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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 29, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung g Friday, November 29, 1996 □ 3A Texans mark Thanksgiving in their own ways and styles By MADELINE BARO Associated Press Writer_ Texans found unique ways to say thanks on Thanksgiving Day — everything from making dinner for thousands to special deliveries in the rain. In the farming community of Pep, Texas, they had plenty of turicey, but they had even more German sausage. The town of IOO people hosted its 5I st annual Thanksgiving festival cm Thursday, with 5,800 pounds of German sausage, 50 pounds of breakfast sausage, 700 pounds of turkey and 145 pounds of turkey breast for the 1,000 or so people Oley expected to show up. why so much sausage? Well, tiny Pep, which is about 43 miles northwest of Lubbock and has a post office, a gas station, a church, a parish hall and an alternative school, is famous for it. But Pep’s meat supply was outweighed by The 17th annual Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner. Chefs began cooking about 150 or more turkeys a day beginning Monday to prepare for the event which fed about 20,000 people at the San Antonio Convention Center. The only thing lacking at the event was it’s founder — Raul Jimenez. Every year, the restaurateur wears his trademark blue costume and oversized chefs hat to the dinner for the homeless and elderly, greeting crowds and dancing to mariachi music. . This year, however, ill health kept him at home. More than 40.000 ballots thrown out in elections FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Voter confusion caused more than 40.000 ballots cast in Dallas- and Houston-area congressional races to be thrown out, the Fort Worth Star-Telegmm reported. More than 13,000 votes for Congress in Dallas County and nearly 30,000 in the Houston area were wasted because voters bewildered by special election procedures picked two candidates for the fame office, the newspaper reported Thursday, citing election records. More than 10,000 votes — one of every dozen ballots — were thrown out in the 30th Congressional District congressional race won by Democratic incumbent Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas because Ute voted twice. Dallas ^election ds show. ■ ’•‘It’s disappointing to think someone thought they were voting correctly and then had their vote not count,” said Dallas County elections administrator Bruce Sherbet. The special elections, ordered by a federal court, allowed more than one candidate from a particular patty to run for the same congressional seat. In some districts, as many as half a dozen candidates or more were listed. Many voters became confused and picked two or more candidates for the same congressional seat, Sherbet said. “Where you saw it happen the most was where you had a patty with more than one candidate in the race, such as two Democrats,” Sherbet said. Several thousand votes were also voided because of multiple voting in five ther North Texas congressional races, including 2,193 votes in the 24th Congressional District race won by Democratic incumbent Martin Frost of Dallas. Despite publicity efforts, election officials said, fears of voter confusion were realized. Beverley Clark, a Harris County congressional candidate who missed a runoff against Democratic incumbent Ken Bentsen Jr. by 200 votes, is challenging the result in federal court. The challenge is based hugely on a separate voting problem reported recently, in which thousands did not vote for congressional candidates, officials said. Not enough Dallas County ballots were voided to cause a similar challenge, Sherbet said. Although 10,449 votes were thrown out in Johnson’s race because people voted twice, she beat lier closest challenger in a nine-candidate field by 41,000 votes. To sell your car or home, advertise in the Herald-Zeitung by calling 625-9144. National Briefs Tmh mwnbars of 'Vaiapirs dam’ sought In murdors MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Five teens who call themselves a “Vampire Clan” were wanted for murder and on the run for four days until one of them called home for money, and landed in a police trap. The teen-agers were arrested Thursday night as they tried to check into a hotel in Baton Rouge, La. Police believe the teens fatally bludgeoned a couple in Eustis, Fla., on Monday. The victims, Richard Wendorf, 49, and Naoma Ruth Wendorf, 53, are the parents of 15-year-old Heather Wendorf, one of teens. Florida police said Heather had told friends she was a demon in past lives and had talked with spirits during human blood-drinking rituals. Police in Kentucky, where four of the suspects are from, said the teens were involved in vampire-like activities. “They cut each other’s arms and suck the blood. They cut up small animals and suck the blood,” Murray, Ky.» police detective SgL Mike Jump said Thursday. “They honestly believe they’re vampires.” Roderick Ferrell, 16, and Dana Cooper, 19, both of Murray, and 16-year-old Scott Anderson of Mayfield, were arrested on murder warrants along with Miss Wendorf, whom investigators originally feared had been abducted by her parents’ killers. Web now offers Mp to Mw absent-minded PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A college student has created “Remind U-Mail,” a user-friendly service on the World Wide Web that sends the chronically forgetful an e-mail reminder of special events. Using their own private password, users simply enter the day of an event and a brief description of it. Then, when the important day isTexas TodayRobbery suspect's father, friends express shock TEMPLE — Family and friends had always seen William Frank Guess as an athlete, businessman, leader and neighbor. The words “bank robber” never came to mind. Guess, 46, was in critical but stable condition at Hermann Hospital in Houston today with a self-inflicted bullet wound in his head. Doctors were optimistic he would survive. Authorities say Guess shot himself in the head after robbing a Houston-area bank Wednesday and being surrounded by Harris County sheriffs deputies following a chase. But even as he lay in his hospital bed, suspected of being the dapper “Polo Shirt Bandit” whom police say robbed