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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

                                                                          AP photo
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
 Legacies left
  as Heston
  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
     Singing star
      Juanes was
   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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