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Brownsville Herald (Newspaper) - September 19, 1892, Brownsville, Texas F H it 1 lu W>xmmmlk Witmiò No. 77 J Saturday 50 cents daily / $1.25 Sunday © 1997 The Brownsville Herald. All rights reserved. Born on the 4th of july 1892 Gardener learns plants, people need tending Page 6 H.S. Fool Wolverines sail past Vikings Page i i TODAY Complete weather 8, \ Clinton tape to be unveiled All major television networks will air the video tape Monday By DAVID ESPO The Associated Press WASHINGTON - Overruling Democratic objections, the House Judiciary Committee voted Friday to release President Clinton's videotaped grand jury testimony as well as 2,800 pages of sex-soaked evidence compiled by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr. Congressional officials set Monday for the release of the four-hour Clinton tape as well as grand jury testimony by Monica Lewinsky, the young, former Extradition of woman considered By KARISA KING The Brownsville Herald A woman with alleged ties to the brother of former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari remained behind bars in Brownsville Friday night awaiting possible extradition to Mexico on charges she bribed federal officials to protect her high-priced prostitution ring. Maria Antonieta Espinoza Torres, 58, has been wanted by federal authorities since a Mexico City judge issued a warrant for her arrest July 1 on charges of pandering and bribery. "She's a very sought after woman over there," FBI Agent Jorge Cisneros said Friday in McAllen. "She's one of their top most wanted people ... What we were told is that she has links to the ex-president ... to the brother of Salinas de Gortari." Raul Salinas de Gortari, the former president's brother, is jailed in a maximum-security prison outside Mexico City on charges of murder and money laundering. On a tip from Mexican authorities, immigration officers arrested Torres at her McAllen apartment last week and detained her at an immigration prison near Bayview for overstaying her visa. FBI agents picked up the case Wednesday, when Espinoza Torres made her first appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge John William Black. According to court documents, Espinoza Torres, a Mexican citizen born in Apatzingan, Michoacan, paid federal public servants about $1,000 a month to protect a scattering of brothels and massage parlors in the Mexican capital. Prostitutes from at least two of the brothels told investigators from the Mexican Attorney General's Office that clients paid between $300 and $500, with the women pocketing between $80 and $150 for themselves and the rest going to Espinoza Torres. Although Espinoza Torres told Judge Black during her hearing Wednesday that she could not afford an attorney, court records show she hired Brownsville attorney Gary Ortega on Friday. Ortega called the charges "trumped up," but declined to say whether Espinoza Torres intends to fight extradition. "She's advised me that she is innocent of all the charges in Mexico and later proceedings will show she's innocent," Ortega said. (See WANTED, Page 10) White House intern with whom the president had a sexual relationship. "We won't rush to judgment and we won't refrain from judgment" of the president, Speaker Newt Gingrich told an audience of political conservatives at the same time the House panel was wrapping up two days of contentious party-line votes on what material to release and when. "We got rolled," complained Rep. John Conyers, of Michigan, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, as he and Networks to air the tape: ABC, CBS, NBQ CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, C-SPAN Please see Page 10 for complete schedule of the airing of Clinton's grand Jury testimony his party's leader in the House, Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri, •accused Republicans of conduct ing an unfair, partisan inquiry. The White House heaped on criticism as well. "This appears to be a rush to prejudgment and an effort to get out the most salacious material at the speed of light, not at the proper pace of justice," said spokesman James Kennedy. The committee's action sets the stage for an event unique in the annals of the presidency: images on television screens across the country of an incumbent chief executive being questioned, under oath and in explicit detail, about Corridos from the heart Anthony Padilla/The Brownsville Herald Rigo Garza, of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center, left, played the bajo sexto guitar as Jose Moreno played the accordion in a musical presentation at the lobby of the Science, Engineering