New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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J*^SHWGTON ^^l^ppers scoffed Wednesday at claims by Union Pacific executives that conditions at the nation’s largest railroad have improved dramatically after months of congestion and service disruptions.
Hours after Dick Davidson, chairman of Dallas>based Union Pacific Corp., assured the federal Surface Transportation Board that the railroad’s Oct I service recovery plan had addressed the most serious problems, customers painted a starkly different picture.
Last month, the board declared a ’’transportation emergency” in the West and imposed a 30-day service order designed to midge die railroad back to normal operations. That order, requiring Union Pacific to cooperate with its competitors in Texas, expires at midnight Thursday.
The board must consider whether to extend it or impose new remedies.
Testifying at a day-long hearing Wednesday, dissatisfied shippers urged the board to extend die order by the maximum 240 days permissible under law. The Texas Railroad Commission, which has been harshly critical of Union Pacific’s performance, prodded federal regulators to take more drastic action and force the railroad to divest itself of some 250 miles of track around Houston.
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas home and property owners could save big on their insurance under a mandatory discount program for property with hail-resistant roofs.
Texas Insurance Commissioner Ebon Bonier on Wednesday listened to consumers, roofers and insurance companies who said they support die idea. Some who testified proposed changes, which Bomer said he wanted to consider before deciding whether to approve the program.
If enacted, the discounts would apply to roofs installed after Feb. I, 1998.
There are four classes of hail-resistant roofs. Depending on where homeowners live and the quality of hail-resistant roofs installed, discounts would range from I percent to 35 percent of annual premiums.
According to Bomer’s department, insurance claims from Texas homeowners in 19% amounted SI.3 billion. About $531 million of that — roughly 40 percent — came from damage caused by wind and hail. The majority of that damage was to roofs.ftyt* penal •xpocted to drop
CLUTE, Texas (AP) — Following Texas sheriffs’ opposition, proposed state guidelines on use of force against jail inmates are doomed, according to The Brazosport Facts.
Texas Commission on Jail Standards’ executive director JackFesttage Planner
NOV. 14-JAN. 4—THE HOLIDAY RIVER OF LIGHTS
—A spectacular drive-through holiday light display featuring thousands of lights and animated holiday scenes nestled on the banks of the tranquil Guadalupe River in Cypress Bend Park. Enjoy this magical journey of sight, sound and motion from early November to early January. Contact Don Ferguson at 830-608-2100.
TODAY— WASSAILFEST (FIFTH ANNUAL) —A
magical evening of downtown festivities ranging from sampling different types of wassail (holiday punch), to enjoying the many diverse entertainment groups and strolling through downtown shops. Downtown Plaza from 5 to 9 p.m. (Wassail voting at 8:30 p.m.) Contact: Lynn Fountain at 830-606-2100.
FRIDAY— VISIT WITH ST. NICHOLAS — Children enjoy tractional visit with "German" Santa at the Sophienburg Museum (401 West Col) at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Contact: Michele Oatman at the Sophienburg Museum at 830-629-1572.
CANDLELIGHT TOUR — Visit Sophienburg Museum, Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture and Conservation Plaza. Doors open 88 p.m.
Crump, who proposed the new regulations after viewing a Brazoria County videotape allegedly depicting abuse, told the newspaper he has changed his mind.
The proposal that operators of county jails and for-profit prison facilities submit for commission review individual policies on use of force against inmates was expected to die at the panel’s meeting Thursday.
’’Based upon input I’ve received, I am not recommending the proposal for adoption,” Crump told the newspaper this week.Thrts charged In tfsath of man al buoy Int enaction
HOUSTON (AP) — Three brothers have been charged in a rash hour killing apparently motivated by revenge.
Nicomedes Santibanez, 28, Abraham Santibanez, 32, and Apolinar Santibanez, 26, were charged with murder Wednesday for the death of Cleofas Orrusquieta Vega.
The brothers began looking for Vega Tuesday morning, police said, because they warned to talk out their problems with him or kill him.
Witnesses said Vega was standing at an eastbound bus stop when an armed man walked up. Vega then ran into the street with the gunman shooting and in pursuit. Vega made it to a vacant lot, where he fell.
