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Judge is recused from cases By DENISE BLAZ THE ZAPATA TIMES

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Fishermen return after a day on a cold Falcon Lake to have their catches officially weighed for a FLW tournament last winter.

Warnings have not kept anglers, visitors away By LORRAINE L. RODRIGUEZ THE ZAPATA TIMES


apata officials are concerned over a Texas Department of Public Safety warning boaters of armed robberies and attempted armed robberies by pirates at Falcon Lake, but said the warning is only a precaution. “Local authorities never said it’s dangerous to fish in Falcon Lake as long as you stay in U.S. waters,” said Jose F. “Paco” Mendoza Jr., chief executive officer of the Zapata County Chamber of Commerce. “It’s only a pre-

Roads: 1 finished, 1 delayed FM 3169 now four lanes; U.S. 83 project pending Photo by Cuate Santos/file | The Zapata Times

Anglers fish the waters of Falcon Lake on a sunny, windy afternoon during the spring.

Olga V. Figueroa Zapata County Library officials are finally beginning planning a new facility and the newly appointed advisory board will be discussing specifics with a projects coordinator early next week. “It’s the very first meeting,” library director Aida

Garcia said. “It’s a good thing.” The meeting will be at the library on Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m. Members of the new library advisory board include Elma Martinez, Patricia Ramirez, Rosie Digler and Anita Medina, Ph.D. According to Garcia, a library advisory board was needed to represent the li-

brary in speaking to the Zapata County project coordinator Mario Gonzalez Davis. They will be discussing grants that may be available and specific building requirements. “We plan to ask Meadows Foundation for a grant,” Garcia said. “They help us every year.” She said there are plans to seek help form others, including the Guadalupe and Lilia


Martinez Foundation. Davis said funding is available through the USDA Rural Development agency for library improvements such as the ones needed by the Zapata County library. At Tuesday’s meeting, Davis will ask the library advisory board what the new building needs so he knows



Library sets sight on new facility THE ZAPATA TIMES

By LORRAINE L. RODRIGUEZ The Texas Department of Transportation widening project in San Ygnacio has officially been completed but the road upgrade from south of Tepozan County Road to south of Monterrey Lane scheduled to begin back in February has yet to start. Despite several delays due to bad weather and construction meetings, the project on FM 3169 in San Ygnacio has recently been striped. The road is already in use; once the construction signs and equipment is removed, the project will be formally complete, TxDOT officials said. The project called for the widening of the existing roadway from intersection of Highway 83 to two miles north of U.S. 83 on FM 3169 in San Ygnacio for safety reasons. TxDOT Project Manager Maritza Ramirez said Anderson Columbia Co. plans





caution.” Mendoza said members of the public have misinterpreted the message authorities conveyed as “stay away,” which could keep visitors from going to the lake, thus impacting the economy. Falcon Lake and the fishing tournaments it attracts are known as one of Zapata’s main sources of revenue. “The message is being misunderstood,” Mendoza said. “We want people to enjoy the lake.” The Zapata County Chamber of Commerce re-


A ruling made Wednesday has recused a judge from presiding over cases in Zapata where hundreds of South Texas families are claiming that they are owned money by the Texas State Comptroller. There is no specific respondent in the case. “We’ve been taken back to square one. … For five months, we have not been able to move these cases at all,” said Eileen McKenzie Fowler, an attorney who represents hundreds of people claiming to be the rightful heirs of Spanish land grants. Visiting state Judge Fred Shannon, who had presided over the land grant cases since December 2009, has been replaced by state District Judge David Peeples. The cases, which involve 13 suits, in-


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SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010





Texas A&M International University teams up with the March of Dimes for the ’March for Babies’ this morning. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk at 9 a.m. This year’s fundraising goal is $150,000. Teams can signup online by visiting Border Paintball 2 presents G.I. Joe v.s. Corba today to benefit the South Texas Food Bank. $20 per person with equipment, $30 per person with marker rental (quantities limited on rentals) $1.00 donation per spectator. You can register at Border Paintball 2, 2804 Santa Ursula Laredo, TX 78040 or you can call 796-0136. Registration will be $10 more on event day. Doors open at 8 a.m. and games start at 9 a.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 23 Zapata High School Class of 2011 hosts a Flag Football Tournament from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Hawk Stadium. There will be a $2 gate fee and $10 participation fee per player. For more information, contact Monica Vela at 765-0280.

TUESDAY, MAY 25 Veteran groups will mark Memorial Day at 10 a.m. today by previewing a historical marker designating the site of the Farias Military Museum as a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark. The preview will take place at 413 San Bernardo Ave. For more information, contact Margarita Araiza at 727-0977.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26 Texas Department of Transportation Transit Advisory Panel will hold a meeting to identify public transportation needs for the FY 2011 Section 5310 program. This program provides assistance in meeting the transportation needs of elderly and disabled persons. Any individual or agency interested inbeing considered to receive transportation services under the program is encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the McAllen Convention Center Meeting Room on 700 Convention Center Boulevard. For more information, contact Gracie Cantu at 702-6147.

FRIDAY, MAY 28 The American Indian Council of Laredo will hold its 17th annual PowWow from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at the Laredo Civic Center Ballroom, 2400 San Bernardo Ave. The event will include arts and crafts, dancers and drummers. Admission is free. For more information, call Xavier Delapass at (210) 461-4796 or Robert Barrera at (956) 235-0848. Zapata Masonic Lodge #1402 will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge today.

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Oil is seen on an island near the South Pass of the Mississippi River on the coast of Louisiana, on Friday.


GRAND ISLE, La. — Thick, sticky oil crept deeper into delicate marshes of the Mississippi Delta, an arrival dreaded for a month since the crude started spewing into the Gulf, as anger and frustration mounted over efforts to plug the gusher from a blownout well and contain the spill. Up to now, only tar balls and a sheen of oil had come ashore. But brown and vivid orange globs and sheets of foul-smelling oil the consistency of latex paint have begun coating the reeds and grasses of Louisiana’s wetlands, home to rare birds, mammals and a rich variety of marine life. A deep, stagnant ooze sat in the middle of a particularly devastated marsh off the Louisiana coast where Emily Guidry Schatzel of the National Wildlife Federation was exam-

Toyota recalls 3,800 Lexus cars for steering fix

Stocks climb a day after biggest drop in a year

NYC theater charges $20 to see ’Shrek’ on IMAX

NEW YORK — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling about 3,800 Lexus LS sedans to fix a problem with the steering system. The company says the recall affects late 2009 and certain 2010 LS 460 and LS 600h sedans. The recall fixes a problem that could cause the steering wheel to become off-center during a specific driving maneuver.

NEW YORK — Stocks turned higher a day after posting their biggest drops in more than a year. The Dow Jones industrial average rose about 115 points in midday trading after falling below 10,000 in morning trading. The volatility comes after major indexes entered “correction” mode.

NEW YORK — At least one Manhattan movie theater is charging $20 for an adult ticket to IMAX showings of “Shrek Forever After.” Friday, three of those theaters had ticket prices from $17 to $19. The AMC Loews Lincoln Square in Manhattan was selling Shrek IMAX tickets for $20. -- Compiled from AP reports


FRIDAY, JUNE 4 Registration will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. for The Zapata County Chamber of Commerce’s API Border Chapter Bass Tournament & BBQ Cook-off. At least one team member must be present at registration. The team entry fee is $200/$100 each. Fisherman Auction will start at 8 p.m. Payback is 80 percent. For more information, please call 765-4339.

SATURDAY, JUNE 5 The Zapata County Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual API Border Chapter Bass Tournament & BBQ Cook-off today and Sunday, June 6 at Falcon Lake. Take off is set at 7 a.m. with weigh-ins at 3 p.m. Food will be served at 6 p.m. For more information, please call 765-4339.

SUNDAY, JUNE 6 Today concludes the API Border Chapter Bass Tournament & BBQ Cook-off. Take off is still set at 7 a.m. with weigh-in moved up to 1 p.m. Awards will be distributed for the tournament and auction after weigh-in.

MONDAY, JUNE 7 VFW #7768 will host a general meeting today at 7 p.m. at the post home, located on highway 16 and 16th St.

THURSDAY, JUNE 17 AARP chapter #1308 joins today at 12:30 p.m. for a pot luck lunch, followed by a meeting at 1 p.m. at 2008 Sunset Drive. To submit an item for the calendar, send the name of the event, the date, time, location and contact phone number to

ining stained reeds. “This is just heartbreaking,” she said with a sigh. “I can’t believe it.” Friday, officials in the island resort community of Grand Isle, south of New Orleans, announced they were closing the public beach because thick globs of oil that looked like melted chocolate were washing up. Ralph Morgenweck of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said countless animals could be feeling the effects of the spill, though workers have found only a handful injured. The BP executive in charge of fighting the spill, Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles, said he understands the public frustration. He told the CBS “Early Show” on Friday that in the worst case scenario, the gusher could continue until early August, when a new well being drilled to cap the flow permanently could be finished.

State board delays new science book orders AUSTIN — A State Board of Education committee has recommended indefinite postponement of new science book orders for Texas classrooms. They’re preparing for a state budget crunch projected to be as much as $18 billion. However, the board has adopted new science curriculum standards, so they agreed to ask publishers to make bids on “supplemental materials” that will include the new standards.

Board adopts new school curriculum AUSTIN — The State Board of Education has adopted new social studies and history guidelines for primary school classrooms. The board voted Friday 9-5 on the kindergarten-through-eighth grade standards. The board had voted to approve the changes to high school curriculum.

Educators suspended amid TAKS probe HOUSTON — Seven educators at a Houston-area elementary school have been suspended amid allegations that answers were changed on high-stakes standardized tests. The principal, assistant principal and five teachers at Normandy Crossing Elementary School are suspended with pay while the district investigates. An investigation found teachers had access to answer sheets

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Today is Saturday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2010. There are 223 days left in the year. Highlight in History: On May 22, 1960, an earthquake of magnitude 9.5, the strongest on record, struck southern Chile. According to the U.S. Geological Survey website, the quake claimed approximately 1,655 lives, injured 3,000 people, left 2 million homeless and caused $550 million worth of damage. On this date: In 1860, the United States and Japan exchanged ratifications of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce during a ceremony in Washington. In 1885, French author Victor Hugo died in Paris at age 83. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appeared before Congress to explain his decision to veto a bill that would have allowed World War I veterans to cash in bonus certificates before 1945 due date. In 1939, the foreign ministers of Germany and Italy, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Galeazzo Ciano, signed a “Pact of Steel” committing the countries to a military alliance. In 1947, the Truman Doctrine was enacted as Congress approved and economic aid for Greece and Turkey. In 1968, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, sank in the Atlantic Ocean. (The remains of the sub were later found on the ocean floor 400 miles southwest of the Azores.) In 1969, the lunar module of Apollo 10, with Thomas P. Stafford and Eugene Cernan aboard, flew to within nine miles of the moon’s surface in a dress rehearsal for the first lunar landing. In 1972, President Richard Nixon began a visit to the Soviet Union, during which he and Kremlin leaders signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. Ceylon became the republic of Sri Lanka. In 1985, U.S. sailor Michael L. Walker was arrested aboard the aircraft carrier Nimitz, two days after his father, John A. Walker Jr., was apprehended; both were later convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. (Michael Walker served 15 years in prison and was released in 2000.) In 1990, after years of conflict, pro-Western North Yemen and pro-Soviet South Yemen merged to form a single nation, the Republic of Yemen. Boxer Rocky Graziano died in New York at age 71. Ten years ago: The Supreme Court struck down, 5-4, a federal law that shielded children from sex-oriented cable TV channels Today’s Birthdays: Movie reviewer Judith Crist is 88. Singer Charles Aznavour is 86. Actor Michael Constantine is 83. Conductor Peter Nero is 76. Actor-director Richard Benjamin is 72. Actor Frank Converse is 72. Actor Michael Sarrazin is 70. Former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw is 70. Actress Barbara Parkins is 68. Songwriter Bernie Taupin is 60. Actor-producer Al Corley is 54. Singer Morrissey is 51. Actress Ann Cusack is 49. Country musician Dana Williams (Diamond Rio) is 49. Thought for Today: “Tact is, after all, a kind of mind-reading.” — Sarah Orne Jewett, American author (1849-1909).

About 1,500 Bellaire High School students participated in a balloon launch ceremony in memory of Bellaire basketball player Tobi Oyedeji, on Friday. Oyedeji, a Texas A&M basketball recruit, was killed in a three-car accident Sunday morning. and possibly exam questions the day before the test.

Gasoline price falls for second week IRVING — Retail gasoline prices fell across Texas for a second week in a row this week. The weekly AAA Texas gasoline price survey released Thursday shows the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular fell 5 cents this week to $2.74. Nationally, the average price fell 5 cents to $2.84 per gallon

Metal detectors go live at Capitol AUSTIN — Metal detectors are up and running at all four public entrances to the Texas Capitol. The detectors and packagescreening X-ray machines that

will be installed soon are part of a security upgrade designed to prevent a terrorist attack. The measures were approved last month. Lawmakers and staff won’t have to go through the detectors if they have access badges.

Sister: Convicted tot-killer was passive child CONROE — The sister of a man convicted of killing a 13month-old toddler told jurors her brother was a passive child. Theresa Shea testified Friday for the defense in Blaine Milam’s trial in Conroe. The penalty phase of the Montgomery County trial resumes Monday. Jurors must decide whether Milam gets the death penalty or life imprisonment without parole. -- Compiled from AP reports

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SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010



Man arrested after high-speed chase By CÉSAR G. RODRIGUEZ THE ZAPATA TIMES

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TAMIU SIFE: Sitting from left to right are Robert Evans, Elena Solano, Heidi Arias, Kesia Rodríguez, Yuri Robles, Linda Mercado, Holly Herrera, Juan García Jr. Standing from left to right are Baldemar López, Edwin Martínez, Dimas Chacón, Diego García, Nelson Figueroa, Miguel Chávez, Luís Rodríguez, René Rodríguez, Ivan Molina and Juan Maldonado. Not pictured: Dr. Andres Rivas.

