New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 8, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Weather tops IOO for second day
By Ron Maloney
If you thought it was hot Thursday, it was.
Temperatures topped IOO degrees 1 WEATHER for the second straight CONDITIONS day, with the high in j ■ A seven-day New Braunfels report- I forecast can
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National Weather Service Meteorologist Pat McDonald reamed the high might have been a record
See WEATHER, Page 2
NIGHTMARE IN THE STREETS ‘Hit man’
Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY EPA
A London double-decker bus, with its roof blown off in Woburn Place in central London onThursday following a series of bomb explosions in the capital.
An undercover officer who posed as a hit man Thursday testified that Jonathan Benavides said he didn’t care how his ex-girlfriend was killed.
The officer, who posed as a hit man named “Damon’’ who works for a fictional "Dixie Mafia,’’ said under questioning by Assistant District Attorney Geoff Barr that Benavides initially offered $2,000, but agreed to pay $ 10,000 for the “job.”
Benavides, 31, and alleged accomplice Samantha Kaderli Childs, 24, were arrested March 6 and 7,2004, and are charged with criminal conspiracy to solicit capital murder, a first-degree felony.
If convicted in 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison’s court, they face five to 99 years in state prison.
Childs allegedly connected Benavides to a friend who she thought could procure a hit man, but who instead informed police. Childs is the wife of Jeffrey Childs, a former New Braunfels police officer who resigned his job during the investigation. Jeffrey Childs
At least 37 dead in London terror strike
REACTIONS TO THE BOMBINGS IN LONDON
U.S. Sens. John Comyti and Kay Bailey Hutchison, ami U S. Rep. Henry Cuellar made the following statements regarding the terrorist attacks in London:
By Robert Barr
Associated Press Writer
LONDON —Terror struck in the heart of London on Thurs-day as explosions ripped through three subway trains and blasted the roof off a crowded red double-decker bus. At least 37 people were killed and more than 700 wounded in tile deadliest attack on the city since the blitz in World War II.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair blamed Islamic extremists and said the bombings were designed to coincide with the opening in Scotland of a G-8 summit of the world’s most powerful leaders. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the bombings — which came the day after London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics—have the “hallmarks of an al-Qaida-related attack.’’
Police said there had been no warning and that the blasts at three subway stations went off
within 26 minutes, starting at 8:51 a.m. in an Underground train just outside the financial district. Authorities initially blamed a power surge but realized it was a terror attack after the bus bombing near the British Museum at 9:47 a.m. — less than an hour after the first explosion.
Trapped passengers in the Underground railway threw themselves on die floor, some sobbing. As subway cars quickly filled with smoke, people used their umbrellas to try to break the windows so diat they could get air. Passengers emerged from the Underground covered with blood and soot. On the street, in a light rain, buses ferried the wounded, and medics used a hotel as a hospital.
“I didn’t hear anything, just a flash of light, people screaming, no thoughts of what it was. I just had to get out of the train," said
See BOMBING, Page 2
Q“The terrorist attacks in London are a reminder that, although its been four years since America was hit on 9/11, terrorists are looking for ways to attack innocent civilians around the world in an attempt to advance their jihadist aims. Unfortunately, Uiis is a new and different Sen. John kind of enemy that we find
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we should not let the passage of time break our resolve in taking die battle on the offensive to where die terrorists, live, work and train. So we must maintain our resolve and stay the course. We know diat this is still a very dangerous world and we’ve got to stay vigilant in the ongoing global war against terror."
“I extend my condolences to the victims and their families of the horrific and senseless terrorist attacks in London. The droughts and prayers of all Americans are with the people of Great Britain.
“Tile actions of cowards against innocent people will Rep. Henry not prevail; our resolve to
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“As President Bush meets this week at the G-8 Summit, today ’s horror should serv e as a reminder tliat while diere are many issues confronting the world, none are more important or time sensitive dian winning the War on Terror.
“The thoughts and prayers of my Senate colleagues and me are with Prime Minister Tony Blair and the British people. And here at home we must remain steadfast in the defense of our nation and the spread of liberty around the world."
See TRIAL, Page 3
I anda Park spring-fed swimming pool offers cool place to swim for all ages
NBISD names new principal, drug-test policy
By Melissa Johnson
New Braunfels Independent School District found itself a new liigh school principal and adopted the Student Drug Testing Program in one fell swoop.
NBISD Board ofTrustees appointed Robert Rodriguez principal of New Braunfels I ligh School in a special meeting Thursday night. Rodriguez was selected for die position on die basis of his des to the community and
See NBISD, Page 2
‘No parking signs making an impact in neighborhood
FORUM SOUND OFF
Readers write on Bush's stance on Iraq, fair committee, and banning alcohol on the river. Page 4
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Vol. 154, No. 199 12 pages, 1 section
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DEAR ABBY 8 CLASSIFIEDS 9 COMICS 7 CROSSWORD 7 FORUM 4
OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS 5 TV GRIDS 8
By Leigh Jones
Karen MacDonald spent a good portion of last summer playing parking attendant and trash collector.
MacDonald lives on South Street, right in the heart of the neighborhood formally known by tourists as “parking-lot-convenient-to-the-river.”
After continued complaints from residents, which grew particularly loud last summer, city council approved parking by permit in three areas this year.
MacDonald said she and her neighbors were relieved, and with the new “no parking” signs in place, they had considerably less trouble from inconsiderate tourists.
“I absolutely see a difference between
this year and last year. The noise level and litter has really reduced in front of my house. Traffic also is better because people are not circling the neighborhood looking for a place to park,” she said.
Even MacDonald’s out of town July Fourth guests noticed a difference.
“They were amazed,” she said, laughing.
Other than some complaints about the process residents use to obtain a paridng permit, Qty Manager Chuck Pinto said city hall phone lines were devoid of calls from frustrated residents, the best indication the signs were working.
While parking in MacDonald’s
See PARKING, Page 3
SPORTS LITTLE LEAGUE
Sparks fly following New Braunfels' forfeit win over Lockhart in Little League baseball. Page 5
A map indicating the locations of parking by permit areas in the city. These parking areas were i created earlier this year to prevent tourists parking on neighborhood streets near the river.
Parking by PermitThe Uptown Piano Bar is the place for Birthday Parties and Anniversaries
Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 E. San Antonio 830620-7600