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Man dies Schools to stay open in ATV accident By TARYN WHITE

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By JASON BUCH ZAPATA TIMES A man died and a woman was injured when they drove their all terrain vehicle into a metal fence, sheriff ’s officials said. Eduardo Villarreal, 32, of Zapata, was dead when deputies arrived at the San Jose Ranch north of Zapata on U.S. 83 early Sunday morning, said Sheriff ’s Capt. Aaron Sanchez. Jessica Ortado, 20, of Zapata, was transported to the Laredo Medical Center by ambulance, but the extent of her injuries was unknown, Sanchez said.

While neighboring cities Laredo and Rio Grande City take drastic measures after seeing a spread of flu-like symptoms, Zapata County and Zapata CISD officials will continue to operate as usual. They will keep an eye out for symptoms of H1N1 Influenza A. “We remain optimistic. We’re not a major city with a lot of people and we are kind of out of the way. Not that it couldn’t happen to us,” said Zapata Pct. 3 Commissioner Joseph Rathmell. “We will continue to take the necessary precautions and be aware of what is going on.” Friday, after both Laredo Independent School District and United Inde-

pendent School district decided to suspend classes, Zapata County Judge Rosalva Guerra, Dr. Hector Gonzalez, director of the Laredo Health Department, J.J. Meza, Zapata fire chief and management coordinator and Romeo Rodriguez, Zapata CISD superintendent, weighed all the risks associated with keeping Zapata CISD open.

School will continue

“We will continue to have school like normal. We have had zero cases of flulike symptoms so we have no reason to shut down,” Rodriguez said. “We will continue to monitor the situation on a day-to-day basis, but we want to be prudent and not spread panic.” The district has suspended all UIL

events both academic and athletic but will continue to have normal afterschool activities. “We are going to go ahead with our normal school day,” Rodriguez said. “Most of our UIL events aren’t until May 11, and we do plan on attending those.” Rodriguez said the district is keeping close tabs on children who have been sent home for illness, and is taking extra precautions with sanitizing desks, buses and other areas where children congregate. “We have had children who are showing cold-like symptoms but we haven’t had any fevers to report,” Rodriguez said.

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Investigation continues It was unclear who was driving a vehicle or if alcohol was involved, he said. Deputies are still investigating. Deputies responded to an emergency call at the ranch at about 5 a.m. Sunday, Sanchez said. Ortado and Villarreal had been driving the four-wheel ATV on a paved road that was in bad shape and full of potholes and with most of the pavement gone, he said. The ATV struck a metal gate, ejecting both, Sanchez said. (Jason Buch may be reached at 728-2547 or jbuch@lmtonline.com)

EDUCATION

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Adalberto Canales, left, superintendent of construction for Leyendecker Construction Company, looks over plans for the new A.L. Benavides Elementary School in San Ygnacio,with Jose Medina, center, supervisor of Support Services for ZCISD and school Principal Gerardo Montes on Friday morning.

Serving up a new school Courtesy photo

Zapata South Elementary School recently announced Jose Luis Elizondo, left, is the Teacher of the Year and Rosa Corpus is the Instructional Assistant of the Year. Elizondo has 34 years of experience in elementary education. Corpus has been an instructional assistant for 14 years with the special education department.

Two receive teaching recognition BY ERIKA LAMBRETON

Aug. 1 is date for moving in By TARYN WHITE THE ZAPATA TIMES

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taying true to schedule, the construction of the new A.L. Benavides Elementary School in San Ygnacio is swiftly approaching its completion date of Aug. 1. “I guess you can say it’s going unusually smooth,” said Guillermo “Memo” Cavazos, project architect. “We haven’t really had any problems.” If construction continues to be obstacle-free the new school will open just in time for the beginning of fall semester, Aug. 24.

A beautiful building

“(She) inspired me to try my best … back in first grade, she helped me out (tremendously),” said Elizondo, adding that he wanted to spread that inspiration on to as many children as he could reach. Elizondo, who has been a teacher with the Zapata Independent School District for 34 years, received his first Teacher of the year award in 2002, and said he was very surprised and grateful he was recognized again with such a prestigious award.

“I am elated. Not everyone gets to be there to open a new school,” said Gerardo Montes, Benavides School principal. “We are all looking forward to giving the kids a beautiful building to learn in.” The new school, which is being built from the ground up on the same location as the old school at 301 Lincoln St., will be 25,000 square feet and is being built in the architectural style of old Mexico. All the classrooms are being built to contain at least eight computer stations, and larger windows will give the school more natural light. Romeo Rodriguez, superintendent of Zapata County Independent School District, said this is a huge change from the previous elementary school, which was technologically out of date and had a leaky roof.

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For some, it can take decades to decide on a career choice; however this was not the case for Jose Luis Elizondo, who was recently honored with his second Zapata South Elementary School Teacher of the Year title. For Elizondo, it was a clear choice to become a teacher, ever since he was inspired as a child by his first grade teacher.

Inspiring students

Gerardo Montes, principal of A.L. Benavides Elementary School in San Ygnacio, poses in front of the school of the same name under construction Friday morning.

Jose Medina, left, supervisor for Support Services for ACISD and Gerardo Montes, second from left, school principal at Benavides Elementary in San Ygnacio, walk inside the new school of the same name under construction on Friday morning.


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SATURDAY,MAY 2,2009

TODAY IN HISTORY

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SATURDAY,MAY 2 „“Disney On Ice presents Mickey and Minnie’s Magical Journey,” continues today at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.Tickets are on sale now at the LEC Box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 712-1566. „ The Laredo Firefighter’s Association presents Margarita Rocks today starting at 4:30 p.m.The event is set to take place at Laredo’s Park and Ride located on 5290 Daughter Avenue. Ticket prices are $40 and can be purchased at all Danny’s Restaurant locations in Laredo, the Central Firehouse Station, and at BMP Radio, or tickets can be purchased at the door for $45. For more information visit www.myspace.com/laredo_fire

SUNDAY,MAY 3 „ Today is the last day to catch “Disney on Ice” at the Laredo Entertainment Center. ShowTime is 2:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the LEC Box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 712-1566

TUESDAY,MAY 5 „ The Zapata High School will host the first ever Food Show today from 1:30- 3 p.m.The food show will offer samples of current menu items and new possible menu items for the critiquing pleasure of students and parents alike. The food show will be held at the high school cafeteria. For more information please call the ZCISD Child Nutrition Department at 765-6546.

THURSDAY,MAY 7 „ Today is the last day to enter for a Mother’s Day give-a-way drawing. Registrants will be eligible for a $150 gift certificate to the Cactus Flower. To sign up visit the Joe Medrano Insurance Agency, the Zapata County News, or the Cactus Flower.The drawing will be held May 8. „ The Zapata County Independent School District will hold a Compensatory Education Department Parental Involvement meeting today from 12:45- 2 p.m. at the Zapata County Pavilion. Topics to be discussed include family violence, daycare services,and several booths will be set up to provide information regarding health services. Refreshments will be served and several door prizes will be given away. For more information please call 7654822.

FRIDAY,MAY 8 „ Today kicks off the San Ygnacio Ladies club 19th annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration of history and culture.Acoronation is scheduled for today with a Dance featuring: Ruben Vela y Su Conjunto,Jorge Role y Portillo, are scheduled to perform at the Henry M. Martinez Community Center in San Ygnacio, Texas. This event is subject to change pending a club meeting. For more information please call 765-3409 or 744-7691

SATURDAY,MAY 9 „ The second annual Men’s softball tournament is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the Angel Garza Softball Field, in San Ygnacio. This event is subject to change pending a club meeting. For more information please call 765-3409 or 744-7691

SUNDAY,MAY 10 „ Today is the San Ygnacio Ladies Club Jamaica and parade, with Rolando A. and Vanessa L. GuiterrezJr.serving as parade marshals, followed by a presentation at Plaza Blas Maria set for 11 a.m. with Guest speaker Judge Rosalva Guerra. An exciting game of bingo is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. followed by a dance featuring Los Medina Boyz and Jose Castillo Zaz y Zaz. This event is subject to change pending a club meeting. For more information please call 765-3409 or 744-7691

TUESDAY,MAY 19 „ The Zapata County Community mobile dental van program will be offering their services everyTuesday and Wednesday for this summer at the Zapata ISD located between Zapata Middle School and A.L. Benavides Elementary school parking area. The program will provide primary dental care and Texas health step up check-ups which include dental exams and x-rays among other services, and is offered to all children of Zapata who are Medicaid enrolled or with out insurance (limited appointments available) For more information please call Sonia Perez at 523-7517 or 229-9830.To submit an item for the daily calendar, send the name of the event, the date, time, location and a contact phone number to editorial@lmtonline.com

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Kwenita Lewis-Garner puts a swab in her nose to collect a sample to test for the swine flu, at Care Now in Allen, on Friday. Her test results were negative.

Flu testing called a ‘challenge’ By KELLEY SHANNON ASSOCIATED PRESS

AUSTIN — Keeping up with lab testing of suspected swine flu samples from around the state has been difficult in dealing with the outbreak in Texas, where 28 cases are confirmed, Health Commissioner Dr. David Lakey said Friday. “The challenge has been that a lot of samples have been sent,” Lakey told doctors at a Texas Medical Association meeting. He said he’s working to arrange for extra equipment and people to step up the pace of the testing in response to demand. Lakey said he wants to get results out more quickly so local officials can make public health decisions. More than 450 schools are now closed in Texas, affecting some 319,000 students. The Laredo and United school district closures Friday through May 18 brought to 19 the

number of districts that have closed all campuses, and some public and private schools in a dozen other cities also are closed. University Interscholastic League competitions were postponed until May 11. Lakey noted that most of the swine flu cases are mild, though a few have been severe, especially in young patients or those with underlying health issues such as pregnancy. One boy from Mexico died in a Houston hospital from the illness. Lakey repeated that the state has 1.7 million antiviral courses in place at the moment, in addition to antiviral doses available in the private sector. “I don’t want you to have to delay putting somebody on medicines waiting for our confirmation tests,” he said. Lakey didn’t say how many confirmation tests have arrived at state labs or what kind of backlog exists in reporting results, and he would not answer reporters’ questions after the medical association conference in Austin. allowing up to 10 new ones per year and an unlimited number for those designed for disabled students. Texas currently caps the number of open-enrollment charters at 215. They had about 89,000 students in the 2007-2008 school year with about 17,000 on waiting lists.

Final Senate OK for ultrasounds AUSTIN — The Senate gave final approval to the bill requiring ultrasounds be offered to women seeking abortions, but not before a new debate erupted over whether there is a link between abortions and breast cancer. Sen. Elliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso tried but failed to amend the bill to take out a reference to such a link in the information pamphlet women are required to be offered before an abortion.

Senate lifts cap on charter schools AUSTIN — The Senate voted to lift the state’s cap on the number of open-enrollment charter schools,

Young rodeo riders to wear helmets AUSTIN — Children under 18 would have to wear a helmet when wrestling steer or riding bucking broncs in rodeos, under a bill passed by the Senate. Bill sponsor Sen. Chris Harris, R-Fort Worth, said the measure is designed to help prevent catastrophic head injuries. Schools that have rodeo activities would also be required to show students a safety training course video at least 14 days before the events. — Compiled from AP reports

AROUND THE NATION Obama: Justice with ‘empathy’ WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama pledged Friday to name a Supreme Court justice who combines “empathy and understanding” with an impeccable legal background to succeed liberal David Souter. Obama pointedly referred to his plan to have “him or her” on the bench in time for the Supreme Court’s session that begins the first Monday in October.

Flu virus looks less menacing ATLANTA — The swine flu virus that has frightened the world is beginning to look a little less ominous. New York City officials reported Friday that the swine flu still has not spread beyond a few schools. In Mexico, very few relatives of flu victims seem to have caught the virus. One flu expert says there’s no

Today is Saturday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2009. There are 243 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 2, 1945, the Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin, and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria. On this date: In 1519, artist Leonardo da Vinci died at Cloux, France, at 67. In 1670, the Hudson Bay Company was chartered by England’s King Charles II. In 1863, Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was accidentally wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, Va.; he died eight days later. In 1890, the Oklahoma Territory was organized. In 1957, Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, the controversial Republican from Wisconsin, died at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. In 1960, Caryl Chessman, who became a best-selling author while on death row for kidnapping, robbery and sexual offenses, was executed at San Quentin Prison in California. In 1965, Intelsat 1, also known as the Early Bird satellite, was first used to transmit television pictures across the Atlantic. In 1972, J. Edgar Hoover died in Washington at age 77 after serving 48 years as head of the FBI. Ten years ago: Yugoslav authorities handed over to the Rev. Jesse Jackson three American prisoners of war who’d been held for a month. Actor Oliver Reed died in Malta at age 61 while making the movie “Gladiator.” Five years ago: American truck driver Thomas Hamill escaped from his kidnappers in Iraq; that same day, nine U.S. servicemen were killed across the country. Martin Torrijos, the son of a former dictator, won Panama’s first presidential vote since the handover of the Panama Canal in December 1999. One year ago: President George W. Bush sent lawmakers a $70 billion request to fund U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan into the following spring. Al-Jazeera TV cameraman Sami al-Haj was released from U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and returned home to Sudan after six years in prison. Tropical Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, leading to an eventual official death toll of 84,537, with 53,836 listed as missing. Mildred Loving, a black woman whose challenge to Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling striking down such laws across the United States, died in Milford, Va., at age 68. Today’s Birthdays: Actor Theodore Bikel is 85. Singer Engelbert Humperdinck is 73. Actress and political activist Bianca Jagger is 64. Country singer R.C. Bannon is 64. Singer Lesley Gore is 63. Actor David Suchet is 63. Singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin is 61. Rock singer Lou Gramm (Foreigner) is 59. Actress Christine Baranski is 57. Singer Angela Bofill is 55. Movie director Steven Daldry (“The Reader”) is 49. Actress Elizabeth Berridge is 47. Country singer Ty Herndon is 47. Rock musician Todd Sucherman (Styx) is 40. Wrestlerturned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is 37. Soccer star David Beckham is 34. Actress Jenna Von Oy is 32. Actor Gaius Charles (“Friday Night Lights”) is 26. Pop singer Lily Allen is 24. Olympic gold medal skater Sarah Hughes is 24. Rock musician Jim Almgren (Carolina Liar) is 23. Actress Kay Panabaker is 19. Thought for Today: “Even a liar tells a hundred truths to one lie; he has to, to make the lie good for anything.” — Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman (18131887).

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Mexican is Asia’s first swine flu case

BAGHDAD — The U.S. death toll for April rose to 18, the military said Friday, making it the deadliest in seven months for American forces in Iraq. In the latest violence, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a restaurant on the reservoir of Iraq’s largest dam near the northern city of Mosul. At least five people were killed and 10 wounded, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials.

HONG KONG — Hong Kong quarantined hundreds of hotel guests and workers Friday after a tourist from Mexico tested positive for swine flu, Asia’s first confirmed case of the disease. With memories of 2003’s deadly SARS outbreak still fresh, the government moved quickly to track those exposed to the infected man and contain the potential spread of the disease. — Compiled from AP reports

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Food, wellness fair to present healthier menus BY ERIKA LAMBRETON THE ZAPATA TIMES

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SCAN came to ALBES on Friday,April 24, for a record hop to promote a drug-free lifestyle and to wish students good luck on TAKS. The Youth Coalition, Communities and School and STCADA were at the dance. ALBES principal is Gerardo Montes.

Mayra Garcia has set a goal of becoming a nurse By DORA MARTINEZ Myra Guzman Garcia is the daughter of Homero and Ludivina Guzman. She and her husband, Manuel M. Garcia III, have a beautiful 1-year-old boy named after his dad. He’s the owner of The Last Chance Drive Inn, and an employee of Forrest Oil Corp. While Myra was born in Laredo, she moved to Zapata with her family when she was a child. She graduated from Zapata High School with distinguished honors, on the A&B honor roll. During her high school years, Myra participated on the Shutters dance team and played baseball as well. In 2003, she ran for Zapata County Fair queen and was the second-place runner-up out of 10 contestants. In her senior year, she was also nominated for homecoming Queen and

COLUMN chosen best All-Around. After her graduation, she attended Laredo Community College, pursuing an associate’s degree in nursing. She found it difficult to commute from Laredo to Zapata, so she decided to temporarily postpone that goal. She later sought education as a pharmacy technician with South Texas Careers. Meanwhile, she went to work for World Finance Corp. in Laredo. She then decided to come back home to Zapata, where she took a job with Escamilla Pre-owned Center. That’s where she met a lot of people and found that she enjoyed the interaction. With that experience, she landed a job with the Zapata Chamber of Commerce as an administrative assistant. She loves peo-

ple and likes her job, and enjoys working with her coworkers Myra gets enthusiastic about the chamber’s events, such as fishing tournaments, grand openings and various community activities. She enjoys providing information about Zapata. She loves to bake different pastries and likes watching HGTV, but her favorite thing is being with her family. Myra is exited and anxious to start college this fall, so she can finish what she started and become a registered nurse. She wants to prove to her son that she can do it. Myra is a wonderful role model for a lot of young people. (Dora Martinez is a native of Zapata who was publisher of Hispanic News in San Antonio for 21 years. She can be reached at thezapatatimes@att.net)

THE BLOTTER RECKLESS DRIVING „ Deputies on April 24 arrested Jesus Valadez-Gonzalez on a charge of reckless driving. Valadez was arrested at about 1 a.m.near the corner of 7th Street and Laredo Avenue. Deputies arrested a male juvenile at about 4:30 p.m. April 25 on a charge of reckless driving on the edge of San Ygnacio.

