New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Prosecutor; No ploa bargain for Stat# Senator Draw Nixon
AUSTIN (AP) — State Sen. Drew Nixon will not be offered a plea bargain on prostitution and weapons charges, such as resignation in exchange for no jail time, Travis County Attorney Ken Oden said Monday.
“I don't think the politics and the enforcement should get mixed up,” Oden said. “I believe there should be a strong accountability signal that supports the neighborhood, and I don’t think that would be accomplished simply by a change in his political position.”
A Nixon spokesman said that was fine with the Carthage Republican, that Nixon is looking for no special treatment.
A trial date will be set at a hearing scheduled for today, but the trial is exoected to begin next week.
Only four blacks enter UT law school
AUSTIN (AP) — Aja Henderson and Latosha Lewis aren’t exactly in a class by themselves, but it’s close.
They are among just four new black students who entered the University of Texas Law School this year.
Both women say the prospect of a top-flight education outweighed their concerns over plummeting minority enrollment at the law school, which followed the anti-affirmative action court decision known as Hopwood.
But they’also say the education offered by the law school would be even better if the student body were more diverse.
‘‘It’s pcy. JPS* fcWWfrit Vm black,” Ms. Henderson, ll, ot Baton Rouge, La., said of the consideration she gave to the Hopwood decision before enrolling at UT.
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Man whose drunksnnssi caused fatal accident gets prison term
HOUSTON (AP) — A man whose drunkenness was blamed for an accident that killed a 35-year-old woman and her 9-year-old daughter has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
A trial was to have begun Monday for Todd Arland Mitchell, 39, but he pleaded guilty to two charges of intoxicated manslaughter and one charge of intoxicated assault.
He was sentenced to the maximum prison term on each count — 20 years each for the manslaughter charges and IO years for the assault. But under a plea bargain, the state agreed to allow the sentences to mn currently. Mitchell will be eligible for parole in five years.
Had he gone to trial, Assistant District Attorney Denise Nassar had announced she would ask State District Judge Carol Davies to stack any sentences on top of each other. That would have resulted in a total sentence of 50 years upon conviction if the jury assessed the maximum on each case.
Killed in the March 9 accident were Alicia Ozores and her daughter, Claudia. A 14-year-old daughter, Maria, was injured in the accident.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri prison officials call the contents of three videotapes recorded in March at a prison in Gregg County, Texas ‘‘use of necessary force to regain order.” The Rev. Larry Rice calls it ‘‘tremendous abuse.”
Last month, Missouri canceled its contracts to house overflow state inmates in Texas after officials learned of a videotape showing inmates being abused in Brazoria County’s privately managed jail near Houston.
Now, Rice, a televangelist who advises many Missouri inmates and their relatives, says he has obtained videotapes revealing abuse of Missouri prisoners in the Gregg County Detention Center at Longview in East Texas.
The Missouri prisoners in both counties were handled by employees of Capital Correctional Resources Inc., a private jail management company.
The company did not return a phone call Monday evening from The Associated Press.
BPW invites working women to join its ranks
The New Braunfels Business and Professional Women’s Club will conduct a membership social at 6:45 Wednesday at the Holiday Inn, Interstate 35 access road.
The meeting will include a sandwich dinner, style show by The Dress Bam/Dress Bam Woman and information about BPW. Working 'women are invited to call 625-1847 for further information and reservations.
(Submitted by the New Braunfels Business and Professional Women's Club)
Police examining T eMrta, aeeorted tools for duos to body finds
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — After analyzing bone fragments dug up from a San Antonio back yard, police will begin examining other artifacts unearthed in the search for bodies at Leonard and Monika Rizzo’s home.
In a document filed with state District Judge Raymond Angelini on Friday, police listed dozens of items collected from the yard at the house on the city’s southeast side.
Among the artifacts arc six T-shirts from the Bandido motorcycle gang, a backyard barbecue pit where fingerlike bones were found, and assorted knives and gardening tools, the San Antonio Express-News reported in today’s editions.
The items were among the more than 140 police gathered in their search. Besides human remains, police looked for anything that could be used to ‘‘inflict death or serious bodily injury” or to cut or saw bones.
