New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 1, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
World/N a tional
Tuesday, November 1,1983 8
Accidents mar Grenada invasion
WASHINGTON (AP) — The American-led occupation of Grenada began its second week today with officials hopeful that U.S. battlefield successes are not overshadowed by accidents and public relations setbacks that have haunted the operation since the beginning.
Grass roots support for President Reagan’s policies on the island appeared to remain substantial but officials acknowledged Monday there had been disappointments.
The Defense Department, after greeting initial reports with skepticism, acknowledged Monday that a U.S. bomber trying to knocking out artillery fire on the first day of the invasion struck a civilian mental hospital, leaving a reported 14 dead. The attack occurred three days before defense officials boasted no civilians were killed in the invasion.
Wounded Army troops brought to Walter Reed Medical Center said 19 soldiers were injured because an American plane called in for an air strike hit their building instead of an enemy target. The Washington Post in today's editions quoted unidentified Pentagon sources as saying that several Army Rangers were killed and several others were injured when two U.S. helicopters collided, and four Navy Seals in a commando unit drowned in a pre-
Also, lieslie A. Janka, citing the handling of information about the invasion, has quit as White House press officer specializing in foreign policy, climaxing a week of confrontations between official spokesmen and reporters over lack of news about the invasion and reporters’ lack of access to Grenada to report on the fighting.
The American Society of Newspaper Editors, meeting in l^exington, Ky., lodged a protest with the Pentagon over its refusal to permit reporters to cover initial stages of the Grenada invasion.
The administration also has had to confront widespread international condemnation of the invasion.
Still, the operation appeared to have the solid backing of the American voters. Polls indicated margins of 8-to-l or more in support of the action.
The administration was hoping its case would be further bolstered once it releases stacks of Cuban and Grenadian secret documents that were uncovered during the invasion.
U.S. officials, speaking privately Monday, said they had evidence from the documents that the Soviet Union planned to provide military training for Grenadian soldiers.
Professor hid in morgue during Grenada attack
Airstrip Point Salines
The U.S. invasion of Grenada is into its second week
The administration has emphasized that Grenada’s deposed leftist government had been accumulating far more weaponry than needed for defense and in the process forging ever-closer ties to the Cubans and Soviets.
ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) -Dr. Joe Jordan, an American anatomy professor, hid in an icy morgue, talking to his silent companions — all cadavers — while U S Marines exchanged gunfire with the People’s Revolutionary Army last week.
“I can’t say what happened exactly because I was in the cooler with the cadavers,” Jordan said Monday. “I didn’t hear any Cubans outside. I heard only Americans. I was doing a lot of talking to cadavers."
The walls of classrooms at St George’s University School of Medicine, where American students once studied to become doctors, are riddled with bullet holes Plate glass windows are shattered.
Outside the main building, a U S Marine Corps helicopter lies on the beach, its wheels sinking into the sand as a reminder of trouble on the tropical island.
Officials aren’t sure whether the helicopter was shot down or crashed after its blade clipped a palm tree. IP windows and fuselage were pock
marked with bullet holes.
Jordan, who is in his 30s, says he hugged his dog for warmth as American forces escorted the last 230 students off the campus Wednesday, the day after American and Caribbean forces invaded Grenada. The dog, a mongrel, wore a white bandana Jordan had tied around its neck.
The anatomy professor said the shooting .started that afternoon after PRA members went into a field behind the school — away from the beach area
He said the U S. forces rushed onto the campus, formerly a resort hotel, and opened fire at the army in the field.
The students, win) were being led to safety by the troops, took only their passports with them and left
everything else behind.
There was a heavy crossfire. Jordan said, but no one was hurt Then, he went from room to room, checking to make sure that everyone got out safely. Everyone did.
Jordan said he stayed behind bet hum- he considers Grenada home
Scattered Halloween violence reported
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Benign vampires capered through New York City streets amid Groucho-masked nuns and human-sized bread slices, but Halloween took a gruesome turn elsewhere, with deadly fires set by Detroit pranksters and shootings in two states that killed one girl and injured another.
Reports of tainted candy and goodies laden with pins and needles marred Monday night’s holiday in Arizona, just over a year after the Tylenol poisonings in the Chicago area worried parents of trick-or-treaters But officials in other states reported a calm Halloween, made safer by curfews, organized events for children and X-ray stations where parents could br mg treats to spot tampering "We just didn't see many trick-or-lreaters out tonight,'' said polite U. Jim Webb in Muskogee, Okla. "The city had little programs for the kids to go to — carnivals — and that kept a lot of them off the street.”
However, in Macon, Ga., a 9-year-old girl died in a Georgia hospital today after she was wounded when an unknown gunman fired rn to a group of children as they were tnck-or-treating Monday night, police said.
And rn upstate New York, police
said a man who answered his door expecting trick-or-treaters w as shot with a rifle by one of two men in army fatigues and blackened faces. His 3-year-old daughter was also wounded.
The streets of New York City’s Greenwich Village were thronged Monday night, but most of the 250,000 revelers were grown-ups playing at being children for one night for the 10th annual Halloween parade through the Bohemian heart of the city
Costumes ranged from the sedate — a red, white and black painted face over a business suit — to the outrageous a carton of Hulk. a seven-slice loaf of white bread, and an entire family of ancient Egyptians.
Seven witches on stilts swept through the crowd with tong brooms and IO nuns wearing Groucho Marx masks marched in single file.
In Detroit, one man died and two firefighters were slightl) injured in as many as 600 fires set on Devii’s Night, the 24-hour period that ended at noon Monday, fire officials said Offuials said the fires were set b> teen-age pranksters, not professional arsonists.
