New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 20, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
U.S. economy shows growthBy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The U S. economy grew 3.3 percent in 1983, recovering its recession losses in a frenzied spring and summer and then moving on to a calmer expansion, government figures showed today.
The year’s advance was the fastest since the 5.8 percent of 1979 and followed a drop in growth of 1.9 percent and a gain of 2.6 percent in the recession years of 1982 and 1981, respectivelty, the Commerce Department reported.
Last year’s gain was fueled largely by a strong comeback in final sales, in part because of a boom in consumer spending, and business investment to rebuild inventories sharply depleted during the
Dragging on the year’s growth was the weight of a deteriorating performance in foreign trade. The net trade figure slumped sharply as merchandise trade posted a record deficit.
Economists have blamed that partly on the high value of the U.S. dollar in relation to foreign currency and the fact that the American economy was recovering faster than those of its trading partners.
The report also appeared to confirm analysts’ widely held view that growth slowed substantially late in the year as the recovery matured.
Other recent reports have shown that industrial production, business restocking and retail sales
posted some of their smallest gains of the year during the October-Decmeber quarter.
Today’s report said the economy — as measured by real, or inflation-adjusted, Gross National Product — grew at an annual rate of 4.5 percent in the quarter.
That came after a rapid 9.7 percent growth rate in the second quarter and 7.6 percent rate in the third. It had grown 2.6 percent in the first three months of the year as the recovery was getting underway.
Most economists say the slackening is typical of this stage of the recovery and needed to avoid an overheating that could revive higher inflation.
Salvadoran army prepares for pacification
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The Salvadoran army is preparing to launch the second phase of a major counterinsurgency and reconstruction plan in one of the country’s key agricultural regions, military officials say.
Since June, more than 3,000 troops have been dislodging leftist guerrillas from the east-central province of San Vicente and guarding villages there to keep the rebels from returning while peasants are resettled in the area. The second phase will extend the program eastward into Usulutan province.
“I think it’s going to start very soon,” Lt. Col Ricardo A. Cienfuegos, the armed forces spokesman, told a news conference Thursday. He declined to cite a starting date to avoid giving the guerrillas an edge.
Sugar cane, corn and beans have been replanted during the San Vicente operation, but rebels have continued hit-and-run operations in some parts of the province.
The army has carried out dozens of smaller drives in Usulutan, which has major guerrilla supply routes, but rebels appear to be stronger there than ever. The province is a major
cotton and coffee-growing area that has been plagued by rebel activities for three years.
Cienfuegos said the guerrillas aim to stage major attacks in the next few weeks in an attempt to disrupt elections planned for March 25.
“They can’t give the people a chance to elect their own president,” he said. “They don’t want the country to prove to the world that we are doing what the communists don’t do. I think they will do anything they can to try to prevent the elections.”
Elsewhere in Central America: —Guatemala’s chief of state, Gen.
Oscar Humberto Mejia Victores, signed a law that sets a July I date for election of a Constituent Assembly.
The 88-member assembly will have an unlimited period to write a new constitution, a habeas corpus law and a law to cover future elections, but Mejia Victores has said it will not be empowered to elect a provisional president.
—Bishop Salvador Schlaefer on Thursday returned to Nicaragua for the first time since he accompanied more than 1,000 Miskito Indians fleeing to Honduras.
Lucas, Toole indicted on murder charges
GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — Authorities say that a Williamson County grand jury has indicted Henry Lee Lucas and former companion Ottis Toole on capital murder charges in separate killings.
A grand jury Thursday reindicted Lucas in connection with the Halloween 1979 strangulation death of an unidentified woman in Williamson County. The woman, who had been sexually abused, was wearing only orange socks when her body was found along Interstate 35 north of here.
District Attorney Ed Walsh said Lucas had been indicted earlier on a charge of murder, but new evidence, which he declined to discuss, convinced him to seek the death penalty.
The new indictment includes capital murder, aggravated rape, kidnapping and robbery, Walsh said.
“This indictment will take the place of the other one,” Walsh said.
Lucas’ trial in the murder case was set for March 5, and Walsh said he believes the capital murder trial can begin then.
Last year, Lucas was convicted of the murders of an 80-year-old North Texas woman and of his 15-year-old common-law wife who ran away from Florida to travel with him. The Williamson County murder is one of eight others he has been charged with, but Lucas claims to have killed more than 150 women in 17 states.
Toole, a convicted arsonist and former traveling companion of Lucas, was charged in the indictment with alleged capital murder in the Nov. 4,1980 death of Mildred McKinney, 73, of southwest Williamson
The woman was found beaten and strangled in her home. Authorities said her murder was previously unsolved. Walsh said the indictment includes aggravated rape, robbery and burglary of her home.
Earlier, a Williamson County grand jury indicted Toole, 36, who is in jail in Florida, with capital murder in the Nov. 6,1978 slaying of Kevin Key, 19, of Austin and the aggravated kidnapping of Rita Salazar, 18, of Georgetown.
Investigators say that Key and Miss Salazar apparently hitched a ride after their car ran out of gas along Interstate 35. Key’s body was found in Williamson County, and Salazar'? body was recovered near Waco. Both died of multiple gunshot wounds.
DiMaio—Ownby had financial woes
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - An Army Reserve general lashed his hands behind his back and hanged himself, and although he planted a typewritten note that suggested terrorism, investigators suspected suicide from the start, the medical examiner said.
Maj. Gen. Robert G. Ownby was mired in financial troubles when he stepped into a stairwell at Fort Sam Houston, a noose looped around his neck, Bexar County Medical Examiner Dr. Vincent DiMaio said Thursday.
