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4-A She (SaluEBton Bails Ktusa Monday Morning, June 13, 1983 Keeping wary eye on Washington Cable TV's annual convention opens HOUSTON (AP) — The cable television industry opened its annual convention here Sunday, ready to discuss the future but with a wary eye on the present in Washington. In an unusual bit of timing, an •expected 15,000 cable operators, programmers and equipment providers were gathering in this Texas city as the U.S. Senate prepared to debate a major deregulation bill and five major forces in the industry tried to decide whether they would defy the Justice Department by forming a new pay-TV company. Federal prosecutors announced on the eve of the convention they \vould challenge the proposed merger of Showtime and The Movie Channel, the second-and third-largest pay-TV networks, as anti-competitive and likely to cause undo concentration in the pay-TV business. The new merged company was to be owned by Paramount Pictures; Warner Bros.; MCA Inc.; The American Express Co.; and Viacom International. The companies issued their first public reaction to the Justice Department's decision Sunday, with Viacom calling it "regrettable" and all five stating they were "studying" the matter and had made no decision on whether to abandoned the deal. . The Senate, meantime, was scheduled to open debate Monday on S-66, a bill that reflects a compromise between the National Cable Television Association and the National League of Cities which is designed to bring some uniformity to government regulation to the industry. The bill calls for the eventual deregulation of cable rates — meaning most cable operators could set their subscriber fees at whatever level they wanted — and puts a cap on the amount of franchise fees that a city may demand. The bill would recognize the right of cities to grant exclusive franchises and would also make it clear they can specifly what type of cable system they want and can demand that a cable operator provide government access channels. The measure is being opposed by some large cities as too iiuch of a give-away to the cable industry, however, as well as by the American Telephone & Telegraph Co. AT&T claims cable operators should be forced under state regulation if they offer data transmission or other types of telephone services. The industry has been shaken over the past year by the ability of pay-TV, microwave and satel- • lite operators to claim a share of the video marketplace. Ceremony honors slain rights activist WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights leaders and government officials joined family and friends of the late Medgar Evers in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Sunday marking the 20th anniversary of his assassination. A wreath was laid at Evers' gravesite during the ceremony, which was attended by Evers' widow, Myrlie, and other family members; Benjamin Hooks, executive director of the NAACP; and U.S. Assistant Attorney General William Bradford Reynolds, who called the Evers "one of the giants of the civil rights movement." Evers was 37 when he died on June 12, 1963, following gunshot wounds suffered in the front yard of his home in Jackson, Miss. The previous day he had been organizing a group of students in Jackson and had spoken at a large rally. That night he was shot in the back by a sniper while walking to his house from his car. He died shortly thereafter in the early morning hours of June 12. Byron de la Beckwith was arrested June 23, 1963, and charged with the murder of Evers. He was tried twice, and both cases ended in a hung jury. "Medgar Evers was not preaching treason or the overthrow of the government, he was merely urging black citizens to register to vote — and for that he was murdered," said Hooks. Reynolds, who will be traveling to Mississippi this week to observe conditions in that state, said that while a great deal of progress has been made in civil rights, "a great deal remains to be done. But I think we are past the stage where we need to be confrontational." New lawyer sworn on Ernest F. Clouser Jr., a native of Galveston, was sworn in recently as a new member of the State Bar of Texas by District Judge Ed J. Harris (left). Clouser's grandfather (seated), John H. Clouser, looks on. About 100 relatives and friends attended swearing-in ceremonies recently at the home of Clouser's grandparents. U.S. District Judge Hugh Gibson and Mayor E. "Gus" Manuel also spoke at the ceremonies. Clouser will practice law in Houston. Sarah HcGlaun TYLER — Services for Sarah Frances McGlaun, 72, formerly of Galveston. will FATHER'S DAY THIS I BELIEVE A TSI. no :rwjtter *iow lar.g he may live i-ro Kci loved a wife, lolled !o ra'se a fstr.;'/, isjgVit h:s children k'.rdneii end resp,«t. helped r.