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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Laredo Morning Times

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LOCAL/INTERNATIONAL

Funeral services announced

dren, Rafael (Melissa) Chavez, Alfredo Chavez and Manuel Chavez. Mrs. Chavez is also survived by her grandchildren, Claudia Chavez, Manuel Chavez and Rafael Chavez. A rosary was recited Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, at 7 p.m. at Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels, 719 Loring at Cortez. Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church for a holy Mass. Inurnment will be at a later date. The family encourages you to sign the guest book online a t www.joejacksonheights.com . Arrangements are under the direction of Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels, 719 Loring at Cortez. Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at 7 p.m. at Joe Jackson Heights Springfield Chapel, 1900 Springfield. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at 8:10 a.m. from Joe Jackson Heights Springfield Chapel, 1900 Springfield to Our Lady of Guadalupe for a holy Mass at 8:30 a.m. Interment will follow at the veterans section in the Laredo city cemetery. The family encourages you to sign the guest book online a t www.joejacksonheights.com . Arrangements are under the direction of Joe Jackson Heights Springfield Chapels, 1900 Springfield.

Times staff photo by RICARDO SEGOVIA

HILDA LÓPEZ Hilda López Hilda López born Feb. 19, 1951, in Laredo, entered into rest Nov. 14, 2004, in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 53. She graduated from Nixon High School in Laredo. Hilda was previously employed at CPL in Laredo and was presently employed at the Texas Deptartment of Health in San Antonio. She was a member of Eagles Nest Christian Fellowship where she had served as a greeter. Hilda was a loving, devoted mother and wife. She was an avid Spurs fan. She was preceded in death by her mother, Rita Llanas, and a nephew, Javier López. Survivors include her beloved husband of 20 years, Gerardo Jerry López; son, Frank Javi Avila and wife Christina; daughter, Roxanne López; father, Martin LLanas and wife Enriqueta; brother, Daniel LLanas and wife Pamela; sisters, Minerva Jaime and husband Heriberto, Esther López and husband Oscar, Alicia Astorga and husband Victor and Bertha Barrera and husband Arturo; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at Eagles Nest Christian Fellowship; 14015 San Pedro. Interment will follow at Mission Burial Park North. Consuelo Chavez Macias Mrs. Consuelo Chavez Macias passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2004, at the age of 89. She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Chavez Michel. She is survived by her chil-

Sunday smoker

An unidentified man sitting in the Nuevo Laredo bus station smokes a cigarette Sunday morning.

Federico Gutierrez Federico Gutierrez, 65, passed away Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, at a local hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Hernandez, Lopez and Sons Northside Chapels, 800 Boston St. Information with regard to the funeral service may be obtained by calling 7232979.

Former ruling party fights for two gubernatorial seats

BY OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ Associated Press Writer CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico -- Mexico's former ruling party, trying to fight its way back to the presidency, overwhelmingly won two gubernatorial elections Monday and held razor-thin leads in two other races. The victories put the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, closer the nation's top post, a position the party lost to President Vicente Fox's National Action Party in 2000 after 71 years in power. The PRI has been working to rebuild since, winning elections for governor in four states earlier this year. Some warn that a presidential win in 2006 by the PRI would be a regression that could take Mexico back to authoritarian, one-party rule. Pre-election polls had shown the party poised to win three of the four governor's seats up for grabs Sunday. But the official vote count showed the PRI was nearly deadlocked Monday in gubernatorial races in Sinaloa and Tlaxcala. The party was declared the winner, however, in its border stronghold Tamaulipas state and in Puebla state, in central Mexico. A party official claimed victory in all four states. "We have a PRI that is becoming the top political force in the country," Roberto Madrazo, the PRI national chairman, said in a statement. "Mexico needs the PRI." The PRI, battered by its 2000 defeat to Fox, has shown resilience this year. Many voters are frustrated with Fox's perceived lack of action during his four years in office. Fox is barred by law from seeking re-election, and the race to replace him has unofficially begun. This year's many gubernatorial races have been a barometer of which party voters are favoring across Mexico. In the border state of Tamaulipas, the PRI's Eugenio Hernandez, a real estate developer and former mayor of Ciudad Victoria, was the clear winner with 58 percent of the vote, nearly double that obtained by his closest challenger, Gustavo Cardenas.

