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Brownsville Herald (Newspaper) - September 8, 1898, Brownsville, Texas ïttûB Vol. 107, No. 66 September 8, 19SS yTuesday 50 cents daily / $1.25 Sunday ©1997 The Brownsville Herald. All rights reserved. Born on the 4th of july m mimi^ Ibp Iii South Texans wary of donating organs Page 2 TODAY McGwire ties Maris at 61 Page 9 Gone fishin' Brad Doherty/The Brownsville Herald In spite of scattered showers, several families enjoyed an afternoon of fishing at the boat ramp on Highway 48 Monday. Alleged Alamo diary up for auction Murders increase in city But assaults, thefts, rapes on the decline SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A purported eyewitness account of the 1836 Alamo siege will be auctioned in California this fall. Since the 200-page diary of a Mexican officer was brought to Texas in 1974, debate has raged over its description of how several of the mission defenders, including Davy Crockett, met their end. Traditional accounts have the Alamo volunteers dying on the walls or in hand-to-hand combat with Mexican troops under Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. But the document, supposedly dictated in the 1840s by Lt. Col. Jose Enrique de la Pena, who served under Santa Anna, says Crockett and others were captured and executed. The diary surfaced in Mexico City in 1955. Rare coin dealer Jesus Sanchez Garza, issued a small Spanish-language edition, "La Rebelión de Texas." It made few ripples until Texas A&M University Press published a 1975 English translation, "With Santa Anna in Texas." The papers are owned by Ruby Peace, 74, whose late husband, former state Democratic Party (See ALAMO, Page 8) Tropical wave bringing more rain By TIM LOPES The Brownsville Herald A tropical wave drifting north from waters off the Yucatan Peninsula will bring some more rain to Brownsville, meteorologists said. It's the same area of low pressure responsible for our recent rainfall. As of midnight Sunday, a total of 1.45 inches of rain had fallen in the city so far this month — already more than the average of 1.10 inches for the month of September. Most of this month's total fell on Sunday, when meteorologists recorded .93 inches of rain. That brought the city's total for the year to 5.88 inches, still far behind the average annual rainfall of 16.15 inches. Joseph Wanja, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Brownsville, said the weather service is tracking the area of low pressure, presently located north of the Bay of Campeche, because conditions are right for it to develop into a tropical storm or a hurricane. The area is moving toward the Valley at about four miles per hour. But whether or not it develops into something else, the wave will continue to produce moisture headed our way. (See RAIN, Page 8) By TIM LOPES The Brownsville Herald Fewer Brownsville residents are falling prey to crimes such as thefts, burglaries, assaults and rapes this year than last year, according to Brownsville Police. But more citizens have had to cope with the theft of their motor vehicle or hâve been the target of robbers, police statistics show. And the number of murders has doubled. The latest murder occurred just a couple of days ago in the Southmost area. The body of Escolástica Harrison, 85, was discovered inside her mobile home at 409 Morningside Road by relatives at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. "It's believed there is foul-play involved," Brownsville Police spokesman Eddie Garcia said. "We don't have a motive. We're not ruling out anything at this time and we're still interviewing friends and family." Harrison was the 12'h murder victim of the year. At this time last year, only six murders had been committed. Despite the increase in the most violent of all crimes, Brownsville Police Chief Ben Reyna said public Crime In Brownsvlll« "Year to date** Offense 1987 1998 4/- % Murder 5 Rape 26 Robbery 92 Agg/Assault 534 Burglary 610 10 16 95 445 612- 5 100% •10 -38.46% 3 3.26% -89 -16.67% 2 0.33% Theft 3,385 2,438 -947 -27.98% M.V. theft 214 230 16 7.48% awareness has contributed to the decrease in most other major crimes. "A lot of people are calling in a lot of things. (And) they should do that. They should not feel they are bothering the police," Reyna said. " The most important thing in any community is the citizens' involvement with the police." The biggest decrease came in the area of thefts. From January through June, 2,438 thefts were reported to police, compared to 3,385 last year - a decrease of 27.98 percent. Only 16 rapes were reported in the first half of the year compared to 26 last year around the same time. (See CRIME, Page 8) State appointees may be looking for new jobs this fall AUSTIN (AP) — This Labor Day was one of the most uncertain ever for state workers who