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Brownsville Herald (Newspaper) - December 12, 1999, Brownsville, Texas $ roams mile vol. 108, no. 162 december 12, j sunday 50 cents daily / $1.25 sunday born o n a 1999 the Brownsville Herald All rights reserved the 4th of july 18 9 2 to met Tum in we. I we institutes research aimed at improving Economy Valley amp state re Pace Battles Rowe for tournament title Page by today Complete weather a6 illegal drug use by youths hard to gauge police bid statistics put different slant on problem by j. Noel Espinoza the Brownsville Herald determining the extent of illegal drug use among Brownsville youth is no easy task. Statistics kept by the Brownsville Independent school District since it established its own police department three years ago show a steady increase in reported drug cases. Brownsville police department statistics Over the same three years show the opposite a a Sharp decline in drug cases among the City s youth. Quot statistics can always create confusion Quot bid police chief Michael Pimentel said. A it gives you an overview of what we May have but it May not be a Correct in the 1996-97 school year. Bid police reported 72 drug cases. The number Rose by 20 in 1997-98 to 92. In the 1998-99 school year. 103 drug cases were reported. The figures include Possession of drug paraphernalia controlled substances marijuana. Inhalants cocaine and suspected narcotics. School officials said the statistics include All 46 bid campuses which have 40.297 students. Meanwhile uniform crime reports filed by the Brownsville police department show 141 youths arrested for drug use in 1995 and 146 in 1996. The figure dropped to 114 in 1997 and to 63 in 1998. All arrests were for Possession of or being under the influence of illegal drugs sgt. Abraham Delgado of the department s narcotics unit said. Delgado said Brownsville police statistics Mirror National trends. He said the Fri reported a Sharp decrease of drug use among minors in 1997 and 1998. A i Haven t seen a decline in drug use among adults but the figures show a decline among Delgado said. Pimentel said it is no Surprise that numbers have changed since bid police started keeping their own statistics. A they Brownsville police no longer report drug cases on school property a Pimentel said. Quot that s Why the statistics show there is a decrease in the City and an increase in the Pimental also said the increase in drug cases May be due to teachers and students reporting More cases and the presence starting about twit years ago of drug detecting dogs. If the creation of a police department in Brownsville has meant More reported drug cases just the opposite has occurred in los Fresno a District with eight campuses and 7.000 students that takes see drugs Page al2 Mccain runs big risk skipping Iowa caucus by David esp0 the associated press Meredith. . A sen. John Mccain is a politician on a Roll gambling and gaining in the race against George w. Bush and the rest of the pack for the Republican presidential nomination. But he Hopes his decision to skip the Lead off Iowa caucuses on Jan. 24 won t choke off a remarkable Rise in new Hampshire which holds the nations first presidential primary eight Days later. A there s a Clear risk associated with not competing in the Arizona senator conceded recently As his chartered Campaign bus navigated the highways of new Hampshire. But top aides had concluded that he was Likely to do poorly and Mccain said a i made i think the right his risk is that Iowa s caucus Mesa population change pct. Change rank 90 96 1990 census Tim 852,646 1996 estimated Tittl 1,201,073 pct. Change 1. Las vegas 40.9 2. Laredo tit 133,239 Tim 176,792 32.7 Tim 383,545 Tim 495,594 3. Mcallen Edinburg Mission 29.2 7. Austin san Marcos Tim 846,227 Tim 1,041,330 23 1 a i ajl my 315,015 10. Brownsville j if a Harlingen san Benito 260,120 21.1 source . Census Bureau graphic by Oscar m. Pena by Gilberto Salinas the Brownsville Herald Ronald Mcdonald did t have to drive around South most to realize it was a Gold mine waiting to be tapped. Just to know there were 55,000 hungry residents in that part of town was enough to bring the franchise into uncharted territory. A a Mcdonald a landed in South most because there was a Good base of people and they did no to count House by House in South most. They got their numbers from the census a said Guillermo Chapa who is in charge of organizing the year 2000 population count for the . Census Bureau in Willacy and Cameron counties. Its been about four years since Mcdonald a opened its doors in the heart of South most. Jack in the Box and Norwest Bank followed. A jobs social services for children and factories with