New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 14, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

December 14, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Icy storm brings power outages However, no major accidents reported on slick roads By Hon Maloney Staff Writer An icy winter rainstorm brought a kind of Currier and Ives Christmas card effect to New Braunfels and much of South Texas Wednesday morning. But before dawn in many places, many homes had no light to see it by as utility wires short-circuited or broke under the weight of downed Limb Pickup New Braunfels Street Department crews will pick up branches at curbside early Saturday. tree limbs or built-up ice. Road, utility and fire crews spent the entire night and much of Wednesday cutting back bent or broken branches while residents cleared trees downed in their yards. Aldis Strautins, National Weather Service meteorologist, reported .70 inches of precipitation across the area overnight. “The freezing rain and the cold temperatures were the main problem,” Strautins said. By IO a.m., Wednesday, temperatures began to creep above freezing and the ice melted away. At 3:30 p.m., the temperature at the airport in New Braunfels was 47 degrees. Leann Voges of the New Braunfels Street Department said crews would pick up branches collected by residents early Saturday morning. “The best thing to do is have See OUTAGES/3 A Ice clings to a tree in the River Bend subdivision off Farm-to-Market road 725 Wednesday morning where freezing temperatures caused an all-night power outage. CHRIS PACE/ Herald-Zeitung A VEW(^BSiNFELS:“:__id-Zeitung ............I..,..-.................................................................................................................................p..—...I*.........      ,,.............       I-..-.........................................President-elect reaches out to Democrats By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer AUSTIN — The massive Christmas tree in the center of the chamber of the House of Representatives bore a message the new president-elect tried to hammer home to the American public and Democrats Wednesday night, “Peace, Hope, Joy.” Gov. George W. Bush greeted a jubilant crowd of Texas Legislators and supporters for the first time since the U.S. Supreme Court dashed Vice President Al Gore’s bid for the presidency. “Our nation must rise above a house divided,” Bush said in his address. House Speaker Pete Laney, a Democrat, introduced the governor. He recalled another bitter battle six years ago that ended with a Bush win for governor. “We learned we could have debate without bitterness,” Laney said. “Above all, we learned that Gov. Bush is a man we can honor and respect.” Bush entered the room with his wife Laura at his side and hugged Lt. Gov. Rick Perry, as the crowd of legislators and attendants stood and cheered for almost a frill minute. The speech, which pundits and political analysts have been second-guessing for two days, was replete with oveitures to close a widening gap between Democrats and Republicans. Bush kicked off the evening by having a Democrat introduce him, and even talked fondly about a Democratic giant, former Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock. He repeatedly called for healing wounds and used words like “hope,” “move on” and “together.” See PRESIDENT-ELECT/7 AWednesday’s Developments By The Associated Press Developments Wednesday in the Florida presidential election recount: FLORIDA: —In Tallahassee, the Republican-run Senate scrapped a vote on naming presidential electors pledged to George W. Bush and recessed its special session within minutes in response to Al Gore’s plan to concede the election. Senate President John McKay announced from the podium that he was postponing action “out of respect to the vice president.” The election contest that consumed the nation for the past five weeks, he declared, “may have reached the point of finality.” —George W. Bush’s disputed presidential victory, which depended on a paper-thin margin in Florida, leaves his younger brother Jeb with a clouded political future and a divided state to govern. ELSEWHERE: —Denied a mandate in a disputed election, Bush faces an extraordinary challenge of healing bitter partisan wounds and erasing doubts about the legitimacy of his presidency. His task is to prove that he is, as claimed, a uniter, not a divider. —For all their disappointment now, Democrats on Capitol Hill say the bitter presidential race could sow seeds for a takeover of Congress from the Republicans in the 2002 midterm elections. Vol. 150 No. 28    14    pages    in    2    sections    December    14,    2000    r    I    \    TT    TTA    „    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Thursday President-elect Bush calls for