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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeltungOTuesday December GOP gains key posts on Legislature panels By PEGGY FIKAC Associated Press Writer AUSTIN With a new majority in the Texas Senate Republicans have nailed down several key chairmanships and a majority on most committees from Democratic Lt Gov Bob Bullock But they still have fewer overall chairmanships than Democrats with a breakdown of nine to six under assignments announced Monday They also lack a majority on the powerful Finance Committee which is headed by Republican Sen Bill RatlifF of Mount Pleasant In assessing the committee assignments Republican leaders didnt express concern over those numbers Republicans chair four of the most powerful committees in the Senate Finance Economic Development Natural Resources and said Sen Teel Bivins R Amarillo Education Committee chairman The appointments of Ratliff and Bivins first were announced in August after former Finance chairman John Montford D Lubbock resigned from the Senate Texas Today Father charged with killing toddler for disturbing game DALLAS AP A Dallas man has been charged and jailed after police said he beat his 3yearold son to death for making too much noise during a televised Dallas Cowboys game James Thornton III died Monday at Childrens Medical Center of Dallas while undergoing surgery for a ruptured kidney and liver police said His father James Thornton II was charged with firstdegree injury to a child which may be upgraded to capital murder police said He remained in the Lew Sterrett Justice Center today in lieu of bond and could not be reached for comment Serious injury to a child is a first degree felony and carries the same punishment as murder Because the victftritstyouriger than 6 police said they may upgrade the charge to capital murder which could be punishable by death Police said Thornton apparently became angry with his son for jumping around and making too much noise during the third quarter of the Cowboys 126 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday Chairman announces safe school proposals AUSTIN AP A state law empowering teachers to remove disruptive students from their classrooms would be broadened in some areas and pupils would be Police Report New Braunfvls Police Department Preliminarily charged Saturday Ruben Storie 33 445 S Academy public intoxication Municipal Court Dennis Arturo Spinelli 37 188 Pleasant Lane driving while intoxicated Melvin Franklin Stedham 24 234 E Zipp Lane Guadalupe County driving while intoxicated Robert Delgado 41 Misty Field Street Converse burglary of a building District Court Jeffrey Dale Brandt 30 564 Rusk no drivers license Municipal Court Christopher Gonzales 23 1087 Linde 23 possession of marijuana under 2 ounces Sunday Heriberto Sanchez Casa 26 Alpine Street San Marcos no drivers license failure to maintain financial reponsibility Municipal Court Alonzo Reyes 34 1257 S Academy assault bodily injury 2 Reports Saturday burglary of habitation 1478 Post Road forced entry stolen property VCR 19inch color TV no arrests ongoing investigation criminal mischief 265 Rhine Road right front tire punctured criminal mischief 269 Rhine Road rock thrown through window frame Tiger Tote No 2 1081 Interstate 35 18pack Bud Lite juvenile suspects fled scene burglary of motor vehicle incident ocurred on Dec 11 795 Interstate 35 stolen Dallas Cowboy jacket Sunday theft WalMart 1209 Interstate 35 technicians installed new tire and customer left without making payment burglary of habitation 664 California entry by force stolen Smith Wesson 44 caliber handgun stereo mixing board tapes and compact discs gold rings VCR lottery tickets investigation Republicans also head the committees on Administration and Veteran Affairs and Military Installations and were picked to lead Natural Resources subcommittees on agriculture and water that in the 1995 legislative session were headed by Democrats Bivins called the committee makeup fair and noted that Democratic committee heads include longtime senators If we are in fact going to have a bipartisan Senate the idea of taking a longterm incumbent Democrat out of the chair of a committee just because there has been a change in the Senate majority is something we dont need to he said Bullock in making the assignments stressed the need for bipartisan cooperation Republicans and Democrats proved in recent sessions that they can work together and solve the problems that touch the lives of Texans and their families That will continue to be a key he said In making committee assignments Bullock said My underlying criteria is what works best for Texas works best for the ensured due process under proposals by Senate Education Committee Chairman Teel Bivins The purpose of this package of bills is to further the cause of safe Bivins RAmarillo said in filing legislation Monday for consideration when lawmakers convene in regular session in January The safe schools provision in the 1995 education reform law allows teachers to remove violent or disruptive students from their classrooms for placement in alternative education programs It also calls for automatic removal of students who commit violent or drugrelated offenses Bivins package includes bills to give schools the discretion to expel students for misdemeanor drug offenses Bivins said current law only allows schools to expel students for felony drug alcohol and controlled substance violations Medical program shut down following alleged abuse EL PASO Texas AP Abuse allegations have led to the indefinite suspension of a federal program aimed at putting doctors in areas with a shortage of physicians The Department of Housing and Urban Development program allowed foreign physicians to stay in the United States In return they had to spend two years three as of September working 40 hours a week as primarycare physicians in underserved areas Before September doctors who entered the program were eligible for permanent residency Fairly impressive Doug Miller Lea Caffey Kathy Montague Walter Schulle Tommy Zlpp and Robert Acevedo will again serve as drovers on the Comal County Fair Board In 1997 bringing more than 100 years of fair experience with them Supercomputer breaks record with help of chip By WILLIAM McCALL AP Business Writer World National Briefs Milosevic concedes second municipal race to opponents BELGRADE Yugoslavia AP A month into their massive daily protests against Serbias president opposition activists