New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 6, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Student opens fire at Omaha high school
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) —The son of a police detective opened fire at a high school Wednesday, wounding the principal and assistant principal and forcing panicked students to take cover in the kitchen of the building where he had attended classes for no more than two months, authorities said.
After fleeing the scene, the gunman fatally shot himself in his car about a mile away.
Ihe chaos unfolded as students returned from a holiday break. Authorities did not know why the suspect, identified as 17-year-old Robert Butler Jr., shot the administrators, who were hospitalized.
Jessica liberator, a second-year student at Millard South High School, said she was in the cafeteria when an administrator "rushed in to tell everybody to get in the back of the kitchen."
She said she started to cry when students heard a knock on the kitchen door and a cafeteria worker yelled for everybody to get down. It was a false alarm. Nobody came in.
Butle? had transferred in November from a high school in Lincoln, about 50 miles southwest of Omaha.
In a rambling Facebook post filled with expletives, Butler warned Wednesday that people would hear about the "evil" tilings he did and said the school drove him to violence.
He wrote that the Omaha school was worse than his previous one, and that the new city had changed him. He apologized and said he wanted people to remember him for who he was before affecting "the lives of the families I ruined."
112th Congress convenes; elects Boehner speaker
New videos by Capt. Honors emerge
Navy commander fired Tuesday after lewd video scandal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly elected speaker John Boehner hailed the Republican Party's return to control of the House Wednesday, vowing a more open legislative process but acknowledging that "a great deal of scar tissue has built up on both sides of the aisle."
GOP lawmakers, who picked up 64 House seats in the November elections, cheered loudly when Boehner defeated Democrat Nancy Pelosi in the roll call for speaker. The Ohio lawmaker's rise to the speakership was virtually guaranteed by his party's midterm triumphs, which ended Pelosi's four-year reign.
I he new Senate also convened Wednesday, with Vice President Joe Biden administering the oath to lawmakers he had campaigned for and against last fall. Senators moved quickly to a debate over filibuster rules, with Democratic and Republican leaders accusing each other of obstructing progress and trying to game the parliamentary system.
But most eyes were on the
House, where the new GOP majority has vowed to battle President Barack Obama on health care, spending, taxes and other issues.
Boehner, the perpetually tanned legislator who rose, fell and rose again in Republican leadership contests over the past two decades, told a packed chamber that Congress must tackle tough issues such as anting spending and reducing the deficit.
"No longer can we kick the can down the road," he said.
But far-reacliing accords will be difficult in Washington, where Democrats still control the Senate and Obama wields veto powers.
In the House, children and grandchildren of new lawmakers fidgeted, temporarily lending lighter moments to a chamber certain to see fierce debates and partisan votes in the next two years. House Republicans, for instance, plan to vote within days to overturn Obama's 2010 health care overhaul, but they acknowledge it's a symbolic gesture because the Senate will not concur.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More bawdy shipboard videos made by a Navy officer surfaced Wednesday, a day after he was fired from command of his aircraft carrier.
I he Navy Times, which posted the videos on its website, said it received them anonymously in the mail. They appear to come from the same 2006-2007 period as the ones that got Capt. Owen Honors demoted from commander of the USS Enterprise to the desk job he reported to Wednesday.
The earlier videos included anti-gay slurs, sailors of both genders in shower scenes, and salty language. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk First made those public last weekend.
Honors has not spoken publicly about the videos.
I he new ones include a scene in which he talks to an officer he identifies as a staffer for the admiral in charge of the USS Enterprise carrier strike group.
That staffer’s involvement could contradict Honors' disclaimer in all the videos that senior officers were not aware of them. The Navy is investigating what other officers knew.
Honors also acknowledged that the taped skits meant as entertainment for the carrier crew had drawn some complaints. He was executive officer, or second in command, at the time and advanced to commander of the ship this year.
U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, homeport of the Enterprise, declined to respond to specific questions
about the videos.
Adm. John Harvey, commander of Fleet Forces, on Tuesday relieved Honors from the command of the Enterprise for his "profound lack of good judgment and professionalism" in recording the videos.
Some of the more recently released videos were made during the Enterprise's deployment to the Persian Gulf, where it went twice during the height of the Iraq war.
In one, Honors is shown surveying crew members to get their ideas on how he can spice up his videos after complaints that they've lost their edge. He uses a profane term to express that sentiment.
One crew member suggests he pose in a thong, while another suggests more sexual images.
ROBERT GIBBS, OBAMA SPOKESMAN, QUITTING JOB
WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Gibbs, the feisty press secretary whose job as President Barack Obama's chief spokesman and confidant has given him an outsized presence at the White House, announced Wednesday he was quitting for the less demanding, more lucrative role of giving paid speeches and advising the president from the outside world.
In a rapidly unfolding makeover, Obama was also closing in on a decision whether to tap William Daley, a former commerce secretary, for the vital gatekeeping job of White House chief of staff.
Obama and Daley met at the White House on Wednesday, and a presidential decision on that position was expected within days.
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