New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 6, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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SUNDAY April 6, 2003
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Vol. 152, No. 123Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Herald-Zeitung wins FOI award inside
From Staff, Wire Reports
SOUTH PADRE IS1JVNI) — The New Braunfels Hor-atd-Zeitung won one of four major award* given out Saturday by the Associated Ptuhh M anaging Editors at the group's annual meeting.
Reporters Ron Maloney, Amy Clarkson and then-interim Managing Editor Brum Grant won the Freedom of information Act award for coverage of problems at the New Braunfels Police Department.
The Herald-Zeitung staff won ntvond place in the 'lbsin Effort category and an honorable mention award for breaking news coverage of
the July 2002 flood and its aftermath.
Maloney also won an honorable mention award for deadline news writing.
Each year, the APME recognizes journalistic achievement in a number of categories.
The four main categories are Community Service, Investigative Reporting, Freedom of Information and rIVam Effort.
A sweepstakes award for the best newspaper in each circulation category will be announced today.
Because of growth in the circulation of the Herald-Zei-tung in 2002, the APME bumped the newspaper up
one circulation category, which meant that this your the Herald-Zeitung was one of the smallest newspapers in its class, which included publications with up to 30,000 paid circulation.
Editor and Publisher Thug Toney accepted the awards on behalf of the Herald-Zei-tung staff.
In the circulation category for newspapers up to 10,000 circulation, the Herald-Zei-tungfs sister newspaper, the Seguin Gazette Enterprise, also won the Freedom of Information Act award for Bill O'Connell, who was also rec ognized with a first place award for short feature writing.
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US plunges dagger into the heart of Baghdad
By CALVIN WOODWARD
Associated Press Writer
U.S. troops dashed inside Baghdad on Saturday, blasting targets nestled in palm trees, to show t hey can move at will against Iraq’s beleaguered defenders. Alii* *s adapted their air campaign to prepare for a climactic ground assault on the capital
Saddam Husseins black-clad militia his desperadoes suddenly surfaced in downtown Baghdad and Iraqi troops deployed at strategic c ity point s at nightfall, in preparation for a showdown.
But tens of thousands of citizens fled, no longer believing the assurances of
UmdLiUktiU4/,i< the American ground campaign was raring beaten back.
U.S. officials declared a near choke-hold on the capital even while warning that many other parts of Iraq are not yet under alli«*d control.
“They're pretty much cut off in all di-rections,’’ Air Force (’apt. Dam Burrows, speaking for Central Command,
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■ Families mourn (allen soldiers of 507th Maintenance Company Page 11A
■ Tributes lo locals serving m the Middle East, Page 12A
■ You can tie a yellow nbbon for tree Page 12A
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Sophienburg board begins search for new executive director
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Sohienhurg Museum Board President M ichael Spain said Saturday that thu museum’s executive director, Michelle Oat man, was released from her position Friday.
Ga trim a, who started as a volunteer in 19115, had ecru pied the position since 1996 “It was not an easy decision, hut it was a unanimous decision made by the board of directors without a dissenting vote,” Spain said of Caiman’* release. “The Ixwird has divided shes not thi* person to carry us forward.’
Spain said the board would initiate a search soon for < ktt-man’s replacement.
He .said the board would be looking for a director “who can develop a broad range of archival projects that we re trying to put together*
“We think at this point the organization needs to reach out in a different direction for a director who can do more tor us,” Spam said. “She wasn’t able to give us the leadership in terms of developing the‘archives and museums we just weren't getting where we want«si to go " In the meantime, during the search, the museum is going to be operated by a
group of unpaid volunteers who will share the responsibilities for a number of different tasks — archives planning, museum operations, volunteer development, membership services, community outreach. Sophie’s Shop and planning for the new facility.
“Shes given a lot,” Spain said of < (atman “We really appreciate it, We certainly wish her the bi st.”
Oat man said she was released Friday afternoon. She said Spam told her he was looking for someone with more educational contacts.
“They’re evidently wanting someone else for the position,” Caiman said. "I just wish they would have discussed it with me instead of just firing me ” batman said Spain met with her to tell her of her release. She was presented a disclaimer agreement saying she couldn’t talk about her release to friends, volunteers or Sophienburg members.
That disclaimer, Qatman said, is tied to a severance package of around $2,IKK), roughly one month's salary, less taxes. She said she lh not signing the disclaimer or accepting the severance pay. And shes contacting an attorney.
Above, five-year-old Brittanyann Stewart couldn’t help but shed a momentary tear as she watched her new balloon float away Saturday morning during the Kindermasken Parade. Fortunately for the five-year-old, big sister Alyssa, 6, has a kind heart. Alyssa happily went and got her sister a new balloon (right). For most of those attending the parade, there was nothing but smiles and good times. The Kindertanzers (below) round the comer at the Plaza before dancing their way down Seguin Street. For story, photo on Folkfest, see Page 4A.
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■ Details released on rescue of Jess ice Lynch Page 12A