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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 6, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Wildfires rage in the west More than acres of land have been scorched by fire in the western United States according to the National Fire Information Center Here is snapshot of large wildfires as of August 5 Sunday August HKKALDZHITUNH Page 3A Clinton vetoes marriage penalty bill Source National tnteragency Fire Center EDGARTOWN Mass AP President Clinton vetoed a Republicansponsored tax cut for married couples Saturday describing it as the first install ment of a fiscally reckless tax strategy that would erase pro jected budget surpluses He said the tax break package amounted to little more than a gift to the wealthy The legislation passed both the House and the Senate by less than the twothirds majorities needed to override Clintons veto but a House leader said an override attempt would be a top priority after Congress current summer recess GOP presidential nominee George W Bush on a campaign train tour through the Midwest with running mate Dick Cheney criticized the veto The legisla tion Bush said at a rally in Pontiac was the right thing to do What kind of tax code is it that penalizes marriage Its a bad tax Vice President Al Gore the pre sumptive Democratic presidential nominee said he agreed with the veto but would sign a different tax cut for married couples Im for repealing the marriage tax but not going beyond work ing families and not giving tax relief to people who are in the upper brackets and people who are not even married who are ben efited by the version that was said Gore speaking from Westhampton So I do sup port the veto I also support the right kind of repeal of the mar riage Clinton vetoed the billion 10year tax cut before his morn ing round of golf on the Massachusetts resort island of Marthas Vineyard where the first family is vacationing this week end He returned the legislation to Congress with a letter in which he said the tax plan was regressive It provides little relief to fami lies that need it most while devot ing a large fraction of its benefits to families with higher Clintons letter said The veto which Clinton announced on his weekly radio address is the opening salvo of a complicated political skirmish as the November presidential elec tion looms Clinton and the Democrats are trying to offer their own tax cut package while arguing that Republicans are giving away the store Custom Vinyl Plantation Shutters Custom Sized 2 Wood or Faux Wood Blinds For free inhome estimate call The Rlverwood Company 830 8322015 or 888 8874623 Toll Free BRIEFS Smoke veils areas of Montana HAMILTON Mont AP Choking smoke veiled homes and businesses here Saturday as flames turned forest to ash a few miles away in one of dozens of blazes that have made Montana a leading hot spot on the Wests fire map President Clinton is expected to tour the area Tuesday and speak with some of the more than military troops who have been sent in to help exhausted civilian fire crews the White House announced Saturday Across the West on Saturday about 70 large fires were burning on more than acres according to the National Fire Information Center The biggest in Idaho had charred at least acres near the Montana border Man kills two himself outside ER KINGWOOD AP A man fatally shot his wife and another man in a hospital courtyard before committing suicide Saturday afternoon police said The slayings happened outside Kingwood Medical Centers emergency room about 1 said Houston Police Department spokeswoman Sylvia Trevino No one else was injured in the shoot ings Kingwood is a suburb north of Houston The man shot his wife and another man numerous times with a highcaliber revolver before turning the gun on himself Trevino said The identities of the three were not released Alberto becomes hurricane MIAMI AP first named tropical storm of the 2000 hurricane season intensified to hurricane strength Saturday but was not expected to threaten land anytime soon forecasters said The storm centered about 515 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands had top sustained winds of 75 mph passing the 74 mph threshold to become Hurricane Nlw HERALDZEITUNG Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Saturday by the Hnnmfels Hemlii Zeitunis USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Bnumjels flmiltlZeinmg in New Brauntels 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 months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 6 Tuesday through Friday and by 7 Saturday and Sunday can call 830 6259144 Send address changes to the New Bnutnfels HfnilitZeilunn Drawer New Brauntels Tx 781311328 Alberto said Miles Lawrence a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami Ford recovered from stroke PHILADELPHIA AP Doctors on Saturday said former President Gerald Ford 87 proba bly had completely recovered from the small stroke he had suf fered during the Republican National Convention and they performed surgery to correct an abscess in his mouth Fords tongue had been painful ly swollen for several days but it quickly returned to normal size after Saturdays operation said Dr Richard Hayden chief of the ear nose and throat department at Hahnemann University Hospital Teen victim buried in SAN ANTONIO AP One of two young cousins mysterious ly slain a week ago has been memorialized as a teen whose life was filled with smiles and church involvement About 75 mourners packed Memorial Funeral Home Friday to take part in a simple service for Cassandra Lopez who was found dead July 30 along with her cousin Denise Marmolejo of Florida The 14yearold girls were dis covered one atop the other behind a library Although police initially considered drug overdoses a pos sible cause of death autopsies showed they were asphyxiated and ruled the deaths homicides Asphyxiation occurs when some thing stops oxygen from reaching the brain Bush journey keeping in Texas tradition BY KELLEY SHANNON Associated Press Writer PHILADELPHIA AP Gov George W Bush in his bid for the presidency is on a political road well traveled by other Texans Lyndon B Johnson and Bushs father George Bush reached the White House Other Texans have embarked on the presidential jour ney only to withdraw before earn ing their partys nomination George W Bush in his accep tance speech Thursday at the Republican National Convention told of his Texas roots and values instilled in him in Midland as he urged Americans to help him use these good times for great In Midland Texas where I grew up the town motto was The sky is the And we believed it There was a restless energy a basic conviction that with hard work anybody could succeed and everybody deserved a Bush said Bush seeks to become the first presidential son since John Quincy Adams to be elected pres ident Hes running exactly six years after his first election victo ry a defeat of Democratic gov ernor Ann Richards in 1994 Sen Phil Gramm a Texas Republican sought the presidency in 1996 but withdrew during the primary season John Connally a Democratic governor of Texas in the 1960s and a Cabinet member for President Richard Nixon the next decade ran for president as a Republican in 1980 but also dropped out dur ing the primaries Other Texas politicians have landed important jobs in the House and Senate including Johnson who was Senate majority leader House speakers Sam Rayburn and Jim Wright both Democrats and current House Majority Leader Dick Armey and Majority Whip Tom DeLay both Republicans Texas Republicans displayed a proud attitude about Bush and their state as they trekked through Philadelphia all week attending parties and wearing Texas flag shirts and white cowboy hats Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park 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