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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 25, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                Thesday January HERALDZEITUNO 3 OBITUARIES BROCK funeral arrangements are pend ing at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels for Alonzo Brock of New Braunfels Texas who died Monday Jan 24 2000 at The Arboretum of New Braunfels in New Braunfels Texas at the age of 91 years Mr Brock was born June Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home rGOMEZ 1 Ray Gomez passed away on Friday Jan 21 2000 in Wright iounty Missouri at the age of 32 years He is survived by his wife Yolanda Ann Gomez of Canyon liake Texas daughter Allison Rea Gomez of Canyon Lake father and mother Hector and Lois C Qomez of New Braunfels broth Noe Gomez and wife Isis of Seguin Texas Jason Gomez of kyle Texas and Carlos Gomez of New Braunfels sister Jessica Jlpmez of New Braunfels grand fjafents Maria Gomez of San Marcos Texas and Sarah and Elmer Loveless of Missouri and Father and Motherinlaw Mr and Mrs Manuel Sharon Hartnett sistersinlaw Cynthia and Tricia Hartnett Visitation will begin at 3 Tuesday at the Zoeller Funeral Home and continue until service time Services will be at 10 Wednesday in the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow in the Comal Cemetery TUNfKiU HOME Hostage episode in Thai hospital ends with 9 dead RATCHABURI Thailand AP ij Ending a 22hour standoff triai security forces stormed a j hospital Tuesday and killed nine heavily armed Myanmar rebels who had held hundreds of patients visitors and staff hostage The approximately 900 people who were in the walled sixacre compound when the ordeal began Monday morning were either freed had escaped or were rescued during the siege Tuesday morning Lt Gen Thaweep sSwannasingha regional Thai army commander No hostages were injured but two police officers were was a successful ifiaweep said Once Thai troops secured the vfront of the hospital a fleet of drove in and began exhausted weeping to anotherhosi pitalfor medical checksn I rebels belong to Gods AJmy a fringe group who took the hostages to pressure the govern ment to help their beleaguered movement group is from the ethnic minority and is led by twin jL2yearold boys believed to have magical powers The twins were not involved in the takeover Like many Karens the followers of Gods Army are fundamentalist Christians in a predominantly Buddhist country They accuse Myanmars military regime of widespread murder rape and arson Thai media reported that a tenth gunman was hunted down and killed but that report could not be hinirnediately confirmed Thaweep discounted earlier government reports that there were 16 gunmen Once the siege began shooting erupted and police and soldiers aimed with M16 assault rifles on foot and in trucks sped into the walled sixacre hospital com pound Automatic weapons fire and explosions thudded in the night possibly from grenades bombs or mines that the hostagetakers had ijgged around the hospital The predawn assault lasted for an hour After the area was secured explosives experts with mine detectors combed the compound seeking boobytraps The hostagetakers had been in control of the fivestory central administration and emergency room buildings but couldnt keep a grip over eight outlying build ings Many patients and staff there escaped Monday It was never known how many people they held at gunpoint dur ing the siege though officials guessed it might have been 200 The hostagetakers included at least one member of a faction of exiled Myanmar students the Vigorous Burmese Student Warriors who seized their coun trys embassy in Bangkok last year said Interior Minister Sanan Kachornprasart Myanmars military regime was outraged when iothe embassy captors whom they considered terrorists to go free under a deal to release their dozens of hostages unharmed Myanmar closed the border for two months in retaliation Relations warmed after Thailand vowed to arrest them if it got the chance We tried the soft way before Thaweep said Tuesday explaining the decision to launch the assault We were concerned about patients in the hospital and other innocent people We had to do The students who said they were fighting for democracy against a military dictatorship that has ruled their country also known as Burma had holed up with Gods Army The groups came under attack inside Myanmar from government forces last week in fighting that has driven refugees into Thailand Thai forces shelled their positions to deter rebels from coming across The hostagetakers demanded Monday that Thailand grant refuge to civilians and combatants and stop shelling their positions The episode began early Monday when the rebels hijacked a bus near the border and forcec the driver to take them 45 miles to Ratchaburi where they took over the sprawling provincial hospital compound lifter coup Ecuadors beloved military is dangerously divided Ecuador AP One Qfrthe few public institutions that enjoys widespread support in ffcuador is the military known for Rfthesty compassion and provid ing health services and education to impoverished communities long ignored by the government r For years the armed forces have championed constitutional gov ernment resisting the temptation to take power as Ecuador spun out control and plunged into eco iifomic and political chaos SBut the military is a force divid between young more radical twicers and the top brass And that division could bei a roadblock to reestablishing stable civilian rule intbe wake of lastj weeks coup corruption and deep pover boy citizenship filed on Congress first day WASHINGTON AP Congress bestowed American citi zenship on Winston Churchill and Mother Teresa and awarded it josthumously to Raoul Wallenberg the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews in World War II But the extraordinary power has been used rarely and never for a minor