plenty of jobs and business Start to come into the scene a Chapa said. A everything revolves around the in the 1990 census the Brownsville count was 98,000, a big Faux Pas in the eyes of Many residents and experts who believe More than 100,000 people were living Here. Today most people believe the population stands closer to 150,000. The under count results from the Lack of participation of latinos and mexican immigrants who live in fear of any Contact with the Federal government. Census officials say. That neglect results in the loss of millions for this Border City each year. Chapa said. Quot we just want to work. If it will give us a Job then we have to make ourselves said Gustavo Rendon while pumping gasoline at Tony s pit Stop in South most. He was t concerned about Brownsville a growth traffic or business. Rendon a welder wanted to know about the local work Force. A we should be counted if this will bring us a company or Rendon said. The primary goal for the census is the disbursement of $200 billion in Federal funds each year. The obvious is that the higher the City ranks the More Money it will land Chapa said. A having a Good accurate count in t just about Federal dollars but about attracting businesses a a said Ramiro Garza the economic see census Page Al i the numbers game Guillermo Chapa partnership specialist with the . Department of Commerce Bureau of the census holds a sign showing census Day 200 a april 1. Accurate Brownsville census sought Bush Mccain goers will derail him. Another contender could emerge As Bush s closest competitor or Bush could Lap the Field and retake momentum from Mccain. The rest of the candidates devote their resources to both Iowa and new Hampshire allocating time advertising Money and organizing Effort to both states. As of Friday Bush had spent All see Mccain. Page All alleged mass burial site May yield fewer grave by Ricardo Sandoval Knight Ridder newspapers Mexico City a families of missing people Are reeling and some american Antidrug agents Are scratching their Heads Over recent denials by the Fri and mexican authorities that dozens of bodies might be buried at Remote ranches outside of Ciudad Juarez not far from the Border with Elpaso. But Odd twists and turns in criminal invest e 3815300002 ligation Are nothing new to frustrated Juarez victims rights activists accustomed to disappointment in a City where Brazen crime and graft Are routine. After two weeks of digging at two of four ranches that some officials initially called possible mass grave Sites that might hold As Many As xxi bodies remains of eight men have been unearthed and Are being studied by Fri forensics specialists in Elpaso. And with mexican attorney general Jorge Madrazo signalling that the digging May end in two weeks officials Are now saying they re not sure How Many bodies they la turn up. The total May be Well below original estimates. Mexican and Fri sources at first suggested As Many As too bodies might be found a victims of a Long War Between drug gangs Over illicit cocaine Supply routes in Mexico said to be Worth $10 billion a year. A Media crush ensued dozens specialists were granted special permits to work in Mexico a special forensics lab was set up in Elpaso. Buoyed by the official ruckus families of the disappeared began hoping authorities could finally close ugly chapters in their lives. But it soon became Clear that scores of bodies might not be buried at the ranches after All a souring hopeful families on the spectacle. Quot the families Are calling me. Wondering what is going on and i can t Tell them a thing Quot said Jaime he velles who directs an Elpaso group that has tracked nearly 200 unsolved Border area disappearances and kidnappings dating Back to 19m4. A if the authorities would stay with it and dig up All the ranches said to belong to drug traffickers and All the abandoned Wells around Juarez they might turn up too bodies. But that could take see Graves Page al2 Abby Dio calendar.a10 classified.f1 editorial.e2 entertainment ,.d7 obituaries.c2 outdoors.b9 sports by visit our web site at a Why is there so much interest in the census around Here Don Pedro asked the City editor a the amount of Federal dollars we get is tied to the census Quot the City editor said. Quot the More people the More Money. The fewer people the fewer a and All the time i thought it was just an attempt by the Federal government to intrude in our lives by asking questions about my family. From now on my motto is going to be a stand up and be a Quot nne win no in mini in Haw ii i inside j Alonso building Page a2 a aggie Bonfire Page a4 a Nasa failures Page a6 a mexican Saint Page As

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