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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 26, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels WEDNESDAY March 26, 2003 ■'■P    16    pages    in    2    sectionsHerald-Zeitung I . Vol. 152, No. 114 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents McKenna buys old H-E-B space, takes over Children’s Museum By Ron Maloney Staff Writer McKenna Health System announced Tuesday the intended purchase of the former H-E-B supermarket on West San Antonio Street. At H-E-B’s request, McKenna Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Malatek said the hospital system would not disclose the purchase price. Malatek said McKenna would use the facility to concentrate its education and outreach services at the new site with the New Braunfels Children’s Museum and a prescription assistance program. Monday night, the board of the nonprofit museum voted to turn its operations over to McKenna. The children’s museum will become a separate nonprofit corporation under the McKenna umbrella May I. It will retain its board, Executive Director Melissa Krause and its employees, Malatek said. “We’re very excited about working with Melissa, the staff and the board of the children’s museum. This has been a very exciting process,” Malatek said. When renovations are completed on the H-E-B building, McKenna and the children’s museum will move in. Tentative completion date is December 2004. “The partnership with the children’s museum is unique for a hospital. But we believe it’s a way for a hospital to reach out to people,” Malatek said. “By putting them together, it would be easy for families to be involved with the museum — and get See MCKENNANGround fighting intensifiesIraqis sustain heavy casualties as coalition draws closer to capital By David Espo AP Special Correspondent American infantry troops fought off a desert attack by Iraqis on Tuesday, inflicting heavy casualties in a clash less than IOO miles from Baghdad. British forces battled for control of Basra, a city of 1.3 million sliding toward chaos. Defense officials said between 150 and 500 Iraqis were killed in the battle near An Najaf, adding there were no immediate reports of American casualties. Iraqis launched their attack on a day of howling sandstorms — weather bad enough to slow the U.S.-led drive toward the Iraqi capital. After the sandstorm lifted in Baghdad, coalition aircraft struck the Iraqi state-run television channel, which U.S. military officials wanted to hit in order to cut communications links between Saddam Hussein and his military and the Iraqi people. U.S. troops in control of a vast Iraqi air base sealed 36 bunkers, designated as possible hiding places for weapons of mass destruction. American officials also issued fresh cautions about the possible use of chemical weapons by Iraqi troops, although none has yet been used in the 6-day-old war — or even found by the invading troops. As the pace of combat quickened, American and British officials sought to prepare the public for something less than a quick campaign, and predicted difficult days to come. Still, President Bush forecast victory. “The Iraqi regime will be ended... and our world will be more secure and peaceful,” he said after receiving a war update at the Pentagon. Thus far in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Americans said they had taken nearly 4,000 Iraqi prisoners. There was no accurate death toll among Iraqi troops or civilians. American losses ran to 20 dead and 14 captured or missing. The remains of the first two to die were flown overnight to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Twenty British troops had also died, including two killed Monday by friendly fire. ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP Photo A U.S, Marine from the 2nd Batailion 8th Regiment patrols on his truck Tuesday, passing by a burning U.S. army truck that was ambushed the previous day in the southern Iraqi town of Nasiriyah. More than 100 Iraqi bodies littered the road north from Nasiriyah where U.S. marines headed toward Baghdad after fierce fighting in this southern city. Sapper Jamie Maddock, a bomb disposal expert from the 20th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers, clears a route through a minefield at an undisclosed location in southern Iraq in an image released Tuesday. U.S. troops killed hundreds of Iraqi soldiers near the city of Najaf south of Baghdad without losing a man, the Pentagon said Tuesday, as reports emerged of a possible popular uprising against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in the southern city of Basra. ■ Lists of those who've died serving U S. in war on Iraq, list of those captured, Page 5A H New Braunfels resident voices anger over lack of patriotic display. Page 5A I Starkville woman organizes Operation Shoebox’ drive to support troops overseas, Page 5A I Trained dolphins used to help ferret out mines in channels near port of Umm Qasr, Page 5A I Businesses, residences fly colors with pride, Page 5A ■ Follow late developments on the Herald-Zeitung Web Site, www nwaid-iMung com CPL. PAUL SAXBY/Reuters Pool, RAF Schools cooperate with city, county on emergency plans By Sean Bowun Staff Writer City, county and school district officials met Wednesday to announce that in light of the war and possible terrorism, they were coordinating emergency planning with each other to protect students. “We treat emergency operations in this area as a community effort,” New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork said. “We have a combination of the city and county and the school districts that work together to make sure that if tfiere would be any type of event in the area, that we’re aU prepared for it; we’ve got all of our lines of communication open, and we’ve taken the proper precautions and trained accordingly.” With that, Cork introduced New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Ron Reaves, who said school districts have had emergency plans for a number of years, and they are always being refined. Reaves also said in fight of national events, both county school districts came together to enhance planning for emergencies with the Comal County Emergency management. Reaves said that in the See EMERGENCY/3AInside Abby....................................6A Classifieds...........................4-6B Comics................................3B Crossword..........................6A Forum  ...................7A Movies................................6A Obituaries........................;..3A Sports............................8-10A Today..................................2A Key Code 76 6825 00001    1 Candidates outline platforms at forum By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Ten Comal Independent School District and New Braunfels city council candidates discussed school and city issues at a luncheon sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. Gale Pospisil, District 3 council candidate, said the residents of district 3 deserve a “focused, effective council member, who will represent their views consistently on city council.” She said she is familiar with tho city and the challenges it faces. “First we need to promote economic development, and we need to revitalize our his- 4 join race for Bulverde aldermen posts/4A toric downtown,” Pospisil. “We need to plan for and manage our growth. We need to improve our streets and our traffic flows. We need to solve our drainage problems and enhance our quality of life.” Pospisil said councilmem-bers need to be informed and willing to work together to accomplish these goals. Her opponent, District 3 Councilwoman Debbie Flume, did not attend the forum. District 4 candidate Valerie Hull said New Braunfels is at a crossroads. “I believe it’s time for a change,” she said. “What we do today will affect our future and our children’s futures.” She said establishing goals and prioritizing will be important. She said the city can not afford to sacrifice economic development. She also said few issues are black and white and council members should compromise. Her opponent District 4 Councilman Robert Kendrick did not attend the forum. Dora Gonzales, who is running unopposed for her third term as District I school board representative, talked mostly about her fife in New Braunfels. She said she hopes her constituents are happy with their representation and See CANDIDATES^ ;