TAMIU club wins second in national competition SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Texas A&M International University’s Students in Free Enterprise has won second place at a recent SIFE National Exposition in Minneapolis, Minn., where more than 160 teams gathered to compete. SIFE TAMIU showcased seven projects the student organization focused on during the 2009-10 academic year and received second place for its “I-Transgreen” project in the “Sam’s Environmental Challenge” special topic competition, sponsored by Sam’s Club – Laredo. The team first won at the South Texas Region level, earning a prize of $1,000 and moving to the second round as a Top Five Finalist to compete for the

national award. The group won a trophy and a $4,000 cash prize. In the project, SIFE TAMIU helped El Mesón de San Agustín Restaurant and Alicia Ruíz Elementary School to become more environmentally friendly and adopt cost-saving measures. As a result, El Mesón was able to derive a cost savings of more than $500 a month. Families participating in the Alicia Ruíz Elementary School project saved $25 per month in their homes’ electricity bills. “We are very excited about this competition,” said Miguel Chávez, TAMIU SIFE treasurer, “It’s definitely something that we are proud of and it will help us motivate our new

members next year.” The student organization was also named one of the top 20 finalists in the “Business Ethics Competition,” for its project titled, “Understanding Disability Success,” sponsored by Sealed Air Corp., for presentations the organization made to local businesses on the contributions that people with disabilities can make to the workforce. Chávez said that SIFE will utilize its competition award to fund communityoriented, volunteer projects this year. The SIFE TAMIU team is comprised of students from all disciplines who take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations.

A man led deputies in a high-speed chase through Zapata after a failed traffic stop last week, according Zapata County Sheriff ’s Department officials. Deputies arrested Luis Enrique Garza Cisneros, 28, on charges of evading arrest detention with vehicle, evading arrest, resisting arrest and reckless driving. After booking, he was transported to Zapata Regional Jail and held in lieu of a $40,000 bond. A deputy initiated a traffic stop at about 11:23 p.m. May 14 on a white pickup at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and U.S.

83. Sgt. Mario Elizondo said the deputy asked the driver, idenGARZA tified by the CISNEROS sheriff ’s department as Garza Cisneros, to step out of the truck several times. The man did not comply. The man suddenly shifted gears and sped off, according to Elizondo. “He drove away from the traffic stop initiating a chase,” Elizondo added, noting the alleged offender drove into the streets of the neighborhoods off U.S. 83. Elizondo said the man disregarded several stop

signs and lost control of his vehicle, almost colliding with a couple of vehicles on the road. He added the deputy witnessed the vehicle moving at up to 100 mph. Garza Cisneros stopped at the intersection of U.S. 83 and 23rd Avenue. He left the vehicle and ran toward a residence in the 2300 block of Iturbide Street, which deputies said was his home. “He was hiding in the attic inside the residence,” Elizondo said. “The subject was uncooperative but deputies were able to subdue the subject and arrest him.” (César G. Rodriguez may be reached at 7282568 or

RELAY FOR LIFE RECOGNITION Zapata Relay for Life Chair Bobbie Meza, left, shakes hands with Renato Ramirez, honorary chairman of this year’s Relay for Life, after presenting him with an award. The fundraising and awareness event is an American Cancer Society event that honors cancer survivors.

THE BLOTTER ASSAULT A 44-year-old woman reported at 9:45 p.m. May 14 in the 1500 block of Jackson Street a known woman threatened and assaulted her.

DUI Maria del Rosario Jaime, 21, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence at about 5:45 p.m. May 15 in the Medina Addition. Also arrested was Jose Gerardo Valadez, 30, on charges of public intoxication. Valadez and del Rosario Jaime were booked and transported to the Zapata County Jail. Later, they were released to appear before court. During the incident, deputies also cited Samantha Morris, 20, as a minor in possession Carmen Ramirez - Rathmell, D.D.S.

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THEFT A 48-year-old man reported at 9 a.m. on May 14 in the Zapata County Sheriff’s Office cows were missing and possibly stolen.

BURGLARY An 83-year-old man reported at 5 p.m. May 14 in the 100 Chapote Street someone burglarized his

house and stole several items, including assorted jewelry and tools with an approximate value of $3,400. A 64-year-old man reported a burglarized mobile home at 6:15 p.m. May 14 in the 100 block of Texas Street at the Road Runner RV Park. Deputies responded to a burglary call at 9 p.m. May 15 in the 100 block of Mesquite at the Lakefront Lodge. An 87-year-old man stated his residence was burglarized and several items were stolen.

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SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010




Zapata taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for county’s battle over land issue To the editor: Fellow Zapata taxpayers, our tax money is being spent on a boondoggle: a boat ramp at the dead end of Lincoln Avenue in Precinct 2, San Ygnacio. Someone gave our Commissioners Court false and misleading information that my Lot 18, Block 5, was encroaching on the right-of-way of Lincoln Avenue. The elected official of San Ygnacio wants to build a boat ramp there and talked the commissioners into investigating my supposed invasion (their word) of county land. Already, $4,369 of our tax money has been spent to prove that my Lot 18, Block 5, is invading the county’s right-of-way; specifically, a block fence that was there when I bought the property. In December, my elected representative requested from the court approval of a survey of Lincoln Avenue at a cost of $3,380. It was approved. Then there are the legal expenses of an outside legal firm paid by Zapata taxpayers for a total of $4,369. I could not understand why the survey showed 7 feet 4 inches encroachment into my lot. I noticed that the survey did not use the reference point mentioned in the deed to begin the survey; instead, it used one approximately 1 mile south of San Ygnacio. The fact that the latest accurate satellite survey techniques were used, I could not convince the court that this could and did throw the accuracy off. After studying and studying the survey, I could not find how to prove my point: but it was right in front and so easy. Fellow Zapata taxpayers, it is the survey right-of-way that encroaches on my lot. All of this expense to build a boat ramp (very impractical)

that will compete with the ones in San Ygnacio, which already has five ramps open to the public. The dead end is only 33 feet wide: there’s no room for a pick-up pulling a boat trailer to make a Uturn; no parking area; there’s a steep hill to climb out; and two very deep, deep sink holes ($$$). Very impractical. I invite you to come see for yourselves. Fellow Zapata taxpayers, we have been taken to the cleaners. Please call your own Commissioner and insist that no more of our tax money be allocated for this boondoggle. There was no consideration given for the emotional distress of the elderly retired couple living there. The irony is that it is the county invading another property of mine without due compensation and my contesting this. My solution will not cost tax money. It is to trade my land that the county needs for the dead end of Lincoln Avenue. Lawyers do not like this; but a precedent already exists and the fact that my land is going to be used for a drain line from the paving project (almost finished), it can be considered an emergency act. I would like to settle this issue peacefully at no extra expense to us taxpayers. Otherwise, I am asking $12,500 for my land; it will be coming out of our tax money. We paid this amount for each of two lots that the county bought nearby. Remember, our tax base (motel and hotel occupancy tax) likely will be reduced due to the pirates operating on Falcon Lake. We cannot afford to waste our tax money on boondoggles. Please help. Signed, Joel Ruiz San Ygnacio taxpayer


Snake in AC hardly a prank By JOHN KELSO COX NEWSPAPERS

AUSTIN — Patty Everett was driving her Buick SUV in late afternoon rush hour traffic last week when she noticed something moving to her right, by the AC vent. “I’m driving with my grandbaby in the back seat in his little car carrier,” Patty said. “My brother is in the passenger seat. I’m looking forward, and in my right eye, I saw something move. And I quickly looked over, and there’s a snake head popped out of my AC vent.” This couldn’t be real. “I thought my brother had started a joke. I thought it was a rubber snake, and my brother was just waiting for me to react.” The snake kept coming out, slowly, then stopped and looked around. “I’m thinking about 3 1/2, 4 inches of his body was hanging out of my vent,” Patty said. “I started screaming, ‘There’s a snake in the car.’” She was glad her brother Darryl Cruise, a musician, was along for the ride. He told Sis she should pull over. So Patty pulls over. “We couldn’t get out of our seat belts fast enough,” Patty recalled. “I grabbed the baby, and I still see the snake coming out of my vent, looking around.” Now she’s out on the street, and other drivers are watching her, wondering what the big problem

is. “I didn’t realize I had lost a shoe. And I’m running around with the baby, one shoe, panicky. People are looking, wondering what is going on.” Patty remembered there was a veterinarian clinic nearby, so she sent brother Darryl to get help. “He came in all huffing and puffing and said he had an emergency,” said Dr. Matt Scroggs of the Capital Veterinary Clinic. At first, he thought it might be a dog hit by a car. Wrong. “They said it was a copperhead stuck his head out of the AC vent, so I grabbed some dressing forceps and went out there to the car,” Scroggs said. By now, the snake had retreated back into the AC vent. Scroggs turned up the car’s air conditioning, to slow down the snake by chilling it. Then he grabbed the snake with the forceps, bagged it up and took it away. The snake has now gone to that great slither in the sky. At first, Scroggs thought it was a rattlesnake, but after further investigation, he figures it was a bull snake. Austin AmericanStatesman outdoor writer Mike Leggett checked out a photo and puts his money on rat snake. Regardless of type, it got Patty’s attention. She said it was an 18-inch snake, but it seemed longer while she watched Scroggs pulling it out of the vent.


The story of an angry voter Let’s imagine a character named Ben. A couple of decades ago, Ben went to high school. It wasn’t easy. His parents were splitting up. His friends would cut class to smoke weed. His sister got pregnant. But Ben worked hard and graduated with decent grades and then studied at East Stroudsburg University and the University of Phoenix.

Hard work That wasn’t easy either. Ben would like to have majored in history, but he needed a skill so he studied hotel management. Others spent their college years partying, but Ben worked hard. After graduation, he got a job with a hotel chain. A few years later, he got a different job and then a different one. He didn’t have lifetime security or a fabulous salary, but Ben worked. He filled in for the night manager, hired staff and cleaned up the breakfast area when that needed doing. In other words, in school, he labored when others didn’t. At work, he sacrificed when others didn’t. He bought a house he could afford when others didn’t. This wasn’t a robotic suburban life. It was a satisfying, moral way of living. Ben lived according to an ethos of what you might call “earned success.” Arthur Brooks has a good description of this ethos in his new book “The Battle.” As Brooks


(no relation) observes, the key to happiness is not being rich; it’s doing something arduous and creating something of value and then being able to reflect on the fruits of your labor. For Ben, right and wrong is contained in the relationship between effort and reward. If people do not work but get rewarded, that’s wrong. If people work and do not get rewarded, that’s wrong. But Ben believed that America is fundamentally a just society. He loved his country because people who work hard can usually overcome whatever unfairness is thrust in their way.

Spoils system But when Ben looked at Washington, he saw a political system that undermined the relationship between effort and reward. People in Washington spent money they didn’t have. They just borrowed it from the Chinese. People in Washington taxed those with responsible homes to bail out people who’d bought homes they couldn’t afford. People in Congress were caught up in a spoils system in which money was taken from those who worked and given to those with connections. Money

was taken from those who produced and used to bail out the reckless, who were supposedly too big to fail. This was an affront to the core values of Ben’s life.

No more rewards Once there was a group in the political center that would have understood Ben’s outrage. Moderates like Abraham Lincoln believed in the free labor ideology. Their entire governing system was built around encouraging labor and rewarding labor. But these days, the political center is a feckless shell. It has no governing philosophy. Its paragons are either nakedly opportunistic, like Arlen Specter, or caught in some wishy-washy middle, like Blanche Lincoln. The right and left have organized, but the center hasn’t bothered to. The right and left have media outlets and think tanks, but the centrists are content to complain about polarization and go home. By their genteel passivity, moderates have ceded power to the extremes. So when Ben looked around for leaders who might understand his outrage, he only found them among the ideological hard-liners. In Arkansas he saw a MoveOn candidate, Bill Halter, crusading against the bailouts and the spoils culture. On the right, he saw the Tea Party candidate Rand Paul crusading against

runaway spending and debt. Ben wasn’t naturally an extremist sort of guy. He didn’t live his life for politics or go in for the overthe-top stuff he heard on talk radio. But he did have some sense that the American work ethic was being threatened by debt and decadence. It was going to take spit and vinegar to turn things around. So he voted for one of the outsiders. This is not time for a tinkerer, he figured. It’s time for a demolition man. In a few years’ time, Ben is going to be disappointed again. He’s going to find that the outsiders he sent to Washington just screamed at each other at ever higher decibels. He’s going to find that he and voters like him unwittingly created a political culture in which compromise is impermissible, in which institutions are decimated by lone-wolf narcissists who have no interest in or talent for crafting legislation. Nothing will get done.

Another solution In a few years’ time, Ben is going to look for something else. It will be interesting to see if, by that time, any moderates have had the foresight and energy to revive and define the free labor tradition — a tradition that uses government to encourage work, to reward work, and to uphold the values at the core of Ben’s life.

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One of the globe’s hottest acts will be making its way back to Laredo in the fall. Shakira, arguably the biggest female superstar in the Latin music world, will perform at Laredo Energy Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 6. According to a news release from Live Nation, the concert’s promoter, Shakira has received more than 214 global award nominations and has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Known for her sexy, hip-shaking shows, Shakira has only toured the United States twice, back in 20022003 and 2006. The 2006 tour, promoting her album “Oral Fixation,” grossed more than $100 million, according to the release. That’s proof she has been on top of Latin music for almost the entire decade. Recently, her song “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa),” was selected as the official anthem of the 2010 World Cup, which begins on June 11. The Grammy-award-winning singer and songwriter has been pounding out hit after hit, most recently with her latest album “She Wolf,” released last November. “She Wolf ” follows the 2005 Platinum-certified “Oral Fixation Vol. 2,” which spawned the hit single “Hips Don’t Lie.” That track reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, was No. 1 in 55 countries and became the most played song in U.S. pop radio history. “She Wolf ” continues to grow in popularity with singles such as “Gypsy,” “She Wolf ” and “Give It Up To Me,” a track that features rapper Lil’ Wayne. It’s not the first time the Colombian of Lebanese decent mesmerizes a Laredo audience. In February 2003, Shakira tickets sold out almost immediately. Arena officials were so thrilled with ticket sales, they added a second date. Shakira sold out the arena on back-to-back weekdays. That has been the only act to score that achievement. Tickets for the Shakira show go on sale on Friday, June 4, at 10 a.m. by calling (800) 7453000 and through (Emilio Rábago III may be reached at 7282564 or e-mail Photo by Marc Baptiste | Special to the Times

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The Laredo Harley-Davidson store recently announced the Winners of the first annual Miss Laredo Harley-Davidson Model Search and Swimsuit Contest. Pictured, from left, are 1st Place winner Melissa Rodriguez, Miss Laredo Harley-Davidson Aurora Santos and 2nd Place winner Megan Perez.

