New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 10, 1996, Page 3

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December 10, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitung Q Tuesday December Iraq exports oil for first time since war KIRKUK Iraq AP Saddam Hussein switched on the pipeline today to carry oil from this northern Iraqi city to Turkeys Mediterranean coast signaling Iraqs freedom to resume limited oil exports for the first time since 1990 SecretaryGeneral Boutros BoutrosGhali gave the goahead Monday that would allow Iraq to sell billiori worth of oil for six months to buy food and medicine for its people suffering from more than six years of crippling international sanctions The official Iraqi News Agency in a fourline report from Kirkuk said Saddam switched on the pipeline at local time declaring the return of Iraqi oil to world Saddams plans to travel to Kirkuk about 150 miles north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad had not been announced in advance Earlier today Iraqi Oil Minister Gen Amir Mohammed Rashid arrived in Kirkuk for a ceremony marking the occasion He declared that Iraq will favor Turkey in oil contracts but gave no details Exports from Iraqs Mina al Bakr on the Gulf were expected to start on Friday or Saturday he said In Baghdad the Iraqi capital newspapers devoted most of their front pages to news of the oilforfood deal saying it constituted the first crack in the crippling sanctions imposed on the country following its 1990 invasion of Kuwait World National Briefs know him We know him well Every other time that hes entered into any agreement hes tried to find a way Deputy Ambassador Edward Gnehm Yes to Saddam Hussein who broke the sanctions and set Iraqs oil declared the government daily alJumhyriya Iraqis poured into the streets Monday night on hearing news of the green light for the oil forfood deal dancing singing and firing shots into the air in jubilation In New York officials said about 260 companies from 25 countries officially have expressed interest in bidding for Iraqi contacts Rashid the Iraqi oil minister said today he had submitted two oil contracts Monday night to the United Nations for approval He gave no details analysts have said world demand is believed to be strong enough to support the extra or so barrels that Iraq would ship per day The amount is a fraction of the 72 million barrels the world uses daily or the million barrels that consumers demand Before the invasion of Kuwait that triggered the 1991 Persian Gulf War Iraq exported more than 3 million barrels per day At current world prices Baghdad would be allowed to export about barrels a day Iraq cannot resume unlimited exports until the Security Council is satisfied that Iraq has dismantled programs to develop longrange missiles and weapons of mass destruction Deputy Ambassador Edward Gnehm said Monday that the oilforfood resolution was designed for a We know him We know him Gnehm said referring to Saddam Every other time that hes entered into any agreement hes tried to find a way About 150 inspectors will make sure humanitarian supplies are distributed equitably In addition 14 inspectors will monitor the flow of Iraqi oil through a pipeline metering station on the IraqTurkey border and at seaports in Turkey and the Iraqi gulf port of Mina alBakr Iraq long had refused to accept the oilforfood plan saying it infringed on national sovereignty It finally accepted the offer in May Implementation had been delayed by technical issues debate over interpretation of the plan and Iraqs military moves in the north in support of one Kurdish faction against an Iranianbacked rival group First witness in Simpson defense says he did it SANTA MONICA Calif AP The first witness for Simpson thinks he did it 1 believe your client is guilty of retired Detective Philip Vannatter told Simpson lawyer Robert Baker on Monday Called to kick off the defense case in the wrongful death trial Vannatter startled the court with his outburst after being asked if he was spending his time denouncing Simpson on TV news shows Thats as much of a denouncement as you can get isnt it Baker asked snidely Thats what the evidence indicates to said Vannatter who returns today for cross examination by the plaintiffs He was to be followed by criminalists Andrea Mazzola and Greg Matheson police nurse Thano Peratis and Vannattcrs former partner Tom Lange In a surprise move the defense tentatively eliminated from its list one of Simpsons favorite targets criminalist Dennis Fung During the criminal trial the defense accused him of sloppincss while he collected evidence Vannatters pronouncement was the only new wrinkle to his testimony The rest of his nearly daylong testimony was dedicated to a thirdtime telling of his actions at the crime scene and at Simpsons house and defending his decision to enter Simpsons property without a search warrant Vannatter who the defense has suggested was part of a wide ranging conspiracy to frame Simpson faced the same questions at a preliminary hearing and the criminal trial Christopher MIMS Russian concerns about NATO BRUSSELS Belgium AP Secretary of State Warren Christopher today assured a nervous Russia that nuclear weapons would not be deployed in Eastern and Central Europe if NATO proceeds with an eastward expansion He offered the assurance in his 10th and final speech to the North Atlantic Council Christopher is retiring next month Weare declaring that in todays NATO has no intention no no need to station nuclear weapons on the territory of any new Christopher said added We are affirming that no NATO nuclear forces are presently on He offered the assurances as the 16 NATO foreign ministers got set to announce a summit meeting in July to expand the alliance with at least three Central and East European countries probably in 1999 FBI offers reward Olympic AP goers may have prevented more deaths in the Olympic Park bombing when they accidentally knocked over the knapsack that contained the pipe bomb sending the brunt of the blast upward The 40pound bomb