New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 15, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
REWARD OFFERED FOR TIPS ABOUT MOST WANTED
SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852Sewer rate hike clears stepio one speaks during public hearing Monday night on NBU proposal bGing
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The ()f)portunity to sound oft on proposed 3 ()ercent sewer rate ke drew no takers during a puh-c hearing at Monday's New raunfels City C'ouncil mt'eting. Council approved the first read-ig of the rate hike unanimously.
t itizens will get a sec ond chance to exf)ress themselves when the si*(ond and final reading of the ordinance increasing rates comc's b(‘fore counc il on Nov. 28.
Under the* nc'w rate's, the typical residential sewc'r bill would increase by Hi cents |X'r month. If a[)f)roved, the rate hike- would
become effective jan, I.
"I like to think the citizens realize that 81 c ents is a pretty small amount to pay when you consider the amount of wastewater treatment facilitic's that will be available," Mayor Gale Pospisil said. "Unfortunately, as the city grows, we have to c'xpand the fac ilities.
I'm th.tnkful it's only \ pc'rcent."
The J012 increasc’ — com binecl with projc'cted 7 ()ercent increases annually tor the* c'nsu-ing four years would help fund $79 million in improvement .md ('xpansion of the- c ity's wastc'w.ih'r
See WATER, Page 10
iigh Court •eadies for showdown
ustices to decide iw’s legality
The Supreme Court is 'ady to consick'r next yc'ar ie legality ot President arack Obama's signature omestic legislation, an verhaul of the U.S. hc\ilili arc' systc'rn.
The law, passed by ( on-ress last year on a largc'ly arty-linc' vote, was the lost far-rcMching domestic ,'gislation in a generation u! has provcMl a [)olitical ghtning rod. It is vigorous-. opposed by all of Oba-la's f)ros()CHtivc' Kepubli-an opponents in next ear's f)residential election. The Su[)reme Court's chedule set aside more lan five' hours ot argument >r the l.nv, un()recc^dentc'd 1 modern time's The )us-cc's' dc'c ision c ould c omc' tetore the' |uK 4 Indepen-lence Day holiday and is ertain to be a tocus of ampaigning in the run-uj) .) the Nov. 6 elc'c tions.
Ihe Patic'nt Protc'ction <ind ^ftorclable Care* ,Act aims to )rovide hc'alth insurance* to nore than TO million [)revi-)usly uninsured Americ ans. U'publicans have branded he law unconstitutional ince bc'tore Obama signc'd t in a ceremony in March !010.
The court's ruling (ould )e its most significant and )olitical decision sincc' its lecision that had the c'ttect )l making Gc'orgc'W. Bush )rc'sident in a harrowingly lose 2000 presidential 'Ic'ction. The justices lett hemselvc's an of>ening to k'fer the outcome if thc'y ■houlcl choose, by rc'c|uest-ng arguments on one* low-'r court's ruling that a dc'ci-.ion must wait until 20 I S, vhen one of the' law's many provisions takes effect.
Legal experts have offered 1 range ot opinions about ,vhat the high court might lo.
Many prominent )reme Court lawyers
iev(' the law will be
See HEALTH CARE. Page 10
right, shows a customer 5ome of the wares on sale Nov, 4 at the Sophie’s Shop booth }t Wurstfest 2011.
‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’
Phdtos by SHAWN LEWIS Hiifrild- Zci^ kj
Jennifer Carrillo Rakestraw, rigtit, and Sabrina Houser phone in their votes for JR Martinez following his pt;rformanGe Monday night on "Dancing with the Stars."
Holding out for a hero
Vintage Oaks watch party focuses on wounded wamor, soap star
By Drew Stone
C'omal C'ounty's favorite woundc'd-warrior-turned-danc c'r continuc's to trip the light fantastic.
Monday c'vc'ning, dozens gatherc'd at Vintage Oaks at the' Vineyard's Amc'nity ( enter to chc'c'r on |R Martinez <)s he' impressed judges during the sc'mifi-nals ot ABC's "Dane ing With the Stars." Martinez is a formc'r U.S. Army solid-er who was badly Î)urnecl while serving in Irac] and went on to ac t in the' soap opera "All My Children" and work as a motiv»itional
Martinez also serves a s
spokesman tor Of)era-tion f inally Home, a project that )rovicles iomes to injurcni vc't-erans. The p rog ra m has provided a home at Vintage Oaks for disabled U.S. Airman ('olton Read and his wife, jc'ssica.
See DANCING, Page 3
Scan this QR code to visit JR Martinez's home page or go to WWW. knowircom
India Moore, right, helps Nora Brandon text in her vote for JR Martinez following his performance Monday iiiglit on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Wurstfest ticket sales up from last year, data shows
Fiom stall leports
Wurstfest officials on Monday releasc'd f)reliminary data showing gate rec eipts from this year's fc^stival were u[) 14.9 percent from 2t)10.
This year's gate receipts at the annual salute to sausage came in 2h..3 highc'r than the five-year average (200()-2010). The data represent tickets sold from festival
entrances and do not include advance' tic kc't sale's or lie kets issuc'd to other locations for sale' on a c on-signment basis, according lo nenvs release.
Additional numbers, including concession sale's and an estimated total attendance, will be releasc'd
See WURSTFEST, Page 10
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BBB warns off spam texts being sent to steal personal info
f-rotn staff reports A n('w scam has hit the markc't, l.irge'ting ce'll phone' us(>rs. "Smishing," similar to "phishing," use's text me's-sagc's to b.iit consumers into divulging their persoiud intorni,ition, Bc‘tt('r Husinc'ss Burc'au 'HBBi reports.
( )n(' form ot the' s( <im trie ks ( ( insumers into bc'liev-ing llieir 1) a n k a( c ounts fi.ive b('cn iroze'ii. The' text m('s-s a g ('
ap[)c*ars to ( omt' from the' ( on-s u m e r ' s li.mk ,ind (lirc'cts ihe' vie tini to call a providc'd number to untiee/e the a( count, ihe number providc'd ( onnc'c ts to the s( am nn'rs, v\ho ,isk lor the vie -lim’s personal intorm.ilion
ac ( ount nunilx'r PIN ind S( )( lal Sc'c uri1\' number.
ifi(' s( am c an take* nian\ torms, su( ti a^ piomising a lr('(' laptop, mortgage assi^-l.ifice or lotfrrv ’.tinnirigs. .)( c orifing to Bf^B Some' It'xts might c'ven olier a tic'e procliK I, su( li as .1 se'< unty aj)p to get \ou to ( li( k on a link uliK h then downloads i(le'ntit\ stealing sotiw jrt' lo \our pilone.
Kc'gardlc'ss (>! th(> t.ii lie usc'd, th(‘ ovi'tiill objc'e live is to stc'ai \our personal inior-mation, BBB reports.
According to online- sen u-rit\ lirm Trusleer, c c'll ph<¡ne users are' thri'e time's more* likc'K to tall tor lake in<'s sagc's than e ompulc'r usi'rs.
BBB ofic'rs thc'se tips trom AARP 1)0 how to protc'i I \our personal inlormation Irom smishing te'xts:
• 1 )o not rc'plv. Rc'pK ing to lì sp.im text onK verities tiiat \()ur number is ,u tive meaning more* mc'ssages ( an be sent.
• ( he'ck with vour bank (iirec tl\. Sc'patale Irom the' t('xt, look up \()ur bank's |)lione' numbc'r and c ontac I \oui bank dire'ctK to torv lirm the status ot \our accounts.
See SCAM. Page 10
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