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TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2011                                                                                                                                                      LAREDO MORNING TIMES 5A

                                                                                                              Bill would require photo
                                                                                                                  ID to vote in state
                                                                                                                    By JIM VERTUNO            with Republicans holding         care and other services.
                                                                                                                   ASSOCIATED PRESS           commanding majorities in             “Why is this an emer-
                                                                                                                                              the Senate and the House         gency? Why are we spend-
                                                                                                               AUSTIN — Texas voters          of Representatives.              ing time on this?” said Sen.
                                                                                                            would be required to show             “While in this room it       John Whitmire, D-Houston.
                                                                                                            photo identification before       may be partisan, in the              The bill is a top priority
                                                                                                            casting ballots under a Re-       state of Texas I don’t think                              .
                                                                                                                                                                               for Republican Lt. Gov Da-
                                                                                                            publican-backed bill that         it’s partisan. It’s a vote in-   vid Dewhurst, who is wide-
                                                                                                            has been put on a fast            tegrity issue,” said Sen.        ly expected to run for the
                                                                                                            track to passage in the           Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock.        U.S. Senate in 2012. He told
                                                                                                            state Senate.                         Armed with House and         senators in a letter late last
                                                                                                                   .              ,
                                                                                                               Gov Rick Perry a Re-           Senate majorities to finally     week he intended to vote
                                                                                                            publican, declared the leg-       pass the bill, Senate Repub-     on the bill this week.
                                                                          Photo by Ulysses S. Romero | AP
                                                                                                            islation an emergency pri-        licans set aside traditional         The bill by Sen. Troy
Laredo Police Department investigators examine a tear gas canister found in the 8700 block of               ority last week, and the          voting rules to schedule         Frasier, R-Horseshoe Bay      ,
McPherson Road on Monday evening.                                                                           Senate is expected to ap-         public testimony on Tues-        would require voters to pre-
                                                                                                            prove it this week.                   .
                                                                                                                                              day A vote could come as         sent a valid form of state or

   Tear gas canister call
                                                                                                               Republicans are making         early as Tuesday   .             federally-issued photo iden-
                                                                                                            stronger voter ID laws a              Democrats argue voter        tification. A drivers license,
                                                                                                            top priority as a way to          ID should not be given           personal        identification
                                                                                                            prevent fraud. Democrats          emergency status during a        card, military ID or pass-
                                                                                                            say it’s a partisan bill de-      session when lawmakers           port would be accepted.

     brings the police                                                                                      signed to increase GOP
                                                                                                            margins at the ballot box.
                                                                                                               Democrats blocked a
                                                                                                            similar bill in 2009, but it is
                                                                                                                                              are grappling with a bud-
                                                                                                                                              get shortfall estimated at
                                                                                                                                              $15 billion, and an early
                                                                                                                                              budget draft proposed deep
                                                                                                                                                                                   Voters who are at least
                                                                                                                                                                               70 years old and have their
                                                                                                                                                                               voter registration cards
                                                                                                                                                                               would be allowed to vote
        By DENISE BLAZ             A group of public safety       sive,” said Investigator Jose             expected to pass this year        cuts in education, health        without photo IDs.
     LAREDO MORNING TIMES       officers, including the Lare-     E. Baeza, the LPD spokes-
                                do Police Department bomb         person, who was on the
   A tear gas canister typi-    squad and the Laredo Fire         scene. “Right now we’re in-
cally used to disburse large    Department, was on scene          vestigating on how it got
crowds was confiscated by       at La Brisas Condomini-           here. It can be a litany of
authorities Monday evening      ums, 8710 McPherson Ave-          reasons.”
at a local condominium          nue, around 6:30 p.m.                No one was injured
complex off McPherson               A
                                   “ lady was in the pro-         when the discovery was
Avenue. A woman found it        cess of clearing her Christ-      made.
while storing away her          mas decorations and saw              (Denise Blaz may be
Christmas decorations, ac-      something in a box that           reached at 728-2547 or
cording to police.              was marked as an explo- 

