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TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY SAN MARCOS
JULY 13, 2005
VOLUME 94, ISSUE 84
Arrest at falls sparks safety debate Charges dropped against Spring Lake Dam rescuer By Kelly Merks News Reporter When San Marcos resident Dave Newman pulled Abed Duamni, 35, of Houston, from the churning waters at Spring Lake Dam on July 3, the last thing he expected was to be arrested the instant he stepped foot
on solid ground. Duamni, who said he didn’t notice any warnings of the dangerous current, was swept into an air pocket underneath Joe’s Crab Shack that once held a turbine for a mill that now houses the restaurant. He jumped in the river a number of times before being pulled down by the undertow. According to commentary Newman published in the Austin American-Statesman on Friday, Duamni had been trapped beneath the building for more than 10 minutes. He believed that by that point,
hat (Newman) did was heroic “W because he could have lost his own life too.”
— Emily McKeever Interdisciplinary studies senior
Duamni had “more than likely drowned.” On Newman’s last attempt to rescue the drowning man, against police orders, he returned with Duamni, alive and well. The University Police Depart-
ment cited Newman as being “defiant” and “arrogant,” and charged him with a Class B misdemeanor for interfering with public duty and refusing a lawful order. The See FALLS, page 6
CONCHO COMMONS COMETH
Courtney Addison/Star photo Joe Farr, of Kyle, and his dog enjoy leaping into the river next to Joe’s Crab Shack. “I’ve dove in this area many times. I know where the bottom is,” Farr said.
Hays commissioners issue tax resolution after heated debate By Sean Wardwell News Reporter Sparks flew at Tuesday’s Hays County Commissioners Court meeting as commissioners debated whether or not to send a resolution to the Texas Legislature asking for property tax relief. County Judge Jim Powers and Commissioner Suzie Carter, 2nd Precinct, put forth a resolution stating, “The Hays County Commissioners Court does hereby support a united effort to provide Texans with property tax relief and calls upon the Texas Legislature to work together with the aim of arriving at this goal.” Commissioner Russ Molenaar, 4th Precinct, had a problem with the resolution, saying that there are more important things to worry about. “Why don’t we go to the Legislature and ask them to fix what’s broke,” Molenaar said, referring to school finance. “Why don’t we ask the state to fix what they broke?” A major point of contention was the issue of “appraisal creep,” in which the appraised value of a property goes up while the tax rate remains the same. Part of the resolution accused state legislators of hiding behind appraisal creep. “I don’t think legislators hide behind appraisal creep,” Molenaar said. “I heard a story from a state senator about a constituent who came in asking for better roads and better schools, and after he was done with this list, he then told the senator he didn’t want his taxes raised to do it.” “This is the way our govern-
Courtney Addison/Star photo ABOVE: A coming addition to the San Marcos area, Concho Commons will be a three-story office and shopping complex where Colloquium Books and Suzie’s Vegetarian Restaurant now stand on North LBJ Drive. BELOW: An artist’s rendering of the proposed complex.
his will be a mixeduse development combining highquality office space and retail and restaurant space.”
By Sean Wardwell News Reporter Texas State is about to get a new neighbor. Concho Commons, a planned threestory office building and shopping center, is scheduled for completion in September 2006. The new building will be constructed on the 400 block of North LBJ Drive, where Colloquium Books and a small strip mall are cur-
— Kimberley Edwards Assistant to the project developer
rently located. “This will be a mixed-use development combining high-quality office space and retail and restaurant space,” said Kimberley Edwards, assistant to
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Darren Casey, the developer of the project. The building is slated to have 42,000 square feet dedicated to retail shopping and restaurants with another 25,000 square feet for office space. Also included in the plans are outdoor patios and structured parking. “I think it will be a great thing. You can meet friends and study. We need something like that near campus,” said Taylor Spencer, political science senior. Joe Dukes, mass communication junior, had mixed feelings about the project. “It’s always good to bring new business to town,” Dukes said. “I think it’s
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By Jake Roussel News Reporter A San Marcos resident found 47-year-old Eddie Gene Cater dead, floating face down in the swimming pool of Palm Square Apartments at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Monday. Melissa Millecam, communications manager for the City of San Marcos, said a resident came across Cater’s body and quickly called the police. Millecam said the cause of death is unknown, and no one is sure how long Cater had been dead before being discovered. “So far, we have no clue as to
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ment works,” he said. “I don’t like paying taxes, but we need them.” Carter defended the resolution. “We need to start somewhere,” Carter said. “County spending has increased past the rate on inflation. All government has room for improvement. All government has waste to cut. How can people pay their taxes when their income is less than the tax?” “The resolution could use a little more work before it’s sent off,” said Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe, 1st Precinct. Ingalsbe then proposed that the line accusing legislators of hiding behind appraisal creep be removed from the resolution. Molenaar still had serious reservations. “Let’s bring something worthwhile to the Legislature rather than something that isn’t worthwhile,” he said. Powers attempted to keep the debate focused on the resolution. “The real problem in Texas is full disclosure on property,” Powers said. “There is a disconnect between how much property is appraised at versus it’s real value.” Commissioner Will Conley, 3rd Precinct, offered his opinion about some of the problems with public education in Texas. “Both parties have dropped the ball on truth in taxation. Education is broken in this state, but nobody has called the educational institutions on their efficiency,” Conley said. “It’s just ‘give me more money.’” “Something needs to be done
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what caused Cater to drown,” Millecam said. “We don’t know if it’s alcohol-related, if he had any sort of condition or anything like that at this point.” Millecam said police had determined that there were no signs of trauma to Cater’s body. “There were no traces of foul play whatsoever,” Millecam said. Millecam said an autopsy has been ordered to help the San Marcos Police Department in its investigation into the cause of Cater’s death. Cater was a resident of the apartment complex.
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July 13, 2005
city happenings The City of San Marcos Street Department will begin minor reconstruction of DeZavala Drive, adjacent to DeZavala Elementary School, this week. The project is expected to take four to six weeks to complete and should be finished before the start of school in August. Street Department crews are also currently working on Hillcrest Drive.
Minor reconstruction involves grinding the old asphalt, recycling it with base materials, reshaping the base and adding a new asphalt surface. Motorists are asked to drive carefully in the construction zone. For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (512) 393-8036. — Courtesy of the City of San Marcos
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Salt Lick to host benefit concert for Hospice
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When you spend nearly every day of your life on the road, it can be easy to forget what needs to be done back home. Country band Forty5 South, which has played nearly 130 shows during 2005, is putting its energy toward helping out the terminally ill. From 6 to 10 p.m. on July 21, Forty5 South will play at the Hats Off For Hospice fund-raising concert at The Salt Lick in Driftwood to help raise money for Central Texas Medical Center Hospice, which provides supportive, nurturing care to terminally ill patients and their families by addressing physical, spiritual, social and emotional needs. CTMC Hospice is dedicated to maintaining quality of life for each of its patients. Autographed hats by high-profile individuals will be auctioned, including hats signed by George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Kevin Fowler, Pat Green, Cory Morrow, Troy Aikman, Matthew McConaughey, Dennis Quaid and more. Ashley Bowers, lead vocalist of Forty5 South, is proud to be a part of the project. “So often in this fast-paced world, we forget about the ones whose days are numbered,” Bowers said. “It can be easy to overlook when we don’t come into contact with them on a daily basis. CTMC Hospice is doing awesome work by aiding families that are near losing a loved one. We want to do our part in making sure that these special individuals are taken care of.” Originally from Jackson, Tenn., Forty5 South takes its name from a road that runs through the middle of the town. The band was formed at a small sports bar off South Highway 45. Forty5 South’s latest effort is We’re Country So We Can. The 12-track project, produced by Bret Michaels of Poison, is certain to catch the ear of traditional country and Top-40 country fans alike. Keep up-to-date with Forty5 South at www.forty5south.com. Tickets cost $40 per ticket, $75 for two tickets and $250 for a reserved table for eight people. For tickets, contact Lisa Adams, community liaison at CTMC Hospice, at (512) 753-3584, or (800) 927-9004. Tickets include entertainment, all-you-can-eat barbecue and an opportunity to bid on the hats.
