New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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HOUSTON (AP) — You know how sometimes it rains cats and dogs?
Well, it might have been worse than that in Houston on Tuesday.
Huge chunks of ice were falling hundreds of feet from the tops and sides of skyscrapers.
“Heads up!,” yelled security guard Claude Moore, standing on a street comer warning workers en route to lunch.
They looked up and scooted out of the way as hail-like pieces plunged from the roof and sides of 36-floor Pennzoil Place.
But no one was reported injured. However, chunks of ice shattered a street light on one street comer
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DALLAS (AP) — The former stripper who made up a gang-rape accusation against Dallas Cowboys stars Erik Williams and Michael Irvin had until today to post bond on a charge of filing a false police report.
Nina Shahravan, 23, could face six months in jail and a $2,000 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor. Police filed paperwork for the charge with prosecutors on Tuesday.
A warrant was issued for her arrest, but police said she wouldn’t necessarily be arrested at her home She had until today to post bond before Dallas county deputies begin trying to find her.
Shahravan filed a police report Dec. 30 — after first going to a television reporter — accusing Irvin of holding a gun to her head while Williams and a third man. who was never identified, raped her in Williams’ home. She also accused Irvin of videotaping the attack.
Friday, after she was confronted with evidence that Irvin couldn’t have been at Williams’ house the night of the alleged attack, Shahravan signed a statement admitting her story was a lie
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DALLAS (AP) — Top Texas legislators are recommending a SI 12 million settlement for Tejas Testing Technology. the company forced into bapkruptcy two years ago when the state abandoned its auto emissions testing program
The potential settlement, outlined in a letter from legislators to the company, would be one of the largest state awards to a company involving a canceled contract, The Dallas Morning News reported in today's editions.
The deal also would allow legislators to put aside a liability that has loomed since Tejas sued the state after the IWS legislative session
Tejas’ lawsuit against the state was set for trial today before state distnct Judge Joe Hart in Austin.
Senate Finance Committee C herman Bill Ratliff, R-Mount Pleasant, said he proposed the settlement in a letter this month
‘‘I wish they were here today, for lack of a better way of putting it,” Hupp said after taking the oath of office on Tuesday. “Things happen for a reason and I sincerely believe that. I have to believe that."
Hupp, a Republican from Copperas Cove who won the seat formerly held by retired Rep Layton Black, D-Goldthwaite, said her father long had urged her to run for public office.
“It just seemed like I kept falling toward this role.” she said. “I think it would have happened sooner or later, and I think what happened to my parents was a catalyst.”
Gingrich case grows uglier
By DAVID ESPO
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Picking up a torch tong carried by proimmigration groups, the new chairman of the Senate immigration subcommittee has expressed support for a plan dividing the nation's immigration service into separate enforcement and service agencies.
In his first major speech as immigration subcommittee chairman. Sen. Spencer Abraham, R-Mich., told a California audience Tuesday that a key item on his agenda this session will be organizational reform of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
“We should not have a single agency charged with catching criminals and keeping out illegals while at the same time letting in relatives, skilled workers and (rue refugees,” Abraham said in prepared remarks
Border enforcement duties, for example, could be taken over by the Customs Service, Abraham suggested.
$400 mUMon In INS funding dedicated to Southwest
WASHINGTON (AP) — One thousand new Border Patrol agents will be dispatched to the Southwest border this year in a new $400 million initiative to deter illegal crossings and remove undocumented aliens from the nation’s interior.
Flush with a record $3.1 billion budget this year, the Immigration and Naturalization Service will use some of its added funding to hire 2,000 new personnel, including the Border Patrol agents and 350 inspectors at land border crossing* and airports
“Our first priority remains to secure the border," INS Commissioner Doris Meissncr told a news conference Tuesday
California will gain 506 of the new agents, inspectors and support personnel, followed by Texas with 479, Arizona with 224, New Mexico with 98 and New York with 62.
A once chronically underfunded agency, INS has seen its fortunes improve dramatically at a time other federal entities have had to scale back.
The budget for the fiscal year that began CXI. I is more than double the $1.5 billion INS received at the start of the Clinton administration in 1993.
WASHINGTON (AP) — With House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s fa;e hanging in the balance, Republicans and Democrats are waging ceaseless partisan warfare in an ethics case that grows uglier by the day.
In the latest volley. Republicans on Tuesday demanded that Democrats “ferret out" the truth about Rep. Jim McDermott and whether he leaked a tape recording of a telephone conversation involving Gingrich and the GOP high command. The illegal recording was made by a Florida couple who said they personally handed it to McDermott, a member of the House ethics committee.
In reply, McDermott, D-Wash. sidestepped the question of whether he provided the tape to selected reporters, but offered to stand aside from judging Gingrich’s case.
