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DAILY ROUNDUP

TWO STEP | 1,13,19,31 28 CASH FIVE | 12,18,26,31,36 PICK 3 | DAY: 8,9,2 NIGHT: 6,1,9

FRIDAY,MARCH 7,2008

LOTTERY

DAILY 4 | DAY: 6,6,6,4 NIGHT: 9,3,4,8

DAILY CALENDAR

THURSDAY,MARCH 6

The J.W. Nixon High School Band Parents' Association meets today in the Nixon Band Hall at 7 p.m. All band parents and students are invited and encouraged to attend. The 1958 Steering Committee meets today at 7 p.m. at Sam Moreno's house, 405 Reynolds St.

AROUND THE NATION | IN BRIEF

AROUND TEXAS | IN BRIEF

Former coach pleads guilty in secret photo accusation

EL PASO, Texas -- A former Anthony High School coach accused of secretly photographing female students in their underwear has pleaded guilty to a charge of improper photography or visual recording. Brown, who entered his plea Tuesday in state district court, was sentenced to one year in prison as part of a plea agreement, a court official said Wednesday. Brown coached at Anthony High School and taught at Anthony Middle School at the time of his arrest. Soon after his arrest, he was suspended with pay. He was later terminated. Before going to work in Anthony, Brown worked as a coach in the Socorro, Fabens and Clint school districts. they had severe injuries requiring immediate treatment, which Allstate had to cover. The lead defendant is Arlington-based Chiropractic Strategies Group Inc. and its owner, Michael Kent Plambeck. Other defendants include related law office management companies, attorneys and telemarketers. Allstate seeks $10 million, alleging violations of the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Mystery bomber hits again, this time in Times Square

By TOM HAYS

ASSOCIATED PRESS

FRIDAY,MARCH 7

The Laredo Center for the Arts hosts a People's Choice Hot Salsa Contest at 8 p.m. today to benefit the third biennial Salsa Student Art Show.Pick up entry forms at the LCA.

FRIDAY,MARCH 14

Today is the deadline for incoming ninth graders to apply to the Laredo Independent School District Early College High School at Texas A&M International University. For more information, call 728-5340.

SATURDAY,MARCH 15

Cinemark Mall Del Norte will screen the Metropolitan Opera's version of Britten's "Peter Grimes" at 12:30 p.m. It stars Anthony Dean Griffey and Patricia Racette in a new production directed byJohn Doyle and conducted by Donald Runnicles.

TUESDAY,MARCH 18

Cirque Du Soleil's Saltimanco will perform today and tomorrow at the Laredo Entertainment Center.Tickets are on sale at the LEC box office and through Ticketmaster by phone at 712-1566 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. They range from $40 to $90 for adults and $32 to $72 for children under 12 years of age.

SATURDAY,MARCH 22

Cinemark Mall Del Norte will screen the Metropolitan Opera's version of Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" at 11:30 a.m. It stars Deborah Voigt and Ben Heppner and is conducted by Met Music Director James Levine.

SUNDAY,MARCH 30

The United Methodist Men will sponsor a spaghetti lunch today at the First United Methodist Church from noon to 1:30 p.m.at the Fellowship Hall,1000 Guadalupe St.at 1200 McClelland Ave.The public is invited,and free-will donations are accepted.

NEW YORK -- For the third time in as many years, someone riding a bike and armed with a small explosive has struck in Manhattan, this time in the highestprofile location by far: a landmark military recruitment station in the heart of Times Square. The bomb, contained in a metal ammunition box, produced a sudden flash and billowing cloud of white smoke at about 3:40 a.m. Thursday, a scene captured by numerous security video cameras. When the smoke cleared, there were no injuries, serious damage or clear indication of motive. But like similar attacks on the British and Mexican consulates, the explosion frayed nerves of New Yorkers and tourists alike. Although authorities have not definitively linked the three attacks, the latest episode heightened speculation that they were the work of a lone bomber who, perhaps emboldened by his past success, sought out the bright lights of Times Square. "Times Square is `the crossroads of the world,' and we're concerned about it," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at a news conference where the NYPD released a video of the shadowy figure on a bicycle. The blast prompted a huge police response, left a gaping hole in the front window and shattered a glass door, twisting and blackening the metal frame of the building. Guests at the nearby Marriott Marquis said they heard a "big

