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Fishy business Game wardens seize marijuana, gill net THE ZAPATA TIMES

Game wardens seized 10,000plus feet of gill net and nearly 2 tons of marijuana, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials announced Tuesday. The wardens have concluded two separate week-long enforcement operations in South Texas

that also led to the filing of numerous other criminal cases. Operation Brush Guard took place near Kingsville and Falfurrias, while Operation Tilapia focused on Falcon Lake. The combined operations included “integral” support from the U.S. Border Patrol, county sheriffs and the Texas Department of

Public Safety. On Falcon Lake, game wardens seized nearly 2 tons of marijuana from three boats while conducting surveillance on gill netters from Mexico. During Operation Brush Guard, 345 pounds of marijuana


Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife

Seized marijuana is shown in a smuggler’s boat in this undated photo. In all, game wardens seized 2 tons while conducting Operation Tilapia on Falcon Lake.




US man slain in NL Wife says friend’s son to blame ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Businessman and Cotullan John Keck unveils the historical marker for Cotulla’s downtown during a plaque dedication held at the corner of Center and Front streets Friday morning.

Cotullans talk history, boom during marker unveiling By RICARDO R. VILLARREAL THE ZAPATA TIMES

COTULLA — A new historical marker that recognizes a district in downtown Cotulla as a significant part of Texas history was unveiled Friday morning. The Official Texas Historical District Marker was awarded in conjunction by the Texas Histor-

ical Commission, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Register of Historic Places. Emcee for the event, John Keck, a native of Cotulla, said the acceptance of the town as a Texas Main Street community seven years ago has helped the advancement and further development of Cotulla. He recog-

nized several people in attendance responsible for the designation. Among them was William Lawrence Cotulla, 77, greatgrandson of town founder Joseph Cotulla. He grew up in Cotulla — and except for the time he spent in Austin as a student at the University of Texas and his military service — has spent

his life there. After returning from the military he opened a grocery store, which he ran until 1979. He then dedicated his time to ranching interests in La Salle, Dimmit and Webb counties. “Today’s ceremony certainly reminded me of how hot it is in


LAREDO — The wife of a South Texas rancher slain in the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo says a friend’s son is among those charged by Mexican authorities. Rosa Elva Rendon said Friday her husband, 75year-old Pedro Rendon Garza, had coffee with a friend before visiting his ranch across the border in Nuevo Laredo on June 12. Mexican authorities say 34-year-old Esteban Lugo Cruz, the friend’s son, was waiting with two others. Rendon’s wife says the Lugos were so trusted they had keys to the ranch. Lugo’s father has not been implicated. Authorities say Lugo admitted that he forced Rendon to record a message for a ransom before killing him. Police arrested Lugo and two others when they tried to collect. Rendon had lived in Laredo since 1987.


LCC trustees approve smoke-free policy By JJ VELASQUEZ THE ZAPATA TIMES

LCC is butting out. Three months after initially directing staff to carve out a smoke-free policy, Laredo Community College trustees approved Thursday a smoking ban on campus. Trustee Allen Tijerina, who supported creating designated smoking areas, voted against the measure. Jesse Porras, who in previous meetings said the board should consider adding designated areas, was

absent from the meeting. The action was met with applause from about eight supporters, led by the Webb County Coalition of Serving Children and Adults in Need. Veronica Jimenez, coordinator of the coalition, called the decision “history in the making.” The coalition has had several members and youth deliver public comments during LCC meetings to advocate for a smoke-free college. “We are all for making a difference in the environ-

ment, and this is a big step toward a healthier community,” Jimenez said after the meeting. The ban takes effect Aug. 1 and includes all products used to smoke tobacco, such as cigarettes and pipes. It also includes tobacco dip and electronic cigarettes. Anyone violating the policy will be subject to disciplinary action. In March, the board directed administration to bring back a policy amend-


Photo by Cuate Santos | Laredo Morning Times

Signs are posted to the doors of the Lewis Energy Group Academic Center on Wednesday at the Fort McIntosh campus to warn that smoking is not allowed within 10 feet of the building’s entrance.


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PILLAR will hold “Pump it Up,” from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at three Pumpn-Shop locations: I-35 and Shiloh Drive; Calle del Norte and Springfield Avenue; and I-35 and Calton Road. Volunteers will assist patrons with fueling and window-cleaning, while spreading awareness about bullying and suicide and raising funds for the nonprofit. Contact PILLAR at 723-7547 or 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.

SUNDAY, JUNE 30 The Joey Munoz 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. 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. Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Training takes place at 902 E. Calton Road from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The training will prepare volunteers to assist youth by advocating their best interest and outside of court by monitoring emotional, medical, educational and personal needs. No experienced is needed, and training is free. Contact Alexis Herrera at 727-8691 or for more information or to reserve a seat.

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.

FRIDAY, JULY 19 Strength Within Me, a support group for people with physical disabilities from ages 14 to 35, will meet at 2 p.m. at the Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center’s Conference Room No. 2, 1220 N. Malinche Ave. Attendees should RSVP before July 17 with Ariana Mora at 722-2431 or

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#. Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Training takes place at 902 E. Calton Road from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. No experienced is needed, and training is free. Contact Alexis Herrera at 727-8691 or

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.

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Members of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” who crafted the immigration reform bill, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., center, flanked by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., leave the floor after final passage in the Senate at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 27. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., follows at rear.


WASHINGTON — The focus of hotly contested immigration legislation swung Friday from the Senate to the House, where conservative Republicans hold power, there is no bipartisan template to serve as a starting point and the two parties stress widely different priorities. “It’s a very long and winding road to immigration reform,” said Rep. Tom Cole, an Oklahoma Republican who said it could be late this year or perhaps early in 2014 before the outcome is known. His own constituents are “very skeptical, mostly opposed,” he said. Supporters of the Senate’s approach sought to rally support for its promise of citizenship for those who have lived in the United States unlawfully, a key provision along-

NSA leaker’s dad says son would return to US WASHINGTON — The father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden acknowledged Friday that his son broke the law but said he doesn’t think he committed treason, as the Obama administration renewed its calls to Russia to expel Snowden so he can be tried under the Espionage Act. Meanwhile, Ecuadorean officials say Russian authorities have stymied the country’s efforts to approve a political asylum application from the former National Security Agency systems analyst, according to government officials with direct knowledge of the case. In conceding his son’s guilt, Snowden’s father, Lonnie Snowden, told NBC’s “Today” show that his lawyer had informed Attorney General Eric Holder that he believes his son would voluntarily return to the United States if the Justice Department promises not to hold him before trial and not subject him to a gag or-

side steps to reduce future illegal immigration. “The Republican Party still doesn’t understand the depth ... of this movement and just how much the American people want comprehensive immigration reform,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said on Friday. “We need to make sure they come to this understanding.” But Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., said in an interview that any bill that results in citizenship was a nonstarter. He called the approach “patently unfair” to those trying to “do it the legal way.” Within hours after the Democratic-controlled Senate approved its bill Thursday on a 68-32 vote, President Barack Obama telephoned with congratulations for several members of the bipartisan Gang of Eight who negotiated an early draft of the bill that passed.


live out her dying in public.”

Pa. girl doing well after second lung transplant

Phoenix, Las Vegas bake in scorching heat

PHILADELPHIA — A 10-yearold Pennsylvania girl who underwent a double-lung transplant amid a national debate over the organ allocation process has undergone a second transplant after the first failed and is now taking some breaths on her own, the girl’s parents said Friday. Sarah Murnaghan’s mother said the first set of lungs failed within hours after the June 12 transplant at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Sarah was placed on machines. She was placed back on the lung transplant list the night after her surgery and received a second set of lungs on June 15. “We were told ... that she was going to die,” the suburban Philadelphia girl’s mother, Janet Murnaghan, said at a news conference Friday afternoon in explaining why Sarah’s second transplant was not publicly disclosed. “We weren’t prepared to

PHOENIX — A blazing heat wave expected to send the mercury soaring to nearly 120 degrees in Phoenix and Las Vegas settled over the West on Friday, threatening to ground airliners and raising fears that people and pets will get burned on the scalding pavement. The heat was so punishing that rangers took up positions at trailheads at Lake Mead in Nevada to persuade people not to hike. And tourists at California’s Death Valley took photos of the harsh landscape and a thermometer that read 121. The mercury there was expected to reach nearly 130 on Friday — just short of the 134-degree reading from a century ago that stands as the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth. The heat is not expected to break until Monday or Tuesday. — Compiled from AP reports

AROUND TEXAS 2 Eagle Pass sisters missing, police seek help EAGLE PASS — Two sisters who live in a Texas border town have been reported missing and police have asked for the public’s help in locating the girls. The FBI and Texas Rangers are assisting in the investigation into the disappearance of 9-yearold Edna Perez and 7-year-old Dafne Perez of Eagle Pass. The sisters were last seen around midday Wednesday playing at a park near their home. Police earlier said they’re trying to determine if the case involves a custody dispute. The youngsters had been in the temporary care of their grandmother.

