” said Hgnce.
In San Antonio, Hance congratulated the Rev. Jesse Jackson for helping obtain the release of U.S. airman Robert Goodman Jr., who had been captured by the Syrians.
He said the flier’s release indicates that Syria might be willing to negotiate the withdrawal of troops from Lebanon.
Also, Hance said U.S. forces should immediately be pulled out of Lebanon if the soldiers’ safety cannot be assured-
Crowd watches man stab deaf woman
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A crowd of about 20 people looked (rn as a deaf woman was fatally stabbed on a busy city street, but “nobody moved to help” her, says a truck driver who passed by and tried to break up the attack.
“I just couldn’t understand why people were Just standing around and looking,” James Greene said Wednesday, a day after 41-year-old Virginia Price died with what police said were about 20 stab wounds.
A 30-year-old construction worker, James L. Forbes, was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder. He was being held without bond in the Newport News city jail, police said.
Greene said he was passing through the city’s East End, an area of urban renewal projects and middle-class neighborhoods, at about 3 p.m. when he spotted the struggle from a distance.
“It looked like they were wrestling,” said Greene, a veteran of Ute Army Special Forces. “It looked like he was hitting her with his fists, but then I saw the knife. That’s when I parked my truck.”
Greene, who is from nearby Hampton, said he grabbed an ax handle from the truck, ran to the pair and pounded the attacker squarely in the back near the neck.
Then, he said, the attacker reached into his coat pocket
“I tried my best but I thought he was going for a gun so I just backed off of him. I don’t mind helping people, but I don't want to get shot in the process,” Greene said.
Weather survival turns into police probe
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -What began as a tale of survival on a snow-covered mountain has developed into a spreading investigation involving high-quality cocaine, a pilot with a revoked license and $19,200 in cash in a wrecked plane, authorities say.
In the latest development, state police Maj. Neil Curran revealed Wednesday night that 36-year-old pilot Tony Mink of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has agreed to meet with investigators to discuss what Curran called the “strange circumstances” of Mink’s Dec. 23 crash landing.
Mink and his 14-year-old son, Brian, said they spent five days trapped in the cramped wreckage of their singleengine plane in the rugged northern New Mexico wilderness, huddling together for warmth, nibbling sparsely at food and burning checks to melt snow for drinking water.
Mink's 36-year-old wife, Charlene, died in the crash, which Mink said occurred as they were flying from Colorado to Utah for a Christmas visit.
He and his son were found and rescued by helicopter Dec. 28.
But the rescuers also discovered $19,200 in cash in the back of the plane, prompting state police and agents of the Drug Enforcement
Administration to wade through chest-deep drifts three days later to inspect the wreckage, Curran said.
On one wing they found a package which tests showed to be 14 grams of cocaine, 80 percent to 90 percent pure, said Curran, estimating its street value at $5,000.
In Miami, meanwhile, a U.S. Customs spokeswoman said Mink and another Fort Lauderdale man -were arrested in the Bahamas in 1980 when Mink allegedly ditched a plane carrying 400 pounds of marijuana off the coast of Bimini. Sgt. Granville McMinns of the Bahamas Police Department said he remembered the arrest but not the disposition.
And the Federal Aviation Administration said Mink’s pilot license was revoked in 1981, with no record of a new one being issued.
Mink, who attended his wife’s funeral Tuesday in Utah, has not been charged and “at this time we don’t have sufficient evidence to charge anyone,” said Curran, assistant commander of the New Mexico state police Criminal Investigations Bureau.
“We have been in contact with the attorney for the family and he informed us that at the convenience of both parties, he (Mink) will be willing to come down and talk to us,” Curran said.
Just lawn around
Officials find winter grass damage hard to predict
DALLAS (AP) — Get out your garden hooes and leave the pruning shears in the garage.
That’s the advice from Texas AAM University specialists are giving to homeowners across North Texas who fear their lawns, shrubs and ornamental plants may have been damaged by the prolonged period of sub-freezing temperatures during late December.
Dr. William Knoop said some grass, mainly St. Augustine, may have to be replaced.
Knoop said he believes most Bermuda grass probably survived, but said the prolonged periods of sub-freezing temperatures may have killed much of the St. Augustine Kress.
“We should have a lot of winter damage,” Knoop said.
Hhomeowners should start watering their grass as soon as the ground is thawed, he said.
“Take a screwdriver and punch it into the ground to be sure the ground is thawed. If it is thawed, give the lawn a good watering,” he said. “It doesn't make sense to water frozen soil.”
Additional damage can result if the soil moisture level is not good, he added.
“We need to be sure we have good soil moisture lf we have another cold spell,” Knoop said.
The freeze probably went about six
inches deep, he said.
“St. Augustine doesn’t go dormant, making cold injury more possible, but Bermuda would live in Minnesota,” Knoop said.
It will be the end of March or the first of April before homeowners will know for sure the extent of damage their lawn suffered, Knoop predicted.
Homeowners have two options if the St. Augustine is ruined. One, Knoop said, is to completely remove the dead grass and plant Tall Fescue, a tougher grass he described as a viable alternative to St. Augustine.
The other option would be to plant Zoysia grass, a type that also does well in the shade. He said the Zoysia grass can be sodded in and “there's no hurry in establishing it.”
Persons with lawn irrigation systems that are not buried deep enough, about 64 inches, may discover that their pipes were frozen and the systems were severely damaged and may have to be replaced, Knoop said.
The systems would probably not be damaged, he said, if the owners were able to drain them before the onset of freezing weather. Some systems, he noted, do not have such drains.
Dr. Marty Baker, an extension horticulturist specialist for Texas AAM, says homeowners should immediately start
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The mulching, he said, should be done “because winter isn't over. We still have January and February.”
Homeowners should postpone any corrective pruning ami shaping until mid-March, Baker said.
The watering should consist of flooding beds, making certain not to get water on the leaves and should be done every 10-14 days for the remainder of winter.
“We will be losing a lot of our plants. Where they were not watered beforehand, there will be some root damage,” Baker said.
Baker said he does not believe trees were badly hurt, but said strawberry plants have been badly damaged and many were killed.
It will be spring before the extent of damage is fully known and said persons considering replacing plants or adding plants should wait 2-3 weeks before buying anything because some nursery stock may have been damaged by the freeze, Baker said.
“We have a lot of good nurserymen in Texas, but some of the damage to nursery stock just won’t show up for two or three weeks.” Baker said.
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