Kerrville Daily Times, May 12, 2003

Kerrville Daily Times

May 12, 2003

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Kerrville Daily Times (Newspaper) - May 12, 2003, Kerrville, Texas Nation Tornado damage Storms spawn more tornadoes across nation’s mid-section. PAGE 3A. Sports NBA playoffs Kobe and the Lakers look to even series. PAGE IB. Monday May 12, 2003 Fifty Cents KERRVILLEDAILY TIMES Weather Forecast Showers possible. See more on 4B. U.S.: Saddam’s Baath Parly is dead By Ted Anthony Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — The United States declared Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party dead Sunday, with the war’s commander telling Iraqis that the instrument of their deposed dictator’s power was dissolved and promising to purge its influence from the country it dominated for 35 years. Gen. Tommy Franks’ message, delivered in Arabic by an announcer on the coalition’s Information Radio, broadcast a clear message over the AM radio waves across postwar Iraq: Any activity by Baath Party holdouts who oppose U.S. occupation will not be tolerated. “The Arab Baath Socialist Party is dissolved,” Franks said, but high difficulties remain in genuinely eliminating it. American administrators are struggling to balance the need for a fresh start with an unwelcome reality — that thousands of Iraq’s civil servants had Baath affiliations. Franks’ order came a month after American troops invaded Baghdad and drove out Saddam’s regime, which used intrigue and terror to make sure the minority Sunni Muslim-dominated party extended its reach and control into all comers of Iraqi society. The statement told Iraqi citizens to collect and turn in any materials they had relating to the party and its operations. It called them “an important part of Iraqi government documents.” Unseating the Baath, which advocated Arab unity but became a personal tool of Saddam and his lieutenants, was considered a top priority of American military planners in the run-up to the Iraq war, which began March 20 and largely ended by mid-April. Banning was the next logical step — one that has followed American military victories in the past. Allied occupiers banned the Nazi Party in Germany after World War II, and the Fascist Party also was banned in Italy. But lower-level party figures were rehabilitated if they renounced the old regimes and were cleared of specific criminal wrongdoing by tribunals. The general’s order Sunday was in some ways academic, given that the Baath regime is no more and the U.S. military and its civilian administrative counterpart occupy the country. But some upper-level government and party See PARTY, page 5A Celebration brings animal-lovers to the park Story by Jeff Raymond Times Staff Writer ••• Photo by Joe Skymba Times Staff Photographer The weave is the hardest thing for dogs to do. Even with lots of training, many don’t see the point in going between upright poles arranged in a line when they can go around instead. Perhaps dogs know something people don’t. Pooches ran the agility course Saturday morning at the Humane Society of Kerrville’s Celebration of Animals at Louise Hays Park — some with months of training and near-flawless performances and others breaking away to sniff the nearest bystander. About 300 people attended the event, organizers said, which is intended to raise awareness of animal rescue groups and thank the community for supporting the Humane Society. Sue Whinnery’s German shepherd mix, Sadie, was one of the latter, going through the tunnel several times but having trouble completing the course. “This happens to all handlers when they’re starting out,” the announcer explained. A winded Whinnery said Sadie had never run an entire course prior to Saturday. “It’s not that difficult to teach the individual obstacles. But once you teach the obstacles, you have to teach them to go from one to the other, and that’s more the handler than the dog,” she said. Leading up to the dog show, participants primped their pets, putting on a leopard-print dress, sunflower-shaped Elizabethan See PET, page 8A Above: Sue Whinnery encourages her dog, Sadie, as she runs the obstacle course Saturday at Louise Hays Park. At top: Noah Baldwin gets a closer look at an iguana at the Humane Society of Kerrville’s Celebration of Animals.Weekly gathering: Retired golf buddies spend time on the local course Julius Scott, Louie Wootton and James England, from left, walt to book tee times at Scott Schreiner Municipal Golf Course Thursday afternoon. Editor’s Note: The following is the second in a weekly feature series that shares stories of people living in and working in the Kerrville area — the neighbors we may see, but never have the chance to meet. “In Your Neighborhood" takes a look at a person’s life, thoughts, hopes and dreams to help us all become better acquainted. By Gerald MacCrossan Tunes Staff Writer It was about a quarter before three last Thursday afternoon when I dropped into the clubhouse at Scott Schreiner Municipal Golf Course. A few regulars had gathered, although their golf clubs were nowhere in sight. Not suiprising I later found out as they had teed off at 9 a.m. So what brought them back that afternoon? Two of them, James England and Louie Wootton, were sitting at a table, so I asked them about themselves and what they were up to. “We play during the week,” said England, a Texas Department of Public Safety supervisor who retired in 1984, before going on to work security for another decade and a half at L.D. Brinkman Corporation. “We leave the weekends for people who work.” Originally from near Brownwood in Coleman County, England said DPS had him stationed all over, including Houston and Pecos. “I was from West Texas, but I chose to move out here to raise a family, and the opportunity presented itself,” he said. That still didn’t answer my question as to why England and Wootton were sitting around the clubhouse at almost 3 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon. "We have to get tee times a week ahead ... they (professional Guy Cullins and his staff) require us to do that,” England said. "We’ve got a regular bunch and we divide up into teams. We have to have five tee times for that many people. “Somebody else gets each day, so we don’t have to do it every day,” he added. The group, with up to a couple of See NEIGHBOR, page 5A Index CLASSIFIEDS COMICS &-8B LOTTERY 6A NATION/STATE 2B OBITUARIES 3A OPINION SA SPORTS    1-3B    WORLD/NATION    2A 4A TV    7A    WEATHER    48 Vol. 95, No. 36 Kerrville Daily Times 429 Jefferson St. Kerrville, Texas 78028 Time* photo by Joe Skymba I V ;

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