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Sunday, August 30, 1987
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4-A THE BAYTOWN SUN AliffUM *», •Confession law heeds changing ^7 «M? It will be two years before the State Legislature meets again in regular session, which means those who are now calling for changes in the state's crime confession -law have plenty of time to get their proposals ready for consideration. The law, which generally restricts admission of oral statements (mostly confessions by accused criminals) from being used as evidence, led the 3rd Court of Ap- v peals to reverse the conviction of Houstonian David Port Jn the murder of Houston letter carrier Debora Sue ; Schatz, 23, three years ago. Port, now 20 years old, is serving a 75-year sentence in the state penitentiary for the murder. He confessed to a .Houston police officer shortly after his arrest that he >had shot Schatz three times in the head at his parents' ? Houston home and dumped her body in a remote area of northwest Harris County. It was found two days later. The appeals court decided unanimously that Port's ^confession to the June 7, 1984, murder should not have been admitted as evidence during his trial because it did not lead investigators to new evidence, one of the rules governing oral confessions under Texas law. The 1985 trial was moved to New Braurifels after the judge ruled that publicity might have influenced a Houston jury's judgment. The case quickly entered the "celebrated" category. Young Port's apparently well-to-do parents, who were divorced last year, went to jail rather than answer a grand jury's questions about their son's involvement in Schatz's murder. Appellate judges disagreed with prosecutors' contention that Port's oral statements were admissible because they were proven to be true and because they also helped establish his guilt. Two of the most prominent principals in the Port case. District Attorney John B. Holmes and trial Judge I.D. McMAster, knew state law restricted admission of oral statements in criminal trials, but allowed them anyway. With his confession ruled out, it is doubtful Port could be convicted if Holmes decides to retry him. Regardless, the Legislature should change the confession law. From Sun files Firefighters get new pumper truck in 1967 From The Baytown Sun files, this is the way it was: 55 YEARS AGO Classes start in the Cedar Bayou School District for the new school year with some 500 students enrolled. Ten teachers are employed in the district in addition to Superintendent W.A. Warren. They are Elizabeth .Hotchkiss. T.P. Evans. Suetie ;Hewitt, Lillian Warren, Belle -Smith. Mrs. V.G. Compton. Mar- iguerite Britton, Irma Casey, ;Hazel Casey and Mrs. Frank Smith. Harold I. Smith, 6, died yesterday at the home of his parents . Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Smith. Mont Belvieu. 50 YEARS AGO R.G. Florance. vice president of Peoples State Bank, returns from Minnesota where he attended the funeral of his mother,.Mrs. Edward Florance. Frank R. Boyle, treasurer of the La Porte Volunteer Fire Department, mails more than 2.00<) letters to bayshore residents inviting them to the Firemen's Dance at Sylvan Beach. United Press: Sarah Delano Roosevelt says her son will not seek a third term as president . . . East coast of Florida is hit by a coast hurricane. 40 YEARS AGO Raymond E. Baca. director of public works, is drawing plans for street improvements throughout the city. Services are held today for Mike McCune. 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gates McCune, after running into the side of a car. Burglars take S700 from Hook's Grocerv in Wooster. 30 YEARS AGO Theresa Nelson twirls and Debbie Sarver dances on the Don Mahoney TV Show. Ellis Griffin of Baytown has the highest average score on weekly exams given in Navy recruit training at San Diego. More than 100 women attend a workshop at The Baylown Sun. Main speaker is Bobby Sutphin, Sun women's editor. 20 YEARS AGO Fire Chief L.V. Bailey and Assistant Chief V.H. McBride are pictured on the front page with the fire department's new pumper truck. Everett Lee "Casey" Jones. 48. died today of an apparent heart attack. He worked at Humble's Baytown Refinery and was active in Boy Scouting. City employees will get 6 percent raises in the new budget. Bible verse The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psalms 51:17 • Leon Brown Editor and Publisher \ Fred Hornberger '. Assistant to Publisher FredHortman Editor and Publisher, 1950-1974 IWTOtlAl MPMTMINT i Wando Orton Managing Editor Ramono Merrill Associate Managing Editor AOVtRUMM MPMtMMt RusseM Moroney Advertising Manager CMKUUTION Gary Dobbs Circulation Manager The Boytown Sun (USPS 046 180) is entered as second class marrer at the Baytown, Te«os Post Off .ce 77522 under the Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Published afternoons. Monday through Friday and Sundays at 1301 Memorial Drive vA Baytown. Texas 77S2Q. Suggested Subscription Ratev By carrier. VJ.2S per month, $63 00 per year; single copy price. 