New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Food banks replenished after help from New Braunfels, Canyon Lake residents
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We would like to personaUy thank the thousands of postal customers who helped us last weekend to replenish New Braunfels food banks in the fourth annual National Association of Letter Carriers food drive.
We estimate that 1,800 pounds of food were collected in the New Braunfels and Canyon Lake area, which will go a long way in helping local agencies to meet the demands of our community.
Letter carriers in thousands of American cities and towns collected non-perishable food donations along their mail routes on Saturday, in the fourth NALC National Food Drive. It has become the largest one-day effort of its kind in the world.
A stuffy by Se^pm},Harvest, the nationwide neflpfoaf food banks*, showed that some 26 million hungry Americans rely on food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other emergency feeding programs each day, including 12 million children.
This day of extra effort by our letter carriers will ensure that millions of needy men, women and children can obtain adequate food for their tables during the long summer months ahead.
Thanks again, New Braunfels and Canyon Lake, for showing that you care.
Hardy Hobbs, postmaster Richard Wharton, NALC local president
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A friend invited me to has home recently so the Herald ZeiNmg and I could help him tell his story. Not an easy thing for him lo do. He has AIDS.
•Wife dis disease you do not die physically first,” he said. "You die socially"
He stood before the city council recently to “go public" about his illness. He said making that presentation was about as traumatic as watching his mother die of cancer.
I hope I have given foe tfisease a free, to show you that it can happen to anyone," he told them.
It was a horrendous message, and he delivered it well," Mayor Jan (Gennady said. Tt was so quiet when he finished that you could hear a pin drop. Nobody said anything. Everybody just started clap-ping."
My friend 'n well liked in this community. His name is linked with Molly Joe’s Catering, the children's museum, the Comal County Women’s Center, Harvest from the Heart, the chamber of commerce and die restaurant association.
The Herald-Zeitung named hon its 1994 Unsung Hero of the Year.
He is finding out who his real friends we. “There are people who are going to walk around the block to be away from you," he said. Tve already experienced it”
He’s experienced compassion, too. A local pharmacist has spent long hours helping him deal with
expensive, complex medications.
In another drug store, while my friend was watching, a pharmacy technician threw away a pen he had used and then washed her hands. HIV would not be transmitted by handling a pen, he said. "Oxygen kills the AIDS virus.’’ Each AIDS patient has unique symptoms, he saki.
“For some reason the disease is particularly aggressive in me.” He has lost about 50 pounds since Christmas.
"I live on disability, fighting to keep my home, my car, you know,” he said. “I laid on the Flynt floor today when I got my hos-
pital bill — $5,900 for five
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Going public could add further social rejection to his list of woes—but he is driven by a mission. “If I can educate, if someone will learn one thing from me, I don’t care about it,” he said.
He’s collected a wealth of publications about the HIV virus and AIDS. He’ll share them with anyone willing to learn,"... anytime, night or day.” And he has been appointed to the Texas Department of Health Region 8 Planning Coalition for AIDS/STDs Education and Prevention.
He wants to form a local foundation — Hope for a Cure — to educate area residents about AIDS prevention and treatment, he said.
“When you look at the possibility of the Comal Independent School District and the New Braunfels Independent School District having 11 kids under foe age of 18 infected already, I wonder where they’re getting their counseling, where they’re getting their help,” he said.
“Abstinence is the best policy... that’s foe way it should be,” he said. “But reality, life, out the front doer of foe house... if we’ve got teen pregnancies and we have day cares in our schools, our children are having children — and our children need to be educated.”
Facing social humiliation isn’t the only risk my friend takes when he goes out in public — his immune system is so weak that germs caught in a public place could kill him.
AIDS patients, like cancer patients, have good days and bad days, he said. But he tries to stay involved in foe community he loves.
“Because resigning from community activities is resigning from life, and Pm not going to resign from life. I’ve got too much to do.”
My friend’s name is Robert Konkel.
(Susan Flynt England is a columnist and editorial assistant for the Herald-Zeitung. She can be reached at 625-9144.)
Feds seize automatic weapons from China
By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP)—Treasury agents seized 2,000 AK-47 rifles and arrested seven people in San Francisco for smuggling foe automatic weapons in from China, the government announced Thursday.
"We consider this to be a very serious case,” Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelicktold a news conference. “Smuggling 2,000 AK-47s into this country is a very serious matter.” Importation of automatic weapons has been banned for several yean.
The case could further raise tensions between China and the United States, especially because the president of an involved company is the son-in-law of China’s paramount leader, Deng Xiaoping.
