New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 13, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
Texas / National
Wednesday, October 13, 1982 5A
Reagan to give economic progress report
WASHINGTON (AP) — While Democrats fume, President Reagan is taking a break from his in-person campaigning to sign a job training bill and deliver a nationally televised progress report on the economy that he promises will be “non-partisan.”
Reagan’s request for free time tonight from the major networks followed an unsuccessful effort by the Republican National Committee to purchase a similar block of time for him to deliver a campaign speech.
But the president appeared to be winning a battle with the television networks, two of which first balked at carrying such a broadcast less than three weeks before the Nov. 2 elections. CBS and NBC say they plan to carry the Oval Office speech scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EDT. ABC told the White House it would not. Even before the speech, Reagan was
keeping his focus on the economy as Election Day approaches, setting aside time today to sign a job training bill that his spokesmen argue the administration has supported since last January. Democrats claim the measure was their idea.
The president has been pointing to the legislation for more than a week as evidence of his administration’s efforts to help counter the nation’s rising unemployment rate. As passed by Congress, it represented a combination of proposals from both Democrats and Republicans.
House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill Jr., D-Mass., complained last week that no Democrats were being invited to the signing ceremony.
Deputy White House press secretary Larry Speakes said Reagan had no new program or
announcements to offer in his economic address, although one administration official promised “there will be some news in it.”
And the president himself had trouble keeping a straight face when he told reporters Monday evening — as he returned to Washington after a Texas campaign appearance — that the speech would not be political, smiling and then chuckling when he said “the broadcast will be non-partisan.” Reagan will resume his political travel next week, in Illinois and Nebraska.
On Tuesday, Reagan responded to a question about the partisanship issue by asking: “Doesn’t everyone want the economy to get better?”
Democratic leaders, meanwhile, are continuing their effort to get the networks to boycott the speech.
NBC was offering Democrats time at 7:30 p.m. EDT Thursday to respond while CBS was offering 11:30 p.m. EDT tonight.
However, Christopher Mathews, spokesman for O’Neill, said Tuesday night that Democrats will reject the equal time offer, demanding instead that the networks carry a response immediately following Reagan’s speech.Holdridge named Indonesian ambassador
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan, ending a year-long diplomatic impasse, says he will name a senior State Department official to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to Indonesia.
Reagan, in a surprise move, announced the nomination of John H. Holdridge to the ambassadorial post in a toast during a state dinner Tuesday night honoring Indonesian President Suharto.
“It’s a terrific choice,” said Holdridge’s boss, Secretary of State George P. Shultz. The 54-year-old Holdridge is currently assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs.
Reagan’s announcement in the White House East Room brought cries of surprise, and a round of applause.
“As you are aware, Assistant Secretary Holdridge is our most senior diplomat experienced in East Asian affairs,” Reagan told Suharto.
Warrants will name co-conspirators, officials say
MCALLEN (AP) — Federal authorities Four Salvadorans were found dead plan to issue additional arrest warrants about late Oct. 4 in a tractor-trailer rig
naming “co-conspirators” in an alien abandoned near Edinburg, 15 miles north
smuggling operation that caused the of the Mexico border. Autopsies showed
deaths of five Salvadorans, a U.S. Border Patrol official says.
“We’ll issue warrants and get them (the suspects) when we can,” Border Patrol assistant chief E.J. Vickery said Tuesday, after a third man named in warrants issued earlier surrendered.
Larry D. McCoy, 39, surrendered about 2 p.m. Tuesday at the McAllen Border Patrol office and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Susan Williams on a charge of conspiring to transport illegal aliens. Bond was set at $500,000, court clerk Olga Sauceda said.
Vickery said his office will “take a closer look” at the case and then issue more arrest warrants in the failed smuggling scheme. He said he could not estimate how many additional warrants will be issued.
the three men and one woman died of suffocation compounded by heat stroke.
The body of another Salvadoran man was discovered Saturday partially submerged in a drainage ditch near an orange grove where IO Salvadorans had been left by smugglers.
An autopsy revealed he died of a combination of dehydration, exposure and heat stroke, with possible drowning also a factor, according to Dr. Ruben Santos, Hildago County medical examiner.
Two other men named in federal arrest warrants — Robert James Manners, 51, and Edward Gene Hunter, 38 — surrendered to the Border Patrol Thursday and are being held in lieu of $500,000 bond each on charges of charges of transporting illegal aliens and conspiracy to transport
illegal aliens within the United States.
Patrol investigator Ray Diaz said McCoy may be the person who abandoned the truck with the Salvadorans locked inside. Manners and Hunter may have “assisted in supplying the aliens and loading the aliens into the trucks,” hesaid.
The 26 people trapped in the 18-wheeler began to suffer, and four died, when the truck’s air conditioner failed.
Five days later, authorities discovered the body of another Salvadoran partially submerged in a drainage ditch. The man “lost his mind” and ran from the orange grove after smugglers left him and nine others there to wait, the Salvadorans said.
Two other aliens abandoned at the grove have not been located.
Two Salvadorans found in the abandoned truck remained hospitalized in critical and guarded conditions at McAllen Methodist Hospital, according to supervisor Martha Wallace.
Agriculture commisioner race livens up dull campaign
AUSTIN (AP) — Republican Fred Thornberry calls his opponent, Jim Hightower, a “charlatan” backed by “liberal agitator groups." Hightower responds that Thornberry is “seriously dumb.”
