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OBITUARY | CHARLTON HESTON LAREDO | POLICE
Narrowed to 10
43 top cop hopefuls down to final few for city’s review
reveal to council members the fi- larreal said. Following that about the month.
By ASHLEY RICHARDS
LAREDO MORNING TIMES nalists and his plan to interview half of them will be brought to Amendments to an ordinance
and interact with the candidates Laredo for a face-to-face meeting regulating businesses with
The pool of 43 applicants for before selecting the next chief of with city management and the amusement redemption ma-
chief of police has been narrowed the Laredo Police Department. City Council and a tour of the city. chines, also known as 8-liners or
to a list of about 10 that city man- “I would say ultimately five or “We will take into considera- maquinitas, are also going before
agement plans to review with the six will be the ones that make the tion all the information of the in- City Council today. The need for
Laredo City Council. cut,” Villarreal said. terview, all the interaction, formal stiffer rules regarding the estab-
During a closed session at to- Each of the nearly 10 candi- and informal meetings,” Villarreal lishment of an 8-liner business
day’s council meeting City Man- dates will be interviewed next said.
ager Carlos Villarreal said he will week via video conferencing, Vil- A decision is expected within See REVIEW | PAGE11A
Actor Charlton Heston poses in character in the title role of the motion picture
“Ben-Hur,” on April 29, 1958, in Rome, Italy. He won the 1959 best actor Oscar as
the chariot-racing “Ben-Hur.” Heston, 84, died late Saturday.
TREKKING DOWN THE TRACKS
dies at 84 his passing.
By DAVID GERMAIN
ASSOCIATED PRESS Heston,
who died Sat-
LOS ANGELES — Nancy Rea- urday night at
gan was heartbroken over Charl- 84, was a tow-
ton Heston’s death. President ering figure
Bush hailed him as a “strong ad- both in his
vocate for liberty,” while John Mc- politics and
Cain called Heston a devotee for on screen,
civil and constitutional rights.
HESTON where his
Even Michael Moore, who characters had the ear of God
mocked Heston in his gun-con- (Moses in “The Ten Command-
trol documentary “Bowling for ments”), survived apocalyptic
Columbine,” posted the actor’s
picture on his Web site to mark See HESTON | PAGE 11A
U.S. GOVERNMENT | CREDIT SPENDING Photo by Mayra Flores | Laredo Morning times
Children play with wooden toy trains at the Imaginarium in Mall del Norte on Sunday afternoon at the opening of the Union Pacific exhibit.
VA workers put The Imaginarium opens exhibit featuring model trains
By EDNA CARMONA imaginary countryside.
$2.6B on cards LAREDO MORNING TIMES
ll aboard! The Imaginar-
The Union Pacific Train Station exhibit
In the next room, all sorts of
model trains rest against the
wall, along with some articles
ium of South Texas
opens to the public Wednesday at the related to each one’s maker.
By HOPE YEN ment credit cards. opened its new exhibit, Imaginarium of South Texas The oldest model trains are
ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press, through Union Pacific Train Station, on made out of brass, some of oth-
a Freedom of Information re- Sunday afternoon. er metals, and date back to the
WASHINGTON — Veterans Af- quest, obtained the VA list of 3.1 It was an event for Imagi- 1950s. The rest are made of
fairs employees last year racked million purchases made in the narium members and Union said Melissa Cigarroa, Imagi- en by Union Pacific, the train wood and plastic.
up hundreds of thousands of dol- 2007 budget year. The list offers Pacific employees and their narium director, because “they exhibit “has gotten a facelift Bob Polka, Union Pacific di-
lars in government credit-card a detailed look into the everyday families. The exhibit opens to get to play with it and under- and upgrade,” added Cigarroa. rector of Customer Service,
bills at casino and luxury hotels, spending at the government’s the public Wednesday. stand it.” The Imaginarium turned to added the exhibition is better
movie theaters and high-end re- second largest department. Children were given train The late Msgr. Kevin Dunne, Victoria Ortega, who came up because now there are moving
tailers such as Sharper Image and By and large, it reveals few whistles and played with wood- a Robstown native, donated the with the concept for the exhib- model trains.
Franklin Covey — and govern- outward signs of questionable en trains as adults viewed oth- train collection to the Laredo it and Gilberto Torreon built “It’s come a long way, and
ment auditors are investigating, spending, with hundreds of pur- er model trains on shelves be- Children’s Museum (now the the exhibit. the presentation is better,” said
citing past spending abuses. chases at prosthetic, orthopedic hind a glass enclosure. Imaginarium) in 1991, who be- In the back of the Imaginar- Polka.
All told, VA staff charged The exhibit “is a way to call gan his hobby in 1946. ium one finds motorized,
$2.6 billion to their govern- See CARDS | PAGE 11A the kids’ attention,” to trains, With the help of a grant giv- miniature trains traveling in an See EXHIBIT | PAGE 11A
BACK ATTHE LEC BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES | FINAL DAY
back in Laredo
for another per-
formance at the
Tourney really hauls bass
Laredo Enter- By NICK GEORGIOU top 12 anglers. Not only did Elias easily beat
tainment Center LAREDO MORNING TIMES It was anyone’s game, but Paul the world record, but the next top
on Sunday night Elias, who has appeared in 14 Bass- five anglers did, too. Also, all of the
before a partial- It was a history making day in master Classics and has won $691,040 top 12 earned a century belt, mean-
ly-filled house. Zapata on Sunday. in his career, came out on top. ing the total weight of the 20
For the past four days, 110 of The combined weight of the 20 biggest bass they caught weighed
the best anglers in the world were biggest bass he caught was 132 100 pounds or more.
competing at Falcon Lake as part pounds, 8 ounces. “Falcon Lake is really a hidden
of the 2008 Bassmaster Elite Se- The previous record was about jewel,” said Davy Hite, who has had
ries, which consists of 11 stops 122 pounds. 12 Bassmaster Classic appearances
across the country. “It is indeed an honor to be a and has career winnings that total
Falcon Lake was the third stop part of history in Zapata,” said Trip more than $1.3 million.
on the tour. Weldon, the Bassmaster tourna-
Photo by Ricardo Segovia | Laredo Morning Times And Sunday, it was down to the ment director. See BASS | PAGE 11A
INSIDE OPINION | PAGE 4A THEATERS | PAGE 6A OBITUARIES | PAGE 11A SPORTS | SECTION B COMICS | PAGES 4-5B WEATHER | PAGE 6B
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