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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung □ Thursday, August 21,1997 g 3AGood people still populate the world, and miracles still happen Dear Abby: My older son went golfing in Ann Arbor, Mich., in the fall of 1974, and while he was on the golf course he managed to lose his University of Michigan college ring. Last fall (1996) he received a telephone call and a letter. It seems a maintenance man found his ring. It had been in the ground for * 22 years and had only a slight dent in the band. * Can you imagine how many people has walked over that ground, and how many times a lawn mower had gone over that ring? Abby, as a longtime reader of your column, I just wanted you to know that there are a lot of nice people in this world — and miracles do happen. Arlene Horvath, Lincoln Park, Mich. Dear Arlene: If there's anything I have learned from my readers over the years, it's that basic goodness dwells in most of them. And ifs very uplifting to receive a letter that affirms this. Dear Abby: After reading the letter from “Keeping My Pants On in Florida,” I believe further information regarding genital warts should be presented to the public. Genital warts are caused by human papilloma virus (HPV) and may have an incubation period of many years. Conservative estimates state that at least 50 percent of sexually active persons have been exposed to the vims. Therefore, if someone or his/her sex partner has had two or more sexual partners, it is not unlikely that they have been exposed. Certain types of HPV have been implicated as the cause of both cervical and penile cancer, which is why annual Pap smears and male genital exams are so important. Since the vims is so prevalent and the incubation period can be so long, it seems more likely that this young man's condition came from his previous unprotected sexually active lifestyle. When this condition is diagnosed in my patients, I strongly encourage them not to place the blame on their current sexual partner, as they may have been exposed many years earlier. I felt sorry for the young lady the man blamed in his letter. She seemed to be a woman of high moral values, and now she’s being blamed for something that may not have been her fault. She should contact her doctor immediately and schedule a Pap smear if she has not already done so. Daniel E. Konold, D.O. Canal Winchester Fsqnily Health, Canal Winchester, Ohio Dear Dr. Konold: I was not aware that genital warts can have such a long incubation period. I'm sure it will also be news to many of my readers. Thank you for pointing this out. Dear Abby: Your column in the St. Petersburg Times listed people who managed to succeed against the odds. I don’t know about the rest of them, but your thumbnail sketch of the great Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini was quite inaccurate. Toscanini was not a “second fiddle in an obscure South American orchestra.” He was a gifted and superbly trained cellist in an orchestra formed by an Italian impresario for a South American tour. Toscanini graduated at the top of his class as the Parma Conservatory and as a student nicknamed “Genio” (genius). In addition to being the principal cellist of the touring orchestra, Toscanini was the opera company’s vocal coach and was greatly admired by the singers and instrumentalists. Thus he was exceedingly well prepared and equipped for his impromptu conducting debut at the age 19 and for the unique career that followed. Anthony Skey, * St. Petersburg, Fla. Dear Mr. Skey: Thank you for pointing out the inaccuracy concerning Toscanini. Mea culpa!A.G. unveils new state child support computer system By RENAE MERLE Associated Press Writer AUSTIN (AP) — After years of wait. Attorney General Dan Morales has unveiled a new computer system for processing child support payments. It is four years overdue, but still one of the first in the country to be up and running, he said. “The current system is scarcely more than an overstuffed electronic filing cabinet,’’ Morales said. “The new system is like an interactive video ... (it) will revolutionize the way we do business.’’ Morales has been criticized for the delay in implementing the system, which ran millions of dollars over budget. The system originally was predicted to cost $11.4 million. As federal standards and state regulations changed, estimates grew to $75.1 million. According to    Morales, implementing the system has cost more than $68 million so far. He dismissed the briticism Wednesday, pointing out that Texas will be the first of the nation’s large states to get the improved child-support computer system implemented. The system originally was expected to be operating by February 1993. Revised federal requirements extended the deadline to October this year. “The assertion that there has been an unnecessary delay just doesn’t hold water,’’ Morales said. He added that legislators who criticized the delay were mistaken and ill-advised. Morales said his office would begin converting to the new computer system Aug. 28, but that the department would need another six months of training before the system is fully operational. He said the system will automate case work, which will save time and increase efficiency. For example, under the old system it took about 37 minutes to open a case. It will take only nine minutes with the new computer system, Morales said. Sen. Chris Harris, R-Arlington, led an effort during the legislative session to transfer child support duties to a new state agency and has been a harsh critic of Morales. “It has been a long time in coming,’ said Mark Salvato, Harris’ legislative aide. “There have been a lot of deadlines that have not been met.’’ He added that it would be great news if the system worked, but added that some of the computer programs may be obsolete by now . Salvato said Harris’ office has also been fielding complaints about a delay in check distribution as the system is transferred. Morales has warned support recipients that converting to the new system will delay some checks next month. “Once they flip the switch we’ll see what happens,’’ Salvato said.INS chief says Pentagon will decide future of border patrols MARFA, Texas (AP) — The Pentagon will decide the future of armed military anti-drug patrols along the Rio Grande, said immigration chief Doris Meissncr Wednesday. Meissner toured the rugged terrain near Marfa, Texas this week that is the front line of the dispute over using combat troops on the border. Under heavy security, the head of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service became the highest-ranking    Clinton administration official to visit the area, ending a two-day trip of U.S. Border Patrol stations on the U.S.