The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on October 13, 1993 · Page 1
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JUDOi RULES SOMI OF WAL-MART'S LOW PRICES ARE ILLEGAL - PAQE 6-A I Wednesday Morning, October 13,1993 fiatlg /bice of Galveston County for Over 150 Years Vol. 151, No. 185 Daily 50 Cents Sunday $1.00 00000730 SV MAR APR EGISTRATION STICKER EXPIRES LAST DAY OF MOW JUN JUL WG DEC NOV OCT SEP i ^^^^^^•^^••••••^•^••^•aaaaM^aaBMiH^BlffliKiHEB^iHBaLiiaiBMEa State changing license plate stickers Sample Texas motor registration sticker ———————„ Disabled students staying on course AP Associated Press AUSTIN — Beginning with January 1994 registrations, the Texas Department of Transportation will issue new motor vehicle registration stickers for placement inside on windshields rather than outside on license plates. The new stickers are designed to stop theft of the registration tags, the agency said Tuesday. In 1992, 568,885 replacement license plates and stickers were issued. The agency estimated that 60 percent of replacement stickers issues were due to theft Cost of replacing the stickers was estimated at $1.8 million. Beginning with registrations that expire in 1994decalswillgo inside windshields January, the new stickers will be used. They are larger and of a different design. If the sticker is peeled off a windshield" the word "void" appears on the sticker, making it a useless scrap of paper. "When the word gets out that these stickers are useless when peeled off the glass, incidence of stolen stickers will drop quickly, as will the cost of replacing stolen stickers," said Jerry Dike, director of the transportation department's vehicle titles and registration division. The Legislature in 1991 passed a law requiring the sticker change to help reduce vehicle registration theft. Motorists will continue using the license plate stickers until their registrations expire, then window stickers will be issued, said agency spokeswoman Rexanne Meaux "It will actually take a 12-month cycle for everyone to get their windshield sticker," she said. The new registration stickers will be separate from the auto safety inspection stickers already in use, Meaux said. They are to be placed above the safety inspection stickers, she said. EDITOR'S NOTE: October has been designated as a month to raise public awareness about the struggles and successes of disabled Americans. Staff writer Carol Christian reports on two disabled Galveston residents who are attending Galveston. College. By CAROL CHRISTIAN 77?s Daily Hews GALVESTON—Thomas Kaye needs a whole day to type a one- page assignment for his English class. The 30-year-old sophomore at Galveston College has limited use of his hands as a result of a spinal cord injury 16 years ago in a car accident on the seawall. Caused by a drunken driver, the accident has meant years of painstaking rehabilitation as Kaye has relearned how to take care of himself. "I only type a couple words a minute," Kaye said Tuesday in an interview on campus. Fortunately, he has access to computers at the college and has a hired assistant, John Cooper, who attends classes with him, takes notes, types assignments and helps Kaye take exams. "He knows what he wants to say," said Cooper, a former Galveston College student. "He gets his ideas down, and then we go back through it and type it." Besides Cooper, Kaye also gets Staff photo by Kevin Bartram Sign language translator Kathay Putnam helps day mornfng. Ybanez Is among about 140 dls- Gatveston College student Jessie Ybanez Tues- abled people who are tackling courses. typing help from his fiancee, Beverly Camp, a nursing student. Kaye and Camp met at college and are planning to be married next summer. With plans for a full life, Kaye said he has made a commitment to getting a college education. 'Tm going on," he said. Jessie Ybanez, a 22-year-old freshman at the college, said math is especially difficult for him. "It's hard for me to write and watch the board at the same time," explained the college's only student who is hearing-impaired. A former Louisiana resident who moved a year ago to Galveston with his parents, Ybanez attends classes with his interpreter, Kathay Putnam. Sometimes he gets lonely having only one other person who is fluent in American Sign Language. "Sometimes hearing people leave the deaf out," Ybanez said. '1 have to read lips, and that's very difficult." Another problem for the deaf, he said, is that many people who can hear assume that deaf people are not intelligent and cannot read. Ybanez wears a hearing aid, but it only helps him hear loud background noises. He cannot hear See STUDENTS, 1S-A U.S. retreats from Haitian U.N. mission Associated Press PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Hundreds of militant right-wingers cheered and fired guns into the air at dockside Tuesday as an American warship retreated from Haiti in a major setback for the U.N. mission to restore democracy. The aborted troop deployment threatened to wreck international efforts 1 to prepare for the return of exiled; President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Oct. 30. The