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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 5, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas APRIL X 79903 SPORTS PLAYOFFS Smithson Valley hosts MacArthur NB and Canyon on road as girls soccer play offs Page 6A FORUM COLUMN Guest columnist Daniel Mitchell wonders if the nation has chosen a policy of death over Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 118 j DEARABBY 8A 10 1 j f CLASSIFIEDS M CLICK i soo i i COMICS A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS BA TV GRIDS 8A www I Cloudy High Low 83 51 First lady to miss award reception By Scott Mahon Staff Writer First lady Laura Bushs visit to New Braunfels Thursday to accept the Texan of the Year award has been canceled so she and Presi dent Bush can attend the funeral of Pope John Paul The first lady was scheduled to attend the 39th annual Texas Legisla tive Conference sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Chamber President Michael Meek said Bush had been scheduled to accept the award Thursday during a reception at the New Braunfels Civic Meek said tickets had been sold out weeks ago for Thursdays recep The 39th Annual Texas Legislative Conference is scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the civic with the death of Pope John Paul the Associated Press reported Monday that press secretary Scott McClellan reported first lady Laura Bush and three other people also would attend the funeral Friday as See Page 2 Laura Bush AT A GLANCE m What 39th Annual Texas Legislative Conference H When Thursday and Friday 89 Where New Braun fels Civic Center Man injured in November explosion dies By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO A 70yearold man injured in November 2004 in the explo sion of his New Braunfels home died Saturday at Brooke Army Medical Cen An official with the Bexar County Medical Examiners Office confirmed Monday that Britton Ware was pro nounced dead at No cause of death was Ware and his suffered sec ondand thirddegree burns over much of their bodies in an explosion and sub sequent fire at their located in the 1300 block of Timberwood just off the intersection of Hoffman Lane and Hunter Susie Ware has since been released from the hospital and is recovering from her Investigators later determined the explosions cause to be a gas shutoff valve located behind a clothes dryer in See Page 2 Tour of Faith Another church is pro filed in the weekly series of churches in and around Comal Thousands pack Peters as popes body put on public display By William Kola and Angela Doland Associated Press Writers VATICAN CITY Pope John Paul IIs body was carried solemnly on a crimson platform to Peters past a sea of more than pilgrims who waited for hours Monday under a blistering sun for a glimpse of the late pontiff before his funeral and Twelve whitegloved pallbearers flanked by Swiss Guards in redplumed helmets gingerly marched the body from the Vati cans Apostolic where it had lain in state for prelates and to the basilica for display to the Priests chanted the Litany of the Incense wafted through die church where John Pauls body will be laid to rest Friday in an ancient grotto holding the remains of popes through the after a funeral to be attended under heavy security by Presi dent Bush and dozens of other world lead Up to 2 million pilgrims are expected in Rome to pay their final WELCOME BACK Photos by DAVID Debbi Haecker is happy to have her back home in New Braunfels after the Marine served seven months in One of the first things Haecker did after returning home March was to drink a big tall Local Marine returns home after tour in Iraq Travis Haecker and his look over photos shot while the Marine was stationed in By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Canyon Intermediate School fifthgrade teacher Debbi Haeck er wears a gold pin with the Marine Corps oohrah on A balloon and a big festive welcome home sign are taped to the front door of her Thats because her was sitting on the couch in her living room playing with her daschund and no longer fighting insurgents in Mis B First 23rd an Austinbased reserve relumed from Iraq A proud morn watched her now 25 and an infantry roll the dog on its scratch its belly and rub its face and Its funny seeing him sitting playing like a realizing he was a bad Mom It might be runny now now that hes It wasnt so funny a few years ago when he signed up for the Marines last year when she found out hed be going to I didnt want him to go into the Haecker I As soon as you go into the well get in a The attacks happened while Travis was in infantry He returned to New Braunfels and to EMT school in San Anto nio and within months was See Page 5 City sets million budget for civic center expansion By Scott Mahon Chuck Pinto last week to bring But Pinto also said that 500 park to million in 4B funds and pro By Scott Mahon StaffWriter After a split vote against a million budget for expanding the New Braunfels Civic Center and city council voted for a million budget to expand the civic center Council asked City Manager Chuck Pinto last week to bring some ideas to Mondays workshop so that council could set a budget for expanding the civic Pinto presented a plan Monday that included an additional squarefoot facility behind the existing civic center at a cost of But Pinto also said that 500 park ing spaces could be built on prop erty currently used for the citys street and sanitation equipment behind city hall at a cost of To fund the Pinto proposed using million in hotel occupan cy tax along with million to million in 4B funds and pro ceeds from a million He said general fund reserves of million could be also be and that the remaining could be worked out by down scaling the proposed addition to See Page 3
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