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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday, Juna 11,1995 ■ Harald-Zaitung ■ 9 A State and National News Kelly supporters pack hearing FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Thousands of military workers and citizens joined with Gov. George W. Push and other lawmakers Saturday in the fight to protect Texas and Oklahoma bases from the Pentagon’s hit list. Sporting blue shirts, about 2,200 members of Team Kelly arrived in 30 buses to support Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio before a regional hearing of the Base Closure and Realignment Commission. Closing the base would have a “scalding effect” on San Antonio’s economy, said Jose Villarreal, a member of the mayor’s BRAC task force. He estimated that one in five of the city’s Hispanics would be unemployed as a result. Also on the agenda were discussions on Laughlin AFB in Del Rio and the Air Force Reserve component at Naval Air Station Fort Worth-Joint Reserve'This Is mors than jobs. This Is our cultural soul.'— Linda Barrera, Kelly employee Base in Texas and Tinker AFB and Vance AFB in Oklahoma. “Closing Kelly would virtually destroy our Hispanic community. Yes, I said destroy,” he testified. “Nearly half of all middle-class Hispanics in San Antonio would lose their jobs if the Kelly depot were to close.” Kelly, the largest of the threatened Texas installations, was also foremost on lawmakers' minds. “Kelly is the forefront of providing meaningful employment of Texas Hispanics,” said Bush. “(Closing Kelly) will have a severe impact in the employ ment of Hispanics throughout the Air Force.” The base employs 45 percent of the Hispanics that are in the Air Force. Kelly escaped the commissions gallows in 1993, but the nearly 20,000 civilian and military jobs there were again placed in jeopardy last month. Of those, 12,400 are part of the San Antonio Air Logistics Center, which was given low-efficiency marks in one study. “As an old economics professor, I would give any student an ‘F’ who turned in such a study,” said U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm, who expressed confidence earlier this week that Texas bases on the hit list have# a chance of survival. Fighting back tears, 13-year Kelly employee Linda Barrera said, “My grandfather worked there when it was known as Duncan Field. This is more than jobs. This is part of our cultural soul.” Texas Briefs Woman Convicted In Shooting Of Pooping Tom Chron Ono-Yoar Sentence AUSTIN (AP) — Jurors who gave an Austin woman the maximum penalty for killing a man she said was peeping in her apartment window said they wanted to assess more time than the one-year county jail sentence. A Travis County jury convicted Jolie K. Blackburn, 25, on Thursday of criminally negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail. They sentenced her to a year in jail and a $3,000 fine Friday. Jurors said they convicted Ms. Blackburn because she was in no imminent danger when she shot Anthony Steadman, 34, in the back on Feb. 1,1993. “We have to send a signal to people,” said juror Donald Jennings. “We have to show that you can’t just pick up a gun at any time and blow somebody away.” Ms. Blackburn told police she heard noises outside her apartment and investigated with her semiautomatic pistol in tow. Douglas Finally to Benefit from Notorious Drug Tunnel TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Douglas residents will be gaining something positive from discovery five years ago of a sophisticated tunnel for smuggling Colombian cocaine. The property the tunnel ran beneath is being turned over to the city, and a building on it will be used for Douglas’ first domestic violence shelter. The now-sealed tunnel, about 30 feet underground, extended nearly the length of a football field north from a secret entrance beneath a house in Agua Prieta, Mexico, to a material supply warehouse in Douglas. Both were owned by fugitive businessman Francisco Rafael Camarena-Macias. His property on a city block in Douglas abutting the border, including an office building and valued at about $500,000, will be transferred Wednesday from the U.S. Customs Service, spokeswoman Pamela Previte O’Brien said Friday. The building will be renovated as a shelter for battered women. It will be operated by the Douglas Task Force to Stop Domestic Violence. Zulu conflict escalates again, threatens Mandela’s government DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — pie green hills and gullied townships df Natal are running with Zulu blood {ain, endangering South Africa’s pie unity and exposing the limits of qven Nelson Mandela as a peacemaker. •; Gunmen spray bullets at commuter trains, peace marches degenerate into funning battles, hit squads slay famines and torch their huts. Scores die each month in the latest flare-up of the Zulu civil war, and everyone expects