5 rescued from Houston Ship Channel HOUSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard and good Samaritans rescued five people whose boat be-

Today is Saturday, June 29, the 180th day of 2013. There are 185 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 29, 1613, London’s original Globe Theatre, where many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed, was destroyed by a fire sparked by a cannon shot during a performance of “Henry VIII.” On this date: In 1913, the Second Balkan War broke out as Bulgaria attacked Serbia and Greece, its former allies from the First Balkan War. In 1927, the first trans-Pacific airplane flight was completed as Lt. Lester J. Maitland and Lt. Albert F. Hegenberger arrived at Wheeler Field in Hawaii aboard the Bird of Paradise, an Atlantic-Fokker C-2, after flying 2,400 miles from Oakland, Calif., in 25 hours, 50 minutes. In 1933, actor-director Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle died in New York at age 46. In 1954, the Atomic Energy Commission voted against reinstating Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer’s access to classified information. In 1956, actress Marilyn Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller in a civil ceremony in White Plains, N.Y. (The couple also wed in a Jewish ceremony on July 1; the marriage lasted 4 1/2 years). In 1967, Jerusalem was reunified as Israel removed barricades separating the Old City from the Israeli sector. In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a trio of death sentences, saying the way they had been imposed constituted cruel and unusual punishment. In 1993, Joel Rifkin pleaded not guilty at an arraignment in Mineola, N.Y., to one count of murder, a day after police found a woman’s body in his pickup truck. (Rifkin, who has confessed to killing 17 women, is serving multiple life sentences for nine murders.) Ten years ago: Thirteen people were killed, dozens injured, when a third-floor apartment building porch crowded with guests collapsed onto porches below during a party in Chicago. Actress Katharine Hepburn, one of the last stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age, died in Old Saybrook, Conn., at age 96. Five years ago: Zimbabwe’s longtime ruler Robert Mugabe was sworn in as president for a sixth term after a widely discredited runoff in which he was the only candidate. One year ago: A day after the House voted to find Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, the Justice Department said Holder’s decision to withhold information about a bungled guntracking operation from Congress did not constitute a crime, and that he would not be prosecuted. Today’s Birthdays: Movie producer Robert Evans is 83. Songwriter L. Russell Brown is 73. Actor Gary Busey is 69. Comedian Richard Lewis is 66. Actor-turned-politican-turnedradio personality Fred Grandy is 65. Rock musician Ian Paice (Deep Purple) is 65. Singer Don Dokken (Dokken) is 60. Rock singer Colin Hay (Men At Work) is 60. Actress Melora Hardin is 46. Producer-writer Matthew Weiner is 48. Thought for Today: “Wouldn’t it be great if people could get to live suddenly as often as they die suddenly?” — Katharine Hepburn (19072003).

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Breanna Brooks, left, and friend, Vianey Hurtado, right, play in a water fountain at Hemisfair Park, Friday, June 28, in San Antonio. The fountain that drops water like rain provides a cool escape from the summer heat. came swamped in the Houston Ship Channel. The five people were reported in the water at 8:20 a.m. Friday. Officials say a good Samaritan vessel rescued one man who couldn’t feel his legs and transported him to shore, where a

Coast Guard helicopter took him to a Houston hospital. The man’s condition was not immediately known. Another good Samaritan ship picked up the four others and took them to shore. — Compiled from AP reports

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Officials seize marijuana By CÉSAR G. RODRIGUEZ THE ZAPATA TIMES

Authorities seized 551 pounds of marijuana and arrested two people in two separate cases, Zapata County Sheriff ’s officials announced this week. The bigger and more recent seizure happened at 10 p.m. June 22. Deputies attempted to a traffic stop on a sport utility vehicle at Texas 16 and Fresno Street. Sgt. Mario Elizondo said the SUV refused to stop and led lawmen on a chase. The black SUV stopped in the 1200 block of Carla Street where the driver was arrested. Authorities identified him as Mauro Angel Martinez, 31. Deputies found 22 bundles of marijuana, adding up to 504 pounds. Authorities

charged Martinez with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony punishable within a GUILLEN range of two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. In addition, Martinez was served with an arrest MARTINEZ warrant out of Fayette County, located southeast of Austin. The charge was not available as of press time. Martinez remained behind bars at the Zapata Regional Jail on a $200,000 bond as of Friday. The marijuana had an estimated street value of $200,000, Elizondo

said. A second drug bust occurred June 19. Deputies conducted a traffic stop at U.S. 83 and Monterrey Lane on a 1997 Buick driven by Nelson Alejandro Guillen, 21. Immediately after, deputies discovered three bundles of marijuana with a total weight of 47 pounds, Elizondo said. The contraband had an estimated street value of $19,000. Guillen was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. If convicted for the third-degree felony, he faces two to 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. Guillen remained in custody Friday on a $100,000 bond. (César G. Rodriguez may be reached at 7282568 or

THE BLOTTER ASSAULT Sheriff’s deputies responded to an assault call at 2:19 p.m. June 22 in the 1800 block of Guerrero Avenue. A 45-year-old woman reported that her two sons were fighting. A 13-year-old boy was detained and charged with assault after deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at 1:50 p.m. June 22 in the 300 block of Gonzalez Street. The boy was taken to the Webb County Youth Village. An aggravated assault with deadly weapon incident was reported at 7:36 p.m. June 23 in the 400 block of Zapata Avenue. A sexual assault was reported at 10 a.m. Monday in the 1800 block of Ramireño Avenue. The case is under investigation.

of Juarez Avenue that someone broke into his home. The suspect(s) made it out with $2,150 worth of jewelry and three pistols. A burglary of habitation was reported at 12:49 p.m. June 22 in the 900 block of Villa Avenue. A burglary of a vehicle was reported at 10:54 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of Cardinal Street. A burglary of building was reported at 12:33 a.m. Thursday in the 900 block of Roma.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT Deputies arrested Orlando Guerra Jr., 22, and Romeo I. Mercado, 46, and charged them with disorderly conduct at about 11 a.m. June 21 at the Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace office at 200 E. 7th Ave.

POSSESSION BURGLARY A 24-year-old man reported at 2:26 p.m. June 21 in the 100 block of Oak Street that someone broke into his shed to steal a lawn mower. A 37-year-old man reported at 5:32 p.m. June 21 in the 800 block

Pedro Navarro III, 20, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 1100 block of Bravo Avenue. He had a $75,000 bond at the Zapata Regional Jail.

PUBLIC INTOXICATION Ramiro Valadez Jr., 24, was arrested and charged with public intoxication at about 8:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Zapata Avenue in the Medina Addition. He was later released for a future court date.

THEFT A 32-year-old man reported at 1:58 p.m. June 22 at the intersection of 20th Avenue and Del Mar Street that someone stole roof repair equipment from a property under construction. The items stolen had an estimated value of $350. A 32-year-old man reported at 5:13 p.m. June 23 in the 400 block of Ramireño Avenue that someone stole a weed eater worth $190. A 51-year-old man reported at 11:44 p.m. Tuesday at the Smoke Shop located south of the town of Zapata off U.S. 83 that someone stole a set of keys. A 59-year-old man reported at 7:05 a.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of Vista Hermosa that someone stole a gas container and a weed eater worth $285.








The Supreme Court’s 5 to 4 decision to strike down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act was undeniably historic, a victory not just for gay rights advocates but for anyone committed to advancing equal rights in America. It was also an anomaly. For all the celebration Wednesday, the underlying theme of the Supreme Court’s term was not the recognition of rights, but their dilution. Time and again, in closely divided decisions on issues as disparate as antitrust law, privacy and discrimination, the court either watered down rights or made it difficult or impossible to enforce them effectively. (Unless you are a white college applicant challenging affirmative action.)

Two rights cases In two cases, the justices made it impossible for plaintiffs alleging serious violations of federal law even to have their claims heard. In Clapper v. Amnesty International, the court denied a constitutional challenge to the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which vastly expanded the National Security Agency’s surveillance powers. This law authorizes the recently disclosed PRISM program, which involves the interception of international e-mails, phone conversations and social-network communications. The act permits surveillance without having to show that the target is suspected of anything, thereby jettisoning the bedrock requirement of the Fourth Amendment. The plaintiffs in Clapper included lawyers, human rights advocates and journalists, all of whom communicated frequently with people overseas whom the government was likely to be targeting under the statute, and therefore had to take expensive and burdensome measures to preserve the confidentiality of their communications. With a majority comprised of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr., Anthony M. Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court ruled that the plaintiffs’ claims could not be heard because they could not show that they had actually been subjected to the surveillance. The catch: The surveillance is conducted in secret. In a second case, American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, the same five justices ruled that corporations can insulate themselves from liability for violating federal law by inserting clauses in their contracts that prohibit class-action arbitration. A group of small merchants argued that American Express had violated antitrust laws by using its monopoly power to charge credit card fees 30 percent higher than those of its competitors. But American Express had used the same monopoly power to draft a form contract that directed all legal disputes into arbitration and then forbade arbitration on a class-wide basis. The merchants argued that because antitrust claims are

so expensive to prove, they are not worth pursuing on an individual basis and can be vindicated only through collective, class-wide proceedings. The Supreme Court previously ruled that contracts may require arbitration rather than court litigation only if the arbitration proceeding provides an adequate forum for individuals to vindicate their rights. In Italian Colors, the court’s majority conceded that requiring individual arbitrations would make it too expensive to challenge American Express’ conduct, but, as Justice Elena Kagan paraphrased the majority’s response in her dissent: “Too darn bad.” In other closely divided decisions, the court’s conservative justices made equality rights decidedly harder to enforce. In Shelby County v. Holder, the court invalidated a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that required select states with a history of discrimination to clear any changes in their voting arrangements with the federal government ahead of time, by showing that the changes would not dilute the rights of minority voters. This preclearance requirement was the most effective part of the law because it prevented discriminatory actions from taking effect in the first place, rather than requiring victims to later sue in court, where challenges are often so expensive and time-consuming that they cannot adequately address many discriminatory voting practices.

