New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Space shuttle returns to Earth
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Gliding through the darkness, space shuttle Atlantis’ astronauts returned to Earth on Monday amid high praise for their successful overhaul of the international space station.
The seven crew members were back only moments when the accolades began rolling in.
“Just a super mission,” congratulated Mission Control.
Atlantis landed in the predawn hours, making only the 14th touchdown in darkness in space shuttle history. The crosswind was well within safety limits, despite NASA’s earlier concerns.
“I know it’s bad hours for the arrival, but we are certainly glad to be back home,” shuttle commander James Halsell Jr. said.
The space station was soaring over the North Atlantic when Atlantis touched down on the floodlighted runway. All four newly installed batteries were working fine aboard the space station and providing full electrical power, and the other repaired equipment was in good shape, too.
The space shuttle fared less well.
Atlantis came back with scratches and dents on its wings, the apparent result of ice that broke off the chilled external fuel tank during liftoff' on May 19. The damage to the thermal tiles on the underside of the wings was noticed when NASA reviewed video of the launch.
Halsell said the scrapes turned out to be “nothing extraordinary,” even though Mission Control had him take special precautions in preparing for the ride down through the atmosphere.
Besides replacing bad batteries on the space station, the six Americans and one Russian furnished the I I/2-year-old complex with a new antenna, construction crane, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and fans. They also boosted the complex into an orbit more than 230 miles high, 30 miles higher than before, and proved that with proper ventilation, it’s a safe place to work. Previous visitors had been sickened by stale air.
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Clinton pledges MIA searches
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the final Memorial Day observances of his presidency Monday, President Clinton promised continued commitment to the search for lost American war dead and paid solemn tribute to families left behind.
“Americans never fought for empire, for territory, for dominance, but many, many Americans gave their lives for freedom,” Clinton said after the traditional wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.
Missing atheist case going to jury
AUSTIN (AP) — Closing arguments in the trial of the only man charged in the mysterious disappearance of famous atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair will begin Tuesday with attorneys taking the same positions that started the trial two weeks and 75 witnesses ago.
Prosecutors must convince the jury that a vast web of mostly circumstantial evidence is enough to convict Gary Paul Karr, 52, with conspiring to kidnap and extort money from O’Hair, her son Jon Garth Murray and her granddaughter Robin Murray O’Hair.
Fujimori re-elected amid protests
LIMA, Peru (AP) — President Alberto Fujimori headed to a lopsided victory in an election boycotted by his challenger, who urged thousands of his supporters gathered in the capital to peacefully resist the election’s outcome.
Hundreds of demonstrators tried to march toward the presidential palace late Sunday but riot police drove them back with tear gas. With just more than half of the vote counted, Fujimori had 50.3 percent of the ballot to Alejandro Toledo’s 16.2 percent, election officials said late Sunday, adding that 32.4 percent of the ballots had been defaced and 0.8 percent left blank.
Freed hostages boost peace process
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone’s hostage crisis appeared to be over after the release of the last of some 500 U.N. workers who had been held hostage by Revolutionary
United Front rebels for more than three weeks.
U.N. spokesman David Wimhurst said 85 captives arrived late Sunday in Freetown from neighboring Liberia, whose president, Charles Taylor, had been negotiating for a steady stream of hostage releases in recent weeks.
Talks resume in Fiji; tension high
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Fiji’s army said Monday it had taken control of the capital, Suva, and imposed a 48-hour curfew after a mob of people supporting rebels holding the country’s government hostage shot and killed a policeman and destroyed a television station.
In another development, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said that the rebels have threatened to kill one of their hostages in parliament — the daughter of President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, who has been running the country since the coup began 10 days ago.
Study links gum disease, smoking
CHICAGO (AP) — Cigarette smoking might play a major role in more than half of the cases of severe gum disease in adults nationwide, suggesting that one of the main causes of tooth loss could be prevented, a government study shows.
While it has long been known that smoking can help cause gum disease, this is the first national study to show how widespread the problem is, said Dr. Scott Tomar, a researcher with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Current smokers were about four times more likely than people who never smoked to have periodontitis, but ex-smokers who had abstained for 11 years faced no increased risk, according to researchers.
Police ID suspect in officer shooting
HOUSTON (AP) — The man who shot and killed himself at the end of a 15-minute police chase in west Houston has been identified as Allen David Padrone, 28, of Victoria.
When he put a gun in his mouth late Sunday afternoon and pulled the trigger, police were trying to arrest him for questioning in the fatal shooting earlier in the day of an Austin parks officer, William Jones, 49.
Bush, Gore take campaign time-out to salute veterans
On day for remembering, part of D-Day Memorial unveiled
BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — As thousands gathered, a granite arch and statues were unveiled and 13 flags raised Monday at the National D-Day Memorial, placed in this town because it lost two-thirds of its soldiers in the June 1944 invasion.
