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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 13, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Friday, April 13, 2001 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3A Capitol Briefs Perry picks TWU regents AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday appointed three members to the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents. Therese Bartholomew Bevers of Houston, Annie F. Williams of Dallas, and Kenneth L. Ingram of Denton will serve terms ending Feb. I, 2007. The appointments require Senate confirmation. Mission mayor tapped for housing AUSTIN (AP) — Mission Mayor Norberto Salinas was appointed Thursday to the Texas Department of Housing by Gov. Rick Perry. If confirmed by the Obituaries Senate, Salinas’ term will expire Jan. 31, 2007. The housing board sets policy for the Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Transportation board adds member SAN ANTONIO (AP) — He’s not from the border, but Ric Williamson, sworn in as a Texas Transportation commissioner Thursday, promised to make transportation and economic development problems along the Texas-Mexico border a priority. Gov. Rick Perry’s nomination of the former Republican lawmaker from Weatherford disappointed some border lawmakers who had hoped to have a commissioner from their neck of the woods. MORALES Ricardo “Ricky” Morales of Seguin, Texas, passed away Tuesday, April IO, 2001, at the age of 52. He is survived by his wife, Lydia Morales of Seguin, Texas; mother Julia Morales of New Braunfels, Texas; daughters Cynthia Lopez and husband, Hector, of Geronimo, Texas and Debra Lara of Seguin, Texas; sons Jerry Lara of Austin, Texas; Ike Lara and wife, Kimberly, of San Antonio, Texas; sister Esperanza Campos and husband, Eddie, of New Braunfels, Texas; brother Santiago J. Morales and wife, Cookie, of New Braunfels, Texas; grandchildren Nicholas Guerrero, LeAnn Lopez and Tommy Lopez of Geronimo, KENNEDY Hazel E. Kennedy of New Braunfels passed away Friday, A^ril1^, 2001, at McKenna Memorial Hospital in New Braunfels at the age of 90 years. She was born to John Massey and Emma (Tollett) Massey on Feb. 5, 1911, in Jefferson County, Ala. She married Roy Dean Kennedy Sr., who passed away on Sept. I, 1996. Mrs. Kennedy was a homemaker and a member of Oakwood Baptist Church, the TLC program at the Oakwood Baptist Church, and a member of the Eden Home Bell Ringers and Chime program. She is survived by her daughters, Gerry Kennedy and husband, Drew, of New Braunfels; Carol Kennedy of Taos, N.M.; son Roy Kennedy Jr. of Canyon Lake; grandchildren: John Dean DePaolo and wife, Leticia; Anthony W. DePaolo; Suzie Cunningham and husband, Steve; Evelyn Lafferty and husband, Timothy; Amber Kennedy and her mother, Bonnie Cundiff and her husband, Robert; greatgrandchildren Diego, Frieda and Isabella DePaolo; dear friends Nora Sotelo, Ann and John Lea, Martha and Jim Walker. Memorial services are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2001, at Eden Home Nursing Home at 631 Lakeview Blvd. in New Braunfels. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Eden Home Bell Ringers and Chime program. Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels The Hollister: Fri 8PM April 13th Country Sat 9PM April 14th Variety Sisters Morale i I S SUN., APRIL 15th CLOSED-HAPPY EASTER! SAENGERHALLE SAENCiERHAI.LE RD Oft MWV 4New Braunfels gf 830-625-4255    £ <3 L/ fetas' Oldest Dance Iii F riday CHARLIE ROBISON Saturday Night TWO TONS Of STEEL Sunday PWV Bm & lh* SquBazetones *    5:00    -    MrOOpfm. COMING!! HAL KETCHUM - APRIL 2t Lh* Ilieu Mink Even Saturday and Sunday A/[mourn ★ ADVANCE TICKETS ★ HAL KETCHUM ................4/21 THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS .....4/27 LUCINDA WILLIAMS.............4/28 JOHN MAYALL & THE BLUESBREAKERS .5/10 MOTHER’S DAV GOSPEL BRUNCH .    5/13 Order on line at www.grueneKallxom Featuring artists played on 911 Fill Ratio New Braunfels For info call 606-1281 or visit our web site at    ?orc4M Riday the Ssale Cigars for the price of IO" 13 /o Off entire store 620-7473 *See store for details 45RY4C China declares ‘win’ over U.S. By Joe Mcdonald Associated Press Writer BEIJING (AP) — China declared victory Thursday in a showdown over a U.S. spy plane, but President Jiang Zemin insisted the incident over the plane’s collision with a Chinese fighter jet is not “fully settled.” Both Washington and Beijing staked out positions for a meeting next week to discuss the April I collision — during which China will bring up its demand the United States stop surveillance flights off its shores. The talks Wednesday will deal with the investigation into the collision and the return of the U.S. Navy EP-3E, which remained in Chinese hands after its 24-member crew flew back to the United States on Thursday. Foreign Ministry7 spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue said China also might want to discuss compensation for its pilot, who is missing