and Technology Building at the University of Texas at Brownsville. The performance was part of a week-long Hispanic Heritage festival. alleged sexual acts with a young female aide. People who have seen the tape say Clinton is at times angry, at times evasive as he responds to Starr's prosecutors in his presence and to individual grand jurors asking questions by closed circuit from the federal courthouse. Even as the committee was wrapping up one phase of its work, one Republican member of the panel suggested the next phase, potentially more menacing for the president, wasn't far away. (See UNVEIL, Page 10) Doug Mills/The Associated Press President Clinton walked out of the White House Friday. Residents protest new civic center By MARCIAL GUAJARDO The Brownsville Herald A building created for recreation has Brownsville Country Club residents playing hardball with city officials. Plans drawn up by architects hired by city officials call for the Brownsville Golf and Recreation Center to be demolished and replaced by a $2.9 million banquet facility that would take over much of the activity currently taking place at Jacob Brown Civic Center. With the Golf and Recreation Center located deep within the grassy confines of the Brownsville Country Club, residents there have angrily protested the move. Many have raised concerns over drinking, parking and an increase in traffic flow along West San Marcelo, the street leading to the site. "The traffic is going to bother me," said BCC resident Irma Trevino at a public hearing on the proposal Wednesday. "I live across the street and the reason I built in this place is peace. So far we have been living fine but... the traffic is going to get terrible. I'm going to have to sell my home, if that's the case." Almost 100 surprised residents expressed a series of negative views at the public hearing, which was hastily organized just days before it took place. At the meeting, many learned for the first time that city officials had been looking into destroying the Golf and Recreation Center since last October. "This is the first the citizens of the country club heard of (the plans)," said BCC resident Ana Luisa Martinez. "I'm concerned about what will happen next because they've already invested money." In October 1997, city officials received the preliminary evaluation into the renovation of the Golf and Recreation Center done by architect Roberto Ruiz. In it, Ruiz expressed concern over the facility's ability to comply with city building codes, safety hazards and poor structural design. "There are ... safety hazards existing in the interior spaces of the buildings due to damaged ceilings," said Ruiz in the evaluation,"... creating a risk of building materials falling on people below." Ruiz also found water "ponding" (See PROTEST, Page 10) Target of Mexican massacre in coma By MARK STEVENSON The Associated Press ENSENADA, Mexico Authorities said they haven't tied the massacre of 18 family members to drugs, but a respected journalist said Friday that those same authorities have known at least since June that the target belonged to Mexico's most feared drug gang. The respected magazine Zeta, based in Tijuana 60 miles north of this beach resort, in June identified Fermin Castro as a member of of the Arellano Felix drug gang and said he was known as "The Iceman." It cited a confidential report by the federal attorney general's office. "I can't understand why, having all that information in their hands, they didn't do anything," Zeta publisher Jesus Blancornclas said in an interview on Mexico's Televisa network. The issue of Zeta published Friday cited the same documents as listing two other victims of the massacre as members of the same gang. (See BRUTAL, Page 10) Gregory Bull/The Associated Press A relative of the Castro family waited for news of the survivors in Thursday's brutal massacre. 6 "38153"00001 INDEX! Abby..................16 Comics..............17 Obituaries........15 Amusements.... 16 Entertainment ....9 Religion...............4 Calendar............8 Horoscope........16 Sports..............11 Classified..........19 Home & Garden..6 Stocks..............14 Visit our Web Site at www.brownsvilleherald.com nriifflrritrriwr^^ on El D Pedro says "Did you hear about the scandal at the zoo?" asked a wide-eyed Don Pedro."It involves a 20-year-old female!" "Don't worry 'bout it," said the city editor. "Oh my god! Are part of the cover-up?" "Calm down," said the city editor. "Tiana is an elephant that lias been dead nearly a week. The PR person just out of town." INSID^s □ Elephant dies, Page 2 □ Donating Organs, Page 4 □ Russia Economy, Page 7 □ Laguna Atascosa, Page 3