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news for you texas West Texas plane crashes All five people, including a patient and his wife, aboard a small aircraft died when the air ambulance crashed shortly after takeoff from a West Texas airport. The crash happened about 12:15 a.m. Sunday about a mile east of Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport, about 200 miles southeast of El Paso. The pilot was trying to make an emergency landing when the plane hit a rut, overturned and burned.

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Residents celebrate Independence Day by watching the evening fireworks show outside the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Other festivities at the library throughout the day included games, concessions and a performance by the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra.

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Chavanel wins Tour de France 2nd stage France’s Sylvain Chavanel won the rain-swept second stage of the Tour de France on Monday to take the overall lead, while seventime champion Lance Armstrong finished in the pack after bloodying his thigh on a day filled with crashes. It was the second time in Chavanel’s career to win a Tour stage. Staff and wire reports



University reduces energy consumption

Museum shares fire safety lessons

Gayle Gabriel | The Battalion Since the approval of the Aggie Green Fund in March, students and officials have been working toward becoming a greener campus. Texas A&M received funding from the State Energy Conservation Office to aid in the energy conservation projects in campus buildings. “It is important to conserve energy for three reasons,” said Les Williams, associate director of utilities and energy management. “We have limited amounts of readily available energy, so it is only wise to conserve. Financially, it just makes sense to not waste a very costly commodity like energy, and there is a direct correlation between the reduction in energy consumption and the reduction of the campus carbon footprint. A reduction in energy consumption will reduce the campus carbon footprint.” Students can benefit from conservation if they take the time to switch to greener applications and to look at energy sources around houses that can be reduced, Williams said. Some of the biggest energy consumption comes from thermostats lowered past 75 degrees Fahrenheit, leaving on lights and other electronics and frequent use of washers, dryers and dishwashers. “Mostly I try to keep lights off when I am not in the room,” said Brittany Ali, senior sociology major. “I use lamps instead of overhead lights unless I am doing something that requires it.” Williams said energy use on campus had decreased significantly over the past several years. “Relatively speaking, [Texas A&M] has done a good job of reducing overall energy consumption,” he said. “We have reduced annual campus energy consumption by 24 percent while campus gross square footage has increased See Energy on page 6

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How to conserve energy ◗ Raise the thermostat temperature to 75 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

◗ Replace light bulbs with energyefficient ones.

◗ Turn off all lights, televisions, computers and other electronics upon leaving the room or the house. Don’t leave appliances on overnight.

◗ Unplug infrequently used appliances.

For the third consecutive year, The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley will join the fire departments of Bryan and College Station to educate children on fire safety and the responsibilities of being a firefighter at Firegator Camp. The children explore a fire truck and a helicopter and learn how to extinguish and prevent fires. In addition, the Pipes and Drums Band will perform today to exhibit firefighters’ musical talent. “Kids just really enjoy fireman and police stuff,” said Karrie Bourquin, operations supervisor of the museum. “[Kids] get to learn about the importance of not playing with matches and the importance of stop, drop and roll and having a fire plan. They learn about it somewhere else besides school. It helps reinforce [fire safety] over the summer.” Eric Wallace, who has been a firefighter for the Bryan Fire Department for 10 years, said Tuesday is the most important day, in terms of safety, for the children. He said the children listen to the rules of fire safety and take to heart what they learn at camp. The museum organizes the camp to educate children about safety and to promote the history of the museum. “The building was formerly a firehouse, which had an alligator living in the basement,” said Priscilla Heyert, director of education for the museum. Thus the museum mascot, the firegator, was born. The Firegator, a children’s book written by Debbie Leland, College Station librarian, is based on

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A Bryan firefighter holds one of the Firegator campers as he teaches other particpants about fire responsibility. the history of the firehouse. About 20 children will attend camp this week. The camp could use volunteers to assist the leaders of the program. Caroline Ward, staff writer

◗ Do laundry with a large load rather than a small one, and use cold water.

◗ During the summer, keep window shades and curtains closed to prevent solar heat gain.

◗ Report any on campus energy or water waste to the energy hotline at (979) 458-2468.


Texas leads other states in recovery Economist Nathaniel Karp said Texas is making significant progress on its recovery from the ecnonomic recession during his lecture Wednesday at Briarcrest Country Club in a program presented by BBVA Compass Bank. He gave an overview of the economy and showed the path to recovery which Texas and the rest of the U.S. are following. “Texas entered the recession later than most states and is also currently leading in the recovery from the recession,” Karp said.

In April 2009, every state entered the recession. Karp said although there are many indicators confirming a solid recovery in future, it is a slow process. It has been two years since the crisis began. The U.S. is leading the world in technology and innovation, and Karp said he is optimistic about the recovery process, especially the stability that Texas is showing when compared to other states in the country. Sarah Ammerman, staff writer

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The Bush library will show “The Alamo” as part of the Classic Film Series at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. Admission is free and complimentary beverages and popcorn will be provided.