since the collision, and F-8 fighter jet, which spiraled down into the South China Sea. The crippled EP-3E made an emergency landing on China’s Hainan island. “The incident has not been fully settled. We hope that the U.S. side will adopt a serious attitude toward China’s standpoint on the incident and handle it properly,” President Jiang Zemin, who is on a 12-day tour of Latin America. Jiang arrived in Cuba on Thursday, but said nothing further about the standoff. In Beijing, Premier Zhu Rongji told visiting U.N. General Assembly President Harri Holkeri of Finland that “all responsibilities for the incident he with the U.S. side,” Xinhua said. State media declared that a letter sent Tuesday by the Bush administration saying that Washington was “very sorry” for the loss of a Chinese pilot was the apology sought by Beijing during the 11-day standoff . “The United States finally apologizes!” said the state-run Beijing Morning Post. The U.S. letter did not refer to an apology and repeated the American position that the collision was an accident. Gun deaths at a low point Gun-related deaths and injuries declined substantially from 1993 to 1998, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 30,708 gun-related deaths and 64,484 gun-related inju statistics are available. Most firearm-related deaths were suicides. Texas; Falon Beckham-Lara of Seguin, Texas; Bradley Lara and Haley Lara of Golconda, 111.; Scott Stations of Clarksville, Tenn.; Christopher Stalions of Austin, Texas; Sammy Garcia Jr., Stephanie Garcia and Matthew Garcia of San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Morales was preceded in death by his father, Santiago Morales Jr. Visitation w7ill be from ll a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 2001, with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will take place at IO a.m. Monday, April 16, 2001, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment to follow in San Geronimo Cemetery. Palmer Mortuary of Seguin ■ Fatal 80,000 60,000 40.000 20.000 Non-fatal Unintentional ries in 1998, the latest year for which Assault / legal intervention Intentionally self-inflicted ’93    ’94    ’95    ’96    ’97    ’98 ’93    '94    ’95    ’96    '97    ’98 I—I— I—I I__ '93    ’94    ’95    ’96    ’97    '98 SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention AP Gun deaths drop dramatically in 1990s By Erin McClam Associated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Gun deaths in the United States dropped more than 25 percent during the mid-1990s to the lowest level since 1966, the government said Thursday. Analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention credited stricter sentencing in some areas, new laws that make it more difficult for criminals to get guns, the waning crack trade and low unemployment because of the booming economy. The ODC reported 30,708 gun-related deaths — 11.4 per 100,000 people — in 1998, the latest year for which statistics are available. The rate is down 26 percent from 1993, when there were 15.4 deaths per 100,000 people. Gun-related injuries fell by nearly half during the same five-year period, dropping to 64,484 in 1998, or 23.9 per 100,000 people. Guns remain the second leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States, trailing only auto accidents. The drop during the 1990s coincides with a fall in homicides to levels not seen in three decades. The new figures, however, show that gun injuries declined across all three categories of intent — assault, accidental and intentional self-infliction. The National Rifle Associ ation said the lower death rates are evidence that gun-safety programs are reaching Americans and that gun laws are working. “This is obviously good news,” said Patricia Gregory, an NRA spokeswoman. “There are tens of thousands of firearms laws on the books. Strict enforcement of existing law could reduce these numbers even further.” Gun-control advocates called for tighter restrictions on firearm sales and more money for law enforcement. “When we have 30,000 deaths a year, that’s too many,” said Soledad Roybal, a spokeswoman for the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence. Nkw Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (USPS 377-880) 707 banda St., or PO. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas 78131-1328. Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier dehvered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $22.00; six months, $40; one year, $72. Senior Citizen Discounts by earner deliv- “There need to be real, comprehensive laws, not just laws that are there as a show.” Of particular concern, the ODC said, is the striking rate of gun suicides among elderly men — an average of 27.7 per 100,000 people during the five-year period. The rate was just 1.8 per 100,000 for women over age 65. The problem is likely to get worse as the population ages, analysts said. “It was just something that kind of popped out,” said J. 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