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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Prices increase only .2 percent WASHINGTON (APS) — Falling grocery and fuel costs held the overall rise in August retail prices to a modest 0.2 percent for the fourth straight month, the government reported today. The small rise in the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index pointed to the prospect of 1985’s cost-of-living increase coming in at the lowest figure in nearly two decades. Donald Ratajczak, a George State University economist who specializes in monitoring both wholesale and retail price changes, is now forecasting a 3.3 percent retail inflation rate for all of 1985. That would be the lowest since a 3 percent increase in 1967. Indeed, the rate for the first eight months of this year is 3.3 percent. Over the last year, prices have risen 3.4 percent. Although not all analysts are calling for a 1985 rate as low as Ratajczak sees, virtually all see it being well below 1984’s 4 percent. Prices increased 3.8 percent in 1983 and 3.9 percent the previous year. The continued modest rise is about the only economic bright spot for government policy makers — particularly the Federal Reserve Board — struggling to keep lagging economic growth from grinding to a halt. With little prospect of a renewed outbreak of late 19708-style inflation in the months ahead, the Fed has been able to maintain a relatively loose monetary policy that has driven interest rates lower and kept the economy moving ahead, albeit at a pace many private analysts now say won’t exceed 2 percent for the year compared to 6.8 percent last year. Prices for food bought at grocery stores fell 0.1 percent, but were more than offset by increases for foods and beverages consumed away from home, so that the overall food and beverage price component rose 0.1 percent for the third straight month. Restaurant food prices were up 0.3 percent while alcohol prices rose 0.6 percent. At the grocery store, declines were recorded for fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products. Energy costs fell across the board. Gasoline prices were down 0.8 percent; natural gas costs were off 1.1 percent, and fuel oil prices fell 0.7 percent. Housing costs rose 0.5 percent, after increases of 0.3 percent in June and July, and included a 0.7 percent gain for homeowners and a 0.6 percent rise for renters. Overall transportation costs, which include gasoline prices, were down 0.4 percent, largely because of a 1.2 percent decline in used car prices and a 2.5 percent drop in auto financing charges — a reflection of industry-wide dealer and manufacturer buyer incentives. New car prices, however, rose 0 4 percent. IVledical care costs, continuing to show the biggest increase of the seven major components of the overall index, rose 0.6 percent. Clothing prices gained 0.3 percent. Entertainment costs fell 0.1 percent. Mexicans flee city MEXICO CITY (AP) -Thousands of Mexicans streamed from the capital city to avoid possible epidemics caused by two killer earthquakes that ripped open gas lines, contaminated water and pinned hundreds of decomposing bodies under rubble. The city government raised the death toll from the quakes by 1,000 on Monday, saying the discovering of more bodies around the city had raised the known death toll to 3,000. The federal Health Department said it did not expect the toll from the Thursday and Friday temblors to rise above 5,000. About IOO people were killed outside of Mexico City, the president’s office said. City officials also said 6,500 were injured by the earthquakes, and that 600 remained hospitalized. Only 17,000 of the estimated 300,000 homeless were in government shelters, they said. The Federal Health Department said it estimated 11,000 people in this metropolitan area of 18 million sustained injuries, but did not explain the discrepancy between its figures and the figures provided by city officials. The U.S. Embassy said six Americans had died, and that 12 others were missing and presumed dead. Thousands of residents headed for less seriously affected areas of the country to avoid the health hazards. The Mexico City newspaper Excelsior reported the flight in six-inch headlines reading, “The People Fear Epidemic.” Underneath, it simply said: “Exodus.” The city attorney general’s office barred people from transporting bodies to private funeral homes or other parts of the country in order to stem the spread of disease from decomposed bodies. Families were ordered to take the bodies to one of three public cemeteries for immediate burial. At one of them, the San Lorenzo Tezonco cemetery on the outskirts of the city, five common graves were prepared, each to hold 500 unidentified bodies that had been held at temporary morgues. Health officials, citing danger of disease from the gases of the bodies, urged everyone entering disaster areas to cover their mouths and noses. Workers fumigated the hardest-hit neighborhoods. Nearly 5,000 people in the heavily damaged Tlatelelolco area near the heart of the city have been inoculated against typhoid and tetanus, Red Cross officials said. Early Monday, 26 people were pulled from the government’s Conalep technical school, after relief teams