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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 10, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas New ^ddsNFELS K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Karen Akins brought Sam Akins, 8, and Mason Royal, 10 (bottom right), to the Governor’s mansion for an “afternoon civics lesson” Thursday afternoon. “I brought them here to get involved in demanding a fair election,” she said. Members of the media, Bush supporters and execution protesters descended on the Governor’s mansion Thursday. Austin host to media circus By Ron Maloney Staff Writer AUSTIN — The vigil outside the mansion pf Governor George W. Bush stretched into a raucous second day Thursday. The international press corps grew ever larger, and protesters performed ever more boisterously. Amidst the media-fueled circus was increasing uncertainty as news reports filtered in throughout the day of Florida recounts and of a narrowing lead for Bush. An officially certified recount could be some days away. Unofficially, the Associated Press was reporting a 250-vote lead that had decreased throughout the day, with only two counties left to report. In the meantime Thursday, the atmosphere in the crowd outside the Texas Governor’s mansion became more intense. More news crews with bigger trucks, more television cameras — some from as far away as Australia and Hong Kong — and more special chase cars crowded the streets of Austin. There were more police, deputies, detectives and Secret Service agents. There was yellow sheriffs’ department tape that kept getting knocked down. There was more trash. Chris Galbreath of Austin showed up outside the mansion about 4 p.m. to see for himself what was going on. See AUSTINE By Ron Fournier AP Political Writer George W. Bush’s lead over Al Gore in all-or-nothing Florida slipped beneath 300 votes in a suspense-filled recount Thursday, as Democrats threw the presidential election to the courts claiming “an injustice unparalleled in our history.” The Bush campaign was considering recounts in two other close-voting states. Chaos reigned. It might take weeks to untangle the thickening legal and political webs and determine the nation’s 43rd president. “The presidential election is ... on hold,” said James A. Baker III, the secretary of state in the Bush administration brought in to protect the Texas governor’s interests. Gore wants a follow-up recount in four Florida counties and perhaps a new election in the Palm Beach area — ideas the Bush camp said amounted to “politicizing and distorting” the electoral system. Amid a campaign-style flurry of charges and countercharges, Gore campaign chairman William Daley said his party will support legal actions by voters and supporters who say a confusing ballot may have led them to vote accidentally for Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan. “We’re raising some very serious questions and legal actions will be taken,” Daley said at a Florida session with Warren Christopher, the former secretary of state acting as Gore’s recount consigliere. The Bush campaign fired back by staking its own claim to a Florida victory and questioning Gore’s motives. Still, Republicans eyed recounts elsewhere in case Gore • \ "V- -SMI * rn-' ^ ■rn rn Election 2000 Countdown to the presidencyHerald-Zeitung Vol. 149 No. 273 20 pages in 2 sections November IO, 2000    T^ . _    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    SO    cents Friday Inside “This is serious stuff; its time to cool partisan passions or risk being damaged goods, even if you win the presidency.” — Democratic consultant Jim DuffyHow much longer?Florida officials say results could come as late as Tuesday; Bush lead less than 250 votes prevails in Florida, raising the specter of a lengthy, multi-state battle. “One of the options that they seem to be looking at is new elections. Our democratic process calls for a vote on Election Day, it does not call for us to continue voting until someone likes the outcome,” Bush campaign chairman Don Evans said in Austin, Texas. As the drama unfolded in Florida, Attorney General Janet Reno said in Washington she saw no reason for federal authorities to “jump in” the controversy. The former Miami prosecutor said she would review any complaints brought to her. “We are not here to generate controversy,” she said. There was already plenty of that An unofficial tally by The Associated Press showed that Gore had cut Bush’s lead to 225 votes with 65 of 67 counties recounted. Nearly 6 million votes were cast in the state. The official total lagged behind, and Secretary of State Katherine Harris said it could as late as Tuesday — a week after the election — before the state certifies ballot results from all 67 counties. She said it may take until Nev. 17 to tabulate ballots cast by Floridians living overseas. “Nobody ever said that democracy was simple or efficient,” said election board See FLORIDAN Laura Bush leaves the Governor’s mansion late Thursday afternoon, shortly before Dick Cheney and Press Secretary Karen Hughes arrive. K. JESSIE SLATEN Herald-Zeitung Candidates waste no time dragging lawyers into the fray/6A Wentworth among top contenders for job of lieutenant governor — if Bush wins./7A The Florida recount county returns and which counties went to Bush, Gore/6A Florida voters are not the only ones upset about how balloting went on Tuesday./6A Board eyes crosswalk ideas By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer New Braunfels’ Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board suggested improvements Thursday to the Walnut Avenue and Lands Street crosswalk over a new crosswalk at Lands and Laurel Lane. The residents of Laurel Plaza Apartments on Laurel Lane had previously asked for money from a portion of the city^s sales tax revenues to build a sidewalk to Landa Street and a crosswalk across Landa. The apartments are operated by the city’s housing authority and are home low-income elderly and disabled residents. Many of those people said they crossed Landa at Laurel Lane to get to the Albertson’s across the street. However, they said it is dangerous crossing there and had asked the board that oversees a portion of the cityls sales tax revenues for money to build the crosswalk and sidewalk to make it safer. That board, the New Braunfels Infrastructure and Improvement Corp., forwarded the issue to the transportation and traffic advisory board. The transportation board finalized its recommendation Thursday. City staff have said since the issue surfaced that a crosswalk at Laurel Lane was not safe because it is not at a traffic signal. Assistant to the City ManagerSee BOARD/5A Inside Abby........................... .....9A Classifieds.................... ..5-8B Comics.......................... ....11A Crossword................... .....9A Forum.......................... .....8A Local/Metro.................. .....4A Movies.......................... .....9A Obituaries..................... .....3A Sports.......................... 1-3B Today............................ .....2A Stocks............................... .....5A Key Code 76 New sales tax changes renew debates about chamber contract By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer New Braunfels does not have to make a choice between economic development and streets and drainage when spending a portion of its sales tax revenues, the local chamber president said. Voters on Tuesday approved two proposals concerning the use of a portion of New Braunfels' sales tax revenues. The proposition passed by a vote of 2,621 to 2,501, Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce Presi-d e n t Michael Meek said he was not surprised, considering that there was no opposition to it in the community. Issues that do not generate a lot of interest usually pass, he said. “We have given our leaders a MEEK complete tool chest from which to create a comprehensive economic development program,” Meek said. “I think these funds can be used to do great things for our citizens.” For several years, the city has See CHAMBERS SEROLD ;