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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeltung g Thursday December O 3A News Briefs UP customers paint different views of operations WASHINGTON AP Shippers scoffed Wednesday at claims by Union Pacific executives that conditions at the nations largest railroad have improved dramatically after months of congestion and service disruptions Hours after Dick Davidson chairman of Dallasbased Union Pacific assured the federal Surfape Transportation Board that the railroads Oct 1 service recovery plan had addressed the most serious problems customers painted a starkly different picture Last month the board declared a transportation emergency in the West and imposed a 30day service order designed to nudge the railroad back to normal operations That order requiring Union Pacific to cooperate with its competitors in Texas expires at midnight Thursday The board must consider whether to extend it or impose new remedies Testifying at a daylong hearing Wednesday dissatisfied shippers urged the board to extend the order by the maximum 240 days permissible under law The Texas Railroad Commission which has been harshly critical of Union Pacifics performance prodded federal regulators to take more drastic action and force the railroad to divest itself of some 250 miles of track around Houston Insurance commissioner weighs discounts AUSTIN AP Texas home and property owners could save big on their insurance under a mandatory discount program for property with hailresistant roofs Texas Insurance Commissioner Elton Bomer on Wednesday listened to consumers roofers and insurance companies who said they support the idea Some who testified proposed changes which Bomer said he wanted to consider before deciding whether to approve the program If enacted the discounts would apply to roofs installed after Feb 1 1998 There are four classes of hail resistant roofs Depending on where homeowners live and the quality of hailresistant roofs installed discounts would range from 1 percent to 35 percent of annual According to Bomers department insurance claims from Texas homeowners in 1996 amounted billion About million of that roughly 40 percent came from damage caused by wind and hail The majority of that damage was to roofs State panel expected to drop guidelines on use of force CLUTE Texas AP Following Texas sheriffs opposition proposed state guidelines on use of force against jail inmates are doomed according to The Brazosport Facts Texas Commission on Jail Standards executive director Jack Festtage Planner NOV 14JAN 4 HOLIDAY RIVER OF LIGHTS A spectacular drivethrough holiday light display featuring thousands of lights and animated holiday scenes nestled on the banks of the tranquil Guadalupe River in Cypress Bend Park Enjoy this magical journey of sight sound and motion from early November to early January Contact Don Ferguson at 830 6082100 WASSAILFEST FIFTH ANNUAL magical evening of downtown festivities ranging from sampling different types of wassail holiday to enjoying the many diverse entertainment groups and strolling through downtown shops Downtown Plaza from 5 to 9 Wassail voting at Contact Lynn Fountain at 8306082100 VISIT WITH ST NICHOLAS Children enjoy traditional visit with German Santa at the Sophienburg Museum 401 West Coll at 2 and 6 Contact Michelle Oatman at the Sophienburg Museum at 830 6291572 SATURDAY CANDLELIGHT TOUR Visit Sophienburg Museum Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture and Conservation Plaza Doors open 58 Crump who proposed the new regulations after viewing a Brazoria County videotape allegedly depicting abuse told the newspaper he has changed his mind The proposal that operators of county jails and forprofit prison facilities submit for commission review individual policies on use of force against inmates was expected to die at the panels meeting Thursday Based upon received I am not recommending the proposal for Crump told the newspaper this week Three charged in death of man at busy intersection HOUSTON AP Three brothers have been charged in a rush hour killing apparently motivated by revenge Nicomedes Santibanez 28 Abraham Santibanez 32 and Apolinar Santibanez 26 were charged with murder Wednesday for the death of Cleofas Orrusquieta Vega The brothers began looking for Vega Tuesday morning police said because they wanted to talk out their problems with him or kill him Witnesses said Vega was standing at an eastbound bus stop when an armed man walked up Vega then ran into the street with the gunman shooting and in pursuit Vega made it to a vacant lot where he fell The gunman went up to Vega fired several more times and fled in a waiting vehicle