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The Monitor 01-02-2012

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Serving the Rio Grande Valley Since 1909
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The United Way is accepting volunteersand donations — including, but not limitedto, clothing, food, furniture, toys and money— for the families of this series. To donate,call (956) 279-9050, (956) 279-9051 or(956) 279-9052 or mail donations to P.O.Box 187, McAllen, TX, 78505. The UnitedWay of South Texas is located at 1200 E.Hackberry, Suite F in McAllen.You can also make an online donation onthe United Way of South Texas website atwww.unitedwayofsotx.org.
The Monitor 
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How to help:
United Way of South Texas
Serving Hidalgo & Starr Counties
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article reported that mon-etary donations were at nearly the lowest total in the program’s13-year history, at $14,300, donorsgave $18,749 to help needy familiesin the area, said Amelia Rojas, whocoordinates the “12 Days” donationsfor the United Way.
The Monitor 
’s “12 Days of Christ-mas” series features a dozen of theneediest families in Hidalgo and Starrcounties. The United Way then col-lects money and other donations tohelp the families.
 Valley residentslend a helping hand
>> Monetary donationsare on the rise forthe ‘12 Days’ series.
MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012 | WWW.THEMONITOR.COM | 75 CENTS DAILY
DONORNETWORK
Facebook is becoming a go-toplace to link up people needing atransplant with those willing to give.
Beyond the Valley | 3A
HEADEDHOME
The New YorkGiants thumpedthe Cowboys.
Sports Day | 1C
A family welcomes Hidalgo County’s first babyof 2012, who was born nearly two months early.
Valley & State | 1B
NEW YEARNEWBORN
FACES TOREMEMBER
Amid the world-changingconvulsions of 2011,expressions on the facesof those who experiencedthe jolts brought thelarger-than-life momentsback to the human scale.
Beyond the Valley | 3A
HOLIDAYHOURS
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’s businessoffices will be closedall day today. However,the circulationcustomer servicedepartment will beanswering telephonesfrom 6 to 10 a.m. todayto take care of anydelivery problems.
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Classifieds 6DComics 6CLottery 2ABeyond The Valley 3AObituaries 2BSports Day 1CPuzzle 5CTV Listings 3D
A Freedom NewspaperVol. 103, No. 15928 Pages, 3 Sections
ABOVE ANDBEYOND
The number of olderAmericans who chooseto work later andlater in life is growing— according to theU.S. Bureau of LaborStatistics, 1.2 millionAmericans age 75 orolder were working lastyear.
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HIDALGO — The Hidalgo-ReynosaInternational Bridge is set to get fournew northbound lanes as the fed-eral government ponies up funds fora major renovation of the aging inter-national port.Hidalgo County congressmen an-nounced in December that the U.S.Economic Development Adminis-tration awarded McAllen a $950,000grant to expand the number of lanesand inspection booths on the bridgeto ease traffic congestion and waittimes for travelers.But the grant is part of more than$5 million earmarked to completely renovate the bridge by adding thenew lanes, replacing electrical andbackup power systems and building new facilities for U.S. customs agents,Superintendent of Bridges Rigo Villar-real said. The planned improvements were identified during a building as-sessment completed to identify waysto improve efficiency on the bridge.
“That’s a 30-year-old bridge thatneeds a lot of work done on it,” Villar-real said. “Once we lump all the money together, we’ll be able to have a new bridge in the next year-and-a-half.”
The $950,000 Economic Develop-ment Administration investment willfund infrastructure improvements toexpand the bridge’s crossing area.McAllen will contribute $263,000toward the improvement programthat includes demolishing the currentU.S. Customs and Border Protection“head house” administration build-ing. Demolishing the head house willallow for the construction of four new northbound crossing lanes and in-spection booths in an effort to expe-dite the flow of goods through thebridge.U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, whose office worked with U.S. Sen.John Cornyn on securing the fund-ing, said faster travel times will allow for increased trade and cross-bordercommerce.
