New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Palestinians ask U.N. to take stand against settlement
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinians took their case against Israeli settlement in east Jerusalem to the U.N. General Assembly today, asking it to speak out against a planned Jewish neighborhood in the predominantly Arab quarter.
The move came despite Israeli warnings that any attempt to bring international pressure would only harm Middle East peacemaking.
Arab ambassadors to the United Nations asked for the General Assembly debate, scheduled for this morning, after the United States vetoed a European-sponsored resolution in the Security Council criticizing Israel for the planned 6,500-unit Har Homa project.
U.S. Ambassador Bill Richardson cast Friday’s veto — only America’s third in the council since the end of the Cold War — because Washington prefers to keep Arab-Israeli issues out of the United Nations.
Palestinian* see Jewish construction in east Jerusalem as a threat to their hope to make the district the capital of a Palestinian state — a hope which Israel insists will never be realized.
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MOSCOW (AP) — Barely a year ago, President Boris Yeltsin tossed Anatoly Chubais out of the government and millions of Russians said good riddance to the man many blamed for the country’s economic misery.
But now, Yeltsin has again tapped the young, ambitious Chubais to help form a new government and carry out reforms meant to boost Russia’s sagging economy.
Chubais, 41, will hold the post of first deputy prime minister as part of a Cabinet overhaul Yeltsin ordered Tuesday. But his actual power is likely to go beyond his title. It's widely assumed he will have a say in choosing the new government to replace the one Yeltsin dismissed. He’s also likely to play a dominant role in government economic policy.
The red-haired Chubais — the only Cabinet member besides Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin to have his job guaranteed by Yeltsin in the overhaul — remains a figure of controversy.
Many Russians remember him as the man who sold off state enterprises to a few well-placed insiders while most everyone else struggled to make ends meet.
But he has strong support among some businessmen — as well as Western governments and bankers — who consider him a tough, skilled manager who’s willing to push ahead with economic reforms, even if they are unpopular.
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EQUALITY, III. (AP) — The Ohio River swamped Reginald
McCaughan’s home and was now threatening to flip him, his companions and his belongings out of a boat into 15 feet of brown water.
He would have lost several hundred dollars worth of appliances had the boat tipped, but it was a photograph of his sister that he scrambled to save.
“Wouldn’t want to lose that,” McCaughan, 50, said Tuesday, breathing hard as he moved his family’s belongings, boatload by boatload.
Inside their home, his wife, Beulah, cried and hugged her daughter, Regina, as they cleaned out a refrigerator with a foot of water lapping at its door. Predictions called for another 2 feet by Friday.
The McCaughans were among about 50 families struggling against the still-rising river at Equality, one of many small towns unprotected by levees and threatened with serious flooding in far southern Illinois.
In the second week of its rampage, the rising Ohio is causing flooding many miles from its banks, backing up tributaries that are spilling into low-lying farmland and rural communities up and down the Illinois-Kentucky state line.
Once the high water reaches the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, flooding is expected from Illinois to Louisiana, according to Bob Stucky, a hydrologist with the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in New Orleans.
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DENVER (AP) — Timothy McVeigh told his lawyers the force of a bomb he set off in Oklahoma City in 1995 pushed him against the wall of a nearby building as he made his escape, Playboy magazine repotted.
McVeigh also said he encountered a mail carrier who looked at him and said, “Man, for a second, I thought that was us who blew up," the magazine reported in a story posted on its Internet site Tuesday.
McVeigh replied. “Yeah, so did I,*! the magazine said.
Playboy said the story was based on “lawfully obtained documents’’ prepared for the defense and obtained by the magazine last spring. Playboy did not explain the delay in reporting on the documents.
The story is the second in the last two weeks that says McVeigh confessed to his lawyers. The Dallas Morning News reported on its Web site Feb. 28 that McVeigh told his defense team he attacked during the day to ensure a “body count.”
Prosecutors declined comment.
In a statement released Tuesday night, McVeigh's lawyers said: “These escalating reports of alleged statements by Mr. McVeigh are corrupting the heart of the jury system. The American ideals of justice are being held hostage to sensationalism.”
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McVeigh, initially claimed The Dallas Morning News’ story was a hoax. Four days later, however, he said the defense team had faked the statement to persuade someone else suspected of being involved in the bombing to talk to investigators.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — During the time his old friend Webster Hubbell was under criminal investigation by Whitewater prosecutors, President Clinton knew that two longtime political supporters had hired the former associate attorney general, the White House acknowledges.
Whitewater prosecutors are investigating whether Hubbell’s hiring by Hinton allies in 1994 was part of an effort to keep Hubbell from cooperating with prosecutors in the Whitewater investigation of the president and the first lady.