Other decisions In a pair of less-noticed decisions released the day before Shelby County, the court, once again by 5 to 4 votes, issued employerfriendly, worker-hostile interpretations of Title VII, the section of the Civil Rights Act that prohibits discrimination in employment. In both cases, the court rejected long-standing interpretations of the law by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, the court imposed a more demanding standard on “retaliation” claims, brought when an employer responds to a discrimination complaint by punishing the employee for raising the issue. These are just some of the Supreme Court’s most important cases of the past term. Of course, the high court was not uniformly hostile. In addition to striking down the Defense of Marriage Act’s limits on federal marriage benefits, it also gave a partial victory to Abigail Fisher, a white applicant who challenged the University of Texas’ affirmative action plan; in that case, the court compromised, concluding that the lower courts had not subjected the university’s plan to sufficient scrutiny, and sent the case back for further review. But of course that ruling actually limits efforts to remove barriers for minorities. The larger pattern is clear: This term, the Roberts court regularly favored restricting people’s rights or, more insidiously, limiting their ability to enforce those rights.


Perry’s election plans on hold GRAPEVINE — Thanks a lot, Senate gallery screamers. Thanks to you we now have to wait even longer to find out if Gov. Rick Perry is running for (a) re-election, (b) president, (c) both of the above or (d) none of the above. He said Thursday he’s not saying. I’m still saying he’ll eventually say the answer is (b). And I’ve not been wrong about such things since the last time I was. Perry previously set next Monday as the deadline for announcing his plans. That was before we needed another special session, starting next Monday, to take another shot at passing three measures, including the abortion restriction bill scuttled when protesters in the Senate gallery screamed it down at the Tuesday night deadline of the first special session. After a Thursday speech at the National Right to Life convention, a decidedly home crowd for Perry, the governor told us that announcing his political plans “is not on my radar screen at the moment” because of the upcoming special session sequel. “I would tell you that that’s put back some,” he said of his announcement, leaving some of us con-


fused as to whether that means until after the session, which can last up to 30 days. “I’d push it back some. I don’t know,” he said when asked to clarify. So there you go. Oh, and he also said the announcement would come “at the appropriate time.” In his speech, Perry had aggressive words for the protesters who screamed down the abortion bill and the filibustering senator who was the screamers’ heroine. He said filibusters “are certainly nothing new, but what we witnessed Tuesday was nothing more than the hijacking of the democratic process.” (I think he meant “nothing less than the hijacking of the democratic process.”) And he had harsh words for state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, whose filibuster rocketed her to national attention and pumped her up as a potential 2014 gubernatorial candidate. Davis was raised by a single mom and later became a single mom prior to becoming a Harvard-trained lawyer.

“It’s just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example: that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential, that every life is precious,” he said. Davis called the comments “without dignity” and “small words that reflect a dark and negative point of view.” I like what that back and forth portends about a potential Perry-Davis gubernatorial showdown next year. Alas, neither has announced anything. Thanks again, gallery screamers, though I guess we do owe them sincere thanks for helping torque this up. What then of a repeat bid by our governor to become our president? He still looks like a long shot to me. At least one recent poll showed Texas Republicans more interested in our U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for the White House. As a spectator, I’d like them both to run. I enjoy the notion of a Texas governor and a Texas senator going after each other at debates. Perry’s problem, one he’s been working on, is that his 2012 White House bid left him a joke in many voters’ minds. That can be undone, but it’s dif-

ficult. I was struck by something political commentator Fred Barnes wrote in the Weekly Standard after a few days embedded with Perry during the governor’s recent job-recruiting trip to New York. “Up close, Perry isn’t quite what I expected,” Barnes wrote, indicating he perhaps didn’t expect too much. “He often notes he majored in animal science in college, but his interests have broadened as governor. He’s learned a lot about brain science. He knows a good deal about economics.” Right about now, if he indeed still dreams White House dreams, Perry might have to start convincing many more Americans that he isn’t quite what they expected. After Perry’s Thursday speech, I congratulated him on the recent birth of his first grandchild, a girl. “She was supposed to be a boy,” he said. “That’s what they all said. They say if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” I’m expecting God, who remains nonpartisan, not to laugh if Perry’s plans include running again for president. The larger question is whether those plans would make voters laugh.

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DALLAS — A Texas woman was indicted Friday on charges that she sent threatening, ricinlaced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in an attempt to frame her estranged husband. The federal indictment charges Shannon Richardson, 35, with two counts of mailing a threatening communication and one count of making a threat against the president of the United States. Richardson, an actress from New Boston, Texas, was arrested June 7. She is accused of sending the threatening letters in May to Obama, Bloomberg and a third man who heads the mayor’s gun-control group. “What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got in store for you, Mr. President,” the letter to Obama said. If convicted, Richardson faces up to five years in prison on each charge. Richardson’s attorney, Tonda Curry, said her client will plead not guilty. Although federal investigators say Richardson has admitted mailing the letters, Curry noted that the government must prove Richardson had “the requisite mental state” to make her actions a crime. Curry said prosecutors have told her they are considering additional charges for the manufacture or possession of a biological agent. “I’m hopeful that the counter-terrorism task force wouldn’t even approve that charge, because it’s clear in this case that whatever was done was not done for the purpose of hurting the president, the mayor or anyone else,” said Curry, noting that highranking public officials typically don’t open their own mail.


Abortion bill will pass, Perry says ASSOCIATED PRESS

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In this June 7 photo, Shannon Richardson is placed into a Titus County Sheriff’s car. Davilyn Walston, the spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in the eastern district of Texas, said she couldn’t comment on the specifics of the Richardson investigation, but she said there’s always a possibility of a superseding indictment in every case. Authorities have determined that the letters were mailed from New Boston, about 150 miles northeast of Dallas, or nearby Texarkana and postmarked in Shreveport, La. The government has accused Richardson of mailing the letters and trying to pin the crime on Nathan Richardson, whom she married in 2011. He filed for divorce earlier this month and told the Texarkana Gazette he contemplated divorce last year but reconsidered when the relationship seemed to improve. The marriage was at least the third for Shannon Richardson, and she has five children ranging in age from 4 to 19 from other relationships, according to Nathan Richardson’s attorney, John Delk. Delk said Friday that his client has been allowed to return to the couple’s home in New Boston, which was quarantined after it was searched by FBI agents wearing hazardous materi-

al suits. “He’s starting to get his life back in order, and he’s still cooperating fully with the investigators, answering any questions they may have and providing any evidence they may need,” Delk said. The children from Shannon Richardson’s previous relationships are now in Georgia with Richardson’s second husband, Delk said. According to an FBI affidavit, Richardson first contacted authorities to implicate her husband in the scheme. But she failed a polygraph exam and investigators found inconsistencies in her story, the document alleges. Richardson, who has had minor television and film roles under the name Shannon Guess, later admitted she mailed the letters but maintained that her husband made her do it. Richardson, who is six months pregnant, has been in the Titus County jail since her arrest but is due to be transferred to a federal prison for a psychological exam. A federal judge last week ordered Richardson to undergo the exam after Curry requested it, saying her client had displayed “a pattern of behavior” that calls into question whether she could assist in her defense.

AUSTIN — The abortion restrictions bill stopped by a Senate filibuster and raucous crowd in the chamber gallery will pass “overwhelmingly” when lawmakers return to the Texas Capitol next week, Gov. Rick Perry said Friday. Perry has called a new 30-day special session of the Legislature starting Monday to address the abortion bill that failed after a marathon speech by Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth and disruptions caused by several hundred vocal demonstrators. “It will pass overwhelmingly and will become the law in the state,” Perry said in an interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. “I think the voice of the people of Texas will be heard.” Davis and legislative Democrats stopped the bill at the midnight Tuesday deadline of the first special session in part because Perry had delayed adding it to the agenda. This time, lawmakers can take up the issue immediately and the Republican majorities in the House and Senate are expected to pass the bill for Perry to sign into law. Perry, who ran for president in 2012 and is considering another campaign in 2016, also touched on federal issues during the radio interview, criticizing the immigration bill approved Thursday by the U.S. Senate. “We will never have true immigration reform unless or until we secure our border,” Perry said. “We don’t need a new pathway to citizenship. We’ve already got one. Go get in line.” On gay marriage, Perry said that’s an issue that should be left up to the states. In 2005, Texas voters approved amending the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. On Wednesday, the

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Gov. Rick Perry responds to questions after delivering a speech at the National Right To Life Convention on Thursday in Grapevine. He has called a second special legislative session on the abortion bill beginning July 1. U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision of a federal law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for state laws that recognize marriage equality. “If you want to have that type of relationship, if you want to have that type of marriage arrangement in your state, that ought to be left up to the states,” Perry said. “I think it’s a long way from becoming a reality in states like Texas.”




Ex-governor sentenced ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — A former governor of a Mexican state who admitted to conspiring to launder money in a New York drug case has been sentenced to 11 years in prison but may face only three more years behind bars. Mario Ernesto Villanueva Madrid was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court. He was accused of conspiring to import hundreds of tons of cocaine and launder

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This Feb. 11, 2009 file photo shows a shopper looking over the milk aisle at the Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier, Vt.

