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New opportunities Expanded ed center offers hope for area residents By MIKE HERRERA IV THE ZAPATA TIMES

The Zapata County Advanced Education Center’s steering committee met Monday to lay the foundation for new programs and expanding opportunities for county residents. They also changed the center’s name.

Located at Highway 83 and 7th Street across from the Zapata County Court House, the facility is now the Zapata County Technical and Advanced Education Center (referred to as ZTAC). The center is poised to become a regional hub for needed degrees and employment certification, according to committee member Peggy Moffett.

“It’s a huge array of programs besides traditional education programs. A lot of programs will be in the technical area,” said Moffett, CEO of the Zapata County Economic Development Corporation, which this month released a market assessment for post-secondary education


NAFTA Photo by Cuate Santos | The Zapata Times

Last Saturday’s 33-mile Rio Challenge Kayak Race from the Colombia-Solidarity International Bridge to the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge attracted participants from the U.S. and Mexico.

River is attraction for kayak race fans By MIKE HERRERA IV THE ZAPATA TIMES

More than 65 professional kayakers from the U.S. and Mexico tested their mettle Saturday at the 2011 Laredos RioFest. A collaboration involving the Big River Foundation and the governments of Los Dos Laredos , the 33-mile race attracted some top-drawer talent, said Bob Zachariah, president of the Laredo Hotel and Lodging Association, which helped organize the event and recruit kayakers. “We have probably seven of the top U.S. competitors here,” Zachariah said. “They travel the whole world. We have folks from California, Michigan. The majority are from Texas. To have some of this talent here says this is a race they believe in.” The race divided competitors into seven divisions, some of which were based on the number of persons in the kayak. A K2, for example, is a two-seater kayak. A K4 is a four-seater. Other divisions included single men’s, single women’s and K2 women’s. Competitors parked in the parking lot of the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge, then unloaded their vessels. There, many of the athletes readied for the grueling physical test ahead. “I am mixing carbo-load,” said Meagan Yeager, who’s been kayaking for six years. Making her RioFest debut in the K2 Coed division, she emphasized the need to keep a constant stream of calories going so the body lasts the four or five hours it takes to complete the course. After readying their caloric support, she, her partner and the other competitors descended the walking trail leading under the Colombia bridge to the starting point. Zachariah said the organizers never intended for the right-side pillars that hold the bridge


Photo by Cuate Santos | The Zapata Times

The first commercial truck from Mexico, enroute to Garland from Apocada, Mexico, enters the U.S. Customs Import Lot for secondary inspection at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, on Friday.

MEXICAN TRUCKS HERE 1st cargo vehicle enters US on its way to Garland By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN ASSOCIATED PRESS


UEVO LAREDO, Mexico — For the first time under the North American Free Trade Agreement, a Mexican tractortrailer crossed into the U.S. on Friday on

a trip to the country’s interior, beginning a trucking program that has been stalled for years by concerns that it would put highway safety and American jobs at risk. The truck hauling a large steel drilling structure on a flatbed trailer crossed the border at Laredo nearly two decades

after passage of NAFTA, which was supposed to improve cargo transportation between the two countries. At a ceremony in the border city of Nuevo Laredo before the truck set off for a Dallas suburb, the owner of the Trans-



Gadhafi put on display in freezer By KIM GAMEL AND RAMI AL-SHAHEIBI ASSOCIATED PRESS

MISRATA, Libya — Moammar Gadhafi’s blood-streaked body was on display in a commercial freezer at a shopping center Friday as Libyan authorities argued about what to do with his

remains and questions deepened over official accounts of the longtime dictator’s death. New video emerged of his violent, chaotic last moments, showing fighters beating him as they drag him away. Nearly every aspect of Thursday’s killing of Gadhafi was mired in confu-

sion, a sign of the difficulties ahead for Libya. Its new rulers are disorganized, its people embittered and divided. But the ruling National Transitional Council said it would declare the country’s liberation today, the starting point for




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LCC art instructor Gerardo Castillo will showcase bronze, plaster and cast-iron pieces of sculpture during a three-week show titled “All About Me,” to be shown in the Harold R. Yeary Library, Room 117, of the Fort McIntosh campus. The Rio Grande International Study Center will have its fourth Loving Laredo hike today. It will be led by medicine man Tony Ramirez, and it will go through the Bob Martin Ranch. Meet at the Walmart at Loop 20/Clark Boulevard at 8 a.m. RSVP at 718-1063 or The hike costs $15, and lunch is included. Life on the U.S.-Mexico border takes center stage from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday as Laredo Community College’s Teatro Chicano de Laredo presents two original plays at the Laredo Little Theatre, 4802 Thomas Ave. Tickets to watch both plays are $5 per person.

Today is Saturday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2011. There are 70 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 22, 1811, composer and piano virtuoso Franz Liszt was born in the Hungarian town of Raiding (RY’-ding) in present-day Austria. On this date: In 1746, Princeton University was first chartered as the College of New Jersey. In 1797, French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin (gahr-nayr-AN’) made the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet over Paris. In 1836, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected president of the Republic of Texas. In 1883, the original Metropolitan Opera House in New York held its grand opening with a performance of Gounod’s “Faust.” In 1928, Republican presidential nominee Herbert Hoover spoke of the “American system of rugged individualism” in a speech at New York’s Madison Square Garden. In 1934, bank robber Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd was shot to death by federal agents at a farm in East Liverpool, Ohio. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy announced a quarantine of all offensive military equipment shipped to Cuba, following the discovery of Soviet-built missile bases on the island. In 1979, the U.S. government allowed the deposed Shah of Iran to travel to New York for medical treatment — a decision that precipitated the Iran hostage crisis. French conductor and music teacher Nadia Boulanger died in Paris. In 1981, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization was decertified by the federal government for its strike the previous August. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed into law sweeping tax-overhaul legislation. Ten years ago: A second Washington, D.C., postal worker, Joseph P. Curseen, died of inhalation anthrax. Sinn Fein (shin fayn) leader Gerry Adams urged the Irish Republican Army to begin disarming to save Northern Ireland’s peace process. The New York Yankees routed Seattle 12-3 in Game 5 to win the American League pennant for the 38th time. Today’s Birthdays: Actress Joan Fontaine is 94. Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing is 92. Actor Christopher Lloyd is 73. Actor Derek Jacobi is 73. Actor Tony Roberts is 72. Actress Annette Funicello is 69. Actress Catherine Deneuve is 68. Rock musician Leslie West (Mountain) is 66. Olympic gold medal figure skater Brian Boitano is 48. Movie director Spike Jonze is 42. Actress Saffron Burrows is 39. Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson is 36. Actor Michael Fishman is 30. Talk show host Michael Essany is 29. Rock musician Rickard (correct) Goransson (Carolina Liar) is 28. Rock musician Zac Hanson (Hanson) is 26. Actor Jonathan Lipnicki is 21. Actress Sofia Vassilieva is 19. Thought for Today: “Truth is a great flirt.” — Franz Liszt, Hungarian-born composer (1811-1886).

SUNDAY, OCT. 23 The Laredo Little Theatre and the Laredo Community College Opera Workshop announce auditions for “Amahl and the Night Visitors” from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today in the LCC Martinez fine arts center. The production has five main roles and 24 supporting roles. All eligible students (juniors in high school or above) will need to enroll for Opera Workshop class at LCC, but there is scholarship money to help students in need. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10 and 3 p.m. Dec. 3 and 11. For more information, contact Joseph Crabtree at 721-5330. Life on the U.S.-Mexico border takes center stage as Laredo Community College’s Teatro Chicano de Laredo presents two original plays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Laredo Little Theatre, 4802 Thomas Ave. Tickets to watch both plays are $5 per person.

TUESDAY, OCT. 25 The Rio Grande International Study Center will have a Día del Rio workshop called “Xeriscaping & Organic Gardening” at 6 p.m. today at Scholars Caffe Barista, 1701 Peaceful Meadow Court. John Kelley and George A. Altgelt will present information. The event is free. For information, call 718-1063.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26 The “Customer Service: A Key to Business Success in Zapata, Texas” workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. through noon at the Zapata County Courthouse, Suite 248. Fee for the seminar is $20. Contact the TAMIU Small Business Development Center for more information.

FRIDAY, OCT. 28 The first day of the three-day 2011 Pro/Am Event sponsored by the Couples Association of Sport Tournaments fishing tournament takes place today. For more information or to register, call 281-796-7486 or check the website at

SATURDAY, OCT. 29 The second day of the three-day 2011 Pro/Am Event sponsored by the Couples Association of Sport Tournaments fishing tournament takes place today. For more information or to register, call 281-796-7486 or check the website at

Photo by Charles Krupa | AP

Republican presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry holds up an "Ax the Tax" prop, which was used by former N.H. Gov. Meldrim Thompson, during a campaign stop in Derry, N.H., on Friday.


WASHINGTON — Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s call for a flat income tax rate will tie his Republican presidential campaign to a contentious issue that excites many conservatives but has repeatedly failed to win the embrace of mainstream America. Perry, struggling to get his campaign back on track, will unveil “a blockbuster” plan designed to simplify the federal tax code and lower the rate that many people pay on income and investments, said Steve Forbes, a longtime flat-tax advocate who is advising the campaign. “People’s mouths will water” when they see the details, said Forbes, a wealthy businessman who sought the GOP presidential nomination in 1996 and 2000. Liberal groups quickly criticized Perry’s

idea, saying it would raise taxes on lowerand middle-income Americans while giving breaks to the wealthiest. Perry campaign aides offered no details of the plan Thursday. They acknowledged, however, that Forbes is a key adviser for the plan, which Perry will unfold next week. The flat tax has an uneasy history in U.S. politics. Numerous Republicans and some Democrats hail its simplicity. But they have never managed to win enough support to enact it. While many variations exist, the main idea is to replace the current stair-step range of income tax rates with one rate, paid by everyone. Advocates typically call for eliminating some or all of the existing tax deductions, such as those allowed for mortgage interest payments, gifts to charity and some medical costs.

Man sentenced for health care fraud

Texas settles harassment complaint for $400,000

Texan allegedly used funds for dating service

HOUSTON — A 57-year-old man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for his role in a huge health care fraud. Umawa Oke Imo, owner of City Nursing Services of Texas Inc., was found guilty of numerous counts, including 39 counts of health care fraud.

AUSTIN — The University of Texas has paid a $400,000 settlement to a former administrative assistant who complained of sexual harassment by a former top athletics official. The agreement released Friday said the woman had agreed to end all complaints against Cleve Bryant and the school. Bryant fired earlier this year as associate athletics director for football operations in the wake of the complaint. Bryant consistently denied the allegations.