The ruling sent the family “into a state of shock” when they were told of it Thursday, the family minister, the Rev. Buckner Fanning, told the San Antonio Light.
And Ownby's brother, Dr. Ralph Ownby Jr., told the newspaper he would seek “legal review and representation” concerning the ruling, but he would not elaborate.
Ownby, 48, was found hanging in a headquarters building early Jan. ll, a note pinned to his sweater saying he had been “sentenced and executed” for “crimes by the U.S. Army.”
“It was fairly evident from the beginning that it was a suicide,” DiMaio said. “It was obvious that he had tied his own hands and there were no marks on his body indicating a struggle. There was no sign of foul play.”
Both DiMaio and the FBI refused to elaborate on the financial problems of the two-star general, who owned and operated Bristow-ONB Corp , a company that manufactures steel doors and frames.
“It remains absolutely inconceivable that Bob committed suicide,” the general's brother said from his office in Richmond, Va. “I will work with the other members of my family to do everything appropriate in the interests of my brother's
memory. My brother would have done the same thing for me.”
“This is like a bomb has dropped. They have to get over the blast before they can start picking up the pieces,” said Fanning, who was at the Ownby residence when the FBI came by Thursday to tell family members of the suicide ruling and to explain it to them.
Fanning is the pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church of San Antonio, where Ownby was a deacon.
Ownby was the head of the 90th U.S. Army Reserve Command, supervising 63 combat reserve units in Texas and louisiana
The medical examiner said investigators were only momentarily diverted by the string of misleading clues planted at the 90th A ROOM headquarters building.
The FBI discovered the typewriter on which the note was written “at a place Gen. Ownby had access to," DiMaio said, but would not disclose the location.
“Occasionally, suicides are bizarre,” DiMaio said. “These people who do this are under great emotional stress. Sometimes what they do doesn’t make sense He probably thought it might just pass off as a terrorist killing. He probably wanted to save his family from disgrace.”
DiMaio said Ownby already-had typed the terrorist-styled note when he entered the 90th ARCOM headquarters the night of Jan IO.
When it came time to kill himself, the general “put the noose around his neck, lowered the rope over the railing, slipped his hands through a looped belt and tightened it, straddled the railing and just sort of slipped off," the medical examiner saidDoctors optimistic about ' boy's health
HOUSTON (AP) — A bone marrow transplant intended to free a boy who has no immunity to disease from his sterile plastic home has made the child sick for the first time in his life, officials say.
But doctors say they are optimistic and that 12-year-old David's diarrhea and fever are not causes for concern.
“He has developed a slight fever, but that’s expected,” said Susannah Moore Griffin, a spokeswoman for Texas Children’s Hospital. “It’s by the book. It happened to other children who have had the same procedure.”
She said David’s “slight diarrhea” is being
“That (the diarrhea) has been a little unexpected,” Ms. Griffin said, but emphasized there was no reason for concern.
David, the world’s oldest survivor of untreated severe combined immune deficiency, underwent a bone marrow transplant Oct. 20 which was designed to help lam develop disease immunity. Doctors said the procedure is the only way he ever would ever be able to live outside his plastic bubble.
Ms. Griffin said it is too early to determine if the bone marrow transplant will be successful, but she said doctors are “very optimistic.”
“They haven’t seen any reason not to be optimistic that it's going to work,” she said.
David, whose last name is kept secret by the hospital, endured the transplant procedure well and only recently has experienced a reaction, Ms. Griffin said.
A series of tests run last week should determine if the transplant was a success. Results will be known and announced by Jan. 27.
David was born by Caesarean section and immediately placed in a sterile environment. He has lived most his life in a three-chambered plastic bubble in the family room
and dining room of his parents' home. Everything that touches him •*- food, clothing, toys and books — must be sterilized by chemicals or heat and passed to him through a double airlock. He has never touched the bare hand of another person or experienced a mother’s kiss. The air he breathes has been pushed through high-efficiency filters to remove any bacteria.
Doctors had hoped to keep David alive long enouh to find a donor whose bone marrow matched his. But no such donor was found and David lived and grew in a series of ever-larger
David and his family resisted any effort to use experimental procedures to treat his immune deficiency until last October. They agreed then to try a type of bone marrow transplant that would enable the use of a non-matching marrow.
Normally, non-matching marrow would cause a reaction called the graft-versus-host disease in which disease-fighting cells called lymphocytes, which are manufactured by the bone marrow, would regard the host as foreign tissue and attack it.
Soldier says he staged kidnapping
SCHWAEBISCH-G-MUEND, West Germany (AP) — A U.S. Army soldier has admitted that his purported kidnapping by anti-nuclear activists last weekend was an elaborate hoax, West German police said today.
Herbert Sarchro, spokesman at Stuttgart police headquarters, said Spec. 4 Liam Fowler, 21, of Port Orange, Fla., told authorities he had acted alone.
The U.S. Army declined immediate comment. However, sources said the Army and West German authorities would release a joint statement later in the day.
The soldier made an telephone call to his wife, Nikki, at their residence near Sch-waebiseh-Gmuend, early Saturday, claiming he had been kidnapped in his car the night before by “six protesters.”
In a second call Saturday a(ternoon, Fowler asked his wife to publicize through the American news media the opposition to deploying new U.S. missiles in West Germany.
The soldier was found unharmed Sunday morning in a barn in Bavaria.
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DALLAS (AP) — Three men, wearing fatigues and armed with automatic weapons, wired a bank president and another person with explosives today after taking them hostage in a north Dallas home, police said.
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