Daddy Yankee will return in Fall Recording artist Daddy Yankee was in Laredo last Thursday to sign autographs, take photographs and promote his newest album, “Mundial.” Hundreds of people lined up in a maze-like fashion, all waiting to see the popular singer. Mayna Nevarez, his publicist, told ¿Qué Pasa? that Daddy Yankee will definitely return to Laredo in the fall. He will embark on a tour as well, and Nevarez said he will be returning for a concert. We’ll keep you posted.

By now, you must’ve heard of the “Jagermeister Music Tour,” which will feature Korn, 2 Cents and Powderburn at the Laredo Energy Arena on Tuesday, June 1. Rapper Pitbull returns to the Laredo Energy Arena on Saturday, June 5. The Casablanca Convention Center hosts Roger Creager on July 30. And, as previously reported in ¿Qué Pasa?, Three Dog Night will be at the Laredo Energy Arena on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

Harley-Davidson names winners

The Laredo Harley-Davidson store recently held a model search to name a Miss Laredo Harley-Davidson. Winners of the Model More concerts are on Search and Swimsuit Conthe way for the Gateway test were: Aurora Santos — Miss City. According to Pollstar- Laredo Harley-Davidson Melissa Rodriguez — .com, Country artist Max Stalling will be at Lone- 1st place Megan Perez — 2nd star Bar and Dancehall on place Saturday, May 29. — Emilio Rábago III

More concerts on the way



SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010


Ramirez celebrates her 15th in fine style Rosa Isabel Ramirez, daughter of Luis and Rosa Alicia F. Ramirez, celebrated her quinceañera April 17, 2010. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raul Ramirez and Mrs. Amalia G. Flores and the late Mr. Maurilio Flores. Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Zapata by Bishop Daniel E. Flores from the Diocese of Brownsville.

Music was provided by Mariachi “Los Arrieros” from Laredo. Her sister Alicia Lourdes Ramirez was madrina de cojin and libro/rosario. Cousins Roberto Ramirez, Alexa Gonzalez and Alexandra Irwin were padrinos de oraciones. A reception followed at Zapata Community Center. Ramirez wore a stunning fuchsia taffeta strapless ball gown with

beaded neckline embedded with Swarovski crystals, which complimented the gathered beading at the side hip. The gown had a matching bolero jacket. She was escorted by her cousin Cesar Tamez Jr. He wore a white tuxedo with fuchsia vest and tie. She was accompanied by 14 damas and 14 chamberlains. Each dama wore a white taffeta strap-



iven that “Shrek Forever After” is the first film in the franchise in 3-D, it’s surprisingly flat — and we’re not just talking about the look of it. This fourth and allegedly final installment in the series is lifeless, joyless and woefully devoid of the upbeat energy that distinguished the earlier movies — well, at least the first two. If “Shrek the Third” from 2007 felt tired, “Shrek Forever After” is practically narcoleptic. Brief bursts of manic energy give way to long, heavy stretches that drag. Most of the hackneyed pop culture references of its predecessors are gone, mercifully, but so is the fun. This time, the big, bad ogre is having a mid-life crisis — not exactly a hoot for the kids in the audience, and their parents can suffer through that at home for free. As for the animation, presenting it in 3-D doesn’t add a whole lot. This is not a deeply immersive experience; more often, it consists of stuff being flung at you in gimmicky fashion. And the frustrating part is, the “Shrek” movies didn’t need an added dimension: They already had an impressive visual scheme all their own. The texture of the surroundings that made the franchise stand out among a slew of animated fare — the tactile nature of the grass and trees, the water, Donkey’s fur — gets obliterated when rendered in 3-D. As directed by Mike Mitchell (“Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” “Sky High”) from a script by Josh Klausner and Darren Lemke, “Shrek Forever After” finds the lovable green dude (voiced as always by Mike Myers) increasingly disenchanted with his subdued, familyman existence. The triplets he had with wife Fiona

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Now the King of Far Far Away, Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn) lays down the law of the land for Shrek (Mike Myers) in “Shrek Forever After.”

REVIEW (Cameron Diaz) are a year old now, and he realizes that each new day is the same as the last (in a sequence straight out of “Groundhog Day”). After being repeatedly tormented at his kids’ birthday party to “do the roar” that made him famous — one of a handful of jokes that are funny the first couple times but get beaten into the ground — Shrek loses it. He misses the simple pleasures of being a fearsome ogre: terrorizing villagers, wallowing in the mud, etc. He throws a tantrum. Blinded by his frustration, he enters an ill-advised contract with the obviously evil Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn) to revisit his old life for one day. But this sends him to an alternate universe where the land of Far, Far Away, as he knew it, no longer exists. Fiona isn’t his wife but rather a warrior princess leading a rebellion; his best friend, Donkey (Eddie Murphy), is still perky and sassy but doesn’t know him. So Shrek must befriend Donkey and woo Fio-

na to make everything right again: basically, repeat all the steps he went through in part one, which only reinforces the lack of originality now that we’ve reached part four. An attempt an injecting some novelty with the Rumpelstiltskin character also falls flat: He’s tiny but hugely obnoxious. It’s one thing to have an over-the-top villain if he’s a compelling, well-developed figure. This guy is just off-putting. The only thing that changes about him are the wigs he wears for various occasions. Thankfully, Antonio Banderas returns to voice the swashbuckling Puss in Boots — only in Shrek’s weird new world, the kitty has gotten so lazy and overfed as Fiona’s pampered pet, he can’t even buckle his own belt. Still, Puss remains the most consistent source of comedy in the “Shrek” series. Here’s hoping that when the character gets his own movie spin-off, he’ll be able to stand on his own two paws. (“Shrek Forever After” is currently playing in Laredo theaters Cinemark at Mall del Norte and Hollywood Theaters near the arena.)

less opera-length dress accentuated with a fuchsia sachet and a capette. Their escorts wore black tuxedos with fuchsia vest/tie. A toast was made by padrinos de brindis (baptism padrinos, too) Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rathmell. The cake was beautifully decorated by Mrs. Elena Holloway with fuchsia roses and a numeral 15 covered with Swarovski crystals.



Agenda en Breve SÁBADO 22 DE MAYO LAREDO — Pase la tarde en el Planetario Lamar Bruni Vergara de TAMIU y explore “The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather” a las 5 p.m., “Attack of the Space Pirates” a las 6 p.m., y Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” a las 7 p.m. Entrada general es de 5 dólares. SAN ANTONIO — El Ballet de Monterrey, dirigido por Luis Serrano, presenta “New Directions for a New Century” hoy a las 7 p.m. en el Auditorio Municipal (100 Auditorium Circle). La entrada es gratuita pero se requiere presentar boleto. Los boletos estarán disponibles en la taquilla del Alamodome.

DOMINGO 23 DE MAYO LAREDO — TAMIU será anfitrión del Recital de Danza Juvenil 2010 en el Teatro del Center for the Fine and Performing Arts a las 3 p.m. Se presentarán estudiantes del Programa de Danza Juvenil y del Ballet Folclórico. El evento es gratuito y abierto al público en general.

JUEVES 27 DE MAYO LAREDO — El Laredo Center for the Arts presenta hoy al guitarrista mexicano Francisco Bibriesca a las 7 p.m. El precio de los boletos para el evento es de 10 dólares en la pre-venta y de 12 dólares en la entrada.



Lanzan advertencia sobre Lago Falcón Comerciantes de Zapata dicen eventos siguen en puerta POR DENISE BLAZ Y LORRAINE RODRÍGUEZ TIEMPO DE ZAPATA

Aunque autoridades están advirtiendo a usuarios del Lago (Presa) Falcón que eviten introducirse a aguas mexicanas después de al menos tres reportes de incidentes de navegantes siendo amenazados y asaltados por hombres armados, que se cree son integrantes de organizaciones traficantes de drogas, la Cámara de Comercio de Zapata y negocios circunvecinos no han reportado ninguna cancelación en reservaciones de hotel ó en inscripciones a torneos. Desde el 30 de abril, ha habido al menos tres incidentes documentados involucrando a navegantes americanos siendo confrontados por hombres portando AK-47s y AR-15s en el área, de acuerdo a un comunicado de prensa dado a conocer por el Departamento de Seguridad Pública de Texas el 18 de mayo. Pero la Cámara de Comercio de Zapata reafirmó que hay programados cinco torneos de pesca tanto en en este mismo mes, como en junio y julio. Los torneos incluyen el Rebel Bass Club Tournament, American Bass Anglers Tournament, API Bass Tournament y BBQ Cook-Off, South Texas Five Tournaments, y el 2nd Annual Fish for Life Extravaganza patrocinado por el March of Dimes. De acuerdo a la Coordinadora

de Membresías de la Cámara de Comercio del Condado de Zapata Celia Balderas, Falcon Lake es muy popular. Los navegantes llegan desde el jueves y pescando todo el fin de semana algunas veces patrocinando torneos privados de pesca. Aunque los navegantes han sido advertidos de asaltos a mano armada y fueron conminados a tomar precauciones, Según el reporte de DPS “los asaltantes se cree que eran miembros de organizaciones de tráfico de drogas ó integrantes de un grupo relacionado a una organización de tráfico de drogas quienes están… utilizando AK-47s ó rifles AR-15 para amenazar a sus víctimas”. “Si tiene un bote en el agua sea cauteloso”, dijo Sigifredo Gonzalez, alguacil del Condado de Zapata. “Estamos coordinándonos con guías de pesca locales para espacir la palabra… estamos tomando precauciones”. El aviso también advierte a los residentes a mantenerse alejados de los barcos que “tienen una proa grande, un pequeño motor fuera de la borda sin cubierta y sin números de identificación en el casco”, como los utilizados por los pescadores mexicanos. Las autoridades están recomendando que los navegantes tengan un plan con familiares, detallando la fecha y lugar de partida, junto con la direc-

Los torneos tienen reglas y están poniendo a México fuera de los límites. ción prevista de los viajes, y el barco y el número de licencia del vehículo. “Autoridades locales nunca dijeron que es peligroso pescar en Falcon Lake en tanto te mantengas en aguas de EU”, dijo el Oficial en Jefe Ejecutivo de la Cámara de Comercio del Condado de Zapata Jose F. “Paco” Mendoza, Jr. “Es solamente precaución”. De acuerdo a Mendoza visitantes frecuentes a Falcon Lake han malinterpretado el mensaje dado a conocer por las autoridades como manténgase alejado lo que pudiera en regreso afectar la economía. Falcon Lake es conocido como una de las principales fuentes de ganancia de Zapata. “El mensaje está siendo malentendido”, dijo Mendoza. “Deseamos personas para disfrutar el lago”. De acuerdo a Tom Bendele propietario de Falcon Lake Tackle en Zapata solamente un torneo fue pospuesto por la Anglers Bass Association de este fin de semana al siguiente. Bendele dijo que los torneos tienen reglas y están poniendo a México fuera de los límites. Pescadores de Texas desde San Antonio y Houston son visitantes frecuentes y conocen al lago muy bien. “Ellos no van a dejar de venir”, dijo Bendele. “No es correcto esparcir más malas noticias”.


LAREDO — Hoy a las 10 a.m. salen a la venta los boletos para la presentación de la WWE en la Laredo Energy Arena el miércoles 28 de julio a las 7 p.m. Algunas de las super estrellas anunciadas son: The Undertaker, Rey Mysterio, The Big Show, Kane, Matt Ardí y Jack Swagger. Los boletos van de 15 dólares a 60 dólares. FORT WORTH- Fort Worth Opera presenta el estreno mundial de ‘Before Night Falls’ de Jorge Martín hoy en el Bass Performance Hall. Una presentación adicional está programada para el 6 de junio.

SILVIA CACHO: Dice candidatos pudieran renunciar


LAREDO — Laredo Energy Arena, Jagermeister y 94.9 The Works presentan hoy a Korn, teniendo como invitado especial a 2 Cents. Adquiera su boleto en la taquilla de LEA o en Ticketmaster. El costo es de 34 y 44 dólares (más la cuota de las instalaciones).


LAREDO — Bel’s Dance Studio presentará “Undulations”, Belly Dance Show y Expo, el día de hoy a las 7 p.m. en el Student Activity Complex de UISD. La entrada es de 10 dólares para adultos y 5 dólares para niños. LAREDO — Hoy se presenta Pitbull con su gira “Mr. Worldwide’s Carnaval” en el Laredo Energy Arena a las 8 p.m. El costo del boleto es de 24.50, 34.50 y 42 dólares. Hay dos opciones VIP, una de 125 dólares que incluye un póster autografiado por el cantante y otra de 225 dólares que incluye conocer y saludar a Pitbull, entre otras amenidades.

El incidente más reciente, con la participación de navegantes siendo abordados por cinco hombres armados, se informó el domingo. Ocurrió cerca de la Marca 7 en el lado americano del lago, pero los detalles no estaban disponibles el martes, ya que los investigadores no han podido localizar a los navegantes. Otros dos casos ocurrieron en Guerrero Viejo. El 30 de abril, cinco personas en dos botes reportaron que fueron abordados por cuatro hombres con tatuajes. Los hombres, no uniformados, se identificaron como “federales” se subieron a los botes y demandaron dinero y drogas. Al informar que no tenían drogas, les dieron 200 dólares. Los hombres armados los siguieron hasta que regresaron a aguas de EU. El 6 de mayo dos hombres armados amenazaron a un grupo de tres viajando cerca de Isla Salado. Dos hombres les apuntaron con AR-15s y los amenazaron con dispararles si no les daban dinero. Los pescadores les dieron dinero.




Incidentes reportados

Panista culpa a César Nava por inseguridad


LAREDO — La banda de rock Amber Pacific se presentará en The Cool Party (8501 McPherson) el día de hoy. Las puertas se abrirán a las 3 p.m. También se presentarán Sleep for Sleepers, I Am Terrified, Above Reprocha, For The Taking y Cloud 9. Boletos en preventa a 8 dólares y en la puerta a 12 dólares. Consiga sus boletos en Hungry Howie’s Pizza y Flat 5 Studios.

Finalmente, la Presidenta del Centro de Desarrollo Económico del Condado de Zapata Peggy Umphres dijo que el “turismo es una parte principal de nuestra economía”.

