New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, September 27, 2001, Page 3

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September 27, 2001

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 27, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Obituaries LANGSTON Dr. John H. Langston, J.D. passed from this ife on Sept. 25, 2001, it his home in New Braunfels, Texas. Dr. Langston was in he practice of orthope-Lic surgery since 1964 n San Antonio, Texas, intil illness forced his etirement, and he and is wife returned to heir hometown of New Braunfels to live. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Patricia Harmon Langston; two sons and their families, Herbert and wife, Melissa of San Antonio, Texas, and Thomas and wife Mary of New Orleans, La.; and three grandchildren, Jessica Langston, Erich Langston and Taylor Langston. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, at Comal Cemetery in New Braunfels. A reception will follow at First Protestant Church. Memorials may be sent to the First Protestant Church or the charity of ones choice. Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home Want to talk to your kids about safety? SAFEhav.en is a volunteer employee project of NBO —New Braunfels Utilities — that promotes the health and vitality Of our community and the safety and comfort of its residents NBU' * New Braunfels through and through. BI0TERR0RISM: An invisible arsenal Despite federal preparations, many medical experts say the U.S. health system is ill-equipped to manage the fallout from a large-scale bioterrorist attack. But the threats are clear. Five biological agents have been given high priority because of their risks to national security. Background Smallpox It killed more than 500 million people in the 20th century before being eradicated in 1977. Vaccinations stopped in 1980. Anthrax A government study estimated that about 200 pounds of anthrax released upwind of Washington, D.C., could kill up to 3 million people. Plague Between 1980 and 1994, 18,739 cases of history’s most feared contagious disease were reported in 20 countries. Botulism toxin The single most poisonous substance known is typically foodbome, but could be developed as an aerosol weapon. Tularemia The United States studies this infectious organism as a weapon in the 1950s and 1960s. Early symptoms About 12 days; fever, headache, nausea Two to 10 days, or as long as seven weeks; flulike symptoms Symptoms occur within one to six days after inhaling the pneumonic form. Disease Chickenpoxlike rash transform into hard blisters. Highly contagious, smallpox kills one-third of its victims. Then, within one to three days, shock and breathing problems cause death for close to 100 percent. High fever, cough and labored breathing lead to respiratory failure and death. Unlike anthrax, it is contagious. Ittustratlon of anthrax bacteria 24 to 36 hours;    The nerve toxin paralyzes muscles, blurred vision and    leading to respiratory failure and difficulty swallowing    death, and speaking. Three to five days; fever, chills, headache, weakness Hemorrhagic fevers, such as Ebola The origin of Ebola, for example, is    Three to five days; unknown, but it is probably transmitted    fever, muscle to humans by animals.    aches, diarrhea Resulting inflammation and hemorrhaging of the airways can lead to death. Hemorrhaging of fluids out of tissues and orifices. 30 to 90 percent of victims die. No cure. Only 12 million doses of vaccine remain to protect the uninfected, enough for one of every 23 Americans. lf given early enough, antibiotics can prevent exposed people from falling sick. The vaccine is reserved for military use. Rapid use of antibiotics can be effective. A vaccine is not currently being produced in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain the botulism anti-toxin supply. Without antibiotics, one-third die. A vaccine is under review by the Food and Drug Administration. Some diseases respond to antiviral drugs, but these are in short supply. SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: *Living Tenors.' by Michael T. Osterholm and John Schwartz, Dennis Kunket Microscopy Inc.    AP More reservists called to duty WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon called up more than 600 additional military reservists Wednesday for the campaign against terrorism. Those tapped included Seabees and other Naval reservists as well as security forces with an Air Force Special Operations unit in Florida. The latest request for 635 reservists brought to about 15,600 the number called to active duty, the Pentagon said. Included were Naval Inshore Boat Unit ll from Everett, Wash., and Inshore Boat Unit 17 from San Diego, Calif.; Naval Construction Battalion 5 from Fort Worth, Texas, and Construction Battalion 133 from Portland, Maine, the announcement said. The call-up also included 66 members of the Air Force’s 919 Special Operations Wing Security Forces from Niceville, Fla. They join Reserve and National Guard members called under a partial mobilization order President Bush signed after the Sept. ll attacks in New York and Washington. Bush authorized the Pentagon to call as many as 30,000 to active duty. Administration officials have said that U.S. special operations forces were expected to play i role, albeit a secret one, in the expected operations against terrorists who carried out the attacks. The term refers to clandestine fighters who operate behind enemy lines in roles that include targeting, sabotage, even attack missions. The Pentagon also announced that military bases have been allowed