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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 29, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung g Friday, November 29, 1996 □ 5A Names in the News Stuck hatch cancels shuttle space walk By MICHELLE KOIDiN Associated Press Writer SPACE CENTER, Houston — They pushed. They pulled. They tugged. They jiggled. But two astronauts trying to leave the space shuttle Columbia for a spacewalk couldn’t open the hatch. Finally, after more than two hours of struggling with the handle Thursday night, Tamara Jemigan and Thomas Jones were told to take off their bulky spacesuits and forget it for the night. “Today didn’t go exactly as we had hoped,” commander Kenneth Cockrell told Mission Control. Jemigan and Jones could not fully rotate the handle to release the hatch, which separates a cramped indoor chamber from the shuttle’s open cargo bay. They said something seemed to be jamming the latch. “I’m pushing as hard as I can,” Jones said. Flight director Rob Kelso said today it didn’t appear debris was in the way. lf the problem is fixed quickly, the two could perform the spacewalk as early as today, NASA said. Another option is to cancel both spacewalks planned for the flight, which is scheduled to end on Thursday. The second spacewalk was scheduled for Saturday. The astronauts, who*had trained for their first spacewalks for the past year, took off the handle and put it back on several times. That didn’t help. Wearing big gloves and confined in a small area, the astronauts had a hard time applying much force to the handle. Jones tried standing on Jemigan so she could put more force on it. The chamber was repressurized so astronaut Story Musgrave could go in and check the handle with his bare hands. But his luck was no better. Jerry Ross, the astronaut on the ground in charge of spacewalking, said from his experience in orbit, the hatch was easy to open. “It’s fairly light forces overall. That’s what was a little bit surprising to us,” Ross said. The force is “certainly not as high as a lug wrench on a bolt,” he added.World Briefs Algerians vote to and religion m poi ivies ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerians overwhelmingly approved a constitutional referendum to ban religion in politics and expand presidential powers, the government announced today. Opposition parties called Thursday’s election a sham and the referendum to revise the 1989 constitution a setback for democracy. The referendum passed with 8S.8 percent of voters in favor and 14.1 percent against, Interior Minister Moustafa Ben Mansour said during a brief news conference. Voter turnout was 79 percent, he said. Ben Mansour praised the “general atmosphere of enthusiasm and freedom in which this referendum took place.” The opposition party Rally for Culture and Democracy — which watched the election from outside polling centers in Oran, Tlemcen, Tiara, Annaba and Constantine — estimated a nationwide turnout of only about 30 percent, its director, Said Sadi, told The Associated Press. Rwandan lafugaaa to bv ktentHM batara airdrop GOMA, Zaire (AP) — A Canadian foot patrol and international aid workers will try to locate thousands of Rwandan refugees in the Zairian mountains and encourage them to return home before any efforts are made to airdrop supplies, the leader of a multinational force said. “There are still vulnerable groups out there and we must find them,” Canadian Lt. Gen. Maurice Baril said during a tour Thursday of the Rwanda-Zaire border region. Bari! said the unarmed patrol would accompany aid workers on a mission today in search of the estimated 100,000 refugees. He said airdrops would only be used as a last resort.Grand Ola Opry finds its way back home at Ryman NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some Grand Ole Opry stars are going home for the holidays — to the Ryman Auditorium. Martina McBride, Ricky Skaggs and Porter Wagoner are among thosie who will perform Dec. 15 at the Opry’s historic former home to benefit the Opry Performers Fund, which helps pay for entertainers’ medical needs. “For every Opry artist, the Ryman has a special home feeling and always will,” said Opry member Jeannie Seely, who is coordinating the event. “All of the stars on the show except Martina performed on the Opry when it broadcast from the Ryman, so this is indeed a homecoming,” she said. The Opry called the Ryman Auditorium home from 1943 until it moved to the Opryland theme park in 1974.Dole offers thanks to supportive 8-year-old SEWICKLEY, Pa. (AP) — Eight-year-old Kelly Catalane is too young to vote, but she was still disappointed that Bob Dole lost the presidential election. So Kelly dropped him a consolation note, which the erstwhile Republican candidate answered with a phone call. “I was very surprised and very happy when he called,” said Kelly, a third-grader in this Pittsburgh suburb. Kelly was at school the first time a Dole aide called on Tuesday. Her mother, Liz, said Kelly would be home at about 4:30 p.m. Soon after Kelly arrived, the phone rang. The conversation lasted about four minutes. Dole asked Kelly her age and whether her parents had voted for him, ther wished her a happy Thanksgiving