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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas By Sarmad JALAL Associated Press Writer MOSUL, Iraq — Saddam Hussein’s sons, Odai and Qusai, died in a blaze of gunfire and rockets Tuesday when U.S. forces, acting on a tip from an Iraqi informant, stormed a palatial villa in northern Iraq. The U.S. military claimed their deaths will blunt Iraqi resistance to the American occupation. The six-hour raid was the most successful American operation since the war and comes as a much-needed tonic for U.S. troops, who recently have suffered a dozen attacks a day by Saddam loyalists and other anti-American groups. News of the sons’ deaths touched off celebratory gunfire in Baghdad and at least one southern city. But L Paul Bremer, Iraq’s top civilian administrator, cautioned there will be some people who will be pretty unhappy that we killed these two guys.” Four coalition soldiers were wounded and two other Iraqis were killed in the raid, but Saddam was not among them. The house belonged to Nawaf al-Zaydan Muhhamad, a Saddam cousin and tribal leader in the region. “We are certain that Odai and Qusai were killed today,” Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez told reporters in Baghdad. The bodies were in such a condition where you could identify them.” The identifying marks included Odai’s scars from a 1996 assassination attempt, a senior defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The daily attacks on U.S. See IRAQ/4 A QUSAI HUSSEIN ODAI HUSSEIN _    WEDNESDAYNEW Braunfels    july    23,2003 ■hmm •mmmmm    ^    pages    in    2    sectionsHerald-ZeitungVol. 152, No. 215    Serving    New    Braunfels    and    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Study aims to keep city money at home homes Local church helps family make two homes one By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Miracles happen in many, many ways. Felicity Rusuriye, 9, Is watching one happen before her very eyes this summer. Rusuriye emigrated from Burundi along with her family, with help from then-Ambassador Bob Krueger a few years ago. That’s a miracle in itself when one considers, according to the Central Intelligence Agency, more than 200,000 Burundians have died in ethnic strife in that central African nation during the past decade. “Chur country’s still fighting. We ask our brethren rn New Braunfels to pray for our brethren in Burundi,” said Felicity's father, Marcien Rusuriye. Now, the Rusunye family — three boys, three girls and mom and dad — are seeing a new miracle in the home being created for them next door to their existing one on Cross River, just a short distance from Washington Avenue. Oakwood Baptist Church has taken on the project of renovating two old homes and joining them together into one large five-bedroom residence See HOME/3A Saddam’s sons killed in northern Iraq home raid Home sweet DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zertung (Above) Jean Rusuriye, 20, works in a closet, removing old wallboard in what will soon become a new home for his family. Rusuriye, who attends Texas Lutheran University, looks forward to having a place to study away from his five siblings that doesn’t have “clothes and shoes everywhere" (Top) Chelsea Maniac!, front, and Rick Kiesling work on the deck that will join the two houses on Cross River Street together. When finished, the large home will finally give the eight-member Rusuriye family the room they need. The Rusudyes came to New Braunfels three-and-a-half years ago from Burundi. (Right) Chelsea Maniacs left, Kortney Williams and Emily Lowry take time out from working on the new home for the Rusuriye family to pray before eating lunch. By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Expanding the city’w retail bane could prevent future tax hikes and promote a better standard of living, New Braunfels officials said. Mayor Adam Cork said more shopping at home would stop residents from exporting the city’s wealth and create more jobs. A city retail recruiting study conducted by Community ID released this week found five sites in different areas of town that would be attractive to a variety of retailers. A second part of the study — a* yet CORK unfunded $40,000 project — would identify specific retail demands that translate to potential new commerce here. 'Hie study considered demographics and buying habits of households within a 10-minute drive of the sites. The sites — on South Seguin and Main Plaza, on Interstate 35 and FM 725,1- 35 and Loop 337, Loop 337 and Tbxas 46 and FM 306 and East Common Street — had similar retail potential, according to the study. “That means there could be retail development in any of those areas,” Michael Meek, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. president, said. “That gives us a lot of options. We’re not tied to just one site.” Retailers shop for communities to locate just like consumers shop for goods, Meek said. The study will help the city market to the right retailers. “One size doesn’t fit all,” Meek said. “The more listings a real estate broker has, the more chances he has at satisfying that buyer. If he’s just got one house to show them, he’s got one chance to sell them.” A dive in sales tax revenue contributed to the recent tax increase. A broader commercial tax See STUDY/3A CISD employees may get pay raise By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BULVERDE — Comal Independent School District employees could see more money in their paychecks come September. District staff Tuesday night recommended a 2.5 percent pay hike for teachers and counselors and a similar, one pay-step increase for other employees, such as paraprofessionals, maintenance and transportation workers. Salaries and benefits make up about 80 percent of the district’s $70 million operations budget, 80 percent of which is paid for by taxpayers. Tbxas picks up about 20 percent of ihe district budget. District business manager Abel Campos presented the salary recommendation Tuesday in a workshop meeting at Spring Branch Middle School. Campos said he wouldn’t, have revenue figures for the pending 2004 budget until the Comal Appraisal District certifies values this month. “The bottom line on this salary proposal is that, given the information as we know it today, the budget will be in the hole $403,OOO,” Campos said. The admuiistration’s feeling, said (’ISI) spokesperson Kari Hutchison, is the increases are necessary to retain staff. “We liave to try to stay competitive with the districts around us,” Hutchison said. Trustees will decide whether to implement the latest proposed raise at their July 22 meeting.Inside Dear Abby .......3A Classifieds...... 368 Comics ...... .......6A Crossword..... .......6A Forum........ .......5A Obituaries..... .......3A Sports ........ .....7-8A Today .......2A TV............ 2B www.herald-zeltung.cofn 56825 00001 Main Street Partners to help restore bandstand, downtown By Dylan JimEnez Staff Writer The first task New Braunfels Main Street Partners Inc. will tackle is fundraising for the Bandstand restoration project. 'Hie new nonprofit organization will also help raise funds for the city’s Main Street program. “There’s been a need for an umbrella nonprofit organization focused on downtown. And the bandstand was a good kickoff for it,” said Bob Smith, a founding trustee of New Braunfels Main Street Partners and chairman See MAIN STREETEHelp restore the Bandstand! ■ Mail donations to New Braunfels Main Street Partners Inc., do Jan Seedling, Main Street Manager, 424 S. Casten Ave., New Braunfels 78130. ■ Deposit donations at First State Bank, New Braunfels Main Street Partners Inc. account. ;