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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 12, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                Thursday October HRRALUZKITI INC Page 3A Judge orders Ford recall for ignition design flaw OAKLAND Calif AP A judge took the unprecedented step Wednesday of ordering the recall of as many as million Ford cars and trucks sold in California accusing the automaker of concealing a dan gerous design flaw that can cause the vehicles to stall in traffic The ruling compounds Fords troubles as the automaker tries to steer its way out of the Firestone tire recall crisis Ford has insisted all along that the ignition module at issue is safe and it said it will appeal the ruling arguing that a California state judge has no authority to issue such an order Never before has a judge ordered recall The device was put on 29 mod els between 1983 and 1995 including the Taurus LTD Ranger Bronco Mustang and Escort according to Ford During that period Taurus was one of the topselling cars in America Superior Court Judge Michael E Ballachey said Ford sold as many as 23 million vehicles with the flaw but his jurisdiction does not extend beyond California Similar classaction suits are pending in Alabama Maryland Illinois Tennessee and Washington After the verdict plaintiffs attorney Robert Holstein said the other suits will proceed with the focus on Illinois where state judges can permit national class action suits Nelda Rohling and her parents were in a 1989 Ford Tempo that was struck by another vehicle on a Texas highway in 1993 Her father was killed and Rohling and her mother were severely injured We started to cross the high way at a stop sign and the car Rohling said Dads jig gling jiggling to get the car on We were looking at this car com ing down on Rohling said Ford settled their lawsuit without admitting liabili ty The automaker has settled dozens of wrongfuldeath and personalinjury lawsuits nation wide in which a Ford vehicle was suspected of stalling Ford never admitted any wrongdoing The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted three probes into stalling of Ford vehicles between 1984 and 1987 and closed the cases after finding no defects agency spokesman Tim Hurd said Wednesday Ballachey said that Ford knew since at least 1982 that the vehi cles were prone to stalling espe cially when the engine was hot but failed to alert consumers and repeatedly deceived federal regu lators by claiming the modules were safe This case was about conceal ment of a dangerous he said Government agencies normal ly order recalls but Ballachey said state law gives him that power Ford disagreed and argued that a recall is unnecessary The record in this case does not demonstrate a safety prob Ford attorney Richard Warmer said These vehicles are Spokesman Jim Cain said there is nothing to Were talking about a lot of old cars and old trucks two thirds of which have more than miles on the he said Mideast summit attempt fails WASHINGTON AP President Clinton acknowledged Wednesday that the Mideast sum mit he hoped to hold quickly had fallen through Shifting gears he said just another meeting was not the key to restoring calm and reviving IsraeliPalestinian peace talks I wouldnt overread the fact that there wont be a big meeting imminently in Clinton said while still holding out the possibility he or Secretary of State Madeleine Albright might go to the region at some point I dont think you should over read that as a reflection that either the Israelis or the Palestinians do not want to continue the peace he told reporters at the White House Egypt the projected host reject ed the idea of a summit and Yasser Arafat had not warmed to the idea as well But Clinton and the State Department declined to assign any blame With violence subsiding and harsh rhetoric also dropping off administration officials were beginning to look to Israelis and the Palestinians to find their own way back to negotiations on a set tlement of their 52year conflict instead of coaxing them along at a summit Still Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak accused the Palestinian Authority Wednesday of encouraging possibleterrorist attacks in Israel The prime minis ter noted Arafat had released sev eral Islamic militants from prison in recent days Meanwhile Clinton without elaboration said were trying to put a way forward that will increase the chances that things will stay calm and more peaceful In an unusual move the While House on Sunday declared thai Clinton hoped to have a summit promptly in Egypt with the leaders of Israel the Palestinians Jordan and Egypt As it turned out the leaders were far from agreement on a summit Barak after some delay said he was willing to attend But the Arabs said they preferred holding an Arab League meeting in Cairo Oct 2122 before any summit Then Egyptian President Mosul Mubarak rejected the proposal fo a quick summit He said Israel should first stop threaten Palestinians and Arabs withdraw Israeli troops from Palestinian held territories and accept an inter national inquiry into almost two weeks of violence Firms urged to take lead in policing net privacy School board seeks drug test ruling AMARILLO Texas AP The Tulia Independent School District voted Tuesday to file a petition forcing District Judge Mary Lou Robinson to rule on a lawsuit challenging the dis tricts drug testing policy The policy requires all students involved in extracurricular activi ties to submit to random drug tests Superintendent Mike Vinyard said he would contact the district attorneys office in Houston about filing a writ of mandamus with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals The writ would require Robinson to issue a ruling Robinson heard arguments for the case in August 1999 Hollister Gardner 20 and his cousin Molly Gardner 16 filed the suit in January 1997 to protest the Tulia Independent School Districts mandatory