The Kerrville Times from Kerrville, Texas on April 21, 1989 · Page 2
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Friday, April 21, 1989
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2 Friday, April 21, 1989 Kerrville Daily Times State/Local Author removes Police: Leader killed cultist for using drugs no-pass, no-play bill after change fGUSTIN (AP) — A proposal designed to give the state's education commissioner more authority in enforcing the no-pass no-play rule may have been gutted by an amendment tacked onto the legislation, the bill's author said. Bill Haley, D-Center, on Thursday removed his bill from consideration before a final vote was taken by the Senate. The measure would have given the education commissioner more power in disputes over whether a student was academically eligible to participate in extracurricular activities. Under the bill, the commissioner's ruling could be overturned in court only if the judge found the commissioner acted arbitrarily, or the ruling was not supported by evidence in the case. Haley said the commissioner needed more authority because some school districts were continuing to be allowed to field ineligible student athletes by dragging their grievances through the courts. He said this was unfair to schools whose athletes were academically eligible to participate and in some cases the disputes postponed the contests. Sen. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, argued the bill gave the education commissioner too much power. She proposed an amendment that would allow parties in these disputes to have a hearing before the commissioner in order to present their side of the case. "What is it about our young children that we would strip them from justice?," said Ms. Johnson. Haley argued Ms. Johnson's amendment would maintain what he said was the current problem: the long period of time it takes to resolve these disputes. The amendment passed 1613 and the bill was approved in a tentative vote. Haley removed the measure from consideration before a final vote was taken. Haley said his bill was in response to a number of challenges by student athletes and school districts, including the recent Dallas Carter High School case, to rulings on alleged violations of the no-pass, no-play rule. That rule, part of sweeping education reforms passed in 1984, mandates that a student who fails a class during a six- week grading period cannot participate in extracurricular activities. In the Dallas Carter case, Texas Education Commissioner William Kirby ruled that a football player was ineligible to play because he failed a class. But the Dallas school district appealed Kirby's decision and won a temporary court order that allowed Dallas Carter to continue in the football playoffs. The team eventually won the Class 5A football title. State District Judge Paul Davis has yet to rule on whether Kirby was entitled to declare the student athlete ineligible. Bill allows AIDS testing without specific consent AUSTIN (AP) — A House bill lawmakers tentatively approved allowing AIDS testing without specific consent from patients would clear up confusion among doctors and hospitals, says the bill sponsor. But opponents contend the measure could lead to indiscriminate testing. In debate on the bill Thursday, Rep. Eddie Cavazos, D-Corpus Christi. said he was concerned that patients would be tested unknowingly and that the results could affect their jobs or their medical insurance. "Big Brother will know. Everybody else will know, and you won't know ... and it goes on your record," Cavazos said. Rep. Nancy McDonald, D- El Paso, said, "My fear in passing this law is that now we win be saying you don't really have ... the obligation 25/50 Years Ago 25 Years Ago E.G. Puryear was a candidate for sheriff of Kerr County. Ann Liljedahl of Kerrville, and Portia Smart of Mountain Home were duchesses representing Kerr County at the Miss Mohair convention in Brownwood. 50 Years Ago Mr. and Mrs. Robert I. Wilson announced the arrival of a girl, Linda Mary, born April 13 at Kerrville General Hospital. R.M. Howell of Tucson, Ariz., was visiting his brother, J.M. Howell and family on Goat Creek Road. R.M. moved from Kerr County to Arizona 40 years ago. to ten the patient what you're doing. "Patients have a right to know what they're oeing tested for," Ms. McDonald said. "But in this law, we're S 'ving them the implication at they don't need to know." Ms. McDonald, who also opposed the bill during committee hearings, said she would offer an amendment before final passage that would require patients to be notified if they are being tested for AIDS. The bill by Rep. Billy demons, D-Pollok, would modify 1987 legislation requiring special consent for AIDS testing. It was tentatively passed on a non-record vote Thursday. It requires another vote for final passage. Under demons' bill, patients could be asked to sign a specific consent form for AIDS testing or they could be tested by signing a general consent form Tor medical tests, which would not specify AIDS testing. demons said the bill would "clear up confusion caused by the last bill, so doctors and hospitals will know what's expected of them." A-l TRANSMISSION 367-2200 NEW - USED • REPOS PIANOS AND FINE INSTRUMENTS ALAMO MUSIC CENTER | 1-800-822-5010 Ask For Kerrville Manager The CROSSING - Kerrville KOA Your Only Full Service Mobile Home & R. V. 