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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                February HERALDZEITUNG Page 5A Capitol Almanac Parents urge tougher hate crime law that would require an intermediate license for 16and 17yearold drivers was left pend ing in the House Public Safety Lawmakers wanted to study new lan AUSTIN AP The parents of James guage in the bill before Byrd a black man who was dragged to death behind a pickup in East urged lawmakers Monday to toughen the states hate crime Stella Byrds said she hopes to one day tell her greatgrandchild that the childs grandfathers death was not in If Texas lawmakers pass the James Byrd Hate Crimes named for she will be able to do she Ill have something good to explain with what happened with this bill and maybe that will help her grow Stella Byrd told the House Judicial Affairs The committee later approved the bill The proposed legislation would toughen penalties for crimes directed against minori women and other A simi The plan wtiuld require at least 50 hours of adult supervised including at least 10 hours at teenagers would not be allowed to drive between 11 and 5 unless accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least No pas sengers under age 21 would be able to ride with a teenage Parents of teenagers killed in auto acci dents offered emotional testimony before the Teresa Spene of Austin lost her 15yearold daughter Jenna in a car accident last Her 16yearold friend was the If this law had been in effect she would have not been in the car that morn Spene Please support this bill in the name of all who have died as a result of an inexperienced lar bill was passed by a Senate 11 i DNAbill waiting action Bl11 changes in by Texas House Inmates would have greater access to DNA testing that could free them from prison under a bill passed by the Texas It now awaits action in the Texas One senator worried that defendants might use the law as an endless avenue of not necessarily to prove their Robert the bills tried to allay fellow senators saying he would work to address their questions as the measure moves through the Legisla Intermediate license bill pending A bill filed by Joe sex offender reporting The House Public Safety Committee unan imously approved a bill that would require convicted sex offenders to report any health or employment changes to the such changes are only required to be reported by offenders on parole and must be reported by the parole not the The bill was filed by George Buddy It moves to the full Senate designates pecan state nut The Senate approved a resolution desig nating the pecan as the Official State Health Nut of Texas because of its nutri tional Weather delays Atlantis homecoming CAPE AP For the second day in a gusts of nearly 25 mph forced space shuttle Atlantis and its astro nauts to keep circling Earth on Monday instead of coming The weather was no better at the backup landing site in Southern so Mis sion Control ordered the crew to spend a 13th day in orbit and aim for a Tuesday after noon Bottom line is were waving off for Mission Control told commander Kenneth We do have three sites for tomor all of them have a go forecast at this Atlantis and its crew of five undocked from the international space station on after delivering and installing the billion Destiny and should have returned to Earth on But the crosswind at the landing strip was well above the 17mph safety a situation that recurred on Not only thick clouds began moving in on Monday and NASA worried they might bring The last time Cockrell flew hi the mission dragged on for almost 18 days because of landing delays and turned out to be the longest shuttle flight Atlantis astronaut Thomas Jones was also on that The rest of the crew wanted me to pass on that I already have the endurance Cockrell joked to Mission Control as the weather So theres no need to try for that this Mission Control replied Well do our best to get you back as well before you exceed that 18day record youve already Meteorologists expected good final at the Kennedy Space Center on Tues The other two options were Edwards Air Force Base in California and White as a last A space shuttle has landed only once at White way back in Atlantis has enough fuel and supplies to remain aloft until Wednesday and possibly even according to Mission Con Until all the landing the mis sion had gone off without a hitch to the pleas ant surprise of both the astronauts and ground SCOOTER 1A Realty interesting JESSIE Rosemary Allen of Reliant Energy speaks to the New Lake Board of Realtors at the New Braunfels Museum of Art on Monday The money was divided evenly between infra structure projects and other improvement In voters approved two propositions that eliminated the separate economic development sales tax and combined it with the The resolutions also broad ened how the 4Btax money could be spent to all legal including economic Before the The Scooter Store approached the Economic Development for a million loan for its planned office The company later with drew the request amid con cerns from the economic development corporations board of directors that the request was too much The Scooter Store now has returned with a second But because of the changes brought about by the the request is being made to the Infrastruc Corpora The office is being built by the partnership New Braun fels Office which consists of The Scooter San Antonio developer Worth and Associates and a Laredo Smith said the office build ing would cost more than million to and about million would be spent on furniture and other supplies necessary to put employees in the And were asking for Smith 1A especially coming 23 laps after a spectacular 18car pileup that took out about a third of the field it did nt look It didnt look to be that I fig ured hed get Mike Vinson saw the way the car turned up into the wall and destroyed itself and knew It looked like it was going to be very Mike Vinson said This is a sad day in our I remember when Dale Earnhardt started Its tough to but they all are Kenny Irwin and Tony In its hard to describe to someone outside the but were all one family in the We know each It hurts us Daytona Speedway physician Steve Bohannon said Sunday night Earnhardt died instantly in the 190 mph headon collision with a concrete