New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 27, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels. TexasTraditional Thanksgiving
Tricia Klaehn, Sandra Lockstedt, Kay Bading, Amy Hartmann, Robbie Constable, Jennifer Engler and Jason Siltmann help Meta Tim-mermann with decorations for Thanksgiving at Friedens United Church of Christ. The Timmermann Sisters began decorating the church annually in the 1920s with produce from area farms for Thanksgiving. This year these seven Friedens Sunday School students of Mrs. Alvin Siltmann, whose grandfather was one of the main contributors of produce in the early years, brought a decoration made of wheat for under the lights. Produce used includes fruit, homemade bread, fresh eggs, small cotton bales, corn, bales of hay and a fresh pitcher of milk. The decorations may be viewed through Friday.
Stall photo by Juhn San tin
I object to discharge
Seven letters objecting to the discharge of fill material in the Guadalupe River have been received by the Fort Worth District office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
A “comment period” ended Friday for an application for a permit that would allow the discharge “after the
Col. Donald J. Palladino, the district engineer, will decide Monday whether to hold a public hearing on the matter, an office spokesman said.
“We got seven comments by mail last week, and all of them are pretty much opposed to the project,” I,arry Buck at the Fort Worth office said.
Steve and Jane Abbott and Arbs Mosley applied for the permit to authorize the discharge of about 846 cubic
yards of fill material below the ordinary high water level of the river, according to a public notice mailed to riverfront property owners last month.
The material resulted from parking lot construction at Abbott’s River Outfitters Inc., 4.5 miles northwest of New Braunfels on River Road.
“If and when a public hearing is scheduled, a notice will be sent to the same folks who got the first notice and the people who sent letters,” Buck said.
“Monday we’ll present the facts and outline the content of the comments we’ve received. A public hearing will be set up only if it’s needed to get information on which to base a decision.
“Ifs not to explain the process to the public, ifs for the Corps of Engineers to gather facts,’’ Buck asserted.
Judge rules officials entrapped, overturns 2 Abscam convictions
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A federal judge’s ruling that two city officials were entrapped when they took Abscam bribes may affect other cases stemming from the FBI’s undercover investigation, a defense lawyer says.
U.S. District Judge John P. Fullam, who presided at the extortion-conspiracy trials of former City Council President George X. Schwartz and Councilman Harry P. Jannotti, ruled Wednesday the courts had an obligation to protect citizens from * ‘governmental overreaching. ’ ’
His 64-page decision threw out the convictions of Schwartz and Jannotti more than two months after the verdicts were handed down by a jury.
Fullam made it clear he did not condone the actions recorded by the FBI on videotape and presented as evidence in his court.
“No one who viewed the videotaped evidence in this case could avoid feelings of distress and disgust at the crass behavior the tapes reveal,” Fullam wrote.
“But, in the long run, the rights of all
citizens not to be led into criminal activity by governmental overreaching will remain secure only so long as the courts stand ready to vindicate those rights in every case,” he said.
Fullarn’s ruling was the first favorable finding for any of the defendants in the Abscam investigation, which led to indictments of seven members of Congress and several municipal officials. Two congressmen, Reps. Michael Myers, D-Pa., and John Jenrette, D-S.C., have been convicted.
Budget board wants unmarked cars end
AUSTIN (AP) - The Legislative Budget Board wants to do away with the state undercover force that has declared war on speeders.
“I just believe they should be marked,” Speaker Bill Clayton said of the Department of Public Safety’s unmarked cars.
Clayton and other members of the LBB voted Wednesday to recommend banning the unmarked cars. The special provision will be proposed in the DPS budget the 1981 legislature will consider.
Col. Jim Adams, DPS director, started the unmarked car program in March. After hearing of the LBB action he defended the plan.
“I think that the deterrent factor has been effective. We’ve heard out-of-state truckers talking on their CBS telling each other to look out for the unmarked cars in Texas,” he said.
Adams has been tight-lipped about
the number of unmarked cars and where they are being used. “We have a limited number but we never give the specific number," he said.
