Abilene Reporter-News from Abilene, Texas on October 1, 1992 · 8
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8A Abilene Reporter-News Thursday Oct 1 1992 Good Morning! From ARN wira MrvicM Vermont troopers to reward tourists — with syrup MONTPELIER Vt — Out-of-state motorists who seek help from the state police this fall may be in for a sweet surprise Starting Friday troopers will hand out up to 100 half-pint jugs of maple syrup a day to safe drivers “The idea is to promote tourism” said special operations commander Robert Vallie y Today in hist" llliini n IIIOTlT In 1962 Johnny Carson succeeded Jack Paar as regular host of NBC’s ’Tonight” show begin- ning a 29-year reign that ended last May In 1908 Henry Ford- introduced the Model T automobile to the market each car cost $825 In 1943 Allied forces captured Naples Italy during WW II In 1961 Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run during a 162-game season compared to Babe Ruth’s 60 home runs during a 154-game season Thought for Today: ‘Til be right back” — Johnny Carson (1925- ) on how he’d like his epitaph to read Around the state Senator's library dedicated GEORGETOWN — A collection of political memorabilia from - former Sen John Tower’s 25-year career has been dedicated at his - alma mater Southwestern University The library is housed in -a section of Southwestern’s main library Tower who represented Texas from 1961 until 1985 was killed last year Freight cars derail precautionary evacuations ordered IRVING — More than a dozen cars of a freight train derailed and authorities evacuated some homes and businesses while a hazardous materials team checked for spills Several of the 15 derailed cars were leaking but the materials were not determined to be toxic or hazardous an Irving Fire Department spokesman said 7 Woman dubbed 'Estelle Doe’ identified HOUSTON — A woman who has been in a coma since she was - found unconscious alongside a freeway five months ago was identi-' fied after her picture aired on a television show Dubbed previously - as “Estelle Doe” the woman has been identified as Nancy Sue McDonald 32 of Easton Md authorities said ' Around the nation Cheerleader lulled in gang crossfire ' PARAMOUNT Calif — A 16-year-old Paramount High School L‘ student was hit by gang gunfire as she walked to cheerleading practice and died early Wednesday Sheila Lorta died at 2:45 am at Charter Suburban Hospital about 12 hours after she was shot said - Sheriff's Deputy Bill Martinez u George Wallace’s prognosis still poor MONTGOMERY Ala — Doctors treating former Gov George C Wallace appear to have his blood infection under control but he ’ remains in critical condition with only a one-in-five chance of ‘ survival a hospital spokeswoman said The former governor remains ! £ on a respirator in his sixth day at Jackson Hospital I Tulsa newspaper ends 73 years of publication 1 TULSA Okla — With a headline proclaiming a sad “Goodbye Tulsa” The Tulsa Tribune rolled off the presses to close the lid on 73 ’ years of publishing The Tribune ceases publication today when its t joint operating agreement with the Tulsa World is dissolved and the t World buys Tribune assets Doctors reattach arm after industrial accident PHOENIX — Surgeons reattached a man’s arm after it got caught C in a waste-paper baling machine and was left dangling by the ' - nerves David E Byrd 34 was listed in good condition at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center after the nine-hour operation “The arm is on and circulation iB good” said Dr Marc Gottlieb Michigan teen seeks divorce from mother stepfather DETROIT — A juvenile court judge delayed the hearing for a girl seeking legal separation from her mother and stepfather who is awaiting trial on charges that he sexually abused her The girl hopes a “divorce” from her mother will open the way for her uncle and aunt to adopt her Rig blowout in gulf spills hundreds of barrels of oil NEW ORLEANS — An oil rig blew out in the Gulf of Mexico and was spewing 60 barrels of oil an hour off southeast Louisiana The ' rupture occurred Tuesday afternoon The spill created a 5-mile-long 60-yard-wide slick There was no immediate word on environmental damage Postal service extends early retirement deadline WASHINGTON — The US Postal Service said it was extending - for 48 days the deadline for postal employees to decide whether to take early retirement In August Postmaster General Marvin Runyon offered an incentive of six months pay to postal supervisors and others who elected to take early retirement ' Bargainers drop language on gay Scouts " WASHINGTON — House-Senate negotiators tentatively killed legislation that would have punished United Way chapters that have - pressured the Boy Scouts of America to accept homosexual members or leaders The language authored by Sen Jesse Helms R-NC was dropped without debate -House votes to override Bush veto of China trade bill - WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to override President Bush’s veto of a bill to put conditions on the ! : renewal of China’s usual trade status next year The 345-74 vote - well in excess of the two-thirds majority needed sent the issue to the I - Senate J : Around the world - i ‘ Brazil celebrates fall of president ! BRASILIA Brazil — As the cheers and fireworks faded Brazilians ' celebrating the fall of scandal-tainted President Fernando Collor de -' Mello turned to the task of getting the paralyzed nation moving d again The impeachment of Collor late Tuesday by the lower house of Congress was celebrated through the night J Elephants kill 21 ruin crops in Indonesia j - JAKARTA Indonesia — Elephants have killed at least 21 people ! and ruined thousands of acres of crops over tbs past nine years in i Lampung where development has forced the animals from their habitat The most recent attack occurred