The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, October 29, 1982, Image 1

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4 Halloween’s the time for spooks See At Ease Aggies are ready for No. 4 SMU See page 15 11 points to thfim I '"ildin.Dr.Atfe] I scientists indkifi I ><>1 might be usdity I tl'at alsoprot«ti I I herpes and gom 'VWWSJOO 'IPICO exican food — D ll i; The banal ion Serving the University community 76 No. 43 USPS 045360 34 Pages In 2 Sections College Station, Texas Friday, October 29, 1982 of enchfladas. :■ wiola tostad Al. f»9 ^oison, pins are ruining Halloween •Muo-Tkrv i n & i SuadnlQ .yy p ress International ialloween will be scarier than ever ■“*••••■ ke.ir because of the Tylenol kill- |in Chicago and the hordes of tab in poisonings. Communities anized alternative fun for disap- Bd trick-or-treaters while New [ I enacted a law to clamp down ople who pass out tainted Jt In Washington, representatives of ffiexas attorney general are trying ijivfc an ironic ending to one of the fipfamous Halloween poisoning es. nds put ngers on it. I in The 45-2611 The Supreme Court is expected today to consider the state’s request to execute Ronald Clark O’Bryan, 38, of Deer Park by poisonous injection on Halloween. He was convicted of giv ing his 8-year-old son poisoned Hallo ween candy allegedly so he could col lect insurance money. A judge pur posely set the execution date for Hal loween, the eighth anniversary of the boy’s death. Many communities — especially those ’where sabotaged food has been found — banned trick-or-treating be cause of the poisoning paranoia. “I think what they’re doing is kill ing the holiday,” said Bill Smith, police chief in Atmore, Ala., where a 69-year-old woman suffered burns to her mouth, throat and stomach after eating a candy bar. “I know I’ve got two little girls who ain’t going trick-or-treating this year. My 2-year-old doesn’t mind, but my 8-year-old is ready to trade me in on a new daddy.” On New York’s Long Island, police reported five incidents of straight pins being hidden in Halloween candy. “Halloween is a horror and it shouldn’t be a horror,” said Beatrice Kern of Bethpage, N.Y., who found pins in Baby Ruth bars. Some cities set up centers in chur ches and police and fire stations to check the safety of Halloween candy. Hospitals in Amarillo and Houston announced they would use X-ray machines to detect boobytrapped treats such as apples with razor blades — a frequent tactic of those who have ruined Halloween for youngsters. “I’m not normally one to ring the bell of alarm but this year I am,” said Elmer McClung of Pittsburgh’s Kingsley Association, a community group that sets up candy inspection centers. “We normally don’t make a big deal of the centers, but in light of what’s been happening we will make a big deal of it this year. I suspect that this year we’ll have an overabundance of people coming in.” Fears about poisonings are more intense this year because of the deaths of seven Chicago-area people who took ExtraStrength Tylenol laced with cyanide. The killings set off a wave of copycat poisonings, especially among groceries’ Halloween candy supplies. Bags of candy have been taken off the shelves in several cities where signs of tampering have been found. City officials and neighborhoods organized parties for children to keep them from making the usual candy solicitations. To trick-or-treat safely, parents were advised to take their children only to homes of friends and inspect all candy before it is eaten. 1 may host physicist ^ P c eldon Glashow, a Nobel Prize- g physicist, may spend a year- ibbatical from Harvard Univer- re. show, 49, has been at Harvard 1966. He is scheduled to take a ical from the school during the 4 academic year, ashow met here Wednesday niversity officials and returned ton on Thursday, ashow, who shared the 1979 Prize in physics with two other sts, said Wednesday he is “hav- ritful discussions” with Univer- ministrators about joining the s department, “but salary has Been explicitly discussed.” show had reportedly been d a “Jackie Sherrill package” in -that the six-figure annual sal- ight entice him away from Har- [ishow said the discussions had reel about the “nature of the ptTexas A&M is going to make in SRetical physics.” B$show said he met with Texas President Frank Vandiver and lad a long and fruitful discussion.” In an editorial in Monday’s Hous- n Chronicle, Vandiver wrote he is pit peeved” about the media atten- >ngiven to their talks with Glashow and with the repeated references to “Jackie Sherill packages.” The media attention came about when the Harvard Crimson quoted Glashow as saying: “In informal dis cussions, (Texas A&M officals) indi cated they would probably match those arrangements (made with Sher rill). “Apparently certain circles didn’t see that there should he different valuations of physicists and football coaches.” However, in an interview with the Battalion, Glashow said that was not the case and he had been misquoted. “There have been a lot of nonsen sical statements made,” he