The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, August 09, 1985, Image 1

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mu H S- in ■ Reagan signs bill resuming aid to Nicaraguan rebels — Page 6 Baseball spotlight focuses on Rose, Ryan, Jays again — Paae 5 » B 30 Texas A&M — - -m 0 The Battalion Serving the University community T LI College Station, Texas Nicaraguan rebels free 29 activists Associated Press ■ MANAGUA, Nicaragua — twenty-nine American peace activ ists, allegedly kidnapped by Contra rebels, were treed Thursday, a Spokesman for the Witness for Peace roup said. u id- is, ) Raqael Pina said in a telephone in terview the activists were on their way to San Carlos, a town on Lake Nicaragua, where the government lad organized a reception for them ||nd 18 journalists who had disap peared Wednesday. I The Witness for Peace group and the Nicaraguan government said the i29 American activists, who oppose RJ.S. policy toward Nicaragua, were Kidnapped along with 18 journalists further down the San Juan River Wednesday. The government and the group said the kidnapping had been car ried out by Contra rebels led by feden Pastora, a former Sandinista who broke with the Managua gov ernment when it turned to Marxism. In San Jose, Costa Rica, govern ment spokesman Armando Vargas said Costa Rican officials flying over t/iearea saw the boat traveling in Ni- :araguan waters. The peace group said the activists Radioed their Managua office Wednesday and reported Nicara guan rebels forced them off a boat in drich they were traveling on the San Juan river, near the Costa Rican bor der. The Witness for Peace activists are in Nicaragua to protest the Reagan administration’s expressed support for the rebels and to campaign for peace between the United States and Nicaragua, the group’s Washington office said. The Revolutionary Democratic Alliance,led by Pastora was one of four rebel groups known as Contras, was the group blamed by the gov ernment and the activists for the kid napping. The RDA had earlier warned that its fighters would fire on the activists if they entered the area. But a spokesman for the group, known by the Spanish acronym of ARDE, denied any involvement in the alleged kidnapping. ARDE, the second-biggest Contra group, is made up principally of people who once fought in the Sand inista revolution, which toppled the late dictator Gen. Anastasio Somoza in 1979. 19 blacks killed as riots continue in South Africa Not Just Dogs Veterinary students Jessie Buel, Glynn Echerd and Anton Hoffman prepare this White Tail doe for surgery as Kevin Shurtleff looks on. The right front leg is being prepared for amputation be- Photo by SUSAN MERCER cause of a loss of use and feeling. The fawn was found on Southwest Parkway about a month ago and has been under the supervision of Dr. Eliza beth Russo at the 1 Texas A&M Small Animal Clinic. Associated Press JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Riot and arson swept the town ships around Durban on Thursday. At least 19 blacks were killed in South Africa’s bloodiest violence in months, and Indians fled fiery dev astation in their communities. The government imposed night curfews in the eastern Cape prov ince, another flashpoint, and threat ened tougher action to quell the year-long tide of violence against white domination. At least 500 blacks have been killed. Foreign Minister R.F. Botha went to Vienna, Austria, for talks with U.S. officials who want South Afri ca’s white rulers to talk with jailed black leaders. News reports said as many as 22 blacks were killed in the Durban ri oting since mid-day Wednesday. Hospitals confirmed 19 violent deaths and said 16 were riot victims. More than 250 people were re ported injured since Tuesday night. Rioting persisted in the Durban townships into Thursday night. An official report in the evening said police had killed two more blacks since midday and that a black woman was shot to death by a civil ian firing from a car that was being stoned. The townships of the Indian Ocean port city had been an area of calm in South Africa’s racial storm, and were not among the 36 localities pul under a state of emergency. Ri ots began Tuesday in apparent re sponse to the murder last week of a prominent black civil rights lawyer. As many as 500 terrified families of ethnic Indians fled their homes in Durban’s Inanda and Phoenix town ships, parts of which had been set afire by rioting blacks. “They are going quite crazy, espe cially in Inanda,” a local reporter said. “Indian families are rushing out carrying as many possessions as they can.” A police source said the attacks on Indians reflected “an age-old In dian-black” conflict. Leaders of the Natal Indian Congress, which has long supported black majority rule, blamed hooligan elements taking ad vantage of political protest. Armed Indians escorted people fleeing the Inanda township. Smoke rose from blazing shops, factories and schools. It hung in a pall over Inanda. Gangs of as many as 1,000 rock-throwing youths ram paged through the giant black town ships of Umlazi and Kwa-Mashu, stoning every vehicle in sight. Police raced from riot to riot in ar mored cars, spewing tear gas, birdshot and rubber bullets into the crowds, but witnesses said the mobs of young blacks surged on. In Pretoria, the capital, President P.W. Botha declared, “If necessary we can introduce even stronger steps.” He said that, “if necessary,” he would extend the 19-day-old emer gency to Durban and the rest of Na tal province. Most of the areas in which the emergency was imposed are near Johannesburg and in Cape province. Police link local car thefts to crime ring By BRIAN PEARSON Staff Writer A recent rash of car thefts and burglaries has been attributed to a crime ring operating between here and Houston, a College Station Po lice Department spokesman said Thursday. Sgt. Larry Johnson said nine cars have been stolen and about 30 have been burglarized within the past two weeks. He said most of the car thefts have been in a region one mile west of the University Drive — Texas 6 east by pass intersection. At least three thefts were reported in the Vassar Court-Wellesly Court