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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 13, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ■ SPORTS, 1B Local hoop stars make all-district f $424 AfNUfait ■ UFE, 1C Historic home tour planned Saturday HZ ONUNE EXCLUSIVE  —k. Update on replacement of cylinder shafts at Canyon Dam SUNDAY MARCH 13, 2011 Texas V|p Newspaper of the YearZeitungServing New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. $1.50 ' .V- t‘ Meltdown threat in Japan Cooling systems failing at coastal nuclear plants The Associated Press IWAKI, Japan — Cooling systems failed at another nuclear reactor on Japan’s devastated coast Sunday, hours after an explosion at a nearby unit made leaking radiation, or even outright meltdown, the central threat to the country following a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. The Japanese government said radiation emanating from the plant appeared to have decreased after Saturday’s blast, which produced a cloud of white smoke that obscured the complex. But the danger was grave enough that officials See JAPAN, Page 8ADid you remember to spring ahead? The official Daylight Savings Time change was at 2 a.m. today. Don't forget to move your clocks one hour ahead or else you're going to be late to church today! Standard time returns Nov. 6. ► TEACHERS RALLY 1,000s protest education fund cuts Busload of local teachers among those at Capitol By April Castro The Associated Press AUSTIN — Thousands of teachers, students and parents flocked to the Texas Capitol on Saturday to protest a proposal to cut $10 billion in state education spending, which they say will force wide-spread teacher layoffs and ruin public schools. Among the protesters were teachers from Comal and New Braunfels independent school districts. The protesters formed a procession stretching seven blocks and marched through the state government campus to the south steps of the Capitol while local band students beat drums. It was one of the largest grassroots gatherings at the Capitol in recent years, although it fell far short of the 10,000 people organizers had hoped would show up. Department of Public Safety troopers estimated the crowd at less than 5,000. Texas is facing a revenue shortfall that could reach $27 billion when counting population growth and higher costs. The hole was caused by the recession and a new business tax that has not raised as much money as projected. Independent experts have estimated as many as a third of Texas school teachers could lose their jobs if lawmakers adopt the budget Republicans put forward with the support of Gov. Rick Perry. The shortfall also will affect other aspects See TEACHERS, Page 8A lO-MONTH-OLD NEEDS A LIVER TRANSPLANT LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Lindsay and Roy Friedrich sit with their daughter Claire, 10 months, at their New Braunfels home on March 5. Claire has been diagnosed with biliary atresia, a rare liver disease. CUDDIES FOR CLAIRE New Braunfels toddler battling rare liver disease By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung Claire Friedrich is only 10 months old, yet she already is waging the battle of her life. The New Braunfels toddler was bom with biliary atresia, a liver disease that destroys the bile ducts. It affects one out of every 20,000 infants in the country, and can ultimately lead to cirrhosis and eventual liver failure. That means Claire will need a liver HOWTO DONATE To help Claire Friedrichs, visit www. Donations can be made by mail to: Claire Evelyn Friedrich Irrevocable Trust, PO Box 312455, New Braunfels, TX 78131 transplant, and family and friends are seeking donations to help wage her battle. With the help of family and friends, parents Roy and Lindsay Friedrich have created a website — The site informs folks about the disease and provides updates on Claire’s progress. “She’s doing good right now,’’ Lindsay said. “We’re focusing on gaining weight. They want her as big as she can be because the healthier she is, the better the transplant will go.” There’s no known prevention or cure for biliary atresia, though researchers believe those suffering from the disease might have a genetic supposition for a virus. As the infant’s immune system tries to destroy the virus, it systematically See CLAIRE, Page 8A ► SPRING BREAK Students cautioned to have fun, but be safe By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung Thousands of students, teachers, administrators and support staff in the Comal and New Braunfels school districts will enjoy spring break, which begins on Monday and lasts through the week. Classes in both districts will resume on March 21. “Make time for yourself, and remember, there are only 49 days of school left when you return,” said Aryn Standeford, academic dean at Canyon High School. “You can do it!” Comal ISD is offering advice for students, especially the older ones who are planning treks down to the Gulf Coast, skiing venues and even Mexico, where drug violence has led to hundreds of deaths. The U.S. State Department and Texas Department of Public Safety have issued warnings for students to avoid travel south of the border. “Drug violence has not discriminated — innocent bystanders and people who may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time are among the casualties,” a DPS statement said. “Underestimating the violence in Mexico would be a mistake for parents and students.” The DPS acknowledges that although many tourists to Mexico haven’t experienced any incidents, the risks cannot be ignored. New Braunfels ISD is urging its coast-bound students to be wary. “This is the first time in a number of years that the NBISD has scheduled spring break during the week that See BREAK, Page 8A How to donate to Mya Wallace Fund \ The Mys WsBacs Memorial Fund account has been established at First State Bank of j New Braunfels to help Herald-Zeitung staffer Kayla M. Carlson and her family with funeral | expenses. *We were moved to establish this account because of ail the comments and caUs from readers who were not only expressing their condolences but wanted a way to help the par-: ents," said Herald-Zeitung Publisher Doug    j Toney.    I Readers wishing to donate to Mya's fund, which it ffpgunt »0081775 at Firrt State Bank, grata Bank. 401 Main Plua, P.O. Box 3115», N«w Brauntals, TX 78130. For information, ca# (S30l60M23a School board filing period ends Monday By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung With fewer than 24 hours remaining before filing deadline, only six candidates have submitted papers for the May 14 trustees elections in the Comal and New Braunfels school districts. In the NBISD race. David McDaniel will face board president Rigo Montero in District 2, while Joe Hassmann has not had a challenge for his District 4 position. In Comal ISD, Dale Dehlin is unopposed in his bid for the Dis- VOTE EARLY Early voting for each race will be May 2-11 at Comal County Courthouse. The general election will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 14. trict 4 seat held by board treasurer Donna Holmes, who hasn't filed for re-election. Nancy Pappas is slated to face board vice-president and incumbent Frank Baker, who has filed for a third term to represent District 3. Despite spring break, main offices at both districts will be taking applications from 2-5 p.m. on Monday. Those interested in becoming board members must be registered voters, be a resident within the district they seek to represent, and have resided in the school district for at least six months. Applications for the Comal ISD ballot are available at the Support Services Administration Offices, 1404 Interstate 35 North. NBISD applications are available at the NBISD Education Center, 430 W. Mill St Early voting for each race will be May 2-11 at Comal County Courthouse. The general election will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 14. Vol. 158, No. 105 26 pages, 4 sections Inside CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD ptMHMM OBITUARIES PLANNER SPORTS TV GRID 10 -, 5C 5C . ; -2C ib 6D Details Showers High Low 77 61 BA "56825 00002 $1.50 fcb mk    êm*Jr P&rnt Comiwaicial BankJUL As Independent as TexasWf IHH Éï ■When was the last time you had a review of your current credit card processing? Our Merchant Services provider will provide our Hi customers with a FREE rate revfeW. Ask about Merchant WKËÊÈmÊÊ*, ISMS. 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