New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 4, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Chunn, MALDEF working on election compromiseBy DYANNEFRY Staff writer
Judith Sanders-Castro, attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education fund, says MALDEF’s court fight against the Qty of New Braunfels would be over “real soon."
City Attorney John Chunn sounds a little less definite. “We’re fully exploring the possibilities of a compromise election plan for the city," he said Thursday.
Basically, the two attorneys gave the same message: the federal lawsuit filed by MALDEF against the city on Sept. 23 is near settlement. It’s so close, in fact, that MALDEF has called a press conference on Monday to announce the settlement.
The New Braunfels City Council was to meet in special session at 2:30 p.m. Friday to discuss the impending settlement of MALDEF’s lawsuit.
Sanders-Castro doesn’t expect to file final papers that day. In an Oct. 27 letter to U.S. District Judge D.W. Suttle Jr., Chunn requested that the court take no action for two weeks, giving the city and the plaintiffs time to work out the details of their agreement.
The MALDEF attorney did say an agreement had been reached. Chunn indicated that the agreement involved a compromise plan for electing New Braunfels Qty Council members.
The present four-district, three-at-large system, adopted by public referendum last April, was seen as a compromise by some. But due to a snag in the Texas Constitution, it wasn’t as much a compromise as MALDEF would have liked.
A group of local Mexican-Americans, represented by MALDEF, objected to the prescribed method of choosing the at-large members; i.e., by place and majority vote. The original compromise plan, drawn up
See MALDEF, Page 12A
SVHS drug charge wrong, principal says
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Principal David Summers has denied a teacher’s accusation Thursday of serious drug and alcohol abuse among Smithson Valley High School students.
Charlie Rose said his observations were that “one out of seven students here come to school under the influence of alcohol or alcohol.
“I also feel that one of seven students are never dry, never completely free of the effects of marijuana,” Rose added.
“I perceive that not to be the case,” Summers responded Friday. “For the record, everyone has the right to opinions. Opinions are
like noses. Everybody has one.’’
Rose is a marketing and distributive education teacher-coordinator at SHVS. His comment followed a “Chemical People” town meeting at SVHS Wednesday night. The meeting came after viewing of the Public Broadcasting System television show, “Chemical People," hosted by First Lady Nancy Reagan, which documented alcohol and drug abuse among this nation’s youth.
“We’ve got good kids here," Summers said. “I think the printed information (based on Rose’s comment) was very misleading. I think it sheds a negative light on a very good, alert, motivated and intelligent group of young people.”
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Unemployment rate takes sharp drop
WASHINGTON (AP) -America’s civilian unemployment rate plummeted to 8.8 percent in October, the lowest in 20 months, as 330,000 people found work, the government reported today. The roster of the jobless fell below IO million for the first time since March IMS.
Improvements were felt across the labor force. Some 101.9 million people had jobs.
Although 9.9 million people remained of the unemployed, the number out of work for 13 weeks or Longer fall for the third rtraigbt
In all. the Labor Department’s civilian jobless rate, adjusted for
seasonal variations, was the lowest since the 8.8 percent of February 1982 and 0.5 percentage point under the September rate of 9.3 percent. Just last June, unemployment was 10.0 percent.
Today’s announcement came aa a mild surprise to private economists, who had predicted only modest improvements in the unemployment picture through year’s end.
Although the overall civilian rate plunged by 0.5 percentage point last month, matching the largest one-month drop since the recession, total employment actually declined 17 JKK) from September’s record 101,945.000
Bee ECONOMY, Page UA
Sandoval sues Wurstfest; association eyes counter-suit
Last year, a New Braunfels family of four was killed by a drunken driver during Wurstfest.
Today, the festival opens on the heels of a negligence suit filed by a San Antonio attorney for survivors of that family against the Wurstfest Association and the driver, William Dale Savage.
Attorney Ruben Sandoval, who filed the papers Thursday in a Bexar County district court, alleged the association was negligent in allowing Army Pfc. Savage to consume an excessive amount of beer at the German-style celebration on Oct. 30, 1962- The suit named Savage and the Wurstfest Association as defendants.
The petition’s filing — one day before 1983 Wurstfest opens — was a coincidence, Sandoval said. But he’s had the idea in his head since June when he said, “If the deaths of the Ruben Sauceda family haven’t changed the mentality of the Wurstfest Association, maybe a lawsuit will."
"This is obviously a frivolous, harassment suit,’’ Tom Purdum, the association’s executive secretary, said Friday.
“Our (the association’s) officers are seriously considering a cross-action suit,” he added, ‘and if we do, we’d sue Mr. Sandoval for filing a frivolous suit for the purpose of harassment and publicity
Sandoval has claimed efforts to talk to Wurstfest Association representatives hit brick walls. Purdum, said that Sandoval, to his knowledge, has never attempted to contact any association officer.
“If he has called, he hasn’t left any messages. This is so obviously for publicity’s sake that we haven’t even been served (papers) yet,” Purdum added.
Richard Woods, Savage’s attorney, said the suit would not succeed because one establishment cannot be responaible for a person’s actions.
