New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 30, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
McKenna splits $1.58M among 36 groups
McKenna Legacy Foundation divided $1,582,231 among 36 non-profit organizations in New Braunfels and Comal County, mak-ing 2011 McKenna's largest responsive grant r ommitmenf yet.
Organizations receiving fund ing influence health care, education and overall well-being in the community, according to Jerry Major, foundation CF().
"The mission is to enhance the well-being of the community in New Braunfels," Major said, "We are confident this grant cycle will impact the area positively.
Organizations receiving grant •funding were notified June 15, three months after the application deadline.
The largest grant, $180,(XX), was awarded to Communities in Schools to fund a drop-out prevention program. Habitat for
Humanity of Comal County rec eived $175,(XX), to acquire land and builders
Additional grant recipients include Salvation Army Service Center, Hope Hospice, Brauntex Performing Arts Center, New Braunfels Citizens Polic e Academy Alumni Assoc iation and FI Centro Del Barrio.
From January to March, organizations applied for grants. The legacy's board then reviewed and
assessed applications in the months following.
"We try to place the money where it will have the greatest impact," Major said. "You have to look at programs, and what they are asking for, and what they intend to do with it (the money). It would be nice to give everyone what they recjuest, but the numbers don't work out that way."
Since the first grant cycle in 2009, $7,075,821 nas been given
from Mc Kenna Legacy Foundation. Responsive and strategic grants account for $4,263,411 of that amount, and the remaining $2,812,410 funds McKenna ( om munity Programs.
"This whole thing is possible due to the sale of the hospital and the generosity of people in New Braunfels. There would not Ix* a foundation without the long-term support of people here and in Comal County," he said.
Timberlake among MySpace buyers
Justin Timberlake apparently wasn't satisfied with just playing a —in social
media impresario in the movies, so now he's becoming one in real life.
The pop star, who played Napster cofounder Sean Parker in "The Social Network," a movie about Facebook, has joined Specific Media in buying its downtrodden rival, MySpace, from News Corp. in a deal that closed Wednesday.
Cities line up to contest 2010 census
With jobs and federal aid at stake, U.S. cities are lining up to contest their 2010 census counts as too low.
A decade ago, there were 1,200 challenges filed by cities, towns and counties.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is predicting a big jump in that number, due in part to tighter budgets that make local officials more sensitive to potential drop-offs in
federal money for Medicaid and other programs.
Nearly $450 billion in federal aid is distributed to states based on population each year, or roughly $1,500 per person.
Anthony’s defense ready to wrap up
Casey Anthony's father broke into tears Wednesday when telling jurors about his suicide attempt some six weeks after his granddaughter's body was founti, undercutting defense claims that the girl was not slain by her mother but accidentally drowned and that he helped cover it up.
Anthony, 25, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Caylee Anthony in summer 2008. The prosecution contends she suffocated the child with duct tape.
Her remains were found in the woods near her grandparents' home in December that year.
Lead defense attorney Jose Baez said the defense should rest its case sometime today, leaving only a short rebuttal by the prosecution. Judge Belvin Perry tentatively said closing arguments could come Saturday and that he would hand the case over to the jury that evening or on Sunday.
Greece passes cuts as riots seize capital
Greece fended off a bankruptcy that threatened to roil global finan-_ dal markets,
approving severe spending cuts and tax increases Wednesday in the face of violent
protests by Greeks who say they have suffered enough.
The package of austerity measures would keep bailout money flowing to Greece from other European countries and the International Monetary Fund. It would free $17 billion in fresh loans.
Scholars say biblical burial box genuine
Israeli scholars have confirmed the authenticity of a 2,000-year-old burial box that appears to bear the name of a relative of the high priest Caiaphas mentioned in the New Testament, the
Israel Antiquities Authority said Wednesday.
The find offers support for the existence of the biblical Caiaphas, who appears in the New Testament as a temple priest and an adversary of Jesus who played a key role in his crucifixion.
The stone chest used to store bones is decorated with the shapes of flowers and bears an inscription with the name "Miriam daughter of Yeshua son of Caiaphas, priest of Maaziah from Beth Imri."
Outbreak traced to Egypt seeds
European food and disease prevention authorities said Wednesday they are investigating whether the E. coli outbreak in Germany and France may be traced back to fenugreek seeds imported from Egypt either in 2009 or last year.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control and European Food Safety Authority said in a report "there is still much uncertainty about whether this is truly the common cause of all the infections."
