New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Americans share spirit of holiday
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Millions of Americans stepped out for parades or just settled back to watch football, but Thanksgiving meals formed the holiday's centerpiece as families both intimate and impromptu gathered for the oldest of national observances.
In Massachusetts, where the hardy people of Plimoth Plantation first gave thanks for a bountiful harvest 350 years ago, the family of Marine Cpl. John L'Heureux felt especially blessed Thursday. L'Heureux, a wounded survivor of October’s terrorist bombing in Beirut, was home from Lebanon for his first Thanksgiving outside a barracks in three years.
And inside the walls of the North Dakota Penitentiary, it was the biggest day of the year for more than 400 inmates whose friends and relatives came to visit, said Warden Winston Satron.
A ha lf-mil lion people stood in brisk winds and temperatures in the low 30s to watch Detroit's big Thanksgiving Day parade, while parents in New York hoisted tots who screamed and cheered as a helium-filled Superman. Woody Woodpecker and other favorite characters floated past in Macy's 57th annual parade “We're not used to this kind of weather," said a shivering Sharon Kaddyama. a hula dancer in the Mililani, Hawaii, high school band before her unit stepped off in New York's chilly drizzle
Across the nation, those who felt fortunate gave thanks by sharing their time, money and food, providing instant families for others whose holiday would otherwise have been gloomy.
Denis Jensen, who until three years ago was a senior vice president at Arkansas' First National Bank in Little Rock, woke up early to collect homeless people from the emptied streets downtown.
Now the director of the Union Rescue Mission, Jensen oversaw dinners for about 235 people and delivery of food baskets to 200 more.
"I went out and picked up four carloads of hoboes," Jensen said. "They feel unloved."
The New Life Evangelistic Church in St. Louis served hundreds of hungry people and delivered food to an additional 2,350 families.
"This year we’re seeing more families, more women with children," said the Rev. Larry Rice, pastor to the city’s homeless. "Some have their utilities shut off and can’t cook. Others have no food. And some are just lonely."
In Utah, where the Salvation Army fed 1,300 people, restaurateur Chris Ritzakis roasted 60 turkeys for free meals for an additional 2.000 “When I came to the United States in 1964,1 hoped one day to afford something like this I know the feeling of being alone on a holiday." said Ritzakis, a Greek immigrant.Tighten up
Secret Service increases security around White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move that appeared to be designed to foil any Beirut-style bombing, the Secret Service tightened security around the White House during the Thanksgiving holiday by parking seven sand-laden dump trucks at five metal-gate entrances.
White House press secretary Larry Speakes said the move was "not in response to a specific threat," but security also was tightened at the State Department six blocks away, where spokeswoman Anita Stockman said authorities were reacting to “possible bomb threats."
President Reagan and his family were at Reagan’s ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif., for a five-day Thanksgiving vacation, ending Sunday.
At the State Department, five entrances were blocked by cars or vans and police cars blocked part of a street that leads to a sixth. Ms. Stockman said "extra security has been taken and will be in effect
until we can evaluate this possible or potential threat." The State Department security measures were implemented Wednesday, while the trucks were moved around the White House on Thursday.
The parked trucks at the entrances to the White House grounds were the latest episode in a series of increasingly stringent security measures prompted by a late-night bomb blast at the Capitol on Nov. 7 and the attack on the Marine headquarters in Beirut. The Oct. 23 Beirut bombing, which killed 239 servicemen, occurred when a dynamite-laden truck with a suicide driver at the wheel rammed the Marine barracks.
Last week, in reaction to the Capitol bombing, guards began to use dogs to sniff all cars and trucks entering the White House grounds for explosives. Guards also searched the handbags and briefcases carried by reporters, normally exempt from such measures, in what was described as a spot check.
Striking driver arrested in Greyhound shooting
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The FBI says it has arrested a striking Greyhound bus driver suspected of shooting at a bus and its driver on an east San Antonio street.
The 53-year-old man was being held in the Bexar County Jail after his arrest Thursday, said Bill Dalseg, special agent in charge of the San Antonio FBI office.
Federal authorities planned to file charges against the man today in a federal complaint alleging destruction of an interstate motor vehicle, Dalseg said.
Shots were fired at a Greyhound bus and its driver rn San Antonio Wednesday evening, Dalseg said, but the driver was not injured.
The driver told police that two men in a car drove ahead of the bus when it left the downtown station en route to a maintenance garage just after 6 p.m. The driver said that when he neared an underpass on the city's east side, one man in the car shined a spotlight on the bus windshield and moments later a bullet
On Thursday, three dump trucks were parked at the southwest gate across the entrance to the closed-off street separating the White House from the Old Executive Office building next door. Those trucks were outside the fence surrounding the White House.