    Dewhurst: Spend more on highways
       ASSOCIATED PRESS         ple in Texas know that we         build new roads unless we
                                have severe congested road        are to figure out a source of
   AUSTIN — Lt. Gov David       segments in most of our ur-       financing," he said.
Dewhurst says more money        ban areas and folks in rural         The proposed $73.2 billion
is needed for highways even     Texas want certain essential      state plan was unveiled last
as Texas faces a projected      new roads to be built," said      week. The measure includes
budget shortfall of at least    Dewhurst. "Everyone under-        about $14 billion in cuts to
$15 billion for the next two    stands that is going to cost      state programs.
years.                                  .
                                money I don’t think anyone           Increasing fees is just an-
   Republican      Dewhurst,    doesn’t understand that."         other tax hike, critics say.
who leads the Texas Senate         Before any fees would be          "It’s the same as raising
and has been mentioned as       raised, voters would have to      gas taxes," said Talmadge
a possible candidate to re-     give their approval for cer-      Heflin, director of the Cen-
place GOP U.S. Sen. Kay         tain projects to benefit from     ter for Fiscal Policy at the
Bailey Hutchison, told The                       ,
                                the new money according to        Texas Public Policy Founda-
Dallas Morning News in an       Dewhurst.                         tion. "As long as diversions
interview published Mon-           "It’s a question of the peo-   continue, fees become a
day that increased funding      ple of Texas understanding        tax."
is necessary especially in      that we are not going to be          Heflin is a former legisla-
the state’s biggest and most    able to reduce congestion         tor who once led the House
traffic-clogged cities. Dew-    and not going to be able to       budget-writing committee.
hurst said he would not sup-
port a tax hike but that ve-
hicle registration fees could
be increased.
   Hutchison      announced
last week that she will not
seek re-election in 2012.
   "I think most of the peo-

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011
                                                                 Church                                                                                                   Page 11A

Time is far more valuable than money
   Time is our most valu-                                                                      Please ponder this pow-        Now I only hope that he    Psalm 90:10-12. Whoever
able asset outside of                                                                        erful little poem:             could see,                   reads this, we love you
God and family. People                                                                                                                                   and God loves you. If you
                                 George West
                                                                                               Life’s a busy crowded          What his friendship
tell us a lie when they                                                                      way,                           meant to me.                 have questions or com-
say Time=Money (Time                                                                                                                                     ments, contact Ivy at ivy-

                                Church of Christ
equals Money). No, time                                                                        Good intentions go             Life’s a busy crowded or his
is far more valuable than                                                                    astray.                        way,                         website www.biblestudy-
money. You can get more                                                                        Had a friend the other         Good intentions go or (361)
money with another job,                By Ivy Conner                                         day,                           astray. (So sad!)            343 2778.
or a raise so you earn                                                                         Haven’t now ‘cause he          —borrowed                    You’re invited to lis-
more. But you can never                                                                      passed away                                                 ten to Ivy on “Get Real,”
get more time. When time                                                                                                      Value time! Use it wise-
                                                                                               You know, I meant to         ly for the Lord, James       America on Saturdays
is gone it is gone. Howard gone.                              Job 7:6; and James says                                                                    from 9 pm to midnight
Hughes died because                                                                          write, I meant to phone, I     4:13-17. Moses teaches to
                             So we need to value how          that our life is but a vapor                                                               by going to www.theword-
he was out of time. He                                                                       meant to call,                 make our days count: “…
                           precious time is. Job says         that appears for a little                                                         and clicking on
had bunches of money,                                                                          But he didn’t hear from      So teach us to number our
                                                              time and vanishes away,                                                                    “Listen Live”.
but time for him was all that “my days are swifter            James 4:14.                    me at all.                     days, that we may apply
                           than a weaver’s shuttle,”                                                                        our hearts unto wisdom,”

