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The Facts (Newspaper) - January 2, 1999, Clute, Texas THE FACTS SATURDAY JANUARY 2 1999 Cluster of quakes rattle Mexico border EL CENTRO Calif Three small earthquakes rattled Imperial County near the Mexico border within minutes of each other late Friday morning just hours after a separate quake struck Kern County officials said A quake struck 5 miles northwest of El Centre at and was followed by a temblor in the same area just seconds later said Doug Given a seismologist with the Geological Survey A third quake magnitude struck 4 miles northwest of the town about Given said El Centra is about 117 miles east ofSan Diego Earlier Friday morning a magnitude quake struck 15 miles west of Wheeler Ridge about he said Wheeler Ridge locat ed about 70 miles northwest of Los Angeles is a rural area just outside Bakersfield Authorities in both El Centro and Wheeler Ridge said there were rio reports of injury or damage Given said they were all new quakes and not aftershocks Justice fundraising probe stalls again WASHINGTON In a setback for the Justice Departments cam paign fundraising investigation a federal judge has dismissed much of the case against a Thai busi nesswoman who raised substantial funds for the Democratic Party District Judge Paul L Jfiiedman on Thursday threw out 11 counts against Pauline Kanchanalak a key figure in the investigation of foreign money raised in the 1996 ClintonGore re election campaign The ruling left seven of the original 24 counts Prosecutors had dropped six charges against Kanchanalak last fall after the judge raised legal con cerns about those counts Friedmans ruling Thursday fol lowed earlier decisions that threw but much of the Justice Departments cases against two other defendants in the foreign money probe Yah Lin Charlie Trie and Maria Hsia A number of Republican law makers have urged Attorney General Janet Reno to recommend an independent counsel to investi gate the ClintonGore moneyrais ing effort including the roles of the president and vice president After conducting preliminary inquiries she concluded the step was not warranted She still is conducting a preliminary investigation on seek ing a counsel to investigate former White House aide Harold Ickes Judge overturns UT rule against fliers AUSTIN A federal judge has overturned a University of Texas policy that bans people who arent students from distributing fliers out side the Erwin Center District Judge Sam Sparks ruled the Erwin Center is different from the main campus and attempts to limit free speech on the centers sidewalks to students fac ulty and staff are unconstitutional Four environmentalists chal lenged the policy after almost being arrested in 1996 for trying to pass out brochures in front of the Erwin Center which hosts public events from rock concerts to Ice Capades shows University leaders had argued UT owns the sidewalk in frqnt of the center making it subject to the same policies governing the West Mall and other parts of campus Sparks disagreed The entire paved area that runs along Red River Street evjsn though part of it is literally owned by the University is a public side walk for First Amendment purpos he wrote in his ruling Tuesday Happy thought 1999 has to be better DALLAS Happy times were few and far between in 1998 the1 Secret Society of Happy People said on New Years Day Since we had so few happy moments the ball dropping in New Yorks Times Square ringing in 1999 was the best news society founder Pam Johnson said The Irvingbased society did list 10 of the happiest events of 1998 10 The Pope visited Cuba mak ing Cubans the happiest they had been in 40 years 9 Camryn Manheim won an Emmy and gleefully accepted for all the fat Johnson said 8 Viagra need we say more and Propecia the bald pill Now youve got both ends she said 7 The McCaughey septuplets celebrated their first birthday 6 The Womens Ice Hockey Team won the gold medal in the sports debut in the Olympics 5 The return of the Volkswagen Beetle 4 Jesse The Body Ventura elected governor in Minnesota 3 Home run sluggers Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were happy for each other and we were happy for them Johnson said 2 At 77 astronaut John Glenn returned to space 1 The first 14 days of 1998 because nobody had heard of Monica Lewinsky and ignorance was the Secret Society of Happy People founder said Man says he was indicted in bombing TULSA Okla An Oklahoma City man said he was the person indicted by a grand jury investigating the federal building bombing for allegedly attempting to influence the panel David Hoffman told the Tulsa World in Saturdays editions he is on a deferred sentence on a stalking charge and was concerned that the new indictment could result in a lengthy jail stay If I cant work out some reason able terms with the district attorney I am not the Oklahoma City man told the World The Oklahoma County grand jurys investigation into the bombing led to one sealed indictment Wednesday and the rejection of one after another conspiracy theory that has persisted since the April 19 1995 explosion that killed 168 peo ple The grand jury said that after hearing 117 witnesses and examin ing thousands of exhibits we can state with assurance that we do not believe that the federal government had prior knowledge that this horrible terrorist attack was going to hap The jurors are not good Hoffman said If they were good people they would have returned more indictments This is the biggest government coverup since the Kennedy Associated Press SOUTH AFRICA NEW YEAR AP photo Members of the South African Police take up positions as they come under fire during their patrols of Johannesburgs inner city suburb of Hillbrow in the countdown to the New Year Thursday Hillbrow is turned into a virtual nogo area as New Years celebrations are marked by widespread vio lence and looting ITALY NEW YEAR DAY AP photo Italys Aldo Corrieri 45 dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour Bridge in Rome to celebrate New Years Day Friday Corrieri a veteran of the traditional Roman dive jumped from a height of approximately 18 meters HONG KONG PROTESTERS AP photo A demonstrator holds a picture of Wang Youcai a jailed Chinese dissident recently sentenced to 11 years in prison for attempting to set up an opposition part in China and shouts slo gans with other demonstrators during a protest outside