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Immigration Bill’s sponsors offer a border security amendment in the U.S. Senate By ERICA WERNER AND DAVID ESPO ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — An agreement to vastly increase fencing, patrols and high-tech monitoring along the U.S.-Mexico border was formally unveiled in the Senate on Friday, providing powerful momentum to a far-reaching immigration bill backed by the White House. With the border security amendment finalized, the immigration

legislation immediately picked up an additional likely Republican supporter: Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who signed on as a co-sponsor of the amendment. “This amendment will put to rest any remaining credible concerns about the border, about border security,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said on the Senate floor as he filed the measure and announced procedural steps to bring it to a vote early next week.

“The opposition of a small group is not going to stop this bill from moving forward,” Reid said. The deal doubling Border Patrol agents and adding hundreds of miles of fencing along the Southwest border had already won support from four other undecided Republican senators who are now likely to back the immigration bill when it comes to a final vote next


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Shown are narcotics, weapons and cash seized when investigators arrested two men at houses on Brazos Sreet and Iturbide Street.

Two arrested, drugs seized


Deputies raid two houses; confiscate weapons, drugs and money Dr. Joaquin G. Cigarroa Jr., left, presented Jorge A. Montes M.D., of Zapata, an award from the Patient Institute and the Laredo Medical Center for his leadership attributes and “patient first” attitude. Photo by Danny Zaragoza | Laredo Morning Times


LAREDO — A young physician from Zapata received an award Saturday, June 15, from the Patient Institute and the Laredo Medical Center for his leadership attributes and “patient first” attitude. Jorge Antonio Montes, M.D. was presented the first Joaquin G. Cigar-

roa Jr., M.D. Award for Leadership and Excellence in Patient Care at the home of Jorge and Adriana Cigarroa in Regency Park. “With this award we honor many outstanding individuals whose hearts are in Laredo,” said Dr. Adam V. Ratner, chairman of the Patient Institute. Ratner recognized Dr. Joaquin Cigarroa Jr. as a living legend in Texas

medicine. He said award recipient Montes demonstrates the skills necessary to become a similar leader in Laredo for his generation. Ratner also cited Laredo Medical Center for its “community-spirited and forward-thinking leadership.” Cigarroa commended Montes for his desire to return to South Texas



Warrants served June 14 at a couple of Zapata homes yielded narcotics, guns and two arrests, a Zapata County Sheriff ’s Office spokesperson said Friday. Authorities identified the men as Juan Carlos Garcilazo, 36, and Ramiro Garcilazo, 48. Ramiro Garcilazo was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony that could carry a punishment of two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Investigators charged Juan Carlos Garcilazo with possession of a controlled substance. The crime is a first-degree felony which could carry up to 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Justice of the Peace Juana Maria Gutierrez set a $100,000 bond for each man. Both Garcilazos remained

behind bars at the Zapata Regional Jail as of Friday afternoon, according to custody re- J.C. GARCILAZO cords. Sgt. Mario Elizondo said investigators executed simultaneous warrants June 14 in the R. GARCILAZO 1900 block of Brazos Street and 2400 block of Iturbide Street. Both homes are nearly 1 mile apart from each other. In total, investigators seized several doses of cocaine adding up to 294 grams of cocaine and $3,240. The narcotics had an estimated street value of $6,300. (César G. Rodriguez may be reached at 728-2568 or


State’s food prices dip in time for summer SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

WACO — Texas shoppers can save on summer grilling essentials — including a hamburger, chicken breast or pork chop — according to the latest Texas Farm Bureau Grocery Price Watch survey. The total cost of the 16-item grocery basket was $44.55, down from $46.40 last quarter. “One of Texans’ favorite summer pastimes is grilling,” said TFB President Kenneth Dierschke. “Good deals on meat make it easier to serve up a delicious, affordable meal for your family.” Food prices have held steady compared to the second quarter of 2012, as well, with the sample grocery basket totaling 11 cents less this year. “Although some of our own Texas farmers and ranchers still are experiencing difficult drought conditions, our neighbors in the Midwest have enjoyed more rain this year. Extra moisture has made

our nation’s corn, wheat and other crops flourish. That has helped level out commodity prices, which trickle down to consumers,” Dierschke said. “Many of the items in our Grocery Price Watch basket reflect those savings.” Of the 16 items surveyed, 13 items decreased in price from last quarter: lettuce, fresh tomatoes, corn flakes, rice, dried pinto beans, cake mix, milk, sliced turkey, cheddar cheese, ground beef, chicken breasts, sirloin steak and pork chops. Only three items — grapefruit, white bread and vanilla ice cream — increased in price from the last quarterly survey. The TFB Grocery Price Watch is conducted quarterly by volunteer shoppers at grocery stores across Texas. The current survey data was collected by 41 shoppers from June 6-13, 2013. TFB has monitored Texas food prices through its Grocery Price Watch survey since March 2009.


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The Texas A&M International University Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium will show "The Future Is Wild" at 4 p.m. and "New Horizons" at 5 p.m. General admission is $3. Call 3263663.

Thursday, June 27 Los Amigos Duplicate Bridge Club will meet at the Laredo Country Club, from 1:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call Beverly Cantu at 727-0589.

Friday, June 29 The Texas A&M International University Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium will show: "The Zula Patrol: Down to Earth" at 5 p.m.; "Seven Wonders" at 6 p.m.; and "Lamps of Atlantis" at 7 p.m. General admission is $4 for children and $5 for adults. Premium shows are $1 more. Call 326-3663. Photo by Eric Gay | AP

Saturday, June 30 The Joey Muñoz 4th of July Memorial 3-Mile Run and 1-Mile Walk starts at 8 a.m. at Laredo Community College’s Ft. McIntosh campus, next to the Recreational Complex pool. Fee is $5. Proceeds benefit the South Texas Food Bank. Sign up on race day at 7 a.m. or on June 28, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Academy on San Bernardo Ave. Call Jose Navarro 337-4227.

Tuesday, July 2 The Les Amis birthday club will hold its monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Day Inn Civic Center. This month’s honorees are Minerva R. Garcia, Minerva Sandoval, Cristina Garza, Lely Garza, Consuelo Lopez, Irma Velasquez, Maria Teresa Ramirez, Teresa M. Saenz and Rebecca Martinez. This month’s hostesses are Lilia Linares, Alicia S. Zuñiga and Luisa Peña.

Saturday, July 6 First United Methodist Church will hold a used book sale, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 1220 McClelland Ave. Hardback books are $1, paperback books 50 cents, and magazines and children’s books 25 cents.

Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, chairman of the Senate Redistricting committee, is seen May 30 in Austin. The House gave final passage Friday to three bills containing the maps for the Texas House, Senate and congressional districts. The Senate and congressional maps passed without change, and are on their way to the Gov. Rick Perry to sign.


AUSTIN — Texas lawmakers have taken a major step toward accomplishing the main goal of the special legislative session by adopting new voting maps. But that doesn’t mean the matter will be resolved soon. The House gave final passage Friday to three bills containing the maps for the Texas House, Senate and congressional districts. The Senate and congressional maps passed without change, and are on their way to the Gov. Rick Perry to sign. The Senate will likely approve minor changes to the Texas House maps on Sunday. Lawmakers also approved a new sentencing option for juveniles who commit capital crime, allowing judges and juries to choose life in prison with the possibility of parole in 40 years.

Gov. Rick Perry added the measure to the special legislative session last month along with redistricting, abortion regulations and transportation funding. Lawmakers must pass the bills before Tuesday, when the special legislative session ends. Under Texas law, a 17-year old is considered an adult in a capital murder case and, until recently, faced a sentence of life without a parole. But the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that such a sentence was unconstitutional for minors, leading Texas lawmakers to add the option of life with parole possible after 40 years, the same sentence used for offenders between 14 and 16. Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, said the law was necessary to close a “doughnut hole” that left state law without a way to sentence 17-year-olds guilty of murder while committing another felony.

Thursday, July 11 The Laredo Association of Realtors will host a Bowl-a-Thon at 6 p.m. at Jett Bowl North, 701 Gale St. Fee is $150 per five-player team. There will be door prizes and trophies awarded for first, second and third place. Prizes will be awarded for best bowling team shirt, most spirited team and best of the last bowlers. Players must be 18 years or older. Call 712-4400.

Saturday, July 20 The PFC Ira “Ben” Laningham IV 5K Memorial Run is set for 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. There will also be a 200m Kids Fun Run. Early registration through Sunday is $8; from Monday through July 19, $10; and late registration on race day is $15. Registration for the Kids Fun Run is $5. Those who wish to participate may register at Zapata Boys & Girls Club, 306 6th St.; Zapata County Chamber of Commerce, 601 N. U.S. 83; Momentum Running Co., 1202 E. Del Mar Blvd., Ste. 103, Laredo; or by email at event/5820121139#.

Former soldier sentenced Unemployment largely flat Man charged with killing in hit plan at 6.5 percent mother at The Woodlands LAREDO — A federal judge sentenced a former U.S. soldier for his role in a murder-for-hire plot near the U.S.-Mexico border. Samuel Walker, 29, of Shaon, Miss., received 15 years in prison Friday. Prosecutors say a co-defendant in 2011 negotiated with people he thought were members of the Zetas drug cartel but were undercover agents.

Ex-teacher guilty of telling students to hit bully SAN ANTONIO — A former teacher has been convicted for an incident where she directed students to strike a schoolmate for being a bully. Cynthia Ambrose, 44, instructed her students to line up and hit a 6-year-old. The May 2012 incident occurred when the child was brought to Ambrose after he hit another student.

AUSTIN — State officials say the Texas unemployment rate has remained essentially flat as 19,500 jobs were added to the work force in May. The highest unemployment rate for May was recorded in the McAllen-Mission-Edinburg region at 10.9 percent, with the Brownsville-Harlingen area at 10.4 percent.

Fair: New Big Tex voice chosen but still secret DALLAS — A new Big Tex has a new voice. But the State Fair of Texas isn’t ready to disclose who will provide that voice. Fair officials announced Thursday that the voice talent has been chosen for the fair’s iconic animated cowboy statue. The talent’s identity won’t be revealed until the fair’s opening day Sept. 27. The winner was chosen from 111 applicants and four finalists.