SAN MARCOS — Investigators say a Central Texas man allegedly used money meant for oil and gas investments to pay for an online dating service, electronics and luxury jewelry. A Hays County grand jury has indicted Robbie Dale Walker of Dripping Springs on one count of theft of more than $200,000. The indictment, unsealed Friday, accuses Walker of falsely promising a 93-year-old family friend annual returns of 15 percent.

AUSTIN — The Texas unemployment rate held steady at 8.5 percent in September, recovering after a month of job losses and buoyed by the addition of 15,400 positions, the state employment agency said Friday. The U.S. jobless rate also held steady in at 9.1 percent.

Experts say the algae bloom known as red tide has killed about 3 million fish along the Texas coast since September. A Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologist said Friday the number of fish that died is average for a red tide outbreak. — Compiled from AP reports

Texas prep coach charged with human trafficking DALLAS — An assistant basketball coach at a suburban Dallas high school has been charged with human trafficking for allegedly forcing a student from Mexico to work against his will while living with him, police said Friday. Lewisville police claim the coach, Theodore Berry, repeatedly threatened the 16-year-old student because the student wouldn’t sell gourmet popcorn to help fund a club team operated by the coach.

Red tide kills estimated Texas jobless rate holding 3M fish along Texas coast steady at 8.5 percent SOUTH PADRE ISLAND —

SUNDAY, OCT. 30 The third day of the three-day 2011 Pro/Am Event sponsored by the Couples Association of Sport Tournaments fishing tournament takes place today. For more information or to register, call 281-796-7486.

TUESDAY, NOV. 1 Today is the last day to enroll in TAMIU’s Zapata Small Business Management Certificate Program. Enrollment fee is $20. Classes wil be held at the Zapata County Courthouse. For information, call Yael Rodriguez at 956286-0042.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9 The United States section of the International Boundary and Water Commission will hold an informational meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Roma Community Center, 502 6th St. Falcon Dam will be discussed. The meeting is free and open to the public. To submit an item for the calendar, send the name of the event, the date, time, location and contact phone number to

AROUND THE NATION Walmart trims health care coverage for some NEW YORK — Walmart Stores Inc. is scaling back the eligibility of health care coverage offered to future part-timers and raising premiums for many of its full-time workers. Industry observers say the changes could have implications for millions of other workers, as more companies on the fence could replicate its moves. The discounter said the changes were forced by rising health care costs. All future part-time employees working less than 24 hours a week, on average, will not be covered under the plan, starting next year.

Obama signs 3 trade deals, biggest since NAFTA WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed off Friday on the first three — and possibly last — free trade agreements of

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Henry James, who was exonerated of a rape conviction for which he served 30 years in prison, speaks on Friday to reporters after being released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, inside the offices of the Innocence Project. his administration, deals with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama that could be worth billions to American exporters and create tens of thousands of jobs. The three deals were years in the making, and the difficulty of bringing them to fruition make

it unlikely there will be another bilateral trade agreement during Obama’s current term. The agreements will bring to 20 those countries that have free trade relations with the United States. — Compiled from AP reports

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Conspiracy case gets man 30 years SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Jaime Lopez, 54, of Rio Grande, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 75.76 kilograms of cocaine, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced Wednesday. The sentencing was handed down in federal court in Brownsville. Lopez pleaded guilty on April 5, at which time the government’s evidence indicated that in May 2010, Drug Enforcement Administration agents conducted an undercover operation to infiltrate a cocaine smuggling ring operating out of the Alamo/McAllen area. As a result, agents met with Lopez and his associates — Alvaro Gomez-Arreola, 38, and Eluid Reymundo Pequeno, 41, both of Rey-

nosa, Mexico; Ovidio Serrato-Salinas, 43, of Brownsville; and Abelardo Robledo, 34, of Matamoros, Mexico — in the ensuing months in Brownsville and Alamo to discuss shipments of cocaine to the Atlanta, Ga., area. On Aug. 6, 2010, the conspirators delivered a Monte Carlo with a hidden compartment containing 23 kilograms of cocaine which they requested be delivered to Atlanta. Agents unloaded the cocaine and delivered it as requested in Atlanta where another individual was arrested and charged. On Aug. 19, 2010, DEA agents, still operating in an undercover capacity, negotiated the transportation of an 80-kilogram load of cocaine to Atlanta again. Ultimately, 76 kilograms were delivered by Lopez and the others on Aug. 23 in Alamo. Two days later, agents

seized $595,000 in drug proceeds given to the undercover agent. According to court records, the cocaine was moved from Mexico to different parts of the U.S. The cocaine was sent from Mexico to Lopez in Alamo, who would then arrange transportation to different U.S. cities including Houston and Atlanta. Lopez used two ranches to store cocaine and the organization made drug trips to Houston and returned with drug proceeds for shipment to Mexico. Records indicate they smuggled about $1.6 million weekly into Mexico. Gomez-Arreola, Pequeno, Serrato-Salinas and Robledo have all entered guilty pleas on the same charges. Their sentencings are scheduled for Nov. 3, at which time they face a minimum of 10 years imprisonment to a maximum of life.

Annual golf tourney set for Oct. 29 THE ZAPATA TIMES

The second annual Renato Ramirez Invitational Tournament and Pro Event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29, at Los Ebanos Golf Course. Tee time is 8:30 a.m. Entry fee is $125 per player, which includes greens fee

and cart. The tournament will feature individual stroke play by flights. There are limited spaces per flight. Tee time for the afternoon pro division is 1:30 p.m. Prizes include a “holein-one” car from Sames Motor Company. Breakfast

and lunch will be courtesy of IBC Zapata. There will also be door prizes and a raffle. Register at Los Ebanos by Thursday. For more information, call 765-8336 or 721-5392. Proceeds will benefit the Rio Grande International Study Center.

THE BLOTTER ASSAULT Dayna Yazmin Garza was arrested and charged with assault at about 10:30 a.m. Oct. 14 in the 1800 block of Fresno Street. An incident report states the woman was arrested to prevent further violence in the household. The woman was transported to the Zapata County Jail. Jose Amelio Garza was arrested and charged with assault family violence just before midnight on Oct. 15 near Fourth Street and Falcon Avenue. The man was taken to the Zapata Regional Jail.

BURGLARY Olga San Juanita Guzman, 20, was arrested and charged with burglary of a habitation at about 3:30 a.m. Oct. 13 in the 2400 block of Carla Street. The woman was taken to the Zapata County Jail, where she was held on a $5,000 bond. Deputies went out to a burglary of a vehicle call at 9:15 a.m. Oct. 13 in the 400 block of Jackson Street. The complainant stated that the alleged offender broke in to the car and stole a CD player and a child’s school backpack. A burglary of a residence was reported at 3 p.m. Oct. 13 in the 1300 block of Jackson Street.

Deputies responded to burglary of a vehicle at 7:13 a.m. at Rex Tortilla Factory, 607 Texas 16, in the Medina addition. A woman told officials that someone stole her purse from her vehicle. A burglary of a habitation was reported at 1 a.m. Oct. 16 in the 1200 block of Evergreen Street.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF A man reported at 2:43 p.m. Monday near 16th Street and Falcon Avenue that someone scratched his pickup. A juvenile was detained at about 11 a.m. Tuesday in the 400 block of Papaya Drive. The alleged offender was turned over to juvenile authorities.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT Raul Rene Villarreal was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at about 2:30 a.m. Oct. 16 in the 3000 block of U.S. 83. The man was taken to the Zapata Regional Jail. Mario Medina Jr. was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after a fight reported at 4:54 p.m. Oct. 16 at McDonald’s at the intersection of South U.S. 83 and Irene Drive. The man was taken to the Zapata Regional Jail.



Emily Torres | courtesy photo

Kindergarten students at Villarreal Elementary received a visit from the Zapata County Fire Department on Monday. Students learned lessons in fire safety.

Brands need re-registration SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

COLLEGE STATION — The 10-year livestock brand re-registration deadline in Texas is approaching. Livestock brand re-registration started Aug. 30 and ends Feb. 29. All livestock producers who have a brand recorded in the county clerk’s office must re-register their brands in the county in which the livestock are located in order for the brand to remain valid. After the re-registration period is over, any previ-

ously recorded brands that were not re-registered will expire and will become available to the public. Producers who obtain Farm Service Agency direct or guaranteed loans and pledge their cattle as collateral are typically required to have registered brands that are recorded with the county clerk. This condition must be met as long as the loan is outstanding. “It is the producer’s responsibility and a condition of most livestock operation loans to have

your livestock brand recorded,” said James B. Douglass, acting state executive director of the FSA. “Questions regarding a livestock producer’s specific FSA loan conditions should be directed to their local FSA farm loan manager,” he said. Brand applications can be found at: http:// application.pdf. Producers who have obtained FSA credit should provide their local FSA farm loan manager with a copy of their current brand registrations.

Emergency grazing available HIT AND RUN SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

A hit-and-run incident was reported at 8:49 a.m. Oct. 16 in the 2300 block of County Road at Falcon Lake Estates.

THEFT A 44-year-old man reported at 9 a.m. Oct. 15 at Titan Vacuum services on FM 486 that someone stole approximately 2,000 metal sheets from the business’ yard. A Zapata County sheriff’s incident report states the sheets were valued at $120,000. Investigators are looking into the case. Deputies responded to a gas theft call at 7:48 p.m. Oct. 14 at Junior’s Drive Inn & Meat Market at Texas 16 and First Street. A man reported at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 16 in the 300 block of Lakeshore Drive that someone stole fishing poles from his boat. A man called deputies at 8:22 a.m. Oct. 16 from the 300 block of Lakeshore Drive to report that someone stole five fishing poles. Deputies responded to a theft call at 8:19 p.m. Oct. 16 at Seventh Street and Zapata Boulevard. A man told deputies that a person he knows stole his white with gray iPod after giving the alleged offender a ride.