National Coalition, a rightist military-backed group, declared Tuesday a "day of indignation," stopping buses to keep children out of school and urging their army to resist a foreign "invasion." "We're ready to die!" said Jacories Robert, 32, an engineer who with scores of others stayed through an all-night "patriotic vigil" at the dock. "Well stay here 'til Oct. 30. We're mobilized. We don't want Aristide back!" The USS Harlan County pulled anchor just minutes after the Pentagon ordered it to withdraw to international waters. Among the 200 to 300 people cheering the ship's retreat was a senior aide to army commander Lt. Gen Raoul Cedras, the general who ousted Aristide in 1991. Although only a minority of «The Ciinton administration is stressing that the Haiti mission is not about combat — Page 15-A. • In Somalia, a U.S. diplomatic troubieshooter talked peace with representatives of warlord Aidid, but gunmen fired on two U.N; outposts and'attacked a relief convoy—Page 4-A. Haitians opposes Aristide's return, military-supported violence has hindered the transition government installed under the U.N. plan to restore democracy. In Washington, President Clinton said he thought the U.N.-brokered agreement to restore democracy "will come back to life, but right now it has been abrogated." Clinton called for the immediate reimposition of UJN. economic sanctions against Haiti, targeted at military and police leaders trying to block Aristide's return. Aristide, meeting with U.S. lawmakers in Washington, said he was confident that international pressure would impel the military regime to step down on Friday, as scheduled. Early voting kicks off ^ Early voting for the Nov. 2 election begins today and will run through Oct. 29. Voters may cast ballots from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Hours will be extended from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for early voting Oct. 28-29. Those voters who have applied for mail-in ballots may send them to the Galveston County clerk's office, 722 Moody Ave. Galveston, Texas 77550. • GDN recommendations — Page 4-C. Early voting locations are: • Galveston County clerk's office, 722 Moody Ave., Galveston. • Galveston County Environmental Health Center 1207 Oak St., La Marque. • Carver Park Timber Room, 6415 Park Ave., Texas City. • West County Building 11730 state Highway 6 Santa Fe. • League City Civic Center, 400 West Walker. Vietnamese pingpong aces crush competition at COM tournament By NEIL ORMAN The Daily Naws TEXAS CITY — Here's a tip for anyone considering competitive pingpong as a career path: Try to avoid players from countries where the sport is a national pastime. Six student-players hit the tables in a ping- pong tournament at College of the Mainland Tuesday afternoon, but two brothers of Vietnamese origin dominated from the start. To put it delicately, they crushed the competition. The tourney was held to choose team members for a multisport tournament among community and junior colleges next week Son Nguyen, 27, and his older brother, Thach Nguyen, 35, slammed the ball and their opponents with ease and agility. Both Nguyens are computer science majors. The brothers hail from Vietnam, where the sport is wildly popular. Son actually used to coach pingpong in Vietnam. He won all six of his matches Tuesday. Mike Miller, who is taking a class at the college, went down to Son, 21-6. "He's good. And he was really pretty nice," Miller said. "He could have really humiliated me." Thach Nguyen won all his matches except the one against his brother, which Son took, 21-16. That was the most points anyone scored a<^ainst Son. As the top two finishers, the Nguyens will represent the college next week at the junior college tournament. At times, the Nguyens seemed a little embarrassed by the ease of their success. Son, especially, would occasionally loft a ball over so his opponents could have an easy slam. "I wanted to make them feel better," he said. Next week's tournament, officially called the Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Conference Sports Day, will be held Oct. 21 at College of the Mainland. Staff photo by Nail Orman Son Nguyen, left, and Thach Nguyen THE DAILY NEWS WEATHER GULL PREDICTS: Cloudy today with a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms. Locally heavy rain possible. High in the lower 80s. Cloudy tonight whh a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Low in the mid-70s. GALVESTON BAY Southeast wind near 15 knots. Bay waters slightly choppy to choppy. BEACH WATER 76 degrees Happy birthday Kathy Tlllery, Walter Goebel, Sybil Wilson, Juanita Uvlne, Patricia Compton, Lucy Waller, Edward Galnes, Anthony L Anderson, Che're K. Taylor, Kim Floras, Shirley Ann Watts, Madeline Michelle Malmatrom, Dorothy Lea Mitchell, Katelynn Maria Doherty, Mary Putegnat, Son- Sec PASSING, 15-A Pardee may put Moon on bench See story, Page 1-B Business Classified Comics Crossword DearAbby Horoscope Lifestyle. Movies Obituaries Opinion Police, Courts™ Sports TV Listings Weather .. 6A 10-16B 8B 7B „ ye 7B ™1C 5B „ 4A 4-5C 2A 1-4B 9B 2A

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