Wednesday, October 8, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitunq n Wednesday October n 5A Texas starts web page for vegetables HOUSTON AP Looking for the latest on maroon carrots Searching for secrets on cloned If so theres no longer any need to call the scientists at Texas Universitys Vegetable Improvement Center The center which gained attention for its development of the maroon carrot Its juiced with high levels of beta has launched a site on the World Wide Web to answer questions on Aggie contributions to the vegetable hall of fame Organizers told the Texas Journal of The Wall Street Journal they were swamped by calls from vegetable enthusiasts from around the world who wanted updates on the latest in broccolis potatoes brussel sprouts and of course carrots Among the sites features the Whats Up Doc column penned for the centers quarterly newsletter by Leonard Pike inventor of the maroon carrot The column includes helpful hints such as how to produce onion rings that hold their batter Theres also information on the maroon carrot known as the Betasweet and acclaimed by food critics Texas Supreme Court faces pressure over delays HOUSTON AP An insurance dispute over a Montgomery County house fire is scheduled to come before the Texas Supreme Court today nearly 12 years after the blaze occurred The delay prompted the Legislature to propose to voters a state constitutional amendment A court ordered Jarties and Cynthia Simmons insurance jcbmpany State Farm Fire Casualty to pay the couple million in damages 11 years ago The company rejected the Simmonses claim alleging that they set the fire No criminal charges ever were filed against the couple Four years have passed since State Farm appealed to the Texas Supreme Court Initially the court refused to take up the case but State Farm asked the court to reconsider the decision This summer enough justices agreed to hear the matter Simmons vs State Farm is just one example of what critics long have argued was a dithering legal process in thp Supreme Court They dont seem to care how long it takes cases to get through the says Russell McMafns a Corpus Christi lawyer who represents the Simmonses In the year ended Aug 31 justices needed more than a year to complete onefifth of the cases they agreed to review while the cases on which they heard arguments took an average of 13 months to conclude State voters will be asked to consider a proposed constitutional amendment Nov 4 that would give the court six months to act on a request to reconsider an earlier decision If no action is taken the request would be automatically denied and the matter ended The proposal doesnt address how quickly judges must decide the case after taking it up Nevertheless it is the first time the Legislature has tried to set deadlines on court deliberations Some of the courts nine justices endorse the proposal Delay is not good for litigantsor the legal Justice Greg Abbott a Republican told the Texas Journal of The Wall Street Journal The lower courts and lawyers dealing With other cases on similar subjects need to know what the courts final opinion is so they can proceed However some justices oppose the proposal in part as excesste meddling by lawmakers in court procedures And even some who support it say they are uneasy about the legislative interference Chief Justice Thomas Phillips a Republican and a supporter of the proposal says too many such rules want this to start a trend where the would be unwise and Supreme Courts schedule is He adds I dont Owsenkumkui YOUthtoaashal i o 321 Mill Street New Braunfels 6253316 In A Try Our DriveThru Service Jury rejects breast implant claim News Briefs Murder suspect hopeful victims family bitter TYLER The Supreme Courts refusal to block the reversal of Kerry Max Cooks murder conviction in the death of a 21yearold woman has raised Cooks hopes that he may soon be freed I just want to go home and try to pick up the shattered remnants of a life that has been stolen from Cook told the Tyler Morning Telegraph in a telephone interview Tuesday from the Smith County Jail The Monday decision however has left the family of Linda Jo Edwards and frustrated There aint no words for it It just doesnt make said Jimmy Edwards brother of the 21yearold secretary whose 1977 mutilation and slaying Cook is accused of committing Cook 41 has been convicted and sentenced to death twice in the 1977 mutilation and slaying of Ms Edwards Both convictions the most recent in 1994 have been overturned Dallas superintendent was ripping off school district DALLAS In August Attorney Paul Coggins called a news conference to praise Dallas school Superintendent Yvonne Gonzalez for initiating an investigation into widespread overtime and contract abuse Tuesday Coggins presided over another news conference this time to announce with surprise shock amazement that Ms Gonzalez had admitted misapplying thousands of dollars of Dallas Independent School District funds Less than three hours later members of the districts school board voted unanimously to accept the resignation that Ms Gonzalez tendered three weeks earlier The rerignation was triggered by a lawsuit brought against her by the school districts chief financial officer accusing her of sexual harasoment But until the embezzlement charges surfaced earlier this week the school board had been divided on whether to HOUSTON AP A silicone breastimplant maker has been cleared of liability in the failure of implants in three Houston women Jurors Tuesday