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					Budget nosedive                                                       Ready to die                                                           Top Rank fight
U.S. government ran                                                   Chechen rebels holding                                                 World-class fighters
a $159 billion deficit in                                             hostages in Moscow                                                     in Laredo Nov. 15
2002 fiscal year                                                      theater, kill 1 captive                                                at the new LEC
                  National, 15A                                                International, 16A                                                                Sports, 1B




       Laredo Morning Times                                          We’re your hometown newspaper and more                                                                                                 50¢

FRIDAY, October 25, 2002                                                                                                                                               122nd Year - Number 135 / 76 pages


                                                 Manhunt ends                                                                                   Judge orders city
                                                                                                                                                to pay legal fees
                                                                                                                                                BY LAUREL ALMADA
                                                                                                                                                Times staff writer

                                                                                                                                                  Laredo’s mayor and members of the city council were
                                                                                                                                                cleared Thursday of a Texas Open Meetings Act viola-
                                                                                                                                                tion, but the city is going to have to pay for that action.
                                                                                                                                                  That was the ruling made by Judge Raul Vasquez after
                                                                                                                                                                     a two-hour hearing in which attorneys
                                                                                                                                                                     for the intervenor Laredo Morning
                                                                                                                                                                     Times and city of Laredo were asking
                                                                                                                                                                     for attorney fees.
                                                                                                                                                                       Vasquez ordered the city to pay
                                                                                                                                                                     almost $35,000 to the Times’ attorneys
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                                                                                                                                                                     as well as all of the court costs associ-
TEEN, VETERAN: John Lee Malvo, 17, left, and John Allen               RESTING PLACE: Federal agents search the 1990 Chevrolet                                        ated with the lawsuit.
Muhammad are seen in this recent family photo in Louisiana,           Caprice parked at the highway rest stop, Thursday where two men                                  Attorney Richard Gonzalez, and the
provided by Muhammad’s former sister-in-law Sheron Norman.            were arrested.                                                              RAUL VASQUEZ
                                                                                                                                                                     Times as an intervenor plaintiff, filed
                                                                                                                                                                     suit against the city claiming that
                                                                                                                                                Mayor Betty Flores and five city council members went



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                                                                                                                                                into an illegal closed meeting during an Aug. 17, 2001
                                                                                                                                                budget meeting.
                                                                                                                                                  During a summary judgment hearing in June, Vasquez
                                                                                                                                                ruled that the city “technically” violated the TOMA.
                                                                                                                                                  He did not find that the mayor and individual council
                                                                                                                                                (See *JUDGE Page 2A)

Two arrested; gun linked to 11 shootings
BY STEPHEN MANNING
Associated Press Writer
                                              ed with John Lee Malvo, 17 —
                                              appeared in court, and was ordered
                                                                                           M-16 military assault rifle. As a soldier,
                                                                                           Muhammad received a Marksmanship
                                                                                                                                                Fatal crash claims
  FREDERICK, Md. — One of
America’s most extraordinary man-
hunts culminated Thursday in the
                                              held without bail.
                                                Montgomery County Police Chief
                                              Charles Moose said both men were con-
                                              sidered suspects in the sniper attacks.
                                                                                           Badge with expert rating — the highest
                                                                                           of three ratings — in use of the M-16,
                                                                                           according to Army records. Police also
                                                                                           found a scope and tripod in the car, the
                                                                                                                                                Laredoan’s life
arrests of an Army veteran and a                A gun found in the suspects’ car — a       official said.                                       BY JAVIER BARROSO
teenager, asleep at a roadside rest           Bushmaster rifle — had been linked by          In handcuffs and a green prison                    Times staff writer
stop — perpetrators, authorities              ballistics to 11 of the 13 shootings, said   jumpsuit, Muhammad appeared in fed-
believe, of a bloody, three-week snip-        Michael Bouchard, an agent with the          eral court in a Baltimore courthouse                   A Thursday afternoon vehicle accident involving an 18-
ing spree that left 10 people dead and        federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco           patrolled by a dozen federal marshals                wheeler on Highway 83 north near Carrizo Springs
multitudes paralyzed by fear.                 and Firearms.                                armed with high-powered rifles.                      claimed the life of a member of a prominent Laredo and
  John Allen Muhammad, 41, — arrest-            The AR-15 is the civilian form of the      (See *SNIPER Page 18A)                               Zapata family.
                                                                                                                                                  Developer Sergio Roel Garcia Jr., 32, died after his
                                                                                                                                                vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer.
                                                                                                                                                  Department of Public Safety troopers based in Carrizo
                                                                                                                                                Springs investigated the accident. As of Thursday after-
                                                                                                                                                noon, the DPS office was unable to release the official
                                                                                                                                                cause of the accident. It was believed that Garcia was
                                                                                                                                                headed for Eagle Pass where he was working on a home
                                                                                                                                                construction project when the accident occurred.
                                                                                                                                                  Garcia was transported to a Carrizo Springs hospital
                                                                                                                                                where he died, according to relatives.
                                                                                                                                                  Family members in Laredo were deeply hurt over the
                                                                                                                                                tragic accident, but some took time to express the love
                                                                                                                                                they had for Sergio.
                                                                                                                                                  “He was just very gentle and very friendly. He was a
                                                                                                                                                wonderful son, a wonderful brother, and wherever he
                                                                                                                                                went, he could say hi to anybody and would become
                                                                                                                                                friends with them,” Sergio’s sister, Silvia Garcia, said.
                                                                                                                                                (See *CRASH Page 17A)




