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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY May 2001 18 pages in 2 sections pages in 4 seccn HERALDZEITUNG 156 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Farmers Market Brooke Castillaja looks at a cucum ber held by her Teresa Friday dur ing the first day of Farmers Market in the parking lot of New Braunfels CHRIS HeraldZeltung AG postpones McVeighs death WASHINGTON AP Timothy McVeighs countdown to execution was suddenly interrupted five days before he was to as Attorney General John Ashcroft ordered an investigation into the FBIs bungling of recordsin the Oklahoma City President Bush said he was sure of McVeighs guilt but did not want the government rushing his on death row in Terre is now scheduled to die by lethal injection on June Attorney Rob Nigh described his client as frustrated and possibly reconsidering his earlier decision against challenging the execution Hes distressed about this in that he knows the impact that it has upon his family and those who care about Nigh said outside the federal prison where he consulted with Some victims said they were sick others after the dra matic turn of events in what is to be the first federal execution since Its like a big old clamp squeezing my said Dan whose See Council set to discuss attorney choices BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil will narrow its choices for city attorney at Monday nights regular Council interviewed seven prospective candidates this past week and plans to dis cuss the candidate list in closed session Monday Mayor Stoney Williams Williams said the group had not officially decided which1 back for an interview or who they will After meeting in execu tive council will make that decision he The city attorney position has been open since Floyd Akers took a position as municipal judge in After advertising the posi the council chose seven candidates to The seven candidates inter viewed were Mark Flowers Mid land r Sara HarSn Cop peras Cove Gregory Humbach Wichita Falls John Lestock Hewitt Stephen Smith San Antonio Timothy Walker New Braunfels Nancy Williams Lake One for Dad JESSIE Smithson Valleys Becca Thomas takes the lead in the early laps of the 3200meter run Friday morning at the UIL State Track and Field Championships in Thomas took third She participated in the event even though her father died this past week and dedicated the race to For more see Page Vetter family participates in ceremony event honors fallen officers BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The family of slain Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Randy Vetter is going to Sunday for cere monies honoring officers killed in the line of The cere monies are conducted each year as part of National Police May VETTER Vetters wife Cynthia his son father Sheriffs Vetter and sisters Amanda and Sandra are among those going to Randy Vetter comes from a law enforcement His father is commander of the Comal County Also going to Washington is Israel Randy Vetters former partner when he was stationed in New Vetter allegedly was shot byMelvin on in a traffic stop in north of San Bales trial on capital murder charges is set for late August or a district court official in Hays County See Perry signs hate crimes bill into law Move ends years of debate BY KELLY SHANNON Associated Press Writer AUSTIN AP Rick Perry signed into law Friday a hate crimes bill named for dragging death victim James Byrd ending years of emotional legislative As the governor of a very large and diverse in all matters it is my desire to PERRY seek com m o n common ground for the common In the were all Perry The James Byrd Hate Crimes Act received final leg islative approval The law strengthens penal ties for crimes motivated by the victims col sexual pref age or national ori a Republican who had been noncommittal about the bill until was surrounded by four Democratic legislators and Byrds James and Stella a black was killed when he was dragged behind a pickup truck by three white men in Jasper in Two of them are on death row and the third is serving a life prison endured unimag inable pain that no Texan should have to I hope you can find some peace in knowing that his death was not in Perry told Byrds Stella with tears in her clutched a pen Per ry used to sign the She said the law might prevent others from committing a crime of This is the best Mothers Day gift that Ive ever Its something that I will cherish and remember all of my I have some thing good to remember from his she Texas already has a hate crimes law that increases penalties if a crime is proven to be motivated by bias or but it does not list specific categories of people who would be Some prosecutors have said it is too vagUe to Two years a similar bill passed the House but died in the Senate when crit ics complained it created unnecessary distinctions for George Bush refused to support the mea saying all crimes are hate Democrats crit icized him for that decision during the White House Senfronia a Houston Democrat and a sponsor of the praised Perry for having the courage to sign the legislation and said several lawmakers had battle scars from years of fighting for the Earlier this legislative ses the Senate Democrat Rodney Ellis of accused Perry of trying to discourage Repub lican senators from bringing the bill up for But on Ellis stood at Perrys side and thanked This bill needed Governor Rick Perrys name on and Im very grateful for Ellis Perry could have allowed the bill to become law with out his Ellis also noted that act ing Bill also a cast a vote for the was a driving force behind the Ellis See INSIDE Get behincj the In the HeraldZeltung Comal ISD superintendent search continues BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Comal Independent School District Trustees are undecided about choosing the next After spending one and a half hours in closed session trustees returned to open session and unani mously approved postponing the mat ter for at least two Were confident it will be a short board president John Clay Clay said the board had rowed its choices to two pf fpur remaining The board is still working V0ry hard to decide between the Its been a whirlwind Clay The HeraldZeitung submitted a pub lic information request to the school dis trict to obtain a list of the four candi School officials denied the cit ing state law which exempts divulging names of applicants for superintendent According to the the name or names of finalists being considered for position must be presented to the public at least 21 days before the date of the meeting at which a final action or vote is to be taken on the employment of the School officials said the candidates were not The people are all so Were trying to work through the process to come to a unanimous Clay The districts previous Jerry resigned from the district in February to become superintendent in the Waco School See SUPERINTENDENTS   

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