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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 8, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW I I 1 r vQKJDELL UK llbvFELS EeowTX TM03 L r ZEITUNG Vol 148 No 209 18 pages in 2 sections September WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Cisneros pleads guilty to single misdemeanor count Hous ing Secretary Henry Cisneros pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor count of lying to the FBI ending a fouryear millionplus independent counsel investi gation that dimmed the luster of a one time Democratic Party rising star The former Clinton Cabinet member must pay a fine but will face no jail time or probation The court accepted bis plea agreement just as his trial on 18 felony counts of conspiracy obstruction of jus tice and lying to the FBI was set to begin In exchange Cisneros admitted in court that he falsely told the FBI while under considera tion for the Cabinet post that he had never paid his exmistress more than monthly He gave Linda Jones more than between 1989 and 1994 prosecutors said I accept responsibility for the conduct as CISNEROS Cisneros told US District Judge Stanley Sporkin his lawyer at his side His wife Mary Alice was not in the court room Cisneros a former San Antonio mayor who is now president of the Spanishlan guage television network Univision in Los Angeles ducked out of the courthouse without talking to reporters But in a pre pared statement he said I regret my lack of I hope that all who follow me in public service learn the lesson that truth and candor are important in the process of selecting our In accepting the plea agreement which Sporkin said he initially thought was too lenient the judge said I know there will be some secondguessing about this plea There will be some who will say that the sanction is not tough enough and others who will say here is more evidence of the Independent Counsel Act as not serving the public But he added We cannot permit an individual to lie his way into high public The work of the independent coun sel in this case reaffirms the importance of telling the Independent Counsel David Barrett told reporters We are just glad to have this over and done Barrett declined further comment But in a prepared statement he implicitly defend ed his investigation whose biggest suc cess came when Ms Jones was sentenced to 3 years in prison after herself running afoul of Barretts investigation In July See ng literacy International Literacy Day stresses importance of reading BY HEATHER TOOD Staff Writer Braunfels resident Melisa Diaz 26 didnt like to read when she was in high school Now thanks to an adult literacy program Diaz not only enjoys reading but also teaches her daughter Kirsten the importance of getting an Diaz is one of many local residents who have successfully completed a literacy program f Eight years ago Diaz dropped out of high school at the begin ning of her senior year to become a riidtilijer Later mat year she suf fered a debilitating stroke that left Her paralyzed mother bound to a was toe important ifdr herself arid her simply give up For awhile there were a lot of things I had to deal with in my life then I realized that I had to do this not just for myself but for my daughter I thought if she saw me studying and reading then she would do the same I wanted to be a role model for my own she said Two years ago Diaz who read at an 1 libgrade level looked into the Adult Literacy of Comal County program Since she did not have transportation to the General Equivalency Diploma classes Diaz began meeting with a volunteer tutor from the literacy program once a week Diaz now has her GED and is looking into the possibility of tak ing college courses on the Internet Today is International Literacy Day and educators across the country are urging adults who either have problems reading or knows someone who struggles with reading to seek help Literacy is about more than being able to read a book or a See CLASSES AVAILABLE Several free Graduate Equivalency Diploma and English as a Second Language classes are available in Comal County Classes are continu ous and students can join at any time NBISD Learning Center 902 West San Antonio 6206200 GED and ESL to 9 Tuesday and Thursday Comal Leadership Institute 1419 Nprth Business classes 7 to 9 Monday and Wednesday Community Service Center 132 Caddell Lane 6292731 GED class es 9 to noon Monday through Thursday ESL II 7 to 9 Monday and Wednesday Bulverde Public Library 30450 Cougar Bend 830 4383666 GED classes 6 to 8 Tuesday ESL classes 6 to 8 Wednesday Mountain Valley Elementary School 1165 Sattler Road 830 899 2867 ESL classes to 9 Monday WAI Top Melisa Diaz left studies with Adult Literacy of Comal County tutor Gloria Morales who helped Diaz earn her Graduate Equivalency Diploma two years ago Above OakRun School sixthgrader Jake Elder responds to a ques tion during a recent Newspapers In Education lesson For more on the HeraldZeltungs NIE program see page 6A Y2K bug getting an early byte BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer The millennium bug could be paying an early visit to Comal County Y2K planners are concerned that some computers might read Thursdays date Sept as 9999 a com mon stop program or shut down command Although banks utilities and businesses around the world will be looking for the slightest hint of Y2Krelat ed glitches few expect to see any major disruptions Y2K News Magazine reported In New Braunfels banks hove been preparing for the possibility of Y2K problems for more man a year said Ron Strong senior vice president of First State Bank 401 Main Plaza Every bank and every savings and loan association in the United States has been required by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to test as well as 13 other dates for Y2K Strong said The deadline to check all of the dates was June If there were any problems they should have been fixed by Electrical utility companies also are ready if the bug decides to strike early New Braunfels Utilities spokes woman Gretchen Reuwer said the utility expected a nor mal day of operations While electrical service cannot be guaranteed we are not anticipating any interruption of service to our cus tomers Reuwer said We have been working on the Y2K issue since 1997 and feel very comfortable with our efforts and those of our wholesale supplier Lower Colorado River For those still trying to figure out what Y2K means for the muchanticipated Jan deadline it boils down to this Computers are required to be datesensitive Most computers that have not been altered or reprogrammed for Y2K rely on a year field that only has a twodigit code This means programs would only recognize the last two digits of a year possibly interpreting the year 2000 or as the year 1900 Most computers that are Y2Kcompliant are pro grammed for a fourdigit date code to avoid the feared New Years Day disruptions Dwyer Stringer Y2K project coordinator for Comal County said residents would experience a few minor glitches Thursday in a worstcase scenario but there was nothing to be too concerned about From everything I have been reading most of the problems have been Stringer said Y2K has been hitting us in bits and pieces for several years now The best thing people can do is to plan ahead and not wait until the last NBISD bond package includes classroom upgrades Staff Writer New libraries more parking and Interact services in every room are among projects proposed in 9 million bond package to improve the learning environment for students flnd teachers New Braunfels Independent School Diitrict patrons will decide Oct 2 whether to go forward with the proposed million plan to i and expand NBISJP puses 15 at the Education Center 430 West Mill and Lone Star Pri mary 2343 West San Antonio St Early voting runs until Sept 28 Voting hours at the Education Center are 8 to 5 and 7 to 8 at Lone Star Prima ry on Sept 15 only More than million of the proposed bond money would be spent to improve the daytoday educational environment for all students and teachers Good money would be used to Upgrade instructional services improve student safety and pro vide bigger and better facilities New Braunfels Middle School principal Demetria Cummins said campus improvements would have an impact on student achievement MI do believe that any improve Jennifer Faulkner director of instructional technology said bond money could fund a fiber optic backbone between schools a local area network for all campuses and And instilling a sense of pride in students for their school docs have an impact on students achieve she said More than million in the million plan would be used to enhance technology whole goal is to provide voice video and data to every she aaid Students wouu have access to network servicefind software and teachers would have access to e mail for better communication See PART OF A SERIES The HeraldZeitung takes a took this week at the Oct 2 bond issue for New Braunfels Independent School District Coming up are THURSDAY Taking care of maintenance kitchen facili ties FRIDAYHow will the bond issue affect your taxes INSIDE Key Code 76
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