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Port Arthur News (Newspaper) - January 10, 1998, Port Arthur, Texas By Ryan slight port Arthur news Start writer Groves a Groves and port Arthur police Are working together to find suspects in two Home invasion robberies that took place this week. Groves City marshal Stephen Savoy said police believe there is a possible connection Between the robbery at the 6000 Block of David Street in Groves which occurred around 9 30 . Wednesday and the port Arthur robbery which happened at 4017 fourth St. Around 8 . Thursday. A we have enlisted the Aid of port Arthur police to help with identifying the suspects a he said. A we feel several of those involved in our robbery May be involved in Savoy said the two robberies have Many similarities including the fact that both the robbers and victims Are believed to be asian. Police suspect that there is a cultural aspect when asians in see robberies Page 2aless-heated propositions examined editors note this is the third Story in a series about the port Arthur chamber of Commerce Public forum on issues concerning the charter change election on Jan. 17. By Paul e. Brown port Arthur news Start writer a relatively few charter change issues Drew most of the attention wednesday but some of the less heated propositions could also change City government. The High profile proposals to change the pleasure Island commission the method of electing Council positions 7 and 8 and to enlarge the planning and zoning commission attracted the Lions share of comments at the port Arthur chamber of Commerce Public forum on the Jan. 17 charter change election. But possible restrictions on the Public a Power of recall contained see forum Page 2a inside today Index classified.7c-4d editorial.7a nation.4a obituaries.6a timeout.4b circulation subscription or delivery questions Call 983-3311. A 1998, All rights reserved cub scouts cheer on their cars As they race Down the Derby track. Scouts put their cars to the test by Ryan slight port Arthur news Start writer Nederland a it was just before Christmas that 8-year-old Stephen Payne started making with a Little bit of Graphite and some Grandfather help the port Arthur cub scout turned a Little Block of Wood into a dark Blue race car ready to tear up some track at the Pinewood Derby held at the Nederland first United methodist Church Friday. A a Popsicle melt in the heat of Competition either. Payne a car sped past the others in his Den and went on to place fourth Overall leaving his hands full with his car and a Small trophy at the end of the event. A this is the first time in be won a ribbon and its a Happy feeling a he said admitting that he did no to expect to do so Well. A i kept saying a in a going to lose in a going to lose a but i did no to he added. Twenty nine other cub scouts ranging in age from first to fifth Grade took place in the Competition which organizers called one of their largest turnouts. To participate each boy had to be a cub scout a member of pack 120 located in the Nederland area and build his own car Wolf Den Leader Stephany Pitts said. Each boy is allowed help from a family member she said. Port Arthur nows Start photos by Allen Pearson Cory Boozer 8, of Nederland checks out a table full of cars that cub scouts built to enter in the Pinewood Derby Friday at the United methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Nederland. A usually a boy and his father work to build the car a she said since tools such As knives Are often used. A the will help paint it and Sand cars had to be less than five ounces and no longer than seven inches Pitts said. A Box must see Derby Page 2a a photo balloon Pilot Dave Melton is put in a helicopter after he and partner Dick Rutan parachuted from their balloon pts Parachute into Cactus Field Lindsay Texas a ripped open and pilotless a Large balloon Laden with explosive fuel crashed and burned near the Texas-0klahoma Border Friday evening with helicopters in Pur suit. Dick Rutan and Dave Melton who had hoped to become the first to Fly nonstop round the world in a balloon were injured earlier Friday when they parachuted into a Cactus studded pasture in new Mexico allowing the 170-foot balloon to Drift into Texas for about eight hours. Drifting East at 35,000 feet during the afternoon the balloon prompted an air Alert from the Federal aviation administration which warned planes to stay away. Military officials ordered Chase planes to keep watch on the Craft. Authorities in Gainesville about 60 Miles North of Dallas also tracked the balloon As it passed overhead toward the red River and Oklahoma to the North. Winds pushed the tattered balloon near the ground where its collision with electrical lines apparently triggered a Small fire