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The Monitor 01-05-2012

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012 | WWW.THEMONITOR.COM | 75 CENTS DAILY
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San Benito High School seniorJean-Luc Canas eyes a life in opera.
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The Republicans’search for an identityis producing the mostvolatile presidentialprimary season inmemory andthreatening to dilutethe conservative fervorthat swept the party tohuge wins in 2010.
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A Freedom NewspaperVol. 103, No. 16230 Pages, 5 Sections
FINDING AGETAWAY
Hundreds of snowbirds flocked to theMcAllen ConventionCenter in search of newdestinations at the24th annual McAllenInternational TravelShow and MexicanArtisan Expo.
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Police arrived at Cummings MiddleSchool and saw a person with a gunin a hallway near the main office: amale, about 5 foot 7 inches, holding ablack handgun, the officers say in theradio dispatch of the incident.The Brownsville police officersentered the school and shouted thatthey saw the male from the front door with what appeared to be a weapon,
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The 15-year-old boy fatally shot by police at Cummings Middle School on Wednesday morning was a churchgo-ing teen, a drum major, a basketballplayer and a member of the footballteam, his father said.Official details of the circumstancessurrounding the death of eighth-grad-er Jaime Gonzalez Jr. emerged slowly  Wednesday as the school was put onlockdown and chaos ensued. Rumorstraveled quickly, prompting the teen’sgodmother, Norma Navarro, to speak publicly in defense of the boy, she said.
Teen’s family questionsauthorities’ actions
Norma Leticia Navarro, godmother of the Cummings MiddleSchool student who was shot and killed by Brownsville Police,speaks Wednesday in Brownsville.
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EDINBURG — State charg-es will be dropped against anillegal immigrant believed tobe linked to a marijuana cul-tivation farm near a schoolhere two students weregunned down last month.Hidalgo County sher-iff’s deputies arrested andcharged David Guerrero Na-varro, 27, with criminal tres-passing and poaching afterthe Dec. 12 shooting nearHarwell Middle School in therural outskirts of Edinburg.Guerrero, a Mexican nation-al, was found with an AR-15assault rifleand had toldinvestigatorshe was hunt-ing javelinasaround thetime when twoteenage boys were gunned down by stray bullets outside the school.The landowner, Jose Juan Avila, had told sheriff’s depu-ties Guerrero did not haveauthorization to be on hisranchland, where authoritiesuncovered scores of mari- juana plants and equipmentused to cultivate and packagethe drugs.Sheriff Lupe Treviño turnedover evidence from the mari- juana operation to the DruEnforcement Administration. A sheriff’s deputy assignedto the local DEA task forceTuesday filed an applicationfor a search warrant in federalcourt in McAllen, saying 92cultivated marijuana plants,four diesel tanks with hiddencompartments, rolls of cello-phane, buckets of grease andpot seeds were found — as well as small amounts of mari- juana and cocaine.The warrant request asksto search two cellphonesfound at a residence occu-pied by Guerrero on Avila’sranch, north of Farm-to-Mar-ket Road 2812 along Carmen Avila Road, near the site of theschool shooting.The DEA task force deputy said Guerrero had been ar-rested for trespassing while he was living on the property.
>>Federal officials mull new indictments afteruncovering an Edinburg marijuana operation.
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6. ARgENTINE lEADER OkAFTER CANCER SURgERYBUENOS AIRES, Ar-entina — Arentina’spresident was awae andrecoverin Wednesdayater a 3.5 hour operationto remove her cancerousthyroid and. CristinaFernandez’s surery wentwithout compicationsand a her vita sins wereood, her spoesmanAredo Scoccimarro said.1. YAHOO PICkS PAYPAl’SPOCkET FOR lATEST CEOSAN FRANCISCO — Ya-hoo’s previous turnaroundattempts have opped un-der three dierent eaders.On Wednesday, the stru-in Internet companyannounced it ured awayScott Thompson rom aower-profe job runnineBay’s thrivin PayPaservice to become its CEO.2. POlICE: MAN gOUgEDOUT UNClE’S EYES
JOLIET, Ill. — An Illinois manwas charged with gouging outhis uncle’s eyes then pushinghim down the stairs in a fghtover a remote control, authori-ties said. The victim, 62-year-old Melvin Cliord, managed tocall 9-1-1, and a sheri’s deputyound him at the bottom o thebasement stairs with his handsstretched in ront o him andblood streaming rom his ace.
