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Brownsville Herald (Newspaper) - September 28, 1892, Brownsville, Texas wmmlit Vol. 107, No. 86 September 2H, ms J Monday 50 cents daily / $1.25 Sunday R N O N ©1997 The Brownsville Herald. All rights reserved. TH E 4TH OF JULY r j ^ Jk rj 1 <- + Evacuation and preparation Page 3 1, 8 9 2 V^pGwire ends ^ftiason with two more dingers a Page 9 Clinton not to give up Says wallowing in regret over Lewinsky affair is a cop-out By TERENCE HUNT The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — President Clinton said he has paid a big price for his affair with Monica Lewinsky but that "wallowing in regret is a cop-out." He also said his wife is "a remarkable woman" and an inspiration in his moment of crisis. "You don't have to worry about me giving up," the president assured cheering supporters Sunday at sweltering, outdoor fund-raiser. "Don't worry." Ann Richards, the plainspoken former governor of Texas, gave the beleaguered president a sympathetic introduction. "Bill Clinton isn't the first man I've had to forgive and he probably won't be the last," she declared, triggering a burst of applause. • Clinton, in his first interview since acknowledging he misled the nation about his relationship with Ms. Lewinsky, said he has emerged stronger from the ordeal and that it "gives me a chance to make my marriage whole." "I think any time a person has to go through a searing personal experience and come to terms with truth and genuinely atone, and genuinely make the effort to change, that's an immensely liberating experience," the president said. "It makes you stronger. It makes you straighter." The president's remarks, in an interview with writer TVude Feldman, were published Sunday in The Washington Post as Clinton arrived here at the end of an exhausting fund-raising tour through Illinois, California and Texas. Looking tired, Clinton mingled with wealthy Californians until nearly 1:30 a.m. Sunday, raising $1.5 million, and then flew to Texas eight hours later. Clinton was expected to raise $1 million for Democrat Garry Mauro in his long- shot bid to unseat Gov. George Bush. There were separate fund-raisers in San Antonio and Houston. "I stand behind him 100 percent," Mauro said. Hundreds of demonstrators lined an access road to the interstate as Clinton rode into San Antonio. A bedsheet was emblazoned, "Don't Stop Thinking About Resigning." A Lewinsky scarecrow was attached to a fence near the home of Clinton host Frank Herrera. At the airport in San Antonio, Clinton confidant Bruce Lindsey acknowledged the prospect of a negotiated settlement in Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against the president. He said there was "some willingness to discuss a settlement" but that Clinton was not admitting any misconduct. "Lawsuits are settled all the time," he said. The Lewinsky case, which emerged (See AFFAIR, Page 8) LM Otero/The Associated Press State Rep. Gonzalo Barrientos, D-Austin, left, points out a pin on President Clinton's suit as Texas Democratic candidate for governor Garry Mauro looks on. Parking an issue on Paredes Line Road By MARCIAL GUAJARDO The Brownsville Herald Slowly, the driver of a late model sky blue station wagon inched her car from Las Casas Street onto Paredes Line Road. Children wiggled in the back seat as the woman craned her head to see around cars parked along Paredes Line. She stopped with the front bumper of the station wagon well into the northbound lane of the street before darting across. Similar scenes often happen along Paredes Line between Boca Chica and Los Ebanos boulevards, but a proposal has come before city commissioners that may lessen the hazard of crossing while increasing traffic flow. Commissioners have been reviewing the possible ban of parking alongside Paredes Line from Boca Chica and past Los Ebanos to Price Road. But property owners along the stretch from Boca Chica to Los Ebanos, already cramped for space, worry the proposal will not only be an inconvenience, but will lead to the expansion of the road from two lanes to four, thus bringing in new dangers to the residential area. "We don't think much of it at all," said Leon James, owner of Brownsville Sports Center at 345 Paredes Line Road. "Afternoons after school, there is heavy traffic but most of the time it's not that bad. Traffic backs up when school buses stop and even if we had four lanes, traffic would still have to stop." The proposal was brought before members of a city transportation-planning group, the Brownsville Metropolitan Planning Organization, by a state traffic official five months ago during an MPO meeting:-The ,MPO coordinates and conducts transportation planning activities in the Brownsville area. According to Commissioner Harry McNair, who serves on the MPO policy committee, the suggestion proposed banning parking alongside two Brownsville roads - Southmost and Paredes Line Road. That led to public hearings on both matters, with commissioners later electing to ban parking on Southmost while adding a central turn lane there. Two public hearings have taken place concerning Paredes Line Road, with less than five property owners voicing their concerns during the first meeting and less than 10 during the second