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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 4, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ■ SPORTS, 7Cougarettes win 1 st regional track crown ■ FOOD, 6Recipes celebrate Cinco de Mayo *    i i 1 ?üüi ' «    ..~ Ji ■ NEWS, 2New Braunfels High salutes top 10 seniors WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 500 Motorists feeling squeeze Gas prices approaching $4 a gallon in and around New Braunfels By Megan Holt The Herald-Zeitung With the heat of the summer approaching, gasoline prices in and around New Braunfels are hovering just under $4 per gallon. The steady rise in prices is forcing people to give up summer excursions and make choices between groceries or gas. “What (gas prices) boil down to is ■ RELATED: Chart shows local prices for a gallon of unleaded gas. Page 8 either I eat or get to work,” said Andrew Poole, San Marcos resident. “I make sure I get to work every day so I can have money for food and gas. I’m working more.” According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas prices have increased about four cents this week and $1.03 in one year. Crude oil has risen to $119.39 per barrel, according to an April 25 EIA report. The entire world has seen a rise in oil prices, apart from Maya, Mexico, which saw an eight-cent decrease. "We have no control over (the prices),” said Stacy Gonzalez, Marion resident and home health nurse. “We take one trip to See GAS, Page 8 LAURA McKENZIE/Horald-Zeitung Bryce Dooley fuels his carTuesday at the Pilot station at Loop 337 and 1-35 in New Braunfels. »-ON MAY 14 BALLOT NBPD Sgt., chief offer views on Civil Service By Dalondo Moultrie The Herald-Zeitung Though early polling began days ago and citizens are gearing up to cast ballots in the May 14 election, some in the community still have questions about the New Braunfels Police Officers Association’s bid for Civil Service. Civil Service is a merit system under which police department employees may be hired and promoted. According to the Texas State Statutes (Section 143): The purpose of Civil Service “is to secure efficient fire and police departments composed of capable personnel who are free from political influence and who have permanent employment tenure as public servants.” Sgt. Stephen Hanna, NBPOA vice president, said the main advantage of Civil Service is providing officers peace of mind with consistency, stability and standardization in the workplace. He said under Civil Service, officers wouldn’t have to worry about being unduly removed from duty or being passed over for deserved promotions. “I've been there for 19 years, although the hiring is relatively consistent and standardized, it’s been the promotional and disciplinary process that hasn’t been consistent,” Hanna said. Civil Service creates a standardized set of rules the city See VOTE, Page 8 How the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden 1. Before dawn Monday, four U.S. military helicopters leave Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan and enter Pakistani airspace using sophisticated technology to evade the country’s radar systems. Kabul Abbottabad AFG. . . * *    !»• Jalalabad * Islamabad PAK. INDIA 2. Two dozen Navy SEALS drop into the high-walled compound in the city of Abbottabad, sliding down from helicopters. Shortly after the team hits the ground, one of the helicopters crashes. None of the SEALS are injured. 3. The team storms the compound and enters the room where bin Laden in hiding. In the ensuing firefight, the unarmed bin Laden makes “some threatening moves.“ the CiA said Tuesday. The SEALS kill bin Laden with a shot to the head and a shot to the chest. Living quarters 10* high wall North gate 4. Three other adult males are killed, including one of bin Laden’s sons. An aide's wife is killed, and two women are injured. Killed- —Injured— tmttt Osama His.» Aide’s Other associates- bin son wife Laden 5. Unspecified material is collected by U.S. forces during the raid. f _ Less than 40 mlns V. .../ 1 \v y 6. Less than 40 minutes after the strike begins, the Navy SEALS exit in the three remaining helicopters, taking bin Laden’s remains. 7. Bin Laden's body is put aboard the USS Carl Vinson and placed into the North Arabian Sea. Traditional Islamic procedures, including washing the corpse and placing it in a white sheet, are followed. Preparations for at-sea burial began at 12:10 a.m. CDT Monday and wer completed at 1 a.m., according to an official. SOURCES: CIA; LeadDog Consulting; GeoEye; Department of Defense Official: Osama was unarmed CIA director Photograph of bid Laden will be released The Associated Press Osama bin Laden was unarmed when Navy SEALs burst into his room and shot him to death, the White House said Tuesday, a change in the official account that raised questions about whether the U.S. ever planned to capture the terrorist leader alive. The Obama administration, meanwhile, was still debating whether to release gruesome images of bin Laden’s corpse, balancing efforts to demonstrate to AP the world that he was dead against the risk that the images could provoke further anti-U.S. sentiment. But CIA Director Leon Panetta said a photograph would be released. “I don’t think there was any question that ultimately a photograph would be presented to the public,” Panetta said in an interview with “NBC Nightly News.” After killing the world’s most See OSAMA, Page 5 bin Laden Vol. 188, No. 149 14 pages, 1 section Inside CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES PLANNSR SPORTS TV GRID CLICK 11 10 10 4 3 9 7 19 Details üeratifal High Low 82 51 8 l,H56825 noooi 50 cents Mocha madness: Coffee war brewing downtown? By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung Two coffeehouses with a history of friction brewing between them are now squaring off side by side on New Braunfels’ Main Plaza. Crosswalk Coffeehouse & Cafe, after an eight-month absence from the Plaza, returned last week to set up shop in a leased space in the historic Old Schmitz Hotel, right next door to its former location, now occupied by New Braunfels Coffee. Last summer, when Crosswalk owners Dennis and Jennifer Wilson left their high-visibility, high-traffic home of six years, they posted a letter on the shop’s front door saying they hated to leave but had been unable to reach a lease-extension agreement with building owners Roger and June Torkelson. After Crosswalk walked away, the Torkelsons opened New Braunfels Coffee in the popular location at 489 Main Plaza, just cross the street from Comal County Courthouse. See COFFEE, Page 8 LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Crosswalk Coffeehouse has moved to a new location directly next door to New Braunfels Coffee on the Main Plaza. ► FRAULEIN V0LLEYFEST Academy not asked to back tourney New Braunfels volleyball parents penned proposal and presented it to board By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung At its April 18 board meeting, New Braunfels Independent School District’s board of trustees entertained what it thought was a proposal from Academy Sports and Outdoors to help underwrite the Fraulein Volleyfest volleyball tournament. Ilirns out, two New Braunfels volleyball parents penned a sponsor- no one at Academy Sports and Outdoors has received a formal request for support or sponsorship.” ELISE HASBR00K, Academy spokeswoman ship proposal to the company and submitted it to the board as an informational item during the meeting. N B I S D business manager Steve Brown presented the proposal, which came across as an official bid by Academy, even though it wasn’t written on company letterhead. “The proposal we presented to us was presented from people from the Fraulein Vol-ieyfest, and all we were doing was working oh that proposal,” NBISD public information officer Stephanie Ferguson said. “This was something that was presented to us — it wasn’t like we went and made this up. From the documentation that we had, we had no reason to believe it wasn’t a legitimate proposal.” The Volleyfest is the state’s second-largest volleyball tournament, co-hosted by Canyon and New Braunfels high schools. Last year, 40 teams attended the event, which will be held for the 35th year this August. Brown said it cost nearly $25,000 to stage last year's See ACADEMY, Page 8       ■■■ ' ;