The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on October 15, 1993 · Page 1
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Friday, October 15, 1993
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HOPE FOR DEMOCRACY IN HAITI - PAGE 5-A Friday Morning, October 15,1993 The Voice of Galveston County for Over 150 Years Vol. 151, No. 187 Daily 50 Cents Sunday $1.00 Somalis free U.S. pilot v/ortdwkia Television News via AP U.S. Army helicopter pilot Michael Durant is Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia - U.S. helicopter pilot Michael Durant, battered but buoyant, returned to freedom Thursday on a stretcher after 11 days as a captive of a Somali warlord. The United States said no deal was made for the release of Durant, captured in an Oct. 3 battle between U.N. troops and Mohamed Farrah Aidid's fighters, and of a Nigerian private captured in a Sept 5 gun- , Somalia, Thursday. LMISD backs lawsuit By ROBERT HOUGH The Daily Nawa LA MARQUE — The La Marque school board voted unanimously Thursday to support a lawsuit that seeks to have the state's school finance plan declared unconstitutional. Trustees in Dickinson and Texas City also have joined the lawsuit initiated by the Texas Association of School Boards. The suit challenges the finance plan on the grounds that it does not adequately support an efficient, statewide school system as required by the state constitution. Superintendent Paul Arnold said although the La Marque district wfll not be dramatically affected by the new plan, it is suffering from shrinking state funding. "I think we owe it to the district and the city of La Marque to join in this effort," he told trustees. Arnold noted the state contributes about 15 percent of school funding. That figure has declined from about 50 percent in the last 30 years, he added. Meanwhile, Arnold said state- mandated programs have increased. The Texas Association of School Boards contends those unfunded mandates also violate the state constitution. Arnold said the district will contribute $500 for legal expenses. The association has asked districts that join the suit to contribute based on their enrollment. a new s conference. He appeared confident and dressed in a crisply pressed blue- striped shirt and red tie. The freeing of Durant spurred more calls from Congress for speeding up the departure of U.S. troops from Somalia, and President Clinton indicated he might be flexible on his March 31 deadline for withdrawal. Durant, 32, clenched his teeth and his eyes teared as he was carried out on a stretcher from a walled compound and handed over to Red Cross representatives. He clutched a note from his wife and parents that the Red Cross gave him just before his release. He declined to speak to reporters. Officials said Durant would be flown today to a U.S. military base in Ramstein, Germany, and then taken to a military hospital in Landstuhl, where his wife, Lorrie, would join him. Aidid, who has eluded capture since June despite a U.N. ransom of $25,000, looked more like a political candidate than a wanted guerrilla during his appearance Thursday. The news conference itself was a sign of how things have changed in the Somali capital. No longer a fugitive, Aidid emerged with an enhanced image and could even become a political player. Appearing relaxed, Aidid called for the unconditional release of 32 Somalis detained by the United Nations. »Michael Durant has a broken back, a broken teg and a broken cheekbone. But he shed tears of joy, not pain, as he tasted his first moments of freedom Thursday, • At Durant's home basa in Fort Campbsli, Ky., and in his hometown of Berlin, N.H., strained waiting turned to whoops of rejoicing. Stories on Page 3-A. County may revive clinic Bobby Hitter hangs a plastic ghost in his yard on Vauthier Road in La Marque Thursday afternoon. Bitter's yard is filled with lighted wooden Halloween decorations he has made. Hitter adds Christmas Stall ptiolo by Kevin Bertram lights to the plywood cutouts to give the ghouls their glowing eyes. After several years of decorating for Christmas, Ihis is the first year he has made Halloween decorations. East End Flats plan clears final hurdle in Washington By MAGGIE SIEGER The Daily News GALVESTON — The a plan to open the East End Flats to private development cleared the final hurdle Thursday, U.S. Rep. Jack Brooks, D-Beaumont, successfully included language allowing a land swap involving the flats in a conference committee appropriations bill filed Thursday. Getting the land swap provision into the water and energy appropriations bill was the final stumbling block to the deal, Brooks said. Mayor Barbara Crews was jubilant at the news. She said release of the flats would be the first opportunity for Galveston to expand. "We're a long, skinny island," she said. "This will be an unbelievable boon to the city. Well have a new place to grow. See FLATS. 