Milk prices may increase By M.L. JOHNSON ASSOCIATED PRESS

MILWAUKEE — Dairy farmers expressed frustration this week with Congress’ failure to pass a farm bill, saying the uncertainty made it hard to do business and some could go under without changes to the federal milk program. Farmers also worried that if a current ninemonth extension of the 2008 farm bill expires with no action, a 64-year-old law will kick in, sending milk prices spiraling. While that might provide short-term profits, they say, it’d hurt them in the long run because no one wants to buy milk at $6 a gallon. The U.S. House voted down a farm bill June 20, about a week after the Senate approved a different version. It was the second year in a row that the House failed to pass the every-five-years bill that sets funding for agriculture and food programs. Last year, it didn’t even vote, prompting the passage in January of a slimmed-down extension of the 2008 law. The Agricultural Act of 1949 sets a much higher price for government purchases of cheese, butter and other dairy products than the U.S. has seen in decades. The government

cut the price in recent decades because if it didn’t, more companies would sell to the government than to retailers, unless consumer prices rose to match. Farmers fear if the higher prices kick in on Jan. 1, milk and other dairy prices will rise until consumers just stop buying their products. “I don’t think that’s good for anybody because we would destroy demand,” said Pete Kappelman, a Wisconsin dairy farmer and board chairman of Land O’Lakes, a farmerowned company that markets milk, eggs, butter and many other products. The farm bill failed in the House mainly because of disagreement over foodstamp funding and dairy program reforms farmers say are needed to keep them in business. The government currently pays dairy farmers when milk prices get too low. But the problem in recent years has been the high cost of feed due to the ethanol industry’s demand for corn as well as the drought. Farmers say milk costs almost as much to produce as they can sell it for — and sometimes more. Kappelman, who has a 450-cow farm in Manitowoc, Wis., worked on a national dairy industry com-

mittee that proposed a margin protection program that pays farmers when the price difference between milk and feed shrinks to a certain point. He also supports a market stabilization program that would require farmers to either reduce the amount of milk produced when prices drop too low or give up a portion of their margin protection payments. The U.S. Department of Agriculture would then use that money to buy and donate dairy products and help low-income families. The margin protection and market stabilization programs would be voluntary, but farmers couldn’t participate in one without the other. The Senate passed a farm bill last week that included both the margin protection and market stabilization programs, but House Republicans voted to remove the market stabilization program. Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson, the senior Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, said a number of Democrats changed their vote to no at that point. Even with disagreement over the stabilization program, farmers were united on the message they wanted to send to Congress.

millions of dollars in bribe payments, and he pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit money laundering. Villanueva Madrid is a former governor of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Outside court, defense attorney Richard Lind says he was happy with the sentence. He says his client will get credit for time spent in prison since 2001 and good behavior and might be freed in about three years.


SANFORD, Fla. — Two neighbors and a police officer gave accounts Friday in George Zimmerman’s murder trial that seemed to bolster the neighborhood watch volunteer’s contention that he was on his back and being straddled by Trayvon Martin during their confrontation. Neighbor Jonathan Good said it appeared the unarmed teen was straddling Zimmerman, while another neighbor, Jonathan Manalo, said Zimmerman seemed credible when he said immediately after the fight that he had shot Martin in self-defense. Officer Tim Smith testified that Zimmerman’s backside was covered in grass and wetter than his front side. All three were called as witnesses for prosecutors who are trying to convict him of second-degree murder. Good, who had perhaps the best view of any witness, said he did not see anyone’s head being slammed into the concrete sidewalk, as Zimmerman claims Martin did to him. Good initially testified that it appeared “there were strikes being thrown, punches being thrown,” but during detailed questioning he said he saw on-

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George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom court for the day in his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla., on Thursday. ly “downward” arm movements being made. Zimmerman has claimed that he fatally shot 17-year-old Martin last year in self-defense as the Miami-area teen was banging his head into the concrete sidewalk behind the townhomes in a gated community. Under prosecution questioning, Good said he never saw anyone being attacked that way during the fight between Zimmerman and Martin. “I couldn’t see that,” Good said moments later while being cross-examined. Good said he heard a noise behind his townhome in February 2012, and he saw what looked like a tussle when he stepped out onto his patio. He said he yelled: “What’s going on? Stop it.” Good testified he saw a person in black clothing on top of another person

with “white or red” clothing. He said he couldn’t see faces but it looked like the person on the bottom had lighter skin. Martin was black and was wearing a dark hoodie. Zimmerman identifies as Hispanic and was wearing a red jacket. Good was back inside calling 911 when he heard a gunshot. “It looked like there were strikes being thrown, punches being thrown,” Good said. Under cross-examination, he said that it looked like the person on top was straddling the person on bottom in a mixedmartial arts move known as “ground and pound.” When defense attorney Mark O’Mara asked him if the person on top was Martin, Good said, “Correct, that’s what it looked like.” Good also said the person on the bottom yelled for help.


Agenda en Breve LAREDO 06/29 — “ZUMBA Gold en el Parque”, para Adultos Mayores y cualquiera que esté interesado, de 8:30 a.m. a 9:30 a.m. en Independence Hills, 1102 N. Merida Drive. Evento gratuito. 06/29 — 19º Derby de Pesca Anual en el ‘Ranchito’ dentro del Casa Blanca State Park, 6101 Bob Bullock Loop, de 9 a.m. a 2 p.m. 06/29 — Arguindegui Oil Co (Pump-n-Shop) & PILLAR (People with Ideas of Love, Liberty, Acceptance and Respect) invitan al primer evento “Pump it Up” donde los voluntarios de PILLAR ayudarán a clients del Pump-n-Shop ubicados en I-35 and Shiloh Drive, Calle Del Norte Drive and Springfield Avenue, y I-35 and Calton Road, en los servicios de poner gasolina, limpieza de ventanas, a la vez que informarán sobre los servicios de PILLAR. El horario es de 1 p.m. a 5 p.m. El objetivo es recaudar fondos para su organización y su causa. 06/29 — “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. 06/29 — 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. 06/29 — Football: Laredo Rattlesnakes reciben a Venom a las 7:05 p.m. en Laredo Energy Arena. 06/30 — Hoy es la Carrera/Caminata por el 4 de Julio en recuerdo de Joey Muñoz. Puede inscribirse a partir de las 7 a.m., la competencia dará inicio a las 8 a.m. La cita es en el campus del Laredo Community College, junto a la alberca. La cuota es de 5 dólares, y las ganancias se destinarán al Banco de Alimentos del Sur de Texas. 07/02 — Primera campaña para recaudar fondos para el Ángel de la Esperanza. La cita es en HAL’s Landing, a partir de las 6 p.m. Donación: 5 dólares. Música a cargo de The Jolly Ranchers. 07/02 — El Les Amis birthday club tendrá su reunión mensual a las 11:30 a.m. en el the Holiday Day Inn Civic Center. 07/03 — Soccer: Laredo Heat SC recibe a Austin Aztex a las 8 p.m. en TAMIU Soccer Complex. 07/04 — El Desfile de la Victoria, organizado por la Ciudad de Laredo, por el 4 de Julio, bajo el nombre de “Celebrando al Estilo de Laredo”, inicia a las 9 a.m. por avenida San Bernardo. 07/04 — Soccer: Equipos Sub-20 de México participan en Encuentro Internacional de Soccer. Rayados de Monterrey se enfrentarán a las Chivas del Guadalajara, a las 8 p.m. en TAMIU Soccer Complex.

NUEVO LAREDO, MX 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 recaudadas con al venta del libro (con costo de 200 pesos), se destinarán a las becas de piano del Patronato Cultural Nuevo Laredo, A.C. y a la Fundación Heriberto Deándar Amador. 06/30 — El Grupo de Teatro Laberintus presenta la obra “Alicia en el país de las maravillas”, del Clásico de Lewis Carroll, dirigida por Luis Edoardo Torres, a las 12 p.m. en el teatro del IMSS, Reynosa y Belden, Sector Centro. Costo 20 pesos.





WASHINGTON— Dos integrantes del grupo bipartidista que elabora desde 2009 un proyecto de ley integral bipartidista en la cámara baja confían en que aún tienen tiempo suficiente para que reciba un apoyo mayoritario, aunque no dijeron cuándo esperan culminarlo. La representante demócrata por California Zoe Lofgren y el republicano por Florida Mario Díaz coincidieron en que su prioridad no ha sido completar el trabajo para una fecha específica, sino tomarse el tiempo que sea necesario para lograr un texto que pueda contar con el apoyo de la mayoría republicana, reacia a brindar la opción de la naturalización a inmigrantes no autorizados. Después de que el Senado aprobara la víspera una reforma migra-

toria integral que concede la opción de la naturalización a 11 millones de inmigrantes sin papeles, la cámara baja solamente cuenta hasta el momento con cuatro proyectos de ley aprobados por la mayoría republicana en la comisión judicial y de corte puramente restrictivo a la inmigración ilegal, por lo que el futuro de la legislación es muy incierto. La Casa Blanca anunció que el presidente Barack Obama, quien ha reiterado su expectativa de que el Congreso culmine la aprobación de una reforma migratoria antes del receso veraniego previsto a partir del 2 de agosto, llamó el viernes al presidente de la cámara baja —el republicano por Ohio John Boehner— y a la jefa de la bancada minoritaria —la demócrata por California Nancy Pelosi— para exhortarlos a abordar el tema a la brevedad. “El proyecto de ley fue revisado por los asesores legales. Los congre-

sistas estamos revisándolo palabra por palabra, línea por línea, para asegurarnos de que refleja los acuerdos a los que hemos llegado”, dijo Lofgren el viernes durante un foro organizado por Bloomberg Government y la Asociación Nacional de Restaurantes. “El trabajo estará listo cuando esté listo. Estamos al final del proceso”. El grupo bipartidista de ocho integrantes en la cámara baja ha negociado de manera interrumpida y a puertas cerradas desde 2009, pero no ha mostrado hasta el momento resultado alguno y sufrió una baja el mes pasado cuando el republicano por Idazo, Raúl Labrador se retiró. Sin embargo, Logfren negó que sea demasiado tarde para el grupo bipartidista presentar su versión. Tanto Obama como los ocho senadores que redactaron el proyecto de ley original expresaron la víspe-

ra su expectativa de que la votación bipartidista 68-32 con que el Senado aprobó la reforma sirva de presión a la mayoría republicana en la cámara baja para considerar una reforma migratoria. La versión aprobada por el Senado destina $46.000 millones de dólares a seguridad fronteriza e impide a los inmigrantes recién legalizados obtener la residencia permanente hasta que no se hayan implementado medidas como duplicar la cantidad de agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza y construir 700 millas de cerca a lo largo de la frontera con México. La iniciativa también obliga a los patronos a verificar el estatus legal de sus empleados, establece nuevas visas para trabajadores extranjeros y crea un sistema biométrico para registrar entradas y salidas de extranjeros en puertos marítimos y aéreos.