tunneled into what was left of the building. They had been trapped inside since Thursday. “We think there are more people trapped alive inside,” said Dr. German Cropeza Gonzalez, coordinator of the volunteer group at the site. A German shepherd named Bobby, one of more than 50 specially trained dogs brought in to help search for suvivors, found 20-month old Patricia Aguirre under the rubble. Despite the four days entrapment, the infant escaped with only dehydration. First Lady finds hope among ruins LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nancy Reagan says she was deeply affected by the horror wrought by Mexico City’s killer quakes, but emerged from her tour of the stricken capital with renewed admiration for America’s southern neighbors. “I felt badly the whole time,” Mrs. Reagan said following a four-hour visit to the city on Monday. “I’ve never seen devastation like that.” Mrs. Reagan carried a letter from President Reagan to Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid, as well as a $1 million U.S. government check from the Agency for International Development for Mexico’s reconstruction fund. In his letter, Reagan pledged that the United States would accelerate its efforts to meet Mexican requests for assistance, as well as consult on long-term reconstruction plans if the Mexicans wish to do so. Mrs. Reagan said she was very impressed with    the    Mexican people’s valiant spirit in the face of tragedy, as well as de la Madrid’s handling of the relief effort. She said she hoped her visit would help her husband and de la Madrid to keep in touch, but that any further steps in the U.S. aid effort depended upon    the    Mexican president informing the United States about what is needed. At the end of her day, she pronounced she    was    ready to “collapse,” appearing drained by the hectic swing through Mexico. Irater Monday,    she    flew to Southern California. She scheduled a series of public and private functions here through the week, before her planned return to Washington on Friday. During her Mexico City visit, Mrs. Reagan, with an entourage of reporters and camera crews in tow, toured the streets in a 20-car motorcade White: Money is biggest need now AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas relief fund for Mexican earthquake victims says clothing, food and minor medical supplies no longer are needed, but cash donations are a priority. The governor’s office said a bank account was established in Austin to transmit daily contributions to a Mexico City account that is being administered by the Mexican government and the U.S. Embassy there. Gov. Mark White has appointed San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros and Bob Krueger of New Braunfels, former U.S. ambassador-at-large to Mexico, to head the relief task force. Twenty-four additional members of the task force were named Monday by White. When the state’s relief effort began last week, U.S. Under Secretary of State Elliott Abrams questioned the value of the program. White said Monday, “I couldn’t believe that guy said that. “The point is, when your neighbor’s house is burning down, you don’t wait for your neighbor to call you and say, Will you help me?”’ the governor said. “I’ll assure you the Mexican people will never beg for help,” he added "We responded in Texas, and I think appropriately.” The governor’s office said Texans interested in contributing should telephone 512-475-0510. Checks should be made payable to The Texas Response — Citizens for Mexican Relief, P.O. Box 2961, Austin, Texas, 78769-2961. Briefly Reagan stumps for tax plan ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) — President Reagan, keeping up    the pressure on Congress to enact his tax-overhaul plan this year, said today the sweeping proposal would sharply boost economic growth, create millions of new jobs and produce an average economic gain of $600 for American households. Reagan, speaking on the steps of World the McGinn County Courthouse in this e ast Tennessee town, noted that a just-completed study of his proposal by his Council of Economic Advisers “said the economic growth it will inspire should create the equivalent of almost 4 million new full-time jobs.” “They found that the personal economic gain for each household will be about $600 a year,” the president added in the text of his prepared remarks. Reagan turned up the heat on lawmakers to complete work on his tax plan before recessing for the year. Congressional leaders warning that there is not enough time to enact tax overhaul in this session, which will likely end around Thanksgiving, and say the American people don’t attach as much urgency to the issue as he does. Police break up South African funeral JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Police cracking whips charged groups of blacks heading for the funeral today of two young men killed in anti-apartheid protests, witnesses said. Police had no comment on the incident, but said that in a separate incident they had killed a black man late Monday who tried to grab a policeman's shotgun during a house-to-house search in a black area near Veeplaas in eastern Cape Province, about 500 miles south of Johannesburg. Mzinom, a black area 80 miles east of