suspicion less drugtesting policy The central question in the case is whether the public goal of erad icating drugs overwhelms privacy issues and constitutional protec tions against illegal searches according to documents filed in the case AUSTIN AP Hightech industry leaders should take the lead and police their own privacy policies so the federal government doesnt get involved and mandate policies a Federal Trade Commissioner said Wednesday There are an awful lot of peo ple who would like the govern ment to get in there and do said Commissioner Orson Swindle noting the industry is best served by selfregulation It is one of the least regulated industries in the country he said Swindle was part of a five member panel that discussed the future of Internet privacy regula tion Also included in the panel were Texas Attorney General John Cornyn and former FTC Commissioner Christine Vamey She is an adviser to the Online Privacy Alliance a group of orga nizations that support selfregula tory initiatives Currently there is no law that requires industries to post their privacy policy on the Internet Industry executives have urged against a sweeping regulation say ing that it would curb innovation and more flexible approaches to privacy Cornyn said industry leaders should be given a charge to lead adding that he believed Internet privacy was one of the important public issues We could say that George Orwell got it Comyn said The problem is not big brother in 1984 its big OBITUARIES BECKER Ora Becker of New Braunfels passed away Tuesday Oct 10 2000 at Eden Home in New Braunfels at the age of 81 years Mrs Becker was born to Homer E Hinman and Adela Zim merman Hinman on July in New Braunfels She married George E Becker on Dec 25 1940 in New Braunfels Texas and was a homemaker and a mem ber of St Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels Mrs Becker was past president of the Gay Forties of which she joined one year after the chapter was formed Survivors include husband of 59 years George E Becker of New Braunfels one son Bobby Becker and wife Nancy of New Braunfels daughters Kathy Khazen wife of the late Ragheb Roy Khazen of Austin Mary Ellen Golightly and husband Ron of Universal City and Nancy Peevyhouse and husband Mike of New Braunfels grandchildren Haidar Khazen of Austin Patti Rebiz and husband Marc of Beirut Lebanon Lana Levy and husband Nelson of Frisco Texas Ramzi Khazen of Austin John Schwarz and wife Annette of New Braunfels Lora Ewing and husband Steve of Frisco Laura Golightly of Ft Worth Matthew Golightly and Angela Golightly of Universal City Allison Becker and Ryan Becker of New Braunfels greatgrandchildren Nelson Levy Daniella Levy Katrina Rebiz and Sydney Ewing Visitation will be from 8 to 9 Thursday and from 8 to 12 noon Friday Funeral ser vices are scheduled for 2 Friday Oct 13 2000 at St Paul Lutheran Church with the Rev Dr Charles DeHaven officiating Burial will be in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park Memorials may be given to the Eden Home Inc or to St Paul Lutheran Church Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels SUBSCRIBE CALL 6259144 HERALDZKITUNG Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Saturday by the Bnumfels llemlil Zeilung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Texas 781311328 Periodical postage paid by the Braunjels HemldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by car rier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 6 am Tuesday through Friday and by 7 Saturday and Sunday can call 830 6259144 POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HemldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 BROWN Mary Susan Brown passed away Monday Oct in Angleton at the age of 44 years She is sur vived by her mother Audrey Brown of New Braunfels brother John S Brown and wife Nancy of Richmond and numerous aunts cousins and one uncle Mary was preceded in death by her father John F Brown in March of 1996 Visitation will be from 8 until 10 Friday at the Zoeller Funeral Home with graveside ser vices at 11 Friday at the Comal Cemetery The family has requested that memorial contribu tions be given to the American Diabetes Association FUNERAL HOME CURRY Ruth Miller Whatley Curry age 84 passed away Tuesday October 10 2000 She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence L Whatley Curry whom she mar ried on April 4 1939 husband Orvel Curry and her parents and Dora Miller She is survived by her daughters Linda Robe of Arlington Kay Farley of Corpus Christi sons Gilbert Whatley of Port Townsend WA Whatley of Asheville NC broth er Nelson Warren Miller of Papalote TX nine grandchildren eight greatgrandchildren and a wealth of nieces nephews rela tives friends Visitation will be held from 2 to 9 on Wednesday KOESTER Arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Ethel Stella Koester of New Braunfels She died Wednesday Oct 11 2000 at Eden Home at the age of 102 Zoeller Funeral Home October 11 2000 and from 9 until service time on Thursday October 12 2000 at Schertz Funeral Home Funeral Services will be held at 3 on Thursday October 12 2000 at Schertz Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Ganaway officiating Private interment will be in Robstown Memorial Park in Robstown TX Anyone so desiring may make memorial donations to a charity of choice Arrangements are with Schertz Funeral Home Plantation Shutters Cuttom VinylbiH Shutters will not shrink chip or crack and nuvur need paintl The Rive 2 Wood or Faux Wood Blinds Cuttom Sized Qutlity Vtluu I For free inhome estimate Call ASTHMA RESEARCH Texas Research is conducting an asthma study involving an medication Qualified patients ages 12 to 85 will be compensated up to for their participation Study medication laboratory test and physician monitoring will be provided at no cost If you are interested Call 830 6090900 Ready for cycle billing It may 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