25 cents Doily, 50 cents Sunday Moil rotes on request Represented nationally by Coastal Publications POSTMASTER Send address changes to THE BAYTOWN SUN, PO Bar 90, Boytown, T., 77522 The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for republrcotian to any news dispatches credited to it or not otherwise credited in this paper and local news of spontaneous origin published herein. Rights of republ'Cotion of oil other morrer herein are also reserved. The Boyrown Sun retains nationally fcnown syndicates whose writers' bylined stories ore used throughout the newspaper There ore times when these articles do not reflect The Sun's viewpoint \ "Mirror, mirror oil the wall I think I'm seeing two-ofy'all." (Sun staff photo By Angle Bracey and Angle Bracey) Hey, man, it's double or nothing' ByJIMKYLE A couple of weeks ago i was heading out Highway 146 to have lunch with the West Chambers County Chamber of Commerce. When I crossed Cedar Bayou, headed north, suddenly it happened. I had double vision. That's right, the highway suddenly became eight lanes. Hey. man. I don't mind telling you I was scared. The whole ordeal lasted about 25 seconds which was a long time seeing two of everything. I first thought about turning the keys off and pulling over to the curbs. When I looked into my rear view mirrors, there were four cars right behind me, side by side, and that's pretty scary on a two-lane road. During my ordeal I was trying to figure out what I would tell my wives when I got home. All I could do was hold the steering wheels tight and pray for a quick recovery. My prayer was answered and the double vision went away until the next morning at my desk. This episode only lasted about 15 seconds. 1 was happy sitting in my chairs at my desks instead of out on the highways in my cars. The story of going to the doctor and what my problem probably is would be too boring to report. I called my close friend, Jim Finley, over at Jack Fields' office and told him all about my problem with the vision. Karen Perry Age-old problem in staying young OnTy signed letters will be considered for publication. Names will be withheld upon reguest for good and sufficient reason Ptease keep letters short. The Sun reserves the right to e»eerpt ictters. Recently I heard someone say, "1 don't want to get old." Who does! It's easy to say that when you arc only 22. Aging is just something that happens to everyone. Age creeps in like the thief in the night taking supple skin and leaving wrinkles, taking firm thighs and flat stomachs and leaving cellulito. spider veins and potbellies. Older people have a rough way to go in the U.S. Americans don't have the respect for age that Europeans do. The prejudice against older folks is a product of our times. In the past, age and wisdom were venerated. In America, when you are 20 it's hard to believe that you'll ever be 40. When you're 40 it's hard to imagine life at GO. When you're 60 it's hard to remember how you got that old. Perhaps I should adopt a flip attitude about aging. After all it's largely a state of mind. Maybe T should put in my application for an out-of-state license! Of course, some aging is hard for the body's owner to see. You know how you react when you see a photo of yourself, especially from the rear? Well guess what — that's how others see you. Aging is why American middle-aged women color their hair and wear panty hose with shorts. It's why American middle-aged men lose weight, grow mustaches and change partners. It's only human to want to preserve your youth as long as possible. Age isn't all bad. Life is a trade-off. You trade a slim profile for a sagging chin but it's the wisdom you gain from living that helps you cope with whatever life hands you. Where youngsters give up. an older person persists. So many little things matter too much to young people. Old folks are more laid back. They go with the flow and don't sweat the small stuff. The flower generation's cry of "Don't trust anyone over 30" is wrong. Older people are the ones you should trust. People learn from experience and real wisdom comes with age. So don't sell older citizens short. We are still alive and kicking. We just don't brag about it. We're not older, we're better. Remember Robert Red ford just turned 50, Gary Grant was a matinee idol in his 60s and Vladimir Horowitz is still a