The gunman went up to Vega, fired several more times and fled in a waiting vehicle with the other two men, witnesses said. Vega died at the scene.
Witnesses phoned police who then trailed the gunman’s getaway car to west Interstate IO, where the three brothers were arrested. Three guns were found in the car.
Police accuse Nicomedes Santinabez of being the shooter. His brothers were present and armed, police said.Bott yid Jury Indicts wan In staying of quods* mom
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A man accused of murder conspiracy in the slaying of a Florida mother of quadruplets was charged Wednesday in Texas with hiring his cousin to commit the crime.
Samuel Gonzales, 27, went to court for what was expected to be a brief extradition hearing that would have sent him to Sarasota, Fla., to face a conspiracy trial in the shooting death of Sheila Bellush.
But a judge stunned Gonzales, his attorneys and courtroom spectators by announcing the murder-for-hire indictment against Gonzales handed up by a grand jury in San Antonio.
The indictment alleges Gonzales hired his cousin. Jose Luis Del Toro, on Nov. 4 to travel to Florida to kill Mrs. Bellush, a 35-year-old mother of six children including toddler quadruplets.
Mrs. Bellush was shot to death in her Florida home Nov. 7. Her four toddlers were found nearby in her blood, though not physically harmed.
Married mom confesses to disturbing fantasies
DEAR ABBY*: I am the happily married mother of two teen-agers.
Something disturbing has happened recently. I find myself attracted to my daughter’s boyfriend. He is 19 and I am 46.
« I’m no ‘‘Mrs. Robinson,” and I would never reveal how I feel. When he’s here, I behave in nothing but an adult, motherly manner. However, my thoughts and fantasies about him are far from “motherly.” This has bothered me for months.
This has never happened before. I know I have to cope with it like anyone else with a secret crush, but I feel like such a fool.
Am I abnormal? Have you ever heard of a mom foiling for a kid the age of her children? Please don’t make fun of me; I feel silly enough already. And please don’t even mention which state this letter came from.
DEAR SMITTEN: You are not abnormal, and yes, I have heard of women falling for men the age of
their children. I suspect there are many adults (of both .sexes) who have found themselves attracted to their children's friends, but would never admit it The important consideration is not that you have these Ablings, but that you neither reveal nor act on them. As long as your fantasies remain fantasies, they are harmless.
DEAR ABBY: I recently read the letter from “Troubled Tourist,” who asked, “Aren’t there more options
Reno faces another decision in Clinton fund-raising probe
for a single person than cruises that penalize one for traveling alone?” He wanted to travel alone or as part of a group, but pay a single rate and have a private room.
Abby, to give the lowest price to those who are coupled is outrageous! It is akin to saying married is good and single is bad. It is cruel to imply that, when more than 75 million people are divorced, widowed or never married.
I can afford to pay for a cruise, and can afford to travel to Europe alone, but in this couples’ world, it is still sometimes painful. I refuse to pay that exorbitantly higher rip-off price for traveling alone! It’s time travel agents and hotels wised up and realized they are losing a tremendous amount of business. If condominiums and apartment buildings can accommodate the needs of singles, then so can cruise ships and hotels.
— ELEANOR CARLSON, ST.
DEAR ELEANOR: Meeting the
needs of the single traveler may be an idea whose time has come. Many travel agents wrote to offer roommates, singles cruises and discounted rates to "Troubled Tourist," but that was not his question. Perhaps the answer to traveling alone inexpensively is to check several travel sources and plan creatively. Bon voyage!
DEAR ABBY: What is the advantage, and to whom, of an envelope with a window in it?
Half the time, I get my reply in backward, and I’m sure that my wasted time is typical. Who benefits?
— GERALD STROHM. FRESNO.
DEAR GERALD: You do. It takes only a moment to ensure that your reply is placed in the envelope correctly. It would take more time to address an envelope. With a window envelope, there is no chance of making an error in the name and address.