STOLEN VEHICLE „ Deputies received a report on April 24 of a stolen vehicle on Falcon Street. „ Deputies on April 25 received a report of a stolen vehicle on FM 496. „ Deputies on Sunday received a report of a stolen vehicle that had been left in a parking lot with the keys in it on Iturbide Street.

The Zapata County Independent School District will be presenting students and parents will samples of healthier lunch menu items during the first-ever Cinco de Mayo Food and Wellness Show. The event will be held from 1:30–3 p.m. Tuesday at the Zapata High School cafeteria. “One of the things we want to do is create more of an awareness in our community,” said Zapata County Independent School District Superintendent Romeo Rodriguez Jr. “We are in a generation where parents may outlive their children, (and) eating habits need to be looked at… we have an opportunity to make a dent,” he said.

Free samples The food show will provide free samples of traditional menu items, as well as new, suggested, healthier alternatives for students and parents to critique on surveys handed out at the event. “Students want choices during lunch time. We want to take into consideration their preferences,” said Lesvia Cuellar, a child nutrition specialist with the ZCISD. Cuellar added parents were invited in order to become better acquainted with the meals their children eat on a daily basis and

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Soil and water conservation districts in State District Three will elect a member to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) on Tuesday. The election will be held at 5 p.m. in the conference room of the Victoria Community Center Annex in Victoria.

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State District Three consists of 46 soil and water conservation districts in the Gulf Coast and South Texas Plains region of the state. The current TSSWCB member for State District Three is Jose Dodier Jr., of Zapata. Dodier, who has been a member of the board since May 2005, is a partner in the Don Jose Land & Cattle

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„ Deputies arrested Randy Dwayne Harbour at about 5 a.m. Tuesday at a motel on U.S. 83 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. „Deputies on Thursday arrested Fancisco Torres on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Torres was arrested at about 1 a.m.on Medina.

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are also encouraged to voice their opinion, which will be taken into consideration while planning next year’s lunch menu. Simultaneously, a wellness fair will be held, where health services and information will be provided, and coaches will be on hand to discuss fitness tips. The idea for the food show and wellness fair came during a brainstorming session of the Student Health Advisory Council, when it was suggested the current lunch menu was limited in healthy choices. “(Shack) brainstormed to see what measures they could take to get students eating healthy (while gaining) more energy to learn,” said Janie Rodriguez, director of Career and College Readiness and acting district “Shack’ liaison.” “(There is a direct) correlation between (physical) fitness and student attendance,” she said. According to the Journal of School Health, the rise in

overweight children and young adults shines a light on the necessity for “a healthy and effective dietary strategy for weight management.”

Fruits and veggies Incorporating fruits and vegetables can lower the risks for many chronic diseases such as cancer cardiovascular disease and stokes, said the journal. With this idea in mind, ZCISD hopes to promote overall wellness in their students, and although not require, the district is planning to hold a similar event at the elementary schools. “It is sad when you see that the diabetes and obesity problems are so prevalent in our society especially along the border … we all have a responsibly to try to impact that,” Rodriguez said. (Erika Lambreton may be reached at 728-2567 or email erika@lmtonline.com)

Soil and water board to hold elections Tuesday in Victoria

„ Deputies on Sunday received a report of a stolen flat bed trailer with a solar panel on it near South Arroyo Burro. „ Deputies responded to a cruelty to animals complaint on Fresno. There they found dogs held in a small “concrete area with little food, water and feces in it, and several inches of feces covering the floor,” according to an incident report.

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Company in Zapata County. He is also a private oil and gas gauger providing measurement services to royalty owners. “Since its beginning, the TSSWCB has been governed by five board members, elected in a convention type election by delegates from each of five regions of the state’s 216 soil and water conservation districts,” said Rex Isom, the board’s executive director. “However, with the enactment of S.B. 1828 by the 78th Legislature, two Governor appointees also serve on the TSSWCB to create a seven-member board. “Elections occur annually at regional conventions and TSSWCB members serve two-year staggered terms. Since this is an odd numbered year, TSSWCB member elections are being held in State Districts One, Three and Five,” Isom added. Elected state board mem-

bers must be 18 years of age or older, hold title to farmland or ranchland and be actively engaged in farming or ranching.

Appointees The governor appointees must be actively engaged in the business of farming, animal husbandry or other business related to agriculture and wholly or partly owns or leases land used in connection with that business. They, however, may not be a member of the board of directors of a conservation district. The TSSWCB is responsible for numerous natural resource conservation efforts, the most prominent of which is serving as the lead state agency for the prevention, management, and abatement of nonpoint source pollution resulting from agricultural and forestry-related activities in Texas


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ealth experts are walking a delicate line between panic and precaution in handling an unfolding H1N1 (swine flu) epidemic. The alarming outbreak in Mexico badly needs time and study — two things in short supply when fighting a contagious and lethal disease. With the toll of illness and deaths rising in Mexico, Washington has struck the right note of watchfulness. The U.S. government is urging that nonessential travel be avoided, and health authorities have shipped 12.5 million doses of flu drugs for states to use as part of a first-stage public health emergency.

Basic hygiene These are serious steps but a far cry from a full alarm. This level relies on a tempered belief that basic hygiene — such as washing hands frequently and staying home with flulike symptoms — is more likely to quell the outbreak and minimize harm. But world health experts are keyed up to hit harder if the numbers continue to rise. If the disease morphs into pandemic proportions — meaning a sizable infection rate that jumps boundaries — further steps will need to be devised. This amped-up response will mean hard choices as medical theory clashes with economics and everyday habits. Closing borders, canceling public gatherings, quarantining regions and tapping armies of health workers to give out flu shots come with a price tag. Such disruptions will cripple an already weak global economy. Worries over these consequences may have slowed Mexico’s reaction to the outbreak.

Milder here The latest variant of flu, a subtype of the more common Influenza A, comes loaded with medical mysteries. Its primary victims in Mexico are young and healthy, not the usual grouping of old or very young. It’s comparatively feeble north of the border: In the United States the outbreak has sickened more than 100, including some in this state, but most of it has been mild. The only death as of Thursday was a Mexican child whose family was visiting relatives in Brownsville. The ever-mutating bug contains strains of pig, bird and human flu ingredients, meaning the current vaccines can’t stop it. Its lack of punch in the United States is one reason to avoid drastic steps like a trade embargo or border shutdown. Still, there’s every reason to remain vigilant as an unpredictable virus remains at large.

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Time to have that conversation By JOHN YOUNG COX NEWSPAPERS

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ACO — Long before his vehicle overturned on Speegleville Road and his life ended 10 years ago, Chris Pledger figured out one way a person can continue to live on, or at least serve humankind beyond the grave. Fortunately, he shared it with someone: his intent to share his organs. Without having said it in advance of an untimely end, who knows? His story might not have had six happy endings. What we know now: His heart, his liver, his pancreas, his lungs, his kidneys, all went into bodies desperately needing them. Six lives saved. Actually, even more benefited, because Chris’ skin went to transplant purposes, too. From such a staggering loss — a young man cut down at 18 — that’s an amazing swath of newfound hope. But it might not have hap-

pened except for the conversation — make that two. One of those conversations came back to Pam Pledger, his mom, when Chris’ girlfriend brought it up. “In my grief, I hadn’t remembered it.” As a Reicher Catholic highschooler needing his parents’ permission to designate himself as an organ donor when applying for a driver’s license, he told them, “This is important to me.” In case of sudden death, he said, he didn’t want useful organs committed to the sod. The second conversation was with his girlfriend a couple of years later, saying something similar when he got his license renewed. In the dizzying moments after his death, she brought that to the Pledgers’ attention. Like any of us would, Pam Pledger admitted reticence to the idea of someone harvesting her son’s organs. But having been reminded of what he said, the vehemence of her son’s wishes came surging through.

We need more of that vehemence, and more conversations. As of Monday morning, 101,765 Americans were awaiting life-saving transplants. Last year 6,500 on the national list died waiting. The Texas Organ Sharing Alliance is engaged in a nonstop drive to sign up donors. The key reason: Of the 2.3 million Americans who die every year, only 3 percent die in situations that make it ideal for harvest of all their organs. That doesn’t mean, for instance, that older Americans whose organs have some miles on them shouldn’t designate themselves. Even people whose organs aren’t harvestable can donate tissues for transplant. You may assume that you have designated your organs for donation by answering affirmatively in getting your driver’s license. I did. But I realized, when speaking with representatives of the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance, that nothing in my possession reflected that decision.

Something can take care of the matter promptly and for perpetuity. Go to donatelifetexas.org and register. (Punching in my information, I was relieved to be informed that I was already registered.) Now, that’s not all. Step 2 is: Tell someone. Tell a spouse and your children. Then, live. If the unspeakable happens, much good can come from your untimely demise. The Pledgers were able to meet three of the people whose lives were prolonged because of Chris’ charity. She admits to having a special bond with them. “Chris gave them the gift of life,” she said, “and they have given me the gift of family.” Organ donation, as with blood donation, is one of those examples in which, though many things separate us, we are all kin. (To reach John Young, who writes for the Waco Tribune-Herald, e-mail jyoung@wacotrib.com)

COLUMN

Enjoy the thrill of a kitchen garden By ROBERT KELLY-GOSS COX NEWSPAPERS

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LIZABETH CITY, N.C. — Outside my kitchen is a garden. It’s not a large garden but it’s big enough. My wife, whose thumb was likely green upon birth, lovingly ripped up the portion of our side yard that makes up the garden, and in late February readied the soil for growing. These days, as April moves into May, the patch of ground is lush with greens, reds and a variety of shapes that make up the roughage we clip, the roots we pull and eventually the berries we will pick. As I stood astride the garden one day, I looked and saw that she had taken a variety of decorative metal garden fences and erected them to keep the dog out of it. I determined to make my own fence, one made of discarded apple and curly willow branches.

I set up the stakes and wove the pieces together to make a wild looking fence, gnarly and rustic. But the dog still tramples the greens from time to time. Planting a kitchen garden is worthwhile work, and while I am not much of a gardener, I am a picker. It’s worthwhile to be able to bend over and snap fresh spinach from the ground, top off some red lettuce, pull out some small onions and head inside. The other day, as I arrived home from work for lunch, I stopped in the garden. Stepping delicately on the stepping-stones, gingerly keeping my size 12 feet off of the vegetation, I picked my lunch that glistened in the sun atop moist black soil. Inside, I quickly washed off the produce, tossed it together, added a couple of things from the refrigerator, and sat down. That was about half past noon and several hours later all I needed was a

crisp, sweet apple to hold me until dinner. The garden, with all of its freshness, all of its beauty, sustained me for a while. It gave me everything I needed to eat, and I felt satisfied that I had been well fed. Some people in our community are finding out that, if they don’t have space for a kitchen garden, community garden space provides an alternative. It’s funny, really, that in a traditionally rural farming community, it seems community gardening is taking hold so quickly, but it also seems a necessary step these days toward not only eating clean food, but saving money. I suppose since my wife has grown a garden of some sort or another since I met her, I can’t say that we grow this food solely to save money, although it does help us. I can say, however, that I get a great deal of satisfaction picking my lunch right there, by

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the kitchen door, instead of sifting through the stiff produce from South America and the like at the supermarket. These days, even the White House is in on the kitchen garden, planting produce in the presidential garden that has traditionally grown beautiful flowers. It’s something that hasn’t been done there since the Roosevelt White House. So while the president and his family enjoy their kitchen garden, my family, well, we’re enjoying ours too. And soon, as the sun beats down with more ferocity, and it becomes too hot for our lettuce to survive, I know that I’ll be picking tomatoes out my kitchen door, just in time for lunch, or dinner. Kitchen gardens are good for that. (Reach Robert Kelly-Goss, who writes for The Daily Advance in Elizabeth City, N.C., at rkellygoss@coxnc.com)


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SATURDAY,MAY 2,2009

Lege life A day at the Capitol with a senator and her staffers By CRISTINA HERRERA SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

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en. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, looks carefully over a black notebook in her elegant office located in the east wing of the Texas State Capitol. It contains information about a bill that died in the House three times before, but she is determined to pass it. Senate Bill 22 would give college students a sales tax holiday on textbooks before the start of each semester. It is 7 a.m. and her staffers are just arriving, but Zaffirini has been there since five. She is due to talk to a group of deans at the Sheraton Hotel at 8 a.m. and must look through the bill now before she has no time at all. Every day she traverses the Capitol’s hallways from one engagement to the next, usually with a staffer at her side. Her political days were not always so filled.

Time flies “I was a freshman once. I was in Monday and out Wednesday because I wasn’t in all the committees,” Zaffirini said. Zaffirini now chairs the higher education committee, an honor bestowed on her by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Zaffirini is the highestranking female and Hispanic senator in Texas history. There are only six females in the State Senate now, but that is an increase from when Zaffirini first came to the Senate in 1987. “There were only three and now there are six.” Zaffirini said. She sarcastically added, “What progress we’ve made, right?” In the 2008 election, she beat her opponents with 68 percent of the votes. She credits teaching for helping her handle the male majority Senate. “People used to ask me, ‘How do you deal with those good ol’ boys in the Senate?’” Zaf-

firini said. “I said, ‘Dealing with seventhgrade boys for years.’”

Communication is key The conference room at the Sheraton erupts in laughter. In addition to 13 years of teaching experience, Zaffirini has had years to perfect her trademark speaking skills and owns an award-winning communication consulting business, Zaffirini Communications. Her speaking expertise is an asset that has also helped her become exceptionally popular with her constituents. “She’s developed great memory tools in her years as a communication specialist,” said Claudia Tijerina, Zaffirini’s legislative director. “She’s good at what she does.” In the few minutes before she takes the podium, Zaffirini has memorized the speech by heart. “It wasn’t even the right speech,” she said. “But I could speak on it because I know the issue.” Back at the Capitol, Zaffirini is ready to hear public testimony at the finance committee meeting for and against Senate Bill 22. She grills the opposition, whose main argument is that a tax-free holiday will take away revenue from the cities that benefit from college students. Zaffirini reads off a list of items exempt under the current holiday to a representative from the City of Denton, including jogging bras and belts with buckles. “Do you see the disparity in this?” Zaffirini said to the representative.

A tight ship Zaffirini owns a Blackberry, a must-have in the Legislature these days. State legislators

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In a series of photos, State Sen.Judith Zaffirini illustrates the different roles that accompany her office.At top, she helps hand out gifts at Zaffirini Elementary during December 2008,while the photo below portrays her role as a mother and wife.


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Gallery 201 ‘celebrando’ Art Walk on Saturday SPECIAL TO THE TIMES Gallery 201, 513 San Bernardo Ave., is inviting the public to the opening reception of its latest exhibit, “Celebrando Con Kathy Sosa,” on Saturday, May 2, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. as part of the very first Art Walk in historic downtown Laredo. Sosa has a long creative background, which actually began in marketing and advertising. Sosa served as president of Garcia LKS, the southwest’s largest independent Hispanic ad agency. Sosa decided to step off the fast track four years ago and moved with her husband to a small town outside of San Antonio. She began painting at the age of 48 and developed a unique style of mixed media portraiture consisting of a collage of oils and interior textiles and wallpapers. Since beginning her second career as a painter, Sosa has been commissioned by the Texas Conference of Women to paint design icon Martha Stewart and present it to her personally. Citing influences of Modigliani and Matisse, Sosa’s work shows strikingly bold use of color combined with bright fabrics and papers. Grupo Galeria Santa Fe joins in this show with distinctive paintings from a group of talented artists from Nuevo Laredo, Tamps, Mexico.

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This piece by Kathy Sosa will be on display for her exhibit, “Celebrando Con Kathy Sosa,” at Gallery 201 on Saturday. Also, the children of ArtXpressions will be on hand with their annual Mother’s Day creations as well. Under the expert tutelage of Margarita Molano and her daughter, Daniela Sada Paz Dominguez, these children are wonderful examples of the abundance of

creativity in a child’s mind. Don’t miss this event where, as always, you will find great art and great music and the unique ambiance of Laredo’s own SoHo district. For more information, call Gayle Aker Rodriguez at 237-0627 or Gallery 201 at 725-4278.

Charo to headline LPO’s annual gala affair

common custom is dying out: That of party-goers watching the guest of honor open presents. A dismayed hostess reports giving showers at which the ladies being showered took home their presents unopened. “Is it now an acceptable practice not to open them with the guests present?” she laments. The mother of a preschooler who has accompanied him to birthday parties at which the presents went unopened asks, “Am I wrong to want to buck this trend? I am planning a celebration for my son, who will turn 4, and I would like him to open his gifts in front of his guests because I feel that doing otherwise deprives them of the joy of seeing his excitement and gratitude.” Miss Manners, guardian of tradition, will be of no help or comfort to these Gentle Readers. It is true that children’s birthday parties and bridal and baby showers have long featured a routine whereby the guests gather around while the person being honored reads aloud the card on each present, opens them, and shows them or passes them around, publicly thanking each donor by name. But frankly, this was not the best thought-out custom. At large gatherings, it would become tedious, putting a damper on conversation and a strain on expressing admiration for duplicate presents.