THE WOODLANDS — A man accused of fatally shooting his mother was arrested following a standoff at a Houston-area home where the body was found. Stuart McGuirt, 37, of Spring was being held without bond Friday on a murder charge.

Man guilty in porn case offers to mentor youths CORPUS CHRISTI — A man who pleaded guilty in a child pornography case then sought leniency by offering to mentor youths must serve nearly 13 years in prison. A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Jose Luis Salazar, 70, who in March pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of minors by distributing child pornography. Salazar told a judge he never physically hurt anyone, had a lot to offer and he could be useful mentoring children. — Compiled from AP reports

Saturday, Aug. 3 First United Methodist Church will hold a used book sale, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 1220 McClelland Ave. Hardback books are $1, paperback books 50 cents, and magazines and children’s books 25 cents.

Friday, Aug. 23 The South Texas Food Bank’s Empty Bowls VII fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. at the Laredo Energy Arena, 6700 Arena Blvd. The event will feature the band Starship and honor J.C. Martin III and James Pearl, trustees from the Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust. Table sponsorships start at $1,500. Call 324-2432.

Saturday, Sept. 7 First United Methodist Church will hold a used book sale, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 1220 McClelland Ave. Hardback books are $1, paperback books 50 cents, and magazines and children’s books 25 cents. Submit calendar items by emailing with the event’s name, date and time, locations and purpose and contact information for a representative. Items will run as space is available.

AROUND THE NATION Mom smacks daughter in slave labor case video CLEVELAND — A video showing an Ohio woman harshly spanking her young daughter has emerged in a federal case alleging the woman and the girl were held captive for two years. A video provided Friday by the Ashland County prosecutor’s office shows the woman smacking the child repeatedly on the backside. Another video shows her hitting the child in the face and saying, “Shut up.” The mentally disabled woman has claimed it was staged under duress, when she feared she or her daughter would be harmed. Four are charged with enslaving the mother and her child, threatening her and beating her.

Bug exposes contact information on Facebook Facebook says a bug in its system led 6 million users’ contact

Today is Saturday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2013. There are 192 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 22, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, more popularly known as the “GI Bill of Rights.” On this date: In 1611, English explorer Henry Hudson, his son and several other people were set adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers aboard the Discovery; their fate remains unknown. In 1870, the United States Department of Justice was created. In 1911, Britain’s King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey. In 1937, Joe Louis began his reign as world heavyweight boxing champion by knocking out Jim Braddock in the eighth round of their fight in Chicago. In 1938, Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling in the first round of their rematch at Yankee Stadium. In 1940, during World War II, Adolf Hitler gained a stunning victory as France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris. In 1943, federal troops put down race-related rioting in Detroit that claimed more than 30 lives. In 1962, Air France Flight 117, a Boeing 707, crashed while on approach to Guadeloupe, killing all 113 people on board. In 1970, President Richard Nixon signed an extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that lowered the minimum voting age to 18. In 1977, John N. Mitchell became the first former U.S. Attorney General to go to prison as he began serving a sentence for his role in the Watergate cover-up. (He was released 19 months later.) In 1993, former first lady Pat Nixon died in Park Ridge, N.J., at age 81. Today’s Birthdays: Actor Ralph Waite is 85. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is 80. Singer-actor Kris Kristofferson is 77. Movie director John Korty is 77. Actor Michael Lerner is 72. Actor Klaus Maria Brandauer is 70. Broadcast journalist Brit Hume is 70. Singer Peter Asher (Peter and Gordon) is 69. Actor Andrew Rubin is 67. Actor David L. Lander is 66. Singer Howard “Eddie” Kaylan is 66. Singer-musician Todd Rundgren is 65. Actress Meryl Streep is 64. Actress Lindsay Wagner is 64. Singer Alan Osmond is 64. Actor Murphy Cross is 63. Actor Graham Greene is 61. Pop singer Cyndi Lauper is 60. Actor Chris Lemmon is 59. Rock musician Derek Forbes is 57. Actor Tim Russ is 57. Rock musician Garry Beers (INXS) is 56. Actor-producer-writer Bruce Campbell is 55. Rock musician Alan Anton (Cowboy Junkies) is 54. Actress Tracy Pollan is 53. Environmental activist Erin Brockovich is 53. Rock singer-musician Jimmy Somerville is 52. Author Dan Brown is 49. Rock singer-musician Mike Edwards (Jesus Jones) is 49. Rock singer Steven Page is 43. Actor Michael Trucco is 43. Actress Mary Lynn Rajskub is 42. TV personality Rock musician Chris Traynor is 40. Thought for Today: “To understand is hard. Once one understands, action is easy.” — Sun Yat-sen, Chinese statesman (1866-1925).

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Lionel Koons is seen in custody at the Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center in Minden, La., on Wednesday. He was one of six people of a Louisiana company who have been arrested on charges of improperly storing explosives. information being exposed. The social media company said Friday that a bug led to some contact information — such as email addresses or phone numbers — to be uploaded by other users. The problem arose when a us-

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Nomination period Farm Service Agency is accepting names for committees SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

LAREDO — Webb County USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director CED Martin J. Garcia, announced county committee election nominations began Monday. Farmers, ranchers and landowners are encouraged to nominate candidates to serve on their local FSA county committee by the August 1 deadline. Elected county committee members serve a threeyear term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues. County committees are comprised of three to 11 members. “County Committees are unique to FSA and are instrumental in all aspects of

federal farm program implementation at the local level,” Garcia said. Producers may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Organizations that represent minority and women farmers and ranchers may also nominate candidates. Nominees must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate. To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign form FSA-669A. The form and more information about county committee elections are available online at: “It is important that county committees are comprised of members

who fairly represent the diverse demographics of production agriculture for their community,” Garcia said. “All producers, including women, minority and beginning farmers and ranchers are encouraged to participate in the nomination and election process.” Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on August 1. FSA will mail ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 4. The ballots are due back in the local county office by mail or in person no later than Dec. 2. All newly elected county committee members and alternates will take office January 1. For more information about county committees, contact the office at 956723-3222 ext# 2 or visit



Juan Domingo Gutierrez III, 43, was arrested and charged with assault, family violence at about 2:45 p.m. June 12 on Miraflores Street. He had a $10,000 bond. An assault was reported at 10:11 p.m. June 15 in the 1800 block of Diaz Avenue. Fabian Angeles-Lobaton, 28, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault at about 6:15 a.m. June 16 in the 1900 block of Elm Street. He had a $100,000 bond at the Zapata County Regional Jail. A man reported at 1:20 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Alamo Street and Texas 16 that a man he knows assaulted him.

A 59-year-old man reported at 5:18 p.m. June 15 in the Medina Addition that someone had broken into his home. Deputies responded to a burglary call at 10:21 p.m. June 15 about 9 miles east of Texas 16. A residential alarm went off. Nothing was stolen, according to a sheriff ’s office spokesman.

INTERFERENCE WITH A CALL Deputies responded to a domestic violence call at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of First Street. A 19-year-old woman stated that a person she knows

interfered with an emergency call.

POSSESSION Alberto Jaime, 18, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana at about 1 a.m. Monday in the intersection of U.S. 83 South and Sixth Street. He was taken to the Zapata Regional Jail.

PUBLIC INTOXICATION Garret Humphries, 19, was arrested and charged with public intoxication at about 2 a.m. Thursday in the 400 block of FM Road 496. He was later released for future court appear-


hood that someone threatened him over the phone.



A 37-year-old man reported at 12:12 a.m. Monday on County Road and Vista Hermosa in the Falcon Lake Estates neighbor-

A man reported at 1:09 p.m. June 13 in the 500 block of Hawk Street that someone stole his two goats.

A 46-year-old woman reported a theft of service regarding fuel transactions at 5:42 p.m. June 14 at the sheriff ’s office. A 49-year-old woman reported at 6:28 p.m. June 14 in the 800 block of Ramireño Street that someone stole a boat from the back of her residence.








When you are the House majority whip, your job is to “whip” votes. As in, get people to vote for things. That didn’t work out so well for Rep. Kevin McCarthy this past week. The California Republican was more spectator than team captain as he watched the failure of the farm bill — an amalgam of measures including crop insurance and subsidies — in large part due to the revolt of more than five dozen GOPers. Republicans tried to blame Democrats for the flop, insisting that Rep. Collin Peterson, Minn., the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, had promised 40 votes from his side and failed to deliver. Um, what? Since when does the majority party in the House not have a backup plan in case the minority side doesn’t deliver?

Democratic defections shouldn’t have been a problem. Remember that Republicans control a comfortable 234 House seats. (By comparison, the GOP controlled 230 seats after the 1994 tidal wave election.) Clearly, the farm bill loss was an unforced error. Especially since the Republicans voting against it included five committee chairmen — people who are the definition of the party establishment — and among them was Rep. Ed Royce, Calif., who hails from McCarthy’s home state. Coming on the heels of a quixotic vote forced by social conservatives who want to ban abortion after 20 weeks, the problem is obvious: Republican leaders are leaders in name only. They lack the ability to lead their fractious conference anywhere. Kevin McCarthy, for getting whipped by your own party, you had the worst week in Washington. Congrats, or something.


Not all chips are the same By THE KANSAS CITY STAR MCT

While Congress wrestles with the politics of a new Farm Bill members eventually did not pass, we can’t resist noting the politics of food packaging. Take a simple bag of chips. Some of us do, we admit, on occasion indulge in that guilty pleasure. But not all chips are created alike. You have to read the fine and not-sofine print to appreciate the difference. Here’s a favorite: A chip that is gluten-free, Kosher, made with nonGMO potatoes, non-GMO sunflower oil, cholesterol free, with no trans fat and no MSG. Wow. One might think it’s a super food. But wait. As the package intones, there’s more goodness here. Our rosemary and olive oil chip bag proclaims its charitable commitment. "We enthusiastically support various non-profit organizations by highlighting a different charity on every flavor of (XXX) snacks. (We’re blurring the company name to

protect the innocent and not give it an unfair advantage in the minds of shoppers). If this charity resonates with you, please consider helping their cause!" Then the charity appears, with a helpful QR image, allowing eaters to drag out their smartphones, scan, and learn more, while also collecting coupons for good measure. Almost forgot one more claim: It’s produced in a certified nut-free facility. Politically, this wee bag of chips is beyond reproach. That is, until you get to the part about 140 calories, 11 percent of your recommended daily allowance of fat, and 10 percent of your recommended sodium allotment. And that’s for just one of the two servings in the bag, or 12 chips! Really, who eats just 12 politically perfect chips? Not us. We woofed down the whole bag, and then felt guilty. Just not as guilty had it not been so pure. Keep reading those labels. It’s educational and sometimes quite entertaining.