McMullen appraisal district reminds                                                          ChurCh                         shorts
businesses of April 15 deadline
  Chief Appraiser, Jesse L.    erty owner should render       the property owner’s           Food bank distribution                       produce a closer relationship and walk
Bryan, reminds business-       in each appraisal district     name and address, gen-           The Live Oak County Community              with Jesus Christ. Meetings will be
es to render their prop-       office.                        eral description of prop-      Food Bank will hold its monthly food         held on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m.
erty with the McMullen            Property owners who         erty by type or category       distribution on Friday from 8 to 10 a.m.     at Grace Fellowship located at 200 E.
County Appraisal District      need more time to file         and the property’s loca-       at First Baptist Church. If you have not     Leroy St. in Three Rivers. For addition-
by April 15. To render is      their renditions may file      tion. For property with        registered to receive food, arrive early     al information, contact Chris Walker at
to list the taxable invento-   a written request with         an aggregate total of more     to do so. Bring proof of income along        318-6560 or
ry, furniture and fixtures,    the chief appraiser on or      than $20,000, the prop-        with recent water or electric bill show-
machinery and equip-           before April 15 to receive     erty owner also must pro-      ing your physical address to complete        Gospel meeting
ment and other proper-         an automatic extension to      vide a general estimate        your registration. For more information        Three Rivers Church of Christ will
ty a business owned or         May 15 or the next busi-       of the quantity of inven-      call, Pastor David Darling at 786-4673.      hold a gospel meeting Feb. 9-13, with
managed as of January          ness day if a weekend.         tory and the owner’s good                                                   “Answering The God Question” and
1. The appraisal district
may use the information
                               The chief appraiser may        faith estimate of the prop-
                                                              erty’s market value. The
                                                                                             DVD Bible study                              numerous topics to be presented night-
                               also grant an additional                                        Walking with Jesus, a new DVD              ly. Services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday
to set property values.        15 days after the May 15       owner may provide the          series for adults, begins at the George      through Saturday and 10:30 a.m. and 6
  Rendering allows prop-       deadline if necessary.         historical cost when new                                                    p.m. on Sunday. Guest speaker will be
                                                                                             West Church of Christ, 600 Bowie St.,
erty owners to record                                         and the year the property                                                   Don Walker, who is on the faculty of
                                  Jesse L. Bryan also                                        on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in
their opinion of their                                        was acquired rather than                                                    Bible-Southwest School of Bible Studies
                               reminds owners whose                                          the Beaty Center. Keith Rogers will
property’s value and                                          the good faith estimate.                                                    and gospel preacher of Marble Falls
                               property was damaged                                          be teach the history and geography
ensures that the apprais-      by a storm, flood or fire         For more information        study of Jesus’ life and the Bible lands.    Church of Christ. Everyone is invited
al district sends them a       last year that they may        about rendering proper-        Everyone is welcome to attend.               to attend.
notice before changing a       file a special decreased       ty, deadline extensions,
value on their property.       value report that could        penalties and rendition        Men’s Emmaus Walk                            Valentine dance
Owners do not have to                                         forms, taxpayers may
render exempt property,
                               lower their final tax bills.
                               Property owners have           contact the McMullen           reunion                                      at St. Francis
such as church property                                       County Appraisal District        If you have experienced the Emmaus           A Valentine dance, hosted by St.
                               until April 15 to file the                                    Walk and would like to meet with oth-
or a farmer’s equipment        decreased value report,        at PO Box 37 in Tilden,                                                     Francis of Assisi Altar and Rosary
used for farming.                                             Texas 78072, PH: 361-          ers, join us at the First United Methodist   Society, will be held Saturday, Feb.
                               which indicates their
                                                              274-3638. More infor-          Church at 9 a.m. on Thursdays. For           12, starting at 7 p.m. at Riverside 534
  The chief appraiser will     property’s condition on
                                                              mation is also available       more information, call Harry West, 786-      Club. There will be a live auction and
impose a penalty of 10 per-    Jan. 1, 2011.
                                                              from the Comptroller’s         3217.                                        a raffle featuring a 15 h.p. boat motor.
cent of the total amount          Rendition forms and
of the taxes on a person                                      Property Tax Assistance                                                     Music will be by “Midnight Ramblers.”
who fails to timely file a
                               decreased value report         Division at (800) 252-         Grace Fellowship Bible                       Tickets are $6 per person.
                               forms     are    available
rendition statement.           from McMullen County
                                                              9121, ext. 1, or by visiting
                                                              the Comptroller’s Website
                                                                                             study                                     Senior lunches resumed
  If more than one             Appraisal District or the                                       Grace Fellowship will start a non-
                                                              at www.window.state.           denominational Bible study. This Bible    Fourth Wednesday Senior lunches
appraisal district apprais-    Texas Comptroller’s office.
es a property, the prop-       The rendition forms ask                                       Study is the Masterlife Study developed at St. George Catholic church have
                                                                                             by Avery Willis. Its purpose is to help resumed.

