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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas W8T AVAILABLE COPY May 2001 HERALDZEITUNG Page 0A Driver distraction or lifesaver Congress debates cell phones BY JONATHAN SALANT Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP The cellular phone The newest terror on the or a minor distraction that has saved lives It all depended on who was talking Wednes day at a congressional hearing long on anec dotal evidence and short on Patricia her voice told a hushed committee room of the death of her 2 yearold killed in an automobile accident involving a driver who ran a stop sign while talking on a cell We waited and we Then the doc tors walked in the said unable to hold back her The industry will try to say there are so many other distractions in said a Pennsylvania who founded Advocates for Cell Phone Safety after her daughters Cellular telephone use is a more complex and demanding There are simply not comparable Last model Niki Taylor was severe ly injured when a car she was riding in crashed into a utility The driver said he looked down to answer his cell phone before the car ran off the The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that a drivers inat tention causes 20 percent to 30 percent of That amounts to about mil lion of the million crashes last or around accidents a Two Sides Drivers inattention causes 20 to 30 per cent of or about million of the million accidents in Advocates for Cell Phone Safely say cell phone use in automobiles can be The cellular industry says its phone are safety tools for drivers and their families while on the Who among us hasnt been behind a car that is weaving or speeding up or slowing down for no apparent only to find that the driver is more interested in reading the paper than watching the said Thomas chairman of the high ways and transit My children have to be high on that list in terms of said Sam father of aged 8 and The cellular industrys top Tom offered some stories of his own The family members who helped catch a kidnap per because they called police on their cell phone after spotting the suspects van on a The 8yearold who used his uncles cell phone to call for help after a boating The wireless phone is the greatest safety tool since the development of said president and chief executive officer of the Cellular Telecommunications and Inter net the industrys trade Comal Countys universal ties Photo submitted Kandace niece of Comal Independent School District trustee Dan will compete in the Miss Universe Pageant today in San Puerto Krueger was a student at Texas University when she won the Miss Texas title in September and she won the USA crown on March Dan and Becky Krueger caught up with the new Miss USA when she visited Tanger Outlet Center in San Marcos in Fewer Americans saving for retirement WASHINGTON AP Fewer work ers are saving for retirement as the economy has sagged and confidence is eroding that they will have enough money to live com according to a survey released Thurs In the report by the Employee Benefit Research Institute and the American Sav ings Education 71 percent of those polled said they have saved for down from 75 percent last On the Net EBRI I Legislature sends hate crimes bill to governors desk BY LISA FALKENBURG Associated Press Writer AUSTIN AP Its now up to Rick Perry to decide whether a bill enhanc ing penalties for crimes moti vated by hate becomes The Texas House on accepted changes to the James Byrd Hate Crimes named for the East Texas black man dragged to his death from a pickup truck by three white men in Perrys spokesman said the governor will analyze the bill for a few days before deciding whether to veto or let the bill become law without his Perry has 10 days to make a The bill strengthens penal ties for crimes motivated by hate against a person because of col sexual national ori gin and House sponsor Sen fronia DHous said the fate of the bill is in the governors Im not going to pick up the Im not going to ask him to sign Im not going to ask him to veto Thompson The ball is Mandrell reclaim country music spotlight UNIVERSAL AP A theme of redemp tion filled the Academy of Country Music Awards as several oncefading artists reclaimed the The Dixie Chicks and Lee Ann Womack claimed top honors Wednesday night with three awards but the emotional peak came when Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell accepted career honoring Dubbed the Career Achievement Rogers honor recognizes a country performer who has returned to popularity after falling out of It has been presented only three times in the shows 36 year Mandrell took home the surprise Pioneer which recognizes an artist who has expanded the bound aries of country The Dixie Chicks took home honors for entertainer of the top vocal group and best in his Ive done my Now its his Clutching a Thomp son accepted several Senate changes to the includ ing one giving lesspopulated counties easier access to state money to prosecute hate Thompson had considered rejecting the which would have sent the bill to a special committee where opponents would have another chance to kill But with a little under three weeks left in the 140 day Thompson told the House she was satisfied with the amended The House approved the bill 90 One House member voiced concern about a Senate amendment that instructs the attorney general and the Texas Education Agency to develop a program about state laws on hate The program would be optional for My concern we just put a vehicle in place to teach in our public1 schools values that are counter to what most of the families in the state said Talmadge presents VTBRTOREST JAM NEW BRAUNFELS HERALDZEITUNG Tickets are Children 6 12 Under 6 free no discounts on child tickets PracEEds Benefitting CONNECTIONS Pastor Mike Bonnie Fehlauer Come experience Ufa P ERrS DAY MAY Church Services Sunday Worship Wednesday Event Spanish Service Youth Church Wednesday ife Church p 337 Texas 78130 830 6256375
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