Back in March, when gay marriage issues exploded upon the Supreme Court, National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown didn’t appreciate how the media covered the news. His ideological brethren had to fight to get their views published. Nearly three months later, a study by the Pew Research Center’s Project

for Excellence in Journalism has completed a close examination of how the media covered the issue. The principal finding? Detractors of gay marriage couldn’t buy their way into the coverage. Here’s how the PEJ puts it: “Almost half (47 percent) of the nearly 500 stories primarily focused on support, while 9 percent largely focused on opposition and 44 percent had a roughly equal mix of both viewpoints.”


The declining humanities Why have college majors in the humanities declined over the past 50 years? By DAVID BROOKS NEW YORK TIMES

A half-century ago, 14 percent of college degrees were awarded to people who majored in the humanities. Today, only 7 percent of graduates in the country are humanities majors. Even over the past decade alone, the number of incoming students at Harvard who express interest in becoming humanities majors has dropped by a third. Most people give an economic explanation for this decline. Accounting majors get jobs. Lit majors don’t. And there’s obviously some truth to this. But the humanities are not only being bulldozed by an unforgiving job market. They are committing suicide because many humanists have lost faith in their own enterprise. Back when the humanities were thriving, the leading figures had a clear definition of their mission and a fervent passion for it. The job of the humanities was to cultivate the human core, the part of a person we might call the spirit, the soul, or, in D.H. Lawrence’s phrase, “the dark vast forest.” This was the most inward and elemental part of a person. When you go to a funeral and hear a eulogy, this is usually the part they are talking about. Eulogies aren’t résumés. They describe the person’s

care, wisdom, truthfulness and courage. They describe the million little moral judgments that emanate from that inner region. The humanist’s job was to cultivate this ground — imposing intellectual order upon it, educating the emotions with art in order to refine it, offering inspiring exemplars to get it properly oriented. Somewhere along the way, many people in the humanities lost faith in this uplifting mission. The humanities turned from an inward to an outward focus. They were less about the old notions of truth, beauty and goodness and more about political and social categories like race, class and gender. Liberal arts professors grew more moralistic when talking about politics but more tentative about private morality because they didn’t want to offend anybody. To the earnest 19-yearold with lofty dreams of self-understanding and moral greatness, the humanities in this guise were bound to seem less consequential and more boring. So now the humanities are in crisis. Rescuers are stepping forth. On Thursday, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences released a report called “The Heart of the Matter,” making the case for the humanities and social sciences. (I was a member of

this large commission, although I certainly can’t take any credit for the result.) The report is important, and you should read it. It focuses not only on the external goods the humanities can produce (creative thinking, good writing), but also the internal transformation (spiritual depth, personal integrity). It does lack some missionary zeal that hit me powerfully as a college freshman when the humanities were in better shape. One of the great history teachers in those days was a University of Chicago professor named Karl Weintraub. He poured his soul into transforming his student’s lives, but, even then, he sometimes wondered if they were really listening. Late in life, he wrote a note to my classmate Carol Quillen, who now helps carry on this legacy as president of Davidson College. Teaching Western Civ, Weintraub wrote, “seems to confront me all too often with moments when I feel like screaming suddenly: ’Oh, God, my dear student, why CANNOT you see that this matter is a real, real matter, often a matter of the very being, for the person, for the historical men and women you are looking at - or are supposed to be looking at!’ “I hear these answers and statements that sound like mere words, mere ver-

bal formulations to me, but that do not have the sense of pain or joy or accomplishment or worry about them that they ought to have if they were TRULY informed by the live problems and situations of the human beings back there for whom these matters were real. The way these disembodied words come forth can make me cry, and the failure of the speaker to probe for the open wounds and such behind the text makes me increasingly furious. “If I do not come to feel any of the love which Pericles feels for his city, how can I understand the Funeral Oration? If I cannot fathom anything of the power of the drive derived from thinking that he has a special mission, what can I understand of Socrates? ... How can one grasp anything about the problem of the Galatian community without sensing in one’s bones the problem of worrying about God’s acceptance? “Sometimes when I have spent an hour or more, pouring all my enthusiasm and sensitivities into an effort to tell these stories in the fullness in which I see and experience them, I feel drained and exhausted. I think it works on the student, but I do not really know.” Teachers like that were zealous for the humanities. A few years in that company leaves a lifelong mark.

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Singer Michael Jackson is seen on March 5, 2009. A sleep expert, Charles Czeisler, told jurors Friday that Jackson exhibited symptoms of someone totally sleep deprived when he died in June 2009.


LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson’s inability to learn new dance moves and remember the lyrics to his songs were symptoms that the singer was totally sleep deprived by the time of his death, a sleep expert told a jury Friday. Charles Czeisler said reports by workers on Jackson’s ill-fated comeback concerts that the entertainer was losing weight, exhibiting signs of paranoia and his condition seemed to be deteriorating were consistent with someone who hadn’t gotten any real sleep in a long time. The sleep deprivation was likely caused by Jackson’s use of the anesthetic propofol, which Czeisler said would put the singer in a drug-induced coma and not meet his body’s need for actual sleep. Tests in animals showed that similar levels of sleep deprivation resulted in the deaths of laboratory animals and would likely cause the death of a human, he said. Czeisler relied heavily on testimony and emails from choreographers and others working on Jackson’s “This Is It” tour to form his opinion. The testimony detailed Jackson’s

missed rehearsals and reports that he was picking up dance moves slowly, as well as that he requested a teleprompter to display lyrics to his songs. “The meticulous detailing of his deterioration here was both profound and sad,” Czeisler said. The Harvard professor and sleep researcher is testifying as a sleep expert in a lawsuit filed by the singer’s mother against concert promoter AEG Live LLC. Czeisler, who is being paid $950 an hour for his work on the case, said he reached his opinion after reviewing testimony and other evidence shown to jurors during Katherine Jackson’s eight-week trial against AEG. A lawyer for Katherine Jackson summarized the evidence used to form the basis for Czeisler’s opinion in a 17-minute, 1,833 word question that caused the trial to grind to a halt on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Michael Koskoff ’s inquiry was posed as a hypothetical question to Czeisler that included a summary of testimony, passages of emails shown to jurors and other evidence presented during trial. A judge said the ques-

tion contained details that are inadmissible in the trial and misstated several other details. Superior Court Yvette Palazuelos opted not to strike the question from the record but allowed Koskoff to clarify it. That process took another 19 minutes on Friday. Attorneys spent roughly an hour arguing over the structure of the lengthy question, leaving jurors waiting for nearly 30 minutes on Friday. Czeisler earned more than $250 listening to the initial question, and more than $300 listening to Koskoff clarify it. Czeisler is a Harvard-educated sleep expert who has consulted on sleep issues for sports teams, the Rolling Stones, ex-NBA player Shaquille O’Neal and government agencies such as the CIA and U.S. Marshals Service. Katherine Jackson’s negligent hiring suit claims AEG Live is responsible for her son’s death because it failed to properly investigate Conrad Murray, who was convicted of giving Jackson a fatal dose of propofol, and missed warning signs about his health. AEG denies it hired Murray or could have known that the former cardiologist was giving Jackson propofol as a sleep aid.

NEW YORK — A fingerpointing political argument on Fox News Channel boiled over when a male conservative talk show host shouted at a woman to “know your role and shut your mouth.” The man, Bill Cunningham, later asked Fox contributor Tamara Holder, “Are you going to cry?” Fox on-air personalities on Friday were talking about the exchange on Sean Hannity’s prime-time show the night before. Commentator Juan Williams concluded that Cunningham “obliterated the line” of civil discourse in his argument with Holder. The two had been brought on by Hannity to discuss whether Attorney General Eric Holder — no relation to Tamara — had committed perjury. Cunningham, sitting next to Tamara Holder in a New York studio, called her “one of the stooges of the left that will always be there to excuse away criminal behavior.” He said she had the “incurable fatal condition of liberalism that caused people like Eric Holder to be the consulary of Barack Hussein Obama.” He was jabbing a finger at Holder, who returned the favor. “I really hope that when you speak to a judge, you don’t point your finger in

You shut up! Know your role and shut your mouth.” BILL CUNNINGHAM, PROGRAM GUEST

I don’t shake hands with trolls.” TAMARA HOLDER, PROGRAM GUEST

the person’s face the entire time,” she said. “Your finger does not make your point.” Cunningham is a former assistant attorney general in Ohio whose wife is on the Ohio Court of Appeals. He hosts radio and television talk shows. “Whose finger is in my face right now?” Cunningham asked. Replied Holder: “Mine, because I’m telling you to shut up.” “You shut up!” Cunningham said. “Know your role and shut your mouth.” Cunningham could not be reached for comment Friday. It was only three weeks after another exchange on Fox, where daytime host Megyn Kelly said she was offended by a male colleague’s suggestion that children of working mothers don’t fare as well as children with stay-at-home moms. One Fox contributor, Erick Erickson, said that in nature, males were

traditionally dominant. Later, Cunningham repeated his assertion that Holder was a “liberal stooge and an excuse-monger for the Obama administration.” After Holder paused, Cunningham asked, “What, are you going to cry?” “No, I’m not going to cry,” Holder said. Admonished by Hannity at the end of their segment to shake hands, they refused. “I don’t shake hands with trolls,” Holder said. Things were still smoldering on Friday when Fox returned to the argument. Daytime host Martha McCollum hosted a segment with Williams and Fox contributor Mary Katherine Ham on whether the combatants had gone too far. “The merits of the argument might be on the Cunningham side,” Ham said, “but I’m on Team Tamara on the comment of knowing your role.”



