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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 26, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas CHS top graduates share faith in God DANIEL OUSLEY Canyon 2001 grads get diplomas today By Martin Malacara Staff Writer Despite being separated by a few decimal points on their grade point averages, Canyon High School’s Daniel Ousley and Alexandra Stanley have at least one thing in common. Valedictorian Ousley and salu-tatorian Stanley share a strong faith in God. “I’m looking for what God wants me to do,” Ousley said. “I’m ready to leave high school — desiring to get there (college) as soon as possible and know God a lot better.” He will speak about his faith to his graduating class today at IO a.m. at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos. He took his speech from the book of Ecclesiastes. “It’s what King Solomon said about what’s worthwhile to do about life. He tried everything and realized he should fear God and follow his commandments,” he said. Ousley will attend Texas A&M University where he will major in electrical engineering. His older brother and sister also attended the university. “Electricity is cool. Physics is very challenging,” he said. Ousley said a degree in electrical engineering was practical because he could get a job anywhere in the world with it. With that skill, Ousley said it could also help him work as a missionary if he chose that path in the future. See CHS TOP GRADS/10 A ALEXANDRA STANLEY Newspaper launches LEISURE publications From staff reports The Herald-Zeitung has a new publication to help make the most of your leisure time. LEISURE, a threepronged, multi-media product, includes a visitors and relocation guide, a weekly entertainment guide with television listings and a web site with everything visitors and residents need to know about New Braunfels and Comal County entertainment. The visitors guide and weekly publication are being provided at local hotels and bed and breakfasts. LEISURE This Week will be inserted into the Herald-Zeitung starting Sunday. For information, see Page 6A.Inside Abby...............................5A Classifieds.......................5-8B Comics..............................9A Crossword.........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports...............................1-3B Key Code 76 —n Sculpting a legacy to Native Americans in the South Dakota Black Hills /Sunday in the Herald-Zeitung Cops nab local men accused of having sex in park restrooms From Staff Reports Undercover police officers investigating reports of lewd homosexual acts in park restrooms arrested two local men late Friday morning in Cypress Bend Park. The officers, dressed in plain clothes, arrested two men, ages 53 and 48, in the park’s public restrooms after reportedly seeing them engage in sexual acts. The men were booked into Comal County Jail on public lewdness allegations, where they were being held on $1,000 bail Friday. New Braunfels Police Department reported in a press release late Friday that Chief Ray Douglas has authorized a plainclothes task force to stem this type of behavior, which officers believe is occurring on a daily basis. “These concerns were See COPS/3A Let the summer begin Memorial Day weekend kicks off new river enforcement plan By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Lawmen hit streets to patrol heavy holiday traffic From Staff Reports River flows will be great this weekend, but traffic flows could leave a little bit to be desired. Public safety officials in the city and county have geared up traffic divisions to deal with the influx of holiday drivers. Drinking and driving could be the leading killer on Texas roadways this Memorial Day weekend, if Texas drivers fail to exercise caution, the Department of Public Safety warns. “If you plan to drink — don’t drive. It’s that simple. No party or celebration is worth risking your life and the lives of others,” said Col. Thomas A. Davis Jr., director of the DPS. “And when we say to have a designated driver, we don’t mean at the end of the evening you decide who has had the least amount to drink. Choose one person to stay sober — all evening long.” DPS troopers and many other police agencies will increase patrols during the weekend to get drunk drivers off the roads and to target speeders and seat belt violators. One nationwide effort designed to reduce fatalities is the C.A.R.E. — Combined Accident Reduction Effort — program. State police across the nation participate in C.A.R.E., maximizing enforcement on major interstate highways to reduce fatalities See PATROLSBKT MAHAM! copy    T) _______ saturdayNew Braunfels    May 26,2001 18 pages in 2 sectionsHerald-Zeitung Vol. 150, No. 168    Serving    New    Braunfels    and    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Lawmakers mull call for special session Perry asks legislators to gauge redistricting chances By Jim Vertuno Associated Press Writer AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he’s asked House and Senate lawmakers to discuss whether they can move forward on a congressional redistricting plan and left open the possibility of calling a special session. Lt. Gov. Bill Ratliff, however, said it would be an “extraordinarily difficult prospect” to come to any sort of an agreement. Perry said, “I have asked them to convene a group of House members (and) senators to try to work towards a resolution. If a special ses-PERRY    sion    needs    to be called, if that would be productive, then we’d certainly entertain it.” Ratliff said any special session likely would prove futile. The regular session ends Monday. “It will be extraordinarily difficult,” to get a plan passed out of both chambers and successfully negotiated in conference committee, Ratliff said. Even if a bill did get to conference committee, the Senate side likely would be majority Republican while the House side would be majority Democrat, said Ratliff, a Republican. “And that conference committee would have 30 congressmen looking over their shoulders,” he said. “It would be extraordinarily difficult circumstances. I wouldn’t venture what the odds are to be successful.” Texas has 30 congressional seats now and will get two more. Democrats hold a majority of the current seats. Perry said he wouldn’t call a special session if it was clear it wouldn’t help. “If we know for a fact that we’re not going to be productive, I mean, that’s not in the best interest of the people of the state of Texas,” Perry said. Redistricting is the once-a-decade redrawing of political boundaries based on new census figures. The Legislature is charged with coming up with a redistricting plan for its two chambers, the state’s congressional delegation and the State Board of Education. Plans for state seats already have collapsed amid bitter partisan rancor. The responsibility of drawing state districts will now go the Legislative Redistricting Board. RATLIFF Visitors to New Braunfels hotel rooms will see the list; its also posted at every river outfitter’s business and at tt\e public exits. And with the electronic sign at the tube chute, it’ll be hard for tourists to miss the city’s new river rules. “We want to emphasize that everybody should have a good time,” said Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager. “And if the weather holds, it’s going to be a great weekend on the river. The campgrounds are filling up (Friday night), and the hotel rooms are almost all full. But people have to remember — bring your manners with you to New Braunfels.” The city has worked on the rules for behavior on the river all winter. Officials also have added restrooms, trashcans and designated spots to pick up and drop off tubers, Ferguson said. And with the list posted in virtually every place a tourist might go, visitors should be completely aware of the behavior expected this weekend, Ferguson said. Those rules are: * Obey the laws. See RIVER/3A Above: A sign put up next to the Prince Solms Tube Chute reminds people to obey the laws Friday while on the Comal River. Right: Rafters scoot through the rapids near the Gruene Road bridge. CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Street closings for summer weekends/2A ;