New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
War protesters, Bush supporters rally in Crawford
CRAWFORD (AP) — A grieving mother's anti-war protest entered its second week, gaining momentum and spurring counter rallies, as hundreds of people with conflicting opinions about the war in Iraq descended Saturday on a road leading to the Western White House.
More than 250 supporters of President Bush gathered for a few hours in a ditch across the street from the war protesters, who have camped out along die road to Bush’s ranch since Aug. 6. Most waved American flags and held signs, including one that read, “Help! I’m surrounded ny America hating idiots!”
Sheriff’s deputies and Secret Service agents kept the groups separated, and no confrontations were reported. But it created a traffic nightmare as cars lined the shoulders of the winding, two-lane road.
About 50 protesters were at their makeshift campsite during the counter rally, but later several hundred anti-war demonstrators gathered at Tonkawa Falls Park near downtown, hearing from relatives of fallen U.S. soldiers.
The pro-Bush rally was organized by Darrell Ankarlo, a conservative radio talk show host for KliF in Dallas. He also asked to meet with Cindy Sheehan, who started the anti-war vigil, but she only agreed to meet privately with Bush supporters whose relatives have died in Iraq. That meeting was set for Saturday evening.
"I feel sorry for Cindy, but I think she went about this the wrong way,” said Bill Garrett of Dallas, a member of Protest Warrior, a group that frequently holds counter protests to anti-war rallies. “Somebody’s got to stand up to them.”
But Tim Origer, who lost his left leg above the knee when he was a 19-year-old Marine fighting in Vietnam, said believing the war with Iraq is wrong does not diminish their support for the soldiers.
“When Iraqi Freedom started, it looked so much like Vietnam that I couldn’t be quiet,” sa id Origer, who lives in Santa Fe, N.M., and is a member ofVeterans for Peace. “It s real easy to say war is good when you don’t have to be in it”From staff, wire reports
NO ONE INJURED IN ACCIDENT AT AIRPORT -
IWO Austin men escaped injury at New Braunfels Municipal Airport Friday night when the landing gear on their plane collapsed as they touched down.
New Braunfels police Sgt. Craig Christopherson reported police and firemen were called to the airport at 8:12 p.m. Friday for a reported plane crash.
They arrived to find a singleengine, four-passenger plane blocking a runway.
The pilot, 45, reported he was attempting to land when the plane’s wheels collapsed.
The aircraft slid 1,183 feet before coming to rest, Christopherson said.
The pilot and passenger were not hurt, and no fuel was spilled. The plane’s propeller and undercarriage sustained significant damage.
New Braunfels firefighters helped move the plane to a hangar.
The Federal Aviation Administration will begin its investigation Monday, Christopherson said.
One runway was closed for 2-1/2 hours.
FIRE PUT OUT AT BP PLANT
— A small fire that followed an explosion in a plastics manufacturing unit was extinguished and investigators prepared Saturday to investigate the cause of the blast at BP’s Chocolate Bayou plant.
The fire was put out late Friday night, said company spokesman Dan Cummings.
No one was injured in Wednesday’s explosion and fire in the unit, which produces plastic materials such as ethylene and polypropylene. The plant is located in a remote area about 40 miles south of I louston is operated by BP subsidiary Innovene.
The blast occurred the same day that a heavy oil and gas leak occurred at another BP facility in Texas City. Hie leak caused a plume of smoke to rise over the area and prompted officials to order nearby residents to stay inside.
An explosion at the Texas (Tty plant in March killed 15 people and injured scores of others.
CHICAGO SKYSCRAPER EXPECTED TO BE NATION'S TALLEST — The architect’s concept is breathtaking: a spiraling,
115-story tower that would pierce the sky along Chicago’s iakefront and grab the title of the nations tallest building.
Off the drawing board, though, history shows that such plans often fail to live up to their record-breaking aspirations.
Over the past 20 years, dozens of high-rise proposals such as the new Fordham Spire in Chicago have been billed as the world’s or nation’s next tallest building. But most of the projects have ended up either scaled down or scrapped before the shovels even hit the dirt.
“Since 1950, theres only been a handful of world’s tallest buildings and those that have been
built have ruled for a long time,” said Lee Bey, a former architecture critic who is writing a book about unbuilt skyscrapers. “These things are obviously very complicated to build and complicated to finance.”
To get high-rise projects off the ground, developers have to clear financial, regulatory and political hurdles while alleviating high-rise security concerns that surfaced after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Chicago is home to the nation’s current tallest building, the Sears Tower, and has seen more than one unsuccessful attempt to top the 110-story structure.
Sixteen years ago, the 125-sto-ry, Cesar Pelli-designed “Skynee-dle” was supposed to go up just blocks from the Sears Tower and snare the title by towering almost 2,000 feet over the Chicago skyline. A real estate slump scuttled the plans.
US TROOPS OPEN OFFENSIVE TO RETAKE AFGHAN VALLEY
— U.S. Marines and Afghan troops launched an offensive Saturday to take a remote mountain valley from insurgents tied to the deadliest blow on American forces since the Taliban regime was ousted nearly four years ago.
The operation is the biggest yet aimed at rebels believed responsible for twin attacks that killed 19 U.S. troops in lune. Three Navy SEALS were killed in an ambush, and all 16 soldiers on a helicopter sent to rescue them died when it was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
The offensive came at the end
of a deadly week for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Seven Americans have died along with dozens of militants and civilians, reinforcing concerns that crucial legislative elections next month could be threatened by a surge in violence.
U.S. and Afghan commanders said militants in the Korengal Valley, in eastern Kunar province near the Pakistani border, were intent on disrupting voting. They said the valley held hundreds of Afghan rebels, as well as extremists from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Chechnya.
“We want them running for their lives way up in the hills where they can’t attack polling stations,” said Capt. John Moshane of the 2nd Battalion,
3rd Marine Regiment, based in Hawaii. “We want to isolate them from the community.”BAGHDAD, Iraq
IRAQIS VOW TO FINISH CONSTITUTION — American and U.N. diplomats stepped up pressure Saturday on Sunni Arabs to accept a new constitution with only two days before the deadline for its approval. A top Sunni official said his group would never accept terms that would lead to die division of the country.
President Jalal Talabani predicted a draft constitution will be ready by Monday’s deadline, and a Kurdish official said the draft would be presented to parliament with or without Sunni approval.
With time running out, U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and U.N. envoy Ashraf Qazi met separately with Sunni leaders but failed to persuade them to accept a federal system.
Man pleads guilty in teen’s dragging death
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death last year of an 18-year-old who was run over after a fight that stemming from a traffic argument.
Jesse James Leal appeared in court Friday. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the April 2004 death of Michael Hinojosa.
Police say that Leal was upset after he was cut off by a vehicle with Hinojosa and three friends inside. The two cars stopped, and a fight ensued. Leal and his friends then got back into their car, hitting Hinojosa and pulling him under the front bumper.
After driving for a few blocks, Hinojosa fell from the car and
was run over.
Leal’s attorney, Terry McDonald, said his client never intended to kill I linojosa. I Ie also said it was unclear what actually killed the teen because his friends accidentally ran over him after the chase ended.
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