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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY March 28 2003 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 153 No 116 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Highspeed chase ends in death DAVID A San Antonio EMS technician examines the wreckage df a car involved in a chase that began in Comal County and ended in San Antonio with the death of the driver BY DYLAN Staff Writer Ahighspeed chase that started in south Comal County ended in San Antonio with the suspects car ripped open and the driver dead Edward Donald Duke 28 of San Antonio was pronounced dead on site late Thursday The chase began at as Comal County sheriffs deputies respond ed to a home burglary in progress Sheriffs Detective Sgt Tommy Ward said Neighbors reported a suspicious red vehicle on Silver wings a road off 281 north of Spring Branch Ward said Officers in the area responded quickly and before they could turn on their sirens the suspect took off south on 281 Two units gave chase Ward said San Antonio Police Sgt Brian Custard said DPS officers tried to use spike strips to stop the vehicle but the spikes landed upside down Officers pursued Duke south on 281 about 15 miles passed the Bexar County line and into San Antonio midday traffic Colette Gray San Antonio res ident also was driving south on 281 Though officers would not speculate as to how fast Duke See Warplanes continue pounding Resistance slows advance on capital BY DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent Americanled forces bombed Iraqi targets and bat tled Iraqi troops the length and breadth of Saddam Hus seins slowly shrinking domain on Thursday and British forces claimed the destruction of 14 tanks in their biggest battle since World War II But American officials reported 25 Marines wound ed or missing after fighting apparently around An Nasiriyah and the Iraqi regime breathed defiance The enemy rifflst come inside Baghdad and that will be its said Defense Minister Sultan Mashem Ahmed Eight days after the launching of Operation Iraqi Freedom President Bush met with British Prime Min ister Tony Blair and declined to set a timetable for the war It will last however long it to win he said thump ing the lectern for emphasis Both men said the United Nations could help rebuild postwar Iraq but sidestepped tricky questions of who would create and run a new gov ernment once Saddam was toppled In the war zone sand storms abated and the Amer icans and British reported flying missions during the day as they exploited their unchecked air superi ority Warplanes bombed posi tions in northern Iraq near Kurdishheld areas and hit Republican Guard forces menacing American ground forces 50 miles south of Bagh dad Thunderous explosions rocked the capital after night fall in one of the strongest blasts in days filling the sky with flames and thick smoke after one of Saddams presi dential palaces was hit Combat aircraft dropped bombs just about as fast as we can load said Capt Thomas A Parker aboard the USS Kitty Hawk in the Persian Gulf Cargo planes flew military supplies into northern Iraq after American air borne troops parachuted in to secure an airfield One source speaking on condition of anonymity said additional personnel were being flown in and that an early objective would be securing the north ern oil fields near Kirkuk Invading forces took control of southern Iraqi oil fields in the early hours of the ground war Several miles away Kur dish militiamen and villagers celebrated the fall during the day of a hilltop position where Iraqi forces had men aced civilians for years forces had pounded northern hills around Chamchamal over the past several days and it appeared that the Iraqis abandoned their checkpoint and bunkers and retreated to the west In central Iraq the first resupply plane landed on a restored runway at Tallil Air field hastily renamed Bush International Airport by American forces who had secured it Still Iraqi resistance con tinued to slow the drive on the capital and kept Ameri can and British forces out of key cities such as Basra and An Nasiriyah Its mines kept ships with humanitarian See Congress pressed to quickly approve war funds Page 5A H Church offers ecumenical prayer services Page 5A H Serving with honor HZ sends troops thoughts from home Page 5A I Flying their col ors with pride Businesses resi dences display patri otism Page 5A H Woman and friends show support for military families by buying 40 play tickets Page 5A I Briefs from the warfront Page 5A I Local gas prices below state national averages PageSA H Follow late developments on the HeraldZeitung Web Site CHRIS A British Army Challenger II tank crushes a portrait of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein at a former mili tary training ground outside the southern city of Basra Thursday British troops battling to take Basra Iraqs second largest city have taken over the local radio and television stations Sky television news said Thursday Politics hard to ignore at meetings BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The two incumbent New Braunfels City Council can didates conducted what were billed as constituent meet ings Thursday night Coming five weeks before the May 3 municipal election politics proved difficult to ignore District 3 Councilwoman Debbie Flume conducted her first meeting at her Wood Road home while District 4 Council member Robert Kendrick held his at the Gruene Cliff Bed and Break fast Flumes began at 6 with a prayer for soldiers and the country FLUME tions from the 20 or so people who attended One of the first questions was why was Flume was seek ing a sec ond term Because I dont feel like anyone should walk into an office unopposed and thats what I was afraid was going to Flume said Then questions moved to the two propositions Flume helped get on the ballot with the petition drive she spear headed a few weeks ago The propositions would KENDRICK reduce the economic develop ment sales tax by one third oneeighth of a cent per dollar and instead use that money to pay for residential street repair This is a start We have to start Flume said Former council member Paul Fraser made the meet ing even more political even though Flume moved it See INSIDE 6A Abby Classifieds Comics 8A Crossword 6A Forum 7A Movies 6A Obituaries 3A Sports 12B Today 2A Key Code 76 8 i CISD artificial turf vote has some seeing green BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer Before breaking into exec utive session to examine declaring a financial exigency and possibly cutting staff the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees voted 52 to approve a bid for artificial turf in the stadiums at Smithson Valley and Canyon High Schools The turf for both high schools will cost Booster clubs at each cam pus are committed to pay half or about per school Smithson Valley boosters are further along on the project than Canyon boosters it EDITORS NOTE By press time the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees had yet to emerge from an executive session to discuss whether to declare the district in a possibly laying off some dis trict employees appears that the Smithson Valley boosters have the financing to place the turf before the 2003 2004 football season The rest of the cost will come from the interest on the build ing bond floated in 1999 See
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