                                                                                                                                                4 vie for El Cenizo
Republican, listens during a gubernatorial debate in Dallas, Thursday.
                                                                                                                   AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez
GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE: Texas Democratic candidate for governor Tony Sanchez, right, makes a point as Gov. Rick Perry, a
                                                                                                                                                mayor’s position
Viewer: Sanchez came out ahead                                                                                                                  BY JAVIER BARROSO
                                                                                                                                                Times staff writer

                                                                                                                                                  El Cenizo Mayor Flora
                                                                                                                                                                                 100%


                                                                                                                                                                                  90%

                                                                                                                                                                                     80%
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Early
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Voting
BY TRICIA CORTEZ                  Gilbert Molina said.                                                                                          Barton is facing three                             Goal
Times staff writer                  Questions ranged from
                                  how each candidate would
                                                                      GOP: Perry did better                                                     opponents in the upcom-
                                                                                                                                                ing Nov. 5 general elec-
                                                                                                                                                tions.
                                                                                                                                                                                     70%

                                                                                                                                                                                     60%


                                                                                                                                                                                     50%
                                                                                                                                                                                                   25,000
  The tough questions asked       handle the state’s upcoming                                                                                                                                       Sat. - 2,079
to Tony Sanchez and Rick          $5 billion shortfall to Perry’s     BY DIANA DE LA GARZA             think Sanchez had his own                  “The reason why I decid-           40%
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sun. - 803
Perry during their Thursday       record number of last-minute        Times staff writer               agenda, and he concentrat-               ed to run again is because           30%            Mon - 2,421
night debate in Dallas left       vetoes, forcing the state to                                         ed on getting it across.”                I had already put in a cou-                         Tue. - 1,836
local Tony Sanchez support-       lose hundreds of millions of          Following      a    debate       Among the issues that                  ple of applications for              20%
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wed. - 1,554
ers declaring the native          dollars in matching federal         between Governor Rick            were discussed during the                grants, and they look pret-          10%           Thurs. - 1,497
Laredoan as the clear win-        grants for things like health       Perry and candidate Tony         debate were the money                    ty good. I said ‘you know
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Total - 10,509
ner.                              care and subsidized child           Sanchez that was very simi-      spent during the campaign,               what, I need to run again
  “I think Mr. Sanchez really     care.                               lar in content to the last,      the disclosure of personal               so I can make time for all                          The election
                                                                      local republicans say Perry      and financial records and the            the money to get here for                         office report-
came out ahead. He did a            Other issues focused on                                                                                                                                       ed 319 mail-
good job of bringing out the      the tone of the political ads       did a better job.                negative tone of the cam-                the benefit of the city,’”
                                                                                                                                                                                                  in-ballots.
real Perry and letting the pub-   and Perry’s support of                “As a republican, of course    paign’s advertising.                     Barton said.
lic know about what goes on       Republican           candidate      I think Governor Perry did a       Local republicans noted                  She explained that the
behind closed doors. Mr.          Steven Wayne Smith for              better job, but also, I think    that while Sanchez had the               grants are for a fire station, a fire engine and a 14-acre park,
Perry said Mr. Sanchez is         Texas Supreme Court, who            that Mr. Sanchez was very        right to spend as much                   and that she was to continue being the mayor “because
buying the governorship, yet      has stated that underquali-         repetitive throughout the        money on his campaign as                 there are a lot of things that haven’t been finished.”
he, himself, has already been     fied minorities have been           entire debate,” local republi-   he saw fit, they did not agree             Barton said she was very proud of being the first mayor
bought with big contributions,”   placed in universities.             can Larry Lepovitz said. “I      (See *PERRY Page 17A)                    (See *EL CENIZO Page 18A)


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