=s fiierjj in slc^nesi ord cdver$ : .*y. fecred end worshipped his god — jjch c run deiervej c rr.err.ori-J, a 'sr.glble Icibute. even though ii -ecieie-vi b-! a f«« o*™.«i istcild* 'or K:n day rfcc! he lived. Ever/ .-non can [ruiHy'V ssy the: thii ii a good JhougM, ie* eccri n^n Seve w'rSin himie'f tKe *"v»'sdge 'kef in c selected p!oce of h^s ;•*•; cfcccs>.g rrere wit b< s r-,ecn"r^ [ u!3 gnr.>e r-.c^Lrr-.er.! represer.:--g h"i K!« srdwra: helped far. on MONUMENT WORKS INC. GALVESTON 3928BB04DWM - 7u3-8S18 LA MARQUE 327 TEXAS AVI. - 933-8170 be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at J. Levy & Bro. Funeral Home, the Rev. Herbert L. Polinard officiating. Burial will be in Grace Memorial Park Cemetery in AltaLoma. Mrs. McGlaun was born Sept. 20, 1910, in Lindale, Texas; she died Friday in Tyler. She had worked at a housekeeper at Gaido's Motel in Galveston 30 years. Survivors include a daughter, Dollie F. Hawes of Tyler; two brothers, W. G. "Dick" Ferryman of Tyler and William Perryman of Lake Palestine; four sisters, Flo Young of Lake Palestine, Mary Smith of Randal. Wash., Christine Harris of Rosenberg and Katherine Stegall of Tyler. Four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive. Visitors may call at the funeral home after 5 p.m. today. D Wayne Bjerie TEXAS CITY - D Wayne Johnson Bjerke, 6, son of Navaleen and James Dennis Bjerke of Texas City, died at 9 a.m. Sunday at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Grace Memorial Park Cemeterv in Alta 'Loma, the Rev. Leo Smith officiating. Burial will be under the direction of James Crowder Funeral Home, La Marque. D Wayne was born April 15,1977, in Galveston. Besides his parents, he is survived by his grandmother, Betty Burch of Waco; a sister, La Donna Johnson; three brothers, Jason Johnson, John Bjerke and Dennis Bjerke, all of Texas City. Visitors may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. today. Pallbearers will be Allen Bjerke, William Bjerke, Donald Bjerke and Tommy Bjerke. Honorary pallbearers will be Rick Bjerke, Danny Bjerke, David Pride and Pat Nelly. Charolette Collins CALVES TON Charolette Collins died Sunday at home. Arrangements are pending at J. Levy & Bro. Funeral Home. Thomas Moss Jr. HOUSTON - Thomas Scott Moss Jr., infant son of Margaret and Thomas Scott Moss Sr., died Sunday at home. Arrangements are pending at Jack Rowe Funeral Home in League City. Your Wisest Choice r.HTiplrte facililiei. unlimited a^isiance. reasonable prire.s- wlnc-h of these do you consider m«»l important i? circling a funeral directing firm? To IIP certain of all three, your wi.e.-l choice ift Malloy & Son. TODAY Betty Mae "Eggie" Anderson, 80, of Texas City died Friday; services 10 a.m. today at J. Levy & Bro. Funeral Home; burial in Sealy Cemetery in Sealy. Mary M. "Maggie" Haughton, 54, of La Marque died Friday; services 11 a.m. today at James Crowder Funeral Home; burial at Forest Park East Cemetery in League City. Joseph M. CoaMey, 64, of Houston, a former Galveston resident, died Friday; sen-ices 10:30 a.m. today in the chapel of Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home; graveside services under the auspices of VFW Post 9183 in Forest Park East Cemetery in League City. Alexander John Morris, 75, of Galveston died Friday; services 2 p.m. today at Malloy & Son Funeral Home; burial in Lakeview Cemetery. Harry Sanford Hendry, 76, of Galveston died Friday; services 11 a.m. today at J. Levy & Bro. Funeral Home; burial Mount Olivet Cemetery' in Dickinson. All Burrell, 71, of Texas City died Thursday; services 11 a.m. today at Mainland Funera) Home in La Marque; burial at Rising Star Cemetery in La Mar- que. Trinidad Garcfa, 85, of Texas City died Wednesday; services 10 a.m. today at" St. Mary's Catholic Church; burial at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock under direction of Emken-Linton Funeral Home. Gladys Elizabeth Hall, 68, of Galveston died Tuesday; services 11 a.m. today at the Church of the Living God, 3428 Ave. N'.2: burial at Lakeview Cemetery, under direction of Fields Funeral Home in Galveston. Angel Gustavo Ramirez, 63, of Galveston died Friday; services 9:45 a.m. today at Queen of Peace Catholic Church; burial in Lakeview Cemetery. Lloyd Ernest Oehlert, 71, of Galveston died Friday; services 2 p.m. today at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Galveston; burial at Oleander Cemetery in Galveston under direction of J. Levy & Bro. Funeral Home of Galveston. WEDNESDAY Ernestine L. "Chicien" Arceneaux, 51, of Los Angeles, a former Galvestonian, died Friday; services 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anselms Church in Los Angles; burial Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Calif., under direction of the McCormick Funeral Home of Inglewood, Calif. A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Visitors may call at the funeral home after noon today. Texas couple killed in wreck r- •/.