New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 29, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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LOS ALAMOS, NJK.
Nuclear lab under siege from wildfire
A wildfire burning near the desert birthplace of the atomic bomb ------------ advanced
on the Los Alamos laboratory and thousands of outdcx>r drums of plutonium-contaminated
waste Tuesday as
Associated Press au^ofities stepped up efforts to protect the site and monitor the air for radiation.
Officials at the nation's premier nuc lear weapons lab gave assur-ances that dangerous materials were safely stored and c apable of withstanding flames from the 9 i-square-mile fire, which as of midday was as c lose as 50 feet from the grounds.
A small patch of land at the laboratory caught fire Monday before firefighters quickly put it out. Teams were on high alert to pounce on any new blazes and spent the day removing brush and low-hanging tree limbs from the lab's perimeter.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.
NASA confirms July 8 for shuttle launch
The last space shuttle laurtc h ever is set for July 8.
NASA managers met at Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday and confirmed Friday, July 8, as the launch elate for Atlantis.
The 12-day mission will close out the 30-year shuttle program.
NASA's chief of space operations, Bill Gersten-maier, said there was no fanfare at the gathering, just a thorough look at the mission and all the problems resolved in recent weeks by the shuttle team.
Transit agency to pay S1.3M to woman
A San Francisco Bay area transit agency has agreed to pay $1.3 million to the mother of a 22-year-old unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white transit officer in 2009.
John Burris, the family attorney for Oscar Grant, says Bay Area Rapid Transit reached the settlement with Wanda Johnson on Tuesday.
The settlement resolves a $50 million wrongful death and civil rights suit filed by Grant's family against BART.
Ark. chicken plant workers hospitalized
Five workers exposed to chlorine gas at a Tyson Foods Inc. chicken processing plant are in intensive care and about 50 others remain hospitalized after an accident caused by the unintentional mixing of two chemicals, the company said Tuesday.
The accident Monday at the Springdale plant resulted in tne evacuation of about 300 workers,
173 of whom were treated at hospitals. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chlorine gas can cause a range of respiratory problems, from irritated tissue to sudden death from narrowing of the upper airway.
1 acquitted in fatal ground zero fire
An asbestos-cleanup foreman who said he was a scapegoat for inspectors' failures was acquitted of manslaughter and all other charges Tuesday in a blaze that killed two firefighters at a ground zero bank tower.
Two other people were still awaiting verdicts in the sole criminal trial stemming from the blaze.
LAURA McKENZlE | Herald-Zeitung
The victim of what authorities are calling an accidental shooting is transported to an AirLife helicopter Tuesday evening at Rockin’ R on Gruene Road.
NBPD: Man accidentally shoots in self with rifle
By Datondo Moultrie
The Herald-Zeitung A 31 -year-old Corsicana man accidentally shot himself in the stomach while trying to change a tire on his pickup truck Tuesday evening in the parking lot of a river outfitter, police and witnesses said.
The man, whose name police Sgt. Tim Brinkkoeter did not have, was flown by helicopter to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Brinkkoeter said. He said the shooting was an accident.
It was about 5:55 p.m. when witnesses said they heard one shot and then the victim and his friends yelling.
Keena Edwards of New Braunfels was in the park
ing lot with her two children when they heard the shot then saw the victim on the ground.
"He was yelling, 'Ow,'" she said.
Edwards' daughter said she heard the victim's friends yelling for someone to call 9-1 -1. Edwards said she called 9-1-1 and was sure many other witnesses did, too.
One of the victim's friends who didn't want to be identified said he and three buddies had been on the Guadalupe River then returned to the victim's pickup truck at Rockin' R, 1405 Gruene Road. They noticed one of the truck's tires had a bubble in it and went to change the tire,
said the friend, who also said he and his party are all firefighters.
Tbe victim reached under the truck's seat to pull out a jack and it got caught on something, Brinkkoeter said. He said the trigger depressed and the rifle accidentally discharged.
The victim was snot in the lower left side of his abdomen and the bullet went through, said another witness, Doug Berry of San Antonio.
The victim's friend said the bullet appeared to have entered in an area where little damage would be done.
"It looked low enough that it didn't involve any major organs," he said.
Comal commissioners meet Thursday
From staff reports Comal County commissioners will meet at 8:15 a.m. Thursday at the Commissioners' Courtroom, 199 Main Plaza, New Braunfels.
Agenda items include:
• Consider an agreement
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Current Water Restriction Status:
NBU customers are now allowed to use a sprinkler or irrigation system one day per week based on the last digit of your address:
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4 or 5
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Everyone is asked to become more aware of water and use it responsibly. Experts estimate that more than 60% of our water supply goes toward outdoor use. It is also the type of usage where reductions can create the largest benefit. There are a number of techniques which can help you prepare for more severe drought without adversely affecting your lifestyle or your budget. NBU offers free water audits fa its customers to help identify areas where reductions in water consumption can be made. Just call (830) 608-8925 to schedule an audit.
Note: Watering with a hand-held hose, bucket, soaker hose that does not spray water in the air, a a drip irrigation system is still allowed on any day, but only before 10am and after 8pm.
There is also complete information about the days you may use a sprinkler during any stage of conservation and helpful water conservation ideas available at www.nbutexas.com under the Conservation tab or by calling (830) 608-8925.
with Guadalupe County to pay a portion of expenses for signage designating the Edmund Kuempel Memorial Highway. A portion of Texas Hwy. 46 has been designated as Rep. Edmund Kuempel Memorial Highway in honor of the late Seguin lawmaker, who represented New Braunfels and Comal County in the Texas Legislature.
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COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS When: 8:15 a.m. Thursday Where:
Commissioners’ Courtroom, 199 Main Plaza, New Braunfels
• Citizens' comments.
• A presentation by Karen Boyd of Comal County Historical Commission.
• Reports by county staff and elected officials on items of community interest.
• Consider applying for a grant to fund the purchase of radios for Comal County Sheriff's Office.
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NATO helicopters end Kabul siege
NATO helicopters fired rockets at gunmen on the rooftop of a besieged Kabul hotel early Wednesday, ending a more than four-hour standoff between militants and police that left at least seven dead and eight others wounded, Afghan officials said.
Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said six suicide bombers attacked the Inter-Continental hotel frequented by Afghan officials and foreign visitors. He said two were killed by hotel guards at the beginning of the attack and four others either blew themselves up or were killed in the airstrike or by Afghan security forces.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the rare, nighttime attack in the capital — an apparent attempt to show that they remain potent despite heavy pressure from coalition and Afghan security forces.
46 hurt in clashes on eve of key vote
Hours of rioting outside Greece's parliament left 46 people injured Tuesday, on the eve of a vote by lawmakers to adopt more painful austerity measures — a condition for bailout funds needeo to prevent a potentially disastrous default.
At least 14 people were arrested, authorities said, as youths clashed with riot police on-and-off for more than 10 hours and into the night, leaving the city center filled with tear gas and strewn with smashed-up marble paving stones. Unions nad begun a 48-hour strike that shut down services and staged mass rallies throughout the capital in another day of chaotic protest.
Security forces clash in Egypt
Egyptian security forces firing tear gas clashed with around 5,000 rock-throwing protesters in central Cairo late Tuesday, leaving dozens injured, witnesses said.
Clouds of tear gas and the wail of police sirens engulfed Tahrir Square as the security forces battled to regain control from the demonstrators, many of them family members of the more than 850 people killed during the revolution.
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