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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 2A HERALDZEITUNG September 2005 tFEMA leader in ffSK hurricane recovery WASHINGTON AP The Bush I H WASHINGTON AP The Bush administration dumped FEMA Director Michael Brawn as commander of Hurri Katrina relief efforts then abruptly scrapped plans to give debit cards to displaced storm victims as ft struggled to get a grip on die recovery The Cougar Band color guard watches the HEIULDZEntJNG To have your event publi contact Melissa McCaghren at or by email at Buffeted by President Bush memories of the 2001 terror attacks as he hailed the acts of great compas Jsion and extraordinary bravery from Americas first then as who had come to personify a relief operation widely panned as bum will be replaced by Coast Guard Vice Allen had been in charge of recovery and rescue efforts for New The decision to order Brown back to Washington from Louisiana he remains as director of the Federal Emer Management Agency marked the administrations latest attempt to assert leadership in the wake of the devas tating storm and its including die weakest public opinion polls of Bushs time in w there was fresh evidence of ragged ness in the effort when FEMA announced 4ate in die day diat it would discontinue twodayold program to issue debit Beards worth up to to displaced Evacuees relocated to many of whom began receiving cards on will continue getting offi 1 Hurricane victims at other locations Iwill have to apply for expedited aid through the agencys traditional filling out information on FEMAs Web site to receive direct bank FEMA Natalie Rule Brown introduced the program on calling it a great way to these hurricane survivors to start rebuilding their At the White spokesman Scott rMcQellan said the decision to reassign iBrown had been made by Homeland ISecurity Secretary Michael Chertoff and 3hat Bush supported From reports TEXAS AUSTIN LEGISLATURES ACTIONS ON OPEN GOVERNMENT DISCSSED AT FOI MEETING Requiring open government training for elected officials and more public scrutiny of privately invested state money were key freedom of information victories in this years experts said Attorney General Greg who advocated for the open gov ernment said his agency is busy preparing instructional materials for the seminars that start in Abbott gave a preview of a training video dur ing the state meeting of the Free dom of Information Foundation The foundation also presented Abbott with its James Madison given for commitment to open government and the First I am personally proud to fight for die cause of open govern ment in the state Abbott Legislation by Jeff Went RSan requires elected or appointed public offi cials of a governmental body to take a periodic open government Passage of that bill was a major open government victory of the 140day regular legislative ses said Michael director of programs for the Texas Association of The Texas Municipal which represents initially worried the measure would mean more travel and lodging expenses for smalltown officials whod have to attend training said Frank the leagues executive It turned out to be a fine and one that we are anxious to help he There really is not a downside for city officials at Another notable open govern ment bill was a measure by Robert to provide more public access to information about public money invested in private equity said panelists at the University system investments and state pension funds are among those the bill Advocates for requiring record ed votes in the Texas Legislature gave an update on their Attempts to require individual recorded votes through state law or constitutional amendment although the House and Senate made rules changes in January that legislative leaders said resulted in more recorded NATION SAN COUPLE PLEADS GUILTY TO CHARGES IN WENDYS FINGER CASE A Nevada couple pleaded guilty Friday to all charges related to planting a human finger in a bowl of Wendys chili in a scheme to extort money from the fast food restaurant Anna and Jaime Pla pleaded guilty to con spiring to file a false claim and attempted grand theft in a scheme that the Ohio based Wendys International claimed cost it million in lost sales because of bad law enforcement thwarted their successful efforts at said Deputy District Attorney David Ayalas Rick said she was truly There are a lot of people that work for Wendys that were she always felt a lot of remorse about he Wendys President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Mueller said he hoped the guilty pleas would send a strong message and serve as a deterrent to others who may contemplate a fraudu lent crime against the restaurant Ayala claimed to have found the fingertip March 22 while eat ing chili with her family at a Wendys in San Authorities said they believed it was a but the story of the tasteless fin ger food quickly circled the globe and became fodder for latenight A search for the fingers owner eventually led to one of Placen cias who lost it in an industrial accident in Las police Ayala was arrested in April in her suburban Las Vegas home and accused of trying to shake down Wendys by filing a claim against the restaurant WORLD PARIS FRENCH PRESIDENT LEAVES REDUCES ACTIVITY President Jacques Chirac emerged from hospital declaring himself in fine shape but walking with a slight hesitation and saving nothing about the illness that kept him there a The 72yearold leader said doc tors advised him to limit his activi ties for another week and he can celed plans to attend next weeks summit in New France instead will send Prime Minister Dominique de the former foreign minister whose February 2003 speech against the invasion of Iraq put him in the world a mainstay on the French political scene for more than four was hospitalized 2 after suffering a small vascular accident that impaired vision in one medical officials said with out ever fully The illness followed a difficult year politically for whose popularity has dropped to record lows and who suffered the humilia tion of a French rejection in a May 29 referendum of a proposed con stitution for Aside from the canceled trip to New it was not immediately clear to what extent Chiracs schedule might otherwise be On leaving Val de Grace mili tary Chirac told reporters he was advised to limit his activities for the next The provid ed a different version of its saying it had recommend ed as much rest as possible in the next two weeks and that Chirac avoid air travel for six Oth Chiracs health was very a statement Chirac walked unassisted out of the chatting with first lady Bernadette Chirac and doc whose work he The presidents aides said his vision was still slightly troubled but that the condition had improved this MATTERS OF PUBLIC RECORD TEXAS LOTTERY Law enforcement officers in New Braunfels and Comal County arrested the following Samuel Nickolas New theft by check between and Jay William New failure to identi fy to a peace Janice Lanell theft by check between and failure to notify of change of address improper motor vehicle inspec tion failure to to change address fraudulent use of identifying information Cody Ryan Spring possession of less than 2 ounces of Ricardo New theft by check between and Gerald James Conv driving whije license Angela Colene Spring failure to by check between and Ramon Soto New failure to possession of 2 ounces of marijuana speeding 61 mph in a 45 mph zone no insurance 2 Amanda Marie New theft between and Gloria Jean New theft by check between and Jackpot mijlion PICK Day Jackpot million BB 15 MEGA MILLIONS J52fr4i5152MB11 Megaplier 3 TEXAS TWOSTEP CASH FIVE 812132534 HQWTQ CQNTACTiJS HeraldZeitung 707 Landa New TX 78130 fax 830 6251 224 Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377 707 Landa or Drawer New Comal Texas 78131 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in New 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