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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 4, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Voter registration deadline looms What’s Up - From Staff Reports People who want to vote in the Nov. 6 constitutional amendment election have until 4:45 p.m. Tuesday to register. Early voting will start on Oct. 22 and will continue until Nov. 2. Comal County early voting will be conducted in nx>m 104 of the Comal County Courthouse — not in the courthouse annex where it ■ Deadline for voter registration in Comal County is 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. For information, call 620-5520. had been conducted in the past. Voters across Texas will decide on Nov. 6 whether to ratify 19 new constitutional amendments that came out of the recent session of the* Texas Legislature. Officials say turnout in these elections is typically very light — IO percent or so. In Comal County, voters will decide whether to appoint a permanent groundwater conservation district for the Trinity Aquifer, to elect its board members and to decide whether to See DEADLINE/7A | Inside Abby......................... ......5A Classifieds................... 4-6B Comics....................... ......8A Crossword.................. ......5A Forum........................ ......6A Local/Metro................. ......4A Movies.......................... ......5A Obituaries................... ......3A Sports........................ ..1-4B Today........................... 2A I www.herald-zeitung com Key Code 76 L_ ___•__ ___I Will Bonds break the record? • Sports/l-4B „    THURSDAYNew Bp *1 t™eels    october    4,20111 W00571 119*1 c, '/* ”VI ,0"    14    pages    in 2 sectionsHerald^... . jngVol. ISO, No. 280    Serving    New    Braunfels    and    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Six die in bus crash after driver attacked By Russ Oates Associated Press Writer MANCHESTER, Tenn. — A passenger on a Greyhound bus slashed the driver’s throat with a blade, grabbed the wheel and crashed the vehicle Wednesday, killing six of the 40 people aboard and prompting the company to temporarily shut down service across an already jittery nation. The driver was in stable condition after surgery for a 4- to 5-inch cut on his neck. The 33 others aboard also were injured. The FBI said the 29-year-old assailant was among the dead. He was identified as Igric Damir, a Croatian who entered the United States in Miami in March 1999 with a one-month visa. He boarded the bus in Chicago. See BUS/7A Attorney swings focus to NB police By Ron Maloney Staff Writer JOHNSON CITY Prosecutor Lisa Tanner told a Blanco County jury Wednesday morning that Jack Warren Davis “got liquored up, .sexually aroused and went to Kathie Balonis’s apartment and murdered her.” Tanner called t lit* murder a “horrible act of sexual depravity fueled by alcohol, by lust and by perversion" in her opening statement at the second murder trial for Davis, 12. He faces life in prison if convicted again for the Nov. 17, 1989, murder of the 24-year-old Balonis, who taught third grade at Bill Brown Elementary School. But defense attorney Stanley Schneider used his opening remarks to put the New Braunfels Police Department on trial alleging that the investigation was botched in ways that so far have prevented a complete airing of the facts. Investigators jumped to a hasty conclusion that Davis was responsible for the murder and have never found the real killer, Schneider charged. A long-haired man who has never been identified spent several hours at the Balonis apartment, waiting for her on the night she was killed, Schneider said. Schneider also implied that police might have had reason not to want to find tin* true murderer because he just might have been one of their own. In her statement to jurors chosen over Monday and Tuesday, 'fanner discounted tilt* allegations and tin* implications. “For this defendant, the devil is in the details. At first blush, his story sounds reasonable. But when you look at it, it has fatal flaws. Ut* might tell you it was a See FOC US/7 A Powell: Step one, strike Governor touts education the U.S. campaign against terrorism. “This is the first phase of this operation,” Powell said after receiving unqualified support from Qatar, a Persian Gulf emirate. “I obviously cannot comment on what might happen in the future.” As Powell left open the possibility of taking the U.S. fight beyond Afghanistan, he offered assurances that “we are not looking for conflict with other nations.” On the diplomatic front, meanwhile, Richard Haass, director of policy planning for the State* Department, made plans to meet iii Rome Thursday with Afghanistan’s deposed former king, Zahir Shah. It was the* highest-level LLS. contact with the ex-monarch. “We support the idea of a broad-based government in Afghanistan," depart meat spokesman Richard Boucher said. “We* ai\* certainly interested in his See STRIKE/7A Perry lauds local efforts at reception By Bill Frisbie Staff Writer Gov. Rick Perry asked George W. Bush this past week what was the biggest difference between president of the United States and governor of Texas. Instead of answering the question directly. Bush drew an analogy between the two offices. Perry shared that analogy with a spirited audience Tuesday at New Braunfels’ American Legion Post 179, 410 W. Coll St. Texas Sen. Jeff Wentworth and Mayor Stoney Williams introduced Perry, as well as welcomed city and county officials present at the reception. “The key word is 'investment/ and the local people obviously agree. ” — Rick Perry Texas governor The analogy Perry spoke of likened facilitating education at the state level to building national defense at the federal level. Perry made clear references to the Sept. ll terrorist attacks and what he pledged would be the state’s continuing emphasis on education and workforce training. Perry said he “absolutely” supported the proposed $4.7 million Central Texas Technology Center slated for construction at the New Braunfels Municipal Air-Diplomat set to meet deposed Afghan king port. The 31,000-square-foot facility is intended to address what supporters say will be a critical shortage of skilled workers in the area during the next five years. ‘The key word is ‘investment,’ and the local people obviously agree,” Perry said. ‘Technological skills will play more and more an important role in our future as we become a more technologically-driven economy. “As we continue to develop that kind of workforce, it’s critical that they have an education past high school. Whether ifs a technical degree, an associate’s degree or a four-year university degree is not as important as having our children head in that direction and that they have (higher education) as an expectation." In September, New Braunfels City Council approved up to $929,024 in local sales tax dollars for the technology center, which also would include a 5,000-square-foot academic wing. The city also See PERRY/7A By Barry Schweid AP Diplomatic Writer K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Governor Rick Perry asks for and receives ‘live” from District Attorney Dib Waldrip’s son, John, shortly after Perry spoke at the American Legion Hall on Coll Street Wednesday afternoon. photo U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell addresses reporters Tuesday outside of the U.S. State Department. WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Colin Powell said Wednesday a prospective military strike in Afghanistan against the al-Qaida terrorism network would be only the first step in Book sale Alfonso Hernandez looks through a few of the thousands of books available at the 15th annual Friends of the Library book sale Tuesday. The sale takes place today and Friday at the Civic Center. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung ;