El Paso Times from El Paso, Texas on September 9, 1983 · 1
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1 : mm Symphony conductor El Tiempo. High -flying stunt team Page 1C. Yung puts headset away Page ID. 1 a- V A Friday Serving toe fabulous Southwest for 102 years Final t Home I'riition 103rd Year, No. 252 El Paso, Texas, Friday, September 9, 1983 Price 25 Cents Rumor true: Atari plant schedules 380 layoffs ByPaulBeebe And Patrice Steadraon Times staff writers Two months ago, Atari managers told workers in El Paso to ignore rumors of layoffs. This week, the company's 660 employees discovered 380 of them will lose their jobs Sept. 16. News of the layoffs struck employees like "a bolt out of the blue," said Mary Enchinton, one of several dozen workers milling around the plant at 11440 Pellicano after their shift ended Thursday. Most discussed ways they would have to adjust to life without a paycheck. "It's going to be tough," said Rosa Henderson, an assembler with two years at the plant. "I'm not going to be able to support my two girls. I don't know what I'll do." Enchinton, pregnant and whose delivery date is only days away, said her layoff is "very bad news. My husband works, but you can't make it one one paycheck anymore." "Rents are high, food is high, utilities are high. The phone bills are going up, too. With a new member of the family coming, I don't know what we're going to do," she said. "What can we do?" Enchinton asked. "Just pray to God the economy gets bet- ter." Atari spokesman Bruce Entin said the company will help with an "outplacement program" that finds other jobs for the laid-off employees. " Also, the workers will get a minimum of three weeks severence pay and three months extended dental and medical coverage, he said. The layoffs were announced Wednesday, and by Friday all of the affected employees should have been notified, Entin said. Henderson and Veronica Ybarre, an inspector, said company officials had a meeting at the plant about two months ago to assure workers that rumors of impending layoffs were unfounded. "The company said not to believe the rumors," Ybarre said. Henderson said plant manager Gary Weaver spoke at the meeting. He complimented the employees for being good workers and assured them that despite layoffs in the past the local plant would have lots of work. Please see Atari, 8A let o 0 lnqu irv vote is today Reagan cuts U.S. connections to Aeroflot The Associated Press A United Nations vote was expected Friday on a U.S.-backed resolution that calls for a full U.N. investigation of the South Korean airliner incident, but does not explicitly condemn the Soviet Union for shooting the plane down. In Washington, President Reagan moved to sever all business ties between United States air carriers and the Soviet airline Aeroflot. NATO foreign ministers, meeting in Madrid, agreed to follow suit. Soviet Ambassador Oleg Troyanovsky served notice that he would veto the U.N. Security Council resolution, which "deeply deplores the destruction of the Korean Air Lines plane and the tragic loss" of 269 lives. Troyanovsky told reporters that the draft, introduced in the council by the Netherlands, was "completely unbalanced and unacceptable." He said the Reagan administration had elected to approach the issue in a "cold-war fashion" rather than in a "businesslike manner." U.S. sources said they expected support from 10 or more of the council's 15 members. The resolution was co-sponsored by 10 Western and pro-Western countries the United States, Britain, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Fiji, Japan, Malaysia and New Zealand. The resolution was drafted over the last two days at the U.S. Mission across the street from U.N. headquarters. In introducing the resolution, Dutch Ambassador Johan Mcesman said its aim was "to contribute to the future safety of civil aviation." He noted that the draft declares the use of armed force against a civilian airliner to be "incompatible with the norms governing international behavior." In Washington, the Civil Aeronautics Board, at Reagan's request, voted 4-0 to prohibit U.S. carriers from booking connecting flights with Aeroflot or having any other commercial relationship with it, effective Monday. White House spokesman Larry Speakes acknowledged the action would not prevent Americans from traveling to the Soviet Union through other countries. "If they can get to London, I guess they can go," he said. But he added, "It is our hope that if other nations will step in and do this same thing, it could have a profound effect on the Soviet airline." inside The U.S. secretary of state calls the latest Soviet explanation of the jetliner incident "preposterous;" NATO nations agree in principle to a moratorium on air travel to and from the Soviet Union. Page 8A. The travel industry isn't worried about the president's Aeroflot sanctions, and Western travelers in Russia probably will be able to get home. Page 8A. - S. J! if Ik " A Mi. A W Jv . --&-fi Fighting ym,:BL .ia back 'a . . t vV J c" ii' i . r,,' y f AP phulu Two U.S. Marines play chess at their mortar position in Beirut