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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas Heart failure takes Baby Fae three weeks after transplant IA)MA LINDA, Calif. (AP) - Baby Fae, who made medical history and generated ethical questions as she fought for life for three weeks with the heart of a baboon beating in her tiny chest, died after her kidneys began to fail. She was barely a month old. The 5-pound infant, bom with a fatally deformed heart, outlived by more than two weeks any of the four adults whose hearts had been replaced with animal hearts. She had lived longer with the transplanted heart than she had with her own. “Baby Fae died at 9 p.m.,” Ed Wines, vice president for public relations and development for Loma Linda University Medical Center, said Thursday night, reading from a doctors’ statement. Her parents, who kept the identity of their daughter secret throughout the three weeks of intense publicity that surrounded the surgery and forced them into counseling, were consoled by doctors and clergy after their daughter died, Wines said. Baby Fae had been in serious but stable condition Thursday, but her kidney function deteriorated and around 7 p.m. she required dialysis, Wines said. Doctors had been saying Baby Fae was recovering from an attempt by her body to reject the baboon heart she received on Oct. 26. She was on a respirator and had been receiving immunosuppresant drugs, including one that affects kidney function, but See BABY FAE, Page 16A Field narrowed to three in CISD superintendent search By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Comal ISD patrons have at least a week’s wait to find out who will be the next CISD superintendent. And the field of hopefuls has been narrowed from six to three, board president Leroy Goodson said CISD officials decided today to postpone Tuesday’s regular board meeting to Nov. 27 for several reasons, but Goodson said the on-going superintendent search isn’t one of them. “We've met eight times in the last four weeks to complete our candidate interviews, but no decision has been made yet,” Goodson said. “That will be done at a board meeting. “We decided to postpone Tuesday night s meeting because there are some agenda items that need more time for study and completion,” he added, “plus there’s no school Wednesday.” A CISD spokeswoman said F riday that San Antonio architect Mike McChesney needed more time to complete a detailed presentation on Phase Two of the district’s building plan. He has already presented cost estimates on meeting the growth needs of the Bulverde and Canyon I^ake area Other items on Tuesday night’s agenda were staff See CIS!), Page 16A InsideTree-mendous project OfcHYL CLAWK MtKALD ZElTUNG finishing touches on the Christmas decorations, which went up Thursday, in eluding the big tree adjacent to the gazebo. Thanksgiving is still almost a week away, but Main Plaza is beginning to look at lot like Christmas, if you ll pardon the phrase. Two New Braunfels Utilities employees put the Sports Cougars at Fredericksburg Unicorns at Hays Unicorn volleyball vs. Beaumont South Park, Austin New Braunfels    Friday Herald-Zeituna New Braunfels. Texas    Vo,    94_No    223 November 16, 1984 25 Cents 28 Pages 2 Sections Williford handed 20-year jail term A man who was found guilty of robbery was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in the Texas Department of Corrections by 22nd District Judge Charles Ramsav. A Comal County jury found David Williford, 22, of 1239 W San Antonio guilty on Oct. 17 of robbing Martin Ruiz near the Daily Double lounge last June But Williford opted for the court to decide his punishment, and Ramsay ordered a pre-sentence investigation by the Adult Probation Office before Thursday’s formal sentencing. The punishment range for the second-degree felony of robbery is two to 20 years in prison, and a fine up to $20,000. Ramsay chose the maximum prison sentence Thursday. but issued nu fine. The robbery charge against Williford stemmed from a West End assault incident on June 22. During Williford’s trial. Ruiz testified he was assaulted near the lounge, and then again on a gravel lot between the lounge and a Sac-n-Pac store on Live Oak Street The assault on Ruiz, a New Braunfels resident, coincided with several assaults in the same neighborhood on illegal aliens last June. Other persons arrested in connection with the assaults were Hector Juarez of 1860 W Katy and Oscar Acevedo of 240 S. Camp In his testimony during Williford’s trial, Ruiz said Juarez was one of the men beating him, but he could not positively identify Williford as the other. Testimony from other witnesses, though, put Williford at MC’s (another nearby loungei the night of the assault on Ruiz, and then in the vicinity of the assault after it had occurred. Ruben Gonzales, one of two men who helped Ruiz home after he was assaulted, also testified he declined when Williford asked him if he w anted to go rob Ruiz that night. Prior to his assault conviction. Williford received IU years probation for attempted burglary last January in a plea bargain with District Attorney Bill Schroeder. After the jury’s guilty verdict, Schroeder said he would file a motion to revoke that probation once all appeals on the assault conviction have been exhausted. DEBBIE DelOACH Jail delays Rain forces completion