Foto de cortesía | Gobierno de Ciudad Guerrero

Personal del Ayuntamiento de Nueva Ciudad Guerrero colocó una ofrenda floral a los pies del Monumento al primer Gobernador Constitucional de Tamaulipas Don José Bernardo Maximiliano Gutiérrez de Lara, con motivo de su Aniversario Luctuoso. La Alcaldesa Olga Juliana Elizondo Guerra también encabezó una Guardia de Honor.

Invitan a un ‘día sin mexicanos’ POR MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV TIEMPO DE ZAPATA

Demostrar la fuerza económica que representa el nacional mexicano es el llamado que hacen los comerciantes organizados fronterizos. El llamado es para que el lunes 24 de mayo la comunidad mexicana no realice compras ni viaje a EU. El Presidente de la Cámara Nacional de Comercio en Nuevo Laredo Emilio Girón Fernández de Jáuregui dijo que el fondo del paro es presionar al gobierno de EU para que frene la “Ley Arizona SB 1070” “Pero además mostrarle que representamos una fuerza eco-

nómica, que exigimos un trato humano y justo cuando viajamos a gastar nuestro presupuesto”, dijo Girón. Adelantó que saldrán a la calle y cruceros a repartir volantes, pidiendo a la comunidad apoye la medida, se abstenga de cruzar a EU un solo día, el 24 de mayo. Descartó que la medida busque afectar a los negocios (de EU), aunque aceptó que si la respuesta es positiva, esto pudiera ocurrir. “Queda en la conciencia ciudadana sumarse a este proyecto”, dijo Girón. El llamado se está haciendo desde Mexicali, Baja California, hasta Matamoros, Tamaulipas. (Escriba a Miguel Timoshenkov en

NUEVO LAREDO — Haciendo un llamado para cancelar las elecciones en Tamaulipas del 4 de julio, la Secretaria General de Fortalecimiento del CDE del Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) Silvia Cacho, acusó a su dirigente nacional de la inseguridad en la que viven los candidatos de su partido. Cacho aseguró que César Nava, presidente del blanquiazul, habría declarado que el crimen organizado se infiltraría en las elecciones estatales. “Nava no tenía pruebas y provocó malestar a los criminales”, dijo Cacho. “Fue una pantalla para intentar blindar la elección y nos dejó en la duda pública a los auténticos panistas que hemos militado de por vida”. Dijo que esto pudiera inclusive haber provocado el homicidio del precandidato a la Presidencia Municipal de Valle Hermoso Mario Luis Guajardo Varela. “Si no estábamos en la mira de esos grupos, hoy nos encontramos en la mira, corremos riesgos los panistas”, dijo Cacho. El Dirigente Estatal del

PAN Francisco Javier Garza de Coss dijo que los candidatos de su partido no están amenazados por el crimen organizado. “Nadie está amenazado, aunque es cierto que en Ciudad Mier y Ciudad Guerrero nadie quiere competir por la alcaldía y diputaciones”, dijo Garza en entrevista telefónica a Ciudad Victoria. Aunque Garza descartó más renuncias de candidatos, Cacho dijo que algunos han hablado con ella y que estos le han expresado su deseo de dejar la candidatura “por el temor de verse afectados por el crimen organizado”. Nava dijo el pasado fin de semana en Valle Hermoso que en el PAN “no dejaremos espacios vacíos, no cederemos al intento de postrarnos en el miedo o en el terror”. No se respondieron llamados hechos para conocer los comentarios de Nava en la Ciudad de México. (Escriba a Miguel Timoshenkov a


CIUDAD MIER — Fueron inaugurados los cursos de capacitación para el autoempleo. Mancias dijo que Mier cuenta con un índice alto de desempleo y estos cursos benefician. Los participantes en el curso recibirán un pago de 2.200 pesos por tomar las clases, además de que aprenderán un oficio. La responsable de Desarrollo del Empleo San Juanita Vela Rodríguez dijo que los cursos son una oportunidad para aprender un oficio y recibir un ingreso económico. “Esta dependencia seguirá luchando por tener más oportunidades como ésta que sean útiles para los ciudadanos”, dijo Vela. El curso que dará inicio el martes 25 de mayo es enfermería. Ya están en proceso los cur-

Sabemos que (se) necesita ayuda”. ALCALDE JOSÉ I. MANCIAS

sos de Belleza, Refrigeración y Soldadura. Mancias también anunció que la Presidencia Municipal ofrecerá más de 350 empleos extras en los cuales se les pagará a los interesados un sueldo diario de 60 pesos por día por cuatro horas diarias. “Las personas que no cuenten con un salario semanal ya contarán con un sueldo seguro”, dijo Mancias. “No es mucho el sueldo (pero) se hace todo lo posible para ayudar a la ciudadanía”.



SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010

Cash crunch could force UT to sell land By CHRISTY HOPPE THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

Photo by Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman | AP

Board member Ken Mercer votes on an amendment during a meeting of the State Board of Education to discuss social studies standards on Friday, in Austin.

New social studies standards in effect By APRIL CASTRO ASSOCIATED PRESS

AUSTIN — The Texas State Board of Education adopted a social studies and history curriculum Friday that amends or waters down the teaching of the civil rights movement, slavery, America’s relationship with the U.N. and hundreds of other items. The ideological debate over the guidelines, which drew intense scrutiny beyond Texas, will be used to teach some 4.8 million Texas students for the next 10 years. The standards also will be used by textbook publishers who often develop materials for other states based on those approved in Texas, although teachers in the Lone Star State have latitude in deciding which material to teach. The board took separate votes on standards for high schools and kindergarten through eighth grades. The final vote was 9-5 on each set of standards.

The debate has brought national attention, including testimony from educators, civil rights leaders and a former U.S. education secretary. The ideological dispute contributed to the defeat of one of the board’s most outspoken conservatives, Chairman Don McLeroy, in the March state Republican primary. In final edits leading up to the vote, conservatives rejected language to modernize the classification of historic periods to B.C.E. and C.E. from the traditional B.C. and A.D. They also required that public school students in Texas evaluate efforts by global organizations such as the United Nations to undermine U.S. sovereignty. McLeroy offered the amendment requiring students to evaluate efforts by global organizations including the U.N. to undermine U.S. sovereignty, saying they threatened individual liberty and freedom. During the monthslong

process of creating the guidelines, conservatives successfully strengthened the requirements on teaching the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation’s Founding Fathers and attempted to water down rationale for the separation of church and state. The standards will refer to the U.S. government as a "constitutional republic," rather than "democratic," and students will be required to study the decline in the value of the U.S. dollar, including the abandonment of the gold standard. Conservatives say the Texas history curriculum has been unfairly skewed to the left after years of Democrats controlling the board. Educators have blasted the proposed curriculum for politicizing education. Teachers also have said the document is too long and will force students to memorize lists of names rather than thinking critically.

AUSTIN — The University of Texas, choked by recession and budget cuts, is considering strategies that could raise money but cost one of its biggest assets: its cachet with the city of Austin. The proposals involve bulldozing 350 acres of urban green space along the Colorado River where Ben Hogan and Harvey Penick walked the fairways on their way to golf lore; revamping a 30-year-old music room that provided an early stage for Lyle Lovett, Sara Hickman, Natalie Maines and Jason Mraz; and ending popular, noncredit classes in everything from intermediate Spanish to beginning belly dancing. Many residents find the plans unconscionable, saying they would alter the city’s landscape and the history that Austin and the university have built together. The proposals have spurred protests from Grammy winners, golf pros, thousands of petition signers and the City Council. At its heart is the banal cause of so many strained relationships: money. The state, facing its own budgeting catastrophe, already has told UT to cut $29 million over the next 18 months. UT is slashing 200 positions and fears losing ground in the competitive world of toptier universities. One of the biggest, and most divisive, proposals is to sell or lease the land called the Brackenridge Tract, home of an idyllic public golf course. Preliminary plans would add retail and 9,000 residents on prime property near downtown but congest an area of established neighborhoods. August W. Harris III, a

UT President William Powers said the Brackenridge Tract is a valuable piece of land, and the Legislature has ordered regents throughout the state to examine universities’ assets. financial consultant and chamber of commerce leader, recognizes the land’s value. But not in the same way UT does. “What would Dallas be without White Rock Lake?” he asked. “Austin is a fast-growing city, and the opportunities for urban green space are critical to maintain because once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.” He and others believe that what UT might gain upfront would be offset by the loss of long-term relations, including some disgruntled donors. UT President William Powers said the Brackenridge Tract is a valuable piece of land, and the Legislature has ordered regents throughout the state to examine universities’ assets. “The board does have a fiduciary obligation to think through what its obligations are,” Powers said. “For them not to do it actually would be something that would be inappropriate.” He said the persistent recession and cutbacks by the state have presented the university with some of its biggest financial hurdles in decades. “These are challenging budgetary times. We’ll be working through these for a time to come,” Powers said. He pledged that UT would continue to work with the Austin community, and the university announced a change

Wednesday that would keep the beloved music venue, the Cactus Cafe, operating. Even with strong opposition to changing programs and land use, Powers said, the marriage of city and campus would endure. But if altering music and informal classes has been a bump, development of the Brackenridge Tract is a full-blown fight over contentious issues such as zoning, clean drinking water and Austin’s struggle to preserve its sense of community. The large swath of land west of downtown was donated to the university in 1910 by long-serving UT regent George Brackenridge, who wanted it used to further education. By 1928, much of the tract was converted into Lions Municipal Golf Course. Other portions are used for a biological lab, graduate student housing and 90 acres south of the river was sold for residential use. Lease agreements with the city and commercial interests earns UT about $1 million a year. University officials have declined to say how much UT stands to gain by redeveloping the land. The lines of city leaders at numerous public hearings attest to the feeling that “Muny,” as it’s called, is not just any 18hole course. Ben Hogan once said it sported the best par 4 hole he’d played on a public course.

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010



NEW YORK — Two weeks after a mini-meltdown that still hasn’t been fully explained, the stock market had another tumultuous ride this week as disarray in Europe heightened fears of a global slowdown. Even with a moderate comeback on Friday, this week is shaping up to be one of the worst since the bull market began more than a year ago. Major stock indexes are now 10 percent or more below peaks reached in late April. Declines of that size are known as “corrections.” Whether the market has finished wringing out its excesses is anyone’s guess. Stocks posted slight gains in relatively subdued trading Friday, a day after a swift 370-point plunge gave the Dow Jones industrial average its worst drop in more than a year. That left the Dow and other market

barometers about where they were in February. The immediate catalyst for this week’s sharp declines was deepening confusion over how Europe intends to get control of its public finances, restore order to financial markets and confidence in the continent’s currency, the euro. Germany broke ranks from its European neighbors this week in singlehandedly reining in speculative trading in European bonds. And on Friday it was rebuffed in its calls for harsh punishments for European countries that consistently flout rules on fiscal spending limits. Just how big of a worry Europe’s financial mess is for the rest of the world was brought home loud and clear late Thursday when Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo told a panel that the timing of Europe’s financial swoon could pose a “potentially serious setback” to the global economy.

DUANE PAUL BECKER Only one life, Will soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last. August 5, 1934-May 13, 2010 Duane Paul Becker was born and raised a farmer in Iowa. He served faithfully in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Duane was never afraid to try something new and always liked a challenge. Therefore, he learned many useful skills throughout the years. His occupations ranged from installing telephones and working out in the oil field to county supervisor. Due to his love for the Western U.S., (and John Wayne), one of his 33 household moves in 53 years of marriage was to go out West. He cared much for the Navajo people and provided volunteer maintenance work for eight Navajo churches as well as serving on the Flagstaff Mission Board of Directors for many years. He valued church and through the years grew in the Lord to become a strong spiritual leader for his family. He enjoyed helping distribute God’s word through the

Gideons. Throughout his long illness, his gentle spirit was evident to all. Amazingly, he stated more than once that this illness may be for some other’s benefit. We will miss him greatly, but know our separation is only temporary. Duane is survived by his wife, Eleanor Sorensen Becker; from Zapata; daughter, Leslie Becker Ihnken and husband, Brian Ihnken; granddaughter Savannah Whetstone, all from Atlantic, Iowa; brother Raymond Becker and wife Rosemary, from Atlantic, Iowa, and their children; a sister, Mary Alice Ives of Grand Junction, Colo., and her children. Condolences may be sent to the family at Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Rose Garden Funeral Home, Daniel A. Gonzalez, funeral director, 2102 U.S. 83, Zapata.

Cheaper crude means cheaper gas By MARK WILLIAMS ASSOCIATED PRESS

The three-week slide in crude prices is paying off for the nation’s drivers, as pump prices continue to fall ahead of the summer driving season. Nervous investors have

been backing away from oil over concerns about the European debt crisis and worries that the global economic recovery will stall and weak demand won’t drain off excess supplies of crude and gasoline. Oil prices fell again on Friday, with Benchmark crude los-

LIBRARY Continued from Page 1A how much money to seek. “We need to make sure we’re on the same page,” Davis said. Once the information has been collected, it will have to be reviewed by the Zapata County Commissioners Courts to continue with a grant application. “This is not an overnight process,” Davis said. “It will take months to get everything together.” The library suffers every time there’s bad weather.

Strong winds and heavy rains tend to cause the building’s sewer system to overflow, causing severe odor problems and water damage. Flooding is a constant problem. At those times, the library has to close temporarily until the water recedes and the mess is cleaned up. Staff must be sent home and visitors can’t use the library. (Lorraine L. Rodriguez may be contacted at (956)7282557.)

ing 76 cents to settle at $70.04 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Average national retail gasoline prices are now a dime per gallon below the 18-month high reached earlier this month. They could fall another 10 cents or more by the Memorial Day

weekend, according to Tom Kloza of the Oil Price Information Service. Pump prices fell 1.3 cents overnight to a national average of $2.827 per gallon. That’s down 5.6 cents in the past week. Prices are still 46.5 cents above yearago levels.

ELIAS BOLAÑOS ZAPATA – Elias Bolaños, 52, passed away on Monday, May 17, 2010, in Zapata. Bolaños is survived by his wife, Martha E. Bolaños; son, Elias (Brianda Montalvo) Bolaños; daughter, Edlin Bolaños; uncle, Braulio (Maria) Bolaños; in-laws, Jose (Elvia) Valadez; brothers-in-law, Juan (Norma) Valadez, Carlos (Edith) Valadez and Jose Renato Valadez; sisters-in-law, Enedelia (Manuel) Garcia, Alma Rosa (Florencio) Ibarra and Enelda (Eloy) Cuellar; and numerous other relatives and friends. Visitation hours were held Wednesday, May 19, 2010, from 6 to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. at Rose Garden Funeral Home. The funeral procession departed Thursday, May 20, 2010, at 9:45 for a 10 a.m. funeral Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic

Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at, Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rose Garden Funeral Home, Daniel A. Gonzalez, funeral director, 2102 U.S. 83, Zapata.