the Hong Kong government offices Friday About 300 prodemocra cy and labor activists marched through the streets of Hong Kong on Friday to demand that Beijing release jailed dissidents and end the Chinese Communist Partys monopoly on power Iraqis move missile sites to evade detection WASHINGTON AP Iraq frequently is moving antiair craft batteries to keep and British pilots guessing about where the next enemy missile might be launched as Western warplanes patrol nofly zones over the country defense officials say Iraqs estimated 60 surface toair missile pr SAM batteries have proved hard to find and hard to hit They are moving their batteries around quite heavily now from one launch site to another the official said Thursday speaking on condition of anonymity The increased shifting in the missile sites comes as Iraq twice this week tried to shoot down and British aircraft patrolling nofly zones in southern and northern Iraq American fighter jets destroyed two of the Iraqi mis sile sites Monday and Wednesday by firing radarseek ing missiles and laserguided bombs The action responded to attempts by Iraqi President Saddam Husseins military to strike and British war planes with missiles planes aimed at smoke and dust plumes immediately after the Iraqi missiles were launched and locked onto the brief Iraqi radar used in the attacks But when they are not being fired onthemove SAM batter ies are harder to find and to hit as was seen during the Dec 1619 and British airstrike against Iraq A Desert Fox battle damage assessment released by the Pentagon indicated and British attackers struck 65 per cent of Iraqi surfacetoair mis sile sites and batteries targeted or 22 out of 34 That compares to a 95 percent success rate or 63 hits out of 66 attempts for other targets including sus pected weapons sites command and control installations air fields and Saddams Republican Guard A concrete building is obvi ously easier to plan for and to hit than something that is said Lt Col Mark Samisch spokesman for Central Command It also is more difficult to approach and hit a target that can strike back This is going up against the bullets that can knock you out of the said Capt Steve Pietropaoli spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff They are difficult to hit and mobile They are small targets And you dont always know where they Air defense sites nearly always are the first targets of attacks including in Desert Fox destroyed to protect bombers and fighters during fol lowon attacks Cruise missiles are the primary means of strik ing SAM sites to further reduce casualty risks The key targets of Desert Fox launched by President Clinton to punish Iraq for not cooperating with weapons inspections were weapons sites and the Iraqi militarys sources of power Gore forms committee for presidential race WASHINGTON AP With the new year comes a new official entrant Vice President Al Gore in the Democrats race for the presi dential nomination Gore was mailing papers today to the Federal Election Commission establishing a pres idential campaign committee for the 2000 election his staff chief Ron Klain said Thursday The papers will name Jose Villarreal a prominent Hispanic activist in Texas Democratic politics and a deputy manager of Gore and President Clintons 1992 campaign as the cam paign treasurer Klain said While no formal announce ment is being made right now we have filed the necessary forms on behalf of the vice president so that initial prepara tions can go Villarreal said Gore is the third Democrat to form a committee for seeking the parlys presidential nomina tion in 2000 Former Sen Bill Bradley of New Jersey formed an exploratory committee the first week of December and Sen Paul Wo of Minnesota also has established an exploratory committee for raisinti money for a presidential bid Other possible contenders for the Democratic partys presi dential nomination include House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt of Missouri Sens John Kerry of Massachusetts and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson Another Democrat Sen Bob Kerrey of Nebraska announced two weeks ago he would not seek the presidency in 2000 White House political direc tor Craig Smith a veteran of the 1996 ClintonGore campaigns of 1992 and 1996 agreed in November to he Gores cam paign manager in the 2000 race Temperatures Forecast Sky Sea Weather around Texas National weather The AccuWeather forecast for Jan 2 Bands separate high temperature zones for the day 20s 30s 50s O 1999 AecuWMther Inc ED E3 HI ESI E3 O Cow S ho wars Ruin Tttorrnt Snow Sunny Pi CksiKfy Cloudy Weather Watch HIGH 62 LOW 31 UV Index Minimal Low Moderate High Very High 10 BREEZY AND COLDER with 20 per cent chance of rain Highs about 62 degrees and lows at 31 degrees North wind between 1520 mph HIGH AND LOW temperatures for Friday were 71 and 62 RAINFALL No rainfall was recorded at Angleton from 127 Friday BEACH WATER TEMPERATURE 58 degrees TIDES High tides are at and Low tides are at and SUNRISE is at and sunset is at MARINE Galveston and Matagorda bays Southwest wind 2025 knots Bay waters very rough Matagorda Ship Channel to Freeport 20 50 nauti cal miles Northwest wind 20 to 30 knots Seas 8 feet subsiding to 6 feet Sunday through Tuesday high pressure will build over the area on Sunday with another strong North wind by late Monday winds should begin decreas ing again on Tuesday Forecast Sunday Highs about 43 degrees and lows near 27 degrees Clear and cold Monday Highs about 43 degrees and lows at 27 degrees Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain early morning freezing rain possible inland locations Tuesday Highs staying at 46 degrees and lows hovering at 28 degrees Becoming mostly sunny Wednesday Sunny with highs near 48 degrees and lows at 32 degrees The Associated Press Highest temperature last 12 hours lowest past 18 hours and precipitation for 24 hours ending at 6 Dalhart Dallas LcvoField Del Rio Demon DFW 46 64 76 60 29 47 58 42 Marfa McAllun McKmney Midland M metal 66 83 55 70 27 63 44 44 Si or M W Austin College Corpus Weather around the nation The Associated Press Temperatures indicate previous days high and overnight low to 7 Kansas Las Los Miami New New Prc 01 01 06 02 12 14 01 Otlk rn cdv sn cdy sn cdy clr sn rn sn clr clr rn rn cdv sn rn rn crtv North Oklahoma Portland Port land bait San San Santa St Sioux Tuc Washington ciiv rrtv cdv ;