it to get worse. I “I almost wish we could go back to tjie white govefhment, because our faders are not doing as they promised,” said Efram Mhlongo, an organizer of the Zulu nationalist (lkatha Freedom Party. “All they want $> do is see themselves on television.” J More than any black-white grievance, the conflict in KwaZulu-Natal province threatens stability in Manila’s new South Africa. Parliament and Cabinet lurch from crisis to crisis iver it and the normally soothing prescient has grown increasingly bellicose. • The bloodletting pits warrior people iwith a proud history against each oth-3er. They battle under the colors of political parties that represent choices ^between tradition and modernity. Ordinary crime, competition for jobs jmd a traditional love of fighting also ■figure in. * Tensions have been further raised fcy jockeying for local elections in November that will determine grass'-Joots power in the province. £ On one side sits Inkatha, headed iy Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi. He claims to represent Zulu traditions — ,Respect for family and the tribal struc-of chiefs and village leaders — tat have endured since the Zulu empire was founded in the early 19th century by the legendary warrior Sha-ka. On the other, Mandela’s African National Congress preaches a multiracial, modem state without group privileges — ideals that appeal to more educated Zulus but threaten many anxious to maintain tribal identity. In the past decade, the war between the Zulus claimed more than 15,000 lives but often went unnoticed next to the larger black struggle against white minority rule. This time is different — the whites are out of power and fissures among South African blacks are exposed for all to see. The sparks have smoldered since Buthelezi, leading the country’s second largest black party, agreed to participate in South Africa’s first all-race election last year on condition that international mediators later would settle Inkatha’s demands for provincial autonomy and special status for the Zulu kingdom. Mandela and the ANC captured the country; Buthelezi and Inkatha won KwaZulu-Natal. But Mandela has refused to start mediation, calling the matter an internal one that can be settled with talks between the parties. “The ANC has never accepted the IFP (Inkatha) won in Natal,” said Inkatha secretary-general Ziba Jiyane. “They can deal with the white parties, but they believe in black politics they should be the only party.” With the friction between the leaders came fresh attacks and clashes on the battlegrounds in KwaZulu-Natal. Since late April, killings have occurred at the rate of one to IO a day, often around weekend funerals for victims of violence the previous week. r a* POOLSIDE HAUS tA store you must see to believe! 48“ Table & 4 Chain All Aluminum Frame Will Never Rust All Weather Sling Fabric 625-0221 EXIT 184 ON IH-35 S. New Braunfels Round Rock to get phone competition AUSTIN (AP) — A subsidiary of a national communications company will be the first to take advantage of Texas’ new telecommunications law, which allows competition in local telephone service. As early as January, Time Warner Cable plans to challenge monopoly Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. with local and business telephone service in the town of Round Rock, located just north of Austin. “We are eager to go ahead and enter the business, and we’re prepared to do so,” Bill Carey, president of the Austin division of Time Warner Cable, told the Austin American-Statesman. Time Warner Cable owns both Time Warner Communications, a telephone unit, and Austin CableVision, which sells cable television service. The company is spending about $7 million to upgrade its Round Rock cable television network, which also will cany the telephone signals. It also plans to install a $1.6 million AT&T central office switch, which controls telephone service, at its Austin headquarters. Time Warner, a communications conglomerate based in New York, hasn’t set its monthly telephone rates, but Carey indicated they would be less than Southwestern Bell’s. “Two things are going to have to be superior to the local telephone company: One is the service itself, and the other is the price,” Carey told die newspaper Friday. “We recognize that this is not an arca that we can afford to go into and fail, even in a small way. We’re going to have to really impress people.” Customers will not be required to buy cable television service to get a Time Warner telephone line, and they will not have to change their phone numbers if they switch companies, he said. But other aspects of the service such as billing and customer service plans are still being discussed. Time Warner’s plans for Round Rock are the first challenge to Southwestern Bell in Texas, said Anne Marie Kilday, a spokeswoman for the telephone company. 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