COUNTY Continued from Page 1A to remove the construction signs by the end of the month pending review by TxDOT. “We need to do a final punch list and review the work to make sure it’s all ready to be finalized,” Ramirez said. The other TxDOT project, a 3-mile-long road widening south of Zapata on U.S. 83, had been scheduled to take 11 months. Foremost Paving is the contractor. The project, however, has now been delayed more than three months because of some right-ofway and utility issues.

The nearly $7 million project calls for a fourlane rural roadway with a continuous left turn lane. “We haven’t taken off on the other project,” Ramirez said. “The other project is scheduled to begin sometime in June.” According to Ramirez, although Foremost Paving has not begun construction, the delays are out of the contractor’s hands and the company is not held accountable. (Lorraine L. Rodriguez may be contacted at 7282557)


SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010

PIRACY Continued from Page 1A ported several calls and electronic mails coming from frequent visitors of the lake concerned over the warning authorities issued Tuesday, urging boaters to avoid venturing into Mexican waters. The message came from a DPS advisory to boaters after at least three reports in the last month of armed robberies have been reported since April 30, carried out by men believed to be members of drug trafficking organizations in Mexico. According to officials people on boats fishing on Falcon Lake near Old Guerrero reported being held at gunpoint. In one of the incidents two people reported being held at gun point by heavily tattooed men carrying AK-47s and AR-15 rifles claiming to be “Federales” demanding drugs and money. The men were not in uniform. The fishermen gave the men $200 from their wallets and told them they did not have any drugs and were simply fishing and taking photos of the old church. The pirates followed the fisher-

The message came from a DPS advisory to boaters after at least three reports in the last month of armed robberies have been reported since April 30, carried out by men believed to be members of drug trafficking organizations in Mexico. men until they reached U.S. waters. At least five fishing tournaments are scheduled for the months of May, June, and July: Rebel Bass Club Tournament, American Bass Anglers Tournament, API Bass Tournament and BBQ Cook-Off, South Texas Five Tournaments, and the second annual Fish for Life Extravaganza, sponsored by March of Dimes. Although boaters have been made aware of the incidents, Zapata County Chamber of Commerce and surrounding businesses have not reported any cancellations in hotel reserva-

tions or tournament registrations. Tom Bendele, owner of Falcon Lake Tackle said only one tournament was postponed: The American Bass Anglers Tournament was scheduled for this weekend but will now be on the following weekend. Frequent visitors from San Antonio and Houston know the lake very well and tournament organizers have made Mexican waters offlimits a rule. “They’re not gonna stop coming,” he said. (Lorraine L. Rodriguez may be contacted at (956) 728-2557.)

LAND GRANTS Continued from Page 1A clude approximately 2,000 plaintiffs who assert that they are the rightful descendants to royalties owed to their families. The royalty money, they say, is owed to them on the grounds that their ances-

tors were given land grants by the Spanish crown that were wrongfully taken from them. The land today generates money from oil and gas drilling that should be paid out to the heirs, contends

Fowler. “I’m drafting legislation that will change law to make sure that that money is theirs,” she said. (Denise Blaz may be reached at 728-2547 or

Cops arrest embassy caterer in bomb plot By ASIF SHAHZAD AND KATHY GANNON ASSOCIATED PRESS

ISLAMABAD — The co-owner of a catering company that organized events for the U.S. Embassy is among six men detained by Pakistan for allegedly helping the failed Times Square bombing suspect, a senior Pakistani intelligence official said Friday. In a statement on its website, the U.S. Embassy warned that the catering company was suspected of ties to terrorist groups and said American diplo-

mats had been instructed to stop using the firm. Like Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American accused in the failed New York bombing, the six Pakistani detainees were all members of their country’s urban elite, including several who were educated in the United States. One was a former army major. The suspects were part of a loose network motivated by hatred of America and the West, the Pakistani official told the Associated Press. The co-owner of the Hanif Rajput Catering Ser-

vice, Salman Ashraf Khan, was recruited because two other suspects “wanted him to help bomb a big gathering of foreigners” whose event his company was catering, the Pakistani intelligence official said. The caterer’s father and company co-owner said he was shocked at the arrest. “If there is any suspicion about my son of some links, put him on trial, but do not blame my company for involvement in this kind of heinous crime,” Rana Ashraf Khan told a local TV station.

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010


Sports&Outdoors WORLD CUP SOCCER


Photo by Clara Sandoval | The Zapata Times

Zapata junior Marlena Garcia competes in the girls’ 1,600-meter run during the Class 3A portion of the UIL Track & Field State Championships at Mike A. Meyers Stadium in Austin last weekend.

Photo by Mel Evans | AP

Herculez Gomez, left, looks on as goalie Tim Howard dives for the ball as the U.S. men’s national soccer team trains for the upcoming World Cup at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., on Thursday.

Training camp serves as homecoming By RONALD BLUM ASSOCIATED PRESS


RINCETON, N.J. — Brad Guzan appreciates the little things about World Cup training camp. For instance, the food. Born in Illinois, he had been living in California and playing for Chivas USA until he transferred to Aston Villa two years ago. Living in Birmingham, England, as the backup to Brad Friedel, he longed for some American chow. “Definitely a nice steak. That would be my No. 1,” the goalkeeper said this week.

“And then, obviously, I think some good Mexican food.” Just nine of the 30 players in training at Princeton University are based in the U.S. with Major League Soccer teams. Of the expatriate majority, eight finished their seasons with clubs in England, three in Germany, two each in Mexico and Scotland, and one apiece in Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Norway and Sweden. Trips back to America are rare.

Getting back home Marcus Hahnemann, a goal-

keeper from Seattle, has lived in England since 1999. Steve Cherundolo, a defender who grew up in San Diego, has resided in Germany since signing with Hannover in 1998 and frequently serves as the club’s captain. He’s been there so long, the U.S. Soccer Federation says some of his teammates call him “The Mayor of Hannover.” “It’s always fun to be back in the U.S.,” said Cherundolo, preparing for his third World Cup. “The guys who are based in Europe really enjoy these two weeks in the U.S.”


IOC: Landis needs evidence Committee wants proof, not claims


AUSTIN — Marlena Garcia made history last Saturday when she competed at the UIL Track & Field State Championships at Mike A. Myers Sstadium on the grounds of the University of Texas. Garcia became the first female to represent Zapata High School at the state level and, being only a junior, hopes to make a return trip next year. “This was a new experience for her and for myself,” long distance track coach Mike Villarreal said. “We learned some things, and our goal is to come back next year.”

First time Garcia took the field with the state’s best milers and represented Zapata well in her first outing. “Being the first time here was pretty tough,” Garcia said. “I was nervous and did not know what to expect.” Her first venture to the state track meet was not the warm welcome Garcia hoped for and the heat played a factor in her performance. The mile is usually run in the evening in most track meets, but at the state meet it was run at 2:45 p.m. Garcia finished in eighthplace and ran an unusual 5:35, but hopes to utilize this


Pittman back home to be with family


LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The leaders of the IOC and World AntiDoping Agency said on Friday that Floyd Landis should provide concrete evidence to back up his allegations of doping by seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong. “He has to bring proof that this is true,” International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge told The Associated Press. “These are accusations that need to be corroborated by proof. “You can’t condemn without proof,” Rogge added. “He would be better off by giving evidence to corroborate that, otherwise he is risking a lot of libels. ... You can only sanction an athlete with tangible proof.” WADA president John Fahey, in a separate interview with the AP, said if there is any substance to Landis’ allegations, either the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency or the Interna-

Garcia sets herself up for success


Photo by Bernard Papon | AP

In this July 22, 2004, fie photo, overall leader Lance Armstrong, right, strains in the ascent of the La Croix Fry pass, as teammate Floyd Landis pours water over his neck, during the 17th stage of the Tour de France. Landis has admitted to systematic use of performance-enhancing drugs and accused seven-time Tour champion Armstrong of involvement. tional Cycling Union (UCI) should intervene. “If he has evidence, he should make that evidence available to the USADA or UCI and I’m sure if there is any substance to that evidence, either of those bodies would act,” Fahey said. “There will always be rumors about it.”

Rogge and Fahey spoke after Landis, in a series of e-mails sent to sponsors and sports officials, confessed to years of doping after having previously denied cheating. The American rider, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title and served a two-year

ban for doping, also alleged that Armstrong not only joined him in doping but taught others how to cheat. Armstrong denied the claims by his former teammate, saying Landis has no credibility. “We have nothing to


AUSTIN — Former Texas center Dexter Pittman left the NBA draft combine Friday to be with his family a day after his half-brother was shot and killed in a Houston suburb. Pittman’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed Pittman’s departure. Texas spokesman Scott McConnell said Pittman’s high school coach and godfather, Bennett Hatten, told school officials that Darius Johnson, 15, was shot during a confrontation in Katy and later died at a hospital. Harris County Sheriff ’s Department spokeswoman Janie Wagner said a deputy was sent to the home just before 10 p.m. Thursday. The deputy found the victim “in the garage in his residence

DEXTER PITTMAN: Former UT star left NBA combine after brother’s death. sitting in a chair with a gunshot wound to his head.” Wagner said the case is being investigated as a homicide. She had no other details and said the department wasn’t identifying the victim because he was a juvenile. An investigator with the Harris County medical examiner said an autopsy was planned Friday. “Obviously the thoughts and prayers of all of us associated with the University of Texas basketball program are with Dexter Pittman and his family. We know that this is a very difficult time for them,” Longhorns coach Rick Barnes said.



BASKETBALL NBA Playoff Glance FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) (x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE Cleveland 4, Chicago 1 Saturday, April 17: Cleveland 96, Chicago 83 Monday, April 19: Cleveland 112, Chicago 102 Thursday, April 22: Chicago 108, Cleveland 106 Sunday, April 25: Cleveland 121, Chicago 98 Tuesday, April 27: Cleveland 96, Chicago 94 Orlando 4, Charlotte 0 Sunday, April 18: Orlando 98, Charlotte 89 Wednesday, April 21: Orlando 92, Charlotte 77 Saturday, April 24: Orlando 90, Charlotte 86 Monday, April 26: Orlando 99, Charlotte 90 Atlanta 4, Milwaukee 3 Saturday, April 17: Atlanta 102, Milwaukee 92 Tuesday, April 20: Atlanta 96, Milwaukee 86 Saturday, April 24: Milwaukee 107, Atlanta 89 Monday, April 26: Milwaukee 111, Atlanta 104 Wednesday, April 28: Milwaukee 91, Atlanta 87 Friday, April 30: Atlanta 83, Milwaukee 69 Sunday, May 2: Atlanta 95, Milwaukee 74 Boston 4, Miami 1 Saturday, April 17: Boston 85, Miami 76 Tuesday, April 20: Boston 106, Miami 77 Friday, April 23: Boston 100, Miami 98 Sunday, April 25: Miami 101, Boston 92 Tuesday, April 27: Boston 96, Miami 86 WESTERN CONFERENCE L.A. Lakers 2, Oklahoma City 2 Sunday, April 18: L.A. Lakers 87, Oklahoma City 79 Tuesday, April 20: L.A. Lakers 95, Oklahoma

City 92 Thursday, April 22: Oklahoma City 101, L.A. Lakers 96 Saturday, April 24: Oklahoma City 110, L.A. Lakers 89 Tuesday, April 27: L.A. Lakers 111, Oklahoma City 87 Friday, April 30: L.A. Lakers 95, Oklahoma City 94 San Antonio 4, Dallas 2 Sunday, April 18: Dallas 100, San Antonio 94 Wednesday, April 21: San Antonio 102, Dallas 88 Friday, April 23: San Antonio 94, Dallas 90 Sunday, April 25: San Antonio 92, Dallas 89 Tuesday, April 27: Dallas 103, San Antonio 81 Thursday, April 29: San Antonio 97, Dallas 87 Phoenix 4, Portland 2 Sunday, April 18: Portland 105, Phoenix 100 Tuesday, April 20: Phoenix 119, Portland 90 Thursday, April 22: Phoenix 108, Portland 89 Saturday, April 24: Portland 96, Phoenix 87 Monday, April 26: Phoenix 107, Portland 88 Thursday, April 29: Phoenix 99, Portland 90 Utah 3, Denver 2 Saturday, April 17: Denver 126, Utah 113 Monday, April 19: Utah 114, Denver 111 Friday, April 23: Utah 105, Denver 93 Sunday, April 25: Utah 117, Denver 106 Wednesday, April 28: Denver 116, Utah 102 Friday, April 30: Utah 112, Denver 104 CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS EASTERN CONFERENCE Boston 4, Cleveland 2 Saturday, May 1: Cleveland 101, Boston 93 Monday, May 3: Boston 104, Cleveland 86 Friday, May 7: Cleveland 124, Boston 95 Sunday, May 9: Boston 97, Cleveland 87 Tuesday, May 11: Boston 120, Cleveland 88 Thursday, May 13: Boston 94, Cleveland 85 Orlando 4, Atlanta 0

Tuesday, May 4: Orlando 114, Atlanta 71 Thursday, May 6: Orlando 112, Atlanta 98 Saturday, May 8: Orlando 105, Atlanta 75 Monday, May 10: Orlando 98, Atlanta 84 WESTERN CONFERENCE Phoenix 4, San Antonio 0 Monday, May 3: Phoenix 111, San Antonio 102 Wednesday, May 5: Phoenix 110, San Antonio 102 Friday, May 7: Phoenix 110, San Antonio 96 Sunday, May 9: Phoenix 107, San Antonio 101 L.A. Lakers 4, Utah 0 Sunday, May 2: L.A. Lakers 104, Utah 99 Tuesday, May 4: L.A. Lakers 111, Utah 103 Saturday, May 8: L.A. Lakers 111, Utah 110 Monday, May 10: L.A. Lakers 111, Utah 96 CONFERENCE FINALS EASTERN CONFERENCE Boston 2, Orlando 0 Sunday, May 16: Boston 92, Orlando 88 Tuesday, May 18: Boston 95, Orlando 92 Saturday, May 22: Orlando at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 24: Orlando at Boston, 7:30 p.m. x-Wednesday, May 26: Boston at Orlando, 7:30 p.m. x-Friday, May 28: Orlando at Boston, 7:30 p.m. x-Sunday, May 30: Boston at Orlando, 7:30 p.m. WESTERN CONFERENCE L.A. Lakers 2, Phoenix 0 Monday, May 17: L.A. Lakers 128, Phoenix 107 Wednesday, May 19: L.A. Lakers 124, Phoenix 112 Sunday, May 23: L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25: L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, 8 p.m. x-Thursday, May 27: Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 8 p.m. x-Saturday, May 29: L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010

x-Monday, May 31: Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 8 p.m.