=.' By The Associated Press A Texas couple was killed in a three-car accident in Bryan County, and two others died in separate crashes on Oklahoma roads, the Highway Patrol reported Sunday. Louis Lee Murphy, 45, and his; wife, Ollie Davis Murphy, 48, both of Denison, Texas, were killed Saturday night when their car went out of control and into a ditch on a county road a mile north of Cartwright in Bryan County. Betty Jean Jenkins, 41. of Longdale, was killed Sunday morning when she was hit by a car while walking on Oklahoma 58 in Elaine County just outside the central Oklahoma town. Kelley Cowan Pemberton, 23. of Ringling. also died Sunday when his car went out of control on U.S. 70 east of Waurika in Jefferson County. Pemberton's car hit a guardrail, went airborne and flipped, ejecting him, the patrol said. The deaths raised Oklahoma's 1983 traffic toll to 344, compared with 360 this time a year ago. CHICAGO (AP) - The exhibition. "China: 7.000 Years of Discovery," will be shown at the Museum of Science and industry June l-Oct.2. The exhibition, containing more than 500 artifacts and other objects. Stadium guard kills 1, injures 25 CATANIA, Sicily (AP) - A stadium guard, enraged by taunting, rock-throwing soccer fans, fired nine shells from an automatic shotgun into the crowd, killing one person and wounding at least a dozen, police reported. A spokesman for the local police department said a total of "more than 30 people" were hit by pellets or injured in the crush of spectators fleeing from the gunman at Cibali Stadium. He said more than half of the victims suffered pellet wounds, but he did not know the exact number. Some people were treated at the scene and others were taken to three hospitals. Police said the guard, 54-year-old Angelo Grasso, was overpowered and disarmed by Carabinieri - paramilitary police -.and was charged with murder. Initial reports said he fired four or five times at the crowd, but police said after talking with witnesses he had fired nine shells, creating panic in the stadium section where some 12,000 people were seated. . Officials said one of the victims, 28-year-old Lorenzo Marino, was struck in the head and chest by a shotgun blast and died on the way to the hospital. The guard, unarmed at the time, was patrolling the southern "curve or end zone of the stadium, where seats are inexpensive, when a group of young fans started hurling insults at him. The infuriated guard went home, returned with the shotgun and opened fire without warning. ..,.«..» The match between the local Catania team and Perugia had not started when the attack occurred. Make longest distance call today LOS ANGELES - Anyone with a telephone and 50 cents to burn can make the longest long-distance phone call in the solar system today - 2.8 billion miles to Pioneer 10. Between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m., people can dial a special number 1-900-410-4111 - to get information about Pioneer 10 and a sample of how the space probe talks with its human programmers and computers. "It's so people can call and hear live .sounds from the edge of the solar system by the first human-made object to leave it," said Julian Levine, spokesman for TRW Inc., the company that designed and built Pioneer 10. "They will hear a message, 'Here is the sound of Pioneer 10,' and a tape describing the time that the transmission takes and how its signals are processed. Then they'll here an actual beep-be-be-beep - something like that. "It's the world's longest long-distance call." Levine said it takes four hours for Pioneer's data to reach Earth. Pioneer 10 was to leave the solar system Monday on a journey that could last more than 5 billion years - longer than the sun will shine. The probe was launched in 1972 and since has sent humans the best photos yet of Jupiter and its many moons. Big cat barks up the wrong tree RIVERSIDE, Idaho - It took eight Bingham County officers, two Black! oot city officers and one Idaho Fish and Game officer three hours to get just one cat out of a tree. The rescue effort was complicated by the fact that the cat stuck in Dean Hill's willow tree in a housing development was a 150-pound cougar. The mountain lion had spent the night just about 30 feet from where Hill s daughter and a friend slept outside. . . Friday morning, Hill and his