Johannesburg near the white farm community of Bethal, filled with mourners late Monday and into the pre-dawn hours today for traditional all-night vigils at the homes of the dead. Mourners at the homes of Daniel Buti Mokwena, 18, and Albert Boy Mkhwana, 21, both of whom were shot by police during unrest last week, said the vigils were peaceful. ‘Mi Will Be Closed Wednesday, Sept. 25 Enjoy the Fair! WE CLEAN carpets draperies upholstery Bonded and insured Free estimate (no obligation) 1130 Highway OI Watt 629-1322 ...and vee do a beautiful, professional job Your carpets are cleaned in your home or office Our trained personnel use the latest equipment and methods. Let us refresh your soiled draperies and upholstered furniture with expert cleaning. Come back Shultz wants Soviets to bend in arms talks UNITED NATIONS (AP) Secretary of State George P. Shultz says the Soviet Union should “get down to real business” and join the United States in negotiating an arms control agreement "that would enhance strategic stability and strengthen deterrence.” Shultz said the United States has made “far-reaching proposals” in the Geneva arms control talks, which opened in March, but that the Soviets have “not negotiated with the responsiveness that the talks require.” In an address to the 40th annual U.N. General Assembly Monday. Shultz accused the Soviet Union of “blatantly one-sided” propaganda in blaming President Reagan’s proposed "Star Wars” program for the lack of progress. He said the Soviet charge “is not to be taken seriously.” “We have offered trade-offs and made clear our readiness to take account legitimate Soviet concerns to obtain an agreement that would enhance strategic stability and strengthen deterrence." Shultz said. Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A Shevardnadze was expected to renew Soviet criticism of Star Wars — known officially as the Strategic Defense Initiative — in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly today It is the first time in more than two decades that a Soviet foreign minister other than Andrei A. Gromyko has spoken before the U.N. body Shevardnadze was named to succeed Gromyko earlier this year. But while anticipating the criticism, U.S. officials also were listening for flexibility from the Soviet side that could help clear the way for an arms control accord. U.S. officials would like to see progress in time for the Nov. 19-20 summit meeting in Geneva beween Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Shultz said in his U.N. speech that Washington wants the summit to be a success and that Soviet acts of good faith and willingness to reach fair agreements will be more than matched on the American side ” Shultz will meet with Shevardnadze here Wednesday, after which the Soviet minister will go to Washington for a meeting with President Reagan on Thursday. French Foreign Minister Roland cautioned in a speech here Monday that it would be unwise for the United States to unilaterally undertake measures that would undermine the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. He said “departing from the principle of negotiations would mean getting unavoidably caught up in a spiral of measures and countermeasures Nobody would gain by it, and especially not the democracies.” Commuter plane crash claims 14 lives WEYERS CAVE. Va. <APi Rescuers fought their way through dense brush today to reach the wreckage of a commuter plane that crashed into a cloud-shrouded mountain, apparently killing all 14 people aboard, authorities said The crash Monday came during commercial aviation’s worst year ever for safety. The first rescuers, two doctors lowered from a Marine Corps helicopter, said they saw no survivors. The Henson Airlines Beech 99 disappeared from radar screens early Monday and crashed, said Mike Chumbley. Henson’s administrator at the Shenandoah Valley Airport. The plane, carrying 12 passengers and two crew members, crashed into a steep, cloud-covered ridge on 3,200-foot Trayfoot Mountain, about five miles east of Shenandoah Valley. It had taken off from Baltimore and was reported missing after IO 20 am. The wreckage is more than a mile from the nearest road in dense growth, said state police Lt. G M Morris Ground crews reached the plane shortly before 2 a.m.. said a state •IS HUMM Si IS CONSUMER PHEFtHRC O SPONSOR OF THE WEEN Electric contractor Schultz Electric, Inc. 24 Hour Service—Free Estimates Industrial—Residential Commercial Licensed • Bonded • Insured J&29-2005 424 COMAL OVE J , FEATURED ON YOUR , WHITE 1 GREEN PHONE BOOK COVER! police dispatcher at Appomattox reading from a statement She san no other information was available Henson vice president Johi Presburg said the crash was th< airlines first involving injury' or los: of life since it began operating ii 1931 He said the plane was making ai instrument approach to the airport Col. David Carter, a spokesman foi the Civil Air Patrol in norther! Virginia, said one of the pilot s radii messages to the Washington Au Route Traffic Control Center ii Jamesburg, Va., was that Ute plan* had experienced an electronic failuri with a navigational device called I localizer. “It was in his last transmission,’ Carter said. 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