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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 25, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW TUESDAY March 25 2003 12 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No U3 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Closing in on Baghdad Troops within 50 miles of city BY DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent Aiming for Saddam Hus seins seat of power warplanes and helicopters at tacked Republican Guard units defending Baghdad on Monday while ground troops advanced to within 50 miles of the Iraqi capital The helicopter assault marked the first known en gagement between forces in central Iraq and many of the American craft were hit by Iraqi groundfire Coalition forces are clos ing in on Maj Gen Stanley McChrystal told reporters at the Pentagon Five days into Operation Iraqi Freedom resistance prevented American and Bri tish forces from securing the southern cities of Basra and efforts to extinguish burning oil wells A military barracks in the northern part of the country was bombed and Baghdad fell under renewed air attack by day and by night Iraqis set up mortar positions south of the city and piled sand bags around government buildings and other strategic locations in evident antici pation of a battle to come Defense officials at the Pen tagon said the Apaches encountered heavy ground fire during their assault on the Medina armored division One official said many Apach es were hit by fire but man aged to kill about 10 Iraqi tanks before cutting off their attack The Air Force flew more than sorties over Iraq on Monday So far 80 percent of the bombs and missiles used by theAir Force have been guided by lasers radar satellites or video cam eras a defense official said The Pentagon says the munitions are highly accu rate but Iraq claimed that 252 civilians had been killed Sunday including 194 in Baghdad It did not give any figures for military deaths AFP GACAD US Army crewmen of the medical evacuation air ambulance for the 3rd infantry Division mark landing ground for their Blackhawk heli copter at a captured airfield Monday in southern Iraq The Army medical evacuation teams have been conducting 24hour emer 11S prisoners of war War euphoria wore off Monday on Wall Street Page 5A I A local stockbro ker and a professor of finance said Monday the market will ebb and flow with war news Page 5A I Gas prices have steadied the past week as coalition forces take control of Iraqs oil fields Page 5A I Firefighters snuffing out oilwell fires find signs of sabotage Page 5A I Three local ser vicemen are fea tured in the Herald Zeitungs Serving with Honor column Page 5A B Follow late developments on the HeraldZeitung Web Site billion and counting President Bush put a billion price tag on a down pay ment for the war Captured US helicopter pilots appear on Iraqi TV BRUCE Pool A British soldier center from the Household Cavalry Regiment D Squadron stops suspected Iraqi soldiers whose faces have been pixi lated at the request of the British Ministry of Defence at a checkpoint Monday in southern Iraq BY HAMZA HENDAWI Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD Iraq AP Iraqi state television on Monday showed two Army pilots captured by Iraqi forces after their Apache helicopter was forced down during heavy fighting in central Iraq Gen Tommy Franks the war commander confirmed that a helicopter did not return from its mission Sunday and that its twoman crew was missing Chief Warrant Officer Ronald D Young 26 of Lithia Springs and Chief Warrant Officer David S Williams 30 of Orlando Fla Monday night the Pentagon declared the men prisoners of war The airmen were the second set of POWs displayed by the Iraqis in as many days On Sunday the Arab satel lite station AlJazeera carried Iraqi television footage of five soldiers who were captured near An Nasiriyah a crossing point over the Euphrates River Iraqs Ambassador Mohammed AlDouri said Monday his government would allow the International Com mittee of the Red Cross to visit the prisoners as called for in the Geneva Conventions I can assure you that our religion our customs our social values order us to protect those prisoners and to protect their he said in an interview with Associated Press Television News Some of the soldiers shown on Iraqi television Sunday appeared to be in jured but the men shown Monday did not The two wore creamcolored pilots overalls and did not speak to the cam era but appeared confused One of the men sipped from a glass of water look ing wary but not cowed The contents of one mans wallet were displayed across a table including a Texas drivers license a card from the Fort Hood National Bank phone cards and credit cards The helicopter was from the Armys 1st Battalion of the 227th Aviation Reg iment based in Fort Hood Texas Mil itary officials said Williams has been in the service for 12 years and has a wife and two children who live on Fort Hood Young an Army man for three years is single Mayor puts a cork in email discussion BY DYLAN JIMENEZ AND RON MALONEY Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil didnt discuss the contro versial Feb 25 email sent by Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce offi cial Rusty Brockman to mem bers of the New Braunfels Manufacturers Association Mayor Adam Cork shot down the item put on the agenda by District 4 Council member Robert Kendrick because it pertains to a pair of propositions on the May 3 ballot As soon as the email item came up on the agenda Cork quizzed Kendrick about what he wished to discuss Kendrick said the email misstated a number of facts Tve researched this exten sively and wish to correct the Kendrick said I would have to call that discussion out of Cork said Cork explained that elec tion law pertaining to elec tioneering or supporting one or another side of an issue on a ballot clear that it is inappropriate for the city to See INSIDE Key Code 76 I56825UOOOC Council votes down efforts to ban big big boom boxes on rivers BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil voted down Monday a pro posal that would have ban ned stereo equipment on rivers Consideration of the ban on stereo equipment started with an apology from District 6 Kenneth Valentine Sometimes you say some thing that reflects a deep frustration with issues and I said some words about per sonal characteristics of visi tors that I probably shouldnt have said So for all you listening at home I do apologize for what I Valentine said Valentine said last week that the ordinance would stop tattooed bodypierced toothless people from play ing offensive music and dis turbing residents Assistant City Manager Don Ferguson said the ordi nance was aimed at address ing complaints of loud noise by residents and preventing groups from floating in mass around stereo equipment Joel Guajardo chairman of the River Activities Commit tee said the intent of the or dinance was to stop the use of big big boom boxes which are sometimes built out of ice chests He said the current ordinance is ineffective and difficult to enforce He said whenever there are large con gregations of floaters blocking other tubers there is always a big boom box right in the middle of the Denis Abernethy is one res idence who owns one of the ice chests powered by a boat battery He said in 15 years of floating the rivers with his ice chest boom box no one has ever asked him to turn down the musk on his stereo Conversely he said he often has tubers and residents See COUNCIL73A
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