Perry designates eminent domain, sanctuary cities as emergency items
  Gov. Rick Perry on           balancing the state bud-       sanctuary cities, Texans          Balancing the bud-          and vital to the future      agencies to identify sav-
Tuesday (Jan. 11), in          get without raising taxes      also want state govern-        get while strengthening        of the state. In order to    ings of 5 percent in the
separate addresses to          by prioritizing and cutting    ment to be leaner and          Texas’ job-friendly climate    ensure state agencies con-   2010-2011 biennium, an
the Texas Senate and           government spending.           more efficient, and I’m        - based on low taxes, pre-     tinue to use taxpayer dol-   additional 2.5 percent for
House of Representatives,        “Texans have sent us all     confident Texas leaders        dictable regulations, a fair   lars prudently, the gover-   the 2011 fiscal year, and
announced       emergen-       a loud and clear message       will heed that message.”       legal system and world-        nor, lieutenant governor     10 percent for the 2012-
cy items for the 82nd          that they expect us to bal-       Including     eminent       class workforce - is a top     and House speaker have       2013 biennium.
Legislative session, which     ance our budget without        domain issues and the          priority for the governor      already directed state
include protecting private     taking more money from         ban of sanctuary cities
property rights/address-       employers and working          on the list of emergency
ing eminent domain             families,” Gov. Perry said.    items allows lawmakers
issues, and abolishing         “As we tackle pressing         to begin considering these
sanctuary cities in Texas.     issues, such as strength-      issues during the initial
The governor also reiter-      ening private property         30 days of the legislative
ated his commitment to         rights and abolishing          session.
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                                                                                                                                      Property Taxes?
    TUCSON, Ariz. — Mo-
ments after the swirl of
panic, blood, death and           Undated high            2005 high school         March 2010 at a            Jan. 8 sheriff’s
                                                                                                                                    1. Are you or your spouse 65 years old or older?..
shock, the suspect was           school yearbook             yearbook              book festival in            department

                                                                                                                                    2. Do you own and occupy your homestead?.......
facedown on the pavement              photo                    photo                   Tucson                booking mugshot

                                                                                                                                    3. Are you still paying property taxes?.................
and squirming under the
hold of two civilians, his      Loughner is struggling           er, an El Camino.                    Still, things never quite
shaved head obscured by a       with a profound mental ill-         Some neighbors saw             clicked.                         4. Are your total property taxes $2,500.00 or
                                                                                                                                       more each year?..................................................
beanie and the hood of his      ness (most likely paranoid       Randy Loughner as pri-               Loughner seemed to
                                                                                                                                    5. Would you like to leave a major gift to your
dark sweatshirt.                schizophrenia, many psy-         vate; others as standoffish,      meet rejection at every
                                                                                                                                       family, school, church or charity?......................
    Deputy Sheriff Thomas       chiatrists say); that his re-                    .
                                                                 even a bit scary As a mem-        turn. He tried to enlist in

                                                                                                                                    If you answered “YES” to these questions,
Audetat, a chiseled former      cent years have been             ber of one neighboring            the Army in 2008 but

                                                                                                                                            You probably do qualify for
Marine with three tours in      marked by stinging rejec-        family suggested: If your         failed its drug test. He held

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Iraq to his credit, dug his     tion — from his country’s        child’s ball came to rest in      a series of jobs, often brief-
knee into the gangly                     ,
                                military his community           the Loughners’ yard, you          ly: Peter Piper Pizza, but

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young man’s back and            college, his girlfriends and,    left it there.                    not long enough to make it

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cuffed him. With the aid of     perhaps, his father; that           Jared Loughner, a curi-        past the three-month pro-

                                                                                                                                                            There is no Cost or Obligation!!
another deputy he relieved
                 ,              he, in turn, rejected Amer-      ous teenager who at times         bationary period, an exec-
the heroic civilians of         ican society including its
                                             ,                   could be intellectually in-       utive said; the Mandarin
their charge and began          government, its currency     ,   timidating, stood out be-         Grill, where the owner re-
searching for weapons oth-      its language, even its           cause of his passionate           called that after less than a

