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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 10, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY April 10 3003 f Ai X V7 14pagcs jn 2sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 136 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents WAR PARTY Legislators Tighter security a reminder of war Page 7A Chart details number of coalition losses In Iraq war Page7A H Follow late developments on the HeraldZeltung Web Site com Iraqis destroy a statue of Presi dent Saddam Hussein Wednesday in Baghdad after it was pulled down by a armored vehi cle troops moved into the heart of the Iraqi capital meeting little resistance KARIM AFP Photo OPERATION IRAQI 22 Jubilation amid combat The streets of Iraq erupted with celebrationrat the fall of Saddams Irj IRAN cheered V JWWfiR in Mosul Kurdish a statue of Sudani InstallaUpn Sfo ivmfinivflh surrounded lymamyaiy aflcfliebfatlon filled S International Alinorl qgiebmtlon filled streets of Irbll and Sulaymanlyah Khaneqln forces f holdouts In Tlkrit T Saddams hometown i With cheers Zubaydlyah i Mumanlyah A Najaf Qurnali n As US forces secure Baghdad citizens celebrate new freedom surrounded 0 100 ml SOURCES CIA United Nations Associated Pross KuwolJCI KUWAf J AP BY RAVI NESSMAN AND DAVID ESPO Associated Press Writers BAGHDAD Iraq Their hour of free dom at hand jubilant IraqiH celebrated the collapse of Saddam Husnoin8 mur derous regime on Wednesday beheading a toppled statue of their longtime ruler in downtown Baghdad and embracing American troops as liberators Im 49 but I never lived a single day Only now will I start said Yussuf Abed Kasdm a mosque preacher A young Iraqi spat on a portrait of Saddam Men hugged Americans in full combat gear and women held up babies so soldiers riding on tanks could kiss them Iraqis released decades of pentup fury as forces solidified their grip on the capital Marino tanks rolled to the eastern bank of the Tigris River the Army was on the western side of the waterway that curls through the ancient city Looting broke out in the capital as Iraqis shedding their fear of the regime entered government facilities and made off with furniture computers air condi tioners and even military jeeps We are not seeing any organized resis said Navy Capt Frank Thorp at the Central Command The Iraqi military is unable to fight as an orga fighting There was continued combat in cities to the north though where government troops were under attack from and British warplanes The scenes of liberation in Baghdad and celebrations in scattered other cities unfolded as the Pentagon announced that 101 American troops had died in the first three weeks of Operation Iraqi Freedom Eleven others are missing and seven lint ed as captured The British said 30 of their troops were dead There are no reli able estimates for Iraqi casualties although an Army spokesman said prisoners had boon taken The medical system was overrun with See District says it wont cut teachers BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer The contracts of all 780 teachers in the Comal Inde pendent School District will be renewed for the 200304 school year Eighty percent of the dis tricts million budget is earmarked for salaries and benefits School principals anxious ly waited for almost four hours Tuesday night as the districts board of trustees met in executive session at Fra Elementary School to determine if a financial emer gency should be declared Instead trustees recom mended that other budget reducing alternatives be enacted in attempts to over come an anticipated mil lion to million funding shortfall from the state After the meeting board President Dan K Krueger said trustees felt they could balance the budget by mov ing some staff members by savings from natural attrition and early retirement options by possibly combining some campuses and by reorganizing central office staff Our number one goal is to keep the excellence we have in the kids coming through our Krueger said The school district has room to raise the current tax rate if needed Krueger said and the reduction or elimination of the 20 percent homestead exemp tion is an option as well Krueger thinks the board made the right choice It is good news For us to put our staff through this to even think of this cant be good for he said School board Secretary Dora said I think that when push came to shove and we had to be creative we did a good job The general feeling of the board was we didnt want to do that declare financial exigency if we didnt have Goimiles said she doubts the homestead exemption which she culled the elephant in the middle of the living would be reduced or eliminated this year Im sure next year this time well be bringing it back to the table At some point were going to have to seri ously talk about she said See Police Unlocked vehicles an open door for burglars At a glance BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Some residents dont think a thing about leaving their vehicles unlocked when they park them at night But police say a vehkle left unlocked is an open door for burglars Tuesday morning five vehi cle burglaries were reported to city police Four of them occurred in close proximity to one another All five had one other tiling in common the owners had left their vehicles unlocked Patrol 8gt Sean Gabbard uaid 160 vehicle burglaries have been reported in New Report suspicious activity toNewBraunfelepottoeat 8093179 sfihfCfcrna County Sheriff Off toe at 62CHJ4QO always an emerflenoy Call Bruunfels since the begin ning of the year And in 2002 police investigated more than 500 vehicle burglaries Its a serious problem lie said one the public can help solve in two ways See INSIDE 5A Abby Classifieds Comics 28 Crossword 5A Forum 6A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports Today 2A TV Grids 3B Key Cote 76 Forum continues proposition debate Cork Flume argue street funding chamber control BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Though New Braunfels District 2 Councilman Alexander has vocally opposed May 3 ballot Propo sitions 2 and 3 his con stituents seemed divided on the issue Wednesday night when Alexander moderated an informational forum at the South Bunk Activities Center Mayor Adam Cork spoke uyaiiwt Propositiona 2 aad 3 and District 3 Council woman Debbie Flume who ALEXANDER spear headed the peti tion that brought the propo sitions to ballot spoke in favor of the propo sitions Propositions JJ and 3 would divert sales tax dol lars earmarked for econom ic development to street repair As the hourandahalf meeting began Alexander announced his game rules to the 30 peupie in atten dance He gave each side 20 minuter and only took ques tions fryrn District 2 con stituents thats what this meeting is Alexander said Its for the people of District He remained a neutral moderator on the proposi tions and only addressed questions regarding other concerns of his constituents Flume said the proposi tions would earmark money specifically for street repair while there would still be plenty of 4B money for eco nomic development projects However she said those pro jecto would only be if the Greater New Bruunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc allowed them because a majority of council See
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