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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas NFWK^ TFNNifï AP.AnFMY HFATINfî IIP THF «ÏIIMMFP CPnDTC in 50tNew Braunfels SATURDAY JULY a 2011Herald y    SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852 'é.- f'Shuttle blasts o£f for last time CAPE CANAVERAL, Ra. (AP) With a cry trom its commander to "light this tire one more time," th(* last shuttle thunck'red into orbit Friday on a cargo run that will c lose out thrcH? dec ades of lx)th triumph and tragecl^' for NASA and ushc'r in a period of uncertainty for America's space program. After some last-minute suspense over the weather and a piece of launch-pad ecjuipment, Atlantis and its four astronauts blasted off practically (jn sc hedule at 11:29 a.m., pierced a shroud of clouds and sc'ttled flawlessly into orbit in front of a crowd estimated at close to 1 million, the size of the throng that watched Apollo 11 shfxrt the mcK)H in 1 %9. It was the 1 iSth shuttle flight since the inaugural mission m 1981. "Let's light this fire one more time, Mike, and witn^s this great nation at its bt:>st," Atlantis commander C'hristof)hc‘r ft*rguson told launc h direc tor Mike I einKu h just before liftoff. Atlantis' c rc’W will d(x k with the International Sfwce Station on Sunday, deliver a year's worth ofc riti-cal supplier to the orbiting outpost, and bring the trash home. The shuttle’ is schedul(*d to land bac k on Eartb on |ulv 20 aftc'r 12 ► DEBT TALKS Grim jobs report shadows showdown WASHINGTON (AP) f’rc'sident Barack Obama used a bleak jobs report Fri-da\ to prc kI (ongrc'ss toward a switt agrc'ement on defic its and the national debt. But the highc'T unemployment numbers hardened partisan views that weak c'conomy c an't tok'rate added taxc's or c uts in s|)ending, botfi kc'y to the grand deal Obama scH'ks. White* House, longrc'S-sional negotiators and thc'ir aides workc>d to l)ridge diften-enc es over how to rc'duc e* long te>rm deficits b\ ,is muc h as $4 trillion ove‘r 10 ye\irs. Obiima )lani) to c all the eight top c’aders ot ( ongress to the White Flouseon Sun-dtiy t() assess (progress. Summing u ties ta( ing t ) th(’ difficui-H'm, House S >eaker John Boehner likenc'd the task to a notoriously conlounding puzzle. "This is a Rubik's (Tilx’ that wc‘ havenVt (|iiit(‘ worke^l out yet," he said. A budg(‘t agr('(‘ment is central to increasing the n.ition's lx)rrowing limit, cur-rc*ntly ca})pc*d at    tril lion, to avoid a potenitially catastrophic government deiault alter Aug. 2. That l(K)rning dc'adline and a nc'vv unem()1oyme>nt rale of 9.2 [K'ric'nt heightene'd the ()rc‘S-sure' for a clc*al, uniting the two most high-profile challengers now facing Obama's ()rcsidefii y. Obama called on Cjvn-grc*ss to move c^uic kly to raise' the debt ceiling. He said uiK certainty over a potential dc'tault has hindered hiring in th(' private se>ctor. "The soone^r we get this done, the sooner that the markets know that the debt limit ceiling will have bc'en raisc'd and that we have a se*rious plan to clc'ai with our dc'bl and deficit, the sooner we give our businessc’s the certainty they will ne^ed in order to make additional investments to grow and hire," Obama said from the Rose Garden, AREA RIVER FLOWS ds cubic t»et pet svcond •    Guadalupe at Sattler S6cfs •    Guadalupe at NB 47cfs •    Comal at NB    171 efs HIVEK aow HATI QUIUfc « RECREATIONAL- 100 499 cfs •    CHAilENGING — 500 799 cfs STRENUOUS-800 1,199 cfs •    DANGEROUS 1,200» cfs Uptimal tubmg on the Guadalupe is between 200 cts and -600 ctS: tubing IS    ¿í* safest below 1,000 cts Rafting is the mode of choice for    '...... levels above 1000 cfs. MERCURY ADVISORY STILL IN EFFECT AT LAKE L.AURA McKENZIE ! Ht^rald ¿'eitiinQ Tom Hoovey, left, baits a hook for his grandson, Caleb Herrera, 9, while fishing Friday at Canyon Lake near Overlook Park TROl}BLED WATER Canyon Lake finds itself on state watch list By Greg Bowen rtie Herald-Zeityng A health advisory calling for limite^d consumption of stripe'd bass and longnosecl gar caught in Canyon Lake because of their hi^h mercury conte’nt remains in e'ftect almost five years after it