musical genius in his 8th decade. I proudly admit to being nearly 45.1 understand that they are particularly kind to older women in France. My mother always said she felt as if she were still 16. Now I know just what She means. Attitude really is everything. I may not be able to stop nature but I sure can outwit it. If I feel it's necessary, I may consider becoming an international correspondent. . .Maisoui! Karen Perry Is news editor at The Sun, He was very understanding. He suggested that both of me be out in front of The Baytown Suns and he'd take us to the Jacks in the Boxes and buy me a hamburgers. That Finley is cute, isn't he. He's the kind of guy that, if 1 happen to get stuck with double vision, he will tie cans on my seeing-eye dogs'tails. Jim knows I am covering the Papal visit in San Antonio for The Sun and he asked me if 1 was looking forward to seeing the Popes. See what 1 mean. He's real jte. This double vision stuff could make way for some new Christmas presents. I'll need another electric razor for my other face. And 1 could always use a pair of four-legged trousers. I'll need to find some new cassette tapes to play — "Four Cigarettes in the Dark." "Tea for Four." "I Love Both of You So Much It Hurls Me." "Hello Dollies," "H Had To Be You Two" . . . songs like thai- Also. as a special treat. I think I'd like some video movies like "Snow Whites and the H Dwarfs" or "Kramer vs. Kramer vs. Kramer vs Kramer." And I know what I'll buy Finley for Christmas. I'll buy him a case of beer, drink half of it and give him the case left Sideline Slants Sweet memory takes the cake By PRESTON PENDERGRASS As they used to say in the old days. "I've been hankerin' " for a big slice of old-fashioned stack fruitcake. Unlike modern fruitcake that is a junkyard for everything you have in (he icebox, the stack variety needs only sun-dried, well- cooked apples. 1 guess stack comes from the way country cooks slacked layer on top of layer, no less than six. with ample ladles of spicy apples on top and in between. Grandma Pendergrass used to make stack fruitcakes for family Christmas gifts. That was well before the advent of modern refrigeration, so she would take the beautiful brown cakes with a pungent aroma to the spring house and set them on a wooden shelf right next to the cold, clear brook bubbling from an underground stream. The little spring house stayed cool even in dog days of summer. Grandma kept milk and butter in jars that could be submerged and tied to the storage shelf. She also used the spring to preserve left-overs. City folks had ice-boxes but country dwellers didn't because there were no ice deliveries- We always looked forward to eating Christmas dinner at Grandma's and bringing our stack fruitcake back home. It would last a few days because Mama was stingy with it. Sometimes she would sprinkle shredded coconut on top of the delicious apple topping. The secret to that gourmet delight fresh from the farm kitchen was the apple topping and filler. Grandma would pick apples from her orchard in the fall and store them in the cellar. Strangely enough, only a few rotted. When she got ready to make stack fruitcake, she would first prepare the apples. She would slice them fairly thin, dump them in a (lour .sack and put them on the kitchen roof that was lower than the rest of the house and let the .sun do the rest It took three or four days for Die fruit to reach the right stage fgr cooking and flavoring with cinnamon and several other spices 1 never knew by name 1 have an assignment for srx ladies of Baytown's Robert H Tuck Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 912 Auxiliary When 1 visited the post home during a recent social function at which home-cooked food was served. 1 decided if anyone in Uaytown could come up with an old-fashioned fruitcake, it would IK- the auxiliary girls who cooked and served that tasty nu-al Now, girls, if you don't have an apple orchard or a low roof, just go to your favorite supermarket and get a couple boxes of dried apples, cook and add the right spices You knou the ones be sides cinnamon The rest us easy as pie - or cake Among auxiliary members fortunate enough to'get this cake assignment are Klsie DuBose. who probably remembers how to make my favorite stack fruitcake; Jessie Moravits. Jcanetie Hobbs. Belly Cummmgs, Gale Span and Bea Emerson I'll also bei Jessie Moravits knows the recipe for stack fruitcake. She wouldn't be the daughter of an old Oklahoma boy. Hank Heimer. if she didn't. And don't count Bea Emerson out. She used to be one of Mayor Emmett Hutto's right-hand girls when he ran the Tower Restaurant back in old Goose Creeky days. ;" \

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