San Marcos police are seeking information from the public in the case of two former furniture company employees who are charged with stealing an estimated $100,000 in furniture, accessories and money from North Carolina Furniture Direct in San Marcos. Police are asking customers who purchased furniture in cash from the company in the last five years to help in accounting for missing merchandise, said Detective Sandra Tovar of the San Marcos Police Department. Tiffany Mulder, 33, former office manager, surrendered to police June 30, and Travis Pyterek, 36, former warehouse manager, was arrested July 6. Both are charged with theft under $100,000 and have been released on bond. Mulder’s bond was set at $4,000 and Pyterek’s at $5,000. The total losses exceeded $100,000, police said. Mulder had been employed by the company since 1999, serving as office manager most of that time. Pyterek was hired in October 1998 and was the manager of the warehouse. Police say the two employees carried out multiple thefts by stealing furniture and accessories from the store and warehouse. Other items were stolen through the misappropriation of payments by customers for purchases. In addition, receipts and records were altered or destroyed over the last several years. The business owner and San Marcos police are asking previous customers to help account for missing merchandise, Tovar said. Police and store management are interested in talking with customers who paid in cash or suspect fraud because their receipt did not reflect the correct purchase or price, Tovar said. “If they still have their receipts, they may be able to help the store complete its audit and assessment of losses,” she said. For more information, contact Commander Bill Glasgow, San Marcos Criminal Investigation Division, at (512) 753-2300, Sgt. Byron Mobley at (512) 754-2207 or Detective Sandra Tovar at (512) 753-2369.
— Courtesy of CTMC Hospice
— Courtesy of the City of San Marcos
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CRIME BL TTER July 10, 8:26 p.m. Information Report: Medical Emergency/ Spring Lake Dam — A juvenile’s mother reported to a police officer that the juvenile, a nonstudent, was jumping near the dam and was caught in the current. EMS was on scene and advised that the juvenile did not sustain life-threatening injuries. A report was made of the incident. July 8, 7:48 p.m. Information Report/Stevenson Avenue — A student reported that another student sent her a disturbing text message. A report was made of the incident. July 9, 2005, 4:26 p.m. Criminal Trespass Warning/Sewell Park — A police officer made contact with a nonstudent who had been issued criminal trespass warnings. The nonstudent was issued a criminal trespass warning. Crime stoppers: UPD 245-7867 SMPD 353-TIPS
WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES In the June 29 issue of The Star, the score of the AND1 Mix Tape Tour game in San Antonio was reported incorrectly. The Mix Tape All-Stars defeated Team SA 109-90.
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City to clean vegetation mats from San Marcos River By Sean Wardwell News Reporter The San Marcos City Council approved $10,000 to hire an environmental firm to clear vegetation mats from the banks of the San Marcos River. According to a city document distributed during the July 5 meeting, the vegetation mats pose a sanitation and public health problem. “Along with the usual and mundane trash that floats in the river, the mats become a depository for biohazardous waste as well,” the document stated. The mats occur when aquatic plants fragment and travel downstream, picking up other floating vegetation and debris along the way. “In the process of mat removal, divers have reported syringes, fish hooks, animal feces, dead animals and other unsanitary waste,” the document stated. “The mats themselves, through natural decomposition, become ripe with bacteria and are generally malodorous.” The firm will clear vegetation mats from the river three times a week for a three-month period. “I’m in favor of removing the mats,” said Mark Carter, geography undergraduate adviser. “They get in the way of my swimming.” Council member Ed Mihalkanin expressed concern about parts of the river that are managed by Texas State.
The San Marcos City Council recently approved $10,000 to clear vegetation mats, which are considered a sanitation and public health problem, from the banks of the San Marcos River.
he university needs to deal with the runoff from Sessom Creek, or the river will be turned into wetlands.”
— Ed Mihalkanin City Council member
“The university needs to deal with the runoff from Sessom Creek, or the river will be turned into wetlands,” Mihalkanin said. “The university is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to do something about that,” said City Manager Dan O’Leary. The cleanup will not affect Sewell Park because the university, not the city, administers that part of the river. Sewell Park is also home to an endangered species of Texas wild rice. The vegetation mats pose a hazard to this rare species. Federal regulations do not permit the mats to be removed from the river. Instead, divers will wear protective gear and pull the mats apart into smaller pieces, which will then be allowed to float downstream. The clearing work will be done in the areas between City Park and Rio Vista Dam. The council voted to bill
Courtney Addison/Star photo Union Pacific Railroad $8,697 for expenses incurred during a train derailment that occurred on Feb. 11. The money will go to replace equipment used during the cleanup. At the time of the derailment, emergency personnel were concerned about hazardous materials that could have leaked from some of the tanker cars. The council also considered
purchasing two Ford Crown Victorias for the new Code Enforcement Office to use and discussed the makeup of that division. “One of the code enforcement officers will be a licensed police officer,” O’Leary said. The Code Enforcement Office was created in June to monitor and enforce city codes and zoning laws.
Investigators rule death of Texas State student on I-35 South a suicide By Rob Silva News Reporter
“I knew him pretty well, and he knew just about everyone in the dorm,” said Veronica The Kyle Police Department Alvarez, theatre sophomore concluded its inand Blanco Hall resivestigation into the dent. “He was a really death of Texas State nice guy and was alsophomore Branways trying to make don Dudley, ruling people laugh.” the death a suicide. Augustine AgDudley was hit by wuele, an anthropolan 18-wheeler on ogy professor whose southbound Interclass Dudley had state 35 on June 5. attended during the “The toxicology spring semester, said report showed that Brandon Dudley Dudley was facing there were no drugs difficulty academior alcohol in his cally. system,” said Beth Smith, Hays “He was missing a lot of County Justice of the Peace, class, and I presumed he had 2nd Precinct. problems,” Agwuele said. Smith said the police report He said he received an eincluded a number of eyewit- mail from Dudley in March nesses reporting that Dudley expressing concern about his jumped in front of the vehicle, performance in the class. and interviews with family “He was conscious of his members indicated that Dud- academics and asked me if he ley had been unhappy. could pass the class once he However, Smith said a search made up the test he missed,” of Dudley’s Austin apartment Agwuele said. by investigators yielded little Agwuele said that when evidence indicating that his Dudley spoke to him in his suicide was premeditated. office, he was a “very engaging The 20-year-old finance person.” student was a well-known “I know he will be greatly resident at Blanco Hall. missed,” Alvarez said.
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about education,” he said. “The Legislature needs to show a little courage on this issue. The education lobby is far too powerful in this state.” The court passed the resolution with only Molenaar voting no. In other business, the court agreed to contract the Austin law firm Shaunessy & Burnett to handle Texas Public Information Act requests from Charles
O’Dell and his organization the Hays Community Action Network. O’Dell has filed 10 public information requests since 2004. “Most cities and counties contract with private attorneys to handle requests like this,” said Michael Shaunessy, the attorney who is handling the case. “These requests potentially violate the privacy rights of third parties, and they raise a variety of issues,” he said.
“There have been a number of times where we’ve had to go to the state attorney general’s office for a ruling on what could and could not be released.” “Regardless of whatever Mr. O’Dell thinks, we have one of the best open governments in Texas,” Molenaar said. “The truth is Mr. O’Dell could walk to the county clerk’s office and get whatever he’s asking for,” said Brad Bailey, executive assistant to Powers. “He would have to pay for all that,
though. Personally, I think that he’s just using these open-record request efforts to harass our staff and avoid paying the fee he would at the clerk’s office.” O’Dell expressed dissatisfaction with the county. “I don’t understand why they don’t have knowledge of one of the most basic of state laws,” he said, referring to the county contracting with an outside attorney. “I can tell you that a number of ex-
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not a bad idea, but I’m concerned about traffic congestion. A lot of student and trucks use that area to get around.” He said it would also be beneficial to the university. “More money coming to town means more money coming to the school,” Dukes said. “It would mean less money coming out of the students’ pockets.” Other students were not as receptive to the idea. “For the most part I’m indifferent, but that strip center was kind of cool,” said Jonathan Jones, mass communication junior. A business owner in the strip center, Suzie Mullen, was less than enthusiastic about the new development. “I’ll probably go out of business in September,” said Mullen, owner of Suzie’s Vegetarian Restaurant. “It wasn’t a surprise.” Mullen said she would have to close in September regardless of when the complex will open due to the time it takes to get new permits from the city. “I love what I do, and the town doesn’t have another good vegetarian/vegan place,” Mullen said. “All of our tenants are on month-to-month leases. The lease agreement requires us to give them a 60-day notice to vacate,” Edwards said. “When we know for sure when the building will be torn down, we will certainly comply with that.”