JUDITH MARTIN Miss Manners

There are worse consequences now, because the circumstances at such events have changed for the worse. Too many people who are not particularly close to the honoree are likely to be invited — whole classrooms, adult relatives and the parents’ friends to children’s birthday parties; and work colleagues and acquaintances to showers. That makes a lot of presents to open. The stakes have also gotten higher. Token presents, chosen for their amusement value and because they said something — preferably something charming — about the recipient are rare. Children’s presents have expanded to become a financial burden on the givers, and, from their numbers, of only passing interest to the recipients. Furthermore, there are not likely to be any surprises when the packages are opened, thanks to the ubiquitous gift registry. This effectively eliminates surprise. The recipient dictates the choices and the donors buy from the list. The result is a mere show of greed, envy and shame. Those 4-year-old guests are hardly likely to feel gratified, even if the host has been perfectly trained to express joy and excitement for everything — the disappointments and the dupli-

cates, along with the rest. They are more likely to feel resentful that none of it is for them, and worried and embarrassed if their presents do not measure up to what others have given. Shower guests, as adults, should be more mature, but Miss Manners wouldn’t bet on it. She commends those who have noticed the problem and taken the step of abolishing the public show. She considers it a better solution than substituting charitable donations for presents, which can have the unintended consequence of turning a disappointed child against philanthropy. Eschewing gift registries and agreeing on spending caps would still be valuable ways to rescue present-giving from the crude practice it has become. But Miss Manners considers killing the public opening to be a mercy. DEAR MISS MANNERS — My brother has a friend whose wife recently gave birth to a baby with Down Syndrome. My brother was about to talk to his friend for the first time since the birth and did not know what to say to him. He asked my advice and I suggested he simply say, “Congratulations on the birth of your baby.” Was this good advice, or was more called for in this situation? GENTLE READER — That more would be called for is a dangerous thought that often leads to a cruel form of rudeness. Miss Manners reminds you that births are to be celebrated, not critiqued.

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

The Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra is pleased to bring international entertainment icon, comedienne, and worldrenowned classical guitarist Charo to Laredo. Charo will bring what many Las Vegas critics hail as “the best show of her career” to the Paseo Real Reception Center on Thursday, June 4. The show will contain a mixture of her patented new-age flamencopop rhythms and some of the greatest classical guitar masterpieces ever written. The gala event will offer delicious Spanish tapas, a pre-show featuring Laredo’s own Cristina Greco and a professional flamenco ensemble Entre Amigos, Altagracia Garcia Castanet Ensemble, and dancing to the music Energy Band. Tables of 10 are available at various sponsorship levels ranging from $5,000 to $1,000. Call the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra office at 326-3042 to purchase tickets or for further information.

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This zoot suit-wearing wolf proudly displays a 1941 fully restored “hot-rod-red” panel truck for the viewing pleasure of car enthusiasts at the Laredo Outsider’s Car Club Show last year.

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Charo is the nickname of Maria Rosario Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza. Born in the town of Murcia in southeastern Spain, she attended elementary school at the Catholic Convent of the Sacred Heart. Now, she is scheduled to headline the Laredo Philharmonic’s gala on June 4.

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This photo shows Zaffirini accompanying Texas Secretaryof State Esperanza “Hope”Andrade on a visit to the colonias.

LEGE | Continued from Page 5A can be spotted with Blackberries everywhere, which have replaced traditional forms of communication. Zaffirini uses it partly to keep in constant contact with her staffers, who also hurry from place to place for their boss. Even finding a bathroom break can be difficult in the stressful environment. “You learn that around here, you go when you can,” said Brent Whitaker, budget policy director. Staffers can work just as many hours as their employers, and help put together the black bill notebooks that legislators carry around. “We go over [the bills] maybe five or six times,” Tijerina said. “It’s our job to read our bills and know them, and it’s our job to find solutions for them.” Zaffirini takes command with such ease that only years of experience bring. She directs her staffers to better organize the bill notebooks. “A bill is not passed by a committee, it is recommended,” Zaffirini tells one of her staffers, pointing out erroneous wording used in the bill notebook for the tax-free holiday. She firmly corrects her staffers because she likes her business to be organized in a

specific way to increase her efficiency. Part of the advice she gives to aspiring women in public service is to be organized. “Start at the grassroots and work your way up. Be organized. Develop communication skills. Be bilingual,” Zaffirini said in the elevator on the way to the Senate floor.

Outsiders to roll out cars Sunday By ERIKA LAMBRETON LAREDO MORNING TIMES

Unfortunately, appreciation for classic cars has diminished in recent years — a condition some believe is due to an MTV-polluted youth who only consider “pimped-out” vehicles with exaggerated rims and the loudest sound system on earth to be of any value. But there are still some classic car fanatics in Laredo who come out of the woodwork when the right opportunity presents itself. And that opportunity has come again, with this year’s seventh annual Laredo Outsiders Car Club Show on Sunday, May 3, at the Sames Motor Company parking lot, located off IH-35.

The club The Laredo Outsiders Club is a nonprofit organization, which started in 2001 when a group of self proclaimed “outsiders” had no other outlet to express their deep-seated devotion to au-

tomobiles. Apart from showing off their restored beauties, the Laredo Outsiders Club felt it important to give back to the community. As such, they are dedicated to raising money for scholarships for local high school seniors by regularly holding fundraising events.

Getting involved The Laredo Outsiders Car Club, much like its members, encourages all types of cars, trucks, and enthusiasts to participate. The main purpose of the club is to show off beautifully restored vehicles while raising money for those in need, and the club is able to continue these events through generous sponsors.

The show With a great community response at last year’s show, drawing in more than 160 registered vehicles and more than 4,000 spectators, this year’s event promises to

be just as exciting, Puig said. As an added bonus, Austin native and pinstripe master Mike Hurtman will be on site to offer his customized services for those interested. Prices will vary depending on design and type of vehicle. The event will begin with registration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., which includes a $25 fee, and will last until 6 p.m. According to a press release, “the club is open to all types of cars and trucks, including imports and domestics, modern and old, finished and unfinished, and everything in-between. Random door prizes will be given to the registrants, including an overhauled 700r4 transmission by Carco Transmissions.” Admission is free for the public, but donations are encouraged. For more information visit the Laredo Outsiders Club Web Site at www.laredooutsiders.com. (Erika Lambreton can be reached at 728-2567 or e-mail erika@lmtonline.com)

Deep roots When the Senate finally goes into session at 1:30 p.m., Zaffirini has already worked eight and a half hours. When asked if she ever gets tired of it, Zaffirini quickly and confidently replies, “No.” Zaffirini’s roots are apparent in the way she conducts herself, even speaking both English and Spanish at times on the job. She was born and raised in Laredo, one of the cities she now represents as part of District 21 in the State Senate and where schools and roads are named after her. Zaffirini believes Hispanics will have much more influence in Texas in the future. “In a few years, everybody will be saying, ‘This is Texas, speak Spanish.’” Zaffirini said. “I think that’s funny.”

LCA to host Art Walk for Cinco de Mayo SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

The Laredo Center for the Arts invites the community to discover the artistic splendor of historic downtown Laredo today from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the very first Cinco de Mayo Art Walk. The Lilia G. Martinez Gallery will be the site for “Los Fresnillenses” and Las Damas de la Cultura de Oro’s Princesas Presentation, as

well as the presentation of the La Dama Award to Dr. Amelia G. Ramirez. The center will also have a traditional Mexican costumes on exhibit. On display in the LACF Community Gallery will be artwork by United Independent School District All District Art Students, while the Laredo Art League Gallery will be showcasing “Fantalismo,” new works by Jose Luis Aun. On the LCA patio, there

will be live music from Mariachi Los Arrieros and Mariachi Los Alazanes, and a dance performance by the TAMIU Ballet Folklorico. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. The Laredo Center for the Arts, 500 San Agustin Ave. in the old Mercado downtown, coordinates, promotes, encourages and supports the arts in the Laredo and South Texas area.


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‘Sin Nombre’ a new take on a familiar tale By CHRISTY LEMIRE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Ratt, pictured above, is most famous for their hit,“Round and Round.”

Margarita Rocks to shake all night By KIRSTEN CROW LAREDO MORNING TIMES

Prepare to be shaken — and possibly stirred, depending on your sentiments (lighters, anyone?) — when the Laredo Firefighters Association brings back the ‘80s hair band heydey with Margarita Rocks, a concert fundraiser boasting the likes of Dokken, Great White, Skid Row, Firehouse, L.A. Guns, Trixter and Jani Lane, the former lead singer of Warrant. Also joining the former “problem child” lineup will be Laredo’s own On Hiatus, the final winner of the Battle of the Bands contest held at Old No. 2 Café Bar and Grill during the course of two consecutive weekends. Kicking off at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at the El Metro Park and Ride and lasting into the wee hours of Sunday morning, the concert is expected to bring out the public in droves to see some of their favorite old-school bands

THE 411 WHO: Laredo Firefighters Association and diehard ’80s band fans WHAT: Margarita Rocks WHEN: 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 WHERE: El Metro Park and Ride, 5290 Daugherty Ave. COST: $40 presale; $45 at the gate.Presale tickets are available at Fire Station No.1 on Guadalupe Street,Old No.2,Danny’s Restaurants,TortaMex,La Roca and Border Media Studios. FOR MORE INFO: 237-0533 or 645-7475 who elicited wild fanaticism and some mildly questionable fashion choices from two decades back. As if the debauchery of the glam-rock groups wasn’t enough, there will also be a margarita taste-off available to the public, said Roberto Estrada, community events

manager for Border Media. From 6 to 8 p.m., about a dozen bars and restaurants will vie for the public’s tastebuds — at least those of legal age —with the most savory, tempting ‘rita concoctions. What’s even better, said David Gonzalez, president of the Laredo Firefighters Association, is that proceeds from the event will benefit the organization’s burn victims fund, as well as charitable contributions to local nonprofits and scholarships. “It builds up money to give back to the community, and also gives the City of Laredo good, quality entertainment,” he said. “There’s nothing here in Laredo for the rock market … We’re bringing in something that covers over two decades — or a decade and a half — of music from the late ‘70s to the early ‘90s.” As for those rumors about the concert being shut down due to swine flu fears? Not going to happen, Gonzalez said on Tuesday.

LOS ANGELES — “Sin Nombre” is at once subtle and intense, familiar but refreshing, intimate even as it tells a story untold numbers have endured. There’s great inherent drama in this tale of Central Americans struggling to make their way to the United States, but writer-director Cary Joji Fukunaga never amps it up. His tone is so assured throughout, you’d never guess this is his feature debut. “Sin Nombre,” which means “nameless” in Spanish, feels authentic through and through. Fukunaga spent time riding the same trains as these travelers, and the details of their hardships find their way into the script with powerful sim-

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In this film publicity image released by Focus Features, Paulina Gaitan, left, and Edgar Flores are shown in a scene from “Sin Nombre.” plicity. He follows two teenagers whose paths will cross on a train track. Sayra (Paulina Gaitan) has reconnected with her estranged father and decides to travel with him and her uncle north from Honduras, across the

river from Guatemala and up through Mexico with the eventual destination of New Jersey. Meanwhile, Casper (Edgar Flores), aka Willy, is establishing himself in the Mara Salvatrucha gang of Tapachula, Mexico.


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„ LAREDO — La Venta de Libros usados de Amigos de la Biblioteca se realizará el sábado 2 y domingo 3 de mayo en la Biblioteca Pública de Laredo (1120 E. Calton Road) durante el horario regular de la biblioteca.Las ganancias se destinarán a ofrecer apoyo financiero para proyectos especiales para mejorar el servicio de la biblioteca, aumentar la colección de libros y elevar la atención comunitario de las oportunidades educativas disponibles en la biblioteca.

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„ LAREDO — Cigarroa High es anfitrión del 4to Torneo Anual de Secundarias 7-sobre7 el día sábado 2 de mayo. La cuota por equipo es de 75 dólares. El torneo está abierto a equipos del 6to al 8vo grado. Más información llamando a Jorge Romo al 337-0123. „ LAREDO — La Fernando A. Salinas Trust y el Laredo Sister Cities Youth Program invitan al Primer Torneo Anual de Golf en el Campo de Golf Casa Blanca a partir de las 8 a.m. del sábado 2 de mayo. Habrá 120 jugadores. „ El sábado 9 de mayo es la fecha límite para inscribirse al primer Torneo de Golf por el Día de Las Madres organizado por los Departamentos de Arte y Drama de United South High School en el Campo de Golf Casa Blanca. El torneo es una mezcla de 3 (handicapped). La cuota es de 85 dólares por jugador. Si tiene dudas puede llamar a los teléfonos 206-5801 y 206-9488. „ La Semana Nacional de la Policía inicia el sábado 9 de mayo con una Caminata y Carrera de 5K. El evento es abierto al público. Más información escribiendo a lmontemayo@ci.laredo.tx.us. „El Departamento de Policía de Laredo será anfitrión de un torneo de boliche en Jett Bowl North para celebrar la Semana Nacional de la Policía, el martes 12 de mayo. Se cobra una cuota de 20 dólares por bolichista ó 100 por equipo. Habrá diversión, comida y trofeos.

SÁBADO 2 DE MAYO DE 2009

Región está libre de influenza Por MELVA LAVÍN-CASTILLO Y MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV TIEMPO DE ZAPATA

La frontera chica no ha presentado casos positivos de la Influenza A/H1N1 esta semana. El Gobierno de Tamauilipas ha erogado casi 40 millones de pesos en operativos y materiales de un fondo de cien millones de pesos para combatir a la influenza A/H1N1. El Gobernador del Estado Eugenio Hernández Flores dijo en conferencia de prensa que el panorama estatal es alentador. Hernández informó que el 90 por ciento de los casos sospechosos hasta ahora han resultado negativos y el resto está siendo evaluado. “Gracias a este trabajo conjunto, de los 91 casos acumulados hasta (el jueves), los muestreos de laboratorio han descartado a 79 de ellos como casos positivos, encontrándose hospitalizadas 45 personas y solamente 12 casos en proceso de diagnóstico”, dijo Hernández. Se poseen casi diez mil dosis de antivirales y están por

llegar otras cinco mil más. En Nuevo Laredo, hasta el jueves por la tarde, el nuevo de casos analizados como sospechosos se encuentra en nueve. De estos cuatro han sido dados de alta y cinco se encuentran bajo observación en los Hospitales General, del Seguro Social y del ISSSTE. “La región continúa libre del virus”, dijo el Jefe de la Jurisdicción Sanitaria No. V, Dr. Luis Eduardo Campbell Loa. En Nueva Ciudad Guerrero la Alcaldesa Olga Juliana Elizondo Guerra dijo que no han tenía ningún caso de influenza, aunque si hay dos niños, de nueve y ocho años de edad, que están en observación por padecer gripa ó un malestar similar. “Todos somos parte responsable” dijo Elizondo Guerra vía telefónica. En esta ciudad se han estado efectuado reuniones con los Consejos de Seguridad en Salud quienes a su vez están haciendo llegar las informaciones a las familias. “La parte preventiva es una de las medidas principales para que la influenza no llegue a Nueva Ciudad

Guerrero”, dijo Elizondo. En Ciudad Mier, el alcalde José Iván Mancías Hinojosa implementó un Comité de Seguridad de Salud integrado por representantes del Centro de Salud, ISSSTE, IMSS e IMSS-Oportunidades y enlace del Seguro Popular), así como representantes de las diferentes asociaciones civiles y funcionarios. Mancías ha solicitado a la población reportar cualquier caso y aclaró que los servicios de salud funcionarán de forma normal durante el fin de semana. No ha habido ningún caso sospechoso aunque sí casos de gripe normal. “Estamos aplicando las medidas preventivas y el Centro de Salud está funcionando al 100%”, dijo vía telefónica el tesorero municipal, César Ramírez Rodríguez. En los municipios de la frontera chica, además, se ordenó una suspensión de labores en todas las áreas administrativas ante la contingencia sanitaria que se vive en el país, así como en acato a un decreto federal emitido el jueves. El decreto fue emitido por

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El Gobernador de Tamaulipas, Eugenio Hernández Flores, al centro, cubre su nariz y boca con un cubrebocas al encabezar la conferencia de prensa el jueves con respecto a la influenza A/H1N1 en la capital del estado. el Secretario de Salud de la Federación, José Angel Córdoba Villalobos y entra en vigor del viernes 1 al martes 5 de mayo. Se aclara que la suspensión de labores se aplica exclusivamente en áreas administrativas, más no así en los servicios de emergencia y seguridad pública dependientes del Municipio.

