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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 12, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Train crash kills41 VISEU, Portugal (AP) — An express train trying to make up lost time collided head-on with a local train in mountainous central, Portugal, and at least 41 people died in the blazing wreckage, news reports said today. “People were being burned alive, shouting, jumping from the carHages and dying at the train windows,” said Duarte Santos Correia, 37, one of the passengers who survived the wreck, the 13th this year in Portugal. Local news reports at mid-morning today said 41 bodies had been recovered from the wrecked coaches or sighted inside. Rescuers worked through the night to free bodies pinned inside the twisted, blackened railway cars and transport them to three local hospitals. A deputy fire chief, Delfim Azevedo, had estimated the death toll at 300, but a doctor said later that no more than 50 people had died. The news agency Noticias de Portugal quoted Prime Minister Mario Soares today as saying at the crash scene, “Fortunately, I have come to the conclusion that the figures given originally were exaggerated.” The news agency Noticias de Portgual said between 140 and 150 passengers were hurt, but reported that some were treated from minor injuries and released. More than 500 firefighters, IOO ambulances, air force helicopters, paramilitary police and the Portuguese Red Cross converged on the disaster site in the mountainous Serra de Estrela region 150 miles northeast of Lisbon. Railway officials, speaking on condition they not be identified, said the eastbound international train and the local train were traveling on the same track in opposite directions when the crash occurred. ANOP, the Portuguese domestic news agency, quoted the railway officials as saying that the seven-coach express, bound from Oporto to Hendaye, France, with hundreds of migrant workers, was behind schedule and did not wait for the Coimbra-bound train to move onto a siding. The wrecked coaches tipped off the rails and burst into flames, setting fire to a pine forest, firefighters and witnesses said. Some of the cars burned for as long as three hours. Abilio Travessas, who had been vacationing in the region, told ANOP he was walking along the tracks when the wreck happened. “The first carriage was on fire. There was a deathly silence, no one talking or crying,” he said. “The migrant train fell to one side and the regional one to the other. From the cars people were coming out, some Pass law Government suggests scrapping segregation with broken legs, arms, heads. There was blood everywhere.” Police in Mangualde said five foreigners on the express were being treated for injuries. They identified them as a West German, a Malaysian, a couple from Italy and a Luxembourger. Senate vows sanction fight WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leaders say they will keep the issue of tougher economic sanctions against white-ruled South Africa constantly before Congress, attaching it to measure after measure “until we win.” But Republicans accuse the Democrats of waging a politically motivated campaign to embarrass President Reagan, whom they said should be given credit and support for revamping his administration’s policy toward South Africa. Reagan on Monday issued his own list of sanctions aimed at South Africa’s apartheid system of enforced racial separation. Having failed Wednesday in their second assault on a filibuster preventing consideration of the Anti-Apartheid Act of 1985, Democrats scheduled a third vote today. But Assistant Senate Democratic leader Alan Cranston of California said there was virtually no way to build a winning coalition of 60 votes needed to end the debate. Instead, Cranston said supporters of the legislation will use today’s vote to keep the issue alive and will seek to attach the legislation to the pending debt limitation bill, a measure which requires only a majority vote for passage and which President Reagan would likely find difficult to veto. “I believe we have a majority that will stick on a substantive vote,” Cranston said. “We will get that on a bill that is tough to filibuster and is very difficult to veto.” “We are going to keep this issue before the Congress and the country until we win,” Cranston said. The second attempt to end the filibuster failed, 57-41. An earlier bid to stop it failed, 53-34. “This is no longer an issue of what’s good for South Africa; it’s a raw political issue,” Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole of Kansas said in an appeal for GOP senators to close ranks. Sen. Robert Stafford, R-Vt., who had voted with the Democrats to end the filibuster the first time around, switched sides on the second vote, explaining that he believed Democrats were engaged in a “calculated effort ... to embarrass the president.” Dole promised to seek a final vote on the sanctions measure if the administration is not resolute in pursuing its new sanctions policy. “I give my word to this body that if there is any slippage, any turning back on the part of the president, this senator will call up (the sanctions bill) and will support it,” Dole said. JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — A committee of the white-minority government took a dramatic step toward reforming apartheid today by suggesting that “pass lavs” barring blacks from white areas be scrapped. The 40-year-old laws “as applied at present are discriminatory and are in conflict with basic human rights,” said a report by the President’s Council Committee for Constitutional Affairs, which was made available to The Associated Press. The commitee’s wishes will almost certainly be backed by