2012Medicaredebate isall about  boomers
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 WASHINGTON Baby boomers take note: Medicareas your parents have known it isheaded for big changes no mat-ter who wins the White Housein 2012. You may not like it, but you might have to accept it.
Dial down the partisanrhetoric and surprising simi-larities emerge from compet-ing policy prescriptions by President Barack Obama andleading Republicans such as Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.Limit the overall growthof Medicare spending? It’s inboth approaches.Squeeze more money from upper-income retireesand some in the middle-class? Ditto.Raise the eligibility age?That too, if the deal is right. With more than 1.5 mil-lion baby boomers per yearsigning up for Medicare, theprogram’s future is one of themost important economicissues for anyone now 50 orolder. Healthcare costs arethe most unpredictable partof retirement, and Medicareremains an exceptional dealfor retirees, who can reapbenefits worth far more thanthe payroll taxes they paid induring their careers.
>>The Hidalgo border crossing’s renovations includeadditional lanes, new customs facilities and more.>>The healthprogram’s fundfor inpatient careis projected to rundry in 2024.
Maria Martinez gets a hug from her son, Alexis Alvarez, 8, while shopping Thursday at OldNavy in Mercedes. The family received a shopping spree to help with their needs.
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2A | MONITOR PREVIEW
The Monitor, www.themonitor.com | MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012
(USPS 594-160) (ISSN 8750524X)Founded in 1909. Published every morning by TheMonitor Division of Freedom Newspapers at 1400 E.Nolana Loop, McAllen, Texas 78504. The Monitor iscommitted to providing our readers and advertisersin Hidalgo and Starr counties with the best qualitysource of news and information for the Rio GrandeValley community rich in its diversity and hometownvalues.Periodicals Postage Paid at McAllen, Texas 78501.
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ALLERGY ALERT
Pollen forecast forMcAllen area
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Predominant pollen:
Juniper
POLLEN IS CALCULATED ON A SCALE OF0 TO 12 FROM WWW.POLLEN.COM
Today’s Level: High
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PHOTO OF THE DAY
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Italy’s Marco Fois dives Sunday into the Tiber River from the 59-foot high Cavour Bridge in Rome to celebrate the New Year.
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WHAT THEY REALLY THINK
The guys at RGVSports.com speak their mind on the Real Talk blog, givinga little more insight on what’s happening in Rio Grande Valley high schoolsports. Check out the blog at
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‘FESTIVA’ BLOG: UP TO DATE WITH ENTERTAINMENT
Whether music, movies or fashion are your thing, the
Festiva 
blog isconstantly updated with entertainment goodness. It’s definitely somethingthat should not be missed. Check out the blog at
festiva.themonitor.com
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BEES BLOG: BRIAN SANDALOW TALKS HOCKEY
Monitor 
sports reporter Brian Sandalow gets the inside scoop on what’sgoing on with the Valley’s favorite hockey team. Check out our Killer Beesblog at
killerbees.themonitor.com
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THE LATEST IN CRIME
Monitor 
reporter Naxi Lopez is on top of the latest crime news. If youdon’t want to miss out, be sure to check out the blog at
cops.themonitor.com
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ON THE WEB
SOCIAL LENS
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FOOD
WHERE TO GOFOR LUNCH?
Monitor 
reporter AmyNichol Smith featuresdifferent restaurantsaround the Valley.
lunchbreak.themonitor.com
ONLINE POLL
What do you feelshould happen to thetroops returning fromIraq?>> They should be sentto Afghanistan.>> They should be sentto Iran.>> They should be puton the border withMexico.>> They should berelieved.>> I don’t know.
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Sunday’s average from a surveyof
casas de cambio.
Peso:
14.10pesos buy$1.
Dollar:
$1 buys 13.60 pesos.