Presas tienen agua Por MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV TIEMPO DE ZAPATA

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„ LAREDO — El sábado 3 de mayo se presenta en Laredo Disney On Ice: Disneyland Adventure, en el Laredo Entertainment Center. El espectáculo está programado en dos funciones, a las 2:30 p.m. y las 6:30 p.m. Más información en www.disneyonice.com. Puede comprar sus boletos en la taquilla de LEC y en ticketmaster.com. Los boletos varían de 13.25, 18/25 y 26.25 dólares. El show del domingo 4 de mayo es a las 2:30 p.m. „ LAREDO — Disfrute el concierto de dos bandas en Texas A&M International University. Será un encuentro entre la Symphonic Wind Ensemble de TAMIU y la J.B. Alexander High School Wind Symphony, el sábado 3 de mayo a las 3 p.m. en el TAMIU Center for the Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) Recital Hall de TAMIU. Este evento es gratuito y abierto al público. „ LAREDO — Texas A&M International University presenta su primer Festival de Cine Internacional Annette Olsen-Fazi en el Student Center Theater, aula SC 236, dos veces a la semana durante mayo. Las películas son gratuitas y abiertas al público en general. El sábado 3 de mayo se presenta de Francia “La vie en rose”a las 5 p.m.y de España “El abuelo” a las 8 p.m. Más información llamando al 326-3047. „ LAREDO — “The Actor’s Nightmare” se presenta por la Clase de Producción de Drama del Laredo Community College el sábado 3 de mayo a las 7:30 p.m. en el Arena Theater, ubicado dentro del Edificio Adkins en el campus Fort McIntosh de LCC. Más información llamando al 721-5330. „ LAREDO — La Orquesta Filarmónica de Laredo concluye el domingo 3 de mayo su serie “Maestro’s Heroes” a las 3 p.m. en el Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Fine Arts Center del Laredo Community College. Hay un especial de boletos a 30 dólares para dos adultos y 20 dólares para dos adultos mayores. El boleto invidual para adulto tiene costo de 25 dólares y para adulto mayor es de 17 dólares. Estudiantes con ID entran gratis. Los solistas invitados son Steven McMillan en el violín y Meryl Ettelson en el órgano. Más información llamando al 326-3039. Para informar acerca de eventos y actividades envíe el nombre, fecha, hora y dirección, y un número de contacto a tiempo@lmtonline.com

Los Municipios de Miguel Alemán y Ciudad Camargo no emitieron reporte oficial sobre el programa contra la Influenza esta semana. (Puede localizar a Miguel Timoshenkov llamando al (956) 728-2583 o escriba a timo1@lmtonline.com; a Melva Lavín-Castillo llamando al 728-2569 ó escriba a melva@ lmtonline.com)

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El 26 de abril, visitantes de Reynosa disfrutaron recorrer la frontera ribereña. En Ciudad Mier conocieron la Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción y la calle peatonal ubicada sobre la calle J.H. Palacios, entre Allende y Terán.

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CIUDAD MIER — El 26 de abril se realizó el primer “Tour Mágico” con la participación de maestros y familias de Reynosa. Los visitantes arribaron al Pueblo Mágico en un camión turístico con el objetivo de conocer la zona ribereña. Daniel Martínez Acosta, guía turístico certificado por el municipio de parte de la Secretaría de Turismo Estatal, los llevó al Zoológico del parque Lalita ubicado a la salida de Reynosa, posteriormente en Diaz Ordaz visitaron la plaza principal y el busto de José de Escandón, así como el lugar donde se ubicaba la Presidencia Municipal. Se continuó a Ciudad Camargo donde visitaron la Iglesia de Santa Ana y donde además apreciaron el Kiosko de la Plaza principal que data de más de 200 años.

Ya en Ciudad Mier visitaron la Capilla San Juan, construida entre el 1838 y 1840 con piedra arenisca de la región y “tan austera como el tosco sayal de San Francisco de Asis”, dijo Martínez. La obra no cuenta con ningú adorno arquitectónico adicional. La capilla, construida por Don José Ignacio De la Peña es un atractivo turístico que se encuentra en el corazón del Barrio de la Paleta. En ese punto se ubica también la Casa de la Cultura y la Plazuela, anteriormente llamada San Juan. En la Casa de la Cultura, donde fuera casa de De la peña y Doña Leonor Canales, conocieron que la casa data del 19 de diciembre de 1821 donde se juró la Independencia de México. En la Plaza Juárez visitaron la Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción, “un templo que terminó de

construirse en 1795”, dijo Martínez. La torre de la iglesia se agregó en 1874 y ahora es el emblema de Ciudad Mier. El recorrido continuó por la calle peatonal ubicada sobre la calle J.H. Palacios, entre Allende y Terán, donde se cuenta con una columna conmemorativa de la batalla de 1842 (Batalla de los Frijoles). “Fue una batalla gloriosa de México donde el Ejército Mexicano venció a las

tropas estadounidenses”, dijo Martínez. La visita concluyó en el kiosko en la misma Plaza Juárez donde disfrutaron la tradicional lotería que es única en todo México porque se realiza con singulares personajes. Martínez concluyó diciendo que en poco tiempo se tendrá la visita de otros tour de direrentes ciudades. “Esto es el comienzo del fomento al turismo en esta zona ribereña”.

Habrá Universidad en Miguel Alemán Por MIGUELTIMOSHENKOV TIEMPO DE ZAPATA

La nueva generación de jóvenes de cinco municipios de la frontera chica se podrá educar profeisonalmente en la tercera Universidad Politécnica que se construirá en Miguel Alemán. Estudiantes de Miguel Alemán, Ciudad Mier, Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, Camargo y Nueva Ciudad Guerrero serán los principalmente beneficiados. Bladimir Martínez Ruiz, Subsecretario de Educación Media Superior y Superior en Tamaulipas, anunció la inversión y construcción de la UP. En un comunicado de la oficina del Secretario de Educación en Tamaulipas, José Manuel Assad Montelongo, destaco el interes del gobernador abrir espacios educativos a las comunidades fronterizas de la rivereña.

La primera etapa tendrá una inversión federal y estatal de 28.5 millones de pesos. Se construirá en una superficie de 20 hectáreas donadas por el jefe de gobiernode Miguel Alemán, Servando López Moreno. La construcción del edificio rector contará con centro de docencia, rectoría, laboratorios, biblioteca y toda la infraestructura necesaria para que opere en las mejores condiciones. “La Universidad Politécnica de la Región Ribereña” (UPRR) vendrá a ser un detonador para el desarrollo de esta zona”, dijo Martínez Ruiz. “Se trata de un momento histórico para la region ribereña”, dijo López Moreno. “Permitirá la transformación por la cual han luchado cientos de hombres y mujeres”. Sayonara Vargas Rodríguez, Coor-

dinadora Nacional de Universidades en Tamaulipas informó que desde su inicio en el 2001 a la fecha se han creado 33 universidades politécnicas. Los campuses se localizan en Ciudad Victoria, Altamira y ahora en Miguel Alemán. Ofertarán dos carreras Ingeniería Industrial y Tecnologías de la Información y tendrá capacidad para 600 alumnos en un sólo turno. La idea es que inicie operaciones el próximo ciclo escolar en agosto en instalaciones temporales mientras se concluye la primer etapa de esta universidad. Se espera que para el siguiente ciclo escolar 2011-2012 los alumnos estén tomando sus clases en el nuevo edificio. Martínez Ruiz anunció que todos los alumnos que se inscriban a la UPRR podrán contar con beca PRONABE.

Las presas La Amistad y Falcón tienen garantizado su almacenamiento para uso municipal, riego y generación de electricidad y recreación. Si bien es cierto que no se han registrado precipitaciones pluviales, no significa que no puedan ocurrir, dijo David Negrete, titular regional de la Comisión Internacional de Límites y Agua. “No hay sequía en la comunidad”. La presa La Amistad se encuentra arriba de su capacidad y la Falcón se encuentra en un nivel alto, según informe de la CILA. Negrete aceptó que se han presentado menos lluvias que en años anteriores. “El 2009 no ha sido un año benévolo (pero) debemos recordar que el 2008 se demoró sin precipitación pluvial los primeros seis meses”, dijo Negrete. “Pero los siguientes dos meses llovió tanto como lo que debió registrarse en todo el año”. La CILA evalúa el comportamiento y no descarta la presencia de lluvias. Por ejemplo, la época de huracanes debe iniciar a partir de los últimos días del mes de mayo. La presa la Amistad se localiza sobre el Río Bravo a 923.63 km aguas arriba del Golfo de México, y a 20 km. aguas arriba de l ciudad de Acuña/Del Río. La finalidad de esta obra hidráulica es el control de avenidas y el almacenamiento para uso municipal, riego, generación de energía eléctrica y recreación, entre otros. La capacidad de esta presa es de 3 mil 887 millones de metros cúbicos. “No podríamos predecir cuanto tiempo podría garantizarse el abasto de agua”, dijo Negrete. “Sería algo situacional”. En cuanto la presa Falcón, esta localizada a 442.26 km. aguas arriba del Golfo de México, y a 120 km. aguas abajo de Nuevo Laredo/Laredo. Tiene una longitud de 8,014 m., de los cuales 4,926 m están en México y 3,088m en Estados Unidos. La altura de la cortina es de 50 m con una anchura de 10.67m en la corona y 30.5 m en la base almacenamiento. El gasto actual del Río Bravo es de 41 metros cúbicos por segundo. Es lo necesario para las necesidades municipales, concluyó diciendo Negrete.


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Carriers cutting service to Mexico By DAVID KOENIG ASSOCIATED PRESS

DALLAS — Most of the largest U.S. carriers said Friday they will temporarily reduce service to Mexico, as swine flu fears keeps many U.S. travelers from venturing south of the border. Continental Airlines Inc., the biggest U.S. carrier to Mexico, said it will cut by half the number of seats it sells to fly to Mexico beginning Monday. The Houstonbased airline said it will work with travelers to get them where they need to go, although schedules and routes might change. Delta Air Lines Inc. announced late Friday that it too will reduce its Mexico service to match declining demand, but it didn’t indicate how deep the cuts would be. UAL Corp.’s United Airlines said it will cut its week-

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A Continental Airlines jets sit on the tarmac at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport in this Jan. 30 photo. The carrier said Friday it will cut in half the number of seats it sells to fly to Mexico, as swine flu fear keeps travelers at home. ly flights to Mexico from 61 to 24 this month, beginning on Tuesday. Its June schedule will drop from 90 flights per week to 52. United said Mexico represents less than 2 percent of its overall capacity. Southwest Airlines Co.

doesn’t fly to Mexico, but its chief executive said bookings within the U.S. may have softened in the past week in response to concern about flying. “It’s having an effect on air travel,” Southwest CEO Gary

Kelly told The Associated Press. “The bookings this week have been erratic at best ... it does seem like we’re off-trend, and I just wouldn’t be surprised at all if we find that our traffic is impacted over the next couple of weeks because of this concern.” Kelly didn’t provide any numbers, but he said that as schools close — Fort Worth became the first large U.S. district to shut all its campuses — and large public events around the country are canceled to avoid spreading the virus, air traffic could fall. Continental said it will reduce May flights to Mexico by about 40 percent and use smaller planes but will continue flying to all 29 Mexican cities it serves. It also extended its waiver policy to let customers with trips booked for Mexico change itineraries without penalty by the end of May.

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OBITUARIES ELVA A. GUTIERREZ

Elva A. Gutierrez 72, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 29, 2009, surrounded by family at her life-long residence in Zapata. Mrs. Gutierrez is preceded in death by parents, Manuel M. Lopez and Araceli G. Lopez; brothers and sisters, Eduardo “Lalito,” Ella, Efrain, Edmundo A. Lopez; niece and nephew, Elsa A. Lopez and Manuel Lopez; inlaws, Gerardo and Domitila P. Gutierrez; brothers-in-law, Jorge “Toto” Gutierrez; sis-

ter-in-law, Dora Torres. Mrs. Gutierrez is survived by her husband of 48 years, Gerardo Gutierrez Jr.; children, Veronica L. (Ike), Gerardo III (Juana), Gregory (Cynthia) Gutierrez; grandchildren, Israel B. Jr., Roberto R., Amanda, Valerie, Gerardo IV, Gabriela B., Marla D., Gregory Jr., Danissa R. Gutierrez; brothers and sisters, Eustolio A. (Yolanda), Eliseo A. (Flora), Eduardo A., Eloy A. (Blanca), Enrique A. Lopez, Elda A. (Jorge) Gonza-

lez, Estela A. (Jack) Moore; brothers-in-law, Eddie Torres, Danny Rosales; sistersin-law, Teresa Hein, Sylvia R. Lopez, Irene F. Lopez, Maria G. Gutierrez, Maria Genoveva Rosales; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends. She was a U.S. Air Force wife from 1960 to 1974 where she was active in the Air Force Sacred Heart Society and NCO’s Wives’ Club. Upon returning to Zapata she became an active member of “La Sociedad del Sagrado Corazon” at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. She was a charter and life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 7768. Elva loved teaching children and she was an educator until her retirement. Elva had a passion for life, family and her country. Everyone who knew her can remember her as a supportive parent at all her children’s activities and a right hand to her husband’s Veterans Affairs endeavors.

EDUARDO M. VILLARREAL JR.

Eduardo M. Villarreal Jr. 32, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2009, in Zapata.

Deputy nabs pot By JASON BUCH ZAPATA TIMES

A chase that began when an SUV cut off a sheriff’s deputy ended with deputies seizing almost 500 pounds of pot. The SUV cut off the deputy as it pulled out of a ranch and turned north on U.S. 83 north of Zapata, forcing the deputy, who was driving south, to slam on his brakes, said sheriffs Capt. Aaron Sanchez. The deputy turned around and tried to pull over the SUV, but the driver would not stop, turning off to the west of 83 and driving through the brush until it hit some steel posts, Sanchez said. The driver fled into the brush, and deputies found 481 pounds of marijuana in the SUV, he said.

Eddie is survived by his wife, Tatiana Z. Villarreal; son, Eduardo M. Villarreal III; daughter, Emily M. Villarreal; parents, Eduardo (Gloria) Villarreal; brother, Samuel (Missy) Villarreal; sister, Michelle Villarreal; in-laws, Juventino Jr. (Maria) Zapata; brother-in-law, Juventino III (Laura) Zapata; grandparents, Juventino (Alejandra) Zapata; and by numerous nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, and many friends. Visitation was Tuesday, April 28, 2009, from 6 to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. and a wake at 7:30 p.m. at Rose Garden Funeral Home. The funeral procession de-

parted Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at 9:45 a.m. for a 10 a.m. funeral Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Committal services will follow at El Ranchito Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rosegardenfunerahome.com. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rose Garden Funeral Home, Daniel A. Gonzalez, funeral director, 2102 Hwy. 83, Zapata.

OPEN | Continued from Page 1A Zapata County Zapata County Medical Clinic has seen no influx of patients coming in with fevers or flu-like symptoms, said nurse Diana Flores. “Surprisingly we haven’t had more people coming in because they were scared they had the flu,” Flores said. “We have had a lot of calls from people wanting to know about the symptoms, but that’s it.” Flores said the clinic has administered only two tests for H1N1, and only at patient requests. “We haven’t had any cases but we want to keep reminding people to always wash their hands and cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze,” Flores said. Although Zapata County has not formally cancelled any public events, the San Ygnacio Women’s Club,

which holds the annual Cinco De Mayo celebrations in San Ygnacio, is considering canceling this years celebration after a recommendation from Meza. “I am not sure what we are going to do yet,” said Dora Martinez with the San Ygnacio Women’s Club. “We will decided soon.” Both the American Cancer Associations Relay for Life, which would have taken place today, and a Justice of the Peace dance on Friday, have already been postponed based on Meza’s recommendations. “I recommended that they be postponed,” Meza said. “We get people from all over the state and if one person comes in sick it will spread to a lot more people,” Meza said. (Taryn White may be reached at 728-2568 or twhite@lmtonline.com)

SCHOOL | Continued from Page 1A “We are now even closer to our goal of having equitable facilities for all the children in our district,” Rodriguez said. For the past year, the students of A.L Benavides Elementary have been bused to the old Zapata Central Elementary School in Zapata. Montes said the administration and students have adapted well to their new surroundings, but are eager for their school to re-open. “We thought we might have some problems with absences, but luckily the transition

has gone really well,” Montes said. “The teachers and administration have been working hard to make sure everything goes smoothly.” The new A.L Benavides Elementary, which will cost the district around $3.8 million and is being paid for through allocated funds, is one of many projects of renovation and improvement being tackled by Zapata CISD. “We are also doing renovation on the middle school and tennis courts,” Rodriguez said. “And depending on the economy we want to look at building another elementary school.”

TEACHING | Continued from Page 1A The most rewarding aspect of being a teacher, Elizondo said, was being able to see former students evolve into upstanding citizens who continue their education and pursue exciting careers. (When) I (see) many of my students grow up and go on to rewarding careers (I think) ‘I must have done a good job,’” he said. Over the span of his 34year career, Elizondo said he had learned much from his students, no matter how exhausted he was at the end of the day; the experience he gained was overwhelmingly positive. “It’s been a rewarding career, it had its ups and downs but it was very rewarding,” said Elizondo. The second grade teacher said he was looking forward to his retirement this year; however, hopes to return

soon as a substitute teacher, so he can stay in touch with his passion for education. “Physically it’s hard to be standing up all day long after 34 years… (however I will) get back to it a little at a time.” For Elizondo, the choice to become a teacher was apparent to him at a young age. Such is the case for Rosa Corpus, who was honored as Instructional Assistant of the year for Zapata South Elementary School. “I feel very happy about it. It’s something I did not expect,” said Corpus. For Corpus, it was a love of children that ignited the passion for education. The opportunity to become a substitute teacher presented itself while her children attended Zapata South Elementary School. “We had just moved to Za-

pata from Ohio, and one of the teachers asked if I would be interested in becoming a substitute teacher,” said Corpus, who then agreed almost instantly. However, it wasn’t until 1992 that she applied to become an instructional assistant, and appreciates every day she spent with her students. “I’ve always liked working with the children and currently I work with special needs students. This has been a tremendous year,” she said. Corpus, who will be retiring this year, said she would miss her students and her coworkers who she said have been very kind and generous to her throughout her time at the school. “It’s such a rewarding feeling to be recognized (by my co-workers) … it’s amazing,” Corpus said.

MARIA VELA Visitation hours were held Friday, May 1, 2009, from 6 to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. at Rose Garden Funeral Home. The funeral procession departed Saturday, May 2, 2009, at 8:45 a.m. for a 9 a.m. funeral Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Committal services followed at Zapata County Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rosegardenfunerahome.com. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rose Garden Funeral Home, Daniel A. Gonzalez, funeral director, 2102 Hwy. 83, Zapata.

