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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 W W SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2011    JTF     Texas -^P    Newspaper    of    the    Year  Herald-Zeitung  Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.    500  How to donate to Mya Wallace Fund  account  has bwn wtsbfeshed «t RrstState B*flk of New Braunfels to help Herald-Zeitung staffer Kayla M. Carlson and her family with funeral expenses.  "We were moved to establish this account because of all the comments and calls from readers who were not only expressing their condolences but wanted a way to help the parents," said Herald-Zeitung Publisher Doug Toney.  Readers wiaWfig to donate to Mya’* fund, which is account 506081775 at first State Bank, can do so by deposits payable to the Mya Wallace Memorial Fund, first State Bank, 401 Main Plata, P.O. Box 311536, New Braunfels,  TX 78130. For information, call (830) 608-0233.  Teachers head to Austin to protest budget cuts  By Will Wright  The Herald-Zeitung  Educators and administrators from both Comal County school districts will be among 10,000 participants in a rally today to save funding for Texas pubic schools.  Save Texas Schools is staging the event, which will begin with an 11 a.m. march to the state Capitol Building. The  march will begin at the corner of 12th and Trinity streets and proceed one block south to the rally site, the south steps of the Capitol.  The state is facing a $27 billion budget shortfall, with public education projected to lose at least $10 billion over the next biennium. School districts throughout the state are  See TEACHERS, Page 7A  Vol. 158, No. 104 ■ 18 pages, 3 sections  Inside     CLASSIFIEDS    1C      COMICS    3B      CROSSWORD    3B      FORUM    4A      OBITUARIES    3A      PLANNER    9A      SPORTS    IB      TV GRID    3C     A few clouds  High Low  79 59  Details 9A  herald-zeitung.com  i  50 cants  ► COLE CLAYTON UPDATE  Kayaker rescued from river celebrates birthday  From staff reports  I^ast September, kayaker Cole Clayton was pulled with no pulse and no respiration from the Guadalupe River beneath New Braunfels’ Faust Street Bridge.  At the local hospital, the ER doctors gave Cole’s parents no hope.     ri   “There wasn’t even a per-  clavton  centage of a chance,” his dad, Kevin Clayton,  See COLE, Page 3A  240 S. Seguin Ave. * (830) Ú2,5~7791 • www.fàusthotcl.com  Open ill 2 PM  Pacific Coast states, especially California and Oregon, sustain heavy damage from tsunami  COVERAGE, 5A  “I’ve lived in Japan for 10 years, and I’ve never felt anything like this before. The aftershocks keep coming, it’s gotten to the point where 1 don’t know whether it’s me shaking or an earthquake.”  JESSE JOHNSON, a native of Nevada who lives in Chiba, north of Tokyo  Japanese officials: Radiation levels inside nuclear plant 1,000 times normal marks  ■ COVERAGE, 5A  By The Associated Press  MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE, TSUNAMI ROCK JAPAN  YASUSHI KANNO/TheYomiuri Shimbun via AP  An elderly man is carried by a Self-Defense Force member in the tsunami-torn Natori city, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, Saturday morning, one day after strong earthquakes hit the area.  Disaster’s ripples affect Comal County residents  By J. Louise Larson  The Herald-Zeitung  When a powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan early Friday (Central time), the ripples were felt in Comal County, where personal and business ties connect Texas with the Pacific Rim nation.  Social networking and cell phone technology saved the day for Kathleen Jaroszewski and her husband.  Their only child, Andrew, teaches middle school English in Tome, within 100 miles of Sendai, Japan, near the epicenter of the massive 8.9 quake.  “I got up this morning at 5 a.m. and found a CNN alert on my phone about the earthquake... Sendai was devastated. I spent the next five minutes in panic mode — until I noticed messages on Facebook from Andrew (posted via his cell phone) informing  everyone that he was OK and was helping out at the emergency shelter at the school he teaches at,” Kathleen said.  “I received a few more status updates until his phone died, and without power he’s unable to charge it so we await more news," she said. “Thank God for Facebook. A few years ago, I would not have known for hours and hours that he was OK.”  Ironically, as a youngster, the 2005  graduate of New Braunfels High School was traumatized by a Los Angeles earthquake when he was rushed to safety while still strapped into his high chair.  “He was deathly afraid of earthquakes, and he ended up moving to the most earthquake-prone country in the world,” Kathleen recalled.  “But he seemed from his posts  See RIPPLES, Page 7A  TOKYO — For more than two terrifying, seemingly endless minutes Friday, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan shook apart homes and buildings, cracked open highways and unnerved even those who have learned to live with swaying skyscrapers. Then came a devastating tsunami that slammed into northeastern Japan and killed hundreds of people.  The violent wall of water swept away houses, cars and ships. Fires burned out of control. Power to cooling systems at two nuclear power plants was knocked out, forcing thousands of nearby residents to be evacuated. A boat was caught in the vortex of a whirlpool at sea.  The death toll rose steadily throughout the day, but the true extent of the disaster was not known because roads to the worst-hit areas were washed away or blocked by debris and airports were closed.  After dawn Saturday, the scale of destruction became clearer.  Aerial scenes of the town of Ofunato showed homes and warehouses in ruins. Sludge and high water spread over acres of land, with people seeking refuge on roofs of partially submerged buildings. At one school, a large white “SOS” had been spelled out in English.  Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said an initial  See QUAKE, Page 7A  Hundreds dead in wake of 8.9 quake   

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