New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
7 children, two adults hurt whan car hits day cart
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An 11-month-old boy was in serious condition today after a driverless sports car being worked on in front of a day-care center jumped the curt) and plowed into the building.
Six other small children and two adults were treated at the scene or at local hospitals and released after the accident at the Kids World daycare center in northwest San Antonio on Wednesday.
Officials said all the children were under 18 months old The 11-month-old boy was airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center with bums after he was pinned briefly beneath the car's hot engine.
Investigators said the accident happened when an unidentified man, who had dropped off his child at a karate school next door, tried to adjust the carburetor of his red Pontiac Trans Am while parked in front of die day-care center.
Herald-Zeitung □ Thursday September 18,1997 □ 5A
Racial comment doesn’t sit well with Clinton
to got more scrutiny
HOUSTON (AP) — A special unit of the Harris County adult probation department assigned to secretly monitor felony sex offenders will be expanded, officials say.
The purpose of the surveillance team is to ensure that the sex offenders comply with the terms of their court-ordered probation, said Kim Valentine, a branch director in the department.
Harris County commissioners have approved a measure allowing the Community Supervision and Corrections Department the use of four used county cars for the surveillance officers.
Ms. Valentine said Wednesday that her department assigned one officer in May to spend all his time "in the field" as a surveillance officer. Ms. Valentine said she expects another officer to be assigned to the program in a week or so, and two more officers within a couple months.
Ms. Valentine said the special officers and the usual probation officers will monitor the probationers’ compliance with an increasing number of statutory and court-ordered requiremdob fl J
Republic of Texas leader Ales standoff lawsuit
ODESSA (AP) — A woman who was held hostage in her own home by members of the Republic of Texas says she’s “mad as hell" about a lawsuit filed by jailed Republic leader Richard McLaren.
M.A. Rowe and her husband, Joe, are among 42 people named as defendants in the lawsuit filed Aug. 25 in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.
Other defendants include Jeff Davis County officials, law enforcement officer, judges and residents of the county.
“I was mad as hell," M.A. Rowe said. “When they delivered it that day I was pretty angry. What upsets us as much as anything else is (McLaren’s) still able to put out this crap from his jail cell."
McLaren remains jailed in the Presidio County Jail.
Morulas says loft or allows tobacco aimed at kids
AUSTIN (AP) — As Texas’ $14 billion lawsuit against the tobacco industry nears its trial date, the attorney general says a letter the state has obtained shows that tobacco companies targeted advertising to children — perhaps as young as 5 years old.
“We have the only document in any of the lawsuits by states against tobacco companies showing they tried to attract very young children," Attorney General Dan Morales said.
Morales gave a copy of the letter to the Austin American-Statesman, which published a story about it
‘‘This is the clearest, most precise encapsulation of the tobacco industry’s marketing strategy I have seen in one document," Morales told the newspaper.
An R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. spokesman dismissed his claims as insignificant. The letter was a sales pitch from a marketing company trying to sell its services to the cigarette maker, an offer the company rejected.
Bordar Patrol unveils mobil# proc a whip units
BROWNSVILLE (AP) — For decades, the Monsees family has shared its back yard with drug smugglers and illegal immigrants, contending with threats, robberies and narcotics being stashed on its ranch along the Rio Grande.
Just when it seemed things couldn’t get worse, Operation Rio Grande came along and pushed even more aliens and smugglers onto the property as they sought to dodge a blockade of agents stationed IO miles upriver.
On Wednesday, the Border Patrol acted to address illegal immigration shifts caused by Operation Rio Grande, unveiling two mobile processing buses to be sent to trouble spots such as the Monsees ranch.
‘‘What we’re simply doing is addressing the public’s concerns," said Joe Garza, chief of the McAllen Border Patrol sector, which runs from Brownsville west to Roma. "We feel this area is facing a large number of illegal aliens, and we want to address the problems immediately."
Rusty Monsees, who lives on the 30-acre ranch with his wife, children and 85-year-old mother, called the processing bus ‘‘a valid idea," but he would reserve judgment until he sees it in action.
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WASHINGTON (AP) Backlogs that keep would-be Americans waiting as long as two years for citizenship could grow dramatically if Congress forces the nation’s immigratannerving to dew its own fingerprinting, lmrntgrant advocates are warning.
"The citizenship backlog, as we know, is hurting a lot of people. It could soon grow to be four years and this is inexcusable," Rep. lleana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., said at a Capitol Hill news conference Wednesday.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service’s goal is to process citizenship application within six months. But that target has fallen by the wayside as the agency struggles to cope with an explosion in naturalization applications prompted chiefly by changes last year in immigration and welfare laws.
A record 1.8 million applications are expected this year — up from 300,000just five years ago.
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AUSTIN (AP) — The state’s anti-drug agency is urging parents and teachers to watch for signs of inhalant abuse among Texas children.
A recent survey of Texas public school students found that 20 percent in grades seven through 12 admitted using inhalants at least once; 8.1 percent of seventh-graders said they’d tried inhalants at least once in the past month.
"Students in elementary and middle school say they are attracted to inhalants because they are cheap, legal, easy to obtain, conveniently packaged and easy to hide from parents," the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials entered the fray Wednesday over a University of Texas law professor’s comments about minority students.
"Those kinds of remarks don’t go down well with the
president, period," White House press secretary Mike McCurry told reporters.
responding to a^kbrtClnton question about
Lino Graglia, a professor of constitutional law who said last week that blacks and Mexican-Americans "are not academically competitive with whites in selective institutions."
