New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 injured in blast
PORT LAVACA, Texas (AP) — An explosion rocked a Union Carbide plant near this Texas coastal city early today, injuring 16 people and forcing authorities to evacuate about 25 people, officials said.
Carbide spokesman Mike O’Sullivan said only one of the injured transported to area hospitals appeared to have serious injuries. All of the workers have been accounted for, O’Sullivan said.
John Hays, administrator of Memorial Medical Center at Port Lavaca, said eight people were
brought there with “mostly inhalation’’ problems and did not require hospitalization.
Spokeswoman Cissy Bonuz of the Calhoun County Emergency Management Office said plant officials said no hazardous materials were released into the air.
Officials decided to evacuate everyone living within a mile of the plant, but Ms. Bonuz said that involved "less than 25’ ’ people.
Ms. Bonuz said authorities were not immediately able to determine
exactly what happened.
Wimesses told Houston’s KTRK-TV that they could hear the blast and see a fireball from eight miles away.
Texas Highway 185 in front of the plant remained closed about three hours after the explosion, but Texas Highway 35 was open to regular traffic about three hours following the 1:15 a.m. explosion.
The plant is located about 15 miles south of Port Lavaca on the Texas coast. Port Lavaca is located about 30 miles southeast of Victoria.
Experts say few deaths masking air-traffic ills
DALLAS (AP) — Some experts say air safety is being compromised by an overworked, outdated and underfunded system, despite the reduced number of deaths related to airline accidents.
“Most of our airports arc deficient,” said John Galipault, president of the Aviation Safety Institute. “They are World War II-vintage facilities with runways that cross, with lighting and signs that are not standardized, with poor visibility.”
Thirty-nine people died in airline accidents last year. That’s compared with 273 deaths in 1989.
“The problems at the airports are of such magnitude that fixing them may require an effort on the order of sending a man to the moon,” Air Line Pilots Association spokesman John Mazor told The Dallas Morning News.
Some critics lay blame for the problem with the Federal Aviation Administration.
“The FAA operates on a tombstone basis,” said Paul Packman, a professor of mechanical engineering at Southern Methodist University and an aviation accident investigator. “You have to have a certain number of people dead before they act.”
The FAA disputes Packman’s claims, saying the agency has made great strides in air safety.
“The good news is ... we think the technical uncertainties are pretty much behind us,” said Joe Del Balzo, the FAA’s executive director of systems development. "I think we arc at a point now where we have learned
Pilots’ association becoming more militant in union action
DALLAS (AP) — Members of the Allied Pilots Association are becoming more like their blue collar union brothers when it comes to dealing with their employer, Fort Worth-based American Airlines.
“We were not a union union before,” said Capt. Herman Samuels. “We came to the realization that we are workers when American Chairman Robert Crandall became more hard nosed.’ ’
Samuels also said it’s likely members may now try to dump their national leadership team in favor of a more aggressive one that’s more closely aligned with the wishes of the rank and file.
The APA’s 9,000 members nominate national leaders next week at their semi-annual meeting in San Diego.
“We have previously been known as a docile company union.” APA spokesman Bill Walters told the Dallas Times Herald. “But no longer.”
Members said the tough stance the union adopted during negotiations paid off because it netted pilots a contract making them among the highest paid in the industry -- a victory that wasn’t possible with the older more entrenched leadership.
The APA dumped its negotiating team in the middle of contract negotiations, replacing it with a harder-line group. However, members said a more militant stance was long developing inside the union prior to the switch.
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But DclBalzo said despite billions of dollars in improvements during the past decade, much of the traffic-control equipment at the nation’s airports has been brought only into “the early 1980s.”
“Someone described us several years ago as the world’s largest user of vacuum tubes,” DelBalzo said. “It was probably true. Now, we are essentially out of the vacuum-tube
As winner of the recent Young Artist Competition of the Mid-Texas Symphony, Pat Mebus, left, will receive a cash award and a contract to play with the symphony in its April 28 pops concert. Also pictured is John
Malcolm, chairman of the competition committee.
Plano school sets year-round classes
business. We are not completely out of the late-1950s, early-1960s computers.”
Officials at Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport are trying to implement a new ground radar system to avoid an accident such as the one that killed 34 people last month in Los Angeles.
But technical problems have delayed installation of the system until at least February 1992, officials say.
Sea World treating hurt whale
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An injured pygmy sperm whale found stranded on the Gulf of Mexico beach on Matagorda Island was in “bad shape,” but was undergoing treatment at the Sea World of Texas marine theme park today, officials said.
