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   Brownsville The Herald (Newspaper) - December 28, 1998, Brownsville, Texas                                 C1888 Th» Browntvlll* Htrtld. All rlghli r«»«rv«d.  Vol 107, No. 177  K ' t. I ' 1111 H • I J.v I'D  JMonday  50 cents daily / $1.25 Sunday  Born on the 4th of july  18 9 2  URE'S TERROR  Memories of prison camps cannot be forgotten Page 7  OYS  Dallas wins finale; Cardinals next Page 11  TODAY  Senators call for speedy trial  By LAURIE KELLMAN Th« Associated Press  WASHINGTON — Key Senate Republicans say censure should he considered only after a speedy impeachment trial — and perhaps only after a vote on whether to remove President Clinton from office.  "We ought tp vote on these articles of impeachment, and then that is the appropriate time to consider a censure," Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky„ said on "Fox News Sunday."  "Assuming neither of those articles pass,  Republicans say censure considered after trial  which is what's widely expected will be the outcome ... you sit down and you negotiate the censure alternative."  The Senate is set to consider two articles of impeachment passed this month by the / House, but significant questions remain over whether a deal for censuring the president can be worked out before a trial begins.  Still, there is widespread agreement among Republicans and Democrats that any  trial should be quick, given that senators of both parties widely agree that there's little chance that the chamber will vote to convict and remove Ginton.  Internal surveys to see whether two-thirds of the Senate would vote for removal will not begin until after the trial opens, said Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.  Without the 67 votes needed, Senate leaders then would "come up with the  strongest censure resolution there is," Hatch said on CBS' "Face the Nation."  Democrats are pushing for a strongly worded censure to punish Clinton for trying to cover up his affair with Monica Lewinsky, perhaps adding a fine and admission of perjury. Veteran Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York, is leading what he described as a "bipartisan" drafting effort.  But Republicans are insisting on trying  Smallest octuplet dies  By MARK BABINECK The Associated Press  HOUSTON — Heart and lung failure claimed Odera Louis — the tiniest of the world's only octuplets — on Sunday, hours short of her one-week birthday.  From the moment Odera was born Dec. 20 to Nkem Chukwu, doctors never were confident about her chances. She entered the world at 1()!3 ounces and would have been one of the smallest infants ever to survive.  ;  '  In a statement released Sunday through the hospital, her parents said: "We are very saddened by the passing of our beloved baby Odera. She is now safe with.God in heaven and we remain most grateful to him for having blessed our lives with hers."  The baby's condition began to deteriorate significantly Saturday, when doctors moved her from a conventional ventilator to an oscillator in an effort to get more oxygen into her blood.  Medication and chest compressions were unsuccessful once she began to fail, the hospital said. She was pronounced dead at 3:23 a.m.  The baby's full name, Chijindu Chidera Louis, meant "God has my life" — an indication her parents knew early on she was the most fragile of the eight.  Her seven siblings remained in critical condition and in intensive care.  Three — Ebuka, a girl delivered naturally Dec. 8; Ikem, the boy who suffered respiratory problems Saturday; and Gorom, a girl who underwent abdominal surgery Saturday — stayed on ventilators Sunday.  Chidi, Echerem, Chima and Joike were breathing on their own, the hospital said. All but the first were delivered Dec. 20 by Caesarian section.  Ms. Chukwu and her husband, (See DIED, Page 9)  Clinton on the perjury anil obstruction of justice charges passed along party lines by the House. U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist would preside; senators would act as the jury.  Senators of both parties agreed on one thing during their appearances on the Sunday talk shows: They, like most Americans, want the matter disposed of swiftly. But the timeliness of such a trial depends heavily on the definition of speed in a chamber that prides itself on careful.  (See SENATORS, Page 9)  December golf  Joel Martinez/The Monitor  Mike Briskey, a professional golfer and Brownsville native, demonstrated some of his golfing techniques at the First Annual Jamie Gomez & Friends Jr. golf clinic at the Tierra Santa Golf Club Sunday in Weslaco.  