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Weather delays Gulf cleanup


PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. — Across a wide stretch of the Gulf of Mexico, the cleanup of the region’s worst oil spill has been landlocked for more than a week, leaving skimmers stuck close to shore. Hurricane Alex idled the skimming fleet last week with choppy seas and stiff winds. Now they’re stymied by smaller storms that could last well into this week. “We’re just lying in wait to see if we can send some people out there to do some skimming,” said Courtnee Ferguson, a spokeswoman for the Joint Information Command in Mobile, Ala. Skimming operations across the Gulf have scooped up about 23.5 million gallons of oil-fouled water so far, but officials say it’s impossible to know how much crude could have been skimmed in good weather because of the fluctuating number of vessels and other variables.

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Israel eases Gaza blockade, but restrictions remain KEREM SHALOM CROSSING, Israel — Israel is easing its blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza to allow in virtually all consumer goods, but the new rules are unlikely to restore the territory’s devastated economy or allow rebuilding

of all that was destroyed in last year’s war. The White House welcomed the changes that were announced Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Washington for a meeting with President Barack

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ot even dark clouds and pouring rain could stop hundreds of punk-rock fans from flocking to The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park, Houston, for the Vans Warped Tour. As if waiting for its cue, the rain came pouring promptly at 1 p.m. July 2 and didn’t let up until the last bands took the stage. That didn’t stop the crowds from getting crazy in the pits. This time they were just a little dirtier.

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The Pretty Reckless, fronted by Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen is one of the many impressive acts Friday at the Vans Warped Tour in Houston.

To kick off the festival, Alkaline Trio took the main stage, right after The Bouncing Souls, for a 30 minute set and played older songs for those who have been from the start and Vicky Flores fans songs from the new junior MIS major album “This Addiction.” With dark lyrics and fast tempos, this punk band set an energetic tone for the rest of the bands to keep up with throughout the day. Of course, showcasing their skills on main stages were big bands such as The AllAmerican Rejects, Motion City Soundtrack and The Casualties, but any fan walking around on Warped Tour grounds is sure to discover a great new up-and-coming band. The Pretty Reckless, fronted by Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen, surprised rock fans with the fact that this girl can actually sing. Another great band to keep on the look for is The Summer Set. These guys know how to play for a crowd. Their poppy beats will make anyone want to dance.

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‘Twilight’ brings attention to tribe SEATTLE — The leader of the Quileute Nation in northwest Washington first began hearing her tribe had a role in the popular “Twilight Saga” from fans clamoring to know more about the place where a vampire tale of teenage love unfolds. Some fans sent e-mails. The most dedicated among them made trips to the remote reservation that is home to the series’ heartthrob werewolf Jacob Black. “The interest in our tribe was a surprise, a good surprise,” tribal chairwoman Anna Rose Counsell-Geyer said. “I thought to myself, people are going to actually get to know the Quileute and we are going to be recognized as a people. The real Quileute.” That was a couple of years ago. With “Eclipse,” the series’ third movie in theaters now, the 750-member Quileute Nation is reveling in the “Twilight” spotlight, attempting to capitalize on the blockbuster’s massive financial pull and welcoming new interest in

the tribe’s culture. At their Oceanside Resort, the tribe is opening a cabin decorated in a wolf theme, a shout out to Jacob and the Quileute’s own origin story, which begins with a transformation from wolves to people. At a Quileute store in the reservation town of La Push, handmade beanie hats with “Jacob” Lautner stitched on them sell for nearly $35. There’s also a “Jacob’s Java” espresso stand. “This is historical. This is going to be imprinted on people’s lives for generations to come,” Counsell-Geyer said. Central to the “Twilight Saga” is a love triangle among human teenager Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattison) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner).

The Quileute’s homeland — the place where they have lived and hunted for centuries — serves as the backdrop to author Stephenie Meyer’s saga, with the stunning imagery of rocks and cliffs rising along the Pacific Ocean. Four hours west of Seattle, the Quileute reservation is on the far and remote side of the rain-soaked Olympic Peninsula. The reservation’s boundaries are confined within a square mile. In the movies and books, the tribe’s folklore is meshed into the role of the Wolf Pack, a group of young Quileute men who shapeshift into wolves. Jacob and other Wolf Pack members guard the reservation from vampires. “I think as long as the werewolves aren’t wearing loincloths, it is a good step forward,” Chris Eyre, Cheyenne filmmaker, said. Associated Press



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elationships. Everybody has them, but more importantly, everybody won’t shut up about them.