to prohibit civilian blood drives. The move is meant to safeguard the military’s blood programs, said Dr. J. Jarred Clinton, a top Pentagon health official. In Islamabad, U.S. and Pakistani officials ended two days of talks in “complete unanimity” on military preparations for combating Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network in Afghanistan, a Pakistani general said. Details of the agreement were not announced, but Gen. Rashid Qureshi, spokesman for Pakistan’s president, Pervez Musharraf, said there was “no difference of opinion between Pakistan and America on the issue of combating terrorism.” Pakistan, however, opposes any U.S. or other effort to bolster the northern alliance of opposition Afghan groups, which has been fighting the ruling Taliban that harbors bin Laden. Pakistani officials said both sides had agreed to minimize the use of ground forces in any strike in Afghanistan. Authorites arrest nine on fraudulent license charges WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement authorities arrested nine people in three states Wednesday on charges of fraudulently obtaining licenses to transport hazardous materials. The arrests in Missouri, Michigan and Washington state followed FBI warnings that terrorists may strike next using chemical or biological weapons. Authorities said as many as 20 people who had the bogus permits, some of whom may have connections to the 19 hijackers involved in the Sept. ll attacks, were being sought for questioning but may not be linked to the attacks. None of those arrested Wednesday have known connections to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, said Justice Department spokeswoman Susan Dryden. Some of those arrested had obtained the permits in Pennsylvania, where a driver’s license examiner for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation office in Pittsburgh provided permits to people who didn’t take required tests, had suspended licenses or were otherwise not eligible, according to court records. The examiner was not identified. Three people were arrested in Washington state, four in Detroit, and one in Kansas City, Mo. The location of the ninth arrest was not available. The examiner dealt with a middle man identified in court records as Abdul Mohamman, who brought the examiner at least 20 peo-ple who fraudulently obtained the licenses. The concern about licenses to haul chemicals first surfaced last week when authorities arrested Nabil Al-Marabh, 34, a former Boston cab driver taken into custody in Chicago last week. Al-Marabh holds a commercial driver’s license and is certified to transport hazardous materials, records show. The arrests came as the government increased its pressure Wednesday on a former airline food worker whose name and phone number were found in a car registered to one of the terrorist hijackers, persuading a federal court to detain him without bail. Meanwhile, a federal prosecutor in New York said Al-Badr Al-Hazmi, a San Antonio radiologist detained for close to two weeks after the Sept. ll attacks and released Tuesday, never was a subject of the investigation. New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Saturday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (USPS 377-880) 707 Landa St., or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas 78131-1328. Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $22.00; six months, $40; one year, $72. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $36; one year, $68. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $31.80; six months, $58; one year, $109.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $81; one year, $124.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 6 a.m. Tuesday through Friday and by 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday can call (830) 625-9144 . Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, PO. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. “A Sign To Senior Living Large Apartment Homes for “62” Or Better—In a Full Service Independent Living Community For Seniors Residential Request Fee Waived. Application Deposit Waived. One Bedroom    Two Bedroom    Two    Bedroom One Bath    One    Bath    Two    Bath $389    $489    $635 Amenities offered at this unique community: Private Access Gates Club House/Swimming Pool 24 Emergency Maintenance Hair Dresser & Barbet Maid Service Social Functions IIT _ Private Transportation    www.iavi*taoniin«.com    s Single Level Units Individual Climate Control Walk-In Showers Washer/Dryer Hook-Ups Pets Welcome Independent Living Community 1615 Redwood Road San Marcos. TX 78666 (877) 823-3415 TOLL FREE (512) 396-2333 Vole* (512)396 9923 TTY www. la vistaonllne. com dmhlavistaOHhotmall.comThursday, September 27, 2001 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3A Live Thoroughbred Racing thru Oct. 27 Racing Post Times Wed.-Sat. 6:45 Fantastic Race Book & Sports Bar Watch your mail for a special offer from NBU and your local McDonald’s. Your monthly statement from NBU will contain your own personal SAFETY CHECK—a simple checklist to help you see just how safe your home Is. Just take a few minutes to fill it out, and then bring it to McDonald’s for a free Happy Meal. It’s an easy way to get a safe home—and a full stomach! (210) 651-7000 www.retamapark.com Click on us — www.herald-zeitung.com — for all your local news. SAFEharen NBU Community Sorvic* Project Si .OO Margarita Night Every Wednesday Night now thru October 24 $1 Margaritas & $2 Tamale Plates Kids 15 & under Free Admission ;

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