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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                Texas Today Mil iMtowf Chunks HOUSTON AP You know how sometimes it riini cats and Well it might have been worse than that in Houston on Tuesday Huge chunks of ice failing hundreds of feet from the tops and sides of skyscrapers Heads yelled security guard Claude Moore standing on a street confer warning workers en route to lunch They looked up and scooted out of the way as halllike pieces plunged frdm the roof and sides of 36ftoor Pcnnzoil Place But no one was reported injured However chunks of ice shattered a street light on one street corner woman who Cowboys Hupp survived I wish they were here today for lack of a Better way of putting Hupp said after taking the oath of office on Tuesday Things happen for a reason and I sincerely believe that I have to believe Hupp a Republican from HeraldZellunip q Wednesday January p 5A Associated Press w AQMiNmriKi u a epucan rom u c L A Copperas Cove who won the seat Ncwl toe formerly held by retired Re Laton in thc Republicans DALLAS AP The former stripper who made up a gangrape accusation against Dallas Cowboys stars Erik Williams and Michael Irvln had until today to post bond on a charge of filing a false police report Nina Shahravan 23 could face six months in jail and a fine if convicted of the misdemeanor Police filed paperwork for the charge with prosecutors on Tuesday A warrant was issued for her arrest but police said she wouldnt necessarily be arrested at her home She had until today to post bond before Dallas county deputies begin trying to find her Shahravan filed a police report Dec 30 after first going to a television reporter accusing Irvin of holding a gun to her head while Williams and a third man who was never identified raped her in Williams home She also accused Irvin of videotaping the attack Friday after she was confronted with evidence that Irvin couldnt have been at Williams house the night of thc alleged attack Shahravan signed a statement admitting her story was a lie talk sottlomont with firm DALLAS AP Top Texas legislators are recommending a 12 m Ilion settlement for Tejas Testing T chnology the company into baikruptcy two years agojwhpn the state abandoned its auto emissions testing program The potential settlement outlined in a letter from legislators to the company would be one of the largest state awards to a company involving a canceled contract The Dallas Morniiig News reported in todays editions The deal also would allow legislators to put aside a liability that has loomed since Tejas sued the state after the 1995 legislative Tejas lawsuit against the state was set for trial today before state district Judge Joe Hart in Austin Senate Finance Committee Chairman Bill Ratliff RMount Pleasant said he proposed the settlement in a letter this month Now facaa In naw taglslatura AUSTIN AP Among the new faces in the 1997 Legislature is Suzanna Gratia Hupp who only wished her parents were in the Texas House to see her sworn in The last time Hupp was with her parents Al and Ursala Gratia was moments before George Henard crashed his truck into Lubys Cafeteria in Killeen in 1991 and began shooting leaving 23 dead The Gratias were among the victims formerly held by retired Rep Layton Black DGoldthwaitc said her father and Democttig are waging ceaseless long had urged her to run for public partisan warfare in an ethics case that grows Uglier by the day In the latest volley Republicans on Tuesday demanded that Democrats ferret out the truth about Rep Jim McDermott and whether he leaked a tape recording of a telephone conversation involving Gingrich and thc GOP high command The illegal recording was made by a Florida up a torch long carried by pro couple who said they personally immigration groups the new handed it to McDermott a member chairman of the Senate immigration of the House ethics committee subcommittee has expressed support In reply McDermott DWash for a plan dividing thc nations sidestepped the question of whether 1 will not allow angry partisanship to dlvort eommlttoo from its job of providing tno public ami Congress with complete Information In the Gingrich case office It just seemed like I kept fallmg toward this she said I think it would have happened sooner or later and I think what happened to my parents was a Rep Nancy Johnson RConn tot By functions WASHINGTON AP Picking immigration service into separate enforcement and service agencies In his first major speech as immigration subcommittee chairman Sen Spencer Abraham told a California audience Tuesday that a key item on his agenda this session will be organizational reform of the Immigration and Naturalization Service We should not have a single agency charged with catching criminals and keeping out illegals while at the same time letting in relatives skilled workers and true Abraham said in prepared remarks Border enforcement duties for example could be taken over by thc Customs Service Abraham suggested million In INS funding dedicated to Southwost WASHINGTON AP One thousand new Border Patrol agents will be dispatched to the Southwest border this year in a new million initiative to deter illegal crossings and remove undocumented aliens from the nations interior Flush with a record billion budget this year the Immigration and Naturalization Service will use some of its added funding to hire including the Border Patrol inspectors at land border crosjdrfgSi and airports Our first