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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 10, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Textile fight showdown set Briefly WASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to force sharp cutbacks in textile imports, sidetracked 24 hours as a courtesy to Singapore Prime Minister I-.ee Kuan Yew, are back on course heading to a showdown on the House floor. “The thing you want to do is get it on the floor while it’s hot — and it’s hot now — and get it passed,” Rep. Butler Derrick, DT>.C., sai l Wednesday after abrupt postponement of House action on the measure. House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill, D-Mass., ordered the delay as a gesture toward Lee, a staunch free-trade advocate who lied said in remarks to a joint meeting of Congress earlier in the day that protectionist measures could be “ruinous to all.” The Asian leader’s lobbying success proved short lived, however, when O’Neill placed the textile bill on the calendar for today. “I did this out of respect for the visiting head of government who addressed both houses of Congress today,” O’Neill said in a statement. “I do not think it is the right thing to have this vote on the same day that the prime minister spoke to us. ” The unusual intrusion of diplomatic courtesies into House floor action bought 24 hours for both sides to play whatever cards they still hold in an intense contest for votes that has drawn swarms of lobbyists and a Reagan administration veto threat. The House version of the measure would force drastic rollbacks — averaging perhaps 35 percent — in imports of fabrics and wearing apparel from 12 nations, including Singapore, as well as lesser cuts in shipments from other textile countries. It would exempt Canada and the European Economic Community. The administration has denounced the bill as being guaranteed to bring retaliation against U.S. exports and thus cause more layoffs and worsen the projected $150 billion U.S. trade deficit. It also says the bill would raise consumer prices and violate 38 international treaties. The textile and apparel industries, along with two major labor unions, are pushing for the measure as a means of protecting jobs. They say import competition has caused 300,(HK) layoffs since 1980. Textile forces said they protested O’Neill’s decision, but to no avail. “He felt it would be an insult to the prime minister to bring it up just before he got out of town,” Derrick said. “I told the speaker I don’t have any Singapore people who vote for me. I’m not concerned about their jobs. I’m concerned about South Carolina.” Skeleton may be man missing since 1970 HUNTSVILLE (AP) — A skull and IO teeth found in Sam Houston National Forest may be the remains of a Spring Valley businessman who disappeared 15 years ago, a Walker County sheriff's deputy said. Investigators, however, said Wednesday the remains may tx? from two bodies. Medical examiners said it may take a few weeks before the remains are identified. The spot where the discovery was made Sunday was about 300 yards from where Charles E. Witty’s abandoned station wagon was found on Sept 28, 1970, sheriffs detective Rick Berger said. A squirrel hunter found the skeletal parts in an isolated area of the forest near the Montgomery County line. Berger said. The remains were sent to the Harris County medical examiner in Houston for an autopsy, authorities said Wednesday. Witty’s wife, Virginia Witty, 56, said it would “be a relief after all these years to find out what hap pened.” Mrs. Witty said if the skeletal parts were found in a grave, “it will confirm what we have known all along, that he did not die by natural causes.” But Berger could not say if the remains found Sunday and on three subsequent searches had been buried since some were scarely covered by dirt. The remains were found scattered over a 50-yard area, he said Witty, 46, a semi-retired sea captain who had become a mouth spray distributor, has been considered missing since Sept. 14, 1970, when he failed to return home from a business trip, authorities said. Berger thinks the remains will be identified as Witty’s even though experts say it is rare for such evidence to be found after such a long period of time. He said the proximity of the remains to where the station wagon was found has convinced him the remains are Witty’s. Pants and shoes found among the remains might also might help in the identification, he said. When Witty was first missing, sheriff’s investigators doubted foul play was involved. The station wagon was full of gas and found parked at the end of a logging trail in far southwest Walker County. But a former shipmate of Witty’s, the late D.B. McGee, concluded his friend met foul play since various items, including a large brown sales case and a .38-caliber revolver, were never found. But officials Wednesday found a gun similar to the one owned by Witty about three feet from where the skeletal parts were found. The weapon is being sent to Department of Public Safety officials in Austin to determine a serial number identification and to determine how many bullets were fired. Walker County Sheriff W.D. White said. An investigation Mrs. Witty and McGee initiated uncovered witnesses in Montgomery County who said Witty was seen with a man in his car the day he vanished. Government rushes aid to survivors PONCE, Puerto Rico (AP) The Puerto Rican government rushed emergency money to survivors of this week’s flooding and mudslides, and rescue workers pulled more bodies from the debris. Officials said as many as 500 people may have died. Civil Defense Chief Heriberto Acevedo reported Wednesday that a total of 74 bodies had been recovered or located in the debris on the U.S. Common wealth island Ponce’s deputy mayor, Angel Erneterio Atienza, said there may be 500 more bodies beneath mud in the nearby hillside shantytown of Mameyes, the hardest hit community. Other local officials’ estimates ranged from IOO to 300. The /Vow York Times reported today that health officials feared a health threat because of the unrecovered bodies at Mameyes, where heavy rains triggered a mudslide that buried hundreds of homes and some inhabitants on Monday. The newspaper said officials had asked that the area be sealed with rock and earth as a mass grave. “It