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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 14, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY, JULY 14,2009Zeitung SPORTS Oolng yard MLB's All-Stars compete In the Home Run Derby. Paifi«BNEWS Patal eraah San Marcos man dies In Louisiana wreck. Paig« 2 Conrial County since 1852. Vói. lisi Na ¡211............................................................................................................ 14 pages, 1 section CLICK i 800 i HOT High Low 102 74 Details .....7 DEAR ABBY 9 OASStREDSn.» COMICS 8 CROSSWORD 8 FORUM 4 OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS 8 TV GRIDS 9Sotomayor faces Dovmtown parking restrictions likely critics as Senate hearings begin Sonia Sotomayor WASHINGTON (AP) — Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic Supreme Court noininee in history, vowed loyalty to "the impartiaUty of our justice system" Monday, c o n -fronting Republican skeptics at Senate hearings suffused with racial politics but all but certain to lead to her confirmation. "My personal and professional experiences help me to listen and understand, with the law always commanding the result in every case," the 55-year old Sotomayor said in her first substantive remarks in public since President Barack Obama nominated her seven weeks ago. Her comments amounted to a pome Imm llBiifibitttal to Repiriillcans who have criticized her 2001 cxmunent that a "wise Latina %vofnan with the richness of her experiences" m^^mdce better nd-ingsthanawhitemale. Despite GOP misgivings, Democrats command a la^ mi^oiity in the ccxnmittee and the Senate as a whole, and there seemed virtually no doubt about the ultimate outcome "Unless you have a com plete meltdown, you're going to get confirmed," Sen. Lind-sey Graham, R-S.C., tokl her. ^Andldon't think you wiO" have a meltdown, he added quickly as Sotomayor sat listening, her face in a half-smile. She'll answer questions y her own five-minute statement Unlike senators who will vote on her appointment, Sotomayor made no overt reference to her place in history as the daughter of Puerto Rican parents who moved to New Yoik. Instead, she said her life has been "uniouely American," and she readied a childhood in a south Bronx housing project. "I want to make one special note of thanks to my mother," she said. "I am here today because of her aspirations and sacrifices for my brother juan and me." Sotomayor spoke after listening for houra as Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Conmiittee praised her as a pioneer well qualified for the high court and Republicans questioned her impartiality and accused Obama of adhering to a double standard in selecting her. Obama named Sotomayor to replace Justice David Souter, who went home to New Hampshire after retiring last month. CISD board to discuss teacher salaries, raises ByAMtoMcEachMn The Herald-Zeitung Comal Independent School District officials are asking the board of tr^fstees to approve 2009-2010 g teacher 8 a 1 a r y _ , "7 p.m. Wednesday I CISD board meeting schedules and compensation ■ Support this week, a Services movethkt 14041-35 North would then have to be signed off on by the federal government The board is «Epected to diKuss teacher salary pay for the upcoming school year --including raises funded by Masl stimulus money—at to meeting WBdnesday flight at 7 pjn. at the aSD Support Services buikUng. CISD teacher pay raises averaged at $1,500 for the 2009-^10 schod year. The sute legislature has i^ioved the teacher salary pay, hoivever, since stimulus mmey is bdi^ used, federal i^iproval is required. K^ Hutdiison, assistant superintendent for human resources, said the state had filed an application with the federal government on July 1 and it would probably take 10 to 15 days before the state would hear back. ''We are asking that trustees approve the salary schedule and compensation for all employee groups and that it is contingent on federal government approval," Hutchison said Monday. "Once it is approved, it wUl then come to Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott who will also have to give the go ahead. Only then will it come back to the boaid." All of the proposed raises would be void if the district does not receive the federal OK, said Hutchison. "As we've been hiring we've been very clear that mployees look at the 2008-2009 salary schedules and stand by b^ause of how the money is currently