Cartas con recina; texana acusada ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Gobierno de México objetó la extensión del muro fronterizo como parte del proyecto de Reforma migratoria. Con la ampliación se espera aumentar la seguridad, pero el gobierno mexicano considerar que afectaría al comercio y a comunidades fronterizas.

México objeta ampliar valla con EU ASSOCIATED PRESS

MÉXICO — El gobierno mexicano objetó el martes que el proyecto de reforma migratoria de Estados Unidos considera extender la cerca entre los dos países para aumentar la seguridad al considerar que afectaría el comercio y a las comunidades fronterizas. El secretario de Relaciones Exteriores, José Antonio Meade, dijo en un mensaje que el gobierno mexicano no considera que la iniciativa de ley sea congruente con las relaciones que mantienen los dos países y pidió que en vez de ampliar la valla fronteriza se modernicen los puentes fronterizos para agilizar el paso de productos. “Medidas que puedan afectar los vínculos entre las comunidades se alejan de los principios de responsabilidad compartida y buena vecindad que ambas naciones tienen decidido impulsar”, dijo Meade.

“Las bardas no unen. Las bardas no son la solución al fenómeno migratorio y no son congruentes con una frontera moderna y segura. No contribuyen al desarrollo de la región competitiva que ambos países buscamos impulsar”, afirmó el canciller. El gobierno había mantenido silencio mientras el congreso en Estados Unidos debatía el proyecto de reforma migratoria. Una nueva enmienda discutida el martes propone duplicar la cantidad de agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza y extender la cerca 1.100 kilómetros, entre otras inversiones en equipos de alta seguridad. El proyecto de ley con la modificación podría aprobarse antes de que termine esta semana en la cámara alta de Estados Unidos. México ha sido tradicionalmente cauteloso al comentar sobre temas de política exterior, pero en los últimos días el gobierno ha sido blanco de críticas por no haberse pronun-

ciado sobre la reforma migratoria que se discute en Estados Unidos. El Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto se ha limitado a decir que la reforma es un asunto de política interna. En un mensaje en el que no se permitieron preguntas de la prensa, Meade reconoció que la iniciativa de ley puede beneficiar a varios millones de migrantes mexicanos que viven en Estados Unidos. Una reforma migratoria concedería la opción de naturalización a 11 millones de inmigrantes que viven en el país sin permiso. En el Congreso mexicano el avance de la reforma provocó algunos reproches. “Se está tomando como pretexto la reforma migratoria para dar un paso más hacia la militarización de la frontera”, señaló en un comunicado la senadora Dolores Padierna, del izquierdista Partido de la Revolución Democrática.

TEXARKANA, Texas— Una texana fue encausada el viernes bajo cargos de haber enviado cartas envenenadas con ricina al presidente Barack Obama y al alcalde de Nueva York Michael Bloomberg, en un intento de culpar a su esposo, del que se había separado, dijo la fiscalía federal. Shannon Richardson, de 35 años, está acusada de dos cargos de enviar comunicaciones amenazadoras y un cargo de amenazar al presidente de Estados Unidos, dijo la Fiscalía Federal por el Distrito Oriental de Texas en una nota de prensa. Richardson, una actriz de New Boston, Texas, fue detenida el 7 de junio, acusada de enviar en mayo las cartas amenazadoras a Obama, Bloomberg y una tercera persona que encabeza el grupo de control de armas del alcalde. Richardson podría ser sentenciada a un máximo de cinco años en prisión por cada uno de los cargos. El gobierno acusó a Richardson de enviar las cartas e intentar culpar del delito a Nathan Richardson, con quien se casó en 2011.Un juez federal ordenó la semana pasada que Shannon Richardson sea sometida a un examen psicológico. Curry pidió el examen, indicando que su clienta ha mostrado “un tipo de conducta” que pone en duda si podría colaborar en su defensa. Las autoridades determinaron que las cartas con ricina, que prometían violencia contra los partidarios del control de armas, fueron enviadas desde New Boston, a unos 240 kilómetros (150 millas) al noreste de Dallas, y desde la cercana Texarkana y con matasellos de Shreveport, Luisiana.


Buscan mitigar efectos de cambio climático ESPECIAL PARA TIEMPO DE ZAPATA

La Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas (UAT) y el Gobierno de Tamaulipas realizan acciones concretas que ayudan a mitigar los efectos del cambio climático. El secretario académico del Instituto de Ecología Aplicada, Arturo Mora Olivo, informó que gracias al apoyo del Gobierno de

Tamaulipas se ha podido llevar a cabo proyectos de investigación que han conjugado de una manera eficiente lo que es el desarrollo con el cuidado del medio ambiente. “Estamos en una época en la que necesitamos nosotros tener energías alternativas, el uso de los hidrocarburos ya va quedando de lado y es mejor tener energías limpias que nos

ayuden a cuidar el medio ambiente”, afirmó Mora. Aseguró que en esta situación la UAT ha colaborado también con el gobierno del estado para poder definir áreas importantes que sean susceptibles de aprovechamiento eólico, es decir zonas con alto contenido de vientos que pueden ser aprovechables para poder obtener energía a partir

de este viento que se encuentra sobre todo en la parte noreste de Tamaulipas. “Los investigadores de la UAT se han abocado a colaborar con la administración estatal a través de la Secretaría de Desarrollo Urbano y Medio Ambiente para la creación de un Comité que se encargue de estar monitoreando los efectos del cambio climáti-

co global en materia de biodiversidad y de cómo está aumentando la temperatura’, añadió Mora. Por ejemplo, recientemente se concluyó un proyecto de investigación denominado “Estrategias para el Desarrollo Sustentable del Turismo”, en la Reserva de la Biósfera “El Cielo”. (Con información de HT Agencia)




VATICAN CITY — The plot involved an armed police escort, a wealthy shipping family and a plan to secretly transport $26 million (20 million euros) from a Swiss bank account into Italy aboard a private jet. At the heart of the story of greed: a silver-haired Vatican monsignor. The latest corruption scandal to hit the Holy See unraveled in public on Friday as Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, a Vatican accountant, was arrested in the customs-dodging Swiss bank case. He is also under investigation in a separate case of alleged money-laundering involving his Vatican bank account. The developments came two days after Pope Francis created a commission of inquiry into the Vatican bank to get to the bottom of the problems that have plagued it for decades and contributed to its reputation as an unregulated, offshore tax haven. Francis has made it clear that he has no tolerance for corruption or for Vatican officials who use their jobs for personal ambition or gain. He has said he wants a “poor” church that ministers to those most in need. He has also noted, tongue in cheek, that “St. Peter didn’t have a bank account.” With Francis’ reformminded hand now running the show, the Vatican said it was prepared to fully cooperate with Italian investigators, who described a remarkably detailed scheme allegedly spearheaded by Scarano to benefit some very wealthy friends. Prosecutor Nello Rossi identified them as the d’Amicos, one of Italy’s

most important shipping families from Scarano’s hometown of Salerno in southern ItaSCARANO ly. Rossi declined to say if any of the d’Amicos were under investigation, but said developments were expected in the coming days. Three people were arrested on Friday: Scarano, a onetime banker who was recently suspended from his job in the Vatican’s main finance office, Italian financier Giovanni Carenzio and Giovanni Zito, who until recently was a member of the Italian military police’s agency for security and information. According to wiretapped conversations, the three allegedly plotted to smuggle in some 20 million euros in cash that Carenzio held in a Swiss bank account without declaring it to authorities at the airport. Scarano’s lawyer described him as something of a middleman: The 20 million euros belonged to the d’Amicos, who had given the money to Carenzio to invest but wanted it back. Scarano was tasked with persuading Carenzio to hand it over. Rossi said the d’Amico money was presumably being held in Switzerland to avoid paying Italian taxes. An email seeking comment from the family’s company, the d’Amico Societa di Navigazione SpA, wasn’t immediately returned.


Violence flares in Egypt By TONY G. GABRIEL ASSOCIATED PRESS

CAIRO — Tens of thousands of supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi rallied Friday in Cairo, and both sides fought each other in the second-largest city of Alexandria, where two people were killed — including an American — and 85 were injured while at least five offices of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood were torched, officials said. The competing camps were trying to show their strength before even bigger nationwide protests planned by the opposition Sunday — the first anniversary of Morsi’s inauguration — aimed at forcing his removal. The opposition says it will bring millions into the streets across Egypt, and more violence is feared. Already, six people have been killed in clashes this week, including Friday’s deaths. The Cairo International Airport was flooded with departing passengers, an exodus that officials said was unprecedented. All flights departing Friday to Europe, the U.S. and the Gulf were fully booked, they said.