I say this, not because I am a beret-wearing chain-smoking misanthrope, but because I am a beret-wearing chain-smoking misanthrope who is sick of hearing about your perfect boyfriend (or girlfriend, chihuahua) Talking about yourself is obnoxious enough, but talking about someone else that I don’t even know is worse. It’s like talking about yourself, only it’s somebody I care even less about and find mildly disturbing. He carved your name into his what? Some things you just don’t tell people. For instance, I have an imaginary girlfriend named Irene Ekaf who I tell my grandfather I’m dating so he doesn’t keep thinking I’m gay and trying straighten me out by buying me gift subscriptions to pornographic magazines. (What do you do with 20 free subscriptions to Playboy? I tried using them as rabid weasel cage liner, but the psychological response to equal parts beautiful naked ladies and weasel poop was... well, two completely different parts of the male brain that should never try to run at the same time.) Anyway, my point is you don’t see me going around bragging to people about Irene, because I recognize that they don’t care and would probably be severely disturbed by the details, such as the fact that she had her own Facebook profile for the last three years. (We share so many interests! It’s like we’re made by, I mean, for each other.) Some people might argue that randomly inflicting others with stories about your significant other serves a vital purpose, namely informing said others that you are taken. You know what I’m talking about. The conversations that go something like this: “Hey, attractive girl that sits next to me, could I get a copy of the notes from yesterday’s lecture?� “You know, my long-time boyfriend asked me the exact same thing yesterday, when he brought me breakfast in bed! I was like aww, he really shouldn’t have, but then—� “Haha, yeah, that’s actually why I wasn’t here yesterday, cause I was hanging out with my girlfriend, Irene, and we totally lost track of time Google image searching for pictures we could stick in her Facebook profile that my

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by 16 percent, resulting in a 33 percent reduction in energy consumption per gross square footage. With that said, there is still much more that we can do and should do through management of the energy consumption in buildings.” Students interested in learning how much energy buildings are consuming, the University has provided a “Building Consumption Profiles” link on the Utilities and Energy Management website detailing the information. “My primary efforts have been centered around engaging the campus community through the Energy Stewardship Program and ensuring that campus buildings are operating efficiently,” Williams said. “It also focuses on promoting energy awareness by meeting with the staff, students and faculty to discuss ways to reduce the carbon footprint.” The University provides a hotline for students, faculty and staff to report waste. “With a campus in excess or 21 million square feet in size, it is difficult to be everywhere,” Williams said. “This hotline allows anyone to report an energy or water conservation opportunity. It does not matter how small or large.” One way for everyone to lower electricity use is to set thermostats to 75 degrees Fahrenheit or higher during summer. “It is the little things that count,” said Gayle Evasco, class of 2010. “Our family uses energy-efficient bulbs throughout the house. We have a recycling bin provided by our city. We salvage food scraps to make our own organic compost, and we harvest rainwater to water our gardens.”

Spanish bullfighter Joselillo performs with a bull during a bullfight at the San Fermin festival in 2009. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Economy leads to drop in bullfights PAMPLONA, Spain — Hordes of humans will sprint ahead of thundering beasts this week at Pamplona’s famed running of the bulls, but Spain’s most storied fiesta is being overshadowed by a crisis in the bullring. A proposed regional bullfighting ban is combining with grim economic times to send a chill through the national pastime. Pamplona’s historic old quarter comes under the international spotlight because its bullfights are preceded by thousands of thrillseekers chased by bulls that invariably end up goring some humans on cobblestoned streets en route to bloody deaths in the ring. But across Spain, the number of bullfights has dropped from about 1,000 in 2008 to a projected 800 or less this year, as governments that have always subsidized small-town bullfights cut budgets because of declining tax revenue. Bullfights, or corridas in Spanish have become a luxury when cuts must be made by town councils to maintain funding for schools, social programs and road repairs. Making matters worse for bullfighting aficionados, the vast northeastern Catalonia

region where more than 10 percent of Spain’s 46 million people live could wind up without bullfights when provincial legislators vote on a proposed ban in mid-July. That would shut down Catalonia’s last bullring in the city of Barcelona, though it wouldn’t ban other bull spectacles like correbou, where people chase bulls through the streets and bouembolat, where bulls are forced to run around with flaming wax balls on their horns. Bullfight defenders insist the tradition is still so strong that bans are unthinkable across the rest of Spain. They concede, however, that the country’s debt woes coupled with 20 percent unemployment and government austerity spending cuts could keep down the number of small town corridas for years. In Pamplona, the crisis is expected to take a toll for tourism and nonstop street parties during its weeklong festival of bullfighting made famous by Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The Sun Also Rises.” Hotels used to sell out three to four months before the event — but not this year. Associated Press

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