New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Pope greets cardinals as tone of papacy rings clearer
VATICAN CITY (AP)—Pope Benedict XVI personally greeted the most powerful prelates in the church Friday in a ceremony that illuminated two central elements of the new papacy: his vast Vatican experience and his efforts to cement bonds with his beloved predecessor.
One by one, more than 150 cardinals kissed the pontiff’s hand and chatted briefly with him under the sweeping frescoes in the Clementine Hall, where mourners first saw John Paul ITs body after his death April 2. The encounters with the new pope were easy and familiar.
The pontiff had served in a highly influential Vatican post since 1981 and is well known by nearly all the cardinals and members of tile Vatican bureaucracy—a sharp contrast to John Paul’s arrival in 1978 as a Vatican outsider with few established confidants. Benedict has moved quickly to reappoint the entire top leadership of the Holy See, which he helped shape as one of John Paul’s key advisers.
The pope also has repeatedly cited John Paul's legacy and his desire to continue in its spirit.
Benedict told the cardinals the late pope's "great trial and suffering” against Parkinson's disease and other ailments were an inspiration for all Roman Catholics. On Thursday, he reinforced another link important to John Paul: close contact with Rome’s Jewish leaders.
“I undertake this new mission with more serenity because I am able to count on your generous collaboration in addition to the indispensable help of God,” he told the cardinals. He was elected Tuesday by 114 of his fellow cardinals under age 80.
The cardinals came one by one and knelt before the pope, who was wearing all-white robes and seated on a gilded chair. He exchanged a few words with each, but spent longer with Cardinal Karl Lehmann, president of the German Bishops’ Conference.
From staff, wire reports
LOCALNEW BRAUNFELSLAKE PLACID DAM GATES SUCCESSFULLY RAISED -
Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority hydroelectric crews successfully raised the lake Placid (TP-4) dam gates Wednesday and repair work has begun.
The gates were damaged during the November 2004 flooding.
Lake Placid has begun impounding water and will remain approximately 12 to 18 inches below normal elevation during final repairs to the gates.
lake Placid is still closed to the public until Monday to allow time for GBRA and the Placid homeowners’ association to replace buoys and mark other obstructions. Until then, a pennit must be obtained from the OBRA general office in Seguin to access lake Placid for removal of boats and to make essential repairs.
“lake Placid dam has two spillway gates, each with an upstream and downstream section,” said Allen Ognoskie, GBRA division manager. “Gate I is located on the north side of the spillway and Gate 2 is on the south side. When we raised the gates on Wednesday, we noticed that Gate 2 was much slower to respond. It appears there may be some damage underneath the gate that could not be detected during the recent inspections and repairs.”
Ognoskie said it appears that the upstream section of Gate 2 may have spread during the raising process and additional work will be needed.
Depending on the results of the inspection, GBRA will determine if Gate 2 can be repaired in the raised position, or if the gates will need to be lowered again to complete the work, lf necessary, this
work could take several weeks and may require the lowering of Lake Placid.
GBRA officials will advise the public of the status of the repair process and schedule as they become known.
TEXASAUSTINPROPOSAL WOULD INCREASE EXERCISE FOR HIGH SCHOOL, JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS - All
high school and junior high students in Texas would be required to engage in at least BO minutes of physical activity a day, or 135 minutes per week, under legislation passed by the Texas Senate.
The bill, approved Thursday, is aimed at combatting rising obesity problems. It expands physical education requirements for the older students, implementing the same rules put in place for elementary students in 2001.
“Its a terrible problem. Many of our kids are not in good shape physically,’’ said Sen. Jane Nelson, R-louisville, sponsor of the measure.
Nelson cited studies indicating that more than a third of Texas schoolchildren are overweight or obese, and I million have developed cardiovascular problems related to obesity.
The bill also would direct the Texas Education Agency to evaluate school district compliance with regulations on nutritional lunches and foods of minimal nutritional value.
The proposal now moves on to the Texas House.
MOUSSAOUI PLEADS TO CONSPIRING WITH SEPT. 11 HIJACKERS — Zacarias Moussaoui pleaded guilty Friday
to conspiring with the hijackers in the Sept. 11 plot and declared Osama bin Laden personally instructed him to fly an airliner into the White House.
Over the objection of his lawyers, Moussaoui calmly admitted his guilt in a courtroom a few miles from where one of the hijacked planes crashed into the Pentagon in 2001, setting up a showdown with prosecutors who quickly reaffirmed they will seek Moussaoui’s execution.
