New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 13, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comal County could be a damp place for a while, with a 40 percent chance of showers today, 20 percent tonight and a 30 percent chance on Thursday. Skies today will be cloudy, turning partly cloudy tonight. Winds today and Thursday will be out of the east at 5-10 miles per hour, diminishing during the night. Sunset today will be at 8:33 p.m., and sunrise Thursday at 6:40 a .rn.Tourney Continues
The New Braunfels National and American Little league All-star teams will continue Area I tournament action tonight on the National League field near Lands Park. Play begins at 7:30 p.m. See Page SA.Checking It Out
The Travis County District Attorney's office is expanding its investigation of campaign loans made to state officials and candidates during the 1980 elections. Sea Page SA
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Attorney says Morgan 'sex tapes' stolen by reporter
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif (AP) - A lawyer who first claimed to have "sex tapes" of model Vicki Morgan and high government officials, then said they were stolen by a reporter, should get "out of the press conference and into a court of law," a prosecutor says.
In a bizarre twist to the tale of the elusive videotapes, Beverly Hills attorney Robert K. Steinberg claimed Tuesday that the purported tapes were stolen by a reporter he refused to name. Hours later, he was ordered to produce them in court — or face a contempt citation unless he explains to a judge’s satisfaction what happened to them.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Jim
Basque, whose office subpoenaed the tapes as possible evidence in Miss Morgan's murder, said that apart from Steinberg’s statements, there is no evidence they
"I think the threshold question is the very existence of the tapes, and secondly the alleged theft of the tapes, and I think ifs about time that we get Mr Steinberg out of the press tconference and into a court of law to talk to a judge about these matters," Bascue said after a day of confusing statements about the tapes.
Steinberg had claimed Monday that the tapes showed six men — including the late millionaire Alfred Bloomingdale, a congressman, two appointed ad
ministration officials and two prominent businessmen They supposedly were shown in sex acts with four women. Steinberg claimed Miss Morgan, 30, who was found beaten to death last week, appears on the tapes only with Bloomingdale, a friend of Proudent Reagan who died of cancer Aug. 20.
Miss Morgan had filed a $10 million "paUmony " lawsuit against Bloomingdale shortly before his death, claiming they had been lovers for 12 years Most of the suit was dismissed After declining comment on the tapes' disappearance for most of the day
See MORGAN, Page MA
Kraft, Rushing file for council
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
Just moments before the 5 p.m. filing deadline rolled around, the Aug. 13 City Council election turned into a real race. Two races, in fact.
Valdemar Espinoza and Gerald Schaefer, who had been running unopposed in their respective districts, each picked up an opponent late Tuesday.
Norman Kraft of 492 S. Mesquite opposes Espinoza in District 1. Kraft. 63, lists his occupation as "retired," and has been a familiar face at City Council meetings of late.
Betty Lou Rushing, a retired teacher who has also taken an active role in city affairs, filed against Schaefer in District 2. Schaefer is an incumbent candidate. Mayor Pro Tem for the past two years, and is seeking his third term on the council.
The slate is now set, as the filing period ended Tuesday. Citizens who have not registered to vote in
the Aug. 13 election have until 5 p.m. Thursday to do so.
The Kraft-Espinoza race will test New Braunfels' new election system, which is still under review at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Although Kraft represents an ethnic majonty in New Braunfels, he’ll be running as a minority candidate in District I, which is more than 60 percent Mexican American.
The new election plan came about as the result of pressure from the city’s Hispanics, who felt that the former at-large system made it next to impossible for a minority candidate to be elected.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund still objects to certain features of the new district system, and this is presumably what the Justice Department is studying right now
If the federal agency doesn't approve the plan by Aug. 13, New Braunfels may have to cancel its election.
Services held for reporter
Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday for Herald Zeitung reporter Jacqueline B. Smith, 24, at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home. Miss Smith, of 1565 E. Hwy 81, New Braunfels, was killed in a car-train wreck Monday night on FM 3009 near Garden Ridge.
She was born Aug 31, 1958 in Ashtabula, Ohio to Richard W. and Hazel (nee Wnghtnour) Smith. Her father preceded her in death. She had been a reporter for the Herald Zeitung for the past three years. She was also a member of the Cotillion Club in Harlingen, Texas, the Foreign Students Exchange Group Tour and Texas Press Women. Survivors include her mother, Hazel,; her grandmother, Mabel Wrightnour of Andover, Ohio; one brother, Roy Fowler of Scottsdale, Aru., and an aunt, Mrs. J.W. Westphall of Buffalo, N Y.
The Rev. J. Linwood Kennedy officiated at the services.Pain relievers slapped by FTC
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Trade Commission ruled today that advertising claims for some of the best known over-the-counter pain relievers were misleading and ordered the drug makers to drop claims of superiority unless they have proof.
The decision affects Buffers, Excedrin, Bayer Aspirin, Cope, Vanquish and Midol products.
The ruling came in a pair of commission decisions affecting Bristol-Myers Co. and Sterling Drug Inc.
Such claims as Excedrin being better than aspirin and Bayer being superior to other brands of aspirin have not been adequately substantiated and must be dropped unless clinical proof is provided, the FTC ruled And future advertising rn which other pain relievers are compared to plain aspirin must disclose if the advertised
product contains aspirin, the commission added.
