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statesman.com • austin360.com ST WC F * SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2010 • SECTION B DEER-FEEDING CHANGE Hollywood Park reignites controversy by allowing deer feeding after 8-year hiatus • B3 CHILD CARE FRAUD? GAO study shows Texas subsidies vulnerable to deception • B6 METRO & STATE By Ben Wear AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Midday MetroRail trains. Cuts in service for people with disabilities. A $57 million bus contract. And a 2010-11 budget that presumes the third fare increase since 2008, including charging seniors and people with disabilities for the first time since 1989. Capital Metro’s still-new board, in its most active and significant day since taking over in January, took steps Friday to boost commuter rail’s meager ridership while also shoring up the transit agency’s shaky finances. The con uence of added spending on rail, which tends to serve riders with other transportation options, and reduced service for people with disabilities, often dependent on transit to get around, drew rebukes and even tears from some of those on hand for the board’s marathon meeting. “If you pass this policy, you will destroy the relationship you have with the handicapped community,” said Sandy Seekamp, who uses a wheelchair and is a client of the agency’s door- to-door service for people whose disabilities don’t allow them to use regular buses. “You’re so concerned about trying to make more people ride the rail … that you’re cutting our system to the bone. And we can’t handle it.” Cap Metro adds trains, raises fares, cuts services, riling riders Budget balancing: Bus vs. rail CENTRAL TEXAS • TRANSPORTATION See BUDGET , B A 36-year-old man was seriously injured about 11:20 a.m. Friday when a crane fell over at a Central Austin construction site in the 4700 block of Jackson Avenue, of cials said. Workers are building an extension of Westminster Manor, a retirement community. Story, B2 . Larry Kolvoord AMERICAN - STATESMAN One hurt in toppling of crane A u ST i N • PUBLIC SAFETY By Ben Wermund AMERICAN - STATESMAN STAFF Ebohnee Jackson knocked on her door three times Friday afternoon. “Come in,” bellowed a living room full of LifeWorks volunteers. “Welcome home.” Jackson, 20, opened her door and stepped into her newly remodeled apartment to clapping hands, snapping cameras and laughing and cheering voices. “Oh my god,” she said, as she stood in the doorway holding her 10-month-old twin sons and took in her fully furnished apartment. “I’m going to cry.” Jackson moved into the two-bedroom Southeast Austin apartment in June after spending most of her life bouncing from home to home in Austin, Killeen, Dallas and Tennessee. When she returned to Austin this spring, she and her boys were homeless. LifeWorks, a nonprofit that assists run - LifeWorks gives mom a place to pursue dreams A u ST i N • P h ILANT h ROPY By Roy Bragg S AN A NTONIO Exp RESS -N E w S SAN ANTONIO — Clinton Manges ��� a South Texas rancher, one of the state’s last great oil tycoons and the beleaguered owner of the defunct San Antonio Gunslingers — died in San Antonio on Thursday. The colorful Manges, in and out of courtrooms and on newspaper front pages for decades, was 87. In San Antonio, Manges is best remembered as the owner of the Gunslingers franchise of the United States Football League in 1984 and 1985. But he lost the club after the 1985 season when he failed to meet its last two payrolls. On a state level, he was a confidant and close friend of numerous officials, including the late Attorney General Jim Mattox and the late Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, said Richard Gambitta, head of the Institute of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Unlike other oil men of his day, Manges Power broker won, lost in grand fashion See MANGES , B 4 By Claudia Grisales A MERICAN -S TATESMAN STAFF A friend said that 16-year- old James Dakota Hinojosa loved walking and listening to music ranging from techno to hard rock. On Friday, friends and family mourned Hinojosa, who died a day earlier after being struck by a train just south of Crockett High School, where friends say he was a well-known and beloved student. A pair of headphones and a music player were found close to the scene of the incident, police and Union Paci c railroad officials said. “He was kind and really generous and always liked to smile,” said Jonathan Osorio, who attended 11th grade with Hinojosa at the South Austin school. “Almost everyone knew him at Crockett. He was like sunshine.” Hinojosa’s death highlighted concerns that students from Crockett have been using the tracks as a common shortcut to get to and from school. “At this time, we are mourning James’ loss with the rest of our community,” Principal Craig Shapiro said. “However, we do have Teen killed by train on walk home from school A u ST i N See DEATH , B 4 Death raises concerns about tracks being used as shortcut Clinton Manges ‘was folksy and amboyant.’ Ex-Gunslingers owner, oil tycoon had many legal issues James Dakota Hinojosa was student at Crockett High. ‘It’s meant to turn the roof over their head into a home – the type of home environment we want them to strive for. ’ Su S an McDowell LifeWorks executive director Larry Kolvoord AMERICAN-STATESMAN Volunteer Mercides Rodriguez paints an apartment Friday in Southeast Austin as part of a makeover project with the nonpro t LifeWorks. See DREAM , B 6 Kendra Yarbrough Camarena Statement: ‘Austin politicians want to cram more kids into classrooms so they don’t have to make the tough decisions to balance the budget.’ By W. Gardner Selby AMERICAN - STATESMAN STAFF Democrat Kendra Yarbrough Camarena, challenging Republican state Rep. Dwayne Bohac of Houston, vows to battle to keep classes small in elementary schools. In a TV ad that debuted online Sept. 14, Camarena says: “Austin politicians want to cram more kids into classrooms so they don’t have to make the tough decisions to balance the budget.” Politicians dodging tough budget decisions by crowding classrooms? We wanted a refresher on both parts of that. To our inquiry, Camarena’s campaign manager, Mary Bell, said “Austin politicians” refers to Republican legislators. Bell said the ad’s statement is based on a plank in the Republican Party of Texas’ 2010 platform and a May 10 news article in The Dallas Morning News. In a section headlined “Legislative Priorities,” the platform says: “Create exibility for school districts under the class size limit mandate.” That’s a reference to state law approved in 1984 pinning the permitted ratio of students to teachers from kindergarten through fourth grade in Texas public schools at 22-to-1. The Morning News article says a special House-Senate legislative committee studying education nance in advance of the 2011 legislative session is looking at easing the mandate, which came into place with a raft of changes, including the requirement that students pass classes to participate in extracurricular ac - Increasing class size would not a ect state budget How to contact PolitiFact Texas www.politifacttexas.com Twitter: @politifacttexas Facebook: PolitiFact Texas E-mail: politifact@statesman.com Sorting out the truth in politics See POLITIFACT , B6 @ statesman.com Watch a video of Lifeworks volunteers remodeling apartments. C L i NT o N M ANGES • 1923-2010 → BUSINESS INSIDE, B7-9 Texas joins states investigating claims of dubious foreclosure practices by GMAC Mortgage probe

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