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Brownsville Herald (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Brownsville, Texas Vii. Ivo Liv. Too december is 1999 j saturday 50 cents daily / $1.25 sunday a 1999 the Brownsville Herald All rights reserved a born on the 4th of july 1892 Terni today Runyon photos keep City a history alive sunday Rivera Lopez survive semifinals Page by _ _ Complete weather a6 the Blessing of second chances Boxer tells Story of prison life in Effort to prevent others from making same mistake by Mary Moreno the Brownsville Herald. Tony Ayala believes in second chances. He also believes in doing the right thing. Friday he took his message to 33 teenage boys housed at the Rio Grande Marine Institute with Hopes of helping them not to experience the grim reality from which he recently was freed. A the reason in a Here is simple a Ayala told his audience a i Doh t want anyone else to go through what i went through. Ayala 36, had a promising future As a prize fighter in the Early 1980s when a sexual assault conviction sent him to prison for 16 years. Now that he has finally earned his Freedom. Ayala delivers a straightforward talk on personal responsibility. A i spent 16 years in misery a he said with his wife of 20 years Lisa Ayala by his Side. A you want to know who was responsible for that you re looking at Ayala is now making a successful comeback in boxing. He said that while in prison he never dreamed of boxing again. He called his second Chance a Blessing. The boys at Regmi Are there As a second Chance Given to them by the state said Mike Sanchez Iii the Institute s executive director. The boys Range from 15 to 17 and Hail from All Over the state. A your objective is to rehabilitate troubled youth in the Best capacity that we can a he said. Sanchez said Ayala was asked to speak to the boys because Ayala is see Boxer Page a12 Tony Ayala. Right and his wife Usa. Center visited the Rio Grande Marine Institute Friday. Internet shopping Boom blesses ups by James Pilcher the associated press Doraville. ups was expecting its biggest Day of the year Friday a perhaps its biggest Day Ever a As shipping companies hustled to deliver the burgeoning number of gifts being ordered Over the internet. A any new possible record shows the Impact of a business and the booming Economy a United parcel service spokesman Norman Black said. Lawrenceville resident Brenda Jones was just one of Many people depending on ups to deliver their Holiday presents. Her gifts of Beanie babies and Fine China made their second trip on ups on Friday thanks to the Ever expanding effects of online shopping. Mrs. Jones first had the gifts shipped to her Home from web retailers and . Then she sent them off to Florida and Tennessee via ups s distribution Center in Doraville an Atlanta suburb. Quot i wanted to make sure i got the right thing and to personalize it a Little bit Quot said mrs. Jones a 50-year-old bookkeeper. A and i m not really paying for shipping see i is Page al2 prosecutor wanted in wrecker Issue by Mary Moreno the Brownsville Herald the question of whether City commissioner Ernie Hernandez has a conflict of interest involving one of his wrecker companies has once again been brought up this time by a group seeking the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the matter. A group of approximately 30 people converged on 103rd state District judge Menton Murray s court Friday to ask for the special prosecutor. Murray met briefly with three members of the group. Alice Wilson and Joe Torres both of whom ran against Hernandez for City commissioner and Arnold Benson in his Chambers. In a letter submitted to several area judges earlier this year the group said it was concerned Hernandez was taking advantage of his position and was directly benefiting from it the possible conflict of interest arises from Hernandez s ownership see prosecutor Page m2 Anthony Padilla the Brownsville Herald moving on up Joe Hermosa the Brownsville Herald a amp a Bridge tolls currently $1.25 southbound and $1.50 northbound will increase to $1.35 and $1.60 respectively. The new tolls will be effective Jan. 1. For More on the toll increase see Page a3. Rains continue to Pound flooded Venezuela by Bart Jones the associated press Caracas Venezuela a More heavy Rains lashed Venezuela on Friday As the death toll from floods and mudslides Rose to 202. The foreign minister said Between 6,000 and 7,000 More were missing Many of them feared dead. Foreign minister Jose Vicente Rangel told reporters he expected the casualty count in Northern Venezuela to Rise significantly. The number of people left homeless was 68,000, according to the civil defense department. The latest official figures show the devastation wreaked by several Days of torrential Rains in Venezuela is far worse than previously thought. On Friday rescuers searched for survivors and began Clearing debris and recovering the dead. Heavy Rains were expected to last several More Days triggering fears of further tragedies. Survivors some setting up makeshift tents in the streets waited anxiously for missing friends and relatives to appear. A there Are still a lot of people buried a said Karelis Campos staring at a huge pile of rubble where 3jh 53 0000 1 Alvaro Hernandez the associated press a Man carried a Box with apples Friday taken from a broken Container in la Glaira 18 Miles from Caracas Venezuela. Hundreds of flood survivors broke through barricades in the port City and scrambled to get their hands on food and water in containers that had been broken open by the Force of raging Waters. Open by the Force of raging Waters. Hundreds of others were trapped in High Rise apartment buildings surrounded by water. Many pleaded with Security forces to be rescued. Huge boulders and Mounds of see flooding Page a12 her House once stood. Mayhem broke out in la Glaira just North of Caracas. Hundreds of flood survivors broke through barricades in the port City and scrambled to get their hands on food and water in containers that had been broken Index Abby b6 comics. Amusements 86 Community Calendaria entertain me classified b9 Horoscope. Visit our web site at is obituaries .a6 a5 religion. A b7 sports. By b6 stocks. .b4 a venezuelan doctor walked past sleeping mudslide victims Friday in a makeshift shelter in Caracas. Heavy Rains in Venezuela have caused mudslides and flooding that Are feared to have killed More than 100 people and left More than 36,000 homeless. Don Pedro says a can you spare a dime7&Quot Don Pedro asked the City editor a sure did you go bankrupt again7&Quot the newsman asked a no i was just Reading about the toll hike at a amp a Bridge it s now going to Cost a dime More to Cross into Don Pedro explained a Don t worry about it yet Bridge officials won t enforce the hike until after the holidays Quot the editor said How Nice Quot the Don said Quot i still want the dime though in the midst of her first major controversy. Mayor Blanca Vela talks about her first few months on the Job Fernando Llano the associated press

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