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Opponents of President Mohammed Morsi chant as fire rages at the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Alexandria on Friday. Many of those leaving were families of Egyptian officials and businessmen and those of foreign and Arab League diplomats — as well as many Egyptian Christians, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press. The U.S. State Department warned Americans against all but essential travel to Egypt, citing the uncertain security situation. It also said it would allow some nonessential staff and the families of personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to leave until conditions improve. Opposition protesters in Alexandria broke into the local headquarters of Mor-

si’s Muslim Brotherhood and set fires, throwing papers and furniture out the windows. For several days, Brotherhood members and opponents of Morsi have battled in cities in the Nile Delta. With Friday’s deaths, at least six have been killed this week. “We must be alert lest we slide into a civil war that does not differentiate between supporters and opponents,” warned Sheik Hassan al-Shafie, a senior cleric at Al-Azhar, the country’s most eminent Muslim religious institution. Morsi opponents massed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the protests in 2011 that

ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak. The crowd shouted, “Leave, leave” — this time addressing Morsi. Tents were put up on the grass in the middle of the historic square. Dozens of protesters also gathered at the gates of the presidential palace in the Heliopolis neighborhood of Cairo, urging him to resign, Egypt’s state news agency reported. At the same time, tens of thousands of Morsi supporters, mainly Islamists, filled a public square outside the Rabia el-Adawiya Mosque, not far from the palace. Islamist parties have decided to hold a sitin. “They say the revolution is in Tahrir,” said young activist Abdel Rahman Ezz, a Morsi supporter who addressed the crowd. “It is true the revolution started in Tahrir. But shamefully, today the remnants of the old regime are in Tahrir. The revolutionary youth are here.” The palace is one of the sites where the opposition plans to gather Sunday and has been surrounded by concrete walls. Much of the violence was in the provinces of the Nile Delta, north of Cairo.




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Jan. 28, 1937 — June 24, 2013 SAN YGNACIO — Ramona Padilla-Ramon, 76, passed away Monday, June 24, 2013, at Laredo Specialty Hospital in Laredo, Texas. Ms. Ramon is preceded in death by his husband, Juan Ramon; granddaughters, twins Araceli and Anabel Salazar; parents, Manuel and Guadalupe Padilla; brothers, Jesus E. Padilla and Hector M. Copado; and sisters: Maria Del Refugio Vidauri, Emma C. Judkins and Carmen Solis. Ms. Ramon is survived by her son, Manuel (Blanca) Ramon; daughters, Martha (Jesus) Salazar and Magda (Arturo) Salinas; grandchildren: Juan Diego, Luis M., Rene E. Ramon, Claudia Y., Jesus A. Jr., Hector J., Juan Jose Salazar, Christina M. and Arturo Salinas Jr.; greatgrandchildren, Rebecca L. Salazar and Triana M. Meza; sisters, Rosario Garza and Guadalupe Garza; sister-in-law, Maria De Los Angeles (Rafael) Ozuna; brother-in-law, Santiago Ramon; and by numerous nephews, nieces and friends. Visitation hours were held Wednesday, June 26, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a rosary at 7 p.m. at

Cotulla. It was hot when I was growing up and it’s going to be hot when I’m long gone,” Cotulla said. As far as what has changed in the town Cotulla posed the question, “What hasn’t changed?” “When I was a youth you had a lot of farming, then you went to fulltime ranching, then you went to hunting and now you’re in oil. So the community changes every time,” he said. He said the all the recent growth and activity in the area due to oil and gas production from the Eagle Ford Shale formation was “fun.” “It’s fun to watch the way people use their money. We’ve had so many things done for our community. The oil income people have done things for the museum, the library and the churches. There are just a lot of things being done for our community.” Sharon Fleming, Texas Historical Commission architecture division director, said places tell the real stories of Texas and she called Cotulla a fascinating community with a lot of history. “Commuters came through on the rail line from Laredo to San Antonio and the conductors on the train would yell out to warn the passengers, ‘Coming into Cotulla. Everybody get your guns ready.’ It was a very tough town,” Fleming said. Town founder Joseph Cotulla was a Polish immigrant who grew up in Silesia, which was then a part of Prussia, who fled to the U.S. with his family. After the Civil War, Joseph Cotulla arrived in La Salle County in 1868 and became successful in ranching.

Rose Garden Funeral Home. On Thursday, June 27, 2013, we opened at 1 p.m. The funeral procession departed Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. for a 3 p.m. funeral Mass at Our Lady of Refuge Mission in San Ygnacio, Texas. Committal services followed at Panteon Del Pueblo in San Ygnacio, Texas. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Rose Garden Funeral Home, funeral director Daniel A. Gonzalez, 2102 N. U.S. Highway 83, Zapata, Texas.

JOYCE E. YEZDAUSKI Joyce Eugenia Guzas Yezdauski of Zapata, Texas, died peacefully June 22, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas. She was born June 28, 1918, in Chicago, Ill., to Joseph and Anna Guzas. On Nov. 22, 1941, she married Tony Yezdauski in Springfield, Ill. He preceded her in death March 30, 1985. Mrs. Yezdauski was a graduate of St. Casimir Academy in Chicago, a Lithuanian girls’ high school where she participated in soccer and basketball, and played the viola in the orchestra. A resident of Springfield, Ill., for many years, she was employed by Sangamo Electric Company in that city. Upon retiring in 1975, she and her husband relocated to Zapata, where she was an active volunteer with the Zapata Chamber of Commerce and Mercy Hospital Auxiliary. She was also a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and the ladies’ auxiliary. For many years, she also served as an active member of the Lithuanians in Texas, as well as the Falcon Lake Estates. She is survived by two daughters, Marilynn Doherty of Warsaw, Ind., and Madalyn Yezdauski of San Antonio. Other survivors include three grandchil-

dren: Eric Doherty and Melissa Doherty Berner, both of St. Louis, Mo., and Allison Doherty McSherry of Warsaw, Ind.; and 11 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her wonderful caregiver, Zoila Tapia, and two nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sister, Anastasia Guzas Aushra; her son-in-law, Edgar “Butch” Doherty; and a niece. Joyce loved her family, and, as a war bride, she and her husband Tony were rarely apart once the war ended, and he returned from active duty. Even after more than 40 years of marriage, he still referred to her as his “bride.” She had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed the whimsy of things like plastic pink flamingoes. Joyce loved sweets, and, when her health and appetite began to fail, she still

always managed to finish dessert. She was also especially fond of a good cocktail, with a special penchant for a well-concocted Manhattan. The San Antonio Spurs were her favorite team, often referring to them as “her boys.” Both she and her husband Tony were excellent dancers, having courted in Chicago during the era of the big bands. Over the years, they belonged to various dance clubs, where they met lifelong friends. The Catholic religion also had a very important role in Joyce’s life and she had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother Mary. Visitation hours were held Thursday, June 27, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Committal services followed at Zapata County Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Rose Garden Funeral Home, funeral director Daniel A. Gonzalez, 2102 N. U.S. Highway 83, Zapata, Texas.

Photo by Ulysses S. Romero | Laredo Morning Times

A tractor-trailer travels down Interstate Highway 35, next to Cotulla. The once-tiny town shows exploding growth in the background thanks to the Eagle Ford Shale play. In the early 1880s he heard that the International-Great Northern Railroad was intending to run through the county and Cotulla donated 120 acres of land to the railroad hoping they would lay tracks toward the town site he was developing. A depot was built in 1882 and the town began to grow. The town has seen periods of growth and decline during its existence. City administrator Larry Dovalina said the growth the city is currently experiencing is comparable to the growth it saw when it was first established as a result of the railroad. “What you’re seeing today is a new Cotulla just like you did back in the day of the railroad,” Dovalina said. He said the biggest challenge facing the city now is complying and satisfying the needs of the growth with few human resources. “We’re basically rebuilding the community from the bottom up. We’re improving water and sewer in-

frastructure. We’ve got buildings being constructed and, as part of the Main Street (program) we’re seeing buildings being reused, rebuilt and renewed,” Dovalina said. He said about 14 or 15 hotels have been built or are in the process. Jose Javier Garcia, mayor of Cotulla, said the city has been able to do “quite a bit of good” with the new tax revenues the town is receiving as a result of the Eagle Ford Shale boom. “We are growing,” Garcia said. “From hotels and motels to truck stops, restaurants, and especially, we now have refineries that came in as well. Some of them employ between 50 to 200 people. You can see the tremendous growth right off the interstate that is happening here and it is just phenomenal. Our city has tripled in population within the last two and a half years.” The 2010 census recorded the population at 3,600, and Garcia estimates the current population at close to 12,000.

SEIZURE Continued from Page 1A and 3.9 grams of cocaine were seized. Additionally, game wardens filed 14 citations and warnings, and made four arrests. In total, seizures from both operations included 10,240 feet of illegal gill

net, five vessels, four outboard motors, nine vehicles, 3.9 grams of cocaine, and 4,291 pounds of marijuana. The two operations involved dozens of game wardens. According to Texas

Parks and Wildlife, they both focused on detecting and reducing criminal activity, including apprehending poachers, trespassers, human smugglers and drug smugglers in rural areas along the South Texas border region.