Enjoy decorations, sample tasty German treats. Contact: Michelle Oatman.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY — OLD GRUENE CHRISTMAS MARKET DAYS FESTIVAL —
Town lighting ceremony, shops, restaurants, entertainment and craft vendors in Gruene Historic District. Market of more than 100 craft vendors opens by 10 am, lighting ceremony, Saturday 6 p.m.. Contact. Mary Jane NaMey.
Dec. 12-14 GLOWFEST ’97 —
Texas’ Only Winter Holiday Balloon Festival — Daily at sunrise flyover of more than 25 balloons. Evening “glow at Comal County Fairgrounds concessions available, spectacular family event filled with music and the most unusual holiday lighting display in south Texas. Contact: Chamber of Commerce at 830-6282385 or 1-800-572-2626.
DEC. 13 A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY — Depiction of German historic Christmas experiences in Texas from Indianola to New Braunfels. First Protestant Church at 5:30 p.m. Contact: Celeste Salge at 830-6287663 or Jerald Schroeder at 830606-7729 ext. 19.
DEC. 13 THE FOURTH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES — Get into the Holiday Spirit \Mth a visit to the delightful and festive on this
WASHINGTON (AP) — The political fund-raising controversy still holds peril for key players. Attorney General Janet Reno faces a second decision this month on whether to seek an independent counsel to investigate President Clinton while her task forces plans to begin indicting fund-raisers.
In addition, Interior Secretary Brace Babbitt awaits a decision from Reno, due by Feb. 11, in an Indian casino case that senior officials called the most difficult to resolve without requesting appointment of an independent counsel.
In that matter, Babbitt’s sworn testimony to the Senate is directly contradicted by a lawyer, who was a close friend.
While Republicans continued to boil over Reno’s rejection of an outside prosecutor for telephone fund raising by Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, the 120 lawyers and FBI agents on the Justice Department task force plowed ahead Wednesday on a broad front.
They were using grand juries here and in Los Angeles, according to people involved in the case. Investigators were examining a host of questionable financial transactions, a coterie of fund raisers, possible foreign payments and Democratic party fund-raising practices. At least two Republicans also were under scrutiny.
Reno warned that the telephone decision exonerated no one from this broader investigation.
Officials anticipate indicting two Democratic fund-raisers this month or next on charges of concealing the identity of the real donors, hoping to pressure them or others into providing evidence against others.
year’s tour. Enjoy the enchantment of Christmas past and present. Contact: Germy Hensz at 830-625-6119.
DEC. 13 JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK FOR FAMILY OUTREACH — 5K Run, Walk, Kid’s K and Silent Auction. 9 a m. in Landa Park. Contact: Susan Phillips at 830-609-5030.
DEC. 18 CAROLING ON THE PLAZA (SDCTEENTH ANNUAL) — Arts Council sponsors community get-together with friends and neighbors to sing traditional Christmas carols. Downtown Plaza at 6 p.m. Contact: Ann Young at 830-907-2991.
DEC. 22 HARVEST FROM THE HEART (FOURTH ANNUAL) — Community Christmas Dinner at Civic Center, 5-8 p.m. Contact: Flit at 830-6282661 or Judy Kraft at 830-6282322; Founders are Robert Konkel and Dana Overstreet.nit* HoxcnK
Two Democratic fund-raisers, former Little Rock restaurateur and longtime Clinton friend Yah Lin “Charlie” Trie and immigration consultant Maria Hsia, have been linked in congressional testimony to schemes to launder contributions through straw donors. Lawyers for both denied the allegations.
Others under investigation include: former Commerce Department aide and Democratic party fund-raiser John Huang, who has ties to Indonesia’s Lippo group; West Coast entrepreneur Johnny Chung; Thai business consultant Pauline Kanchanalak and Indonesian entrepieneur Ted Sioeng.
Trie, Huang, Kanchanalak and Chung all showed up with Clinton on White House videotapes; Hsia and Huang arranged a Buddhist temple fund-raiser that Gore attended.
The most immediate deadline is Dec. 15 when Reno must answer a request by House Judiciary Committee Republicans that she seek an independent counsel to investigate the role of Clinton, Babbitt. White House aide Bruce Lindsey and former deputy White House chief of staff Harold Ickes in the casino ruling.
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