New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung □ Thursday, May 22,1997 Q 3
•, The Associated Press
• Bill cracking down on
; minors who smoke derailed
AUSTIN (AP) — A bill imposing ( criminal penalties on minors who . smoke has been derailed on a > technicality. But the author of the bill says the measure could be back ' before the Texas House by the end of the week.
Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, killed further debate on the bill Wednesday night after two amendments that he proposed —
I backed by the tobacco industry — were soundly defeated by the House.
The measure was returned to the House State Affairs Committee, where it was unanimously approved in a meeting late Wednesday night. Rep. Hugo Berlanga, D-Corpus Christi, the House sponsor of the bill, ■ said it could be considered again by ‘ the full House as soon as Friday.
Berlanga accused Chisum of being ; selfish for using a parliamentary tactic to stop debate on a bill that had
• strong support.
“When he gets beaten badly and soundly by this body, he picks up his ball and goes home,** Berlanga said. “He’s clearly carrying water for big tobacco and that’s most unfortunate.’*
Committee OKs parental notification abortion bill
AUSTIN (AP) — Parents of minor girls seeking abortions would have to be notified at least 48 hours before doctors performed the operations under a bill approved by a House committee 11-1 late Wednesday.
The bill, already passed by the Senate, faces heated House debate before going back to the Senate to consider House changes. It’s sponsor, Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, has said there are enough votes on the House floor for the bill to pass.
Mrs. Shapiro had criticized Rep. Steve Wolens, D-Dallas, chairman of the House State Affairs Committee, for delaying a committee vote on the bill.
“It’s been in his comminee since the middle of March,” Mrs. Shapiro said • Wednesday before the committee vote. “I think it’s just been one of those issues that’s been volatile and I think that he’s got some concerns that he wants addressed. I just wish it hadn't been this late in addressing them.”
Gov. George W. Bush has said if the bill passes the House, he'll sign it.
Bill would rewrite child protection laws
AUSTIN (AP) — Child-care facilities that violate health and safety rules would face a range of penalties, under a bill tentatively approved by the Texas House.
Debate over the measure, rewriting and clarifying state laws governing the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, turned into a fight over the regulation of so-called family homes Wednesday. Up to 12 children, including those of the homeowner, can be cared for in such homes after school. At other times, only up to six children not related to the homeowner can be cared for at one time.
Under current law, family homes are required to be registered with the state and must meet some minimum health and safety standards established by the department.
Rep. Patricia Gray, D-Galveston, said the law is not completely clear and that some homes are able to get away without being registered and without following state rules.
But Rep. Charles Howard, R-Sugar Land, said he was concerned that allowing the department to set rules for the homes could force some out of business if the rules were set too high.
Sea Doo raffle
Rick Briscola, chairman of tbs Sea Doo Raffia Committee, sells the first raffle ticket for the new Sea Doo to Bob Williams, president of the Friends of Lake McQueeney.
FOLM will conduct Its third annual FunRaiser at Hot Shots on Lake McQueeney *kme 14. There will be entertainment, a fish dinner, live and silent auctions, music provided by Johnny Lyon and the Nu-Notes and much more. The fish dinner tickets are $10 each and the Sea Doo tickets are $20 each. No more than 700 Sea Doo tickets will be sold. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Downtown McQueeney Restaurant or Lake Breeze Ski Lodge. The fish dinner tickets can be purchased at Norwest Bank, Downtown McQueeney Restaurant, the Lake Breeze Ski Lodge or from any FOLM director. Tickets can also be purchased the night of the event.
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two bunkrooms for more full-time emergency personnel for the time when the department will be able hire additional employees.
Walker is the only full-time paid officer in the department. He is helped by about 21 volunteers.
The current fire station will be remodeled and used as a training facility and community center.
Walker said the current fire station has served its purpose.
“The station was built in 1960 and it has been a good station, but it has limited capabilities because of the ceiling and the size of the doors,” the fire chief said.
Nathan Oxhandler, president of the Comal County Rural Fire Prevention District No. I, said the new fire station was just one of many things the fire department wants to do to improve fire protection for residents in the Spring Branch area.
“It will be a combination of a bigger fire station, adding new equipment and adding more personnel,” Oxhandler said. “In time a combination of paid people with a variety of equipment would allow us to handle specific types of fires.”
McVeigh defense begins in Oklahoma bombing trial
By PAUL QUEARY
Associated Press Writer
DENVER (AP) — After a streamlined prosecution case capped with wrenching testimony about the deaths in the Oklahoma City bombing, Timothy McVeigh's lawyers take center stage with a simple defense: He didn’t do it.
The defense case is expected to be even leaner than the prosecution’s, which crammed 137 witnesses into 18 days of fast-paced testimony.
“It may take less than two weeks,” McVeigh attorney Stephen Jones said Wednesday after the prosecution rested. “It’s just hard to say.”
