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Thursday, April 24, 1986
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2-A THE BAYTOWN SUN Thursday, April 24, 19«6 Police beat Two women hurt in three-car crash A three-car traffic accident Wednesday afternoon in the 2300 block of North Alexander injured two Baytown women — one seriously. Katherin McKeever, 33, of 60 Charles is in stable condition in the intensive care unit of Humana Hospital Baytown following surgery for injuries she received in the accident, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. Martha Carrell, 19, of 2910 Elvinta was treated and released from Humana Hospital's emergency room, the hospital spokeswoman said. Police said a 1977 Ford pickup truck, driven by James Locke, 63, of Pasadena was headed north in the 2300 block of Highway 146 and was turning into a private drive when his vehicle was struck from behind by a 1982 CMC pickup truck, driven by Ms. Carrell. Ms. Carrell's vehicle was struck from behind by a 1973 International Travel- all, driven by Ms. McKeever. Ms. McKeever and Ms. Carrell were both taken to the hospital by Navarre's Baytown Ambulance. Both of the women were ticketed by police for following too close. Stable condition A 32-year-old Liberty man is in stable condition at Gulf Coast Hospital in Baytown after being injured in a traffic accident at 1 a.m. Thursday in the 4800 block of Decker Drive. Troy Mitchell of Liberty was driving a 1969 Chevrolet pickup truck that struck the rear of a 1979 Internationl tractor-trailer rig, police said. Both vehicles were headed north on Decker, police said. Mitchell was taken by Navarre's Baytown Ambulance to Gulf Coast Hospital. Burglaries and thefts •A 26-inch Schwinn bicycle, valued at $200, was stolen sometime between Sunday and Tuesday from the 2200 block of Mockingbird Lane. •A 1985 Chevrolet Suburban was stolen between 3 and 5 p.m. Wednesday from the parking lot of San Jacinto Mail. NASA cuts may have had effect on safety NEW YORK (AP) — NASA reduced spending on shuttle safety tests before the Challenger exploded because it was suffering from budget problems linked to allegedly faulty management practices. The New York Times reported Thursday. The Times said its findings emerged from more than 500 audits, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, which were conducted by the space agency's own Office of Inspector General, the General Accounting Office and the Pentagon's Defense Contract Audit Agency. It said NASA cut or delayed S500 million in spending on safety testing, design and development from the time the shuttle program began to Jan. 28, when the Challenger exploded. At about the same time, it said, government inspectors repeatedly warned the National Aeronautics and Space Administration that it was wasting large sums of money through faulty management. This waste, more than S3.5 billion in all. in turn helped create budget problems that resulted in the cuts, the Times said. On the "CBS Morning News" Thursday. Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C.. and Sen. Jake Garn, R- Utah, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which oversees shuttle expenses, called for a more balanced view by the media of NASA's problems. Garn called constant reports on NASA's financial troubles "a feeding frenzy by sharks." "It is obvious there is some waste in NASA," said Garn, who flew on the shuttle last year. "There is in every government agency. Look at the incredible spinoffs in health and safety and medications and navigations and communications. Let's have a balanced view of what NASA has achieved." "What we really do is look at the attitudes and approach of the policy itself," said Hollings. "Whether this is a commercially profitable venture or a research or development program. "No. 1 in priority is not cost overruns but responsibility, underruns. What you have and that's most disturbing to me is an attitude that nothing went wrong ... that whatever we did. we'd do it over again. "This was a preventable accident," he said of the Challenger explosion. The work affected by the cutbacks included testing the shuttle and its main engines for vibration, developing the booster rocket that probably caused the explosion, and conducting a variety of communications and thermal tests. NASA officials contended in interviews that the alleged mismanagement was administrative, not technical, and insisted it did not result in safety compromises. Bomb explodes in London LONDON (AP) — A bomb explosion rocked the offices of British Airways on one of London's main shopping streets early Thursday, the state-owned airline said. Police initially reported that one person was injured in the explosion and a subsequent fire, and that some residents of apartments above the airline office were missing. However, they later said that injured person suffered only from shock, and that they believed everyone else had been accounted for. Fire officials said about 5 percent of the six-story building on Oxford Street had been damaged by fire. The airline, Scotland Yard and the fire department said at first that they did not know what caused the blast, but the airline subsequently confirmed that a bomb had gone off. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, but there have been a series of terrorist attacks and bomb threats against British targets since the government allowed the United States to use British-based bombers to attack Libya on April 15. The London Broadcasting Corp. quoted police at the scene as saying that the blast appeared to have been caused by an explosive device hidden among bags of garbage stacked outside the building. Officers from Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist squad went to Oxford Street and began searching the building where the explosion occurred and nearby stores and offices. Entered os second class matter at the Boytown, Texas Post Office 77522 under the Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Published afternoons, Monday through Friday and Sundays at 1301 Memorial Drive In Baytown. Texas 77520. P.O. Box 90, Boytown, Texas, 77522. Subscription Roles: By carrier, J5.25 per month, $63.00 per year. Sinijle copy price: 25 cents Doily, 50 cents Sunday. Mait rates on request. Represented nationally by Coastal Publications. Tides FRIDAY HIGH: 10:20 a.m., +6:15 p.m. LOW: 2:30 a.m.,+2:27 p.m. (+ denotes weak tide) Tides forecast are for Baytown area bays Sun SUNRISE: 5:45 a.m. SUNSET: 6:54 p.m. SPOTS Kennedy services SERVICES FOR Robert C. Kennedy, 61, father of Mrs. Frances Hues of Mont Belvieu, are scheduled for 1 p.m. April 25 at Lake O'Woods chapel, Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston with the Rev. H. Hubbard Hurst officiating. Kennedy died April 23. Lowry services SERVICES FOR Willie Lee Lowry, 61, of Deer Park are scheduled for 3 p.m. April 25 at Pasadena Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jim Killen officiating. Mrs. Lowry, mother of Gary M. Lowry of Bay town and daughter of Agnes Veselka of La Porte, died April 23 at a Pasadena hospital. Public accountants MARK POCHE of Texas Business Opportunities Inc. will speak at the 11:30 a.m. luncheon of the Texas Association of Public Accountants, Pasadena Chapter, April 25 at Wyatt Cafeteria, 3703 Spencer Highway. Poche's firm brings small business buyers and sellers together. For more information, call Donna Prater at 672-1873, Liberty fun run LIBERTY CHRISTIAN School's third annual fun run is set for April 26. Registration costs S10. Events include a 2K jog-walk, for ages 5 and under and ages 30 and over, and open 5K and 10K runs. Entry forms are available at the Athlete's Choice store in Liberty and at the Baytown YMCA. For information, call the school at (409) 336-5916 or call (409)336-5610. Chamber luncheon M.T. TAYLOR and Larry Haynes of Exxon Chemical U.S.A. will speak on April 25 to the Baytown Chamber of Commerce about "Products in Use." The luncheon will be at noon at the Holiday Inn, 300 S. Highway. Mothers' support MOTHERS' SUPPORT Group will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. April 25 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2701 W. Main. Guests are welcome at no charge and baby-sitting is available. Sesquicentennial ballet BALLET SAN Jacinto will perform an original full-length ballet depicting the history of Texas. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. April 25 and April 26 and at 2 p.m. April 27 at the University of Houston Clear Lake Bayou Theater. For more information, call (713) 335-1985. Candidate's coffee A CANDIDATE'S coffee for Precinct 2 Harris County Commissioner Jim Fonteno will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. April 27 at the home of Lynn Hughes, 1310 E. James, No. 13. The coffee is open to the public. Fonteno is seeking re-election. Hankamer reunion THE ANNUAL Hankamer reunion will begin at 10 a.m. April 27 at the Hankamer Community Building. Residents, former residents and friends are invited to bring a covered dish and attend. Cold drinks and coffee will be available. Lunch will be served at noon. For more information, call (409) 252-3258. Fields asks Reagan for more local defense work U.S. Rep. Jack Fields, R- Humble, has asked President Reagan to consider locating more defense work in the Houston area to alleviate problems caused by the sagging petroleum industry. Fields made his request during a half hour meeting with the president Tuesday. Others at the meeting included Vice President George Bush and U.S. Reps. Tom DeLay, R-Stafford, and Bill Archer, R-Houston. According to Fields, Reagan didn't give any indication on how he felt about Fields' proposal. Fields said, however, he will pursue the matter with the president. Manufacturers in the Houston area have previously shown little interest in defense contracts because the energy industry has been heal thy. But with the fall in the price of crude oil and its negative repercussions in the industry. manufacturers have displayed more interest in federal defense contracts, Fields said. Fields said there is little defense work now being done in the Houston area. On other topics, Fields said there is support for eliminating the windfall profits tax. Since it was enacted in the late 1970s, Fields said the windfall profits tax has cost the energy industry S38 billion that could have been used for exploration. Fields also said he spoke in favor of helping the the stripper oil producers and that he is backing a bill to increase the amount of oil assigned to the strategic petroleum reserves. Fields said the bill proposes that stripper producers would provide all the oil for this reserve. Stripper producers operate 70 percent of the wells and produce about 14 percent of the oil by volume, Fields noted. Shuttle cabin fell intact CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Challenger's nose section containing the crew