SMOKING Continued from Page 1A ment proposal making LCC a smoke-free campus. In April, a decision on possible policy amendments was deferred when trustees voted to have staff study creating smoking zones at the college. In the subsequent meeting in May, LCC board members, having remembered approving a smoking ban, were confused by the presence on the agenda of an item calling for action to create designated smoking areas. They then tabled the item so that it could be looked at some more. Twelve people signed up for public comment at Thursday’s meeting, a majority of them advocating for a smoke-free policy. Christopher Craddock, a student more than 30 years ago at the college, said he loved everything

about being a student at LCC, but one thing always stood out as negative: the sheer volume of cigarette butts put out on college property. In a recent visit to the Fort McIntosh campus, he said he was shocked to see cigarette butts still littered about campus. “Sadly, the one thing that has not changed is the exposure to secondhand smoke on this campus and the amount of smoking taking place,” Craddock said, adding that no visitor to the college should be subjected to second-hand smoke. A survey of students and employees conducted by the college showed a majority, 53 percent, favored smoking pavilions over a completely smoke-free policy. But trustees pointed out that none of those in favor

of smoking areas have made their voices heard. “If smokers cared so much, how come they are not here?” asked trustee Rene De La Viña. “We are just trying to do what is good for our students and employees.” Tijerina, who voted against the measure, said not installing smoking areas on campus was unfair. Tobacco use at Texas A&M International University is restricted to smoking pavilions set up on the perimeter of campus. Colleges and universities across the nation, and in South Texas, have implemented no-smoking policies in recent years, Alamo Community College and Victoria College among them. ( JJ Velasquez may be reached at 728-2579 or





Sports&Outdoors NBA: 2013 DRAFT

Surprise, Surprise AP photo

San Antonio chose Livio Jean-Charles 28th in the NBA draft Thursday night.

Spurs stay globally focused San Antonio selects Frenchman first By RAUL DOMINGUEZ ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Retired NBA star Hakeem Olajuwan, center, pays tribute to NBA commissioner David Stern, right, as deputy commissioner Adam Silver, left, listens at the end of the first round of the NBA draft on Thursday in New York. Stern is retiring in February.

Picks pack suspense throughout first round By BRIAN MAHONEY ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Anthony Bennett learned he would be making NBA draft history the same time as everyone else.

“When they said my name,” Bennett said. “That’s when I knew it happened. I had no idea before.” Who did? The Cleveland Cavaliers surprisingly made Bennett the first Canadian No. 1

overall pick, and Nerlens Noel tumbled out of the top five and right into a trade Thursday night in an unsettled first round of the draft.

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs chose French forward Livio Jean-Charles with the No. 28 overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night and then added Ohio State small forward Deshaun Thomas with the 58th selection overall. Thomas famously refused to give the team his number during a pre-draft interview. “I can’t go around giving it out to everyone,” Thomas said then. “Now if they want to draft me, I’d be happy to give it to them.” Now the Spurs have the 6foot-7, 220-pound forward along with Jean-Charles. The 6-foot-9,




Neymar waves Brazil’s banner By TALES AZZONI ASSOCIATED PRESS

RIO DE JANEIRO — Neymar has already done a lot at the Confederations Cup to erase doubts about what he can do for

Brazil. Another good performance in the final against Spain on Sunday and few will be able to dismiss him as the future of Brazi-


Photo by Fernando Llano | AP

Brazil’s Neymar, left, celebrates after scoring during the soccer Confederations Cup where he has shown why he is becoming an icon of Brazilian soccer.

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Lance Armstrong told a newspaper he couldn’t have won the Tour de France without doping.


PORTO VECCHIO, Corsica — The dirty past of the Tour de France came back on Friday to haunt the 100th edition of cycling’s showcase race, with Texan Lance Armstrong telling a newspaper he couldn’t have won without doping.




Investigations turn up more details By DAVE COLLINS AND PAT EATON-ROBB ASSOCIATED PRESS AP photo

he arrived as a Dallas Cowboy. This organization continues to needlessly embarrass itself on a national scale like never before. Losing football games or failing

BRISTOL, Conn. — A man arrested in Connecticut in connection with the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was being sent to Massachusetts on Friday, and investigators found a car they had been searching for. A judge in Bristol on Friday ordered Carlos Ortiz turned over to Massachusetts authorities. New Britain State’s attorney said investigators arrested the 27year-old Ortiz in Bristol on Wednesday as part of the inquiry into the slaying of Boston semipro football player Odin Lloyd.



Dallas Cowboys Josh Brent and Jerry Brown were in an accident in 2012. Brown died in the incident. Brent, the driver, is charged with intoxication manslaughter.


DALLAS — It is no surprise that when Josh Brent was hauled back into the Lew Sterrett Justice Center one more time Thursday,

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Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder.


Zscores TOUR Continued from Page 1B

Armstrong’s comments to Le Monde were surprising on many levels, not least because of his long-antagonistic relationship with the respected French daily that first reported in 1999 that corticosteroids were found in the American’s urine as he was riding to the first of his seven Tour wins. In response, Armstrong complained he was being persecuted by “vulture journalism, desperate journalism.” Now seemingly prepared to let bygones be bygones, Armstrong told Le Monde he still considers himself the record-holder for Tour victories, even though all seven of his titles were stripped from him last year for doping. He also said his life has been ruined by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency investigation that exposed as lies his years of denials that he and his teammates doped. And Armstrong took another swipe at cycling’s top administrators, darkly suggesting they could be brought down by other skeletons in the sport’s closet. The interview was the latest blast from cycling’s doping-tainted recent history to rain on the 100th Tour. Recently, Armstrong’s former rival on French roads, 1997 Tour winner Jan Ullrich, confessed to blood-doping for the first time with a Spanish doctor. French media also reported that a Senate investigation into the effectiveness of antidoping controls pieced together evidence of drug use at the 1998 Tour by Laurent Jalabert, a former star of the race now turned broadcaster. Not surprising in Armstrong’s interview was his claim that it was “impossible” to win the Tour without doping when he was racing. Armstrong already told U.S. television talk show host Oprah Winfrey when he finally confessed in January that doping was just “part of the job” of being a pro cyclist. Some subsequent media reports about Le Monde’s interview concluded that Armstrong was saying doping is still necessary now, rather than when he was winning the Tour from 1999-2005. That suggestion provoked dismay from current riders, race organizers and the sport’s governing body, the International Cycling Union or UCI. Five-time champion Bernard Hinault, who works for Tour organizer ASO, said: “We have to stop thinking that all riders are thugs and druggies and all that.” Asked later by The Associated Press to clarify his comments, Armstrong said on Twitter he was talking about the period from 1999-2005. He indicated that doping might not be necessary now.


CONFEDERATIONS CUP Continued from Page 1B lian football. Neymar made headlines across the world before the Confederations Cup by signing with Barcelona, but he arrived at the World Cup warm-up tournament marked by lackluster performances in the famous yellow jersey. He quickly changed that by scoring three goals in four matches, leading Brazil to the much-anticipated final against Spain. The 21-year-old striker was voted man of the match in the team’s first three matches and was decisive again in the semifinal against Uruguay. “I’m really happy with how things have turned out for me and for the national team so far,” Neymar said Friday. “We only have one match left and I hope we can play well to finish off with the ti-

tle.” The decisive match against world and European champion Spain at the Maracana Stadium provides the perfect stage for Neymar to lift his first significant title with Brazil and to try to prove his critics wrong for good. He has been waiting for that chance for a long time, and had said before the tournament began that “it would be a dream come true to play” the final against the Spaniards. “I’m anxious already,” the Brazilian striker said. “This is a match that can stay with me for the rest of my life. I will be defending my country, with the entire world watching.” Wearing the No. 10 jersey, Neymar opened the scoring for Brazil in the opener against Japan and also in the second match against Mexico, both

COWBOYS Continued from Page 1B to advance in the playoffs are simply parts of the business. It happens to every team at some point. A refusal to cut ties with Brent as his story takes one uncomfortable turn after another is as arrogant as it is unnecessary. You have to be careful when tossing around opinions when it comes to Brent in Dallas or Aaron Hernandez in New England because, while the wheels of justice may be notorious for turning slowly, things are moving awfully fast in these cases. I suggested early Wednesday that the Patriots should be applauded for releasing a key player — one they really needed in a football sense — when he was bound for “obstruction of justice” charges, as opposed to the Cowboys hanging onto Brent six months after he (allegedly) killed teammate Jerry Brown while driving drunk in Irving. Then, of course, Hernandez was charged with murder rather than the much smaller obstruction charge. And in less than 24 hours, authorities were talking to the former tight end about other murders. With the gift of hindsight, it stands to reason that the Patriots must have become aware of some degree of the significance of what Hernandez was facing before they quickly released him from the roster. But what about the Cowboys?

Brent, it turns out, not only apparently failed a urinalysis in May. It appears he tested positive a second time for marijuana in June, once again violating the terms of his $100,000 bond as he prepares for his intoxication manslaughter trial in September. For six months now, the club has suggested it needs to let justice run its course. It, of course, doesn’t have to do anything of the sort. The Cowboys can cut Brent at any time without fears that the NFL Players Association is going to complain about a single thing. The Cowboys hid behind the “Brent needs our help” argument, which can be valid for those who are seeking help for their problems. Brent’s failed tests and return to jail (there were also indications he had tampered with his monitor) indicate just how little help he is actively seeking. This is a man who was sentenced to jail for a DWI while at the University of Illinois. The Cowboys drafted him and have drafted others with criminal records since. And that’s what makes this so pathetic. If the Cowboys were hanging onto a five-time Pro Bowler who anchors their defense, you’d feel bad about defending them but you could at least understand it. The Cowboys won’t even cut ties with Josh Brent. That’s sad.

