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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 Pa^e lOA — Herald-Zeitung — Sunday, April 17, 2011  Texans return to homes charred by fires  IVAN (AP) — With calmer winds giving Ftrt*fighters a chance to get a handle on a fc*w massive* Texas wildfires Saturday, some residents returned to their homes — or what was left of them — in communities ravaged by the blazes.  { »ary (rlasscock, who owns a 300-acre rant h near Possum Kingdom lake, found his. ranch house and most trees destroyed in at 30,000-acre fire that firefighters were aHle* to contain a hit Saturday. In the pop-tifcir recreation area about 120 miles west nf Dallas, many resort homes were untouched by the flames while some rnc »Hile homes were left in ruins. At some  houses, only the garages had burned.  He said he was thankful that some friends who had been doing construction work on his property escaped the flames in time, but was sad to see the loss of the newty rebuilt ranch home that held special memories for his wife and three children.  "It's just gray ash with a haze over it. It’s just like a ghost town,” Glasscock said.  While other fires in Texas also came closer to being contained, 10 new fires broke out in East Texas, said Marq Webb of the Texas Forest Service.  “It was better than yesterday, but still  not a good day. We did still have some pretty strong winds, and that can create its own set of problems," Webb said Saturday evening, adding that escalating fire conditions are forecast through next week.  Winds were about 10 mph Saturday in some parts of the state after whipping in the 50 mph range a day earlier, said Dennis Cavanaugh of the National Weather Service.  But Texas could be fighting fires for as long as two months because of drought conditions around the state, said Steve Deffibaugh, forest Service spokesman.  Pancho Villa’s purported finger on sale in El Paso  I :i- PASO (AP) — tanchoVilla s fingerprints an* all over this dtlst y border city known for its tangy green chiles and striking views of the yucca-dotted Franklin Mountains.  Then there’s Villa’s actual fin-g € . r  —  or a t ¡east  a severed and mummified appendage claiming; to have been his—on sale for 589,500 at I )ave’s Pawn Shop downtown.  c Grayish-black, shriveled arid curved slightly, the finger still  retains a chuck of nail, the middle of which features an eerily jagged gash — as if it dug its way out of the grave.  Store manager David Delgadillo said that in 2004, a man came in offering to pawn on-the-cheap the right trigger finger Villa supposedly used to fire many a pistol. The seller wouldn't admit where he got it, however, and Delgadillo won’t say how much the store paid to acquire it.  Texas Native  Landscape  Make Your Beds Look Like New  ^ All Kinds of Stonework  ★ Patios, Retaining Walls, etc.  ★ French Drains  ★ Deer & Drought Resistant Plants  ★ Complete Landscaping  830-625*7407  a— .• i- n .  Ce,l:  830-620-8668  v—urtis E. Paris  www.txnative.net   "We don’t know if it’s real or not, but it's still a nice piece,” he said.  Historians are less equivocal.  "No way,” said Louis Ray Sadler, a Villa expert and history professor emeritus at New Mexico State University. “I’m not aware of anything where somebody cut off his finger.”  Trinidad Garcia, who lives two blocks away from Dave’s, stops to peak at the finger a couple of times a week.  "I don’t know if it’s his finger, hut I do know it’s really ugly,” he said on a recent afternoon. As he gawked, a woman in a car waiting at a stoplight  called out in Spanish, “How much do they want for it?” When Garcia replied $9,500, she shrieked, “Tell them I’ll give them $3,000!’’ and sped off.  Encased in cotton inside an aging metal frame, the finger is displayed in the store’s front window, where Delgadillo says it has remained virtually untouched for seven years. He said upwards of 20 customers per day inquire about it, and nearly all want it taken out for a closer look.  But the staff never removes it —not even while cleaning the front window — afraid that doing so could offend Villa’s spirit and bring bad luck.  .if?  to everyone who helped with, came to, donated and supported our beautiful and fun Landa Park Moonlight Gala. Because of you, we were able to raise enough money to restore the Landa Lake Gazebo. We hope to get this project underway and completed this fall. Thank you everyone for supporting your wonderful parks.  Sincerely,  New Braunfels Parks Foundation  FROM THE WIRE  From The Associated Press   R ^[ 0 v ACT,VITY RISES IN SEA OFF NUKE PLANT   lOKYO Levels of radioactivity have risen sharply in seawater near a tsunami-crippled nuclear plant in northern Japan, signaling the possibility of new leaks at the facility, the government said Saturday.  I he announcement came after a magnitude-5.9 earthquake jolted Japan on Saturday morning, hours after the country s nuclear safety agency ordered plant operators to nee! up their quake preparedness systems to prevent a recurrence of the nuclear crisis.  I here were no reports of damage from the earthquake, and t here was no risk of a tsunami similar to the one that struck the 1 ukushima Dai-ichi plant March 11 after a magnitude-9.0 earthquake, causing japan’s worst-ever nuclear plant disaster.  RAUL CASTRO PROPOSES POLITICAL TERM LIMITS  HAVANA Raul Castro proposed term limits Saturday tor Cuban politicians — including himself — a remarkable gesture on an island ruled for 52 years by him and his brother. The 79-year-old president also lamented the lack of young leaders in government, saying the country was paying the price for errors made in the past.  Castro told delegates to a crucial Communist Party summit that he would launch a "systematic rejuvenation” of the government. He said politicians and other important officials should be restricted to two consecutive five-year terms, including "the current president of the Council of State and his ministers’’ — a reference to himself.  Castro officially took over from his brother Fidel in 2008, meaning he would be at least 86 at the end of a second term, depending on how the law is written.  MORE SHELLING IN REBEL-HELD CITY IN LIBYA  AJDABIYA, Libya — Moammar Gadhafi’s forces poured rocket fire after dawn Saturday into Misrata, the only western city stUl in rebel hands, and weary residents who have endured more than a month of fighting angrily lashed out at NATO for failing to halt the deadly assault.  Five civilians were killed in a 30-minute barrage of shelling that heavily damaged a factory for dairy products and sent up a thick column of black smoke, a doctor said.  A human rights group has accused the Gadhafi regime of using cluster bombs in Misrata — munitions that can cause indiscriminate casualties and have been banned by most countries. The Libyan government and military denied the charge.  In eastern Libya, fierce fighting left seven rebels dead, 27 wounded and four missing as the anti-Gadhafi forces sought to push toward the strategic oil town of Brega, according to Mohammed Idris, a hospital supervisor in the nearby city of Ajdabiya. 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