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Port Arthur News (Newspaper) - December 12, 1999, Port Arthur, Texas Final Days up to 80% off c store Missy Ami plus sizes available r closing big big markdowns no pre tout a of jul a Tiili on prior it to no Uii myi jilt or Cretin aril oui am sainted no a Register to win ii 16&Quot Ria big screen to every time you visit the store. To the Bare Walls Central Plaza Nederland 724-27544a port Arthur news sunday december 12,1999 a amp a president school tradition will continue but Only if Safe Austin a it Texas a amp a president Ray Bowen has told alumni engineers and the general Public he Quot would bet the tradition of aggie Bonfire will continue despite this years tragic collapse but Only if it was Safe. The statement was included in an email he sent to a 1991 graduate who had worked on erection of the Bonfire Structure in the past. A if i had to bet i would bet that it continues a Bowen wrote nov. 30 to Malcolm Hartman jr., who identified himself As a 1991 graduate who had worked on the Bonfire. A How Ever i will not support anything that will cause the horror of the past Many Days to revisit our students a Bowen wrote. Texas a amp a Friday began to release More than 2,000 memos letters emails and other documents relating to the 90-year-old Bonfire. Students supervise and Bifid the five level Bonfire which is lighted on the eve of a football game with rival University of Texas. Eleven students and one recent graduate were killed when the uncompleted Bonfire collapsed nov. 18. Students had built 40 feet of the 55-foot tall Structure. The Accident also injured 28 students. One student John Comstock of Richardson remains hospitalized in critical condition. The documents offer a history of the tradition that was not problem free. Before the collapse this year students were treated for injuries ranging from allergies to cuts from mishandled axes. Alcohol has also been a continual problem during the construction of the Bonfire despite a Zero tolerance policy on alcohol. Internal memos mentioning students and administrators concerns about the dangers of alcohol at the Bonfire go As far Back As 1985. A student whose hand was crushed under a log during a log Cut in 1985 told investigators then that accidents could be prevented if the students leading the activity were sober. Two of the students who died in the Accident this year had been drinking before they began work on their Midnight to 6 . Shifts. Toxicology reports show the blood alcohol level of Jerry Don self 20, of Arlington. Texas was .161 twice the Legal limit. The blood alcohol level of Jeremy Richard Frampton 22, of Turlock calif., was .316 almost four times the Legal limit. Under state Law. The definition of intoxication is .08 and higher. Bill Kibler associate vice president for student affairs and a former Bonfire faculty advisor said there was no sign that alcohol contributed to the Accident. A you Are going to have problems with alcohol. You Are going to have from time to time students get injured a Kibler told the Houston chronicle. Kibler told the chronicle that when he took Over As advisor in 1983 he a was shocked Over How a out of control the program was in Many the University has also received numerous warnings about the design of the Bonfire the documents show. Former engineering professors Wiki Anderson and Louis j. Thompson have said they raised red flags Over the Basic design of the Bonfire because it entails a relatively Loose bunching of upright logs. The Bonfire was too tall for the Width of the base exceeding the Standard set for buildings the professors have said. Kelly Dewitt a 1977 graduate. Wrote an email to j. Malon Southerland vice president for student affairs saying he and other Bonfire veterans told this years builders that not enough logs were being used to support the Center pole. Order loll free 18 745 78243 Mon for. Bam 9>msol 8am 4pm Cost no of for discounts apply on phone Ordo i Jin Rocker recliners la a boy change it Oft 10% off a Pat Bealls for the store nearest you. Call 1-800-324-1313 or log on at wow h299�� of 10 of a 6 00 724-2045 sat 10,00 a 5 00 a Rote v. Oyster Oystern. Cly oat and leaders Are trademarks 25% off Rienstra furniture 1344 Boston ave. A Ned. A 712-5042 in Texas one arrested truck hits Cotulla Texas a authorities have arrested the Driver of a tractor trailer that slammed into the Back of a school bus carrying special needs students. Fourteen people were injured at least three critically. The Accident happened at about 3 30 . Friday on interstate 35 about to Miles South of Cotulla in South Texas. Thirteen