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WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2000                                                                                                                                                                                   120th Year - Number 032 / 86 pages

the TIMES                                          District 8 race in doubt
                   National                        Residency of winner unclear
                                                   BY LAURA RIDDER-FLYNN                 able to take his seat then.                  residence a few homes away
                                                   Times staff writer                      When the council gathered                  and confirmed that Juan
                                                                                         Tuesday to canvass Saturday’s                Ramirez lived there.
                                                     An unofficial winner of the         votes, Flores told them of the                 A court hearing date is set for
                                                   city’s run-off election might not     restraining order.                           June 19, when Judge Raul
                                                   get his seat if he doesn’t prove        In the District 8 race, unofficial         Vasquez is scheduled to hear
                                                   he meets residency require-           tallies showed Ramirez winning               Quintanilla’s argument.
                                                   ments.                                with 58.62 percent of the vote,                The city charter allows council
                                                     Juan Ramirez, who received          or 459 votes, over opponent                  candidates to live anywhere in
                                                   about 58 percent of the District      Quintanilla, who garnered 41.37              the city throughout the cam-
                                                   8 vote, has not been confirmed        percent with 324 votes.                      paigning process, but it requires
                                                   as living in that district.             Quintanilla’s suit alleges that            that council members live in the
                                                     His opponent in the race,           Ramirez does not live in District            district they represent “when
                                                   Canuta Quintanilla, filed a law-      8 and should be disqualified.                they are elected.”
                                                   suit in the 111th District court        On his candidacy filing docu-                Flores said that the question is
                                                   Tuesday        afternoon     and      ments, Ramirez listed 2519 San               whether the members are tech-
                                                   obtained a temporary restrain-        Bernardo Ave. as his address,                nically elected on election day
                                                   ing order stopping the canvass        which is the address for his pho-            or the day the vote is canvassed         JUAN RAMIREZ                       JOSE A. VALDEZ JR.
                                                   of the District 8 race.               tography       business.      That           and made official, the latter of
Statue divides                                                                                                                                                                 Election disputed                  Seated
                                                     The canvass must be done by         address is one block inside of               which would have been
California town / Page 8A                          city council members within           District 7.                                  Tuesday.                                 that there might be a problem      be provided by 5:30 p.m.
                                                   three to six days of the election       One council member said after                Flores added that if canvass-          when they still did not have       Tuesday, but it was not, Flores
                                                   before the results are official,      Tuesday’s meeting that it is                 ing is not done within six days          proof from Ramirez that he lives   said.
                                                   said City Attorney Jaime Flores.      believed Ramirez lives in the                after the election, the tallies          in District 8.                       “Everything is pretty much up
                     Sports                          Ramirez and District 7 winner       3500 block of Cedar, which is in             become official on the seventh             City     Secretary   Gustavo     in the air right now,” said
                                                   Jose Valdez were to be sworn in       District 4. One resident on that             day, which will be on June 10.           Guevara contacted Ramirez          Councilman John Galo after the
                                                   Friday, but only Valdez will be       block pointed out the Ramirez                  City officials realized Monday         Monday, requiring that the proof   (See *RACE Page 20A)

                                                   Fake                                                                                                                        B.P. agents told
                                                   bomb                                                                                                                        to stay on alert
                                                   closes                                                                                                                      BY JAMES GUTIERREZ
                                                                                                                                                                               Times staff writer

                                                                                                                                                                                Laredo Border Patrol officials
                                                                                                                                                                               said Tuesday that agents are on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alert – we’re always on alert, it’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  part of the job,” Assistant BP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chief George A. Gunnoe said,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “but we are urging our agents to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  be more conscious of their sur-

