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   Kerrville Times (Newspaper) - July 26, 1999, Kerrville, Texas                                2A Kerrvlllo Dally Tlffws Monday July Not all governors onboard for Admit Youre Happy Day9 DALLAS AP In these cyn ical times it seems that even hqppinesa can arouse suspicion least thats what Pam Johnson discovered when she asked all 50 governors to declare Aug 8 National Admit Happy the request was met with derision hesitancy and head scratching across the nation have no official position oh hedged a letter frtim New York Gov George Pfltaki Were going to wait and see what the federal govern ment and other governors Ms Johnson founder of the Secret Society of Happy People proposed the day of observance as part of her ongoing campaign to drag contentment out of the closet Convinced that happiness has fallen out of fashion in the ther apydriven angstridden 1990s Ms Johnson wages her unorthodox battle from her sub urban Dallas apartment Our culture doesnt know what to do anymore with expressions of she said Saturday Its like a foreign language to us we rush to get it and then we dont have any body to Ms Johnson dreamed up this summers holiday to draw more attention to the societys cause but a scant 15 governors have agreed to declare Aug 8 a day of admitted bliss she said Seventeen did not issue a proclamation or had no society members in their states earn ing stick in the mud or parade raining titles from Ms Johnson An additional 17 state leaders have not responded she said New York remained non committal Well need to check with our ran the reply from Oklahoma Gov Frank Heatings office This is not the first time the society president has locked horns with notables in the name of promoting contentment During the holiday season Ms Johnson took Ann Landers to task after the advice guru opposed the everpopular holi day letters that detail families successes To Ms Johnson Ms Landers advice represented another intolerant strike against happi ness Its a pressure to keep happi ness to she said At work youre not supposed to like your boss or your job and with your friends youre not supposed to But nothing prepared the peppy Texan for the response to the day of national contentment she envisioned Even the notoriously offbeat Jesse Ventura former profes sional wrestler and present gov ernor of Minnesota refused to bite He represents the people of Minnesota and he really doesnt see how this affects Venturas office told Ms Johnson As of Saturday fellow Texan and presidential hopeful George W Bush was among the 17 gov ernors who had not responded to the request Ms Johnson said Though bemused by the reac tion the societys founder is steaming ahead with plans for the holiday There will be a party of course as well as an open invitation to muse out loud over lifes pleasures House boosts Defense spending futs F22 jet fighter WASHINGTON AP After approving billion in defense spending the House is leaving the fate of the Pentagons top priority F22 stealth jet fighter to negotiations with the Senate The defense bill includes a percent military pay raise and million to improve military lift and step up lagging recruit mfent It provides billion more than last years defense budget and tops President Clintons request by billion Rep Jerry Lewis the Appropriations defense subcom mittee chairman who managed debate on the House floor called it he first significant increase in a Defense budget since the mid 1980s Jn a tactic that gives House members leverage with senators defense budget talks the House on Thursday approved the bill minus billion the Pentagon wants for buying its first six productionline F22s The decision not to restore billion that Lewis panel had deleted from F22 procure ment came with a parade of members lauding the mil lionplus radarevading aircraft as essential to future air superiority But no member called for a vote to restore funding and the bill passed 37945 Leading a onesided F22 debate that obscured appropria tors concerns with its rising costs Rep Bob Barr held up a Pentagon ad declaring the F22 the keystone for air domi nance for the 21st Several members including Barr have a stake in the F22 with contractors and thousands of jobs spread across several states The lead developer is Lockheed Martin which over sees final assembly at its plant in Marietta Ga An Appropriations Committee report accompanying the bill says the military appears unable to control the F22s cost and could maintain a 51 advanced fighter advantage through 2010 without it The Air Force says two F22s built for testing are performing like no other aircraft on Earth and any pause in procurement will escalate costs beyond legal limits and kill the program Sen John Warner chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said he would seek a compromise on F 22 funding to continue the pro gram Woodstock 99 bonfires get out of hand ROME AP What began with scattered bonfires near the close of Woodstock 99 just as peace candles were being handed out ended in a destructive melee that was finally quieted early this morning Tents and booths were destroyed concert light stands and a speaker tower were top pled and a mob tried to destroy a radio station truck over several chaotic hours beginning late Sunday This is not the real said a disgusted Mike Long 31 of Detroit as police moved in They messed up They messed up the whole name of Fire officials and state police who maintained a pres ence of 500 officers through out the threeday festival were not available for com ment Promoter John Scher upset over the sudden turn of events said early today that he had been told by troopers that there were no deaths He was not aware of any arrests or serious injuries Its a great shame that this happened because in so many ways it was so he said It puts a permanent blemish on what happened here I think the kids made a mistake They did not intend for this to The violence erupted after almost 72 hours of peace and A man waves a Tibetan flag In front of the stage on the opening day of Woodstock 99 In Rome Friday Soul star James Brown AP photo by Dave Duprey was the first to take the stageOther per formers