Local businesses are already expressing interest in the new building. “We are trying to negotiate a lease,” said Chris Secrest, general manager of Colloquium Bookstores. “We are very interested.” Nancy Nusbaum, Texas State vice president for finance and support services, said the university had initially expressed interest in acquiring the property on which Concho Commons will be built. “The university was interested in buying it, but the owner didn’t want to sell to us. He viewed it as an investment for his family,” Nusbaum said. “We have been in contact with the developer and the architect regarding landscaping so it will blend with and complement our efforts with the Campus Master Plan,” Nusbaum said. “If the project falls through, though, we are still interested in acquiring the property.” Texas State’s 2006-2015 Campus Master Plan includes several cosmetic changes designed to enhance and distinguish the appearance of the university. Despite having to close her restaurant, Mullen said she would remember the good times. “We had fun here,” Mullen said. “We had singouts for peace and drum circles; I’m going to miss that. I want to get back to this soon. Not a lot of people get a shot at their dreams.”
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Shuttle will lift off with damage-detection tools, focus on safety An armed NASA security helicopter flies near the Space Shuttle Discovery at Launch Complex 39B on Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla.
By Jeremy Manier Chicago Tribune CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After 2 1/2 years of planning and healing at NASA, the shuttle Discovery is scheduled to lift off today with a new arsenal of tools designed to detect the kind of external damage that doomed the last flight of the shuttle Columbia. The space agency also hopes the mission will help mend deeper wounds left when Columbia disintegrated in the skies over Texas as it returned to earth, killing its seven-member crew. Workers got a scare on the pad late Tuesday when a temporary protective cover for one of the shuttle windows fell and damaged two heat-resistant tiles, but officials said the section was easily replaced and the mishap should not delay the launch. NASA chief administrator Michael Griffin said Tuesday that the remaining problems had been fixed, and the shuttle was “go” for launch. “We have come through a very difficult period at NASA,” Griffin said. “We’re back online and ready to go.” One lingering concern was the weather. In addition to an increased chance of thunderstorms, officials said unusual weather balloon readings from the upper atmosphere could delay the launch, planned for 3:51 p.m. Although most shuttle mis-
Red Huber/ Orlando Sentinel sions garner scant attention, this pivotal launch has drawn more than 2,600 media representatives from around the world, with thousands more tourists camping near the swampy confines of the Kennedy Space Center. The crew will expand, resupply and repair the space station, which, under a new plan, could serve as an emergency refuge for the shuttle crew if the vehicle were unable to return to Earth. Many of the changes for this mission stemmed from 15 specific recommendations the Columbia accident board issued in 2003. NASA has been unable to comply with three of those goals, including one that called
for reliable techniques to repair damage while in orbit; the “googuns” are still experimental. Still, agency officials said the improvements made thus far are enough to make the mission safe. One major change is an unprecedented ability to take images of the shuttle as it ascends to orbit. Although NASA took film of Columbia during its launch, one camera was out of focus and the others were unable to record precisely where a chunk of foam from the external fuel tank struck the orbiter. Later analysis found that the foam struck the leading edge of Columbia’s left wing, leaving a hole that allowed superhot gases
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Born and raised in San Marcos, Austin Reeves dives into the river by Joe’s Crab Shack. Reeves said he has been swimming at the falls since he was 7 and expressed no concern about the dangerous undertow, which has caused six near-drowning rescues since the death of a Texas State student in late April. “People who get hurt don’t have any business being here,” Reeves said.
charge could have cost Newman up to 180 days in jail and an additional $2,000 fine. “The situation sounds like it wasn’t handled correctly,” said Sean Raybuck, philosophy junior. “No matter who does it — it shouldn’t matter who the rescuer is when a life is at stake. It sounds like it was just a power conflict between the rescuer and UPD.” On Friday, Texas State President Denise Trauth and San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz released a joint statement officially announcing that the charges against Newman were being dropped after the story was picked up by national news agencies. According to the statement and the police report of the events that resulted in Newman’s arrest, UPD ordered Newman to leave the water following Duamni’s rescue, and because he did not leave the water immediately, he was subsequently arrested. Newman claims to have been just catching his breath. Trauth and Narvaiz’s statement reads, “However, Mr. Newman did perform a heroic act, and we believe the proper course of action is to drop the charges.” “I feel that anytime you see someone in need of help, your first instinct is to help them,” said Emily McKeever, interdisciplinary studies senior. “What (Newman) did was heroic because he could have lost his own life too. I feel the charges were dropped because there was no reason to bring them against him. After all that occurred, a life was saved, therefore we should all be happy that we have people who are willing to risk their own lives for people they don’t even know, and that includes UPD.” Trauth and Narvaiz emphasized that the waters at Spring Lake Dam can be dangerous. Since the death of student Jason Lee Bonnin in April, there have been six emergency rescues. Since Newman’s arrest, several signs warning of impending danger have been posted around the area. “I’m glad we’re putting this sign up,” said Fidel
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Vasquez, a university facilities maintenance worker who was posting a temporary stand-up sign in the ground near the riverbank close to the restaurant on Monday. “I know this is a fun spot to swim at, but it’s dangerous. These signs should have been put up earlier.” Permanent signs are expected to be posted in the near future. Also cited in the joint statement is the creation of a “university-community committee to explore steps … to make this swimming area safer for the public.” “I think that area should be illegal,” said Kimberly Pilcher, accounting sophomore. “I don’t understand why people want to jump right there — it looks too scary. However, people are going to do what they want, and fences aren’t going to stop anyone from swimming there. Maybe UPD should just patrol more in that area. Hopefully, the new committee will think of something proactive.” Because the arrest made international news, some students are concerned that those who hear of it will have a tarnished image of the university. “It’s an inaccurate representation of our school and what our values are,” said Sarah Bloomquist, elementary education junior. “UPD’s actions do not reflect the student body sentiment as a whole.” Many students are glad that the charges have been dropped, viewing Newman’s actions as ones to be rewarded and not punished. “If I thought there were any chance that I could save someone’s life, I would do it in a heartbeat,” said Andrea Mitchell, interior design junior. “Someone shouldn’t be reprimanded for doing what’s right, whether or not high officials were involved.” Newman had a hand in bringing down fences surrounding Spring Lake Dam in 2001. Austin Reeves, San Marcos native, said he has been swimming in the San Marcos River since he was 7. “If you’re from San Marcos and you swim here, it’s not hard to have a good time without getting hurt,” Reeves said.
British police identify four suspects in London bombings; all may have died By Matthew Schofield Knight Ridder Newspapers LONDON — Four men from central England probably planted the bombs that rocked London’s transit system last week, and all may have died in the explosions, British police said Tuesday. Police didn’t provide the names of the suspects, but a series of police raids in the West Yorkshire area near the city of Leeds raised the prospect that at least three of the bombers were longtime British residents and members of that region’s large Muslim population. Investigators have acknowledged privately that at least three of the bombers were British-born men of Pakistani origin, ages 19, 22 and 30, according to British media reports. Police are trying to determine whether the four received help
in planning the bombings from people outside Britain. “We are trying to establish their movements in the run-up to last week’s attacks, and, specifically, to establish if they all died in the explosions,” said Peter Clarke, the deputy assistant commissioner for anti-terror for London’s Metropolitan Police. The four men were caught by closed-circuit cameras together at London’s King’s Cross station about 20 minutes before the first explosions struck three subway trains nearly simultaneously at 8:50 a.m. Items belonging to two of the men have been recovered from debris near the Aldgate and Edgware Road stations, Clarke said. Another of the men was reported missing by his family Thursday night, 12 hours after the bombs had gone off. British media reported that he told his family he was heading to London
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to visit friends. He is believed to be the bus bomber. Police believe he was aboard the double-decker bus when a bomb blew it apart, killing 13, including the presumed bomber, Clarke said. “Personal documents” belonging to the man were found at the bus explosion, Clarke said. A fifth man believed to be involved in the attacks was arrested Tuesday during the West Yorkshire raids, and more arrests are expected. The police announcement that they had identified the bombers was a stunning development five days after explosions rocked London, killing at least 52 people and wounding 700. Police had been largely silent about the investigation, leading to concerns that the bombers had escaped and might be planning more attacks. Clarke declined to say who else might have been involved in the attacks. But terrorism experts not involved in the investigation said it seemed clear that the four men had help. One expert, Magnus Ranstorp, the director of the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, in Edinburgh, Scotland, noted that police believe the bombs
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Humphrey Nemar/ Express Syndication were made of military-grade explosives. “Military explosives are not that easy to get a hold of in Britain,” he said. Clarke said rescue workers found documents of the missing man aboard the bus, where survivors had described a young, olive-skinned man acting very nervously and fiddling with a package just prior to the explosion. Police later determined that the man had traveled by train from Leeds on Thursday morning and was joined by the other three during the trip. Police didn’t say if all the men
rode from Leeds, but Tuesday afternoon they found a car that they said was connected to the attacks in the parking lot of the rail station at Luton, which is between Leeds and London. Promotional materials describe Leeds as an affluent, lively metropolis of 700,000, halfway between London and Edinburgh. But in recent years, the area has become known for the growth of radical Islam. The Jerusalem Post reported in 2003 that radical Muslims in Leeds were recruiting university students and harassing Jews. Others said that the group al-Muhajiroun, whose members
in the past have praised the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists, were recruiting near Leeds. Still other media reports have talked about the growth of Taliban support in West Yorkshire and how groups of masked young men have burned cars and attacked motorists. Police, however, were quick to discourage assigning blame to the area’s Muslim population. “The work last Thursday is that of extremists and criminals,” Assistant Police Commissioner Andy Hayman said. “So, that being the case, no one should smear or stigmatize any community with these acts.”
