Austin American-Statesman from Austin, Texas on November 24, 1999 · 1
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! I TFJA&M AGGIES vs. TEXAS LONGH " i if Li. t Oh hnv! A npiv Forecast vy,: Horns: Going after High Low 61 38 Partly cloudy Details, BIO tneA&Maejense Aggies: Gearing up for a new Texas offense sports section: UFE& ARTS, El A v u 50 CENTS S www.austin360.com WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1999 i 1 If atesman DOUG SAHM f ww I UR ?if A' -1 1941-1999 fittingly, a happy note on a sad day 1,000 come together to celebrate the things Sahm loved: a great tune and a good story By Michael Corcoran American-Statesman Staff SAN ANTONIO The crowd was so large that about a third of the estimated 1,000 on hand had to huddle around an overwhelmed loudspeaker outside. But even more impressive than the turnout at Doug Sahm's funeral Tuesday was the way the mourners cut across all lines of age, race and social standing. Not only was just about every Austin and San Antonio music veteran on hand, but those who came to pay their respects included bikers, field workers in then-best pair of jeans, club owners, music executives and fans from as far away as Holland and Canada. They wore black cowboy hats and Chicago Cubs caps in homage to the cosmic cowboy whose passion for life was infectious. And when they approached the coffin, after waits as long as an hour and a half, they touched the trademark black hat that Sahm still wore and slipped in little gifts guitar picks, joints, poems to be buried forever with the Texas music legend who, at 58, succumbed to heart disease Thursday in a hotel room in Taos, N.M. "Look all around," said Sahm's older brother, Victor, one of four family members to speak at the funeral in northeast San Antonio, Sahm's hometown. "It was one man who brought you all together." Gov. George W. Bush was among those (including Willie Nelson and Sahm's former Texas Tornados bandmate Freddy Fender) who phoned in regrets. The governor's representatives told Sahm's son, Shawn Sahm, that he wanted to attend but that he was afraid his appearance would be a distraction. With the focus firmly on Sahm and all the things the singer and guitarist stood for, it's unlikely the See Doug, A17 Thanksgiving reminders A list of closings, events and things to do for Thanksgiving Day as well as a schedule of holiday television highlights. Metro & State, B7 7 ""65668 20202 1999, State may defy Bullock's wish, sell Pease house The state pays about $6,000 a month to maintain the vacant Pease Mansion, which is one reason why the West Austin property might be sold. Taylor JohnsonAA-S I I:" I h ' i l. - J Thanksgiving with the Prez 4 x IS hk ilk V TV-vi f Greg GibsonAP photos U.S. troops gather around President Clinton at Camp Bondsteel and thanked them for their role in securing one of his riskiest in Kosovo on Tuesday. Clinton had a turkey dinner with the troops foreign policy gambits, the effort to forge peace in the Balkans. Albanians cheer Clinton President urges forgiveness; Kosovars say they can never forget By Bob Deans American-Statesman Washington Staff FERIZAJ, Kosovo President Clinton called on ethnic Albanians here Tuesday to look beyond the bloodshed and terror they suffered last spring at the hands of Serbs and put an end to revenge killings that now threaten the peace. "The time for fighting is passed," said Clinton, who received a hero's welcome from several thousand ethnic Albanians jammed into a gymnasium in this ethnically mixed city in southern Kosovo. "You can never forget the injustice that was done to you. No one can force you to forgive what was done to you," Clinton said. "But you must try." Seeking to break the cycle of violence, Clinton pleaded that the lessons of ethnic hatred that have been repeated for centuries across the darkly troubled Balkans not be replayed to a new generation. "I beg you who are parents," Clinton said, i lEEmJZZll Best Bets Metro & State, BIO Comics Life & Arts, E8 Classifieds Section F Crossword Life & Arts, E9 Deaths Metro & State, B4 Editorials News, A18-19 Horoscope Life & Arts, E9 Inside Line Metro & State, B2 Scoreboard Sports, D6 Stocks Business, C6 TV Listings Life & Arts, E7 Austin American-Statesman WW "i. J- rtfc 1i A ' l-L 1 IV With m.is t J. V .1 7 ft w Ethnic Albanian children in Kosovo gave President Clinton round after round of applause on Tuesday. "do not let the children's spirits be broken. Do not let their hearts harden Give them the tomorrow they deserve." Most of Clinton's remarks were roundly applauded by the Albanians. Many waved American flags as he spoke and frequently 7 rr S 0 1C ; - Bebeto MatthewsyAP First lady says she's running Hillary Rodham Clinton tries to erase doubts about her candidacy for a U.S. Senate seat