The White House said Tuesday “the president never asked or suggested that anyone hire Webb Hubbell.”
But Clinton “thinks that at some point he may have heard from Bernard Rapoport or Truman Arnold, or both, who are old friends of the president, that they had hired or intended to hire Hubbell,” said White House spokesman Lanny Davis.
Rapoport, an insurance magnate from Waco told reporters last week that he had told people at the White House — possibly including Clinton — that he was hiring Hubbell in 1994. Rapoport made payments to Hubbell, he said, at the behest of Truman Arnold, a Texarkana, Texas, oilman. Rapoport said he understood that Arnold was hiring Hubbell, too.
Hubbell ended up agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors, but his memory lapses have frustrated investigators’ efforts to get to the bottom of Whitewater.
Dramatic tax ovorhsui atlll a long way off
WASHINGTON (AP) — A dramatic overhaul of the tax code isn’t in the cards this year, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer says, and one reason is Republican disagreements over competing tax plans.
“The first hurdle that we need to get over is unifying the Republican party behind one concept," Archer, R-Texas, said in an interview Tuesday.
“And that means (House Majority Leader) Dick Armey and I basically are going to have to get together and resolve our differences. That’s a major piece that’s got to be put in place.”
Armey, R-Texas, favors a 17 percent flat tax on all income, but Archer advocates a plan that goes much further, eliminating the income tax in favor of a consumption tax on goods and services. Armey and Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., planned to reintroduce the flat tax proposal today.
The lack of agreement means Archer will seek to build support for his plan this year, with an eye to possibly considering legislation in 1999.
"I think it’s going to be very difficult to do that in this Congress,” he said.
Lake confirmation focuses on flow of socrots
WASHINGTON (AP) — Surprisingly for a nominee to head the nation’s spy service, the dominant theme in Anthony Lake’s confirmation hearing is why secrets don’t flow more freely.
Senators at Tuesday’s opening-round hearing wanted to know why Lake and President Clinton failed to learn about an FBI briefing for two National Security Council aides that dealt with alleged attempts by China to influence U.S. congressional elections.
Earlier, Lake acknowledged that as Clinton’s national security adviser he should have informed lawmakers in 1994 about a secret U.S. policy change that allowed Iranian arms to flow to Bosnia.
And Lake, who rarely appeared before Congress as Clinton’s top national security aide and developed a reputation for secretiveness, promised repeatedly to keep lawmakers informed of important developments if he is confirmed to head the CIA.
“lf you look back at some recent controversies involving the intelligence community, while various mistakes were made, too often the core of the problems was overzealous secrecy — not sharing enough information among ourselves; not sharing enough information with Congress,” Lake said. “That is unacceptable.”
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The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Leadership New Braunfels project kicked off in October, and monthly sessions will continue through May.
This Chamber project was designed to identify and bring together men and women of New Braunfels who seek the opportunity to expand their involvement in community affairs and are willing to assume leadership positions.
Pat Lynch owns his own business, Caring and Sharing. He attended Texas Tech University.
Lynch is married and he and his wife Patti have four children, Anthony, Katie, Tilli and
Michael. He enjoys tennis and golf and belongs to the Knights of Columbus, Downtown Rotary and the New Braunfels Tennis Association.
Bobbie Landrum is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper. She attended the University of California at Berkeley, American College of Real Estate and numerous professional schools.
She and her husband Bob have three children and six grandchildren.
Landrum enjoys swimming, dancing, reading and grandmothering. She is active on the United Way Board, Circle Arts Theatre, Young Life Board, New Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Firs* Baptist Church where she sings in the choir, and the Greater New
Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
Landrum said in the housing business she meets prospective new residents and hopes to learn more about her city in order to help newcomers learn what makes New Braunfels unique.
David Kopp is area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation. He received his BSCE from The University of Texas at Austin.
He and his wife, Michelle, have two
children, Christopher and Sydney.
Kopp enjoys tennis and
“working" on • his property. He is a member of the New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club, New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and New Braunfels Tennis Association.
He said he will benefit most from the Leadership New Braunfels program by enhancing his knowledge of New Braunfels, while at the same time enhancing his own leadership skills.
Alice Hernandez is personnel director at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. She graduated from New Braunfels High* School and the Career Point Business School in San Antonio.
Hernandez and her husband. Adam, have three children, Adam, Alison and Amanda. She enjoys sewing and reading, and is a member of the New Braunfels High School PT A, ' Sts. Peter and Paul Church and Carl I Schurz PT A.
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