child against a parents wishes On Monday Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and a group of Florida lawmakers put in motion a process to give citizenship to 6 yearold Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez Without his fathers consent Lott told the Senate the bill to grant citizenship to this young boy could come up for debate as soon as Wednesday Sponsors hoped to whisk it Antiabortion activists mark Roe vs Wade anniversary WASHINGTON AP Thousands of emotional demon strators took their message that abortion is evil to the steps of the Supreme Court on Monday to mark the 27th anniversary of the Roe vs Wade decision that made the procedure legal Abortion is Germaine Renzi a Beltsville mother of nine said shortly before the march up Constitution Avenue began Everyone wants to talk about the womans body What about the rights of the child The personhood of the unborn through Congress quickly largely to remove the case from the juris diction of the Immigration and Naturalization Service which has ruled that the boy should be returned to his father in Cuba Passage would also render moot a federal court appeal of the INS ruling by Elians greatuncle sponsors said This moves the decisionmak ing out of the hands of the INS and into the hands of the state Sen Connie Mack R the chief Senate sponsor told a news conference Late Monday Mack formally introduced the measure in the Senate and Lott invoked a parlia mentary procedure designed to bring it before the chamber as early as Wednesday for debate A vote Wednesday was possible but both sides said they doubted final Drug warning issued WASHINGTON AP The popular heartburn drug Propulsid can cause dangerous irregular heartbeats and even sudden death the government said Monday The medicine should be used only as a last resort and only by patients first given heart tests to ensure they are at low risk for the side effect it warned action would occur until next week at the earliest At the White House spokesman Joe Lockhart declined to say what President Clinton would do if Congress passed the bill sign it or veto it but said the White House would consider the matter after Congress acts The president has indicated he does not believe Congress should get involved There is a real danger here that this can become a political issue that this young boy will be a polit ical Lockhart said And I think the president has made it very clear to everyone that they ought to stay away from politics here and stick to what the facts and the law But Mack said There has been political influence even from the beginning in the including rallies in Havana that Mack said were orchestrated by Fidef Castro Sen Patrick Leahy of Vermont the Senate Judiciary Committees top Democrat denounced the leg islation For the Congress to grant citi zenship to a young boy over the fathers objection makes a mock ery of family values and it hands Castro yet another reason to por tray the United States as the Leahy said Meanwhile Elians grandmoth ers who flew Monday from New York to Miami in hopes of seeing their 6yearold grandson planned to meet Tuesday afternoon in Washington with Sen Christopher Dodd the senators aides announced Dodd is a sponsor of legislation introduced every year to ease the trade embargo with Cuba in effect for four decades JAMS CLEANERS IVERYDAY SPECIAL Coupon Required tO 15 2O SAVINGS NI v NI i Call tfs for Details si UN 274 Trade Center Drive 705 N 123 By Pass 6296296 3721861 As police in riot gear kepi a watchfiil eye demonstrators ral lied near the White House then trooped up Capitol Hill to the high courts building behind the Capitol Carrying signs that read The Natural Choice Is Life and Face It Abortion printed around a babys face scores of protesters made their way into congressional buildings to lobby lawmakers and especially to push for restrictions on a form of abortion opponents call partialbirth abortion The abortion debate has raged continuously since the landmark Jan 22 1973 decision Many of the protesters said they have trav eled to Washington every year since then to vent their anger By doing something like this its stirring peoples emotions said Paula Quinn a protester from Gaithersburg Md Congress enacted federal bans on partialbirth abortions twice and President Clinton vetoed both of them The Supreme Court has agreed to decide this year whether states may ban the procedure Thirty states have laws on the books but courts have blocked enforcement of most of them Were Delivering the Business and industry Sunday March Sunday March Where are we ty that led the young military offi cers to support an Indian protest that deposed President Jamil Mahuad remain unresolved As Ecuadors political leaders have become more and more dis credited Ecuadorians have looked to the armed forces as the only public institution they can trust An August poll showed that 65 percent of Ecuadorians favor the military In a sign of the division within the military an army captain called a TV station on Saturday to protest the decision by top military commander to turn power over to he vice a a few hours after he had taken control of the coun try NEW I BUS HERALDZEITUNG Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Hemltl Zeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County TX 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels ffemldZeining in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by car rier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas six jpamhs one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 6 am Tuesday through Friday and on Sunday can call 830 6259144 POSTMASTES Said address changes to the New Bmunfels HemldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Sunday March This feature section w For Advertising Information 6259144 Our Advertising Staff will be pleased to design a custom ad for your business HERALDZEITUNG   

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