are starting to get what they asked for one town at a time President Slobodan Milosevic has conceded a second municipal election to his political opponents who are demanding more Heartened by support they have vowed to keep on demonstrating until Milosevic hands over all major cities won by the opposition in Nov 17 elections Pressured by the marches and the United States Milosevic apparently is ready to surrender some cities while hoping to keep control of the capital Belgrade In separate demonstrations Monday a total of about opposition supporters and students flooded Belgrade streets chanting Victory and Resignation Aid workers enter refugee camps In Tanzania NGARA Tanzania AP The Tanzanian government allowed aid workers into Hutu refugee camps today but warned them only to feed people from Burundi those from Rwanda are expected to go home The aid workers spread out to do sanitation in camps where refugees remain hoping to prevent diseases from spreading Anne Willem Bijleveld a spokesman for the refugee agency said in Ngara Some refugees crossed into Rwanda this morning but Bijleveld said to Rwandan Hutus still were hiding in forests outside the camps That too he warned could pose a health problem To prevent an outbreak of cholera he said that the commission has pleaded with the Tanzanians to get them out of the Some refugees have beei ordered to leave Tanzania by Dec 31 which would make them the largest group to return to Rwanda since Hutus returned from Zaire last month More than have crossed thus far and aid workers expected all A Holiday Tradition 5th ANNUAL Follow the Star is one of Texas hidden treasures Nestled in the Hill a Country 1000s of visitors each year enjoy the one mile Christmas drivethru tour filled with nearly ONEMILLION lights 60 displays live ani mals 215 characters and so much more Open Thanksgiving Jan I Weeknights 6pm 10pm Weekends Holidays 6pm 1 1 pm per person under 3 yrs old Free We invite you and your family to come experience this magical time when the hills in the Hill Country are bursting with the Christinas Spirit The Star Jillt of them to be back in Rwanda by weeks end Plan to reduce nursing home Inspections draws fire NEW YORK AP A Clinton administration plan to cut back inspections of federally funded nursing homes drew stern criticism from consumer groups and state officials The administration proposal was outlined in documents the Department of Health and Human Services recently sent to officials nationwide the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times reported Critics said the streamlined inspections could put the elderly at greater risk of nursing home abuse These changes will in effect authorize driveby Ellen T Reap president of the national Association of Health Facility Survey Agencies told The New York Times Government data show more than twothirds of nursing homes do not fully comply with federal standards and federal officials said narrowing the scope of reviews would make it easier to target the worst cases Frigid weather causes natural gas futures to soar NEW YORK AP The price of natural gas futures skyrocketed to a new high on forecasts for extremely frigid threatening consumers with rising heating bills Prices for January heating oil crude oil and unleaded gas also soared Monday as Arctic air continued to move into the Rockies and northern Plains The weather is easy to give credit to but I think a majority of the behavior today was due to more psychological and emotional factors rather than said Drew Dickson director of trading at GSC Energy in Atlanta PORTLAND Ore An Intel Corp desktop computer chip has become the building block of the fastest supercomputer ever built a machine so powerful it can peer inside human DNA and simulate nuclear explosions The million supercomputer shattered the speed record by performing more than 1 trillion calculations a second The speed will create a new era in supercomputing allowing researchers to develop new drugs predict weather and improve automotive and airline safety Energy Secretary Hazel OLeary said If the machine were Santa Clans it could deliver gifts to every American faster than the blink of an eye she said Its an astonishing achievement We have this ultracomputer growing from really desktop OLeary said Monday in a joint announcement with Intel White House science adviser John Gibbons said uses for the supercomputer range from finding oil deposits to mapping DNA to prevent genetic diseases or birth defects There lot of other things in our economy that really demand this type of Gibbons said The project also marks the beginning of a computer age that will allow incredibly powerful machines to be assembled from simple building blocks Its a baby step toward being able to do a real simulation of the physical world which is what the holodeck is all about on Star said Justin Rattner an Intel supercomputer expert referring to the virtual reality rooms in the TV scries The recordbreaking machine operated at teraflops or trillion floating point operations a second according to tests last Wednesday The previous record was 368 gigaflops or a billion calculations a second set Sept 27 by Hitachi Corp Santa Clara Intel the computerchip industry leader hooked thousands of Pentium Pro chips together to set the record IBM meanwhile is trying to build an even faster supercomputer one capable of 3 trillion operations a second Rattner admitted the market for supercomputers is limited But he said Intel wants to make them less expensive in order to help the government big companies and universities afford tools that could predict longterm weather create new medicines and help design safer cars and airplanes My personal objective is to eliminate the last vestige of proprietary he said If we can remove this last piece of custom technology from the system it should be possible to build 10 teraflops machines out of completely standard Tuesday December 1996 National Guard Armory New Brauniels BYOB Music by Keys D J LlGOfiT 4 VIDEO SNOW CDS POSTER GIVEAWAY Per Ticket For More Information Call Rey at 6292495 HEARTBURN Still Feeling Last Nights Meal If you or someone you know suffers from daily heartburn symptoms after eating you may be qualified to participate in a research study for a currently available heartburn medication To qualify you must be at least 18 take antacids and be ulcer free Qualified participants may be compensated CALL 6090900 CENTRAL TEXAS HEALTH RESEARCH Creditor 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