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                                                                                                                  MEXICO | VIOLENCE

             Travel alert creates friction
                 By JOHN RICE
                                                      Mexico’s president Vicente Fox ‘laments’ warning                                                                                                                reality.” His office later confirmed that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Derbez sent a letter Thursday to U.S.
              ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ambassador Tony Garza containing
   MEXICO CITY — A U.S. alert about                 cause U.S. citizens unnecessary concern.             problems and added, ”Mexico and the                        with the secretary of homeland securi-            Mexico‘s official response. In accordance
violence in northern Mexico created                    “However, we respect the right that               United States share successes as well as                   ty?” Creel said, referring to a meeting           with diplomatic norms, the letter was not
unexpected friction with a crucial neigh-           every democratic country has to warn its             errors.”                                                   with Tom Ridge on Jan. 17 in Calexico,            to be made public, spokesmen said.
bor on Thursday, just as new Secretary              people of dangers that it believes might                Mexico‘s top Cabinet officer, Interior                  California. ”He didn‘t express any con-              Mexico‘s Tourism Department,
of State Condoleezza Rice and other                 threaten them,” Fox said, in a prepared              Secretary Santiago Creel, said in a                        cern to me. On the contrary,” Ridge               meanwhile, issued a news release
new members of George W. Bush‘s team                statement, reacting to the travel alert              nationwide      television    interview                    praised Mexico‘s actions, Creel added.            Thursday emphasizing that the country‘s
are starting to take office.                        issued Wednesday by the U.S. government.             Thursday that the alert ”went too far.”                       Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto                 tourist destinations are safe, and adding
   President Vicente Fox said that Mexico              The statement indicated that both                    ”Why didn‘t they say anything a                         Derbez earlier called the travel alert
regrets that Garza‘s statements might               countries have responsibility for border             week ago when I was in that meeting                        ”exaggerated and outside the scope of                       See FRICTION | PAGE 14A

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  IRAQ | ATTACKS
                                                                   WBCA | MEDIA RECEPTION
                                                                                                                                                                                          Dozens killed
                                                                                                                                                                                          in countdown
                                                                                                                                                                                         toward election
                                                                                                                                                                                                  By ROBERT H. REID            take up positions at smaller
                                                                                                                                                                                                  ASSOCIATED PRESS             bases throughout the city to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               respond more quickly to any
                                                                                                                                                                                            BAGHDAD,           Iraq      —     election day attacks.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Insurgents stepped up attacks             Sunni Muslim insurgents
                                                                                                                                                                                         Thursday against polling cen-         have threatened to disrupt the
                                                                                                                                                                                         ters across Iraq, killing at least    balloting, when Iraqis choose a
                                                                                                                                                                                         a dozen people, including a           275-member             National
                                                                                                                                                                                         U.S. Marine, in the rebel cam-        Assembly and governing coun-
                                                                                                                                                                                         paign to frighten Iraqis away         cils in the country‘s 18
                                                                                                                                                                                         from participating in this            provinces. Voters in the
                                                                                                                                                                                         weekend‘s election.                   Kurdish self-governing area of
                                                                                                                                                                                            As part of an intensifying         the north will select a new
                                                                                                                                                                                         campaign of intimidation, an          regional parliament.
                                                                                                                                                                                         al-Qaida affiliate led by                 In the former rebel strong-
                                                                                                                                                                                         Jordanian terror mastermind           hold of Fallujah, where opposi-
                                                                                                                                                                                         Abu Musab al-Zarqawi posted           tion to the balloting is strong,
                                                                                                                                                                                         a videotape on the Internet           U.S. Marines drove through
                                                                                                                                                                                         showing the murder of a can-          the city Thursday, urging peo-
                                                                                                                                                                                         didate from the party of inter-       ple through loudspeakers to
                                                                                                                                                                                         im Prime Minister Ayad                turn out Sunday. Spokesman
                                                                                                                                                                                         Allawi.                               1st Lt. Lyle Gilbert said the
                                                                                                                                                                                            The tape included a warn-          Marines were ”encouraging
                                                                                                                               Photo by Ricardo Segovia | Laredo Morning Times           ing to Allawi personally: ”You        people to capitalize on this
        Anselmo Castro, Crystina Victoria Palacios, Carlos Alvarez, Mayor Betty Flores, WBCA President Tom Gates, Maximiliano Ramos, Anita Dodier and Angelica                           traitor, wait for the angel of        opportunity to exercise their
        Hinojosa Rodriguez, from left, front row, cut the ribbon kicking off the Washington‘s Birthday Celebration Association festivities Thursday night at the Laredo                  death.”                               voice by voting in the upcom-
        Entertainment Center.                                                                                                                                                               To protect voters on               ing free elections.”
                                                                                                                                                                                         Sunday, hundreds of American              Iraqi newspapers also pub-

          108th celebration festivities kicked off at LEC                                                                                                                                soldiers began moving out of
                                                                                                                                                                                         their massive garrison on the
                                                                                                                                                                                         western edge of Baghdad to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               lished for the first time the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      See ELECTION | PAGE 14A
                        By MIKE MCILVAIN                      support members of the local and out-of-              Most WBCA activity happens Friday and
                      LAREDO MORNING TIMES                    town media always give to our events,”                Saturday before the fireworks with a