FALCON LAKE
Normal:
301.20*
Current:
276.94*
LAKE AMISTAD
Normal:
1,117.00*
Current:
1,107.91*
* Surface elevation above sealevel measured in feet
MEGA MILLIONS (Friday)
4-24-45-46-52
Mega Ball: 1; Megaplier: 4
LOTTO TEXAS (Saturday)
4-17-22-25-38-45
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POWERBALL (Saturday)
5-23-25-28-40; PB: 34; PP: 4
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Columnist AndresOppenheimer tracksthe political andeconomic evolution ofLatin America.
Opinion
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Columnist RubenNavarrette Jr. keepsyou posted onnational Hispanicpolitics.
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THEY SAID IT
“We need political stability so we can address the worldin one voice and not in ... conflicting voices.” |
 
NOURIAL-MALIKI
, Iraqi prime minister, right, speaking at a celebration marking thedeparture of American troops.
See related story below
“The real reason I’m doing this is he’s got kids and he’sa good guy. My life is in a good place. I’vebeen given lots and I have a responsibilityto give back.” |
 
JACQUELINE RYALL
, talkingabout why she donated one of her kidneys to a manthrough Facebook.
See related story below
6 INSECONDS
THE DAY’S BIGGESTNEWSMAKERS
Compiled from Associated Press reports
1. CHILE: LARGE PARTOF BLAZE CONTAINEDSANTIAGO, Chile— Firefighters are makingprogress against a majorblaze in one of Chile’s mostspectacular national parks,the government saidSunday. The Israeli touristaccused of setting the firehas denied guilt.2. IRANIANS CROSSEDBORDER, OFFICIALS SAY
QUETTA, Pakistan — Iraniansecurity personnel crossed intosouthwest Pakistan on Sunday,shot to death one man andwounded another in an incidentthat could cause tensionbetween the two countries, aPakistani border official said.Iranian forces took the two men,apparently smugglers, from theMazah Sar area of Baluchistanprovince back across the border,said Mir Zafar Bangulzai.
4. ANTHONY PROSECUTORWILL RUN FOR OFFICE
ORLANDO, Fla. — A pros-ecutor in the Casey Anthonymurder trial says he is runningfor the state attorney’s officein central Florida. In a videoposted Sunday on the
Orlando Sentinel 
’s website, Jeff Ashtonsaid he would challenge hisformer boss, Lawson Lamar,to be the Orange-OsceolaState Attorney.
3. FAMILY ACCUSED OFTORTURING SON’S WIFE
KABUL, Afghanistan — Presi-dent Hamid Karzai says policewill arrest members of a familyaccused of torturing and il-legally detaining their son’steenage wife for the past sixmonths while trying to forceher into a life of crime. Aftermeeting senior security of-ficials on Sunday, Karzai said ina statement that whoever usedviolence against 15-year-oldSahar Gul must be punished.
5. OIL-RICH NIGERIASTOPS FUEL SUBSIDIES
ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria isending fuel subsidies, an of-ficial said Sunday, a move thatis sure to be unpopular in theoil-rich nation where citizenshave come to expect cheap fuelas one of their few govern-ment benefits.
6. IRAQI LEADER CALLSFOR UNITY, STABILITYBAGHDAD — Iraq’s primeminister called Sunday forunity and greater po-litical stability to ensure thecountry’s security after theend of the American militarypresence. Speaking at a tele-vised celebration in Bagh-dad, Nouri al-Maliki warnedIraqis against “excessive joy” over the departure ofAmerican troops.