in mid-September when dozens of elephants trampled rice cassava and coconut crops i il ‘ P rFIFTYYEARS AGO TODAY rocLi- 1-9 42 German troops run into floret Soviet resistance along BJacfc Sea coast north of TUapse and Mend in the drive on Greaysfe In tie Pacific MacAdtwr orders V American landings on Japanese- : held north coast of New Guinea to v " buBdonthosucoessoftheAusSaian push in the Owen Stanley mountains: Fuel oil rationing is extended to most ' parts of the United States- ' ':-v 1 s' Souros: 2194 Days of Wkr W R SfflHh Pubtahars Inc i-WtoridAlmenec Book crfWtorid Ww It Bison Books Corp 1 Ml I Associate By EVAN RAMSTAD Associated Press DALLAS — Ross Perot plans to stick to today’s deadline for gathering results from a national canvass of supporters and announcing a decision on whether to join the presidential race his national coordinator said Wednesday Orson Swindle coordinator of Perot’s United We Stand America organization said he would disciuui survey results with the Texas businessman this afternoon and then “hell make the decision” Perot appearing on “CBS This Morning” maintained his decision would be driven by the wishes of people who supported his 50-state ballot access drive “They’ll make the derision” Perot said “They hope to get the Debates Continued from 1A responded to issues like fine trade fuel efficiency standards and middle-class taxes He waffles” Bush had been on the defensive on the issue forcing a bipartisan commission to cancel throe proposed debates when he rejected their single-moderator format The details were being left to top aides fin- both men and the role of the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates seemed up in the air Janet Brown executive director of the commission said the group would not be involved in the night’s discussions Attending Wednesday night’s meeting at the Washington law office of Mickey Kantor Clinton’s campaign chairman were: Kantor Democratic National Committee Chairman Ron Brown Democratic strategists Tom Donilon and Jack Quinn and Beverly Lindsey a Clinton cam- -paign aide On the Republican side were Bush campaign chairman Bob Betting Continued from 1A At that point neither he nor anyone else in Brownwood knew anything about it But when I opened my mouth and in essence threw a wet blanket on the party Mr Ellsworth shook his head He said he couldn’t see rolling out a red carpet for something like that “I’m not going to go out of my way” he said “I’m sure there’re people in Brownwood who will think this is wonderful But many in the business community see it another way — and so do city leaders” Although Mr Ellsworth was dead wrong when he said Brown County was the only county in Prison Continued from 1A Edinburg making funeral preparations Wednesday were not immediately available for comment “They’re just really really devastated with this right now” Garcia said “It was a long nine and half months to get her out and they had her for two hours” he said Jennifer had been ill during her imprisonment complaining of Weather laAiMiMiuaiiiJi' TmAccy WahrlBiCMI lor noon TlwidnOol 1 H IL DBm E3 GB E3 jft says Perot will decide today ‘They’ll make the decision hey tomorrow As soon as we know will announce it facte in by tomorrow As soon as we know what they want us to do we will announce it” ' Late Wednesday the Perot campaign announced a 3 pm CDT news conference at a Dallas hotel However in one sign of his likely direction the campaign ordered the number of lines for its volunteer-staffed phone bank increased from 12 to about 40 The work was to be completed Wednesday night according to volunteers and phone company Teeter campaign manager Fred Malek White House budget director Richard Darman and Bobby Burchfield the campaign’s general counsel Bush on Tuesday proposed two presidential debates with a single moderator as the commission and Clinton want and two others with a panel of three journalists asking questions the format the president prefers The debates would run weekly on Sunday nights from Oct 11 through Nov 1 -two days before the election Clinton spokeswoman Dee Dee Myers said Bush’s proposal for four debates was acceptable to the Democrat but he wants to begin with Oct 4 and Oct 15 two dates earlier selected by the bipartisan commission There was no word on vice presidential debates Bush proposed two The maneuvering in advance of the talks was exquisite: Teeter dispatched a note to Kantor Clinton’s co-chairman proposing that the two of them meet “as soon as possible” but making no mention of the commission Kantor proposed a meeting by evening with commission leaders and Bush aides Texas to oppose the lottery he underscored the contempt some folks have for it He estimated Brownwood could lose $90000 a year in sales tax thanks to people spending money on lottery tickets Even so Brownwood’s always been a friendly place so I’m wagering they’ll be fiercely accommodating in December Besides if nothing else these folks are plenty flexible Take for example bona fide Texas legend Groner Pitts Brownwood’s prank-pulling quip-spouting undertaker Even though Groner — now in his late 60s — likewise voted against the state lottery and vowed he’d never buy a lottery ticket himself he still bought some when he and his wife marked their 45th wedding anniversary back problems and at one point spent several days in the prison clinic after an apparent asthma attack said UfL Consul Janice L Jacobs “When we were there if she had any kind of medical problems we would make sure that she got to the clinic that she got to see a nurse or a doctor and that she got the medication that she needed” Jacobs said “It was just a shock such a tragedy that this would happen after she gets released” Jennifer and three companions from Austin were arrested on Texas Highest tamper start tast T3 praewnansn i 7 pjn CDT: r P