New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Obama: Bin Ladens death good day for America
► GARDEN RIDGE
Candidates square off
Water, stray bullets among topics discussed by hopefuls
By Will Wright
GARDEN RIIXiH—Water availability and quality, stray bullets and preparing for expanding growth were the key issues before candidates for Garden Ridge’s city council and mayor during a public forum sponsored by Comal County’s League of Women Voters on Monday night.
The community, located eight miles southwest of New Braunfels, is dealing with a variety of issues — some of which put the incumbents on the defensive against newcomers during the two-hour event held before a
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► DRAINAGE WORKSHOP
City Council wades through ‘tough’ meeting
By Greg Bowen
City council on Monday once again waded back into the deep waters of trying to build a new program to improve drainage in New Braunfels.
In its fourth consecutive Monday workshop on drainage, council was presented a simplified flow chart on the city’s many-faceted stormwater program, which is in the process of being revamped at the demand of citizens who told city officials they’d had enough after the June 9 flood.
At first glance, the simplified flow chart, requested at an earlier workshop by City Councilor Mark Goodlier, didn’t seem so simple.
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President Barack Obama appears on television and says that bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in a U.S.-led operationServing New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
AMERICA REACTS TO
BIN LADEN’S DEATH
■ Phone call leads U.S. to location
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■ Bush supporters revel in news
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■ World reacts with relief and anger
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■ U.S. seeks to put doubters at ease
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■ Watch video of D.C. celebration
10 YEARS COMING
DEAD: OSAMA BIN LADEN
By David Espo and Kimberly Dozier
WASHINGTON — Declaring the killing of Osama bin Laden "a good day for America,” President Barack Obama said Monday the world was safer without the al-Qaida terrorist and mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. His administration used DNA testing to help confirm that American forces in Pakistan had in Obama fact killed bin Laden, as U.S. officials sought to erase all doubt about the stunning news.
A U.S. official says Osama bin Laden went down firing at the Navy SEALs who stormed his compound.
"Today we are reminded that as a nation there is nothing we can't do," Obama said of the news bound to lift his political standing and help define his presidency. He hailed the pride of those who broke out in overnight celebrations as word spread around the globe.
An elite crew of American forces killed bin Laden during
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Crowds celebrate on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, early Monday after President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed.
Kind of a kick in the teeth for all the liberals who wanted to close Guantanamo. The info that led to the courier who led us to Bin Laden came from inside Gitmo. Had Obama and the liberals gotten their way, we may never have gotten this information and Bin Laden may still be alive....
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Finally, Justice has been served for those who died on 9/11 & to the loved ones they left behind. Thank you to all our US Troops!!! Thank you Lord!!!
— Louie Heras
Jubilation in the streets
Editors note: Herald-Zeitung publisher Doug Toney was in Washington D.C. Sunday night when President Barack Obama announced the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death.
By Doug Toney
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the windows down, you could hear the cheers and the chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!, U-S-A! U-S-A!” At a stop light about a half mile from the White House, Bruce Springsteen's "Bom in the U.S.A." echoed between the apartment buildings, from speak
ers placed in an opened window. The drivers waiting on the red light were banging their steering wheels like drums and the passengers sang along, rocking in their seats.
In some of the cars, passengers emerged through the sun roofs waving flags. Other people were leaning out side windows, fists raised in celebration, pumping along with “U-S-A! U-S-A!”
The scene near the White House was energized Sunday night with pride and celebration. Just minutes before, President Obama had announced that U.S.
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Bin Laden took a Osama bin Laden was born in 1957 in Saudi Arabia to a construction tycoon father and was viath rtf f n urnr Sn ISfa one of 54 children The most intense manhunt in history finally caught up with him in P«lll OT lerror 111 llTG Pakistan, outside of Islamabad, where he was killed at a compound, ending his reign of terror.
Key events in his life since 1980:
1080-89: Bin Laden fights Soviet troops in Afghanistan.
After 1989 Soviets, retreat, he returns to Saudi Arabia to be showered with praise
1992: Saudi Arabia freezes bin Laden s bank accounts and a $350 million share of the family s multibillion-dollar empire. After being forced to leave Sudan, bin Laden moves to Afghanistan in 1996.
Feb. 1998: He
forms the International Front for Fighting Jews and Crusades, an umbrella for anti-U.S. Islamic militants worldwide
Terrorist attack on USS Cole at Aden, Yemen, kills 17 U.S sailors Bin Laden is linked to attack.
Sept. 11,2001: Hijackers crash two jetliners into New York s World Trade Center and a third into Pentagon. A fourth hijacked plane crashes in Pennsylvania Washington names bin Laden as chief suspect
Feb. 11, 2003: Bin
Laden calls on Iraqis to carry out suicide attacks on Americans and defend themselves against U.S. attack.
| Jan. 2004: In audio i recordings, bin Laden i says the U.S.-led war | in Iraq is beginning of i “occupation" of ") j Persian Gulf states ; for their oil.
He vows in an audio
recording to never to be captured alive and says the U.S. military has become as “barbaric" as Saddam Hussein
1990-91: During Persian Gulf conflict, he tries to dissuade Saudi government from allowing “infidel" armies into Saudi Arabia. Saudi leadership turns to U.S for protection. He moves to Sudan and is stripped of citizenship for continuing to criticize alliances with Washington.
Aug. 1998: Bombings at U.S. embassies in Tanzania (right) and Kenya kill 231 people, including 12 Americans. Bin Laden is indicted in bombing.
U.S. begins bombings in Afghanistan, saying ruling Taliban is harboring bin Laden.
Nov. 13,2002: He threatens Britain, France, Italy, Canada, Germany and Australia in an audio recording, saying, “It is time we get even. You will be killed just as you kill, and will be bombed just as you bomb"
Sept. 10, 2003: Bin Laden is seen in a video walking through rocky terrain with top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri. In it, bin Laden praises “great damage to the enemy" on Sept 11 and mentions five hijackers by name