An 18-year-old Phoenix woman who ate poisoned candy, contaminated with an unknown substance, was sickened and felt dizzy.
Officials say Marines not safe in Beirut
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two top commanders of U.S. forces in lebanon say as long as Marines hold their peacekeeping position rn Beirut, their safety from terrorist attack cannot be guaranteed.
Gen. Paul X. Kelley, commandant of the Marine Corps, and Army Gen Bernard Rogers, commander of U.S. forces in Europe, testified Monday before the Senate Armed Services Committee on security at the Marine headquarters in Beirut following the Oct. 23 terrorist bombing that claimed at least 230 lives.
"No way, we cannot guarantee that there will be no further attacks against our troops,” Rogers said. "We can't make that guarantee as long as our forces are in this situation You can’t prevent it, and I don’t like it."
Kelley was returning to Capitol Hill today to explain to the House Armed Services Committee steps taken to protect the troops in the wake of the suicide attack that destroyed the Marine
headquarters at Beirut airport
On Wednesday, the House is scheduled to vote on an attempt by Rep. Clarence Long, D-Md., to cut off funds for maintaining the Marines after Nov. 30 as part of the international peacekeeping force that has been based in the war torn nation for 13 months
Numerous members of Congress have expressed outrage about the adequacy of the protection provided the Marines, and House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill predicted the vote would be “very close.” He said members of a congressional
delegation wImj visited the Marine contingent over the weekend would carry “a significant amount of clout’’ rn the matter with then colleagues
In his first public testimony about the
attack fotlowmg his visit to the airport headquarters last week, Kelley told die dilators Monday that security is being beefed up
Besides access being diluted to a one-lane road, additional guard posts are being added, patrols are being stepped up and machine gun emplacements are guarding the ap
proaches to die U.S. positions, Kelley said
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Clergy threatened in Nicaragua
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders are planning a national protest Wednesday because of attacks on a bishop and eight churches by backers of Nicaragua's leftist government, and a rightist death squad is threatening El Salvador's archbishop.
In Managua, Monsignor Bismark Carballo, spokesman for the Nicaraguan church, Monday-announced plans for a protest in response to the attacks Sunday by Sandinista demonstrators upset by church criticism of a new military conscription law.
In El Salvador, a rightist death squad Monday warned the country’s two top church leaders they can't 'hide behind their vestments” if they continue using Sunday homilies to conduct what it called a pro-communist "campaign of misinformation.”
The Maxinuliano Hernandez Martinez Anti
communist Brigade claimed to have ‘'evidence" that Archbishop Arturo Rivera y Da mas and Auxiliary Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez are in contact with leftist guerrillas fighting to overthrow the government.
Rivera y Damns and Rasa Chavez have called for dialogue with the rebels to end the four-year war and have urged the government to crack down on the death squads.
Rosa Chavez declined to respond to the threat; Rivera y Damas was unavailable for comment
An unidentified gunman assassinated San Salvador Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, an outspoken defender of the poor, in March 1980 as he celebrated Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral
In Nicaragua, the church’s call for a protest came
after progovernment demonstrators beat up Managua Auxiliary Bishop Bust o Vivas on Sunday and attacked at least eight churches, forcing priests to cancel Mass
A month-old conscription law ordered 200.000 men and women between the ages of 17 and 40 to register for military service by Jan I. Of these. 15,000 will be inducted immediately and Ute rest called up in case of war The registration deadline for 17-to 22-year-olds expires today
Sandinista supporters have been harassing church officials since Nicaraguan bishops published a letter Sept ;$0 calling the conscription law totalitarian '
The bishops said the law is a partisan one. at the service of one party, which is the Sandinista National liberation Front, and has all the characteristics of legislation of totalitarian regimes.''
National debt ceiling held to $1,389,000,000,000NOW IN SAN MARCOS
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WASHINGTON i API - The federal government’s line of credit has been cut off because the Senate ignored a deadline for final action and refused to pass legislation raising the national debt Uiiut, which already has hit ll ,389,000,000,000.
I i d by conserv atives who said they were fed up with the government's deficit spending, the Senate voted 56-39 Monday to reject a measure that would liave increased the government's borrowing authority by 861 billion to 11.45 trillion.
Senate Majority leader Howard H. Baker Jr., R-Tenn., chided his colleagues for action that he said amounted to "lighting a match near a gas tank ” The Senate has never before rejected such legislation outright and congressional leaders were uncertain how they would proceed today.
"We don’t fall off the edge of the bluff, but it puts the country on a cash receipts basis," Baker said. "We are dealing with uncertainties of the must extraordinary kind.”
So far, die failure to raise the debt limit from its current $1 389 trillion ceiling has meant
- A suspension, as of today, of sales of U.S. Savings Bonds
—A required Treasury Department deposit of $13 billion to the Social Security trust funds is being limited to only $4 billion However, Social Security checks will not be affected
—Cancellation of scheduled securities auctions by the Treasury Department and reduction in some other offerings.
Although the debt limit does not * expire," Treasury Department officials estimated that the borrow ing ceiling would be readied today; thus they had hoped for final congressional action on the measure by nudmght Monday
"Failure of the Congress to ad responsibly today (Monday) to raise the debt ceiling could cause higher interest rates and, as a result, higher costs to the government and the taxpayer," Treasury Secretary Donald T Regan said
Adimnistration officials eslunate that the delay could cost 8250 nullum initially in increased borrowing costs, and perhaps more if the stalemate continues.
In addition, the government's financial transactions could be thrown into chaos if an increase in the debt limit is not approved by the Huddle of the month.
The Reagan administration asked, and the House approved in June, a $225 6 billion increase in borrowing authority, to $1,615 trillion. The Senate voted last week to grant no more than $1 45 trillion
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