11-A Pelican M m Island Raser + ation By CAROL CHRISTIAN The Daily News GALVESTON — Construction of a new clinic to provide medical care and mental- health services for needy island residents may get under way late next year if the Commissioners Court approves a request from a group of health officials and concerned citizens. The group on Thursday asked the county to donate a piece of land at . -^ 1 45th Street and Avenue N /I I / n to be the site of ti 16 Galve- yLI ^ ston Island Community I \J \J Comprehensive Health Center. The proposed center would have two buildings, one housing a mental-health and substance-abuse clinic and the other housing a pri- marv health-care and dental clinic. The primary-care building would help fill a void left by the closing last year of the Galveston 4C's Clinic. In addition to the 2.4-acre parcel of land, the group also asked the county to provide about $850,000 annually in operating expenses. Other revenue to meet the $2.45 million annual operating budget would come from state and federal funds, patient fees, the University of Texas Medical Branch and private donations. The coalition proposing the health center Upcoming flu to be a doozy By CAROL CHRISTIAN Tha Daily News Influenza season may hit earlier this year and may be a little worse than usual, area health officials say. "We're expecting Type A, which hits elderly people especially hard," said Dr. Chip Riggins, medical director for the Galveston County Health District. "We're strongly urging people at high risk to get a vaccination." Those at high risk include people over age 65, residents of nursing homes or other chronic care facilities, and adults and children with cardiopulmonary conditions such as asthma, Riggins said Wednesday. Flu outbreaks were reported in Louisiana in August and September, which may signal an earlier flu season this year, he said. No cases have been reported yet this season in Galveston County. At a private doctor's office, a flu shot typically costs $20 to $25. But residents who are registered at the 4C's Clinic, 1207 Oak St in La Marque, can get a shot there for $5. DETAILS Key players In proposal • Gaiveston County: would donate land for site and contrfouie to operating budget • Gulf Coast Centar: would finance construction by issuing bonds. •« UTMB; would provide services of a physician and nurse practitioner. • Private sector would provide fundina from grants. includes the Galveston County Health District, the Gulf Coast Center operated .by the state Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund and UTMB. Representatives of those groups presented the request Thursday at the County Courthouse. The Commissioners Court is scheduled to consider the request at its next meeting at 2 p.m. Oct. 25. County Judge Ray Holbrook said Thursday he favored donating the land right away, which would allow the Gulf Coast Center to proceed with plans for the mental- health portion of the clinic. 'We have an old building there that is unusable," Holbrook said. "We want to put Mr. Mike Winbum in a position where he Sss CLINIC, 11-A season likely ; shots urged Patients registered at 4C's in La Marque can get free transportation to and from the clinic by calling 9382234 at least 24 hours in advance. County residents who are not registered at 4C's can get a flu shot for $5 at: • Community Public Service Clinic, 2000 Texas Ave., Texas City, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. • Community Health Nursing Building, 1422 45th St., Galveston, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. • West County Building, 13404 Highway 6, Santa Fe, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. • Senior citizens building, 2714 Highway 3, Dickinson, 9 a.m. to noon, Monday and Wednesday. For information about flu shots, call 4C's at 938-2234 or the Community Public Service Clinic at 643-8335. THE DAILY NEWS WEATHER GULL PREDICTS: Mostly low clouds and fog this morning. Decreasing cloudiness by afternoon. High in the upper 70s. Partly cloudy tonight. Low in tha lower 70s. GALVESTON BAY East to southeast wind near 10 knots. Bay waters slightly choppy. 8EACH WATER 77 degrees Happy birthday Rhonda Elam, Cassandra J. Trlgg, Felicia Franklin, Donald Jackson Jr., J'Lalna D. Olivia, Denlsa R. Sims, Madeline Jewell, Bruce Anthony August, Kathleen Haywood, CharSenB A. Anderson, Waskom Russell III, Alice Guldry, Mary Elizabeth Whitehead, the Rev. Clifford Thomp- Se« PASSING, 11-A Book claims Hope, Crosby traded bimbos in heyday See story, Page 11-A Business _. 8A Classified i^sc Comics ioB Crossword QB Dear Abby „ 93 Entertainment ™5B Horoscope „„. "93 Movies II_4B Obituaries 4^ Opinion ~"~ 6 A Police, Courts 2A Sports -1.40 TV Listings .ZZllIB Weather ?&

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