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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitung g Thursday August Q 3A Good people still populate the world and miracles still happen Dear Abby My older son went golfing in Ann Arbor in the fall of 1974 and while he was on the golf course he managed to lose his University of Michigan college ring Last fall 1996 he received a telephone call and a letter It seems a maintenance man found his ring It had been in the ground for 22 years and had only a slight dent in the band 1 Can you imagine how many people has walked over that ground and how many times a lawn mower had gone over that ring Abby as a longtime reader of your column I just wanted you to know that there are a lot of nice people in this world and miracles do happen Arlene Horvath Lincoln Park Mich Dear Arlene If theres anything I have learned from my readers over the years Its that basic goodness dwells in most of them And its very uplifting to receive a letter that affirms this Dear Abby After reading the letter from Keeping My Pants On in I believe further information regarding genital warts should be presented to the public Genital warts are caused by human papilloma virus HPV and may have an incubation period of many years Conservative estimates state that at least 50 percent of sexually active persons have been exposed to the virus Therefore if someone or sex partner has had two or more sexual partners it is not unlikely that they have been exposed Certain types of HPV have been implicated as the cause of both cervical and penile cancer which is why annual Pap smears and male genital exams are so important Since the virus is so prevalent and the incubation period can be so long it seems more likely that this young mans condition came from his previous unprotected sexually active lifestyle When this condition is diagnosed in my patients I strongly encourage them not to place the blame on their current sexual partner as they may have been exposed many years earlier I felt sorry for the young lady the man blamed in his letter She seemed to be a woman of high moral values and now shes being blamed for something that may not have been her fault She should contact her doctor immediately and schedule a Pap smear if she has not already done so Daniel E Konblcl Canal Winchester Farnily Health Canal Winchester Ohio Dear Dr Konold I was not aware that genital warts can have such a long incubation period Im sure it will also be news to many of my readers Thank you for pointing this out Dear Abby Your column in the St Petersburg Times listed people who managed to succeed against the odds I dont know about the rest of them but your thumbnail sketch of the great Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini was quite inaccurate Toscanini was not a second fiddle in an obscure South American He was a gifted and superbly trained cellist in an orchestra formed by an Italian impresario for a South American tour Toscanini graduated at the top of his class as the Parma Conservatory and as a student nicknamed Genio In addition to being the principal cellist of the touring Toscanini was the opera companys vocal coach and was greatly admired by the singers and instrumentalists Thus he was exceedingly well prepared and equipped for his impromptu conducting debut at the age 19 and for the unique career that followed Anthony Skey St Petersburg Fla Dear Mr Skey Thank you for pointing out the inaccuracy concerning Toscanini Mea culpa unveils new state child support computer system By RENAE MERLE Associated Press Writer AUSTIN AP After years of wait Attorney General Dan Morales has unveiled a new computer system for processing child support payments It is four years overdue but still one of the first in the country to be up and running he said The current system is scarcely more than an overstuffed electronic filing Morales said The new system is like an interactive video it will revolutionize the way we do Morales has been criticized for the delay in implementing the system which ran millions of dollars over budget The system originally was predicted to cost million As federal standards and state regulations changed estimates grew to million According to Morales implementing the system has cost more than million so far He dismissed the criticism Wednesday pointing out that Texas will be the first of the nations large states to get the improved child support computer system implemented The system originally was expected to be operating by February 1993 Revised federal requirements extended the deadline to October this year The assertion that there has been an unnecessary delay just doesnt hold Morales said He added that legislators who criticized the delay were mistaken and illadvised Morales said his office would begin converting to the new computer system Aug 28 but that the department would need another six months of training before the system is fully operational He said the system will automate case work which will save time and increase efficiency For example under the old system it took about 37 minutes to open a case It will take only nine minutes with the new computer system Morales said Sen Chris Harris RArlington led an effort during the legislative session to transfer child support duties to a new state agency and has been a harsh critic of Morales It has been a long time in said Mark Salvato Harris legislative aide There have been a lot of deadlines that have not been He added that it would be great news if the system worked but added that some of the computer programs may be obsolete by now Salvato said Harris office lias also been fielding complaints about a delay in check distribution as the system is transferred Morales has warned support recipients that converting to the new system will delay some checks next month Once they flip the well see what Salvato said INS chief says Pentagon will decide future of border patrols MARFA Texas AP The Pentagon will decide the future of armed military antidrug patrols