New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, December 17,2003 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A
Bush signs law to can Spam Aviation greats pay
homage to pioneers
By Deb Riechmann
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — A new law that President Bush signed Tuesday will outlaw shady techniques used by some of the Internet’s most prolific e-mailers, but the government still hasn’t decided if it will create a do-not-spam registry of e-mail users.
“Spam, or unsolicited e-mails, are annoying to consumers and costly to our economy,’’ White House press secretary Scott McClellan said after Bush signed the bill.
The law will prohibit senders of unsolicited commercial e-mail from disguising their identities by using false return addresses or misleading subject lines, and it will prohibit senders from harvesting addresses off Web sites.
“This will help address the problems associated with the rapid growth and abuse of spam by establishing a framework of technological, administrative, civil and criminal tools, and by providing consumers with options to reduce the volume of unwanted e-mail,1’ McClellan said.
The law was applauded by representative^ of Internet providers Earthlink and America Online who attended the bill-signing ceremony, along with several lawmakers.
“Combined with enforcement under
state anti-spam laws, as well as damage lawsuits by Internet service providers, we hope to turn the tide against outlaw spammers,” AOL Chair; man Jon Miller said.
Under the law, the Federal Trade Commission is required to study the idea of setting up a do-not-spam registry modeled after the national do-not-call list of people who don’t want to get telephone solicitations.
The FTC, which must deliver a plan to Congress within six months, has expressed doubts that a registry is feasible, but lawmakers, including Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., are adamant about getting one established.
“We will be vigilant to make sure that the no-spam registry is adopted by the FTC and if they refuse, we believe Congress will move the legislation forward,” Schumer said.
Some critics of the new law are angry because the federal law nullifies stronger anti-spam legislation passed in California and other states. They also say the federal law does not keep e-mail users in America from receiving spam from other nations.
The California law would have required businesses to get an Internet user’s permission before sending them any e-mail advertisement, said California State Sen. Debra Bowen, D-Redondo
Beach, who helped write it.
“If Congress really had an interest in putting spammers out of business, it would have used California’s new law as a model, put a bounty on the head of every single spammer and let as many people as possible go after them, just like we do with junk taxers.”
Marketers who peddle goods and services through e-mail ads said they supported parts of the law because it distinguishes legitimate commercial e-mail from unlawful spam and imposes criminal penalties, including jail time, on spammers. However, the Direct Marketing Association, a trade group for businesses interested in interactive and database marketing, said it remains concerned about the creation of a government-run do-not-e-mail registry.
Bush also signed the American Dream Down Payment Act: The act is designed to help families that can afford monthly mortgage payments but not the down payment or closing costs associated with buying a house.
The legislation authorizes $200 million a year in down payment assistance to at least 40,000 low-income families.
The homeownership rate in America was 68.4 percent in the third quarter of 2003, yet the rate among minorities is below 50 percent, Bush said at a bill-signing ceremony.
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) — Just steps from the spot where the Wright brothers launched their 12-second flight into history, some of the world’s greatest living aviation pioneers gathered Tuesday to salute them and inspire a new generation to reach skyward.
Neil Annstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first men to walk on the moon, shared the stage with former Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth. A few seats away was Chuck Yeager, the first person to shatter the sound barrier.
“Whatever we were able to do we were able to do because we stood on the shoulders of others,” Glenn told a crowd of thousands at die Wright Brothers National Memorial.
The aviators were among the IOO all-time heroes of aviation selected by the First Flight Centennial Commission, the state agency helping to coordinate the six-day centennial celebration of man’s first powered flight.
It was to culminate Wednesday with a speech by President Bush and an attempted re-creation of the famous flight with a meticulously built replica of the Wright Flyer. The flight was scheduled for 10:35 a.m., IOO years to the minute since Orville and Wilbur Wright flew over the Outer Banks dunes.
Among those honored Tuesday were the some of the men and women who have flown first, longest, fastest and highest since then.
