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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 5, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas EL PASO TX 79903 ''"iMilnlilnllm,,!!,,,!,!! SPORTS PLAYOFFS Smithson Valley hosts MacArthur; NB and Canyon on road as girls soccer playoffs continue. Page 6A mm a a sr- ii 'JL. j FORUM COLUMN Guest columnist Daniel Mitchell wonders if the nation has chosen a policy of death over life. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 118 10 pages, 1 section CLICK 500 www: e 56825 oooor Cloudy High Low 83 51 ' ' DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS SA COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 8A mum G TjTJ Tour of Faith Another church is profiled in the weekly series of churches in and around Comal Comity. I AT A GLANCE I m What: 39th Annual I Texas Legislative Conference I ■ When: Thursday and Friday I ■ Where: New Braunfels Civic Center By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO — A 70-year-old man injured in November 2004 in the explosion of his New Braunfels home died Saturday at Brooke Army Medical Center. An official with the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Monday that Britton Ware Jr. was pronounced dead at 8:13 a.m. Saturday. No cause of death was given. Ware and his wife, Susie, suffered second- and third-degree burns over much of their bodies in an explosion and subsequent fire at their home, located in the 1300 block of Timberwood Trail, just off the intersection of I loffman Lane and Hunter Road. Susie Ware has since been released from the hospital and is recovering from her injuries. Investigators later determined the explosion’s cause to be a gas shutoff valve located behind a clothes dryer in First lady to miss award reception Man injured in November explosion dies WELCOME BACK By Scott Mahon Staff Writer First lady Laura Bush’s visit to New Braunfels Thursday to accept the Texan of the Year award has been canceled so she and President Bush can attend the funeral of Pope John Paul IL The first lady was scheduled to attend the 39th annual T exas Legislative Conference sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Michael Meek said Mrs. Bush had been scheduled to accept the award Thursday during a reception at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Meek said tickets had been sold out weeks ago for Thursday’s reception. The 39th Annual Texas Legislative Conference is scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the civic center. However, with the death of Pope John Paul II, the Associated Press reported Monday that press secretary Scott McClellan reported “first lady I-aura Bush and three other people also would attend the funeral Friday as See VISIT, Page 2 Laura Bush See WARE, Page 2 Thousands pack St. Peters as popes body put on public display By William J. Kola and Angela Doland Associated Press Writers VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul ll’s body was carried solemnly on a crimson platform to St. Peter’s Basilica, past a sea of more than 100,000 pilgrims who waited for hours Monday under a blistering sun for a glimpse of the late pontiff before his funeral and entombment. Twelve white-gloved pallbearers flanked by Swiss Guards in red-plumed helmets gingerly marched the body from the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, where it had lain in state for prelates and dignitaries, to the basilica for display to the public. Priests chanted the Litany of the Saints. Incense wafted through tile church where John Paul’s body will be laid to rest Friday in an ancient grotto holding the remains of popes through the ages, Jilter a funeral to be attended under heavy security by President Bush and dozens of other world leaders. Up to 2 million pilgrims are expected in Rome to pay their final respects. Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Debbi Haecker is happy to have her son, Cpl.Travis Haecker, back home in New Braunfels after the Marine served seven months in Iraq. One of the first things Haecker did after returning home March 31, was to “drink a big tall beer." Local Marine returns home after tour in Iraq City sets $11.3 million budget for civic center expansion By Scott Mahon Staff Writer After a split vote against a $15 million budget for expanding the New Braunfels Civic Center and city hall, council voted for a $ 11.3 million budget to expand the civic center only. Council asked City Manager Chuck Pinto last week to bring some ideas to Monday’s workshop so that council could set a budget for expanding the civic center. Pinto presented a plan Monday that included an additional 32,000 square-foot facility behind the existing civic center at a cost of $6.4 million. But Pinto also said that 500 parking spaces could be built on property currently used for the city’s street and sanitation equipment behind city hall at a cost of $1.3 million. To fund tile plan, Pinto proposed using $ 1.6 million in hotel occupancy tax reserves, along with $1 million to $2 million in 4B Rinds and proceeds from a $5.3 million bond. He said general fund reserves of $1.2 million could be also be used, and that the remaining could be worked out by down-scaling the proposed addition to See CITY, Page 3 its belly and rub its face and ears. “It s funny seeing him sitting there, playing like a boy, realizing lie was a big, bad Marine,” Mom said. It might be funny now — now that he’s home. It wasn’t so tunny a few years ago when he signed up for the Marines or, especially, last year when she found out he’d be going to Iraq. “I didn’t want him to go into the Marines," Haecker recalled. “I said, As soon as you go into the service, we ll get in a war.”’ The 9/11 attacks happened while Travis was in infantry school. I Ie returned to New Braunfels and to EMT school in San Antonio — and within months was See MARINE, Page 5 By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Canyon Intermediate School fifth-grade teacher Debbi I becker wears a gold pin with the U.S. Marine Corps cheer, “oohrah” on it. A balloon and a big old, festive “welcome home” sign are taped to the front door of her garage. Thats because her son, Travis, was sitting on the couch in her living room Monday, playing with Wilma, her daschund — and no longer fighting insurgents in Iraq. I Tis unit, B Co., First Regiment, 23rd Marines, an Austin-based reserve unit, returned from Iraq Thursday. A proud mom watched her boy, now 25 and an infantry corporal, Cpl. Travis Haecker and his mom, Debbi, look over photos shot while m{| t^e dog wn jts hack, scratch the Marine was stationed in Iraq. '’"'IStive' (Dak (8JUllRestaurant and Private ivnt jauntyVale fear appetite at Live Oak GriH IM wit hew ti receive Ut ell pour null M~W evening.626-8878 • 1440 N. Walmrt Ave. Monday - Thursday • Ham-9pm Friday • 11am - 10pm Saturday • 8am - 10pm Now Open Sunday • tam - 3pm I ;