BENAVIDES — In response to drought conditions, the Texas FSA State Committee authorized emergency grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program acres for 92 Texas counties effective Nov. 1, for fiscal year 2012 winter/spring period. Emergency grazing for this fiscal year ends Oct. 31. The 2012 CRP emergency grazing period ends on Jan. 29. CRP land previously hayed or grazed, either managed or emergency use during the previous 12 months is excluded from the FY 2012 grazing authorization. Hidalgo, LaSalle, Maverick and Starr counties

are among those included for CRP emergency grazing approval for FY 2012. The emergency authorization permits grazing only. No haying of CRP acres is allowed. Additionally, there will be a 25 percent CRP payment reduction in the 2012 annual payment for CRP acres used for grazing under these emergency provisions. To take advantage of the emergency grazing provisions, authorized producers can use the CRP acreage for their own livestock or may grant another livestock producer use of the acreage. The eligible acreage is limited to the approved counties. Eligible producers who

are interested in grazing CRP under the emergency authorization and current CRP participants who choose to provide land for grazing to an eligible livestock producer must first request approval to graze eligible acreage; obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to include grazing requirements, leave at least 25 percent of each field or contiguous CRP field ungrazed for wildlife, or graze not more than 75 percent of the stocking rate as determined by NRCS. For more information, contact the Duval County FSA office at 361-256-3342, ext 2.









ne Boston win. One Tampa Bay loss. If either had happened in September, Red Sox Nation would be celebrating its band of lovable idiots instead of cursing a line-up of beer-chugging slugs. This year’s epic collapse says something about a team that bumbled its way out of the playoffs. But it also says something about their fans. The Sox went without a World Series championship for 86 frustrating years, then won two. Now fans seem to believe they are entitled to a team that contends for a World Series championship — every year. That’s crazy. Fans who used to complain that the New York Yankees were buying their championships are now outraged that the same formula isn’t working here. All the sanctimonious hand-wringing over players who ”disrespected” baseball is really sour grapes from fans who can’t stand losing. When you listen to sports radio callers whining about balls that should have been caught or pitches that should have been hit -— or not hit — it makes you wonder if these socalled fans really do understand what happens on the field. This is a game of great athletic skill and inexplicable luck. The wind lifts a hard-hit ball out of the park or it doesn’t. One pitch is ever so slightly lower or slower than the one that preceded it and a whiff turns into a hit, or vice versa. The home plate umpire calls a strike a ball, then calls a ball a strike. Heart and soul matter more than anything else, but sometimes even Dustin Pedroia strikes out. This may sound like Adrian Gonzalez, but sometimes the baseball gods smile, and sometimes they frown. The 2004 Sox drink shots of Jack Daniels before playoff games and win. Some of the 2011 Sox drink beer and lose their ticket to the playoffs. The highest ticket prices in Major League Baseball and one of the highest payrolls fuel over-the-top expectations for each Sox season. But are Boston fans really shocked to discover that many baseball players are pampered, overpaid men who have long forgotten the little

boy who dreamed of doing what they actually got to do? “We are all told at one point in our lives that we can no longer play the children’s game,” an agent tells a young Billy Beane and his parents in the movie “Moneyball.” “We just don’t know when it’s gonna be.” That is baseball at its most romantic. Yet that same movie shows the harshness of what is essentially a business of drafting and trading athletes who sometimes triumph in thrilling fashion and sometimes break down in failure. No one really knows why; a game played by humans is not science. Two recent World Series championships put the Sox and their fans in an unfamiliar stratosphere. As they face reality in the aftermath of the September collapse, some people seem a little oxygen-deprived. Were mistakes made? Yes. Terry Francona, the now-former manager, was the first to admit that and accept blame. If more proof is needed that nice guys finish last, reexamine the knives still sticking out of Francona’s back. Jon Lester was the first pitcher to acknowledge the beer drinking and express regret about that and other actions. It makes sense that he would be the one to try to put a disappointing season in perspective. To a cancer survivor, failing to make the playoffs hardly amounts to the end of the world. Lester is probably just happy to have another season to savor. The three owners look out of touch with their business operation and with their fan base. John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino, along with Theo Epstein, their general manager, knew Boston as winners. Now they will know Boston’s small universe as losers. The ground shifts quickly in an intimate city like this. With the slightest loss of power or stature, it’s easy to go from toast of the town to toast. ”Wait until next year” used to be enough for Boston’s baseball faithful. Now fans demand championships from every pro sports team. With that attitude, the Stanley Cup lifted with such joy by the Bruins earlier this year may turn into a very heavy burden. (Joan Vennochi can be reached at

Credit due for candid talk MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS


erry West didn’t need to tell this story. His legacy in the NBA pantheon was secure. But in his new autobiography, “West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life,” the former L.A. Lakers guard and general manager decided to write candidly about his lifelong struggles with depression. “(I was) raised in a home, a series of them actually, that was spotless but where I never learned what love was, and am still not entirely sure I know today,” reads part of an advance copy. “What I

do know is that I harbored murderous thoughts, and they, along with anger, sadness, and a weird sort of emptiness, are, in part, what drove and fueled and carried me a long way ... ” Many sports fans will likely devour the book for West’s accounts of his conflicts with Lakers coach Phil Jackson, and his interactions with a generation of NBA stars. Mental illness in this country often goes untreated because people try to ignore it, deny it or “tough it out.” West tried that, and it didn’t work well for him. To his credit, he now has the willingness to share that lesson.


Acknowledging 2 big thinkers D

aniel Kahneman spent part of his childhood in Nazioccupied Paris. Like the other Jews, he had to wear a Star of David on the outside of his clothing. One evening, when he was about 7 years old, he stayed late at a friend’s house, past the 6 p.m. curfew. He turned his sweater inside out to hide the star and tried to sneak home. A German SS trooper approached him on the street, picked him up and gave him a long, emotional hug. The soldier displayed a photo of his own son, spoke passionately about how much he missed him and gave Kahneman some money as a sentimental present. The whole time Kahneman was terrified that the SS trooper might notice the yellow star peeking out from inside his sweater.

Weirdness Kahneman finally made it home, convinced that people are complicated and bizarre. He went on to become one of the world’s most influential psychologists and to win the Nobel in economic science. Kahneman doesn’t actually tell that childhood story in his forthcoming book. “Thinking, Fast and Slow” is an intellectual memoir, not a personal one. The book is, nonetheless, sure to be a major intellectual event (look for an excerpt in The New York Times Magazine tomorrow) because it superbly encapsulates Kahneman’s research, and the vast tide of work that has


been sparked by it.

Timeless results I’d like to use this column not to summarize the book but to describe why I think Kahneman and his research partner, the late Amos Tversky, will be remembered hundreds of years from now, and how their work helped instigate a cultural shift that is already producing astounding results. Before Kahneman and Tversky, people who thought about social problems and human behavior tended to assume that we are mostly rational agents. They assumed that people have control over the most important parts of their own thinking. They assumed that people are basically sensible utility-maximizers and that when they depart from reason it’s because some passion like fear or love has distorted their judgment.

Biases rule Kahneman and Tversky conducted experiments. They proved that actual human behavior often deviates from the old models and that the flaws are not just in the passions but in the machinery of cognition. They demonstrated that people rely on unconscious biases and rules of thumb to navigate the

world, for good and ill. Many of these biases have become famous: priming, framing, loss-aversion. Kahneman reports on some delightful recent illustrations from other researchers. Pro golfers putt more accurately from all distances when putting for par than when putting for birdie because they fear the bogie more than they desire the birdie. Israeli parole boards grant parole to about 35 percent of the prisoners they see, except when they hear a case in the hour just after mealtime. In those cases, they grant parole 65 percent of the time. Shoppers will buy many more cans of soup if you put a sign atop the display that reads “Limit 12 per customer.”

to share similar sets of biases. There is such a thing as universal human nature. The trick is to understand the universals and how tightly or loosely they tie us down. We are players in a game we don’t understand. Most of our own thinking is below awareness. Fifty years ago, people may have assumed we are captains of our own ships, but, in fact, our behavior is often aroused by context in ways we can’t see. Our biases frequently cause us to want the wrong things. Our perceptions and memories are slippery, especially about our own mental states. Our free will is bounded. We have much less control over ourselves than we thought.

Rethinking the old

New way of thinking

Kahneman and Tversky were not given to broad claims. But the work they and others did led to the reappreciation of several old big ideas: We are dual process thinkers. We have two interrelated systems running in our heads. One is slow, deliberate and arduous (our conscious reasoning). The other is fast, associative, automatic and supple (our unconscious pattern recognition). There is now a complex debate over the relative strengths and weaknesses of these two systems. In popular terms, think of it as the debate between “Moneyball” (look at the data) and “Blink” (go with your intuition). We are not blank slates. All humans seem

This research yielded a different vision of human nature and a different set of debates. The work of Kahneman and Tversky was a crucial pivot point in the way we see ourselves. They also figured out ways to navigate around our shortcomings. Kahneman champions the idea of “adversarial collaboration” — when studying something, work with people you disagree with. Tversky had a wise maxim: “Let us take what the terrain gives.” Don’t overreach. Understand what your circumstances are offering. Many people are exploring the inner wilderness. Kahneman and Tversky are like the Lewis and Clark of the mind.

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Culture of the theatre Legends ZZ Top, Skynyrd perform tonight at arena

2 plays tonight at Teatro Chicano





Complex, sophisticated and chic. This, to Carlos Flores, best describes the cultural experience of the border. Well, there’s one more thing. “It’s sexy,” said Flores, founder of the Teatro Chicano de Laredo and producer of the two original plays set to conclude their runs at the Laredo Little Theatre this weekend. The group started two years ago as a summer workshop for playwrights and now produces mature work that holds a mirror up to Laredo life. “It was becoming difficult. We had a short turnaround time to production. We eventually decided we had to make it year-round.” The two plays performed this cycle, “Terminal Velocity” and “El Partido/The Game” were submitted last fall. Flores finds this investment of almost 12 months into two plays — originally the troupe tried producing nine in almost a third of the time — to yield much better work for the audience. “El Partido/The Game” is a bilingual two-act play. Described as a humorous portrayal of life on the Texas-Mexico border, this play depicts the tragicomic relationship between Chale and Isabel. Isabel’s undocumented status keeps her trapped under Chale’s

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Oscar O. Peña acts during the play “Terminal Velocity” at the Laredo Little Theater on Thurday evening. abuse, and Chale refuses to help resolve Isabel’s status because of the control over her he would lose. For this story, writer Luis E. Flores drew from the stories he’s heard as a licensed professional counselor. “I see a lot of this stuff. I became really disillusioned about us Mexican men,” he said. Issues of class and authority also figure prominently in the play as Isabel’s fair-skinned, more affluent friend Yvonne tries to help her even as federal agents Brian Martinez (Arturo Peñaloza) and Mary Gonzalez (Doreen Peña) pose a threat. “I wanted to present domestic violence in the context of immigration,” said Luis Flores. The trick, he said, is to let dramatic action and character make the point, and above all avoid preaching. For Leti Cantu, who plays Yvonne, the intensity

can come out in buckets. “I identify a lot with the crazy woman role, or the very angry, hurt woman,” Cantu said, referring to her cheating husband Fernando, played by Alberto Guajardo, who swears he doesn’t know why he’s always cast as a two-timer. This intensity works just fine for the play’s director, Laurence Wensel. “I always tell them go as far as you can, and we can always rein it,” he said. Recently appointed artistic director of the Laredo Little Theatre, Wensel also directs “Terminal Velocity,” the first monologue produced by the Teatro. The two original plays begin at the Laredo Little Theatre tonight at 8 p.m.

