New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 3, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Volunteers begin arriving in effort to patrol Arizona-Mexico border
TOMBSTONE, Ariz. (AP) — About 450 volunteers gathered Friday for a monthlong effort to patrol tile Mexican border for illegal immigrants and smugglers, an organizer of the project said.
The idea, according to organizers of the Minuteman Project, is for the volunteers to fan out across 23 miles of the San Pedro Valley to watch the border and report any illegal activity to federal agents—an exercise some law enforcement authorities and others fear could lead to vigilante violence.
Many volunteers were recruited over the Internet and some plan to be armed Patrols are to begin Monday.
Chris Simcox, Minuteman field operations director, said 450 people were willing to participate in at least one shift in the desert. He wouldn't say how many had registered or had participated in orientation.
Jim Gilchrist, who organized the project, said earlier at least IOO volunteers had registered.
There was no immediate way to independently verify the count, and it was difficult to distinguish volunteers from counter-protesters, tourists and the merely curious in this town nearly 30 miles north of the Mexican border —best known as the site of the 1881 shootout at the OK Corral.
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A family feeds the ducks in Lands Park.
■HI HHFrom staff, wire reports
JUNIOR GOLF CLINIC SCHEDULED - The banda Park Golf Course is set to offer its first ever junior golf program for fifth and sixth graders.
The sessions promise to keep the game fun by combining indoor lessons, drills and exercises with outdoor play. Everything from etiquette, rules, putting, chipping, pitching, woods and irons will be covered.
“This is an outstanding opportunity for young golfers to gain instruction from a PGA pro,” said Dario Sassenhagen, luanda Municipal Golf Course manager. “We are making this very convenient for parents by providing bus transportation from Oak Run and loaner clubs to participants who do not have their own set.”
Classes run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. beginning Monday and continue each Monday through May 23.
“There is only space for 35 in this inaugural program, so preregistra
tion is a must,” Sassenhagen said.
Parks Director Stacey Laird said the program was intended to provide an affordable and convenient introductory program to encourage more young people to take up the sport.
“We’re even including a shirt, cap and snacks to make this a super, fun experience,” she said.
For information, contact Warren Bailey at 608-2174.
To register, stop by Parks Department office in Landa Park or call 608-2160.
STATE BACK IN CHARGE OF WILMER-HUTCHINS SCHOOLS
— A week after a judge’s order halted state involvement with the Wilmer-Hutchins school board, an appeals court on Friday returned the troubled district to state oversight.
The 5th District Court of Appeals threw out a temporary restraining order issued March 25 by state District Court Judge Merrill Hartman. I lartman’s order had removed the
state-imposed management team that had overseen the district's operations since November.
“Now we hope to reverse most, if not all, of the actions the school board took without the management team present,” said Suzanne Marchman, a Texas Education Agency spokeswoman.
With the managers temporarily rendered powerless Monday by the restraining order, the board made numerous moves that state officials didn’t approve of — including firing interim Superintendent James Damm, dismissing several of the district’s attorneys and tentatively re-creating the district’s controversial police department.
TERRI SCHIAVO CREMATED
— Terri Schiavo’s body was cremated Saturday as disagreements continued between her husband and her parents, who were unable to have their own independent expert observe her autopsy.
The cremation was carried out
according to a court order issued Tuesday establishing that Michael Schiavo had the right to make such decisions, said his lawyer, George Felos. He said plans for burying her ashes in Pennsylvania, where she grew up, had not yet been completed.
ATTACK ON ABU GHRAIB PRISON INJURES 20 -
Insurgents attacked the Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad, injuring 20 U.S. forces and 12 prisoners on Saturday while six people were killed elsewhere in Iraq following a period of declining attacks that had raised hopes the insurgency might be weakening.
At least 40 militants fired rocket-propelled grenades and set off two car bombs at the infamous prison as darkness fell, 1st Lt. Adam Rondeau said.
Soldiers and Marines stationed at the detention facility responded, and the resulting clash and gunfight lasted about 40 minutes.
Investigators examine part of unit involved in Texas City refinery blast
HOUSTON (AP) — Three inspectors into a deadly refinery explosion entered the area Friday where witnesses described a liquid and vapor release combining with an ignition source, possibly an idling diesel truck, to spark the blast.
The March 23 explosion, which killed 15 and injured more than IOO at the BP refinery in Texas City, shot flames, ash and blackened metal into the sky and was felt miles away.
The inspectors from the U.S. Chemical Safety and I laz-ard Investigation Board wore respirators as they toured the demolished remnants of six to IO trailers plant employees worked in and about 30 vehicles, including cars and trucks.
Most of those who died were contractors working in the trailers.
“Investigators have not been able to positively identi-
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fy a diesel pickup truck described by eyewitnesses as over-rewing moments before the explosion,” CSB lead investigator Bill I loyle said in a statement late Friday.
I loyle said remains of several vehicles were found within 25 yards of a vent stack that is believed to have purged the vapor release.
“It is unknown how many vehicles may have been running when the vapor cloud was released,” he said.
CSB spokesman Daniel Horowitz said investigators
plan additional inspections of what is left of the blasted, burned out vehicles found near the stack that is believed to have expelled the vapor.
“Any one of those, if running, could have served as a possible ignition source, as well as other ignition sources on the ground,” he said.
I loyle and his team spent about three hours photographing and documenting information within and around a portion of the isomerization unit, where the explosion occurred.
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