face possibly unprecedented turnover after the November election. For the first time. Republicans have a chance to control all statewide nonjudicial offices. Such an historic political turnover could affect hundreds of state workers, especially those who obtained their jobs through political connections. Nobody knows how many of the more than 152,000 state agency jobs hang in the balance, but when Republican Rick Perry was elected agriculture commissioner in November 1990, 40 percent of the agency's 600 workers were gone within a year, the Austin American-Statesm&n reported Monday. "I think it's fair to say there are quite a few Democrats who may be nervous about their jobs, and, if the worst case scenario happens, some of these state agency roofs might look like the American embassy in Saigon before the (Viet) Cong swarmed in," Joe Cutbirth, special assistant to Land Commissioner Garry Mauro, told the newspaper. Cutbirth told the newspaper he has no job plans if Mauro loses his race for governor. "All the stars have aligned for this to be a major change in the way Texas government is run and who's running it. And that means more than just the people who are on the ballot," private political consultant Mark Sanders, who is working for GOP land commissioner candidate David Dewhurst, told the Statesman. "The reality of Austin is that most of the work is done by staff, and staff is going to change dramatically between now and when the Legislature comes back in session" in January. Party affiliation cannot be grounds for dismissal under the law, but many who got Yeltsin choice rejected, again Economy in turmoil as ruble continues to lose value their jobs through political connections, or have a loyalty to party officeholders, voluntarily move on. When Perry ousted Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower in 1990, about 100 of the nearly 600 employees resigned by Dec. 31, Hightower's last day. "By the time Mr. Perry had taken over the office and gone through a legislative session (See JOBS, Page 8) By LESLIE SHEPHERD Associated Press Writer MOSCOW — Lawmakers rejected Boris Yehsin's candidate for prime minister on Monday for a second time, throwing Russia into even deeper political turmoil as the economy hurdles out of control. In other blows to Yeltsin on Monday, the ruble crashed again dramatically and the Central Bank chairman offered to quit. Some Russians flocked to stores to buy goods before prices shoot up any higher. "The economic crisis is gaining momentum with catastrophic speed," acting Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin warned the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, before it torpedoed his nomination 273-138. "We are all standing on the edge and no time is left for settling scores," he said. "We must begin acting." The vote sets the stage for a final confrontation between the president and his opponents. Yeltsin must decide whether to nominate Chernomyrdin again or find another candidate. If the Duma rejects Yeltsin's choice a third time, the constitution requires the president to dissolve parliament and call new elections within three months. Russia has been operating with an interim government for two weeks, since Yeltsin brought Chernomyrdin back after firing him in March. Chernomyrdin's efforts to win confirmation by parliament have left him little time to devote to the worst economic crisis since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Both Yeltsin and Chernomyrdin met with leaders of the parliamentary factions at the Kremlin before the vote, but there was no breakthrough and the president offered only a few symbolic concessions. The president suggested that the parliament confirm Chernomyrdin, and then assess his performance after a "trial period" (See RUSSIA, Page 8) Dmitry Lovetsky/The Associated Press Russian women sold items at a flea market in St. Petersburg Monday. A slide in the ruble is malting life hard for many Russians. mastsa Sliaiïassv.Bhïitjsi.» .í.íeeí^v Abby.............. Amusements Calendar...... Classified ,.7 ,.7 ,.6 14 Editorial, Horoscope .4 Lifestyle........ Obituaries .... .......3 ...5 Sports.......... .......9 ...7 Weather......... Visit our Web Site at www.brownsviileherald.com newsroom Don Pedro says: "I'm kind of confused about weather terminology. What's this about a wave coming our way? Don Pedro said. "You shouldn't be confused. Tropical waves turn into tropical depressions, which In turn can turn into tropical storms," the city editor said, "So it's just some weather term, huh? Too bad, I was looking fonward to buying me a surfboard." "You'd be better off buying an umbrella." ___^WflU^aJlttlejainJtJ3attetll)an_a.biadrQught,L^ □ Weddings, Page 3 □ Texas singer, Page 5 □ LalH>r Day, Page 8 a Swissair, Page 14 k
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