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3. CARTEl kINgPIN PlEADSgUIlTY IN U.S. COURT
SAN DIEGO — Mexican drugcartel kingpin BenjaminArellano Felix pleaded guiltyWednesday to racketeeringand conspiracy to laundermoney, avoiding the spec-tacle o a trial or one o theworld’s most powerul druglords o the 1990s. Under anagreement with ederal pros-ecutors, Arellano Felix, 58,can be sentenced to no morethan 25 years in prison.
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HARTFORD, Conn. — Aprominent ormer advertisingexecutive declared that he hiredan “assassin” to kill his ex-wie just beore being sentencedWednesday to 70 years in prisonor holding her hostage or morethan 13 hours and burning downthe Connecticut home they onceshared. Richard Shenkman,62, was sentenced in HartordSuperior Court.
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 ATLANTA — The numbero twins born in the UnitedStates soared over the lastthree decades, mostly the re-sult o test-tube babies andomen waiting to have chil-dren until their 30s, when thechances o twins increase.In 2009, 1 in every 30babies born in the UnitedStates was a twin, an as-tounding increase over the 1in 53 rate in 1980, according to a government report is-sued Wednesday.“When people say itseems like you see moretwins nowadays, they’reright,” said Joyce Martin, anepidemiologist who co-au-thored the Centers or Dis-ease Control and Preventionreport.Some increase was ex-pected as more women aredelaying starting a amily un-til they are over 30. For someunknown reason, mothersin their 30s are more likely to have twins than youngeror older women. As muchas a third o the increasecan be attributed to that,Martin said.The rest o the rise is dueto ertility drugs and treat-ments.“You have a doublehammy going on. Thereare more older moms andmore widespread use o er-tility-enhancing therapies,”Martin said.Starting in the early 1980s,couples who had troubleconceiving began to benetrom medical advances likeertility drugs and in vitroertilization and other pro-cedures. These treatmentsbecame airly widespread inthe 1990s but are expensive,and availability and insur-ance coverage varies.The twin birth rate roseby more than 2 percent oneear, on average, rom 1980through 2004. It leveled o to less than 1 percent annu-ally although the rise rom2008 to 2009 was nearly 2 percent.
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 WASHINGTON The Obamaadministration is rewriting its de-ense strategy to absorb hundredso billions o dollars in deensebudget cuts while scaling back the longstanding Pentagon goalo being ready to ght two warssimultaneously.Underscoring the political dimen-sion o Washington’s debate overdeense savings, President Barack Obama planned to make a rare ap-pearance at the Pentagon today tooutline the new strategy. The admin-istration says tighter budgets are amust but will not come at the cost o sapping the strength o a military intransition ater a decade at war.In a presidential election year thestrategy gives Obama a rhetorical toolto deend his Pentagon budget-cut-ting choices. Republican contendersor the White House already havecriticized Obama on a wide range o national security issues, including missile deense, Iran and plannedreductions in ground orces.Obama also wants the new strat-egy to mark a turning point in hisstewardship o deense policy, whichhas been burdened throughout hispresidency by the wars he inheritedand their drag on the budget.The strategy, to be outlined at anews conerence also attended by Deense Secretary Leon Panetta andthe Joint Chies chairman, Army Gen.Martin Dempsey, is not expected toradically alter deense priorities. Itmay set the stage, however, or ex-pected cutbacks in Europe and big  weapons programs.It also will move the United Statesurther rom its longstanding goal o being able to successully ght twomajor regional wars — like the 1991Gul War to evict Iraqi orces romKuwait or a prospective ground warin Korea — at the same time. Thistakes into account a bigger ocus onimmediate threats like cyber warareand terrorism.The administration and Congressalready are trimming deense spend-ing to refect the closeout o the Iraq war and the drawdown in Aghani-stan. The massive $662 billion de-ense budget planned or next year is$27 billion less than Obama wantedand $43 billion less than Congressgave the Pentagon this year.
