New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Spectacular science fraud shakes stem cell field
SUSAN IRENE MANOR
Susan Irene Manor passed from this life Thursday December 22,2005 at the age of 59.
She is survived by her husband Leo D. Manor; daughter, Carol lean Rumrnerfield of California; brother, Albert Moline and sister, Mrs. Bill Bennet of bloodwood, Min-
LUBBOCK (AP) — A 25-year-old man charged in the September murder of a pregnant woman is also a suspect in the unsolved disappearance of a Lubbock teenager, police said.
Rosendo Rodriguez III, a former Texas lech student, was indicted in October on capital murder and aggravated sexual assault charges in the deaths of Summer Baldwin, 29, and her unborn child. Baldwin’s body was found stuffed into a suitcase dumped in a landfill.
Investigators linked Rodriguez to the case through a bar code on the suitcase.
Lubbock County Sheriffs Chief Deputy Paul Scarborough said Rodriguez is also now a suspect in the disap-
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pearance of Joanna Rogers, 16, who vanished from her home in May 2004.
Authorities initially discounted any link between the cases, but Scarborough said investigators found Rogers’ name on Rodriguez’ e-mail list while searching his computer in the Baldwin murder investigation. His name was also on the teen’s e-mail list, authorities said.
“With that connection and the current situation ... we believe that elevates him to the level of suspect,’’ Scarborough said.
“We are doing some further investigation in that area,” he said, adding that authorities were pursuing other possible connections between Rodriguez and the missing teen.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Concern heightened Friday in medical circles that a spectacular scientific cloning fraud that hid in plain sight has set back legitimate stem cell work around the world.
Shaken cloning experts find stem cell scientists said research in die potentially revolutionary field of regenerative medicine will continue unabated. But they said public confidence in their work had been weakened by a sham branded by experts as the most visible case of scientific fraud they could recall.
Scientists also struggled to explain how they didn’t earlier catch the charismatic Soudi Korean veterinarian’s claim in a Science paper published in May that he cloned 11 human embryos to produce stem cells.
“That’s a difficult one,” said Keith Campbell, the University of Nottingham researcher who helped clone Dolly the sheep in 1997. “Scientists are asked to referee a lot of papers and to a certain extent we have to believe each other as to the validity of the data.”
A disgraced Hwang Woo-suk resigned from Seoul National University on Friday
after the school said the researcher fabricated groundbreaking cloning and stemcell research that had raised hopes of new cures for hard to-treat diseases.
When Hwang published findings in February 2004 and again in May, it was believed he had developed a new cloning method that enabled him to accomplish something no one else had.
I twang chalked up much of the success to South Korean government support and dedicated researchers working around the clock. He also credited his workers dexterity with chopsticks; stem cell researchers visited from around the world and rushed back to their labs to try tin1 new technique.
The journal Science said it would retract the May paper and investigate I Iwang's 2004 paper that claimed the first cloned human embryo.
"It’s a stain on the honor and integrity of the whole field," said Dr. Robert Lanza, a cloning expert at the biotechnology company Advanced Cell Technology. “It has sent a lot of scientists on ;» wild goose chase and down false paths.”
Man charged with murder also suspect in teen’s disappearance
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NORMA ILENE KNIGHT
Services are complete at Zoeller Funeral Home for Norma Bene Knight who passed away on Thursday, December 22,2005 at tile age of 82. Norma was born on January 29, 1923 in Brown County, Texas to I lomer and Beulah Wilkins.
She is survived by her loving husband, Thomas Oty Knight of New Braunfels, daughter Carolyn A Pitts and husband Bob of New Braunfels, grandchildren Rebecca Pitts of Austin TX, Ryan A. Pitts of Fort Irwin, CA., sis-* ters Nadine Taylor, Billie « McCright, Roberta Warford, i all from Clyde TX, and June « I fill from Vera TX.
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sample to test positive for marijuana.
“Ii could have been the lotion, or ii could helve been a problem with the lab (that did the test),” she said. “I never said absolutely I thought it was the lotion.”