He then delivered a bombshell of his own, charging that Republicans had used ethics complaints lodged against Democrats as “barter in negotiations” over sanctions to be applied to Gingrich in previous findings in his case over the last two years.
Almost lost amid the partisan rhetoric was the main event — what punishment the House should administer to Gingrich on Jan. 21 for admitted rules violations.
James M. Cole, special counsel in (lie case, is labonng under a deadline of Thursday for completing his report. No timetable has been set for public hearings since Rep Nancy Johnson, R-Conn., the committee
'I will not allow angry partisanship to divert tho committso from its Job of providing tho public and Congress with complete information in the Qingrich case.’
—- Rep Nancy Johnson. R-Conn
chairwoman, abruptly tore up a schedule that had provided up to five days.
Sources close to the investigation disclosed that Cole, saying he was denied time to prepare adequately for hearings, has privately told the panel that he would play a severely truncated role in any public hearings.
That could prove a disappointment to Democrats, who were hoping a recitation of the facts by Cole could help turn public opinion against Gingrich.
The man at the core of the controversy offered a lesson in morality to McDermott McDermott “should do what his conscience dictates,” Gingrich told ABC, but “certainly members of Congress shouldn’t break the law. ’
Whatever fate awaits McDermott — and the Florida couple who have admitted taping the call they overheard on a police scanner - the ethics case against Gingrich has turned into political warfare.
Scarcely a week ago, the Republican leadership was scuffling to round up enough GOP votes to reelect Gingrich speaker But given the controversy over the tape, one Republican strategist, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Tuesday, “We’re on offense now and tile last thing we need to do is back
Indirectly, Democrats seemed to concede as much.
Rep. Vie Fazio, D-Calif, the third-ranking member of his party in the House, told reporters on Tuesday he hoped the issue could be refocused onto Gingrich's admitted ethics violations.
Republicans, though, arc laboring mightily to prevent that.
Rep. Bill Paxon, R-N.Y., one of Gingrich’s most tenacious defenders, called on Democratic congressional leaders during the day to “ferret out" the truth about McDermott's role in the tape that was made of Gingnch and other Republicans on the day he was admitting to violations of House rules
The FBI said it is investigating the “possible illegal telephone interception and the subsequent dissemination of the contents of the telephone call."
For good measure, Paxon also mentioned that he and other Republicans who were captured on tape may file a lawsuit for damages in the case
In addition, he suggested that the controversy surrounding the tape may prompt some Republicans to consider a softer penalty for Gingrich than they might have otherwise
I he tape controversy shows, Paxon
said, that Democrats were trying “to game the system ... and may well have an impact on members’*votes on Tuesday" when the House debates Gingrich’s punishment A few hours later, Fazio swiftly discounted that suggestion. “I don’t see a connection,” he said. He also announced that Democrats would seek to have Johnson condemned by the full House for unilaterally canceling the planned public hearings
And McDermott was anything but repentant.
He noted that Monday night he had tried t turn the controversial tape over to Johnson and the committee, but she dispatched it to the Justice Department instead “This is the last straw in a two-year reign that has been arbitrary, authoritarian and autocratic,’’ McDermott said. At every turn the Republican majority on the committee has delayed, stonewalled or otherwise obstructed sensible efforts to get at the whole truth.” Denying any suggestion he was bowing to pressure by removing himself from the Gingrich case, McDermott said he was stepping down as soon as steps are taken to make sure the two parties have an equal number of members on the panel. "I can no longer participate in this charade,” he wrote.
“I will not allow angry partisanship to divert the committee from its job of providing the public and the Congress with complete information in the Gingrich case."
News programs show their ratings muscle
The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) In the dead of winter, TV viewers seem to be increasingly turning to news programs instead of entertainment Five of the top 20 programs in last week's Nielsen Media Research ratings were new Magazines Each of the programs scored better than their season average for viewcrship, Nielsen said Tuesday.
Season leader NBC was the ratings leader during the week that ended on Sunday, finishing with an 113 rating and 18 share AIK and NBC both had two of the
top-rated magazine shows, but the veteran program “60 Minutes” remains the genre’s leader for CBS and was the fourth most-watched show of the week.
ABC’s “PrimcTime Live" and “20/20" both finished among the week’s top IO shows
Dateline NBC’s Tuesday program finished 11 th in the rankings, and the Friday edition finished 20th, Nielsen said.
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AUSTIN (AP) Among the new faces in the 1997 Legislature is Su/anna Gratia Hupp, who only wished her parents were in the Texas House to see her sworn in.
The last time Hupp was with her parents, Al and Ursala Gratia, was moments before George llenard crashed his truck into Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen in 1991 and began shooting, leaving 23 dead The Gratias were among the victims.
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