New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 25, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Study. Teens easily buy cigarettes in spite of law
AUSTIN — Fifteen-year-old Ivana Guzman says she has no problem purchasing cigarettes in Texas, in spite of a law forbidding sale of tobacco products to minors.
The thing is, she doesn't smoke. But she says most of her friends at Leander High School in Austin do, even though they’re under age.
Miss Guzman is one of 17 teen
agers who last month went undercover to 165 stores in Austin to try to buy tobacco products. The teens were successful 61 percent of the time.
The project was part of a study released Wednesday by the Texas Department of Health to determine whether laws restricting tobacco sales are being enforced.
"It was very easy (to purchase cigarettes),” said Guzman, who added that the store clerks who sold her the products didn’t care
how old she was.
Dr. David Smith, Texas health tommissioner, said the study shows current laws aren’t working.
“Our failure to enforce this law sends a false message to merchants add youths alike that tobacco is not to be viewed as seriously as alcohol,” Smith said.
Lawmakers filed legislation to enforce the laws prohibiting sale or distribution of tobacco products to those under 18.
Under the bill by Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, and Rep. John Hirschi, D-Wichita Falls, retailers would be charged permit fees to sell tobacco products.
Money from the fees would go into the state treasury to fund random inspections at stores.
Hindu said Texas could lose up to 40 percent in federal funding for alcohol and drug prevention programs if .Texas cannot show its current laws are working.
Krueger says Aspin to continue F-16 purchases
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Lea Aspin has reversed the Air Force’s belt-tightening recommendation to halt purchases of F-16 fighters, Texas lawmakers say.
The Air Force, under orders to trim $2.8 billion, earlier this month had recommended terminating F-16 purchases for a savings next year of $700 million.
But Sen. Bob Krueger and Rep. Pete Geren told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference Wednesday that Aspin plans to ask Congress to buy 24 F-16s next year at a cost of $615 million.
“We are extremely pleased about this,” said Krueger, D-Texas. MIt is a very important fact, we think, both for our state and for our nation’s defense.”
If Congress agrees with Aspin,
it would ensure continued domestic production of the fighter at General Dynamics’ plant in Fort Worth, which employs 19,500. It also would save 3,000 jobs at the Fort Word) plant and pump $240 million into the local economy, the lawmakers said.
Aspin is Reviewing $10.8 billion in budget cuts proposed by the various services and is expected to forward his recommendations to the White House
by March 15.
Aspin’s decision — announced as he remained hospitalized for a heart condition — is a sign of the defense secretary’s continuing support for the fighter, said Geren, a Fort Worth Democrat who serves on the House Armed Services Committee.
As chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Aspin fought efforts in the Senate to kill the F-16.
LULAC official accused of holding woman captive
HARLINGEN — A wellknown Harlingenjpan was being sought in connection with an incident in which a woman claimed she was held as a captive in the man’s office for about a month.
Noe Torres, district director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, was named Wednesday arrest warrants accusing him of sexual assault, criminal trespassing and for making terroristic threats, officers said.
The warrants were issued after a young woman told lawmen she was sexually assaulted
and held captive at the LULAC district office in Harlingen.
fugitive warrant also has been filed, authorities said.
Lawmen tried to arrest Torres Tuesday night, but he fled when he saw them, Cameron County sheriffs LL S.R. Garcia said.
The victim, a woman in her early 20s, from Mexico, told authorities she has been sexually assaulted periodically for about two years, Garcia said.
The woman said she was told that if she tried to leave the premises, Border Patrol agents would be contacted and that her passport would be taken away, authorities said.
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”1 think the more education that we have for our students and for our parents and all of us is good,” Carol Hall, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Comal Independent School District said. It’s rather like fore-warned is forearmed.”
Owens said role playing with the crime prevention dog McGruflf and Safety Pup actually gives the kids a chance to say “no" and allows them to become actively involved in the learning process.
A child practices saying “no” to build his confidence and is more likely to say "no” in a real-life siltation.
Hall said the program has been effective in creating a higher regard for police officers, and credits the DARE program with not only educating children on the dangers of drugs and crime, but of
also removing some of the fear that children may have of the police.
’The children don’t see them as fearful but rather as helpers and contributors to the community,” Hall said.
Owens credits the pro-active community with the relatively low rate of child-age crime and drug use and says New Braunfels is lucky to have a community' that will take a stand against crime.
Owens said he tries to work with parents whenever possible, but he also tries to get the children to communicate his message to their parents.
“We feel really rewarded when we get the parent feedback because that tells us that the kids are talking to there parents,” Owens said. “We encourage them to talk to their parents and find out what they think.”
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filed suit against the Living Waters catfi J) farm alleging that the farm violates the Texas Water Code with the amount of water used and the purpose for which it is used.
The suit also alleges that the quality of the water is compromised after use by the farm.
Vazquez said, “Parallel to all this, the Edwards and San Antonio River Authority has filed a
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Vazquez said the outcome of the trial, as well as the action taken by the TWC and the Legislature prior to June 2, may significantly affect the outcome of the application permit.
Dick Headen lauded the efforts of Owens and Parchman and said he was encouraged by the reponse of the children in the program, as well as the cooperative efforts between the police, the community and the schools.
Tve been really happy with the obvious enthusiasm the youngsters have while they’re going through this program,” Headen said. “And hats off. . . to the teachers and school admionistra-tors who give their support, and to the city fathers and to the county."
Headen said he looks forward to watching the program, which he calls a “win-win situation,” grow and develop.
He said that due to the DARE program, children are learning to understand the dangers of crime.
Owens said the most important message he and Parchman try to deliver to the children is, in fact, understanding. And relating to
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