The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 63, No. 17, Ed. 1 Tuesday, October 2, 1979 Page: 1 of 8
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The North Texas Daily
63RD YEAR NO. 17
NORTH TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY. DENTON. TEXAS
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1979
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Photo by FREDERICK WELK
Carter pledges increased
Caribbean military force
Carter reported to the nation Monday
night that the Soviet Union is not
removing its troops from Cuba, but he
said the controversy “is certainly no
reason for a return to the Cold War”
and should riot block Senate approval of
SAI T II.
Carter said he has received “as-
surances from the highest levels of the
Soviet government” that the troops are
manning a training center in Cuba and
offer no direct threat to U.S. security.
Nevertheless, the president said, “We
shall not rest on these Soviet statements
alone,” and he announced that the
United States is increasing its own
military presence in the Caribbean.
The president said a far greater threat
than the Soviet troops in Cuba would
result if the Senate refuses to ratify the
strategic arms limitation treaty signed by
Carter and Soviet President Leonid
In recent weeks. Carter had said the
United States would act on its own to
change the situation if no agreement
could be reached with the Soviets. On
one such occasion, he said, “The status
quo is not acceptable."
In his nationally broadcast speech
Monday night. Carter said Soviet of-
ficials insisted to him that the brigade is
a training unit, and not a combat unit.
He said Soviet officials had indicated
“they will not change its function or
status as a training center."
“We understand this to mean that
they do not intend to enlarge the unit or
give it additional capabilities," Carter
The president also reported as-
surances that the Soviet personnel on the
island "will not be a threat to the U.S. or
to any other nation."
It was understood that the Soviet as-
surances Carter cited were dealt with in
a personal exchange last week between
Carter and Brezhnev.
Carter sent a message to Brezhnev last
Tuesday, it was learned, and the Russian
leader replied on Thursday.
Earlier Monday, Sen. Frank Church,
chairman of the Senate Foreign Rela-
tions Committee, met with the president
for a half hour briefing on Carter's
speech. The Idaho Democrat said he
thought SALT II could be salvaged.
“I think we can salvage the SALT
treaty, and I’m looking for a way to do
it," Church said. “I don't think that
SALT is scuttled I believe that a way
can be worked out that is satisfactory to
Reaction to the Carter address was
mixed on Capital Hill, but it was clear
that Carter’s speech did not quell Senate
Sen. Richard Stone, D-Fla.. said he
was disappointed that Carter did not
win a commitment to remove or disman-
tle the brigade and he said the issue
could not be separated from SALT II
Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, said, “I
don’t think the president is doing
anything to show that we mean busi-
ness.. I think many Americans will
he disappointed and I think very few
w ill be reassured."
TOUCHE! Arlington senior Jack Schwartzwald tries to avoid a lunge from Charles Hall of the Itinerant Fencing
and Chowder Society of Irving at an open tourney sponsored by the NT Fencing Club Saturday
Cify street work at NT nears end
Council to hear progress report
Jim Nash, NT facilities manager, will
report to the Denton City Council at 7
p.m. today on the status of NT construc-
Nash said city street construction is
almost complete and paving and clean
up will begin this week. The main
problem. Nash said, is getting paving
materials and performance out of the
subcontractors. Nash said construction
will continue at NT for another six to
In other business, the city council
will consider a request by Golden
Triangle Mall Company to improve
City staff recommendations for
funding the project are to assess the
property along Loop 288 at $ 10 per
front foot and use city funds. The staff
recommended getting Golden Triangle
to agree to limit city funding respon-
sibilities to $300,000 minus city assess-
ments. The assessments will cost approx-
imately $30,000, which would make the
city's participation $270,000.
The council w ill also consider joining
the Texas Municipal League to con-
tribute to the defense of a U.S. Steel law-
suit attacking the constitutionality of the
Texas City Sales and Use Tax Act.