“I will fight every inch against the death penalty," Moussaoui told U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema as he became the only person convicted in a U.S. court in connection with the Sept. 11 plot that killed nearly 3,000 people.
The unshackled Moussaoui, wearing a beard and green prison jumpsuit, told the judge he had not been promised a lighter sentence for his guilty pleas. Then he added, “I don’t expect any leniency from the Americans.”
Moussaoui, a 36-year-old French citizen, pleaded guilty to six felonies, four of which carry the death penalty.
WORLDMADRID, SpainSPAIN PUTS 24 AL-QAIDA SUSPECTS ON TRIAL -
IWenty-four suspected al-Qaida members went on trial Friday, including the group’s alleged ringleader in Spain and two associates accused of aiding one of tile Sept.
11 suicide pilots who flew a jetliner into the World Trade Center.
Hie proceedings were Europe’s biggest trial of alleged al-Qaida militants and made Spain only the second country after Germany to try suspects in the attacks that killed nearly 3,(XX) people on Sept. 11,
2001. The only man charged in the United States, Zacarias Moussaoui,
said he would plead guilty Friday to chaiges tied to the attacks.
In a sometimes feisty appearance, the lone native-born Spaniard among the 24 Muslim defendants said he neither supported nor rejected al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden but insisted that he himself rejected all fonns of terrorism.
“Muslims are not terrorists,” said Luis Jose Galan, 39. “All we want is to live in peace.”
The lead defendant is Syrian-bom Imad Yarkas, a 42-year-old father of six who allegedly directed a terrorist cell that provided logistical cover for Sept. 11 plotters, including Mohamed Atta, who is believed to have piloted one of the two planes that destroyed the twin towers in New York. Yarkas is expected to testify next week.CORRECTION
In the story on Comal Independent School District trustees’ decision to proceed with negotiations on an undisclosed piece of property, the Herald-Zeitung reported several newer CISD campuses were built on donated land. CISD actually has purchased at least a portion of the land used for every campus since the 1970s. Several campuses, including recently capped Specht Elementary, are a combination of purchased and donated land.
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Matters of Public Record
Law enforcement officers in Comal County and New Braunfels arrested the following April 21-22:
Juanita Aguilar, 39, Bulverde, assault/contact.
Shawn Henry Ayers, 26, New Braunfels, assauly causing bodily injury family violence.
Stacy L. Bishop, 31, Louisville, Ky., assault causing bodily injury family violence.
Perfecto Cantu Jr., 37, New Braunfels, driving while intoxicated third or more offense. Heather Desiree Cords, Converse, speeding, expired license plates, failure to appear/speeding, failure to appear/expired registration. Jonathon John Dominguez, 18, New Braunfels, deserter/United States Marine Corp.
Alejandro Duran, 26, Schertz, theft by check between $20 and $500.
Sarah Noel Frodge, 17, Canyon Lake, theft under $50.
Ashley Marie Grainge, 20, Canyon Lake,
committment/motion to revoke probation/possession of a controlled substance less than 28 grams penalty group three, committment/driving while
intoxicated (2 charges).
Rene Gutierrez, 29, New Braunfels, motion to revoke probation/possession of marijuana less than two ounces, motion to revoke probation/driving while intoxicated.
Karen Louise Hale, 42, Galveston, theft between $20 and $500, public intoxication, theft by check between $20 and $500, issuance of a bad check. Daniel Hernandez, 46, San Antonio, possession or use of inhalent/ingesting volatile chemical.
Stephen Killgore, 28, New Braunfels, theft of stolen property between $50 and $500. Amanda Micole Mayo, 21, Bulverde, motion to adjudicate/credit card abuse.
Angela Dee Mays, 41, Canyon Lake, delivery of marijuana between 1/4 ounce and five pounds.
John Derek O'Dell, 19, Canyon Lake, abandonment endangering a child with intent to return, no insurance.
Noe Aaron Palos, 21, Bulverde, motion to revoke probation/possession of marijuana less than two ounces. Jasmine Natasha Rice, 32, San Antonio, driving while intoxicated.
Jesse Ray Roach, 46, San Antonio, failure to appear/theft by check between $20 and $500.
27, Huntsville, bench warrant/sex offender failure to comply (2 charges).
Richard Peter Schumann, 33, New Braunfels, parole violation. Brandon Michael Shasteen, 20, Selma, failure to maintain financial responsiblity.
Michael DavidTimmins, 32, Canyon Lake, murder, engang-ing in organized activity.
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