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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 13, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday, March 13, 2011 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 8AJAPAN CONTINUED FROM Page 1A pumped seawater into the reactor to avoid disaster and moved 170,000 people from the area. Japan’s nuclear safety agency then reported an emergency at another reactor unit, the third in the complex to have its cooling systems malfunction. Japan dealt with the nuclear threat as it struggled to determine the scope of the earthquake, the most powerful in its recorded history, and the tsunami that ravaged its northeast Friday with breathtaking speed and power. I he official count of the dead was 686, but the government said the figure could far exceed 1,000. Teams searched for the missing along hundreds of miles (kilometers) of the Japanese coast, and thousands of hungry survivors huddled in darkened emergency centers that were cut off from rescuers and aid. At least a million households had gone without water since the quake struck. Large areas of the country-BREAK CONTINUED FROM Page 1A most colleges and universities are out — rather than the fourth week in March — so destinations may be more crowded,” public information officer Stephanie Ferguson said. “Regardless of whether you are traveling, or staying home to ‘spring clean,’ we encourage students and parents to always think about safety. Always wear seat belts when traveling; life vests when you are on the water and kneepads and helmets when you are cycling or skateboarding,” she added. Smithson Valley High academic and career advisor Kristy Castilleja said the effects of choices students make during a time period like spring break can be long lasting. “Students have got to make side were surrounded by water and unreachable. The explosion at the nuclear plant, Fukushima Dai-ichi, 170 miles northeast of Tokyo, appeared to be a consequence of steps taken to prevent a meltdown after the quake and tsunami knocked out power to the plant, crippling the system used to cool fuel rods there. The blast destroyed the building housing the reactor, but not the reactor itself, which is enveloped by stainless steel 6 inches (15 centimeters) thick. Inside that superheated steel vessel, water being poured over the fuel rods to cool them formed hydrogen. When officials released some of the hydrogen gas to relieve pressure inside the reactor, the hydrogen apparently reacted with oxygen, either in the air or the cooling water, and caused the explosion. “They are working furiously to find a solution to cool the core," said Mark Hibbs, a senior associate at the Nuclear Policy Program for the Carnegie Endow-ment for International Peace. good choices because if they don’t it can completely affect their chances to get into college, their ability to get a job and ultimately their life,” Castilleja said. “Bad choices always result in bad consequences.” For most other students, the vacation will be a much-needed break from classes and homework. Both district’s high school administrators and counselors are urging them to spend the time investigating college opportunities, catching up on rest, getting some exercise and, above all, avoiding alcohol. Canyon Lake academic dean Jon Lindholm has a good spring break suggestion for students. “My advice is this is your week to relax,” Lindholm said. “It’s a chance for a nice break so students can come back fresh and ready to finish the last nine weeks strong.”CLAIRE CONTINUED FROM Page 1A destroys the liver’s bile ducts. The accumulation of bile leads to cirrhosis, which in turn destroys the liver. “It just destroyed us when we found out," Roy said, as Lindsay teared up. “When you're a new mom, you shop for all the right books,” she said. “But we had all the wrong ones. We needed one to find out how to make this work.” Dr. Sujal Rangwalla, Claire’s pediatric gastroenterologist, admitted Claire to Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, where she underwent a Kasai procedure — removal of scar tissue from the liver — in an eight-hour surgery last July 29. With it, Claire got much needed time. Some Kasai procedures work for years, others only for months. The liver is second to the kidney in most commonly transplanted major organs. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), more than 72,000 people in the United States are waiting for liver transplants. The Pediatric End-Stage Liver Disease (PELD) system was implemented in 2002 to prioritize patients waiting for a liver transplant. PELD is a numerical scale used for liverTEACHERS CONTINUED FROM Page 1A of state government, everything from building highways to maintaining the state parks. Many of Saturday’s protesters focused their anger on Perry, who has rejected any proposal to raise state revenues and has tried to slow efforts to tap the $9.4 billion expected to be in the state’s Rainy Day Fund. Marcus Jauregue, 24, a choir teacher from Irving, held up a massive report card giving the conservative Republican straight F’s and shouting: “Show your face Rick Perry.” Perry spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger said in an e-mail that the governor had listened to taxpayers and 1SÈM *? « V ■sai LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Claire Friedrich, 10 months, smiles while playing near her mom, Lindsay, on March 5. transplant candidates. The range is from 1 (less ill) to 40 (gravely ill), with the average being 20. Claire’s rank is currently 12. "Obviously, some part of her liver is working, or we would be higher up on the list,” Lindsay said. “It’s just not working enough. So we’ll probably have to request points for Claire to move up on the list. I don’t know if her