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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY March 29 2003 m mm pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 117 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Fighting gets fiercer DESMOND A CH47 Chinook helicopter drops Marines of the 15th Expeditionary Unit Fox Company Raiders at an undis closed location in the Iraqi desert Friday The United States unleashed huge bunkerbuster bombs on Baghdad on Friday in some of the heaviest air strikes of the Iraq war but advancing ground troops appeared to pause to regroup and strengthen supply lines Bombs rain on capital troops battle for city BY DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent Americanled forces dropped bombs on Iraqi Republican Guard units ringing Bagh dad on Friday and battled for con trol of the strate gic city of Nasiriyah Presi dent Bush warned of fur ther sacrificl ahead in the face of unexpectedly fierce fighting In anticipation of a push on Baghdad attacked a Republican Guard fuel depot and mis sile facility south of the Iraqi capital officials said Hor nets dropped 500pound satelliteguided bombs on the fuel facility while other planes hit the missile site with four 1000pound bunkerpenetrating bombs Iraq said at least 58 civil JOHN Images Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld left and Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff Richard B Myers field questions on the Iraq war from reporters Friday at the Pentagon in Washington Rumsfeld accused both Syria and Iran of interfering in the war effort asserting that military equipment had crossed into Iraq from Syria ians were killed when a bomb struck a crowded openair market in the cap ital and blamed the deaths on American and British invaders The first wounded Amer ican service members to return to the United States were being treated at Wal ter Reed Army Medical Cen ter in Washington At least four were brought back two of them carried into the hos pital on stretchers On the 10th day of Oper ation Iraqi Freedom a British supply ship docked in the southern port city of Umm Qasr bearing tons of humanitarian supplies and officials said fires at three of seven oil wells in the south had been extin guished At the same time Ameri can officials speaking on condition of anonymity said Saddam Husseins troops have been spotted between and Iraqi lines wear ing full chemical protection gear and unloading 50 gal lon drums from trucks The report reinforced concern that American and British troops might face chemical weapons Defense Secretary Donald H Rumsfeld sternly warned the Syrian government to cut off alleged shipments of night vision goggles and other mil itary equipment to Iraq We consider such trafficking as hostile acts and will hold the Syrian government account he said Syrian and Iraqi officials both ridiculed the charge In Iran hundreds of thou sands of people demonstrat ed denouncing both Bushs barbarism and Saddam Husseins See INSIDE Special American flag pullout Page 5A Woman dies after CISD bus backs into her BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH A 51yearold Spring Branch woman died Friday afternoon when she was struck by a Comal Independent School District bus Loretta Campos Campbell was struck at as she apparently checked the mail in front of her residence located in the 700 block of Grand Oaks Drive in the Cypress Springs subdivision Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders pro nounced Campbell dead at the scene and ordered an autopsy Department of Public Safe ty Trooper Randy Wells said the bus driver whom he did not identify pulled up to a residence to drop off a childr The normal procedure at this stop is then to back up to turn Wells said The victim apparently did nt hear the warning signal emitted by the bus The dri ver said the victim was in the blind spot directly behind the Wells said She could not see her in her mirrors and backed into the Wells said I did a preliminary check on the bus and all the equip ment on it was working prop Wells said This was a tragic acci Comal Independent School District Public Information Officer Kari Hutchison said there were 18 Spring Branch Middle School and Smithson Valley High School students on the bus Branch EMS checked all of them out Physically they were unharmed and with one exception all were either picked up by their parents or taken home on a second Hutchison said One young lady from Spring Branch Middle School was being taken by her par ents to the hospital because she was upset They wanted someone to examine her and make sure she was Hutchison said I need to say that our deepest sympathies are extended to the family and friends of the victim We know the students who were on the bus are emotionally upset too and we will be offering counseling to Hutchison said See K JESSIE Comal County Sheriffs Deputies and EMS personnel wait for a funeral home van to come and pick up Loretta Campos Campbell after she was hit by a Comal Independent School District bus Friday afternoon on Grand Oaks Drive Board takes no action on financial situation BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer The Comal Independent School Districts Board of Trustees took no action Thursday night to cut employees or programs Trustees went into executive session to talk about the possibility of declaring a state of finan cial exigency or urgency because of the state budget crisis CISD spokesperson Kari Hutchison said Friday that the district took no Instead the matter would be revisited in a special meeting April 8 at a location to be deter mined That discussion would also be held in executive session Hutchison said When dealing with personnel issues and dis cussing job titles and categories the law allows us to discuss that in closed session with an attor ney first before you take action in open Hutchison said INSIDE Key Code 76 Officials fear bill puts water at risk BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Local officials are concerned that a bill sponsored by state Sen Jeff Wentworth could threaten the Trinity Aquifer by making it easier for San Antonio or Bexar County to finance a water pro ject in Comal County Senate Bill 1016 would broad en a section of the Local Govern ment Code to allow a city or a county to finance water conser vation projects or preservation projects with a halfcent Venue sales tax But a broad reading of the pro posed legislation suggests it could finance other projects as well and erode property rights of neigh boring landowners in counties far removed from the elected offi cials who make decisions Citing worries that the pro posal would facilitate San Anto nios ability to get groundwater from an already parched west ern Comal County commissioners set a special meeting for Monday to consider a resolution of opposition District Attorney Dib Waldrip and County Counsel Geoff Barr would include on the agenda a number of other pieces of pro posed legislation that could affect Comal County in terms of taxes money authority or its subdivi sion rules County Judge Danny Scheel said commissioners would con sider and decide whether to sup port or oppose each proposal But SB 1016 raised red flags Thursday for Scheel and others My concern is that the San Antonio Water System or Bexar Metropolitan Water System could drill wells and transport that Scheel said Lets call a spade a spade here If Sen Wentworth didnt have water on his mind for the City of San Antonio then why did he do this Scheel asked Waldrip said that the bill could be valuable from the standpoint of protecting the Edwards Aquifer But it could be broadly interpreted to do much more he feared Theyre trying to find another way around the Boerne Waldrip said Theyre going underneath The Boenie Wall is a hastily See
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