After being briefed on the case, Rep. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., wrote President Clinton that he is rethinking his previous support for favorable trade status for China.
Two of those arrested are representatives of China’s state-owned weapons manufacturers, said Schumer, ranking minority member of foe House crime subcommittee, after talking with federal law enforcement officials. Those arrested also discussed the sale of
Today In History
By The Associated Press_
Today is Friday, May 24, the 145th day of 1996. There are 221 days left in foe year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 24,1844, Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted foe message, “What hath God wrought!” from Washington D.C. to Baltimore as he formally opened America’s first telegraph line.
On this date:
In 1819, Queen Victoria was bom in London.
In 1830, the first passenger railroad in the United States began service between Baltimore and Elliott’s Mills, Md.
In 1881, some 200 people died when the Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sank near London, Ontario.
In 1883, foe Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, was opened to traffic.
In 1939, the first major-league baseball game played at night took place at Cincinnati’s Crowley Field as the Reds beat foe Philadelphia Phillies, 2-to-1.
explosives, antiaircraft artillery and other powerful weapons with U.S. undercover agents, Schumer said he was told.
Rejecting foe notion that those arrested were operating entirely on their own, Schumer said, “You can’t export as many as 2,000 weapons from China unless you have someone in the government going along with this.”
The seven defendants arrested Wednesday were scheduled for a court appearance in San Francisco later today at which criminal complaints will be unsealed, Gorelick said.
The U.S. attorney in San Francisco scheduled a news conference in foe case, which was described in published reports as the largest seizure of snuggled automatic weapons in U.S. history. The weapons were said to be worth $4 million.
The 18-month investigation was conducted jointly by foe Treasury’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and its Customs Service and foe U.S. attorney in San Francisco, Gorelick said.
Undercover ATF agents were able to purchase foe weapons during foe investigation, according to a federal law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Published reports said some of those arrested
In 1941, the German battleship Bismarck sank the British dreadnought Hood in foe North Atlantic.
In 1958, United Press International was formed through a merger of foe United Press and the International News Service.
In 1962, astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit foe Earth as he flew aboard Aurora 7.
In 1976, Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde service to Washington D.C.
In 1977, in a surprise move, the Kremlin ousted Soviet President Nikolai Podgomy from the Communist Patty’s ruling Politburo.
In 1980, Iran rejected a call by the World Court in The Hague to release the American hostages.
In 1987, an estimated 250,000 people crowded onto the Golden Gate Bridge to celebrate the structure’s 50th birthday a few days before the actual anniversary.
Ten years ago: The Union Jack was flown in Israel for the first time in 38 years as Margaret Thatcher became foe first British prime minister to visit the Jewish state.
Five years ago: Israel began airlifting 15,000
worked for Chinese aims companies.
Gorelick was asked if the Chinese government.’ sanctioned the smuggling. "That’s a very good ques- , hon, and one that I will decline to answer,” she said. ,
She also declined to say whether U.S. trade nego- ' tiators embroiled in disputes with China were aware of the case.
The United States last week outlined $3 billion in, trade sanctions against China, the largest in U.S. * history, because of its failure to enforce a 1995 agreement to stop piracy of American computer programs, films and music.
The move touched off foe prospect of a full-fledged trade war as China responded wifo a sanctions list of its own.
In another case, however, the administration backed down from penalties when it decided not to punish China for selling Pakistan goods that could be used to make nuclear weapons.
Steering a zigzag course, the administration also announced unconditional renewal of general trade benefits for Beijing
The Chinese government refused immediate comment today on foe smuggling arrests. "We’re looking into the case,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Cui Tiankai told reporters.
Ethiopian Jews to safety as Ethiopian rebels con- ; tinned to advance on Addis Ababa. The U.N. Secu- ; rity Council voted unanimously to deplore Israel’s : deportation of four Palestinians from the occupied J territories. Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv :* Gandhi, assassinated by a suicide bomber, was ere- *• mated. :
One year ago: Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss ?! was sentenced to three years in prison and fined * $1,500 for running a call-girl ring that catered to * the rich and famous (Fleiss is appealing the sen- ; fence). Former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson ‘; died in London at age 79. :
Today's Birthdays: Comedian Tommy Chong,; is 58. Singer Bob Dylan is 55. Actor Gary BurghofT; is 53. Singer Patti LaBelle is 52. Actress Priscilla*: Presley is 51. Singer Rosanne Cash is 41. Rock i musician Rich Robinson is 27. :*
Thought for Today: "What makes us discon- >. tented with our condition is the absurdly exaggerat- : ed idea we have of the happiness of others.” —* Anonymous. ^