lab work alone will be able to get her enough points in the time we need to get her a liver." Another factor is weight. Because Claire weighs only 15 “they want their government to be leaner and more efficient.” “We will continue working with lawmakers throughout this session to identify ways to reduce spending while continuing to provide essential services to Texans,” she said. Marla Camp, an Austin mother who was with her 6-year-old daughter, said she was offended by comments Perry made Wednesday, when he said layoffs were decided by local school boards, not state lawmakers, and suggested schools could do a better job of reducing administrative bloat. “That’s like him saying ‘I put the bullet in the Ruger and I shot the coyote, but it was the bullet that killed the coyote, not me,’” she said, referring pounds, she must ingest a special dietary formula that has several times the caloric value of regular baby formula. “One of Claire’s bottles is equal to what a normal baby would have in 24 hours,” Lindsay said. Claire also must have a feeding tube at night, which she constantly pulls out. That is one of stresses on the parents, who both work full-time jobs. Roy is a plant manager and Lindsay is a nurse. “We’re constantly stressed — I broke down in front of my boss the other day at work,” Roy said. “There’s stress that comes with trying to get her to eat and with the normal baby things, like teething. “We don’t take her to too many public places, like to day care, because we don’t want her to get sick. If she were to get the flu, it would be terrible for her.” Helping out is Lindsay’s mom, Vicki Hillmer, who watches Claire at her house during the weekdays. “We’re just thankful that we caught it in time,” she said of the early detection of Claire’s biliary atresia, which was spotted just two months after she was born. “What is already a bumpy road to get a new liver becomes bumpier. You become an instant candidate for a transplant, which is not a good place to be.” Costs for a liver transplant to Perry’s shooting of a coyote while running near his house last year. “It’s a complete lack of responsibility.” The “Save Texas Schools” rally followed smaller protests at local school board meetings. Teachers and parents quickly traced the proposed cuts back to lawmakers trying to balance the state budget. Many of Saturday’s protesters carried umbrellas to signify the need to tap the Rainy Day Fund. Protestors also asked Perry to sign paperwork that will allow schools to receive about $830 million set aside by Congress for Texas schools. The money has gotten caught up in political maneuvering with Washington, and Perry has refused to sign the application that he says has too many can easily exceed $500,000. Though the family has insurance, the co-pays, prescriptions, extra nutritional needs, trips to the Texas Children’s Hospital Liver Center in Houston, where the transplant will take place, and countless hotel stays are financially taxing. The Kasai procedure alone cost about $175,000. There have been barbecues, dinners, raffles and other events staged for the Friedrichs throughout Claire’s illness. Several businesses have stepped up, such as Chick-Fil-A, which will have its Spirit Night for Claire at its Walnut Avenue store on March 22. While the family says they are extremely thankful for the financial help, the goal remains getting the transplant — which could happen tomorrow, six months from now or even a year from now. Claire celebrates her first birthday on May 18. “There’s a lot that can happen — it’s a numbers game and a waiting game,” Lindsay said. “Most likely, Claire’s going to get real sick, but we don’t know. Right now, Claire’s liver looks way worse than what she presents on the outside, in front of us. “But we’re hopeful. It’s like the doctor said — we will fix her, but it’s not the time. We’re hoping it will be soon.” strings attached. Kerry Parks, a special education teacher from Round Rock, said proposed funding cuts to his program that helps special needs children would reverse years of progress in integrating those students into regular classes. He too was upset by Perry’s comments. “Every time he makes these comments, it makes us work harder,” he said. Jesus Mejia, 16, a junior in El Paso’s Bowie High School, made the 12-hour drive from El Paso with about a dozen classmates and a teacher. He said education was too important not to participate. More school rallies are scheduled at the Capitol next week, which is spring break for many schools in Texas. Galveston 69°/82° New Braunfels Five-Day Forecast TODAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY Partly cloudy with Scattered Early drizzle, a few Morning clouds, Warm, morning showers thunderstorms and showers some drizzle drizzle showers 77°/61° 78°/ 57° 77° 7 58° 78° 7 56° 81° 7 61° CLICK b Almanac Temperature Yesterday’s High / Low 82° / 52° Normal High / Low 73° / 50° Record High    94°    in    1955 Record Low    21°    in    1948 Precipitation Yesterday’s    0.00* Month to Date    0.01" Avg. Month to Date    0.74* Year to Date    3.54* Avg. Year to Date    4.71" Departure from Avg. -1.17" Temperature and precipiation as of 3pm yesterday Taken from New Braunfels airport Levels/Flows Edwards Aquifer (ft) Comal Springs (cfs) 3/12 674.4 303.0 Change +/-0 +/-0 Canyon Dam 3/12 Inflow    66 OutflOW(Guad'pe R. at Sattler) 130 Lake Level    907.1 NBU Pumping Report Millons 3/12 of gallons 3/12 Surface water 7.414 Groundwater 3.026 Forecast Map Change + 13 + 2 -0.04 Millons of gallons Today 7:45 AM Monday 7:44 AM Tuesday 7:43 AM « c Full Last Mar. 19 Mar. 26 • 3 New First April 3 April 11 Updated forecasts: Type “city, state” or zip code into space provided and click “go” button. 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