passengers almost All of them students from the Cotulla Independent school District and the school bus bus Driver were injured said Tom Vinger. A spokesman for the Texas department of Public safety. It took Rescue workers More than an hour to free bus Driver Emma Gonzalez 67, of Encinal from the wreckage. Officials at Wilford Hall medical Center in san Antonio said is. Gonzalez and two boys Ages 6 and 7, were in critical condition saturday morning. Rosa Flores 29, a Library aide a 14-year-old boy and two girls whose Ages were not disclosed were taken to University Hospital. All were listed in stable condition Friday night. A this was a special needs school bus. Some students needed wheelchair assistance a Vinger said. The truck Driver Arluro Valdes 34, of Laredo was arrested and charged with reckless driving. He was taking a Load of Glass from san Antonio to Laredo. Vinger said the sheriffs depart Cru Quot it had received several Calls about a truck being operated recklessly though alcohol was not considered to be a Factor in the crash. A the was just driving like a madman a he said. The 18-Wheeler slammed into the Back of the bus Vinger said. The bus rolled one Way and the 18-Wheeler rolled into the northbound lanes closing 1-35 in both directions. A the bus ended up on its top. The kids were trapped and Dps and other Law enforcement officials had to extricate them from the bus a Vinger said. For rolex Hurst Man seeking $1,500 from drug store for arrest Over prescription Hurst. Texas Apall Mark Harkness wanted was something to relieve his aching Back. What he got was a humiliating Public arrest at a drug store an 18-hour stay in jail and the embarrassment of having to treat his family for head lice he said he contracted in the Bedford Law enforcement Center. It All started when Harkness 28, went to an Eckerd drug store in Hurst on nov. 12 to pick up a painkiller that had been prescribed for him the night before by or. Victor Mcall of fort Worth. Tile doctor had telephoned the prescription to the drug store. He suffered Back pain from a work related injury in june at a amp a pest control in fort we Orth. Harkness had filled the prescription twice before without any problems. As Harkness stood at the prescription counter he was wondering Why it was taking so Long. Then suddenly he was being handcuffed and taken to a police car despite his pleas to police and pharmacy employees to Call his doctor. A they did no to follow up on anything i was saving a he said. A they treated me like i was completely Harkness blames Eckerd for the arrest because a store employee called police with suspicions that Harkness had phoned in the prescription himself. Eckerd in a statement released to the fort we Orth Star Telegram said the decision to arrest Harkness was made by Bedford police. A any time a situation similar to this one arises we follow our internal procedures and if deemed appropriate we notify the authorities a Eckerd spokeswoman Tami Alderman wrote. Police chief David Flory said the doctor who wrote the prescription cleared up the matter. Harkness was released and no charge was filed against him. Flory said that occasionally innocent people Are arrested. A we were presented with credible information from a credible person who made a Good Faith request a the chief said. A we did our due Diligence and followed up on the police said pharmacy employees told them they became suspicious when an identification number Mccall left in his Telephone message did no to match the number in stores records. They also said there was some confusion about the location of the doctors office. One store employee who called the doctors office and got a verification said that the person who verified the prescription sounded like Harkness. Harkness wants Eckerd to pay him $1,500 for lost work time for lice treatments towing and baby sitting charges. A a in a not trying to retire off something like this a Harkness said. A but the humiliation i mean they handcuffed me and walked me across the store in front of people. They saw the truck and we re a Well known Eckerd corp. Officials in Largo fla., declined comment about hark Nessus request for Money. Hippie Chic for juniors awesome shirts tees jeans and pants with colourful trims great fit and Cool Bohemian style. They re All right Here and priced right for Christmas giving by ,,e.i.,Vintage Blue and Mudd. Juniors 3-13 amps my. Reg. 24.00-50 of Sale 18.00-37.50. Junior sportswear 3308 Hwy. 365 Nederland Oyster perpetual Date us b Mari Neil chronometer in stainless steel steel and 18 it cold. 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