The object of the lawsuit is to in-
validate the Municipal Sales and Use
Tax, which currently provides more than
$400 million to city governments across
the state. The city council will consider
whether to contribute funds to fight the
The council will further consider
proposals of the Charter Revision Com-
mittee to revise the city charter, the
purchase of emergency radio equipment
for city defense, contracts with the
Denton Chapter of Southwest Football
Officials Association and the Denton
Soccer Association for services of
Judge denies order in contempt case
Magistrate sets hearing for former grand jury members
By PEGGY HENDRICKS
U.S. District Judge William Justice
refused to issue a temporary restraining
order last week halting contempt of
court proceedings against 12 former
Denton County grand jurors. The judge
agreed, however, to hear the case the
jurors filed in August in a Sherman
federal court a week before the contempt
Justice scheduled the jury’s
preliminary hearing for Monday, while
contempt hearings begin Oct. 15 in
158th district court with retired Wichita
Falls district Judge Arthur Tipps
Jurors filed suit Aug. 27, against 158th
district Judge Bob Scofield's gag order
and ruling that a report to the com-
munity on county fiscal procedures
could not be released.
The jurors claim Scofield's ruling was
vague and violated their first amend-
ment right to free speech.
Three members of the County Com-
missioner's Court—Bill Switzer, C.R.
Salmon and Chester Sparks—signed af-
fidavits filed by Denton attorney Bill
Wood last week claiming jurors violated
their oaths of secrecy and Scofield's gag
order by consulting an attorney about
matters in the report.
The jurors also are charged with
releasing copies of the suit, which con-
tained material parallel to that of the
report, to four newspapers before it was
Denton attorney Lon Darley, who
represents the former jurors Pam Gren-
nier and Jim Danielson, attorney Alan
Levy and Assistant Attorney General
James Allison, representing Scofield,
met Thursday in Justice’s Tyler
chambers to discuss the case.
Darley argued that the commis-
sioner's complaints were filed in retalia-
tion and have made the jurors reluctant
to talk to him about the case.
Allison said the complaints were not
filed out of vindictiveness, and Justice
ruled he could not issue a restraining
order. Justice said, however, that any
items listed in the plaintiffs pleadings
could be discussed during the Monday
When the jurors meet Oct. 15, they
will be asked to show cause why they
should not he cited for contempt
donation of hall
By JOHN EHLINGER
J. Newton Rayzor presented
Denton County with a “no strings at-
tached" gift of the old Southern
Hotel at Monday’s County Commis-
The building, known as Rayzor
Hall, is at the corner of Locust and
Sycamore. Denton area civic clubs
and Texas Women's University have
used the hotel for various functions.
Rayzor said he hoped the county
will use it to house offices now in the
old courthouse. This would allow the
Denton County Historical Commis-
sion to receive federal funds for
renovation of the courthouse
Commissioner Lloyd Odle said the
county lost $60,0(X) in federal funds
for the old courthouse because "we
still have county offices there, and I
hope we will be able to use the
Rayzor Building for this purpose.”
Yvonne Jenkins of the Historical
Commission reviewed the ac-
complishments of the organization
for the past 25 years, and the court
passed an official commendation
recognizing the achievements.
In other business. Computer Elec-
tion Systems submitted the only bid
for a Denton County tabulating voter
registration and jury selection
Lour computer system configura-
tions were proposed: one would
provide a voting tabulation system
only w ith a memory for $ 167,508.
A second system would provide
memory and storage capabilities
which would enable registration of
58.(XX) voters plus jury selection
capability at an additional cost of
All four packages include ap-
proved software for election tabula-
tion, voter registration, and jury
The commissioners placed the
proposals under study for action at
next Monday's meeting.
County Tax Assessor-Collector
Jim Taylor and Sheriff Kenneth
George disagreed over the use of an
office located in the Lewisville
Taylor said the space, which is at
the rear of the tax offices, was
originally assigned to the tax depart-
ment and the department needs the
space. Access to the office is through
an electronically controlled lock
Taylor said, and "I'm not going to
have your deputies traipsing through
my office, disturbing my employees!"
Taylor said, “I'm not going to put
up with it. if I have to come up here
every damn day!” The court decided
to make an on-sight inspection and
include the matter on next week's
BALBOA, Panama (AP)—The
Panamanian Hag was raised over the
former canal zone Monday.
Hundreds of thousands of Panama-
nians marched in for a look and for
ceremonies marking the end of 75 years
of American jurisdiction.
There were no reports of the violence
some U.S. residents had feared as an es-
timated 250,(XX) Panamanians surged
toward a zone airfield for a transfer
ceremony attended by Panamanian
leaders, Vice President Mondale and
some Latin heads of state.