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Benitez said defendants who have admitted smuggling drugs for Constanzo told police he required them to stay away from the cocaine and marijuana in which they trafficked. "He killed one of them because he used cocaine," Benitez said. Benitez identified the man killed as Jorge Valente del Fierrp Gomez, 35. Police know of at least 11 members of the Constanzo group in Matamoros and an unknown number in other parts of Mexico and possibly other countries, including the United States, Benitez said. Constanzo is believed to be with Martin Quintana Rodriguez and Alvaro de Leon Valdez, Benitez said. U.S. officials have confirmed that Constanzo flew to Mexico City with two other men April 11, the day police began finding bodies at a remote ranch 20 miles west Boxing gloves sign of Wright determination WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Jim Wright said nothing he is accused of doing compares with the "unethical behavior" of someone who deliberately tries to bring down a colleague. "The most unethical behavior I've observed by any colleague is the deliberate attempt to ruin another colleague's reputation," Wright said, in an obvious reference to his Republican nemesis, Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-Ga. "I think that's far more unethical than anythirig with which I've been charged," Wright said in a 70-minute exclusive interview Thursday with his hometown Fort Worth Star-Telegram. During the interview, Wright showed off a pair of red boxing gloves sent to him by a well-wisher. Wright, a former Golden Gloves boxer, said he intends to continue to fight allegations he violated House ethics rules. But Wright said his struggle for political survival has helped him develop a trait not usually associated with fighters — forgiveness. "I have been called names in the past year that I have never been called in my life before," Wright told the Star- Telegram. "I have tried to cultivate a quality of forgiveness. I must not allow myself to be embittered against those who have said vicious things about me. It isn't easy. But I'm learning that, and it has been, to that extent, a growing experience.'' Despite his efforts to learn forgiveness, Wright showed signs of bitterness toward his critics, especially Gingrich and special counsel Richard Phelan, the Chicago lawyer hired to lead the ethics investigation. Wright showed both anguish and his characteristic feistiness as he looked back on a tumultuous week that ends with his three-decade congressional career in jeopardy. The 66-year-ola Democrat, who was formally accused Monday of violating congressional standards of ethics, expressed bewilderment at the course of the 10-month ethics investigation that threatens both his reputation and his political future. "I never dreamed it would drag on this long," he said, recalling his inaccurate prediction that the ethics case, convened last June 10, would end within a matter of weeks. "It's an agonizing experience, of course. Nobody likes to go through a prolonged period of reading negative statements about himself in the daily media." Dr. John Bilderback Family Practice of Chiropractic 420 Water-Suite 108 896-4109 MADAME ALEXANDER DOLLS have been ordered. Place your name on our list for the doll (s) you want. Catalog is here. Make your selection early. The Accent Shoppe 707 Water St. (downtown) 257-4344 Spring Sale! $50°P Off Eyeglasses Purchase a complete pair of prescription eyeglasses and save $50.001 Order any frame from our collection, and any lens Including single vision, bifocal, or progressive power. Add the extras like fashion tints, engraving, and scratch-resistant coating. Then take $50.00 off the regular price. Discount cannot exceed 50% of the total purchase price. No other discounts apply. Offer good through April 27. IRoval Optical! Complete Optical Service River Hills Mall 257-5157 open All Day Saturday and Sunday Mall Hours Ma,tec<»« Lenses Duplicated or Doctor's Prescription Required Express Service on Many Prescriptions of Matamoros. Quitana's sister, Maria Teresa, a reported occult practitioner, was arrested earlier this week in Mexico City in connection with the case. Benitez said police have been questioning people in Mexico's homosexual community, where Constanzo is well known. Many of those questioned are listed in Constanzo's address book, found in a search of one of his Mexico City residences, Benitez said. "They are men who knew him from parties and (gay) bars," Benitez said. "In Constanzo's apartment, we found many pornographic magazines, pictures of men with men." A 50-year-old Cuban acquaintance of Constanzo has been arrested in the course of the investigation in Mexico City, Benitez said. ; The Cuban, whose name ; was not released, is a practitioner of Santeria, the animal-sacrificing religion Constanzo practiced before switching to the Palo ' Mayombe practice, which is known to use parts of cadavers in its rituals, . Benitez said. : Two occult altars were found in one of Constanzo's ' Mexico City homes. Many of the 15 bodies : exhumed near Matamoros ~ last week were mutilated in .,'1 rituals designed to bring ...» magical protection for the•...•> drug-smuggling business, r according to confessions V from those arrested in the case. .;.. All of the victims, in- ; . eluding a University of Texas •.: student, were male, but none • of the killings appeared to have sexual overtones. Texas briefs Lone Star Cafe in New York closes doors End of the Lone Star Cafe. Ironically, co-owners Bill Dick and Mort Cooperman, riding high on the Cafe's success, last July opened a second Texas-style retreat. NEW YORK (AP) - A little bit of Texas was closed here last week. The Lone Star Cafe, that Greenwich Village home away from home for lonesome Texans and country-rooted urbanites, closed and lost its claim as the best honky tonk north of Abilene. When lease-renewal time came around this year, the Cafe's landlord announced it was trebling the rent. The Cafe's new cousin, The ' Lone Star Roadhouse, is : uptown in Manhattan's. f theater district, and the owners hope enthusiasm and loyalty for it will match that ' felt for the East Village :: haunt. Border senators seek help for drug crisis WASHINGTON (AP) — Three grisly, drug-related mass slayings along the U.S.- Mexico border during the past month, including the cult killings of at least 15 people near Matamoros, Mexico, exhibit the dire need for federal agents and dollars in the Southwest, border-state senators said. The group of senators want national drug czar William J. Bennett to declare the U.S.- Mexico border a "high- intensity drug trafficking area." NAME IMPRINTED ON Napkins, Cards, Books Hours: 409 Moin Street 1 0 A.M.-5:30 P.M. Kerrville, Texas 78028 later by Appointment (51 21-257-4060 SIDEWALK SALE 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. FRI. & SAT. Savings From All Departments Shop Early For The Best Selection! SAVE From 20% To 60% On Mens, Womens, Childrens Fashions Shoes & Linens ANIHONYI River Oaks Shopping Center Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9-8 Sun. 1-5 895-4464

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