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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                 THURSDAY, JULY 9,2009  Zeitung  Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.  Vol. 156, No. 207 14 pages, 2 sections  .com  o  HOT  High Low  104 77  Details .... 1B  DEAR ABBY 3t CLASSmEDS«« COMICS 2t CROSSWORD It FORUM 4A OBITUARIES lA SPORTS 8-6A TV GRIDS at  N. Korea blamed for q^ber attack  WASHINGTON (AP)—U.S. authorities eyed North Korea on Wednesday as the origin of the widespread cyber attack that ovei^elined government Web sites in the United States and South Korea. aMiough they warned it would be highly dilloult to posMvely idoitify the attackers.  The powerful attack that targeted dozens of gorvemment and private sites underscored how unevenly prepared the U.S. gamnnient is to block such multi-pRM^ assaults.  While TYeasury Department and Feder  al IhKle Conunisskm Web sites were shut down by the software attack, which lasted for days during and after the July 4 Independence Day holiday weekend, others such as the Pentagon and the White House were able to fend it off with little disruption.  The North Korea link, described by three officials, more firmly connected the U.S. attacks to another wave of cyber assaults that hit government agencies Tuesday in South Korea. The ofifcials said that while Internet addresses have been  traced to North Korea, that does not necessarily mean the attack involved the Kim Jong D's government in Pyongyang.  South Korean intelligence oflkials have identified North Korea as a suspect in those attacks and said the sophistication of the assault suggested it was carried out at a higher level than just rogue or individual hackers.  U.S. officials would not go that far and would not discuss publicly who may have instigated the intrusion or how it was carried out by the perpetrators.  Help when if s needed most  Program provides relief for e3q)ensive prescription drugs  By AsMis McEsdMfffi  The Herald-Zeitung  After Florence Dean's husband passed away, she not only f^ced loss ar^ expensive burial costs, she was dropped from his insurance plan.  Many people like Dean cannot affoid often pricey and much needed medications because they are either iminiliiMl oi' underlnsured.^  However, Dean said she found a source of help and hope.  In the face of rising health care costs and a larger number of people facing unemployment, the Comal County Prescription Assistance Program helps people get medUcines they need from drug companies.  For a monthly fee ranging from $15 to $50, the program does all the necessary paperwork and gathers proper documentation required by drug companies. Participants then go and pick up filled prescriptions at their local pharmacies.  Hie prescription assistance program got its start in 2002EUis Community Resources, Inc., a nonprofit housing corporation established in 1994 by the local housing authority. With grant money fit)m the Kronkosky Foundation, St. Luke's Lutiieran Fbundation, Comal County United Way and the City of New Braunfels Conmiunity Development Block Grant Program, Ellis Community Resources started the prescription program with more assistance coming  LMJRA MeNmBiE/Hwald-Zeitung  ABOVE: Pamphlets with information about the Comal County Prescription Assistance Program rest on a desk inside an office at Laurel Plaza on Wednesday. RIGHT: Dana Howell, left, assists Comal County Prescription Assistance Program recipient Loretta Gill on Wednesday.  from the local hospital.  Dana Howell of CCPAP said the nonprofit organization worked with prescribing physicians to complete the process.  "This program used to be mainly used by the elderly, but the need is rising elsewhere in the community," Howell said. "I am hearing more and more from working people who have lost their insurance and people who have lost their jobs due to lay offs. Some of their medications are very expensive. We just want to let people know that we are here;  See CCMP, Page 3A  PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE  ÛMiMlCOUI  calt (810) 624^2240 o^.  at  tst iMhat tyiM of <Ì9cumeriiiilon  Drought continues to devastate parts of Texas  LUBBOCK (AP)—Ifnotfor the triple-digit heat, central Texas rancher Debbie Davis couki almost think It was a dlf-Cmit season entirely.  "The (pa^ure) grass looks like it's me dead of winter," said Davis, who raises beef cattle and Uraois Longhoms northwest of San Antonio, which is emluring ite driest 22-iiK)nth gp«! bade to  1885. "It's honrible. It's probably the worst I've ever seen."  Usually it's West Texas diat's hot and dry. Now, central and southern Texas are alone in the nation in expertendng the two most severe stages of drought About II percent of the state was in "extren^" or "«Keptional" drought as of June 30, i4> from 8 percent the {»eviouswei^  That's bad news for fiarmers and ranchers in the nation's No. 2 agriculture state behind California, who could lose billions in crops and livestock.  Ranchers are sending many more catde to sale bams, whkh has (taiven prices down. Ihere^ littte pi»tureland to graze cm and the cost to sto hay In from out of state Is high—as te the price of siqiplen^tal feed.  Three years ago in a drought that spanned more than a year, Texas lost $4.1 billion, a crop and Uvestock record for a single year.  "ftcoukleasily be that" again, said TVavis Miller, a drou^t specialist with theTexas Ag^-ife Exten^on Service.  The parched parts of the  See DBOUQHT, Page 3A  Falling branch causes scare  LAtNU MeKnOEH/H^rtid-Zeitung  Three members of the New Braunfels Police Department stand beside the Landa Park spring-fed pool Wednesday after a larjge branch fell into the pool, narrowly missing swimmers.  No serious injuries reported as tree limb crashes into spring-fed pool  ByThwoffi Brittain  The Herald-Zeitung  A relaxing evening at Landa Ruk Aquatks Complex took a dramatic turn late Wednesday when a large limb extending over the spring-fed pool came crashing down amidst swHHmets.  "We heard a cracking noise and everybody turned around and saw (the limb) falling straight down," said Joe Tenazas, who witnessed the event "Everybody ran over and jumped in to help pull people out."  The limb indirectly struck a 28-year-oId woman and her 9-year-old daughter. Kyle Benedict, aquatics supervisor, was on the scene immediately.  See BRANCH, Page 3A  Local woman's plane lands safely after being struck by birds  From staff and wire reports  UNTHICUM,Md —New Braunfels resident Ruth Stone boarded her Southwest Airlines flight TXiesday aftemoon with plans to travel to Providence, R.I. for a business trip.  Little did she know her return trip would be so quick.  Southwest Airlines officials said the flight headed to Providence, R.I., returned safely to Baltimore's airport after several birds hit an engine Tliesday.  "We boarded the plane and were on the runway for about 45 minutes," Stone said. "We no more than took off^... and there was this terrible smell."  The birds flew into the engine about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday near Baltimore-Washington International Thur-good Marshall Airport. Southwest spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger said Flight 69, a 737, was carrying 137 passengers.  Stone said the engine on the left side of the plane had been hit by about 40 birds.  "1 couldn't see anything, but I could certainly smell it.  "There was this loud popping noise ana it smelt like burning feathers."  — Ruth Stone  Passenger on board Southwest flight 69  There was this loud popping noise and it smelt like burning feathers," she said. "Good thing they weren't crane-sized birds or anything. They were just smaller birds."  The pilot reassured passengers that he would and the plane safely, she said.  "1 think that everybody's attitude was great," she said. "There was a family near the right side of the plane that asked to say a prayer and there was a little girl who was crying because ail the birds were killed."  As the plane came down, Stone sakl everyone applauded "They provided us another plane, and we took off around 8 o'clock (Hiesday) night," she said.  The plane landed safely back at BWI and there were no injuries, Eichinger said. 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