Its a horrible way to but in the way that warriors Earnhardt may have died the way he was meant to on the track at the top of his game and with work left to His team driver was in the his son was in and following in he was looking over their shoul trying to protect their I dare to say Dale Earnhardt died said Ken Fox Sports commentator and the dean of NASCAR In his untimely Dale Earnhardt was saved the ignominy of the years slow downslide into retirement that is the unique fate of NASCAR stars who typically stay on way past their making money for their Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip are Neither man won a race or even came close to it during the last decade of their I dont think Dale Earnhardt would have been suited to a life after Mike Vinson He reminds me of General Patton was a warrior made only for Earnhardt was a through and Even when he didnt have the fastest he could find a way to And find a way to Earnhardt His 34 wins in various races at Daytona including the 1998 Daytona 500 more than double the tally of the secondmost prolific Daytona His seven NASCAR Grand National championships equal the titles won by Richard who is called The King of stock car His 76 Winston Cup wins place him sixth on the alltime NASCAR win But the numbers dont tell the entire story for the man who was arguably stock car racings best Earnhardts million in ontrack earnings is tops in the His other business including venir marketing and the three racing teams he have made him many millions He owns Dale Earnhardt a multimillion dollar busi ness and a seat on the New York Stock Sports insiders say the only professional athlete in any sport who has made more money than Dale Earnhardt is Michael NASCAR has lost its greatest dri said NASCAR head Bill France Sunday and I personally have lost a great Whether they knew him personally or not and whether they liked him or not everybody in racing lost a friend at Daytona Sunday People dont understand the family aspect of Vinson said how everyone in a racers family must par ticipate in the support it and share in its This is something Kelly and I do We work on the car togeth er we do countless hours of prepara Kelly and I understand the rela tionship between Dale Earnhardt and Dale between Ned Jarrett and Dale They understand the price they may have to pay some I still want to stay in Kelly Vinson I love Mike Vinson loves racing and he loves his sons who are involved in the He respects their and he respects what they Our sport is different than basketball or Mike Vinson Every time Kelly goes on that race his life is at We know and we live with Why do they do it We cant answer We love The stock markets were closed Monday for Presidents For a complete look at todays action on Wall see Wednesdays Herald The Scooter Store is aware that the 4B board does not have right Smith and the company is willing to receive the grant in The location where the new office building is going up does not already have a com pleted The Scooter Store is ask ing for money to complete Oak Spur which is off Texas 46 and ends just past an assisted living facility at Texas 46 and Oak Spur Dri The road is planned to open onto the Loop 337 access That means workers at the new office building will be able to enter and exit Oak Spur Drive from Loop instead of Texas company officials The building will a parking but Smith said The Scooter Store was considering ways to alle viate any traffic he said company employees currently work from to The Scooter Store is con sidering changing that once it is in the new building so that some employees might go to work earlier or The company also could stagger the times when employees get off work to minimize traf fic he The company also plans to talk with the Texas Depart ment of Transportation to determine whether a traffic signal will be needed at Oak Spur Drive and Texas We will make sure thats taken care of if that needs to Smith The building also will have its own We really want to keep people on site as much as Smith The building will have a game room a place with pinball machines and ping pong tables where employ ees can go to escape the stresses of their The Scooter Store cited its growth as the reason behind the office building when it first asked for economic development money from the At that company officials said the store had grown by percent in two But the company said its need for space was stifling its The company is headquar tered in New Braunfels with offices in other The Scooter Store employs 580 330 in New Braun Smith said the average pay is a New Braunfels Scooter Store employees are scat tered around the city in sev en locations a situation that has created a host of problems for The Scooter And Smith said there is not i one office building in New Braunfels large enough to accommodate all of the com panys Every time we go to anoth er building we have connec tivity Smith and employees have to travel to attend meetings at various Its difficult to not be in the same Smith While Scooter biulding is the only one tinder construction at this the partnership has plans for at least two other buildings on that same 42 Worth would like to attract other businesses to this area and build the build ings for Smith Company officials said that meant that The Scooter Store would not be the only com pany to benefit from con struction of the road and drainage Its such an incredible said Rich vice pres ident of PeopleWerks for the Scooter LaHaye described Peo pleWerks as the culture of the Smith and other company officials are trying to build support for the grant reqxiest based on more than just the facts and Smith said that the company recently formed an employee stock ownership The communitys of this plan is also supporting a lot of employees around Smith They are now owners of this compa The Scooter Store also encourages its employees to be involved in the company officials A Sign To Senior Living A Full Service Independent Living Community Choices 1 BA 2 BA and 2 BA Starting at HOOKUPS LAUNDRY ROOM MAID SERVICE TRASH RENT PICKUP COURTESY NURSE COUNSELORS TRAVEL AGENT TRIPS SOCIAL ACTIVITIES TRANSPORTATION FOR SHOPPING HAIR DRESSER BARBER POOL AEROBICS 389 512 Yoke 512 TDD dmhkvtsta@hotntail.com T 1615 Redwood San Texas 78666   

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