The Laredo Energy Arena will reverberate with the rhythmic guitars riffs and southern-cooked lyrics of a pair of rock deities Sunday night. Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top enter the Gateway City determined to storm the stage with wild hair and screeching guitar solos in the Rebels and Bandoleros tour, with tickets starting at $25. “That Little Ol’ Band from Texas,” more commonly known as ZZ Top, brings its beards and more than 40 years of musical magic to its final Lone Star stop, after shows in Hidalgo, Corpus Christi and Bee Cave, before its final four shows in Iowa, Illinois and West Virginia. The Houston trio, consisting of guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist and vocalist Dusty Hill, and the ironically named drummer Frank Beard, began their boogie-blues hybrid songs in the 1970s. “Tour stops in smaller

towns, like not the major cities, definitely brings us closer to the way we started,” Gibbons said. “A tour in Texas wouldn’t be complete without making a few stops in South Texas and along the border. Those areas were so instrumental in the way we started and shaped our music. We like getting closer to all our friends.” They’ve continued through four decades with transcendent tracks like “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Gimme All Your Lovin.’” The band may be most famous for grizzled beards and blended long hair, dark sun glasses and bluesy headwear — all except for cleanshaven drummer Beard. “We’ve got four decades of recorded sounds to choose from,” Gibbons said. “It’s always fun to play the earlier songs and first hits. That helps you not get tired of the same songs every night and keeps it fresh, and we try a lot of new things and improvise a little. It all keeps

you on your toes, but the bottom line is that we are all so passionate about playing as ZZ Top.” ZZ Top’s tourmate, Lynyrd Skynyrd, boasts a heavy-hitting set list of smash singles, including “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Gimme Three Steps,” “That Smell,” “Simple Man,” “What’s Your Name,” and the live-show favorite “Free Bird.” Like so many of the stories within its songs, the band itself has carried through the toughest of times. “Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top have been great friends since the beginning,” Gibbons said. “It’s a real powerhouse combination to put the two groups together again. If you want to have a lot of fun and a fine time, come listen to Skynyrd, but make sure you have your dancing shoes on.” Skynyrd, named after a straight-edge no-nonsense gym teacher, began blazing a path from Jacksonville, Fla., to Southern culture icons also in the late 1960s and early ’70s.



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EN ZAPATA 10/26 — El taller “Customer Service: A Key to Business Success in Zapata, Texas” se realizará a partir de las 9:30 a.m. en el Zapata County Courthouse, Suite 248. Cuota: 20 dólares. 10/28 — Hoy es el primero de tres días del Torneo de Pesca 2011 Pro/Am patrocinado por Couples Association of Sport Tournaments. Puede registrarse en el (281) 796-7486 o visite

EN SAN ANTONIO 10/22 — Conferencia “Las Tradiciones Populares Mexicanas” con Juan Miguel Toscano García de Quevedo, abogado, historiador y periodista especialista en Historia de México. Evento será a las 6:30 p.m. en el Auditorio del Instituto Cultural de México, 600 Hemisfair Park. Entrada libre. 10/27 — El Instituto Cultural de México, 600 Hemisfair Park, invita a celebrar el Día de Muertos con la presentación de altares tradicionales honrando a Leonora Carrington, Mario Moreno ‘Cantinflas’, Manuel Esperón, Daniel Catán y Eugenio Toussaint. Los altares estarán expuestos a partir de hoy y hasta el 6 de noviembre.



La base militar móvil construida en Ciudad Mier, México, será ocupada por 652 soldados lo que aseguran las autoridades permitirá mayor control del territorio mexicano fronterizo y continuar en la lucha contra el crimen organizado. La Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional, (Sedena) anunció que personal militar que se trasladará a Ciudad Mier es parte del 105 Batallón de Infantería y está integrado por

cinco jefes, 48 oficiales y 599 elementos de tropa, así como 42 camionetas y siete camiones para realizar tareas para identificar y desarticular grupos delincuenciales.En un comunicado, el Secretario de la Defensa, Guillermo Galván Galván, reiteró el honor y la misión que el 105 Batallón de Infantería lleva de salvaguardar le integridad de México en Ciudad Mier. Igualmente no se descarta ubicar otra Unidad Móvil en San Fernando. Ciudad Mier, considerada Pueblo

Mágico, perdió un alto porcentaje de sus pobladores, quienes debieron refugiarse en Miguel Alemán, debido al clima de inseguridad, en noviembre del 2010. Inclusive, sospechosos incendiaron la sede del gobierno municipal y vehículos de la policía en Ciudad Mier. Hubo meses cuando inclusive estaba prohibido circular por la sección de la frontera ribereña que ocupa Ciudad Mier. Con materiales modernos, la Unidad Móvil permite ubicarse en di-

versas áreas del país en tiempo razonable. Cuenta con todos los servicios necesarios para la vida y operación de una unidad de nivel corporación, lo que permite a las tropas permanecer en un lugar seguro y confortable. Unidades Móviles han sido utilizadas con anterioridad, por ejemplo, durante la aplicación del Plan DN-III-E, en áreas de Labor Social y, en este caso, en la aplicación de la Directiva Integral de Combate al Narcotráfico y Delincuencia Organizada.


EN NUEVO LAREDO 10/22 — A las 4 p.m. será el “Duelo de la Amistad entre los Dos Laredos” en el Parque de Béisbol La Junta. Por Laredo estará “Select League” y por Nuevo Laredo, la selección de la Liga Instrucciónal de Nuevo Laredo, categoría 15-18 años. Lo recaudado se destinará a reparar las lámparas del Parque de Béisbol La Junta. Entrada por donación. 10/22 — Compañía Teatral Amigos invita a disfrutar la Comedia Musical “Vaselina” a las 6 p.m. en el Teatro del Seguro Social. Costo: 100 pesos. Informes en 92*828294*3 con Nancy Vargas. 10/23 — Bridgman/Packer Dance presenta “Trilogy (Trilogía)” a las 6 p.m. en el Teatro Principal del Centro Cultural. Costo: 50 pesos. Para adolescentes y adultos. 10/23 — Banzaii Con es hoy a partir de las 10 a.m. en el Centro Cívico. Será convención animé, con videojuegos y comics. Concursos de Cosplay Individual (no grupal), Dibujo, Trivia otaku, Torneo de Yugioh, Torneo de, Pokemon, Torneo de Smash brothers 10/23 — Grupo de Teatro Expresión invita a la bra “Mi Viuda Ya no me Llora” a las 7 p.m. en el Teatro Lucio Blanco de la Casa de la Cultura. Evento gratuito. 10/24 — V Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea. Ballet Metropolitano de Monterrey presenta “Entre Cuerpo y Alma” a las 7 p.m. en el Teatro Principal del Centro Cultural. Costo: 50 pesos. Apta para adolescentes y adultos. 10/26 — V Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea. Onírico presenta “De Color Pájaro” a las 7 p.m. en el Teatro Principal del Centro Cultural. Costo: 50 pesos. 10/27 — V Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea. Compañía Nacional de Danza del Ecuador presenta: “La Condición” a las 7 p.m. en el Teatro Principal del Centro Cultural. Costo: 50 pesos. Apta para adolescentes y adultos. 10/28 — V Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea. Compañía de Danza CERES presenta “Sombra Sol Adentro” a las 7 p.m. en el Teatro Principal del Centro Cultural. Costo: 50 pesos.

Foto por Cuate Santos | Laredo Morning Times

El conductor del primer camión comercial de México que viajará hasta Garland, desde Apodaca, Nuevo León, es recibido por un agente de Aduanas de EU conforme cruza el Puente del Comercio Mundial de Nuevo Laredo a Laredo, el viernes.



or primera vez, un camión mexicano con remolque cruzó el viernes la frontera hacia Estados Unidos en ruta al interior del país, conforme a una cláusula largamente retrasada del Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte (TLCAN). El camión de largo recorrido, que transporta una enorme estructura de acero para perforaciones, ingresó a Estados Unidos por la tarde, una década y media después de la aprobación del TLCAN, que

Se interna a EU primer camión mexicano con TLC

se suponía debía mejorar el transporte de carga entre los dos países. Sin embargo, el programa de camiones quedó estancado durante años por preocupaciones de que iba a poner en riesgo la seguridad en Estados Unidos, así como los empleos de sus camioneros. Antes de la partida del camión hacia un suburbio de Dallas se realizó una ceremonia en Nuevo Laredo, México. El dueño de la empresa mexicana dueña del camión —Transportes Olympic, una empresa del estado mexicano de Nuevo León —, les dijo a representantes de ambos países que considera que el ac-

ceso de sus camiones al interior de Estados Unidos es como ser invitado a la casa de un amigo. La empresa es la primera aprobada conforme a un programa piloto de 2007 antes de que fuera cancelado por el presidente Barack Obama. México respondió en represalia, adoptando tarifas arancelarias a 99 productos agrícolas estadounidenses por más de 2.000 millones de dólares anuales. En vista del acuerdo que permitió el ingreso al transportista mexicano, México suspendió el viernes las represalias arancelarias a 99 productos agropecuarios e industriales estadounidenses. El gobier-


no mexicano advirtió que podría restablecer la medida en caso de que Estados Unidos incumpla el acuerdo sobre transporte. El TLCAN, que entró en vigencia el primer día de 1994, redujo sustancialmente los aranceles entre México, Estados Unidos y Canadá. El tratado contemplaba que los camiones mexicanos debían tener acceso a las vías de los estados fronterizos estadounidenses desde 1995 y pleno acceso a todas las carreteras de Estados Unidos para el 2000, algo que no ocurrió, lo cual motivó a México a imponer represalias arancelarias.