with the other two men witnesses said Vega died at the scene Witnesses phoned police who then trailed the gunmans getaway car to west Interstate 10 where the three brothers were arrested Three guns were found in the car Police accuse Nicomedes Santinabez of being the shooter His brothers were present and armed police said Bexar grand jury indicts man in slaying of quads mom SAN ANTONIO AP A man accused of murder conspiracy in the slaying of a Florida mother of quadruplets was charged Wednesday in Texas with hiring his cousin to commit die crime Samuel Gonzales 27 went to court for what was expected to be a brief extradition hearing that would have sent him to Sarasota to face a conspiracy trial in the shooting death of Sheila Bellush But a judge stunned Gonzales his attorneys and courtroom spectators by announcing the murderforhire indictment against Gonzales handed up by a grand jury in San Antonio The indictment alleges Gonzales hired his cousin Jose Luis Del Toro on Nov 4 to travel to Florida to kill Mrs Bellush a 35yearold mother of six children including toddler quadruplets Mrs Bellush was shot to death in her Florida home Nov 7 Her four toddlers were found nearby in her blood though not physically harmed Married mom confesses to disturbing fantasies DEAR ABBY I am the happily married mother of two teenagers Something disturbing has happened recently I find myself attracted to my daughters boyfriend He is 19 and I am 46 Im no Mrs and I would never reveal how I feel When hes here I behave in nothing but an adult motherly manner However my thoughts and fantasies about him are far from This has bothered me for months This has never happened before I know I have to cope with it like anyone else with a secret crush but I feel like such a fool Am I abnormal Have you ever heard of a mom falling for a kid the age of her children Please dont make fun of me I feel silly enough already And please dont even mention which state this letter came from SMITTEN DEAR SMITTEN You are not abnormal and yes I have heard of women falling for men the age of their children I suspect there are many adults of both sexes who have found themselves attracted to their childrens friends but would never admit it The important consideration is not that you have these feelings but that you neither reveal nor act on them As long as your fantasies remain fantasies they are harmless DEAR ABBY I recently read the letter from Troubled who asked Arent there more options Reno faces another decision in Clinton fundraising probe WASHINGTON AP The political fundraising controversy still holds peril for key players Attorney General Janet Reno faces a second decision this month on whether to seek an independent counsel to investigate President Clinton while her task forces plans to begin indicting fundraisers In addition Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt awaits a decision from Reno due by Feb 11 in an Indian casino case that senior officials called the most difficult to resolve without requesting appointment of an independent counsel In that matter Babbitts sworn testimony to the Senate is directly contradicted by a lawyer who was a close friend While Republicans continued to boil over Renos rejection of an outside prosecutor for telephone fund raising by Clinton and Vice President Al Gore the 120 lawyers and FBI agents on the Justice Department task force plowed ahead Wednesday on a broad front They were using grand juries here and in Los Angeles according to people involved in the case Investigators were examining a host of questionable financial transactions a coterie of fund raisers possible foreign payments and Democratic party fundraising practices At least two Republicans also were under scrutiny Reno warned that the telephone decision exonerated no one from this broader investigation Officials anticipate indicting two Democratic fundraisers this month or next on charges of concealing the identity of the real donors hoping to pressure them or others into providing evidence against others Enjoy decorations sample tasty German treats Contact Michelle Oatman OLD GRUENE CHRISTMAS MARKET DAYS FESTIVAL Town lighting ceremony shops restaurants entertainment and craft vendors in Gruene Historic District Market of more than 100 craft vendors opens by 10 lighting ceremony Saturday 6 Contact Mary Jane Nalley Dec 1214 GLOWFEST 97 Texas Only Winter Holiday Balloon Festival Daily at sunrise flyover of more than 25 balloons Evening glow at Comal County Fairgrounds concessions available spectacular family event filled with music and the most unusual holiday lighting display in south Texas Contact Chamber of Commerce at 830 6252385 or 18005722626 DEC 13 