Elderly man leaps from eighth floor  By ALBERT VILLEGAS The Brownsville Herald  An elderly man leaped from a high rise building to his death in an effort to evade police, paramedics and other people who were trying to stop him from his rampage Sunday.  The man apparently fought off a 'good Samaritan' from the 8 th  floor balcony before jumping out around 5:30 p.m. from the Villa Del Sol Nursing Home on St. Charles Street and 8 th  Street.  The man, however, was no stranger to police or Brownsville Emergency Medical Services.  "The department received calls all week long. ... one this morning and then again this evening on this same man," said Brownsville Police Sgt. Sam Huff.  Police were dispatched to the scene on a disturbance call at 5:22 p.m.. Huff said. Smoke was coming out from the 12 th  floor, which police later found was the victim's room.  "The only thing fire investigators found was a mattress which had sustained fire damage," said Brownsville Fire Sgt. Abel Galvan.  (See LEAP, Page 10)  Albert VillegasfThe Brownsville Herald  Brownsville Police officers stood guard in front of the Villa Del Sol apartments Sunday.  Officials may never find the source of tar blobs  By RICKEY DAILEY The Brownsville Herald  AUSTIN — If the typical pattern holds, there's less than a 50 percent chance officials will identify the source of tar blobs that blotched South Texas beaches earlier this month.  "Probably 40 percent of the time we can find out who spilled it," Robin O'Donnell, chief boatswain mate at the U.S. Coast Guard's marine safety office in Corpus Christi, said.  A sample of the tar that washed ashore in early December along Padre Island National Seashore south of Corpus Christi to Boca Chica beach has been sent to a testing laboratory in Connecticut, O'Donnell said.  He said three other samples taken from cither vessels or offshore facilities are also  being tested to determine if they match the beach tar.  "They are still analyzing them. We are still awaiting results as to the possibility of finding out where these oil tar balls might have come from," he said.  Although test results might be available by the last week of December, O'Donnell said the analysis will probably not be completed until after the New Year.  "We don't know where it came from. We're trying to find out and that's pretty much what it comes down to. Until we get the results, we will know (the source) or we will never know it," he said.  Testing is so accurate, according to O'Donnell, that it can positively match a beached tar ball with its source.  (See TAR, Page 10)  Joe Torres has seen it all as a firefighter; politics is next  Albert Vlllegte/The Brownsville Herald  Joe Torraa Is a 25-year veteran of the local fire department.  By TIM LOPES The Brownsville Herald  Big fires, small fires, car wrecks and dead bodies, Joe Torres has seen just about everything in his 25 years with the Brownsville Fire Department.  But after a quarter century of riding and driving big red fire trucks, Ibrres is hanging up his fire helmet as a driver with the department. He recently announced that he will be retiring at the beginning of the New Year. And plenty has changed in the department since he walked into Central Fire station as a rookie in 1973.  The style of fire engines that the department used when Ibrres began his career are now •remembered by many firemen as classics.  "The sirens that we had were air driven. They sounded a lot different, you would stop the truck and they would keep going until they ran out of power," Ibrres said.  Back then, he said, the bright red fire trucks used a bell that hung high on the truck.  "You used to have a bell with a string to the inside of the cab and the officer  x  • riding inside the cab Yq»|. would pull the bell to warn the traffic," he said.  Nostalgia aside, Ibrres said most elements have ohanged for the better. Firefighters now understand the risks associated with the job.  "(The firefighters) were tougher but we suffered a lot because we didn't know any better. I've seen a lot of  bor  older fireman die from lung cancer," Ibrres said. "From the old school, you would (go into a burning building) and if you lasted longer in there without coming out for air, you were the toughest but now we know that's wrong."  Firefighters now take classes and are issued more safety gear. Ibrres said that each truck used to be equipped with an air tank.-Now, firemei\nave an air tank of their own.  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