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Brownsville Herald (Newspaper) - September 24, 1892, Brownsville, Texas Voi 107, No. 82 September 24, I'm J Thursday 50 cents daily /$1.25 Sunday £>1997 The Brownsville Herald. All rights reserved. Born on the 4th of july 189 New money $20 undergoes facelift Page 7 Sosa ties up homer race again Page 13 HT-H nr"rinn ifiiiimii 1 'iiiiiiwrnmMiMfiiimimn^^ No time limit for inquiry By DAVID ESPO The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Speaker Newt Gingrich rejected a call from the House's top Democrat Wednesday to impose a time limit on a looming impeachment inquiry and suggested President Clinton speed the process by having reluctant aides answer grand jury questions. In a swift rebuttal, presidential spokesman Mike McCurry said Gingrich, the leader of House Republicans, will bear the blame for a process that could "drag on and on and on endlessly" in defiance of the Gingrich rejects Gephardt limit public's wishes. The volleys from opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue underscored the hardening partisan lines a few weeks before national elections, even as both sides professed to favor a cooperative approach to the nation's first impeachment inquiry since Watergate a generation ago. Republican officials said the Judiciary Committee would probably meet next week to hear senior lawyers lay out the evidence that Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr has submitted, much of which" has been made public. The full House would vote for a formal impeachment inquiry before lawmakers adjourn in early October, and hearings would begin after the Nov. 3 election. One Republican familiar with the deliber ations said GOP officials were considering a plan to allow the Judiciary Committee to enlarge its inquiry to include additional facts that might be considered impeachable offenses. That would permit the committee to range far beyond Clinton and his relationship witn Monica Lewinsky, and into areas such as alleged fund-raising violations in the president's re-election campaign. Democrats served notice they would vigorously contest any expansion of the case beyond Starr's evidence relating to Ms. Lewinsky. "We do not believe that this referral of one matter, which he (Starr) thinks may contain impeachable offenses, launches a fishing expedition into every possible wrong that's gone on anywhere in the world over the last six years," said Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri, the Democratic leader in the House. "This doesn't need to take eight or nine (See CLINTON, Page 11) Senate targets debtors Bankruptcy laws may be changed By MARCY GORDON The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation Wednesday to overhaul bankruptcy laws and make it harder for people to sweep away their debts. The House had already passed an even more stringent measure, pushed by credit card companies and alarm over the rising number of personal bankruptcies. Wednesday's Senate vote was 97-1, with Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., the only senator to oppose it. The Clinton administration supports change in bankruptcy laws but has said it cannot support the House-passed bill in its current form. With only a few weeks remaining in the congressional session, lawmakers face a daunting task of reconciling the two versions and sending to the White House a bill President Clinton will accept. For that to occur, House lawmakers must not take the view "that their bill is perfect," said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, chief author of the Senate version with Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill. "There has to be give-and-take to get a compromise," Grassley told reporters after the vote. He said he believes a the chance of a House-Senate compromise "is very realistic." While lawmakers worry about the surge in personal bankruptcies despite the strong economy, some insisted the credit card companies, because they aggressively solicit customers, share of the blame. Unpaid credit card debt is estimated at $40 billion, and companies say they are being forced to charge higher interest rates that hurt consumers who handle credit responsibly. "One wonders about the good faith of the credit card, pompa-nies," said Sen. Dianne Feijlstein, D-Calif. "Responsibility is a two-way street." In drafting the bill in consultation with White H6Use negotiators, senators include«/so'rtie provisions designed to pfotjict, consumers. One would bar credit card companies from dropping customers who pay their balances monthly or charging them higher interest rates. Several consumer groups complained the bill does too little to address "unfair and abusive" practices by the retail credit industry and fails to provide "a safety net for personal financial disasters." Bush here / for reading symposium Brad Doherty/The Brownsville Herald Rebecca Hernandez, a registered nurse of the holistic health and Mind Institute in San Benito, has seen five centers closed since 1997 because of disputes with Medicare. Clinic suing insurer By TONY VINDELL The Brownsville Herald SAN BENITO — The operator of a community clinic