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THE MAIN POINT
Safety measures at falls shouldn’t take national coverage
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We know that the Texas State administration has wanted the university to gain national and international recognition, but it’s unlikely our recent publicity is what the powers that be were seeking. You’ve probably heard the story already, but we’ll refresh your memories. On July 3, San Marcos resident Dave Newman saved Houston resident Abed Duamni from drowning at Spring Lake Dam below the waterfall at Joe’s Crab Shack on the San Marcos River. After Duamni was safely out of the water, the University Police Department arrested Newman for “interfering with public duties.” Newman spent the evening in jail and paid $2,000 in bail for a Class B misdemeanor charge that could have landed him up to 180 days in jail and a steep $2,000 fine. Police said Newman disobeyed their orders to get out of the river even after Duamni was standing and talking with people on the riverbank. On July 5, the story appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, and it was later covered by the Associated Press. Following that, the major television networks, as well as Fark.com — a Web site that archives unusual, funny and what some deem stupid news — dedicated the story as the news of the day. After much public outcry, the university dropped the charges against Newman, although a formal apology was not issued. President Denise Trauth and San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz labeled Newman’s actions “heroic” but also mentioned six emergency water rescues that have taken place at the site since the late April death of Texas State senior Jason Lee Bonnin. One phrase used in their joint statement that sticks in mind was “the importance of heeding the many warning signs in the area …” Prior to the Newman incident, a number of the signs referred to were either blocked by foliage or nonexistent. The ones that were in place could not necessarily be seen from all the angles a diver might consider when taking the plunge into the dangerous currents. After six rescues and Bonnin’s deadly leap into the falls, why were signs in the area not made more visible or more signs installed? Why did it take a national uproar for the university to add the sign pictured in photograph below? Although this sign was posted Monday afternoon, and a wall along Joe’s Crab Shack was cleared of foliage to reveal two other signs last week, it seems strange that the university did not take these steps in April after the area proved fatal for one of our own graduating seniors. Trauth and Narvaiz also announced a long-overdue joint committee to investigate ways to make the area safer for swimmers. This investigation should be a high priority for the university, as any future injuries or deaths at the falls could open Texas State to legal action. We applaud city and university leaders both for dropping the charges against Newman and for exploring options to make the area safer. However, it should not have taken a headline-grabbing event to spark these actions.
G8 produces mixed results After President Bush’s African nations bike collision, French by 2010 and Prime Minister Jacques an agreement Chirac’s complaint to train 20,000 about English food and peacekeepers in British Prime Minister Africa. Tony Blair’s urgent deWhat the G8 parture to London, the meeting failed BHARATI NAIK G8 summit finally got to achieve is Guest Columnist underway. any concrete If you are a believer solution to trade in signs, then surely you will barriers and pollution control, have linked the vividness of although the leaders claimed the terrorist attack in London progress had been made in to the G8 meeting. Huge muboth of these areas since the sic concerts in each of the G8 last summit. nations focused attention on Climate change has been Gleneagles in Scotland — the the biggest area of disagreevenue for this year’s big meetment among the nations. More ing, which took place against precisely, it’s an area where the a backdrop of protesters from United States stands isolated around the world. from the rest of the members. The Group of Eight comThe Bush administration prises eight of the world’s rich- alone among the G8 nations est nations: the United States, has refused to approve the Canada, Great Britain, France, Kyoto Protocol, which sets Germany, Italy, Russia and Jaspecific guidelines for curbing pan. This year’s summit started greenhouse gas emissions. Deon July 6 with an agenda that spite the United States’ status as concentrated on Africa and one of the world’s biggest polclimate change. luters, Bush has said the Kyoto As the summit closed on Fri- agreement would wreck the day, several propositions were U.S. economy. Unfortunately, put forward. It was announced U.S. pollution is a global — not that 18 poor nations would just American — concern. Unreceive full debt cancellation less the United States immeamounting to nearly $40 bildiately takes concrete steps to lion. Also announced were a work with the other nations in $50 package for Africa, $3 bilreducing pollution, it will likely lion in aid to Palestine, univerbe too late to achieve a cleaner sal access to anti-HIV drugs for and better world. The United
States also sets a bad example for developing countries with huge economies like India and China that are among the major polluters. The G8 members should have called for a tougher stance against the United States on its environmental gimmicks. Trade barriers have been another area where there was no significant development. A reform in trade policies would have given the African nations a chance to build their own economic infrastructures rather than continue to rely on foreign aid year after year. There has been a call to the developed nations to introduce fair-trade policies that will allow goods from African nations to compete with the Western market. Foreign aid to African nations will do little good if it can only be used to purchase goods from the developed countries at high prices. This vicious circle ensures that African nations remain perpetually dependent on huge capitalistic economies. It also ensures that members of G8 nations have a captive market to help bolster their own economies. What the G8 Summit lacked was a sense of urgency — the sense of urgency that led the United States on a campaign to fight terrorism. Bush balked at Blair’s request that G8
members pledge to raise their foreign aid to 0.7 percent of their national income, and the United States continues to offer the smallest percentage of any of the G8 nations. Even while Bush announces his plans to spend more on tax cuts for the rich and the battle against insurgents in Iraq, he refuses increased and immediate succor to the hungry and dying. Now that the G8 nations have announced their plans to tackle poverty head-on, the next step should be to draw out a specific plan to make sure the aid reaches the right people and places so that corrupt governments and officials do not have a chance to squander it. If the poor African nations are to stand on their own feet, fraudulent governments need to be kept in check. Overall, the G8 Summit at Gleneagles fared much better than previous summits. Several key meetings are planned later this year when G8 promises will be put to the test and evaluated. It remains to be seen whether this year’s summit was just another well-rehearsed barrage of words or a sincere effort. Will the world’s richest nations deliver on their promises, and how soon? Naik is a mass communication graduate student.
Thus far this summer: A recap from the right
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Having fun this trying to distract summer? Apparently America from the not if you are taking real issues by maksummer classes. If ing a big deal out you are too busy to of that comment.” watch the news beQuit feeling sorry cause of studying or for the terrorist BRETT BOUSMAN toobin’, here are the prisoners and SadStar Columnist things that are hitting dam Hussein in the fan these days: his underwear, and Democrats, along with begin to hate them more than Jimmy Carter, pleaded with you do President Bush. President Bush to close down Speaking of feet in the Guantanamo Bay prison bemouth, Howard Dean called cause of the “cruelty” going on the Republican Party a white, there. (Bipartisan investigations Christian party. First of all, I proved otherwise.) The Dems’ attended the Texas Republican solution? Open up a prison Convention last year, and all on U.S. soil. That’s it! Let’s just races were present at the event. have terrorists closer to home. Second, not all Republicans are Do you ever wonder, Jimmy, Christians. Non-Christian Rewhy you were a one-term presi- publicans just acknowledge the dent? foundation of this country and Sen. Richard Derbin comdon’t feel threatened by it. pared the prison to gulags and Gov. Rick Perry signed a concentration camps. When the parental-consent abortion bill GOP demanded an apology, he into law. It makes sense; if a said he was misunderstood and parent must give written perthat the GOP was trying to dis- mission for a school nurse to tract America from real issues give his or her kids an aspirin, by focusing on that statement. surely the same should go for a Carl Rove made a comment major surgical procedure. Perry that “Liberals saw the savagery signed the bill inside a church, of the 9/11 attacks and wanted which annoyed many liberto prepare indictments and als and the whole “separation offer therapy and understandof church and state” crowd. ing for our attackers.” Liberals Funny, these same people had asked for Rove’s resignation. no problem with John Kerry This would be a perfect time and Bill Clinton campaignfor Rove to say, “Democrats are ing in churches. They have no
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problem with Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton spouting off their political agendas behind the pulpit. President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair promised to send more money to help impoverished Africa. Guess what? A lot of that money will go into the pockets of Third World dictators and never reach the people, as in the past. Even if it didn’t, Africa will still be a Third World continent. And here the United States is giving out even more money while other developed countries give nothing and continue to criticize the United States. The House of Representatives wants to cut funding to the United Nations until it allows the United States to investigate the corruption that takes place there. President Bush, Secretary of State Condaleezza Rice and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich oppose the plan. Seeing that John Bolton was blocked umpteen times as U.N. ambassador and that 25 percent of the United Nations’ dues come from the United States, the Bush administration is showing as much spine on the United Nations as it is on illegal immigration. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was grilled in a hear-
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ing by drunken dinosaur Ted Kennedy and former Klansman Robert Byrd about the “quagmire” in Iraq. Byrd told Rumsfeld to “get off your high horse.” To which Rumsfeld should have replied, “Go home and reminisce about old times with David Duke.” “In baseball, it’s three strikes, you’re out,” Kennedy said to Rumsfeld, “What is it for the secretary of defense? Isn’t it time for you to resign?” To which Rumsfeld should have replied, “Didn’t you think it was time for you to resign in 1980 when you drove your car off a bridge into the Chappaquiddick River?” Billy Graham spoke his last message in the United States. Graham, like Pope John Paul II, will be missed, but Christians need to know that God is still in control, even when good people are gone. Great Britain received a terrorist attack of its own in London. Keep doing the right thing, and continue with America in the fight against terrorism. Just protect your borders better than we do. Well that’s the news, and as for me, “School’s out for summer.” Bousman is a history and mass communication senior.