nearly 40 banks, those who thought they knew him struggled with their shock.Judge throws out cable case against officer SAN ANTONIO — A judge has thrown out cable theft charges against a San Antonio police officer near, the electronic calendar service sends them an e-mail reminder. “You can type in an annual event once and be reminded of it every year, up until the year 2001,” said Blake David Mills IV, a 21-year-old computer science major at the University of Pennsylvania. The two-month-old service, which is free, has quite a following. So far, about 4,000 people from some 45 countries including, Egypt, Paraguay and Brazil have registered. Mills isn’t concerned that he isn’t getting paid to operate the popular service, which runs off a computer in a Penn dormitory with a science and technology wing. Influenza strikes Indiana Job Covpa cantor INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — About 300 young people came down with the flu at a Job Corps training center and doctors fear they may have spread the virus throughout six states when they went home for Thanksgiving break. In addition to the 300 cases of influenza confirmed by lab tests, the other 360 students at the training center in southern Indiana may also have contacted the virus, said Dr. Greg Steele, the Indiana state epidemiologist. Most of the students left for the holiday weekend before the outbreak was confirmed, and they may pass Saturday, November 30 U TILT FM 306 & m 2673    964-3992 <^elt Up Up 6 Aw/ay □n THE IdTEnnET Sign yourself and all your friends up for local New Braunfels access to the Internet and get: • na htarast teen Fast Access • Low Monthly Fees Bb retpentBHe far UM MOST new sign-ups between now and Dec. 12 and get a FREE Hot Mr Balloon Ride over New Braunfels during Blowiest on Dec. 14. For more information on Gtowfest a CompuVision Internet Services see: http://w ww.compuvlslon.nct/fcsttagc http:/// -►    Voice or FAX: 608-0808 - T ■■ < ■ii *    .    i'    ■ louse Start Your Christmas Shopping Early! All Women’s $ A9g Shoes Children’s Shoes Leather Handbags $a99 9 9„_ & up Saw Ind. Leather HUGE SELECTION TO CHOOSE FROM! n ■ w mrnAuuv rn Lo ^ 7a> who argued that a warrant against him was improperly obtained by an off-duty detective working for the cable company. Willie Mendez was facing charges of misdemeanor criminal mischief and cable theft, both Class B misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine up to $4,000. “I’m not defending anybody for stealing cable . . . but the problem was the way the cable company went about (recovering stolen boxes),” said Mendez's attorney, Bill Berchelmann. The case was dismissed Tuesday by County Court Judge Karen Crouch. Mendez still could be disciplined by the police department pending an investigation. Paragon Cable spokesman T.J. Connolly said the company has had a longstanding relationship with the police in which off-duty officers have served warrants for the cable operator.Prospects of $50 million Lotto Jackpot rocks town ROBY — A little news goes a the virus, Steele said. Pentagon begins review of long-torm defense strategies WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has begun a huge review of its long-term defense strategies and spending priorities, and it’s destined to be a bloody battle. The study could mold the military into a totally new type of force designed to take on far different challenges in the next century, its supporters hope. But some defense analysts fear the Pentagon will propose just a smaller, scaled-down version of its Cold War self instead of ordering revolutionary changes and difficult budget choices. The undertaking “will shape the course of American security well into the new millennium,” predicted the Pentagon’s No. 2 man. Deputy Defense Secretary John White. White said the process will examine every aspect of defense, “what we do, why we do it, how we do it and how we pay for it. ... The goal is not to rationalize and protect what we have now.” 2-DAY SALE NOV. 29, & 30 Credit Cards Welcome M C, Visa, AmEx, Disc. Iii {.is** ol erioi, slort* prices prevail long way in this West Texas cotton farming community. Imagine the effect of word that 43 of the town’s 600 residents will share a $50 million Lotto Texas jackpot. “Talk about Thanksgiving!” Mayor Cecil King told The Dallas. Morning News. “We’ve really had it here today.” Confirmation won’t come until today, when the Texas Lottery Commission sorts through its computer records to pinpoint the store where Wednesday night’s $50 million Lotto Texas ticket was purchased. But a group of 43 relatives and friends in Roby weren’t waiting to give thanks on a very special Thanksgiving Day.Woman granted new trial for spouse’s slaying still in Jail BROWNSVILLE — Susie Mowbray celebrated Thanksgiving Day the same way she has for the last eight years: eating turkey and dressing with her fellow inmates inside the Gatesville state women’s prison. She once thought she would be spending the holiday with her family; she thought she would have much more to be thankful for. It was a year ago Saturday that a judge recommended Mrs. Mowbray’s conviction be set aside and she be granted a new trial on a charge of killing her husband. The ruling, based on new evidence that the state’s blood-spatter expert gave scientifically invalid testimony during trial, was forwarded to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Dec. 5 for a final decision.Judge dismisses developer's suit over rejected theater DALLAS — A development corporation’s lawsuit over the rejection by Dallas officials of an 18-screen movie theater has been dismissed by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Barefoot Sanders ruled the city was not liable for any harm Mayfair Development Corp. may have suffered when the City Council rejected the Tinseltown theater complex plan in January 1994. Attention: CD Buyers! Stan Cunningham Callable Certificates of Deposit • Interest paid 7.00% • FDIC insured to $100,000 • Non-callable for I Year • Callable thereafter @ IOO • Final Maturlty-11/27/11 This CD is non-callable for the first 12 months and then can be called at par monthly thereafter by the issuing bank. Early withdrawal may not be permitted. Minimum $5,000. 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