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nearby under a civilian’s       chamber for stray ideas,         with dreams.                      up.
foot, that had just fired 31    amplifying, for example,            He became intrigued by            Loughner was informed
rounds.                         certain grandiose tenets of      anti-government conspir-          in his father’s garage that
    In the left front pocket,   extremist          right-wing    acy theories, including           he was suspended from Pi-
two 15-round magazines.         groups — including the           that the 9-11 attacks were        ma Community College.                            C L A S S E S S TA R T I N G S O O N !
In the right front pocket, a    need for a new money sys-        perpetrated by the govern-        Not long after, the college
4-inch black folding knife.     tem and the government’s         ment and that the coun-           sent him a letter saying
“Are there any other weap-      mind-manipulation of the         try’s central banking sys-        that he would not be wel-
ons on you?” Audetat re-        masses through language.         tem was enslaving its citi-       comed back until he pre-
called demanding.                  In    the     past    three   zens. His anger would well        sented certification from a
    “Back right pocket.”        months, Loughner had a 9-        up at the sight of President      mental health professional
    But that pocket con-        millimeter bullet tattooed       George W Bush or in dis-
                                                                            .                      that he was not a threat.
tained no weapons. In-          on his right shoulder blade      cussing what he consid-           That never happened.
stead, in a Ziploc bag, the     and turned increasingly to       ered to be the nefarious de-                                                                                                                  Pharmacy
deputy found about $20 in       the Internet to post inde-       signs of government.              A busy morning
cash, some change, a cred-
it card and, peeking
                                cipherable tutorials about
                                the new currency bemoan
                                                                    Breanna Castle, 21, a
                                                                 friend from junior and se-
                                                                                                      At 9:41 a.m. on Jan. 8, a
                                                                                                   60-year-old        cabdriver
through the plastic as if       the prevalence of illiteracy     nior high school, agreed.         named John Marino pulled                                                                                  Training Program
proffering a calling card,      and settle scores with the       “He was all about less gov-       his Ford Crown Victoria
an Arizona driver’s license     Army and Pima Commu-             ernment and less Ameri-           into the parking lot of a                                                                                                    Tuition
for one Jared Lee Lough-
ner, 22.
                                nity College, both of which
                                had shunned him. He also
                                                                 ca,” she said, adding, “He
                                                                 thought it was full of con-
                                                                                                   Circle K convenience store
                                                                                                   on West Cortaro Farms
    Audetat lifted the pas-     might have felt rejected by      spiracies and that the gov-       Road to collect his first                                                                                 WIA Benefits Accepted
sive, even relaxed suspect      the U.S. government in           ernment censored the In-                         .
                                                                                                   fare of the day The cashier
to his feet and led him to      general and by Giffords in       ternet and banned certain         inside raised her finger to                 Includes textbooks, uniforms, handouts, quality
the patrol car, where the       particular, with whom he         books from being read by          signal one minute.
                                                                                                                                                  instruction, externship at local pharmacy
man twisted himself awk-        had a brief — and, to him,       us.”                                 Then out came his cus-
wardly across the back          unsatisfactory — encoun-            Not long after he              tomer, a normal-looking                               Classes Fill Fast • Call Now
seat, face planted on the       ter in 2007.                     showed up intoxicated at          young man. Climbing into
floorboard. Then he made           Nearly four years later,      high school, Loughner             the back seat, the man said                            Career Educational Services
an oddly timed invocation
of a constitutional right. “I
                                investigators say Loughn-
                                er methodically planned
                                                                 dropped out. He also
                                                                 dropped out of band. Then,
                                                                                                   he needed to go to the Safe-
                                                                                                   way supermarket on Ora-
plead the Fifth,” Loughner      another encounter with           in September 2007, he and         cle Road, on the city’s
said, though the deputy         her. Eight days ago, on a        a friend were caught with         northwestern side. Their
had no intention of ques-       sunny Saturday morning,          drug paraphernalia.               five-mile ride began.
tioning him. “I plead the
    At a Pima County Sher-
                                he took a $14 taxi ride to a
                                gathering outside a Safe-
                                                                    Something was happen-
                                                                 ing to Jared Loughner. It
                                                                 was clear to his friends,
                                                                                                      He glanced at his rear-
                                                                                                   view mirror and saw his
                                                                                                   passenger looking out the
                                                                                                                                             FREE EVENT
iff ’s Department substa-
tion,      Audetat    guided
Loughner to a tiny inter-
                                way they say and he was
                                armed for slaughter.
                                                                 clear to anyone who en-
                                                                 countered him.
                                                                    “He would get so upset
                                                                                                      “Do you always remem-
                                                                                                   ber everybody you pick
                                                                                                                                    “HOW TO START A
view room with a two-way
mirror, directed him to a
plastic blue chair and of-
                                Early signs of alienation
                                   One spring morning in
                                2006, a student showed up
                                                                 about bigger issues, like
                                                                 why do positive and nega-
                                                                 tive magnets have to at-
                                                                                                   up?” Marino recalled the
