The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on October 14, 1993 · Page 1
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HAITI'S MILITARY CHIEF MAKES CONDITIONAL OFFER TO RESIGN - PAGE 4-A Thursday Momin The Voice of Galveston County for Over 150 Years Vol. 151, No. 186 Daily 50 Cents Sunday $1.00 Mega-merger makes 'perfect _^ information-age marriage' Bell Atlantic Corp. is buying Tele-Communications Inc, the nation's largest cable TV operator, and an affiliate in a mega-deal consummating the "perfect information-age marriage." The merger dramatizes the rapidly changing communications landscape being reshaped to deliver voice, video and computer data through a single connection into the home — See story, Page 5-A. Parents say fight a school, not city, issue DirlklCll nntlALI Somalia GIs: Peace costs lives, but we want to stay Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia — U.S. troops bloodied in the battle that caused outrage back home say they want to stay to complete their mission and Americans should understand that making peace costs lives. They also want to rescue captured Chief Warrant Officer Michael Durant. "It seems everybody just wants us home. But us, as soldiers, as American soldiers, we can't leave until we have our own back, until we have our brother back," said Ralph Scott, a 21-year-old specialist Banger from Champaign, HI. Nine comrades around him nodded and 'Veahed" their agreement * Clinton, Senate work to avert dash on withdrawal—Page 11-A. in a session with reporters on Wednesday. "Every one of us here, man, the whole platoon, would volunteer to go save him," added Lt. Curtis Crumb, a Richmond, Va., native who is a first platoon commander in the 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, N.Y. President Clinton's envoy to Somalia, Robert Oakley, said there were "optimistic indications" that Durant would be freed soon, but did not rule out a mission to rescue him. All these soldiers are in the Quick Reaction Force, which saved more than 90 Rangers pinned down in street fighting on Oct. 3 after fighters loyal to warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid downed two U.S. helicopters. As many as 18 Americans and one Malaysian died in the daylong battle, and Aidid says more than 300 Somali's were killed. The heavy U.S. casualty toll brought pressure on Clinton to withdraw his troops from the UJSL force. Capt. Drew Meyerowich said the troops probably could have gotten Sea GIs, 11-A By NEIL ORMAN The Daily News SANTA FE — Parents of a junior high school student who was slapped with an $88 ticket for fighting last May brought the case before a jury Wednesday. In a move away from corporal punishment, school districts including Santa Fe's are issuing tickets and levying fines against students accused of misbehaving in school. Most of the tickets issued in Santa Fe have been for disorderly conduct and possession of tobacco on a school campus. But the parents of Christopher Brandon McMillan, 13, contend the city should not be allowed to ticket children, regardless of their son's innocence or guilt. The juvenile case in question involved punches thrown between Christopher and a 13-year-old girl in his grade. The fight occurred on a school playground after the two had exchanged insults at their lockers. Wednesday, a six-member jury found the boy guilty of disorderly conduct and assessed a $100 fine. McMillan's lawyer tried repeatedly to question school Superintendent Richard Ownby on discipline policy during the case. But Municipal Judge Carl ton Getty sustained objections that the case was a criminal proceeding and such questions were irrelevant. Christopher maintains that no fight occurred, and his parents are going to appeal the case to a county court. "We're out to prove that they have no right to fine on school property," said Jackie Criss-Peacock, S«« SCHOOL, 11-A Greek dancer Paul Comlts leaps Into the air as he and Vasllls Papavaslllou, iore- StaJf photo by Kevin Bartram ground, rehearse for this weekend's Greek Festival. Festival to celebrate Greek traditions By JANICE SIM ON 77i a Daily News GALVESTON—Vasflis Papa- vasiliou can lift a single table and a few chairs with his mouth. He's not Superman. He's a Greek dancer. Papavasiliou is a member of the Galveston Hellenic Dance Troupe, which will perform traditional dances at the Greek Festival this weekend. Papavasiliou has been a dancer for years and has performed throughout the state. "It's in my blood," he said. "It releases my spirit." The dances consist of leaps, jumps and fancy steps. The dancers circle around the stage until everyone has jumped in. "It gets crazy," said Paul Comits, another dancer. "The circles wind up tighter and tighter. Everyone is participating in the • Weekend events - Page 9-A. dance, and you just join in." Dancers from Houston's Greek community also will join in the performances. Papavasiliou, who originally is from Greece, is the showman of the group. In one of the dances he performs at the end of each show, he lifts a small table and two chairs with his mouth and dances. "I used to do it with four chairs when I was younger," he said. Comits said the table dance is a traditional male solo dance. Some dancers perform it by lifting a wine glass with their teeth. "There are thousands of Greek dances," he said. "All the islands and the towns have their own dances." The dancers wear traditional What: 13th annual Greek Festival. Where: Greek Community Center, 19th and Ball streets, Galveston. Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Dance performances: 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Greek costumes, including billowing skirts, shoes with pompons on the toes, vests and hats. Papavasiliou wears one vest that belonged to his grandfather's grandfather. It's about 150 years old. Tanker captain: Crew took proper safety measures By MAGGIE SIEGER ThB Daily News GALVESTON — The captain of the OMI Charger told an investigative panel Wednesday he wouldn't have done a thing differently if he had the chance to relive last Saturday. Capt. Wayne Edward Nason, 45, of Belgrade, Maine, testified for almost three hours Wednesday before a joint U.S. Coast Guard- National Transportation Safety Board panel. The OMI Charger exploded at 8 p.m. Saturday in an anchorage off the Houston Ship Channel while awaiting transport to the Texas City port. Two men inside the tank at the rear of the ship died instantly. A third man, standing on the deck above the tank, died on the way to the hospital. The investigative panel will establish the cause of the explosion, who was at fault and procedures that could prevent a similar catastrophe in the future. The hearing on the explosion continues at 8:30 a.m. today on the second floor of the Moody Gardens Convention Center. Crewmen complied with every required safety precaution before allowing a welder to begin working on a leak in the rear tank, Nason said Wednesday. Gasoline vapors from a forward cargo tank inadvertently were sucked into the tank where the welder was working, Nason speculated. The welder inside the saddle tank was close to completing a job he had begun about one and a half hours before the explosion, Nason said. "The condition of that tank changed enormously and suddenly," Nason said. "Until yesterday, I had been beating myself to death about what we did wrong. I know we've done this before, and it works. Something happened." The cargo tanks surrounding the Remaining fuel oil removed from ship GALVESTON—The last of the fuel oil from the OMI Charger has been removed from the partially sunken ship. Officials said completion of the work means the threat of an oil spill is over. All the fuel was recovered- Workers removed the final gallons at 4:35 a,nx Wednesday, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said. Off-loading began Monday evening. Rain and high winds temporarily suspended work several times during the process of off-loading the almost 365,(}QQ , gallons of fuel, ,-,-j/v 'f''^'-''-^' The' CKargef explo'ded~Sat-" urday night, kiCing three crewmen. Oil response crews from the National Response Corp, also removed a protective boom from around the ship and the coastline, the spokesman said. The vessel is stable, with its stem resting on the floor of the anchorage near the Houston Ship Channel. explosion site had been cleaned, purged and tested for the presence of gasoline and gas vapors, Nason said. Tests revealed a normal oxygen level and no dangerous hydrocarbons, he added. Nason said he believes a change in the atmospheric pressure inside the saddle tank created a vacuum, which sucked the explosive gas vapors into the tank from the two front cargo tanks through a connecting pipeline. The atmospheric change occurred when a man on deck opened a valve in preparation for loading cargo several hours later, Nason said. Neighbors fight store's permit pursuit saying no booze is good news By JANICE SIMON TTie Daily News GALVESTON — Parent groups and school officials at LA Morgan Elementary School are planning to fight a neighborhood grocery store's attempt to renew its beer and wine license. They said they will contest the license at a hearing set for 11 a.m. Friday at the Galveston County Courthouse, Last spring, two men were gunned down in a drive-by shooting near the grocery store at 35th Street and Avenue N. The store is across the street from the school's playground, which is surrounded by a chain link fence, and school officials and some parents say alcohol should not be sold so close to a school. But owner Frank Ramos said his store has nothing to do with the violence that has plagued the neigh- borhood. Most of the problems occur after the store closes, he said. "It ain't the neighborhood or the store," Ramos said. "It's been nicer out here than it's ever been. The police are trying to do the best they can. Nothing is perfect." Ramos is selling H&R Grocery to Walter Whiteman, who will have a hearing on his request to renew the beer and wine license. Whiteman could not be reached for comment. Susan Broil, president of the Galveston school board, said the hearing provides an opportunity to end violence. There is a lot of violent behavior in that area," Broil said. "Whatever we can do to eliminate the violence is what we can do." But Ramos' sister, Rosie, who works as a cashier in the grocery store, said selling beer and wine doesn't contribute to the violence. "It's not the beer," she said. "It's the drugs. Why don't they do something about the drugs?" The store is a regular stop for residents who live in the area. Many buy food and other items on credit, and some even bag their own groceries. The drive-by shooting last spring occurred during school hours, but no students were hurt. After the shooting, parents gathered for a meeting at the school to voice their concerns about the safety of their children. Larry Allen, who became Morgan's principal in August, said the Police Department's mounted patrol and motorcycle officers have been patrolling the area near the school since the shooting. Allen said he believes denying the license will help decrease the violence around the school. "I'm not sure we need that going on when kids have to walk home by themselves," he said. THE DAILY NEWS WEATHER GULL PREDICTS: Areas of morning fog today, becoming partly cloudy witii less than a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. High !n the lower 80s. Low In the mid-70s. Mostly sunny Friday. GALVESTON BAY South to southeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Bay waters slightly choppy. BEACH WATER 77 degrees Happy birthday Ricky Ester, Julia Morreala, Tomla A. Ross, Marlsha S. Bowars, Robert Smith, Carolyn Folkes, Carlos Alcazar HI, Angela Pleasant, E.M. Crawford, Sydney Jacques, Melody Ann Brown, Dora Martinez, Mary Hunter, Clastlne Lottls, Paul Leon Little, Alfred Miles ST., Junior Rltell, Sea PASSING, 11 -A Phillies to battle Blue Jays at SkyDome in Game 1 Saturday See story, Page 1-B Business Classified Comics Crossword Dear Abby Horoscope Lotto Movies Obituaries Opinion.- Police, Courts.. Sports TV Listings Weather. 8A 7-12B J5Q 4B 4B .48 2A 9A 4A 6A 2A 1-3B 6B --....2A

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