HOCKEY NHL Playoff Glance CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (Best-of-7) (x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE Montreal 4, Pittsburgh 3 Friday, April 30: Pittsburgh 6, Montreal 3 Sunday, May 2: Montreal 3, Pittsburgh 1 Tuesday, May 4: Pittsburgh 2, Montreal 0 Thursday, May 6: Montreal 3, Pittsburgh 2 Saturday, May 8: Pittsburgh 2, Montreal 1 Monday, May 10: Montreal 4, Pittsburgh 3 Wednesday, May 12: Montreal 5, Pittsburgh 2 Philadelphia 4, Boston 3 Saturday, May 1: Boston 5, Philadelphia 4, OT Monday, May 3: Boston 3, Philadelphia 2 Wednesday, May 5: Boston 4, Philadelphia 1 Friday, May 7: Philadelphia 5, Boston 4, OT Monday, May 10: Philadelphia 4, Boston 0 Wednesday, May 12: Philadelphia 2, Boston 1 Friday, May 14: Philadelphia 4, Boston 3 WESTERN CONFERENCE Chicago 4, Vancouver 2 Saturday, May 1: Vancouver 5, Chicago 1 Monday, May 3: Chicago 4, Vancouver 2 Wednesday, May 5: Chicago 5, Vancouver 2 Friday, May 7: Chicago 7, Vancouver 4 Sunday, May 9: Vancouver 4, Chicago 1 Tuesday, May 11: Chicago 5, Vancouver 1 San Jose 4, Detroit 1 Thursday, April 29: San Jose 4, Detroit 3 Sunday, May 2: San Jose 4, Detroit 3 Tuesday, May 4: San Jose 4, Detroit 3, OT Thursday, May 6: Detroit 7, San Jose 1 Saturday, May 8: San Jose 2, Detroit 1

Conference Finals EASTERN CONFERENCE Philadelphia 2, Montreal 1 Sunday,May 16: Philadelphia 6, Montreal 0 Tuesday,May 18: Philadelphia 3, Montreal 0 Thursday,May 20: Montreal 5, Philadelphia 1 Saturday,May 22: Philadelphia at Montreal, Monday,May 24: Montreal at Philadelphia WESTERN CONFERENCE Chicago 2, San Jose 0 Sunday,May 16: Chicago 2, San Jose 1 Tuesday,May 18: Chicago 4, San Jose 2 Friday,May 21: San Jose at Chicago, 7 p.m. Sunday,May 23: San Jose at Chicago, 2 p.m. x-Tuesday,May 25: Chicago at San Jose, 8 p.m.

TRANSACTIONS BASEBALL Major League Baseball MLB: Suspended three Atlanta minor leaguer players, INF Albaro Campusano (Myrtle BeachCarolina), INF Geraldo Rodriguez (Myrtle Beach-Carolina), and INF Amadeo Zazueta (Myrtle Beach-Carolina) 50 games apiece after each tested positive for an Amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance. American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES: Optioned LHP Alberto Castillo to Norfolk (IL). Selected the contract of INF Scott Moore from Norfolk. Designated INF Justin Turner for assignment. MINNESOTA TWINS: Recalled INF Trevor Plouffe from Rochester (IL). National League CHICAGO CUBS: Signed RHP Bob Howry and added him to the active roster. Optioned RHP Justin Berg to Iowa (PCL). Designated RHP Da-

vid Patton for assignment. WASHINGTON NATIONALS: Released OF Willy Taveras. American Association EL PASO DIABLOS: Signed LHP Alex Oles. Released RHP Clegg Snipes. WICHITA WINGNUTS: Signed OF Eric Williams. Can-Am League BROCKTON ROX: Released RHP David Erickson. NEW JERSEY JACKALS: Signed OF Kevin Clark. Released RHP Rudy Darrow. SUSSEX SKYHAWKS: Signed OF Kraig Binick. Golden Baseball League CALGARY VIPERS: Signed SS Guillermo Reyes. United League AMARILLO DILLAS: Placed INF Andrew Wong on the inactive list. BASKETBALL NBA PHILADELPHIA 76ERS: Named Doug Collins coach. COLLEGE BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN: Named Chris Martin offensive coordinator. GARDNER-WEBB: Named Jay McAuley, Mike Netti and Michael Lee men’s basketball assistant coaches. GEORGETOWN: Announced the resignation of men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach Steve Cartwright, effective at the end of June. GEORGIA SOUTHERN: Announced junior LB Tavaris Williams has voluntarily suspended himself pending the results of a police investigation. ILLINOIS STATE: Named Cassie Kowaleski director of women’s basketball operations. MONTEVALLO: Named Chandler Rose baseball coach. UTSA: Announced the resignation of men’s tennis coach Dr. Oliver Trittenwein, effective July 31.

HOMECOMING Continued from Page 1B most.” Jonathan Spector, a defender from Illinois who plays for West Ham, has lived in England since 2003. He enjoys the opportunity to catch up with family and friends. “There’s not much else I can’t live without,” he said. “I’ve been over there for seven years now. I’ve grown accustomed to the culture and the lifestyle, which isn’t too much different.”

He had not been on American soil since the last World Cup qualifier, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., last October. What does he look forward to? “Chipotle. American TV — ESPN for example,” he said. “And the English language everywhere I go.”

Short stay Players arrived from Saturday to Tuesday, and they won’t be around for too long. After a day off Friday, they have two more mornings of workouts at Princeton before the team buses to Connecticut for an exhibition against the Czech Republic on Tuesday in East Hartford. There’s another bus trip the following day to Philadelphia for a May 29 game versus Turkey. The following day they’ll get on the long flight to South Africa. For Maurice Edu, a 24year-old Californian who spent the past two seasons with Glasgow Rangers, one thing sticks out about these two weeks that doesn’t light up his life in Scotland: the sun. “You don’t see much of that,” he said.

Country above club

Photo by Mel Evans | AP

Heath Pearce, left, and Landon Donovan, right, chase after the ball as the U.S. men’s national soccer team trains at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., on Thursday for the upcoming World Cup in South Africa.

Still missing DaMarcus Beasley, his Rangers teammate, is mis-

sing the same thing in Princeton that he doesn’t get in Glasgow. He spent his few days off last week

after the Scottish season in Miami, where he maintains a home. What he longs for is on-

ly available in Fort Wayne, Ind. “My mom’s cooking,” he said. “I miss that the

Their practice gear has red, white and blue, and “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played before their games with the national team. That’s a lot different for the Europe- and Mexicobased group. Coach Bob Bradley keeps trying to reinforce that wearing the U.S. colors is different than playing for their clubs, “As we go through this whole lead-in, we keep trying to find ways with our group to not only talk about soccer but talk about how special it is to play for your national team, how special it is to represent your country,” he said.

LANDIS Continued from Page 1B hide,” Armstrong said at an impromptu news conference before the fifth stage of the Tour of California on Thursday. “Credibility, Floyd lost his credibility a long time ago.” Rogge said UCI officials will require “more evidence than just an e-mail. They need to have more details to launch an inquiry.” Rogge also expressed doubts about Landis’ claim that Armstrong and longtime coach Johan Bruyneel paid former UCI president Hein Verbruggen to cover up a test in 2002 after Armstrong purportedly tested positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO. Verbruggen is also a former IOC member. “To my knowledge it is not possible to hide a positive result,” Rogge said. “The lab knows the code. WADA gets it also. Then it goes to the national and international federations. “One person cannot decide: ’I can put this under the carpet.”’ The UCI denied changing or concealing a positive test result, and Bruyneel said, “I absolutely deny everything (Landis) said.” Rogge welcomed Landis’ confession of his own doping. “The fact that he is coming out is something that we applaud,” he said. “It will clear his conscience. An admission is proof under the WADA Code and you should be penalized.” Fahey, reached by phone in Melbourne, Australia, said Lan-

Photo by Justin Graybill/Lancaster Newspapers | AP

A sign and a Schwinn bicycle are shown in the front yard of Floyd Landis’ parents’ home in Farmersville, Pa., on Thursday. The leaders of the IOC and World Anti-Doping Agency said on Friday that Floyd Landis should provide concrete evidence to back up his allegations of doping by seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong. dis’ confessions didn’t surprise him. “There was absolutely no doubt about the decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sport on his final appeal,” Fahey said. “They saw him as being a cheat, and in this context, he has now admitted it, and I am pleased. There is no contrition, however, no apology, and I regret that.” In two e-mails obtained Thursday by The Associated

Press, Landis admitted for the first time what had long been suspected — that he was guilty of doping for several years before being stripped of his 2006 Tour title. “I want to clear my conscience,” Landis told “I don’t want to be part of the problem any more.” Neither Landis nor his family returned repeated messages from the AP.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the details of the emails. The newspaper also reported Landis was cooperating with the Food & Drug Administration’s criminal investigations unit and had met with FDA special agent Jeff Novitzky, the lead investigator in the BALCO case. In an e-mail Landis sent to USA Cycling chief Steve Johnson, he said Armstrong’s positive EPO test was in 2002,

around the time he won the Tour de Suisse. Armstrong won the Tour de Suisse in 2001 and did not compete in 2002. “We’re a little confused,” Armstrong said. The e-mail to Johnson also said: “Look forward to much more detail as soon as you can demonstrate that you can be trusted to do the right thing.” Landis also implicated at least 16 other people in various doping acts, including longtime Armstrong confidant George Hincapie, Olympic medalist Levi Leipheimer and Canadian cyclist Michael Barry. The Wall Street Journal reported another e-mail from Landis also linked another top American racer, Dave Zabriskie, to doping. “At the end of the day, he pointed the finger at everybody still involved in cycling,” Armstrong said. Landis is part of a long list of former Armstrong teammates and former U.S. Postal Service riders who have either acknowledged or been caught doping. USA Cycling would not comment about Landis’ series of emails, citing its policy on not discussing “doping allegations, investigations or any aspect of an adjudication process.” The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency also declined to comment for similar reasons. Like Armstrong, UCI president Pat McQuaid questioned Landis’ credibility.

GARCIA Continued from Page 1B experience for the ensuing year. “This will be a learning experience,” Garcia said. “Next year, I know what to expect.”

Keeping pace Garcia had a hard time with the

fast pace that was set by the leaders from the inception of the race, but she valiantly fought to keep up with the pack. “In the first two laps, I knew that I was going too fast,” Garcia said. “My plan was to stick with the pack.” Garcia did a great job the first

lap and was in the middle of the pack and helped into fourth place. But the combination of the heat and the fast pace proved to be too much for her to overcome. “I knew that this was a fast pace, and these girls are fast,” Garcia said. “ I tried to stick with them, but it was hard.”

Positive experience Garcia sees this race as a positive experience and hopes to be back here next year. “I know I need to work on my speed and stay positive,” she said. “I am going to work very hard to try to get back here next year and

do much better.” Villarreal hopes that this experience will used to start to bring some more Zapata athletes to the state meet. “This year we brought one athlete, now let’s see if we can bring some more next year and the years to follow,” Villarreal said.

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010


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9625 Ashton- 4bd/2ba/3cg Fenced, REDUCED $99,000 Call 284-1074 3bbrm, 2.5bth, 1628sq.ft., large kitchen, big back yard, N. Laredo, $159,000 Call 210-382-7856 Alexander- 3608 Josefina 4bd/3ba/2cg, Pool,3,000sqft LA,REDUCED $298,500 Call 774-9702; 771-3831 HILLSIDE TERRACE HOME FOR SALE!! 2 lots, 3600sqft, 4bd, 4.5ba, 2cg, beautiful garden, $340,000 Call 237-4804 IMMEDIA TE POSITIONS A V AILABLE THE LAREDO AREA


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OWNER FINANCE! INCOME PRODUCING PROPERTY 5 homes, all for $169,000 Rental income is $1950 p/mo Call 206-9615

off of HWY183- 12mil. North Golaid. Rolling terrane. Large oaks. Deer, turkeys, hogs, lots of game. Water and electric, windmill and 3 ponds. $4200 p/ac Call 361-438-1438 leave message.

Ranches for sale. We Finance $91,000 & up. 722-4447 or 723-8912 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY


Office building For sale! 2858sq.ft., per webb cab, $30 per sq.ft. as is, 110 Cedar, 724-2264 Professional Offices for Sale- 408 Shiloh Dr., 2 buildings, front building over 6,000sqft, rear building 3,000sqft. Total property approx 60,000sqft Currently leased! INCOME PRODUCING! $1.3million Negotiable Call Aaron Trevino 956-401-0742


Windfield Sub 3202 Wingate Ct,3bd/2ba/2cg, palapa W/bedroom & full bath,pool, 2,140sq.ft, $220,000 neg.,Call 956-489-3003 or 791-1913 MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE


Can you afford $500 month ( i n c l u d e s taxes, insurance) for a home of your own? TRUE “0” interest/30 years. Habitat for Humanity. 724-3227. E q u a l Housing Lender



For Sale Mobile Home 99’3/2, a/c, $14,500 cash Call 956-333-8355 Mobile Home and lot for sale. 3bd/2ba, single wide,Owner Finance $6000 down Call 206-8596 or 237-4379 Mobile home for sale! 3bd/1ba, $7,000, For information Call 956-727-1222 LOTS FOR SALE


2319 Los Pinos, 6,200 + 2 blocks from Perez elementary.Near New Walmart ZHWY $22,000. Call:(956)324-3733 Corner Lot for sale in Mirando City. 48’ft x 138’ft $6,000 Call 728-8202 after 5pm North Laredo, Lauren Ln., Tiara sbdvn,approx 7,050sqft.,near schools, shopping center,near hospitals, great location. $55,000 OBO Call:337-7738


**Shih-Tzu/Toy Poodle Puppy** Female, 8wks old with 1st set of shots, $130, Call 337-1809 5 wks terrier Fox Smooth puppies, $160, 1st shots, dewormed, 956-324-7914 ADBA Registered Blue Bully Pitbull puppies,2M/3F,1st shots,$350ea. Call: 796-0971 ATTENTION CAT LOVERS! Bengal cats for sale.Hard to find.3M exotic silver with black spotted bengals. Totally tamed, registered,microchiped,potty trained. Serious Inq. Only! $1500ea. Call 727-0442; 740-7201 Beautiful Weiner male,2yrs.ready to breed $175 OBO call: 774-0154 Chihuahua apple head puppies, all shots/ dewormed $150 & up! call:319-2469 Chihuahua puppies for sale $80ea. call 722-8853.