area. Michele Giticone, a senior market ing major from Houston, almost had her Camaro stolen from that area early last Saturday morning. After going out with some friends, Giacone returned to her car at 12:30 a.m. It was parked near Vassar Court. Giacone was told a woman had seen two black men attempt to steal her Camaro. Giacone said the woman had called the police, but the police said they couldn’t investigate until she re turned. “The men saw the witness and I guess they got scared,” Giacone said. “They could have stolen it but they didn’t. “I thought I could come up here (to Texas A&M) and these things wouldn’t happen. I thought they only happened in Houston.” Johnson said police assume the stolen cars are being taken to Hous ton because they are found there. At least three of the cars recently stolen have been discovered in Houston. Johnson added cars stolen in Houston sometimes end up in Col lege Station. Stolen cars are brought here and “totally stripped.” The parts then are transported back to Houston in a vehicle stolen locally, he said. The area where the thefts oc curred now will be under surveil lance, he said. Johnson also said about 30 addi tional burglaries, not related to the nine car thefts, have been reported within the past two weeks. He added that the crimes probably were done by 17-and 18-year-olds. Security False sense of safety exhibited on campus By KAREN BLOCH Staff Writer The atmosphere on the Texas ■ A&M campus lends itself to feeling of security — a false feeling of secu- rit y ; , “1 he students feel like everyone at A&M is nice and friendly,” Mon- I ica Christen, housing area coordina- I tor for the Commons said Thursday. I "They think they can leave their I doors unlocked and not worry about | anything,” she said. | But, the residents of Krueger Hall | have discovered that the dormitories | may not be as safe as they seem. During the last two weekends, sev- | eral women in Krueger have re- | ported that men have entered the I dorm and entered some rooms after ■ visitation hours. | Debbie Owensby, assistant area | j coordinator for Krueger, said the II men seem to be entering the dorm I after the local bars close. “They (the men) are a problem I between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.,” she said, | “and, they seem to be inebriated.” This weekend, resident advisers i will be keeping an exceptionally I dose watch for men in the dorm af- I ter hours, Christen said. Also, the 0m i i combinations of the outside doors of I Krueger were changed Tuesday. But, the hall stall doesn't think these changes will put an end to the problem. The staff has several safety recommendations for dorm resi dents: , • Keep rooms locked. • Do not give anyone the combi nation to the outside doors. • Never prop the outside doors open. • And, if someone attempts to enter your room, notify a staff mem ber immediately. Christen said she was suprised that many of the girls were keeping quiet about the problem. “Two weekends ago we had one report,” she said, “and last weekend we had two reports. After that, more and more people started saying ‘Yeah, that happened to me too.’ “(After the men entered the rooms) most of the girls just locked the door and went back to sleep.” Owensbv said that because the women have had their lights out when the men entered their rooms, no one has been able to identify the men. Christen said that despite the fact that no one knows who the men are, the staff believes the same men are responsible for all of the re ported incidents. “It’s been the same pattern every time,” she said. “They enter the Photo by Barbara Henry Lock combinations were changed on some dorms to deter intruders. dorm and check for unlocked doors.” Christen said the hall staff is handling the problem and the Uni versity Police have not been con tacted. Lawyers investigating Delta Air Lines crash Associated Press GRAPEVINE — Lawyers who said they represent at least a dozen clients in the aftermath of the crash of Delta Flight 191 returned to the accident site Thursday to gather more evidence. An eight-person team from the firm of San Francisco attorney Mel vin Belli planned to examine tire mafks left by the jetliner near Dallas- Fort Worth International Airport when it crashed last Friday. The crash killed 133 people, in cluding one person on the ground. Thirty-one passengers and crew members survived. The Dallas County medical examiner’s office said Thursday that all but three of the 133 fatalities had been identi fied. Members of the National Trans portation Safety Board team investi gating the accident said Wednesday that the pilot of the jumbo aircraft apparently applied the brakes and reversed the engines seconds before the fiery crash. NTSB member Patrick Bursley said the agency’s nine-member oper ations group had completed its work and would reconvene Monday in At lanta, Delta’s home city. A federal judge in Miami on Thursday issued a temporary re straining order preventing Delta from conducting any destructive testing of aircraft parts and requir ing preservation of records for a pending lawsuit. “This is a substantial victory in terms of the preservation of the evi dence,” said Richard E. Brown, a Belli associate. “We are very pleased with the judge’s order and we will be able to go in with our experts and in spect, tag and test the parts of the airplane we are interested in.” Brown said the Belli team wants to examine spoilers, the spoiler link age, on-board radar and instrumen tation and a ground proximity warn ing device for the wide-bodied L- 1011 to determine questions of lia bility. He said evidence indicates the warning device, which is designed to give the pilot enough time to recover from an impending crash, sounded in the plane before impact. “Obviously, it sounded and he (the pilot) was not able to pull up,” Brown said. “There must have been either a problem with the ground proximity warning system or some thing wrong with the aircraft’s ability to respond.” He said the wingtop spoilers, which flip up during a landing to act as a drag over the wind surface, ap parently deployed upon first impact, about 1,700 yards north of Texas Highway 114.