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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 7, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 CANYON SPORTS WORLD REMEMBERS FARIAS VARGAS «ÎPORT«;  50c  New Braunfels  THURSDAY  JULY 7,2011  SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852  LANCE CPL. JOHN F. FARIAS  ► FEDERAL COURT  4    A    «    Abortion  A hero s welcome ^ r  to judge  Photos by LAURA McKENZIE/'Herald Zeituiiq  Sylvia Martinez, left, and Valerie Salinas wipe away tears while watching Wednesday's processional for fallen Marines Lance CpI. John F Farias at Mam Plaza  Thousands line streets for Farias processiona  By WIN Wright  itie Herald-Zeitung  hy(Liy, the rihui dll runners (ome.  Shoulder-high vve bring you home,  And set you at your threshold down,  Jownsin<\n ot\i stiller town  - ftorn "To An Athlete laying Young," by A.F. Housnian  The^y brought Lance C|)l. john Farias home to a grateful New Braunfels Wednes-ciay morning.  Folks young and old lined downtown streets in the processional route tor the 2()-year-old Marine, who was killed in action It) Afghanistan eight days ago.  A clear blue sky frame^d a sea of ¡)atriotism, as more than 1,CX){) c ame out to Main Plaza to see Farias through his hometown for the final time. The crowd began torming around 9 a.m., and peo-|)le patiently waited among the shade trees in the circle and  Farias  The hearse carrying the body of U.S Marines Lance CpI. John R Farias enters Main Plaza in New Braunfels on Wednesday as hundreds of supporters look on,  around the bandstand, most with flags in hand.  ' I feel very strongly that people should be out nere today," said Jim Reimer, who was standing with wife Beverly on the corner of Seguin Avenue and the plaza.  "I think we need to support the soldiers of our country and  show our patriotistn," Beverly Reimer added.  Flags lined the circle in the plaza and east along Seguin Avenue. They stoo(] at halt-stait at Comal County Courthouse, where construction was halted. Around 10 a.m., t\)lks began  See PROCESSIONAL, Page 5  Website: Kansas church could protest today’s funeral  By Shawn Levifis  1 he Heratd-Zeitung  A document datt'd JuK i and posted at Westboro Baptist ( hurch's website,  www.godhatesiags.com , indicates mem-b(‘rs of th(‘ con-t r o V e r s i a I Kansas-based sect might stage a |)rotest today near the funeral of Marines Lance ( f)l. john F. Farias, the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung has learned.  Farias' funeral is at 1 I a.m. at Tree of Life Church on the l-iS North frontage road.  According to the document, "Military funerals have be( ome pagan orgies  See PROTEST, Page 5  Online  ■ To view an html version of the document, go to  http://bit.ly/  q6eg5W  City to get tax funds from online travel lawsuit  Rights group asks judge to consider injunction  By Jhn Vertimo  Associated Press  AUSTIN  A rf'prodiK tive rights grouf) .isked a tcder.il |U(lgc VV(‘dnc‘>day to bhx k .) lu'w U'xas l,\\\ r(‘fjuirmg (1<h tors to ( ()iidu( t .! sonogr.int before pt'rfortiimg an .ibor tion, arguing it is vague’ .huI unconstitution.tl.  Hie New York based ( cn ter for Kepro<lu( live Rights has tilt'd a lawsuit to ov('r turn the law. VWdiicsiI.n's hi*,\ring was on a r('(|ii(>sl tor LJ.S. I)istri( t ludge S.un Sparks to bliK k tlx* lavv tiorn faking ett(H t on abortions p('rforni('d st.iiting ( )( t. I, p(>nding the lawsuit (uit ( ome  Sparks Siiid h(‘ would issue a ruling on tlu' iit|un< tion re(|uest bet» »r«' < )( t 1,  Fhc law r('(juii(*s d(u tors to des( rib(' the tetus tea tur(*s and allow prf-gnaiit woriK'ti to h(‘ar thr t(>lal heartbi'at. iht' law docMi't allow woiiK'ti to opt out ot th(' description, with ('Xf'niptions tor ( as(>s ( >t i,ip( or iiu (“st and when a tetus has tatal abnotnialifics  rii(-1 rnter    tii-it tin  I law tof( es d<x tois in sav things .igainst their will aiu* t \ lolatf's m(‘(li( al rthu Su( I) f'thu s s,i\ a pin su laii nia\ not ,k t upon the [)<itient without h(‘r i < )nsi>tit the pin ''i( ian must trsptM ! the patient's ai-onorin ,in<i the pin si( ian must a< t in the p.ltiellt s be*,! mtetests.  Ihe law' 'damage"' tlu relationship ot tiust bei.\('cn physK ian and patH'nt, and with (ornpellci* and unw,inl(>d spce< h i; .pos(>-, stress and ('motion.'! sitain on women ,is tht'\ [ epan to uiuk'rgo a medi(..il pio< v dure, the ( entc'r .umies in its lawsuit.  Su[)porters sa\ the Lav is nec t'ssary to m.ike suie women tulK undt'tstand what an abortion entails Fhev cite ( .iscs wheie women later ri'grt'tted hav ing an .ibortion.  WEATHER, 6  CHRIS ULLOA GOODWIN FRAZIER  By Greg Bowen  rtie Herald-Zeitung  The ( ity of New Braunfels is due to receive a portion of a near-$20 million settlement in a landmark lawsuit against online travel (ompanies over unpaid h( )tel occupancy taxi's.  According to a press release issued Wednesday by McK(X)l Smith, the Dallas law firm that r(‘[)rt>sented the 172 Texas citit^ in the case, the funds will l)e paid out ,is a rtMilt of the nation's first  jury verdict against online travel companies over unpaid hotel taxc^.  The anxxint to be received is still being calculated and will be included in the court's final judgment.  Judge Orlando Garcia of the U.S. District Court for the Western Distrid of Texas in San Antonio pre?sicted over the trial, which was won by the City of San Antonio and the other cities, according to the law firm, lurors in the 2009 trial  awarded the citic^s almost $20 million against a grouf) of 11 defendants, including Expedia.com, F4otels.com, Hotwire.com, Prict'l i ne.con i, Traveloc'ity'.c(3m, C)rl)itz.com and others, McK(X)l said.  In findings issued July I, Garcia held that the companies are obligat«! under the cities' hotel tax ordinances to collect and pay hotel occupancy taxes on the total amount that hotel guc»sts pay for rtxims.  Contrary to this require  ment, the online travel c:om-f)anies have* lemitttHJ taxes on the lower "wholesale" rate' that they [)ay hotels for the right to sell r(M>ms rathc-r than the higher "retail" rate that online travel companies cl targe hotel guwts.  As a rt'SLilt of this [)rac1ice, the' court found that "virtual ly every transaction rt'suitwl in uncbqwymt'nt of the hotel (Kcupanc y tax."  In aiWition to affirming the' jury''s award of almost $20 million in actual damages  through tlie d<ite of trial, Garcia also found that the c ities were entitled to additional actual damages that have continued to accrue since the 2tXW verdicl, plus [XMial-ties and interest.  lli(' court also orfknt'd that th(' online travel companit's must devist' a system within six months from the d.\te a judgment isenttml in order to re|x>rt the anx)unt of hotel occupancy taxes that are paid to individual citic^s in the future.  First Protestant Church  'I    of New Braunfels ^  IT’S A HOT ONE!  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