New rules hit Hundreds testify against new abortion regulations By CHRIS TOMLINSON ASSOCIATED PRESS

AUSTIN — The Republican chairman of a House committee considering new abortion regulations in Texas told more than 300 women early Friday that they would not be allowed to testify against the bill because it had become too repetitive. Corsicana Rep. Byron Cook’s comment triggered outrage among the women, dozens of whom traveled for hours to reach Austin and had waited more than 12 hours to provide their testimony. “The testimony has been impassioned, but it has become repetitive, so I am going to only allow another hour of testimony on this bill,” Cook said shortly after midnight. The 200 women in the hearing room and more than 100 waiting outside roared their disapproval, prompting him to suspend the hearing and retreat into a back room. When Cook reconvened the hearing, he agreed to hear three more hours of testimony from another 50 women, after which he left the bills without a vote. Austin resident Ellen Sweets told Cook she opposed the abortion measures and his decision not to hear any more testimony. “This is an example of what happens when religious zealotry has a head-on collision with irresponsible government,” she said. Cook was trying to stop the abortion-rights supporters from further delaying a vote on the new restriction on when, where and how women may obtain an abortion as time was running out on the special legislative session. Planned Parenthood, Texas NARAL and the Texas Democratic Party called on people from across Texas to stall the bills for another day in the hope it would give Senate Democrats a chance to stage an official filibuster in the Senate on Tuesday night, when the session ends. Supporters from across the state ordered pizzas, drinks and cookies delivered to the women waiting to testify, while activists projected “End the war on Women” on the side of the building. “We believe the community’s voice needs to be heard on these bills, and are prepared to stay at the Capitol

for as long as necessary,” the Democratic Party said in a statement. Anti-abortion groups discouraged members from testifying out of fear that the measure won’t pass before Tuesday’s deadline, but some leaders spoke in favor of the measures saying they will reduce the 77,000 abortions in Texas every year. The House State Affairs Committee took up the bills after the Senate passed the same measures on Tuesday night. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said it was part of his anti-abortion agenda. The most controversial measure would ban abortions after 20 weeks, while the current limit is 24 weeks. Texas would also require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, and only allow abortions in surgical facilities. Many private hospitals will not grant privileges to a doctor who performs abortions and 37 out of the state’s 42 abortion clinics do not qualify as ambulatory surgical centers, a high standard usually reserved for surgical procedures. Laubenberg said her proposed 20week ban included exemptions to protect a woman’s health and for fetuses that could not survive outside the womb. Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, expressed concern that the exemption for the health of the mother required her to “face immediate injury or death” before a doctor can act and did not include mental health problems. Michelle Benavides, of Austin, said she opposed the bill because there was no provision for mental illness. She said she has bi-polar disorder and she once obtained an abortion because carrying the child would have required her to stop her medication and place her life in danger. “I don’t feel any regret and I don’t feel guilt,” she said. “The fact that this bill makes no provisions for mental health is wrong. ... Mental illness kills pregnant women when they commit suicide.” Farrar said the Legislature had not contemplated her circumstances and it was an example of why “we should not be practicing medicine.” “I think the woman’s mental health can be very subjective,” Laubenberg said.


Fewer years in prison Ex-Enron CEO gets 10 year reduction By JUAN A. LOZANO ASSOCIATED PRESS

HOUSTON — One of the country’s most notorious financial scandals came to a protracted legal conclusion Friday as ex-Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling — already in prison for his role in the oncemighty energy giant’s collapse — was resentenced to 14 years as part of a court-ordered reduction and a separate agreement with prosecutors. Skilling’s sentence was reduced by 10 years, and his attorneys say it’s likely that with time off for good behavior and other factors he will be released in 2017. Skilling has been in prison since 2006, when he was sentenced to more than 24 years by U.S. District Judge Sim Lake. But an appeals court vacated his prison term in 2009, ruling that a sentencing guideline was improperly applied. That meant a reduction of as much as nine years. However, Skilling’s resentencing was delayed for years as he unsuccessfully sought to overturn his convictions, including appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Justice Department said that in an effort to resolve a case that’s gone on for more than 10 years, it agreed to an additional reduction of about 20 months as part of a deal to stop Skilling from filing any more appeals. Federal prosecutors say the deal will allow for the distribution of $41.8 million of Skilling’s assets in restitution to victims of Enron’s 2001 collapse. Even with the reduced sentence, Skilling’s prison term is still the longest of those involved in the Enron scandal. He was the highest-ranking executive to be punished. Enron founder Kenneth Lay’s similar convictions were vacated after he died of heart disease less

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Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling leaves the federal courthouse Friday, in Houston after being resentenced for his role in the firm’s collapse. Skilling was resentenced to 14 years as part of a court-ordered reduction. than two months after his trial. Skilling, 59, declined to make statements during Friday’s resentencing hearing. He was convicted in 2006 on 19 counts of conspiracy, securities fraud, insider trading and lying to auditors for his role in the downfall of Houston-based Enron. The company, once the seventh-largest in the U.S., went bankrupt under the weight of years of illicit business deals and accounting tricks. A one-time visionary, Skilling was vilified by many former Enron employees for denying any wrongdoing. Former Enron worker Diana Peters, the only victim who spoke at the resentencing hearing, said employees gave their hard work, spirit and trust to Skilling and others at Enron. “Jeff Skilling betrayed that trust to those employees and played a part in the financial collapse of an amazing company,” Peters said. The U.S. Supreme Court

said in 2010 that one of Skilling’s convictions was flawed when it sharply curtailed the use of the “honest services” fraud law — a short addendum to the federal mail and wire fraud statute that makes it illegal to scheme to deprive investors of “the intangible right to honest services.” The high court ruled that prosecutors can use the law only in cases where evidence shows the defendant accepted bribes or kickbacks, and because Skilling’s misconduct entailed no such things, he did not conspire to commit honest services fraud. The Supreme Court told a lower court to decide whether he deserved a new trial; the lower court said no. Enron’s collapse put more than 5,000 people out of work, wiped out more than $2 billion in employee pensions and rendered worthless $60 billion in Enron stock. Its aftershocks were felt across the city and the U.S. energy industry.


Agenda en Breve LAREDO 06/22— “Books-A-Million” presenta “Story Time” de 1 p.m. a 3 p.m. Habrá lectura, manualidades y regalos para los niños. El objetivo es motivar la alfabetización, habilidades sociales y valores familiares. 06/22— El Summer Stock Theater Project de LCC presenta la obra de teatro “The Inadvertent Wife” de William Hauserman a las 7:30 p.m., en el teatro de Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Fine Arts Center. Costo: 10 dólares y 5 dólares para estudiantes y adultos mayores. Otra función el domingo a las 3 p.m. 06/26— Planetario Lamar Bruni Vergara de TAMIU presenta: “The Future is Wild” a las 4 p.m.; y, “New Horizons” a las 5 p.m. Costo: 3 dólares. 06/28— “ZUMBA Gold en el Parque”, para Adultos Mayores y cualquiera que esté interesado, de 8:30 a.m. a 9:30 a.m. en St. Peter’s Plaza. Evento gratuito. 06/28— Pase la tarde en el Planetario Lamar Bruni Vergara de Texas A&M International University y disfrute “Viernes en el Espacio: Pasaporte al Sistema Solar; Explore los planetas y otros cuerpos” (Fridays in Space: Passport to the Solar System; Explore the planets and other bodies) de 8 a.m. a 12 p.m.. Niños de 5 años a 8 años aprenderán acerca de la Tierra y Ciencia del Espacio. Costo: 20 dólares. Informes llamando al 3262463. 06/28— Hoy puede inscribirse para participar en la Carrera/Caminata por el 4 de Julio en recuerdo de Joey Muñoz, programada para el domingo 30 de junio. Podrá inscribirse de 5 p.m. a 7 p.m. en Academy, por San Bernardo. La cuota es de 5 dólares, y las ganancias se destinarán al Banco de Alimentos del Sur de Texas. Informes llamando a José Navarro en el (956) 337-4227. 06/29— 19º Derby de Pesca Anual en el ‘Ranchito’ dentro del Casa Blanca State Park, de 9 a.m. a 2 p.m.

NUEVO LAREDO, MX 06/22— Conferencia Mensaje de Paz-Sanación con René Mey, a las 11 a.m. en el Gimnasio-Auditorio del Instituto Tecnológico de Nuevo Laredo. Evento gratuito, con cupo limitado. Posteriormente habrá taller de meditación profunda (evento privado). Otro evento el domingo, misma hora. 06/23— El Grupo de Teatro Laberintus presenta la obra “Alicia en el país de las maravillas” a las 12 p.m. en el teatro del IMSS, Reynosa y Belden, Sector Centro. Costo 20 pesos. 06/23— Fiesta Patronal en honor de Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro, con un Gran Bingo a partir de las 7 p.m. en los patios de la Iglesia ubicada en Perú y Plutarco Elías Calles. 06/25— Laberintus Teatro presenta “Diálogos de Nostalgia y Pollos” a las 7 p.m. en el Teatro del IMSS, Belden y Reynosa. Costo: 20 pesos. 06/30— El Grupo de Teatro Laberintus presenta la obra “Alicia en el país de las maravillas”, a las 12 p.m. en el teatro del IMSS, Reynosa y Belden, Sector Centro. Costo 20 pesos. 06/29— Se llevará a cabo la presentación del libro “Apuntes desde mi casa”, de Paloma Bello, en Estación Palabra a las 6 p.m. Las utilidades se destinarán a las becas de piano del Patronato Cultural Nuevo Laredo, A.C. y a la Fundación Heribero Deándarr Amador.

— Tiempo de Zapata





Órdenes de arresto entregadas el 14 de junio en un par de residencias en Zapata llevaron a la incautación de narcóticos, armas y a dos arrestos, dijo un vocero para la Oficina del Alguacil del Condado de Zapata, el viernes.

Autoridades identificaron a los hombres como Juan Carlos Garcilazo, de 36 años de edad, y Ramiro Garcilazo, de 48. Ramiro Garcilazo fue acusado con posesión de una sustancia controlada, una felonía de segundo grado, que pudiera llevar un castigo de dos a 20 años en prisión y una multa de 10.000 dólares.