Firman acuerdo Calderón: EU deporta en área turística para evitar procesos TIEMPO DE ZAPATA

Con el compromiso de incrementar las ventajas y fortalecer al turismo, el Gobierno de Tamaulipas firmó con la Secretaría de Turismo el Acuerdo Nacional por el Turismo. Teniendo como marco el Polyforum en Ciudad Victoria, México, firmaron como testigos el Gobernador del Estado, Egidio Torre Cantú y la Secretaria de Desarrollo Económico y Turismo, Mónica González García. El acuerdo fue firmado de manera simultánea por los presidentes municipales, diputados federales y locales, universidades y representantes del sector turístico. Guevara señaló que por primera vez en la historia se cuenta con una agenda única en México en la que se insertan 101 acciones en el acuerdo nacional agrupadas en 10 ejes estratégicos, que van desde incrementar la conectividad y facilitar el tráfico aéreo

dentro de nuestro país, hasta promover el desarrollo equilibrado y sustentable. También se firmó el Convenio de Colaboración para el Programa Integral de Capacitación y Competitividad, en el cual se asignan recursos para el 2011 por un monto de 90 millones de pesos, y que incluye cuatro millones para llevar a cabo 137 cursos de capacitación a más de 2,600 personas. “Coincidimos con las prioridades que se requieren y sobre todo, coincidimos en sumar los esfuerzos de todos para fortalecer este importante sector de la economía”, declaró Torre. En el 2011 Tamaulipas ha recibido más de 1.5 millones de visitantes en sus playas. Tampico-Miramar es el tercer destino carretero más importante en México. Se está restaurando el edificio histórico de la batalla de los frijoles pintos en Ciudad Mier, entre otras acciones del Gobierno del Estado.


MÉXICO — El presidente Felipe Calderón afirmó el jueves que Estados Unidos deja a criminales libres en la frontera con México porque le resulta más barato que procesarlos, lo cual a su juicio alimenta la violencia en territorio mexicano. “La violencia que se vive en algunas ciudades fronterizas de México es por muchos factores, pero uno de ellos, también, es porque a las autoridades americanas (estadounidenses) simplemente les da por deportar cada año en ciudades como Ciudad Juárez o Tijuana 60, 70.000 migrantes”, dijo Calderón en un foro internacional sobre migración en la capital mexicana. Calderón señaló que el problema es que “muchos” de esos migrantes deportados son “criminales que han cometido algún delito

FELIPE CALDERÓN: Varios factores afectan violencia en frontera. y que simplemente les sale más barato dejarlos del lado mexicano que iniciar un proceso legal”. Esta semana, EU informó sobre un número histórico de deportaciones en el año fiscal 2011 y agregó que la cifra de deportados con sentencias criminales casi se duplicaron desde 2008. El director de la Oficina de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés), John Morton, informó el martes que casi 400.000 personas fueron deportadas durante el año fiscal que finalizó en septiembre. Refirió que un 55% de los deportados tenían condenas por delitos o infracciones, lo que representó un aumento del 89% respecto al 2008. La mayoría de los inmi-

grantes en Estados Unidos, y de los deportados, son mexicanos. No se conocen registros que sustenten las acusaciones de que las autoridades estadounidenses prefieren deportar a mexicanos que cometieron delitos en lugar de procesarlos. La embajada de Estados Unidos en México se negó a comentar sobre las afirmaciones de Calderón. Calderón advirtió también que las redes del crimen organizado han logrado apoderarse una parte del negocio del tráfico de migrantes. “Si hay una renta y, particularmente, una renta ilícita, proveniente del tráfico de personas, el crimen organizado ha buscado apoderarse de esa renta ilícita”, dijo. Refirió que la migración neta de mexicanos a EU se aproxima a cero, debido a que más personas regresan a México.




Judge: Jail 14 alleged Gulf Cartel men By CÉSAR G. RODRIGUEZ THE ZAPATA TIMES

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Students of the month at Zapata High School were recently announced. Back row, left to right, are Alan Sanchez, Jose Garcia, Joel Elizondo, David Hinojosa, David Gutierrez, Carlos Romero, Abiel Buruato and Edgar Hernandez. Front row, left to right, are Areli Avalos, Daniella Soto, Anna Trevino, Delynda Sendejo, Kristina DeLeon, Dominique Wayda, Savana Castillo, Leslie Juarez and Mariana Angeles.

TRUCK Continued from Page 1A portes Olympic trucking company told dignitaries of both countries that he considers his fleet’s access to the U.S. interior like being invited to a friend’s house. “We have to be extra orderly and very respectful,” Fernando Paez told about 300 people. “We will demonstrate that we can operate safely and efficiently.” The driver of the Freightliner truck was Josue Cruz, who waved from the cab, flashed a thumbs-up and thundered toward the bridge over the Rio Grande. The truck was expected to unload in Garland on Saturday or possibly Monday if the business couldn’t receive the cargo immediately. Paez’s company was first approved to operate in the U.S. interior under a 2007 pilot program that allowed a limited number of trucks before President Barack Obama’s administration canceled it in 2009. Mexico retaliated by placing tariffs on a wide range of American goods. Hours before Friday’s ceremony, Mexico announced it was suspending the tariffs. But the Mexican government warned that they could be reinstated if the accord is not respected by the

United States. The $2 billion worth of tariffs were imposed on 99 U.S. products, including Christmas trees, onions, oranges, apples, juice concentrates, toothpaste, deodorant and sunglasses, among other items. Mexico reduced the tariffs after signing the trucking agreement with the U.S. in July and then removed them completely Friday. “With this program, we’re initiating a new stage of competition, of prosperity, of regional integration,” said Bruno Ferrari, Mexican secretary of the economy. NAFTA, signed in 1994, had called for Mexican trucks to have unrestricted access to highways in border states by 1995 and full access to all U.S. highways by January 2000. Canadian trucks have no limits on where they can go. But until now, Mexican trucks have seldom been allowed farther than a buffer zone on the U.S. side of the border, where their cargo was typically transferred to American vehicles. The public debate surrounding the accord had mostly focused on the safety of Mexican trucks. But labor unions and other

groups were strongly opposed to the agreement, saying it would cost Americans trucking and other jobs. The U.S. Department of Transportation says the safety concerns have been resolved. Electronic monitoring systems will track how many hours the trucks are in service. Drivers will also have to pass safety reviews, drug tests and assessments of their English skills. Mexico has the authority to demand similar measures from American drivers. The impact of the program will be limited at first. Only 10 other Mexican trucking companies are going through the certification process right now. Juan Carlos Muñoz, president of Mexico’s largest trucking trade group, known by its Spanish initials as CANACAR, noted that opposition remains in Mexico. Some Mexican trucking companies doubt that the U.S. will treat them the same as American drivers. “But we can’t cry before they hit us, as we say here in Mexico,” Muñoz said. “If along the way, we find obstacles, discriminatory treatment, unequal treatment,

then we’ll complain. But we can’t complain before.” “It’s a program that will have to develop little by little,” Muñoz said. “It’s a first step on a long climb.” U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne said governments “have to support the businesses in their efforts to reduce costs and accelerate trade.” Paez said the approval process was rigorous, even though his company already qualified under a Department of Homeland Security trusted carrier program. But American groups that fought the program for years remained opposed to the entry of Mexican trucks. “The fact remains that Mexico does not meet our safety standards and a violent drug war is raging there, which the Mexican government is powerless to control,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said. Rep. Duncan Hunter from San Diego said the program offers no benefits for American truckers, who will be forced to compete against Mexican carriers. “And taking into account the safety and security drawbacks,” he said, “the program stands to do far more harm than good.”

KAYAKING Continued from Page 1A up to be the starting point, but some changes from the Mexican organizers late Friday forced the change. Making the last-minute change, however, made everyone rise to the occasion. Kayakers took to the water and rowed a few meters from the starting pillar to

warm up. They then lined up a few feet from the pillar and, when told to go, darted off. Greg Klausmeyer of the K2 team Agave Heat came from Houston to compete in RioFest and, besides hoping to finish the race in four hours, considered the

race a chance for international reconciliation. “I think (having two countries compete) is super. It’s the start of bringing the countries together. We hear about the violence, but we’re going to paddle regardless.” Arturo Martinez, coach

of one of the Mexican teams, agreed. “We have a total of 21 competitors, and we’re very proud to be part of this international race,” he said in Spanish. (Mike Herrera IV can be reached at 728-2567 or

A Mexican federal district judge found enough evidence to hold 14 alleged Gulf Cartel associates in prison for violating federal laws of possessing weapons and engaging in organized criminal activity, officials announced Thursday. The Assistant Attorney General’s Office for Special Investigations on Organized Crime, known as SIEDO (Subprocuraduría de Investigación Especializada en Delincuencia Organizada), obtained prison time for the men while investigations continue on allegations of involvement in organized crime, possession of firearms and possession of ammo clips used exclusively by military personnel. The 14 alleged “Cártel del Golfo” associates arrested in Nuevo Laredo during a July shootout between rival criminal gangs are Luis Enrique Cervantes Ortiz, known

as “El Flaco”; José Hugo Delgado Galindo, known as “El Cejas”; Mario Ángel Díaz López, known as “Spun”; David Hernández Hernández, known as “Huerco”; Rubén Gámez, known as “El Homie”; Juan Manuel Garza Cortes, known as “Flaco”; and Juan Francisco López Cordero, known as “El Ratón.” The list goes on with Julio César May Rodríguez, known as “Guacho”; José Montoya Benítez, known as “Ocho”; Mario Enedilson Raffles Campos or Mario Enedilson Refes Campos, known as “Barbas”; David Ramos Ibarra, known as “El Único”; José Alberto Robles Martínez, known as “El Java”; Antonio Rodríguez Aguilar, known as “Calaca”; and Octavio Rodríguez Camacho, known as “El Talibán.” All men are in custody at a federal prison in Veracruz, Mexico. (César G. Rodriguez may be reached at 7282568 or

Meeting to focus on Falcon Dam SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

A public meeting in which federal officials will discuss issues pertinent to Falcon Dam will be held from 5 through 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Roma Community Center, 502 6th St. Officials from the United States section of the International Boundary and Water Commission will speak and take questions from the public. Sheryl Franklin, the commission’s operations and maintenance division chief, will provide an overview of Falcon Dam operations during the 2010 flood and will discuss the status of dam safety investigations and planned actions over the next few years. Mario Gomez, the area operations manager at Falcon Dam, will speak about upcoming projects affecting the dam, including installation of new water measurement equipment, a significant increase in the dam’s security force, and improvements to the international boundary markers on Falcon Lake.