along the Rio Grande said immigration chief Doris Meissner Wednesday Meissner toured the rugged terrain near Marfa Texas this week that is the front line of the dispute over using combat troops on the border Under heavy security the head of the Immigration and Naturalization Service became the highestranking Clinton administration official to visit the area ending a twoday trip of Border Patrol stations on the Mexico border Last week a Presidio County grand jury decided Marine Cpl Clemente Banuelos who was leading a fourman antidrug patrol did not break the law when he shot and killed 18yearold Esequiel Hernandez Jr Military officials said Hernandez fired twice at the Marines with a 22 calibor rifle and was about to shoot again at Lance Cpl James M Blood when Banuelos killed him with a single shot from an M16 Texas Rangers and local prosecutors who investigated the shooting said they had evidence that conflicted with the Marines reports The whole matter is under Meissner said of the Pentagons decision to pull all troops off antidrug patrols until it can evaluate whether changes need to be made The program enables soldiers to work in conjunction with the Border Patrol the enforcement arm of the INS We will not have an opinion as to whether the operations should continue until after that she said Prison escapee caught at Horseshoe Lake Comal County convictions ROSHARON Texas AP An inmate who scaled a fence to escape from prison and hid out at a nearby for two days was captured Wednesday a prison official said rr vs caught just before 5 JLake Larry Fitzgerald a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Hand was serving 20 years on four convictions out of Comal County unauthorized use of a motor vehicle theft burglary and theft of livestock He also was serving a 40year term out of Kerr County for possession of a firearm and a 25year term out of Kerr County for possession of a deadly apenal institution coimmiii nsefficer spotted him Hand tried to swim away in the lake which is on prison property Fitzgerald said Hand who was wearing a prison uniform he apparently had blackened with shoe polish had escaped from the Brazoria County prison Monday night by climbing a fence as guards in two towers fired at him with automatic rifles Fitzgerald said he was not injured dog iteams aad a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter were used to search for Hand Last year Hand was arrested in connection with the butchering of a buffalo found headless and skinned at the Kerrville Camera Safari a wildlife park At the time Hand was on parole for slaughtering a prize breeding bull and some cattle GttiM Children are needed to participate in a clinical research study to evaluate an asthma medication Participants must be 4 11 years of age Suffering from mild to moderate asthma and using asthma medication 1 Able to complete 4 outpatient visits at our facility Receive free studyrelated medical care and compensation for your time Central Texas Health Research 210 6090900 YOUTH TOUR 1998 Two local businesses burglarized By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels Police are investigating two burglaries that occurred during the same time frame Tuesday night to Wednesday morning by the same method of operation Unknown suspects entered Rockin R Ts on the 1400 block of Gruene Road after deactivating the alarm system police said The suspects removed a glass panel TO gain entry and stole of property including cash a camera a VCR a photo scanner and three knives During the same time someone deactivated the security system of specialty shop The Call of the Wild 1663 New Braunfels Street The reported stolen property is valued at and includes a Bowie knife and case and a pocket knife Police said they had no suspects or witnesses to the two incidents but were concerned about the way the suspects gained access to the two stores Some evidence was obtained at the scene that police are said Sgt John McEachem adding that he could not comment on whether employees of the stores were suspected in these two crimes Police investigated a report of two men who posed as Jehovahs Witness representatives to gain access to a New Braunfels mans residence Tuesday morning The men went inside and began to remove a reported in cash three cameras a cash box and a guitar for a total of in cash and stolen property police said Police snid the victim who lives at the River Park Apartments on the 200 block of Seville has a medical condition and was unable to call police Any person asking entrance into your home you should be cautious in all instances Report anything that looks suspicious to the New Braunfels Police Sgt John McEachern McEachern said police were investigating the incident but people should exercise extreme caution when solicitors approach residences Any person asking entry into your home you should be cautious in all he said Report anything that looks suspicious to The incident occurred one week after officials from the New Braunfels Utilities cautioned residents to beware of people posing as NBU employees as a way to commit crimes NBU cited criminal activity in San Antonio in which several people gained access to homes to commit robberies NBU said its employees came to homes only at the request of customers and people should confirm the visit with NBUs central office New Braunfels Police investigated a report of burglary late Tuesday or early Wednesday in the 1700 block of North Business 35 at the Ortiz Bar Unknown suspects broke the lock to a door to gain entry and took of change from the juke box and SI 50 worth of Bud Light Police said they had no suspects or witnesses For the latest listings Real Estate see the HeraldZeitung Classifieds on Friday and Sunday Let the power of your pen put your ideas to work in PECs Rural Electric Youth Tour essay contest and you could win an all expensepaid trip to Washington next summer If you are age 1418 and your parents or legal guardians are PEC members 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