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TDC director says
he plans to resist
say they won'1
resign if asked
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HUNTSVILLE (AP) — Gov.-elect
Bill Clements has demanded his res
ignation, but Texas Department of
Corrections Director O.L. McCotter
said lie will stay as long as he has the
support of the prison board.
“I think we’ve made some great
strides forward in the past two
years,” McCotter said Wednesday.
“We’ve reduced violence by 75 per
cent and I think that even the in
mates will say that they feel safer
The prison director said he would
poll board members and then make
a decision about his job.
“I’ve never been one to walk away
from a fight, but I’ll leave if they
want me to, or think that by staying
on, I’ll hurt the agency,” he said.
Gov. Mark White, defeated by
Clements in Tuesday’s election, ap
pointed eight of the nine board
members during his term and Clem
ents also has said he wants them to
resign. Five of those members, con
tacted by the Houston Chronicle,
said they had no plans to comply.
“To resign now in response to de
mands of a guy who wins an election
and engages in political rhetoric is a
spineless move,” board member
Tom McDade said.“It’s an act of
Board member Jim Parsons said,
“Everyone that wins struts their
feathers and what we’re seeing now
is a lot of plumage. You’ll see no one
McDade and Parsons, along with
Dennis Hendrix, Bob Lane and A1
Hughes, are expected to resist Clem
ents’ call to leave. Board members
are appointed to six-year terms and
may not be removed unless they are
found guilty of wrongdoing.
Clements, during the campaign,
criticized McCotter’s decision to al
low' inmates with good behavior to
be released early. Besides McCotter
and the board members, Clements
said he would seek the resignations
of McCotter’s top assistants.
AUSTIN (AP) — Gov.-elf
Bill Clements says he will asp)
the resignations of the threest
Public Utility Commission mtt
bers, but all three say then-
turn him down.
In his first post-election nts
conference, Clements st
Wedn esday he would makei®
on a campaign promise and
for the resignations of all!
But PUC Chairwoman Pej,
Rosson and commissioners.De
nis I hoinns and Jo.Campbell,i
appointees of Democratic Go
Mark White, issued a jot
statement saying they intend
continue serving on the par-
that regulates utilities in Texas
"I think thei e was .1 (leari:.
date in the 1982 election,”Ross
said. “The voters supportedG
White’s programs and wanted
forms in regulation and loxi
“Bill Clements may view
election as a mandate for hii
utilitv rates, but I don’t.”
Ticket sales low for Houston AIDS benefit
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HOUST ON (AP) — Organizers of the first high-so
ciety event in Houston to benefit the AIDS foundation
say they are dumbfounded at the lack of response to the
Sunday night jazz concert.
As of Thursday morning, only 72 tickets had been
sold of the 12,500 invitations sent out, said Beth Rom
ney, event organizer and advertising executive.
“It’s kind of heartbreaking,” she said.
The foundation helps pay for treatment and housing
of victims of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome,
Some observers of Houston’s social scene blamed the
stigma of AIDS being associated with the homosexual
community. Homosexuals and intravenous drug users
are the leading victims of the disease.
Others blame a lack of organization and publicity for
the poor sales of tickets, which are going for $ 100 each,
to the champagne reception and the local artist jazz
Socialite Carolyn Furb said, “People can sendo.j
mailing (of invitations), but there has to bealotolj
low-up. People are deluged with invitations.”
She said she was not planning to attend theevenii
was not sure whether she had received an invitation
But I arb said she thought 1 louston s wealth) iMt
to give to t he AIDS cause.
“AIDS is a very serious problem, and I thinkthai|
because an event is not successful, it doesn't meam ?
Houston is not supportive of AIDS research." shesi
Benefit organizers are trying hard to turn the be.-
into a success. Last-minute invitations are beingdei
ered by hand and Sunday night’s concert has been'
elated open to the public.
Another concert, with tickets selling for $20apis
will Ik- on Monday.
Curtis Dickson, executive director of the AIDSFe |
elation, said, "We were very hopeful that this would It
success, and we ate still hopeful that it will come off
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