New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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GOP gains key posts on Legislature panels
Doug Miller, Los Caffoy, Kathy Montague, Walter Schulle, Tommy Zipp and Robert Acevedo will again aerve as drovers on the Comal County Fair Board in 1997, bringing more than IOO years of fair experience with them.
World, National Briefs
Milosevic concedes second municipal race to opponents
Supercomputer breaks record with help of chip
By PEGGY FIKAC
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN — With a new majority in the Texas Senate, Republicans have nailed down several key chairmanships and a majority on most committees from Democratic Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock.
But they still have fewer overall chairmanships than Democrats, with a breakdown of nine to six under assignments announced Monday. They also lack a majority on the powerful Finance Committee, which is headed by Republican Sen. Bill Ratliff of Mount Pleasant.
In assessing the committee assignments, Republican leaders didn’t express concern over those numbers.
“Republicans chair four of the most powerful committees in the Senate — Finance, Economic Development, Natural Resources and Education,” said Sen. Teel Bivins, R-Amarillo, Education Committee chairman.
The appointments of Ratliff and Bivins first were announced in August, after former Finance chairman John Montford, D-Lubbock, resigned from the Senate.
DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas man has been charged and jailed after police said he beat his 3-year-old son to death for making too much noise during a televised Dallas Cowboys game.
James Thornton III died Monday at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas while undergoing surgery for a ruptured kidney and liver, police said.
His father, James Thornton II, was charged with first-degree injury to a child, which may be upgraded to capital murder, police said. He remained in the Lew Sterrett Justice Center today in lieu of $25,000 bond and could not be reached for comment
Serious injury to a child is a first-degree felony and carries the same punishment as murder. Because the victim is younger than 6, police said, they may upgrade the charge to capital murder, which could be punishable by death.
Police said Thornton apparently became angry with his son for jumping around and making too much noise during the third quarter of the Cowboys’ 12-6 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Chairman announces lift school propfftilt
AUSTIN (AP) — A state law empowering teachers to remove disruptive students from their classrooms would be broadened in some areas and pupils would be
Preliminarily charged Saturday
Ruben Stone, 33, 445 S Academy St.. 143 a m., public intoxication. Municipal Court
Dennis Arturo Spmelli, 37, 188 Pleasant Lane, 12 47 am , driving while intoxicated Melvin Franklin Stedham, 24, 234 E. Zipp Lane, Guadalupe County, driving while intoxicated, 2 36 a rn
Robert Delgado, 41, Misty Field Street, Converse, burglary of a building, District Court
Jeffrey Dale Brandt. 30, 564 Rusk St.. no driver’s license, Municipal Court Christopher Gonzales, 23, 1087 Linde St.. 23, possession of marijuana, under 2 ounces, 1:31 am
Heriberto Sanchez Casa, 26, Alpine Street, San Marcos, 11:49 p rn., no driver’s license, failure to maintain financial reponsibility, 11 49 p m Municipal Court Alonzo Reyes, 34, 1257 S. Academy, assault bodily injury, 2 a rn
burglary of habitation, 1478 Post Road, forced entry, stolen property VCR, $200, 19-inch color TV, $350, no arrests, ongoing investigation
criminal mischief, 265 Rhine Road, right front tire punctured, $43 criminal, mischief, 269 Rhine Road, rock thrown through window frame. $10 theft/shoplifting, Tiger Tote No 2, 1081 Interstate 35, 18-pack Bud Lite, juvenile suspects fled scene burglary of motor vehicle, incident ocurred on Dec 11, 795 Interstate 35, stolen Dallas Cowboy jacket, $85. Sunday
theft, Wal-Mart, 1209 Interstate 35. technicians installed new tire and customer left without making payment, $66
burglary of habitation, 664 California Blvd,, entry by force, stolen: Smith & Wesson .44 caliber handgun; stereo mixing board, $400; tapes and compact discs, $1,000; gold rings, $1,500; VCR, $300; lottery tickets, $10, ongoing investigation
Republicans also head the committees on Administration and Veteran Affairs and Military Installations and were picked to lead Natural Resources subcommittees on agriculture and water that in the 1995 legislative session were headed by Democrats.
Bivins called the committee makeup fair and noted that Democratic committee heads include » longtime senators.
“lf we are in fact going to have a bipartisan Senate, the idea of taking a long-term incumbent Democrat out of the chair of a committee just because there has been a change in the (Senate) majority is something we don’t need to do,” he said.
Bullock, in making the assignments, stressed the need for bipartisan cooperation.
“Republicans and Democrats proved in recent sessions that they can work together and solve the problems that touch the lives of Texans and their families. That will continue to be a key ingredient,” he said.
In making committee assignments, Bullock said, “My underlying criteria is what works best for Texas, works best for the Senate.”
ensured due process under proposals by Senate Education Committee Chairman Teel Bivins.
“The purpose of this package of bills ... is to further the cause of safe schools,” Bivins, R-Amarillo, said in filing legislation Monday for consideration when lawmakers convene in regular session in January.
The safe schools provision in the 1995 education reform law allows teachers to remove violent or disruptive students from their classrooms for placement in alternative education programs. It also calls for automatic removal of students who commit violent or drug-related offenses.
Bivins’ package includes bills to give schools the discretion to expel students for misdemeanor drug offenses.
