New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, May 18, 2000 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3AIncomes rose faster than inflation in every state last year
WASHINGTON (AP) — The healthy U.S. economy lifted incomes faster than inflation in every state last year, with residents of Wyoming enjoying the fastest growth, the government reported Wednesday.
“Basically, it’s entirely a function of this exorbitant job growth we’ve seen,” said economist Richard Yamarone of Argus Research Corp.
Nationally, average income for America’s 272.7 million people last year was $28,518, up 4.8 percent from 1998, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The figures include not only wages and salaries but also other sources
of income, such as investment earnings and government benefits.
Per capita income growth last year was actually a bit slower than the 4.9 percent increase in 1998.
“We don’t consider the small decline to be at all worrisome,” Yamarone said. “The figure is still extremely solid. We can expect consumers to spend their share of that increase and promote the economic expansion.”
The inflation rate, as measured by the government’s price index for personal consumption expenditures, increased to 1.6 percent in 1999. Factoring that in, Americans’ buying power — per capita
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income growth after inflation — jumped 3.2 percent.
The record-breaking economy, now in its longest-ever streak of uninterrupted growth, has pulled that unemployment rate down to a 30-year-low of 3.9 percent
With plentiful jobs, rising incomes, stock market gains and low inflation Americans have been in the buying mood, thus fueling the US. economy’s red-hot growth. Consumer spending
accounts for two-thirds of all economic activity.
By state, per capita incomes in 1999 ranged from $39,167 in Connecticut to $20,506 in Mississippi. Growth rates in per capita income ranged from 7 percent in Wyoming to 2.5 percent in Alaska.
In general, increased earnings from service-sector jobs, especially in finance, insurance and real estate were the big forces behind high per capita income growth in those states.
Weaker earnings from jobs in mining, construction, transportation and at public utilities contributed to those states’ slower per capital income growth.
Tobacco ads in magazines popular with teens on the rise, study says
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cigarette makers have increased advertising in magazines with large teen readerships since 1998, when they agreed in a court settlement to not target youths in their ads, according to two studies released Wednesday.
State officials who participated in the $206 billion settlement two years ago said the findings show tobacco companies may be violating the settlement terms.
Attorneys general from around the country are now in the “discovery” phase of an investigation into cigarette advertising placements, according to Washington Attorney General Christine Gregoire.
Cigarette makers said the studies were misleading. One of the studies was by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the other was done by the American Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit group funded by the settlement.
“There’s nothing that a tobacco company can do that won’t receive criticism from the special interest groups that have their own political agenda,” said Mark Smith, a spokesman for the Kentucky-based Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corporation.
The 1998 agreement settled lawsuits against cigarette manufacturers brought by 46 states to recover the costs of treating sick smokers.
The Massachusetts study compared cigarette advertising expenditures in magazines before and after the settlement, focusing on 19 popular magazines with more than 15 percent of their readership between the ages of 12 and 17. Fifteen percent was the level used by the Food and Drug administration in its efforts to regulate tobacco.
Examples included a Rolling Stone issue with teen-age singing star Britney Spears on the front cover and a full-page Marlboro ad on the back.
Margaret D. Davis passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2000, in New Braunfels, Texas at the age of 94.
She is survived by her husband, Goodwin J. Davis of New Braunfels; niece, Betty Coleman and husband, Randolph, of San Antonio; great-niece, Sharon Linnartz; great-nephews, Charles E. Klein and Thomas B. Carle; one great-great-niece, Melissa
Kerlick; two great-great nephews, Chip Linnartz and Mitchell Klein. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Fred and Emily Wilt De Conick and sister, Mamie Dowleam.
A special thanks to the caregivers at the Sterling House and Hospice New Braunfels.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. Friday until service time. A Mass of Celebration will be conducted at I p.m. Friday at the Zoeller Funeral Home. Interment will be in the San Fernando Cemetery #2 in San Antonio, Texas. The family has requested that memorials may be given to the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Building Fund.
Lois Carey Pritchard, wife of ohn Gordon Pritchard, passed iway at their residence in San Antonio on Monday, May 15, WOO.
A Rosary will be recited at 7 >.m. Thursday, May 18, 2000, at )oeppenschmidt Funeral Home in slew Braunfels. The Funeral Mass
will be celebrated at IO a.m. Friday; May 19, 2000, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church with the Monsignor Eugene O’Callaghan celebrant. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.
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Tony Diaz, 53, passed away May 17, 2000, in New Braunfels.
A Funeral Mass will be held at IO a.m. Friday, May 19, 2000, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with the Rev. Richard Oberstar officiating. Interment will follow in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery. A rosary service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from IO a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Mr. Diaz was a member of the Iron Workers Union.