bipartisan cooperation on Capitol Hill — text of Wednesday’s speech/7A Texas Sen. Jeff Wentworth reflects on election, his chances of becoming lieutenant govemor/7A New Braunfels residents respond to Supreme Court ruling/6A The painful lessons we learned in Election 2000/6AVice president calls for unity By Sandra SOBIERAJ Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Al Gore surrendered his epic, 36-day court battle for the presidency on Wednesday. “For the sake of our unity as a people and the strength of our democracy, I offer my concession,” the vice president said from the White House he cannot claim. In a valedictory from the ceremonial office he turns over to Republican George W. Bush’s running mate, Dick Cheney, on Jan. 20, Gore signaled some of the bitter reluctance to concede defeat that propelled his dogged fight for Florida ballot recounts. “Now the U.S. Supreme Court has spoken. Let there be no doubt,” Gore said. “While I strongly disagree with the court’s position, I accept it.” He called for his supporters to unite behind Bush. “We close ranks when the contest is done,” Gore said. “While we yet hold — and do not yield — our opposing beliefs, there is a higher duty than the one we owe to political party. This is America and we put country before party,” Gore said. “We will stand together behind our new president.” Standing behind Gore in the ornate White House office were his wife, Tipper, their four children, running mate Sen. Joseph Lieberman and his family. Gore recognized that the 50 million voters who cast their ballots for Gore-Lieberman on Nov. 7 were disappointed. “I am too. Our disappointment must be overcome by our love of country,” he said from an armored presidential lectern missing its presidential seal. Gore spoke minutes after telephoning his congratulations to Bush in the Texas governor’s mansion and quipped about the Election night K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung A crowd that gathered at the Governor’s mansion walks to the capitol with their signs to celebrate. Grace Germany of Austin carried a big yellow “W” to show her support. drama in which Gore called Bush twice — once to concede, once to retract. “I promised him that I wouldn’t call him back this time,” Gore said in the nationally televised address. The rivals are to meet on Tuesday in Washington — a man-to-man summit meant to pull the deeply divided nation together after an unprecedent ed court battle over the White House, and neutralize some of the acid remnants of not only this race, but the 1992 race in which Bush saw his father driven from the White House by Gore and Bill Clinton. Gore, a senator’s son and 16-year veteran of Congress, said he didn’t know what comes next for him after 24 years in public office. Inside Gore surrenders to Bush CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Firemen clear a room of smoking debris to search for the cause of a fire Wednesday at the Holiday Inn in New Braunfels. A short circuit in a lamp is being blamed. Blaze damages hotel room From staff reports    room, the firefighter said. Fire blackened a room at a New Braunfels hotel Wednesday afternoon, but nobody was hurt. New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Frank Gonzales said firefighters went to the Holiday Inn on the southbound Interstate 35 frontage road at 3:15 p.m. for a reported structure fire. They arrived to see light smoke rising above the middle of one of the room units of the hotel, Gonzales said. The fire and the damage it caused were confined to a single A short circuit in a lamp is being blamed for the blaze. Gonzales didn’t have an estimate of the damage, A plate glass window, carpeting and furniture in the room were destroyed, and there was considerable smoke damage, Gonzales said. The room was not occupied, he said. The rest of the hotel was unaffected by the fire, and except for the building the room was located in, the hotel was not evacuated. Cheer Fund INSIDE    Contributing to the Herald- Zeitung Cheer Fund were: Abby................................5A    ‘Troy    and    Dolores    Burch Classifieds.......................3-4B    —    $25 Comics..............................8A    TX    •    Tim and Crossword........................5A    y    Marlene Forum.................................6A    *    /    louder    — Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................5A    /    *    S,anley Obituaries...........................3A    y*°'a Sports............................1-2B ™?y.................................2A    cWW*    • Roger and Patsy ®l0<*8.....................................Vann    —    $    10O www.herald-ieltung.com    ‘ Larry and Joan Crowell - SSO Send donations to 707 Landa St. Key Code 76    in    Naw Braunfels. ;

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