priority remains to secure the INS Commissioner Doris Meissncr told a news conference Tuesday California will gain 506 of the new agents inspectors and support personnel followed by Texas with 479 Arizona With 224 New Mexico with 98 and New York with 62 A once chronically underfunded agency INS has seen its fortunes improve dramatically at a time other federal entities have had to scale back The budget for the fiscal year that began Oct 1 is more than double the billion INS received at thc start of thc Clinton administration in 1993 he provided the tape to selected reporters but offered to stand aside from judging Gingrichs case He then delivered a bombshell of his own charging that Republicans had used ethics complaints lodged against Democrats as barter in negotiations over sanctions to be applied to Gingrich in previous findings in his case over the last two years Almost lost amid the partisan rhetoric was thc main event what punishment the House should administer to Gingrich on Jan 21 for admitted rules violations James M Cole special counsel in the case is laboring under a deadline of Thursday for completing his report No timetable has been set for public hearings since Rep Nancy Johnson the committee chairwoman abruptly tore up a schedule that had provided up to five days Sources close to thc investigation disclosed that Cole saying he was denied time to prepare adequately for hearings has privately told thc panel that he would play a severely truncated role in any public hearings That could prove a disappointment to Democrats who were hoping a recitation of thc facts by Cole could help turn public opinion against Gingrich The man at thc core of the controversy offered a lesson in morality to McDermott McDermott should do what his conscience Gingrich told ABC but certainly members of Congress shouldnt break the Whatever fate awaits McDermott and thc Florida couple who have admitted taping thc call they overheard on a police scanner the ethics case against Gingrich has turned into political warfare Scarcely a week ago thc Republican leadership was scuffling to round up enough GOP votes to re elect Gingrich speaker But given thc controversy over thc tape one Republican strategist speaking on condition of anonymity said Tuesday Were on offense now and thc last thing we need to do is back Indirectly Democrats seemed to concede as much Rep Vic Fazio thc third ranking member of his party in thc House told reporters on Tuesday he hoped the issue could be rcfocuscd onto Gingrichs admitted ethics violations Republicans though arc laboring mightily to prevent that Rep Bill Paxon one of Gingrichs most tenacious defenders called on Democratic congressional leaders during thc day to ferret out thc truth about McDermotts role in thc tape that was made of Gingrich and other Republicans on thc day he was admitting to violations of House rules The FBI said it is investigating the possible illegal telephone interception and the subsequent dissemination of thc contents of the telephone For good measure Paxon also mentioned that lie and other Republicans who were captured on tape may file a lawsuit for damages in the case In addition he suggested that thc controversy surrounding the tape may prompt some Republicans to consider a softer penalty for Gingrich than they might have otherwise The tape controversy shows Paxon snid that Democrats were trying to game the system and may well have an impact on mcmbersvotcs on Tuesday when the House debates Gingrichs punishment A few hours later Fazio swiftly discounted that suggestion I dont see a he said He also announced that Democrats would seek to have Johnson condemned by thc full House for unilaterally canceling the planned public hearings And McDcrrnott was anything but repentant I Ic noted that Monday night he had tried t turn lie controversial tape over to Johnson and thc committee but she dispatched it to thc Justice Department instead This is the last straw in a twoyear reign that has been arbitrary authoritarian and McDermott said At every turn the Republican majority on thc committee has delayed stonewalled or otherwise obstructed sensible efforts to get at the whole Denying any suggestion he was bowing to pressure by removing himself from thc Gingrich case McDermott said he was stepping down as soon as steps arc taken to make sure the two parties have an equal number of members on the panel I can no longer participate in this he wrote Replied Johnson I will not allow angry partisanship to divert thc committee from its job of providing the public and the Congress with complete information in the Gingrich News programs show their ratings muscle The Associated Press NEW YORK AP In the dead of winter TV viewers seem to be increasingly turning to news programs instead of entertainment Five of the top 20 programs in last weeks Nielsen Media Research ratings were newsmagazines Each of the programs scored better than their season average for vlewership Nielsen said Tuesday Season leader NBC was the ratings leader during the week that ended on Sunday finishing with an rating and 18 share ABC and NBC both had two of thc toprated magazine shows but thc veteran program 60 Minutes remains the genres leader for CBS and was thc fourth mostwatched show of the week ABCs PrimeTime Live and both finished among the weekstop 10 shows Dateline NBCs Tuesday program finished I Ith in the rankings and the Friday edition finished 20th Nielsen said Comfort 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