Pentagon to unveil plan for cuts
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Report:More U.S.omenhaving twins
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 WASHINGTON TheRepublicans’ identity crisis isproducing the most volatilepresidential primary seasonin memory and threatening todilute the conservative ervorthat swept the party to huge wins in 2010.Former MassachusettsGov. Mitt Romney is the prag-matic, establishment choice.But he has yet to attract morethan a quarter o GOP voters,as his eight-vote Iowa caucus win showed.So long as huge numberso restless, overwhelmingly conservativeRepublicanskeep yearning or an alterna-tive, the party risks losing theiery intensity that gave it theHouse major-ity and broughtmuch o Presi-dent Barack Obama’s agendato a standstill.Romney promises to use his corpo-rate skills to do a good jobmanaging the government.But many party activists seemmore intent on radically re-shaping that government,sharply diminishing its rolein Americans’ lives. That sen-timent gave birth to the teaparty in 2009, dominated the2010 elections and now seeksa champion in the 2012 presi-dential contest.Former Sen. Rick Santo-rum, perhaps best known orhis crusades against abortionand gay marriage, is the latestcontender to emerge as thenon-Romney alternative. Hecame rom ar back to nish within an eyelash o an Iowavictory. But he will be hard-pressed to raise the money and build the ground gameneeded to compete in New Hampshire, South Carolina,Florida and beyond.Former House SpeakerNewt Gingrich and Texas Gov.Rick Perry are in weaker shape,having nished ourth andth in Iowa, respectively. Yeta survey o Iowa caucus-goersshows there’s an untetheredmass o conservative votersstill ripe or the picking.Establishment Republi-cans predict those voters willeventually make peace withRomney because o their an-tipathy to Obama. That’s notthe most inspiring way to wina presidential nomination,as an angry Gingrich noted Wednesday.Gingrich, who was ham-mered by attack ads romRomney’s allies in Iowa, toldMSNBC, “What is really strik-ing about last night is thatthree out o our Republicansrepudiated Mitt Romney.How can you take seriously somebody ater that kind o campaign?”The Iowa results haveprodded at least one promi-nent conservative leader toschedule a series o meetingsand urge like-minded groupsto embrace San-torum.“It’s time orthe conserva-tives to get o the sidelinesand get intothe arena,” saidRichard Vigue-rie. “Conserva-tives have dug intheir heels, andthey just don’t want Romney.” A survey o Iowans entering Tuesday’sGOP caucuses drove homethe point that Romney is thechoice o comparatively prag-matic Republicans whose topgoal is ousting Obama. Abouta quarter o his supporterscalled themselves “very con-servative,” compared to two-thirds o Santorum’s support-ers.More than three in veRomney backers were chiefy looking or a candidate whocould beat Obama. That’s ourtimes the number o Santo-rum supporters who gave thatanswer. Meanwhile, two inve Santorum supporters, andvirtually none o Romney’s,said they were looking or a“true conservative.”The survey o caucus-go-ers, conducted by a news con-sortium including The Asso-ciated Press, suggests there’sless dierence between thetea party and the RepublicanParty than many may havethought.Sel-identied tea party supporters made up 64 per-cent o GOP Iowa caucus-go-ers. Santorum was backed by 29 percent o them, while Rom-ney and libertarian-leaning Rep. Ron Paul o Texas took 19 percent each. Gingrichgot 15 percent and Perry 11 percent.
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Republican presidential candidate and former MassachusettsGov. Mitt Romney campaigns Wednesday during a town hall-stylemeeting in Manchester, N.H.Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker NewtGingrich campaigns Wednesday during an event at Belknap Mills inLaconia, N.H.Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry gets ahug from a supporter Tuesday after making remarks on caucus nightin West Des Moines, Iowa.
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Republican presidential candidate and former PennsylvaniaSen. Rick Santorum pauses Tuesday as he addresses supportersat his Iowa caucus victory party in Johnston, Iowa.
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Conservative leader, urgingRepublicans to rally behindRick Santorum
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