PEDRO DE LA ROSA Pedro De La Rosa Mr. Pedro De La Rosa passed away Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, at the age of 86. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria Agustina Zepeda De La Rosa. Mr. De La Rosa is survived by his children, Rosalinda Herrera, Pedro De La Rosa Jr. and Yolanda (Salvador) Garcia; and brothers and sisters, Maria Luisa Rendon, Antonio De La Rosa and Zenido (Gloria) De La Rosa. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Cathlyn R. Herrera, Crystal R. Herrera, Vanessa G. Garcia, Pedro De La Rosa III, Arcelina De La Rosa and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. A rosary will be recited

Investigators look for cause of crash

BY T.A. BADGER Associated Press Writer SAN ANTONIO -- A federal air safety investigator said Monday that the pilot in Sunday's fatal plane accident told air traffic controllers that he was climbing shortly before the crash, while radar records show that the plane was much lower and descending. Alex Lemishko, leading the probe by the National Transportation Safety Board, said the Piper Navajo with five people aboard flew straight into the ground at a senior citizens housing complex about three miles from where it was trying to land in poor visibility. All five on the plane died. Lemishko said it was too early to know a crash cause, but he said there was a good chance that weather was a factor. "We know the aircraft was within a cloud when whatever was going on up there was happening," said Lemishko, based in Fort Worth. The five people killed have not yet been officially identified, though the Federal Aviation Administration said the passengers included two men and their sons, all from San Antonio. The flight originated in Dodge City, Kan., and the crash occurred around 5:20 p.m. The plane, flying by instruments, had lined up for a landing at one point, Lemishko said, but for an unknown reason pulled off that approach and apparently intended to circle around to try again. In his last contact with the control tower, the pilot -- who had a valid instrument rating -- said he was at 2,500 feet and ascending to 3,000 feet. But Lemishko said the last radar observation of the plane showed it at 1,300 feet and descending. Asked how much time passed between the tower transmission and the radar reading, he said, "Within seconds." Lemishko said it was possible that the pilot succumbed to spatial disorientation, a common cause of smallplane crashes. A pilot deprived of visual reference points, such as when flying through clouds, can think they are upright when they are actually upside down, or descending when they think they are climbing. The AOPA Air Safety Foundation said in a recent publication that spatial disorientation caused nearly 200 fatal accidents in 2003. One of the plane's wings sliced through a shingled wall of an apartment before impact, which created a crater nearly six feet deep and a small fire.

*Council

(Continued from Page 1A) there, than you're never going to get them. Nickels, pennies...it adds up." Valdez and other council members agreed with Molina and Ochoa. Officials said they do not want to completely change the ordinance, but said they would rather have adults out on the streets asking for donations instead of children. The current ordinance requires solicitors be at least 18 years old unless accompanied by adult supervision. Those who are 15 years of age may ask for donations. City Manager Larry Dovalina said while he agrees with the ordinance, city officials have had problems in the past where groups haven't always abided by the rules. He said organizations from San Antonio and other places have come to Laredo to solicit and never register with the city. City Council agreed to discuss the item during a later meeting. All members including Flores and Dovalina agreed there needs to be stricter enforcement through LPD officers and code enforcement officers to control solicitations in a way that is safe for the solicitors and the motorists. Officials said the discussion was brought to the table after complaints were filed from several individuals who were concerned about children soliciting. (Times staff writer Erica Cordova can be reached at 728-2557 or by email at [email protected])

Horoscopes

BY FRANCIS DRAKE ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might do something today that calls public attention to you. Think twice before you have an argument in public or something like that. (All eyes are on you.) TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Indulge your need for something different by breaking from routine today. Return from work by a different route. Visit a new store. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You're feeling productive at work now. Make sure you know what resources you can count on. Clarify fuzzy details about shared property. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Today's Moon is opposite your sign. This means you have to go more than halfway when dealing with others. It's no big deal. In two weeks it will be your turn! LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) This is a good day to get better organized at home. Throw away five things you don't need anymore. Just do it. Tidy up under the sink. (Just a little effort here and there makes all the difference.) VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) This is a good day to have discussions about children or to enjoy playful activities with children. You feel artistically inclined now. Express your creative talents if you can. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) You might want to shop for something at home. You're working hard for your money now, and you're spending it as well. But today, your focus is on domestic matters. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) You're in top form today! Your ability to convince, persuade, influence, market or sell anything is excellent! Go after whatever you want. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) This is a good day for commercial transactions and business. Whatever you do will be well thought out, conservative and carefully planned. You want long-term results for your efforts. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) The Moon is in your sign today. This definitely gives you an edge over all the other signs. Ask for anything you want a "yes" answer to. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Even a little bit of solitude today will be replenishing for you. You need time to be alone in order to restore yourself. You can't be all things to all people all the time. (Not even you.) PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Discussions with a female friend might be significant today. Someone might share something confidential with you. This person probably needs your sympathy and understanding. YOU WERE BORN TODAY You're a natural leader, manager and producer. You know how to get things done. You're particularly skillful in dealing with others. You're understanding, sympathetic and insightful. It's important for you to find the right partner in life (both professionally and intimately). The year ahead is social, creative and fun-loving! It favors all partnerships. Birthdate of: Marg Helgenberger, actress; Lisa Bonet, actress; Burgess Meredith, actor. (c) 2004 King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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