at the megaconcert Included Sheryl Crow Willie Nelson and Ice Cube love at Woodstock 99 It came as the Red Hot Chili Peppers were in the midst of their fes tivalclosing set and a group named Pax handed out can dles to the audience Scher said the show was stopped when the first fire was set near the East Stage but fire officials decided it was a controllable ground fire and the band played on Morocco buries its king as world leaders mourn loss Border initiatives lead to surge in criminal cases RABAT Morocco AP King Hassan II of Morocco was laid to rest in a funeral attended by kings princes and presidents from some 30 countries reflect ing his reputation as peacemak er spiritual leader and an anphor in a volatile region In a more than fourhour cere nujhy Sunday that mirrored the grjef of a kingdom and the stature of its late king Hassans caSket was borne through Rabat atop a military vehicle amid a noisy wave of emotion from chanting crowds Security forces struggled to contain the fervor of Hassans griefstricken subjects chanting praises for their king who also served as spiritual leader along the funeral processions twoandahalfmile route Hassan died Friday of a heart attack at the age of 70 He was buried in the mausoleum near his father Mohamed V The new king 35yearold Mohamed VI Hassans son walked solemnly behind the cas ket in a traditional white robe and red fez hat President Clinton and French President Jacques Chirac followed closely behind Clinton and Chirac were among dozens of world figures attending the funeral Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat also was there at one point on the arm of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Israeli President Ezer Weizman and Prime Minister Ehud Barak SecretaryGeneral Kofi Annan and King Juan Carlos of Spain were among others follow ing the casket Only family members were present when Hassan was removed from his casket shrouded in white cloth in accor dance with Muslim tradition and entombed Ahead of the procession for eign delegations came to the royal palace to pay final respects The casket draped in a green cloth with gold embroidered inscriptions from the Koran the Muslim holy book then moved toward its final resting place In a display charged with symbolism President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria which has endured tense relations and near war with Morocco for more than two decades pressed his hand to the back of the vehicle carrying Hassans casket Almost 90 minutes later at the mausoleums esplanade the cas ket was lowered onto red carpets for a kiss from Moroccos new king and a first series of prayers T Missed your paper If you do not receive your Kerrvllto Dally by please call the at 830 8967000 Kerrville Daily Times The Hfll Countrys Leading Information Source TeJephorw 830 8967000 257 0300or180089TIMES EJnsll Hours Monday through 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said The numbers drawn Saturday night from a field of 50 were 16 and 49 A ticket matching six number would have been worth mil lion Wednesday nights drawing will be worth an estimated million USChina troubles cause business to step up lobbying WASHINGTON AP American business leaders are lobbying hard to assure that Congress doesnt undercut their ability to dq business in China in retaliation for allegations of spying and illegal campaign contributions Besides the usual facetoface meetings on Capitol Hill busi ness groups are running ads in local newspapers and encourag HOUSTON AP Justice Department initiatives to close smuggling routes spurred huge increases last year in the number of criminal cases filed in South Texas and across the Southwest Statistics from the Attorneys office for fiscal 1998 showed the prosecution of immigration crime in the Southern District of Texas climbed 93 percent over the previous year the Houston Chronicle reported today And the trend extended across the Southwest accord NEWS BRIEFS ing business leaders back home to call their local legislators Weve got to continue to mobilize our folks outside of said Myron Brilliant manager of the Chamber of Commerces Asia International Division The business community is taking nothing for granted in its annual battle to renew Chinas normal trade status with the United States American companies exported billion in goods and services to China last year and the Chamber of Commerce has given lawmakers a stateby state breakdown of that trade President Clinton announced on June 3 he was renewing the status but Congress has 90 days in which to overturn it if it chooses Lawmakers are set to vote as early as this week Presidents coalition wins sweeping assembly election victory CARACAS Venezuela AP President Hugo Chavezs leftist coalition won a sweeping victo ing to a study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University which showed the number of immigration prose cutions jumping to in fiscal 1998 nearly twice the number six years earlier Most of the cases filed in South Texas fell into three categories illegal entry into the United States from Mexico ille gal reentry and immigrant smuggling Mariela Melero spokeswoman for the Immigration and Naturaliza tion Service ry in elections for a constitu tional assembly prompting the former coup leader to declare that corruptionplagued Venezuela is free But opponents warned that Chavezs triumph could usher in dictatorial rule in one of Latin Americas oldest democ racies since the assembly is expected to temporarily shut down both Congress and the Supreme Court Standing on a balcony at Miraflores presidential palace late Sunday night with his wife at his side Chavez told a cheering throng of peo ple We are constructing a true democracy in a way that those who destroyed the coun try from here didnt know how With 78 percent of the vote counted Chavezs Patriotic Pole coalition won 119 of the 128 assembly seats that were up for grabs according to the National Electoral Council The two biggest votegetters were Chavezs wife Marisabel and his former chief of staff Alfredo Pena Venezuelas Indian tribes elected three del egates last weekend   

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