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The Monitor 01-18-2012

The Monitor 01-18-2012

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McALLEN — H-E-B and Walmart, theRio Grande Valley’s largest grocers, aren’tthrilled about McAllen City CommissionerScott Crane’s proposal to ban the ubiquitousplastic bags found at checkout counterscitywide.Brownsville passed Texas’ first bag ban,which took effect Jan. 5, 2011, despite oppo-sition from business interests. Major retail-ers and their trade groups, most notably theTexas Retailers Association, have pushedback against a similar effort in Austin,where they’ve had more success.“We do not support plastic bag bans. Wedo support strong public education and out-reach programs,” said Susan Ghertner, H-E-B’s director of environmental affairs.
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A plastic bag hangs on a thorny bush in a field Tuesday morning on the northwestcorner of Ware Road and Pecan Boulevard in McAllen. The City of McAllen islooking over a proposal that would ban the use of plastic bags by some retailers.
 
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McALLEN — Crime herehit a 21-year low in 2011, when violent crime ell 18percent year-over-year andproperty crime dropped 20.6percent, according to data re-leased by the McAllen PoliceDepartment.Police counted our mur-ders, down rom fve in 2010. Auto thet plummeted rom404 cases in 2010 to 179 last year, continuing a decade-long decline. And other seri-ous crimes, including robbery,burglary and thet, also expe-rienced signifcant year-over- year declines.“We are thankul to the menand the women o the McAl-len Police Department,” Chie Victor Rodriguez said. “This isa result o hard work. This isa result o the work o ourpolice ofcers,our dispatch-ers and all o our McAllenpolice person-nel. To them weexpress a very special thanks,and to them we express ourcongratulations.”Rodriguez also thankedMcAllen residents or report-ing crime and remaining vigi-lant, and elected ofcials ormaking public saety one othe city’s top priorities.
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LONDON — Queen ElizabethII’s husband has returned toofficial duties following a heartprocedure that saw him spendChristmas in a hospital. PrincePhilip was admitted to thehospital with chest pains justbefore the holidays and un-derwent a successful coronarystent procedure.
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DALLAS — Changes to Tex-as’ police ethics standards willrequire officers convicted of drunken driving to face man-datory suspensions that couldput their jobs at risk.The state Commission onLaw Enforcement Officer Stan-dards and Education’s revisedpolicy requires officers to losetheir peace officer licenses forsome time. Departments won’thave to fire those officers, butthey will have to find some-here those officers can work during a license suspension,the
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re-ported Tuesday.“Unfortunately, we don’thave positions we can putthem in,” Austin Police Chief rt Acevedo told the paper.“There’s a good chance they willget fired and have to apply forreinstatement.”In Dallas, officers are fired if convicted of drunken driving.But departments in Houston,ustin and elsewhere some-times offer second chances.Before, officers could seek an administrative hearing toask for probation instead of a license suspension. A smallnumber did. Since 2006, about70 officers have received hear-ings. About 30 were given fullprobation and were never le-gally forbidden from working asa peace officer.The changes enacted in De-cember require officers con-victed of a misdemeanor to losetheir licenses for some time.Officers convicted of feloniesalready lose their licenses.Most alcohol-related offens-es are Class B misdemeanors,hich will now carry a required30-day suspension. Officersmust lose their licenses for120 days for a Class A misde-meanor conviction.Robert Armbruster, an at-torney for the Houston policeunion who has representedofficers at commission hear-ings, argues that a stricter pol-icy holds officers to an unfairly high standard.“If you’re a lawyer, you don’tlose your licenses if you get aDWI,” Armbruster said. “If ou’re a judge, you don’t loseour ability to be on the benchif you get a DWI. How aboutdoctors, the people cutting ou open? Those people don’tlose their license if they havea DWI.”
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LOS ANGELES — Most peo-ple probably haven’t paid muchattention to the huge corpora-tions waging war in Washingtonover legislation designed to crackdown on online theft of movies,music and other content. But theconflict will hit consumers in theface today, when Wikipedia andseveral other websites intend togo dark to protest the proposedchanges.Wikipedia founder Jimmy Walesannounced Monday that the huge-ly popular online encyclopediawould be unavailable for 24 hoursto protest the Stop Online PiracyAct and related legislation, whichopponents say could lead to cen-sorship or the complete shutdownof some websites.Wikipedia plans to join Reddit,Boing Boing and hundreds of othersites in the so-called SOPA Strike,an attempt to publicize their com-plaints about proposals supportedby the movie and music industriesand other media companies.“Freedom is never voluntarilygiven by the oppressor, it mustbe demanded by the oppressed,MLK. Wednesday, Wikipedia de-mands,” Wales said via Twitter onMonday, Martin Luther King Day.In a statement announcing theshutdown of the English-languageversion of the site, Wales saidthe legislation would “harm thefree and open Internet and bringabout new tools for censorship ofinternational websites inside theUnited States.”The Motion Picture Associa-tion of America and others drivingthe legislation said real progresshad been made toward creating alaw that would protect intellectualproperty. The advocates said mis-information is inflaming passionson the Web while doing nothing tosolve the problem of piracy.“It’s part and parcel of a cam-paign to distract from the realissue here and to draw peopleaway from trying to resolve whatis a real problem, which is that for-eigners continue to steal the hardwork of Americans,” said MichaelO’Leary, the executive leading theMPAA’s campaign for the bills.He called today’s plan an exampleof the “gimmicks and distortion”that have been used in an attemptto block the legislation.The protesting websites —which reportedly also will includeMozilla, WordPress and TwitPic— plan to act Wednesday despitethe Obama administration’s sig-nal last weekend that it wantedchanges in the legislation.“While we believe that onlinepiracy by foreign websites is aserious problem that requires aserious legislative response, wewill not support legislation thatreduces freedom of expression,increases cybersecurity risk or un-dermines the dynamic, innovativeglobal Internet,” said a statementfrom three White House officials:Victoria Espinel, intellectual prop-erty enforcement coordinator;Aneesh Chopra, U.S. chief technol-ogy officer; and Howard Schmidt,cybersecurity coordinator for thenational security staff.Internet operators — includinggiants Google Inc. and eBay Inc.— have opposed the legislationbecause, they said, it would letcompanies move to block websitesand, in one version, take awaytheir user addresses if they aredeemed to have misappropriatedany content.
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