New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 6, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 2A — Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, August 6, 2005Thousands gather to remember Hiroshima bombing
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) —Tens of thousands of people gathered in Hiroshima Saturday to mark the 60th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bomb attack with a moment of silence and offerings of flowers and water.
More than 55,000 people joined in the austere ceremony in Peace Memorial Park, a sprawling, tree-covered expanse that for one day each year becomes tile spiritual epicenter of the global anti-nuclear movement.
A moment of silence was observed at 8:15 a.m., the instant of the blast. Flowers and water — symbolizing the suffering of those who died in the atomic inferno — were offered at a simple, arch-shaped stone monument at the center of the park.
About 140,000 people were killed instantly or died within a few months after the Enola Gay dropped its deadly payload over the city, which then had a population of about 350,000.
Three days later, another U.S. bomber, Bock’s Car, dropped a plutonium bomb on the city of Nagasaki, killing about 80,000 people. Japan surrendered on Aug. 15, 1945, bringing World War II to a close.
The true toll on Hiroshima is hard to gauge, however.
Including those initially listed as missing or who died afterward from a loosely defined set of bomb-related ailments, including cancers, Hiroshima officials now put the total number of the dead in this city alone at 237,062.
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VOLLEYBALL COACH ARRESTED ON FELONY CHARGES — An Anthony I ligh School volleyball coach has been arrested on charges of “improper photography or video recording.”
El Paso County Sheriff’s spokesman Rick Chancey said Friday that 47-year-old Jesse Brown, who also coaches girls basketball mid track at Anthony I Ugli School, was arrested Thursday.
Glancey would not discuss details of the case, saying only that Anthony Independent School District administrators had spoken with parents of female students at the school.
Anthony Police Chief Edward Miranda said his agency started the investigation earlier this summer and passed the case to the sheriff’s office because of its “complexity” and the department’s lack of resources.
The chief also would not discuss any details surrounding the case.
Brown, a history teacher at Anthony Middle School and dis
trict employee for four years, was being held at the El Paso County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail Friday afternoon.
PRISON FOR ONE WORLDCOM ACCOUNTANT, PROBATION FOR ANOTHER
— An accounting executive who made some fraudulent entries in the books at WorldCom was sentenced Friday to five months in prison and five months of house arrest.
Betty Vinson, 49, who said she was pressured by superiors to make the false entries, had hoped to avoid prison time because she cooperated with the government in its prosecution of ex-CEO Bernard Ebbers.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones noted Vinson was among the lowest-ranking members of the conspiracy that led to the $11 billion fraud that sank the telecommunications company in 2002. It emerged from bankruptcy as MCI Inc.
Still, she said, “Had Ms. Vinson refused to do what she was asked, its possible this conspiracy might
have been nipped in the bud.”
Vinson, the company’s former director of corporate reporting, testified at Ebbers’ trial that in choosing which accounts to alter, “I just really pulled some out of the air. I used some spreadsheets."
Calmly standing before the judge on Friday, she said: “I never expected to be here, and I certainly won t do anything like this again.”
OXYGEN SUPPLIES DWINDLING FOR SEVEN TRAPPED RUSSIAN SAILORS
— Russian, U.S. and British forces were scrambling to rescue seven Russian sailors trapped with dwindling oxygen supplies 600 feet under the Pacific on a mini-submarine caught on an underwater antenna.
A Russian ship grabbed hold of the sub early Saturday and was trying to tow it to shallower waters where divers could free the sailors, a commander said, as a British military plane and a U.S. Air Force jet carrying remote-controlled underwater robots
took off for the disaster scene in Russia’s Far East, north of Japan.
Moscow asked for outside assistance within hours of news breaking about the sub’s plight — a speedy request that was a marked change since the Kursk nuclear submarine disaster in 2000, when Russian officials waited until hope was all but exhausted.
News agencies quoted Adm. Viktor Fyodorov, commander of the Pacific Fleet, as saying Russian rescuers had managed to move the sub IOO yards toward the shore, using a dragging or trawling technique that involves two ships pulling a sunken line. But he said the process was taking too long and rescuers were now trying to attach a tow line.
Fyodorov’s statements followed a day of desperate rescue efforts and widely varying estimates of how much oxygen remained on the tiny vessel, which became stuck Thursday.
Both the U.S. and British rescue teams could reach the site off the Kamchatka Peninsula within time — if earlier estimates that there was enough oxygen to keep the seven alive for 24 hours held true.
Employers add more than 200,000 jobs in July as economy heats up
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers cranked up their hiring in July, adding more than 200,000 jobs in a summertime show of confidence in the economy’s staying power. The unemployment rate held steady at 5 percent.
The report released by the Labor Department on Friday raised hopes that job opportunities will continue to expand in the months ahead.
The 207,000 increase in payroll jobs last month — the most since April — reflected hiring across a range of industries. Retailing, health care, financial activities and construction all expanded employment. But factories shed jobs for the second month in a row.
“Once skittish businesses are turning into confident businesses that are willing and able to hire,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Economy.com. “I think the job market will improve further in the course
of the coming year.”
As the labor market gained traction, workers’ wages also went up.
Employees’ average hourly earnings rose to $16.13 in July. That was 0.4 percent more than the $16.07 in June. The increase was the most in a year. Average weekly earnings climbed to $543.58 in July, up from $541.56 in June.
While wage growth is good for workers, the increase was worrisome to investors and some economists who fret about inflation pressures picking up.
Stock price averages on Wall Street were down.
To keep inflation in check, the Federal Reserve is expected to raise short-term interest rates by one-quarter of a percentage point when it meets Tuesday. It would be the 10th such increase since the central bank began tightening credit in June 2004.
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