Dental Office Excellent opportunity for an energetic multitasker with strong people skills to join our progressive,fast paced practice. Must be self-motivated team player who can take the initiative to accomplish goals. We are looking for a •Chairside Assistant, •Hygieniest & •Administrative Assistant. Excellent benefits.7002 McPherson St. #104 or fax resume to 717-4106

Chihuahua Toy, white & black, male,10mths, all shots, $100 OBO SOLD Chihuahuas puppies,8wks,1 female and 2 male $120 each Call 286-4603 Doberman Pinscher,5 months old, $500, Call 284-1074 or 326-7482 French Poodle, white, female, all shots, 8mths, $100 OBO 286-2184 Gansos blancos, differentes tamanos, $15 a $25ea, Call 286-4603 Nice Beagle puppies for sale, 8wks old and all shots up to date, $150 OBO please call: 725-7001 Pink Crested Cockatoo, with cage, $800, Please Call 334-9806


Se vendeTelevision a color de 26” $100 OMO Inf: 722-8639 Se venden Cotorritos del amor. Listos para anidar. $10c/u Inf: 722-8639 LIVESTOCK & SUPPLIES


5 Ponies Starting at $275 Call 401-3070

90% Coastal Hay 10% Mixed grass square bales $5.00 401-3070 Beefmaster Heifers for sale.$550 and up. Call 286-3351 or 791-8502 CABRITOS, Live/Vivos $50 ea. Please Call 956/948-5218

Hay square bales starting at $7.00 call:401-3070 Reg.& Com.Red Brangus Bulls. 2yrs.& up Starting at $1500 & up 763-1116 & 763-7832 Registered Appaloosa colts & Fillies yearling’s, athletic bloodline, outstanding confirmation, beautiful. Starting $500 & up. 763-3355

Round bales starting $65.00 Call: 401-3070


Top quality alfalfa hay for sale. Starting at $12 & up 956 206 4444





Philips DVD HomeTheater System 1000watts,ipod & iphone dock incl., 1080 HDMI,upconvets, HighDefinition $150 401-7410 Round dinning table, cherry wood, seats 4, $275 call: 489-9198



* Vendo Varios Muebles Cajas con articulos para la casa. Comenzando en $25 775-5876 o 726-1271 32 inch, & 27 inch TV’s. Antique dresser with mirror, chest and drawers/ night stand, starting at $149, Call 754-7544 08’ 6x16, Trailer, excellent condition, new tires, $1,500 call 326-5187 4x7 utility trailer, OBO Call: 722-6441


Antique hand iron, 100% iron $25 call: 727-8401

Billiard Tables, parts, service $25 & up 744-1575,

PUGS for sale, 6wks, 1st shot & dwmd, $285 Call 645-1597



Bags of Ice for sale.85¢ p/10lbs. For more info call 723-5382

Chihuahua Puppies, 5wks, $150ea. Call 333-2732


OWNER FINANCE! South Side Home 3b/2ba,big yard, $89,900 Move in Today! Call 206-9615 Vendo casa en norte de la cuidad, 2400 pies, $175,000 Financiamos Inf: 956-436-5514; 956-229-8120


Carrier 2 ton compressor and blower unit. Good Cond. $450 OBO Call 722-2937

commercial refrigerator T35 and freezer T23 in excellent condition, Commercial 20 qrt Mixer w/stand table starting prices at $2,500 & up Call Rocio 337-5971 Electric stove, one month used, white, $250 firm, Call 401-8223, or 235-9572 Electric stove, self clean, color cream, Semi-new, used only 1yr., $250 OBO Call: 220-6927 Estufa Electrica de vidrio,funciona muy bien $219 Inf: 251-4023; 753-3515 Frigidaire Refrigerator, 21cuft, stainless stain, energy star, $450 Call 319-3979 Harley Davidson ‘03,RoadKing. Many upgrades with Motorcycle Platform lift. $11,500 Call 229-9059 Kingsford outdoor charcoal grill, 60” $90 OBO Call 401-7410 Lacks love seat, green color, good cond., $135 +other items. Call: 727-8443

Listos! Al Mundial Playeras “Negra” seleccion Mexicana. $30 Llamar 729-9180 Men’s Calvin Klein Underwear $13 piece. Many styles available. Call 956-857-5430 Men’s Rolex, 05’ GMT master2, Excellent condition $4,000 Call 326-5187 MTD 20hp Lawn Tractor, semi new, with bagging system. $750 Call 229-9059 New weed eater $40 Call 727-8401

Se vende Air cond. central, 5 toneladas, $1800 OMO Inf: 333-6463 Se vende carton de leche’s de Pediasure, $25/carton llame: 726-3986; 147*437694*1 Se vende Plancha Restaurante, $150 llame: 723-8104 Showcase w/lights. 19” x 18” X 36” $250 Call 333-2732

Sofa Grande y sofa sensillo para un persona. $198 Inf: 251-4023; 753-3515 Sunni TV 27” standard definition, digital conections, $85 Call 401-7410 Trailer BBQ Pit 6’x30” double door w i t h disc for Tripas $1600 Call 337-1794 Used 6 silice toaster & oven $30 Call 727-8401 USED HEIL 2 ton A/C $125. Call 725-3104 Used Refrigerator, $150 OBO Call: 220-6927 Used small sewing machine $25 Call 727-8401

Ventas de Muebles usados, comedores, cajoneras, camas, refri, y mas! Empesando en $50 Inf:774-0963 Winfield +/-15Ksqft $7.75p/sqft Call 235-3342 BUILDING MATERIALS


Entrance doors,8x6ft,3/4 beveled glass, 12 lite,used,but very nice $850 call 645-5093




‘81 Fish & Ski 115hp., 17ft, fiber glass, $2300 Call 235-5275



2 Manchester 60gal LP Tank, D.O.T approve, ready to be install on truck, pick up, or home! $400ea, Call 744-1318 ask for mr. Galvan 53 ft. Dry Van trailers for sale. $3,500 (956)237-6284. 145*2*55224 DOT ready.

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91’, Dakota belly dump, good condition, $12,000 OBO, Call 286-5084 Dry van for sale,‘95,53ft.,air suspension, good condition, $3,000. Call(956)774-0963 Pace American ‘05,12’x 6’black, closed box cargo trailer, $5,500 Call 235-6902 AUTOMOTIVE PARTS 4 Bridgestone tires 275/55R20 $200 OBO Call 324-1148




5 Bridgestone dueler A/T tires,1K miles, 255/70/18, $625 OBO Call: 286-655858 Chrom Rims with wide tires for Ford-150, 2004 & up, $450 Call:251-4023; 753-3515 MOTORCYCLES


05’ Kawasaki Z1000, Yoshi exhaust $4,800 OBO call 764-0970 ‘06 Kawasaki Vulcan LTD, 500cc, 3,300 miles, like new, exc. condition, $3400 OBO Call:324-2907

08’, 400 Susuki LTZ, quadrunner, yellow W/rock star emblems, hardly used Excellent Condition, $4,500 OBO Call 210-913-1770 3/4” Race track oval beveled edge g l a s s table with 6 chairs $500 Call 724-2284 Harley Davidson Deuce ‘03 for sale. 100yr. Anniversary, 11Kmil., Asking $14,000 Call 724-2284 TRUCKS FOR SALE


1963 Chevy classic pick up, working condition, & automatic, $2,500 3066 Saint Isaac (Cielito Lindo Sub) 2001 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD, long bed crew cab, $7,000 OBO Call: 337-4879 2002 Toyota Tacoma auto, A/C, one owner, asking $6,900 Call: 286-6221 ‘97 Jeep Wrangler (red) 4x4, auto., 79Kmil., MUST SEE! $6500 OBO Call 333-1508

Dodge Ram Pick-up ‘97, v6, short bed, A/C, tool box, $2500 OBO Call 285-5923 Ford Pick up ‘68, short bed, new paint, motor and transmission in excellent cond. $5900 Call 956-231-6136 Ford Windstar 00’, black, good cond., $2,600, Call 726-4980 GMC Sierra ‘85,v8,auto.,long bed, $1900 OBO Call 956-324-4803 H-3 Hummer yellow,chrome,sunroof, leather,60K miles,fully loaded, $15,400 call: 285-9322 Vendo Dodge Durango 2006, Navigation, sunroof, 4X4, Hemi motor, 35K miles, $10,500 OBO 775-9349 CARS FOR SALE


Buick Century Limited 98’, 4 door, $2,500, good condition, Call 251-7109 Chev. Camaro ‘1988, Iroc Z28, good cond. $2200 OBO Call 220-2823 Chevrolet HHR LT 07’, 47k mil., 4cyl, cd, A/c, Cruise control, Excellent Cond., $7,000 OBO Call 717-4943 or 52*11*26345 Dodge Intrepid 00’, $850 Needs repairs! Nice body, Cell 206-3459 Oldsmobile Cutlass ‘86, v8, $1000 OBO Call 712-1429 Suzuki Forenza ‘06, Loaded, low miles, 55Kmil., $4,250 Call 725-4766



SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010

76ers bring back one-time star Collins Philadelphia has hired former No. 1 draft pick to take over as coach of struggling franchise By DAN GELSTON ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Philadelphia 76ers made Doug Collins their top choice for a second time. Collins was hired Friday by the Sixers, charged with reviving a franchise that went 27-55 last season and has the No. 2 overall pick in next month’s draft. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday that Collins agreed to a four-year deal. Collins was selected among seven candidates, the second time the organization chose him above all others. The Sixers made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1973 draft. This is Collins’ fourth stint as an NBA coach. He’s worked as an analyst for TNT since leaving the Washington Wizards in 2003. “We are excited to hire a head coach with the level of experience, knowledge and passion for the game that Doug Collins has,” team president Ed Stefanski. “He has been around basketball his entire life, has experienced success at every step throughout his career and we are confident in his ability to lead our team.” Collins could not immediately be reached for comment. The Sixers have scheduled a news conference for Monday. Collins played eight seasons

with the 76ers and was a fourtime All-Star in a career shortened by injuries. He went 332-287 in coaching stints with Chicago, Detroit and Washington. He led the Bulls to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1989. Stefanski interviewed Collins on May 1, and he quickly became the No. 1 option to replace the fired Eddie Jordan. Among the other candidates who interviewed were former NBA coaches Avery Johnson and Sam Mitchell. “The past week has provided us with a series of events that we believe will be a turning point for the Philadelphia 76ers,” ComcastSpectacor chairman Ed Snider said. “Doug Collins is a coach that can make an immediate impact. He has all the attributes that we are looking for in a new head coach and we are happy to welcome him back into the Sixers family.” The 58-year-old Collins will need time to build a winner in Philadelphia, something other coaches haven’t been afforded. Since Larry Brown left in 2003, four others have failed to coach more than 82 games for the organization. Jordan, Stefanski’s first major coaching hire, flopped in his lone season. After first-round exits in the playoffs two straight seasons, the Sixers tumbled and wound up in the draft lottery.

Sixers forward Elton Brand hoped Collins would end the team’s coaching carousel. Brand, who hasn’t lived up to his $80 million, five-year contract signed in 2008, said there’s enough talent for Collins to bring them back to the postseason. “What gives me hope is that his body of work is pretty strong,” Brand said by phone from Los Angeles. “Around the league, people know he knows his X’s and O’s. He’s one of the best coaches that can draw up a play and get a guy a shot.” This could turn out as the most pivotal offseason for the Sixers since they selected Allen Iverson with the No. 1 overall pick in 1996. The Sixers moved up from the sixth spot to grab the No. 2 pick in Tuesday’s lottery. “Before last year, we seemed to be growing in the right direction,” Brand said. “Now it’s time to get back on track and I think these next four to five weeks are going to solidify where we’re going.” Brand’s first season with the 76ers was cut short by injury. His subpar 2009-10 season (13.1 points) was partly the victim of Jordan’s erratic use of him and others in the rotation. Marreese Speights and Thaddeus Young were among the promising core of young players who did not progress this season. “I’m sure he had other opportunities to coach other players, but he believes in us,” Brand said. “He believes in me as a player. I think he’ll figure it out.”

Photo by David Zalubowski | AP

In this Jan. 21 file photo, Doug Collins heads to center court to talk during the third quarter of a game between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers in Denver. The Philadelphia 76ers have hired Collins as their head coach.


INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard says a road race in Baltimore will be on the schedule next year. Baltimore officials have approved a contract and an IndyCar spokeswoman said the signing of a sanctioning agreement is a formality.

INDY NOTEBOOK Photo by Michel Euler | AP

Defending champion Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns the ball during a training session at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on Friday, just two days before the start of the 2010 French Open tennis tournament.

Federer not scared to face Nadal in Paris By HOWARD FENDRICH ASSOCIATED PRESS

PARIS — Plenty of tennis tournaments, big and small, ask Roger Federer to participate in their draw ceremonies — show up, shake some hands, pose for a few photos, lend prestige. He has a ready response. “I always say, ‘No,”’ the 16-time major champion explained, “because I don’t want to be a part of it.” At this year’s French Open, Federer did not have a choice in the matter. The French Open, you see, always invites the previous year’s male and female champions to help determine the brackets by reaching into the tournament’s silver trophies, randomly

selecting numbers assigned to players. Finally, Federer was eligible. So there he was Friday morning at the French tennis federation’s museum on the Roland Garros grounds, wearing a dark blazer, crisp collared shirt and jeans. Smiling for the cameras. Pulling numbers out of a trophy. Performing, at long last, the duties of the French Open’s defending champion. A few hours later and a short stroll away, Federer donned a gray T-shirt, black shorts and aqua headband and worked up a sweat while practicing in the main stadium, on the very court where a year ago he shed tears while kissing the one major tro-

phy that previously was missing from his collection. Arriving on site this year “felt different because I have so many great memories from this court now, whereas in the past, I mean, I played good matches, but I couldn’t come back and think, ‘This is where I’ve had my most emotional wins in my career,’” Federer said Friday. Stepping on Court Philippe Chatrier this week has allowed him to relive what happened in 2009 — the nerves that nearly overwhelmed him before serving for the last time in the final against Robin Soderling, for example, or the sensation of dropping to his knees after winning match point.

