New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 6, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Wildfires rage in the west
More than 747,110 acres of land have been scorched by fire in the western United States, according to the National Fire Information Center. Here is snapshot of large wildfires as of August 5.
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Smoke veils areas of Montana
HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) -Choking smoke veiled homes and businesses here Saturday as flames turned forest to ash a few miles away in one of dozens of blazes that have made Montana a leading hot spot on the West's fire map.
President Clinton is expected to tour the area Tuesday and speak with some of the more than 1,500 military troops who have been sent in to help exhausted civilian fire crews, the White House announced Saturday.
Across the West on Saturday, about 70 large fires were burning on more than 747,1 OO acres, according to the National Fire Information Center. The biggest, in Idaho, had charred at least 102,000 acres near the Montana border.
Man kills two, himself outside ER
KINGWOOD (AP) —A man fatally shot his wife and another man in a hospital courtyard before committing suicide Saturday afternoon, police said.
The slayings happened outside Kingwood Medical Centers emergency room about I p.m., said Houston Police Department spokeswoman Sylvia Trevino. No one else was injured in the shootings. Kingwood is a suburb north of Houston.
The man shot his wife and another man numerous times with a high-caliber revolver before turning the gun on himself, Trevino said. The identities of the three were not released.
Alberto becomes hurricane
MIAMI (AP) —The first named tropical storm of the 2000 hurricane season intensified to hurricane strength Saturday but was not expected to threaten land anytime soon, forecasters said.
The storm, centered about 515 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands, had top sustained winds of 75 mph, passing the 74 mph threshold to become Hurricane
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Ford recovered from stroke
Doctors on Saturday said former President Gerald Ford, 87, probably had completely recovered from the small stroke he had suffered during the Republican National Convention, and they performed surgery to correct an abscess in his mouth.
Ford’s tongue had been painfully swollen for several days, but it quickly returned to normal size after Saturday’s operation, said Dr. Richard Hayden, chief of the ear, nose and throat department at Hahnemann University Hospital.
Teen victim buried in S.A.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — One of two young cousins mysteriously slain a week ago has been memorialized as a teen whose life was filled w ith smiles and church involvement.
About 75 mourners packed Memorial Funeral Home Friday to take part in a simple service for Cassandra Lopez, who was found dead July 30 along w ith her cousin, Denise Marmolejo of Florida.
The 14-year-old girls were discovered one atop the other behind a library. Although police initially considered drug overdoses a possible cause of death, autopsies showed they were asphyxiated and ruled the deaths homicides. Asphyxiation occurs when something stops oxygen from reaching the brain.
Clinton vetoes marriage penalty bill
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) President Clinton vetoed a
Republican-sponsored tax cut for married couples Saturday,
describing it as “the first installment of a fiscally reckless tax strategy” that would erase projected budget surpluses.
He said the tax break package amounted to little more than a gift to the wealthy.
The legislation passed both the House and the Senate by less than the two-thirds majorities needed to override Clinton’s veto, but a House leader said an override attempt would be a top priority after Congress’ current summer recess.
GOP presidential nominee George W. Bush, on a campaign train tour through the Midwest with running mate Dick Cheney, criticized the veto. The legisla
tion, Bush said at a rally in Pontiac, Mich., “was the right thing to do. What kind of tax code is it that penalizes marriage? Its a bad tax code.”
Vice President Al Gore, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said he agreed with the veto but would sign a different tax cut for married couples.
“I’m for repealing the marriage tax, but not going beyond working families and not giving tax relief to people who are in the upper brackets and people who are not even married who are benefited by the version that was passed,” said Gore, speaking from Westhampton, N.Y. “So I do support the veto. I also support the right kind of repeal of the marriage tax.”
Clinton vetoed the $292 billion, 10-year tax cut before his morn
ing round of golf on the Massachusetts resort island of Martha's Vineyard, where the first family is vacationing this weekend.
He returned the legislation to Congress with a letter in which he said the tax plan was regressive.
“It provides little relief to families that need it most, while devoting a large fraction of its benefits to families with higher incomes,”
Clinton's letter said.
The veto, which Clinton announced on his weekly radio address, is the opening salvo of a complicated political skirmish as the November presidential election looms.
Clinton and the Democrats are trying to offer their own tax cut package while arguing that Republicans are giving away the store.
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Bush journey keeping in Texas tradition
By Kelley Shannon Associated Press Writer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) —Gov. George W. Bush in his bid for the presidency is on a political road well traveled by other Texans.
Lyndon B. Johnson and Bush's father, George Bush, reached the White House. Other Texans have embarked on the presidential journey only to withdraw before earning their party’s nomination.
George W. Bush, in his acceptance speech Thursday at the Republican National Convention, told of his Texas roots and values instilled in him in Midland, as he urged Americans to help him “use these good times for great goals.”
“In Midland, Texas, where I grew up, the town motto was, ‘The sky is the limit.' And we believed it. There was a restless energy, a basic conviction that with hard work anybody could succeed and everybody deserved a chance.” Bush said.
Bush seeks to become the first presidential son since John Quincy Adams to be elected president. He’s running exactly six years after his first election victory — a defeat of Democratic governor Ann Richards in 1994.
U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm, a Texas Republican, sought the presidency in 1996 but withdrew during the primary season.
John Connally, a Democratic governor of Texas in the 1960s and a Cabinet member for President
Richard Nixon the next decade, ran for president as a Republican in 1980 but also dropped out during the primaries.
Other Texas politicians have landed important jobs in the U.S. House and Senate, including Johnson, w ho w as Senate majority leader; I louse speakers Sam Rayburn and Jim Wright, both Democrats; and current House Majority Leader Dick Armey and Majority Whip Tom DeLay, both Republicans.
Texas Republicans displayed a proud attitude about Bush and their state as they trekked through Philadelphia all week, attending parties and wearing Texas Hag shirts and white cowboy hats.
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