            Washington‘s Birthday Celebration
                                                              Gates said. “The media has always
                                                              played a very significant role in the suc-
                                                                                                                    dozen events scheduled.
                                                                                                                       Plenty of music, entertainment, food,
                                                                                                                                                                                                               PEOPLE | OBITUARY
        Association President Tom Gates and                   cess of the Washington‘s Birthday                     and information are all part of the
        Mayor Betty Flores cut the big red ribbon
        in the Laredo Entertainment Center
        Thursday night to officially open festivities.
                                                                  Media workers and others attending
                                                              the reception were treated to samples of
                                                                                                                    Commander’s Reception. Princess
                                                                                                                    Pocahontas clothing is on display and
                                                                                                                    members of the court are present, too.
            A loud burst of colored confetti                  sweet-tasting Jamboozie, which will be                   City and County officials, representa-
        accompanied the cutting to an enthusias-              available to the public downtown                      tives of affiliate organizations, WBCA
        tic applause on the LEC’s second floor.               Saturday in the celebration by the same               members and participants also attended
        The ribbon cutting was part of the                    name.                                                 the reception.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  dies at 91
        Commander’s Reception, pointed toward                     Jamboozie is the first of another 28                 WBCA events attract nearly 500,000
        local media.                                          WBCA events, leading up to the Feb. 20                residents and visitors to Laredo each
            “We are extremely appreciative of the             fireworks display at Lake Casablanca.                 year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  ‘Wayo’ Longoria succumbs in his sleep,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      funeral Mass, burial Saturday
                                                                GOVERNMENT | EDUCATION                                                                                                           By CARMINA DANINI
                                                                                                                                                                                              SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Bruni, recalling how he and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Longoria once played nearly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               50 holes in one day. “We had a

South Texas Demos lay out school finance plan                                                                                                                                                Eduardo “Wayo” Longoria
                                                                                                                                                                                         Theriot, a prominent business-
                                                                                                                                                                                         man with vast ties to South
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ball because he was very easy-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               going and enjoyable.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   At one point, his nephews
                                                                                                                                                                                         Texas and a member of one of          started a “Tio Wayo” golf tour-
         By BRANDI GRISSOM                 franchise tax, which most busi-             encourage current Texas compa-               adequately educate all students.                     the wealthiest families in            nament in his honor and
          ASSOCIATED PRESS                 nesses avoid paying. Keffer, who            nies to expand their operations.”                In another school finance bill                   northern Mexico, died in his          friends took to kiddingly call-
                                           called the plan a ”shell bill” that            The plan also would allow lot-            filed Thursday, Democratic Rep.                      sleep at his home Wednesday.          ing him “Tio Wayo” after that.
    AUSTIN — A House plan filed            would be updated, did not speci-            tery tickets to be sold at gas               Rene Oliveira proposed as much                           He was 91.                            Born Oct. 25, 1913, in Nuevo
by a key lawmaker would                    fy how the business tax would be            pumps and would continue the                 as $8.1 billion in new state spend-                      Longoria was one of the           Laredo, Longoria and his family
increase the cigarette tax by a dol-       replaced.                                   Telecommunications Infrastruc-               ing to educate poor and bilingual                    more high-profile people ever         held interests in banking, real
lar and expand the sales tax base             ”It is likely that we will               ture Fee.                                    students, give teachers pay raises                   kidnapped in Nuevo Laredo;            estate, cotton, cattle, auto dealer-
to help pay for public education.          replace the current franchise tax              Changing the state‘s $30 bil-             and improve school facilities. It                    he was released unharmed              ships, oil and restaurants.
    It came hours after a high-            with a more equitable, broad-               lion public education system is a            would implement a statewide                          after his family paid a ransom            An exotic animal ranch,
ranking Democrat complained                based business tax at an overall            high priority this legislative ses-          property tax and reduce home-                        in the 1986 incident.                 once owned by the Longoria
that House members were drag-              low rate,” said Keffer, who chairs          sion. Republican Gov. Rick Perry             owners‘ property taxes.                                  After     the      abduction,     family, was a popular attrac-
ging their feet on a school                the tax-writing House Ways and              has declared the issue an emer-                  ”A lot of people are going to                    Longoria and his family moved         tion in Nuevo Laredo.
finance plan.                              Means Committee. ”It is clear               gency so that lawmakers can                  say this is all very expensive,”                     permanently to Laredo, where              He attended St. Edward’s
    The bill, which was filed late         that Texas has a very strong busi-          take action as soon as possible.             said Oliveira, D-Brownsville.                        he indulged in his love of golf.      high school in Austin, now St.
Thursday by Republican Rep.                ness climate. Our goal is to                The state is under court pressure            ”And I remind everyone of the                            There were three things impor-    Edward’s University, before
Jim Keffer, would slash local              strengthen that climate, to                 to change the system, which                  quote we always hear about                           tant to him, according to Laredo      heading to a boarding school
property taxes by a third and              encourage businesses outside                many school districts claim                                                                       businessman Buddy Bruni.
eliminate the state‘s current              the state to come to Texas, and to          doesn‘t provide enough money to                           See PLAN | PAGE 14A                         “God, family and golf,” said            See LONGORIA | PAGE 14A

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