Data show that bacteria levels are increasing in the river near urban areas downstream of the dam. Environmental protection specialist Elizabeth Verdecchia will discuss water quality in the Rio Grande below Falcon Dam. Data show that bacteria levels are increasing in the river near urban areas downstream of the dam. Verdecchia will provide information for recreational users and discuss other water quality issues in the area such as salinity levels in the water used for irrigation. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 956-848-5211 or e-mail



GADHAFI Continued from Page 1A a timetable that calls for a new interim government within a month and elections within eight months. The top U.N. rights chief raised concerns that Gadhafi may have been shot to death after being captured alive. The fate of his body seemed tied up in squabbles among Libya’s factions, as fighters from Misrata — a city brutally besieged by Gadhafi’s forces during the civil war — seemed to claim ownership of it, forcing the delay of a planned burial Friday. Also muddled was the fate of Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, the only Gadhafi son who stayed in Libya and reportedly survived after his father’s Aug. 21 ouster. It appeared Friday that he was still at large: some government ministers had said he was wounded and in custody in a hospital in the city of Zlitan, but a military official at the hospital, Hakim al-Kisher, denied he was there. In Misrata, residents crowded into long lines to get a chance to view the body of Gadhafi, which was laid out on a mattress on the floor of an emptied-out vegetable and onions freezer at a local shopping center. The body had apparently been stowed in the freezer in an attempt to keep it out of the public eye, but once the location was known, that intention was swept away in the overwhelming desire of residents to see the man they so deeply despised. Men, women and children filed in to take their picture with the body. The site’s guards had even organized separate visiting hours for families and single men. “We want to see the dog,” some chanted. Gadhafi’s 69-year-old body was stripped to the waist, his torso and arms streaked with dried blood. Bullet wounds in the chest, abdomen and left side of the head were visible. The bloody siege of Misrata over the summer instilled a particularly virulent hatred of Gadhafi there — a hatred now mixed with pride because he was captured and killed by fighters from the city. New video posted on Facebook showed revolutionary

EDUCATION Continued from Page 1A

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Libyan children holding an assault rifle celebrate in Tripoli, Libya, on Friday. The death Thursday of Moammar Gadhafi, two months after he was driven from power, decisively buries the nearly 42-year regime that had turned the oil-rich country into an international pariah and his own personal fiefdom. fighters dragging a confusedlooking Gadhafi up the hill to their vehicles after his capture and less than an hour before he was killed. The young men scream “Moammar, you dog!” as their former leader wipes at blood covering the left side of his head, neck and left shoulder. Gadhafi gestures to the young men to be patient, and says “What’s going on?” as he wipes fresh blood from his temple and glances at his palm. A young fighter later is shown carrying a boot and screaming, “This is Moammar’s shoe! This is Moammar’s shoe! Victory! Victory!” In Tripoli, joy over Gadhafi’s end spilled into a second day

as thousands converged on central Martyrs’ Square for Friday prayers and celebrations. Men danced and hoisted the country’s new red-greenand-black flag. “It’s the start of a new era that everybody hopes will bring security and freedom,” said Tarek Othman, a computer specialist. “I hope democracy is the path we take so all of these Libyans who have sacrificed will really feel free.” He stood with his wife — who wore a cap in the revolution’s colors over her all-encompassing black niqab — in the square, which was formerly known as Green Square and was used by Gadhafi to stage rallies against the uprising.

in the region. The assessment details the educational makeup of the region’s workforce; it states that only 55 percent of the county’s population had at least a high school diploma in 2010. Also, the “not employed but interested in working” of Zapata County are working with low educational levels, and employers report low satisfaction with the written communication, math, and thinking and judgment skills of their employees. To rectify these issues, said Moffett, the county needs the center and its upcoming programs. “We have a population that wants this kind of education. They may not have a (high school) diploma, and giving them a regular GED is not helpful,” she said, “but blending with additional skill development is important.” Using Moffett’s assessment and other data, the steering committee identified key industries in need of a skilled workforce. These include law enforcement, medical and oil and gas. The center now aims to provide certification for those skills, according to the center’s dean, David Brown. Stressing the tentative nature of the committee’s plans, Brown said ZTAC is developing certification programs for oil and gas workers. “We want a program to train people to do gas pipeline maintenance,” he said. He expects the programs will not only benefit job seekers, but those already in the industry. “Many of these people already do the work and make good money. But once they get certified, their salaries can go from $15 an hour to $30 an hour,” he said, “and the oil and gas companies want us to train them. They want to pay more money because they know they’re getting higher productivity and a safer work environment.” This past summer, Texas A&M International University offered American national government and sociology courses at the center. These courses represented the first time Zapata students could take TAMIU courses without leaving Zapata. “This is bringing TAMIU further down the river,” said Brown. “The students loved the product we delivered in summer.”

Besides TAMIU, the founding academic partners in the venture include Laredo Community College, Texas State Technical College and the Laredo extension of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Discussing other programs the committee hopes to offer, Brown said each partner could, ideally, handle its own areas of specialty. For example, TSTC could handle the oil and gas training. UTHSC could offer a medical assistant program. To students interested in law enforcement, TAMIU could offer a bachelors degree in criminal justice. “The next step is getting the four founding partners to agree on course offerings,” Brown said. If things go as hoped, a course schedule could be ready as early as January. Funding for the project comes from federal, state and county sources. Rep. Henry Cuellar secured $1 million from the Economic Recovery Act, and $1.5 million comes from the Texas Office of Rural Community Affairs. State Sen. Judith Zaffirini and State Rep. Ryan Guillen worked for that grant. “I think it’s going to transform the community. No question about it,” said Guillen. “It’s going to give many students opportunities and access they didn’t have before.” From Zapata County, the center received two separate awards totaling $1.4 million. Most of this was allocated to enhancing the technology of the facility, which won an award for energy efficiency from the American Institute of Architects. During Monday’s meeting, the steering committee also discussed the center’s seal. The three core images on the seal are an open book, a rising sun and birds. After looking at sketches, committee members requested the birds look more like birds of prey, in keeping with Zapata’s identity as “hawk country.” To Brown, the seal represents not only the center, but a new day in Zapata. “I’m even open to putting a phoenix, the mythical bird of rebirth. I think that fits with our rebirth,” he said. (Mike Herrera IV can be reached at 728-2567 or






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Zapata ran well at the UISD Invitational as one last tune up before the District 32-3A cross country meet.

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The Zapata Lady Hawks pose after securing their second straight District 32-3A championship with two games to spare.

Zapata wins second straight district title By CLARA SANDOVAL THE ZAPATA TIMES


fter last year’s disctrict title banner year the Zapata Lady Hawks charged into this season with the determination to win it all again, but they knew that they had big shoes to fill after the departure of district MVP Brandi King. Kristina De Leon and Shelby Bigler have filled that offensive void nicely as the Lady Hawks didn’t skip a beat this year, tearing

through the district schedule. La Feria, usually a thorn in the Zapata side, stood between the Lady Hawks and their capturing of a second consecutive district title. A win Tuesday night would crown Zapata with back-to-back titles for the first time in the school’s history. Behind the sensational play of Bigler and De Leon, Zapata swept La Feria 25-19, 25-9, and 25-19 earing the District 32-3A championship with two games reamaining in the regular season. “The girls were really excited be-

cause coming into the season no one except the team and the coaching staff thought that they could win district again,” Zapata coach Rosie Villarreal said. “The main goal was to win back-to-back district titles and they accomplished that goal this year.” Zapata played Rio Hondo last night in a make up game and will finish the season Tuesday against Rio Grande City La Grulla on the road.


Hawks soar at UISD Last race serves as district tune up By CLARA SANDOVAL THE ZAPATA TIMES


LAREDO — The Zapata Hawks last tune up before the big District 32-3A cross country dance is just as important as any other meet. It was the last chance before the championship season starts for Zapata, and it has become accustomed to extending its season quite deep into the postseason for the past few years. The UISD Invitational cross country meet boasted some of the best 5A talent from District 29-5A with a powerhouse 3A Zapata program.

Rangers steal Game 2 After a great comeback, Texas comes home By DAVE SKRETTA



ST. LOUIS — Nolan Ryan must have been getting a tad uncomfortable as the innings ticked by Thursday night and the Rangers crept ever closer to a two-game World Series deficit.

NOTEBOOK The team’s president and chief executive had boldly predicted on a Dallas radio station that Texas would need six games to wrap up the series, but the St. Louis Cardinals had already taken the opener and were leading Game 2 by a run heading into the ninth inning. That’s when Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus delivered back-to-back singles, and Josh Hamilton and Michael Young followed with back-to-back sacrifice flies. Texas went on to win 2-1. Rather than needing four straight wins to back up their boss, the Rangers just need three more in four. “Our offense is such that every night, we can break out and have a big inning like we did against Detroit,” Ryan said before Game 2 at Busch Stadium. “When I looked at St. Louis’ pitching, I don’t look at their pitching like a (Justin) Verlander where you say, ’Boy, Verlander is on. We’re going to hope that something good has to happen.’ “I’m not downplaying the Cardinals’ pitching by any means,” Ryan said. “I feel every night that we should score some runs and give our pitchers the opportunity to win some ballgames.” Rangers manager Ron Washington said he didn’t feel any added pressure by the prediction coming from the team’s most visible face. But the entire

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Texas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus watches after flipping the ball to Ian Kinsler (5) and forcing out St. Louis Cardinals’ Jaime Garcia (54) in the fifth inning of Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday in St. Louis. “It’s the World Series, last two teams. Every victory is huge,” Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler said. “It was a big win for us. We’re just happy the series is tied up and we’re going back to Texas and in front of our crowd.” team certainly feels a little more comfortable going back to Texas with the series knotted a game apiece. Last year, Texas dropped the first two games of the World Series against San Francisco and never managed to recover. The Giants went on to win the series in five games.

FREESE TAG Cardinals third baseman David Freese, the NL championship series MVP, singled in the seventh inning Thursday night and has a 12-game



In sports, it’s all in the name With the NBA still in a lockout my attention has turned to the World Series and the Major League Baseball playoffs. To me it is funny that the MLB has named their championship game “World Series” when only the United States plays in it. Maybe they should call it “Major League Championship,” but that just doesn’t have the same appeal as “World Series” and becoming “World champions.” Although MLB does have players from many foreign countries, I don’t think that they have one from each country so they should nix the name World Series. It’d be interesting it they did have a World Series in baseball and every country participated that played baseball.




