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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 30, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2011 Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 500 ■ -‘-i ’'V*V f' ! Thousands walk for a cure at Relay Annual cancer research fundraiser sets sights on record haul By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung The winds were brisk, temperatures were cool and the mood triumphant Friday evening at Canyon’s Cougar Stadium, as thousands gathered in a defiant stand against a dreaded disease. The “C” word — cancer — isn’t as feared as it once was, largely because of the American Cancer Society’s efforts. That organization’s biggest fundraising event, the Relay for Life, came to Comal County to celebrate its 10th birthday helping others celebrate more birthdays. “I just want to thank the Comal County community for coming out and supporting us and supporting the cause — helping us trying to find cures to fight back against cancer,” event chairman Jana Seibert said. Seibert and co-chairman Sindy Alvarado welcomed the 4,000-plus on hand and presented pink roses to those who helped organize the first event in Comal County 10 years ago. They then launched the 12-hour event at 7 p.m. with the Survivor’s Lap around the stadium track. See RELAY, Page 5A Cancer survivors and their caregivers await the start of Friday's Relay For Life at Canyon High. WILL WRIGHT Herald-Zeitung SCHLITTERBAHN OPENS FOR SUMMER SEASON LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Operations manager Justin Loehr tests the Boogie Bahn rideThursday at Schlitterbahn in preparation for opening day. BIGGER. BETTER. WETTER. New Braunfels’ top tourist attraction ready for another banner year By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels’ largest tourist attraction is gearing up for another new and exciting season. Schlitterbahn opens its doors at 10 a.m. today, welcoming the first several thousand visitors in what it hopes will be another season of mil- lion-plus attendance. Today’s visitors will notice a few areas of construction, as the water park is completing several new venues this summer. “Actually, this is going to be a very light weekend," said Jeffrey Siebert, Schlitterbahn’s director of corporate communications and sales. “Our season is beginning and many people don’t think about the opening. So, if you're local to New Braunfels it will be a great time to visit — there won't be long lines for any of your favorite attractions. The weather . looks spectacular for Saturday. “For the staff, the light crowd and the mood really will groove us into a much larger season.” Before summer's end, Schlitterbahn will employ 2,000 people in its daily See SCHLITTERBAHN, Page 5A Storms’ death toll hits 329 in seven states President upon touring Tuscaloosa: ‘I’ve never seen devastation like this’ TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Southerners found their emergency safety net shredded Friday as they tried to emerge from the nation’s deadliest tornado disaster since the Great Depression. Emergency buildings are wiped out. Bodies are stored in refrigerated trucks. Authorities are begging for such basics as flashlights. In one neighborhood, the storms even left firefighters to work without a truck. The death toll from Wednesday’s storms reached 329 across seven states, including 238 in Alabama, making it the deadliest U.S. tornado outbreak since March 1932, when another Alabama storm killed 332 people. Tornadoes that swept across the South and Midwest in April 1974 left 315 people dead. Hundreds if not thousands of people were injured Wednesday — 990 in Tuscaloosa alone — and as many as 1 million Alabama homes and businesses remained without power. The scale of the disaster astonished President Barack Obama when he arrived in the state Friday. “I’ve never seen devastation like this,” he said, standing in bright sunshine amid the wreckage in Tuscaloosa, “When we talk about these homes, they are not damaged. They are gone." STAN LEY WEBB, Hackleburg, Ala., law enforcement agent where at least 45 people were killed and entire neighborhoods were flattened. Mayor Walt Maddox called it “a humanitarian crisis” for his city of more than 83,000. Maddox said up to 446 people were unaccounted for in the city, though he added that many of those reports probably were from people who have since found their loved ones but have not notified authorities. Cadaver-detecting dogs were deployed in the city Friday but they had not found any remains, Maddox said. During the mayor’s news conference, a man asked him for help getting into his home, and broke down as he told his story. “You have the right to cry,” Maddox told him. “And I can tell you the people of Tuscaloosa are crying with you.” See STORMS, Page 5A Inside CLASSIFIEDS 9A COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A PLANNER 7A SPORTS 1| TV GRID 10A Cloudy, warm High Low 91 73 Details 7A 8 56825 00001 1 herakteeitung.com 50 cents Motiléis Day Champagne JAZZ Brunei! 12 pm - 2 pm $12.95 per person Mothers IDay Dinner 4 pm - 6 pm $16.95 per person • reservations only 240 S. Scguin Ave. - (830)625-7791 • www.fkusthotcl.com ■ COMING SUNDAY VOTE League of Women offers Voters Guide ■ SPORTS, 1B Spurs battle to stay alive against Grizzlies ■ NEWS, 3A Faulty heater part stalls Endeavour's last flight William weds Kate as billions watch Vol. 158, No. 146 16 pages, 2 sections WEDDING VIEWS An official photograph of the newly married royal couple, William and Catherine, will be released at 3 a.m. today Texas time. More information on the ceremony is available at officialroyalwedding2011 .org and princeofwales.gov.uk over to say, “You look beautiful." Their intimacy stood in sharp contrast to the lack of chemistry between a wooden Prince Charles and Diana Spencer 30 years ago when they began a marriage that ultimately col lapsed in embarrassing tabloid headlines and turned many Britons against the monarchy. A million people lined the procession route from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, many crying with joy. Cheers went up as the couple exchanged the traditional kiss on the balcony, followed by chants of “One more kiss!” The couple waved and smiled and, to a frenzy of delight, obliged. An estimated 2 billion people tuned into the live broadcast in what may have been the most-viewed event in history. LONDON (AP) — With not one but two kisses and tender whispered words, Prince William and Kate Middleton smiled and blushed Friday as they started their life as future king and queen. A day of seamless pageantry inspired hopes that this royal couple might live happily ever after. They appeared at ease throughout their wedding day, with William fighting back giggles at times, while Kate’s smile lit up television screens, especially when her husband leaned Britain's Prince William kisses his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Friday.
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