“I think there are a few days in our history that should never be forgotten,” Jeannie Schulz told about 4,000 people who endured, chilly, intermittent rain to witness the unveiling.
“Perhaps at times we have too many monuments, too many holidays and things of this kind, but D-Day is not one of them. It is one of the days we should never forget.”
Schulz, widow of “Peanuts” cartoonist and World War II veteran Charles Schulz, took over as campaign chairman of the National D-Day Foundation after her husband died in February.
The $12 million memorial, now partially completed, honors the 6,603 Americans killed along the coast of France in the D-Day invasion of Nazi-held Europe during World War II. A total of 9,758 Allied soldiers died.
Dedication of the completed memorial is scheduled for June 6, 2001, the 57th anniversary of the invasion. Two sculptures were
unveiled earlier. The parts unveiled at Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony were a 44 I/2-foot granite arch and another sculpture, “Death on Shore,” depicting a lone fallen soldier on the beach.
Schulz and Virginia Lt. Gov. John Hager cut the ribbon.
Fire crews battle blazes in Florida
By the Associated Press
Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels for Marjorie E. Garrott, who passed away at McKenna Memorial Hospital on Monday, May 29, 2000, at the age of 76 years. Ms. Garrott was born Dec. 28, 1923.
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ELIZABETH, Pa. (AP) — Al Gore recalled his Army tour in Vietnam with nostalgia and some humility and George W. Bush saluted - military personnel at home in Texas as presidential politics got a brief time-out this Memorial Day.
Along the banks of the Monongahela River, cutting through western Pennsylvania’s old steel towns, Gore navigated a tangle of the official, the political and the personal— speaking in his capacity as vice president at Elizabeth’s traditional Memorial Day commemoration and spotlighting his own little-known service in Vietnam. “I know that my service GORE doesn’t in any way match
that of the heroes that we honor on this day,” Gore said in this 1,600-person town, which lost six sons to Vietnam. He was introduced by Army buddy Bob Delabar.
Jeannie Renee Callahan, 27, passed away Friday, May 26, 2000, in San Antonio. A funeral mass will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Schertz. Burial will be at Bracken Community Cemetery under the direction of Schertz Funeral Home.
Jeannie was bom Nov. 21, 1972, in Dayton, Ohio. She is survived by her daughter, Autumn Nicole; fiance Ryon Hammond of San Antonio; parents George and Dianna Smith of New Braunfels; sister Sherrie Stefano of Germany; brothers Dale Smith of San Antonio, Todd Smith of Georgia, Sam Arwood of Florida, Dean Smith of Schertz, Thad Smith of Buchanan, Eric Arwood of New Braunfels, Michael Callahan of San Antonio and John Smith of New Braunfels; grandparents Alice Roberts of Iowa
Park, Leona Smith of Wisconsin, and Bethal and Essie Callahan of Ohio; and aunts Shirley Reed of Lubbock and Gail Hanger of Iowa Park; two nieces and seven nephews.
Jeannie is a 1992 graduate of Canyon High School. She was a loving, beautiful person and mother who always cared for others and showed it to everyone she met. She will be greatly missed by all. We love you, Jeannie.
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Hampered by dry conditions and heat Monday, firefighters across Florida battled a rash of brush fires, some of which forced the evacuation of homes.
“Most of the fires are under control, but they’re breaking out daily,” said Matt Weinell, spokesman for the Forest Protection Bureau.
In addition to the 46 fires that broke out Sunday, several fires thought to have been extinguished have rekindled, Weinell said.
Gore, who has said his five months in Vietnam as an Army journalist included brushes with enemy fire, rarely speaks of what he did there. On Monday, when Americans paused to remember the war dead, the snapshot Gore chose to share with his audience of BUSH about 500, including many
veterans, was, oddly, a
“One time we borrowed, or commandeered, a Jeep and went over to Vungtao,” a soldiers' R&R facility on the Vietnamese coast. “Anyway, we had many great times together,” Gore said with a gesture toward Delabar.
Bush, the Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate, stayed closer to home to participate in a holiday observation at Fort Hood, about 130 miles south of Dallas, from which the bulk of the U.S. peacekeeping force
in Bosnia was drawn. Bush served stateside in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam years.
Gore chose to be in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County because, said Lou Lignelli, district director for Democratic Rep. Frank Mascara, it is home to the nation’s greatest concentration of veterans per capita. It also happens to be in a crucial battleground state that Gore, the Democratic presidential candidate, has visited six times since mid-March.
He said he wanted to make sure military personnel are “paid adequately and have adequate housing and health care.”
With former Veterans’ Affairs secretary Jesse Brown in tow, Gore also used the trip to assail Bush’s proposals for Social Security in interviews with four TV stations from across Pennsylvania and neighboring Ohio.
On Tuesday, he was traveling to Milwaukee to accept the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters, an environmental group.