that ignited the wreckage. A of course the fact that it was just up in the air produced several warnings. Its almost like a stationary object compared to other aircraft a said Roland Herwig spokesman for the Faass Southwest Region. A a so there was a heightened Alert on everyone a part. A where it touches Down was unpredictable a he said adding that the some of the balloons la see balloonist Page 2a weather highs in the 60s and lows in the 50s. Page 2aindian Casino voids $330,000 Slot machine win Phoenix a the reels locked on three cherries Bells and whistles sounded and Casino workers rushed to congratulate her Minia Rodriquez on having won a $330,000 Slot machine Jackpot. But it was easy come easy go for mrs. Rodriquez. Harrah Sak Chin Casino just South of Phoenix said the Slot machine was defective and voided her prize. If she a Lucky Shell get Back the $100 in quarters she said she pumped into the broken machine on oct. La. Beyond that she May have Little Legal recourse since the Casino is on an Indian reservation which is Sovereign territory with its own system for handling complaints from Casino customers. A i want Justice to be done a mrs. Rodriquez said Friday. A i won the Jackpot and expect them to Honor the Jackpot. I put my Money in there in Good a player beware a said Gary Husk head of the Arizona gaming department. The Agency oversees tribal Casino operations under compacts negotiated with the state but is powerless to intervene in such a Case. A patrons who go to an Indian Casino in Arizona need to be cognizant of the fact that their rights Are left at the Boundary when they enter the Husk and some state lawmakers say the dispute highlights the need to rework arizonans 16 tribal gaming compacts to give the state More authority Over casinos and create an Independent system to handle gamblers grievances. The Casino and the Arizona Indian gambling association Bris see Jackpot Page 2a Herminia Rodriguez talks to reporters wednesday after her $330,000 Jackpot was voided by Harrah Sak Chin Casino South of Phoenix. A photo Pinewood Derby saturday powerless three million canadians endure another Day without Power during ice storm 8a Mercury stolen Mercury causes widespread contamination 4a so Lyof port Arthur news saturday january 10,1998 Check out our web Page at . Com 50c Check out our web Page at . Com gone Dallas cowboys announce Barry Switzer a resignation As head coach 1c port Arthur news Quot a Century of service to Southeast Texas Quot �?�?1897-1997�?�?Clinton stresses education in Houston robberies could be connected president Clinton delivers an address on education Reform during an event at Mission High school in Mission Texas Friday. A statue of the school Mascot an Eagle can be seen behind. A photo Houston a continuing to stress a Texas education theme begun in the Rio Grande Valley president Clinton on Friday arrived in the nations fourth largest City to cheers from students and teachers. Flanked by newly elected mayor Lee Brown the presidents former drug Czar Clinton spoke about the importance of a College education urging students to set High goals and work strenuously to reach them. Clinton reminded students at the George Brown convention Center that education was More valuable than Money. A we can open the door but you have to walk through a he said. A the reason you need a Good education is not so when you get out of College you know what you re supposed to know. You have to be Able to learn for a lifetime and then apply what you he referred to Houston a referendum last year As an example of a Community ignoring racial lines to defeat an anti affirmative action measure. After the speech Clinton mingled with the crowd of More than 2,000 students and teachers be fore going to a private fund Raiser for congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee a Houston who is unopposed. After the reception for Lee which was expected to raise $200,000, Clinton went to Ellington Field for departure to Andrews air Force base aboard air Force one. In his earlier swing through one of the most impoverished regions in the nation Clinton proposed a $70 million boost to work study programs to open the doors to College a to every american who wants to a the governments Job is to give people the tools to make the most of their own lives. That is what we must do with education a Clinton told about 20,000 South texans during a speech at the Mission High school stadium. A whether you re the son or daughter of a migrant worker or doctor the same concept applies a High standards for higher sharing a stage with dozens of High school students and . Education Secretary Richard Riley Clinton said his budget request to see Clinton Page 2a

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