He is survived by sisters Dora A. Diaz of New Braunfels and Mary E. Diaz Talbot of Marble Falls; brothers Eusebio M. Diaz of Jonesboro, Ga., Jose M. Diaz of San Marcos, and Albert Diaz of New Braunfels; and by many loving friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Florentino and Maria Martinez Diaz and by a sister, Sylvia Vasquez.
Courtney O. Hale, a resident of New Braunfels, Texas, passed away Monday, May 15, 2000, at McKenna Memorial Hospital, Inc., in New Braunfels at the age of 86.
Mr. Hale was bom to Oliver M. Hale and Lilly R. Kloecknor on Aug. 19, 1913, in Prairie Home, Mo. He was a retired automobile mechanic and a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels. Mr. Hale enjoyed water skiing and was an exceptional handyman. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. during World
Mr. Hale was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Hale, and by his brother, Herbert Hale. Mr. Hale is survived by his brother, Kenneth O. Hale of Independence, Mo.; two nephews and one niece.
Memorial service will take place at IO a.m. Friday, May 19, 2000, at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home with the Monsignor Edward Bily officiating.
Memorials may be made to Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church Building Fund.
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In the first nine months of 1999, cigarette makers spent $119.9 million advertising, much of it on brands most popular with young smokers, in magazines with a significant percentage of teen readers, the study found. That is almost $30 million more than was spent in the same magazines in the corresponding period before the settlement, the study said.
A similar study by the American Legacy Foundation found more than 70 percent of teen-agers in 1999 had seen cigarette advertisements often enough to notice them and understand their content.
Advertisements for Marlboro, the favorite brand of young smokers, reached 89 percent of teenagers, the study found.
The studies used commercial marketing surveys to assess the popularity of various magazines among young readers. Cigarette makers say those numbers don’t represent who really reads the publications.
More tobacco ads
Despite a 1998 agreement to stay away from targeting youth, tobacco companies have increased their advertising in magazines popular with teenagers. Here is a look at advertising by some cigarette brands in teen magazines.*
■ January to September 1999 January to September 1998
In millions Marlboro
I $5.7 Newport
*More than 15 percent of readers are age 12 to 17.
Counterterrorism efforts expanded
Source: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Jury sequestered for night
HOUSTON (AP) — Jurors Wednesday deliberated the sanity of admitted serial killer Angel Maturino Resendiz, the only question left for them to debate in determining Ale Mexican drifter’s fate.
The jury got the case Wednesday morning, but they already knew Maturino Resendiz committed the crime with which he’s charged — the killing of a Houston-area woman. Faced with a mountain of physical evidence, the defense asked the jury to find Maturino Resendiz innocent of capital murder by reason of insanity.
At the end of the day Wednesday, the jury still had not reached a verdict after nine hours of deliberations. With no answer in sight in the early evening, State District Judge Bill Harmon ordered the jury sequestered at a hotel for the night and set deliberations to begin again at 9 a.m. Thursday.
The defense conceded that Maturino Resendiz, 40, killed the doctor and eight others during cross-country travels as a freight-train stowaway.
Atheist trial continues
AUSTIN (AP) — The only per-son charged in the disappearance of atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair said he had been told the woman and her family were killed, a federal investigator testified in court Wednesday.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Warning of threats ranging from computer viruses to alleged plots of Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden, President Clinton ordered tighter surveillance along the U.S-Canadian border Wednesday as part of a $300 million expansion of the nation’s counterterrorism efforts.
The money is in addition to the $9 billion that the United States already spends in a year for antiterrorism, the president said. “It sounds like a lot of money,” Clinton said. “When you see the evidence of what we’re up against, I think you will support it.”
The president spoke at the commencement exercises of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, addressing about 5,000 people outdoors under sunny skies at Cadet Memorial Field. Gusts of wind blowing off the Thames River almost blew away the president’s notes as he presented degrees to 184 newly commissioned ensigns.
Clinton said the very openness of America’s borders and technology “makes us vulnerable in new ways.” He cited the Love Bug virus that spread from the Philippines through millions of
computers worldwide, causing bi I- J lions of dollars of damage.
“The central reality of our? time,” he said, “is that the advent: of globalization and the revolution \ in information technology have: magnified both the creative and; the destructive potential of every; individual, tribe and nation on our I planet.” The world also faces: threats such as AIDS and other dis-; eases, he said.
The new anti-terrorism mea-: sures will include installation of; high resolution day and night cam- • era technology on the U.S.-J Canadian border, along with other secure communication and advanced monitoring equipment, the White House said.
Other measures include:
—Increasing the number of Justice Department prosecutors* and legal staff to support the pros-'* ecution of terrorists. Fifteen positions will be added.
—Exp iding from 26 to 37 the number oi Ii it Terrorism Task Forces, which combine the assets of the FBI, Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Customs Service, Secret Service and state and local law enforcement agencies.
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