In an e mail Stacie sent to New Braunfels City Council members two days after her termination, she alluded to the lotion but did not mention any problems at the lab.
She declined, on the advice of her lawyer, Matt Kyle, to say Friday whether she would recommend the city hire new companies to collect samples and process drug tests in the future.
Despite all of the emotional trauma caused by her fight with the C ity Hall managers who fired her in the first place, Stacie promised she would not be carrying a
William Leslie, 80 years, went to be with our Lord on December 19,2005. Bill was born on March 27, 1925 in Seagraves, Texas. He spent most of his childhood in San Angelo and San Antonio where he graduated from Alamo Heights High School. Then he joined the U.S. Navy and served in Naval Intelligence. After the Navy, Bill went to California to become a actor. There he graduated from the
Pasadena Playhouse where he performed in approx. 35 stage productions. In 1952, he married Marjorie Wilson and they had 3 children. Mr. Leslie enjoyed a long successful acting career in Hollywood. Over the years he appeared in 26 major motion pictures with numerous stars including Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, John Wayne, William Holden, Spencer Tracy, Ronald Reagan, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, lames Gamer, etc. He was also under contract to three major studios and appeared in numerous TV shows and commercials. Mr. Leslie also enjoyed making TV commercials with son, David. In 1968 he moved back to Texas where he opened and ran a successful preschool for many years. Several years later when the school sold he moved to New Braunfels and retired. Bill was a friendly, likeable, people person who never lost his love of acting whether that be telling stories to children, teaching drama classes or performing bi a local theatre. I Ie was a member of the First Baptist Church in New Braunfels, Texas for many
years. Bill is survived by his daughter, Cynthia I look and husband Tom of Apple Valley, CA.; his son, David Leslie of New Braunfels; five grandchildren, Christopher I look, Cassandra I look and Ryan Hook of Apple Valley, David Leslie and Miles Ixslie of Lz>s Angeles, CA.; sister, Delona Foester and husband Curtis of Port Lavaca, TX. a stepsister, Roya Singleton and husband Bd of Hollister, CA. I Ie was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Berta and Royal Reiss of New Braunfels; father, Lloyd Butts of San Angelo, TX and a daughter, Catherine Leslie of CA. Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. in the Zoeller Funeral I louie Chapel. The services will conclude in the chapel. The family has requested that memorial contributions he given to the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, 733 Cross St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130
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from work, Stacie said she did a lot of research on policies in other cities, information she would be happy to share with department heads ii the\ asked.
Kyle, who has been Zercher’s spokesman throughout the ordeal, said he believed the happy out come was a result of the Zercher’s belief in (aul.
“Don and Stacie are pen pie of real faith. They beiiev e in God and what’s right, h< said. “They have been rewarded for their faith.
Stacie, who talked lo l ire Chief John Herbei shortly after passing her polygraph said the physical trappings of her reward would he wailing on her desk Tuesday morn ing
“The chief said In* would have my employee ideniili cation badge and the ke\ s to my city vehicle wrapped up with a big red how, she said.
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“It's been a very emotional time for me, too. I knew she was innocent, but I felt like people thought she was dirty and Figured I was, too.”
— Don Zercher
Husband of reinstated firefighter
grudge back to work with her Tuesday.
“From my perspective, there are no hard feelings,” she said. "I love this city and the fire department. I believe God chose me to do this job, and I love it.”
Don, who also works for the Fire Department as a battalion chief, said he was planning to enjoy walking down the halls and not wondering what his co-workers were thinking.
“It’s been a very emotional time for me, too. I knew she was innocent, but I fell like
people thought she was dirty and figured I was, too,” he said. “But everyone who knew us knew she was innocent and that we would get through this.’’
Although Stacie is not going to be carrying hard feelings with her when she returns to work, she will be carrying a hope that her situation finally will prompt the city to clean up its policies.
“I just hope they get looked at. If they don’t, that’s the only way I would have any hard feelings,” she said.
During her month away
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