tied up," Hutdtisonsaid. In other business, Jodi Duron, assistant superintendent for academic and See CISD, Page 3 City council passes first reading of possible two-hour time limitByTh^fon Bilttrtu The Herald-Zeitung Qty Council took the first step Monday night toward addressing parking issues in the downtown area. A proposed ordinance limiting downtown parking to two hours easily passed a first reading, but residents and council members alike made it dear they believed it was a temporary solution to a long-standing problem. "This is not a permanent solution," said New Braunfels Mayor Bruce Boyer. "As we continue with ideas to develop downtown, at some point in time the decision is going to have to Richard Zapata be made: do we want downtown to be a destination or a pass-through area?" The orilinanci" passed with two amendments, lirst-timc ofTctulcrs would receive a warning instead ol a $2f> fine, and the ordinance, if approvinl on swond reading, would expire after an IH month period in order for council to analyze its effectiveness. The ordinance establishes a "downtown parking zone" encompassing most of the major approaches tt». and including, Main Pliiza. Street-front parking on See PARKING, Page 3Support on the home front Canyon Lake Blue Star Mothers provide forum for military families By Scott 8tick«r The Herald-Zeitung Susan Green stood proudly and beamed as her son leaned down to stick a Blue Star Nfothers pin on her bright blue shirt embroidered with her name. Canyon Lake Blue Star Mothers, an organization for mothers who have children serving in the military, conducted their aimual pinning ceremony Saturday morning at St. Andrew Lutheran Church at Canyon Lake. U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jacob Green put commemo rative pins on all the blue-dad parents. Susan Green, vice president of the group, said she was proud to have her son speak to the group. "The Blue Star Mothers is an oiganization for anyone with a son or daughter in the military," ^e said. "We meet once a month here in the Canyon Lake area and do whatever we can to support our troops." The group puts together care packages and donations for any organization it can, Susan Green said. See BLUE STAR, Page 3 LAURA McKENZNE/Hcr^ld-Zeitung ABOVE: Loretta Hehs swears in members of the Canyon Lake Blue Star Mothers during a meeting St. Andrew Lutheran Churcn m rille. BELOW: Sat. Jacob Green, left, places a >ershlp pin on Steve Evans' collar during the inyon Late Blue Star Mothers pinning ceremor on Saturday. Fathers, like Evans, and supporters Saturday morning at St. Andrew Lutheran Churcn in BELOW: rship pin o ^on Late Blue Star Mothers pinning ceremony Startzville. membershli Cai are also members of'the group. Report: Kim Jong II diagnosed with pancreatic cancer SEOUL, Soutii Korea (AP) — North Korea's authoritarian ____________ leader Kim Jong D is suffering fit)m pancreatic cancer and is not expected to live more than five years» a news report said, the latest speculation to emerge ¿out his health after he reportedly suffered a i^m strokefantyear. jongll Analysts, however, were skqytk»!, saying Kim's increasing iq^tearances in pubUc this year sufflè ^ 4 that he is imlikely to be suffering from cancer. Kim made his latest "fidd-guid-ance" trip to a newly built tile fEictory, the North's state media said later Monday. South Korea's YTN television reported Monday that the 67-year-old strongman was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer around the time he collapsed due to a purported stroke — reportedly in August last year. YTN quoted unidentified intelligence officials in South Kmea and China as saying the disease is "threatening" Kim's life and that he might die soon. Details were few, however, and the report ofifered no information on why the sources think Kim has cancer. The report said that pancreatic cancer is usually only discovered in its final stage, and considering Kim's age, he would not live more than five years. The American Cancer Society lists rather less optimistic data; it says about 20 percent of people live at least one year after they discover they have pancreatic cancer but that fewer than 5 percent survive as long as five years. South Korean government officials said they could not confirm the report or had no information on it. lÉBtov mmmmtmmrnmmÊmw vigliti pmwmrn vhilt or cmtt («30) for eomptotoInibniwttoii w^bmi^émmmâmà wmtmîng émym •nd tìmmm^f NBU c^miommrm m ;