New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 2, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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By Ron Maloney
FORT SAM HOUSTON — A 44-year-old Austin woman died Friday morning after a fiery crash on Interstate 35 in New Braunfels.
New Braunfels Police Lt. John Wommack said Laura Skalla died at Brooke Army Medical Center at 9:42 a.m. Friday.
Wommack said Skalla was southbound on Interstate 35 at 7:40 a.m. opposite The Home Depot when her vehicle, a 1995 BMW’ jumped the median into northbound traffic, striking head-on a 1999 Oldsmobile, and then collided with a 1997 Ford.
The BMW burst into flames after the impact with the Oldsmobile, Wommack was told by a witness. It was already in flames when it struck the Ford, Wommack said.
Wommack said excessive speed did not appear to be a factor in the accident, although he was not certain exactly what caused the vehicle to enter the opposite lanes.
‘Why should we intervene?’
By The Associated Press
—Before the U.S. Supreme Court, lawyers for George W. Bush argued that Florida counties had only until Nov. 14 to'recount and certify results.
—A state judge in Tallahassee scheduled a Friday afternoon hearing on Gore’s request for an immediate recount of a million south Florida ballots.
—Six people filed a lawsuit in Tallahassee asking that 1,500 overseas ballots from 10 Republican-leaning counties be tossed out
because they arrived after 7 p.fn. Election Day.
—In Tallahassee, Democratic voters filed a lawsuit challenging 9,773 Martin County absentee ballots, saying GOP officials added voter ID numbers to applications that had been left blank.
Supreme Court on Tape
Log on to www.herald-zeitung.com and click on “Supreme Court Hears Arguments” to access audio from Friday’s proceedings.Justices:
High court questions Bush, Gore lawyers
By Laurie Asseo
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for George W. Bush and Al Gore pleaded their cases in the high-columned solemnity of the Supreme Court on Friday before justices openly questioning whether they should intervene in the nation’s contested presidential election.
“We’re looking for a federal issue here,” said Justice Anthoriy Kennedy, less than IO minutes after Bush’s attorney, Theodore Olson, began speaking in the historic legal clash.
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“This is a federal court,” Justice Antonin Scalia said at another point in an exchange with Joseph Klock, the lawyer representing Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris.
But several justices also questioned whether the Florida Supreme Court had changed the rules after the election by extending the time to submit manually
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Vol. 150, No, 18 16 pages in 2 sections December 2, 2000 Saturday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 centsWorld AIDS Day
Local group marks worldwide recognition of AIDS epidemic
From left, Wassailfest judging committee members Donna and Ernie Lee and Gloria Herfurth display a ballot box for the people’s choice award.
Picking best wassail won’t need recount, organizers say
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
Chad is not invited to Wassailfest 2000.
“Chad” — the term given to the pieces of paper Florida voters had to punch out on their ballots to pick a presidential candidate — has wreaked havoc on the presidential election.
But Ernie Lee, co-chairman of the Wassailfest judging committee, doesn’t expect to have the same problems as Florida in picking the best Wassail next week.
"Chad won’t be a judge..he said.
Lee and his wife, Donna, are co-chairs of the Wassailfest judging committee.
They are working with fellow committee member Gloria Herfurth to guarantee that no lawsuits, television debates or Supreme Court hearings follow the announcement of the Wassail contest winner.
Wassailfest is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in downtown New Braunfels. Wassail is a traditional juice and spice drink whose name means “to your health.”
During Wassailfest, more than 50 downtown businesses prepare their own wassail recipes and open their doors to the public to sample the drinks in a contest to pick the best wassail.
The festival includes entertainment by various local organizations and groups and a drawing for door prizes.
The best wassail contest is going to be slightly different this year.
Each year, the public votes on its favorite Wassail. In the past the votes were counted the night of Wassailfest so the winner could be announced that night.
“It was a nightmare,” Emie Lee said.
The public still will vote still vote this year, but the winners of that competition will not be announced until several days later.
Instead, the judging committee has invited a three-member celebrity panel to pick and announce three winners the night of Wassailfest.
A young man bows his head (above) in prayer Friday night at the plaza in downtown New Braunfels for a candlelight vigil acknowledging AIDS Awareness Day. A hand shields a candle (below) during the ceremony.
By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer
For most of his life, Marcus Monroe figuratively lived in a closet, hiding important parts of his life from everyone.
After he was diagnosed with HIV, the closet tightened around him until one day he decided he was sick of it. He returned home to New Braunfels and promised to live the rest of his life outside that closet.
That decision helped change his life, and spurred him to spearhead the first World AIDS Day candlelight vigil in New Braunfels on Friday.
“Its about time,” Monroe said. “There are people with HIV all hidden and hiding. We’re trying to reassure them it’s OK to come out and get healed.”
More than 50 people gathered to mark the day recognized throughout the world since 1988.
Mayor Stoney Williams and County Judge Danny Scheel kicked off the evening by reading the proclamation recognizing World AIDS Day in New Braunfels — duet-style.
Then, the Rev. Daryl Higgins from the First Protestant Church led the group in prayer, and candles were lit. The wind kicked up northerly
gusts throughout the event, which made it hard to keep a candle lit.
But guests fought the battle to protect the delicate flames during the entire hour-long event — stopping only when their candles burned down to a wax nub.
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Red Cross manager no stranger to disaster
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
Jane Mitchell has seen many different sides to human suffering and need.
Mitchell, the new manager for the New Braunfels branch office of the San Antonio Area American Red Cross, recently moved back to this area from Greater Miami in the Florida Keys.
In Miami, Mitchell was the disaster services coordinator for training and volunteers. She prepared volunteers to respond to a variety of situations, from flooding caused by hurricanes and rain to the Elian Gonzales situation.
“Disasters, as horrible as they are, tend to bring out the better side of human nature when people have to cooperate and everyone finds themselves in a similar predicament,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell and her husband, who is a physician in the Army, previously lived in San Antonio from 1984 to 1994. They hope eventually to build a home in Comal County.
“I’m really happy to come back here,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell has been involved in Red Cross for 15 years.
“I started out, as most everybody does, as a volunteer,” she said.
She began as a volunteer in a military hospital, and she worked in public affairs and served as a station, or military base, chairwoman.
That provided her training as an armed forces emergency services caseworker, and she also is trained in disaster services.
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