Investigadores acusaron a Juan Carlos Garcilazo con posesión de una sustancia controlada. El crimen se trata de una felonía de primer-grado la cual pudiera llevar una condena de 99 años en prisión y una multa de 10.000 dólares. La Juez de Paz, Juana María Gutiérrez, impuso una multa de 100.000 dó-

lares para cada hombre. Ambos Gracilazos continuaban en la Cárcel Regional Zapata hasta el viernes por la tarde, de acuerdo a archivos de custodia. El Sargento Mario Elizondo dijo que investigadores ejecutaron órdenes de arresto simultáneas en la cuadra 1900 de calle Brazos, cuadra 2400 de calle

Iturbide. Ambas residencias se encuentran tan cerca como una milla de diferencia una de la otra. En total, investigadores incautaron varias dosis de cocaína, pesando hasta 294 gramos de cocaína y 3.240 dólares. Los narcóticos tenían un valor estimado en la calle de 6.300 dólares.




Zapata invita a ‘gran’ reunión ESPECIAL PARA TIEMPO DE ZAPATA

Foto por Danny Zaragoza | The Zapata Times

Dr. Joaquin G. Cigarroa Jr. posa para una fotografía conforme felicita a Jorge A. Montes M.D., un estudiante de medicina que fuera premiado con una beca por sus planes por regresar a Laredo para ejercer sus estudios, la semana pasada.

Para Montes, M.D., el paciente es primero POR RICARDO R. VILLARREAL TIEMPO DE ZAPATA


n jóven medico de Zapata recibió un reconocimiento el sábado 15 de junio, de parte del Patient Institute (Instituto del Paciente) y el Laredo Medical Center por su atribuciones de liderazgo y actitud del “paciente primero”. Jorge Antonio Montes, M.D. recibió el primero Premio Joaquin G. Cigarroa Jr., M.D. por Liderazgo y Excelencia en el Cuidado del Paciente en la residente de Jorge y Adriana Cigarroa. “Con este premio rendimos tribute a muchos extraordinarios individuos cuyos corazones se encuentran en Laredo”, dijo Dr. Adam V. Ratner, presidente del Patient Institute. Ratner reconoció a Dr. Joaquin Cigarroa Jr. como una leyenda viviente en la medicina de Texas. Dijo que el receptor del premio, Montes, demuestra las herramientas necesarias para convertirse en un líder similar en Laredo para su generación. Ratner también citó a Laredo Medical Cener por su “liderazgo guiado a la comunidad y visión

de futuro”. Cigarroa reconoció a Montes por su deseo en regresar al Sur de Texas para ejercer la medicina. “Él viene a un área con necesidad. Muchos médicos ejercen en áreas donde es un doctor para 300 personas. Él regresa a un área donde quizá hay un doctor para unas mil personas”, dijo Cigarroa. Cigarroa agregó que estaba “extremamente feliz” acerca del reconocimiento. “Trae a otro doctor a Laredo quien tiene excelentes principios y ayudará mucho para beneficio de todos nosotros — los pacientes, el hospital y sus colegas”, dijo Cigarroa. El premio fue establecido como un homenaje a estudiantes de salud, personal en casa y jóvenes médicos quienes pretenden ejercer en el área de Laredo. Montes dijo que fue inspirado a buscar una carrera en medicina por la familia Cigarroa, la familia Ratner y su familia, especialmente su madre, Dr. Rosa Montes, quien inició su carrera en Zapata como farmacéutica y posteriormente un médico en la práctica familiar en Zapata. “Creo que no hay mayor ejem-

plo sino el de tener a tu madre ir a la escuela de medicina en sus 40 con cinco niños en casa”, dijo Montes. Montes, un oftalmólogo, egresado de Zapata High School, obtuco su especialidad en ciencia biomédica de Texas A&M University y su licenciatura médica de la University of Texas Health Science Center en San Antonio. Él participa como jefe residente en oftalmología en UTHSCSA. El Patient Institute fue establecido en 2008 para fortalecer a los pacientes y a sus cuidadores para navegar mejor en el sistema de cuidado de la salud y finalmente para mejorarlo. Fue establecido en honor y memoria de Dr. Irving A. Ratner, el primer cirujano pediatra en ejercer en el sur y centro de Texas. El Patient Institute brinda programas educativos de cuidado de la salud y herramientas para la comunidad, se involucra en la investigación y rinde tributo a personas quienes personifican las herramientas del liderazgo y actitud hacia el paciente como lo mostrara Dr. Irving A. Ratner. (Localice a Rick Villarreal en 728-2528 o en

Se trata de una reunión familiar a gran escala. Es un evento que lleva 60 años formándose. El año 2013 marca el 60 aniversario de un evento que cambió de manera significativa las vidas de los residentes del Condado de Webb para siempre. En un día cálido de otoño, el 19 de octubre de 1953, el Presidente Dwight D. Eisenhower y su contraparte mexicana, el Presidente Adolfo Ruiz Cortines, realizaron formalmente la dedicación de la Presa Falcón y el Lago Falcón. Aún así en medio de la felicidad y la fanfarria alrededor del momento, ocurrió un evento que cambiaría aún más la vida diaria, el desplazamiento de alrededor de 3.000 personas para hacer espacio para la creciente del agua del Río Grande que formó el lago. Aunque el movimiento había sido programado para 1955, lluvias torrenciales que empaparon el área en 1953 forzaron a las familias a hacer el cambio anticipadamente. De hecho, la inesperada transición causó que muchas familias escaparan de la creciente de las agua en el lago con la única ropa que traían puesta, obligándolos a dejar detrás posesiones e inclusive a sus mascotas. A fin de brindar un tributo a los sacrificios hechos por estas familias, Zapata llevará a cabo un evento de tres días que definirá el significado de unidad para los residentes actuales y del pasado de Zapata Ramireño, Uribeño, Lopeño y Falcon. “Zapata Rising: The Biggest Family Reunion in the World” (Creciente de Zapata: La Reunión Familiar Más Grande en el Mundo) se llevará a cabo el fin de semana del 17 al 19 de octubre. Más de 600 de las familias originales y sus descendientes se reunirán en Zapata para el evento de tres días lleno de recuerdos, aspectos destacados en la educación y varias actividades conmemorativas. “Este evento único no reunirá a familiares solamente, sino, reunirá a la gran familia, nuestra familia de Zapata”, dijo Joe Rathmell, Juez del Condado de Zapata. Más información llamando a José García al (956) 723-4389, o escriba a o visite


Piden identificar daños en frontera EU-México ESPECIAL PARA TIEMPO DE ZAPATA

El Congresista Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) y el Presidente de Seguridad Nacional Michael McCaul (RTX10) solicitaron a la Oficina de Finanzas del Gobierno (GAO por sus siglas en inglés) revisar los esfuerzos del gobierno federal para identificar y abordar el daño a la propiedad privada e infraestructura que ocurre a lo largo de la frontera EUMéxico. El 19 de junio, Cuellar y McCaul envíaron una carta al Contralor General de EU,

Gene L. Dodaro, para solicitar al GAO que evaluara el daño a la propiedad a lo largo de la frontera sur y enfocarse en los esfuerzos hechos por el gobierno federal para proveer compensación a los propietarios, si aplicara. “Hemos estado trabajando con las autoridades federales, estatales y locales así como con comunidades fronterizas para abordar estos temas, encontrar formas de compensar a los propietarios por el daño causado por los inmigrantes indocumentados o las agencias fe-

derales que están a cargo de las operaciones en la frontera”, dijo Cuellar. “Agradezco a mi colega, Presidente McCaul y Susan Durham, Directora Ejecutiva de la Asociación de los Derechos de Propiedad de los Tejanos del Sur (STPRA por sus siglas en inglés) en unirse a estos esfuerzos”.McCaul, por su parte, dijo que “mas allá de la amenaza a la seguridad nacional que tiene su origen en no contar con una frontera segura, es el costo financiero lo que sigue afectando a los dueños de las propiedades priva-

das”. “Es importante entender el alcance de este daño y asegurar a los propietarios que no están solos enfrentando este costo por el fracaso del gobierno federal en asegurar nuestras fronteras”, agregó. Susan Durham, Directora Ejecutiva de la Asociación de los Derechos de Propiedad de los Tejanos del Sur (STPRA por sus siglas en inglés), expresó su gratitud a ambos funcionarios al tomar la responsabilidad de abordar el tema: “STPRA aplaude los es-

fuerzos del Congresista Cuéllar y McCaul para abordar los problemas de los terratenientes en el sur de Texas y a lo largo de la frontera EUMéxico con una petición a GAO para revisar los esfuerzos del gobierno federal para identificar y abordar el daño a la propiedad privada e infraestructura. “Nuestros miembros estiman que es responsabilidad del gobierno federal abordar este tema ya que la seguridad de la frontera es una obligación y un deber del gobierno federal”, dijo Durham.