• Bivins said currant law only allows schools to expel students for felony drug, alcohol and controlled substance violations.
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EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Abuse allegations have led to the indefinite suspension of a federal program aimed at putting doctors in areas with a shortage of physicians.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program allowed U.S.-trained foreign physicians to stay in the United States. In return, they had to spend two years — three as of September — working 40 hours a week as primary-care physicians in underserved areas.
Before September, doctors who entered the program were eligible for permanent residency.
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) — A month into their massive daily protests against Serbia’s president, opposition activists are starting to get what they asked for — one town at a time.
President Slobodan Milosevic has conceded a second municipal election to his political opponents, who are demanding more. Heartened by U.S. support, they have vowed to keep on demonstrating until Milosevic hands over all major cities won by the opposition in Nov. 17 elections.
Pressured by the marches and the United States, Milosevic apparently is ready to surrender some cities, while hoping to keep control of the capital. Belgrade.
In separate demonstrations Monday, a total of about 130,000 opposition supporters and students flooded Belgrade streets, chanting “Victory!” and “Resignation!”
Ald workers ontsr refuge* camps In Tanzania
NGARA, Tanzania (AP) — The Tanzanian government allowed aid workers into Hutu refugee camps today, but warned them only to feed people from Burundi — those from Rwanda are expected to go home.
The aid workers spread out to do sanitation work in camps where refugees remain, hoping to prevent diseases from spreading, Anne Willem Bijleveld, a spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency, said in Ngara.
Some 43,000 refugees crossed into Rwanda this morning, but Bijleveld said 80,000 to 100,000 Rwandan Hutus still were hiding in forests outside the camps. That, too, he warned, could pose a health problem.
To prevent an outbreak of cholera, he said that the commission has ‘‘pleaded with the Tanzanians to get them out of the forest.”
Some 535,000 refugees have bee! ordered to leave Tanzania by Dec. 31, which would make them the largest group to return to Rwanda since 640,000 Hutus returned from Zaire last month.
More than 200,000 have crossed thus far and aid workers expected all
of them to be back in Rwanda by week’s end.
Plan to reduce nursing homo Inspections draws firs
NEW YORK (AP) — A Clinton administration plan to cut back inspections of federally funded nursing homes drew stem criticism from consumer groups and state officials.
The administration proposal was outlined in documents the Department of Health and Human Services recently sent to officials nationwide, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times reported.
Critics said the streamlined inspections could put the elderly at greater risk of nursing home abuse.
"These changes will, in effect, authorize drive-by surveys,” Ellen T. Reap, president of the national Association of Health Facility Survey Agencies, told The New York Times.
Government data show' more than two-thirds of nursing homes do not fully comply with federal standards, and federal officials said narrowing the scope of reviews would make it easier to target the worst cases.
Frigid weather causes natural gas futures to soar
NEW YORK (AP) — The price of natural gas futures skyrocketed to a new high on forecasts for extremely frigid weather, 'threatening consumers with rising heating bills.
Prices for January heating oil, crude oil and unleaded gas also soared Monday as Arctic air continued to move into the Rockies and northern Plains.
“The weather is easy to give credit to, but I think a majority of the behavior today was due to more psychological and emotional factors rather than fundamental,” said Drew Dickson, director of trading at GSC Energy in Atlanta.
By WILLIAM MCCALL
AP Business Writer
PORTLAND, Ore. — An Intel , Corp. desktop computer chip has become the building block of the fastest supercomputer ever built, a machine so powerful it can peer inside human DNA and simulate nuclear explosions.
The $53 million supercomputer shattered the speed record by performing more than I trillion calculations a second.
The speed will create a new era in supercomputing, allowing
researchers to develop new drugs, predict weather and improve automotive and airline safety. Energy Secretary Hazel O’Leary said. If the machine were Santa Claus, it could deliver gifts to every American faster than the blink of an eye, she said.
“It's an astonishing achievement. We have this ultracomputer growing from really desktop microchips,” O'Leary said Monday in a joint announcement with Intel.
White House science adviser John Gibbons said uses for the supercomputer range from finding oil deposits to mapping DNA to prevent genetic diseases or birth defects.
"There lot of other things in our economy that really demand this type of capability," Gibbons said.
The project also marks the beginning of a computer age that will allow incredibly powerful machines to be assembled from simple
“It's a baby step toward being able to do a real simulation of the physical world, which is what the holodeck is all about on ‘Star Trek,”' said Justin Rattner, an Intel supercomputer expert, referring to the virtual reality rooms in the TV series.
The record-breaking machine operated at 1.06 teraftops, or trillion floating point operations a second, according to tests last Wednesday. The previous record was 368 gigaflops, or a billion calculations a second, set Sept. 27 by Hitachi Corp.
Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel, the computer-chip industry leader, hooked thousands of Pentium Pro chips together to set the record.
IBM. meanwhile, is trying to build an even faster supercomputer, one capable of 3 trillion operations a second.
Rattner admitted the market for supercomputers is limited. But he said Intel wants to make them less expensive in order to help the government, big companies and universities afford tools that could predict long-term weather, create new medicines and help design safer ears and airplanes.
“My personal objective is to eliminate the last vestige of proprietary technology," he said. “If we can remove this last piece of custom technology from the system, it should be possible to build IO teraflops machines out of completely standard parts."
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