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Brownsville Herald (Newspaper) - September 22, 1892, Brownsville, Texas Voi 107, No. 80 September 22, 1998 JTuesday 50 cents daily / $1.25 Sunday mmmmM^MGimmmmmmmmaaigwsBWttxmmstis (tmlb 1997 The Brownsville Herald. All rights reserved A' o ON THE 4TH Puerto Rico awaits Page 18 ^ÊàÈÊÈàttmmmmmmmmm TODAY Deion leads Cowboys by Giants Page 11 Complete weather 8 J Clinton humble, defiant World gets to see videotape By JOHN SOLOMON The Associated Press WASHINGTON — By turns humble and defiant, President Clinton tussled with prosecutors over "the truth of my relationship" with Monica Lewinsky in grand jury testimony released Monday by Congress and broadcast unedited across a broad spectrum of American television. "It's an embarrassing and personally painful thing," Clinton said in testimony recorded in secret a month ago and now laid bare to the nation. The videotape and 3,183 pages of printed material were provided by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr to augment his report to the House. Republicans in Congress voted to release the material as a prelude to a possi ble impeachment inquiry. The public's main focus was on the videotape of Clinton's Aug. 17 appearance before a federal grand jury investigating whether Clinton committed perjury or took other steps to cover up his relationship with Ms. Lewinsky, the former White House intern. "It's no secret to anybody that I hoped that this relationship would never become public," Clinton declared of the espoused that has transfixed American politics and threatened his presidency. While the president repeatedly brushed aside questions about their sexual relationship, Ms. Lewinsky described them to the grand jury in sometimes-reluctant detail. "I've always felt that he was sort of my sexual soul-mate," she testified in her summertime appearance before the grand jury. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, minimized the day's events. "I don't expect a meaningful impact on the public's overall impression of the president or the process that's under way," he said. "Based on the expectations built up by both sides, the broadcast failed to register on the Richter scale." Presidential spokesman Mike McCurry said it "should now be clear to everyone" that "the president's conduct does not rise to the level of an impeachable offense." Still, he added: "The White House couldn't feel anything but awful about the day that we have gone through as a nation." A senior Clinton adviser said White House (See VIDEO, Page 10) The highlights Knight Ridder Newspapers ■ Millions of Americans watched President Clinton dodge and weave through four hours of cross-examination about his affair with Monica Lewinsky by lawyers for independent counsel Kenneth Starr. ■ Clinton received a standing ovation following a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in the morning and the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose steadily during his televised testimony to close ahead 37 points, after starting the day down 180 points. ■ Hundreds of pages of grand jury testimony and FBI interview transcripts provided sometimes startling, sometimes poignant detail about Lewinsky and her relationship with the president. ■ Republicans in Congress claimed Clinton was continuing to dodge the truth and predicted he would face an impeachment ordeal this fall. Program focuses on reading goals Brad Doherty/The Brownsville Herald Dennis Touchet Jr. stood next to his fence Monday afternoon at 184 Villa Franca. The house behind him has a swarm of bees under the paneling that attacked and killed his family's dog, Sheltie. Touchet was also attacked by the bees in his effort to save the dog. Swarm of bees kills two dogs By MARCIAL GUAJARDO The Brownsville Herald A swarm of bees stung two dogs to death Sunday inside Brownsville Country Club. The attack took place on two lots on Villa Franca Street at 6 p.m. Sunday. Two children and a man were also stung repeatedly. Dennis Touchet, a BCC resident living at 184 Villa Franca, said he was startled when his son, Dennis III, ran inside his home saying he had been stung while playing in his front yard. An unidentified friend of the boy also was stung. The shocked parent ran outside to find the swarm, only to discover it attacking his collie, "Alex," in his back yard. "They were totally around her head," said Touchet. "By the time we took her to the veterinarian, she was going into seizures. She had bees inside her mouth." Despite the vet's efforts, the dog died later that day. The bees killed at least one other dog at the residence neighboring his home, Touchet said. A third dog was stung, but her condition was (See BEES, Page 10) By MEL HUFF The Brownsville Herald When Norma Garza's son started having reading problems in school six year ago, she did everything she could to try to find him help. She pored over research. She consulted experts. But she didn't stop there. Finding that resources in the Rio Grande Valley were