The mammal was found Monday and was flown by U.S. Coast Guard helicopter to the marine theme park, according to park spokesman Bob McCullough.
“This whale is in bad shape, but we don’t know how it got stranded,” McCullough said. “The Marine Mammal Stranding Network, a group of volunteers and scientists throughout the United States which assists animals in distress, asked us to do what we can to help.”
Animal specialists were checking the whale Monday night for injuries or deformities which may have caused it to become immobile, McCullough said. The whale is a black female, measuring about 7 feet long and weighing about 250 pounds, he said.
“Usually, when a whale has beached itself, it’s because there was some sort of physical affliction,” McCullough said.
He did not know if the park would display the whale if it recovers.
“First of all, we want to try and save it,*’ he said.
Glenn Young, Sea World vice president and general curator, described the whale as critically ill.
“She’s not swimming well and she’s have trouble staying upright,” Young said.
Four employees in wet suits worked to keep die whale upright in 4 feet of water so that she could breath properly.
Although he estimated the whale’s age at 2-4 years old, Young sad, “We don’t know a lot about this species.”
Young said the species lives mostly in subtropical areas throughout the world.
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PLANO, Texas (AP) — The joyful cry, “School’s out!” won’t echo down the halls of at least one Dallas-area elementary school.
Other than getting slightly longer breaks, Carlisle Elementary pupils will be in class year-round.
Higher lest scores and lower stress are expected to result from the revised calendar as Carlisle becomes the first school in North Texas to abandon the traditional school year that seems to revolve around summer vacation.
In addition to two-week breaks in March and October and the shortened summer hiatus, the new plan also extends the winter break from two to three weeks.
“From an educational perspective, people are really excited about it,” said Carlisle principal Charles McCasland, who proposed the plan.
“Teachers that have worked on a system like this know they don’t have to spend all their time reviewing. And they know that more frequent breaks throughout the year, allowing time for rest, are really helpful.”
The decision to implement the plan in Plano followed six months of discussion and debate. The school board approved the plan with 6-1 vote-A majority of Carlisle parents approved the three-year pilot plan in a school election last fall.
Supporters of year-round schools say students retain more information, need less review and suffer less burnout because of the shorter, more frequent breaks.
But opponents of the plan say it will tear apart families that have children attending different schools and want to plan family vacations.
“A child is not a test score,” said Bill Byers, who will have two children at Carlisle and two at Schimelpfe-nig Middle School next year. “A child is experiences. Family vacations, going to sec grandparents and those kinds of experiences are going to be hindered.”
Laurie Willardson, who will have two daughters at Carlisle next year, said she favors the year-round plan.
“I know that people will have some difficulties, and that’s unfortunate,” Ms. Willardson said. "But the dust will settle, and we will see some real educational benefits.”
The only other public school district in Texas to nave adopted the year-round schedule is Conroe, said Julian Shaddix, the Texas Education Agency’s assistant education commissioner for school administration.
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Presentation of colors
Presenting an Ameican flag to Loraine Tietz, left, during his recent visit to ABC Home Health Services at Vista Village in New Braunfels is State Rep Edmund Kuempel of Seguin. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
DPS trooper shot near Austin
buried at Fort
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Texas Department of Public Safely trooper slam while on patrol was buried in a ceremony attended by hundreds of (aw enforcement auihoriues from around the state and nauon.
Trooper Carlos Ray Warren. 30, was buried Monday at Fort Bliss National Cemetery. The El Paso native was shot to death last week while patrolling an area near Austin.
A lengthy procession of police vehicles wound IU way through the cemetery before stopping to join Warren’s family 'Hie American flag thai was draped over Warren’s coffin flapped in the brisk wind
“Iris similar to losing one of the family. Law enforcement is a closeknit group,” EJ Paso DPS Trooper Bob Newman said
“Once a fallen comrade lias left us we feel we have to honor diem as best we can,” said Sherry Flynn of the
Indiana State Police.
Warren, who served Severn years in the U.S. Army before becoming a trooper, is survived by his parents, two daughters and three brothers.
Charges were filed last week against David Madrigal, 26, of Austin, in the shooting.
Madrigal and two other men, Marcello G. Gonzalez and Juan S. Gonzalez, brothers from Austin, were charged with aggravated kidnapping in the case
Warren, a trooper since 1986, was killed March 5 al a roadside park on Texas Highway 71 in Travis County. He was shot three times in the back.
Madrigal was arrested after being stopped in San Antonio by an officer there and allegedly firing ai the officer. Madrigal was shot four times in the ensuing gunfire,