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Brownsville Herald (Newspaper) - November 30, 2007, Brownsville, Texas A i pm Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley it Community a5 a a nation a6 a a Washington a7 it opinion Ato around the Valley Mcallen fire ruled arson Valley Freedom newspapers it Mcallen a a two alarm Blaze that destroyed the former site of a popular mexican restaurant was intentionally set fire investigators said thursday. Chemical sniffing dogs detected the scent of fire accelerant at the abandoned building that once housed la Mexicana restaurant on the 4700 Block of North 10th Street said Mcallen fire it. Rene Alaniz. A a we re not sure yet exactly what that substance was a he said. A but the investigation will a burned out Shell was All that remained thursday morning As investigators from the Federal Bureau of alcohol tobacco firearms and explosives combed the scene. But wednesday night hundreds of people watched As the shuttered building erupted in flames just before 8 . Police blocked off traffic along North 10th from Nolana to Violet Avenue for More than an hour while half a dozen fire engines worked to contain the fire. The building had been abandoned for several years since the restaurants move to its current location on the 4300 Block of col. Rowe Boulevard Mcallen fire marshal Charles Quijas said. La Mexicana proprietor Carolina Fernandez of Pharr still owns the old property and had been trying to sell it for several months prior to wednesdays Blaze investigators said. Pharr Library construction to resume it a Pharr a work is set to resume next week on the Pharr memorial Library renovations after litigation delayed the project by More than two years. The renewed construction puts the Library an estimated six months away from completion of the renovation which will increase the facility a size by nearly 8,000 Square feet. The project began in 2002 and was supposed to take just nine months but design changes and the discovery of Asbestos in the building slowed the Progress. In june 2005, after the delays Pharr fired contractor Limon masonry. Shortly after Limon masonry owner Rolando Limon filed suit against the City accusing it of breach of contract. Pharr counter sued. M a it was a disaster from the beginning a mayor Leo a a Polo Palacios said. Lotto it a a Texas lottery results winning numbers thursday nov. 29 lotto Texas 2-5-8-22 by 25 Cash 5 2-18-25-33-35 daily 4 Day 6-9-3-7 sum 25 night 5-4-9-0 sum 18 pick 3 Day 4-8-7 sum 19 night 1-5-2 sum 8 find past winning numbers at it right it corrections clarifications it is the policy of the Brownsville Herald to Correct errors in a timely manner. Corrections and c Arif cations will be published in this space. To inquire about corrections readers May Call an editor. 982-6610 i 982-6681 982-6609 i 982-6618 or email us at after capture by Border patrol immigrant gives birth. I Ato ii Sivis a Rorr Lor a pin for Adf by Kevin Sieff the Brownsville Herald an undocumented immigrant went into labor after being apprehended by Border patrol officials thursday evening. The woman whose name age and nationality Are unknown was caught at about 5 30 . After crossing the Rio Grande into East Brownsville. She told Border patrol agents that she needed medical attention and was taken to Valley Baptist medical Center Brownsville where she went into labor. Stationed outside the woman a Hospital room was Border patrol agent Ortiz who refused to give his first name. The sound of her baby a heartbeat a amplified by an ultrasound a could be heard through the door of her Hospital room. A i know that sound a Ortiz said. A i heard it when i had my two children. Border patrol officials did not comment on what will happen to the woman and her child after they Are released from the Hospital. According to the 14th amendment of the Constitution any person born on american soil is a United states citizen. A your primary goal was to get her medical attention a said Oscar Saldana spokesman with the . Customs and Border protections Rio Grande Valley sector. In september after an undocumented immigrant gave birth on the Banks of the rid Grande the woman and her child were discharged from the Hospital without being taken into custody by the Border patrol according to Brownsville Herald archives. . Com mock debate when the presidential candidates declined the tub tsp government professor s invitation Alexander r. Dewoody turned to his students for help. His students researched the candidates opinions on several topics such As Homeland Security education and health care. Armed with this information the students prepared for a mock debate. Top students represent each of the twelve presidential candidates thursday during a mock presidential debate at the set a lecture Hall. Right Antonio Leal introduces himself As democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a mock presidential debate thursday at the set b lecture Hall. Photos by g. Daniel Lopez the Brownsville Herald Liberty students pay tribute to soldiers care package bound for troops overseas by Kevin Sieff the Brownsville Herald san Benito a to Susan a it Van the principal at Liberty memorial Middle school in san Benito the schools name is a tribute to those that serve our country. Galvan wants the students at Liberty memorial