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The Monitor 01-23-2012

The Monitor 01-23-2012

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MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012 | WWW.THEMONITOR.COM | 75 CENTS DAILY
DOMESTICDISPUTE?
A 19-year-old is in custodyafter police say he ran over hisgirlfriend, 17, with a vehicle.
Valley & State | 8B
WATERVISIONS
An art exhibitexplores color,enchantment.
Valley Life | 1D
Check out the results of Sunday’s NFLconference championship matchups.
Sports Day | 1C
BEST OFTHE BEST
TIMETO HEAL
Rep. Gabrielle Giffordsof Arizona announcedSunday she intends toresign from Congressthis week to concen-trate on recoveringfrom wounds sufferedin an assassinationattempt a little morethan one year ago.
Beyond the Valley | 3A
COSTINGINCUMBENTS
After the U.S. SupremeCourt threw out Texas’interim political maps,Texans may have towait longer to votein primaries whileincumbents watch theiradvantages slip away.
State | 3B
TODAY’S WEATHER | 8B
Fog in the a.m.; mostly cloudy
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Classifieds 4DComics 6CLottery 2ABeyond The Valley 3AObituaries 2BSports Day 1CPuzzle 5CTV Listings 3D
A Freedom NewspaperVol. 103, No. 18026 Pages, 3 Sections
MASTERS OFTHE BOARD
Local chess playersmet Sunday to learnabout the strategyof the game at theMcAllen Public Library.Chess grandmasterTimur Gareyev was onhand to explain moves.
Valley & State | 1B
NOT CUTTINGCORNERS
>>Pharr is focusing onrevamping the spaces in thecity’s latest cleanup efforts.
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PHARR — Gary Rodriguez, Pharr mediamanager, clicked through an unusual collec-tion of photos last week — the city’s best and worst street corners.“This has already been cleaned up …here’s another corner here we can tackle …this is what we’re trying to encourage,” hesaid, showing shots of three.The city will launch a Landscape Partner-ship Program this week to work with business-es to revamp those spaces along roadways.The program officially kicks off Wednesday  with an event recognizing the intersection of U.S. 83 and Cage Boulevard in front of TwinPalms Plaza. AMC Enterprises provided spon-sorship for stone work, lighting and plants thatPharr public works employees installed.Rodriguez, who heads Pharr cleanup ef-forts, has a folder with checks of more than$1,000 from five different businesses to dothe same on other corners and has verbalcommitments from at least two others.
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Pharr employees work on fixing up a corner near Cage Boulevard and U.S. 83as part of the city’s new Landscape Partnership Program. The program will beofficially launched from the corner on Wednesday.
A young boyhelps collecttrash duringa Pharr citycleanup. Thecity has heldapproximatelyfour cleanupssinceAugust inneighborhoodsaround the city.
CityCommissionerEddie Cantu helpscollect scrap tiresduring a Pharr citycleanup north ofthe Boys & GirlsClub. Pharr’s nextcleanup will beSaturday near FirStreet andFM 495.
McAllen talks business
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McALLEN — Elected officialsspent Friday and Saturday at McAl-len’s new library, where they heldclosed-door meetings about eco-nomic development projects, in-cluding a new proposal for BoeyeReservoir, and reviewed the city’sstrategic business plan.The two-day brainstorming ses-sion took place around a conferencetable strewn with legal pads, coffeecups and binders. It offered electedofficials a relaxed atmosphere todiscuss McAllen’s long-range plansand challenges.“It’s good, it’s healthy to havethese retreats because you focusonly on these issues,” said Commis-sioner Aida Ramirez. Day-to-day business dominates the commis-sion’s regularly scheduled meetings,Ramirez said, leaving little time forlong-range thinking.“This is where the vision comesinto play, and I think that’s why McAllen has been very successful,”Ramirez said.Elected officials reviewed an up-date to McAllen’s strategic businessplan, which emphasizes aggres-sively protecting McAllen’s status asthe region’s retail center — and thesales tax revenue that comes with it— while simultaneously diversify-ing the city’s economy away fromshopping.The plan’s highlights include:
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Helping La Plaza Mall expand.Simon Property Group, which ownsthe mall, has said it’s one of thecompany’s most successful proper-ties. The business plan notes “agree-ment in place; pending Simon deci-sion on timing.” Another objectiveincludes this line: “incentives may include parking garage subsidy orother incentives.”