Clayton said marked cars are more effective.
“Very frankly, I think you can set a marked car on the side of the road with no one in it and it will naturally slow people down,” he said.
Adams, in a telephone interview, countered with statistics. In January and February, when there were no unmarked cars on the road, the highway death rate was 27 percent above the record numbers of 1979.
The 1980 death rate is now down to 6 percent above the 1979 totals, he said.
“We have obtained greater compliance with the speed limits. The top speeds are coming down and only IO percent of the motorists are exceeding 65 mph,” said Adams.
He added it is difficult for the DPS to
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enforce speed limits with only one trooper for every 133 miles of highway.
The LBB also voted Wednesday to recommend increasing the fee for a driver’s license, and for pay raises for troopers.
The board said the driver’s license fee should go up 25 percent from the current $7 for four years, which is 23 percent below the national average.
The recommended increase excludes people over 65. Rep. Bill neatly, D-Paducah, argued, “Every dollar counts as far as those people are concerned.”
Sen. Grant Jones, D-Abilene, replied, “Why do you assume all old people are poor?”
“Most older couples already have paid for their homes, they’ve got their children raised, and they have more expendable money," Jones said.
Pay raises recommended for troopers would raise starting salaries from the current $16,152 to $18,444 in
1982. The board staff recommended raising the starting pay to $20,724 in
1983, but the board rejected that proposal.
The second-year pay hike would be the same as given other state employees, under the LBB’s recommendation.
DPS officials have said they lose troopers to big city police departments that pay higher salaries.Eye cancer: Virus discovery gives new hope
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Researchers have isolated a human virus that causes eye cancer in baboons and say the results may be a breakthrough in the search for a cause of a retina cancer that blinds or kills young children.
Scientists for Southwest Foundation of Research and Education here and Boston’s Eye Research Institute collaborated on the research that isolated in newborn baboons a human virus, adenovirus type 12, which they say causes retinoblastoma.
“This is the first time there has been a clear demonstration that a human virus can produce
a human-like tumor in a primate that is genetically closely related to humans,” the scientists announced Wednesday. “Such information may well make it possible for scientists to develop a means of combating the cancerous effects of the virus.”
The researchers said an estimated one case of retinoblastoma occurs for each 18,000 live births in the United States and usually affects children under the age of six.
“Retinoblastoma is responsible for I percent of all deaths from cancer in early childhood and 5 percent of all blindness in children,” they reported. “This incidence is much higher in
other parts of the world. In Haiti, for example, the occurrence of retinoblastoma leaps to one case for every 3,300 births; in the Philippines this rate is even higher.”
The Nov. 28 edition of “Science” reports on results of the scientists’ eight years of research into retinoblastoma, which until a decade ago was almost always fatal.
“New diagnostic techniques make it possible to detect the cancer before it reaches an advanced stage, but the only sure treatment is to remove the eye," the researchers said in the announcement.
“Since retinoblastoma affects both eyes
about 25 percent of the time, when a baby is diagnosed with the disease and successfully treated, the child often survives to live a sightless life.”
. The research was conceived and guided by Dr. Noritsugu Mukai, senior scientist of retinoblastoma research at the Boston Eye Research Center. Mukai found that adenovirus 12 caused brain tumors almost IOO percent of the time when injected into the brain of newborn rodents.
Under Mukai’s direction, newborn rats, mice and other small laboratory animals were then injected with adenovirus 12 and 44 percent of
the animals developed tumors in their eyes.
Mukai turned to Southwest Foundation to study the virus’ effect on primates because th* local research facility has more than 1,900 baboons, the largest captive colony.
Dr. S.S. Kalter headed the local research under a grant from the Retina Research Foundation of Houston and the Ewing Halsell Foundation of San Antonio.
Kalter plans to report on his primate virus research Dec. I in Nairobi, Kenya, at the Second International Conference on the Impai of Viral Diseases on the Development of African and Middle-East countries.