Grand jury indicts woman for attack with two-by-four

ARLINGTON, Texas -- A Tarrant County grand jury has indicted a woman accused of hitting another woman in the face with a board in Arlington in December. Grace Edith Head, who was indicted Wednesday, faces a firstdegree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a criminal mischief charge. Since the charges were submitted to the grand jury as hate crimes, the 66-year-old faces up to life in prison if convicted. She remains free on $25,000 bail. Head, who is white, is accused of hitting Kay Silk Littlejohn, who is black, in the head with a two-by-four on Dec. 19 during a dispute on Littlejohn's property. Days after the assault, someone vandalized Littlejohn's house with racial slurs. --Compiled from AP reports

Allstate sues chiropractic company for alleged fraud

Photo by Mark Lennihan | AP

A New York City police officer uses a lift Thursday to inspect a landmark military recruiting station in Times Square.An explosive device caused minor damage before dawn, prompting a police response that disrupted transit at the "crossroads of the world."

bang" and felt the building shake. "I thought it could have been thunder," said Terry Leighton, 49, a Londoner staying on the 21st floor. "I looked down and there was a massive plume of smoke." The private security video, though too murky for police to get a clear description of the cyclist, shows a figure riding along a traffic island in the glow of neon signs at about 3:38 a.m and getting off the bike just outside the recruitment center. About two minutes later, the cyclist rides away. Then the explosion occurs.

IRVING, Texas -- Allstate Insurance Co. filed a federal lawsuit Thursday alleging deception and coercion on the part of a Texas-based chiropractic company. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, accused 66 defendants of taking part in an insurance fraud scheme by convincing car crash survivors that

AROUND THE WORLD | IN BRIEF

Toothpaste distributors accused in toxic case

LOS ANGELES -- Criminal charges have been filed against officials of two companies that prosecutors say imported and distributed more than 70,000 tubes of Chinese toothpaste containing a poisonous substance, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo announced Thursday. The charges allege that Vernon Sales Inc. and Selective Imports Corp. sold toothpaste containing diethylene glycol, a chemical used in antifreeze and as a solvent. Vernon Sales President Kamyab Toofer and Vice President Pejman Mossay each were charged with 14 criminal counts of receiving, selling and delivering an adulterated drug. Selective Imports President Frahad Nazarian and Vice President Yones Ghermezi each were charged with two criminal counts.

Consumers spend more freely than anticipated

NEW YORK -- Consumers gave the nation's stores some relief in February, spending a little more freely, although they gravitated mostly toward discounters and grocers. The challenge for merchants in coming months is to get shoppers to splurge on spring fashions, a tough task when Americans are worried about plunging home values, tighter credit and rising gas prices. As retailers reported mixed February sales results Thursday, it was clear that shoppers bought the basics, helping lowprice operators like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp. exceed Wall Street expectations after a dismal January and disappointing holiday season. Buyers largely shunned mall-based apparel stores, hurting merchants like Gap Inc., Limited Brands Inc. and J.C. Penney Co.

Survivor of explosion faces a heartbreaking recovery

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Three weeks after the explosion, Paul Seckinger opened his eyes for the first time in his hospital bed, looked up, and smiled weakly at his mother. Two days later, his mother says, doctors had to halt surgery as they worked to repair the second- and third-degree burns over 80 percent of Seckinger's body because his lungs had filled with fluid and his blood pressure had plummeted. When his mother got back in to see him, she saw terror in his eyes. "His eyes were open real big and he was just looking at me like, `Mom, help me.' It was very scary," said Karen Seckinger. The blast killed 12 workers from the Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth, Ga., and 11 others remain hospitalized at the nation's largest burn center. --Compiled from AP reports

Photo by Fred Ernst | AP

SATURDAY,APRIL 5

A book sale will be held today from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Widener Room at First United Methodist Church. The public invited, and there is no admission fee. Cinemark Mall Del Norte will screen the Metropolitan Opera's version of Puccini's "La Bohème" at 12:30 p.m. It stars Angela Gheorghiu and Ramón Vargas in a Franco Zeffirelli production conducted by Nicola Luisotti.

At least 150 women thundered Thursday down P.C. Hooft Street, Amsterdam's famed fashion avenue, in stiletto heels for a $15,000 shopping spree. The annual three-year-old "Stiletto Run" has grown in popularity with imitation races in Germany, Sweden, Poland and Russia.

Canada: Clinton's harsh words on NAFTA only show

TORONTO -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper's chief of staff said someone in Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign gave Canada back-channel assurances that her harsh words about the North American Free Trade Agreement were for political show, according to a report by the Canadian Press. The report comes just days after a Canadian government memo stated Barack Obama's senior economic adviser told Canadian officials that the Illinois senator's own comments about NAFTA were for "political positioning." The release of that memo helped Clinton defeat Obama decisively in Tuesday's Democratic primary in Ohio, where the trade treaty is unpopular.