date to be set back to April By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer Recent rains will delay completion of the new Comal County Jail for two months, Buddy Vogler with Chris DiStephano’s architectural finn, told commissioners Thursday. Vogler told commissioners that installation of bars had fallen behind schedule, delaying the completion date from the first week of February to the first week of April. Written into the contract is an allowance for rain days which has amounted to 21 days, Dave Talbot of Hill Engineering said. “What county was this in?” one of the commissioners quipped. “Rain days also includes wet days. In other words, everytime it rains we could not always get right back to work until it dried out a little,’’ Talbot explained Given those extra days, the contracted finishing date would be Feb 26. But the detention equipment will not be finished until the first week of February' at the soonest, Talbot said, and another 35 days would be needed to finish after the steel has been installed Southern Steel of San Antonio, the detention equipment supplier and installer, had been bought by Phelps Inc. since they started the job, causing some changes in management. The engineering drawings of the jail’s bars took 120 days to complete and were lost in the management switch, meaning they had to be redrawn, larry Stark, project manager with Southern Steel, said “We are not of the inclination to waive the penalty. We have a timetable we are working with too,” County Judge F'red Clark saud, referring to the HOO per day in liquidation damages that the general See COUNTY, Page ISA CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (API -Discovery, ‘ brighter than a shooting star” on its homeward plunge, glided triumphantly back to Earth today with two satellite prizes plucked boldly from orbit during history’s first space salvage mission. The H4-ton space plane, its final 'lash across Florida heralded by twin sonic booms, dropped out of a partly cloudv sky and onto a 15,000-foot ioi crete runway after a gurney cf 3.3 million miles during which the astronauts also released two new communications satellites "This certainly has to be looked at as a very historic day in America's space program,” said Jesse Moore, director of NASA's shuttle program. “Ifs got to be looked at as one of the most important and significant missions we’ve had to date in the space shuttle program. “What can I say? The words fantastic, fantastic come to mind.” Moore reported Discovery “looks like she's in excellent shape with a cargo bay about as full as it was “What can I say? The words fantastic, fantastic come to mind." -—Jesse Moore Shuttle program director when we took off.” He said it would be towed to a hangar to be readied for its next mission in January, carrying a secret Defense Department satellite The astronauts almost were diverted to a landing in California when clouds moved over Cape Canaveral two hours before the planned touchdown But the skies cleared and commander Rick Hauck was given the go-ahead to come into this spaceport just 20 minutes before he was to fire the ship's rockets to See SHUTTLE, Page 16A Com fund only $7,000 away from '84 goal By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Comal County Community Fund is less than $7,000 away from its 1984 goal of $115,000. As of presstime today, Comfund’s total contributions stood at $108,500. Jesse Garcia. 1984 drive chairman, said that’s such good news that he’s started preparing for three Comfund close-outs celebrations. The first will be Wednesday, Nov. 28, on Main Plaza, beginning at 9:30 a rn. “That’s when we’ll move the reading on the big thermometer, and pay tribute to our key division head people,” Garcia said. Then the party will travel up the road a bit to the Canyon I .ake thermometer at the Volunteer Action Center That celebration begins at ll am. “Those two are our way of publicly thanking the people of Comal County for their contributions, and for helpnng us reach our goal." Garcia said. The third will be a reception at Honors Hall on Wednesday , Dec. 5, beginning at 5:30 p m ‘We’re calling that our victory celebration for those 200-plus volunteers whose work helped put us over the top,” he added. But Garcia doesn't want anyone to misinterpret his celebration plans. “We’re still going strong, and we’re almost there. I’m not trying to be premature. I’m just optimistic and confident.” l^ast year’s Comfund victory celebration took place on Nov. I, which marked the earliest drive conclusion since Comfund started in 1954. The goal last year was $100,000,, but the 1983 Comfund effort finally totaled in at $117,423. See COMFUND, Page 16A high was 80 and this morning’s low was 62. CLASSIFIED    MOB COMICS 14A CROSSWORD 11A DEAR ABBY 11A DEATHS 2A HOROSCOPE 11A OPINIONS 4A RELIGIOUS FOCUS 5A SPORTS 8 10A STOCKS 7A TV LISTINGS 14A WEATHER    2A Shuttle back with errant satellitesWater Watch Comal Rivar    165 cia (up 61 Canyon Laka inflow    107 cia (down 2) Canyon Dam outflow    150 cfa (down 61 Edwarda Aquifer    622    46    (up    03) Canyon Lake laval    900    08 (same)Today's Weather It will be mostly cloudy and cooler today with a high in the low 70s and a 30 percent chance of showers. Tonight and tomorrow the highs will be In the low 70s and the lows will drop to the upper 50s. Yesterday’s ;