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Highlightreview ShOWS, 11:05 p.m. Track cyclist The 'speed in speed skating Top speed skaters are among the world's fastest athletes; approximate top speeds: Swlmmftr Rower Sprinter Speed ekater 5 mph (8 kph) 1 11 mph (18 kph) j 23 mph (37 kph) 90 'li SALT LAKE CITY 2002 1980 hockey stars light the flame By Kevin Fee Knight Ridder Newspapers SALT LAKE CITY The lighting of the-cauldron is one of the most enduring moments of the Olympics. Who would light it was the burning question all week here. The well-kept secret and the suspense ended just before 9:30 p.m. Friday in Salt Lake City, when current U.S. Olympic athletes Picabo Street and Cammi Granato handed the Olympic torch to Mike Eruzione. Eruzione waved out his teammates from the 1980 Miracle on Ice team, and they helped their former captain light the cauldron, Jj jWas reminiscent of 1980; when v 7-fruzTonem ? tnedal stand after the young United ' s States team shocked the world by ... V' winning a gold medal in men's ice hockey against veteran teams such as Russia. "This is the probably the final journey," Eruzione told NBC. "It's something hard'to describe." Once the Olympic torch reached the sold-out 52,000-seat Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium, it was carried by the Olympian teams of Dick Button and Dorothy Hamill; Scott Hamilton and ' Peggy Fleming; Phil Mahre and Bill Johnson; Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair, Jim Shea Sr. and Jim Shea Jr.; and Street and Granato. "It was the hardest thing I've ever had to keep," Eruzione told NBC about getting the nod to light the torch. George W. Bush became the first U.S. president to open a Winter Olympics. He did so while standing among U.S. athletes. . IOC President Jacques Rogge made specific reference to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States during the ceremony before 52,000 fans at Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium. "People of America, Utah and Salt Lake City, we,are gathered once again in See GAMES page 8A 1 up pin liii ft Of Q I?' f.'i If ' II 37 mph (59 kph) ffo Souce:ChicagoTifeira.lnlernatondOlyrTCcrnrTi MISSION'S TOXIC LEGACY Mission, state officials to meet on environment By JEFF SHIREMAN The Monitor MISSION City officials are bracing for the potentially explosive final report from toxicologist Robert K. Simon by contacting the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. The state environmental agency will take the lead in any fallout from Simon's report on possible pesticide contamination of south Mission homes, city leaders have long maintained. So city representatives want to meet with TNRCC to see what steps can be taken immediately after Simon's reportreaches City. Manager Isauro Trevifio's desk TREVlAO See MISSION page 9A it The Associated Press Bringing the Light: Members'vof the' 1980 gold meda( hockey team light the Olympic torch during the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympicson Friday in Salt Lake City. Luis Miguel postpones McAllen show By MELISSA SATTLEY The Monitor. McALLEN Latin crooner Luis Miguel didn't make his scheduled performance at La Villa Real on Friday evening, but the singer will be back April 2 with the possibility of a second show. Concert prompter Nano Ramirez said the singer might add another date to his April 2 performance. Fans interested in buying tickets should check with La Villa Real in the upcoming week, Ramirez said. MIGUEL See MIGUEL page 10A Ex-astronaut wants to see Man on Mars By SETH BORENSTEIN Knight Riddej Newspapers WASHINGTON Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, will ask NASA on Monday - to consider sending astronauts to Mars using a cosmic version of a conveyor belt. Aldrin wants to launch what he calls a "space hotel" into a continuous loop around the sun. It would ferry astronauts from Earth to Mars every six to nine months. Astronauts would use a "space taxi" to enter and exit',the hotel, which would shuttle endlessly between the two planets at 12,000 mph. . The trips from Earth to hotel," or Mars to hotel, : would take one day, Aldrin told Knight Ridder Newspapers. This is basically like a bus that goes around its route and! never, stops," said James Longuski, an See. MARS page 9A Drowning iii credit card debt Rising interest rates are sending more and more people into lasting - debt that could take decades to pay oft. Assuming debt-holders pay their monthly-minimurVi on time, it wiH still.take many years and many more aonars to pay on tneir credit cards. -v ; At these rates, It will take you this I long and cost this much In Interest ' to pay off your $1 ,000 debt 24 years . ) 1 $3,655.73 : . ' ' I I- - r c 13 years B months ;. s , -s " t , -,$1,536 34 i (,; t f" . 1 10 years. 5 months jf , y '$879 87 . .- - . k f " . 8 years. 6 months , " r, f r ' $50968 , u 7 years, 1 month , ' Rate .' r.9 13.8 '" 18.9 ' 23.9' 29.9 ' r.vi-.--jr,'-v . f AP ' v f ) Credit card rates soar for cash-strapped consumers By MICHAEL LIEDTKE 'AP Business Writer ... ; 'SAN FRANCISCO While mil- lions of borrowers are basking in low interest rates, refinancing their mortgages and buying, new cars, other consumers are watching their credit - card rates climb further into the stratosphere -to 30 percent and beyond. Providian Financial Corp. recently raised the rate on its high-risk accounts from 23.9 percent to 29.9 percent, a move that threatens to drain thousands 7 . '- of dollars from financially strapped households during the next few years. The strategy is part of the credit card industry's attempt to boost profits in a sagging economy. Lenders believe they can offset some losses by collecting , more from borrowers who have been flagged as the most likely to miss pay-. ments. The new rate at Providian, which is nursing an ailing loan portfolio, affects about $5 billion in outstanding loans. See RATES page 10A If 1 SEASON OPENER. Yhe ,2002 high ' , school track and field season opens today with the PSJA : North Winter Relays in Pharr. Page IB ..4 it 1 DEMONSTRATING EXCELLENCE . Boy Scout Troop 83 receives Top Troop . honor for third year in a row. Page 10 -5; PatCi'.'4 early, men wiiT'yarm. " High: 82 "it Low: 50 Complete Weather on Page 10C ' . HJMi.. 1 Classifieds IE. Puzzle 8C Comics 9C Scene 3D Lottery 2A Sports IB 'rMlen . 3C TV Listings 2D C 'wies 20 ValleyState 1C People . 2A What's Up ID McAllen, Texas Since 1909 Vol. 93, No. 221- 60 Pages, 5 Sections A Freedom Newspaper i., Mini m rV,., .a Iff f inJJ 38091 "00006' www.TheMonitor.com

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