Many carried miniature red, white
and blue Panamanian flags and looked
dazed as they wandered through well-
kept residential areas. Others danced in
to the blare of salsa bands and the pop
of firecrackers. ,
A few Panamanians staggered in
drinking from rum bottles after a night
of prolonged revelry marking effective
date of the new Panama Canal Treaties.
During the ceremony under a blazing
sun at Albrook Airfield, President
Aristides Royo declared:
"From this moment on, the Panama-
nian flag will fly above Ancon Hill and
Panama begins to exercise jurisdiction
over its entire territory.
"The Panamanian will no longer be
judged by foreign laws in his own na-
tion. Now there is no country within a
country. Now the canal zone has been
erased and only remains as a bad
memory in the annals of history.”
The 10-mile-widc by 50-mile-long
canal zone, whose existence ended at
midnight Sunday, divided the country of
Panama in half.
Under the treaties President Carter
and former Panama chief of state Omar
Torrinos signed in 1977, the zone
government also went out of existence
and the 35,000 Americans living in what
was the zone now are subject to
Under U.S. jurisdiction, Panamanians
charged with committing crimes in the
zone w^re subject to U.S. laws.
Torrijos, who heads Panama’s
national guard, did not take part in the
ceremony at the airfield, but was to par-
ticipate in a ceremony transferring
military command of the zone.
Mondale told the crowd: "I am here
today to say we will honor the full terms
ol the treaties."
The vice president praised the canal
builders and operators, Panamanians
and Americans alike, and mentioned the
human sacrifice from all other nations
involved in building it.
Panama takes over most basic services
in the area, along with the operation of
the ports and railroads, and becomes
landlord of nearly 1,000 houses in which
canal company employees live. A new
U.S. government agency, the Panama
Canal Commission, will operate the
canal until the year 2000.
Photo by FREDERICK WELK
HOOD WORK—Rlza Kaya, Istanbul, Turkey graduate student, works with
a toxic substance under the hooded ventilation system.
over poor vents
By CHERYL TAYLOR
Work being done by an outside
engineering firm and university Physical
Plant personnel to correct ventilation
problems in Masters Hall will he com-
pleted by the end of the year, Jim Nash,
university engineer, said Monday.
The building has suffered ventilation
problems since it was remodeled in the
early 1970s, Dr. Robert Desiderate,
safety officer for the chemistry depart-
"Gases in the fume hoods are not be-
ing expelled from the building," Dr.
Desiderato said. "Instead, they are being
rerouted into other rooms in the
building. The basement has been the
area most affected by the fumes "
Dr. Desiderato said hood malfuneiton
is another problem faced by workers and
students in the building. “Sometimes the
hoods go out and the fumes in them
come back down in the room where the
experiment is being conducted," he said
"There is nothing we can do about this
other than not use the hoods that are
Overloading of the pump system,
which pulls fumes from the hoods and
expels them outside the building, has
been blamed for the ventilation
problems in numerous reports
Nash said arranging and balancing
the ventilation system should put an end
to fumes re-entering the building "We
can reasonably expect this work to clear
up the problem," he said. "If the depart-
ment takes on more exotic experiments,
we can't be sure how the system will
handle the situation, though. We hope
they don't misuse the facilities"
Reports on the situation made in 1978
by the Texas Department of Health and
Yandell and Hiller Inc., consulting
engineers for the university, both
pointed to an outdated pumping system
as cause of the poor ventilation.
Both reports suggested that each hood
be served by a separate pump, a condi-
tion which now is prohibited because of
“Maybe the Chemistry Building has
outlived its usefulness," he said "The
nature of the work has changed, but the
pumping facilities haven't."
Dr. Desiderato said complaints on the
problem began in 1976 after three
chemistry professors sent a memo to ad-
ministrators in an attempt to remedy the
situation Conditions in the building
were worst in 1977, he added, saying stu-
dents and staff were becoming ill from
fumes leaking back into the building
three to six times per month.
"There is no evidence of any im-
mediate, permanent or semi-permanent
effects because of the gas leakage, but we
don’t know the long-term effects of ex-
posure vet," he said. " All we can say is it
is a dangerous situation any lime there is
a malfunction occurring with the
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