-Mexico border. Last week, a Presidio County grand jury decided Marine Cpl. Clemente Banuelos, who was leading a four-man, anti-drug patrol, did not break the law when he shot and killed 18-year-old Esequiel Hernandez Jr. Military officials said Hernandez fired twice at the Marines with a .22- caliber rifle and was about to shoot again at Lance Cpl. James M Blood when Banuelos killed him with a single shot from an M-16. Texas Rangers and local prosecutors who investigated the shooting said they had evidence that conflicted with the Marines’ reports. “The whole matter ... is under review ,” Meissner said of the Pentagon's decision to pull all troops off anti-drug patrols until it can evaluate whether changes need to be made. The program enables soldiers to work in conjunction with the ! Border Patrol, the enforcement ann of the INS. “We will not have an opinion as to whether the operations should continue until after that review,’’ she.^ said Prison escapee caught at Horseshoe Lake Escapee serving, llmtrffir four Comal County convictions ROSHARON, Texas (AP) — An inmate who scaled a fence to escape from prison and hid out at a nearby lake for two days was captured Wednesday, a prison official said. James Hand. 37, was caught just before 5    Lake. 'Ramsey T‘tTitTT‘TfTROSHUTOUT Said Larry Fitzgerald, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Hand was serving 20 years on four convictions out of Comal County — unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, theft, burglary and theft of livestock. He also was serving a 40-year term out of Kerr County for possession of a firearm, and a 25-year term out of Kerr County for possession of a deadly weapon, in a penal institution. hiifi, Hand tried to swim away in the lake, which is on prison property, Fitzgerald said Hand, who was wearing a prison uniform he apparently had blackened with shoe polish, had escaped from the Brazoria County prison Monday night by climbing a fence as guards rn two towers fired at him with automatic rifles. Fitzgerald said he was not injured Fave dog .teams and a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter were used to search for Hand Last year. Hand was arrested in connection with the butchering of a 1,500-pound buffalo found headless and skinned at the Kerrville Camera Satan, a wildlife park. At the time. Hand was on parole for slaughtering a pnze breeding bull and some cattle. -2) ae*    'Lfou/i Child cM-cute. Children are needed to participate in a clinical research study to evaluate an asthma medication. Participants must be • 4 -11 years of age • Suffering from mild to moderate asthma and using asthma medication Able to complete 4 outpatient visits at our facility Receive free study-related medical care and compensation for your time. Central Texas Health Research (210) 609-0900 Two local businesses burglarized By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels Police are investigating two burglaries that occurred during the same time frame - Tuesday night to Wednesday morning - by the san e method of operation. Unknown suspects entered Rockin’ ‘R’ T’s on the 1400 bleck of Grucne Road, after deactivating the alarm system, police said. The suspects removed a glass panel ?o gain entry and stole $2,800 of property, including cash, a camera, a VCR, a photo scanner and three knives. During the same time, someone deactivated the security system of specialty shop, The Call of the Wild, 1663 New Braunfels Street. The reported stolen property is valued at $550 and includes a Bowie knife and case and a pocket knife. Police said they had no suspects or witnesses to the two incidents but were concerned about the way the suspects gained access to the two stores. “Some evidence was obtained at the scene that police are investigating,” said Sgt. John McEachem, adding that he could not comment on whether employees of the stores were suspected in these two crimes. • Police investigated a report of two men who posed as Jehovah’s Witness representatives to gain access to a New Braunfels man’s residence Tuesday morning. The men went inside and began to remove a reported $8,000 in cash, three cameras, a cash box and a guitar for a total of $11,275 in cash and stolen property , police said. Police said the victim, who lives at ’■* the River Park Apartments on the 200 block of Seville, has a medical condition and was unable to call police. 'Any parson asking sntranca into your homo, you should bo cautious in all instances. Report anything that looks suspicious to the police.’ — New Braunfels Police Sgt John McEachern McEachem said police were investigating the incident, but people should exercise extreme caution when solicitors approach residences. “Any person asking entry into your home, you should be cautious in all instances,” he said. “Report anything that looks suspicious to police." The incident occurred one week after officials from the New Braunfels Utilities cautioned residents to beware of people posing as NBU employees as a way to commit comes. NBU cited criminal activity in San Antonio in which several people gained access to homes to commit robberies. NBU said its employees came to homes only at the request of customers, and people should confirm the visit with NBU’s central office. • New Braunfels Police investigated a report of burglary late Tuesday or early Wednesday in the 1700 block of North Business 35 at the Ortiz Bar #2. Unknown suspects broke the lock to a door to gain entry and took $300 of change from the juke box and $ 150 worth of Bud Light. Police said they had no suspects or witnesses. Lots Available $140 MO. For the latest listings in... Real Estate see the Herald-Zeitung Classifieds on Friday and Sunday Let the power of your pen put your ideas to work in PEC’s Rural Electric Youth Tour essay contest, and you could win an allexpense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., next summer! lf you are age 14-18 and your parents or legal guardians are PEC members, pick up an entry form at any PEC office. Or, call your local office, and we’ll send one to you! 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