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Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - September 10, 2005, Galveston, Texas INSIDE TODAY Group still influential in state politics H For three years a cloud of investigation and scandal has trailed the Texas Association of Business Yet the groups substantial sway over state policy has ceded Ophelia strengthens Ophelia regained hurricane strength Friday on a course that could take it into the coast and forecasters urged residents of northern Florida and the Carolinas keep close watch on its path over the next few Friday night football La Marque 27 PortNechesGroves 10 Friendswood Dayton Ball High Washington Hastings Clear Creek 49 42 35 9 20 13 OConnell 41 Lutheran North 23 For details see Index Bulletin TV Inside La Weather GALVESTO E DAILY Ibxas Oldest Newspaper Since 1842 Vol 163 No 153 Saturday 10 2005 50 cents Todays Forecast Sun with storms High 88 Low 78 Details B8 6 5 2005 The Galveston County Daily News Councilmans wife gets probation in theft LEAGUE CITY Monica Hdwell writes public apology By SARAH V1REN The Daily News A city councilmans wife pleaded guilty Friday to mis handling thousands of dollars worth of donations to a PTA fund Parents with the Walter Hall Elementary School PTA said their former board member Monica Tidwell il legally wrote more than in PTA checks to her self or a business she oper ates with her husband City Councilman Rusty Tidwell Monica Tidwell had repaid most of that As part of a plea deal she handed a check for to PTA representa tives Thursday in a Galveston courtroom In August Monica Tidwell was indicted for the misappli cation of fiduciary property a thirddegree felony which car ries a possible jail term of 10 years Rusty Tidwell was not charged in the case The district attorneys office this week offered a plea agree ment stipulating 10 years de layed adjudication including 200 community service hours That means as long as the League City resident does not violate her probation which prohibits her from handling money for any nonprofit orga nization she will serve no jail time Her record will also be wiped clean after 10 years Some including Walter Hall PTA president Larry Sellstrom hoped for a harsher sentence But Assistant District At torney Mo Ibrahim said jail time was never a possibility The plea deal was a good com promise he said because it See A day of chan Members of the 82nd Airborne Division left rescue Hurricane Kat rina victim Edward Regis 65 from his home in New Orleans Regis The Associated Press who has lived in his house for 31 years decided to leave after being holed up since floodwaters rose throughout the city Authorities in New Orleans find fewer bodies than feared The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS Alarming predictions of as many as dead in New Orleans may have been greatly exaggerated with authorities saying Friday that the first streetbystreet sweep of the swamped city revealed far fewer corpses than feared Some of the catastrophic deaths that some people pre dicted may not have oc said Col Terry Ebbert the citys homeland security chief He declined to give a re vised estimate But he added so far are relatively minor as compared to the dire projections of The encouraging news came as authorities officially shifted most of their atten tion to counting and re moving the dead after spending days cajoling per suading and all but strong arming the living into leaving the city because of the danger of fires and dis ease from the fetid floodwa ters Ever since Hurricane Kat rina struck Aug 29 resi dents rescuers and cadaver sniffing dogs have found bodies floating in the waters trapped in attics or left lying on broken highways Some were dropped off at hospital doorsteps or left slumped in wheelchairs out in the open Mayor Ray Nagin suggested last weekend that it wouldnt be unreasonable to have dead and au thorities ordered body bags But soldiers who had been brought in during the past See Storm survivor pitches in locally KEVIN Daily News Eivin Waters checks out the house he will soon be moving into as he visits it for the first time Waters and his family have been staying in a hotel and with relatives in Galveston since they were displaced by Hurricane Katrina By KELLY HAWES The Daily News GALVESTON For more than a week Elvin Waters has been relying on The Jesse Tree for help in recovering from Hurricane Katrina Theyve just been he said Theyve helped me out with gas food clothing Now theyre helping me out with On Friday morning though Waters was the one See Inside FEMA to end debit card pro Katrina fallout helps landlords construction Paul tours local relief Storm causes city to reeval uate hurricane Shelters transition into service On the Web See the Daily News special re port including a list of services for storm victims visit FEMAhead relieved of Katrina duties Hie Associated Press WASHINGTON The ad ministration dumped FEMA Di rector Michael Brown as com mander of Hurricane Katrina re lief operations Friday as Presi dent Bush stoked memo ries of the 2001 terror attacks hailing the ex traordinary bravery of rescue per sormel Brown who had come to personify a re lief operation widely panned as bumbling will be replaced by Coast Guard Vice Adm Thad W Allen Allen had been in charge of re lief recovery and rescue ef forts for New Orleans The decision to order Brown back to Wash ington from Louisiana he remains as director of the Federal Emer gency Manage ment Agency marked the administra tions latest at tempt to assert leadership in wake of the devastating storm and its aftermath in cluding the weakest public opinion polls of Bushs time in office At the White By the press yes By the president FEMA director Michael Brown when asked if he was being made the scapegoat for criticism of the federal governments Katrina recovery efforts Something needed to happen Michael Brown has been acting like a private instead of a Sen Trent Lott on Browns departure House spokes man Scott Mc Clellan said the decision to reas sign Brown riad been made by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and that Bush supported it See 5yearold boy killed when bicycles pickup truck collide SANTA FE Child rode into intersection police say By SCOHE WILLIAMS The Daily News A collision between two chil drens bicycles and a pickup truck killed a 5yearold boy Thursday night Aaron Michael Early was riding his bicycle north on McGinnis Road outside the tify limits and alongside a girL Witnesses told sheriffs deputies the girl appeared to be about his same age The two children rode past a stop sign and into the 28th Street intersection about when they collided with a 1986 Ford F150 pickup truck headed east on 28th Street according to reports from the sheriffs office The speed limit on both streets is 30 mph The trucks speed was not available but officials said the driver was not apparently speeding In vestigators said they would ask state troopers to conduct tests to determine the trucks exact speed There are no stop signs on 28th Street at that intersec tion The impact threw both chil dren off of their bicycles Nei ther was wearing a helmet of ficials said The girl did not appear to be seriously injured and ran witnesses told investi gators Deputies did not know that childs whereabouts on Friday Early suffered extensive in juries officials said A Life Flight helicopter took him to a University of Texas Medical Branch hospital where he was pronounced dead at The collision remained under investigation Friday but no charges or citations had been issued
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