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THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2013

B O R N O N T H E F O U R T H O F J U LY

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TEXAS APME CLASS AA

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75 CENTS

FATAL ACCIDENT A 38-year-old woman attempting to cross Paredes Line Road late Tuesday night was killed after being hit by a car, a police spokesman said.

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WORLD

FEARS OF U.S. ATTACK

Fears of a possible U.S. strike against Syria’s regime over an alleged chemical weapons attack rippled across the region Wednesday, as about 6,000 Syrians fled to neighboring Lebanon in a 24-hour period and Israelis scrambled for gas masks in case Damascus retaliates against them.

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HONORING

ZAPATA State to bestow slain ICE agent with Star of Texas Award

BY GARY LONG

TEXAS

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Parents of ICE Agent Jaime Jorge Zapata, Amador and Mary Zapata, visit the office of District Attorney Luis V. Saenz in honor of their fallen son. The Zapata family will receive one of the highest awards issued by Gov. Rick Perry. BY LAURA B. MARTINEZ

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OBITUARIES Julia Peña Francisco Padilla Luis H. Lara Fernando Ramirez Juan Barrientes Jr. Teresa Acosta

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OSHA FINE A federal agency has cited Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark and Resort for several worker safety violations and imposed a fine of nearly $100,000 following the death of a Brownsville lifeguard in March.

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Los Fresnos offers incentives for participation THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD

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A military jury on Wednesday sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, handing the Army psychiatrist the ultimate punishment after a trial in which he seemed to be courting martyrdom by making almost no effort to defend himself.

School district promotes attendance

THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD

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hat began as a simple search for grant money for the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office ended in a treasure find. The treasure that resulted, after much hard work, is a Star of Texas Award honoring fallen ICE Agent Jaime Jorge Zapata, one of the highest awards issued by Gov. Rick Perry’s office. Zapata will be awarded the honor posthumously.

Zapata, 32, a Brownsville native who worked for U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, was killed Feb. 15, 2011, near San Luis Potosi, Mexico, in an attack by members of the Zetas drug cartel. Abby ........................................B8 Amusements ...........................B8 Calendar ..................................A7

His partner Victor Avila was wounded in the attack. The Star of Texas Award honors peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders injured or killed in the line of duty. Classified .................................B9 Comics.....................................B7 Community..............................A7

The District Attorney’s Office nominated Zapata for the award in June and received confirmation two weeks ago that his family would receive the award on Jaime’s behalf, said Melissa Zamora, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office. “He’s a local Brownsville hero, and as the county seat is in Brownsville, his name has come up a lot in the DA’s Office,” Zamora said. PLEASE SEE ZAPATA, A5

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Zapata, 32, worked for U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and was killed Feb. 15, 2011, near San Luis Potosi, Mexico, in an attack by members of the Zetas drug cartel. Sports ......................................B1 Weather.................................B10 © 2013 The Brownsville Herald. All rights reserved

Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District has done its homework on attendance and has come up with incentives to encourage students to come school. The district offers the encouragements for good reason: It loses $36 per student per day in state funding when students don’t show up. The district also knows that getting students to class is a first and mostimportant step in academic achievement. But LFCISD takes the incentives business one step further, offering financial awards for teachers with perfect attendance and rewarding students who achieve the goal with parties, special activities and drawings for prizes. Earlier this month, the district’s board of trustees approved perfect attendance incentives for teachers that offer as much as $1,000 for those who always show up. According to the incentives package, a classroom teacher can receive an incentive of $200 if he or she does not miss school for a semester. It increases to $600 for no absences for a calendar year. If the teacher is not absent during the entire school year, they receive an incentive of $1,000. “As for a district-wide attendance incentive, there isn’t one. Spending time with your teacher is an incentive of its own,” Superintendent Gonzalo Salazar said. PLEASE SEE SCHOOL, A5

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