Some students and state legislators have called for Graglia’s ouster.
McCurry said Clinton was encouraged by the disapproving response among students and faculty members, and he pointed to the
These kinds of remarks don’t go down well with the president, period.’
— White House press secretary Mike McMurry
incident as one reason why the president initiated a national dialogue on race relations last spring.
Clinton plans to travel to Arkansas next week to commemorate the 40th anniversary of desegregation jt Little Rock’s Central High School.
As some students, state lawmakers and others caH for his ouster, Graglia is getting support from those who defend his rights of free speech.
The university’s Faculty Council issued a resolution saying it believes in "academic freedom, tenure and the right of faculty members to speak as individuals with the protections accorded by the Constitution."
The 67-year-old professor has been teaching at UT since 1966.
At a meeting Monday, the Faculty
Council approved a resolution on free speech and diversity.
While defending Graglia’s rights, the resolution initially also proposed to say that the Faculty Council deplores views that "denigrate the academic qualifications of minority students." But that section was revised after objections were raised.
‘‘This is a very troublesome resolution,’’ said psychology professor Joe Horn. “It says, we have free speech but watch what you say. ... I think we’re taking a serious step back to qualify academic freedom in this way."
The resolution was changed to say that the council “strongly supports the value of diversity in higher education."
Graglia also received support from a campus rally sponsored by the Young Conservatives of Texas, during which several students
jumped to his defense.
“I wish his critics would debate him on the issues, instead of conducting this character assassination by sound bite," said Mark Paredes, a second-year law student.
‘‘Nobody has said, ‘Graglia, you’re wrong because of studies X, Y and Z.’ ... All they’ve said is, ‘Our feelings are hurt’,’’ Paredes said.
Sonia Mohammed, chairwoman of the young conservatives groups, condemned calls by state lawmakers to remove Gragha.
"I think it’s an atrocity that our elected officials would suggest that a tenured professor should be removed from his job simply because he expressed a view that may be unpopular,*’ she told The Daily Texan.
The American Civil Liberties Union also offered Graglia its support in the event his tenure is called into question. Ann del Llano, an Austin lawyer and president of the central Texas ACLU chapter, said she recalls debating issues with Graglia while in school.
TV comic Red Skelton dies Wednesday at 84
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Red Skelton, the sentimental clown who delighted TV audiences for 20 years playing Clem Kadiddlehopper, Freddie the Freeloader and the Mean Widdle Kid, died Wednesday. He was 84.
The comic known for his crushed porkpie hat, unruly hair, crossed eyes and goofy, twisted grin died at a hospital in Rancho Mirage. He had been ill for a long time, but the nature of the illness was not disclosed.
"I don’t want to be called ‘the greatest’ or ‘one of the greatest’; let other guys claim to be the best,’’ Skelton once said. "I just want to be known as a clown because to me that’s the height of my profession It means you can do everything — sing, dance, and above all, make people laugh."
His characters included Clem KtdiddlehoppMV, a slow-witted hayseed; FrtlMy’tfte Freeloader, a * silent tramp; The Mean Widdle Kid, whose favorite expression was “I dood it!’’; punchdrunk boxer Cauliflower McPugg; the inebriated Willie Lump-Lump; and the crosseyed seagulls Gertrude and Heathcliffe.
Each show concluded with his trademark line: "Good night, and God bless "
Skelton was already a leading film comic, starring in a series of MGM comedies, when he began his TV career on NBC in 1951. He moved to Tuesday nights on CBS in 1953, placing among the Top IO shows eight times, then returned to NBC in 1970.
Clowns were his fortune even after his show was dropped by CBS in 1970 and then canceled for good by NBC in 1971. His paintings of clown faces fetched $80,000 and more, and he once estimated that he earned $2.5 million a year from lithographs.
Skelton joined the vaudeville circuit at 15. Working at the Gaiety Theater in Kansas City in 1930, he met an usher, Edna Mane Stilwell, and married her a year later. She became his vaudeville partner, writer and manager.
He debuted on radio and on Broadway in 1937, and on film in "Having Wonderful Time" in 1938. Skelton w>ent on to appear in many MGM comedies in the 1940s and early ’50s, including “Merton of the Movies," “Panama Hattie," "A Southern Yankee," "Watch the Birdie," “Whistling in the Dark." "Whistling in Dixie" and “Whistling in Brooklyn,” in which he had to pitch against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Temperatures hit record levels
By The Associated Press
Record temperatures for September were broken Wednesday and conditions were dry around the state.
In North Texas, temperatures down from the Red River reached the 100s Wednesday and winds were light.
In W'ichita Falls, a new record was set for this date with a reading of 102. Abilene and Dallas-Fort Worth had also tied record highs.
The forecast for North Texas calls for cloudy skies with isolated showers Thursday. Lows will be in
the upper 60s. Highs will reach the upper 90s.
in South Texas, skies were fair to partly cloudy Wednesday and temperatures dropped into the 70s. Highs were in the 80s.
The forecast for South Texas predicts sunny skies and some isolated showers Thursday. Temperatures will warm into the 90s. Winds were light at 5 to 15 mph.
In W est Texas, scattered showers and thunderstorms were developing over the mountain areas Wednesday. Temperatures ranged from 86 near Dalhart to 101 at Spur.
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