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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 14, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 2A — Herald-Zeitung — Sunday, December 14, 2003 Out of the BACKPACK NEW BRAUNFELS ISD 0 Secondary (6-12) ESL holiday dinner Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Location: NBMS cafeteria • • • COMAL ISD Principals' in-service Time: I p.m. • • • Canyon High School Bands holiday concert Time: 7 p.m. Location: cafeteria • • • Smithson Volley High School Choir holiday concert Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: St. Paul Lutheran Church NEW BRAUNFELS ISD • • • Seele Elementary Fifth grade winter musical Time: 6 p.m. • • • Memorial Elementary Holiday caroling in the cafeteria Time: 6 p.m. • • • Board of Trustees Regular business meeting Time: 7p.m. Location: The Education Center • • • COMAL ISD • ta Smithson Valley Middle School Choir holiday concert Time: 6 p.m. Location: Cafeteria • • • Bill Brown Elementary Kindergarten holiday concert Time: 6:30 p.m. • • • Bulverde Elementary Third grade holiday concert Time: 6:30 p.m. • • • Canyon Middle School Band's holiday concert Time: 7 p m. Location: CMS Commons ■EWS DIGEST Herald-Zeitung To have your event publicized, contact News Editor Brady Creel at 625-9144, ext. 221, or by e mail at [email protected] com The Unicorn soccer team practices at New Braunfels High School. From staff, wire reports DALLAS WOMAN SENTENCED FOR ADOPTION SCAM — An adoption agency receptionist who persuaded couples to give her thousands of dollars with false promises that she could help them adopt a baby has been sentenced to IO years in prison. Carmen Woods, 41, was sentenced Friday for felony convictions of sale of a child and theft of more than $20,000. Woods, a receptionist at the Children and Family Institute in Dallas, convinced childless couples she was qualified to help them secure adoptions, even though her job was limited to answering calls. She even persuaded a young pregnant woman to give her her. baby and then showed off the v baby at meetings with couples wanting to adopt the child. FORT WORTH BELL HELICOPTER FACES FEDERAL INVESTIGATION - A civil whistleblower lawsuit has prompted a federal investigation of Bell Helicopter and its work on the V-22 Osprey military aircraft program. Agents for the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, an arm of the Inspector General's office, and the Justice Department have informed Bell officials of the investigation and issued a subpoena seeking company documents, according to filings made by the government in the civil case. The lawsuit, filed a year ago by a former Bell employee, accuses the company of failing to remove faulty hydraulic parts that had been installed on V-22?^ It also says Bell delivered h£!l6optdft ’ with damaged, potentially haz- BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Faced with the desertion of nearly half the new Iraqi army, the U.S. military is thinking about raising the pay scale for Iraqi soldiers as it trains more to join the force, the commander of U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq said Saturday. U.S. Army LL Gen. Ricardo Sanchez said a separate, 550-member force drawn from militias affiliated with Iraqi political parties was being trained to fight insurgents in Baghdad. The unit he said, was part of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps and would work under the command of the 1st Armored Division, the U.S. military unit in cKarge of the Iraqi capital., The new unit, whose members were recruited as individu- ardous components, billed the government for work that wasn’t performed and improperly approved aircraft for flight. Bell officials deny the charges, saying they come from a disgruntled former employee. N ATI O N WASHINGTON BUSH SIGNS INTO LAW SYRIA SANCTIONS BILL — President Bush signed legislation Friday calling for economic penalties against Syria for not doing enough in the fight against terrorism in the Middle East and in Iraq. Bush signed the bill into law with no fanfare before leaving the White House for the Camp David retreat in Maryland. The White House announced the move Friday evening ...-x ■ „ iii men, has been under discussion for months between maj< political groups and the U.S.- rationale behind it is that coalition forces, who are I Saddam Hussein I would benefit from the experience of those ^ Sanchez said son for the soldiers was pay, allowances for married i who were struggling to i their families on $60 a i “We’re working to review foe % pay scales and ! think well have a decision in the coming weeks,” Sanchez said. Of 700 soldiers originally In the new army, only 400 are left. Bush is generally not enthusiastic about such restraints on his diplomatic options and, in a statement, signaled that was the case with this bill as well. Syria long has been on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, along with North Korea, Sudan, Cuba, Iran and Libya. But Syria is the only country on that list to have full diplomatic relations with’ the United States. NEW YORK SCIENTISTS WARN OF COMING WORLDWIDE FLU OUTBREAK — As bad as this year’s flu season is, it hasn’t brought the worldwide outbreak known as a pandemic. But experts warn that a pandemic is coming, it’s just a question af when. • ' —» “Its going to happen,” said Dr. Greg Poland of the Mayo Clinic. “For the American public in particular, I think it will be horrific.” Many Americans haven’t experienced the overwhelming crush of patients at hospitals and doctors’ offices and the widespread fear a flu pandemic could bring. And by historical pattern, Poland said it's about time for the next one. There have been three in the past IOO years, igniting in 1918, 1957 and 1968. There’s no way to predict when the next one will appear, but the pattern does give experts pause. It’s all up to a virus that is variable and fickle, constantly changing its genetic makeup, and the time when it hits upon a combination that lets it take off worldwide is a “roll of the genetic dice,” said Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University. WORLD LONDON QUEEN LEAVES HOSPITAL AFTER KNEE, SKIN SURGERY — Queen Elizabeth II left a London hospital Saturday, a day after she underwent successful knee surgery and had benign skin lesions removed from her face. The 77-year-old queen, walking with a cane, left the private King Edward VII Hospital around IO a.m. A mark was visible above her left eyebrow. Buckingham Palace has said the arthroscopic surgery that removed tom cartilage from her left knpe took about an hour and a quarter Friday. Doctors also removed benign skin lesions from her face while she was under anesthetic, Buckingham Palace said. The palace gave little detail about the lesions, saying only that they were minor and benign. Some skin lesions can be precancerous, while others are harmless and simply develop with age. NYC tourism bouncing back from 9/11 trauma NEW YORK (AP) — For the first holiday season since the 2001 terrorist attacks, tourists are pouring into New York in near-record numbers, packing hotel rooms and eating out in droves. “Things are booming,” said Tim Zagat, who publishes the Zagat restaurant surveys. ‘The biggest problem is getting into things you want to get into — hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, theaters.” Cristyne Nicholas, head of the city’s tourism agency, said this holiday season is the first since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in which the city has experienced “true growth” in tourism. Although visitors from out of town now walk the packed sidewalks under the watchful eyes of heavily armed anti-ter-rorism teams, Nicholas said, “people feel good about aiming to New York and they feel more secure about spending with the economy looking up. Theres a renewed sense of optimism.” Tourism officials expect the total number of tourists this year to at least match the 35 million recorded in 2002 — and possibly come close to the record 36.2 million who came in 2000. By year’s end, hotel occupancy will reach 84 percent, close to peak pre-attack levels, Nicholas predicted. Lower prices are an incentive, with a room’s average nightly cost of $216 — $55 less than during the 2000 holiday season. A Zagat survey shows that when it comes to eating out at least half of 29,000 diners polled said they are spending more money per meal now than in the months before September 2001. “Those who didn’t get fired from Wall Street are having a very good year,” Zagat saic PAY OFF YOUR BILLS Refinance Your Home. Just in time for the holidays, no pmts. for 2 mos. FREE analysis & credit report 609-5600 Custom Mortgage Co. 191 E. Faust, New Braunfels www. mortgagenewbraunfels. com The Most Minutes for Your Money! 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