Maria Vela, 43, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2009, at Laredo Specialty Hospital. Mrs. Vela is preceded in death by her brother, Jorge A. Torres. Mrs. Vela is survived by

her husband, Armando E. Vela; son, Jose F. (Mari Carmen) Torres, Armando E. Vela Jr.; grandchildren, Melanie N. Torres, Jose F. Torres Jr.; father, Alberto Torres; mother Sara Cantu, mother-in-law, Antonia S. Vela and by numerous nephews, nieces and many friends. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rosegardenfunerahome.com. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Rose Garden Funeral Home, Daniel A. Gonzalez, funeral director, 2102 Hwy. 83, Zapata.


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UIL halts play till May 11

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By CLARA SANDOVAL SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Students and coaches in Zapata High athletic programs have gone through an array of emotions last week after the University Interscholastic League announced Wednesday morning the suspension of all competition until May 11, due to the outbreak of the swine flu. “The health and safety of our student-athletes is of the utmost importance,” UIL Executive Director Charles Breithaupt said in a press release.

Taking precautions “Taking every possible precaution to prevent the further spreading of this disease is an important contribution to the welfare of our great state, and altering the schedule of our events is a way to keep our participants safe,” he said. Zapata High Athletic Director Mario Acre feels the steps the UIL took were in the best interest of the athletes. “(It’s) understandable due to the current situation that we are experiencing,” he said. “It is for the

safety of the athletes, and that is the most important thing right now.” The Region IV track meet had been completely canceled and baseball, with one district game to go, will have to wait 12 days to complete its season.

Track and field meets UIL then reversed its decision on Thursday afternoon and annoucned it will hold the regional track and field meets after all. The state track meet is sched-

uled to be held June 5-6 at Myers Stadium at the University of Texas at Austin.

A month between The Lady Hawks’ track and field team will go almost a complete month between the district and regional track meets. “It has been tough for the athletes and the coaches,” Zapata track coach Luis Alaniz said. “A month between the district and

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Young Zapatans are dusting off their bats, applying oil to their baseball gloves and lacing up their cleats as the Little League season is officially here. The Zapata County Little League held its opening ceremonies Monday, April 20. Eddie Torres and Bob Sanchez had the honor of throwing out the first pitch to officially open the season that runs from April to mid June. Guest speaker was district President Sabas Zapata and Gateway President Mireya Mancha-Chavez, who made the trip from Laredo. The league boasts 20 teams and has 350 participants.

Six divisions

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fter an eventful week that almost dashed the hopes of the Zapata girls track and field team of competing at the Regional IV track meet, the Hawks found out they will be going to Flour Bluff after all. The University Interscholastic League reversed its decision to cancel all regional track meets after it suspended all interscholastic competition until May 11. The UIL changed its mind Thursday afternoon, and Zapata will be sending four participants to the Region IV track meet at Flour Bluff High School on May 19-20.

“It is frustrating to be waiting around,” Zapata coach Luis Alaniz said. “They are getting ready for the regional meet, then they canceled it, then a day later it’s back on …. it has really been frustrating for the athletes.”

State track and field meet The state track and field meet is scheduled for June 5-6 at Myers Stadium at the University of Texas at Austin. “Hopefully we can qualify a couple of girls to the state meet,” Alaniz said. “All of them have a very good chance of making it to the state meet if they have a good performance at the regional meet.”

Sophomores Marlene Garcia, Lauren Mendoza, and Brandi King, and junior Michelle Garcia will represent Zapata, as they were the lone regional qualifiers for the Lady Hawks. Marlene Garcia’s broke away from the pack to capture first place in the 3200-meter and 1600-meter runs. Michelle captured the runner-up spot in the 3200-meter run and third in the 1600-meter run. Marlena and Michelle were part of the Lady Hawk cross-country team that ran at the state meet last fall.

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Zapata runners competed at the district meet a few weeks ago. From left, in Zapata uniforms, are Gloria Jauregui, Michelle Garcia and Marlena Garcia, in front.

There are six divisions that include tee-ball (3 to 5 years old), coach-pitch (7 and 8 years old), boys minor league (9 and 10 years old), girls minor league softball (9 and 10 years old), girls major league softball (11 and 12 years old) and boys major league (11 and 12 years old). League president Olga Elizondo has been part of the league in different capacities, serving as president or as a coach. “I have been part of the league for 13 years and I have enjoyed every year,” she said.

The board The league board includes Vice President Melissa Salazar, girls’ softball Vice President Maria Isabel Espinosa, Treasurer Christina Medina, Secretary Elva Garcia, Player Agent Carlos Solis, Safety Coordinator Corando Barrera and Chief of Umpires Luis Gonzalez. Elizondo points to the countless number of volunteers, including volunteer coaches, as the key of the league’s success. “Without our volunteers our league wouldn’t be a success,” Elizondo said. “Parents are asked to volunteer when they go register their children. If we had more parents helping we would have more teams and less kids sitting in the benches. Its very important that people know that the league is made up of parents that take the time to help coach or assist in helping.”

Parental support Elizondo also points to parental support at the games as a difference in the way that a child performs at games. “I’ve been involved in the league for several years and I can say that having parents there at the games, and at the practices, makes a big difference in the way the child behaves and performs on the field,” Elizondo said. “Children can’t wait to hit the ball and have mom or dad witness those priceless moments.”

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NBA

Offseason has started for Spurs By PAUL J. WEBER ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN ANTONIO — While Tim Duncan is finally resting his aging knees and Manu Ginobili is letting his ankle heal, Tony Parker has a summer of playing for France ahead of him. Uh-oh. “One could probably look at my face ... and could glean from that how happy I am about some of the guys playing in the summertime,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich joked Wednesday. That wink to Ginobili shredding his ankle while playing for Argentina in last summer’s Olympics — the first of several injuries that doomed San Antonio to an unusual-

ly short playoff run — is how Popovich and the Spurs began their earliest offseason since 2000.

At ease Though disappointed, Popovich seemed at ease a day after the Dallas Mavericks ousted San Antonio in a series that exposed how illequipped the Spurs were for a serious title run. Even again on Wednesday, Popovich pointed out how much more “firepower” the Mavs packed. Popovich’s reflection on the season also hinted at a four-time NBA champion coach who knew these Spurs faced longer odds without their Big Three healthy. To that end, getting booted by the Mavs while

Ginobili sat behind the bench maybe wasn’t much of a surprise. Nor is what the Spurs will likely do next: shed some veterans, add some newcomers and not change a proven formula for the NBA’s winningest team over the last decade. “At some point we won’t be looking at role players,” Popovich said. “We’ll be looking to bring stars in, to replace stars. That’s not the situation yet.” It would’ve been a solid season in just about any NBA city but San Antonio. The Spurs won the Southwest Division, were the No. 3 seed in the West and joined Boston and the Los Angeles Lakers as the only teams in history to win 50-plus

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San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) reacts after a foul during Game 5 of a first-round NBA playoff game against the Dallas Mavericks in San Antonio, on Tuesday. Mavericks Erick Dampier in in background.


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CHL Playoff Glance FIRST ROUND (Best-of-3) Northern Conference Bossier-Shreveport 2, Rocky Mountain 1 Monday, March 23: Rocky Mountain 4, Bossier-Shreveport 3 Wednesday, March 25: Bossier-Shreveport 5, Rocky Mountain 4, OT Thursday, March 26: Bossier-Shreveport 5, Rocky Mountain 3 Southern Conference Rio Grande Valley 2, Corpus Christi 1 Monday, March 23: Rio Grande Valley 5, Corpus Christi 1 Wednesday, March 25: Corpus Christi 6, Rio Grande Valley 2 Thursday, March 26: Rio Grande Valley 3, Corpus Christi 0 CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (Best-of-7) Northern Conference Colorado 4, Bossier-Shreveport 0 Sunday, March 29: Colorado 4, BossierShreveport 3 Monday, March 30: Colorado 4, BossierShreveport 3 Thursday, April 2: Colorado 3, BossierShreveport 2, OT Monday, April 6: Colorado 4, BossierShreveport 3, OT Mississippi 4, Oklahoma City 2 Wednesday, March 25: Oklahoma City 2, Mississippi 1, OT Thursday, March 26: Mississippi 5, Oklahoma City 3 Wednesday, April 1: Mississippi 4, Oklahoma City 3 Thursday, April 2: Mississippi 2, Oklahoma City 1 Saturday, April 4: Oklahoma City 5, Mississippi 4 Monday, April 6: Mississippi 3, Oklahoma City 1 Southern Conference Texas 4, Rio Grande Valley 0 Saturday, March 28: Texas 4, Rio Grande Valley 2 Sunday, March 29: Texas 5, Rio Grande Valley 4 Wednesday, April 1: Texas 6, Rio Grande Valley 2 Friday, April 3: Texas 3, Rio Grande Valley 1 Odessa 4, Laredo 2 Friday, March 27: Laredo 3, Odessa 2, OT Saturday, March 28: Laredo 5, Odessa 1 Wednesday, April 1: Odessa 4, Laredo 3, OT Friday, April 3: Odessa 4, Laredo 3, 2OT Saturday, April 4: Odessa 2, Laredo 1 Tuesday, April 7: Odessa 4, Laredo 3, OT CONFERENCE FINALS (Best-of-7) Northern Conference Colorado 4, Mississippi 2 Wednesday, April 15: Colorado 3, Mississippi 2, OT Friday, April 17: Colorado 4, Mississippi 1 Tuesday, April 21: Colorado 2, Mississippi 1 Thursday, April 23: Mississippi 6, Colorado 5, 2OT Friday, April 24: Mississippi 6, Colorado 2 Sunday, April 26: Colorado 5, Mississippi 2 Southern Conference Texas 4, Odessa 3 Friday, April 10: Odessa 3, Texas 1 Saturday, April 11: Texas 4, Odessa 1 Tuesday, April 14: Texas 3, Odessa 0 Thursday, April 16: Odessa 2, Texas 0 Saturday, April 18: Texas 7, Odessa 5 Thursday, April 23: Odessa 2, Texas 0 Saturday, April 25: Texas 8, Odessa 1 RAY MIRON PRESIDENT’S CUP FINALS (Best-of-7) Colorado vs. Texas Wednesday, April 29: Texas 5, Colorado 3, Texas leads series 1-0 Friday, May 1: Texas at Colorado, 9:05 p.m. Sunday, May 3: Colorado at Texas, 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, May 5: Colorado at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Wednesday, May 6: Colorado at Texas, 8:05 p.m., if necessary Friday, May 8: Texas at Colorado, 9:05 p.m., if necessary Sunday, May 10: Texas at Colorado, 9:05 p.m., if necessary

NBA Playoff Glance All Times EDT FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) EASTERN CONFERENCE Cleveland 4, Detroit 0 Saturday, April 18: Cleveland 102, Detroit 84 Tuesday, April 21: Cleveland 94, Detroit 82 Friday, April 24: Cleveland 79, Detroit 68 Sunday, April 26: Cleveland 99, Detroit 78 Boston vs. Chicago Saturday, April 18: Chicago 105, Boston 103, OT Monday, April 20: Boston 118, Chicago 115 Thursday, April 23: Boston 107, Chicago 86 Sunday, April 26: Chicago 121, Boston 118, 2OT Tuesday, April 28: Boston 106, Chicago 104, OT Thursday, April 30: Chicago 128, Boston 127, 3OT, series tied 3-3 Saturday, May 2: Chicago at Boston, 8 p.m. Orlando vs. Philadelphia Sunday, April 19: Philadelphia 100, Orlando 98 Wednesday, April 22: Orlando 96, Philadelphia 87 Friday, April 24: Philadelphia 96, Orlando 94 Sunday, April 26: Orlando 84, Philadelphia 81 Tuesday, April 28: Orlando 91, Philadelphia 78 Thursday, April 30: Orlando 114, Philadelphia 89, Orlando wins series 4-2 Atlanta vs. Miami Sunday, April 19: Atlanta 90, Miami 64 Wednesday, April 22: Miami 108, Atlanta 93 Saturday, April 25: Miami 107, Atlanta 78 Monday, April 27: Atlanta 81, Miami 71 Wednesday, April 29: Atlanta 106, Miami 91, Atlanta leads series 3-2 Friday, May 1: Atlanta at Miami, 8 p.m. Sunday, May 3: Miami at Atlanta, 1 p.m., if necessary WESTERN CONFERENCE L.A. Lakers 4, Utah 1 Sunday, April 19: L.A. Lakers 113, Utah 100 Tuesday, April 21: L.A. Lakers 119, Utah 109 Thursday, April 23: Utah 88, L.A. Lakers 86 Saturday, April 25: L.A. Lakers 108, Utah 94 Monday, April 27: L.A. Lakers 107, Utah 96 Denver 4, New Orleans 1 Sunday, April 19: Denver 113, New Orleans 84 Wednesday, April 22: Denver 108, New Orleans 93 Saturday, April 25: New Orleans 95, Denver 93 Monday, April 27: Denver 121, New Orleans 63 Wednesday, April 29: Denver 107, New Orleans 86 Dallas 4, San Antonio 1 Saturday, April 18: Dallas 105, San Antonio 97 Monday, April 20: San Antonio 105, Dallas 84 Thursday, April 23: Dallas 88, San Antonio 67 Saturday, April 25: Dallas 99, San Antonio 90 Tuesday, April 28: Dallas 106, San Antonio 93 Portland vs. Houston Saturday, April 18: Houston 108, Portland 81 Tuesday, April 21: Portland 107, Houston 103 Friday, April 24: Houston 86, Portland 83 Sunday, April 26: Houston 89, Portland 88 Tuesday, April 28: Portland 88, Houston 77 Thursday, April 30: Houston 92, Portland 76, Houston wins series 4-2 CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (Best-of-7) WESTERN CONFERENCE

L.A. Lakers vs. Houston Monday, May 4: Houston at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6: Houston at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 8: L.A. Lakers at Houston, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10: L.A. Lakers at Houston, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12: Houston at L.A. Lakers, TBA, if necessary Thursday, May 14: L.A. Lakers at Houston, TBA, if necessary Sunday, May 17: Houston at L.A. Lakers, TBA, if necessary Denver vs. Dallas Sunday, May 3: Dallas at Denver, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5: Dallas at Denver, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9: Denver at Dalla, 5 p.m. Monday, May 11: Denver at Dallas, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13: Dallas at Denver, TBA, if necessary Friday, May 15: Denver at Dallas, TBA, if necessary Sunday, May 17: Dallas at Denver, TBA, if necessary CONFERENCE FINALS (Best-of-7) TBD NBA FINALS (Best-of-7) TBD

NHL Playoff Glance All Times EDT FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) EASTERN CONFERENCE Boston 4, Montreal 0 Thursday, April 16: Boston 4, Montreal 2 Saturday, April 18: Boston 5, Montreal 1 Monday, April 20: Boston 4, Montreal 2 Wednesday, April 22: Boston 4, Montreal 1 Washington 4, N.Y. Rangers 3 Wednesday, April 15: N.Y. Rangers 4, Washington 3 Saturday, April 18: N.Y. Rangers 1, Washington 0 Monday, April 20: Washington 4, N.Y. Rangers 0 Wednesday, April 22: N.Y. Rangers 2, Washington 1 Friday, April 24: Washington 4, N.Y. Rangers 0 Sunday, April 26: Washington 5, N.Y. Rangers 3 Tuesday, April 28: Washington 2, N.Y. Rangers 1 Carolina 4, New Jersey 3 Wednesday, April 15: New Jersey 4, Carolina 1 Friday, April 17: Carolina 2, New Jersey 1, OT Sunday, April 19: New Jersey 3, Carolina 2, OT Tuesday, April 21: Carolina 4, New Jersey 3 Thursday, April 23: New Jersey 1, Carolina 0 Sunday, April 26: Carolina 4, New Jersey 0 Tuesday, April 28: Carolina 4, New Jersey 3 Pittsburgh 4, Philadelphia 2 Wednesday, April 15: Pittsburgh 4, Philadelphia 1 Friday, April 17: Pittsburgh 3, Philadelphia 2, OT Sunday, April 19: Philadelphia 6, Pittsburgh 3 Tuesday, April 21: Pittsburgh 3, Philadelphia 1 Thursday, April 23: Philadelphia 3, Pittsburgh 0 Saturday, April 25: Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 3 WESTERN CONFERENCE Anaheim 4, San Jose 2 Thursday, April 16: Anaheim 2, San Jose 0 Sunday, April 19: Anaheim 3, San Jose 2 Tuesday, April 21: San Jose 4, Anaheim 3 Thursday, April 23: Anaheim 4, San Jose 0 Saturday, April 25: San Jose 3, Anaheim 2, OT Monday, April 27: Anaheim 4, San Jose 1 Detroit 4, Columbus 0 Thursday, April 16: Detroit 4, Columbus 1 Saturday, April 18: Detroit 4, Columbus 0 Tuesday, April 21: Detroit 4, Columbus 1 Thursday, April 23: Detroit 6, Columbus 5 Vancouver 4, St. Louis 0 Wednesday, April 15: Vancouver 2, St. Louis 1 Friday, April 17: Vancouver 3, St. Louis 0 Sunday, April 19: Vancouver 3, St. Louis 2 Tuesday, April 21: Vancouver 3, St. Louis 2, OT Chicago 4, Calgary 2 Thursday, April 16: Chicago 3, Calgary 2, OT Saturday, April 18: Chicago 3, Calgary 2 Monday, April 20: Calgary 4, Chicago 2 Wednesday, April 22: Calgary 6, Chicago 4 Saturday, April 25: Chicago 5, Calgary 1 Monday, April 27: Chicago 4, Calgary 1 —CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (Best-of-7) EASTERN CONFERENCE Boston vs. Carolina Friday, May 1: Carolina at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3: Carolina at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6: Boston at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8: Boston at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10: Carolina at Boston, 7:30 p.m., if necessary Tuesday, May 12: Boston at Carolina, 7 p.m., if necessary Thursday, May 14: Carolina at Boston, TBD, if necessary Washington vs. Pittsburgh Saturday, May 2: Pittsburgh at Washington, 1 p.m. Monday, May 4: Pittsburgh at Washington, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6: Washington at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Friday, May 8: Washington at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9: Pittsburgh at Washington, 7 p.m., if necessary Monday, May 11: Washington at Pittsburgh, TBD, if necessary Wednesday, May 13: Pittsburgh at Washington, 7 p.m., if necessary WESTERN CONFERENCE Detroit vs. Anaheim Friday, May 1: Anaheim at Detroit, 7 p.m. Sunday, May 3: Anaheim at Detroit, 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 5: Detroit at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7: Detroit at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10: Anaheim at Detroit, 5 p.m., if necessary Tuesday, May 12: Detroit at Anaheim, TBD, if necessary Thursday, May 14: Anaheim at Detroit, TBD, if necessary Vancouver vs. Chicago Thursday, April 30: Vancouver 5, Chicago 3, Vancouver leads series 1-0 Saturday, May 2: Chicago at Vancouver, 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 5: Vancouver at Chicago, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7: Vancouver at Chicago, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 9: Chicago at Vancouver, 10:30 p.m., if necessary Monday, May 11: Vancouver at Chicago, 9 p.m., if necessary Thursday, May 14: Chicago at Vancouver, TBD, if necessary CONFERENCE FINALS (Best-of-7) TBD STANLEY CUP FINALS TBD