NBA DRAFT Continued from Page 1B “It was chaotic from the first pick,” Minnesota president Flip Saunders said. “When Bennett was taken off the board, that set the tone for the whole draft.” There were moves all night, all of them taking a back seat to one in the works for the team that calls Barclays Center home. The Brooklyn Nets will acquire Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from Boston in a blockbuster deal that was still developing as the draft neared its conclusion, according to a person with knowledge of the details. “There was a lot of activity,” said Nets general manager Billy King, who wouldn’t comment on the trade. “As you guys will find out, there will be a lot of trades that are announced.” His can’t be until July 10, after next season’s salary cap is set. As for the draft, it was as unpredictable as expected, capped by Hakeem Olajuwon coming on stage at the end of the first round to greet David Stern, dressed in the same tuxedo style he wore when Stern called his name to start the soon-to-be retired commissioner’s first draft in 1984. One of the favorites to be taken first Thursday night, Noel fell to No. 6, where the New Orleans Pelicans took him and then dealt his rights to the Philadelphia 76ers for a package headlined by All-Star guard Jrue Holiday, according to a person familiar with the details. That trade can’t become official until July 10 because of salary cap concerns, according to another official with knowledge of the deal. The Cavaliers started things by passing on centers Noel and Alex Len, who went to Phoenix at

Photo by Mark Duncan | AP

Cleveland Cavaliers picks Anthony Bennett, center, Carrick Felix, left, and GM Chris Grant at a news conference on Friday. No. 5, in favor of Bennett, the UNLV freshman forward who starred for Canada’s junior national teams and was the Mountain West Conference freshman of the year. Bennett led a record 12 international players who were taken in the first round. “I’m just as surprised as anyone else,” Bennett said. There was suspense right until the end of the Cavs’ 5-minute window to make their selection, either because they were unsure who they wanted or were trying to trade the pick. Most predictions had them taking one of the big men, with Noel largely considered the favorite for the No. 1 choice even after a torn ACL that ended his lone season at Kentucky in February. Orlando passed on both of the big men, too, going with Indiana swingman Victor Oladipo with the No. 2 pick. Washington took Otto Porter Jr. with the third pick, keeping the Georgetown star in town. It was a good start to the night for the Hoosiers, with Cody Zeller going to the Charlotte Bobcats two places after Oladipo. Kansas guard Ben

McLemore, another player who was considered a potential top-three pick, also dropped, going seventh to Sacramento. Yahoo Sports first reported that the Nets and Celtics were working on the trade that would complete the breakup of the Celtics’ veteran core. ESPN reported earlier Thursday that Dwight Howard was unlikely to return to the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent next month. The guys coming into the league were glad for the attention they did finally get once their names were called. “It’s like a weight vest you took off after running five miles,” Oladipo said. “It’s relaxing, man. But at the same time, you know it’s just getting started.” National player of the year Trey Burke of Michigan also was traded, the Timberwolves sending his rights to Utah for the rights to Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng, the 14th and 21st picks. Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum rounded out the top 10 by going to Portland. Stern, retiring in February, seemed to play up the boos, which turned to cheers after every pick, fans perhaps as puzzled as some of the players at the names they were

times with remarkable goals. He netted his third with a well-placed free kick against Italy, and he also assisted in both Brazil goals on Wednesday against Uruguay. At the tournament Neymar has, like many attackers, gone to ground easily, but has also looked more muscular and resistant to the attentions of some of Europe’s best and biggest defenders. Neymar had been struggling before announcing his move to Barcelona. He hadn’t scored in nine matches and many doubted whether he would come through for Brazil. “The Brazilian fans are completely behind us now,” Neymar said. “They are supporting us no matter what and hopefully they will be our 12th player again on Sunday to help us win this title.”

MURDER Continued from Page 1B Hernandez is charged with murder in the slaying of Lloyd near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Mass. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail. Ortiz was charged in Connecticut as a fugitive from justice. His public defender, Alfonzo Sirica, declined to comment about the case. Also Friday, Massachusetts authorities said law enforcement officers recovered a car that is linked to a third man they have connected to Lloyd’s killing. North Attleborough police and the Bristol County district attorney’s office said a 2012 Chrysler 300 they were looking for had been found. Neither agency would say whether Ernest Wallace, the man authorities are seeking on a charge of acting as an accessory after Lloyd’s murder, is now in custody. Police arrested Hernandez Wednesday at his Massachusetts mansion and charged the 23-yearold with orchestrating Lloyd’s execution-style shooting, allegedly be-

cause the victim had talked to the wrong people at a nightclub. A judge denied Hernandez’ bail appeal Thursday in a Massachusetts courtroom, where a prosecutor said a Hummer belonging to Hernandez turned up an ammunition clip matching the caliber of casings found at the scene of Lloyd’s killing. On June 16, the night before the slaying, a prosecutor said, Hernandez texted two unidentified friends and asked them to hurry to Massachusetts from Connecticut. A few minutes later, he texted Lloyd to tell him he wanted to get together, the prosecutor said. Authorities say the three picked up Lloyd at around 2:30 a.m. June 17, drove him to an industrial park near Hernandez’s home and shot him five times. They have not said who fired the shots. The Patriots, who cut Hernandez following his arrest, drafted him in 2010 and signed him last summer to a five-year contract worth $40 million. Hernandez could face life in prison if convicted.

SPURS Continued from Page 1B hearing. “I was just kidding my agent because he didn’t bail me out,” Zeller said. “He didn’t tell me. I didn’t know until David Stern announced it. It’s a crazy process not knowing, but I’m definitely excited that I ended up with the Bobcats.” Other players couldn’t get too excited about their new addresses, because they changed quickly. Stern was announcing deals by the middle of the first round and they kept coming after he called it a night and turned things over to Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver for the final 30 picks. The flurry of trades wasn’t surprising with so much uncertainty surrounding this class and so much hope in other areas. Teams such as Houston, Dallas and Atlanta already have an eye on Howard’s future, needing to have necessary salary cap space to offer a maximum contract that could lure him away from Los Angeles. The 2014 class — which could be topped by a second straight Canadian in incoming Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins — will be higher regarded than this one, with James perhaps heading the available free agents to follow. Local fans seemed pleased with their picks, cheering loudly when the Nets took Duke forward Mason Plumlee at No. 22 and the New York Knicks grabbed Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. two picks later. Stern made his final pick to close the first round to cheers of “David! David!” before handing things off to Silver. Seven deals were official by the time Silver wrapped it up, with some, including the Noel trade, still being worked on even after the draft was finished.

Photo by Marvin Pfeiffer | San Antonio Express-News

San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford answers questions at the Spurs practice facility. 217-pound Jean-Charles played for Villeurbanne, which is co-owned by Spurs point guard Tony Parker. “It’s one of those Hollywood deals where your people talk to our people and Tony was their people and our people,” San Antonio general manager R.C. Buford said. The pick continues a trend for San Antonio, which has selected international players such as Parker, Manu Ginobili (Argentina) and Tiago Splitter (Brazil) in recent drafts. Tim Duncan is 37 and Ginobili is a free agent who turns 36 next month, but both are expected back. The Spurs have reached the conference finals the past two seasons and no major roster changes are expected. Jean-Charles, 19, had 27 points and 13 rebounds against the USA Junior National Select Team during the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit. Both of those totals rank among the top seven in the event’s 16-year history. A small forward in France, he is expected to play wing in the NBA. “We like his size, we like his athleticism,” Buford said. “We’re hopeful he can play a couple of positions. We think it’s a real good development opportunity.” Jean-Charles averaged 3.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 12.9 minutes for Villeurbanne while shooting 39 percent from 3-point range. He is expected to continue playing overseas for some

time, which is what Ginobili and Splitter did prior to joining the Spurs. “That would be in my expectations that he is not here this year,” Buford said. “I’m not going to try to predict his growth opportunity. When the time is right, we hope that it will be right for him and for us and for the team.” Thomas is expected to battle for a spot on the team’s roster next season. A first-team all-Big Ten selection, Thomas averaged 19.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and shot 34 percent from 3-point range. “He’s the type of player that can play a couple of positions,” Buford said. “At 58, you don’t see that very often. He’s a scorer. He makes outside shots, you can put him in the post (and) he can slash. I don’t know if you try to say specifically, here’s what he does, that you’re going to be overwhelmed by anything, or he probably would have been drafted higher. But just the package is pretty good.” Thomas will likely get a chance to develop his game with the Spurs roster basically set. San Antonio has established a culture of nurturing young talent with assistants Chip Engelland and Chad Forcier. In the case of players such as Cory Joseph, Nando De Colo and Aron Baynes, the Spurs also send them to their developmental league team to hone their talent.



HINTS | BY HELOISE DOES DETERGENT KILL GERMS? Dear Heloise: After a bout of sickness at our home, I cleaned the house well, but when it was time to start the laundry, a question came to mind: Does regular washing-machine detergent KILL GERMS? — Q.K., via email Your question got Heloise Central wondering about this. You might be surprised when you read the information! If you are not using hot water (140-150 degrees F) or chlorine bleach, or a pineoil disinfectant, you probably are NOT killing the bacteria. When you use hot water plus chlorine or color-safe bleach and the dryer, this will kill most germs. If your wash load includes colors or items that chlorine bleach can’t be used on, use color-safe bleach or pine-oil disinfectant. And believe it or not, homemakers who hung their clothes out to dry in the sunshine were actually killing bacteria. That’s right, sun rays kill germs!


Unfortunately, it isn’t possible for many of us to hang clothing outside. So, to keep your washing machine as clean as possible, clean it once in a while, and always after someone has been sick in your home. Use chlorine bleach and water only (no clothing). Current washing models may have a cleaning cycle on them. — Heloise PET PAL Dear Readers: Diane Heller of Van Wert, Ohio, sent a photo of her part-Siamese cat, Tuffy, lying down on the couch. Diane says: “We found this photo the other day and noticed the “bunny” in the rear part of his body. He came from a litter of eight. When he was first born, he slept in my husband’s shoe — he was that little.” To see Tuffy and his “bunny,” visit www. and click on “Pets.” — Heloise





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