The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on August 24, 1987 · Page 16
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 16

Baytown, Texas
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Monday, August 24, 1987
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tt-B THE BAYTOWN SUN Monday, August 24, 1987 Lone plane crash survivor, 4, improving, asking for father DETROIT (AP) Words of comfort to relatives of victims of Northwest Airlines Flight 255 echoed through a church, while the 4-year-old lone survivor grew more alert and asked for her father, who was among those killed. Activity at the crash site near Detroit Metropolitan Airport shifted from investigation to cleanup Sunday, and workers continued to find reminders of. the nation's second deadliest air crash, which killed at least 156 people. Four-year-old Cecilia Cichan remained in serious condition Monday in the burn unit of an Ann Arbor hospital where she had skin graft surgery Friday. "She is having more periods of alertness and being awake as they remove her from sedation," University of Michigan Medical Center spokesman John Turck said. But he said she was not ready to be told the, full story about the crash that killed her parents and 6-year-old brother. Cecilia enjoyed a cherry- flavored frozen ice Sunday and asked family members who are maintaining a bedside vigil about her father. "They gave her an answer that satisfied her for the mo- ment," Turck said, declining to elaborate. Counselors will help family members decide when and how to tell Cecilia the full story based on "how she is reacting in general, "he said. Hospital officials have obtained the doll Cecilia has been asking for since regaining consciousness, but have not decided whether it is clean enough to be given to a burn patient susceptible to infection, said Turck. Hundreds of gifts and cards have flooded the hospital, Turck said. More than $16,000 has been donated to a fund set up in Cecilia's name, he said. During a memorial service Sunday at the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit, Wayne Couniy Prosecutor John O'Hair told about 100 people that the tragedy caus- .ed grief "in the hearts of thousands of people totally unknown to the families, of the victims." The crash also brought responses from those "who gave so much of themselves to bring some kind of order to the chaos,'' he said. Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham declared Sunday a day of mourning in his state. Flight 255 was headed for Phoenix when it i . "CLEAN-UP WITH BIG SAVINGS OH FAMOUS BRAND WASHERS AND DRIERS . . , NOW AT CONN'S! Get ready to handle "Bock to School" wash loads with a famous brand laundry pair T /T from Conn's! Conn's offers the largest selection, guaranteed lowest prices/ easy credit terms arid oil sales are backed by Conn's award winning service. Come in new for big savings on the right washer and dryer to fit your needs and budget! 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Crews clearing wreckage Sunday found parts of at least two victims' .bodies, and Alvin Parker, a security guard, found a child's partly burned book titled "Animal Sounds." Workers spent the weekend raking the crash site, restoring burned grounds, replacing guardrails and sandblasting a nearby freeway overpass. The National Transportation Safety Board continued scaling back on field work for an investigation expected to take up to a year. A sweep of the crash site Saturday turned up a heavily damaged wing flap part that investigators will inspect, he said. Flaps and slats on the wing edges are extended to regulate lift during takeoff. The Detroit Free Press reported Sunday that a Federal Aviation Administration investigator who asked not to be identified said that inspection of a drive mechanism for a wing flap indicated that the flaps and slats were -retracted during takeoff, a setting experts say could cause a crash. "It's way too early for anyone to say that," Pollock said after being told of the report. State news INS to be busy during Pope's visit HOUSTON (AP) — Visas are still required of Mexicans planning to come across the border for the Sept. 13 Mass conducted by Pope John Paul II outside San Antonicx "We. plan on screening people very carefully." said Homer McCain, assistant regional commissioner for examinations with the UJS: Immigration and Naturalization Service. He said officials will be especially alert to phony travel documents among the estimated 200,000 Mexicans seeking to enter the United States for the occasion. Overtime costs have been authorized for Texas-Mexico border posts expecting the greatest numbers of travelers. Most Mexicans traveling to the United States to see the Pope have much the same motivation as Americans who went to Mexico to see the Pope in 1979, said Sister Charlene Wedelich, San Antonio diocese co-ordinator for the papal visit, ; "It's certainly closer than going to Rome," she said. EPA could trigger asbestos lawsuits DALLAS (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection agency is expected to release a report in October that could trigger liability lawsuits over the use of asbestos in public and commercial buildings, observers say. , Industry observers say the report could lead EPA order forcing property owners to follow the same standards set for schools. Until recently, the attack on asbestos focused on workers, manufacturers, schools and public buildings. But it now includes private offices and other privately-owned areas used by employees and the public, the Dallas Times Herald reported Sunday, The EPA estimates that about 735,000 buildings nationwide contain asbestos and removing it could cost up to S10Q billion during the next 25 years, ; Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that is mined and used in many construction materials and other products. Between 1900-1980. an estimated 30 million tons of asbestos was used in the United States, primarily in building construction. The material has been linked to various maladies, including asbestosis — chronic lung disease — and lung cancer, 'Remember the Alamo Bataan SAN ANTONIO (AP). — An American Legion contingent from the Philippines drew applause with a banner saying "Remember the Alamo, Remember Bataan'' as an estimated 12,000 paraded in 97- degree heat as part of the annual Legion convention here. A'half-dozen high school marching bands from San Antonio and Legion bands from across the country provided music for the nearly five-hour display Sunday. Police estimated 8.000 people lined the parade route down Houston Street and past Alamo Plaza. Representatives from every state in the union as well as the Legion's six foreign departments took part. They included about 70 veterans from the Philippines who drew a large round of •'applause, from onlookers with their banner. Texas Gov, Bill Clements was to address the American Legion Auxiliary Monday, the eve of the legion's 69th annual convention. Vice President George Bush will give the keynote address Tuesday for the three-day convention. Toxic waste plans cause controversy LONE STAR <APi — A plan by this east Texas city's namesake and largest employer to build a hazardous waste incinerator on the southern outskirts of town has angered many residents. Proponents say 100 jobs would be created from Lone Star Steel's construction of the facility, a significant number in an area of the state where one in four adults is unemployed. The project, an S18 million to $25 million incinerator that would consume 75,000 tons of waste each year — including solvents, pesticides, acids, waste oils and PCBs -i- could also breathe economic life into Dallas-based Lone Star Technologies Inc. It has been losing money since 1983. Thermal Kinetics, the Lone Star subsidiary that will build and operate the facility, plans to apply for state and federal permits for the incinerator in October, If approved, construction would begin in a year and be complete in early 1990. But many residents of the area — a collection of small towns in the piney hills north of Longview — plan to fight the granting of those permits. Three hundred are expected to attend an organizational meeting in a high school auditorium this week, says project opponent Earl Jones of Daingerficld. Texarkana 's drug traffic frustrating TEXARKANA (AP) — Drug traffic along the Texas-Mexico border is well documented, but the trade along Texas' northern borders is no less frustrating to narcotics officers. Law enforcement officials in a city that is part Texas and part Arkansas are hampered by a lack of money and manpower and say they are losing the war against trafficking. "It's just like falling off a log," said police narcotics supervisor Willie Huff. "On State Line Avenue at night, the kids can get it. There's houses in town where everybody knows where the dope is. There's dope dealers on just about every corner." State police say as much as 2,000 pounds of marijuana per day is transported on Interstate 30 to northern cities. "The problem with Texarkana is that it is so close to Dallas, Little Rock and Shreveport that you have small-time dealers that can go to Dallas to pick up an ounce of the dope and bring it back here and double their money," he said. arnjs OflN AIW$ t NILPINC HANDS FOR TNI NORHUSS 422-0441

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