“We’re excited,” Bernard said during Indianapolis 500 practice on Friday. “There’s a bunch of them (Baltimore officials) flying in here. We’re excited to be heading to Baltimore.” The contract with a group of local investors calls for the race to be held every August for five years. City officials have estimated it will draw 100,000 spectators and generate millions in annual economic impact. The race would be the Indianapolis-based league’s only event in the mid-Atlantic region, giving it a foothold in a densely populated area that has little history with open-wheel racing. IndyCar also says it’s considering adding a race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. New Hampshire is just one of Bruton Smith’s tracks. “I have a lot of respect for him,” Bernard said.

Photo by Darron Cummings | AP

Vitor Meira leads a pack of cars down the front straight during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis on Thursday. “He’s a great promoter. I’m sure I can learn a lot from him. We want to go to his tracks.”

“I think that he’s ready to go for qualifying, and we kind of have what we have,” he said.

Tracy’s scrape

Viso’s artwork

Paul Tracy had the second-fastest lap on Thursday, but his luck wasn’t so good on Friday. The veteran scraped the wall on his 14th practice lap, ending his day prematurely. “It looked to me like he got a little wide and just tapped the wall,” KV Racing Technology co-owner Jimmy Vasser said. “Maybe took a little too much downforce off. Maybe he was running a little bit high. He tapped the wall, met the lower right rear wishbone.” Vasser said mechanics were working on the car, which should be ready for Saturday’s qualifying session.

E.J. Viso’s helmets offer protection and personality. The Venezuelan, who drives for KV Racing Technology, comes up with a different helmet design for nearly each race as a form of self expression. Some are given to charities to be auctioned after events. “We came up with the idea to do a new helmet design for each race,” Viso said. “The idea was to express something significant. Not necessarily about the race, but each design is an expression of something I want to communicate at that moment in time.”


SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010

ZAPATA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2010 Saul Aguilar Ana L. Albarran Virgil Alfaro Jeanet J. Alvarado Juan Manuel Alvarado III Karina Alvarado Roberto C. Amaya Erika J. Angeles Maria D. Angeles Sergio Aranda Jr. Selena Y. Arriaga Samuel Rogelio Arroyo Tanya Bear Wendy Bear Luis R. Benavides Ediel Bernal Lorena I. Bernal Marlowe D. Bigler Edlin Bola単os Alan Bravo Vanessa M. Bravo Christopher L. Buentello Celeste Bustamante Luis A. Bustamante Jr. Rudie Lynn Bustamante Thomas L. Bustamante Gerardo Cantu Jessica Cantu Jose D. Cantu Alfredo Castillo Alberto Chapa Christina M. Chapa Cristina Chapa Daniel Chapa Jr. Abigail R. Charles Alyssa Chavera Keith R. Cobb Jr. Samuel Cobos Bruce Conner Jr. Arturo James Crake III David N. Cruz Jr. Antonio Cuellar IV Angelique Marie Davila Lizarely Davila S. Roxanne Davis Eden De Los Santos Jose G. Delgado Jose Luis Delgado Jr. Joendel D. Domingo Lyanne Mayanin Eliserio Ivan Elizondo Adam Escamilla Sonia A. Espinoza Dalia D. Esquivel Luis Alejandro Esquivel Fabiola I. Fernandez Oscar Flores Roxanne C. Galunza Jorge A. Galvan Lyanne G. Gamez Esteban L. Garcia Jessica L. Garcia Jose Alejandro Garcia Josue J. Garcia Katheryn Michellle Garcia Luis Garcia Marisol Garcia Maritza Y. Garcia Michelle Y. Garcia Norberto Garcia Roberto D. Garcia Roberto Garcilazo III Alexis R. Garza

Franco Garza Ruth S. Gomez Angelina Marie Gonzalez Carlos N. Gonzalez Christina J. Gonzalez Christina L. Gonzalez Cristo Rey Gonzalez Francisco R. Gonzalez Gerardo Gonzalez Jessica E. Gonzalez Jose L. Gonzalez Jr. Misti Gonzalez Noe L. Gonzalez Yolanda Gonzalez Marion A. Grimaldo Pablo A. Guardian Clarissa L. Guerra Ricardo Guerra Jr. Roel Guerra Jose Luis Guevara III Gerardo Gutierrez IV Jorge Roel Gutierrez II Damaris Alejandra Guzman Jaime Javier Guzman Juan A. Guzman Maria L. Guzman Nancy E. Guzman Katherine Elia Harsacky Lupe Alexander Hernandez Lisa Hernandez Marlen Hernandez Omar Hernandez Jose C. Hinojosa Armando S. Humburd Eva J. Jasso Martin Juarez Jr. Maria D. Lara Julissa J. Lobaton Robert Macias Estefania Maldonado Jessica A. Martin Ashley L. Martinez Daniela Martinez Egberto Martinez Luisa L. Martinez Maria G. Martinez Mario A. Martinez Jr. Melissa L. Martinez Samantha R. Martinez Graciela Mata Alberto Melgoza Arturo Mendoza Roberto C. Minor Gabriela Molina Christina E. Montalvo Maria T. Montalvo Mitchell M. Moore Benjamin J. Morales Fernando Gabriel Morales Kristina Edith Morales David Ray Moya Clara L. Navarro Leyliana E. Navarro Sergio O. Navarro Jr. Stefani M. Navarro Jose L. Oceguera Jr. Angel G. Ortiz Luis A. Paredes Adriana Elizabeth Pe単a Esteban J. Pe単a Lisa Y. Perez AJ Pi単a

Oscar Quintanilla Jr. Sergio Quintanilla Jr. Cristal E. Ramirez Elva D. Ramirez Jesus R. Ramirez Jose L. Ramirez Jose A. Ramos Jr. Roel R. Ramos Jr. Marco A. Regalado Jocelin Resendez Saul Resendez Jr. Viviana Resendiz Jessica Y. Reyes Rosa L. Reyes Selena C. Reyes Regina K. Rich Loraly Ann Rivera Carmen L. Rocha-Arellano Cristina E. Rodriguez Julian Rodriguez Victoria A. Rodriguez Horacio Saenz Jr. Hector Jesus Salazar Miguel Salazar Adan Salinas Jr. Christina M. Salinas Elizabeth Salinas Irineo Salinas III Mindy L. Salinas Rosario M. Salinas Amanda Marie Sanchez Baldemar Sanchez Jr. Jorge Sanchez Lee R. Sanchez Priscilla Sanchez Ariana J. Sandoval Charles R. Scarberry Elizabeth Serna Amanda L. Shepherd Sean Dominique Silva Christina Solis Clarrissa L. Solis Hector A. Solis Joni A. Solis Rebecca A. Solis Reymundo Solis Rubina L. Solis Teodoro Teniente Jr. Lindsey A. Thatcher Wiley C. Tisdale III Alyssa M. Torres Jesus R. Torres Maria Magdalena Torres Maritza Lyzette Torres Thalia Torres Kristy C. Tovar Luis J. Tovar Lisa I. Trejo Megan S. Trisler Ricardo Valadez Stephanie J. Valadez Leonel A. Valdez Jose Vallejo Jr. Natividad Vazquez Horacio A. Vela Jr. Lorena A. Vela Aleysi L. Velazco Juan C. Vera Jr. Vanessa Villanueva Lorenzo Villarreal Jesus A. Wheeler Yahaira L. Yzaguirre

GRADUATION CEREMONY Graduating more than 110 students, Zapata High School will host graduation ceremonies for the class of 2010 on Friday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010




Regalado bound for Morales makes plans Texas State University to attend TAMIU Marco Alonzo Regalado is the valedictorian of the mighty senior class of 2010 at Zapata High School. He is the son of Dinorah and Sergio Regalado and brother to Alec and Sofia Regalado. After graduating, Regalado will be attending Texas State University in San Marcos and will study exercise and sports science with an emphasis in physical therapy and will be a member of the Honors Program at the university. He then plans to apply for the doctoral program at San Marcos in order to achieve his dream of becoming a doctor of physical therapy. After completing his university studies, Regalado wants to come back to Zapata to serve and help the community that has helped him so much as well. During his high school tenure, he competed and was a part of many clubs and organizations. Regalado was an active member in varsity football, UIL One-Act team, UIL prose team, National Honor Society, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, all of which he has been successful in. Regalado has earned many different accolades, from the athletic arena to the stage. When he was a sophomore, his UIL OneAct Play cast made a state appearance; his junior year he was awarded with an Honorable Mention AllDistrict Strong Guard, made a state appearance in UIL One-Act Play for a second consecutive year, as well as an individual

VALEDICTORIAN MARCO ALONZO REGALADO award of Honorable Mention State All-Star Cast. Regalado also competed at state level and was ranked amongst the top 12 in the state. His senior year he received another Honorable Mention All-District Quick Guard award, advanced to regionals with the UIL One-Act team and was named as alternate to state. Regalado competed in prose competition at the state for a second consecutive year and placed fourth in the UIL Prose State Meet. Along with serving his

school, he’s also active in his community. He was a co-organizer of the “Hawk Aid for Haiti” Flag Football Tournament, which raised approximately $1,650 for the Haitian community. Other community service projects he has participated include the Cancer Relay for Life, the public library, and serving as an assistant PeeWee Football Coach and official. Without the support of his friends, family and community none of this would be possible, so he would like to thank them.

Benjamin Joel Morales is the salutatorian for the mighty class of 2010 at Zapata High School. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jose Luis Morales and has two older brothers Joey, 24, and Albert, 21. Upon graduation he plans to attend Texas A&M International University where he will be part of the prestigious D.D. Hachar Honors Program. He plans to pursue a bachelor of science degree in nursing then transfer to Texas State in hopes of entering the physical therapy program with a vision of one day becoming a doctor in PT. He is extremely proud to say that Zapata has been his hometown all his life. During his four-year tenure at Zapata High School, he has been able occupy himself with various school activities and organizations; in doing so he has had the privilege to meet dynamic, unforgettable friends. Morales’ clubs include playing varsity football, varsity basketball, UIL One-Act Play, UIL calculator, UIL number sense, UIL mathematics and UIL current issues and events. Serving his class as a class officer all four years and being the treasurer of the National Honor Society has given Morales the opportunity to garner skills that helped him become a more responsible young adult. Many regional appearances have been

SALUTATORIAN BENJAMIN JOEL MORALES made in UIL academics during these last four years, but the One-Act Play team’s “Macbeth” performance that made it to state his junior is the one that Morales holds dear to his heart. The sweat drawn together under the scorching South Texas heat from tiring football practices is a reminder to him of the dedication and sacrifices the team made as a band of brothers, who like to be called “Hawk Football.” His senior year, the team was

able to make a bi-district appearance. All these team-oriented clubs have propelled Morales to always try his best in everything that he sets out to do, for the team is only as strong as its weakest member. Great morals have been instilled in him by his coaches and teachers. These acquired skills will pave the way to a successful future for Morales. The young adult that he has become is due in part to his forever supportive family and friends.

TAMIU offers leadership, test help courses SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Learn how to become a leader at work with a new graduate course this Fall 2010 at Texas A&M International University. “Communicating Leadership,” (MGT 5399-160) will be offered by the TAMIU A. R. Sanchez Jr. School of Business and taught by Paul E. Madlock, assistant professor, Division of International Business and Technology. Madlock has more than 20 years of experience as a manufacturing executive and has insight into the realm of leadership from a theoretical and applied perspective. He earned his Ph.D. at West Virginia University and his M.A. and B.A. from the University of Akron with an emphasis in business and organizational communication. This course will help students answer: What is leadership? What are some people perceived as leaders while others are not? What does communication and the most prominent leadership theories share in common? Are leaders born or are they made? How I can become a leader? For more information,

contact Madlock at or call 326-2527. Registration is underway online at

Free test help Improve that Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) score with help from Texas A&M International University’s free seven-day Summer Academic Mathematics and Writing Boot Camp offered by the University College. Registration is open until the date of each camp at Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall (BCH), rooms 205 and 203. Two boot camps are scheduled this summer: July 12 – 21 and July 26 – Aug. 4, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 – 4:30 p.m. The boot camps are for students who scored: Writing—220 THEA or a five essay on Compass; Math—230-249 THEA or 39 – 44 on Compass. The camps provide a curriculum of content review and test practice so students may more effectively prepare for the THEA to improve skill levels in reading, writing and math.

Only current TAMIU students or students registered at TAMIU for Fall 2010 in developmental status may apply. Other THEA help is available at TAMIU’s prep workshops offered June 1-4. Registration fee for the workshop is $40 for the general public and free for TAMIU students. Seating is limited. Register at Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall (BCH), room 204 and 205. The workshops offer instruction in math, reading and writing. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday, June 1, through Friday, June 4, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: math – fundamentals of math, algebra, geometry and problem solving. Tuesday, June 1 and Wednesday, June 2 from 1 – 5 p.m.: reading – inferen-

ce, generalization and main idea. Thursday, June 3 and Friday, June 4 from 9 .m. – 1 p.m.: writing—essay tips and grammar tricks. For more information about either the boot camp or the prep workshops, call Norma Cortez at 326-2722 or Taryn Shehab at 326-2883.

Summer schedule Texas A&M International University will begin its 9-hour, four-and a half-day work week schedule for the summer months Thursday, May 27. The schedule will continue through Wednesday, Aug. 18. Most classes will be offered Monday through noon Friday. In general, university offices will be

open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays. The university campus, except for the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, will be closed Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday. Starting Saturday, May 29, the library will observe the following schedule: 7:30 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and noon to midnight, Sunday. Updated schedules are available at

The entire university will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 31. The library will also close Sunday, May 30. General registration for all summer sessions and Fall is underway online at Summer Session I Classes begin Monday, June 7 and will end Friday, July 12. Summer Session II classes begin Monday, July 12 and conclude Thursday, Aug. 12. . Information is available 24/7 on and via the university’s Facebook and Twitter presences.

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