which is in the los Fresno Cist to acknowledge the sacrifices that . Armed forces make to preserve our Way of life. Together with the student Council she organized a project to a adopt a platoon Quot that is currently serving overseas. A we want to thank them for their sacrifices a Galvan said. Liberty memorial is holding a District wide drive to collect clothing toiletries food and letters for a platoon to which they will soon be assigned. The drive will be through dec. 20. Student Council members Are enc our a aging the Community to Send goods specifically items that Are lightweight and easy to ship. A i Hope this Marks the beginning of a Long relat i o n s h i p Between our school and the soldiers a Galvan said. J once the school is assigned to a Specif a in platoon students will be Able to communicate with service men and women this administrators Hope will help to put a face to the sacrifice that students have Learned about in school. Galvan plans for the designated unit to visit the school and speak to the students As has been the Case with the troops a a adopted by los Fresno High school. J after the care package drive is com a plated school administrators plan to engrave the names of fallen soldiers from the Rio Grande Valley into bricks in Liberty memorials courtyard. A we Are Liberty memorial a Galvan said a so we want to thank these Brave individuals for our j where Liberty memorial Middle school 31579 pm 2893, san Benito when donations can be made through dec. 20 kit Fri two seeks open records ruling Over recent contracts by Emma Perez Trevino the Brownsville Herald the Texas workforce commission is asking Texas attorney general Greg Abbott for an open records ruling Over Job training Grant Money it awarded. Two recently gave $733,538 to the University of Texas at Brownsville Texas South most College which partnered with a group led by Keppel am Els to create jobs. One of the companies in the group Pep inc., is under Federal indictment for allegedly providing undocumented workers to am Els. The goal of the program is to create or upgrade 630 welding pipe fitting carpentry and mechanics jobs with the Grant Money. In late october the Brownsville Herald requested a copy of the Grant proposal and other paperwork submitted by the groups involved in the project including am Els am tax general contractors de Val construction Pep and Landro inc. Two is not taking a stand on whether or not the information that the Herald requested is Public. A the information requested has not been released because releasing some of the requested information raises the property or privacy interests of. Third parties a two assistant general counsel Lona Chastain wrote to Abbotts Oft ice oct. 29. Two is leaving it up to Abbott to decide if property or privacy interests prevent disclosure. In May the grand jury for the . District court Southern District of Texas indicted labor lease companies Pep inc. And lamp inc., which do business As port fabricators. The grand jury also indicted two former employees who pled guilty. They await sentencing while the corporations reportedly have reached an agreement with the . Attorneys office though that Hasni to been finalized. Am else vice president for human resources Gilbert Elizondo and state District judge Leonel Alejandro who has ties to the indicted companies have not responded to requests for comment. Of it Erez Trevino it Brownsville Herald. Com a she the alb How to reach us Stonier service number 956 542 4301 dress 1135 Buren St. Box 351 in Neville to 78520 administration 956 54z-4ju1 0 Alisher r. Daniel Cavazos 982-6646 Liness manager Olga Saldivar 982-6648 c number 504 1119 it newsroom Rhone 982-6625 / fax 542-0840 editor Rachel Benavidez 982-6610 director of Spanish publications Zulema Baez 982-6666 opinion editor Carlos Rodriguez 982-6681 City editor Diana Maldonado 982-6618 City editor Chris Mahon 982-6609 City editor Jaime Galvan 982-6624 news sports editor Miguel a. Castro 982-6620 Al Nuevo editor Santos Garcia 982-6612 photo editor Brad Doherty 982-6626 email letters it newspaper in education director of educational services Sandy Mcgehee 982-6638 it advertising director Karen Shanholtzer 982-6636 advertising manager Norma Ortega 982-6680 classified manager Letty m. Rios 982-6677 fax number 982-4201 it subscriptions circulation director Abe Gonzalez 982-6660 circulation 982 6664 to subscribe 982-6662, 982-6664 delivery concerns 982-6662, 982 6664, 982-6685 6 30-11 of a a saturday 7 00 a.rn.-12 00 . Sunday 6 30 monday Friday Home delivery rates by Carrier $8.75 per month single copy rates 50 cents monday saturday $1.25 sunday mail subscriptions available it the Brownsville Herald 067-960 is published sum by through saturday mornings. Second class postage paid at Brownsville Texas 78520 visit our web site at Noticia in Espanol Pedro says Quot it s Good to see another report showing that our students do so Well in elementary and Middle schools Quot Don Pedro said As he entered the newsroom. It s Good to see this after hearing that our High schools Are nothing More than dropout factories Quot die City editor added. Quot we just have to figure out a Way to keep that academic momentum going for those i last few years Quot the Don lamented. And out he went. I t

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