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Traversing indefinite boundaries Texas State senior tests outer limits of artistic expression By Ebony Porter Entertainment Writer
They’re all valid, and they can enhance one another.” Gonzalez began his studies at Texas State in the communication design program and soon switched to pursue a degree in sculpture. His decision to change from a design program that emphasizes commercial art to a program that encourages the use of multimedia led Gonzalez to explore a variety of artistic practices. Working beneath a sculptural umbrella has allowed Gonzalez “to explore other realms of communication, like the perfor-
mance piece or the video piece that I want to do,” he said. “I’m more passionate about expressing my ideas that aren’t solely about commercial drive. “But the design department is really good at Texas State. They teach you how to condense your ideas down to the most potent form — to the core of the idea. I try to work in that way with my art. It’s really condensed, and less is more.” The performance piece is Gonzalez’s recent project, titled “Life Stories.” Working in conjunction with the nonprofit
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The German painter Gerhard Richter, describing his style of painting, which navigates between abstraction and photographic realism, once said, “I pursue no objectives, no system, no tendency. I have no program, no style, no direction. I like the indefinite, the boundless; I like continual uncertainty.” Though Brandon Gonzalez certainly has style and direction, this studio art senior, who graduates from Texas State in August, shares in Richter’s idea of the indefinite. From his recent community work with an Austinbased nonprofit organization to his endeavors in painting, video and sculpture, Gonzalez drifts across boundaries, unearthing an artistic freedom through constant changes in his use of material and approaches. In Gonzalez’s living room, photographs are spewed across the table, simple yet beautiful paintings hang on the wall, and books by Voltaire, Nietzsche and the aforementioned Richter are spread across a nearby coffee table. Gonzalez speaks enthusiastically of his artistic endeavors, including a new video idea of his, recent personal and collaborative sculptural work and a sketch, designed on a computer, that he’ll soon paint onto a canvas. “That’s one of my strengths,” he said of his wide range of media. “I like to paint, I like to make sculpture, I like to design, and they all serve different purposes. I don’t see one as being more important than the other.
organization American Youthworks, Gonzalez and one of the group’s grant writers, Paul Bond, recently received funding to create a civic work of art that is “not just for the self.” The project works with at-risk high school students, and the premise of Gonzalez’s concept is for each participant to write his or her life story in permanent marker across a pair of white pants and a white shirt. The project aims at encouraging students to get involved in writing and, at the same time, participate in a public performance. “It’s very cathartic to go through your life story and write it out. I think it was good for those kids to go through the process,” Gonzalez said. “We had a performance day where we were getting donations from lo-
cal food vendors, where we could take them out to eat and drink coffee. Basically we got them out into the public to interact with the public while wearing their stories.” The performers even strolled along Congress Avenue and took their stories into Austin’s Arthouse and the Austin Museum of Art. “The public took it really well, and we’ve gotten a lot of positive reactions,” Gonzalez said. “It’s one of those concepts where it has the ability to grow on its own,” he said. “This is my first experience with something like that — having an idea take off and seeing it grow before your eyes. You know where it came from, but it’s connected with so many other people that it goes beyond you and yourself.” During the spring semester,
FAR LEFT: Studio art senior Brandon Gonzalez wears his performance art, titled “Life Stories,” along with at-risk high school students as part of a community outreach art event. LEFT: Gonzalez, along with fellow art students Joseph Cohen, Elizabeth Rubino and Kevin Erbin, created a collaborative work out of plaster and a steel armature, titled “Sphere,” which Gonzalez says embodies the theme of unity. It is the first sculpture to be displayed in front of the Joann Cole Mitte Building.
Gonzalez and three peers from the art and design department came together to explore the dynamics involved when four artists decide to create as a collaborative unit. “This was a collaborative piece between Kevin Erben, Joseph Cohen, Elizabeth Rubino and myself,” he said while admiring an image of their massive work in progress. “We basically just wanted to get together and create work together,” Gonzalez said. “The idea we came up with ended up being symbolic of the collaboration itself. This sphere represented unity, a striving for that unity, in the way that the sphere is this perfect form.” The sculpture, aptly named “Sphere,” is installed outside the See EXPRESSION, page 10
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The nudist life: EXPOSED
For all my 21 years dipping. In an effort to of existence, I have save skinny-dipping at done whatever I Cape Cod, the Free the could to make sure Free Beach Committee no one sees me nawas founded, as well ked. To be honest, as the Free Beaches I’m skinny, frail and Documentation Cenoverall an unpleaster and, eventually, the ant sight when unKYLE BRADSHAW Naturist Society. In clothed. So it’s odd further effort to save Entertainment for me to think of skinny-dipping, NaWriter taking part in everytional Nude Weekend day routines wearing, at most, was created in 1976. Over the a pair of tennis shoes. My cuyears, that annual weekend has riosities and fears about a lifeevolved into seven days of nude style known as naturism were recreation from July 4 to 10. brought forth recently durAll over the country, naturing Nude Recreation Week, a ists spent last week taking part seven-day period created by the in all kinds of outdoor activiNaturist Society and dedicated ties wearing only smiles. In the to doing relatively common Pacific Northwest, there was recreational activities without a four-day festival of music, the usual uniforms. hiking, dancing and “sports Also known as nudists, naof sorts.” For the Sun Coast turists are people who regularly Naturists in Florida, there was take part in nude recreational the July 4 Freedom Swim and a or social activities, which often cruise down the Venice Beach take place in groups and range shore. For the Hill Country from skydiving to house parNudists, there was an amateur ties. Most of these events are radio broadcast directly from put together by large organizaStar Ranch, a nude resort in tions like the Naturist Society McDade — all of this done in or smaller, local organizations an effort to promote an alllike the Hill Country Nudists natural lifestyle. based in Austin. Many states, While researching this lifeincluding Texas, have laws style, I found myself constantly against public nudity, so these wondering one simple quesactivities usually take place at tion: Why? Why is it necesnude beaches or private resorts. sary to play volleyball without Although it did not become clothes on? Or water ski? Or an official organization until play the guitar? Or have a back1980, the idea for the Naturist yard barbecue? All in the buff. Society came to Lee BaxanThese are all fairly common dall, a writer from New York, events for most of us. Why is in the 1960s when he took his there now an insistence on dofamily to Cape Cod for a vacaing these things naked? Why tion. During the vacation, the not wear clothes like everyone Baxandalls went skinny-dipelse? ping, made friends with other In an interview with Bob skinny-dippers and developed Morton, executive director of a deep affection for nude recthe Naturist Action Committee reation and Cape Cod. In 1974, (the volunteer political adjunct Baxandall became a free-beach to the Naturist Society), I asked activist when the Cape Cod Na- about the benefits of being a tional Seashore banned skinny- naturist.
hen people ask ‘why nude,’ I counter with ‘why not?’ Give me one good reason to wear a soggy pair of shorts when you swim.”