US files charges against leaker By PETE YOST ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has charged former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden with espionage and theft of government property in the NSA surveillance case. Snowden, believed to be holed up in Hong Kong, has admitted providing information to the media about two highly classified NSA surveillance programs. A one-page criminal complaint unsealed Friday in federal court in Alexandria, Va., says Snowden engaged in unauthorized communication of national defense information and willful communication of classified communications intelligence information. Both are charges under the Espionage Act. Snowden also is charged with theft of government property. All three crimes carry a maximum 10-year prison penalty. The federal court in the East-

ern District of Virginia where the complaint was filed is headquarters for Snowden’s former employer, government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. The complaint is dated June 14, five days after Snowden’s name first surfaced as the leaker of information about the two programs in which the NSA gathered telephone and Internet records to ferret out terror plots. The complaint is an integral part of the government’s effort to have Snowden extradited from Hong Kong, a process that could turn into a prolonged legal battle. Snowden could contest extradition on grounds of political persecution. In general, the extradition agreement between the U.S. and Hong Kong excepts political offenses to turn over a person. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed the charges. “I’ve always thought this was a treasonous act,” he said in a

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Edward Snowden is seen in Hong Kong on June 9, 2013. According to a Department of Justice official on Friday, a criminal complaint has been filed against Snowden in the NSA surveillance case. statement. “I hope Hong Kong’s government will take him into custody and extradite him.” Michael di Pretoro, a retired 30-year veteran with the FBI who served from 1990 to 1994 as the legal liaison officer at the American consulate in Hong Kong, said “relations between U.S. and Hong

IMMIGRATION Continued from Page 1A week. The legislation opening the door to citizenship for millions now appears within reach of securing the broad bipartisan majority that its authors say is needed to ensure serious consideration by the GOP-controlled House. However, the outcome there remains far from certain because many conservatives are opposed to offering citizenship to people who came to this country illegally. “We really have tried to secure the border in a way that we hope can get bipartisan support and that Americans want,” Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., an author of the amendment, told The Associated Press in a phone interview Friday. “We’re hopeful to have a good bipartisan majority.” Sen. John McCain, RAriz., said on Fox News Channel Friday that “if there’s anyone who still will argue that the border is not secure after this, then border security is not their reason for opposing a path to citizenship for the people who are in this country illegally.” “Is it more than I would have recommended? Honestly, yes,” McCain said. “But we’ve got to give people confidence.” Hoeven developed the amendment along with Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, in consultation with McCain, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and other members of the so-called Gang of Eight senators who wrote the immigration bill. It prevents immigrants now here illegally from attaining permanent resident status until a series of steps have been taken to secure the border. These include doubling the Border Patrol with 20,000 new agents, 18 new unmanned surveillance drones, 350 miles of new pedestrian fencing to add to 350 miles already in place and an array of fixed and mobile devices to maintain vigilance, including high-tech tools such as infrared ground sensors and airborne radar. The new provisions would be put in place over a decade, in line with the 10-year path to a permanent resident green card that the bill sets out for immigrants here illegally. During that time, the immigrants could live and work legally in a provisional status. Hoeven said the 10-year cost of the border security amendment included $25 billion for the additional Border Patrol agents, $3 billion for fencing and $3.2 billion for other measures. It’s “border security on steroids,” said Corker, who along with Hoeven had been uncommitted on the immigration bill. Both are now prepared to support it, assuming their amendment is adopted. Sens. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill., also announced their support for

the deal Thursday. White House press secretary Jay Carney said the border deal “would constitute a breakthrough” on immigration. “We’re pleased that Republicans and Democrats continue to work together toward comprehensive immigration reform,” he said. The deal on border security came together quickly over the past several days after talks had bogged down over Republicans’ insistence that green cards be made conditional on catching or turning back 90 percent of would-be border crossers. Schumer, other Democrats and Obama himself rejected this trigger, which they feared could delay the path to citizenship for years. Obama made his objections known in a phone call to Schumer from Air Force One during his trip to Europe for the Group of Eight summit earlier in the week, according to a Senate aide who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations. The breakthrough came when the Congressional Budget Office released a report Tuesday finding that the bill would cut billions of dollars from the deficit. Schumer’s top immigration aide, Leon Fresco, had the idea of devoting some of those billions to a dramatic border buildup. Graham, who helped run interference between Corker and Hoeven and Democrats in the group, said that with the budget office finding in hand, he sat down with Schumer and Corker and said, “OK, let’s go big.” The idea immediately

appealed to the left and the right. For Republicans, it provided concrete assurances that the bill would aim to achieve a secure border. For Democrats, it offered goals that, if dramatic, were achievable and measurable. Still, not everyone was won over. Shortly before Corker and Hoeven went to the Senate floor to announce their agreement Thursday afternoon, five leading Republican opponents of the bill held a news conference to denounce the deal as little more than an empty promise. “In short, I think this amendment is designed to pass the bill but not to fix the bill,” Sen. David Vitter, R-La., said. About 10 Republicans have indicated they will vote for the bill, far more than enough to ensure it will have the 60 votes required to overcome any attempted filibuster by lastditch opponents. Democrats control 54 seats, and party aides have said they do not expect any defections. In addition to the border security components and eventual citizenship for the estimated 11 million people living here illegally, the immigration bill would create new work visa programs and expand existing ones to allow tens of thousands of workers into the country to work in highand low-skilled jobs.

Kong law enforcement personnel are historically quite good.” “In my time, I felt the degree of cooperation was outstanding to the extent that I almost felt I was in an FBI field office,” said di Pretoro. The success or failure of any extradition proceeding depends

on what the suspect is charged with under U.S. law and how it corresponds to Hong Kong law under the treaty. In order for Hong Kong officials to honor the extradition request, they have to have some applicable statute under their law that corresponds with a violation of U.S. law.

DOCTOR Continued from Page 1A to practice medicine. “He’s coming to an area of need. So many physicians practice in areas where there is one doctor for 300 people. He’s coming back to an area where there is perhaps one doctor for one thousand people,” Cigarroa said. Cigarroa said he was “extremely happy” about the award. “It’s bringing another physician to Laredo who has excellent principles and will do a great deal for the benefit of us all — the patients, the hospital and his colleagues,” Cigarroa said. The award was established to honor outstanding healthcare students, house staff and young physicians who intend to practice in the Laredo ar-

ea. Montes said he was inspired to pursue a medical career by the Cigarroa family, the Ratner family and his family, especially his mother, Dr. Rosa Montes, who began her career in Zapata as a pharmacist and then became a physician with a family practice in Zapata. “I think there is no greater example that to have your mother go through medical school in her 40s with five kids at home,” Montes said. Montes, an ophthalmologist, graduated from Zapata High School, received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from Texas A&M University and his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at

San Antonio. He serves as chief resident in ophthalmology at UTHSCSA. The Patient Institute was established in 2008 to empower patients and their caregivers to better navigate the healthcare system and ultimately to improve it. It was established in honor and memory of Dr. Irving A. Ratner, the first pediatric surgeon to practice in south and central Texas. The Patient Institute provides free healthcare educational programs and tools to the community, engages in research and honors individuals who embody leadership skills and patient attitude exhibited by Dr. Irving A. Ratner. (Rick Villarreal may be reached at 728-2528 or




Nilda Villarreal, 69 (b. 11-10-1943, d. 06-18-2013), left this world to be with the Lord on June 18, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas. Her untimely death has left a void in our lives, and she will be dearly missed. She was born in San Ygnacio to her very extraordinary parents, Fidel and Andrea Rodriguez Villarreal. She attended Laredo and Zapata schools and worked the family business most of her adult life. A proud moment of her life was the dedication of an elementary school in honor of her parents. She was a firm believer in education and would always gift her nephews and nieces with what she called “a small donation for your college education.” Nilda was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Olga V. Figueroa, numerous uncles and aunts, nephews and nieces. Nilda was an extraordinary woman, friend, and sibling to Abelardo Villarreal (Omelia, San Antonio), Laura V. Solis (Jose Luis, San Antonio), Fidel Villarreal, Jr. (Dolores, Laredo), and Aurelio Villarreal (Lucila, Zapata). In addition to her siblings, she is survived by numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, and many friends. Nilda kept the unity of our family by always being the conduit through which we all knew what the other was doing. She travelled extensively with her parents to Mexico and thoroughly enjoyed her first experience in a cruise to the Bahamas. Nilda would make annual fun trips to San Antonio, Las Vegas, and lately to Eagle Pass. Feeding and caring for her pets consumed her time and energy during the last five years. The Lord knows that He is taking a courageous, determined, and loyal sister and friend. Descanse en paz. Visitation hours were Thursday, June 20, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. at Rose Garden Funeral Home. The funeral procession departed Friday, June 21, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. funeral Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Committal services followed at Zapata County Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rose Garden Funeral Home, Daniel A. Gonzalez, funeral director, 2102 N. U.S. Hwy. 83, Zapata.

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President Barack Obama, right, looks at outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller, left, during Obama’s announcement he will nominate James Comey, a senior Justice Department official under President George W. Bush, to replace Mueller as director of the F.B.I., in the Rose Garden of the White House on Friday.

Obama names new FBI head Former Justice Department official under President George W. Bush gets nomination By NEDRA PICKLER ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has named James Comey to be the new FBI director. Comey was the No. 2 Justice Department official under Republican President George W. Bush. Obama says Comey is a model of “fierce independence and deep integrity.” Comey gained attention for blocking efforts by the Bush White House to reauthorize a no-warrant wiretapping program in 2004. White House officials are hoping that Comey’s bipartisan background and two decades of law enforcement experience will help him win Senate approval to replace outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller. Mueller took over the agency the week before the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and will have served longer than any director besides J. Edgar Hoover when he steps down Sept. 4. Mueller transformed the agency into one the country’s chief weapons against terrorism, leading Obama to ask him in 2011 to stay on two years beyond his initial 10-year term. The new director would take over as the agency grapples with a privacy debates surrounding a host of recently exposed investigative tactics, and the White House said Obama would announce Comey as the man for the job Friday afternoon in the Rose Garden. Comey was a federal prosecutor who served for several years as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York before coming to Washington af-

ter 9/11 as deputy attorney general. In recent years he’s been an executive at defense company Lockheed Martin, general counsel to hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, board member at HSBC Holdings and lecturer on national security law at Columbia Law School. He has shown a willingness to take on battles over government surveillance in the age of terrorism — an issue that remains prominent in current Washington debate. In a confrontation he has called the most difficult night of his career, he rushed to the hospital bedside of his boss, John Ashcroft, in 2004 to stop two senior Bush White House aides from getting the ailing attorney general’s approval to reauthorize a post-9/11 program that allowed government wiretaps to be used without warrants. Comey’s defiance won him respect in Washington, and Republicans have said they see no major obstacles to his confirmation. But he is certain to face tough questions about his recent hedge fund work and his ties to Wall Street as well as how he would handle current, high-profile FBI investigations. The FBI is responsible for both intelligence and law enforcement, with more than 36,000 employees. It has faced questions in recent weeks over media leak probes involving The Associated Press and Fox News; the Boston Marathon bombings; the attack at Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans; and two vast government surveillance programs into phone records and online communications.