said. The attempt to attract Glashow to Texas A&M is part of an effort to lure outstanding faculity members to the University. Harvard has been outbid for sever al other “star” professors in recent years. Steven Weinberg, who shared the Nobel Prize in physics with Glashow and another scientist, was hired by the University of Texas two years ago for a salary reported to be in excess of $100,000 per year. At Harvard, the top salaries — $80,000 per year — go to professors holding the title of “university profes sor.” Glashow is not a “university pro fessor.” Big money is being spent to solve campaign worries by Gary Barker Battalion Staff Mark White: “Bill Clements has run the state’s business for the good of big business, big utility companies and big oil companies.” William Clements: “I’m a busi nessman, not a politician.” Clements: “Mark White’s cam paign financial reports show that he attempted to keep the source of a politically embarrassing contribu tion secret.” White: “You’ll say anything and do anything to get re-elected.” The 1982 Texas race for the gov ernor’s office is nearing its end and as usual, both sides are claiming vic tory. But the winning candidate in this year’s election won’t win be cause of clearly defined issues. The key to this year’s election is mud — hot, bubbly, dirty mud that has been thrown back and forth like two five-year-old boys shouting: “are too; am not; are too!” But a Texas A&M political scien ce professor says it’s just a sign the race is close. “It (the mudslinging) is a good sign that things are fairly close be Republican candidate Gov. William P. Clements Democratic candidate Attorney General Mark White. and tween the two candidates,” Dr. Bruce Robeck said. “Otherwise they wouldn’t be coming out with the kind of advertisements they’re com ing out with.” The main problems each candi date faced also may have contri buted to the mudslinging. Clements’ main problem, Robeck said, is voters’ perception of his per sonality; many voters see him as arrogant, stubborn and uncaring. “He wouldn’t he emphasizing some Mr. Nice Guy kinds of adver tisements and this ‘I’m just plain Bill, I’m not a politician’ unless he had poll data indicating that he’s got a personality problem with a lot of voters,” Robeck said. But White has had his campaign problems, too. He hasnT found a key issue, and he has failed to excite the Democratic party, Robeck said. “White hasn’t found a successful issue and he’s been struggling to find some leverage,” Robeck said. “People don’t perceive any parti cular dimension of Clements’ as being bad; there’s no unifying kind of opposition and so White’s been searching around switching issues and switching things around. You can tell he doesn’t have any lev erage.” But White has spent a hefty sum trying to get leverage and Clements has spent an even heftier sum trying to alleviate his image problem. Clements raised $1 1.8 million — including a $2 million loan — and as of Wednesday had spent $11.5 mil lion. White raised $6.4 million — including a $2.2 million loan — and See RACE, page 14 hie year’s come and gone SMU fans look back, commemorate with foam sabers ' a pi by Carol Smith Battalion Staff e only sabers that will be bran- d when the Texas Aggie football meets the Southern Methodist niversity football team this weekend plbe foam rubber sabers — “Saggy pie Sabers” to be exact. |t’s been one year since Greg , an officer of the day at last srls Texas A&M-SMU football e, pulled his saber when the SMU Headers ran on to Kyle Field af- Ha touchdown to spell S-M-U. ccording to Texas A&M tradition, ft only people allowed on Kyle Field feting the game are members of the ‘ggie band, officials, coaches and layers. This year the cheerleaders can spell S-M-U, Southern Methodist University or the entire SMU fight song at Texas Stadium in Dallas with nothing to fear — except the foam sabers held by their own fans. The “Saggy Aggie Sabers” were created by two SMU graduate stu dents and Bonnie Wheeler, director of the Medieval Studies program at SMU. The idea for the “sabers” was conceived at a late-night dinner be tween Wheeler, Roger Siverson and Mike Tomlin. “Our mottos are ‘honor with humor’ and ‘we droop to conquer,”’ Wheeler said. “We felt that with a president named Shields (SMU presi dent L. Donald Shields) and a quar terback named Lance (Mustang quar terback Lance Mcllhenny), we needed to commemorate an impor tant event in the proper spirit.” Joe Dooley, SMU student body president, said the sabers are meant to be fun and humorous. The sabers aren’t meant to revive the hostility of the incident, but only to take the sting out of it, Wheeler added. “We hope that this is something that the Aggies will enjoy,” she said. The sabers are being sold on the SMU campus and several different types are available, Wheeler said. The 20-inch foam weapons are available in different styles — a special “com memorative edition complete with the munitions box” that was given to school officials, a “game edition” for $3 and the “impressive droop” avail able through the mail