However, the FTC did not order the companies to run corrective advertising to clear up any false impressions left by past ad campaigns.
In its decision, the commission said Bnstol-Myers had falsely claimed that doctors recommend Buffenn more than any other non-prescription pain reliever The ruling also said the firm had falsely represented that Ex-cedrin contains special or unusual ingredients
Sterling, rather than try mg to disguise that its products contam aspirin, trumpeted that fact, the FTC said However, it said the firm lacked support for claims that its Bayer products have greater purity, stability, freshness or disintegration speed. In the future, the
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Vol. 92 - No. 138
WEDNESDAY July 13,1983 25 cents
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Gamed Burns, a resident of the Eden Home tor the Aged, and a black kitten get to know each other better during the Pet a Pet program Tuesday The program was sponsored by the local Humane Society, as puppies and kitten from the society's animal shelter were the guests of Eden Home residents Related photo. Page 3ABudget crunch
CISD data may mean tax rollback election
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Comal Independent School District trustees reviewed a budget proposal for the 1963-64 school year Tuesday night, and weren't real happy with what they saw.
The 1963-64 estimated budget of $13,294,714 earned an overall increase from last year s budget of $878,000 l^ast year, the district had over SI million rn carryover ta help balance out increasing costs This year, CISD could face a rollback election.
"A rollback works like this." CISD Business Manager Hugo Nowotny said "We compute the effective tax rate for 1963-64, which is 64 31 cents per $100 valuation, ll we go over 3 percent of last year s effective tax rate, we have to have a hearing lf we go $ percent or over, that triggers the possibility of a rollback election — but only if 16 percent of the qualified voters in the district sign petitions **
As a result, CISD could face such an election ti the tax rate for 1963-64 exceeds 69 45 cents The lowest tax rate presented Tuesday was 77 cents, and that would mean the board would have to decide not to grant a 40 percent homestead exemption, which it can do under a law passed by the 1981 Legislature.
Trustees have not voted on the exemption, but the budget was compiled with the assumption that it would be granted, as it was last year That would result rn an 86 4-cent tax rate Petitions are the ke> word, because without them, a school board doesn't have to call an election, even if it goes over 8 percent. But if the rollback passed, we’ve got troubles, Nowotny said. "The rollback would not affect the 1983-64 school year But rn 1964 65, we d have to revert back to the 1962-83 effective tax rate That's what a bt of people don't comprehend We don't renege on the 1963-64 school year. That stays the same But for 1964-65 year, we d have to go back to 196243 "
Basic mathematics makes the picture a little dearer ‘ Okay, in 1962-63, we collected roughly $5 million in taxes In 1963-64, we need 86.600.000, so say, we have a rollback election, and it passes," Nowotny said "In 1964-85. even if we need $7 million, all we can have is 85 million ”
CISD is not alone. Supt Edgar Wdihelm said At least 400 school districts in Texas are subject to rollback this year And if the rollback trap is sprung, that could mean cutbacks in extra-curncular activities. personnel, and even quality education
We couldn't get under the 69 45 cents per $100 valuation t to stay under rollback, even if we adopted the same budget we had last year,” WUlheim grumbled
Nowotn> told the trustees that he anticipated having to borrow money to meet the September, and maybe even the October, payrolls "It depends on when the tai bills go out. I hope I'm wrong, but
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NBISD on the move
New superintendent pledges fewer meetings
Trustees of the New Braunfels Independent School District whipped through Tuesday s agenda in less than 30 minutes, spent dose to an hour in executive session and adjourned by 9 15 p.m
New superintendent Charles R. Brad-berry hopes to make this a trend In fact, he's suggested that the board cut its schedule to one business meeting per month, with an absolute curfew of 9 30 p.m.
Starting in September, Bradberry recommends a regular "study session" on the first Tuesday of each month Reports and background information would be presented to trustees for review and discussion, but no official action would be taken.
With those items out of the way, Brad-bsrry thinks the board should be able to make all necessary decisions within a reasonable space of tune on the third
Tuesday of each month "I assure you we can get you out of here in two hours lf not, we < the district administrators i are not doing our job We're not giving you enough information,” said Bradberry, who stepped into former superintendent O E Hendricks shoes on July I.
But Uke a good executive. Bradberry hedges his bet* "lf I'm unable to get you out of here by 9:30, then we’ll go back to our plan of two meetings per month, he said
For starters, trustees agreed to cancel the scheduled July 19 meeting, since they took care of all immediate business on Tuesday night The items on the agenda were mostly routine. The board approved the resignations of two teachers, hired one replacement, set the amount af the Timmerman and Mills scholarships for 198243 and authorized payments for legal
services, financial services and removal of asbestos from New Braunfels High School Harriet Fleche, high school drama and English teacher, submitted one of the resignations She will be replaced by Kathryn L. Ward, formerly a teacher at Canyon High School in the Comal ISO Luisa Masters, middle school drama teacher, has also indicated an intention to leave NBISD The amount for the two Timmerman scholarships < given to one prospective sri and one prospective business major each year) and the Mills scholarship (given to an aspiring Eng bsh major) was sat at $1,560 for each 196243 recipient, payable in two $756 installments But trustees want to look into the possibility of more scholarships next year, because they had money left over The Tunmerman fund contained 85.468 Uhs
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New superintendent Cheries Bradberry, with board president Margy Waldrip