New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Fighting gets fiercerNew Braunfels
SATURDAY March 29, 2003
16 pages in 2 sections
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Vol. 152, No. 117
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
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A U.S. CH-47 Chinook helicopter drops Marines of the 15th Expeditionary Unit Fox Company “Raiders” at an undisclosed location in the Iraqi desert Friday. The United States unleashed huge “bunker-buster” bombs on Baghdad on Friday in some of the heaviest air strikes of the Iraq war, but advancing U.S. ground troops appeared to pause to regroup and strengthen supply lines.
Bombs rain on capital, troops battle for city
Special American flag pullout,
Woman dies after CISD bus backs into her
American-led forces dropped I,OOO-pound bombs on Iraqi Republican Guard units ringing Ba gh-dad on Friday and battled for control of the strategic city of Nasiriyah. President Bush warned of “further sacrifice” ahead in the face of unexpectedly fierce fighting.
In anticipation of a push on Baghdad, F/A-18s attacked a Republican Guard fuel depot and missile facility south of the Iraqi capital, officials said. Hornets dropped 500-pound satellite-guided bombs on the fuel facility, while other planes hit the missile site with four, 1000-pound bunker-penetrating bombs.
Iraq said at least 58 civil-
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (left) and Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff Richard B. Myers field questions on the Iraq war from reporters Friday at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Rumsfeld accused both Syria and Iran of interfering in the war effort, asserting that military equipment had crossed into Iraq from Syria.
ians were killed when a bomb struck a crowded, open-air market in the capital and blamed the deaths on American and British invaders.
The first wounded American service members to return to the United States were being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Cen
ter in Washington. At least four wert? brought back, two of them carried into the hospital on stretchers.
On the 10th day of Operation Iraqi Freedom, a British supply ship docked in the southern port city of Umm Qasr bearing tons of humanitarian supplies, and officials said fires at three
of seven oil wells in the south had been extinguished.
At the same time, American officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Saddam Hussein’s troops have been spotted between U.S. and Iraqi lines wearing full chemical protection gear and unloading 50 gallon drums from trucks. The report reinforced concern that American and British troops might face chemical weapons.
Defense1 Secretary' Donald H. Rumsfeld sternly warned the Syrian government to cut off alleged shipments of night vision goggles and other military equipment to Iraq. “We consider such trafficking as host de acts and will hold the Syr an government accountable,” he said.
Syrian and Iraqi officials both ridiculed the charge.
In Iran, hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated, denouncing both “Bush’s barbarism” and “Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship.”
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
SPRING BRANCH — A 51-year-old Spring Branch woman died Friday afternoon when she was struck by a Comal Independent School District bus.
Loretta Campos Campbell was struck at 4:45 p.m. as she apparently checked the mad in front of her residence, located in the 700 block of Grand Oaks Drive in the Cypress Springs subdivision.
Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders pronounced Campbell dead at the scene and ordered an autopsy.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Randy Wells said the bus driver, whom he did not identify, pulled up to a residence to drop off a child.”
“The normal procedure at this stop is then to back up to turn around,” Wells said.
“The victim apparently didn’t hear the warning signal emitted by the bus. The driver said the victim was in the blind spot directly behind the bus,” Wells said.
“She could not see her in her mirrors and backed into the victim,” Wells said.
“I did a preliminary check
on the bus and ail the equipment on it was working properly,” Wells said.
“This was a tragic accident.”
Comal Independent School District Public Information Officer Kari Hutchison said there wert* 18 Spring Branch Middle School and Smithson Valley High School students on the bus.
"Bulverde/Spring Branch EMS checked all of them out. Physically, they were unharmed, and with one exception, all were either picked up by their parents or taken home on a second bus,” Hutchison said.
“One young lady from Spring Branch Middle School was being taken by her parents to the hospital because she was upset. Thev wanted someone to examine her and make sure she was OK,” Hutchison said.
“I need to say that our deepest sympathies are extended to the family and friends of the victim. We know the students who were on the bus are emotionally upset too, and we will be offering counseling to them,” Hutchison said.
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Comal County Sheriff’s Deputies and EMS personnel wait for a funeral home van to come and pick up Loretta Campos Campbell after she was hit by a Comal Independant School District bus Friday afternoon on Grand Oaks Drive.
By David Espo
AP Special CorrespondentBoard takes no action on financial situation
By Sean Bowlin
The Comal Independent School District’s Board of Trustees took no action Thursday night to cut employees or programs.
Trustees went into executive session to talk about the possibility of declaring a state of financial exigency, or urgency, because of the state budget crisis.
CISD spokesperson Ran Hutchison said Friday that the district took “no action.”
Instead, the matter would be revisited in a special meeting April 8 at a location to be determined. That discussion would also be held in executive session, Hutchison said.
“When dealing with personnel issues and discussing job titles and categories, the law allows us to discuss that in closed session with an attorney first before you take action in open session,” Hutchison said.
Key Code 76
Officials fear bill puts water at risk
By Ron Maloney
Local officials are concerned that a bill sponsored by state Sen. Jeff Wentworth could threaten the Trinity Aquifer by making it easier for San Antonio or Bexar County to finance a water project in Comal County.
Senate Bill 1016 would broaden a section of the Local Government Code to allow a city or a county to finance water conservation projects or preservation projects with a half-cent “venue” sales tax.
But a broad reading of the proposed legislation suggests it could finance other projects as well and erode property rights of neighboring landowners in counties far removed from the elected offi
cials who make decisions.
Citing worries that the proposal would facilitate San Antonio’s ability to get groundwater from an already parched western Comal County commissioners set a special meeting for 9:30 a.m. Monday to consider a resolution of opposition.
District Attorney Dib Waldrip and County Counsel Geoff Barr would include on the agenda a number of other pieces of proposed legislation that could affect Comal County in terms of taxes, money, authority or its subdivision rules.
County Judge Danny Scheel said commissioners would consider and decide whether to support or oppose each proposal.
But SB 1016 raised red flags Thursday for Scheel and others.
“My concern is that the San Antonio Water System or Bexar Metropolitan Water System could drill wells and transport that water,” Scheel said.
“Ijets call a spade a spade here*. lf Sen. Wentworth didn’t have water on his mind for the City of San Antonio, then why did he do this?” Scheel asked.
Waldrip said that the bill could be valuable from the standpoint of protecting the Edwards Aquifer. But it could be broadly interpreted to do much more, he feared.
’They’re trying to find another way around the Boerne Wall,” Waldrip said. “They’re going underneath it.”
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