“What a beautiful, warm sunny day," Armstrong said. “The brothers would have thought, ‘Not enough wind.’ I lope for a stiff wind tomorrow.”
Yeager was among the few people at the show who had actually met one of the Wright brothers. He said he encountered OrvilleWright in 1945 at an air show where Orville saw his first jet.
“To be a part of the Wright brothers’ 100th anniversary, it just makes you feel kind of damped up inside," Yeager said.
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Waste Management could buy city gear
privatize the service sometime in January 2004.
Waste Management officials have been meeting with council over the past months to discuss how they would take over tile service Lf the city opted for privatization.
City Manager Chuck Pinto said there would be changes within the department regardless of whether the service is privatized.
“I think every community in the area, except San Antonio, has privatized their waste management service,” Pinto said last week.
“Our review of the sanitation service is simply a management study, and even if we don’t privatize it, there will be some changes in management,” he added.
Waste Management officials also said they would help city employees who wanted to work for the company as much as possible.
“We’d encourage them to get a commercial driver’s license if they want to be drivers,” Carrol said. “We’d also let them bypass some of the hiring practices because we would look at this as an acquisition.”
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Do your part for air, officials say
Dallas- and Houston-area residents pay an additional $27 each year for emissions inspections, making their total inspection fee $39.50.
“This could have been our fate if we had refused to be proactive in protecting our region's air quality,” Notzon said. “Instead, we have obtained a nonattainment deferred status, assuring ourselves the opportunity to study, to collect and analyze air pollution emissions information and to steer the course of our air quality future with good science rather than political pressure.”
Birch said voluntary efforts to reduce pollution are making a difference, even though vehicles still represent the single largest source of pollution.
“In other words, we’re not off the hook yet," she said.
Birch said area residents could continue to improve the region’s air quality through voluntary efforts at home and at work.
“Keep your vehicles well-maintained, try to avoid morning rush hour traffic, combine errands into one trip, and walk or ride a bicycle or use public transportation,” she recommended.
Council members also asked whether customers would see higher rates if the services were privatized.
"We can guarantee that the residential rates would remain the same or be lower," Waste Management officials said.
“But the city would continue billing residential customers,” the said” We could, however, take over the billing for commercial customers from New Braunfels Utilities if they wanted us to.”
Waste Management is headquartered in Houston and has annual revenues of $12 billion.
It operates 293 landfills in North America and has 3,800 municipal contracts nationwide.
Officials said their proposal for New Braunfels would include 2 day a week residential collection with no cart and once a week recycling.
“We’ll also purchase the city's equipment,” officials said.
Valentine also asked who would determine future rate increases.
"We will be able to offer rate stability,” Carrol said. “Only two things would affect rate increases, any increase in the consumer price index and if any federal or state laws.”
Carrol said the company, if it got the city’s business, would initially operate out of San Antonio.
“After six months, we’d move the operation to our Schertz office,” he said.
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Greek cultures also studies
i shape of the pyramid allows it to last through the centuries.
“They take the core ideas and learn about everything else from that," Rogers said.
The students are not sure exactly how ancient Egyptians were able to pull a pair of lungs out of a dead man’s nostrils, but the children know it happened and how the mummification process contributed to modern-day burial.
“The Egyptians were pretty crazy back in those days,”
said Megan Hatcher, a student, explaining the process.
Hatcher made paper jars similar to those used by the Egyptians to bury mummy organs.
Students researched the use of the objects they made, then acted as docents in the artifact exhibit, telling their peers how the artifacts fit into the daily lives of ancient Egyptians.
Rogers’ fifth-graders will be hosting a similar Greek exhibit today, in which students will dress up as Greek mytho
Greek food will be served.
Fifth- and sixth-grade gifted and talented classes have been studying ancient Greeks and Romans.
The lessons help students understand the contributions of the ancient civilizations on modern society.
"I’m progressing them through the years and how (tile ancient civilizations) fit together,” Rogers said, “because they cill build upon each other.’’
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