New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Candidates join race on final day of filingDias files for mayor, Nuckols for City Council District 5
By Greg Bowen
Jason Dias filed to run for mayor of New Braunfels and Beverly Nuckols filed to run for the District 5 seat on city council as two contested races on the city’s May 14 ballot developed Monday, the last clay of the candidate-filing period.
Dias, president of Eloquent Dias
Online, a social media consulting company, will face former city councilor Gale Pospisil. a retired real estate appraiser. Nuckols Nuckols, a physician, will face Bryan Miranda, an accountant, in District 5, which stretches across both sides of 1-35 from the Faust Street Bridge area to the Common Street/Union Avenue area to Kohlenberg Road to the Guadalupe County line. The seat is currently held by outgoing mayor pro-tem Kathleen Krueger.
Running unopposed on the ballot will be incumbent City Councilor Steven Digges in District 6.
New Braunfels voters on May 14 will also be asked to consider granting civil service status to the city’s police department.
Incumbent Mayor Bruce Boyer and incumbent District 5 City Councilor Krueger were prevented by city charter restrictions from running again in 2011. City council members are limited to three terms over a lifetime, with no more than two terms being served consecutively.
The mayoral and District 5 candidates will draw for positions on the May 14 ballot at 9 a.m. today at city hall.
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Earthquake’s path of devastation continues in Japan
HUNDREDS WASH ASHORE; MANY MORE FEARED DEAD
Officials estimate tens of thousands still missing
Early voting clerk Darlene Coleman, right, holds a container for New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees candidates. District 2 candidates David McDaniel, left, and Rigo Montero draw numbers Monday at the NBISD Education Center to determine the order names will appear on the May 14 ballot. Montero’s name will appear first.
Two contested races for area school board seats as filing period closes
By Will Wright
There will be two contested races for both area school boards. Filings for the May 14 trustees elections in the Comal and New Braunfels school districts closed at 5 p.m. Monday.
In the NBISD race, David McDaniel will face board president Rigo Montero in District 2. Incumbent Joe Hass-mann will not be challenged in his bid for re-election in District 4.
In Comal ISD, newcomers Dale
Dehlin and Nancy Pappas will compete for the District 4 seat held by board treasurer Donna Holmes, who didn’t file for re-election. Incumbent and board vice-president Frank Baker will be unopposed in District 3.
McDaniel and Montero drew for positions in the NBISD ballot on Monday afternoon, with Montero taking the top spot. The two Comal ISD contestants will draw for positions at 9:45 p.m. today at the Comal County Cour-
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By Jay Alabaster and Todd Pitman
The Associated Press
TAGAJO, Japan — There are just too many bodies.
Hundreds of dead have washed ashore on Japan's devastated northeast coast since last week's earthquake and tsunami. Others were dug out of the debris Monday by firefighters using pickaxes and chain saws.
Funeral homes and crematoriums are overwhelmed, and officials have run out of body bags and coffins.
Compounding the disaster, water levels dropped precipitously inside a Japanese nuclear reactor, twice leaving the uranium fuel rods completely exposed and raising the threat of a meltdown, hours after a hydrogen explosion tore through the building housing a different reactor.
On the economic front, Japan's stock market plunged over the likelihood of huge losses by Japanese industries including big names such as Toyota and Honda.
While the official death toll rose to nearly 1,900, the discovery of the washed-up bodies and other reports of deaths suggest the true number is much higher. In Miyagi, the police chief has estimated 10,000 deaths in his province alone.
Miyagi prefecture bore the full force of Friday's tsunami, and police said 1,000 bodies were found scattered
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Japan Self-Defense Force personnel carry a tsunami victim's body through rubble in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast.
Meltdown threat rises at nuclear plant
By EricTalmadge and Mari Yamaguchi
SOMA, Japan — Radiation is spewing from damaged reactors at a crippled nuclear power plant in tsunami-ravaged northeastern Japan in a dramatic escalation of the 4-day-old catastrophe. The prime minister has warned residents to
A diagram charts what is happening at Japan nuclear power plant. Page 7
stay inside or risk getting radiation sickness.
Earlier, a third explosion in four days rocked a crippled nuclear power plant in tsunami-ravaged northeastern Japan early Tuesday as authorities struggled to avert a catastrophicIt’s like a horror movie. Our house is gone and now they’re telling us to stay indoors.”
— KYOKO NAMBU, resident of Soma
release of radiation.
The cascading troubles at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex were set in motion when last Friday's quake and tsunami knocked out power, crippling the cooling systems needed to keep nuclear fuel from going into full meltdown.
The latest blast happened in the plant's Unit 2 near a suppression pool, which removes heat under a reactor vessel, plant owner Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. No one was reported injured, but plant workers were temporarily evacuated.
Japanese officials said radiation levels at the plant are within safe limits, and international scientists said that while there are serious dangers, there is little risk of a catastrophe like the deadly 1986 blast in Chernobyl in Ukraine, where there were no containment shells to hold back the radiation.
Japanese authorities have been injecting seawater as a coolant of last resort, and advising nearby residents to stay inside to avoid contamination.
"It's like a horror movie," said 49-year-old Kyoko Nam-
bu as she stood on a hillside overlooking her ruined hometown of Soma, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the plant. "Our house is gone and now they are telling us to stay indoors.
"We can see the damage to our houses, but radiation?... We have no idea what is happening. I am so scared."
The accidents injured 15 workers and military personnel and exposed up to 190 people to elevated radiation.
That compounded challenges already faced by the Tokyo government as it dealt with twin disasters that flattened entire communities and left as many as 10,000 or more dead.
It also raised global concerns about the safety of nuclear power at a time when
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