The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, October 29, 1987, Image 7

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Thursday, October 29, 1987/The Battalion/Page 7 •ip, Cowley said; nen were tied a: ■lore the plant ve no ideawheit. down there," Ht; 1’t have been ver; en eventually tu; elephone and cials in San At ane was worth t new, but sinceii iid he didn’t fc as worth. tsigi teres 1 by savings and as got to be done • the financial sec i said of his tine: n a difficult ecc igs and loans. >y or fun, tosav uring such tines which 1 have Dallas, elected:' Wednesday, told ything you've do t, if not the it ?leton covere El Paso ’ASO (AP)-f led the last of fa skeletons were the desert ofn remains of Smith of El Pai d Oct. 20wit)iir,;: re three other k discovered, polk .R. Grijalva said ■rijalva described al runaway who stayed in the El as last seen in i» n late August >een made in tl r a said. He would’ an whether polioi ts, nor could ht« evidence f Police have beet: *1 the killings the 1 murderer, out ham ility exists. Grijafe lan to continue' ea for more bodies s Smith was gh dental records der body was fourf ime day police: of Desiree Wheai o. OnSept.4,uito | ambled onto thef i Baker, 20, offlft Rosa Casio, 24, ( . Baker and C® , buried aboutdii® other. Police will: ae other two skelfi I within a vo bodies, Grave experience Photo by Sarah Cowan Kappa Alpha fraternity plecdges paint a tombstone located in the ce- metary in front of their house, located on Old College Road in Bryan. The Kappa Alpha’s, in conjunction with a local radio station are sponsoring a haunted house to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The fraternity has been working on the pro ject for the past two weeks. The house will run Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tickets can be purchased for $2 in the Blocker Building or at the door. Poll shows voters prefer to choose education board HOUSTON (AP) — A majority of Texas voters would prefer to elect their State Board of Education rather than have the panel remain appointed by the governor, accord ing to a survey published Wednes day in two newspapers. Sixty-one percent of the 1,017 Texas voters surveyed said they want to elect the 15-member board, 18 percent said they would prefer to keep an appointed panel and 21 per cent were undecided. Results of the telephone survey, conducted Oct. 11-20, were re ported by the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Morning News in copyright stories Wednesday. State voters will decide Tuesday whether to keep the board members appointed in 1984 and cancel next year’s scheduled elections. The idea of keeping the ap pointed board is being promoted by Dallas billionaire H. Ross Perot in speeches and a TV advertising blitz. On Tuesday, Perot discounted the results of the poll. “The poll reflects the lack of knowledge about the issue,” Perot said. “Since the poll was taken, we have been trying to fully educate the people. They all want great public schools, and once they realize the connection between an appointed board and good schools, they will support the referendum.” On the opposite side of the issue are most state public education orga nizations, such as the Texas Educa tion Agency, the Texas Association of School Boards and the Texas PTA. Sandy Kibby, legislative chairman of the Texas PTA, said education groups are concerned about Perot’s Court awards $6.3 million to girl in suit against hospital practices AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Su preme Court Wednesday, awarded $6.3 million to a 13-year-old girl blinded shortly after birth as a result of what jurors said was improper care at a Texarkana hospital. Included in the award is $4.2 mil lion from Wadley Hospital for vio lating the state’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act by assuring the (par ents) that the hospital was adequately equipped to handle premature ba bies when it was not, a court official said. In addition to the DTPA dam ages, the hospital and three physi cians were ordered to pay Kellie Birchfielda total of $2.1 million in other damages. Phillip and Mary Jo Birchfield, Kellie’s parents, were excited over the opinion and are proud that the court system has worked, said attor ney Frank Branson of Dallas. He said the family did not want to com ment directly to reporters. Kellie was born prematurely in August 1974 at Wadley. Her right eye was blind at birth. After she left the hospital, doctors found she had retrolental fibroplasia (RLF), which eventually blinded her left eye. Court records indicated evidence showed she had been given oxygen without adequate monitoring to de termine if the treatment could cause damage. RLF can be caused by ad ministering oxygen to premature ba bies, the Supreme Court said. “Wadley sold its goods and services and Kellie Birchfield ‘acquired ’ them, regardless of the fact that she obviously did not contract for them. ” — James Wallace, Supreme Court Justice Although the court’s unanimous decision made Wadley liable under the DTPA, which carries awards of three times the actual damages, law yers in the case said the ruling might not place all health care providers under the act. The Birchfield case was filed un der the 1973 version of the law. which was updated in 1977 to ex clude health-care providers in many circumstances. Branson said Wadley was liable under the 1973 version of the law because this hospital was holding it self out to other hospitals and physi cians in the area as being capable of caring for premature infants. Attorney Victor Hlavinka of Tex arkana, who represents the hospital, called the decision an abomination. Hlavinka said the hospital would ask the Supreme Court to reconsider the decision. The Supreme Court, in an opin ion by Justice James Wallace, re jected Wadley’s contention that the 1973 DTPA did not cover health care providers and that Kellie was not a consumer under the definition of that law. “Wadley sold its goods and serv ices and Kellie Birchfield ‘acquired’ them, regardless of the fact that she obviously did not contract for them,” Wallace said. In addition to the damages to be paid to Kellie, the Supreme Court ordered the hospital to pay $32,000 to each parent for DTPA violations. campaign, which is not being coun tered by those opposed to the refer endum proposal. “We’re not sure what impact the advertising campaign will have in the final days before the election,” she said, but education group lead ers say they don’t think voters will want to give up their right to elect the board. “The poll shows what we have said all along that most Texans want to be able to elect the State Board of Education,” Kibby said. Political scientists Richard Murray and Kent L. Tedin of the University of Houston’s Center for Public Pol icy directed the poll. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.5 percent. Prison guard gets charged slaying case HUNTSVILLE (AP) — A grand jury will consider next month whether to indict a prison guard ac cused of leaving a door unlocked so several inmates could ambush a fel low prisoner, a prosecutor said. Louis Sandoval, a Texas Depart ment of Corrections guard at the El lis I Unit near Huntsville, has been charged with murder in connection with the December 1986 stabbing death of Joe Arredondo. Sandoval, 24, was released Mon day after posting $20,000 bond. David Weeks, special prosecutor for prison crimes, claims Sandoval cooperated with prisoners at the unit by helping set up the slaying. Weeks said Tuesday he believes the murder is linked to the Texas Syndicate, an alleged prison gang. Arredondo, who was not a gang member, was stabbed 20 times with a 10-inch flat piece of metal found next to his body. He had recently re turned from a furlough but had failed to bring with him a supply of drugs allegedly requested by gang members, investigators said. Sandoval allegedly unlocked a door to a hallway at the Ellis I Unit and left his post to go to the bath room, Weeks said. Investigators be lieve that several inmates hid in that hallway and surprised Arredondo as he passed by. “(Sandoval) provided the oppor tunity and access” needed for the murder to take place, Weeks said. Guards are not supposed to leave their posts while on duty and are never to leave prison doors un locked. Five inmates were indicted last February in connection with the death. Sandoval had said he did not see the stabbing. He declined comment Tuesday, but private investigator Richard Reyna of Conroe said Sand oval denies any involvement in the stabbing death. “It’s certainly not true, the allega tion they are making,” said Reyna, who was acting as Sandoval’s spokes- TRAFFIC SAFETY Level 2 Multiple Traffic Violations ★ received 2 or more tickets in a year? ★ for more info call 774-4069 n GUARANTEED TO BOOST THE PULSE RATE! ‘The Hidden’ is a thriller with substance! 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