meeting, which took place last Thursday. Still, while there once seemed to be enough votes to pass the proposals, commissioners have apparently listened to the citizens' concerns and relaxed their views. "My position is very simple," said McNair. "The state asked us to have public hearings and the public doesn't seem to be in favor of it. I talked to these people and at this time there doesn't seem to be any positive input from the community." McNair and fellow (See PARKING, Page 8) Brad Doherty/The Brownsville Herald Leon James, owner of Brownsville Sports Center on Paredes Line Road, watched as vehicles drove fast merging from one lane to another near the Los Ebanos Boulevard intersection. Donating brains going up By SHARIRUDAVSKY Knight Ridder Newspapers ... MIAMI - Florence Rifenburgh knew that after she died, there would be one more brain - her own - in the National Parkinson Foundation and the University of Miami Brain Endowment Bank. What the Plantation, Fla., woman didn't know was that her death would lead many others to consider leaving their cerebral organs for medical research. After Rifenburgh passed away Sunday at age 106, her brain became the oldest one at the bank, and reports of her death have spurred an outpouring of inquiries from potential donors. More than 100 people have contacted the program in the past few days expressing interest in donating their brains for research, said Lilian Dominkovics, research program coordinator. That's about the same number that pledged their brains all last year. "I believe the fact that she was 106 created a lot of attention," Dominkovics said. "We're sending lots of good wishes to Florence because she really has sent a lot of people to us." Protected by the skull throughout a person's life, the brain holds the answer to many secrets that intrigue research scientists: why some people's minds degenerate as they age and why and how Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases destroy some people's lives. The bank has received about 600 (See BRAINS, Page 8) Army Sgt. Ruben Vela is all he can be and more Brad Doherty/The Brownsville Herald First Sgt. Ruben Vela proudly displays flags at the Army Reserve Center in Brownsville. By MARCIAL GUAJARDO The Brownsville Herald Army 1st Sgt. Ruben Vela beamed like a proud father as he held up a unit assessment report. After an inspection earlier this year, Vela's 370th Transportation Company was recognized for expressing "extreme care of troops." As the top enlisted man of the Army Reserve unit stationed in Brownsville, Vela has proudly taken up his role as father figure to his troops. "I like dealing with soldiers, especially knowing they are learning from me," Vela said. "When I was younger, I made mistakes. You learn from them. Here, as a NCO (non-commissioned officer), you have to set the exam pie." A race car aficionado, Vela feels right at home in the Army transportation unit. When he's not moving food, soldiers or equipment in Louisiana, north-central Texas or California during monthly training exercises, Vela is often working on muscle cars, frequenting races throughout South Texas and looking at auto magazines. <l I do like muscle cars," he said. "I've had five original '69 Z-28 Camaros. Now, I've been only looking at magazines, mostly." ew Yoiir Neighbor Vela spent the early part of his 22 years of military service on active duty. The San Benito native joined the Army straight out of high school in 1976. Caring about others started at home, but continued after he left the Rio Grande Valley. The first of eight children to graduate from high school, Vela would regularly send home much of his paycheck to help out his mother, who raised them all alone. "She pretty much kept us straight," said Vela. Before rising through the ranks, Vela set a goal for himself: to become the highest-ranking enlisted soldier in the company. The San Benito native achieved that goal when he was promoted to first sergeant in 1996. Pointing to a sheet of paper with the words "Set the Example" written on it, Vela said he believes he is a role model to his community and to his fellow soldiers. "Actually, I'm more of an old, salty dog," he said with a laugh." Our leaders in the Army must take care of our soldiers' needs. There will be standards always and we have to follow them." Vela's peers agree troops are the (See VELA, Page 8) 6 ""38153. 00001' 1,1 3 INDEX; Abby..................12 Comics..............14 Health&Fitness ..5 Amusements.... 12 Editorial..............4 Obituaries..........3 Calendar............6 Entertainment.. 13 Sports................9 Classified..........15 Horoscope........12 Weather..............6 Visit our Web Site at www.brownsviiieherald.com 51 Don Pedro says: Don Pedro walked Into the newsroom carrying a bag filled with banana plant leaves. "OK, I'll bite," said the city editor looking up. "What's going on?" "I've tried tea leaves," said Don Pedro. "So I figure that with bigger leaves I. see clearer into the future." "I see dead brown leaves," said the city editor with his eyes closed. "And beyond that, it gets a little fuzzy." INSIDEs □ Indian art show, Page 2 □ Most wanted, Page 2 □ Sri Lanka war, Page 7 □ Chavez eons, Page 8 ■A- à
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