that provides psychiatric and home health services to Rio Grande Valley residents is suing Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company and Medicare for refusing to make payments. Rebecca Hernandez, executive director of Eldercare Home Health, claims that the insurance company owes about $2.5 million in billed claims. The suit was first filed in state district court in Brownsville in July, but was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. An amended version of the suit was filed in Brownsville federal court on Sept. 21. Jim Solis, a Harlingen attorney representing Hernandez, said the suit charges that Omaha, Nebraska-based insurance company with negligence for not paying what it owes Hernandez and Holistic Health & Mind Institute, a provider of psychiatric services in the Valley. Mutual of Omaha is one of dozens of agencies contracted to administer the Medicare program for the federal government. The U.S. Justice Department has taken over defense of the suit because it involves a federal program, an official with the U.S. Department (See CLINIC, Page 11) By MEL HUFF The Brownsville Herald Gov. George W. Bush will be in Brownsville this evening to open Brownsville Reads' dinner program, which precedes the group's second annual reading symposium Friday. Four-hundred fifty tickets have been sold to the 7 p.m. dinner at the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, where Russell Cosby, Bill C o s b y ' s brother and < model for the Fat Albert cartoon character, will be keynote speaker. Cosby has dyslexia, a reading disorder that caused him problems at school. In a telephone interview Wednesday, Bush said he's coming to the event because the Brownsville reading program is one of the best in the state. "There's a superintendent of schools who is focused and dedicated to the proposition that all children can read," he said, "and there's a group of volunteers who believe this is one of the most important things a society can do." And Bush called "making sure we have a literate tomorrow for every child in Texas" his most important goal as governor because "I know other skills won't follow unless HP" children can read. "The child who graduates from a Brownsville high school who can't read, can't enjoy the benefits of an expanding economy," he said. "The child who can read is one who is less likely to commit a crime," the governor added. Bush said he couldn't think of any other school district in the (See READ, Page 12) Brownsville student overcame dyslexia Birding guidelines fit the bill By MARCIAL GUAJARDO The Brownsville Herald Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has released guidelines for its proposed World Birding Center complex — and Brownsville has several sites that meet such requirements. By Jan. 17, the state agency is expected to choose a site for the hub of the complex, the World Birding Center Headquarters and Central Visitors' facility, and as many as six satellite locations. By Dec. 10, representatives of communities vying for the different sites must turn in proposals to host sites. Parks officials want a site consisting of at least 40 acres that is popular with birds and is capable of hous ing a 15,000-20,000 square foot Headquarters and Central Visitor's Facility. It will house a variety of exhibits and a wealth of information on South Texas birding. As many as six regional "satellite" sites will also be selected. These sites must include a diverse setting with birding trails and plenty of (See BII$!D, Page U) By MEL HUFF The Brownsville Herald At the end of fourth grade, Anthony Ramirez could barely read. But this year, the seventh-grader at Oliveira Middle School is enrolled in classes for gifted and talented students. What happened in those three years? Anthony's mother got him into the Scottish Rite dyslexia program at Sharp Elementary School. , On Friday Anthony, the son of Art and Pam Ramirez, will introduce Martha Sibley of the Scottish Rite Hospital at the Brownsville Reads Symposium. Anthony was chosen after he won a writing conlest this-summer. When his sixth-grade teacher told the class to write a letter to an author, Anthony wrote a letter to The Brownsville Herald 8"■38153"00001 3 laiMsw^MWMmiWMiMii»^^ M mm* INDEX: Abby..................18 Comics..............21 Food....................6 Amusements.... 78 Editorial..............4 . Obituaries........17 Calendar..........10 Entertainment.. 19 Sports..............13 Classified..........22 Horoscope........18 Stocks..............16 Visit our Web Site at www.brownsvilieherald.com Don Pedro says: (See LEARN, Page 12) Anthony Ramirez ^t-watMiisnHusnMini "So the governor's here to show support for a Brownsville reading program, huh?" Don Pedn\said. "That's right. He's here to kick off the Brownsville Reads Symposium, a program that trains teachers modem reading methods," the city editor said. "Bill Cosb/s brother, Russell, is also here. He'll talk about growing up with dyslexia." "I'd rather hear him talk about his gig in the 'Fat Albert 1 show." INSIDE □ Hurricane, Page 8 □ Russian woes, Page 9 □ German vote, Page 20 □ FBI raid, Page 22
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