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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 2A — Herald-Zeitung — Sunday, December 21, 2003 Burglaries upinNB; police urge caution Police urge shoppers to protect themselves from burglars this holiday week. Last week, seven people were arrested for burglary in New Braunfels. TWO from San Antonio were arrested for breaking into cars, and a group of three adults and two youths were arrested for stealing from houses. They were entering homes through garages, said Lt. Mike Rust, of the New Braunfels Police Department. "Things pick up during the holidays,” Rust said. "It s a busy, hectic time of the year, and, while you’re busy shopping, people are busy stealing.” Many cars have been broken into in New Braunfels this year while home burglaries are down. Thieves want to get their hands on Christmas gifts, and people need to protect themselves with common sense, he said. People should not leave presents visible through car or house windows and should be aware of their surroundings. " 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 Family and friends watch the Canyon Middle School band perform at Wednesday night's concert. From staff, wire reportsPLANO MEGACHURCHES PUT ON MEGAPRODUCTIONS — In the biblical account of the Christmas story, a heavenly host of angels appeared to shepherds tending their flock near the stable where baby Jesus lay in a manger. In Prestonwood Baptist Church's retelling, brightly lit angels with fluttering, 12-foot-long organza gowns, shiny headbands and red wigs fly over a sanctuary filled with about 6,500 spectators. The angels hang six stories up — suspended from harnesses attached to 150-foot long tracks on the sanctuary’s ceiling. Fifteen operators with wired headsets control the angels’ movement toward the stage, where shepherds with real sheep herald the Messiah’s arrival. “After Jesus was born, the Bible v says that the angels were singing praises and giving glory to the Lord,” said Amanda Lee, one of five angels in the annual Dallas Christmas Festival at the 22,000-member church. "And that’s just what I think about when I’m flying out there. I’m just thinking about that night, how incredible it must have been.” At Christmas, Easter and even the Fourth of July, giant, Broad-way-style productions like the one at Prestonwood have become the norm for the nation’s Protestant “megachurches.” N AT I O NBOSTON MAJOR MILESTONE OPENS TO TRAFFIC IN BOSTON'S BIG DIG — The hulking elevated Central Artery highway that has marred the city's landscape for more than four decades carried its last car Saturday as it was replaced — five years late and billions over budget — by a tunnel routing Interstate 93 under downtown Boston. In a simple ceremony, Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Massachusetts Tlimpike Authority chairman Matthew Amoreilo cut a ribbon to open a two-mile stretch of highway that allows traffic to soar over the Leonard R Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge and then sweep through four southbound lanes of underground Interstate 93. The first motorist to travel the new stretch of highway was Elaine Cronin, returning home to Boston after visiting a sister in Woburn. She was met on the bridge by Menino and Amoreilo and given a Big Dig baseball cap and map of the project. WORLDJERUSALEM ISRAELI, PALESTINIAN OFFICIALS PREPARE FOR POSSIBLE SUMMIT — Israeli and Palestinian officials are working to set up a meeting between their prime ministers this week aimed at renewing peace efforts, the chief Palestinian negotiator said Saturday. f Officials have been trying for several weeks to arrange a summit between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his Palestinian counterpart, Ahmed Qureia. The meeting would be the first such high-level encounter in months. Both sides have expressed a desire to meet to rejuvenate efforts to implement the U.S.-backed “road map” peace plan, which envisions an immediate end to violence and the creation of a Palestinian state by 2005. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Saturday he and other Palestinian officials planned to meet in the next two days with Dov Weisglass, the chief of Sharon’s office, to prepare for the summit, the first between the two leaders since Qureia took office in October.PARIS LIBYA'S DISARMAMENT PLEDGE HAILED AS A VICTORY — British and American diplomacy won European praise Saturday for winning Libya’s pledge to renounce weapons of mass destruction, and Britain looked forward to Washington lifting sanctions against the North African state it accuses of sponsoring terrorism. China, locked in its own effort to halt neighbor North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, and other nations saw Libya’s surprise pledge as evidence that negotiations work. Egypt urged Israel to follow suit. Europe held out the possibility of restoring diplomatic relations with Libya, while France tempered its praise by urging Tripoli to deal with another legacy of its dark past: An airliner bombing in 1989. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, through a spokesman, hailed Libya’s decision as “a positive step toward the strengthening of global efforts to prevent the spread and use of those weapons.” Attorney questions redistricting decision By The Associated Press An attorney representing Texas congressional Democrats in a federal redistricting trial has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to explain how it arrived at its decision to uphold a Republican redistricting plan. Attorney Gerry I lebert sent a letter to the Justice Department on Saturday saying he has heard from people within the agency that Civil Rights Division lawyers investigating the Texas map had recommended it not be allowed. But he said political appointees at the department overruled them. A Justice Department spokeswoman on Saturday declined to comment and could not confirm that the agency had received the letter. The Justice Department cleared the Republican-backed map of violating the Voting Rights Act on Friday. The federal trial in the case is continuing in Austin, and a three-judge panel is expected to rule after closing arguments Tuesday. Democrats and minority groups challenged the map in court, saying it violates the Voting Rights Act by diluting the voting strength of minorities. Republicans say the map is only intended to more accurately reflect voting trends in Texas, where the GOP holds all statewide elected offices and controls the Legislature. Democrats lead the delegation 17-15, but the new map could mean as many as seven more seats for the GOR I lebert, who worked for the agency’s Civil Rights Division for more than 20 years, said in an interview Saturday that it’s extremely rare for a recommendation to be rejected. “It is often a rubber stamp,” he said." I would say in 80 to 90 percent of the cases the recommendation is read and by and large the recommendations made are followed.” Hebert in his letter said a gag order is in place on Justice Department employees who dealt witfi the case. "I believe these restrictions were imposed to hide from public scrutiny the decision that political appointees made early on that pre-clearance would be granted to the proposed map, regardless of the recommendation from the Voting Section,” he wrote. Hebert said six staff attorneys and a paralegal within the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section—none of them political appointees — worked on the case. To find that the map violated the Voting Rights Act, they had to find that the map “as a whole is going to make black and Hispanic voters worse off than they were before,” he said. If minorities were at the same level or if their situation improved, the recommendation would have been to approve the map, he said. "What my information is, is that the letter that was sent (by staff attorneys) recommended an objection and that the political appointees were not persuaded by that and so went ahead and sent the letter (approving the map),’’ he said. The redistricting plan was passed by the Legislature after a year of partisan fighting and three special sessions. It's been a year since we lost mom, we miss you so much. We would like to take the time to thank all the family friends who were there for us during our time of grief and sorrow. Thank you New Braunfels Police Department Officers & staff, Criminal Investigations Division, and municipal court, for all your support and prayers. Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Hope Hospice, for being so caring with mom. Father Albert Trevino, brother Nick Carrillo & Holy Family Church, It was indeed a “very, very, Special mass.” Tho Uncle Frank, Tis Ruth Chapa, and Tta Jesusa Gonzales, for providing the food at the reception. Mrs. Yolanda Mendez, Julie Martinez, Eddie & Rachel Martinez, The Placio Family, and all ocher people contributing and assisting at the reception. God Bless all of you for your kindness. Also Father Trevino Family, Father Alberto Trevino, Rosa Estella, Maria, Margarita, and Gloria, heart felt thanks For your prayers and support. Thank You All fit May God Bless You Sincerely, The Children of Noe O. fit Angelim T. Camps for Your Money! Unlimited Nights & Weekends available Video Phones are here! Camera Phones Change your wireless carrier and keep your number! Coverage wherever you need it! tnother & Lewis Fugett 12-21-25 Honey, God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be, So he put his artus around you and whispered, "Come with me." With tearful eyes we watched you suffer and saw you fade away, although we loved you dearly, could not ask you to stay. A Golden Heart stopped beating, hands to rest, God broke us, He only takes the best. It has been a year since God catted all miss you but we All of our love, Wife, of Lewis HOW TO CONTACT US Herald-Zeitung 707 Lands St., Ne* Braunfels. TX 78130 (830) 675 9144 ta* {830) 625 1224 *** hetaldreitungcom Published on Saturday. Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the Ne* Braunfels Herald Zeitung (LISPS 377 880). 707 Landa Street, ut PO Orawet 31)328. Ne* Braunfels, Comal County. 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