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Confrontational president rebukes GOP on debt talks
In a blistering rebuke of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Wednesday pressed lawmakers to accept tax increases as part of a deal to cut the nation's deficits and avoid a crippling government default. "Let's get it done," Obama challenged, chiding Congress fcx frequent absences from Washington.
Senators from Obama's own Democratic forty quickly said they'd consider canceling next week's July 4 recess to work on a possible agreement, and as the day went on senators said they assumed they would stay.
In a White House news conference, Obama offered one fresh wrinkle to try to give the economy and pessimistic voters a lift, calling on Congress to pass a one-
year extension of the Social Security payroll tax cut that employees got this year. But he used most of the hour-long session to try to sway public opinion his way on the debt debate consuming Washington.
Obama accused Republicans of intransigence over tax hikes, comparing their leaders to procrastinating children and painting them as putting millionaires, oil companies and jet owners ahead of needy students. One Democratic official said that in talks to date, the administration was seeking roughly $4(X) billion in higher tax revenue over the next decade.
Responding quickly to the news conference, the Republican House Speaker, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, shot back that the president
was ignoring reality.
"His administration has been burying our kids and grandkids in new debt and offered no plan to rein in spending," Boehner said as the day's events seemed only to entrench both sides. "The president is sorely mistaken if he believes a bill to raise the debt ceiling and raise taxes would pass the House. The votes simply aren't there."
Obama insisted he wouldn't support a deal to cut ‘he deficit unless it includes higher tax revenue, not just spending cuts. Republicans have refused to consider that.
The stalemate threatens to derail an extension of the nation's $14.3 trillion debt limit, which in turn could lead the government into an unprecedented default.
Judges uphold Obama health law
In the first ruling by a federal court on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a panel handed the administration a victory Wednesday by agreeing that the government can require a minimum amount of insurance for Americans.
A Republican-appointed judge joined with a Democratic appointee for the 2-1 majority in another milestone for Obama's hotly debated signature domestic initiative — the first time a Republican
Tropical Storm Arlene moves toward Mexico
VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP)
The first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season gained force as it headed for Mexico's central Gulf coast Wednesday evening, bringing a threat of floods and mudslides.
Tropical Storm Arlene could become a weak hurricane before hitting land north of the coastal city of Tuxpan early Thursday, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. Officials in the states of Veracruz, Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosi said they were monitoring the storm and preparing for possible flooding.
The state oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos, said it was considering whether to evacuate its oil platforms off the Veracruz coast but had made no public announcement by Wednesday evening.
federal court appointee has affirmed the law's merits.
The White House and Justice Department hailed the panel's affirmation of an earlier ruling by a federal court in Michigan; opponents said challenges will continue.
At issue is a conservative law center's lawsuit arguing on behalf of plaintiffs that potentially requiring them to buy insurance or face penalties could subject them to financial hardship. The suit warns that the law is too broad and could lead to
more federal mandates.
Thomas More Law Center argued before the panel that the law was unconstitutional and that Congress overstepped its powers.
The government countered that the measure was needed for the overall goal of reducing health care costs and reforms such as protecting people with pre-existing conditions. It said the coverage mandate will help keep the costs of changes from being shifted to households and providers.
Police: Vandals strike car
From staff reports
Three 2 2-year-old men were charged recently with criminal mischief in connection with the vandalism of an acquaintance's vehicle in New Braunfels, city police said.
The suspects shattered glass and slashed tires on a man's Mitsubishi Out-larider early Tuesday in a parking lot, said Capt. Michael Penshorn, New Braunfels Police Department. He said each man was charged with criminal mischief $1,500 to $20,000, and one also was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Charged were Christopher Cole Carter, Mathew Christian Chelf and Nathan Aaron Kneupper, who faces the additional charges, Penshorn said. He said Carter and Kneupper are from New Braunfels, and Chelf has no address.
Pólice were calk'd about 2:25 a.m. Tuesday to the 700 block of Howard Street, where a man reported seeing three people run from his vehicle that had been damaged, Penshorn said. He said the man gave police a description of a car the men used to flee and that car was located with the suspects.
The man knew the suspects and had been in a previous dispute with them, Penshorn said.
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