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FRIDAY October 5, 2001
20 pages in 2 sections
Vol. ISO, No. 281
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
■ Britain becomes first government to outline alleged evidence against suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden, saying he spoke of a "major attack on America" before the hijackings and warned associates to return to Afghanistan by Sept. 10.
■ Pakistan becomes first Muslim nation to say U.S. evidence links bin Laden to the attacks and is enough to warrant an indictment
■ NATO allies grant United States access to airfields and seaports, agree to deploy ships and radar planes in war on terrorism.
■ Bush offers $320 million in humanitarian aid for Afghan people and neighboring states. Pentagon says military also planning to drop relief supplies into Afghanistan.
■ Washington’s Reagan National Airport reopens for first time since the attacks.
■ Official says World Trade Center disaster will cost economy as much as $105 billion over the next two years.
Bush pledges relief aid to Afghanistan
By Sandra SOBIERAJ
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — President Bush committed $320 million in humanitarian aid to the “poor souls” of Afghanistan on Thursday as he and allies from Mexico to Qatar moved ahead with plans against terrorists sheltered by Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban.
“In our anger, we must never forget we’re a compassionate people,” the president said.
Hundreds of foreign service personnel, integral to Bush’s effort to build an international coalition against those responsible for the Sept. ll attacks,
cheered Bush’s speech at the State Department.
Fear of a U.S.-led military strike on the Taliban has chased thousands of destitute Afghan civilians into neighboring Pakistan. As many as 1.5 million Afghans, already weakened by years of drought and civil war, could seek food and refuge in Pakistan and nearby Iran, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan in the coming months, the United Nations estimates.
Bush sought once more to assuage suspicion in the region that his is a campaign against Muslims in general.
“This is not a war between our world
and their world,” he said. “It is a war to save the world."
The new relief funds, which include $25 million in emergency aid that Bush authorized over the weekend, will go to the United Nations, the Red Cross and other groups providing food and medicine to Afghans and refugees.
“We will fight evil, hut in order to overcome evil, the great goodness of America must come forth and shine forth. And one way to do so is to help t he poor souls in Afghanistan,” Bush said.
The humanitarian campaign will also include military airdrops of supplies,
See RELIEF/5ASuspect’s behavior stirs up questions
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
JOHNSON CITY — Prosecution wit nesses said Thursday they t hought Jack Warren Davis behaved strangely
eft or Rot hie Balonis’
body was found.
Davis, 42, is on trial for allegedly killing heron Nov. ll, 1989.
The victim’s sister, Karen Balonia-Brew-er described finding her sister's body and trying to save her life during testimony in Judge Charles Ramsay’s 22nd District Court.
Davis and the manager of New Braunfels Oaks Apartments told her that Kathie had been stabbed. She ran to the room and found her younger sister on the bedroom floor.
“I knew I needed to do something, so I started doing CPR,” Balonis-Brewer said.
New Braunfels police officer Dennis Keating helped with CPR, he testified Thursday, but stopped when he saw that air he was breathing into tlit* victim was exiting through a knife wound.
Both Balonis-Brewer and Keating said they found Davis’ behavior strange that night.
When it became apparent that the victim could not be saved, Keating escorted Balonis-Brewer from the apartment. Karen Balonis-Brewer said she stood on the balcony outside.
“I remember hearing someone screaming," she said. “It was Jack Davis."
“Did that strike you as odd?” prosecutor Lisa Tanner asked.
“Yes it did. He didn’t know my sister.”
But she got a bigger surprise moments later, she said, when Davis walked up to her and hugged her. “Did you hug him back?" Tanner
This little light of mine
Candlelight vigil brings prevalent problem out of the shadows
By Brett Bousman Herald-Zeitung Correspondent
The Comal County Women’s Center hosted its annual October vigil Thursday in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Tho ©vent took place at Lancia Park and was arranged by Andrea Kibby, who is serving as an intern at the center.
“We are also here to bring hope and awareness to those who are still trapped and to let them know there is a way out. ”— Daniel Perez Women’s Center Executive Director
Daniel Perez, executive director of the women’s center, said the vigil took place to honor those who managed to escape from domestic violence.
“We are also here to bring hope and awareness to those who are still trapped,” Perez said, “and to let them know there is a way out.”
According to Perez, there were 175,282 reported incidents of family violence in the state of Texas last year. Eighty-seven of these incidents resulted in death.
Perez said the Women’s Center provided shelter to 106 adults and 152 children in Comal County. They provided 1,400 hours of counseling and other support services, including legal, to an additional 331 adults and children.
More than 50 people attended the event, including Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder and candidate for the District 73 State Legislative seat, Dianne Dasher.
“Sept. ll taught us how to unify as a nat ion against terror
Above, candles provided the light for people taking red and white roses and throwing them into the Comal River during the Comal County Women’s Center Candlelight Vigil Thursday night at Landa Park. The red roses signified domestic violence victims, while the white roses represented survivors. Below, posters depicting art related to domestic violence lined the pavilion at Landa Park. The posters were made by students from New Braunfels, Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools.
ism; we need to unify against domestic violence in the same way,” Dasher said.
The vigil was decorated with posters made by students from the three high schools in Comal County. The posters displayed messages like “Break the Cycle” and “Wounds Heal but Emotional Scars Stay Forever.” Shelter Manager Stephanie Grubb and Crisis Response Coordinator Buffy Mayer awarded certificates to different community members, including doctors and police officers, that deal with domestic violence on a daily basis.
Volunteer coordinator Karen MacDonald, gave recognition to the media that work in partnership with the women’s center including KGNB-Radio New Braunfels
and the Herald-Zeitung.
“We get no advertising whatsoever,” MacDonald said, “We greatly appreciate the different media that help to spread our message.”
The keynote speaker was a survivor of domestic violence who spent six years in an abusive relationship.
At the end of the vigil, par-tieipants released flowers into the Comal River. Red flowers were released to honor victims along with 87 white* flowers to remember those who died from domestic violence over the past year.
Awareness ribbons were also passed out to the participants to wear and are available for local businesses. For information, call the Comal County Women’s Center at (800) 431-8013.Inside
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Kerrville Daily Times photo Hossein (Hagi) Hagigholam, owner of Mamacitas Restaurant and Cantina and Iranian native, was visiting family in Tehran on Sept. 11.
Iranian native recalls show of support
By Bill Frisbie Staff Writer
Local restaurateur Hossein (Hagi) Hagigholam, a native of Iran, needed less than five minutes to realize he was not watching ti familiar action flick but America’s worst nightman1 On Sept. ll, the Mamacitas Mexican Restaurant and Cantina owner, who opened his first restaurant and became a U.S. citizen in 1985, was visiting family in Tehran when he was told
tin1 movie “Die Hard" was airing on Tehran television.
“I sat there and realized it wasn’t a movie, but live ONN footage of the terrorists attacks on tin1 World Trade Center, Hagi said, "and so I called the United States and was told what was happening."
His immediate reaction was to return home on the next available flight. But when U.S. airports were closed, Hagi remained in the volatile region
to observe what he said was an unprecedented and typically forbidden - favorable Iranian response toward the American people.
“I had never seen anything more pro-American in Iran in my entire life," Hagi said. "The pro-America n demons! rat ion was very unusual because of the relationship between the two countries.
“Iranian people are forbidden