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“You learn that things like personal dignity have nothing to do with the outer shell of clothing you’ve put on,” Morton said. “An appreciation for concepts like personal freedom comes as part of (naturism).” As for having an entire week dedicated to naturism, Morton said it’s just as much a celebration as it is an advertisement. “All sorts of groups enjoy celebrating their existence, and naturists are certainly no different,” Morton said. But for those skeptical about taking part in naturism, Nude Recreation Week is more of a simple invitation. “For those who have considered it but have never followed through, it’s an excuse to try it,” Morton said. When asked about public misconceptions, Steve Bosbach, president of the Hill Country Nudists, said naturism is about acceptance and “feeling like a kid again.” “Adults are often uncomfortable with the idea of social nudity because we are taught to be uncomfortable with ourselves,” Bosbach said. “Social naturism allows this discomfort to dissolve and replaces it with a greater self-confidence and feeling of self-worth.” “When people ask ‘why nude,’ I counter with ‘why not?’” Bosbach said. “Give me one good reason to wear a soggy pair of shorts when you swim.” There are good reasons, like
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Metal fans have sibly heavy riffing keeps been teased for a the track from sounding while with the possiderivative. bility of a new studio “The Spell” is probalbum from the origiably the most classically nal Black Sabbath. It “metal” song on the would be their first album. Going along in a quarter-century. with the epic chorus In the continuing ab- music and the slightly mystical sence of this messian- review metaphor in the lyrics is ic event, the new solo bed of organ grinding ✯✯✯✯ aunder album from Sabbath Tony deep, repetitive Iommi guitarist Tony Iommi Fused riffing from Iommi definitely satisfies. that certainly sounds Sanctuary, 2005 This time Iommi medieval. recruits Glenn The album ends Hughes, formerly perfectly with the of Deep Purple, to handle vo- nine-minute-13-second “I Go cal and bass duties. Drummer Insane.” The song has a melodic Kenny Aronoff, who enter- intro featuring a Santana-like tained a short stint with the guitar solo. The vocals are what Smashing Pumpkins, appears Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson as well, along with producer might sound like if he took Bob Marlette, who also plays some singing lessons. An exkeyboard. It’s clear that Iommi, tended instrumental passage with his genre-launching guitar follows, which turns and bends sound, hasn’t weathered a bit. from thumping bass and spirEvery riff sounds like it was ited drums to heavy guitar riffconjured from the netherworld, ing augmented by eerie organ. just like in the music from Black The song then ends satisfyingly Sabbath’s prime in the ’70s. full-circle with a reprise of the The lumbering beast that is intro. “Resolution Song” has an apWith it’s gutbucket riffing pealing grunge-like soft/loud/ and face-melting solos, comsoft dynamic. Hughes’ scream- bined with versatile singing and ing in the chorus is even remi- powerful percussion, Fused is niscent of Chris Cornell’s from heavy metal at its finest. This his Soundgarden days. album is more cohesive than Much of Hughes’ vocals on Iommi’s previous, self-titled “Grace” are slightly echoed, solo release, because one stellar reedier and softer than on most band plays all the songs on the of the album, reminding the album instead of multiple guest listener of Linkin Park. The stars. With music like this, there echoed instrumental back- is almost no need for a new ground texture and modern- Black Sabbath album. Almost. sounding chorus hooks do as well. However, Iommi’s impos— Stephen Lloyd
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Flashy Spielberg adaptation is Worlds away from Wells’ classic Steven S p i e l b e r g ’s film u p d a t e d review version of H.G. Wells’ War of✯✯ the Worlds 1898 novel Dir.: Steven is a loud, Spielberg eye-popping Stars: Tom ride, but it’s Cruise, Dakota also disap- Fanning p o i n t i n g l y Rated PG-13 dull. For the revitalized War of the Worlds, 19th-century England is replaced with modern-day New Jersey. The book’s curious hero is now a deadbeat dad who can’t feed his own children, or just doesn’t care to. The aliens are bloodthirsty terrorists in a post-9/11 world oversaturated with media and politics. In other words, Spielberg takes all the intriguing elements of Wells’ wonderful sci-fi tale and twists them into a giant, lifeless mess. Wells’ novel was centered on the phenomena of the UFOs, and unfortunately for Spielberg, flying pie plates no longer strike fear into the hearts of audiences. To make up for this, he turns War into a stylized rehashing of just about every alien-invasion flick that has come before it. There are moments when it works, but mostly it packs too much bang for its multitude of bucks. Despite his chiseled, Hollywood appearance, Cruise plays Ray Ferrier, a lowly dockworker in Jersey. And in typical Spielberg fashion, Ray is a divorced father of two kids — rebellious teenager Robbie (Justin Chatwin) and brainy 10-year-old Rachel (Fanning) — who he keeps at a distance. He doesn’t
Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning flee alien invasion in Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds. understand a word Rachel says because she just might be smarter than him, and he can’t play catch with Robbie without getting into an argument or throwing the ball through a window. Ray’s problems worsen when an afternoon lightning storm turns into an all-out attack by otherworldly machines, each of which pops out of the ground on three slinky legs and sports Pink Floyd-like lasers that, well, kill people. Riding in on an apocalyptic death cloud, the aliens use their sophisticated technology to disable cars, TVs, radios and just about any other electronic device, leaving the media-grubbing humans to run for their lives without broadband Internet and, gasp, phones that take pictures. But Ray manages to convince his friend the mechanic (and, surprisingly, the one Jersey resident with a Jersey
accent) to fix a minivan, and Ray and the kids drive off toward Boston to find mom (Miranda Otto), because mom can make everything better. From then on, War turns into an explosion-a-minute effects-fest that should make Spielberg’s friend George Lucas mighty proud. However, Spielberg’s thriller suffers in the same way Lucas’ recent Episode III did. There’s plenty of glossy technological mastery but little plausible substance underneath it. Spielberg and screenwriters Josh Friedman and David Koepp try to inject political and emotional undertones (a postattack Cruise covered in dust and ash is a blatantly obvious and unnecessary 9/11 reference) to keep their alien ship in the air. However, it’s hard to figure out exactly what they are trying to say or why they are trying to say anything at all. When Rob-
bie tries to leave the family and join the Army, Ray emphatically yells, “You don’t have to fight!” And little Rachel constantly asks, “Is it the terrorists?” But there is never really any answer from Spielberg, Ray or any other feeble soul sprinting away from certain death. But Spielberg really fails when he trades in his mastery of tension (see Jaws and Close Encounters) for shallow action sequences. In the aforementioned thrillers, the evil foes are kept at a distance, and the menacing look of the beasts is kept from the audience until the last possible moment. However, for War, the tension is short-lived as ol’ Steven can’t wait to unleash his high-tech monsters. Twenty minutes into War, we get alien death machines full-frontal, and, honestly, they’re neat to look at but not that terrifying. As for Wells’ original story, Spielberg barely references the fine novel, with the rare exception of an introductory voice-over taken directly from the book and read insightfully by the king of wise voice-overs, Morgan Freeman. Despite its many flaws, War almost works. At times, the effects are nothing short of incredible, and Cruise does well in a typical hero role despite having given the same worrying grimaces and comforting monologues many times before. However, War is brought down again by its flat ending that does little to bring closure to the film’s outlandish events. Wells’ story is vivid and surreal on paper, but on film, it ends with a resounding thud. — Kyle Bradshaw
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tion brings a certain amount of attention to the original.” Joann Cole Mitte Building, and In addition to style and dithere are plans for it to remain rection, Gonzalez differs from there until December. Richter (or at least Richter’s “This was the first sculpture self-description) in that he has out in front of the art build- definite program for his art: “I ing,” he said, would hope adding that he this idea crehopes to see ates a dialogue the area one in the viewer’s day become a mind about the sculpture garobject. Rather den “to add than saying, ‘I to the beautisee something fication of the and I know it,’ building.” you see someA m o n g thing, and you Gonzalez’s indon’t quite dividual works know it, so you that will be on — Brandon Gonzalez have to reach display at his Studio art senior deeper and resenior show consider what in August are you already aluminum forms, titled “Cloth know.” Series,” cast from the shape of Gonzalez has a busy few bent, folded and twisted cotton months ahead, as he prepares fabric. He describes them as for two exhibitions and gradu“hyper-real” — copies of reality ation. Documentation from his that surpass the original. “Life Stories” happening, featur“Looking at a photograph is ing photography by Amanda an illusion, and we almost fan- Winkles, is currently being intasize a reality that goes together stalled into Austin’s Mexi-Arte with these photographs,” Gon- Museum for the 10th Annual zalez said. “Gerhard Richter is Young Latino Art Exhibition, a working in a hyper-real way; he’s show featuring six artists under even gone as far to say that when the age of 35. The opening is he paints from photographs, his from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday at paintings are more real than the 419 Congress Ave. photographs because they’re In San Marcos, Gonzalez’s physical objects. They’re inter- Summer II senior thesis exhibiesting and fun ideas to dwell on. tion opens next month at the “These sculptures are an ex- gallery inside the Joann Cole ample of the hyper-real because Mitte Building on the Texas you’re experiencing a copy of an State campus. The reception beobject, but it’s a three-dimen- gins at 5 p.m. on August 12. sional copy. It’s not fabric, but Come along for some free you’re experiencing it as fabric. punch, and while you’re there, I almost think that transforma- experience the hyper-real.
ooking at a photograph is an illusion, and we almost fantisize a reality that goes together with these photographs.”