The leaker of those National Security Agency programs, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, also is the subject of a criminal investigation. And just this week, Mueller revealed the FBI uses drones for surveillance of stationary subjects and said the privacy implications of such operations are worthy of debate. The American Civil Liberties Union, which doesn’t take positions on nominees, is raising questions about Comey’s record on national security. ACLU senior policy counsel Mike German said while Comey stood up to some surveillance, he eventually approved the NSA program, along with interrogation techniques that included waterboarding, as well as defended the indefinite detention of Jose Padilla, an American terrorism suspect. “We want to make sure whoever sits in that chair has a determined interest in protecting the rule of law, particularly since they will be there 10 years, outlasting this president and potentially the next president,” German said. But the top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee that will oversee Comey’s confirmation hearing expressed support for his nomination. Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., called for senators to give Comey “the swift and respectful confirmation he deserves.” Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Comey’s experience on national security would benefit the FBI. Grassley also said he wanted to question Comey on his work in the hedge fund industry and on the Obama administration’s efforts to prosecute Wall

Street for its role in the economic downturn. In dramatic testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2007, Comey said he thought the no-warrant wiretapping program was so questionable that he refused to reauthorize it while serving as acting attorney general during Ashcroft’s hospitalization. Comey said when he learned that the White House chief of staff and counsel were heading to Ashcroft’s room despite his wife’s instructions that there be no visitors, Comey beat them there and watched as Ashcroft turned them away. “That night was probably the most difficult night of my professional life,” Comey testified. He said he and Ashcroft had reservations about the program’s legality, but he would not discuss details since the program was classified. Comey was deputy attorney general in 2005 when he unsuccessfully tried to limit tough interrogation tactics against suspected terrorists. He told thenAttorney General Alberto Gonzales that some of the practices were wrong and would damage the department’s reputation. As U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Comey headed one of the nation’s most prominent prosecutorial offices and one at the front lines in the fight against terrorism, corporate malfeasance, organized crime and the war on drugs. As an assistant U.S. attorney in Virginia, Comey handled the investigation of the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers housing complex near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 U.S. military personnel.






Uncharted territory

Timmy can still teach us a lot By DAVE GEORGE COX NEWSPAPERS

overtime victory in San Antonio in the 2006 playoffs, the Spurs came back and won the title the next year. Coming back from this one might be a far tougher task. Duncan is 37, still near the very top of the list of NBA big men but approaching the final steps of a path that will end up in the Hall of Fame. Ginobili will be a 36-year-old free agent next month whose game shows

MIAMI — Tim Duncan backing in on Shane Battier, who is 3 inches shorter, 35 pounds lighter and a Hall of Fame away in terms of talent, that’s better than San Antonio ever could have hoped for with Game 7 of the NBA Finals on the line. Three times an NBA Finals MVP, big Tim is automatic in situations like that. It’s so famously fundamental for him, the footwork, the blend of power and grace, the well-earned layup against an overmatched defender. At 37, he’s practiced that move so often and so precisely that the only easier shot for him would be a slam dunk in an empty gym. Imagine, then, the shock Duncan felt when the ball went glancing off the rim, and once more on his frantic tip-in attempt. That basket, if it had dropped, would have tied the score at 90 in the final minute, and would have crammed the Miami Heat’s confetti shower right back into the cannons for at least a little while. Instead, after scoring 30 points in Game 6 and 24 more in Thursday’s Game 7, Duncan soon found himself in front of a roomful of reporters, his head in his hands at the front table, his mind wandering to places it has never been in four previous NBA Finals appearances. “Missing a layup to tie the game, making a bad decision



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The San Antonio Spurs’ Danny Green, Tim Duncan, and Kawhi Leonard pause late in Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat on Thursday at American Airlines Arena in Miami. The Spurs lost the NBA Finals 88-95.

Aging San Antonio to deal with defeat By BRIAN MAHONEY ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tony Parker refused to consider it, though it can’t be ruled out. Those last, agonizing moments of the NBA Finals may have been the last we see of these San Antonio Spurs. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Parker have been together for more than a decade, through more than 100 postseason victories. They are proud winners

who have endured some crushing defeats, but nothing ever hurt like this NBA championship that got away. “It’s tough to come so close,” Parker said. “Those last two games are tough, especially Game 6.” San Antonio officially lost its chance for a fifth NBA title with its 95-88 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 7 on Thursday night. But the Game 6 defeat, when the Spurs couldn’t hold a five-point lead in the final half-minute of

regulation, is the one they might lament far longer. The Spurs have always gotten back up when knocked down, even when it was done in such a tough manner. When Derek Fisher’s stunning shot with 0.4 seconds left helped send the Los Angeles Lakers past the Spurs in the second round of the 2004 playoffs, San Antonio came back and won the title the next year. When the Dallas Mavericks ousted them with a Game 7



Hernandez case puzzles many By BRIDGET MURPHY ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) walks to the sideline during a minicamp on June 13 in Irving.

Hatcher eyes reunion Cowboys’ tackle seeks to meet his brother By CHAREAN WILLIAMS FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM

IRVING — Jason Hatcher grew up in a family with 11 siblings, including stepbrothers and stepsisters. But the Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle has another brother he knew nothing about for most of his life. Jason has yet to meet Michael Hatcher, who lives in Fort Worth. They have traded text messages and Facebook posts for months, a precursor to a planned meeting sometime this week. “I’m pretty sure we’ll share a hug of brotherly love. I don’t know what we’ll talk about,” Jason said after a minicamp

practice last week at Valley Ranch. “I don’t think it’s right to go back and start from Day One. I think you’ve just got to pick up and go from here. We’re both grown. We’re established. We’ve just got to build a relationship from here.” Jason, 30, approached the media with his story in hopes of inspiring others from singleparent homes. Both he and Michael, an ordained minister who is a mission pastor at Bear Valley Community Church in Colleyville, Texas, are successful despite their circumstances. “I think there’s a lot of deep loss of not having a father figure in your life,” Michael, 51,


BOSTON — At least one company yanked an endorsement deal from New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Friday as puzzled family members of a friend found slain a mile from Hernandez’s home sought answers about how he died. Police have searched in and around Hernandez’s sprawling home in North Attleborough, not far from where the Patriots practice, but a court clerk said that as of Friday afternoon no arrest warrants had been issued in the case. The Bristol County district attorney has not released any information, other than saying the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd was being treated as a homicide. A jogger found Lloyd’s body in an industrial park Monday. Family members said Friday that Lloyd had been dating Hernandez’s fiancee’s sister for about two years. They said the two

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A police officer stands outside the home of New England Patriot’s player Aaron Hernandez. State and local police searched the home and an industrial park about a mile away where a body was discovered the day before. men were friends who were together the night Lloyd died. Police in nearby Providence, R.I., said they had assisted Massachusetts state police and North Attleborough police with activity related to the Hernandez investigation at a strip club named

Club Desire. It was unclear if they believed Lloyd and Hernandez might have been at the club in the days before Lloyd died. A reporter was escorted out of the club Friday afternoon before she


Protests won’t cause move By SIMON HAYDON ASSOCIATED PRESS

RIO DE JANEIRO — Soccer’s governing body has no plans to cancel the Confederations Cup in Brazil despite the violent anti-government protests spreading across the country. An estimated 1 million protesters took to the streets in more than 80 cities on Thursday

night in the biggest show of anger yet against the government, which is being accused of corruption, high prices and a lack of investment in public services. “At no stage, I repeat at no stage, has FIFA, the Local Organizing Committee, nor the federal government discussed or considered canceling the Confederations Cup,” said FIFA

spokesman Pekka Odriozola. He told a news briefing the eight teams involved in the tournament were being kept updated about the security situation in Brazil. “We have not received any request to leave from any teams,” said Odriozola, rejecting speculation that the Italian team had asked to leave. “We support and

we acknowledge the right to free speech and the right to demonstrate peacefully. We condemn any form of violence.” Italian soccer federation vice president Demetrio Albertini, who is leading the team’s Confederations Cup delegation, told Italy’s ANSA news agency: “We have never even contemplat-






FORT WORTH — Rick Carlisle has no doubt Jason Kidd will be a successful head coach in the NBA. But in order to accelerate that impending success, the Dallas Mavericks coach would like Kidd to make one very important telephone call. “I think one of the things that he’s going to do, and I’ve talked to (Kidd) about this, is talk to Larry Bird about it, because Larry Bird did this, too,” Carlisle said. “(Bird) didn’t do it nine days after retiring — he did it a few years afterwards. “But (Bird) went into the job of an NBA head coach without any coaching experience. And so Jason will talk to him and I think he’ll get some good insights on it.” Kidd might need those insights from Bird after the Brooklyn Nets pulled a mild surprise June 12 when they chose Kidd as their head coach. It’s a mild surprise because Kidd was a mere nine days removed from retiring from the NBA after a stellar 19-year career, yet he was able to secure the Nets’ job without having any prior coaching experience. Kidd is eagerly embracing his life-altering decision. “When you talk about 19

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In this June 13 file photo, Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd meets with reporters after he was introduced in New York. years of playing the game that I love and now having an opportunity to share my experiences and help a team from a different seat, this is a great challenge,” Kidd said at his news conference. “So I’m looking very forward to this. “Yes, I have a lot to learn about coaching. But when I played the game I felt like I was an extension of the coach.” Still, Carlisle would like for Kidd to have that chat with Bird. Bird retired from the NBA in 1992, became a special assistant in the Boston Celtics’ front office, and then was named the head coach of the Indiana

Pacers in 1997 without any coaching experience. Bird coached the Pacers for three seasons during which Carlisle was his top assistant. In Bird’s first coaching season in 1997-98, the Pacers went 58-24, lost to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals, and Bird was selected NBA Coach of the Year. The next season the Pacers won the Central Division, but lost to the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference Finals. And in Bird’s final season as the Indy coach in ’99-00, the Pacers finished with a 56-26 regular-season

record, then advanced to the NBA Finals, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. Kidd, 40, admittedly is nervous about his coaching venture. He knows this player-to-coach transition won’t be an easy proposition. “I’m a rookie,” Kidd said. “I go from being one of the oldest players in the league to now a rookie coach. “I’m very excited about this challenge. I think here in Brooklyn we have a special opportunity to achieve that status, and that’s to be a championship-type caliber team.”