from New York, A10. Late lieutenant governor wanted it renovated for use as governor's home By Sharon Jayson American-Statesman Staff Bob Bullock called the Pease Mansion the "third most important building to Texas," behind only the Capitol and Governor's Mansion. At his suggestion and a sex- .k. r HMOs hit Industry officials , say cases will drive up health-care costs By Aussa J. Rubin and Henry Weinstein Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON Lawyers saying they represent 32 million members of managed health-care plans have launched the largest legal assault yet on HMOs, filing 3r ' Bullock "suggestion" was like no other the state bought the $2.6 million house and the Legislature allocated $3.2 million to renovate it. The 3.8-acre West Austin estate, with a mansion of almost 11,500 square feet, an elevator, separate guest quarters and a swimming pool, would make a great governor's mansion, Bullock figured. The State Preservation Board, it appears, thinks otherwise and will likely put the property up for sale. "He really put a lot of effort vat-- t, Local support, hot showers, TV movies help keep soldiers' morale high. A13 interrupted his remarks to chant in unison, "Clin-ton, Clin-ton, Clin-ton." The chorus was meant to pay vocal tribute to the man they credit with delivering them from years of repression and months of murder, rape and terror by Yugoslav soldiers and Serb paramilitary gangs. But the ethnic Albanians applauded much more loudly when Clinton spoke of how much they had suffered than when he urged them to renounce revenge. "It's hard not to hate now," said Arian Hoti, 31, who stood and cheered Clinton but said he could never befriend a Serb. "It was a very bad time," he explained. "There were many atrocities." Local residents said some Serbs still live in Ferizaj, which was known as Urosevac See Reconciliation, A12 with class-action suits class-action lawsuits against five of the industry's biggest players. The lawsuits are expected to further pound the managed health-care industry on Wall Street and to add to its image problems even though it is unclear whether those lawsuits will result in substantial awards for damages or even survive initial legal tests. Alleging violations of federal laws that govern health plans and of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, the into saving it. It makes me sad," said Jan Bullock, widow of the former lieutenant governor, who died in June. "There's no doubt if Bullock was still around, he would have had the renovation going long before now," said Sid Covington, a board member of the Old Enfield Homeowners Association, where the Pease Mansion is located. Vacant for more than three years, the state is paying about See State, A15 Blanton sticks by pledge to museum Namesake says he's confident plans will continue; others say regents are out of line By Mary Ann Roser Amencan-Statesman Staff Jack S. Blanton, the name behind the University of Texas' Blanton Museum of Art, has had a rough ride these past few months. In August, Laura Lee Blanton died without getting to see the museum that is to be her husband's legacy at his alma mater. About the same time, trouble was brewing over the museum's design by an acclaimed Swiss architectural firm one Blanton helped select. Last week, V Jack S. Blanton: Says design dispute won't affect his $5 million pledge to build UT museum. the firm, Her- zog & de Meuron, quit in frustration over its inability to please UT regents with its proposed design. On Monday, Blanton's friend, Larry Speck, dean of the UT School of Architecture, announced that he would resign as dean in protest over the firm's departure. Observers were calling the project a fiasco. Amid concerns about the museum, which was expected to open by January 2003, questions are mounting about whether regents overstepped their bounds and tried to dictate the design. Regents said they are merely doing their jobs. Blanton, 71, who lives in Houston and was a regent from 1985-91 and chairman from 1987-89, has been silent on the string of troubles. He made a few comments Tuesday, expressing hope for the project's future. "I am, of course, disappointed in the recent chain of events with regard to the museum," said Blanton, who pledged $5 million to build it. See Blanton, A16 lawsuits accuse Pacificare, Foundation Health, CIGNA Healthcare, Prudential and Humana of violating their responsibilities to their members. The lawsuits were filed late Monday in federal court in Hat-tiesburg, Miss., by a consortium of lawyers led by Dick Scruggs. He was one of the chief architects of lawsuits filed by states against the tobacco industry, which led to $246 billion in settlements across the See Resolution, A14

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