New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 16, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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KINSHASA, Zaire (AP) — Rebels have stormed the city of Kisangani, taken over its two airports and destroyed government planes and helicopters, sparking an exodus of panicked residents, a close aide to the president said today.
Defeated soldiers were looting the city — the country’s third-largest — and some had even begun killing the mercenaries hind to fight alongside them, the aide said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Relief workers in Kisangani reported hearing mortar fire late Friday night, the same time the aide said the rebels began their onslaught.
They destroyed all the planes at the airport and even the helicopters,” the aide said. There is general panic in the city. Everyone is fleeing.”
^^RUSALeSTcAP)*— Palestinian officials warned Israel that insistence on breaking ground next week on a Jewish housing project in east Jerusalem could unleash a new uprising against the Jewish state.
“Our people will defend their existence and their land,” the speaker of the Palestinian legislative council, Ahmed Qureia, said Friday.
Yasser Arafat, who largely has broken off contacts with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of the construction project and Israel's troop withdrawal plans in the West Bank, has invited foreign diplomats to the Gaza Strip today to air his grievances.
Israel has protested the meeting, saying Arafat is violating the peace accords by setting up a back channel that excludes Israel. Hie United States has said it will attend the meeting.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It was a sony sight for Florida tourism officials — a Florida sheriff on national TV, telling visitors to stay away because hundreds of violent felons had just been released from prison.
I wouldn’t tell anyone, wouldn’t even tell my family to come,” said John McDougall, an eight-year veteran from southwest Florida’s Lee County. "I think it’s very dangerous ”
On Friday morning's Today” show, McDougall compared the situation to the danger of having a hurricane lurking off the Florida coast.
The comments caused an uproar in the Sunshine State, which depends heavily on tourism dollars. A record 43 million people visited last year as Florida’s $20 billion-a-year tourist industry continued to rebound from the stigma of IO tourist slayingB in 1992-93.Jurors acquit two in Jogging
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police said the two men had admitted to raping and strangling the 26-year-old jogger, leaving her battered body in a stairwell of one of Philadelphia’s more exclusive neighborhoods.
Jurors needed less than a day to acquit the men, with one juror saying the panel was convinced that police had lied and conspired to coerce the confessions. It was another blow to a department already reeling from a two-year corruption scandal.
Herbert Haak, 26, and Richard Wise, 20, showed no emotion Friday as they were found innocent of murder, rape and kidnapping charges.
“As much as Haak and Wise were on trial, clearly those police officers were also,” defense attorney Jack McMahon said. This was a complete rejection of the government’s case.”St. Patrick's Day heavens coms with rad tint
MIAMI (AP) — In just six days, the moon will go into a near total eclipse, a giant comet will be within a few million miles of Earth and Mars will be in direct opposition with the sun, bringing a dash of red to the green holiday of St. Patrick’s Day.
This cosmic triathalon — all of which can be seen without the help of a telescope — is just too much for veteran star watcher Jack Horkheimer.
“Few times will you have this many dramatic events visible to the naked eye in the heavens in such a short time period,” said I lorkheimer, who is the director of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium and the writer-host of the PBS show “StarHustler.”
The triple play in the heavens begins Monday morning, when Mars will be in a straight line opposite the Earth from the sun. The red planet will rise in the east at sunset, brighter than usual, and travel across the sky before setting in the west as the sun rises.pee summit talks
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Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny M. Primakov holds pre-summit talks here, the Clinton administration is ruling out any limits on NATO expansion or the weapons thanew members coul bring into the alliance.
Still, Primakov's visit could produce guidelines for a new round of U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons cutbacks and on a charter to link Russia to NATO without giving it a veto over military actions.
He was due to see Secretary of State Madeleine Albright today, Defense Secretary William Cohen on Sunday and President Clinton on Monday, a day before Clinton leaves for Helsinki, Finland, and a summit with Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, all former allies of Russia, are expected to be invited this summer to join NATO in 1998, and a senior U.S. official said Friday that Romania and Slovenia also were candidates for membership.All drops out of race
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Two days alter filing for the position, Sanders Ali withdrew her name from the race for the District 4 City Council seat Friday.
Ali, a local business owner and homemaker, filed Wednesday for the District 4 City Council position that is up for election on May 3.
Ali could not be reached for comment Friday.
March 19 is the last day to apply for the two open spots on the council, which include districts 3 and 4.
When filing she had said she decided to run for the council position to become a voice for the people and become more involved in politics.McDonald
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making to help guide the rapid growth the city has been experiencing.
Specifically, he said he wants to help the various chambers of commerce to work together.'
“My No. I priority is keeping open communications with the chambers of commerce,” he said.
McDonald, whose wife Adriana works in the city’s Planning Department, named Wanda L. Libbey as treasurer.
District 4 includes a northeast section of the city, including Gruene, Summerwood, River-crest, the Estates and the industrial park area.
Jan Kotylo is also seeking the District 4 seat.
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and the city’s Safe City Commission and Citizens Police Academy. She has also volunteered with the Mid-Texas Symphony, New Braunfels Arts Council, Christian Women’s Club, New Braunfels Republican Women, Homespun Board, Teen Connection board and the Texas Junior Miss board
District 4 spans a northeast section of the city, including Gruene, Summerwood, River-crest, the Estates and the industrial park area.
Russell McDonald is also seeking the District 4 seat.
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