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Panama City News Herald (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Panama City, Florida 4a saturday december 18,1999 the news Herald work View Impi id i Kim Viii i id Kis computer stops launch if $1.3 billion satellite Vandenberg air orce base. Calif Aunch of a Nasa satellite on i $1-3 billion Mission to study births environment was automatically halted moments before liftoff thursday because a software problem. An automatic software Heck during countdown indicted a problem on the Lockheed Martin Atlas has pocket. The launch team Quot found there was no problem i it there was t enough time Cit in the countdown to Settle lie discrepancy. During the $1.3 billion mus Mission the Terra satellite w ill scan the Earth with a a instruments studying interactions among the land atmosphere. Ocean and life. Japan and Canada supplied two of the instruments. Nazi War criminal to be tried in absent a Faris a French court a my inned Friday it would try ii accused nazi w a criminal a absent a for allegedly Deport in about 250 jew ish children to Auscho it where they died aficial officials said. Investigating judge Herve Stephan recommended Iii september that Alois Brunner e tried. It is Likely to be France s last world War la War crimes trial. No Date has Een set yet the officials said. Brunner one of the worlds nost wanted nazi War Crimi als served As a top aide to doll Eichmann the overseer i the nazi death machine. Runner allegedly helped Rani a the deportation and murder of at least 130,000 Quot in bom Germany Austria Ranee and Greece. He is believed to have lived it i Vears in Syria and France Ais asked for his extradition. Hut syrian president Hafez sad has said that to his now ledge. Brunner was not in his country. In 1987. The German news weekly Bunte published an Iier View with photographs of runner then alias Georg Illier outside his syrian Ilia. Since then though the investigation has not deterred whether Brunner a for Weiss officer is still alive. If of he would be 87.russians attack Grozny from three sides Ruslan i Saliv the associate d p Ress Grozny Russia a in one of the heaviest attacks yet on Chechnya s capital. Russian tanks advanced on Grozny from three directions Friday probing for weaknesses in rebel positions. The crackle of gunfire and thunderous explosions of bombs and Artiller rounds rang out across the Cit where several thousand militants Are encircled by a much larger russian Force. There was no immediate word from officials on casualties. Associated press reporter Yuri Bagirov saw a captured russian armoured vehicle and three dead russian soldiers in Southern Grozny. Six More russian corpses were in a morgue. A captured russian Soldier Sergei Falikov said his battalion part of the 502nd motorized infantry regiment suffered heavy losses in fighting thursday. Falikov said he was taken prisoner after an explosion threw him off the armoured vehicle he was Riding on. Quot i was swept away by a blast. I was scared at first but now i feel Calmer Quot Falikov said. He said he had not suffered any serious injuries. The russian military gave no Overall picture of the latest l lighting and has Only reported two soldiers killed Over the past two Days. Official military statements have often been at Odds w Ith witness accounts from Chechnya. Two cubans surrender hostage freed Natalie Gott the Assoc iat i d press St. Martinville. La. A two of the cuban inmates holding hostages at a Louisiana jail surrendered leaving six others holed up in the wardens office Friday with seven captives. The two gave up shortly before Midnight thursday. They also freed three female inmates and a Deputy. With the standoff at the St. Martin Parish jail in los tilth Day authorities also said they had regained Access to the jail control room where electronic locks to cells and video and Public address systems Are located. The inmates had previously held the control room. A we have control of every a russian Soldier pushes a bomb to a Row of us 25 attack jets in the background at russian military air base in Mondok. Russian generals have said repeatedly that they will not storm Grozny and Friday s offensive did not appear to he an All out assault. However the russians have been sending ground troops to the Edge of the chechen capital w Ith the apparent intent of drawing fire from the Well entrenched rebels to determine where they Are located and How much firepower they have. Russian warplanes attacked the City Friday morning and artillery shelling lasted through out the Day with Only Brief respite. On the ground russian armoured groups fired on Grozny from the East the South and the Northwest according to chechen commanders and reporters in the City. The fighting began in the morning and carried on throughout the Day. By Nightfall plumes of Black smoke were rising from the ruins throughout Grozny which was mostly flattened during the 1994-96 War. Russians air Force stepped up bombing raids on rebel strongholds in the breakaway province thursday and Friday. The military had scaled Back airstrikes Over the previous few Days saying civilians should Clear out of the capital or risk being killed in the raids. An estimated 8,000 to 35,000 civilians remain in the Grozny according to russians emergency situations minister Sergei a Loigu. Soukhoi bombers and helicopter gunships flew 83 sorties Over Chechnya during the past 24 hours the military said Friday morning. The raids kept most All civilians huddled in their Chilly basements and bunkers. The russian forces began battling the militants in neighbouring Dagestad in August and pursued them into Chechnya in september to try to restore Moscow a control Over the rebellious Region. The russians have lost 533 soldiers in the Campaign the military said Friday. However the russians have not acknowledged any losses from a wednesday night Battle in which a group of armoured vehicles was wiped out. An a reporter saw part of the see Russia Page a two americans Hurt in Northern Kosovo Fri swat team members Are surrounded by razor wire on the roof of the St. Martin Parish jail in St. Martinville la. Thing except that Small room Quot sheriff Charles Fuselier said referring to the Warden s office. The standoff began monday when cuban inmates armed with homemade knives took hostages while being escorted to an exer the travel store Cise area. As of Friday the cubans held the Warden a Deputy and five female inmates. The cubans a convicts who have completed their . Sentences but Are being held indefinitely behind bars in a state of Legal limbo a Are demanding that they be released and said they Are willing to go anywhere. Among those holding the see hostages Page 5a minae la Arma is l u i i associated press Mihaela Arma Selu Pristina Yugoslavia a two . Policemen serving with the nato led peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo were seriously injured while trying to break up a Braw i Between serbs and ethnic albanians a the second violent incident involving americans in the province this week. The two men were struck in the head by stones during a Melee thursday Between rival ethnic groups in Kosovsky Mitrovich Kosovo a most ethnically mixed City . Police spokesman Gilles Moreau said. The injuries were serious but not life threatening he said Friday. The men s names were not made Public. The clash in Northern Kosovo took place one Day the clash in Northern Kosovo took place one Day after an american Soldier was killed when his vehicle struck a land mine. After an american Soldier was killed when his military vehicle struck a land mine near the town of Kosovka Kamenica in the East. Army staff sgt. Joseph Suponcic 26, of Jersey Shore pa., was a passenger in the Utility vehicle which was travelling on a Road believed to have been cleared of mines said Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon. Suponcic was the 18th member of the peacekeeping Force to die in Kosovo since nato and russian troops entered the province in june after yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic accepted a peace plan and halted his crackdown on ethnic albanian separatists. Despite the presence of about 50, xxx nato led troops the United nations has been unable to restore order in see Kosovo Page 5a a Panama City s newest designer consignment shop an affordable shop with prices from $5.00 unique shop with Many Antiques and collectibles where is Jun bugs a located on 3501 w. Hwy. 98 one Block past Mcdonalds amp Michigan ave. Jun bugs a Hwy. 96 n of Mcdonalds i 3501 w. 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