daughter Carol were setting up tents in their back yard when Carol spotted the six-foot feline. Conservation officer Perry Johnson said the cat was about 4 years old and was just roaming" when it stopped at the Hills' tree. Johnson shot the cat in the rump with a tranquilizer dart. Bingham County deputies Mike Turner and Robert Morrow took a rope and started up to lower it to the ground but the cougar suddenly revived, leaping from its perch to another branch and snarling. The deputies returned quickly to the ground and loaded a second dart, which finally did put the cat to sleep. Premature baby is off critical list HOUSTON - A 14-ounce baby girl born 4% months premature was taken off the critcal list Sunday, a spokeswoman for Hermann Hospital said. Doctors said Melissa Michelle Maurer, born June 1, was listed In serious but stable condition, reported Sarah Sharpless, assistant director for Life Flight. The baby was still on a respirator in a neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital, Ms. Sharpless said. Melissa was flown to Hermann Hospital by helicopter from Citizens Memorial Hospital in Victoria on Friday after developing a buildup of carbon dioxide in her lungs. Melissa weighed 18 ounces at birth but lost more than 5 ounces in less than one week. A blood tranfusion brought her weight back to 14 ounces. Dr. Wadieh El-Mahmoudi, the child's attending physician in Victoria, said survival is "very, very rare" in infants born in the 20th to 22nd week of development. The Guiness Book of World Records lists Marion Chapman as the smallest baby known to have survived. She weighed 10 ounces when she was born June 5,1939 in South Shields, England. Solar heating system too costly MILLBROOK, N.Y. - A solar heating system hailed as a visionary step toward energy independence is being dismantled because it is too expensive to operate - because it collects too much heat in the summer. The system in the Cary Arboretum, described as the largest privately funded solar-heated building in the world, has operated for five years. U.S. Rep. Hamilton Fish Jr. called it "the dawn of the energy wave of the future" at a groundbreaking ceremony in 1975. But a study done this spring for the arboretum found that heating the building, the arboretum's administrative headquarters, would be done most economically by boilers fueled by propane, according to arboretum officials. Daniel Brown of Amenia, project director for the arboretum during the late 1970s, told the Poughkeepsie Jouraaf the building was "a symbol around the world, not only of solar, but a holistically designed building." Arboretum officials agree the system was both energy efficient and cost-effective during the winter. Two-thirds underground and highly insulated, the building is capable of retaining indoor temperatures with minimal heat loss. LULAC official admits telling lies CORPUS CHRISTI - A man who rose to the presidency of the largest local unit of the nation's largest Hispanic group says a newspaper investigation into his past has caused him to re-evaluate plans to run for the Corpus Christi City Council. David Salinas, 32, called a news conference Saturday night to admit that he had fabricated a background including education, past employment and college sports participation to "hide four bad years." The news conference was held about four hours after a reporter for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times interviewed Salinas at his home to confront him with the allegations. Salinas' cloudy past included addiction to drugs and almost six months in prison on a forgery charge, the Caller-Times reported in a copyright story Sunday. Salinas had resigned Thursday night as president of LULAC's largest local group, Corpus Christi Council No. 1, to free him to run for public office. Producer's body found in canyon LOS ANGELES (AP) - A decomposed body found in a remote canyon was identified Sunday as that of producer Roy Alexander Radin, who had been missing for nearly a month, the coroner's office said. Authorities were calling Radin's death a homicide, said sheriff's Deputy John Broussard. Radin, who put on shows for police groups, received national attention three years ago when a star of the old "Welcome Back Kotter" television series charged that she was raped at his mansion. Radin, 33, of New York, had disappeared while en route to a meeting at a Beverly Hills restaurant. His remains were found in northern Los Angeles County on Friday morning and were identified through dental records, senior coroner's Investigator Phil Schwartzberg said. The coroner's office said Saturday that Radin had died of a single gunshot wound. Police have no leads in the case.