Wednesday, December 11, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeituna n Wednesday December n 7 A World National Briefs with NATO BRUSSELS Belgium AP Russia today accepted a NATO overture to negotiate ties with the military alliance but denounced its plans to expand eastward as likely to divide Europe again We continue to be against NATO Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov said at a joint news conference with NATO SecretaryGeneral Javier Solana This is based On the firm belief that enlargement of NATO will lead to a new division of He added We think security should be individual security should extend to all of But Primakov said Russia was willing to hold talks with NATO on a new relationship with the alliance provided the result is a document that deals with our He did not appear to be mollified by NATOs pledge Tuesday not to deploy nuclear weapons in Central and Eastern Europe when former Soviet allies are accepted as members Solana for his part said he had reaffirmed to the Russian minister NATOs intention of building a good partnership with our Russian European Union reach coinpuraf tracw SINGAPORE AP The United States and the European Union have agreed on a framework for freeing trade in computers software and related technology a senior trade official said today The official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the agreement was reached at the World Trade Organization conference on Tuesday but wont be formally announced until it wins enough support from other countries and EU officials are trying to sell the deal which would remove tariffs on some 300 products by 2000 to Asian nations he said Representatives of about 35 countries met late Tuesday to discuss it and acting Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky ant the European Unions trade commissioner Sir Leon Brittan were meeting to finalize the language of a possible pact the official said inistratlon puts onnMMital NEW AP The Clinton administration has decided to tighten wetland regulations by ending a popular permit that enabled developers to bypass environmental reviews when draining small swamps and marshes according to The New York Times The new rule established by the Army Corps of Engineers is to be published Friday in the Federal Register the Times reports in todays editions The Los Angeles Times reported last month that the decision was expected soon The permit known as Nationwide Permit 26 allows property owners to bypass the usually required environmental impact review and obtain quick approval from the Corps to drain up to 10 acres of wetlands Environmentalists have complained that the expedited procedure has led to the destruction of thousands of wetlands which help purify water prevent flooding and protect wildlife For the next two years these permits will be available only for projects with three acres of wetlands or smaller the Times said Country music groat Young kills hlmsoH NASHVILLE Tenn AP Time eroded his popularity and poor health shook his spirit before Faron Young the country star who sang Hello killed himself Young who died Tuesday at 64 never lost the versatile singing voice that put him atop country charts Alone With You and the ballad Coin his first hit in 1953 Four decades and dozens of hits later Young dismissed his band and quit the road He suffered from emphysema in his later years and recently had surgery for prostate cancer Young shot himself in the head Monday at his home in Nashville A suicide note said he was depressed about his failing health In his heyday during the late 1950s and 60s hardly a week passed in which Young didnt have a hit on Billboards country music charts Lordy Lordy Wfios Forty Peggy 5upulver Love From Mom Dad One of the powerful weapons in the fight against crime Parks community gardens and open spaces not only make cities more beautiful studies show they also help reduce crime Thats why for more than 20 years weve been conserving land for people Now we need your help Call 1800 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is now suffering from Lou Gehrigs disease a crippling nerve disorder The human resources subcommittee headed by Rep Christopher Shays is holding another hearing today to question more sick veterans and Veterans Affairs Department officials Alarms have been sounding for almost six years Only now are they being Shays said The possible link between chemicals and the illnesses afflicting thousands of Gulf War vets came to the forefront after the Pentagon announced in May that chemical agents were present at Iraqs Kamisiyah ammunition dump destroyed by American troops in March 1991 Some veterans are being warned that they could have been exposed during that operation But Pentagon officials have strongly denied that they have concealed or played down information about Iraqi chemicals Why in the world at that time when we were on the heels of a great victory would anybody cover up something like that asked former Gen Norman Schwarzkopf head of the allied forces in the war on NBCs Today show There was no coverup on the part of the Schwarzkopf repeated the argument that there is not one confirmed report of Iraqi chemicals being used or discovered by Americans during the war and not one report of an American on the field being sickened by the deadly toxins But Marine Sgt George Grass who operated a chemical detection vehicle during the war told the House panel he monitored mustard gas and other chemicals both during the ground war and immediately after at an ammo dump near the Kuwait City airport Asked whether the readings could have been false a common Pentagon explanation of the detection alarms that went off throughout the war Grass said his equipment was accurate and I know what chemical weapons look Chemical weapons expert Army Maj Michael Johnson who spoke of discovering a vat of blister agents and other chemicals at a Kuwaiti girls school in October 1991 said There was no doubt in anybodys mind when we left that chemicals had actually been At the Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon rejected any suggestion that the Defense Department was withholding information in 1994 when a special advisory group concluded there was no evidence of a link between chemical agents and Gulf War illnesses We didnt conclude chemical weapons were stored at Kamisiyah until May of Bacon said Had we known it we would have shared that information with Dr Lederberg There was no effort to withhold Joshua Lederberg a Nobel Prize winning geneticist who headed the study group said in a New Yok Times interview published Tuesday that the group didnt get all the information it needed and might need to revise its findings in light of recent revelations ANNOUNCING A NEW MUSIC PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN NEW BRAUNFELS OllLDBLOQM GUITAR PROGRAM For Young People 512 Experienced and specially trained teacher A thoughtful and caring approach to musical skill development Scheduled with you in mind Free parent newsletter Many references A convenient New Braunfels location Call 6080392 or 8005940049 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