                                                                                                   man asking.
                                                                                                      “Yeah, vaguely Marino
fered him a glass of water.     at Mountain View High            tract each other,” said           said he answered. “I’ve            ***JANUARY 20, 2011 THURSDAY***
The deputy detected no re-      School so intoxicated that       Zane Gutierrez, the friend        been doing this a long
morse; nothing.                 he had to be taken to            who joined him in target          time. It’s hard to remem-          Where: Double Tree Hotel *37 NE Loop 410
    Now to another building     Northwest Hospital, five         practice in the desert. “He       ber everybody  .”
for the mug shot. Look in-      miles away A sheriff ’s
                                             .                   had the most incredible              At another point, the                   San Antonio, TX
to the camera, the suspect      deputy went to the hospi-        thoughts, but he could not        passenger blurted out, “I          Time: 12 noon-4pm
was told. He smiled.            tal’s emergency room to          handle them.”                     drink too much.” To which
    Click.                      question the inebriated 17-         After dropping out of          the cabdriver answered,            Speaker & Author: Cathy Smith
    And is his slightly         year-old student, whose          high school, Loughner had         “Oh, that’s too bad.”
blackened left eye all but      eyes were red from crying.       tried to straighten up,              Then it was back to si-         Partnering with PALO ALTO COLLEGE, DOUBLE
winking at the wholesale           According to a police re-                  .
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camera’s click? The attack      plained that he had taken        from his life, at least for a     ering its passenger in a            Free Hors d’oeuvres, Drinks, and information
on a meet-and-greet event       a bottle of vodka from his       while, and indulged in the        hooded sweatshirt to his
with a congresswoman            father’s liquor cabinet          occasional 24-ounce can of        destination, the Safeway              *Habra Interpretacion en Espanol! Este
outside a supermarket; the      around 1:30 that morning         Miller High Life. He began        supermarket plaza, where                         Evento es Gratis!
killing of six people, in-      and, for the next several        wearing crisp clothes and         a congresswoman was
cluding the chief federal       hours, drank much of its         got a job at Eddie Bauer.         about to greet constituents.               For more info call 210-366-2424
judge in Arizona and a 9-       contents. Why? Because I
year-old girl; the wounding     was upset that my father
of 13, including Rep. Ga-       had yelled at me, said the
brielle Giffords, shot in the   student, Jared Loughner.
head.                              In the search for clues
    Since the Jan. 8 shoot-     to explain the awfulness to
ing frenzy in Tucson, in-       come, this moment stands
vestigators and the news        out as the first public
media have spent the week       breach in the facade of do-
frantically trying to assem-    mestic calm in the modest
ble the Jared Loughner jig-     Loughner home.
saw puzzle in hopes that           The     mother,     Amy
the pieces will fit, a clear    Loughner, worked as the
picture will emerge and         manager of one of the ar-
the answer to why will be       ea’s parks. Pleasant though
found, providing the faint      reserved, she impressed
reassurance of a dark mys-      the parents of her son’s
tery solved.                    friends as a doting mother
    Instead, the pattern of     who shepherded her only
facts so far presents only a    child to his saxophone les-
lack of one, a curlicue of      sons and concerts and who
contradictory       moments     encouraged his dream of
open to broad interpreta-       one day attending the Juil-
tion. Here he is, a talented    liard School, the presti-
saxophonist with a presti-      gious arts conservatory in
gious high school jazz          New York.
band, and there he is, a           But the father, Randy
high school dropout. Here       Loughner, was so rarely
he is, a clean-cut employee     mentioned by his son that
for an Eddie Bauer store,       some of Jared’s friends as-
and there he is, so unset-      sumed that his parents
tling a presence that tell-     were divorced. Loughner
ers at a local bank would       installed carpets and pool
feel for the alarm button       decks, and he spent much
when he walked in.              of his free time restoring
    What the cacophony of       old cars. Jared drove a
facts do suggest is that        Chevrolet Nova; his moth-
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begin soon
   In its first venture in-                                                                                                       Volunteers Needed for Research Study
to the San Antonio area,
Houston-based XE Hospi-
tality has purchased 3.5
                                                                                                                                                   DO YOU HAVE
acres for a new hotel at
The Rim — a deal about
two years in the making.
                                                                                                        COURTESY ILLUSTRATION
   XE Hospitality manag-
es nearly half a dozen          The 130-room Hilton Garden Inn will sit on 3.5 acres at the southern edge of The Rim.
hotels in Texas, includ-
ing in Austin, Houston          XE Hospitality. “With all     J.J. Williams, vice presi-        built from scratch in                     You may be eligible to participate in a
and Huntsville. But the         the developments there        dent of Grubb & Ellis             San Antonio, Zindani                      clinical research study for people with
hospitality firm chose          like the Medical Center,      Co. in San Antonio, who           said. There is a Hilton
                                                                                                                                                Rheumatoid Arthritis if you:
San Antonio as its next         Valero headquarters and       represented XE Enter-             Garden Inn that was ret-
target for a 130-room Hil-      UTSA, we felt the Hilton      prises in the deal.               rofitted near the San An-
ton Garden Inn because          brand was underserved.           “This is really the            tonio International Air-
                                                                                                                                            •Are between 18 and 75 years old
of the local market’s sta-      Also, San Antonio is a        best site in San Antonio          port.                              •Have a confirmed diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis
bility and the growth at        very stable market with       for this hotel,” he said.           Construction is expect-
and around the mixed-           a good employment and         “There are a lot of posi-         ed to begin in the sec-                   To learn more about the study or to see if you
use development that in-        educational base, which       tive influences nearby            ond quarter of 2011. The                        may be eligible to participate, call:
cludes retail, office and       really drew me there.”        that will help the project        hotel, at Interstate 10
entertainment properties.          It’s those influences      become a success.”                and Rim Pass, is project-
   “We felt that the
Northwest area was real-
                                that will create a suc-
                                cessful midpriced hotel
                                                                 It will cost $14 million
                                                              to develop the hotel,
                                                                                                ed to open by the third
                                                                                                quarter of 2012, adding
ly growing,” said Amir          that is geared toward         which will be the first           50 new jobs.                         Texas Arthritis Research Center
Ali Zindani, president of       business travelers, said      Hilton Garden Inn to be                — Valentino Lucio/Staff                                   Joshua B. Stolow, MD