compartment broke cleanly from the shuttle's exploding fuel tank, according to newly released photos, but NASA says it hasn't determined whether the crew cabin shattered before or after it hit the ocean. The 10 pictures released Wednesday by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration were snapped by a 70 mm ground tracking camera over 26 seconds. The photos tend to support reports by investigators that the nose and crew compartment were together through the nine- mile plunge Jan. 28 and shattered on impact with the Atlantic Ocean. NASA officials are uncertain at what point the seven astronauts died. The prevailing belief is that they died almost at the moment of the explosion, either from shock or a rapid decompression of the cabin. The first in the series of pictures released Wednesday shows the cone-shaped nose section and other unidentified debris being blown away from the fireball created when the tank exploded after apparently being struck by the upper part of the right solid rocket booster. BIRTHDAY BOX Birthday wishes are sent to: Robert Littlefield on his 16th birthday from his mother, pop, Denita, and Scott. LINEN STORE GONE OUT OF BUSINESS 20%-75% OFF • BED • BATH • TABLE OVER 300 SPREADS IN STOCK GREAT PRICES ON BRASS BEDS & OAYBEOS THURSDAY 68 SATURDAY 104 EASY RIDER TOMMY MOORE, Bowie Elementary first-grader, sits on a saddle that was part of the Travis Elementary display at the Baytown schools' Sesquicentennial celebration. (Sun staff photo by Linnea Schlobohm) Cold temperatures damage northern crops By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A cold snap lingered Thursday from the Great Lakes to the Carolinas after temperatures plunged to record lows in 14 states, causing millions of dollars of damage to fruit crops and dropping up to 2 feet of snow as winter weather gave the East one last shiver. The surprise snowfall reached as far south as Virginia, snarling traffic and closing schools in New York and New Jersey. "I couldn't believe it," said Christine Wilsey, a New York state police dispatcher in Oneonta, where 6 inches of snow fell Wednesday. "On Saturday, I was out in my backyard in a bathing suit." The highest reported snowfall was 24 inches in Eldred, N.Y., in the Catskill Mountains near the Pennsylvania border. "It is wicked traveling," said Gene Hathaway of the National Weather Service at Newark (N.J.) International Airport, where two-thirds of an inch of snow fell, breaking the old record of just a trace set in 1963 and 1984. Record low temperatures Wednesday extended as far south as Miami, where the 57- degree reading was 2 degrees colder than the 1970 record, and as far west as Lake Charles, La., where the 48 degrees was 2 degrees lower than a 1934 record. Meanwhile, the 84-degree reading at Aberdeen, S.D., tied- an 86-year-old record. Tender fruit crops suffered widespread damage in Ken- Lucky, Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia and Ohio. Most agriculture officials said damage could not be determined immediately, but Richard Funt of Ohio's Cooperative Extension Service estimated Wednesday that the loss to his state's apple and grape crops would total $20 million to S25 million. _ "There are several growers in southern Ohio that are completely wiped out," said Blake, Gerber, executive director of the Ohio Fruit Growers Association. . The temperature in Columbus, Ohio, early Wednesday hit 23, breaking a 30-year-old record low for the day by 6 degrees. Voters guide available The Baytown League of Women Voters and the Baytown Chamber of Commerce are distributing a non-partisan voters guide, profiling candidates in the May 3 Democratic and Republican party primaries. The guide lists information on candidates for federal, state and Harris County offices, including judges. It has photographs of the candidates and their answers to questions posed by the League of Women Voters. Current voting information and a precinct chart are also included in the guide. Free copies of the guide are available at the Baytown' Chamber of Commerce,. Baytown City Hall and the Community Building, Exxon Credit Union and banks and libraries in Baytown and Highlands. AUCTION Absolute Close-Out K-RSURPLUS LUMBER 90 ION. Garth Saturday, April 26, 1986 10:00 AM 421-2268 Carpet Corner DUFFIE O'RRJEN CARPETS AND/OR RUGS (000 N WAIN BEHIND ACTION CYCLES ANDSAfEWAY TRANSMISSIONS What's new in carpets and rugs? Just about everything. Today more than ever before, you stand an excellent chance of getting a serviceable carpet or rug you'll enjoy for years at a price you can easily afford. However, before you go shopping, it's good to have some idea of what you really want and need In the way of color, texture, design, and quality. Is wall-to-wall carpeting what you want? Or would a room-size rug better meet your requirements? You can use either — or, more likely, both — in your home. It's a matter of what effect you want and how the particular room is to be used. Wall-to-wall carpeting covers the floor completely and has the ability to make any room seem larger because of the unifying effect of unbroken color and texture. A room cut up by architectural jogs will probably benefit from The wall-to-wall treatment. On the other hand, rugs can help separate and emphasize smaller areas within a large open space. ********* For all your carpeting needs visit: The Floor Gallery, Inc. 909 N. Commerce 428-1841

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