Carpet samples from the master bedroom, vanity area and hallway and several stained items are being tested for evidence of human blood. Among the stained items are men’s briefs, a plywood board and pallet and a seat cover.
Survey finds souls picking c output ors oust caffeina
AUSTIN (AP) — Growing numbers of savvy personal computer buyers know what they want, how to use it and are so enamored of the technology that three in four would give up caffeine or the VCR before abandoning their PCs.
Call them the ‘‘TcchKnow Generation,” says Dell Computer Corp., which reported the findings in a survey released today.
‘‘The TechKnows, who span all ages, genders and geographies, are likely to be on their second or third computer and are familiar with online services,” Dell said in news release.
‘‘Their leading uses for home PCs: accessing the Internet, working at home, obtaining information or news and keeping in touch via electronic mail. Their No. I concern: obsolescence.”
The telephone survey interviewed 2,005 consumers, 13 years of age and older, from July 23 to Aug. 3, said Cynthia Hardie-Boone, a spokeswoman for Dell. The poll had
a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.
Autograph collector considers Mothor Tartsa’s prayer Ms top priss
HOUSTON (AP) — Autograph collector Anthony Pizzitola was just looking for Mother Teresa’s signature two years ago during one of her visits to the Bronx.
Instead, he received much more than the humanitarian nun’s name scrawled on I l-by-14-inch cardboard he had sent her.
“Keep the joy of loving Jesus in your heart and share this joy with all you meet especially your family. Always pray together.
God bless you,” the cardboard piece reads, with Mother Teresa’s name signed at the bottom.
‘‘I started reading it and I actually started trembling,” Pizzitola said.
Pizzitola said the prayer was indicative of the spirit of Mother Teresa, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Roman Catholic nun who dedicated her life to helping the poor of Calcutta, India.
She died Friday night of a heart attack.
Biti Circuit overturns sexual discrimination case against IITSA
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a University of Texas-San Antonio faculty member was not the victim of sexual discrimination when the school denied her a promotion to full professor.
The decision by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reverses a lower court ruling in favor of professor Betty Travis.
The 5th Circuit determined there wasn’t enough evidence of bias in the case against UTSA.
At the heart of the case is the changing ature of San Antonio’s only public four-year university.
For years, UTSA primarily was a teaching institution, but officials recently have stressed research.
UTSA President Samuel Kirkpatrick now requires faculty members to distinguish themselves through scholarship, an area where Ms. Travis was found to be “marginally adequate,” according to Monday's ruling.
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Republic of Texas members plan their own depository in Yoakum
Privately owned bank will not accept deposits in U.S. currency
YOAKUM, Texas (AP) — A notice to anyone planning to open an account at Texians First: Don’t take paper currency.
Bank officials may blow their noses with it.
Texians First isn’t your usual bank; it’s a privately owned depository headed by members of the Republic of Texas separatist group.
The bank is in Yoakum’s old First State Bank building.
It will accept only gold, silver, platinum, diamonds and postal money orders, said Lauren Savage, head of the soon-to-open facility.
VU.S. currency is a lien notice against the United States’ land and people,” Savage told The Victoria Advocate.
The Republic’s aim is to return gold and silver as legal tender for the state because the Constitution says debts will be paid with gold or silver, he said.
“They breached the Constitution by paying with paper money,” she said.
Postal money orders are accepted because the U.S. Postal Service is the natural bank of the United Stated
It originated the concept of monejy orders to transfer gold, Savage explained.
Deposits will be insured by private insurahce companies, as apposed to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. used by most other financial institutions. '
Although the facility won’t be open for business for another 15 to 20 days, it is open for deposits by appointment.
The group will avoid accepting deposits of less than $1,000 to keep from having to pay a state sales ta*. Savage said.
The Republic of Texas believes Texas was unconstitutionally taken into the United States and should b£ declared a separate republic.
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Producer’s Coop supports Sheriffs Posse Rodeo
Producer's rv^M* eianeosr Horace Luensmann, right, and Marshall Stray present Comal County Sheriffs Poeee Rodeo Queen Shawns Koehler with a $50 donation to the rodeo, to Im conducted Saturday at Ilia rodao arena on Interstate 35 South st the Solms Road exit
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