as others relax. Marines were on alert most of Thursday as Druse rockets exploded around them. U.S. Navv shells m Lebanon hillside The Associated Press The U.S. Navy unleashed its firepower in Lebanon for the first time Thursday, destroying a Druse militia battery that shelled the Beirut airport while . two Marine generals were inspecting Marine positions. President Reagan promised a Marine commander in Lebanon "whatever support it takes to stop the attacks on your positions." No casualties were reported at the airport, where four Marines have been killed and 28 wounded since late last month. But police said 52 Lebanese were killed and 114 wounded in fierce Christian-Druse fighting in the mountains overlooking the airport. The U.S. Navy frigate Dowcn fired four rounds from its five-inch guns as the mountain fighting raged and the Marine base below was shelled. "We hit the target that we aimed at," Marine Please see Mideast, 8A Official sees crisis waning U.S. aid to Mexico could diminish By Paul Beebe Times staff writer With Mexico's battered economy showing strong signs of recovery, the United States will reduce its financial aid to that country's government, a Treasury Department official assigned to the U.S. Embassy said Thursday in El Paso. "Hopefully, one stage of its crisis is over." said L. "Pat" Pa-scoe, Treasury's financial attache in Mexico City. "It still needs external financing, but in the future, it will want to borrow at a reduced rate." In 1982, Mexico fell into one of the worst economic emergencies in its history when government deficits soared to record levels and banks ran short of foreign currency that was used to support the peso. One year later, Mexico's economy has turned around under President Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado, "a reflection of the superb economic management of (his) government," Pascoe said. "The role the United States plays is diminishing rapidly." Since February 1982, the U.S. has loaned $1.6 billion to the Mexican government, mostly in short-term loans that have been repaid. If Congress agrees, the U.S. will loan at least $500 million sometime before next year, Pascoe said. At the outset of the crisis. Mexico planned to reorganize its economy without outside help. However, it became increasingly clear that the government would be unable to raise the finances for the effort, Pascoe said. He said U.S. money was loaned to avoid a default by Mexico on $82 billion in loans and protect businesses that export heavily to Latin America. "Washington was extremely worried about a Mexican default" that could have precipitated an international banking crisis, he said. "The crisis has not become anywhere near as serious as people expected." Pascoe said. "Nobody will say Mexico's economic crisis is history, but there has been significant progress." He said the turnabout has been at the expense of U.S. business, which has seen a dramatic decline in orders from Mexico for its products. He said austerity measures that have cut inflation to around 60 percent also have contributed to the country's high unemployment. Pascoe spoke at a Mexican economy seminar, which continues Friday at the Civic Center. Good morning Partly cloudy El Paso will be partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. High will be in the low 90s. Overnight low will be in the middle 60s. Weekend outlook: more of the same. WEATHER, Page 2D. Times numbers If your newspaper is not delivered by 6:30 a.m. daily or by 8 a.m. Sunday, please call the Circulation Department before 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday 546-6300 Classified ads 546-6200 General 54G-6100 News 546-6124 Chuckle Promises are like babies ... easy to make, but tough to deliver. Index - Ann Landers 3C Business 6Q Classified 6-17D Comics 18D Editorials 6A Horoscope 3C Kaleidoscope 1C Local IB Movies El Tiempo News of record 2B Obituaries 6D Over the 2nd cup 3C People 10A Quien Sabe 3C Sports ID Stocks 7B TV schedule 4C Weather 2B try rape Rape i destructive crime surrounded by myths that abet misconceptions about the act, the victim and the offender will be explored in a four-day scries. Special report Look for it Mna!say 0 lift Tuin hilling? The University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State could turn home-field advantages into dual vc-forics Saturday night if the Miners can cf past a rebuilding Idaho State and if the Aggies can overcome tough Louhiana Tech. Sports Alternatives Can residential and business customers sa ve on their long -distance telephone bills with one of Southwestern hell's competitors? People's Poll: signs TMTTT? .Inst doing the jolt Barbara Lockridge is one of eight women on the New Hfcxico State Police force. And she discounts the differences between men and women officers they all do their jobs, she says. Sunday Woman Long memories When Lynda Van Dcvanter came back from Vietnam, the dreams of wounded young men haunted her for more than 10 years. The former operating room nurse talks about her experiences and her book, "Home De-fore Morning." f

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