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Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - November 23, 2002, Galveston, Texas TEXAS OLDEST NEWSPAPER FOUNDED IN 1842 G A L V C O U N T Y Saturday November 23 2002 3B32 O52B03 OS SMI MIRCRPUHILIKHINB 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX INSIDE TODAY Check out whats happening with the Calendar of Events SCOREBOARD For a details see Sports St Gerard 27 OConnell 13 Comfort Hitchcock 38 20 SANTA FE Band directors comments divide students By ALICIA GOODEN The Daily News Was it oversensitivity to silly jokes or a slap on the wrist for an educator who used humor too raunchy for a class full of teenagers Those are among the ques tions band members and their parents were asking after the school board decided to keep Doug Morris as high school band director Perhaps the main question however is can the program heal and move forward For one parent the answer is no What I am upset over now is the backlash that will come from said parent Julie Idema I agree with the school board This needs to be let Trustees on Thursday or dered Morris to apologize for telling jokes peppered with sexual references and to at tend sensitivity training See Doug Morris FRIENDS WOOD Road Trip Fans relish chance to see Lady Mustangs in state volleyball tourney By JOEY Daily News Bruce Buffaloe knows the drill Hjsdaughter Tracee played in the state volleyball tournament for Friendswood her senior year in 2000 so he knew what to expect when daughter Lissa Lady Mus and the Lady Mus tangs fall in tangs made it this state semi year a wild rau final match cous scene at South See page B1 west Texas State Uni versitys Strahan Coli seum in San Marcos The routine is if s very noisy very big and its kind of over whelming to the highschool girls that have been playing in a gym with about 300 people he said They come in here and play with about people in front of them It really kind of scares them and gets them uptight but after about the first game they settle in and start playing good It helps to have plenty of fans from home and the Lady Mustangs had that Friday A large number of students some with faces painted in school colors blue and white joined parents and admirers during Fridays Class 4A state semifinal match with the Red Oak Lady Hawks Friendswood students who made TODAYS T o P T CHAD Daily News ABOVE Caleb Brown cheers on Filendswppd in the secondmatch on Friday before Friendswood High School lost in the first roundiof the Volleyball State Championships to Red Oak High School BELOW Friendswood High Schoolfans cheer astthe first match starts GALVESTON Rivalry on the water Experts say area big enough for Houstons new cruise line By LAURA ELDER The Daily News A contest for cruise control was revived this week between the Port of Houston Authority and managers of the islands waterfront As Norwegian Cruise Line announced this week it would return to the Houston market Port of Galveston officials downplayed any ri valry But they also confirmed Norwegian was in recent weeks mulling over a move to sail from the island They have requested available said Steve Cernak port director Cernak said hes not worried about Nor wegian stealing away potential Galveston bound cruise passengers And while Houston is working on a massive terminal to invite sleek passenger ships to its port Galveston is racing to build a second terminal Theres room for both ports in this busi he said Norwegian Cruise Line will make at least 48 Houston port calls per year starting in November 2003 to Roatan Honduras Belize City Belize and Cancun and Cozumel in Mexico For Norwegian to sail from the island it would have to maneuver around itineraries of four ships with two owned by Royal Caribbean International and two by Car nival Cruise Lines Carnivals Celebration sails every other Monday Saturday and Thursday to destinations in Mexico Carnivals Jubilee offers fourandfiveday cruises to Cozumel and Royal Caribbeans Rhapsody offers Western Caribbean cruises each Sunday and its Splendour of the Seas makes Caribbean cruises every two weeks The Galveston port is developing its second terminal to oblige cruise business It would be great to have a cruise ship every day of the week but then how do you do construction work at the site asked Cernak Carnival and Royal Caribbean have agreed to back revenue bonds for cruise terminal projects here The million in Carnival bonds are being used to improve the Texas Cruise Ship Ter See COUNTY Woman gets 15 years for stealing from track By JERRY URBAN The Daily News A jury Friday said a woman charged with embezzling hun dreds of thousands of dollars from Gulf Greyhound Park should serve 15 years in prison The jury of nine women and three men deliberated about four hours to reach its sentencing ver dict against Maria Christina Barros 37 It could have been much much said defense at torney Christian C Samuelaon Barroe who could have been sentenced to life in prison had pleaded guilty to theft of more than However on the stand Barroe admitted to stealing more than million from the park when she worked at the dog track which included working as the head of its accounting depart ment She admittedly stole the money via a checkforging scheme in a sixyear period be ginning at the end of 1994 Prosecutors brought forward evidence that she stole more than in a threeyear period frorti July 1997 tc August 2000 Maria Barros Assistant District At torney Larry Drosnes said the state did nt try to prove she stole more money because of the statute of limitations and eviden tiary problems During final argument to the jury Drosnes recommended the 15year sentence Samuelson and codefense at torney Tad Nelson reiterated that Barroe knows she did wrong and wanteda chance to return the stolen money They urged the jury give pro bation to Barroa the daughter of a Washington state car dealer WASHINGTON Weather troops readying for war games in Middle East The Associated Press The American general who would run a war against Iraq is quietly assembling hun dreds of battle planners in the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar for a war game that will test their ability to com mand and coordinate land sea and air forces throughout the region Although planning for the exercise codenamed In ternal Look began long be fore the Security Council gave Iraq a Dec 8 deadline to account for any weapons of mass destruction timing of the operation fits in neatly It will begin a few days before or after the deadline officials said Friday is the first time Central Command has con ducted the exercise in the Middle East In the past it was done at American mili tary bases because Central Command headquartered in Tampa had no deploy able command post This exercise will test Central Commands ability to communicate on the modern said Jim See WAR Todays Forecast Mostly sunny High 69 Low 59 Details B12 6 s 2002 The Galveston County Dally News COMICS CROSSWORD AND 2 f ;