See WURSTFEST, Page UA
Myron Floren and his accordion have been a fixture at Wurstfest for many years, and Floren will be aboard the Wurst Navy this afternoon to help open the annual sausage festival Floren and the navy will float down the Comal River, where the accordionist will perform and conduct the Mid-Texas Symphony at 5.30. For a schedule of Wurstfest activities, see the special section in today’s newspaper.
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14 Israelis killed in bomb blast
SAN MARCOS - In a benefit performance for the Hays County Womens’ Center. Phil Donahue came here with a message.
“Love and respect...you can’t have one without the other," Donahue, host of the popular talk show which bears his name, told over 1,750 persons rn attendance at SWT’s Strahan Coliseum. “I believe one of the biggest reasons for divorce is male chauvinism. Too many men don’t respect women, and you just can’t live with someone you don’t respect."
Women who’vt* passed through the Hays County Women’s Center have found that respect Since its founding in March of 1978, 293 women and 512 children have found
shelter. The center has also provided support services to over 70 sexual assault victims, ages 5 to 54.
Proceeds from the Donahue benefit will help construct a new shelter to expand current capacity from 13 to 20 residents at a time.
“My visit to the center today was an enlightening experience for me," Donahue said. “I was particularly impressed with the looks on the childrens’ faces. They were happy Iuds."
San Marcos was the only Texas stop on a 10-city national tour for Donahue. Why San Marcos?
“Why not?" he quipped.
Actually, the story’s a little like Cinderella. Cindy Medina, the center’s director, just called the Donahue Show rn Chicago, and asked to speak to the star. Instead, she got his press agent, Cynthia Patrasso, who was intrigued by her request.
After months of planning, “An Evening With Phil Donahue” became reality. “This is my week to get to see what you look like," he told the audience. “I don’t even have windows in my office."
Dressed in “early undertaker” (by his own description I and wearing glasses that “make me look like a gynecologist," Donahue captured the audience quick. His conversation with them took on the format of “If
I could start over again...
“I’d have more women friends I’d be present for the birth of my children. I wouldn’t spank my kids, and I’d worry less about what the neighbors think.
“We equate patriotism with agreement, and as a result, never make a wave- Conformity is the best prescription for failing to grow and mature.
“We wave the flag around spanking We even put a biblical ribbon around it. But it s time we examine the consequences of this legacy we pass from generation to generation It’s not the end of the world, but
See DONAHUE, Page 12A
TYRE, Lebanon (AP) — An explosives-laden pickup truck rammed the gates of an Israeli command post near Tyre today, rode through a hail of gunfire and blew up, demolishing a building and killing at least 14 Israelis.
The death toll announced by the Israeli army was the highest in a single hostile action since Israel invaded lebanon in June 1982, and Israel swiftly retaliated with air strikes on Palestinian guerrilla targets to the north.
Another 21 Israeli border troops, soldiers and civilian security men were wounded and 13 were missing, an army communique said.
There was no word from the army on the fate of * several dozen” Arab detainees who the Israelis said were being held in the compound. But Beirut radio said 25 detainees died rn the blast.
The bombing was claimed by Islamic Holy War, the same fanatical pro-lraman Shute Moslem group that claimed responsibility for the truck bombings of the Marine and French bases in Beirut (Jct 23 that killed 230 American and 58 French troops At the scene of the truck bombing, outside the Mediterranean port. Israeli Army Brig. Gen. Amos Yaron, said the bodies of three Israeli soldiers were found in the rubble He said 25 others were wounded and some 30 other soldiers, border troopers or civilian security men had been in the bulleting and were missing three hours after the rescue began The Israeli warplanes’ targets were positions of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, headed by former Syrian Capt Ahmed Jebril, and Abu Moussa, leader of the guerilla mutiny against PIX) leader Vassar Arafat, the military statement said.
The planes attacked guerilla positions around Mansouriyeh in eastern Lebanon and Bhamdoun in
The bombing was claimed by Islamic Holy War, the same fanatical pro-Iranian Shiite Moslem group that claimed responsibility for the truck bombings of the Marine and French bases in Beirut.
the center of the country, the communique said.
All planes returned safely after registering “accurate hits” on command posts, tanks, and 130mm cannons, the military statement said.
“A huge explosion occurred this morning about six o’clock rn Tyre. Two buildings in which security forces were housed were hit. Israeli defense forces are busy with evacuation and rescue efforts,” read a statement by the Israeli military command,
U.S. Undersecretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger. who was in Israel when the blast occurred, said “Israel has our deepest sympathy and condolences. It is an event which we have experienced ourselves very recently...
“It’s murder and terrorism of the worst sort and we must together do what we can to stop it,” he said Similar suicide attacks destroyed a U.S. Marine command post and a French paratroop company headquarters in Beirut on Oct.23, killing almost 300 U.S. and French servicemen in the multinational peacekeeping force The same extremist group of pro-lraman Shute
See BOMBING. Page UA
Talk show host outlines how he'd 're-live' his life
Staff photo tty John N Santa/Lights fantastic
The single traffic light at the intersection of Mill and crews work on installing the new lights at a cost of
North Seguin Avenue will soon be a thing of the $20,500. They should be ready next week,
past, as this photo shows. New Braunfels Utilities