American women
out of French / Page 1B
                                                   plaza                                                                                                                       alert and are “thinking twice
                                                                                                                                                                               when they leave for work” since
                                                                                                                                                                               a Mexican militant put a $10,000
                                                                                                                                                                               bounty on their heads.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  roundings and to be more careful
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of the kinds of situations that they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  allow themselves to be led into.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gunnoe explained that the
                                                   BY MIGUEL T. RAMIREZ                                                                                                         “We’re not calling an official    comments of Carlos Ibarra Perez
                                                   Times staff writer                       Times staff photos by MIGUEL T. RAMIREZ                                                                               at his press conference Monday
                                                                                         DEADLY FORCE: Note, top photo,                                                                                           in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico
                                                     NUEVO LAREDO — A shadow             found with a fake bomb Tuesday                                                                                           has artificially raised tensions
                                                   organization identified as “Sable”    in Nuevo Laredo plaza says,                                                                                              along the border to the point
                                                   claimed responsibility for a false    “Stop killing Mexicans. The next                                                                                         where both sides fear that the
                                                   bomb found Tuesday morning at         one (bomb) will be real, American                                                                                        other is going to shoot somebody
                                                   the south end of Juarez Plaza,        dogs. (signed) Sable. Sable is a                                                                                         – one for protection and the other
                                                   according to Civil Protection         group claiming responsibility for                                                                                        for a reward.
                                                   authorities.                          the fake bomb and note. At right                                                                                           “We’ve been doing this (work)
                                                     Also found with the bomb was a      is the fake bomb.                                                                                                        for 75 years now, and the ten-
                                                   message        directed     toward                                                                                                                             sions have always been high
                                                   authorities in the United States,     Guerrero and Ocampo avenues                                                                                              here – we’ve understood that it’s
                                                   threatening retaliation for alleged   and Bravo and Victoria streets.                                                                                          a way of life along the border. But
                                                   violence toward Mexican immi-           Police received a telephone call                                                                                       this individual has brought things
                                                   grants.                               at 6:45 a.m. notifying them of the                                                                                       to the point where our guys are
                                                     “It was an imitation bomb, but      fake bomb, an official said.                                                                                             thinking twice when they leave
                                                   very realistic-looking,” according      “We didn’t know that an agent                                                                                          for work in the morning,” Gunnoe
                                                   to Jose Luis Jacome of Civil          of the National Institute of                                                                                             said.
                                                   Protection. “A real bomb would        Immigration had already found                                                                                              Problems began when Perez,
                                                   have wounded or killed many           the item and called police,” J.                                                                                          the spokesman for an advocacy
                                                   Mexicans.”                            Esqueda, dispatcher,                                                                                                     (See *AGENTS Page 20A)
                                                     Plaza Juarez is located in the      (See *BOMB Page 20A)
                                                   first block of the city, between

OPINION PAGE                                                                                                                                                                   Potential jurors called
Both Vice President Al
Gore and Texas Gov.
George W. Bush are pursu-
                                                                                                                                                                               in malpractice suit
ing reasonableness to an
unreasonable degree.                                                                                                                                                           BY ROBERT GARCIA                   Mercy hospital.
                                                                                                                                                                               Times staff writer                   Jesus, 13 at the time, was
                              --Mark Lane                                                                                                                                                                         taken to Mercy hospital for
                                                                                                                                                                                 A 341st District Court jury      treatment of a fractured lower
                                                                                                                                                                               will take approximately 30         leg.
   TODAY’S WEATHER                                                                                                                                                             days to hear all the testimony       Both sides in the case have
        See Page 2A for                                                                                                                                                        and receive the evidence in        been mediating a settlement or
            complete                                                                                                                                                           the multimillion-dollar medical    agreement, but without suc-
       weather information                                                                                                                                                     malpractice suit involving         cess.
   Recycled newsprint is used                                                                                                                                                  Mercy      Regional     Medical      The Urdiales family is seeking
 in the printing of the Times.                                                                                                                                                 Center.                            a reported sum of $30 million in
                                                                                                                                                                                 A pool of 1,500 potential        damages.
                                                                                                                                                                               jurors has been summoned to          This will be the second time
        INSIDE TIMES                                                                                                                                                           appear Wednesday morning at        District Judge Elma Salinas
                                                                                                                                                                               the Webb County Justice            Enders tries to get the trial
EL MERCADITO..              FEATURES.......5B                                                                                                                                  Center for the selection of a      underway.
....................Sec.C   OPINION.........8A
                                                                                                                                                                               jury for the Natividad Urdiales      Of the 1,500 summoned, court
DEATHS.......19A            SPORTS....Sec. B
THEATERS......7A            TASTE..........Sec.D
                                                                                                                                                                               family lawsuit against the hos-    officials hope to end up with
COMICS..........4B                                                                                                                                                             pital.                             200 qualified jurors, from which
                                                                                                                                                                                 Besides the hospital, Peggy      a final jury panel will be picked.
                                                                                                                                                                               Robinson, CRNA, and Claire           Three days of jury selection
      DO YOU KNOW                                                                                                                      Times staff photo by ALEXANDER ALEMAN   Robinson, RN, are also named       last December in the same
                                                                                                                                                                               as defendants in the suit.         case ended in a mistrial after
                                                   New tourist center                                                                                                            The Laredo family filed          attorneys were unable to put a
 A recent high                                      Texas Department of Transportation celebrated its grand opening of the new tourist information center,                     legal action in March 1998,        12-member jury together.
school graduate,                                   located 16 miles north of Laredo on I-35 at the Hwy. 83 interchange. Cutting the ribbon was Celina Oberbo,                  claiming their 16-year-old           (Staff writer Robert Garcia can
she enjoys drama                                   representing State Rep. Tracy O. King, travel center director Leo Garza, TxDOT representative Cathy J.
and spending time                                                                                                                                                              son Jesus sustained severe         be reached at 728-2565 or by
with her family and
                                                   Williams, State Rep. Henry Cuellar, State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, TxDOT engineer Luis A. Ramirez, Webb County                brain damage on June 21,           e-mail                          at
friends.                                           Judge Mercurio Martinez and Laredo Mayor Betty Flores. Read related story, page 5A.                                         1997 while in the care of          robert@lmtonline.com)

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