New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas AUSTIN—Tension between Texas House members came to a head Saturday, when Republicans grew frustrated over Democrats’ attempts to use House rules to halt contentious legislation. The bickering started when House Republicans attempted to put the chamber on lockdown over fears that Democrats may be planning a walkout. Democrats stayed, and Republican leaders abandoned the planned lockdown, but the dust- Crei 9 hton up sparked simmering tensions. Democrats have used the rules to stall several bills important to the GOP, including legislation to place limits on lawsuits and a bill that Strauss would have loosened mandates on school districts. But Saturday, Republican Rep. Brandon Creighton used House rules to bypass Democratic objections and force a vote without allowing amendments or deliberation on a bill that would make it tougher to bring a civil lawsuit. The legislation also would allow defendants to collect costs if they prevail in cases of breach of an oral or wr itten contract. The House passed it before adjourning for the day. “This is a House that has 101-49 margin, so I think to rely on small, but within-the-rules points to gum up the system, the 101 (Republicans) are only willing to allow that to stand for so long," House Speaker Joe Straus said. Rumors had swirled Saturday morning that Democrats would try NBHS Class of 1951 reunion set June 11 at Spass Haus By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung As they prepare for their 60th reunion, members of the New Braunfels High School Class of 1951 are reflecting on their good fortune, good health, their togetherness and camaraderie. It was a class that posted milestones. Its students helped propel the Unicorns football team to statewide prominence, and they have the distinction of being the find senior class to roam the halls in the old high school building on Mill Street. Since leaving, they became businessmen, doctors, lawyers and homemakers. And through the years they’ve always given their time and money for charitable causes, and above all, have never forgotten the joys associated with a much simpler time. “We were the class with the most,” Carroll Hoffmann said. “This is a class that has kept giving—it just didn’t take.” The 1951 reunion committee — comprised of Hoffmann, Karl Zipp, Darvin See REUNION, Page 9A See HOUSE, Page 9A Vol. 158, No. 153 28 pages, 4 sections Iatidc CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS SC CROSSWORD SC FORUM 4A obituaries 3A Very warm PLANNER 2C Hi 9 h Low mm mm gm SPORTS IB 95 #Z TV GRID 4D Details 10A c Videos give view of candid bin Laden bin Laden The Associated Press WASHINGTON — From a shabby, makeshift office, he ran a global terrorist empire. The world’s most wanted man watched newscasts of himself from a tiny television perched atop a rickety old ON THE WEB: View the video on herald-zeitung.com desk cluttered with wires. For years, the world only saw the 54-year-old Osama bin Laden in the rare propaganda videos that trickled out, the ones portraying him as a charismatic religious figure unfazed by being the target of a worldwide manhunt. On Saturday, the U.S. released a handful of videos, selected to show bin Laden in a much more candid, unflattering light. In the short clips, bin Laden appears hunched and tired, seated on the floor, watching television wrapped in a wool blanket and wearing a knit cap. Outtakes of his propaganda tapes show that they were heavily scripted affairs. He dyed and trimmed his beard for the cameras, then shot and reshot his remarks until the timing and lighting were just right. The videos were among the evidence seized by Navy SEALs after a pre-dawn raid Monday that See VIDEOS, Page 10A ■ UFE. 1C Support your loca custodian ■ SPORTS, IB New Braunfels girls, Canyon boys advance 01 HHIrOPIS TT TT SUNDAY may 8,2011 FW Herald-Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. $1.50 ► MONDAY MEETING Wurstfest facade plan goes back to council Festival previously submitted non-conforming Events Building facade proposal By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung Back in March, New Braunfels City Council scolded the Wurstfest Association for ignoring building code requirements calling for masonry walls at its new Events Building at Landa Park and deciding on its own to use cedar siding instead. Irate council members ordered the association to re-think its building plans and come back to council with what Councilor Mike Ybarra termed “something much more workable.” On Monday, Wurstfest is coming back to council with its new plan. But, according to a document from city staff, the new plan still doesn’t meet the building code. Wurstfest is “proposing an alternate building facade that will consist of 32 percent rock," the staff document said. “The Zoning Ordinance requires a minimum 80 percent masonry facade.” The association — which stages the city’s most popular celebration each fall, drawing tens of thousands to New Braunfels — is appealing to council to allow the 32 percent rock facade to be built. Rock would be placed around the bottom three feet, three inches of the Events Building’s second story. The cedar siding would be retained elsewhere. The council has the authority to issue final approval — or disapproval — of all site plan appeals. See COUNCIL, Page 9A NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL When: 6 p.m. Monday Where: City Hall, 424 S. Castell Ave. New Braunfels High School Class of 1951 reunion committee members gather for a photo Thursday. From left are Carroll Hoffmann, Darvin Dietert, Karl Zipp, Gladys Krause and Winona Oberkampf. Not pictured is Leora Pape. DAYS OF WEIN AND SAENGERFEST ► SHOWDOWN IN AUSTIN GOP attempts to lock Demsin Photos by MEGAN HOLT/Herald-Zeitung Deborah Benson, Wine Market and Wein and Saengerfest volunteer, organizes bottles of wine Saturday as vendors were prepared to sell out many of the varieties before the event was over. Wine, song flow downtown Tempers flare in Legislature after rumors of walkout The Associated Press By Megan Holt The Herald-Zeitung Adults and children alike perused San Antonio Street and Casteel Avenue Saturday afternoon exploring different arts and crafts vendors and listening to live entertainment. Those of age looking to wet their tastebuds with something other than water or soft drinks turned to one of the many wine vendors lining the streets. Held in historic downtown New Braunfels, the Wein and Saengerfest, sponsored by City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and Main Street Partners, offered wine and beer tasting from 18 Texas wineries as well as German and California wines beginning at noon, said Stacey Dicke, City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department director. To beat the heat of the day, many adults walked the streets holding glasses of chilled wine in one hand and brightly colored popsicles in the other. Attendees could purchase commemorative wine glasses and five wine tasting tickets for $15. “If you look around, there are people who have come from all over,” Dicke said. “This is an opportunity to show people our vibrant downtown and have a good time." See FESTIVAL, Page 9A Riley Vargas stomps grapes at Saturday's Wein and Saengerfest in downtown.