rejected the womens claims that Baxter Healthcare Corp had produced defective implants and that the implants had injured them The case varied from earlier breastimplant trials in that the women did not claim the devices reject the resignation and have her stay on It was not just a betrayal of public trust It was how quickly it was Coggins said She took office on Jan 1 By Jan 20 shes ripping off the school district And not just ripping off the school district but causing false invoices to be Blonde assignment assaults racial identity HOUSTON A school assignment asking fourthgraders to determine which one of four sisters nO tr c i iS was beautiful blond and intelhgenr didnt make much sense to 9yearold Dennis Campbell Jr When Dennis who is black showed the worksheet to his mother she asked him what he thought about it Well no one in our family is Tammie Campbell recalls him saying Does that mean were not intelligent and beautiful At that time I was so upset I didnt know what I would she said Mrs Campbell discussed the matter with the teacher who apologized Observatory will get major scientific boost EL PASO The view from the McDonald Observatory is about to get a whole lot better Construction has been completed on the worlds thirdlargest telescope the most powerful instrument yet at the West Texas observatory and astronomers expect to begin exploring the universe with it next year They are extremely anxious about getting their hands on it We now send a group of scientists out to it every month Otherwise I think Id have a revolt on my said observatory director Frank Bash Equipped with an 11meter astronomical mirror the largest in the world the HobbyEberly Telescope atop Mount Fowlkes in the Davis Mountains is 10 times more powerful than the nextlargest telescope at the observatory But it is still considered smaller than the Keck I and Keck II telescopes in Hawaii caused any diseases only that four of the six implants had ruptured after insertion The plaintiffs were Gay Hunger 50 an artist who received implants in 1973 Teresa Sparks 39 a healthcare businesswoman who received implants in 1985 and Donna Whitman 47 a teacher who received implants in 1978 Baxters lead trial attorney Vaughn Crawford of Phoenix said Baxter has now won 26 verdicts in breast implant lawsuits This was a major he said They claimed the ruptures were caused by improper design and manufacturing and that the implants should have lasted a lifetime The jury found no evidence supporting their Lead plaintiffs attorney Mike Gallagher said We got a fair trial We disagreed with the jurys findings but I have faith in the MAZDA NISSAN TOYOTA SUBARU CERTIFIED TECHNICIANS QUALITY SERVICE CUSTOMER SATISFACTON WORLD CAR MAZDA 5080 IH 35 S 6091000 MAZDA NISSAN TOYOTA SUBARU Austin Dallas show signs of speculative building HOUSTON There are signs that the booming office market in Austin is overbuilt The same is true in Dallas Yet few people involved in the market seem worried For the first time since the boom of the 1980s speculative office buildings those put up without a substantial number of tenants signed up are going up About million square feet of office space is under construction or has been recently states capital The Wall Street Journal reported today Dallas meanwhile leads the state with at least 27 buildings in various stages of development compared with fewer than 10 a year earlier Brokers say office construction in Houston and San Antonio also is showing signs of life Three dead one wounded in shooting at business SAN ANTONIO A rifletoting gunman who opened fire in the workplace of his exgirlfriend killing her and another woman before killing himself had a history of domestic abuse Charles Lee White 42 was found dead Tuesday along with his former girlfriend Pamela Henry 38 and Juanita Morin 41 when members of the San Antonio Police Department SWAT team stormed the front doors I of ProtoCall a paging and answering service in a business park in northeast San Antonio Ms Henry and Ms Morin both worked at ProtoCall Another female ProtoCall employee Anna Carolina Spencer 34 was flown to Brooke Army Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the head She was in critical condition and underwent emergency Happy 1ST Birthday Derrick Kyle Montanez Love Always Mommy Daddy Grandma Grandpa Madrid Grandma Grandpa Montanez ANTIQUES SHOW flaia SALE 38 h ANNUAL ZONTA CLUB Live Oak Civic Center San Antonio Texas October 10 11 12 Fri Sat 10 Sun Noon5 FLATWARE GLASS GRINDING 50 Dealers with Victorian to Country Furniture Toys Dolls Childrens Items Flo Blue Majolica Glass Linens Oil Paintings Figural Napkin Rings Old Tools Victorian Accessories Handmade Oriental Rugs Estate Jewelry and much much more ADMISSION GOOD ALL 3 DAYS Tobacco industry requests 5th Circuit Court to stay trial DALLAS The tobacco industry is asking the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals for a stay in Texas billion lawsuit against Big Tobacco Industry lawyers on Tuesday filed their request for a stay in the trial scheduled to begin next Tuesday saying the lower court has exceeded its authority in some of its initial actions We come to this pass a plainly unlawful trial plan a week from trial in one of the largest cases ever litigated because of two fundamental errors by the district the eight tobacco companies and three trade groups said in their filing The Appeals Court has many options It could grant a stay ignore the filing or 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