New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Address posting plan clears first reading
By ABE LEVY
Although no pizza deliverers were in attendance Monday night, they will no doubt appreciate the latest ( tty Council effort to improve the posting of addresses for residential and commercial buildings,
Upon recommendation of the city’s Safe City Commission, the Council approved the first reading of an ordinance Monday that should bring pizza requests to your door in less time and emergency personnel too “Whe n they know that (emergency personnel) can find that residence without much problem, it will make them feel more comfortable,” said
Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager, who provides staff assistance for the Safe City Commission.
The proposed ordinance calls for:
■ Address postings that are visible from across the street.
■ Placing address postings closer to the street in cases where the building is too far from the street.
■ A minimum height of 2 inches for the address numbers
■ Posting colors that contrast with the color of the background and are visible at night.
Supporters of the ordinance said they recommend seeking voluntary compliance rather than municipal fines.
The Safe City Commission approved the original draft in early February and planned a door-to-door campaign in neighborhoods where current postings are in need of improvements.
Those areas include Comal Town and parts of the West End, where the numbering for certain blocks are not sequential, city officials said.
The ordinance would become effective upon the third and final reading, scheduled for the April 28 City Council meeting.
The ordinance is an amendment to current policy that prohibits posting of addresses cm curbs.
In other action, the council passed a resolution approving an interlocal agreement between the city of New
Braunfels and Comal County that establishes the Comal County Metro Narcotics Task Force
The partnership includes officers from the New Braunfels Police Department, the Comal County Sheriffs Office and the Department of Public Safety.
Police Chief Ray Douglas said the new group will not cost the city any extra money but will allow the agencies to improve law enforcement efforts in Comal County.
The agreement will allow law enforcement organizations to disregard jurisdictional lines and fight crime together, Douglas said.
Oscars prove best cure for ‘English Patient’
By LYNN ELBER
AP f ntortainmofit Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When "The English Patient,” bearing a serious literary pedigree and lacking stars, came knocking on Hollywood's door, the studios smelled paltry grosses and turned up their noses.
Next time such an opportunity comes their way,executives may locus on a different numbers game the rune Oscars, including hest pn lure honors, won Monday night by the wartime drama of love and betrayal
When studios make only blockbusters like “Independence Day,” they earn a box-office windfall but lose when it c omes to Academy Awards prestige. Could the outcome ol the 691 h Academy Awards change tlicir outlook?
Even emcee Billy Crystal tweaked the industry Ile reminisced about the bist time be hosted the ceremony, three years ago: “Back then, the major studios were nominated for (Escars,” lie said
Independent films dominated the awards ceremony, with a single major bonier going lo a big studio production ( wha Gooding Jr.’* best supporting ac tor trophy for “Jerry Maguire ’’
‘'Independence Day," last year’s
top-grossing film with $300 million-plus, earned a single award, for visual effects. By comparison, “The English Patient” has earned $62 million.
Because smaller films tend to make stars, not hire them, Monday’s ceremony gave viewers an opportunity to discover new faces.
Geoffrey Rush, the Australian stage actor who played emotionally disturbed pianist David Helfgott in "Shine,” picked up the best-actor trophy. Earlier, Rush beamed when Helfgott made a surprise appearance, doing a turn at the piano for the Shrine Auditorium audience
Frances McDormand, named hest actress for her role as a homespun Midwestern cop in “Fargo,” had watched husband Joel Coen and brother-in-law Ethan C oen accept the Oscar for hest original screenplay.
In her speech, McDormand offered congratulations to production companies that allow filmmakers to “make decisions based on qualifications and not just market value.”
Gooding made the most of his victory: “Everybody involved with this, I love you, I love you,” said the exuberant actor, delightedly refusing to exit the stage after his allotted 43 seconds.
Although “English Patient” was made outside the studio system, it represents the kind of old-fashioned
epic filmmaking that academy voters traditionally honor.