MLB AMERICAN LEAGUE

All Times EDT East Division Boston Toronto New York Baltimore

W L 14 8 15 9 12 10 9 13

Pct .636 .625 .545 .409

GB — — 2 5

Tampa Bay

9 14

.391

Central Division Kansas City Chicago Detroit Minnesota Cleveland

W 12 11 11 11 8

L 10 10 10 11 14

Seattle Texas Los Angeles Oakland

W L 13 9 10 11 9 12 8 11

Pct .545 .524 .524 .500 .364

GB — ½ ½ 1 4

West Division Pct .591 .476 .429 .421

GB — 2½ 3½ 3½

Thursday’s Games Oakland 4, Texas 2 Kansas City 8, Toronto 6 N.Y. Yankees 7, L.A. Angels 4 Tampa Bay 13, Boston 0 Friday’s Games L.A. Angels at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Cleveland at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:38 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Kansas City at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Oakland at Seattle, 10:10 p.m. Saturday’s Games L.A. Angels (Palmer 1-0) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 1-2), 1:05 p.m. Baltimore (Bergesen 1-0) at Toronto (Purcey 0-2), 1:07 p.m. Cleveland (Laffey 2-0) at Detroit (Miner 21), 3:40 p.m. Boston (Wakefield 2-1) at Tampa Bay (Niemann 2-2), 7:08 p.m. Kansas City (Bannister 2-0) at Minnesota (Perkins 1-2), 7:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Contreras 0-3) at Texas (McCarthy 2-0), 8:05 p.m. Oakland (Cahill 0-2) at Seattle (Washburn 3-1), 9:10 p.m. Sunday’s Games L.A. Angels at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m. Cleveland at Detroit, 1:05 p.m. Baltimore at Toronto, 1:07 p.m. Boston at Tampa Bay, 1:38 p.m. Kansas City at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m. Oakland at Seattle, 4:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Monday’s Games Boston at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Minnesota at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. Cleveland at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 7:08 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. Texas at Seattle, 10:10 p.m. NATIONAL LEAGUE

All Times EDT East Division Florida Philadelphia Atlanta New York Washington

W L 14 9 11 9 10 11 9 12 5 16

St. Louis Milwaukee Cincinnati Pittsburgh Chicago Houston

W 16 12 11 11 11 9

Los Angeles San Diego San Francisco Arizona Colorado

W 15 11 10 9 8

Pct .609 .550 .476 .429 .238

GB — 1½ 3 4 8

Central Division L 7 10 10 10 11 13

Pct .696 .545 .524 .524 .500 .409

GB — 3½ 4 4 4½ 6½

West Division L 8 11 10 13 12

Pct .652 .500 .500 .409 .400

GB — 3½ 3½ 5½ 5½

Thursday’s Games St. Louis 9, Washington 4 Milwaukee 4, Arizona 1 Florida 8, Chicago Cubs 2, 10 innings L.A. Dodgers 8, San Diego 5 Friday’s Games Chicago Cubs 8, Florida 6 Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. St. Louis at Washington, 7:05 p.m. Houston at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m. Arizona at Milwaukee, 8:05 p.m. San Diego at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Colorado at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. Saturday’s Games St. Louis (Pineiro 4-0) at Washington (Martis 2-0), 1:05 p.m. Florida (A.Sanchez 1-2) at Chicago Cubs (Lilly 2-2), 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets (O.Perez 1-2) at Philadelphia (Moyer 3-1), 3:40 p.m. Houston (Oswalt 0-2) at Atlanta (Jurrjens 2-2), 3:40 p.m. Colorado (Marquis 3-1) at San Francisco (Cain 2-0), 4:05 p.m. Arizona (Haren 2-3) at Milwaukee (Looper 2-0), 7:05 p.m. Cincinnati (Owings 1-2) at Pittsburgh (Ohlendorf 2-2), 7:05 p.m. San Diego (C.Young 2-1) at L.A. Dodgers (Wolf 1-1), 10:10 p.m. Sunday’s Games St. Louis at Washington, 1:35 p.m. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m. Houston at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m. Arizona at Milwaukee, 2:05 p.m. Florida at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. Colorado at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. San Diego at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m. Monday’s Games Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Houston at Washington, 7:05 p.m. Cincinnati at Florida, 7:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. San Francisco at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m. Philadelphia at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. Colorado at San Diego, 10:05 p.m. Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Team-by-Team Disabled List (Provided by Major League Baseball) (x-60-day all others are 15-day) Through April 30 AMERICAN LEAGUE Baltimore INF Ryan Freel, April 21 LHP Richard Hill, March 29 RHP Alfredo Simon, April 15 Boston OF Rocco Baldelli, April 21 RHP Miguel Gonzalez-x, March 27 OF Mark Kotsay, March 27 SS Jed Lowrie, April 12 RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, April 15 RHP John Smoltz, March 27 Chicago OF DeWayne Wise, April 14 Cleveland 2B Jamey Carroll, April 5 1B Travis Hafner, April 29 LHP Scott Lewis, April 11 RHP Jake Westbrook-x, March 26 Detroit RHP Jeremy Bonderman, March 30 OF Marcus Thames, April 19 C Matt Treanor, April 24 LHP Dontrelle Willis, March 29 Kansas City LHP John Bale, March 27 3B Alex Gordon, April 16 RHP Doug Waechter, April 18 Los Angeles RHP Kelvim Escobar-x, April 4 OF Vladimir Guerrero, April 16 RHP Kevin Jepsen, April 19 RHP John Lackey, March 27 RHP Dustin Moseley, April 18 LHP Darren Oliver, April 19 RHP Ervin Santana, March 27 Minnesota RHP Boof Bonser, March 27 RHP Jesse Crain, March 27 RHP Pat Neshek-x, Feb. 21 New York RHP Brian Bruney, April 22 OF Xavier Nady, April 15 SS Bryan Ransom, April 25 3B Alex Rodriguez, March 27 RHP Chien-Ming Wang, April 19 Oakland CF Ben Copeland, March 27 RHP Joey Devine-x, April 4 RHP Justin Duchscherer-x, March 27 2B Mark Ellis, April 29 SS Nomar Garciaparra, April 29 Seattle RHP Roy Corcoran, April 29 LHP Ryan Feierabend-x, March 15 LHP Cesar Jimenez, March 29 C Kenji Johjima, April 16 LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith, April 11 Tampa Bay RHP Chad Bradford, March 27 RHP Jason Isringhausen, March 31 CF Fernando Perez, March 27 C Shawn Riggans, April 10 Texas RHP Joaquin Benoit-x, April 5 RHP Kris Benson, April 16 RHP William Eyre, April 23 RHP Eric Hurley-x, April 5 RHP Dustin Nippert, March 27 Toronto C Michael Barrett, April 18

SATURDAY,MAY 2,2009 RHP Jesse Litsch, April 14 RHP Shaun Marcum, March 27 RHP Dustin McGowan, March 27 LHP Ricky Romero, April 20 LHP B.J. Ryan, April 24 NATIONAL LEAGUE Arizona SS Stephen Drew, April 25 RHP Brandon Webb, April 7 Atlanta OF Garret Anderson, April 20 RHP Jorge Campillo, April 17 LHP Tom Glavine, April 2 RHP Tim Hudson-x, Feb. 24 C Brian McCann, April 23 Chicago None Cincinnati 3B Edwin Encarnacion, April 28 Colorado INF Jeff Baker, April 27 RHP Taylor Buchholz-x, March 27 LHP Jeffrey Francis-x, March 27 LHP Franklin Morales, April 22 RHP Ryan Speier, April 19 Florida LHP Andrew Miller, April 21 RHP Scott Proctor March 27 RHP Henricus Vandenhurk, March 29 Houston RHP Brandon Backe, March 27 3B Aaron Boone-x March 27 RHP Brian Moehler, April 14 C Humberto Quintero, April 25 RHP Jose Valverde, April 27 Los Angeles RHP Hiroki Kuroda, April 7 1B Doug Mienkiewicz-x, April 17 RHP Jason Schmidt, March 30 RHP Claudio Vargas, April 6 Milwaukee RHP David Riske, April 10 C Mike Rivera, April 29 New York CF Angel Pagan, March 27 RHP Tim Redding, March 27 C Brian Schneider, April 16 LHP Billy Wagner, March 27 Philadelphia C Carlos Joaquin Ruiz, April 11 Pittsburgh C Ryan Doumit, April 20 LHP Phil Dumatrait, March 27 RHP Craig Hansen, April 20 SS Jack Wilson, April 25 St. Louis RHP Chris Carpenter, April 15 LHP Jaime Garcia, March 27 3B Troy Glaus, March 27 SS Brendan Ryan, April 30 San Diego RHP Mike Adams-x, April 1 RHP Cha Seung Baek, March 30 SS Everth Cabrera-x, April 20 OF Cliff Floyd, April 5 RHP Shawn Hill, April 26 RHP Walter Silva, April 14 RHP Mark Worrell-x, April 1 San Francisco LHP Noah Lowry, March 26 RHP Joseph Martinez, April 10 RHPSergio Romo, March 26 OF Andres Torres, April 28 Washington LHP Joe Beimel, April 21 CF Roger Bernadina-x, April 19 LHP Matt Chico-x, March 27 1B Dmitri Young, April 1 RHP Terrell Young, March 27

NFL Free Agent Signings ARIZONA CARDINALS—Signed Anthony Becht, TE; Mike Leach, LS; Rodney Leisle, DT; Keith Lewis, S; Bryant McFadden, CB; and Donovan Raiola, C. Re-signed Ben Graham, P; Clark Haggans, LB; Brian St. Pierre, QB; Kurt Warner, QB; and Dan Kreider, FB. Agreed to terms with Bertrand Berry, DE; Elton Brown, OL; Ralph Brown, CB; and Jason Wright, RB. ATLANTA FALCONS—Signed Mike Peterson, LB; and C Brett Romberg. Re-signed Chauncey Davis, DE; Jamal Fudge, S; Tony Gilbert, LB; Jason Jefferson, DT; Justin Peele, TE; Ben Wilkerson, OL; and Coy Wire, LB. BALTIMORE RAVENS—Signed Chris Carr, CB/KR; Domonique Foxworth, CB; and L.J. Smith, TE. Agreed to terms with Matt Birk, C; and Ray Lewis, LB. Re-signed Samari Rolle, CB. BUFFALO BILLS—Signed Dominic Rhodes, RB; Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB; Drayton Florence, CB; Geoff Hangartner, OL; and Terrell Owens, WR. Re-signed Kirk Chambers, OL; and Corey McIntyre, FB. Agreed to terms with Pat Thomas, LB. CAROLINA PANTHERS—Re-signed Jordan Gross, OT; Nate Salley, S; James Anderson, LB. CHICAGO BEARS—Signed Josh Bullocks, S; Glenn Earl, S; Marcus Hamilton, DB; and Frank Omiyale, OL. Agreed to terms with Kevin Jones, RB; Kevin Shaffer, OT; and Orlando Pace, OT. CINCINNATI BENGALS—Signed Laveranues Coles, WR; J.T. O’Sullivan, QB; and Jeremi Johnson, FB. Re-signed Cedric Benson, RB; Darryl Blackstock, LB; Chris Crocker, S; DeDe Dorsey, WR; and Jamar Fletcher, CB. Agreed to terms with Tank Johnson, DT, and Brandon Johnson, LB. CLEVELAND BROWNS—Signed Eric Barton, LB; David Bowens, LB; Noah Herron, RB; Corey Ivy, CB; C.J. Mosley, DT; David Patten, WR; Hank Poteat, CB; Robert Royal, TE; John St. Clair, OL; and Floyd Womack, T. Re-signed Mike Adams, S. DALLAS COWBOYS—Signed Keith Brooking, LB; Igor Olshansky, DE; Gerald Sensabaugh, S; and Matt Stewart, LB. Resigned Miles Austin, WR; Alonzo Coleman, RB; Rodney Hannah, TE; Cory Procter, G; and Stephen Bowen, DE. DENVER BRONCOS—Signed Nick Greisen, LB; Brandon Gorin, OL; J.J. Arrington, RB; Correll Buckhalter, RB; Andra Davis, LB; Brian Dawkins, S; Ronald Fields, DT; Jabar Gaffney, WR; Andre’ Goodman, CB; Renaldo Hill, S; LaMont Jordan, RB; J’Vonne Parker, DT; Lonie Paxton, FS; Kenny Peterson, DL; Darrell Reid, DT; and Scott Young, OL. Re-signed Jeb Putzier, TE. Agreed to terms with Chris Simms, QB. DETROIT LIONS—Signed Terrelle Smith, FB; Ronald Curry, WR; Phillip Buchanon, CB; Grady Jackson, DT; Bryant Johnson, WR; Eric King, CB; Maurice Morris, RB; Will Heller, TE; and Cody Spencer, LB. Agreed to terms with Daniel Loper, OL. Resigned Aveion Cason, RB; Damion Cook, OL; Jason Hanson, K; and Stephen Peterman, G. GREEN BAY PACKERS—Signed Duke Preston, OL; and Anthony Smith, S. Agreed to terms with Mike Montgomery, DE. Resigned Tory Humphrey, TE. HOUSTON TEXANS—Signed LB Buster Davis; LB Cato June; Shaun Cody, DT; Darrell McClover, LB; Dan Orlovsky, QB; and Antonio Smith, DE. Re-signed Joel Dreessen, TE; Nick Ferguson, S; Chris White, C; Eugene Wilson, S; and Rashad Butler, T. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS—Signed Adam Seward, LB. Re-signed Freddie Keiaho, LB; Matt Giordano, S; Lance Ball, RB; Kelvin Hayden, CB; Jeff Saturday, C; Tyjuan Hagler, LB, Dan Federkeil, OL. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS—Signed Sean Considine, S; and Tra Thomas, T. Re-signed Brad Meester, C; Scott Starks, CB; and Joe Zelenka, LS. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS— Signed Eric Ghiaciuc, C; Zach Thomas, LB; Monte Beisel, LB; Bobby Engram, WR; Mike Goff, G; Terrance Copper, WR; LS Tanner Purdum; Rodney Wright, WR; and Tony Curtis, TE. Agreed to terms with Travis Daniels, CB; C.J. Jones, WR; Corey Mays, LB; Jon McGraw, S; and Darrell Robertson, LB. MIAMI DOLPHINS—Signed Joe Berger, G; Eric Green, CB; and Jake Grove, C. Resigned Yeremiah Bell, S; Vernon Carey, OT; and Channing Crowder, LB. MINNESOTA VIKINGS—Re-signed Heath Farwell, LB; Jimmy Kennedy, DT; Jim Kleinsasser, TE; Benny Sapp, CB-OTis Grigsby, DL; and Fred Evans, DT. Signed Cedric Griffin, CB; Glenn Holt, WR; and Karl Paymah, CB. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS—Signed Chris Baker, TE; Leigh Bodden, CB; Joey Galloway, WR; Nathan Hodel, LS; Al Johnson, C; Shawn Springs, CB; and Fred Taylor, RB. Re-signed Matt Cassel, QB (f), and traded him to Kansas City; re-signed Eric Alexander, LB; Wesley Britt, OL; Chris Hanson, P; Russ Hochstein, OL; James Sanders, S; Ray Ventrone, S; Mike Wright, DL; and Tank Williams, S. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS—Signed Darnell