limited, she decided to make the kind of programs that had helped her son available to all parents in Brownsville. In November 1996, Garza, and Elsa Hagan, a speech pathologist and language therapist, started Brownsville Reads. The goal of the community organization is to have every child in Brownsville reading on grade level by second grade. Garza and Hagan, a Brownsville native who founded the Valley Speech, Language and Learning Center, recruited four other local leaders to serve on the board: ■ Sylvia Pena, dean of the School of Education at the University of Texas at Brownsville; ■ Brother Tom Long, vice principal of St. Joseph Academy; ■ David Merrill, a stockbroker and, as of October, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce; and ■ Mary Jo Monfils, area administrator for curriculum and instruction of the . Brownsville Independent School District. Garza, a CPA who serves on the Governor's Special Education Advisory Committee, the Academics 2000 state panel and the National Reading Panel, provides contacts with state and national organizations. Hagan contributes technical knowledge of reading and language problem. Pena links the group with the university. Long carries the information into private schools. Merrill, who also has a child with reading difficulties, involves the business community. And Mary Jo Monfils serves as the liaison with BISD. On Friday H nationally recog-11 n i z e d researchers, authors and experts will speak to the district's teachers as part of the second annual Brownsville Reads symposium. "We want to make a statement," Monfils said. "It definitely helps teachers to hear nationally-known experts talk about what (the teachers) have learned in training." U'TB faculty and students are also invited the sessions. Channeling business support for reading is one of Brownsville Read's goals and business has played a key role by raising money for the symposium., conferences and travel. The organization's biggest fund-raiser is its Thursday night banquet, whose guest speaker will be Russell Cosby, Bill Cosby's brother and the model for the "Fat Albert" cartoon character. Russell Cosby was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was in his 50s. Organizers expect more than 400 people to attend the banquet. Some 20 businesses have bought tables. Corporate sponsors include Levi Strauss, Southwestern Bell and H.E.B. Food Stores. "The business community is very supportive of quality education," Merrill said. "It wants BISD to succeed." Merrill said that 18 months (See READ, Page 10) Harlingen ups RAHC bid By GINA PERALES Valley Morning Star HARLINGEN — The City Commission and Development Corp. approved a contract to buy additional land in hopes it could beef up this community's proposal to lure the Regional Academic Health Care.facility. The Development Corp. will put up about $1.05 million if the tract of land, which is adjacent to Valley Baptist Medical Center, is bought, officials said after a closed meeting Monday. The corporation will fund the purchase from about $3 million in reserves, said H^lingen Mayor Connie de la Garza. "We feel the RAHC has such tremendous economic impact for Harlingen that we need to take these steps to stay in the running," he said. "It will make our bid that much stronger." The move comes after consultants (See RAHC, Page 10) Hispanic voters flexing muscle DALLAS (AP) — Hispanics are the future of the Texas Democratic party, some party members say. But Republicans realize it's just as important for them to secure the Hispanic vote in the November election. Candidates from both parties are making overtures to this powerful cultural group like never before as the number of Hispanics voting and running for office grows. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Garry Mauro is depending on huge support from Hispanics in his bid to upset Republican Gov. George W. Bush, especially in South Texas. Mauro told reporters last week he isn't worried about losing Hispanic votes because,, he said, Bush has done little for Hispanics. He said the governor opposes affirmative action and (See VOTE, Page 10) 38153 00001 INDEX; Abby..................16 Comics..............17 Family..................5 Amusements ....16 Editorial..............4 Obituaries........15 Calendar............8 Entertainment ....7 Sports..............12 Classified..........18 Horoscope........16 Stocks..............14 Visit our Web Site at www.brownsvilleheraid.com El Don Pedro says: "A new plague has hit Brownsville. It's possibly killer bees," Don Pedro said. "Well, it's true that two dogs were stung to death — and two kids and an adult were hurt. But, relax, it was an Isolated attack," the city editor said. "So what if I'm walking by the old neighborhood and I find some bees up in a tree or in a wall?" "You can be nosey and get stung, or you can just run." INSIDE! □ Albertson's, Page 2 □ Del RiO, Page 3 a Farmers' protest, Page 6 □ Wall Street, Page 15 v uV»-t. .t-. A"' 4. . 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