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Friday, January 7, 2011
House Constitution reading
Reps miss two paragraphs of historic document
By Jim Abrams
WASHINGTON — Republicans made history Thursday by staging the first-ever reading of the entire Constitution on the House floor. But that record may come with an asterisk: Democrats asked why original sections that later were amended, including references to slaves, were left out of the recital, and lawmakers initially did not catch that a couple of key paragraphs were omitted when two pages got stuck together.
Disputes and glitches aside,
Republican and Democratic lawmakers silenced their differences over what the words of the Founding Fathers mean for today's politics long enough to spend 90 decorous minutes reciting the venerable document.
The glitch was remedied several hours later when Rep.
Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., the organizer of the event, returned to the House floor to acknowledge that one of the readers had turned two pages at once, resulting in the omission of an Article IV section on the federal government protecting states from invasion and an Article V sec-
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struggle of African-Americans, given the struggle of women.”
"We fail to show the American people that imperfection is not to be feared anti that our ability to constantly improve on what the Founders gave us is a blessing, not a reason for divisiveness,” Black Caucus member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said.
Goodlatte said he and others had worked closely with the Library of Congress and the Congressional Research Service in coming up with the most accurate presentation of the Constitution. He noted to Jackson, son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, that another pioneer of the civil rights movement, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., had been asked to read the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery.
The reading also skipped the 18th Amendment that was ratified in 1919 to institute prohibition of alcohol. That amendment was overturned in 1933 by the 21st Amendment.
The solemn occasion was briefly interrupted by a protester when Rep. Frank Pal-lone, D-N.J., was reading the section of the Constitution that set out the eligibility requirements for the presidency. As Pallone read the words, “No person, except a natural-born citizen, or a citizen of the United States at the time of the adoption of this Constitution,’’ a woman yelled out “except Obama, except Obama!"
Pentagon plans to rein in spending
WASHINGTON (AP) —For the first time in more than a decade defined by costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Pentagon announced plans Thursday to freeze its ballooning budget forcing the services to shrink the Army and Marines and increase health care premiums for military retirees and their families.
The Pentagon says it can stop asking for annual budget increases in 2015, adjusting its spending only for inflation. The last time the Pentagon's budget went down was in 1998.
The plan is aimed at helping the nation whittle away at its massive deficit. But the proposal, which requires $78 billion in spending cuts and relies on another $100 billion in cost-sav
ing moves to cover urgent requirements, is tied to two assumptions: that the war in Afghanistan will end on time and that Congress will agree to plans to cancel popular job-making programs and charge retired military families more for health care.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged that projections about what the world will look like so far in the future have a troubled track record.
But the Defense Department is "not exempt" from belt-tightening just because of its charge to defend the nation, he said. "Looking five years into the future is through a pretty cloudy crystal ball," Gates said. "Any number of these decisions could be reversed."
From staff reports
nbisd board of TRUSTEES TO HOLD AEIS HEARING JAN. 17
New Braunfels ISD Board of Irustees will conduct a public hearing on Jan 17 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the annual Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards. The hearing is scheduled before the regular Board of Trustees meeting at 7 p.m. at the Education Center Board Room, 430 W. Mill St.
Ihe Texas Education Agency requires that school districts conduct a public hearing within 90 days of the late November release of the state reports.
The TEA’s multi-level rating accountability system -a report card account of how students in the entire district performed - scored NBISD on 26 indicators during the 2009-10 school year.
Of those indicators evaluating close to 5,000 students, 19 of those were at the Exemplary level: six were at the Recognized level: and one was at the Acceptable level.
District and campus ratings are based on student performance on Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests, dropout rates and high school completion rates.
AYP evaluates graduation rates, attendance rates, and participation and passing rates on the TAKS.
I he AEIS reports can be accessed on the TEA website, www.tea.state.tx.us.
All campuses in the NBISD have scheduled meetings so parents can review campus reports:
• New Braunfels Middle School: Jan. 10 at 4:30 p.m.
in the school library.
• The Learning Center:
Jan. 11 at 3 p.m.
• County Line Elementary: Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m.
• Klein Hoad Elementary: jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m.
• Lone Star Elementary: Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m.
• OakRun Middle School: Jan. 19 at 3:45 p.m.
•Walnut Springs Elementary: Ian. 21 at 2 p.m.
• Lamar Elementary: Ian. 21 at 2 p.m.
• Carl Schurz Elementary: Ian. 25 at 6 p.m.
• Memorial Elementary: Ian. 26 at 5:30 p.m.
• Seele Elementary: Jan. 27 at 6 p.m.
• New Braunfels High School: Feb. 1 at 6 p.m.
tion on amending the Constitution. Goodlatte proceeded to read the missing words into the Congressional Record.
Some 135 lawmakers from both parties participated in the reading of the document approved in 1787 and in operation since 1789. Leading off was new House Speaker John Boehner, who recited the "We the People” preamble. He was followed by outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who read Article I, Section 1 that gives legislative powers to Congress.
The document, long a subject both of reverence and wrangling, has never been read in its entirety in the House, and the event, coming on the second day of Republican control of the chamber,
was a nod to the tea partiers who returned Republicans to power.
l ea party backers often cited the Constitution in arguing that Washington is ignoring the limits of federal power outlined in the document.
Democrats went along, but before the reading started they asked why Republicans chose to omit sections, including those pertaining to slavery, that were later amended. In particular, they asked about the Article I, Section 2 clause that classified slaves as three-fifths of a person for tiie purpose of congressional apportionment and taxation.