was issued in OctoDe'r 200b. The advisor)' was handed down by the Department of State Health Services following testing of Canyon Lake fish by state environmental officials in 2003 and 2005. More rcxient tests have nc)t lm*n conducted by the state and the advisory will remain in effect pending additional testing, according to Debbie Magin, director of water ciualitv servicers for Guadalupe Blanco River Authority. The warning advisees that adults not consume more than two 8-ounce servings per month of striped bass or longnosed gar caught from C'anyon Lake. For children under 12, the suggested limit is two 4-ounce portions [>er month. No consumption at all is advised for pregnant women and women of chilcl-bearing age. It is believe>d that exce^ss consumption of mercury can re'sult in such things as cancer, h('art prob lems, depression, memory k)ss, hair k)ss and more. The health e^ffects of mercury in one's system are typically experienced after long te^rm consumption of contaminate>d fish, said ( hristine Mann of the Department of State Health Services. Local health officials say they cannot recall any incidents ot mercury |)oisoning in ('omal ('ounty. "Mercury poisoning is not a rc'portable condition, so I do not have information on any mere u-ry poisonings relatc'd to ( anyon Lake," Mann said. See WATER, Page 3A days in orbit, though the flight might Ik> extended to a I ith day. After Atlantis' re*turn, it will be* lights out for the shuttk* program. Thousands of workeTs will Im’ I.Vid off within days. T1ic‘ sf)a( eshlp will Ixh; ome a muse»um pien e like the two oth(>r surviving shuttles, Dis cover> .»nd Fnek-avour ► U N, PROTESTS Perry defends execution HOUSTON (AP) (lov. Rick Pe'rrv re*l)utted criticism Friday from the United Nations and Sexre-t.irv of St.Jte Hitlarv Clinton tor Tex.j*’' exe( ution ot a Mexican in.m wliose* lawyc*rs s.iid he W.1S not informe'd he could have sought le'gal lu'lf) from the' Mexic an gove’rn-ni(*nf .ifti'r he was arre*stc‘d f( >r the murder of <i San Anto nto te'e'nager. "If you (ommit the most heinous ot c rime's m, you can e^xfient to face the ultimate' penalty uruk-r our Liws," l\*rrv's Kathc'rinc' Ce>sing(‘r said dav after (onvufe'd killer Humberto Lc'al was put to dcMth in I luntsvilk'. In Gc'neva, the' IJ.N.'s top luiman rights otiicial said I {'al's ex(‘( ution amounti'd to .1 breai h of mterncUional Liw by the LIS. Fhe h'xas go\ernor has the authority in excHufion (list's to issue a oiK'-time U)-(la\ reprieve, an authoritv Perr)' and other k'xas governors rari'K have invoke'd "After reviewing the* total-it\ of till' issue's that Ic'd to 1 ('al's conviction, as wt'll as th(' nunK'rous (ourt tulings surrounding the case, in( luding the most r(>( <'nt Su[)reMn(' (j)urt ruling on Ihiirsday, ( jov. P('rr\ agrt'cd Leal was guilty of tapirig and bludgc'oning a 1 (i-vear-okl girl to (k*ath," C'esinger saicL Adria Saucc'da was killed in 19M4 in a gruesome attack in which her head was bashc'd with a iO- to 40-pound piexe of asphalt and she* was rapc'd, stran* glc'cl, bit and the*n left nude on a dirt road with a [)ich e of wood stuck in her. WEATHER/5A CARLOS HERNANDEZ GCX}OWIN FRAZIER ELEMENTARV Cactus Pear Festival Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, artistic director and founder of the Cactus Pear Music Festival, plays with a group of musicians during Friday's free Young People Concert a! McKenna Event Center, The testivai is celebrating its 15th season. This year’s theme is Tour De Musique. LAUfiAMcKENZIt Herald Zeitung A lot of sun and a lot Of heat High: 98 Low: 7 3 Abby . ........ 2B Classifieds m Comics .. SÄ Crossword Forum .4A Qbituarigs „ - lA ElaoDfiL. ..................-ÍA Sßflrts IB TV - 2B Vol. 158; I No. 206 2 sections, 14 pages 8 ••56825 00001 50 cents For breaking news, sports scores, weattier, traffic and midday updates, follow us on Twitter ONewBrauhfelsHZ Wl Learn what's in tomorrow’s paper, offer news tips, receive alerts. Become a New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Facebook fan. [TTr Receive the Herald-Zeitung e-newsletter in your e-mail box each JmJC morning: Click 'Herald-Zeitung Mailing List' ;