Harsh words in a campaign for agriculture commissioner, by all accounts one of the most boring jobs in the Texas state government.
But the race to determine who gets to calibrate gasoline pumps and inspect sweet potatoes has produced the best campaign rhetoric, faux pas and one-liners of an otherwise routine political season in the Lone Star State.
Democrat Hightower, 39, former editor of the liberal weekly Texas Observer, has emerged as a kind of born-again redneck and standup comic. He says things like, “If you were to lay all the experts end to end, it would be a good thing.”
His staff calls him “Whole Hog.”
Thornberry, 45, is a Texas A&M alumnus and chicken expert who quotes German philosopher Nietzsche in his campaign press releases. He entered the race after Hightower defeated state Agriculture Commissioner Reagan Brown in the Democratic primary on May I.
Brown was no slouch at making headlines, either. He once accidentally cut off a finger with a chain saw while building a “Safety on the Farm” exhibition booth. He battled the fire ant with such religious fervor that stuck his hand in an ant hole so television cameramen could get footage of him being stung.
Just before the primary, Brown stumbled before
TV cameras when he referred to renowned educator Booker T. Washington as “that great black nigger.”
In the primary campaign, Brown traveled the state charging that Hightower’s support came from “socialistic punks up East.” But Hightower soundly defeated Brown by promising to save family farms and reduce supermarket prices.
“There’s a lot more to being agriculture commissioner than putting a straw in your mouth and humming Thank God I’m a Country Boy’,” Hightower says. It’s a line he used against Brown, and he likes it so much he has revived it for the campaign against Thornberry.
Hightower says he wants to use the job to influence farm legislation in Washington, but Thornberry — as Brown did in the primary — warns that Hightower is a “political opportunist” who is seeking a steppingstone to higher office and who would turn the state agriculture department into “a training ground for political radicals.”
Hightower, once an aide to liberal former Sen. Ralph Yarborough, D-Texas, ran a losing campaign for state railroad commissioner four years ago as a “populist.” He has written two books on agricultural policy, “Eat Your Heart Out” and “Hard Tomatoes, Hard Times.”
This year, Hightower is believed to be the beneficiary of voter discontent over record farm bankruptcies, idled grain elevators and low farm prices, and is regarded as a shoo-in to succeed Brown.
Arsonist bullying scared neighbors, Fort Worth firemen, police say
FORT WORTH (AP) — Police say an arsonist who s terrorizing a northside neighborhood here with a string of fires dating to March 1981 has bullied 'esidents into keeping quiet about his identity.
Fire Capt. W.E. Dunkin said authorities have canvassed the Diamond Hill area asking witnesses who have seen the man for help.
"We just keep working and hoping that somebody will either get mad enough or brave enough to come forward and give us some information,” he said.
Residents have told investigators a man who lives in the area has bragged of setting the fires, but Dunkin said no one will identify him out of fear he will see them talking with officers and torch their houses.
“Once you determine a fire’s cause, you work it just like any other police matter,” Dunkin said. “But lf people in the neighborhood don’t help, it’s very difficult.”
One neighbor who asked not to be identified said her neighbors are beginning to get “desperate. ”
“We have watched house after house burn,” she ■aid.
Five of the fires, which date back to March 5,1981, were “definitely arson,” Dunkin said. Several other house fires in a IO- to 15-block area also may have
been set, though investigators have not determined the exact causes of the blazes, he said.
All the fires but one were in inhabited houses, but so far, no one has been hurt in any of the blazes.
The latest fire caused about $20,000 in damage to a house Sunday night.
“We’ve got a suspect... but at this point that’s all he is — a suspect,” Dunkin said. “All we’ve got is some hearsay.”
The fire investigator said burglary apparently was the motive for at least one of the fires, but investigators so far have been unable to establish a definite pattern or discover solid links.
The word around the neighborhood, residents say, is that the man, whom they describe as “strange” although they have never spoken to him, has threatened to “wipe out” the block of 3100 Hutchison.
Several of the fires, including the latest one, were set on that block.
Dunkin said no one who actually has heard the threats has come forward, and a police canvass of the area unearthed no solid information.
If neighbors are afraid to have investigators come to their homes, “we’ll be glad to meet with them anywhere, anytime,” he said.
Car crash stops rape
AUSTIN (AP) -Police hope a hospital or clinic will help them find a man suspected of abducting a University of Texas employee who deliberately crashed her car to keep the man from raping her.
Authorities said Tuesday they don’t recommend it for everyone, but admit the tactic worked for the unidentified woman who said a man with a knife accosted her in a parking lot and had her drive him around East Austin for about 30 minutes.
Police believe the man was injured in the head-on collision and may seek medical attention. He disappeared into a wooded area northeast of Austin after the woman ran her car into an oncoming pickup truck.
Authorities said she told them the man grabbed her as she left work Monday and she thought he intended to rape her.
She steered her car into the truck and was able to get out of the car and explain her predicament to the driver, who pulled a garden hoe on the kidnapper and told him to drop his knife, according to sheriff’s deputy Curtis Weeks.
The driver of the truck was not injured, but the woman was treated for cuts and bruises at a local hospital.
Investigators said the abductor may have facial cuts and internal injuries suffered when he slammed into the windshield.
“As far as the end result is concerned, yes, she did the right thing,” Sgt. Hal Caldwell of the sheriff’s office said. “But I would not recommend it.
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