Thursday, April 7, 2005

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas flnr 78 APRIL SPORTS HEAD TO HEAD Canyon hosts New Braunfels in region championship game with a berth in state tourna ment on the Page 7A INSIDE HEART WALK More than 500 people take to the streets to Braise money to defeat heart Page 5A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 120 14 2 sections CLICK B Sunny High Low 79 57 Details1B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 4B Boy says abuse suspect threatened him By Ron Maloney StaffWriter A courtroom and jury sat in silence Wednesday as a 9yearold boy described being forced to sleep in a doghouse sometimes The boy spoke of being threatened at of of being tied into bed and he detailed an injury to his privates allegedly inflict ed by Raymond Joseph Fierro that required surgery to a former West Bridge Street faces three counts of injury to a child for wounds alleged ly inflicted on the Fierro and his Michele were arrested after neighbors called police when the boys mother allegedly beat him with a belt on the street in front of their In June May pleaded guilty to the beating and was sentenced to three years in state The boy now lives outside the community with an aunt and uncle and their Fierrds trial before 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison began If convicted on the worst of the three allegations that he inten tionally caused serious bodily injury See Page 8A Senate shield law offers few protections By Jim Vertuno Associated Press Writer AUSTIN A Senate panel approved a shield law for journalists on but news executives said it was too weak to offer any real protection for confidential sources and may not be worth their sup port this Texas newspapers and broadcasters had joined forces this year to push for a bill to protect reporters from having to testify or disclose confidential Thirtyone states and the District of Columbia have shield law statutes and Congress is con sidering whether to enact a federal The bill was approved by the Senate jurisprudence Committee but changed to take out protections for confidential sources at the urging of district attorneys See Page 8A waannaaiHmwmiNwiMtmwiim Getting ready Soccer fans in Texas will concentrate on New Braunfels this weekend as NB and Canyon meet Evans to accept award for Bush By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Former Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans will travel to New Braunfels Thursday on behalf of the White House to accept first lady Laura Bushs Texan of the Year Bush had planned to accept the award in per but had to cancel Donald Evans her visit after Pope John Paul II died President Bush and the first lady arrived in Rome Wednesday for the Pontiffs Greater Chamber of Commerce Presi dent Michael Meek said he was pleased to know someone would be able to convey the citys good wishes to Bush We were waiting on pins and needles and finally got the word this he Evans is a good friend of the first Were glad he can Evans served during the presidents first from 2001 to Before joining the Commerce Depart Evans worked for Torn Brown an independent energy Evans also has worked on three Bush for George W Bush in 1994 and and for the current presi dent in Although the first lady cannot be in New she will address 39th Annual Texas Legislative Conference attendees in a prerecorded video WALKING WITH GIANTS Museum lets guests get close to dinosaurs By Ron Maloney StaffWriter CANYON LAKE Therell be big footprints to be filled Sunday at the Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country located between Sat tler and The known for nearly 400 fossil dinosaur con ducts its annual Texas Dinosaur Day from noon to 5 Tours begin every hour from features presentations by Dinosaur George Biasing of Dinosaur World in San Everett Deschner and Texas State UniversitySan Marcos professor Carter George will as on Texas Deschner Hes always entertaining and the kids just love If youve never seen Biasings presentation or even if youve seen it this is the year to make sure you dont miss bring your This is going to be an absolute ton of Biasing The rea son I love speaking at the Heritage Museum is because were right there with the dinosaur It brings them to life because youre right where they The thing I love about it is looking at the When kids get a chance to see its This Biasing he would be bringing along some big pieces of the fossil We have a couple skeletons of giant swimming animals that lived in this and were bringing the skull of a a cousin of the threehorned Biasing Its one of the biggest dinosaur skulls ever found on planet If he can fit it on die Bias ing said hed also be bringing a Tyrannosaurus Rex This will be a great year to come Biasing Deschner will lead tours of the Photos by DAVID Xena watches as museum patrons sift through a dig box to locate fossils hidden in the George president of Dinosaur will present a program at the Heritage Museum of theTexas Hill Country using fossil dinosaur track We have more than 350 of he I dont just talk about the but about eight or 10 things you can learn from the tracks and the Deschner said the tracks reveal things about a dinosaurs speed and You can tell if theyre traveling in herds or stalk Deschner The kids then get a chance to apply what theyve Deschner said if theyve paid He lays out plastic tracks and asks them to inter pret See Page 8A Deadline to register to vote in May 7 election hours away By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Today is the last day to register to vote in the May 7 city and school board Registration forms can be picked up at the Comal County Tax office or downloaded from the Texas secretary of states Web Registration forms must be submit ted in person at the tax office by 5 or postmarked with todays Early voting begins April 20 and runs through May Seven offices are up for grabs in Comal In New incumbent May or Adam Cork is seeking reelection against challenger Bruce Kath leen Krueger and Travis Wommack are seeking the District 5 council and incumbent Ken Valentine is defend ing his District 6 seat against Lynn Um In four candidates incumbent Charles Cindy Bill Wilson and Robin Urbanovsky are vying for two atlarge city council In Comal Independent School Dis two seats will appeal on the Incumbent John Bertelsen is defend ing his District 4 seat against Donna Holmes and Wylie In District appointee Mark Smith is competing against Frank Baker to keep his DIDYOU i To register to go to the Comal County Tax office at 205 Seguin in New Braunfels or download a reg istration form at THIS IS YOUR BEER