Dinkins, TE; Heath Evans, FB; Jabari Greer, CB; Nick Leckey, C; Pierson Prioleau, S; Paul Spicer, DL; Rod Coleman, DT; Darren Sharper, S; and Dan Campbell, TE. Re-signed Joey Harrington, QB; Devery Henderson, WR; Courtney Roby, WR-KR; Jon Stinchcomb, T; Jonathan Vilma, LB; and Troy Evans, LB. NEW YORK GIANTS—Signed Rocky Bernard, DT; Michael Boley, LB; C.C. Brown, S; Chris Canty, DE; and Lee Vickers, TE. Re-signed David Carr, QB; and Brandon Jacobs, RB (f). Agreed to terms with Kevin Dockery, CB. NEW YORK JETS—Signed Marques Douglas, DE; Howard Green, DT; Larry Izzo, LB; Jim Leonhard, S; Bart Scott, LB; and Donald Strickland, CB. Re-signed Ahmad Carroll, DB; Jay Feely, K; Brandon Moore, G; and Tony Richardson, FB. OAKLAND RAIDERS—Signed Jeff Garcia, QB; Khalif Barnes, T. Re-signed Nnamdi Asomugha, DB; Cooper Carlisle, G; Isaiah Ekejiuba, LB; Shane Lechler, P; and Justin Miller, CB. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES—Signed Stacy Andrews, OT; Rashad Baker, S; and Sean Jones, S. Re-signed Tank Daniels, LB; Joselio Hanson, CB; and Nick Cole, OL. Resigned Hank Baskett, WR. Agreed to terms with Leonard Weaver, FB. PITTSBURGH STEELERS—Re-signed Charlie Batch, QB; Keyaron Fox, LB; Willie Colon, T; Chris Kemoeatu, G; Max Starks, T (f); Andre Frazier, LB; Trai Essex, T; Fernando Bryant, CB; and Arnold Harrison, LB. ST. LOUIS RAMS—Signed Kyle Boller, QB; Jason Brown, OL; James Butler, S; and FB Mike Karney. Re-signed Ron Bartell, CB; and Mark Setterstrom, G. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS—Agreed to terms with Kevin Burnett, LB. Re-signed Kynan Forney, G. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS—Signed Marques Harris, LB; Demetric Evans, DE; Damon Huard, QB; and Brandon Jones, WR; and ; Marvel Smith, T. Re-signed Moran Norris, FB; Allen Rossum, CB-KR; and Takeo Spikes, LB. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS—Signed Colin Cole, DT; T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR; and John Owens, TE. Re-signed Ray Willis, OL. Agreed to terms with D.D. Lewis, LB; Justin Griffith, FB; and Ken Lucas, CB. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS—Signed Byron Leftwich, QB; Angelo Crowell, LB; Mike Nugent, K; and Derrick Ward, RB. Resigned Michael Clayton, WR; Cortez Hankton, WR; Luke McCown, QB; Jermaine Phillips, S; and Jerramy Stevens, TE. TENNESSEE TITANS—Signed Jovan Haye, DT; Mark Jones, WR/KR; Patrick Ramsey, QB; and Nate Washington, WR. Re-signed Rob Bironas, K; Kerry Collins, QB; Vincent Fuller, DB; Justin McCareins, WR. Agreed to terms with Craig Hentrich, P. WASHINGTON REDSKINS—Signed Derrick Dockery, G; Dominique Dorsey, KR; Albert Haynesworth, DT; Dirk Johnson, P; Dave Rayner, K; and Renaldo Wynn, DE. Re-signed Ethan Albright, LS; Phillip Daniels, DE; Reed Doughty, S; Alfred Fincher, LB; DeAngelo Hall, CB; and Shaun Suisham, K. f-franchise player Remaining Unrestricted Free Agents Unsigned free agents with more than four years of NFL experience: ARIZONA — Karlos Dansby (f); Scott Peters, OL; Jerame Tuman, TE. ATLANTA — Wayne Gandy, OT; Lawyer Milloy, S; Marcus Pollard, TE. BALTIMORE — Todd Bouman, QB; Lorenzo Neal, FB; Chad Slaughter, OL; Matt Stover, K; Terrell Suggs, DE/LB (f); Daniel Wilcox, TE. BUFFALO — Melvin Fowler, OL; Teddy Lehman, LB; J.P. Losman, QB; Jason Whittle, OL. CAROLINA — Donte’ Curry, LB; Jason Kyle, LB; Julius Peppers, DE (f); Darwin Walker, DT. CHICAGO — Mike Brown, S; Rex Grossman, QB; Brandon Lloyd, WR; Brandon McGowan, S; Fred Miller, OL; Cameron Worrell, S. CINCINNATI — Shayne Graham (f); John Thornton, DT. CLEVELAND — Lennie Friedman, G/C; Kris Griffin, LB; Daven Holly; CB; Willie McGinest, LB; Shantee Orr, LB. DALLAS — Brooks Bollinger, QB; Keith Davis, S; Carlos Polk, LB; Zach Thomas, LB. DENVER — Tatum Bell, RB; Ebenezer Ekuban, DE; Darrell Jackson, WR; Marlon McCree, S; Tom Nalen, C; Michael Pittman, RB; Edell Shepherd, DB; Nate Webster, LB. DETROIT — Keary Colbert, WR; George Foster, OT; Rudi Johnson, RB; Paris Lenon; LB; Andy McCollum, G/C; Shaun McDonald, WR; Langston Moore, DT; Ryan Nece, LB; Stanley Wilson, CB. GREEN BAY — Mark Tauscher, T. HOUSTON — Mark Bruener, TE; DeMarcus Faggins, CB; Scott Jackson, OL; Bryan Pittman, OL; Dunta Robinson; CB (f); Cecil Sapp, RB; Jimmy Williams CB; Jeff Zgonina, DT. INDIANAPOLIS — Keiwan Ratliff, CB; Hunter Smith, P; Josh Thomas, DE. JACKSONVILLE — Chris Naeole, G; Reggie Williams, WR. KANSAS CITY — Jason Babin, LB; Rocky Boiman, LB; Oliver Celestin, S; Adrian Jones, G. MIAMI — Tab Perry, WR; Derek Smith, LB. MINNESOTA — Kenderick Allen, DT; Michael Boulware, S; Napoleon Harris, LB; Marcus Johnson, T; Dontarrious Thomas, LB; Ellis Wyms, DT. NEW ENGLAND — Rosevelt Colvin, LB; Rodney Harrison, S; Deltha O’Neal, CB; Lewis Sanders, CB; Junior Seau, LB; Kenny Smith, DT; Barry Stokes, OL. NEW ORLEANS — Mark Campbell, TE; Aaron Glenn, CB; Martin Gramatica, K; Terrence Holt, S; Antwan Lake, DT; Mike Lehan, CB; Matt Lehr, G; James Reed, DT; Aaron Stecker, RB. N.Y. GIANTS — John Carney, K; Jerome McDougle, DE; R.W. McQuarters, CB/KR; Grey Ruegamer, G/C; Rich Scanlon, LB; Amani Toomer, WR; Anthony Wright, QB. N.Y. JETS — Jesse Chatman, RB; Bubba Franks, TE; Ty Law, CB; J.R. Reed, S. OAKLAND — Drew Carter, WR; William Joseph, DT; Ashley Lelie, WR; Marques Tuiasosopo, QB; Sam Williams, LB. PHILADELPHIA — Jon Runyan, T. PITTSBURGH — Mitch Berger, P; Orpheus Roye, DE. ST. LOUIS — Oshiomogho Atogwe, S (f); Fakhir Brown, CB; Jason Craft, CB; Anthony Davis, OL; La’Roi Glover, DT; Adam Goldberg, G; Dante’ Hall, WR/KR; Nick Leckey, OL; Dane Looker, WR; Ricky Manning Jr., CB; Travis Minor, RB; Rob Pettiti, OL; Gary Stills, LB; Cory Withrow, OL. SAN DIEGO — Jeremy Newberry, C; Darren Sproles, RB/KR (f). SAN FRANCISCO — Billy Bajema, TE; Damane Duckett, DT; DeShaun Foster, RB; Roderick Green, DE; Jamie Martin, QB; Sean Ryan, TE. SEATTLE — Charlie Frye, QB; Chris Gray, G; Leroy Hill, LB (f); Wesly Mallard, LB; Steve McKinney, G; Jeff Robinson, TE; Koren Robinson, WR. TAMPA BAY — Will Allen, S; Antonio Bryant, WR (f); Kevin Carter, DE; Patrick Chukwurah, LB. TENNESSEE — Reynaldo Hill, CB; Tyrone Poole, CB; Bo Scaife, TE (f). WASHINGTON — Ryan Boschetti, DT; Khary Campbell, LB; Jason Fabini, OL; Mike Green, S; Pete Kendall, G.

MLS All Times EDT EASTERN CONFERENCE W Toronto FC 3 Chicago 2 Kansas City 3 D.C. United 2 New England 2 New York 1 Columbus 0

L 2 0 3 1 1 4 2

T 2 4 1 3 2 2 4

Pts GF GA 11 9 9 10 12 9 10 9 8 9 9 8 8 5 9 5 5 9 4 7 11

WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Chivas USA 5 1 Seattle FC 4 2 Real Salt Lake3 2 Colorado 2 2 San Jose 1 3 Houston 1 2 Los Angeles 0 1 FC Dallas 1 4

T Pts GF GA 1 16 10 3 0 12 9 3 0 9 12 6 2 8 8 8 2 5 7 11 2 5 4 5 4 4 6 7 1 4 6 12

NOTE: Three points for victory, one point for tie. Saturday’s Games Columbus at Toronto FC, 4 p.m. FC Dallas at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.

Seattle FC at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Real Salt Lake at Colorado, 9:30 p.m. New York at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Chivas USA at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Sunday’s Game Houston at New England, 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 D.C. United at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. Friday, May 8 San Jose at New York, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9 Kansas City at Columbus, 7 p.m. Toronto FC at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. New England at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. FC Dallas at Houston, 9 p.m. Real Salt Lake at Chivas USA, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10 Los Angeles at Seattle FC, 3 p.m.

Fight Schedule National TV in parentheses May 2 At Bremen, Germany, Anselmo Moreno, Panama, vs. Wladimir Sidorenko, Germany, 12, for Moreno’s WBA bantamweight title. At the MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (PPV), Ricky Hatton, Britain, vs. Manny Pacquiao, Philippines, 12, for Hatton’s IBO junior welterweight title; Humberto Soto, Mexico, vs. Benoit Gaudet, Canada, 12, for Soto’s WBC super featherweight title; James Kirkland, Austin, Tex., vs. Michael Walker, Chicago, 10, junior middleweights. May 9 At El Paso, Texas, Jorge Linares, Tokyo, vs. Josafat Perez, Mexico, 12, for Linares’ WBA super featherweight title. At the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas (HBO), Chad Dawson, New Haven, Conn., vs. Antonio Tarver, Tampa, Fla., 12, for Dawson’s IBF-IBO light heavyweight title. May 12 At TBA, Thailand, Denkaosan Kaovichit, Thailand, vs. Hiroyuki Hisataka, Japan, 12, for Kaovichit’s WBA flyweight title. May 16 At Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Ron Johnson, Las Vegas, vs. John Johnson, Memphis, 12, for the vacant WBF light heavyweight title. At Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif. (SHO), Andre Ward, Oakland, Calif., vs. Edison Miranda, Colombia, 12, for Ward’s NABONABF super middleweight titles. May 22 At Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach, Fla. (ESPN2), Odlanier Solis, Germany, vs. Fres Oquendo, Chicago, 10, heavyweights. May 30 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Fla., Andre Berto, Winter Haven, Fla., vs. Juan Urango, Miami, 12, welterweights; Alfredo Angulo, Coachella, Calif., vs. Kermit Cintron, Reading, Pa., 12, light middleweights. At Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland, Nikolai Valuev, Russia, vs. Ruslan Chagaev, Germany, 12, for Valuev’s WBA heavyweight title. June 13 At Madison Square Garden, New York, Miguel Cotto, Puerto Rico, vs. Joshua Clottey, Bronx, N.Y., 12, for Cotto’s WBO welterweight title and Clottey’s IBF welterweight title. June 19 At Laredo (Texas) Entertainment Center, Fernando Beltran Jr. vs. Miguel Roman, 12, for Beltran’s IBF Latino featherweight title. June 20 At London, Wladimir Klitschko, Ukraine, vs. David Haye, Britain, 12, for Klitschko’s IBF-WBO-IBO heavyweight titles. June 27 At TBA, Britain, Andreas Kotelnik, Germany, vs. Amir Khan, Britain, 12, for Kotelnik’s WBA light welterweight title. At Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J., Kelly Pavlik, Youngstown, Ohio, vs. Sergio Mora, Los Angeles, 12, for Pavlik’s WBCWBO middleweight titles. At TBA, Los Angeles (HBO), Chris John, Indonesia, vs. Rocky Juarez, Houston, 12, for John’s WBA featherweight title. July 11 At BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Fla. (SHO), Joseph Agbeko, Bronx, N.Y., vs. Vic Darchinyan, Australia, 12, for Agbeko’s IBF bantamweight title.

Transactions BASEBALL American League CHICAGO WHITE SOX—Assigned OF Jerry Owens outright to Charlotte (IL). Placed OF Brian Anderson the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 30. Purchased the contract of OF Scott Podsednik from Charlotte. Activated INF Jayson Nix from the 15-day DL. MINNESOTA TWINS—Activated C Joe Mauer from the 15-day DL. Assigned RHP Juan Morillo outright to Rochester (IL). OAKLAND ATHLETICS—Placed 3B Eric Chavez on the 15-day DL. Recalled INF Gregorio Petit from Sacramento (PCL). TORONTO BLUE JAYS—Purchased the contract of LHP Brett Cecil from Las Vegas (PCL). Recalled RHP Robert Ray and RHP Brian Wolfe from Las Vegas. Optioned LHP David Purcey, LHP Brian Burres and RHP Bryan Bullington to Las Vegas. Midwest League QUAD CITIES RIVER BANDITS—Announced INF Domnit Bolivar was called up to Palm Beach (FSL) and INF Guillermo Toribio was transferred from extended spring training to Quad Cities. American Association GRAND PRAIRIE AIRHOGS—Signed RHP David Wasylak. Traded RHP Brett Lester to San Angelo (UL) to complete an earlier trade. LINCOLN SALTDOGS—Signed RHP Angel Castro and OF Josh Burrus. ST. PAUL SAINTS—Signed INF Andrew Bennett. SIOUX CITY EXPLORERS—Signed INF Jason Wysong and OF Anthony Webster. Can-Am League BROCKTON ROX—Released OF Dennis Abreu. NEW HAMPSHIRE AMERICAN DEFENDERS—Released INF Sam Rosario. SUSSEX SKYHAWKS—Released RHP Mike Reeves. WORCESTER TORNADOES—Signed RHP PJ Thomas. FOOTBALL National Football League BUFFALO BILLS—Signed OT Joel Bell, OL Nick Hennessey, DE Gerald Washington, DL John Faletoese, DL Ventrell Jenkins, DL David Lindquist, TE Travis McCall, LB Ashlee Palmer, DB Lydell Sargeant and P Dan Urrego. CINCINNATI BENGALS—Signed WR Quan Cosby. DETROIT LIONS—Released DB Travis Fisher and QB Drew Henson. Signed WR Demir Boldin. GREEN BAY PACKERS—Signed WR Patrick Williams, WR Jamarko Simmons, WR Kole Heckendorf, RB Tyrell Sutton, TE Carson Butler, TE Travis Dekker, LB Cyril Obiozor, G-C Evan Dietrich-Smith, DE Ronald Talley, G-T Andrew Hartline and WR JaRon Harris. NEW YORK JETS—Signed TE J’Nathan Bullock, P T.J. Conley, S Emanuel Cook, TELS Andrew Davie, WR Britt Davis, S Keith Fitzhugh, DT Matt Kroul, OL Kyle Link, OT Ryan McKee, TE Rob Myers, C Michael Parenton, QB Chris Pizzotti, DE Zach Potter, FB Brannan Southerland, DL Ty Steinkuhler, OT Tavita Thompson and DE Jamaal Westerman. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS—Signed K Alex Romero. Canadian Football League CALGARY STAMPEDERS—Named Dave Dickenson assistant offensive coach. HOCKEY National Hockey League SAN JOSE SHARKS—Signed LW John McCarthy to a two-year contract. ECHL ECHL—Suspended Alaska RW Matt Stefanishion for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for his actions in a game on April 29. COLLEGE MUHLENBERG—Named Scott McClary men’s basketball coach. OAKLAND, MICH.—Named Jason Perry men’s assistant soccer coach. OREGON—Named Mark Helfrich offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. WASHINGTON—Announced it will eliminate men’s and women’s swimming as varsity sports. WRIGHT STATE—Named Bryan Davis men’s soccer coach.