Bryan ChiMress Orem Chrtefl 4 17 M 47 19 S4 m m Del Me Bl Pam World j£l £Q About 2 million people have tried to get through to the toll-free phone line Perot established Monday spokeswoman Sharon - : " Holman said -About 75 percent of Ross Perot on hli’vfiluntccrs the calls wore Tnodft in the first hope to get the facts in by what workers In some states random surveys were planned to gauge Perot’s standing beyond hia support base But most state leaders said they would be pressed just to consult with people they already know have backed Perot Perot Bent them on the mission Monday after a meeting in Dallas with top strategists from the Bush and Clinton campaigns who presented their ideas for economic recovery and cutting the federal deficit To that Teeter tartly replied in a second letter renewing the demand for campaign-to-cam-paign talks and saying “Gov Clinton is running for president of the United States After all you can’t negotiate for the United States by referring everything to a commission” Clinton then dispatched Kantor to meet with debate officials then said to go ahead and deal directly with Bush aides The two sides circled warily as Print pondered his possible late entry into the race As is often the case he sent conflicting signals in an interview on CBS-TV’s “This Morning” “It would be fine with me” if his supporters disband Perot said in one sentence But in another he said he stands ready to plunge into the race if supporters say “It’s a' dirty job but you’ve got to do it” Whatever his decision there was ample evidence that Perot had long been preparing for a formal entry Campaign finance reports filed with the government show he continued to spend millions after ’ he dropped from the presidential race in July maintaining a 50- “Had to” he said “My wife runs a gift shop so I couldn’t very well buy her a gift” Anyway Groner broke his vow went out and bought Mrs Pitts $45 worth of lottery tickets — and then watched in amazement as Mrs Pitts went absolutely ecstatic over winning just $12 1 -asked Groner how his bride could get so excited when the venture was clearly a loss “Are you kidding?” he said "She was excited she won anything For the record cities where drawings have been held have garnered huge press Zapata which hosts a drawing Oct 21 is already planning a city wide celebration then Seeing how Brownwood and its famed town-plugging “Brownwood Mafia” love the limelight it’ll be interesting to see what they do - Dec 14 outside a Reynosa pharmacy after purchasing 280 Valium pills Whitt had a prescription for the drugs which she needed to treat her back problem but authorities said the amount of drugs exceeded the legal limit Jacobs said she didn’t know exactly why they were released But she said such releases usually mean that a judge dismissed the case that there was insufficient evidence to hold them or that there had been some mistake in filing the charges She said the four were released n m Jr m I SI Kingsville Laitfas si n M It 79 SI S9 0 LMttki 77 41 4 SI M 49 49 49 S4 47 M SI 71 41 Mineral Wells 2 41 5-Day Forecast 3V4 hours after Perot announced the line Perot said only people who supported him should call the line frustrating voters who want to tell him not to run But he de-fended the setup during his CBS appearance “I’m a businessman” Perot said “Pm not going to pay for the phone call for borne fella that says ‘Don’t do it’” At hie Dallas phone bank which is not connected to the toll-free line volunteers said some callers had said Perot shouldn’t run They did not have a precise total however state organization and quietly preparing campaign advertising ' Debates aside Bush Clinton and their running mates continued their energetic campaign travel In Clinton Md Clinton accused Bush of ignoring the needs of small businesses and called for fresh tax incentives to aid in their success Clinton said he fa- j vors a new tax break for anyone who makes a profit in a new j business they own for five years ' or more 1 Bush campaigned in Wisconsin where he pocketed endorsements from several state and local law enforcement groups and criti- J rized Clinton’s anti-crime record 1 as governor of Arkansas The debate debate spilled over to the campaign trail A professionally prepared sign was hung at the site of a Bush rally in Fond du Lac Wis taunting Clinton “Who’s chicken now Bill” it read That was a reference to the Clinton supporters in chicken costumes who had been dogging Buch as a means of drawing attention to his refusal to accept the debate commission’s proposal Notice that Groner already has a suggestion i “I think we ought to petition ! the mayor and get him to declare it a holiday” he quipped “Then we can let that millionaire pick up the tab It’s a great excuse for a party” That’s just like Groner Even so I bet you don’t catch him or -many other leading citizens out ! buying lottery tickets in the weeks ahead “You know when John Sharp ! was here I ached him about the odds” Groner said “He laughed -! and said you have about as much chance of winning a million dollars as you have of walking into your house with the sun shining and getting struck by lightning” Just the same here’s to sunny December days in Brownwood sometime around 10 pm Tuesday and were back in the United States about 11:30 pm Jacobs said the US Consul’s ' office no longer had jurisdiction in the case because Whitt died in Texas “We’re just trying to find out (what happened) because we were very involved in the four’s case” she said The others released Tuesday Edward Ball 22 Daniel Stewart j 19' and David Walding 21 were i shaken by Miss Whitt’s death but were otherwise doing well Garcia said Today: Mr and mM Tomorrow: fair and mild Saturday: Ur Sunday: partly doudy Monday: party cloudy 5785 5886 5380 5781 6081 I I I 4 t

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