The last film to win as many Oscars was “The Last Emperor” in 1988 “The English Patient ” which had the most nominations with 12, also won for cinematography, dramatic score, film editing, sound, costume and an direction.
“The movement of passion is the most gratifying satisfaction in any moviemaker's life,” said the film’s producer, Saul Zaentz. “This happens when you see and hear people all over the world share their laughter, their crying and their sudden gasp* at identical screen moments."
Zaentz’s film was rescued by Miramax after 20th Century Fox, an earlier supporter, reportedly wanted to replace the film's lead actors with box-office names such as Demi Moore.
The film’s director, Anthony Minghella, was honored, as was costar Juliette Binoche. Her hest supporting actress victory upset predictions that veteran actress Lauren Bacall would claim her first Oscar for “The Mirror Has Two Faces.”
“I’m so surprised,” said Binoche, who, like many, thought the statuette would go to Bacall. "I didn’t prepare anything I thought Lauren was going to get it. And I think she deserves it.”
“ll s not my fault!” the actress
exclaimed backstage after repeated questions about Bacall's loss.
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, celebrating his hest song win with Tim Rice for "You Must Love Me” from “Evita,” acknowledged the dominance of “The English Patient."
"Thank heavens there wasn’t a song in ’The English Patient’ is all I can say,” Webber joked backstage.
The ceremony boasted a rare winner with a distinctly down-home Southern name: Billy Bob Thornton, the director-star of "Sling Blade,” who captured the Oscar for hest adapted screenplay.
Thornton, quickly donning his trademark baseball cap after leaving the stage, was asked if he planned to call a fellow Arkansas native, President Clinton.
“I think he's going to get in contact with me. I don't have the bat phone number," Thornton joked
The evening’s most touching moment came when Muhammad Alt and (ieorge f oreman, subjects of the honored documentary “When We Were Kings,” drew a standing ovation.
"After all, ifs a history piece about a middle-aged black man. That’s one hell of a middle-aged black man,” producer David Sonnenberg said I* k stage
Upbeat governor says tax relief moving
Al IS I IN (AE) Gov George W. Bush says he's optimistic the I cgtslatiire will enact a properly tax overhaul, and he's urging lawmakers lo make any tux cut sizeable.
“lf you had asked mc a year ago ... I’m not sure what I'd say,” Bush said Monday "Today I can tell you that things look very positive about getting something done.”
I lie governor’* comments, in a
speech to the Texas Daily Newspaper Association, came only hours after Ll. Gov. Boh Bullock said a special House tax committee has done such a good job, senators might approve that bill without major changes.
House Speaker Pete Laney in January named the special c6mmittees headed by Rep. Paul Sadler, D-Henderson, to study both Bush's push for properly tax relief
and the way the stale funds public schools.
The committee has examined numerous ways of raising up to $6.4 billion for a tax rollback
The panel hopes by the end of the month to said a hill lo the full House for a vote.
If a tax bill passes the House, Bullock’! announcement Monday means lawmakers might he able to
complete tax action before the Legislature's regular session must adjourn on June 2
"The Senate may be very inclined, because of the excellent work they've done, favorably inclined to accept or to follow their recommendations ... without really major changes,” Bullock said.
Bush called that assessment good new*.
CISD begins program focused on wise energy use
( IND employees anti students i oultl get a ticket for misuse of energy, ta a “warm fuzzy” for energy conservation
Du* “Wiitt Watchers" now patrol the halls ol some C ISD schools making st ire students amt stall make wise use ol energy Wearing special badges, students are prepared to cite violators who misuse energy and give thank-you notes lo student* anti stall who are energy conscious, ac cording to CISD “I rtergy ( /ar” Troy Burch.
The Watt Watcher Program learning experience for elementary students was organized by Burch. “Our goal for the Watt Watcher Program is for students to become aware of energy conservation," Burch said.
The program organizes student teams on elementary school campuses.
Teams inspect rooms and hallway* and evaluate buildings with a record log several times a week.