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ADVICE | HELOISE Dear Heloise: I subscribe to The (Jacksonville) Florida TimesUnion. In a recent column, a writer asked what to put on truck seats to keep pet hair from sticking. I lay a BATHMAT RUNNER — the type with rubber backing — across the back seat. It doesn’t slip like a sheet or blanket, and is not slick like some seat covers, so it’s easy for my dog to move around on. And when I have people riding in the back seat, I can just lift it off and roll it up. — Jane V., Jacksonville, Fla. Rubber mats or rubber shelf lining has lots of good uses. Here is another use from Pat Rodgers of Pennsylvania. She says: “Like many pets, mine resists being put in his carrier for trips to the vet and groomer. This is complicated, because the carrier slips and slides on the tabletop (I can’t get down on the floor), so it was one hand on the carrier and the other on him. Yesterday, as I put the carrier on the countertop, I noticed one of those flat rubber grips for opening jars lying there, and I quickly found two more and put them under the feet of the carrier. No sliding! I have two hands to persuade him to get in, and it worked beautifully.” — Heloise PET PAL Dear Readers: The Elmore family of Kirksville, Mo., sent a photo of their cockalier, Annie Goolihy, sitting inside a suitcase that was being packed. Mrs. Elmore says: “I was packing for a trip (she knows what the suitcase means!), and as I left the room, I turned around and

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found her in the suitcase. I felt like she was telling me, ‘Don’t forget me!”’ To see Annie in the suitcase, visit www.Heloise.com. — Heloise CAT PILLS Dear Heloise: As you know, cats can be very hard to give any kind of pill to. My cat’s pill would not fit into a pill shooter. Then, my daughter-in-law told me about compounding. I checked with my vet, who now calls in the prescription to a compounding pharmacy. The pharmacy, in turn, creates a liquid form of the pill, and even gave me the option of a fish or chicken flavor. With the slim syringe, it is so much easier to give my cat this medicine. It’s definitely worth a call to your vet to see if this option is available. — Susan, Princeton, W.Va. TRAVEL BED Dear Heloise: I found that popup travel hampers are great for a pet travel bed. I put a cushion, blanket or towel inside, along with a favorite toy or two. When we get to where we are going, my little Chihuahua loves her bed and happily jumps right in. It’s also handy because it is collapsible, lightweight and stores easily. They come in different sizes, too, so if you have a mediumsize dog, you should still be able to find a hamper that works. — Mary, Laredo, Texas

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1Acre (51,706 SqFt) @$8.50/SqFt. B-3 Zone, negotiable 1606 Saldana. 744-3603 or 744-3605

HOMES FOR SALE 61 House for Sale by owner, 1509 Sarazen (Plantation) 3bd/2.5ba. 2,477 SqFt per WCAD. $275,500 www.buymyhouselaredo.com Please Call for an appt. 956-723-9705 House for Sale by owner, 1509 Sarazen (Plantation) 3bd/2.5ba. 2,477 SqFt per WCAD. $275,500 www.buymyhouselaredo.com Please Call for an appt. 956-723-9705

College Heights, corner lot, $24,500O.B.O 791-1010 or 324-3266

ACREAGE FOR SALE76 3.42 acres for sale. All or part. 1606 Saldana B-3 Zone $8.50 /SqFt negotiable Call 744-3605 or 744-3603

5 acre Commercial tract, frontage on Casa Verde Rd. $200,000 per acre. Contact (956)725-6641

LIVESTOCK & SUPPLIES 130

PETS & SUPPLIES 128

Five female white Pelibuey. healthy 150-160lbs., $120ea. due in about 35-40 days. Six other small ones, Call 763-2119

3 male Chihuahuas for sale, 2mo. old. $100ea. Call:(956)727-1703

Pleasure Saddles *NEW* 15, 16, & 17 inch fully tooled $275. 10am-8pm. (956)754-9424

Min pin puppies for sale. 6 wks M/F blk-tan $180 (956)337-9070

Registered 2 year old paint horse stallion for sale, Champion blood lines Sorrel Overo with blue eyes.Asking price $1,700 or will trade for a registered quarter horse mare. Call:645-1655 or 693-8669

Mini Schnauzers puppies for sale, first shots, tails clipped,$300ea. 237-0895

LIVESTOCK & SUPPLIES 130 Big “W” Wade roping saddles, 15, 16, 17 inch, never ridden $650 10am-8pm. (956)754-9424

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BY PHONE: (956) 728-2527 ARTICLES FOR SALE 136 8X10 Cedar storage shed; $1,500 negotiable. 3616 Niebla Dr. 235-0758 Baby items for sale, walker, car seat, etc. Starting at $25. Call:(956)251-1716 Classic Chevy pick up $4,000 negotiable. 956-235-0758 235-0758

Crib, white,wood, excellent condition, $225 obo. Call:(956) 206-8088

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HEAVY EQUIPMENT 192

SPURS playoff tickets sec. 104. plaza level, $210ea. Call:(956)740-0690; 242-8765

Good used trailer, heavy duty metal floor & sides, 6x16, $1,295 obo. Call:(956)206-6881

Whirlpool refrigeator 2 door w/ice maker & water dispenser & 32in. flatscreen Sony color T.V. w/stand $300ea. obo. Call:(956) 712-4456; 319-5615

Utility trailer, 4x6, $400 obo. (956)729-9665

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AUTOMOTIVE PARTS 194 4 Bridgestone Dueler A/T Tires, p265/65/R18 for sale $180.Call:235-1261 Chrome tool box, fits small pick up. $125 obo. Call:(956)744-0005

REST. EQUIPMENT FOR SALE, Gas Grill, Refrig, etc. $600 & under. Call Victor @ 220-3793

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Diesel engines Chevy 6.6 Ford 7.3 & Cummins 5.9 Remanufactured w/warranty will deliver, $2,950. 713-918-5811. Toyota Camry factory rims 16” excellent condition. $250. Call:(956) 722-7398; 337-5353

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196

Harley Davidson Cross Bones 2008, lots of extras, $16,000. Call:(956)744-6429

Harley Davidson Sportster ‘05, 12oo custom, black, w/ lots of chrome, 3k mi, has lots of Harley accessories, looks like new, $8,500 firm. Call:(956) 645-7390 serious inquiries only.

Honda CRF450X ‘06, trail bike, lots of accessories. Very low hours, $4,350. Call:(956)237-8923

TRUCKS FOR SALE198 Beautiful ‘04 VW Touareg, white, 6cyl, A/C, leather seat, blue title $14,200 obo call:(956)635-6344

TRUCKS FOR SALE198 Chevy Suburban ‘07, LT, dvd pkg., leather, excellent cond. priced to sell $20,900 call:(956)635-6344 Chevy Tahoe LT ‘01, blue title, lthr., sunroof, 3rd row seating, $5,500 obo. Call:(956)286-2501 Mazda Tribute ‘03, grey color $3,000 obo. Call:(956)251-4241

CARS FOR SALE

200

Chevrolet Camaro ‘97, convertible, $2,900. Call:(956)740-1482 Honda Civic ‘02, 4dr., auto a/c, air bags,low mi $4,200.Call(956)285-8474 I.D. # 62*15*11172 Hyundai Sonata ‘06, all pwr. a/c, v6, grey, 43k mi., $5,300 Call:(956)712-9707 Nissan Sentra ‘06, auto, a/c silver, 16k, $9,950 obo. Call:(956)285-4728


4B | THE ZAPATA TIMES

SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2009

Sports

Re-activated Mauer homers in 1st at-bat By DAVE CAMPBELL ASSOCIATED PRESS

MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Mauer jogged a lap around the bases at the end of his batting practice session, and grinning teammate Justin Morneau was there at third base to jokingly wave him home. It was good practice. Mauer hit a home run in his first at-bat Friday after coming off the disabled list.

Back at catcher and in the third spot in the lineup after missing the first 22 games to rehabilitate a pesky injury to his lower back, Mauer was as excited as his low-key, laidback personality would allow. “It feels good to be home. It’s been a long month rehabbing,” Mauer said before the Twins took on Kansas City. He heard a loud cheer when he jogged out to the bullpen a half-hour before first pitch. The ovation was

Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer waits his turn for batting practice before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Friday, in Minneapolis. He his a home run in his first at-bat after being reactivated.

even louder when he stepped into the batter’s box in the bottom of the first inning against Royals right-hander Sidney Ponson. It was louder still when Mauer hit a 2-0 pitch into the left-field seats on his first swing of the season. Mauer has a late start on defending his second batting title, but there’s plenty of time left this season to make an impact with that smooth left-handed swing in the middle of the order.

Photo by Jim Mone | AP

Chile rejects hosting Mexican clubs for Copa Lib By STEPHEN WADE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MEXICO CITY — Columbia and Chile turned down a proposal Friday to host two Mexican clubs’ Copa Libertadores matches, fearing the players might bring swine flu with them. Chivas and San Luis qualified for the round of 16 in the Copa Libertadores — the Latin American club championship — but South American soccer officials do not want to play any of the matches in Mexico, where the swine flu outbreak has hit the hardest. The problem is finding a country that will take the games. Colombian soccer officials agreed Thursday to host the two Mexican clubs’ home games in Bogota. But health officials rejected the proposal. “We love soccer, but as a government we have made a very responsible decision to put the public health of the people of Bogota as the first consideration,” said Hector Zambrano, Bogota health secretary. The Chile Football Federation said its government would not allow the Mexican clubs to play in the country. “This federation accepts and at the same time laments the decision because it does now allow us to show the solidarity spirit that the Chilean people have had in

SPURS Continued from Page 1A games in 10 consecutive seasons. But those achievements belied the injuries and shortcomings San Antonio couldn’t get around. Ginobili played just 44 games because of problems in both ankles, Duncan’s knees flared up down the stretch and the supporting cast was a no-show in the playoffs. This was most evident in San Antonio’s final two playoff losses, when Duncan and Parker combined to hit 50 of their team’s 70 field goals. Parker averaged 28.6 points in the playoffs and a career-best 22 points in the regular season. The 26-year-old quickly shot down the suggestion during the playoffs that the Spurs are now his team, calling himself and Ginobili “sidekicks” to Duncan even though he tied the Mavericks, 19-19, in the first quarter of San Antonio’s only win in the series. “I think we just have to make a couple changes,” said Parker, who will play for the French national team this summer. “I don’t think we’re done at all. I think with a healthy Manu Ginobili and a couple changes in our role players, we’ll be right back trying to get another one.” Rookie George Hill impressed defensively, and newcomer Roger Mason averaged nearly 12 points a game before fizzling in the playoffs. But the Spurs, the NBA’s oldest team, know they must add other young parts. Veteran starter Michael Finley, 36, said he hasn’t thought about his future with the Spurs. Bruce Bowen, the 37-year-old defensive specialist whose minutes were reduced at times this year, said it would be a “shock” to him if he didn’t return but added he understands the nature of the business.

We love soccer, but as a government we have made a very responsible decision to put the public health of the people of Bogota as the first consideration.” BOGOTA HEALTH SECRETARY HECTOR ZAMBRANO

so many chapters of its history,” the federation said in a release. San Luis is to face Nacional of Uruguay, and Chivas Guadalajara is up against Brazil club Sao Paulo in the home-and-away matches starting on Wednesday. The away legs are not a problem. The South American soccer federation — CONMEBOL — said Friday night it would put off any decision until after Wednesday’s away matches for the Mexican clubs in the home-and-away series. The developments came as Chivas defender Hector Reynoso apologized for coughing and making other gestures in an opponent’s face like he was trying to spread the swine flu. The Mexican defender coughed several times in the face of Everton’s Sebastian Penco during Chivas’ 1-1

draw with the Chile club, allowing Chivas to reach the final 16 in the Copa Libertadores. “I’ve cooled off now, but at the time I reacted and, perhaps, it wasn’t an appropriate thing that I was doing,” Reynoso said. “I offer my apology to the club and player. “I belong to a club that has lots of history and rules, and I know I am going to be punished.” The effort to contain the swine flu in Mexico has wiped out most of the country’s sports schedule. All 176 professional soccer games this weekend will be played in stadiums shuttered to fans — including nine first-division games. Dozens of events in Mexico from auto racing to golf to baseball have been canceled or postponed. Even events set for next month — or during the summer — are under threat.

LITTLE LEAGUE | Continued from Page 1B The league stresses good sportsmanship extends to parents in the stands, and how it affects these young children. “First of all parents need to understand that is only a

game where they’re learning the fundamentals of the game of baseball and softball,” Elizondo said. “If we start yelling at the games, practices, to other players, parents, or coaches, what

are we really teaching or children? So it’s very important to remember the three C’s: stay Cool, Chill and Cheer for your team. If you don’t have something nice to say, keep it to your self.”

CONTEST | Continued from Page 1B Mendoza hurdled her way into first place in the 300 meter hurdles and was also stellar in the middle distance with her second place medal in the 800-meter run. King, the defending district champion in the high jump, successfully defended her title in the new district. “It was great to watch them run, hurdle and jump at the district track meet,” said Alaniz. “They have been working hard all season long.” Alaniz also extended his gratitude to the entire track team and its parents.

“It takes a special person to endure the brutal Zapata heat,” he said. “I want to thank all the girls that came out to run the whole season. “They could been home but instead they decided to make a commitment to the track team. “I can not thank all the parents enough for all their support.” Alaniz sees a bright future for the track team that he expects will make a strong run for the district title. “The majority of the team is composed of underclassmen and next year we are going to be very competitive,” he said.

HALTS | Continued from Page 1B regional meet is unheard of.” The Hawks baseball team, which already clinched a playoff spot, will play its final district game against Rio Hondo on May 12. The teams will be allowed to practice, and they will remind the athletes to take extra precautions. “They are allowing the

teams to practice and are going though their daily routines at school,” Arce said. “We just remind them to wash their hands and cover their mouths when they cough.” The revised baseball playoff season is as follows: „ May 19: District certification. „ May 23: Bi-district play-

off deadline (one game or best of three). „ May 30: Area playoff deadline (one game only). „ June 2: Regional semifinal playoff deadline (one game only). „ June 6: Regional final playoff deadline (one game or best of three). „ June 10-13: State tournament.


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REAL ESTATE

LAREDO MORNING TIMES | 1B

LOTS FOR SALE

70

PETS & SUPPLIES

1Acre (51,706 SqFt) @$8.50/SqFt. B-3 Zone, negotiable 1606 Saldana. 744-3603 or 744-3605

HOMES FOR SALE 61 House for Sale by owner, 1509 Sarazen (Plantation) 3bd/2.5ba. 2,477 SqFt per WCAD. $275,500 www.buymyhouselaredo.com Please Call for an appt. 956-723-9705 House for Sale by owner, 1509 Sarazen (Plantation) 3bd/2.5ba. 2,477 SqFt per WCAD. $275,500 www.buymyhouselaredo.com Please Call for an appt. 956-723-9705

College Heights, corner lot, $24,500O.B.O 791-1010 or 324-3266

ACREAGE FOR SALE 76 3.42 acres for sale. All or part. 1606 Saldana B-3 Zone $8.50 /SqFt negotiable Call 744-3605 or 744-3603

5 acre Commercial tract, frontage on Casa Verde Rd. $200,000 per acre. Contact (956)725-6641

LIVESTOCK & SUP PLIES 130

PETS & SUPPLIES 128

Five female white Pelibuey. healthy 150-160lbs., $120ea. due in about 35-40 days. Six other small ones, Call 763-2119

3 male Chihuahuas for sale, 2mo. old. $100ea. Call:(956)727-1703

Pleasure Saddles *NEW* 15, 16, & 17 inch fully tooled $275. 10am-8pm. (956)754-9424

Min pin puppies for sale. 6 wks M/F blk-tan $180 (956)337-9070

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Mini Schnauzers puppies for sale, first shots, tails clipped,$300ea. 237-0895

LIVESTOCK & SUP PLIES 130 Big “W” Wade roping saddles, 15, 16, 17 inch, never ridden $650 10am-8pm. (956)754-9424

MISCELLANEOUS

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Crib, white,wood, excellent condition, $225 obo. Call:(956) 206-8088

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Good used trailer, heavy duty metal floor & sides, 6x16, $1,295 obo. Call:(956)206-6881

Whirlpool refrigeator 2 door w/ice maker & water dispenser & 32in. flatscreen Sony color T.V. w/stand $300ea. obo. Call:(956) 712-4456; 319-5615

Utility trailer, 4x6, $400 obo. (956)729-9665

TRANSPORTATION

$30 for 3 songs, by guitarist singer. Also hourly.(956)728-8481.

AUTOMOTIVE PARTS 194 4 Bridgestone Dueler A/T Tires, p265/65/R18 for sale $180.Call:235-1261 Chrome tool box, fits small pick up. $125 obo. Call:(956)744-0005

REST. EQUIPMENT FOR SALE, Gas Grill, Refrig, etc. $600 & under. Call Victor @ 220-3793

SERENATAS

HEAVY EQUIPMENT 192

HEAVY EQUIPMENT 192 Electric massage chair $300 obo. (956)729-9665

Diesel engines Chevy 6.6 Ford 7.3 & Cummins 5.9 Remanufactured w/warranty will deliver, $2,950. 713-918-5811. Toyota Camry factory rims 16” excellent condition. $250. Call:(956) 722-7398; 337-5353

MOTORCYCLES

196

Harley Davidson Cross Bones 2008, lots of extras, $16,000. Call:(956)744-6429

Harley Davidson Sportster ‘05, 12oo custom, black, w/ lots of chrome, 3k mi, has lots of Harley accessories, looks like new, $8,500 firm. Call:(956) 645-7390 serious inquiries only.

Honda CRF450X ‘06, trail bike, lots of accessories. Very low hours, $4,350. Call:(956)237-8923

TRUCKS FOR SALE 198 Beautiful ‘04 VW Touareg, white, 6cyl, A/C, leather seat, blue title $14,200 obo call:(956)635-6344

TRUCKS FOR SALE 198 Chevy Suburban ‘07, LT, dvd pkg., leather, excellent cond., priced to sell $20,900 call:(956)635-6344 Chevy Tahoe LT ‘01, blue title, lthr., sunroof, 3rd row seating, $5,500 obo. Call:(956)286-2501 Mazda Tribute ‘03, grey color, $3,000 obo. Call:(956)251-4241

CARS FOR SALE

200

Chevrolet Camaro ‘97, convertible, $2,900. Call:(956)740-1482 Honda Civic ‘02, 4dr., auto, a/c, air bags,low mi $4,200.Call(956)285-8474; I.D. # 62*15*11172 Hyundai Sonata ‘06, all pwr., a/c, v6, grey, 43k mi., $5,300. Call:(956)712-9707 Nissan Sentra ‘06, auto, a/c, silver, 16k, $9,950 obo. Call:(956)285-4728


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