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AN INDEPENDENCE DAY Dylan, Doobies make Willie’s July 4 Picnic a feast for the ears By Kelly Merks Entertainment Writer
FORT WORTH — More ✯✯✯✯ than 20,000 people gathNelson’s ered at the Fort Worth Willie Fourth of July Stockyards to witness the Picnic spectacle that is Willie Fort Worth Nelson’s Fourth of July Stockyards Picnic. After more than three decades of celebrating the marriage of rock ’n’ roll and country, the picnic has evolved into a full-blown Texas tradition. The first picnic was held in 1973 in tiny Dripping Springs, a few miles outside of Austin. It has since been held in Luckenbach, College Station, on property of Willie’s a few miles outside of Austin and had moved out of the state for a few years. Almost everyone at this year’s event fit into one of three groups: 40- or 50-somethings who came en masse, Bud Lights and sunscreen in tow, hoping to revisit their earlier years of drunken revelry; classic rock-loving college students (like myself and my concert buddy) who would have paid the admission fee to see Bob Dylan alone; and über-tanned girls wearing pink straw Roxy cowboy hats and J.Lo sunglasses, who most likely attended to see modern Texas country favorites like Jason Boland, Django Walker and Pauline Reese. The music festival had no capitalism deficiency, either. Hamburgers were $6, personal pizzas were $5, and water bottles were sold at a criminal $3. Budweiser (no Lone Star? I thought this was Willie Nelson’s picnic!) monopolized beer sales with $4 cans and $5 futuristic-looking aluminum bottles. The picnic, usually right on schedule in years past, fell behind early in the day. For one of his several random musical appearances throughout the day, Willie joined his favorite Hawaiian band, Marty Dread and Los Maui Boys, on the stage. The band was allotted about a half-hour performance slot, but an onstage Willie encouraged the reggae group to play more, extending its time block to a little over an hour. The end result was that, toward the conclusion of the event, Los Lonely Boys were shooed out of the way for Bob Dylan’s performance. During the Cross Canadian Ragweed set, Willie walked onstage with gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman. Friedman, making a quick campaign pit stop, told the bubbly crowd, “I think musicians could run the state
better than politicians. When I’m governor, Willie Nelson will be head of the Texas Rangers.” The Doobie Brothers, looking younger than might have been expected, won the Best Classic Rock Band That Jammed Like It Was Nobody’s Business Award. The crowd enjoyed a festive jam in the middle of the jazzy, 1970s radio anthem “Takin’ It to the Streets.” Any Doobies song you could think of, they played. Put a greatest hits CD on random, halve the playlist, and Voila! There was the set list. “China Grove,” “Listen to the Music,” “Black Water,” “Jesus Is Just All Right” were all included. The atmosphere grew smokier and the crowd got a little loopier with each song.
monica for a few songs. The average attendee would have recognized only two of his signature songs, which he performed at the end of his set: “Like a Rolling Stone” and “All Along the Watchtower.” Half the crowd watched in awe, and the other half was just trying to figure out what the hell he was singing. Seeing Dylan at his age only made me wish I had been born 40 years earlier so I could experience the earthly holiness that was a fresh-faced, enigmatic, 20-something Bob Dylan. In response to my excitement that I just saw Bob Dylan, a woman at least twice my age who was standing nearby turned to me and said, “Now, honey, you weren’t even born when he was making this stuff!” “You should be glad I like it to begin with,” I replied (with a smile, of course). Shortly before midnight and right in the middle of Los Lonely Boys’ energetic performance, fireworks shot out from right behind the stage, exploding almost directly above the crowd. Unfortunately, I left right after the fireworks show was over. After more than 12 hours in the heat, my body burnt and dehydrated, my feet ant-bitten and sporting a fantastic flip-flop tan, my concert buddy and I were ready to go home. So, regrettably, I missed Willie’s grand finale. However, in my own defense, Willie is not one you should see as part of a 20,000-person crowd. Gruene would be much more suitable, and I’ll most definitely pay to see him there. No matter what you were (or were not) wearing or who you came to see, everyone there had that moment of joy, the moment of spiritual transcendence that made him or her forget the rest of the world existed. The moment that was worth the $60 or so that you shelled out to be there, the sun-scorched skin you left with that night and seeing the shirtless guy with the 30-pound beer gut dance to Los Lonely Boys. After attending Willie’s Picnic and seeing two of music’s alltime greatest pioneers, I can die a little happier.
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Like It Was Nobody’s Business Award. The crowd enjoyed a festive jam in the middle of “Takin’ It to the Streets.” Los Lonely Boys were slated to play next, but, as mentioned previously, they were bumped aside for Bob Dylan. There was no official announcement made, but once the crowd near the stage figured out what was going on, word spread, and more and more people wanted in on the action. The standing crowd quickly became thick with body heat and humidity. Dylan, who sparked The Beatles’ interest in herbal enhancements, paving the way for albums such as Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Revolver, kept the masses in waiting — a notorious habit he has developed in his later years. However, most in attendance, particularly Dylan first-timers, said, “If anyone can get away with pulling this crap now, it’s Bob Dylan.” Dylan finally appeared on stage with his band — and sat down behind a piano. He played the first song at the piano while three other men played guitar. Another song passed, and Dylan was still deliberately poised behind the ivories. The crowd became impatient. The guy in front of me yelled, “Pick up a freakin’ guitar!” Others in the crowd heard the cry and howled at Dylan. Dylan did not once touch a stringed instrument on stage, another habit he has picked up in recent years, but he did pull out his har-
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MLB: Diving into second
Phills’ Abreu tops crowd favorite Pudge in HR Derby final By Nicholas J. Cotsonika Knight Ridder Newspapers DETROIT — In the beginning, they were chanting for Bobby Abreu, who put on an astonishing, record-setting display of power. But by the end of the Home Run Derby on Monday night, the Comerica Park fans were cheering for Pudge Rodriguez, the only Tiger on the roster for Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, their hometown guy. Abreu not only beat Rodriguez in the Derby final, 11-5, but his 41 total homers also surpassed the record by 14. Still, at a time when Detroit’s status is much discussed — isn’t it always at moments like this? — Rodriguez symbolized the gritty spirit of the bruised and battered city. He swung with a sprained pinky on his left hand and a broken bone in his right hand, and he accomplished more than people thought he could. Abreu went first in the twoman final, Rodriguez second. When Rodriguez stepped to the plate, he received a standing
ovation, and when he finally fell short, received the same. “It was a great experience,” Rodriguez told ESPN afterward. “I just want to thank my fans in Detroit. They’re great fans.” Major League Baseball introduced a new format for the derby to promote the World Baseball Classic, a 16-nation tournament in March. Eight players represented not only their teams and leagues but also their native lands. The National League had Abreu (Philadelphia, Venezuela), Jason Bay (Pittsburgh, Canada), Hee-Seop Choi (Los Angeles, South Korea), Andruw Jones (Atlanta, the Netherlands) and Carlos Lee (Milwaukee, Panama). The American League had David Ortiz (Boston, Dominican Republic), Rodriguez (Detroit, Puerto Rico) and Mark Teixeira (Texas, United States). Each player would swat as many batting-practice pitches over the fence as he could before making 10 outs — or any swing not resulting in a homer. Totals would not carry over as
four advanced to the second round, two advanced to the final and one emerged as the winner. Comerica Park is so spacious — even though the left-field fence was moved in two years ago — people wondered if this would look more like a Triple Derby or Warning Track Derby than a Home Run Derby. But the first batter, Abreu, made it look like a bandbox. He stepped up to the plate at 8:20 p.m., and with his first swing he launched a ball through the 79degree air over the high, deep wall in right-center field. Forget triples. He was hitting taters. The left-hander blasted ball after ball toward the Detroit skyline — off the Pepsi sign on the face of the upper deck, well into the upper deck, all over the place. Once, perhaps for a change of pace, he went the other way to left-center. After his 10th homer, he tipped his cap to the crowd. After his 14th, the fans chanted “Bob-by!” He was so hot, Rodriguez ran out with some orange Gatorade and a towel to
cool him down, but he was just getting warmed up. Not until 8:38 p.m. was he done. Abreu hit 24 homers, shattering the single-round record. Miguel Tejada hit 15 in the second round last year at cozy Minute Maid Park in Houston. Abreu was only three short of Tejada’s record total from last year. Some of his fellow Venezuelan All-Stars celebrated by dancing around him and waving their flag. “That was amazing,” the Chicago Cubs’ Derrek Lee told ESPN afterward. “He did it so effortlessly, he seemed he could go on forever.” Suddenly, it seemed so easy to hit homers at Comerica Park, as if the baseballs were rubber balls. But the next guy up, Bay, brought a little balance. He hit zero. Abreu led Ortiz (17), Lee (11) and Rodriguez (seven) into the second round, leaving behind Choi (five), Jones (five), Teixeira (two) and Bay. But Abreu barely made it into the final. He hit six homers. Rodriguez hit eight, Lee four and Ortiz three.