President P.W. Botha, who appoints members of the council. To take effect, the reforms must be passed by Parliament, where Botha’s ruling National Party controls 125 of the 178 seats. No dates were recommended for the pass laws to end, and police today-said they would still arrest any black who lacked documents necessary to be in a white area. It was the second official move in two days to dismantle features of apartheid, the government’s racial discrimination policies. On Wednesday, Botha abandoned his party’s long-held policy denying South African citizenship to blacks in so-called tribal homelands. The policy aimed at eventually isolating all of South Africa’s 24 million blacks in homelands, and maintaining 87 percent of the country for the 5 million whites. The government announced today that it was banning the Sept. 16 issue of Newsweek magazine, meaning it is illegal to sell the publication but not possess it. The move came a day after one of the magazine’s reporters, Ray Wilkinson, was served with a deportation order for coverage that the government said advocated “violence on the street.” Newsweek said in New York that its reports from South Africa attempt to treat all sides fairly. Police reported two new deaths in rioting overnight. A police spokesman said a black policeman killed a man who was in a crowd stoning the policeman’s house, and police officers firing shotguns and handguns killed a female member of a mob attacking a second private home. These were among a dozen reports of anti-apartheid disturbances around Cape Town, police said. Most of the rest of the nation appeared quiet. More than 700 people have been killed in 13 months of black mob violence and anti-apartheid rioting. The report from the President’s Council said South Africa should replace the pass laws with a national plan for orderly urbanization. South Africa’s solution to urban overcrowding has been to allow whites to settle anywhere they wanted while regulating the numbers of blacks near the urban areas. The report said more money should be spent in developing black townships, and allowances should be made for “iormal” black settlements, or squatter camps that ring white areas. “Blacks should themselves be involved in the development of the proposed urbanization strategy," the report said. Snake sackers slither around ban FAIRCHANCE, Pa. (AP) - Environmentalists and sportsmen are entangled in a sharp-toothed debate over the state’s ban on timber rattlesnakes in snake sacking contests. The state Fish Commission, which imposed the ban Jan. I, says the contests injure the snakes by tearing their muscles, dislocating vertebrae and causing internal bleeding. “These people are thrill-seekers and exhibitionists. The snakes are mistreated. Ifs inhumane, just like bull-baiting, cock fights or other things,” said C.J. McCoy, a snake expert with the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh. Sackers, who are getting around the ban by importing diamondback rattlers from Texas or moving across the state line, say the snakes are released unharmed. *‘If we’re going to get ridiculous, let’s ban fish hooks because it hurts the fish’s mouth,” said James Izivette, executive director of the state House Game and Fisheries Committee. “The Fish Commission has not shown us any evidence that sacking contests are detrimental to snakes.” Even state lawmakers are involved. The House voted 150-51 on May 7 to lift the ban, and the bill is pending in the Senate. Meanwhile, the state Wildlife Conservation Fund is spending $8,000 for a three-year study on the effects of sacking on snakes. “People say, ‘So what? Ifs just a snake.’ But if they were stuffing Bambi in a sack, there would be tremendous public outcry,” said Clark Shiffer, coordinator for endangered species for the Fish Commission. “We have a responsibility to protect a resource whether the people want it or not,” said Shiffer. Experts note that the snakes are beneficial to man by eating rodents. For years, sacking contests and snake hunts have been traditional fund-raising events for rural volunteer fire departments. Contestants enter a pit and snatch poisonous snakes with their bare hands, stuffing them into a burlap sack held by a partner. The better teams can bag five vipers in less than four seconds. A snake bite means disqualification, not to mention the discomfort. In the state sacking championships at Cross Fork in June, the Kettle Creek Hose Co. raised $10,600 for fire and ambulance service in Potter County, bagging diamondbacks purchased from Texas. Reagan calls for GOP unity on taxes TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Reagan, invoking his own age and approaching retirement, promoted his tax overhaul program to senior citizens today as a way to better the lives of their children and grandchildren. If Congress approves his program, Reagan said, younger Americans would keep more of their incomes through lower taxes, find more jobs in a healthy economy and benefit from a rising standard of living. Speaking to the Senior Citizens Forum on Tax Reform, the 74-year-old president com mented, “You and I have much in common. We’ve lived out a great part of our lives.” But, now, he told his audience, he needs their help in winning congressional approval for his program. Warning that “special interests” are fighting his proposals, Reagan said that preserving tax shelters and loopholes now in the tax laws would “make the rest of us pay for the special treatment that they and their big-money clients receive.” “If you’re going to out-flank those special interests and get this tax reform passed, a certain senior citizen is going to need your help — a fella’ named Ronald Reagan,” the president said. 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