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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 22, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY March 16 pages in 2 sections EITUNG Vol 152 No 111 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents bomb blitz begins RAMZI Photo Smoke covers the presidential palace compound in Baghdad Friday during a massive air raid on the Iraqi capital Smoke billowed from a number of targeted sites including one of President Saddam Husseins palaces launches aerial assault takes port city Relief groups separate from military campaign BY DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent The United States launched a fero cious aroundtheclock aerial assault on military targets in Baghdad and oth er cities Friday and invading ground troops penetrated 100 miles into Iraq The ancient capitals skyline exploded in balls of flame After an overnight reprieve the bomb ing of Baghdad televised worldwide resumed at first light Saturday local time Fires raged inside Saddam Hus seins Old Palace compound A halo of smoke hung in the sky Coalition commanders accepted the surrender of the 51st Iraqi Infantry Division near the south ern city of Basra officials said and and British troops encountered little resistance as they seized Iraqs only port city and moved to secure key oil fields Other units moved into western air field complexes where Iraq was believed Squeeze is on for Saddam loyalists Page 5A War fodder for classroom discus JOE Images A Marine of Task Force Tarawa takes up a defensive position in the Iraqi countryside Friday during a pause in their advance to an objective in Iraq to have Scud missiles capable of reach ing Israel and possibly weapons of mass destruction as well Were going at it hammer and said Capt Mark Fox back aboard the See OA I Serving with honor HZ publishes thoughts from home Page B Homeowners businesses show patriotism by flying countrys colors Page SA I Pastors say dur ing troubled times turn to Lord Page 9A Briefs from the warlront Page SA I Follow late developments on the HeraldZeitung Web Site BY MARK FRITZ Associated Press Writer Big charities ready to roll into Iraq with food blankets and medicine plan to refuse the protection of mil itary forces fearing that being spotted with an invading superpower is more dangerous than going it alone This unprecedented decision to shun visible connection with the military is prompted largely by antiAmerican sen timents in parts of the Muslim world where many groups operate aid agen cies say God help us if we become identified as one of the CARE secu rity chief Bob McPherson a former Marine colonel in Somalia said by telephone from Jordan To a guerrilla with a gun the brutally random nature of modern warfare has blurred the line between helpful humanitarian and enemy interloper The rocky marriage of private relief groups and multinational armies in Bosnia Kosovo and Somalia may have ended in divorce in Afghanistan when armed soldiers in civilian clothes were distributing aid That increased our security risk con said Mark Bartolini Mid dle East director for the International Rescue Committee You will see the vast majority of relief groups keep ing their distance from the military This is a highly controversial Aid agencies have become more secu rity conscious since the end of Com munism created power vacuums that left mosaics of militias to compete for control in places like Afghanistan Somalia and the Balkans Humanitarian groups now are more likely to pull their workers out of volatile places or avoid them altogeth er and rely more heavily than ever on staffs comprised of local nationals Bar tolini said the Iraqi war prompted his group to pull four of its six expatriate workers out of Pakistan One thing to avoid are places that See Experts Citizens also bear responsibility to avert terror BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Texas security experts urged the public to become more active in the fight against terrorism on soil Panelists at the 37th Annu al Texas Legislative Confer ence said as America is on high alert because of the war in Iraq everyone should be more cautious and aware of his or her surroundings Everyone must be a first said Colleen McHugh former Texas Bar Association president and member of the Texas Home land Security Taskforce She said it is the responsi bility of average citizens as well as law enforcement authorities to catch terror ism before it happens William Sessions former director of the FBI said the public should not point fin gers at Middle Easternlook ing people You are not going to be able to identify terrorists he said Theres no way to do Tommy Davis director of the Texas Department of Public Safety said instead to look for anything out of the ordinary in daytoday life See INSIDE Key Code 76 City CFO agrees to part ways BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels City Man ager Chuck Pinto said he and Chet Lewis city chief finan cial officer mutually agreed that Lewis would leave his position Pint said Lewis was not fired Theres a difference between fired and parting Pinto said and repeat ed that the staff change was a mutual agreement and not a firing You cant look at it that way in Pinto said Sometimes there are differences in approach he It was a difference in phi losophy Pinto said When these things hap pen its not just one Pinto said Its just the way I run and Pinto became city manager about 14 months ago and has made changes in a number of positions including fire chief police chief planning director and main street director Pinto who has 25 years of experience as a city manager in five communities said staff changes usually follow changes in management but he tries not to make several changes immediately or all at once I try to come in and let everybody get used to Pinto said You try not to destabilize the government if you dont have to These things raise havoc You dont come in with the idea to replace He said managers are facilitators and should not intend to impose their will on staff Its my job to take the city where it wants to he said He said the decision was strictly between him and Lewis and that he did not consult other staff members This is not an unfriendly Pinto said as he praised Lewis abilities as an accountant Wherever he goes from here hes going to do he said Pinto said he slowly See