and thanked her for her letter. “He said it helped him very much and made him feel better about the campaign,” Kelly said.Have you given to the United Way?We’re Meeting The National Association of Retired Federal Employees is having its annual Christmas party at 6 p.m. Monday at the New Braunfels Holiday Inn. The social hour begins at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Newly elected officers for 1997 will be installed. The New Braunfels Optimist Club is having its annual Christmas party and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Schwamkrug’s Steakhouse. A reception with dinner begins at 7 p.m. Spouses and friends are welcome. The Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary No. 2999 is having a business meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Officers are meeting at 7 p.m. The Mission Valley Lunch Bunch is meeting at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Smokehouse. I The Comal County Gene alogy Society will have a C hristmas party It 7 p.m. Tuesday at the North Building next to Norwest Bank at 1000 N. Walnut Ave. Members should bring “finger food.” Drinks will be furnished. Installation of new officers for 1997 will take place. Members should bring interesting research for “show and tell.” The German-American Society is meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion Hall at 410 W. Coll St. The annual Christmas patty is scheduled for after the short business meeting, which will include the election of officers and a Wurstfest report. The charge for nonmembers is S3. Dues for 1997 are $5 per person and will be accepted. Checks are requested. For more information, call Florence Riedel, president of the society, at 625-2760. The Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 163, is having its Christmas party on Wednesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Home on Peace Avenue in New Braunfels. • Members are asked to call Commander “Ski” Haneiwich at 620-0223 or Tom Claxton at 625-7443 if they plan to attend. A catered meal will be served at 6:30 p.m., and we need to know how much food to order. Please let us know by Sunday. The Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 2999 past presidents are having a Christmas party at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at Eagles Hall. Aerie past presidents are the hosts, and all auxiliary past presidents are invited. The New Braunfels Hermi nn Sons Lodge No. 21 has resched- led its Christmas party for Dec. ' so members should RSVP to Vi* inia Vetter at 625-4951. The New Braunfels Lione Club is having its Christmas par. at 11 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Hernia* Sons Lodge. Bring a wrapped gif The Barbarossa Bowl’.- Club is having its semiannual r t. bership meeting at 7:30 p.m. I* -    9    at    the club. The William Hightower Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, is having its Christmas dinner st 6 p.m. Dec,40aLXbe Forke Store. Spouses, friends and SAR members are welcome. Sharon Staats, American history teacher at New Braunfels High School, will be the speaker. The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group is meeting from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 14. Everyone who has an interest in this incapacitating illness is invited. Each meeting is conducted at the Comal Bowling Center, 1202 Huisache, which is directly behind H-E-B. For more information, call John Morrow at 606-0455. The Historical Outdoor Art Gallery/New Braunfels meets every third Thursday of the month. The next meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 19 at the City Municipal Building. Anyone interested in committing their time, energy, ideas and resources is welcome. For more information, contact Wayne Rahe at 609-1369, Sandy .Kelley at 606rD470 or Christina kyrhofcn at iMi WM, Opt ii*, (lit .iller I 11.111 k't '41 \ iii* I \t itll, tx (rom I 0 til ti.irk New For This Year! Fresh cut, cold-storage shipped Noble and Fraser Firs from award-    _    iM* winning Tilton Valley j Farm in Morton, Washington. We also have Texas-grown Virginia pines. Jim & Dorothy Mercer Resident Caretakers 629-4518 or 629-1854 4413 Hunter Rd. New Braunfels' 14th Annual Showcase Arts Crafts Nov. 30 & Dec. I Sat 10-5 Sim. 10-5 iew Braunfels’Civic Center! SPECIAL VIEWING by Mission Homes Saturday 11/30 & Sunday 12/1 10:00 a.m. ‘til Dusk In ORION 2741 Diamond Trail 3 Br + loft/2 1/2 bath w/ the Master br downstairs plus a great view of the hill country from the loft. This home features custom cabinets, wood floors in the kitchen, breakfast and entry, jacuzzi tub. gas furnace & water heater, a large covered patio & a cul-de-sac location. $172,500. 26 Oak Bluff 4 Br/2 bath rock home on a comer in a cul-de-sac w/ a "Grandaddy" oak tree in back yd. This home has it all w/ a remote control gas fireplace, custom cabinets, jacuzzi tub. gas furnace & water heater, covered patio, fenced and landscaped. $183,775. $2,000^JJofiJabf onud on eac LL owe Representatives from PACIFIC AMERICAN MORTGAGE COMPANY will be on site in our furnished model both days to discuss mortgages, rates, and to process loan applications. 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