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Are the Texas Rangers out of the playoff race already? Ask me this question last week, and I probably would have said yes. The Rangers have already taken their heads out of the clouds, but they’re still blasting homers into them — 147 in the first half to be exact — 20 more than the team in second. What the Rangers’ chances come down to is the strength of their pitching staff and how well the Angels (I refuse to call them by the new name) rebound from being swept at the end of the first half by my lowly Mariners. I think the Rangers will make a move to shore up their pitching staff, and along with a few arms nearly ready to move up from the minors, that guarantees one of the closer division races going down the stretch. Who’s making the playoffs?
From the National League, it’ll be the Braves, the Nationals (with the wild card), the Cardinals and the Padres. Representing the American League will be the Red Sox, the Angels, the White Sox and the Twins. As much as it pains me to pick against the Braves, the Cardinals have all the pieces in place to win the NL for the second straight season. I think the Cardinals will win the World Series against the White Sox. My final thought: I’m a little biased because I’ve seen him pitch more than a few times over the past year, but watch out for the Mariners to call up a pitcher by the name of Felix Hernandez sometime soon. He pitches in the high 90s, has pinpoint control and a slider that the Mariners won’t even let him throw in a game yet, all because he’s at the tender age of 19. I’m telling you, he’s going to be exciting.
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“I’m a ghetto-type guy ... I’ll be ghetto for the rest of my life. But at the same time, there’s a lot of kids who look up to me. For that, I’ll change.” Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest addressing Indianapolis media for the first time since his involvement during the Nov. 19 brawl between the Pacers and the Detroit Pistons, which spilled into the stands. (Source: Associated Press)
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Tejada leads American League to 7-5 victory A fan’s view of Major AL extends League Baseball from unbeaten streak to nine games the midway point By John Lowe Knight Ridder Newspapers
DETROIT — Flashbulbs popped all around Comerica Park as the historic Roger Clemens took over to pitch the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night. But as Clemens arrived, the picture was already real bright for the American League. In the three pre-Clemens innings, the American League scored the game’s first five runs. The AL rolled to a 7-5 victory in the 76th All-Star Game. In the last All-Star Game in Detroit, in 1971, the American League stopped an eight-game losing streak. This time, it made it eight straight wins over the National League (not counting the tie game in 2002). The win also gave the AL home-field advantage in the World Series this fall. The NL’s starting pitchers didn’t make good relievers. The first five NL relief pitchers Tuesday are all regular starting pitchers. The only one who didn’t give up at least one run was Clemens. It was 5-0 when Clemens arrived. He pitched a scoreless inning. But one inning later, Texas’ Mark Teixeira walloped an opposite-field two-run homer to right-center off Florida’s Dontrelle Willis. The switch-hitting Teixeira leads the AL with 25 homers — but all have come left-handed. This was his first right-handed homer of the season. Only then, down 7-0 in the seventh, did the NL score. Lefthander Kenny Rogers entered for the inning and received boos to accompany the ones he heard in the introductions from many in the crowd of 41,617. The embattled Rogers
Julian H. Gonzalez/Detroit Free Press American League starting second baseman Brian Roberts, of the Baltimore Orioles, can’t get National League’s Carlos Beltran of the New York Mets out at first base during the third inning at the 2005 All-Star game Tuesday at Comerica Park in Detroit. gave up a two-run homer with none out to Atlanta’s Andruw Jones down the left-field line that came down an estimated 420 feet from the plate. The NL put the next runner aboard. Any chance at a big rally ended when Rogers then induced the third double play turned by the AL. The NL added a run in the eighth and two more in the ninth, but the biggest late all-out charge belonged to the clouds above the park, which unleashed a brief shower as the top of the ninth proceeded. This was the first time that all eyes in the major league baseball universe were on Detroit since the 1984 World Series. In a seeming commemoration of that ’84 fun, the game started at 8:44 p.m., and the temperature at the first pitch was 84 degrees. Until David Ortiz’s RBI single in the third inning, the last 12 All-Star runs in Detroit had
been scored on homers. The last All-Star run in Detroit that didn’t score on a homer had come in the seventh inning of the 1951 game, on a bunt single by Brooklyn’s Jackie Robinson. The one run after Robinson’s RBI in ’51 came on a homer. All 10 runs in the ’71 All-Star Game came on a combined six homers. And the first run of Tuesday’s game came on a solo homer by Baltimore’s Miguel Tejada leading off the second. Tejada unloaded a drive estimated at 436 feet. It landed halfway up the left-field stands on a 1-0 pitch from Atlanta’s John Smoltz, the Michigan native and former Tigers minor leaguer. Smoltz had just taken over for starter Chris Carpenter, who went one inning. The St. Louis right-hander used a double-play ball from Manny Ramirez to escape a first-andthird jam in the first. Houston’s Roy Oswalt took
the mound for the third and gave up a run before he got an out. Johnny Damon sent a broken-bat infield single by him to start the inning, and Alex Rodriguez walked. Ortiz, the top vote-getter for this year’s game, unleashed one of his typical sonic drives. It crashed off the base of the rightfield fence, and it got there so quickly Ortiz had to hold at first with a single. Damon scored from second to make it 2-0. Rodriguez went to third on Ortiz’s hit and scored one out later on Tejada’s groundout to short. Down 3-0, the NL attempted a reply in the next inning. With Minnesota’s Johan Santana pitching, Derrek Lee led off with a double and Jim Edmonds walked. But Aramis Ramirez grounded into a double play, and Mike Piazza grounded out, stranding Lee at third.
What a surprise: come October. a column about The Nationals, baseball that doesn’t on the other hand, focus on steroids. are going to have to Seriously, though, pick up another bat. any fan of baseball There’s just no way has to be happy with they can maintain JOE RUIZ the way the first half their 2 1/2-game of a possibly tumullead over the AtManaging Editor tuous 2005 season lanta Braves in the has ended. NL East by giving The rise of the Chicago up more runs than they score White Sox and Washington (357 to 361 as of the All-Star Nationals, along with the fall break). Also, with half of their of such powerhouse franchises starting infield (first baseman as the New York Yankees, has Nick Johnson and second baseset the stage for what is sure to man Junior Spivey) expected to be a number of strong playoff be on the disabled list for a sigraces once late August rolls nificant amount of time, their around. offensive production and deAs tough as it has been to fensive prowess will be missed. watch one of the three teams Also, the Braves are closing I follow fall flat on their faces in strong, and this is without a after a number of star freenumber of their better players. agent signings over the winter So much are the Braves injured (Seattle), this baseball season that 40 percent of their 25-man has been fun. roster are in their rookie seaSo now, here are a few of the son, and they’re still winning. burning questions and their It must be nice to have those answers for the second half of kinds of problems with your the season: ball club. Can the White Sox and the Nationals keep this pace going into the playoffs? I don’t see any reason why the Sox shouldn’t run away with the AL Central. The strength of their pitching staff — primarily starters Mark Buehrle and Jon Garland and closer Dustin Hermanson — can’t be ignored. Their five starters have a combined WHIP of 1.15, and they consistently pitch late into games, allowing their bullpen to come in only when necessary. If they end up pulling off a deal at the trade deadline for another closer or bullpen arm, they’re going to be very dangerous
Will the Cubs’ Derrek Lee win the Triple Crown? Not since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 has a major leaguer hit for the Triple Crown, and if the numbers are any indication, it won’t happen this season. Through no fault of Lee’s, the candidates against him in two of the three aren’t going to falter, and with Lee’s Cubs struggling to win and get on base consistently, his chances at the RBI title will be dashed by the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols — who hits in one of the most potent offenses in the league. See MLB, page 13
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