“Their objective is to look for
misuse, and apply the correct use of energy," Burch said “One goal of our energy management program is to have all Comal ISI) elementary, intermediate and middle schools participating in the Watt Watcher Program by December 1997,” he said.
The Watt Watcher Program is organized in cooperation with the State Energy Conservation Office. Each student participating in the program will receive a certificate from Gov. George W, Bush.
(Submitted by the Comal IndefH ndent St bool DistrictJ
Louise Goode of New Braunfels passed away Sunday, March 23, 1997, at the Eden Home at the age of 94 years. She was born Dec. 25, 1902, in the Heights in Houston, Texas, to Conrad Sender and Henrietta (Bonewitz) Semler. She married Harry Goode on Dec. 23, 1932, in Houston. He preceded ha in death Dec. 5,1975.
Mrs. Goode, a Comal County resident since 1953, was a retired accountant. She was an accomplished singer, soloing both in many churches and on the radio. Harry and Louise donated the property and were founders of Church in the Valley at Canyon Lake. They also donated the property for the Canyon City Fire Station at Canyon Lake,
She is survived by cousin Frank Hueter of Canyon Lake, numerous
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TEXARKANA (AP) — Four tobacco companies have lost a bid to keep five boxes of secret documents out of a civil case between the state of Texas and cigarette makers.
The documents, including potentially damaging industrywide discussions on tobacco dangers and marketing, were delivered Monday to U.S. District Judge David Folsom, who ruled against the companies. He sealed the documents and will decide which should be made public.
Folsom, who is presiding over Texas' $14 billion civil suit against the tobacco industry, granted a temporary restraining order sought by the state and Liggett Group, the maka of Chesterfield cigarettes.
Liggett settled 22 state lawsuits last week by agreeing to put warning labels that say smoking is addictive and causes cancer on cigarette packs.
The company also turned ova to the custody of state judges hundreds of documents.
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HOUSTON (AP) — When forma President George Bush bailed out of his bulkt-tom torpedo bomba ova the Pacific Ocean during World War II, he promised himaclf that someday he would make a parachute jump thai wasn't an emergency.
His opportunity has finally arrived.
He said he would fulfill that promise today by jumping from a civilian plane 12,500 feet over the Army Yuma Proving Oround in Arizona.
Bush bailed out of his plane Sept. 2, 1944 after it was struck by fire from the Japanese navy.
In Friday's edition of the Herald-Zeitung, Scott Hudnall was incorrectly identified in an article on Page 5. He is not an EMT. He is preparing to uke the exam.
Also on Page 3 of the New Horizons Sports and Recreation section, Brett Riley, owner of West Haven Academy of Karate was misquoted. He did not say that Jean Claude Van Damme “ii still three years away from bang where I •rn at."
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Graveside services will be noon Wednesday, March 26, at Magnolia Cemetery in Houston with the Rev, Rick Minot officiating.
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AUSTIN (AP) — A repeal of the state’s mandatory helmet law for motorcyclists who are at least 21 and carry insurance has been approved by the Texas Senate.
Sen. Jerry Patterson, R-Pasadena, the sponsor of the bill, praised the Texas Motorcycle Rights Association for working diligently to help pass the measure, which now goes to the House for consideration.
The bill was approved on a voice vote Monday after receiving vocal opposition from Sen Bill Ratliff, R-Mount Pleasant
NEWARK, N J. (AP) The public must wait until after a hearing next month to learn more about whether government prosecutors improperly released information that outlined kickback deals involving lottery lobbyists in New York abd Texas, a federal judge has ruled!1 n < *>
U S District Judge Nicholas H. Politan ruled Monday he would comida unsealing some or all of the information in the dispute only atta a closed April 7 hearing so he can make a “full, frank and unfettered” examination of the information.
“I'm not here as a manufacturer of news for newspapers," Politan said. “Let us be deliberative”
In Wednesday’s edition of the Herald-Zeitung, the cost of the YMCA after-school program was incorrect. The cost is $27-$30 per week.
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