  Sizzle                                                              You are invited! Please attend the February 17th, 2011 open house scoping meeting to discuss the U.S. Army’s
                                                                                                  proposal to acquire additional maneuver training land.

     this                                                      The U.S. Army is proposing a 22,232 acre land acquisition adjacent to the existing U.S. Navy owned Dixie Range in McMullen
                                                               County, Texas. The proposed land area would become the Army’s new South Texas Training Center, which would support the
                                                               training efforts and requirements of the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG) units located in central and south Texas. The
                                                               TXARNG plays a key role, in concert with the nation's active forces, in answering calls to serve the country.
                                                               In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Army is preparing a Programmatic Environmental Impact
                                                               Statement (PEIS) to analyze the associated environmental and socioeconomic impacts. The PEIS will evaluate cumulative
                                                               effects from the proposed action and other nearby anticipated actions and a “No Action Alternative,” which will evaluate the
                                                               impacts of taking no action to acquire additional training land.
                                                               Government representatives and the public are invited to an open house scoping meeting, which is an opportunity for the
                                                               public to receive information about the land acquisition and to assist the Army in identifying key issues of concern. Your
                                                               involvement and input are vital to helping the Army continue as a community partner.

                                                                                               Public Informational Open House Scoping Meeting
                                                                                                        February 17, 2011,6:00 – 9:00 PM
                                                                                           McMullen County ISD, 901 River Street, Tilden, Texas 78072
                     Delio Ortegon, MD
              Liposuction - Body Sculpting                                                  TXARNG personnel will be present to provide information and
    30% OFF SECOND AREA OF LIPOSUCTION                                                        answer questions. No formal presentation will be given.
                                                                         You may submit comments at the meeting or submit by March 3, 2011 to the address listed below or via
                                                                   Questions or comments on this action may be sent to: TXARNG Public Affairs Office (PAO), 2200 W. 35 Street, Austin,