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A confidential project to bring “a major manufacturer” to McAllen.In November, Commissioner ScottCrane told a crowd gathered at FirstChristian Church that city officials were in “light discussions” with amajor Taiwanese manufacturer.
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa.— Other than family, football was everything to Joe Paterno.It was his life-blood. It kepthim pumped.
Life couldnot be the same without it.
“Right now,I’m not thecoach. AndI’ve got to getused to that,” Paterno said af-ter the Penn State Board oTrustees fired him at the heightof a child sex abuse scandal.Before he could, he ranout of time.Paterno, a sainted figureat Penn State for almost hala century but scarred forev-er by the scandal involving his one-time heir apparent,died Sunday at age 85.
>>Local leaders discussplans to boost and diversifythe region’s economy.
>>Penn State’sex-head footballcoach died at 85from an aggressiveform of lung cancer.
Experts: Paterno’sdeath won’t stopcourt cases.
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2A | MONITOR PREVIEW
The Monitor, www.themonitor.com | MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012
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WHERE TO GOFOR LUNCH?
Monitor 
reporter AmyNichol Smith featuresdifferent restaurantsaround the Valley.
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ONLINE POLL
Do you all feel plasticbags should be bannedin McAllen as theywere in Brownsville?>> Yes, but it should bevoluntary.>> Yes, but it should bemandatory.>> No, plastic bagsshould not be banned.>> I’m not sure.>> I don’t care.
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READY FOR RENEWAL
Hindu devotees cross a newly constructed temporary bridge Sunday at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna, in Allahabad, India.Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence, some hoping to wash away sins and others to secure a fine spouse, during themonthlong festival.
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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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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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THEY SAID IT
“I don’t remember much from that horrible day, butI will never forget the trust you placed in me to beyour voice.” |
 
REP. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS
of Arizona, left,announcing her intent to resign from Congress this week.
See story below
“Here I am, 100 years old, and don’t have a home.Oh Lord, help me.” |
 
TEXANA HOLLIS, 101, who was evictedfrom her foreclosed Detroit home and kept from returning because of thehouse’s unsanitary and unsafe condition.
See related story below
6 INSECONDS
THE DAY’S BIGGESTNEWSMAKERS
1. IRENE FLOOD LEFTHOME ON ISLAND
BETHEL, Vt. — June Tierneyand Kellie Burke neverenvisioned island living in theVermont woods, but TropicalStorm Irene had other ideas.Their home had a stairwayleading from their backyarddown a steep bank to GileadBrook, a small stream. WhenIrene blew through, the brookbecame a raging torrent. Themain part of it moved aroundto the other side of the house.
2. ISRAELI LEADERCONDEMNS CLERIC
JERUSALEM — The Palestin-ians’ top Muslim cleric facedsharp Israeli criticism Sundayfor a speech in which he quoteda religious text that includespassages about killing Jews in anend-of-days struggle. Mufti Mo-hammed Hussein’s commentscame at a political gatheringof supporters of PalestinianPresident Mahmoud Abbas.
4. EVICTED WOMAN, 101,CAN’T RETURN HOME
DETROIT — The federal govern-ment now says a 101-year-oldDetroit woman it promised couldmove back into her foreclosedhome four months ago can’treturn because the building’sunsanitary and unsafe. TexanaHollis was evicted Sept. 12 andher belongings placed outsideafter her 65-year-old son failedto pay property taxes linked to areverse mortgage.
