New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Saudi foreign minister says oil should be $20 cheaper
WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Thursday he would like to see the price of oil fall about $20 a barrel, pointing to limited U.S. refining capacity as a reason for soaring gasoline prices.
“The oil industry does not suffer from a lack of oil,” Prince Saud al-Faisal said in an interview with The Associated Press.
Saud also commented on the political situation in the Middle East, questioning whether the Bush administration’s efforts in Iraq will yield a stable, unified nation.
I Ie ruled out diplomatic contacts by his own nation with Israel in the short term, putting him at odds with other Arab and Muslim countries that have reached out to the Israelis following the historic exit of settlers and troops from the Gaza Strip.
He said Saudi Arabia had warned the Bush administration before the Iraq war and since about long-term practical
problems with its approach to occupation and rebuilding.
“It is frustrating of course to see something clearly that is going to happen, and you are not listened to by a friend and some harm comes out of it,” he said. “It hurts.”
He did not detail which advice was ignored, but other Saudi officials have said they cautioned the administration about sectarian divisions emerging in Iraq and the dangers of disbanding Saddam I lussein’s army and infrastructure.
Saudi Arabia is one of the United States’ closest allies in the Middle East, a vital source of oil and an important military partner and host for U.S. forces.
Saud said there is no shortage of oil, and that prices should stabilize at $40 to $45 a barrel. Oil hit $68 on the New York market at one point Wednesday, as refinery capacity was threatened anew by I lurricane Rita.
Saud said a big problem with energy markets is a lack of refineries in the
United States and elsewhere. He noted that Saudi Arabia had sought to help build a refinery in the United States with no takers. It is building two refineries in Saudi Arabia, he said.
“We are adding barrels of oil on the market,” Saud said. “It has no place to
The Saudis frequently have blamed America’s high energy prices on a lack of refineries but have not explained why such a shortage would keep crude prices high ii there was oil that couldn’t find a refinery.
Asked about that, Saud said, “I wouldn’t be surprised if soon you will see the product (gasoline) prices going up and oil prices going down... because of the lack of refineries.”
Energy analysts say two forces are behind a global market in which oil prices soar if anything unusual happens: tight supply with little excess production capacity and growing demand, especially in China.
Hill Country in Style fashion show scheduled Sept. 30
Roberts wins committee approval — heads to Senate for confirmation
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Roberts’ nomination as chief justice cleared a Senate committee on a bipartisan vote of 13-5 Thursday, with next week’s confirmation so certain that Republicans and Democrats turned increasing attention to President Bush’s choice to fill a second Supreme Court vacancy.
Before tile committee vote on Roberts, Sen. I lerb Kohl, D-Wis., said, “I will vote my hopes and not my fears, and I will vote to confinn him.” Kohl was one of three Democrats on the Judiciary Committee who supported Roberts’ nomination along with all IO Republicans on the panel.
“I don’t see how anybody can justify' a vote against Judge
Roberts, unless they want to nitpick certain areas that you can nitpick on anybody," said Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
Five Democrats voted against Roberts, questioning his commitment to civil rights and expressing concern that he might overturn the 1973 court ruling that established thn right to abortion.
“The values and perspectives displayed over and over again in his record cast doubt on his view of voting rights, women’s rights, civil rights and disability rights," Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., said of the 50-year-old appeals court judge and former Reagan administration lawyer.
The Democratic support for Roberts marked a stinging
Matters of Public Record
Law enforcement officers in New Braunfels and Comal County arrested the following Sept. 21-22, 2005.
Terri Lynn Adams, 41, New Braunfels, resisting arrest, search or transport; public intoxication.
Christopher Patrick Bartlome, 47, Canyon Lake, violation of promise to appear/possession of between 2 and 4 ounces of marijuana, violation of promise to appear/failure to identify as a fugitive from justice (2 charges); violation of promise to appear.
Oscar Cadena III, 19, New Braunfels, littering (2 charges) minor in possession of an alcoholic beverage (2 charges), public intoxication (2 charges). Robert Edward Carreno, 33, San Antonio, motion to revoke probation/assault causing bodily injury.
Francisca Luisa Garcia, 20,
New Braunfels, possession with intent to deliver between 4 and 200 grams of a controlled substance, penalty
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defeat for the liberal groups that are lobbying energetically against confirmation. Without mentioning names, Sen. Barack Obama, D ill., criticized them in remarks on the Senate floor, accusing them of “kneejerk, unbending and what I consider to be unfair attacks" on lawmakers who
disagreed with them.
Even so, one prominent conservative said he was unimpressed with the level of bipartisanship in committee.
“We're supposed to think the Democrats are being magnanimous? Give me a break,” said Leonard Dx) of Ute Federalist Society.
Plans are under way for I fill Country in Style, tile fifth annual fashion show and luncheon sponsored by St. Francis by the I,ake Episcopal Church.
The event, which benefits Communities in Schools, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Outback at Canyon lake Cabins and Cottages, I Iwy. 306 West.
Clothing and accessories for the style show are courtesy of Crist als, Canyon Lake and Bulverde; Lee Anne’s I fill Country Boutique, Wimberley; Something Beautiful, Katy; and China -n-Things in New Braunfels.
Tickets cost $12, and are available at the I fill Country Chamber of Commerce, Tye Preston Memorial I jbrary, Chi-na-n- Tilings or by calling Anne Beauvais at (830) 964-3686.
Tables of eight may also be reserved by calling Beauvais.
All profits from tile event will benefit Communities in Schools in Comal ISI) elementary schools. (TS serves students who are usually from low-income families and students who have been identified as needing help because of attendance, heal til problems or other concerns that their parents cannot solve. Style Show pro
ceeds may be used for such items as clothing, haircuts, a doctor or dentist visit and field trips.
Mary Arnold of St. T homas Catholic Church will coordinate food service. Marilyn Arehart of Canyon Dike Presbyterian Church and George Witbeck of St. Francis are furnishing entertainment and Connie Graham of St. Francis is coordinating the style show.
“Our show is truly becoming a community project. Models and workers from seven area churches are graciously joining die women of St. Francis in this endeavor,” said Bette Wehner, chairman of the event. “They donate their time and talent to help meet an important need in our community.”
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Melissa Sue McGill, 20, New Braunfels, motion to revoke probation/possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. Javier Morones, 22, San Antonio, fictitious or counterfeit inspection or insurance document for display.
George Roy Nelson, 53, New Braunfels, aggravated sexual assault of a child (2 charges). Rosendo M. Olague, 25, San Antonio, failure to appear. Bruce Lee Ottinger, 42, Seguin, theft between $50 and $500. Hat Wesley Palmer Jr., 20, Canyon Lake, operation of an unregistered motor vehicle; no insurance; no driver's license. Patrick Joseph Patton, 19, Ingram, unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Randall Jay Reyes, 39, New Braunfels, assault causes bodily injury/family violence. Gregorio Rodriguez, 24, San Antonio, criminal mischief between $500 and $1,500.
Jose AndresTrevino, 34, Mercedes, public intoxication. Henry Villegas Jr., 29, New Braunfels, theft by check between $20 and $500.
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