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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 5, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas THI TRSDAYNew Braunfels    Anni    5,2001 16 pages in 2 sectionsHerald-Zeitung I .................................I... "":7"........'J........... ......■* ...... ................."■».....^;'"W"1'....................... PWfgg* 'T* " ** ...... I Vol, 150, No. 124 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Families of spy plane crew wait KATY (AP) — Yellow ribbons fluttered for another day in the northwest Harris County neighborhood where the parents of Rodney Young live. Young was a Navy cryptologic technician aboard a spy plane that collided with a Chinese fighter Saturday over the South China Sea. The crippled U.S. craft safely made an emergency landing at a Chinese air base and the crew has been in that nation’s hands since. The pilot of the Chinese fighter was presumed dead. Young’s parents have declined to publicly discuss their vigil. At Langham Creek High School, from which Young graduated in 1995, the sign reads, “GOOD LUCK RODNEY.” “He was a good student, a good kid while he was here,” assistant principal Jimmy Williams said, adding that Young, 23, and his crewmates are “victims of something much larger than they are” as the United States and China postured over their custody. Also among the 24 crew members waiting to return home to the Whidbey Island, U.S. offers no apology to China WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bush administration offered Beijing a chorus of regrets but no apology for the collision between a U.S. spy plane and a Chinese jet fighter. China, still detaining 24 American crew members, said it was a step in the right direction amid signs that both sides wanted a face-sav- See CHINA/8A Wash.-based Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One is Lt. (j.g.) Richard Payne of Pampa, in the northern Panhandle. “I’m just thankful they landed on land; I don’t care whose land it was,” said the airman’s mother, Brenda Payne. “It could have been over the ocean, so we’re just glad it was on land.” U.S. officials reported Tuesday that the crew was in good See FAMILIES/8 A Trial continues with Foley testimony By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Dr. Franklin D. Foley took the stand Wednesday, testifying that at first he was "irritated” by rumors that he attributes to Bill Mayo. Foley, a McKenna Memorial Hospital pathologist, is suing Mayo, a local stockbroker, for malicious prosecution and slander. The civil lawsuit is based on statements Mayo allegedly made regarding Mayo’s allegations that Foley had an affair with Mayo’s ex-wife. Foley and Mayo’s ex-wife have denied the affair. Foley’s malicious prosecution allegations are connected to a January 1998 incident in which Mayo filed police reports saying Foley had threatened him in an altercation. After his arrest on charges of “terroristic threats,” Foley said the charges went “beyond what was tolerable.” “It just went beyond the pale,” Foley said. “The crimi-See TRIAL78A Tax time anxietyStudies: New Braunfels Middle School not ‘sick building’ By Martin Malacara Staff Writer Students, faculty and staff at New Braunfels Middle School can be sure every breath they take is a healthy one. Results from air quality studies performed by an independent testing firm confirmed the school did not suffer from “sick building syndrome.” According to the study, conducted by Professional Service Industries of San Antonio, mold counts, pollen counts and other items were not present in high enough levels to create such a condition.    t “There are no mold or mildew issues,” said Daryl Stoker, district heat, ventilation and air conditioning specialist. “But we’re looking to improve the quality of air.” The firm tested for relative humidity, temperature, carbon monoxide, microbiological agents and carbon dioxide. The study found the school had ventilation issues, not contamination issues. The school also had the Texas Department of Health perform an air quality study to measure indoor carbon dioxide levels. The study also found the school had a ventilation issue. The TDH study found carbon dioxide levels in Buildings 200, 300 and 400 exceeded recommended TDH levels. The TDH recommends buildings maintain a level of 800 parts per million. The three buildings had levels two to three times greater. Such levels indicate an inadequate amount of fresh air is entering the building. “In the interim, we’ll open more See BUILDING/8A CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Mary Budd, AARP Tax-Aide volunteer, tells Virginia Burgin good news about her income tax return Wednesday at the New Braunfels Public Library. Tax-Aide volunteers are available to help middle- to low-income taxpayers through April 15 at several locations: from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Comal County Senior Center; from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the New Braunfels Public Library; and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Canyon Lake Action Center. Participants should bring a copy of this past year’s tax return and supporting paperwork. invited to dance teacher and student council sponsor. All Comal County senior citizens are invited to the special evening. Admission is free. Refreshments will be on hand as seniors get an opportunity to visit with the students and each other. The New Braunfels High School polka band will provide five entertainment. This year’s prom theme is “Mardi Gras Time.” Student councils the night away from Comal and New Braunfels school districts will host the event. Williams said she expected about 200 senior citizens would attend this year’s event. The students will act as ushers, dance partners and photographers for the evening. They will provide free Polaroid pictures to seniors as mementos. See PROM/5A Voter sign-up deadline is today From Staff Reports Today is the final day voters can register to participate in the upcoming May election. A number of local elections for school board and city council seats will be held on May 5. However, those who want to take part in the election and are not yet registered must get their voter registration cards in the mail today. Registration cards are available at the Comal County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office, 150 N. Seguin in New Braunfels, said Tax Assessor-Collector Sherman Krause. He said the registration cards could be filled out and turned into his office today or mailed. However, if they are mailed, they must be postmarked by today for a person to be eligible to vote in the May election. Early voting begins on April 18 and ends on May I. Two New Braunfels city council seats are up for grabs in the May 5 election. Incumbent Juan Luis Martinez, who represents District One, was not eligible for re-election because of term limits. Sonia Munoz has filed to run for his seat. Since no one has filed against Munoz, the election in that district might be canceled, city officials said. The District Two race is contested between candidates Walter Sears and incumbent Larry Alexander. Garden Ridge Mayor Jay Feibelman is running for his third term and two council members, Bobby Roberts and See DEADLINES Senior citizens By Martin Malacara Staff Writer It’s never too late for prom night. Senior citizens in Comal County are encouraged to kick up their heels at the 16th annual Senior Citizens Prom from 6 p.m. to*8 p.m. today in Canyon High School’s cafetorium. “It’s an open invitation,” said Donna Williams, Canyon High School Students working to help hospitalized children CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Corey Elrod, of Comal Healthcare Foundation, and Paula DiFonzo, New Braunfels Utilities general manager, display a $20,000 check from the Lower Colorado River Authority for a playscape at McKenna Memorial Hospital. Also pictured are students from Canyon and New Braunfels high schools and representatives of the foundation, LCRA and NBU. J.L. MCMICHAEL Staff Writer Boredom, up to now, has been an accepted part of a child’s hospital stay that could only be remedied by a constantly churning brainstorm on the part of a young patients’ parents, siblings and friends. After spending a lot of time in the local community hospital, Renno Adams decided to change that. Adams attended a Student Leadership Forum co-hosted by the Lower Colorado River Authority and the John B. Shepperd Leadership Institute in November along with six other New Braunfels High School students: Whitney Douglas, Ronnie Edmonds, Ben Campos, Ronnie Cruz, Rayanna Benitez and Andrew Goudge. Several employees from New Braunfels Utilities served as facilitators at the forum. After the forum, the students came up with the idea of raising funds to build a playscape at McKenna Memorial Hospital for young patients and their visitors. When the students contacted McKenna officials to discuss the possibility of building a playscape, they discovered that a wish list recently drawn up already included a children’s play area. With McKenna and Comal Healthcare Foundation’s goahead, the students at New See STUDENTS/5AInside Abby................................5A Classifieds.......................5-8B Comics..............................3B Crossword........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.........................;.......5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................1-2B Key Code 76 ;