for $5. “It’s really much less than meets the eye,” Wheeler said. In addition to sales on campus, the sabers also are being sold by mail through an advertisement in Texas Monthly, she said. The sabers have received a consid erable amount of publicity in the local media. The Dallas Morning News ran a photograph of SMU president L. Donald Shields, chairman of the board Edwin L. Cox, SMU dean Hal Williams and Dooley all holding the sabers. WFAA-TV in Dallas had a story about the sabers on it’s Tuesday night telecast. Dooley said he gave the sabers to Shields, Cox and Williams at the Board of Governors meeting earlier this week. They thought the idea was clever, Dooley said, and were happy to see the students have fun with it. Tom Joseph, head yell leader at Texas A&M, said he’s not expecting much hostility from the SMU crowd this weekend in Dallas. “I’ll try to get over to their cheer leaders before the game and talk to them a little — tell them not to give us too hard of a time,” he said. “But, I don’t see any problems with it (the game). I think it’s all in the college spirit of fun, but there may still be some hostility.” Joseph said no officers of the day will go to the game, though they usually attend all away games. “It was not my decision to make, but I agree with it,” he said. Texas Stadium officials suggested that the ODs not carry their sabers so the decision was made to not take ODs at all, Joseph said. Wheeler doesn’t see a potential for hostility at the game. “On one hand we don’t want to forget the incident, but on the other hand, violence isn’t our answer — humor is our answer,” she said. inside B)unrl town 4 C|ssified 12 Hpmal 9 Binions 2 'Sports 15 Stile 6 whit’s up 11 forecast | Today’s Forecast: High around low around 45. Partly cloudy today with a chance of rain. Houston ‘throw down’ suit remanded United Press International NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has ordered a new trial to reassess damages awarded to the family of a 17-year-old killed in 1977 by Houston police who then planted a gun in his hand. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday a lower court jury and judge erred by award ing punitive damages against the city of Houston and by not awarding actual damages to the family of Randy Webster, whose constitutional rights were violated. Webster, a Shreveport youth who stole a van in Houston and drove it through a storeroom window, was caught by police after a high-speed chase and fatally shot while he lay un armed on the ground. Police then planted a gun in the victim’s hand and tried to cover up the entire incident by disregarding witnesses’ accounts and resisting efforts by Webster’s father to deter mine the truth. A federal jury found the officers and the city guilty in a suit brought by Webster’s parents and awarded the family significant amounts from the individual officers and more than $2,500 in actual damages and $200,000 in punitive damages from the city. Acting on an appeal brought by the city, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday agreed the jury’s verdict w’as correct, based on the police department’s policy of planting the gun and covering up the incident. But the three-judge appeals court panel said U.S. District Judge George Cire of Houston wrongly allowed the family to recover punitive damages in a suit brought against a city and did not compensate the family in actual damages for the violation of Webs ter’s civil rights. The opinion, which remanded the case for a new trial only on the issue of damages, also harshly criticized the actions of the Houston police depart ment. “The innocent, far from being pro tected, lay on a city street, dying, while Houston police officers debated whether to cover up their misdeeds by placing a ‘throw down’ gun at the vic tim’s side,” wrote Circuit judge John Brown. Basing its decision on a 1981 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that punitive damages cannot be assessed against a municipality except under extremely abnormal circumstances, the appeals court found the $200,000 award was incorrect. “The plight of Randy Webster, however reprehensible, however tra gic, does not rise to the level of out rageous conduct” necessary to sup port an award of punitive damages, Brown wrote. The appeals court also found the jury and Judge Cire erred by not awarded any damages to the family based on its finding that the police had violated We? ter’s constitutional rights. “Randy Webster had violated the law, for which he could legitimately be punished,” Judge Brown wrote. “Yet no offense can justify the shoot ing of an unarmed 17-year-old and the subsequent cover-up by a not in significant segment of the HPD. “In taking Randy’s life, the officer violated his consitutional right to live, to be free of excessive force, to face the charges against him and to defend himself on those charges,” the judge continued. “In tacitly condoning the use of throw downs and then in covering up this instance of a throw down, the HPD implicated itself in that constitu tional violation.”