New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 11, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Protest condemns al-Zarqawi after al-Qaida says it bombed hotels
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — I lundreds of angry Jordanians rallied Thursday outside one of three U.S.-based hotels attacked by suicide bombers, shouting, “Bum in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!’’ after the terrorist’s group claimed responsibility for the blasts that killed at least 56 people.
At least one American was killed and two were wounded, a U.S. Embassy official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in accordance with embassy rules. The victims were not identified.
In an Internet statement, al-Qaida in Iraq linked the blasts at the Grand Hyatt, the Radisson SAS and the Days Inn hotels to the war in Iraq and called Amman the “backyard garden” for U.S. operations.
Police continued a broad security lockdown and authorities sent DNA samples to identify the attackers.
Land borders closed for nearly 12 hours were reopened.
Authorities also reported arresting a number of Iraqis as security forces scrambled to capture anyone those behind the bombings before they could flee the country.
The Amman protest was organized by Jordan’s 14 professional and trade unions — made up of both hard-line Islamic groups and leftist political organizations — traditional critics of the king’s moderate, pro-Western policies.
Protesters shouted, “Death to al-Zarqawi, the villain and the traitor!” Honking vehicles were decorated with Jordanian flags and posters of the king. A helicopter hovered overhead.
“We sacrifice our lives for you, Amman!" the protesters chanted.
Other rallies were held across the kingdom, including the Red Sea port of Aqaba, where attackers using Katyusha rockets narrowly missed a U.S. ship and killed a Jordanian soldier in August.From staff, wire reports
DALLAS AIRPORT DISPUTE GOES TO WASHINGTON -
Senators grilled executives of American Airlines and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport about the need for a federal law restricting flights from a nearby airport that is home to rival Southwest Airlines Co.
A Senate subcommittee heard testimony on the 1979 Wright Amendment, which limits flights from Dallas Love Field to Texas and seven nearby states.
Southwest wants Congress to repeal the law, saying that would lead to lower fares for consumers. But American and DFW Airport favor keeping it, saying that expanding Love Field would undermine DFW and cost thousands of jobs.
Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and John Ensign, R-Nev., asked American and DFW officials why DFW couldn’t coexist with much smaller Love Field if both are allowed to operate long-haul flights.
“Why can’t DFW compete like San Francisco does with Oakland, like Miami does with Fort lauderdale, and like Chicago O’Hare does with Midway?” Ensign asked.
Gerard Arpey, chairman and CEO of American and its parent, AMR Corp., and DFW Airport Chief Operating Officer Kevin Cox said DEW and Love Field are much closer together than those other airport pairs.
Arpey said his airline invested billions of dollars in DFW on the assumption that the Wright Amendment would last forever.
Arpey and Cox said local officials decided decades ago it would be best for the regional economy to close Love Field and operate a single strong airport.
Longtime Southwest CEO and current chairman Herb Kelleher disputed that, saying the Wright Amendment passed only because it was sponsored by Jim Wright, a Fort Worth Democrat who was then the House majority leader.
ARCTIC DRILLING PLAN DROPPED FROM HOUSE BUDGET BILL — A nearly two-decade effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling suffered a severe setback at the hands of moderate House Republicans just as Congress was about to deliver it to President Bush as his top energy priority.
GOP leaders scrapped the drilling plan in a search for just enough votes to pass another of Bush’s priorities, a $51 billion deficit-reduction program. Also axed was another conservative priority, a plan allowing states to lift a moratorium on oil drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts.
Removing ANWR reduced the size of the package from $54 billion to $51 billion, the $3 billion difference being royalties the federal government could expect from oil pumped from the Alaskan plain.
Many of the same moderates opposed to the drilling plan remain opposed to the bill’s provisions curbing Medicaid’s growth, tightening eligibility for food stamps and cutting student loan subsidies.
The decision on the Arctic
refuge was a big setback for those who have tried for years to open a coastal strip of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, to oil development. It was a victory for environmentalists, who have lobbied hard against drilling. Bush has made drilling in the Alaska refuge one of his top energy priorities.
TWO BOMBINGS KILL 42 IN ATTACKS ON SECURITY FORCES IN IRAQ - Bombers killed 42 people Thursday at a Baghdad restaurant favored by police and an army recruiting center to the north, while Iraqi troops along the Iranian border found 27 decomposing bodies, unidentified victims of the grisly violence plaguing the country.
In the deadliest bombing in Baghdad since Sept. 19, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant about 9:45 a.m., when officers usually stop in for breakfast. Police Maj. Falah al-Mohammedawi said 35 officers and civilians died and 25 were wounded.
Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed in an Internet posting that it staged the attack in retaliation for U.S. and Iraqi operations near the Syrian border. Earlier, it claimed responsibility for Wednesday night’s deadly hotel bombings in neighboring Jordan, linking those blasts to the conflict in Iraq.
Samiya Mohammed, who lives near the restaurant, said she rushed out when she heard the explosion.
“There was bodies, mostly civilians, and blood everywhere inside the place. This is a criminal
act that only targeted and hurt innocent people having their breakfast,” she said.
There were no Americans in the area, she said. “I do not understand why most of the time it is the Iraqis who are killed,” she added.PARIS
FRENCH VIOLENCE DROPS SHARPLY — Violence in France fell sharply overnight, the police chief said Thursday, one day after the government toughened its stance by imposing emergency measures and ordering deportations of foreigners involved in riots that have raged for two weeks.
In the past two nights, there was a notable decline in the number of car burnings — a barometer of the intensity of the country’s worst civil unrest in nearly four decades.
National Police Chief Michel Gaudin said there was a “very sharp drop” in violence overnight. While youths have been battling riot police with rocks and firebombs, “there were practically no clashes with police,” he said.
T he government ordered a 12-day state of emergency that went into effect Wednesday in an effort to quell the rioting. Also, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said local authorities had been told to deport foreigners convicted so far for their roles.
A French anti-racism group, SOS-Racisme, called the measure illegal. The group’s president said he had asked France’s highest administrative body, the Council of State, to intervene.
Police detained 203 people overnight, national police spokesman Patrick I lamon said.
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David Michael Caragher, 50, New Braunfels, theft by check between $20 and $500. Rodolfo Escalan Castellano, 19, San Antonio, no driver's license.
Denise Rounsavill Cole, 37, Kingsbury, violation of promise to appear/theft by check between $20 and $500.
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Dorsen Scott Gilbert, 48, Converse, manufacture or delivery of less than 1 gram of a controlled substance, penalty group 1.
Gilbert Gonzalez, 50, San Antonio, no driver's license. Jose Gustavo Hernandez, 33, New Braunfels, public intoxication.
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