Colombia reportedly asked Ecuador about rebels

BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia's president says he repeatedly asked Ecuador to deal with Colombian rebels operating from its territory before he ordered the crossborder raid that has set off an international crisis. The fallout is mounting: Venezuela threatened to slash trade and nationalize Colombian-owned businesses. Venezuela and Ecuador have sent troops to their borders with Colombia. And on Thursday, Nicaragua broke off diplomatic relations with Colombia. Latin American foreign ministers met in the Dominican Republican in hopes of finding a way to calm the region's tensest flare-up in years, and the presidents of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and at least nine other nations were flying in. See story, page 14A --Compiled from AP reports

SATURDAY,APRIL 12

The 58th annual Flower and Art Show, sponsored by the United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church, will be held today from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 1000 Guadalupe St. at 1200 McClelland Ave.The guest artist is Nina Peña. The public is invited, and admission tickets will be sold at the door.

SUNDAY,APRIL 13

The 58th annual Flower and Art Show, sponsored by the United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church will be held today from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 1000 Guadalupe St. at 1200 McClelland Ave.The guest artist is Nina Peña. The public is invited, and admission tickets will be sold at the door.

TODAY IN HISTORY

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SATURDAY,APRIL 26

Cinemark Mall Del Norte will screen the Metropolitan Opera's version of Donizetti's "La Fille du Régiment" at 12:30 p.m. It stars Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez. It is directed by Laurent Pelly and conducted by Marco Armiliato. Experience what The Times of London calls an "the operatic show of the season" in a new production.

THURSDAY,MAY 1

Alan Jackson will be performing at the Laredo Entertainment Center today. Call the LEC at 791-9192 for more information.

DO YOU KNOW

ELIZABETH M.CASTAÑEDA?

Is a technician at the Laredo Public Library and a student at LCC majoring in elementary education. She enjoys spending time with her husband and barbecuing with her family.

Today is Friday, March 7, the 67th day of 2008. There are 299 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 7, 1965, a march by civil rights demonstrators was broken up in Selma, Ala., by state troopers and a sheriff's posse. On this date: In 1849, horticulturist Luther Burbank was born in Lancaster, Mass. In 1850, in a 3-hour speech to the U.S. Senate, Daniel Webster endorsed the Compromise of 1850 as a means of preserving the Union. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his telephone. In 1908, Italian actress Anna Magnani was born in Rome. In 1926, the first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversations took place, between New York and London. In 1936, Adolf Hitler ordered his troops to march into the Rhineland, thereby breaking the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact. In 1945, during World War II,

U.S. forces crossed the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany, using the damaged but still usable Ludendorff Bridge. In 1999, movie director Stanley Kubrick died in Hertfordshire, England, at age 70. Ten years ago: Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, speaking in Rome, said the U.S. would not tolerate any more violence in Kosovo, which she blamed on Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. F i v e y e a r s a g o : Virtually every musical on Broadway shut down as musicians went on strike, and actors and stagehands said they would not cross their picket lines; the walkout lasted four days. One year ago: Sex offender John Evander Couey was found guilty in Miami of kidnapping, raping and murdering 9-yearold Jessica Lunsford, who was buried alive. Ten people were killed in the Bronx, N.Y., when fire tore through their home. A suicide attacker blew himself up in a cafe northeast of Baghdad, killing 30 people. Today's Birthdays: Comedian Alan Sues is 82. Photographer Lord Snowdon is 78. TV per-

sonality Willard Scott is 74. Auto racer Janet Guthrie is 70. Actor Daniel J. Travanti is 68. Former Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Michael Eisner is 66. Rock musician Chris White (The Zombies) is 65. Actor John Heard is 62. Rock singer Peter Wolf is 62. Rock musician Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum) is 62. Football Hall-of-Famer Franco Harris is 58. Football Hall-of-Famer Lynn Swann is 56. Rhythm-and-blues singer-musician Ernie Isley (The Isley Brothers) is 56. Actor Bryan Cranston is 52. Actress Donna Murphy is 49. Actor Nick Searcy is 49. Tennis Hall-of-Famer Ivan Lendl is 48. Actor Bill Brochtrup is 45. Opera singer Denyce Graves is 44. Comedian Wanda Sykes is 44. Singer-actress Taylor Dayne is 43. Rock musician Randy Guss (Toad the Wet Sprocket) is 41. Actor Peter Sarsgaard is 37. Actress Rachel Weisz is 37. Classical singer Sebastien Izambard (Il Divo) is 35. Rock singer Hugo Ferreira (Tantric) is 34. Thought for Today: "More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones." -- St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582).

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