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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY MAY 11 flW 780 F DR Fifi0 IX 7990 SPORTS SPRING START New Braunfels High School football team holds spring train ing for the first time in more than 20 years Pages SA ZEITUNG SAVINGS COUPON Save over on the pur chase of a complete hearing system at Better Hearing Workshop Pago 3A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 156 10 pages 1 section CLICK i WWW 8 Storms likely High Low 82 67 Details6A DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS SA COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS SA TV GRIDS 8A Beer bong ordinance fails despite furor By Ron Maloney Staff Writer If Ken Valentine thought he needed a drink after Monday nights city council meeting he could have served it up in a beer bong With no discussion a motion by Valentine district 6 councilman to pass a first reading of an ordinance to ban volume drinking devices died for lack of a second The demise of the pro posed city law means beer bongs which are funnel andhose implements designed to speed the con sumption of alcohol are still legal in New Braunfels and on the citys rivers Valentine and New Braun fels gained national and inter national recognition a few weeks ago when the council man first recommended that the city consider banning the devices used to shotgun beer The wire services televi sion networks and Internet Web sites picked up the story and Valentine was contacted by The Washington Post for stories among others Some of that media atten tion was still evident Monday night when four television crews two radio stations and two newspapers covered the See COUNCIL Page 3A FRONTand CENTER Prisoners of war A soldier shows cells where high risk detainees are kept in at Abu Ghraib prison Monday Bush examines new photos with disgust and disbelief stands firmly with Rumsfeld REUTERS By SCOTT UNDLAW Associated Press Writer Bush examined new photos and video clips of American soldiers abus ing Iraqi prisoners Monday reacting with deep disgust and disbelief during a Pentagon visit in which he underscored his support for embattled Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld The president spent the morning in damage control mode at the Pentagon where he convened an extraordinary gathering of top military diplo matic legal and intelligence advisers Seeking to douse speculation about Rumsfelds future Bush stood shouldertoshoulder with the with Vice President Dick Cheney Secretary of State Colin Powell CIA Director George Tenet and other civilian and military offer a testimonial before television cameras Then Bush went behind closed doors to view about two dozen video clips and photos showing sol diers abusing Iraqi prisoners White House and Pentagon officials went out of their way to let it be known that Bush saw pictures the public had not part of an effort to position the president ahead of the unfolding electionyear controversy Until Monday Bush had seen only pictures obtained by the news state of affairs that led him to scold Rumsfeld last week Rumsfelds spokesman Larry Di Rita called the images and said they showed humil iation of prisoners as well as inappropriate behav ior of a sexual They were consistent with what has been seen in photographs published around the world in recent days Di Rita said The presidents reaction was one of deep disgust and disbelief that anyone who wears our uniform would engage in such shameful and appalling White House spokesman Scott McCleJlan said It does not represent our United States military and it does not represent the United States of The Pentagon has not yet decided whether to make the videos public and White House officials repeatedly sidestepped questions about the pres idents opinion on that subject Bush twice ignored reporters questions about the matter AFP Photo President George W Bush walks with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld Monday at the Pentagon after meeting privately with top military leaders Locals soldier react to recent coverage about abuse By Ron Malonay Staff Writer One of the uglier and little talked about aspects of war is that whiie policy is set by civilians war is often waged by soldiers who dorit follow the Geneva Conventioa Seeking local reaction Monday to the graphic depictions of alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners by guards highlighted the people can feel with this issue All but one of more than 20 peo ple contacted declined to com ment publicly Most said they didnt know any thing or enough about what was going on in the prison to comment which seems unlikely with the media coverage the issue has received Others asked what the big deal was considering the situation involves war I think the same or worse prob ably happens in Huntsville every said one Canyon Lake man who didnt want his name used in the newspaper Retired Army 1st Sgt Abram Campos of New Braunfels was not so circumspect Talk to some veterans who served in actual war not someone who thinks they were Cam pos said I was in Check us out on the web at The prison situation Campos said is probably being blown out of proportion in a mediafeeding frenzy fueled by election year pol itics I think its Campos exclaimed This isnt even abuse They have done far worse than that to us Where was the outrage where was the camera when it was our people being beheaded and See Page 3A CTTC to hold grand opening By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Higher education in New Braunfels will take another step forward Wednes day morning with the ceremonial grand opening of the Central Texas Technology Center The million square foot facil ity is the latest offcampus location for the Alamo Community College District It will serve residents of Comal Guadalupe Hays Bexar and Wilson counties with collegelevel courses This is a great time for New Braun said Rusty Brockman New Braun fels Chamber of Commerce director of economic development Weve never had a collegelevel facility here Now we have a place for local students who need to save money by not going away to The CTTC will offer twoyear associ ates degrees certifi cates of completion in technicalorient ed career fields and academic courses for transfer Brockman also said the center would provide new training for resi dents changing career fields and a AT A GLANCE I What Center Texas Technology Center ceremoni al grand opening I When 10 May 12 I Where CTTC 2189 758 at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport place for the businesses of New Braunfels to send their own employees Local businesses now have a place to retrain their employees without having to send them out of state to do he said Manufacturer Senior Flexonics Path way was a good example said Brock man The company will move its manu facturing activities from Tennessee and consolidate them in New Braunfels by the end of 2004 creating roughly 60 new jobs Employees in those positions will require training in a specific type of weld ing taught at the CTTC In addition to six classrooms and two science labs the facility contains three industrygrade training labs for construc tion trades welding and manufacturing technology Industrygrade classes will begin in the fall Mike Morphew C1TC interim director said 71 students already are registered for summer classes which begin June 1 Our registration rate is right on tar Morphew said Were assuming enrollment will increase in The next registration date is May 12 at See CTTC Page 3A COMING FRIDAY 186 S CastellAve Downtown New Braunfels
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