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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas The Associated Press ■ Shooter snuck small revolver past NASA security HOUSTON (AP) — A NASA contract worker took a handgun inside an office building Friday at the Johnson Space Center and fatally shot a hostage before killing himself, police said. A second hostage escaped with minor injuries. The gunman was able to take a snub-nosed revolver past NASA security and barricade himself in the building, which houses communications and tracking systems for the space shuttle. NASA spokesman Doug Peterson said the agency would review its security. “Any organization would take a good, hard look at the kind of review process we have with people," Peterson said. To enter the space center, workers flash an ID badge as they drive past a security guard. The badge allows workers access to designated buildings. The slain hostage, a man who was shot in the chest, was probably killed “in the early minutes of the whole ordeal,” police Capt. Dwayne Ready said. A second hostage, a woman, escaped after being bound to a chair with duct tape, Ready said. The gunman, an employee of Jacobs Engineering of Pasadena, Calif., shot himself once in the head more than three hours after the standoff began, police said. Initial reports indicated two shots were fired at about 1:40 p.m. and another shot was heard about 5 p.m. None of the people involved was immediately identified. John Prosser, executive vice president of Jacobs Engineering, confirmed that the gunman was a company employee but declined to release any information about him. During the confrontation, NASA employees in the building were evacuated and others were ordered to See NASA, Page 12A Chop swap Panel modifies bill that calls for Bible classes in schools AUSTIN (AP)— A bill that would have required Texas public schools to offer classes teaching the Bible as a textbook was amended by a House panel that agreed offering the classes should be optional. The House Public Education Committee passed the modified bill on Thursday, drawing praise from critics who feared mandatory Bible courses would be more religious than academic. “I think the committee got the message that families and churches don't want the government to tell our children what to believe about the Bible,” said Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Free dom Network. The original bill by state Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pam-pa, would have required schools to offer Bible courses as an elective. Chisum’s bill called for history and literature courses on the Old and New Testaments. “We’re not going to preach the Bible, we're going to teach the Bible and how it affects all of our writings, documents and the formation of our government,” Chisum said earlier this month. “We’re taking it as a document that has historical value. It’s the most widely distributed book in the See BIBLE, Page TIA ■ Car enthusiasts make their way to fairgrounds for meet By Mark Koopmans The Herald-Zeitung Thousands of casual fans and serious car enthusiasts are expected to rub shoulders during the swap meet at the Comal County Fairgrounds this weekend. Sponsored by the New Braunfels Area Car Club, which is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of antique, classic and spe-cial-interest automobiles and trucks that are 20 years or older, the swap meet began in 1992 when the club was in need of a fundraiser, said cofounder Fred Willard. “We enlisted tile help of the New Braunfels Rotary Club for the first few years — they had the funds, we had the manpower — and we’ve seen a nice increase in attendance every year since then,” Willard said Friday, as a steady stream of vendors walked by him toward a registration tent. That first year, about 350 spaces were reserved, and IOO cars entered the Sunday car and truck show, he said. “As of this morning, we had 1,035 spaces reserved. Many are going to be filled with hard-to-find car parts and related items,” he said. “For die car show on Sunday, we're looking at about 150 cars in total, with each car being at least 20 years old. Best part is, except for the $4 parking fee, New Braunfels Area Car Club member Jan Stull takes a picture of a one of hundreds of cars on display for the club's newsletter at the swap meet and car show at the Comal County Fairgrounds on Friday afternoon. it’s free for the public to with its recreational vehicle attend.” Willard said the fairgrounds,    See    METAL,    Page    11A Police chief fired after refusing to resign post By Mark Koopmans The Herald-Zeitung The snowball effects of a one-vehicle crash this past month have ended with Marion city leaders relieving their chief of police of his duties. A week after the crash on March 18, the Guadalupe County attorney’s office filed a charge of driving while intoxicated against 51-year-old Anthony Plaid, who received serious injuries after crashing his truck into a guard rail, according to public records. “(Plaid) was driving on Farm-to-Market 725 in unin corporated Guadalupe County when the incident occurred,” Bob Etlinger, assistant county attorney for Guadalupe County said recently. Marion Mayor Glenn I lild said Friday that council members discussed the issue at several recent meetings and initially placed Plaid on unpaid administrative leave. I Hid said he spoke with Plaid several times this past week to see if he was going to voluntarily resign, but no resignation was forthcoming. “I spoke with Tony on See CHIEF, Page 12A Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Miguel Anaya applies some tire dressing to a 1923T Bucket Ford named "Mellow Yellow" while fellow Eagle Pass Car Club member Ricky Diaz looks on at the New Braunfels Area Car Clubs swap meet and car show on Friday afternoon. Earth awareness the focus of Sunday festival By Suzanne Ashe The Herald-Zeitung Planet Earth is getting a lot of attention these days and a local environmental group is pitching in to help teach residents about how to care for it. New Braunfels residents have the opportunity to visit the Comal County Fairgrounds from I to 5 p.m. Sunday and learn about everything from cut ting their energy bills to solar cooking in a cardboard box. Roots and Shoots of New Braunfels, organizers of the event, said 60 demonstrators are expected to attend. "People should come out because we live in a fabulous community and this is a way for residents to get ideas on how to live simpler,” said Paula Pebsworth, one of the organizers of the Earth Day Festival. “At the same time, they'll have a whole lot of fun.” The little ones can enjoy making kaleidoscopes with local Cub Scout Pack 133 play games and there will be hands-on demonstrations just for them, Pebsworth said. Lee Haile, singing cowboy and storyteller, is among the musicians See EARTH Page 12A Matthew Wofford, Ryan Jenkins, Thomas Erickson and Cody Mims organize recycled items to be used to make kaleidoscopes at Sunday's Earth Day Festival. Photo submitted The Sonier Group ERA - D. Lee Edwards Realty $ “Unmatched Attention For Your Real Estate Needs” www newbrauntetepfapexes corn PROUDLY SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS & SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES Susan Sonier Qr Jerry Sonier 830.832.8815    210.885.6188 Email: [email protected] SATURDAY, APRIL 21,2007 ZeitungGunman kills hostage, self at space center SPORTS BASEBALL Canyon's home runs help down New Braunfels once again 10-4. Page 8A NEWS 'BULLRUN' After seven episodes, a local firefighter competing in a road race for a reality TV show is still in the game. Page 2A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 138 20 pages, 2 sections 500 Partly cloudy High Low I 80 64 1 i Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 9A TV GRIDS 3B For car enthusiasts without a large amount of money to spend, several vendors sell die-cast cars and trucks at the New Braunfels Area Car Club's swap meet and car show at the Comal County Fairgrounds. ;