is one of the most difficult and delicate decisions that the Puerto Rican government has ever had to make,” it quoted Ponce Mayor Jose Dapena as saying. “But it is a decision that has to be made quickly due to the threat to the rest of the community.” Edgardo Delgado, the southern region’s district attorney in charge of identifying victims, said 70 bodies had been sent to the morgue at the medical center in Ponce, including victims from Mameyes, Santa Isabela and other flooded areas. Governor Rafael Hernandez Colon held an emergency meeting Wednesday night and ordered the distribution of $1 million rn $300 checks to families left homeless or with serious damage to their property. The money was part of a $10 million emergency fund approved by the island’s legislature. The governor appealed to President Reagan to declare 40 of the island’s 78 municipalities, most of them on the southern coast, a disaster area. The American Red Cross operation headquarters in Alexandria, Va., said it has sent a 15-member administrative team composed of experts in damage assessment, mass care, supplies, personnel, health services, family services and other areas. Approximately 6,200 people are staying at 33 Red Cross shelters. The governor’s advisers estimated 10,000 people are without water and electricity. The National Guard earlier estimated damage to buildings, agricultural land, schools, public highways and bridges will exceed $100 million. “This is a tragedy for all of Puerto Rico, not just for Ponce and the affected families,” Hernandez Colon told mourners Wednesday at a mass funeral and burial for 23 of the victims, many of them infants, brought to Ponce from several sites including Mameyes. About 5,000 sobbing and wailing relatives and neighbors jammed the basketball court of the city coliseum for the funeral. Thousands more lined the streets or watched from balconies as the coffins were carried from the coliseum to the municipal cemetery. Commander Eliezer Barrios, who directed police operations at the Santa Isabel bridge, 20 miles east of Ponce on the main highway to San Juan, said at least 19 people, including four policemen, died when their vehicles plunged into the Paso Seco River. 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Mrs. Collins was accused of failing to provide sufficient food and medical care for Teresa Lynn Collins, who Gilmer police found dead Feb. 26 in a playpen a* the family’s home. 19 arrested in heroin raid IjAREDO (AP) — Federal officials say they have arrested 19 people, seized 5 pounds of heroin worth an estimated $500,000 on the streets and hope to have ended a family-run narcotics business. Arturo Ramos, 53, of Nuevo I^aredo, Mexico, and Miguel Elias Gaytan, 46. of Laredo were arrested at separate motels on Monday with 2xi pounds of the drug in each raid, said Cecil Hester of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Hester said Gaytan’s brother. Perfecto, also was arrested and that the DEA is asking that another brother, Victorian© Gaytan, who is serving time for another heroin conviction, be brought to laired© to face these charges. Hester said Wednesday that 19 people had been arrested since Monday and that authorities were looking for 22 others, including another Gaytan brother, Juan. Consultant: Home was cooperative SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Autumn Hills nursing home officials were cooperative and concerned about correcting deficiencies found in their facility bv th* state health department, a nursing consultant has testfied in a nursing home murder trial. Pauline Raper, who was nursing director at another nursing home in 1978, testified Autumn Hills asked her to do five days of consulting work in November of that year. Raper said she was asked to help correct problems pointed out by state health department inspectors She testified she found several serious problems at the Texas City nursing home and was able to address only the “tip of the iceberg.” Action keeps government afloat Nation WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has approved a plan to eliminate the government’s annual deficits by 1991, but the Treasury is back on the brink of insolvency because Congress can’t agree on expanding borrowing authority to cover this year's overspending. The lawmakers on Wednesday appeared to be speeding toward at least a temporary resolution of the government's financial squeeze. The major hurdle for nearly a week, the deficit-cutting amendment, was passed by a 75-24 vote in the Senate. Senate Majority Iieader Robert Dole, R-Kan., predicted the amendment victory would be followed by quirk approval of an interim hike in the national debt ceiling, to let the government meet its obligations until Congress takes final action on the long-term debt bill. But Dole couldn’t get his colleagues to go along. The Senate instead ratified an emergency $5 billion borrowing that the Treasury, anticipating congressional approval of a short-term increase, had already made Wednesday. The House refused to even consider the $5 billion measure. The government has used up its cash reserves and its current borrowing limit of $1,824 trillion. The Reagan administration has asked for a hike in the debt limit to $2,078 trillion to cover another year of $200 billion-plus deficits. Doctor licensing may pose risks WASHINGTON (AP) An internal Veterans Administration report concludes the VA may have exposed its patients and the agency “to medical and legal risks” by allowing some doctors to practice while their licenses were revoked, restricted or otherwise impaired. The interim report of the VA inspector general’s examination of VA doctor licenses said it found “a number of VA physicians" have medical licenses that are impaired in some way in one or more states. The report, which was released to The Associated Press this week in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act, did not reveal how many V A doctors have been found to have license problems. Giant 2-Day Shirt Sale OUR ENTIRE STOCK SHORT SLEEVE Sport—Dress Guayabera •All Name Brands • First Quality • Sizes S-M L XL •Regulars and Tall Man •Dress Shirts Sizes 141/2-17 OUR LOSS IS YOUR CAIN! PRICE GOOD FRIDA Y AND SATURDAY ONLY. Price SHOP RAY ALLEN MEN S WEAR FOR THE FINEST IN QUALITY. 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