Jones is expected to call 30 to 40 witnesses who will attack “every single
point the government has made,” sources close to the case told The Associated Press.
Prosecutors wrapped up with images of the bomb’s destruction and a witness’ account of terror and lost friends.
One juror wept into a white tissue and another appeared on the verge of tears as Florence Rogers, president of the credit union in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, testified about the blast that killed 18 colleagues and two customers.
“The whole building started to blow up. I was thrown against the floor in a tornado-like rush,” said Ms. Rogers. “When I was able to stand up, all the girls that was in the office with me had totally disappeared. I never saw them again."
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Family photographer regrets camera shyness
The fire department has five fire trucks which include two brush trucks, a pumper, a tanker and a rescue truck. The department’s next goal is to purchase a ladder truck.
Oxhandler said a ladder truck was much needed by the department.
“We need a variety of equipment for the homes coming into the area,” he said. “We don’t have a true ladder truck. With a lot of the two story houses coming in we need a ladder truck. It is an additional piece of equipment we will need to have.”
The new fire station cost $217,000 to construct with $170,000 being financed to the fire department through a loan from Norwest Bank of New Braunfels.
The Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department has one other station located on FM 306 in the Cypress Cove subdivision. Because of the growth coming into the Smithson Valley area, the department plans to build another fire station in that area.
The Spring Branch Fire Department covers an area north of Highway 46 east of the Kendall County line and south of the Blanco County line. The fire response area then goes easf to'include a portion of FM 3159 and up to Demi John Bend Road.
DEAR ABBY: I recently lost both of my parents within three months of each other. My oldest son was very close to his grandparents, and when I tried to find a reasonably recent picture of them, I had difficulty finding one.
I’m the one who takes the photos, but I’m rarely in one. I’ve used several excuses: too fat, I don’t photograph well, etc. But after trying to locate a picture of my son, I began to think, “If something should happen to me, would my children have any photos to remember me by — or show to their future families?”
Abby, perhaps this can help change the minds of other camera-shy people. The people who love you don’t care how photogenic your are. Also, remember to photograph the people you see every day, because one day they won’t be there any more.
HOLLY W., BANGOR, MAINE
DEAR HOLLY: Thank you for a valuable letter. And while I’m on the subject of family pictures: Readers, take time to go through that box of pictures you’ve stored in the back of your closet and write the names (and dates) on each one while you can still remember them.
DEAR ABBY: My first wife and I got married right out of high school. She was the girl of my dreams, and I was ecstatic to possess her. I couldn’t have been happier. Then my father died, leaving me a seven-day-a-week business that didn’t allow much time for my marriage. When she had a problem, I was frequently too tired to listen. She wasn’t a pushy woman, and it was easy for me to believe the problem had resolved itself when she stopped bringing it up. How wrong I was!
After six years of marriage, she found someone who made her feelings a priority. Apparently he took the time to listen to her. My best friend and former wife are now very happy together.
I am now 28 and manned for the second time. There are still times when I find myself reverting to old habits. Sometimes I’m very tired, but I know I must make the effort to hear what she has to say — or I will lose her. too.
I hope my first and second wives both read this letter, because I would like lo say I’m sorry to my first wife, and thank you to my second.
Abby, to your other male readers, I say, “Remember, there’s always someone out there willing to console
a hurting woman. Don’t give him a chance.”
STILL LEARNING OUT WEST
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DEAR STILL LEARNING: That’s sage advice from someone who learned an expensive lesson in communication.
DEAR ABBY: I am part of a car pool to after-school activities, and at my mother’s instructions, I always say “Thank you” to the driver after getting out of the car.
My friends question this, saying the parent has offered to drive us, so a “thank you” is not necessary.
Abby, isn’t it rude to get out of a car, after being given a ride, without so much as a “goodbye” and “thank you’?
DEAR SANTA ROSA: Yes, it is rude. Your friends who say a “thank you” is not necessary are mistaken. I advise you to continue to thank the driver after every ride.
Names in the News
Jimmy Stewart celebrates birthday No. 89
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Stewart celebrated his 89th birthday at his home here eating cake with family members.
“I would say he’s really in the best of health,” spokesman John Strauss told USA Today. “He has a pacemaker that’s functioning wonderfully.”
The actor does not hear well, tires easily and spends most of his time in his library, Strauss said.
Garth Brooke takee concert tour to his hometown
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Who says you can’t go home again? After five years without a concert in his hometown, Garth Brooks is planning a July show in Tulsa.
Brooks’ first Tulsa concert will come July 18 at Drillers Stadium, promoter Glenn Smith said Wednesday. The singer is willing to add as many as three more performances if the first one sells out.
Brooks was born in Tulsa and grew up in Yukon, near Oklahoma
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