New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 27, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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LIMA, Peru (AP) — The latest hostage release in a drama now IO days old is widely seen as a public relations gesture by Tupac Amani rebels to press their demands for a negotiated peace with the
Guatemalan Ambassador Jose Maria Argueta, released Thursday from the Japanese ambassador’s residence, said he won freedom because his government has just ended a 36-year-civil war with leftist guerrillas.
“My liberation is an
acknowledgement of the process taking place in Guatemala," Argueta told reporters after walking out of the besieged compound with Red Cross official Michel Minnig.
The 20 or so rebels who took over the embassy residence Dec. 17 to demand the release of comrades jailed in Peruvian prisons have told hostages they have freed that they also are seeking an eventual role in Peruvian politics.
The rebels have treated their hostages cordially and with respect, trying to cultivate an image of civility.
8-year-old girl dies in bleacher collapse at rodeo
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Crowded bleachers collapsed during a rodeo in the West Coast state of Jalisco, killing an 8-year-old girl and injuring about 200 people.
The 15-foot-high stands were designed to seat 600 people, but were packed with more than 1,000 for the Christmas Day rodeo. Rosa Martinez, a county supervisor in Tizapan del Alto, said in a telephone interview Thursday.
“It was like a wave hit it. It collapsed in a few seconds,” Martinez said.
Sixty of the injured were hospitalized with broken bones, she said.
Police said a bull had been tethered to one of the main support beams and may have contributed to the collapse. Police arrested the rodeo organizer.
Memos indicate Gingrich sought legal counsel
ATLANTA (AP) — Internal memos show that lawyers advised Newt Gingrich not to involve tax-exempt foundations in political projects, although the House Speaker told a congressional subcommittee he didn’t seek legal advice on the matter until later, a newspaper reported today.
The memos from Gingrich’s Republican fund-raising committee, GOP AC, show that lawyers as early as 1990 advised against or urged caution in involving charitable or educational foundations in political projects, according to the Atlanta Joumal-Constitution.
Last week, as part of a settlement with a House ethics subcommittee, Gingrich said he “was wrong” to not seek legal opinions on a college course and other projects that led to an ethics complaint against him.
The newspaper also said that documents obtained from Kennesaw State College through a Freedom of Information request in 1993 show
that while Gingrich was organizing a course there called “Renewing American Civilization,” he continued to consult one of the attorneys who advised him three years earlier against such projects.
In a memo to a Kennesaw State dean five months before he began teaching the course, Gingrich stated: “Gordon Strauss will be my lawyer for all finance, ethics and legal questions, so he needs to be involved also.”
Strauss, who the Joumal-Constitution said was paid by GOP AC, was the author of a memo delivered to GOPAC in 1990 noting that charitable and educational groups were barred under tax laws from engaging in political activity.
Would-be assassin reportedly also an informer
NEW YORK (AP) — A 1983 Irish Republican Army plan to kill Prince Charles and Princess Diana at a London rock concert was foiled because the would-be assassin, an IRA member, also was an informer.
The New York Times reported.
The turncoat guerrilla was identified as Sean O’Callaghan, 42, who was sentenced to multiple life terms for tw o homicides and 40 other admitted acts of terrorism, the paper reported in today’s edition.
“It would have worked, it had a high chance of success,” O’Callaghan said.
O'Callaghan, who has given many media interviews in recent years, first spoke of an IRA plot to kill Prince Charles and his then wife Princess Diana in an interview in the London newspaper The Sunday Times on Nov. 29, 1992.
He was released from prison Dec. 6 under a rarely used procedure requiring approval of the Queen after serving eight years. The ex-IRA man turned police informer left custody vowing to campaign against violence and for the Northern Ireland peace process.
Key deer victims of shrinking habitat, lack of fear
MIAMI (AP) — A shrinking
habitat, their lack of fear of humans and their own recent breeding success are jeopardizing Key deer, the tiny, endangered 3-foot animals that live only in the lower Florida Keys.
Wildlife officials said Thursday that a record IOO Key deer, among the rarest American mammals, have died this year — about two-thirds of them killed by cars. Only about 250 to 300 of the deer remain.
The previous high for one year was 94 deaths in 1995.
The deer, especially the younger ones, faced a fatal combination of factors this year. Because more of them are surviving, they must roam in search of new turf. But the yearlings aren’t old enough to know how to navigate heavy traffic.
And more humans are moving into their shrinking habitat.
The small, white-tailed deer can swim from island to island, drink salty water and eat mangrove leaves. But most of the deer live on Big Pine Key, about 30 miles north of Key West.
Justice pitched as presidential candidate
By RICHARD CARELLI
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Antonin Scalia is the Supreme Court’s bad boy — as brash and bold as he is conservative. And now he’s being mentioned as the model Republican presidential candidate in 2000.
“No one else of prominence in America’s public life makes the case for conservativism better than Scalia,” John McGinnis, a Yeshiva University law professor, writes in the conservative National Review magazine.
Here’s how McGinnis makes his pitch:
“Scalia is ... the perfect messenger for fundamental rightward political change. Although he has held an important government position that gives him presidential stature, he is innocent of compromises in government.
“Although he is not unknown, he is far from being overexposed like Speaker (Newt) Gingrich and other familiar legislators.’’
In his IO years as a justice, Scalia has become best known for his prolific and often witty questioning of lawyers during argument sessions, his minimalist views of the Constitution and a hard-charging, -virid writing style. P|rt Oliver lWen^ell Holmes,’ part David Letterman.
But Would Scalia, a former law professor and longtime judge, ever seriously consider leaving his
lifetime-tenured job for a political fling?
Only one Supreme Court justice ever made such a career move. Charles Evans Hughes left the court to run against, and narrowly lose to, Woodrow Wilson in 1916. He later returned to the court, appointed as chief justice by President Herbert Hoover in 1930.
What about conservatives concerned about losing Scalia’s voice on the nation’s highest court? McGinnis has the answer: Scalia could resign shortly before the New Hampshire primaries. After winning the presidency, he could appoint his own replacement.
No word yet from Scalia’s
chambers on this scenario.
Retired Justice William J. Brennan, 90, is hospitalized and fighting pneumonia he contracted while recuperating from a recently broken hip.
Court spokeswoman Toni House says Brennan is “holding his own and apparently improving.’’
Another retired justice, Lewis F. Powell, 89, is closing the office he’s had at the Supreme Court building since his 1986 retirement. Poor health prevents his traveling to the nation’s capital.
Spurred on by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, a highranking Clinton administration lawyer recently gave the high court a lesson in French — Louisiana style.
Before asking Deval Patrick, head of the Justice Department's civil rights division, to begin his argument in a voting-rights case from Bossier Parish, La., Rehnquist asked for help in his pronunciation.
Throughout the litigation, Patrick said, the parish has been called Boh-zhure, with the accent on the first syllable, but the French would say Bah-see-ay, with the accent on the last syllable.
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