CROSS COUNTRY The Hawks captured the runner up trophy behind perennial 5A powerhouse Eagle Pass, that is expected to make a run at state in the 5A division. Eagle Pass scored 39 points to the Hawks 47, earing the UISD champion crown. Third place went to Martin with 66 points. Sophomore sensation Luis Garza was the first Hawk to cross the finish line with fifth place at the meet, while Carlos Ramirez came in seventh and Rafael Benavidez finished ninth, placing three Zapata runners in the top 10. Rounding out the team was Jose Garcia’s 12th place finish, Juan Rangel’s 14th, Edgar Hernandez’s 22nd and Tony Mendoza’s 23rd. “Our team ran superb today,” Zapata coach Luis

Escamilla said. “Our seventh man was 17:12 and our top runner was 16:20 to really start closing the gap. “To be competing against Eagle Pass, who is one of the top teams in the region, just shows a lot of character from the boys.” Heading into the district meet on Monday, Zapata accomplished its goal of staying healthy for the championship season. “That has been one of our goals all season long, to get out and be healthy,” Escamilla said. Garza has been making the most of his sophomore season, but fell behind early in the race having to utilize a great amount of energy to come from behind. Laredo Martin’s Hector Alvarez started to pull away in the race as Garza


fell into fifth heading into the final stretch. “Luis has been our top guy all season long and he has been doing well,” Escamilla said. “He fell behind a little early and was our fourth runner at the first mile. Slowly he crept up little by little, and was our top guy by the end.” With each runner improving his time at the UISD meet, the team has become a deadly weapon in the next phase of the season. “We have been improving as a team and individually,” Escamilla said. “I tell them if they improve individually, then the team gets better. Each one has a role and they have been executing it very well these past few weeks.” (Clara Sandoval can be reached at

SANDOVAL Continued from Page 1B Every couple of years — two years to be exact — they do have the World Baseball Classic, but the US has not fared very well, with Japan actually winning the first two classics. In the most recent WBC, Cuba took the silver medal while the USA finished fourth and didn’t even get a spot in the top three. Even in the NBA they announce “Your World Champion Dallas Mavericks,” despite the existence of European basketball leagues that are pretty good. Maybe the Euro champions and the NBA champions should go head-tohead for all the glory. Now that would be interesting. I know that some people say that the Olympics is a good measure of how to size yourself up against the world and that may be so in other sports but not always in basketball. The USA’s NBA players won the 2010 gold when they finally reincarnated

the “Dream Team” with Dwayne Wade, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and other superstars, but it’s sometimes difficult to secure a firm commitment from pros far in advance of the games. Now some of them refuse to play because they want to rest up for the upcoming season and opt not to play. I do like the National Football League and what they called their championship, the Super Bowl. Now that’s a great name because they aren’t boasting to be the World Champions, but Super Bowl Champions, and only for the USA. A great name that I like and is a personal favorite of mine is the Final Four for college men and women basketball. It is not fancy but it just tells you everything in the name — they are the final four teams left standing after a long season. There is also the Sweet 16 and the Elite Eight.

Whoever came up with these names, great job. They just some how roll off the tongue. What about the Frozen Four for college hockey? I love the Frozen Four. With all these high-powered names floating around, the high school equivalent is being a district champion, and Zapata knows how to produce them in many sports. This past week the Lady Hawks volleyball team captured their second title in two years, after having to replace a MVP. Now the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams are vying for the same title and will know how they measure up Monday morning when they host the District 32-3A meet. It sure will be a great step towards the regional and the state meet set to take place in the next few weeks. (Clara Sandoval can be reached at

VOLLEYBALL Continued from Page 1B The Lady Hawks knew what was on the line and they came out ready to play despite the two-week delay. “I was a little concerned on how we would respond because we had not played in two weeks,” Villarreal said. “I just told them that they had to be patient if we fell behind and if we were ahead they had to maintain the lead.” “When Shelby and Kristina started hitting, I knew that we were going to be OK.” Bigler and the Lady Hawks didn’t push the panic button after falling behind early in the first set, but were able to start chipping away at the lead. Bigler was an offensive nightmare for the Lionettes with six of her 18

kills coming in the opening set and one hitting a La Feria player in the face with a quick kill. Zapata had enough offensive firepower to take the opening set 25-19, taking a 1-0 lead. In the second set, De Leon finally emerged at the net, making her presence known with kills hitting every corner of the floor. De Leon finished the night with 12 kills to help out on offense while she had three aces from the service line. Also getting in to the offensive flow of the game was Jackie Salinas, who started to fit nicely into Zapata’s attack at the net. Salinas had eight kills, adding another dimension to the Lady Hawks attack. Zapata also did defen-

Fox, Telemundo win bids for FIFA

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sive damage on the net, consistently turning La Feria away with a wall of blocks. Bigler and De Leon combined for six blocks to lead all players. Dispersing the ball among players was Estella Molina, finishing the night with 33 assists and five digs for the Lady Hawks. On defense, libero Abby Aguilar led the team with 22 digs, many coming at crucial moments of the game. La Feria fought and gave everything that they had, but the home court advantage and the addition of parent’s night, Zapata just became too much for the Lionettes to handle. (Clara Sandoval can be reached at


ZURICH — Fox won the English-language U.S. television rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups on Friday, outbidding ESPN and NBC for football’s showpiece tournament. Fox agreed to pay more than $400 million for the two-tournament package, a person familiar with the bidding told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the figure was not made public. ESPN paid $100 million to show the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 2014 event in Brazil. The World Cup will be held in Russia in 2018 and in Qatar in 2022. Telemundo was awarded the Spanish-language deal by also defeating a rights holder, Univision. Telemundo is owned by NBC Universal. The contracts cover tournament finals in all FIFA competitions from 2015-22, also giving Fox the Women’s World Cup in 2015 and ’19. It also secured all radio rights. “The FIFA World Cup and Women’s World Cup are two of the world’s biggest competitions,” Fox chairman David Hill said in a statement. “It is our privilege to be entrusted with these rights in the

United States.” Fox adds football’s biggest event to a portfolio of rights that includes the UEFA Champions League, the English Premier League and Italy’s Serie A. The network is expected to televise the final and some top matches on its main over-the-air network and the majority on Fox Soccer and other of its cable networks, such FX and Fox Soccer Plus. That is similar to The Walt Disney Co. formula, which has been to televise the final and a few matches on ABC, but most on ESPN and ESPN2. Acquiring FIFA rights is expected to drive distribution for Fox Soccer with cable carriers. Fox Soccer is avaiable in 40 million U.S. households, while ESPN and ESPN2 are each available in nearly 99 million. ESPN, which holds the English-language rights for the 2014 tournament in Brazil, earlier acknowledged defeat in its 2018-2022 bid. “We made a disciplined bid that would have been both valuable to FIFA and profitable for our company, while continuing to grow our unprecedented coverage of the World Cup and Women’s World Cup events,” the sports cable network said

in a statement. “We were aggressive while remaining prudent from a business perspective.” ESPN also broadcast the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after getting a two-tournament package with 2014 rights. ESPN paid $100 million and Univision paid $325 million for its 2010-2014 deal, making the U.S. FIFA’s most lucrative national market. FIFA made the decisions after the networks submitted bids at its Swiss headquarters on Wednesday and Thursday. Spanish-language radio rights went to Futbol de Primera Radio. FIFA earns about 90 percent of its revenue from broadcasting, sponsorship and marketing deals tied to the World Cup. The world body calculates it earned $2.4 billion in broadcast sales worldwide just for the 2010 tournament. Qatar defeated the U.S. in the final round of voting for the 2022 World Cup in a five-country contest last December. FIFA announced in March it already sold $1.7 billion worth of 2018-2022 broadcast rights to the Middle East and parts of Asia and Latin America. The deals were 90 percent more valuable than the same regions earned for 2010-2014, FIFA said.

MizzU takes step for realignment to SEC By JOHN HANNA ASSOCIATED PRESS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri has taken another step toward leaving the Big 12 Conference and there is interest in the SEC in taking the Tigers. The governing curators at Missouri unanimously gave Chancellor Brady Deaton the authority Friday to move the school out of the Big 12 if he decides that is in the school’s best interest. Deaton, who had earlier been given the OK to explore options, gave no timeline for a decision but indicated that a move, if it happens, would not take much longer. “We’re not looking at a long time frame,” Deaton said, adding that any move would anticipate playing in another conference beginning next season — not in 2013 or farther out. While Deaton avoided saying that he favors leaving the Big 12 or identifying the SEC as a potential

landing spot, it was clear that the SEC is the target. “We’ve provided information to the SEC,” Deaton said at a news conference following a two-day curators’ meeting, sitting alongside athletic director Mike Alden and other school officials. SEC school presidents have informally discussed Missouri, and there’s “certainly talk and interest” in adding the school, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the SEC has not publicly talked about the discussions. There has been no formal vote by the presidents and one was not immediately scheduled, the person said. Deaton said discussions about realignment are ongoing and a “decision will be undertaken expeditiously.” Chuck Neinas, the Big 12 interim commissioner, noted that its board of directors has a regularly scheduled meeting in Irv-

ing, Texas, on Monday and “conference membership will be thoroughly discussed at that time.” The league already has lost Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-12) and will lose Texas A&M to the SEC next year when TCU joins. Losing Missouri would leave the league with nine teams, while the SEC will have 13 once the Aggies join. Deaton said the conference’s stability has been a significant concern with the departures of the three schools. But a big concern for Missouri is broadcast and cable television dollars, and in exploring a move to the SEC, the university is hoping to boost its revenue. An internal university document obtained recently by The Associated Press showed Missouri hopes to gain as much as $12 million annually in additional revenue in the SEC if other factors fall into place. The school could also face a hefty exit fee from the Big 12.

WORLD SERIES Continued from Page 1B postseason hitting streak that began with Game 2 of the division series. It’s the longest single-season streak for the franchise and ties Yadier Molina (2006-11) and Mike Matheny (2001-04) for the longest stretch overall. Freese, who hit sixth in the order, is batting .422 (19 for 45) in the postseason with four homers, six doubles and 14 RBIs. Not bad for a hometown hero. “It feels good,” Freese said. “Hitting streaks are great as long as those hits help the team, so that’s what I’m going to try to keep doing.”