THE FACES TOREMEMBER 
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Seismic jolts shook 2011 —uprisings that set a whole regionafire, natural disasters of histor-ic destructiveness, the demise of icons. But again and again amidthese world-changing convulsions,the mirror of a single face, or two orthree, joyous, tormented, panickedor hopeful, brought the larger-than-life moments back to humanscale.There were the taut, staring facesin the White House situation roomas America’s leaders strained to takein reports of the raid that was, rightthen, killing Osama Bin Laden. Youthful faces filled Cairo’sTahrir Square, triumphant and for- ward-looking in spring, angry andmasked against tear gas in fall.Tears streaked faces in the ruinsof tornadoes that scoured towns inMissouri and Alabama.Behind a hazmat faceshield,scared eyes scanned Japan’s quake-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant;in a final portrait, Steve Jobs stared,intense as ever but so thin; througha car window, Joe Paterno frowneddistractedly.It’s not hard — and it may bealmost necessary — to recall suchimages as we try to make sense of the relentless buffeting we’ve allbeen through in this extraordinary  year.Not all the faces are downcast.Seven months after she survived
>>The human momentsstand out during lastyear’s cataclysms.
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Britain’s Prince William kisses his bride, Kate, Duchess ofCambridge, on April 29 on the balcony of Buckingham Palaceafter the royal wedding in London.
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A tsunami floods over the breakwater protecting the coastal city of Miyako at Heigawa estuary area March 11 after northeastern Japanwas hit by a powerful earthquake.
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SEATTLE — Here’s another rea-son for holdouts to join the socialmedia site Facebook: It’s a greatplace to find a kidney.Between the kid photos andeminiscences about high school,more and more pleas for help frompeople with failing kidneys are pop-ping up. Facebook and other socialmedia sites are quickly becoming ago-to place to find a generous per-son with a kidney to spare, accord-ing to the people asking for helpand some national organizationsthat facilitate matches.Damon Brown found a kidney onFacebook after telling his story on aspecial page the Seattle dad createdunder the name, “Damon Kidney.”His friends and family forwardedthe link to everyone they knew andon Jan. 3 a woman his wife hasknown for years, but not someonethey consider a close family friend, will be giving him a kidney.“She said it wasn’t really for me.It was for my kids, because they deserve to have a dad around,” saidBrown, 38.Brown’s story is not unique, said April Paschke, a spokeswomanfor the United Network for OrganSharing, a private nonprofit orga-nization that manages the nation’sorgan transplant system for the fed-eral government.“We see more and more peoplematched up by social media,” shesaid. “It’s an extension of the way 
Mexicogang ramps upmeth inGuatemala
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MEXICO CITY — Mexico’spowerful Sinaloa drug cartel ap-pears to be extending its massiveproduction of methamphet-amine into neighboring Gua-temala, as hundreds of tons of precursor chemicals stream intothe Central American nation. While Mexico is usually es-timated to be the main sup-plier of meth used in the UnitedStates, seizure data suggest thatneighboring Guatemala couldin fact be producing as muchor more.That data, along with inter-views with U.S. and Guatema-lan officials, also indicate thatSinaloa cartel chief Joaquin “ElChapo” Guzman is taking ad-vantage of Guatemala’s remote,isolated mountains and an al-liance with a key Guatemalantrafficker to make the Centralmerican nation a new interna-ional meth production base.Mexican authorities seized75 tons of a key precursorhemical in December alone,nd all of it was heading foruatemala. Officials in Guate-ala, meanwhile, have seized,847 barrels of precursorsn 2011, equivalent to about1,600 tons and far more thanexico’s total seizures of 1,200 tons in the same year.The Guatemala-boundhemical seized in Mexico, me-hylamine, can yield its weight inncut meth, according to Stevereisler, an industrial chem-st called the father of moderneth-making.That means the total amounteized in or heading to Guate-ala could theoretically pro-uce more than a billion one-ram doses of pure meth, andillions more if cut to street-levelurity. Authorities say it’s not en-irely clear where Sinaloa couldell thousands of tons of meth-mphetamine, if it producedhat much. The United Nationsffice on Drugs and Crime saidn its 2011 World Report thatotal meth seizures worldwidemounted to 65 tons.
>The Sinaloaartel chief is takingdvantage of remotemountain regions,fficials say.
>The social networking site is becoming a go-toplace for those in need of an organ transplant.

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