A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY Depiction of German historic Christmas experiences in Texas from Indianola to New Braunfels First Protestant Church at Contact Celeste Salge at 8306257693 or Jerald Schroeder at 8306097729 ext 19 DEC 13 THE FOURTH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES Get into the Holiday Spirit with a visit to the delightful and festive on this years tour Enjoy the enchantment of Christmas past and present Contact Genny Hensz at 8306256119 DEC 13 JINGLE BELL FOR FAMILY OUTREACH 5K Run Walk Kids K and Silent Auction 9 in Landa Park Contact Susan Phillips at 830609 5030 DEC 18 CAROLING ON THE PLAZA SIXTEENTH ANNUAL Arts Council sponsors community get together with friends and neighbors to sing traditional Christmas carols Downtown Plaza at 6 Contact Ann Young at 8309072991 DEC 22 HARVEST FROM THE HEART FOURTH ANNUAL Community Christmas Dinner at Civic Center 58 Contact Rit at 8306252661 or Judy Kraft at 8306252322 Founders are Robert Konkel and Dana Overstreet The BOXCAR for a single person than cruises that penalize one for traveling alone He wanted to travel alone or as part of a group but pay a single rate and have a private room Abby to give the lowest price to those who are coupled is outrageous It is akin to saying married is good and single is bad It is cruel to imply that when more than 75 million people are divorced widowed or never married I can afford to pay for a cruise and can afford to travel to Europe alone but in this couples world it is still sometimes painful I refuse to pay that exorbitantly higher ripoff price for traveling alone Its time travel agents and hotels wised up and realized they are losing a tremendous amount of business If condominiums and apartment buildings can accommodate the needs of singles then so can cruise ships and hotels ELEANOR CARLSON ST PETERSBURG FLA DEAR ELEANOR Meeting the needs of the single traveler may be an idea whose time has come Many travel agents wrote to offer roommates singles cruises and discounted rates to Troubled but that was not his question Perhaps the answer to traveling alone inexpensively is to check several travel sources and plan creatively Bon voyage DEAR ABBY What is the advantage and to whom of an envelope with a window in it Half the time 1 get my reply in backward and Im sure that my wasted time is typical Who benefits GERALD STROHM FRESNO CALIF DEAR GERALD You do It takes only a moment to ensure that your reply is placed in the envelope correctly It would take more time to address an envelope With a window envelope there is no chance of making an error in the name and address Two Democratic fundraisers former Little Rock restaurateur and longtime Clinton friend Yah Lin Charlie Trie and immigration consultant Maria Hsia have been linked in congressional testimony to schemes to launder contributions through straw donors Lawyers for both denied the allegations Others under investigation include former Commerce Department aide and Democratic party fundraiser John Huang who has ties to Indonesias Lippo group West Coast entrepreneur Johnny Chung Thai business consultant Pauline Kanchanalak and Indonesian entrepreneur Ted Sioeng Trie Huang Kanchanalak and Chung all showed up with Clinton on White House videotapes Hsia and Huang arranged a Buddhist temple fundraiser that Gore attended The most immediate deadline is Dec 15 when Reno must answer a request by House Judiciary Committee Republicans that she seek an independent counsel to investigate the role of Clinton Babbitt White House aide Bruce Lindsey and former deputy White House chief of staff Harold Ickes in the casino ruling In July 1995 the Interior Department denied three Wisconsin Chippewa tribes a casino license which had been recommended by Bureau of Indian Affairs For All Your Body Shop Needs BECKER MOTOR CO 547 S Seguin New Braunfels 6O63463 Automobile Insurance As automobile owners its up to you to make important choices for your family Remember youll always have a friend along for the ride with Farm Bureau Auto Insurance For quality coverage and fast fair claims service give us a call what matters most 830 6256924 FARM BUREAU INSURANCE Texas Farm Bureau Underwriters Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co Texas Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co Auto Home Life SAFETY I MKRUVCIIUISIMVS 1259 LOOP 337 A holiday gathering to avoid Christmas lights signal the holiday season but extension cords can be dangerous when used improperly If an extension cord feels warm its overloaded and poses a fire hazard Use separate outlets when possible To avoid electrical shock discard 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