GLOVE ME TENDER Elvis Andrus ranged as far as he could to his left, diving at the edge of the outfield grass behind second base, and snared the hard grounder off the bat of Rafael Furcal. In one fluid motion, the Rangers

shortstop scooped the ball with his glove to Ian Kinsler as the second baseman glided over the bag, ending the inning and preventing St. Louis from scoring a run. Little did he know how critical that run would be. The defensive gem in the fifth inning Thursday night kept things scoreless, and the Rangers managed to get two sacrifice flies in the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 and send the series back to Texas tied at one game apiece. Naturally, it was Andrus who scored the go-ahead run on Michael Young’s flyball to center. But it was Andrus’ play with the leather that allowed Texas to stick around. Kinsler said the glove-toss was perfect, and he struggled to come up with a better defensive play he’d seen. “The situation that was in, and being that it was a World Series game and just the run-saving play, that play was ridiculous,” Kinsler said with a chuckle. “It was prob-

ably one of the best I’ve seen, not just him, but one of the best defensive plays.” “When we get home tonight,” Josh Hamilton added, “I’m going to watch it again.”

’CZYN MUSIC Marc Rzepczynski’s stuff has been tough enough for the Texas Rangers to hit. Manager Ron Washington wasn’t even going to try pronouncing his last name. For the record, it’s zep-chin’-ski. But the Rangers would just as soon not have to learn it. The lefthander struck out consecutive pinch hitters to end the seventh in the Cardinals’ 3-2 victory in Game 1, and then retired two more batters without trouble in their 2-1 loss in Game 2. “I don’t know how to pronounce his last name, so I’m not even going to try,” Washington said before Game 2 on Thursday night.

“You’ve got to give credit to Marc. Marc executed his pitches, and when pitchers execute, usually the results that we got is what you get.” Washington doesn’t need many pinch hitters in the regular season because of the DH, and Texas was just 12 for 61 (.197) with a homer and 12 RBIs as a team. Three Cardinals had more than 20 pinch hit at-bats and St. Louis was 51 for 224 (.228) with three homers and 32 RBIs. Pinch hitter Allen Craig delivered the go-ahead RBI in the sixth inning Wednesday night, and came through with another pinch hit single for the Cardinals’ only run in Game 2.

NOT GONNA MISS THIS Country music star Trace Adkins is originally from Louisiana, but it turns out he’s a big Cardinals fan. The Grammy-winning singer of

such hits as “You’re Gonna Miss This” is friends with St. Louis assistant trainer Barry Weinberg, and has become close to manager Tony La Russa. So it made sense that Adkins was on hand to sing the national anthem before Game 2 on Thursday night. “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery performed the anthem before Game 1 on Wednesday night, and Ronnie Dunn is scheduled to sing it when the series shifts to Texas for Game 3 on Saturday. Adkins didn’t flaunt his fandom when he took in batting practice Thursday, though he did greet Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols on the field. Adkins stuck with his trademark cowboy hat, black boots and a beige World Series jacket, and said he was pleased the weather was better than Game 1. Temperatures were still in the low-50s, but any chance of rain had moved away. “I had this all planned,” Adkins said.



HINTS BY | HELOISE Dear Heloise: I’ve seen the HELOISE OLIVE SANDWICH SPREAD recipe in your column. Someone borrowed my copy of the recipe, and now I need it. Could you please reprint it? It is a family favorite from years gone by. — Alice B., Mansfield, Ohio Alice, you must mean the classic recipe for Heloise’s Olive Nut Dip or Sandwich Spread, and I am happy to share this with you again. I remember my mother, the original Heloise, used to hide this from me because I would eat too much! To make, you need: 8 ounces cream cheese (either regular or low-fat), softened 1/2 cup mayonnaise or no-fat sour cream 1 cup chopped or sliced green salad olives 2 tablespoons of juice from the olive jar Dash of ground pepper 1/2 cup of chopped pecans Mix all ingredients well and refrigerate for an hour or more. It is really that easy! To make it your own, try adding the following: a dash of your favorite hot sauce or some finely chopped green pepper or jalapeños. This is just one of many recipes available in my All-Time Favorite Recipes pamphlet. To order, send $5 and a stamped (64 cents), self-addressed, long envelope to: Heloise/Recipes, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Try this spread on a big lettuce leaf or with chopped fresh vegetables for a healthier alternative. — Heloise

PET PAL Dear Readers: Barbara Morse in Waterville, Maine, sent a picture of her adorable black Pekingese, Puck. Puck developed a heart problem and could not keep up with the other dogs in the family, so Bar-


bara’s daughter, Beverly, purchased a stroller for him. They call it the “Puckmobile.” To see Puck in his Puckmobile, go to and click on “Pets.” — Heloise

SHOE-SIZE SIMPLIFIER Dear Heloise: Do you know how hard it is to find the size marked in new shoes? And after the shoes are worn a few times, the size is gone! When I give nice shoes to a place that gives them to those who are in need, I like to mark the shoe size on the bottom with a permanent marker. — A Reader in Ohio How handy! You can write the size on a piece of removable masking tape, too. This is a great time to remind readers that there is a great need for clothing donations due to the busy hurricane season and flooding on the East Coast, and the absolutely devastating fires in Texas and elsewhere. Why not clean out your closets and give in-good-shape, clean and wearable items to those who are less fortunate? — Heloise

CHEAP FOOD THAT’S HEALTHY Dear Readers: On a budget, but wanting to eat healthy? Think about the following snacks and diet changes you can make to save money and eat better: Nuts Whole-wheat crackers Beans (for protein) Water instead of soda. — Heloise

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A&M readies for Iowa St. Dallas, Rams look for wins

Aggies want more perfection By LUKE MEREDITH ASSOCIATED PRESS

AMES, Iowa — Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman couldn’t help himself. Two days after the 17thranked Aggies dusted off Baylor, Sherman was stewing over a short Ryan Tannehill toss that was picked off early in the game. A game in which Texas A&M scored 55 points — and won by 27. The way Iowa State (3-3, 0-3 Big 12) is playing defense, “solid” will likely be more than enough for the Aggies (4-2, 2-1) when the teams hook up Saturday in Ames. The Cyclones have given up 37, 49 and 52 points in successive league losses to Texas, Baylor and Missouri, putting a oncepromising season is in danger of being crushed yet again under the weight of Big 12 play. Iowa State ranks 115th in the nation with 36.3 points allowed per game — and it’s only getting worse as the season goes along. The Cyclones passing defense is also allowing a league-high 9.1 yards per attempt, and the 46 points they’ve allowed per league game trails only Kansas. The Cyclones have also allowed a staggering 278 yards rushing per game and 10 rushing TDs in Big 12 games. Missouri rushed for 294 yards in last week’s 52-17 win over Iowa State, which coach Paul Rhoads said was one of the worst efforts of his three-year tenure. Meanwhile, the Aggies appear to be hitting their stride after a pair of tough losses knocked them out of the national title pic-

Sunday’s matchup looks for Luck By JAIME ARON ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) wants to use a shouldbe win against Iowa State to fix previous mistakes. ture. Texas A&M has bounced back from defeats against No. 6 Oklahoma State and No. 10 Arkansas with 100 points in wins over Texas Tech and the Bears. Tannehill was at his best against Baylor, throwing for 415 yards and a career-high six touchdown passes — four to Ryan Swope — to lead an offense that racked up 681 yards. Texas A&M didn’t punt against the Bears, and nine of its 11 drives resulted in points. A performance like that has the Aggies thinking they’ve still got a shot to win the league title before they shove off for the SEC. “We’ve had a couple tough losses but we feel we are in the thick of this thing on the road to the Big 12 Championship. We still feel like we’re in it and until it’s proved differently we’re going to believe that,” Tannehill said. The Cyclones haven’t

had much to crow about offensively either. Quarterback Steele Jantz, who rallied his team with fourth-quarter comebacks in each of its first three games, has struggled since as he’s dealt with a left foot injury and better competition. Jantz is expected to start against the Aggies, though freshman Jared Barnett appears to closing the gap. If there’s one area that Jantz and the Cyclones can look to exploit, it’s Texas A&M’s pass defense. Texas A&M has already let three different quarterbacks set school records for passing yards this season, as Baylor’s Robert Griffin IIII tossed for 430 yards and three scores last week. But the Aggies allowed just 50 yards rushing and kept the dynamic Griffin and the Bears off the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.

ARLINGTON — A few hours before the Cardinals start taking batting practice for Game 4 of the World Series, their NFL neighbors from St. Louis will be kicking off their next game an Albert Pujols long ball away. The contrast is stark: One St. Louis team will be playing for a championship. The other will be seeking its first win. Then again, the contrast is pretty stark for the home teams, too. The Texas Rangers are playing for a championship for a second straight year, while their highfalutin’ neighbors are mired in the longest title drought in their franchise’s history. Neither the Rams nor the Cowboys will earn contender status with a win Sunday, but both sure could use one. Badly. Dallas (2-3) has lost two straight, while St. Louis is 0-5 and the only one of the NFL’s winless clubs angry about being part of the Andrew Luck Derby. The Rams have scored a measly 49 points — two field goals less than Dallas’ kicker alone has scored. And offense is St. Louis’ strong suit. The Rams have the NFL’s third-worst defense, and are at the very bottom when it comes to stopping the run. St. Louis’ offense could

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) hopes to lead the Cowboys to a much needed victory against the Rams on Sunday. get a boost Sunday from the arrival of receiver Brandon Lloyd, who was acquired from Denver this week. However, the Rams aren’t sure whether they will have quarterback Sam Bradford. He spent the early part of the week in a walking boot because of a high ankle sprain. If he can’t play, A.J. Feeley will make his first start since 2007. Put it all together, and it sets up perfectly for the Cowboys to finally have a breakout game. And that could be their biggest concern. This is a team that struggles with good fortune. They blew a 14point, fourth-quarter lead in the opener, a 24-point third-quarter lead in their last home game and a three-point lead at New England in the final minutes last Sunday. Their only wins required late comebacks. “I think everybody understands you don’t take anybody lightly in this league,” tight end Jason

Witten said. “We’re a 2-3 team — we’ve got to go and find a win.” Dallas is on a nervefrazzling roll of 11 straight games decided by four points or less. Oddsmakers have nonetheless made the Cowboys about a two-touchdown favorite, so another loss — or even another squeaker — might crank up the simmering heat around firstyear coach Jason Garrett. “The way we’ve been playing, we know (our fans) have been smashing a lot of flatscreens,” linebacker Bradie James said. Garrett has been criticized by team owner Jerry Jones each of the last two weeks, first for passing instead of running while blowing the biggest lead in franchise history in the loss to Detroit, then for running instead of passing while only ahead of New England by a field goal. Jones has since said he shouldn’t have said anything, even if all he really said was what fans were already thinking.

The Zapata Times 10/22/2011  

The Zapata Times 10/22/2011

The Zapata Times 10/22/2011  

The Zapata Times 10/22/2011