                                                                                 Texas; or call (512)782‐7924 during normal business hours from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST.
      11212 State Hwy 151. Ste 260, San Antonio, TX 78251
         You are invited! Please attend the
         February 17th, 2011 open house
     scoping meeting to discuss the U.S. Army’s                    A winter wine
           proposal to acquire additional
              maneuver training land.
  The U.S. Army is proposing a 22,232 acre land acquisition
  adjacent to the existing U.S. Navy owned Dixie Range in
  McMullen County, Texas. The proposed land area would
                                                                   IT’S ALMOST TIME TO POP THE CORK
  become the Army’s new South Texas Training Center,               ON KLRN’S ANNUAL FESTIVAL
  which would support the training efforts and requirements        STORY BY JENNIFER MCINNIS
  of the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG) units located
  in central and south Texas. The TXARNG plays a key role,
                                                                                                       SAN ANTONIO
  in concert with the nation's active forces, in answering calls
                                                                     Excitement reigns as KLRN
                                                                   prepares for the 2011 San Anto-
                                                                                                       WINE FESTIVAL
  to serve the country.                                            nio Wine Festival, scheduled for    Tickets can be purchased at
                                                                                              or by calling
  In accordance with the National Environmental Policy             Feb. 18-20.
                                                                                                       KLRN at 210-270-9000.
  Act, the Army is preparing a Programmatic Environmental            Co-chairs Dan and Soonalyn
                                                                                                       17TH ANNUAL WINE OPENER
  Impact Statement (PEIS) to analyze the associated                Jacob have organized 160 com-
  environmental and socioeconomic impacts. The PEIS will           mittee members and counting,        Feb. 18 at St. Anthony Hotel.
  evaluate cumulative effects from the proposed action and         the largest ever for this event.    $150/$1,750 for table for 10
  other nearby anticipated actions and a “No Action                   “The cause is great, and we
                                                                                                       14TH ANNUAL CHAMPAGNE
  Alternative,” which will evaluate the impacts of taking no       obviously love wine and the op-     BRUNCH
  action to acquire additional training land.                      portunity to share it and do
                                                                                                       Feb. 20 at St. Anthony Hotel.
                                                                   something that is fun, that you
  Government representatives and the public are invited to an                                          $75/$900 for table for 10
                                                                   enjoy and that you can bring
  open house scoping meeting, which is an opportunity for
                                                                   your friends and they can en-       31ST ANNUAL FINE WINE &
  the public to receive information about the land acquisition                                         CUISINE TASTING
                                                                   joy Dan Jacob says. “I didn’t
  and to assist the Army in identifying key issues of concern.
                                                                   know that 85 percent of             Feb. 20 at the Alamodome
  Your involvement and input are vital to helping the Army
                                                                   (KLRN’s) funding comes from         $40 advance at H-E-B/$45 door
  continue as a community partner.
                                                                   all of us. You just kind of think
                                                                   it’s a magic thing by the govern-   double revenue over the next
   Public Informational Open House Scoping Meeting                 ment. I always did.”                five years.
                                                                      A majority of the committee         “We’re a small business, and
           February 17, 2011, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
                                                                   is new, bringing in a lot of new    I think we do a really effective
         McMullen County ISD, 901 River Street,                    ideas for this year’s festival.     job with our limited sources,
                  Tilden, Texas 78072                                 For instance, a live auction     but when we look out strategi-
     TXARNG personnel will be present to provide                   has been added to the black-tie     cally at what public television
                                                                   Wine Opener.                        could be doing for our commu-
     information and answer questions. No formal
                                                                     “We’re looking at how we can      nity and serving San Antonio
               presentation will be given.                         optimize everyone’s experience      and South Central Texas, I
                                                                   at these events and still trans-    think over the next five years
    You may submit comments at the meeting                         late that into a better bottom      when we double the budget,
                                                                   line for KLRN. So, there may be     we’ll be able to double or qua-
          or submit by March 3, 2011                               some auctions at every event        druple our effectiveness,” Moll
         to the address listed below or                            this year,” Jacob says. “Some       says.

            via                                high-end very special auction          KLRN is the PBS station for
                                                                   items.”                             30 counties in South Central
       Questions or comments on this action may be                    He revealed that one of the      Texas and reaches 3 million
                                                                   items will be a Rick Bayless        viewers. Money from the San
                     sent to: TXARNG
                                                                   weekend.                            Antonio Wine Festival goes into
     Public Affairs Office (PAO), 2200 W. 35th Street,
                                                                      KLRN President and CEO           the general fund, which sup-
                    Austin, Texas; or call                         Bill Moll is excited about the      ports local programming.
    (512)782 7924 during normal business hours from                new community the Jacobs
               9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST.                         have added to the existing sup-     Jennifer McInnis is a food/wine
                                                                   porters. Moll has set a goal to         writer for the Express-News.

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