was designed to kill more than the one person slain in the July 27 explosion FBI Deputy Director Weldon Kennedy said Monday as the agency asked the public for help in the investigation The FBI offered a reward fot information photos or videos that help identify the bomber And first tirrte the agency played a tape of the 911 warning call hoping someone might recognize the deep slow voice of a man who said There is a bomb in Centennial Park You have 30 A transcript of the call had been released previously Meanwhile Richard Jewell the former security guard cleared as a suspect reached an undisclosed cash settlement Monday with NBC over his claim that news anchor Tom Brokaw Jewell was guilty NBC said it agreed to the settlement to protect confidential sources The explosion during an early morning concert killed one woman and injured more than 100 other peoplej A TV cameraman died of a heart attack rushing to the scene A group of young concertgoers apparently knocked over the militarystyle knapsack that was under a bench preventing a deadlier explosion Kennedy said at a news conference He declined to identify them or say how long before the blast they accidentally knocked over the bag Teenage couple indicted In slaying off son WILMINGTON Del AP The indictment of a teenage couple in the slaying of their newborn son gives a jury the option of convicting them on a charge that does not carry a death sentence A grand jury handed down an indictment Monday that charges Brian C Peterson Jr and Amy Grossberg both 18 with firstdegree murder or intentional homicide a death penalty offense But the grand jury also returned a lesser charge of firstdegree murder by abuse or neglect which carries a maximum sentence of life without parole Even before the teens were arrested last month prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty a remark that prompted critics to say the state was rushing to judgment Ms Grossberg gave birth to the 6 pound 2ounce baby in a Newark motel last month Police later discovered the baby in the motels trash bin wrapped in plastic Gulf War Illness needs more study researcher says NEW YORK AP A 1994 government study discounting links between chemical weapons and illnesses reported by some Gulf War veterans might have to be revised in light of new evidence its author told The New York Times The government announced earlier this year that in March 1991 shortly after the wars end Army engineers blew up an Iraqi ammunition depot containing chemical weapons possibly exposing thousands of soldiers to nerve gas Joshua Lederberg the Nobel Prize winning geneticist and former Rockefeller University president who led the Pentagon study said the i Defense Department had not hiifjfabouttheekpldsibn 1j In an interview published today in the Times Lederberg called for an intensified effort to determine whether low doses of nerve gas could cause longterm illnesses His remarks raise questions about a study the Pentagon had cited for more than two years in insisting there was no evidence troops had been sickened by or even exposed to Iraqi nerve gas or other chemical weapons during the war Since the war many veterans have reported serious ailments including chronic digestive problems joint pain Snd fatigue Gridlock earns title for Los Angeles for eighth year COLLEGE STATION Texas AP Los Angeles has been named the nations most gridlocked city for the eighth straight year In its annual report the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas University uses a statistic called the Roadway Congestion Index based on the number of miles drivers travel on freeways and principal streets Computations using the formula show Los Angeles with a congestion index of followed by Washington San Francisco Miami and Chicago The latest ranking uses data gathered in 1993 In the 50 urban areas studied researchers put the cost of travel delay and excess fuel consumption at billion up 6 percent from the last study China to maintain high fevel defense contacts WASHINGTON AP High level defense contacts between the United States and China will continue and American warships will keep visiting Hong Kong after China regains sovereignty over the British colony Pentagon officials say Defense Secretary William Perry and Chinese Defense Minister Chi Haotian made progress on a range of such military contacts during sessions at the Pentagon on Monday officials said But Perry warned China that continued weapons sales to Iran could backfire if conflict erupts in the region which China is relying on more and more for oil said a senior defense official The official said Gen Chi Haotian replied he would consider the point but maintained reports of the sales had been exaggerated Drought takes its toll on states Christmas trees Attention CD Buyers By STEFANIG KOPENEC Associated Press Writer DALLAS Otto Schroeder closed the doors at his chooseand cut Christmas tree farm early this year when all he had left were droughtstunted 4 5foottalI trees We have to save these trees for next year in hopes that well have the tall trees were looking he said explaining that 7 feet is the usual top height for his Virginia pines dotting 20 acres southwest of Dallas While a sizable crop of trees planted several years before the drought is available this year many like Schroeders are shorter than expected said Lanny Dreesen a forester with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service in Conroe And officials say the drought could three to five years down the when the seedlings planted in January should be ready for harvest If we put seedlings out and we do not have rain and we dont have irrigation the roots are very shallow on the young tree and a drought can cost a grower all of those said Jim Wilson executive director the Fort Worthbased Texas Christmas Tree Growers Association Schroeder says hell look for some help from on high for a better growing season next year Well do a whole lot of praying in hopes the spring rains come and we get the growth were looking he said 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