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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 9, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9,2004 rn a t SPORTS PHYSICS LESSON Unstoppable force vs. immovable object when Austin-McCallum visits Canyon Friday night. Page 5A ijPliPPiiiffTiiri kk*****kw##*k#k HIXE.D ADC 781 MOI 1000571 05/16/05 SOUTHWEST HICRGPUBLISHERS 2627 E VANDELL DR EL PASO TX 7990? 9,2004 d-Zeitung i vyivui vt Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. GUEST COLUMN C.V. Sledd Shearer argues the federal assault weapons ban has had little effect on gun crime. Page 4A Vol. 153, No. 258 12 pages, 2 sections WWW? ■mn 500 56825 00001 Mostly sunny High Low 89 61 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY . 4B CLASSIFIEDS SB COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES SA SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 4BSO probes Spring Branch woman’s death By Bon Maloney Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH — Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the circumstances that led to the death of an 18-year-old Spring Branch woman. Elizabeth Autumn Perry died at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday at University Hospital, a hospi tal official said. She was flown Loop in Spring Branch. to the hospital just after she    Comal County Sheriff’s Sgt. was found at I a.m. Sept. 2    Tommy Ward did not say lying unconscious in front of    what, if any, injuries Perry her home on Line Camp    suffered, but an autopsy was being performed by the Bexar County Medical Examiner Wednesday afternoon to determine cause of death. Ward did not say whether the death was suspicious or if foul play was believed involved. “It’s too early in our investigation.” Ward said. SYMBOLIC CEREMONY Man pulled unconscious from lake dies By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO —The 19-year-old man pulled unconscious from Canyon Lake Tuesday afternoon died early Wednesday at University Hospital. An official at the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s office said Kyle Roger Markham, 19, of New Jersey was pronounced dead at 1:35 a.m. No cause of death ruling had been made Wednesday. Markham’s family was visiting the Canyon Lake area on vacation and sheriff’s officials reported he got into trouble while snokeling at Comal Park. He was pulled from the water after no more than two and one-half minutes and friends and family immediately performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, according to a sheriff’s deputy. I Ie was flown to University Hospital in critical condition. DAVID INGRAM/Herald Zeitung Canyon High School Air Force JROTC members Michelle Falck, left, and Randi Perez practice their timing on the "present arms" command along with New Braunfels firefighter Greg Wilson Wednesday afternoon. The two groups will present the colors at the Cougars football game Friday night in honor of those who died Sept. 11, 2001. New Braunfels firefighters, Canyon JROTC team up to pay tribute to victims of 9/11Patriot Day calls for flags flown half-staff Many national days of remembrance — Independence Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day — have become little more than good excuses to have department store sales. Patriot Day, observed on Sept. 11, is not one of them. Created by President Bush Dec. 18, 2001, Patriot Day is a time to reflect on the tragedy and ramifications of the worst terrorist attack on American soil. In his 2003 Patriot Day proclamation, Bush called on citizens to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies, remembrance services and candlelight vigils. The proclamation asks citizens and government entities to tty flags at half-staff and observe a moment of silence beginning at 7:46 a.m. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Before football fans get their fill of gridiron action Friday night, local firefighters and JRt JPC cadets want them to remember the sacrifices 3,000 made in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. when terrorists attacked the United States. More than one in IO of the dead of Sept. 11, 2001 — 343 — were New York firefighters who, with 60 cops, ran into the 110-story twin towers of the World Trade (tenter to try to help people escape before the buildings collapsed. So the anniversary is especially poignant for firefighters. Friday night, a color guard composed of New Braunfels firefighters will join the female color guard team of the Canyon High School Air Force Junior ROTC in presenting the flags at the start of the football game against Austin McCallum. Each home game, J ROTC cadets present the colors before kickoff. Wednesday afternoon, the cadets and the firemen practiced their program on the CHS football field alongside the Cougar varsity team. Engineer Petey Bartels, one of 18 members of the New Braunfels Firefighter’s Association Color Guard, approached the JROTC about marching together to recognize the victims of the terror attacks and the military members who have followed them in the war on terror. “I want to have people reminded of what happened on Sept. ll, 2001,” Bartels said. “I think it’s something we all need to remember. Its like, everyone remembers where they were when President Kennedy was shot. This is just like See TRIBUTE, Page 3A Summer vacation Geography teacher Melanie Schulze’s trip to Brazil as a Fulbright scholar lets her teach what books can’t Sex ed. at heart of textbook battle By Leigh Jones Staff Writer From the hack of an Austin hoard room, local abstinence program coordinator Suzie Dionne marveled at the number of abstinence supporters on liand to hear testimony on proposed health textbooks. Dionne stood in to a shoul-der-to-shoulder crowd for more than two hours listening to testimony at the State Board of Education’s final hearing for four new health textbooks scheduled for adoption in November. The books have been immersed in controversy since publishers announced they would not contain detailed information about contraceptive devices in chap ters covering sex education. At Wednesday’s hearing, pro-abstinence organizers handed out stickers for supporters to wear, making sure board members could see how many were in attendance. “Hie pro-abstinence people did an excellent job,’’ See BOOKS, Page 3A Coalition pushes high-speed rail alternative By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The Texas High Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation, a growing coalition of cities and counties, is lobbying to create a high-speed rail system that would link Dal-las-Fort Worth and San Antonio with another corridor that would connect Killeen and Houston. Called the Texas T-Bone, the 440-mile system would be shorter than Gov. Rick Perry’s 1,150-mile Trims Texas Corridor high-speed rail plan that would form a triangle from San Antonio to Houston and then to Dallas-Fort Worth and back to San Antonio along the 1-35 corridor. Bruce Condit, senior communications consultant for Dean International, pitched the Texas T-Bone plan Wednesday to the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce's Transportation Committee. “Instead of trying to cram a high-speed rail system down people's throats, we’re trying to educate people first,” Condit said. The concept of a grassroots organization to support a high-speed rail system began with Bryan-College Station officials, Condit said. “They got left out of the interstate system and the Trans-Texas Corridor plan,” he said. “But there’s a tremendous need for a corridor thai runs from Fort I loud to Houston through Bryan-College Station.” Called the Brazos Express Corridor, the Houston-Killeen link would be an extension of the South Central Corridor, a national corridor designated by the U.S. House of Representatives in the IYansporta-tion Equity Act. Condit said the Killeen-Houston corridor would link the nation’s largest military installation in Fort Hood to the Port of Houston, the nation’s busiest port. Also, the alignment would possibly terminate at international airports in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas-Fort Worth. "Other transportation systems like shuttle systems and light commuter rail systems would necessarily evolve,” he said. “So the entire system would give people easier access to airports, tourist attractions and professional sports complexes.” Condit said THSRTC was a grassroots nonprofit coalition made up of cities and counties, including Houston, Temple, Dallas County, the Port of See RAIL, Page 3A DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Dean International Senior Communications Consultant Bruce Condit, left, talks with Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council Economic Development Director Jeff Webb about the benefits of high-speed rail Wednesday morning at Honors Hall. ;