New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
Navy investigating fatal training crash
CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) - It may take investigators six months to determine the deadly mistake that sent two Navy training planes hurtling into each other, Navy officials say.
The Beechcraft T-44A turboprops collided in flight Thursday and fell in flames into a grain field, killing two instructors and four student pilots aboard the aircraft.
“It’s like putting together a puzzle,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mary Wilson, a spokeswoman for the Naval Air Training Command.
Dr. Joseph Rupp, the Nueces County Medical Examiner, said the badly burned bodies of five men and a woman were pulled from the twisted wreckage that landed on either side of a mobile home.
The Navy withheld the identity of the victims until it could notify next of kin.
An on-site inventory of the debris,
scattered over a one-eighth mile area, was completed Thursday and small pieces were taken to a hangar at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station for use in the investigation, Mrs. Wilson said.
larger metal pieces will be analyzed for stress and metal fatigue at an engineering laboratory, she said.
Investigators, she said, also are reviewing voice transmissions recorded before the crash.
Assistant Fire Chief E.E. Irwin said witnesses said one plane came apart in the air and the other was mostly intact when it hit the ground, exploded and burst into flames.
“It just fell. It exploded two or three times,” said Elena Rodriguez, who could see one of the planes crash from her home 200 yards away.
“It was like slow motion. It was like a
movie. The plane dove straight down to the ground,” said Nina Wilde, 33, who saw one of the planes fall.
Navy crash trucks put foam on the burning wreckage and extinguished the fire quickly, said Irwin.
The planes are propeller-driven aircraft the Navy uses to train advanced students, said Ensign Jeff Herman.
He said the collision was two miles south of Cabanis Field, an auxiliary landing site south of the air station. He said the field is used for touch-and-go landing training for T-44A student pilots.
An NAS spokesman said both planes were operating under visual flight rules and without positive radar control.
The collision was the worst air crash involving naval aircraft at Corpus Christi since 1957 when nine persons died in a seaplane crash near Gregory.
Justice Dept, rejecting many states' voting plans
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Twenty-two states need federal government approval to reshape all or part of their congressional and state legislative districts to conform to the 1980 census, and the Justice Department has rejected or forced changes in these electoral plans in record numbers.
Georgia and Mississippi have sued in federal court for the right to draw their own congressional lines after their plans were turned down under provisions of the recently renewed Voting Rights Act of 1965, and many other states are clashing with the federal government.
“So far in this review period, we have rejected more than we did in the complete review in the ’70 census — and we’re only halfway through,” says Justice Department spokesman John V. Wilson.
Some state officials say there is confusion about what the Justice Department’s standards are, but Wilson says the reason plans are being rejected is simple: “They discriminate against minorities.”
Under the Voting Rights Act, extended for 25 years in a White House signing ceremony June 29, areas found to have
discriminated in the past must have Justice Department approval of election law changes before they can go into effect.
The preclearance provision, designed to prevent states from limiting minority officeholders through gerrymandering or by making it hard for minorities to vote, covers all of nine states — Alabama, Georgia, louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia in the South, plus Arizona and Alaska — and parts of 13 others.
According to Carl Gable, who tracks reapportionment cases for the Justice Department in Washington, as of this week new congressional districts have been approved — in some cases after challenges and negotiation — in Alabama, Arizona, louisiana, North Carolina, New York, Virginia, New Hampshire, California, Connecticut, Florida and Massachusetts.
Georgia and Mississippi are appealing the Justice Department challenges to federal district court, and federal judges redrew district lines following challenges in Texas, South Carolina and Colorado.
A review of Hawaii’s proposed lines is pending. Michigan and Idaho have not submitted plans; Alaska, South Dakota
and Wyoming will have only one congressman each, elected at large.
A decade ago, only Georgia and New York saw their Congressional plans scrapped.
The situation at the state legislative level is even less settled, according to Gable, with approval for both houses of the legislature, again following objections in some cases, achieved in only nine states: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut. South Dakota, Georgia, North Carolina. New York, Virginia and Arizona.
William Bradford Reynolds, assistant attorney general for civil rights, said the department has found little evidence of blatant, intentional discrimination.
“In most instances, the legislatures did not set out to draw discriminatory districts,” he said in a recent statement. “However, in many cases, the legislative process resulted in plans that had a diluting effect on minority voting strength...Almost without exception, we have found state authorities to understand our concerns and In* willing to meet them."
Penalties for marijuana use too high, report says
WASHINGTON (AP) -Eliminating criminal penalties probably would not increase use of marijuana, but it could save society money and effort in trying to enforce ineffective laws, says a National Academy of Sciences committee.
The report recommending an end to criminal sanctions for private use was attacked not only by the government, but also by the head of the academy, both fearing that such an action might encourage drug use.
The study, released by the academy Thursday without the fanfare that often accompanies similar reports, questioned the effectiveness of present law-enforcement policies concerning marijuana.
An 18-member committee of experts said decriminalization of individual use would save
law enforcement, legal and social costs related to arresting 400,000 persons a year on marijuana-related charges.
While the committee did not call for legalizing marijuana, it proposed eliminating criminal penalties for personal possession or use of small amounts of pot and possibly replacing them with civil sanctions such as fines.
Despite all levels of government spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year trying to stop the drug, the group said, an estimated 55 rn i 11 i o ii Americans have tried marijuana.
“The effectiveness of the present federal policy of complete prohibition falls far-short of its goal — preventing use,” said the study.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA!, which sponsored the four-year study, rejected the conclusions of the report and said it would not consider implementing them.
William Pollin, the NIDA administrator, disagreed with the conclusion t Ii a t decriminalization would not encourage increased use. Pollin said removing criminal penalities might be interpreted as meaning marijuana was now considered harmless.
A NIDA spokeswoman, Carol Sussman, said there is concern that decriminalization would have “serious and tragic health effects” among young people.
“New studies show that daily use of marijuana among teenagers is declining under the present system, partly because of health fears,” Ms. Sussman said. “So, we conclude that the
present system works.”
Dr. Frank Press, president of the prestigious academy, also disagreed with the committee’s conclusions in his cover letter to the report, saying the group had gone beyond its charge in making such “value-laden” judgments.
Dr. Ixmis Lasagna, chairman of the committee, said he was surprised at the reaction to the report. Commenting iii Science magazine, Lasagna said the conclusions were not radical and noted that the committee acknowledged that marijuana was a harmful drug.
Lasagna noted that the conclusions by his committee were similar to those of the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse in its 1972 report.
Iran wants to hike production
VIENNA, Austria VP) — Ministers of the rganization of etroleum Exporting ountries met today in i emergency effort to jree on how much oil ach member may -oduce. Iran promised stormy session by Blanding a bigger lure of the market. Delegates from Saudi rabia, the world’s iggest exporter, and aq, Iran’s enemy in the early 2-year-old Per-an Gulf war, rejected ie idea that Iran be Rowed to exceed its reduction quota.
“We oppose it flatly,” aid Iraqi Oil Minister ;asim Hassan Taqi. Our aim and aspiration s for all member ountries to achieve heir agreed-upon uotas.”
It was the OPEC ministers’ second
emergency meeting of 1982. Conference sources said the cartel would likely reaffirm its current production ceiling and leave its pricing system unchanged at the $34-a-barrel benchmark.
Shortly after arriving for today’s meeting, Iranian Oil Minister Mohammed Gharazi said Iran would not abide by its production limit of
1.2 million barrels a day, and would press for a higher quota.
Gharazi said Iran hoped to increase its production to 3 million barrels a day from the currrent level of about
2.2 million, and that Saudi Arabia would have to compensate for that increase by cutting its output. Gharazi did not say when Iran expected to reach the higher level.
He told reporters he
still approves of OPEC's overall production ceiling of 17.5 million barrels a day, but is seeking a change in Iran's limit.
“We accept the 17.5 (million), but we don’t accept our quota," he
said. “That is our position."
While two key oil ministers urged earlier this week that production quotas remain unchanged, Venezuela’s Humberto Calderon Berti has threatened to
A wai ting ad op ti on
This puppy and kitty aren't necessarily a package deal, but they do look happy together. You can adopt either one, or both, or any other dog or cat at the New Braunfels Animal Shelter at 1920 S.
Staff photo by Cindy Richardson
Kuehler Ave. The shelter also announced a reduction in the veterinary costs charged those who adopt pets. The cost, which includes rabies and DHL shots, worming a city license and boarding fees, is $16.50.
Thousand-dollar taxicab fare leaves Algerian couple broke
break his country’s limit if others continued to exceed theirs.
ODESSA (AP) Two Algerian tourists say they were taken for a ride — a 15-hour odyssey across Texas in a
What began as a leisurely cab trip from the airport to a relative’s home turned into a mindboggling tour of the Lone Star State. Then they were asked for the fare.
The tab was $999 for the trip from Houston to Odessa, with detours to Galveston and Dallas.
Khcira and M’hauled Mahellem had hailed the cab to take them from Houston Intercontinental Airport to Mrs. Mahellem's brother in this West Texas city.
The couple, who speak little English, said they thought Odessa would he only a short ride from the airport — perhaps a $20 fare not 500 miles to the northwest.
So they hailed a cab and told the driver w here they were going.
The cab driver said he wasn’t exactly sure w here Odessa was. So he drove to the West Texas city via Galveston and Dallas.
Galveston is a Gulf Coast island city about 50 milos southeast of Houston. Dallas is 240 miles north of Houston and 350 miles east of Odessa.
The journey left the Mahallems penniless. Algerian government regulations prohibit travelers from taking more than $150 each out of the country.
Mrs. Mahallem told the i hl< ssii Aim i a nu in a copyright story Thursday that she and her husband gave the driver $300 — all of their money.
She said the couple had left Algeria and flew to Paris June 30. They arrived in Houston July I. When Kheira Mahallem found her brother, Abdelkader Kouider, was not at home, she decided to take a cab and surprise the relatives.
Rather than wait several hours for him to return from work, the Mahallems decided to take a cab and surprise him.
‘ She was very excited and wanted to see her
brother,” Rosemary Kouider said. “They had been flying all day from Algeria to Paris to New York to Houston, and were exhausted.”
But the Algerian couple became
frightened after several hours in the cab.
“Where is Odessa, where is Odessa?’’ they
repeatedly asked the driver.
The Odessa couple said they told thj driver they could not possibly afford to pay him $999 for cab fare.
The cab driver settler! for $320 and left after the Kouiders threatened to call the police.
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KIDS WHO MUST WEAR EYEGLASSES
Now and then, we will hear a well meaning relative! or friend say to a parent: “Alice is such a pretty^ child too bad she has to wear eyeglasses."! It Alice happens to overhear such a remark, she may! conclude that there’s some kind of stigma attached tot wearing eyeglasses; that could lead to an inferiority f complex, and an unwillingness to wear the glasses. < Eye experts have learned that children have very little ^ difficulty getting used to spectacles, much less than^ adults After all, the vision specialist’s professional, concern is with an individual’s lite long ability to see; well. He is NOT a cosmetician.
Parents and teachers alike should convince the child! that eyeglasses are merely something that can make! school work and, in tact, ANY youth activity, morel efficient and more comfortable. Most kids don t NEEDj to be convinced until they overhear that until remark: "Too bad she has to wear glasses. Dr. Henry Hull
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