DUNCAN Continued from Page 1B down the stretch, being unable to stop Dwyane (Wade) and LeBron (James), Game 7 is always going to haunt me,” Duncan said. He’s taking this 95-88 loss more personally than he should. Other than Kawhi Leonard, who scored 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, nobody else on the Spurs played at a championship level Thursday night. Respect is clearly due Duncan, and a fair dose of sympathy, too, even here in South Florida. He got no help from 3-point specialist Danny Green once the series shifted back to Miami for the final

two games. Duncan had to heft all of the headlines for the rest of San Antonio’s Big Three, too. Manu Ginobili was a turnover machine the last few games and Tony Parker, on the bench at the end of a 10-point performance in Game 7, seemed to run out of gas. “I was just praying that he missed it, to be honest with you,” Battier said. “I don’t think I affected the shot that much. I was just trying to make him shoot over the top, and that’s a shot Tim Duncan usually makes eight out of 10 times.” He knows that it truly is LeBron’s

league now, just as Duncan predicted six years ago when the Spurs swept LeBron’s Cleveland Cavaliers in the championship series. The Spurs have been a great team for as long as Duncan’s been around, and no matter who has played alongside him. Asked if he’ll be back next season, Duncan said, ”I have a contract that says I am.” Let’s hope he does. Everyone at AmericanAirlines Arena, including LeBron, the NBA Finals MVP, can still learn a lot from this guy.

COWBOYS Continued from Page 1B said. “You can either use that pain to become a victim or use it as an opportunity to grow.” Michael met his father and some of his other halfsiblings about four years ago. He mailed Jason an almost-two-page letter about 18 months ago in hopes of establishing a relationship. Jason needed time to come to terms with having a long-lost half-brother, as anger toward his father resurfaced.

Discovering his roots Michael was born in El Paso. Jase Hatcher left the

family when Michael was 2, and Michael and his five siblings were reared by their mother. Michael’s ordination served as the impetus for him to find his father, whom Michael had long known lived in Louisiana. Internet research by a friend uncovered 50 Hatchers in Louisiana, and the first number Michael called, his grandmother answered. It led to his first conversation with his father, and later, a reunion of sorts. Jase, who worked on and off as a carpenter and a pastor, left Jane and the family when Jason was 11. Jane died of congestive heart failure four years lat-

er. Neither Michael nor Jason has Jase’s phone number. Neither has seen his father in a while. Michael said he has forgiven his father and is “working” on a relationship. Jason calls a relationship with his father a “nonfactor.” Jase Hatcher, now 76, learned of his sons’ expected meeting from a reporter. When asked if he has a relationship with Michael or Jason, Jase said, “Well, we don’t fight. All of us are men now. We’ve got to focus on getting our lives right with God.” He said he has no regrets about time lost with his children. Neither Jason nor Mi-

chael remembers his mother ever uttering a bad word about Jase. But Jason and Michael insist that growing up without a father has made them better fathers. Jason has two sons and a daughter. Michael has three sons and a daughter. “I find myself doing more and not saying no as much,” Jason said. “I find myself living through my kids, giving them what I always wanted in a father. I make sure I do more than enough for my kids. I’m being a father to them, and I’m also being a father to myself in a sense. I can kind of live through them.”

FINALS Continued from Page 1B signs of a drop-off, his body no longer always able to execute some of those daring plays his mind thinks up. It’s been a heartbreaking year on the court for Ginobili, starting when the Spurs blew a 2-0 lead against Oklahoma City in the 2012 Western Conference finals. Argentina then missed a chance for another Olympic medal when it was edged by Russia in the third-place game in London, and now this. So he wasn’t able to consider his future in the moments after Game 7, saying it wasn’t the time. “At this point, it’s very hard because we are all sad and disappointed, but as I said before, when there’s such a fine line and we were so close of winning it, I mean, everything can be like failure or success just because of a shot,” Ginobili said. “You understand what I’m saying? So I am trying to put things in perspective, but it’s very hard. And the next few days are going to be very hard.” Parker is only 31, but like Ginobili has played so many games in the NBA and with his national team that it’s not surprising his body betrays him. This time it happened at the worst time, a hamstring strain in the finals that may have contributed to his poor shooting nights in the final two games. The Spurs didn’t feel they needed to change last year, even after the Thunder vaulted past them to the top of the West, believing anoth-

er year of growth for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green was the improvement they needed, and they may decide they can bring this group back one more time. But Russell Westbrook should be back for Oklahoma City after a knee injury in the playoffs knocked the All-Star out of the lineup for the No. 1 seed, and the West is always loaded with three or four other contenders. Leonard appears to be a star in the making, and Green had a record-setting start to the finals before fizzling out at the finish. They could be even better allaround players next year. San Antonio has one of the league’s best front offices, finding talent around the globe, so count on the Spurs finding someone who can help them out. Coach Gregg Popovich said he’ll be back, though he loses an important member of his staff with Mike Budenholzer leaving to become coach of the Atlanta Hawks. But as always with the Spurs, the focus will be on their Big Three. Duncan, Parker and Ginobili led a memorable run this season, long after they could still be expected to do it. “That’s character,” Popovich said. “We’ve got a bunch of guys who aren’t going to give in, keep playing with each other, for each other, and really feel the responsibility to each other. So I expect nothing less, and that’s what I got.” Perhaps for the last time.

CASE Continued from Page 1B could speak with employees or patrons. Family members have said Lloyd, 27, was never in trouble. “I want the person that killed my son to be brought to justice,” said Lloyd’s mother, Ursula Ward. “That’s my first-born child, my only boy child, and they took him away from me. ... I wouldn’t trade him for all the money in the world. And if money could bring him back I would give this house up to bring my son back. Nothing can bring my son back.” Family members said they had heard from Lloyd’s girlfriend but not from Hernandez after Lloyd’s death. They are anxiously awaiting an arrest in the case. Hernandez’s attorney Michael Fee has acknowledged media reports about the state police search of his Hernandez’s home but said he wouldn’t have any comment on it. Attleboro District Court clerk magistrate Mark E. Sturdy said three search warrants were issued in the investigation earlier in the week but have not been returned, meaning they’re not public. He said no arrest warrants had been filed in state courts by the

time court closed at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Hernandez was gone from his home for most of the day Friday, including when two state police officers knocked on his door. He returned home with his attorney around 5 p.m. Patriots spokesman Stacey James has said the team does not anticipate commenting publicly during the police investigation. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was waiting for the legal process to take its course. CytoSport, a Benicia, Calif.-based company that makes Muscle Milk and other supplements for athletes, said Friday it was ending Hernandez’s endorsement contract, effective immediately, because of the investigation. The Patriots drafted Hernandez out of Florida in 2010. Since then, he has combined with Rob Gronkowski to form one of the top tight end duos in the NFL. He missed 10 games last season with an ankle injury and had shoulder surgery in April but is expected to be ready for training camp. Last summer, the Patriots gave him a fiveyear contract worth $40 million.

PROTESTS Continued from Page 1B ed withdrawing from the Confederations Cup.” “That is completely made up. We are upset about what is happening here in Brazil, but our security is guaranteed with great professionalism and we’re not worried.” Local organizing committee spokesman Saint-Clair Milesi said an empty bus carrying FIFA logos had been one of several parked vehicles attacked with stones during protests in the coastal city of Salvador on Thursday. Brazil is scheduled to play Italy there on Saturday, and Japan will play Mexico in Belo Horizonte. Both cities have seen violent protests in recent days. Despite a heavy police presence, all eight games so far have been played in a party atmosphere with large crowds and no trouble. On Friday, some city centers in Brazil were still smoldering after a night that shocked the nation: 1 million anti-government protesters took to the streets in scores of cities, with clusters battling police and destroying swaths of storefronts and government buildings. President Dilma Rousseff

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Police and protesters fought in the streets into the early hours Friday in the biggest demonstrations yet against a government viewed as corrupt at all levels and unresponsive to its people. called an emergency meeting about the protest with top Cabinet members Friday, after a largely silent and much criticized response to some of the biggest

demonstrations seen in this 192 million-person country in decades. There were growing calls on social media and in mass emails

for a general strike next week. A strike would impact the Confederations Cup, which ends June 30. Odriozola said FIFA would con-

tinue to monitor the disturbances in Brazil, but added it had full confidence in security arrangements. The Confederations Cup is a test event for the 2014 World Cup, in which 32 teams will play in the sport’s showcase tournament. Some protesters have denounced the billions of public money spent on stadiums in advance of the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The government is projecting that $13.3 billion will be spent on stadiums, airport renovations and other projects for the World Cup, with an estimated $3.5 billion on venues. “We want hospitals and schools in FIFA standards,” read one banner outside the Maracana Stadium in Rio on Thursday before the Spain-Tahiti match. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has urged protesters not to “use football to make their demands heard.” Blatter surprised the Brazilian government by unexpectedly leaving Brazil this week to go to Turkey for the Under-20 World Cup. He’s expected back in Brazil on June 25 for the semifinals and final of the Confederations Cup.



HINTS | BY HELOISE Dear Heloise: I just took my cat to the veterinarian and found out that he is OVERWEIGHT. Apparently a lot of animals are overweight now. Do you have any hints for how to keep our pets at a healthy weight? — Janice W. in Minnesota Janice, it’s sad but true! According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 50 percent of adult cats and 50 percent of adult dogs are considered overweight. There are a few positive things you can do to help maintain a pet’s weight that will keep them healthy. Here are some hints: Feed only at the scheduled times, preferably two to three small meals a day. Use praise and love instead of food! Most commercial treats are loaded with sugar, which can be a big factor in obesity. If you must feed your pet treats, limit the number they receive each day, or use healthy ones. Get out and exercise


with your pets! Make playtime a daily event to keep them active. Exercise not only keeps the weight off, but relieves boredom and anxiety in pets. For more information, you can visit the APOP’s website at — Heloise P.S.: Cabbie, our 11-yearold mini-schnauzer, gets bites of fresh carrots as treats. PET PAL Dear Readers: Kathy Hamric sent a darling photo, via email, of her miniature schnauzer Kassie sitting in a chair posing for a photo with a favorite stuffed toy. Kathy says: "Kassie turned 11 in January, and she has brought joy beyond words to our lives. I can’t imagine a moment without her." To see Kassie, visit my website, www. and click on "Pets." — Heloise





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