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-III., asked why those elements of American history were being left out, "given die
UNITED WAY OF COMAL COUNTY ACCEPTING FUNDING APPLICATIONS
United Way of Comal County (IJWCC) has begun accepting applications for the July 2011 through June 2012 funding cycle. Nonprofit agencies in the county seeking funding through United Way of Comal County can access the application online at www.uwco-mal.org, or call the United Way of Comal County office at (830) 620-7760 to request an application.
A mandatory application training meeting will be held Friday, Jan. 21, at the McKenna Events Center in * New Braunfels beginning at 10 a.m. All agencies interested in applying for funding must attend. The deadline to turn in applications is Thursday, Feb. 17, by 4 p.m. All applications must be received in the UWCC office by that date and time in order to be considered for funding.
From The Associated Press
JACKPOT WINNER WAS 'PALE, SHAKING' WHEN HE WON
OLYMPIA, Wash. — No, Carolyn, it’s not a heart attack. It’s a fortune.
The man who bought one of two winning tickets in the $380 million Mega Millions lottery frightened his wife when he woke her Tuesday night to share the life-changing news.
"I was pale, shaking. She thought I was having a heart attack," retiree Jim McCullar recalled.
When his wife, Carolyn, asked if he was OK, he replied: "I'm perfect."
On Thursday, the couple and their adult children stepped forward to publicly claim one half of the second-largest lottery jackpot in history. Whoever is holding the other winning ticket, purchased in neighboring Idaho, remained a mystery.
At a news conference in Washington's capital city, the McCullars took hold of the oversized check, marveling at all the zeros in $190 million. Jim McCullar, 68, then promptly handed it over to his wife, 63.
"We’ve been married 41 years," he said. "I know what to do with this check."
officers at a mall in Chandler and then held workers at a fast food restaurant hostage now faces a slew of felony charges.
Adam Armando Hernandez Jr. surrendered after an hours-long standoff Wednesday and is being held on $1 million bond. Charges include kidnapping, attempted murder and assault on police officers.
Court records released Thursday show a U.S. Marshals Service task was tracking the 27-year-old when he drove to the mall and officers tried to stop him from entering. He reportedly ran inside, through several stores and outside again, where he opened fire on officers and hit one officer's SUV.
and Alfredo Avila, were captured with seven assault rifles and acknowledged killing the victim.
Ramses Mendoza, 30, was reported missing last week. His bullet-ridden head was found dangling from a bridge Monday, fastened with nylon rope and a metal ring.
WILL AUTISM FRAUD REPORT BE A VACCINE BOOSTER?
ATLANTA — This week more shame was heaped upon tiie discredited British researcher whose work gave rise to the childhood-vac-cines-cause-autism movement, as a prominent medical journal published a report that the man had faked his data. But will it make a difference?
Some believe the latest news will finally destroy the reputation of researcher Andrew Wakefield and put an end to the claim of scientific underpinnings for the anti-vaccine movement.
"We hope that declaring tiie paper a fraud will close that door for good," wrote the journal BMJ this week, in an editorial accompanying the report.
Yet at least some advoca
cy groups continue to take Wakefield's side. And though the latest report may ease the doubts of some parents, experts said they’d be surprised if the latest news changes views overall.
"This scared people and it's hard to unscare them," said Dr. Paul Offit, an infectious disease expert at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
STATE TV SAYS IRAN DID NOT ARREST AMERICAN WOMAN
TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian state television said Thursday that authorities did not arrest an American woman who tried to enter the country from Armenia, casting doubt on earlier media reports that she had been detained on spying charges.
The state-run Arabic-lan-guage A1 Alam TV quoted an informed source denying reports of her arrest and saying the woman was turned around at the border crossing because she did not have a visa.
Status: Planning approves of C of 0. ♦ Mile High Yard Works, 2961 IH 35
The following businesses applies for Certificates of Occupancy from the City of New Braunfels:
♦ Habitat for Humanity, 1311 Industrial Dr. Suite C
Status: Planning approves of C of 0.
♦ Accuquest Hearing Centers, 1619 E. Common St. Building L #1201 Status: Planning approves of C of 0.
♦ Los Cristales, 111 IH 35 S.
Status: Planning approves of C of 0.
♦ RV City, LLC, 4025 IH 35 South Status: Planning approves of C of 0.
♦ Zen Shop & Spa/ New Braunfels Lawnmower, 816 W. County Line Road
Status: Planning has denied the C of 0. Applicant must obtain a building permit to convert from a residential structure to a commercial one, as well as comply with regulations set forth in the Zoning Ordinance.
♦ ECI, 1732 Entrance Dr.
Status: Fire is waiting for remediation plans on modified fire sprinkler system; Planning approves of the C of 0.
♦ The Villas at Gruene Park, 66 Gruene Park Drive #203
Status: Need approval for existing building
MEXICAN POLICE ARREST 2 IN TIJUANA BEHEADING
T IJUANA, Mexico — Two purported drug dealers were arrested Thursday on suspicion of decapitating a man who owed them money and hanging his sev ered head from a bridge in the border city of Tijuana.
Baja California state prosecutor Fermin Gomez said the suspects, Joel Barriga
CITY PROVIDES CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING
The City of New Braunfels provides natural Christmas tree recycling.
Natural Christmas trees devoid of all ornamentation and stand can be set out at the curb as part of green waste collection. Green waste is collected on the same day as recycling.
Residents without curb-side services can bring trees to the City Recycle Center at 488 S. Castell Ave. Trees will be accepted after Christmas
until the end of the business day on Jan. 15.
Trees collected at the City Recycle Center will be chipped into free Christmas tree mulch. This mulch is available on a first-come, first-served basis from Jan. 8 until Jan. 15.
SUSPECT IN ARIZONA MALL SHOOTING HELD ON $1M BOND
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