New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 1, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Lottery Commission will consider fate of embattled executive director
DALLAS (AP) — The Tent* Lottery Commiesion will discuss removing Executive Director Nora Linares and appointing a temporary replacement at its Jan 7 meeting, according to a potted agenda The agenda, potted Monday, atatet that commissioner! will “consider the employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties or dismissal” of Linares, The Dallas Morning News repotted today.
Commission Chairwoman Harriet Micrs confirmed late Monday that Linares' fate would be discussed at the upcoming meeting “'Die agenda speaks for itself," she told The Associated Press. “I obviously plan to have a full discussion of the matter ”
< ommissioners also are scheduled to consider “the appointment, employment and duties of an acting executive director,” according to the agenda
Both discussions will take place behind closed doors prior to a public debate, the agenda states Buck Wood, an attorney for Linares, said Monday that a commission move against his client would draw an escalation in the legal battle between her and the panel.
'This posting appears to be bad faith. All she (Miers) has to do is lake my client's deposition under oath,” he said “I cannot believe that they would take any action against Nora without taking her deposition, which (>• offered 7 even insisted • (bel they do. They don't want her deposition **
Wood added; “lf Harriet thinks that by taking some kind of punitive action against Nora that it's not going to be heard, she's wrong ” Miers declined comment when asked if she thought Linares should be removed The agenda posting, on Monday, came less than two weeks after lottery commissioners canceled their Dec 19 meeting, citing a lawsuit Linares had filed against the panel.
The lawsuit challenged a gag order she alleged the commisaion had imposed on her; Miers denied the existence of any such order “They have no evidence for any cause to remove her," Wood said “There has been no investigation of her .„ The only thing I could think of is that they've got the idea that this lawsuit is causing a problem It's not causing a problem, the lottery's running fine "
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JOSHUA (AP) An Idaho woman who came to Texas for a funeral underwent surgery after being mauled by four pit bull terriers on a rural road in Johnson County, authorities say Lots Moore, 57, of Caldwell, Idaho, was severely bitten before a passing family rescued her by frightening off the emmets long enough to get her in a pickup (ruck “She took a step or two hack, and they hit her," said Christie Said, who witnessed (he attack from her kitchen window “They just plunged on her, and she was down ”
Officers said the dogs escaped from a yard by crawling under a fence The dogs were Iller killed by Johnson C ounty deputies who had to hum them down through fields and thickets.
Neighbors said the dogs had broken free before and had charged at passers by and workers.
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Doctors left in limbo by conflicting laws
^AUSmN* AfV^S^nU face danger end school personnel face injustices because of a backlog of nearly 1,100 complaints against teachers and school administrators being investigated by the state, educators say.
As of Dec 11, the bond had 350 cases that were two year# old and 64 that were al least three year s old I he oldeet cases date to 19*9.
The older cases include numerous accusations of sexual misconduct involving children and an alleged theft valued at more than $20,000 Board officials say (he backlog is due to limited resources and the need to proceed carefully in cases that could damage reputations
The boerd, which can recommend that an individual’s certification he revoked or suspended, lies only three investigator#
“It's a fine line you have to walk between due process and protecting kids,” said Jim Nelson, board chairman
Investigations of a deadly factory explosion that killed eight people may lead federal job safety investigators into a legal haute with the attorney for the family of one of the dead workers Houston lawyer Richard Million, who represents tile family of victim Steven Nagy, said two engineering firms have been hired to investigate the Dec 22 explosion of a nitrogen tank at Wyman-Ciordon Metal Forging Inc “Die family really wants answers more than anything right now, and that's what we have agreed to help them with,” Wilhoit said Sunday The U S Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which has a five-person team insfKcting the blast site, will require Mn huff to get a court order to gain access to the site, said Glen Williamson, OSHA deputy regional director
They won’t be able to participate with us,” he said
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DALLAS (AP) Throwing in the towel on the large format concept it developed four years ago, Tandy Corp. will sell off or close its 17 Incredible Universe consumer electronics stores “Our customers liked us hut we needed more of them,” said Tandy spokesman Marlin Moad after the company announced the decision Monday
Tandy said retailing has become more competitive since the first two stores opened in 1992
Other chains have advertised more heavily and cut profit margins, making the I H4,0i)0-squerc foot stores too expensive Sluggish Christmas sales helped trigger the decision “Incredible Universe has a lot of positives to ll, hut when you really get down to it, It's really raft making any money," Moad said
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LOS ANTILLES (AP) Despite a slate law thai allows ll, Dr Victor Beer is worried about jeopardizing his career if lie prescribes marijuana to AIDS patients, who say the drug soothes their pain.
Beer said an AIDS patient al his Los Angeles clinic says marijuana is the only thing that reduces his nausea Hut the doctor won't prescribe ii until the legal confusion is cleared up “From a legal standpoint, the physician puts himself in a precipitous situation,” said Beer, wlw* spent two days studying lite new law and consulted an attorney “It's extremely frustrating ”
Voters in California and Arizona annoyed referendums iii November allowing the use of marijuana for certain illnesses But on Monday, reined Army lien Barry McCaffrey, the Clinton administration's drug czar, said doctors iii both stales could lose prescription writing privileges or face criminal charges for recommending Our drug Hic doctors
could also be excluded from tin Medicare and Medicaid programs "ll s a shame,” said Dr Richard Cohen of San Francisco "f ile fetleial government is stewing iii .md literally intimidating ... a patient population thai amid lie I ie I ped ”
"It’s a Mc( artily era kind of tiling or McCaffrey era lf you will ft's a witch-hunt for doctors," said registered nurse Lynne Barnes, who works at the Cannabis Buyers’ < tub of San Francisco Some research has suggested marijuana is useful iii relieving internal eye pressure iii glaucoma, for controlling nausea iii cancer patients tin chemotherapy, arui for combating wasting a severe weigh! loss associated with AIDS However, several experts say there is no proven medical use for smoked marijuana Better drugs exist to treat nausea, HIV-related wasting and glaucoma, said Dr John (rlaspy, medical director of the oncology center al University of California, Dis Angeles "I don’t see any value in ii al all,” Dluspy said
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surgeon, said his slate’s law was crafted specifically so it would not , conflict with federal law ”11 they’re going to take away a doctor’s license because lie rendered his opinion on paper, that’s a First , Amendment issue,” Singer Did "What we're trying lo do is provide (doctors) wilh a legal defense ”
Die California measure, passed Nov. 5, removed criminal sanctions tor use or cultivation of marijuana by seriously ill people whose doctors have recommended it A similar law passed tile same day in Arizona says (hat someone arrested for possession who has a prescription from a doctor should lie released Dr Spence thompson, a Phoenix oncologist, said he objected to the federal government "stepping iii clinically and telling me whats tics! for my patients ”
With no clear path to follow, many doctors will simply refuse lo piescnlie marijuana lo patients who need it, Beer said.
"There is a lot of confusion* surrounding this issue,” Ben said "RT is not in die interest of tile physician to make any recommendations or prescriptions al this time ”
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