Another truck was parked on that same street inside the northwest gate; two more were inside gates leading off 17th Street into the Old Executive Office Building and a seventh was on East Executive Avenue, a public walkway on the other side of the building separating the White House from the Treasury.
All the lights on the south lawn of the White House were lighted, which is unusual when the mansion is not in use. A loud buzzer from inside the compound could be heard Thursday afternoon, but later was silent.
The guard dogs could be seen patrolling and sniffing at bushes.
struck the right top side of the windshield.
The driver, whom police did not identify, said he recognized the men as union members who previously had threatened him.
Damage to the bus was estimated at $200, police said.
The second man has not been arrested.
The destruction of a motor vehicle statute “involves a situation in which someone willfully intends to endanger the safety of a person, in this case the bus driver, by damaging a motor vehicle which is used or employed in interstate commerce," Dalseg said.
Greyhound’s 12,700 drivers and other workers who belong to the Amalgamated Transport Union struck Nov. 2 over a proposed contract calling for 9.5 percent cuts in wages and benefits. Union officials are scheduled to announce Monday results of voting on the offer, which reportedly contains a 7.8 percent wage cut.EYE OPENERSBy Dr. Henry Hull
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Salvadoran soldiers look for rebels
SAN SALVADOR. El Salvador (AP) -Government troops are try ing to dislodge leftist rebels from strongholds in eastern El Salvador after one U S.-trained unit killed 25 guerrillas in a surprise attack.
Military sources in the city of San Vicente. 36 miles east of San Salvador, said Thursday the U S -backed government has begun a campaign to oust leftist guerrillas from areas they occupy in the nortnern part of San Vicente province The sources, requesting anonymity for security reasons, said the campaign would last three days.
On Thursday, the military said it staged a surprise attack on guerrillas with troops trained in counterinsurgency by the United States The heaviest fighting was in the towns of Barilla Negra and Cerro Bahiionia. on the outskirts of Connlo.
It said the attack occurred Wednesday and "high commanders of the People’s
Revolutionary Army” were among the 50 wounded in fighting 127 miles northeast of the capital
In another Central American development, Nicaraguan Interior Minister Tomas Borge Martinez said Thursday his country would be willing to get rid of its Cuban military advisers if Honduras and El Salvador get rid of their U S military advisers
The Sandimsta government says it already has sent home 1.200 Cuban advisers. mostly civilians The United States has 55 military' advisers in El Salvador and about 200 in Honduras
Withdrawal of all foreign troops in Central America is a cornerstone of a proposed regional peace treaty drafted by the Contadora group — Venezuela, Mexico, Panama and Colombia.
The offer to reduce the number of
Cubans in Nicaragua is one of several recent moves by the Sandinistas which appear to be intended to show an interest in the Contadora proposals.
The Sandimsta government said Thursday that a helicopter from Honduras strafed three Nicaraguan border villages, which it said proves neighboring Honduras “openly supports" anti-Sandirusta rebels based its territory.
The Nicaraguan Foreign Ministry sent a protest note to Honduras saying an olive-green helicopter sprayed the villages with machine-gun fire for 40 minutes and returned to Honduras after the attack.
The note did not say how many casualties there were in the helicopter attack, which Nicaragua said took place Tuesday. Nicaragua accuses Honduras of harboring rebels behind its borders.
Israeli, PLO relations do not improve
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli officials reluctantly made concessions to free six of their soldiers in exchange for 4,600 Palestinian and Lebanese prisoners, but they say Israel and the PLO remain bitter enenues.
• There ut no change rn our approach toward the murderers whose only desire is to sow destruction and panic and killing," Deputy Prune Minister David Levy said
Israel accepted the Palestine Liberation Organization’s con
ditions for the prisoner swap after more than a year of deadlocked negotiations through intermediaries Israeli officials said there was no direct contact between Israeli diplomats and the guerrilla organization.
"I don’t see any change or improvement" in Israeli-PLO relations, Defense Minister Mas he Arens said Thursday. He also denied that the exchange deal included guarantees for PLO leader Yasser Arafat’s safe passage from his embattled headquarters
rn the north Lebanese city of Tripoli.
The two-day exchange, assisted by France and the International Red Cross, ended Thursday when the six soldiers returned to a hero's welcome after 15 months in captivity, and three Air France jumbo jets flew 1,000 Palestinians, defiantly flashing victory signs, to the Algerian capital of Algiers.
The Palestinians were released from Israel’s massive Ansar detention center in south Lebanon. About
3,500 more Palestinians and Lebanese freed from Ansar, along with other suspected guerrillas from smaller lockups in Sidon and Nabatiye, elected to stay with their families
in Israeli-occupied south Lebanon.
The Israelis also freed 98 guerrillas from prisons in Israel, more than 50 of them serving life sentences for terrorist assaults.
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