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   Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - December 7, 2006, Galveston, Texas                                G A L V E S TO N ETSILYNEWS Thursday cents Oldest Newspaper Since 1842 Vol 161 No 239 INSIDE TODAY Biz Buzz First midand high rise condominiums ill the rage in Galveston Now its townhouses A devel opment with 100 Mediterraneanstyle homes is coming to the Poverty moves to the suburbs According to a new study the suburban poor outnumber their urban counterparts for the first Legislators tout TAKS overhaul Texas legislative leaders said a top pri ority of the new ses sion would be scrap ping the standardized test that high school ers must pass and replacing it with end ofcourse exams in core Reel Report A bit of warmer weather and lighter winds made ail the difference in fishing reports Index Bulletin TV Inside La Santa Texas 10 Weather Todays Forecast Rain High 58 low 48 Details A12 Battle lines drawn as game nears BATTLE BY THE BAY II 32nd Street divides school allegiances The DaJy To the casual observer its hard to tell where Stingaree Country ends and Cougar Land begins For those fa miliar with the battle fine of the Battle By the Bay rematch this weekend its all about which side of 32nd Street your grew up on Almost half of the La Marque school district rests in the city limits of Texas City The dividing line that decides which warn you root or play for in Saturdays 4A Region III final playoff football game is a nondescript street lined with middleclass homes If you live to the west of 32nd you are a Cougar To the east That should make you a Sting Well sort of One of the unique aspects of the rivalry between the two high schools is the proximity the school districts have to one another Often you will find See CQIMDQWN TO THE REMATCH Texas City La Marque days Saturday at Galen Park A new course Iraq Study group cochairmen James A Baker Hi left and Lee Hamilton take part in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday to present the Iraq Study broups report on the war Panel says Bushs policies failed calls for more troops ByMWEGEARAN Associates Press WASHINGTON President Bushs war policies have failed in al most every regard the bipartisan Iraq Study Group concluded Wednesday and it warned of dwin dling chances to change course be fore crisis turns RELATED to chaos Senate COn Nearly four firms Robert bii Gatesasnew Ilon and rnort secretary of than 2900 deaths into a deeply unpop ular war vio lence is bad and getting worse there is no guarantee of success and the consequences of failure are great the panel of five Republicans and five Democrats said in a bleak accounting of and Iraqi short comings The implications they warned are dire for terrorism war in the Middle East and higher oil prices around the world Tough assessment of situation in Iraq The Iraq Study Group Report calls for more U S irooos to train Ira of those fraqi forces are not ready Combat operations Companylevel and higher 90C 700 I 500 Iraq Security 300 Forces ISF 100 0 12 C5 606 SOS It said the United States should find ways to pull back most of its combat forces by early 2008 and focus troops on training and supporting Iraqi units Thr also should begin a diplomatic of for battle Estimated readiness of Iraqi forces BH Center for Strategic and International Studios Dept of Defense Ministry of Defense i Army Air Force and Navy National Other Ministry of interior forces EE3PW Regular poiice aregic and AP fensive by the enri of the month and engage adversaries Iran and Syria iii an effort to quell sectarian violence and shoiv up the fragile See Robbery charges dismissed for teenagers GALVESTON Suspects face lesser assault charges stemming from melee if SCOTT Thei 2006 The County Dairy News Three Ball High School students will face misdemeanor chanres in an Oct 13 altercation that origi nally produced robbery charts A grand jury last week declined to indict the trio on the rohlxrv charges after hearing evidence and testimony about the teens en counter with another youth that put two of them in the hospital Prosecutors Wednesday filed three charges of assault causing bodily injury a misdemeanor one charge each against Lckeith Tyler Quinnton Cleveland and Pri narci Black all 17 After hearing the evidence the grand jurors indicated their feeling that a lesser charge might be propriate for these County Criminal District Attorney Kurt Sistnmk told The Daily News The victim told police he was walking home from work the night of Oct 13 when someone hit him in See I Funding inadequate TEXAS CITY Deposition i supports government assessments I BandAids and Super Glue were holding BPs refinery together in the years before a blast that killed 15 people the plants former manager told attorneys in a deposition Don Parus also hnw he was trying to improve the refiners Partis statements are in a transcript of a deposition inJuly Part of that deposition and other dncu ment on a He up hL law firm that represent Rowe who sued BP over the deaths 01 her parents and Linda fxowe were among the 15 killed when a series M oxplosionsipped through an octanebunting unit at the re finery on March 23 2005 Documents on the Web site are the first of thousands to be released as pa it of BPV set tlement with Rowe Parus who took over in 2002 described finding a refinery that marie heavy use of by which he meantclamps used to keep units running instead of making complete repairs Clamps are sup posed to be a temporary fix for pipes and valves Parus also said BP was not spending enough money to maintain the facility Thai lack of spending existed before BP acquired the facility in a merger with Amoco The underinvestment of the site spanned a significant number of years even urinr to BPs he said So the condition of the site was a result of the accumulation of many years of underin vesting undermaintaining the infrastruc Still three years after the merger spending levelwere not nearlv See BP ikposition Q n your opinion the plant that you in herited thai a plant that has been demonstrated that of money being properly spent guess maintain the infrastructure Frjrner niaiiaqsr jon on doycii No sir Q OK Basea BP that do you C OuC 3P o irairtain Ste norey to Ha that o Parus No rriised 0 OK 2002 but nors s 2005 the clay of ngecsd Fora ink to BP lodjirents go to the Tracedv in Texas City nage of   

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