3. REPORT: AT LEAST150 KILLED IN NIGERIA
KANO, Nigeria — An internalRed Cross document seen byan Associated Press reporterin north Nigeria’s largest cityshows at least 150 people werekilled in a series of coordinatedattacks by a radical Islamistsect there.
5. LAWYER SAYS OUSTEDMUBARAK STILL PRESIDENT
CAIRO — Hosni Mubarak’slawyer concluded his defenseSunday, arguing that the oust-ed leader should be acquitted ofcriminal charges because he istechnically still the president ofEgypt. Mubarak, who steppeddown nearly one year ago, ischarged along with his securitychief and four police command-ers of complicity in the killing ofprotesters.
Compiled from Associated Press reports
6. WINTER WEATHERCOATS PART OF MIDWESTMINNEAPOLIS — Freez-ing drizzle and rain maderoads slick Sunday as awinter weather systemmoved across portionsof the Upper Midwest,and the precipitation wasexpected to begin changingover into snow that couldcontinue into today.
 A CHANCE FOR SECOND SIGHT
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — At10:25 a.m., a dark brown eye was re-moved from a man whose lids hadclosed for the last time. Five hourslater, the orb was staring up at the ceil-ing from a stainless steel tray in an op-erating room with two blind patients— both waiting to give it a second life.
S.P.D. Siriwardana, 63, remainedstill under a white sheet as the sur-geon delicately replaced the corneathat had gone bad in his right eye fol-lowing a cataract surgery. Across theroom, patient A.K. Premathilake, 32, waited for the sclera, the white of theeye, to provide precious stem cellsand restore some vision after acidscalded his sight away on the job.“The eye from this dead person was transplanted to my son,said A.K. Admon Singho, who guided Pre-mathilake through the hall after thesurgery. “He’s dead, but he’s still alive.His eye can still see the world.”This gift of sight is so commonhere, it’s become an unwritten sym-bol of pride and culture for Sri Lanka,an island of about 20 million peoplelocated off the southern coast of In-dia. Despite recently emerging froma quarter century of civil war, thecountry is among the world’s largestcornea providers.It donates about 3,000 corneasper year and has provided tissue to57 countries over nearly a half cen-tury, with Pakistan receiving the big-gest share, according to the nonprofitSri Lanka Eye Donation Society. Theorganization began promoting eyedonation decades ago, but has sincefaced allegations of mismanagementand poor quality standards.The supply of corneas is so greatin Sri Lanka that a new, state-of-the-art government eye bank opened last year, funded by Singapore donors.It has started collecting tissue frompatients at one of the country’s larg-est hospitals, hoping to add an addi-tional 2,000 corneas to those already shipped abroad annually. Nearly 900,000 people have also signed upto give their eyes in death throughthe Eye Donation Society’s long-standing eye bank.
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A Buddhist monk blesses Irangani de Silva, seated in a wheelchair and widow of late pioneering eye surgeon Dr. Hudson Silva, duringa Buddhist ritual Oct. 16, 2011, at her living quarters at the Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The gift of sight hasbecome an unwritten symbol of Sri Lanka’s pride and culture.People wait in line to get their eyes examined Nov. 4, 2011, as a staffer, foreground,examines the eye of a cataract patient at the Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society in Colombo,Sri Lanka.
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 WASHINGTON — Rep. Ga-brielle Giffords of Arizona an-nounced Sunday she intendsto resign from Congress thiseek to concentrate on recov-ring from wounds sufferedn an assassination attempt aittle more than one year agohat shook the country.“I don’t remember muchrom that horrible day, but Iill never forget the trust youlaced in me to be your voice,”he Democratic lawmaker saidn a video posted withoutrior notice on her Facebook age.“I’m getting better. Every ay my spirit is high,” she said.I have more work to do on my ecovery. So to do what’s bestor Arizona, I will step downhis week.”Giffords was shot in theead and grievously woundedast January as she was meet-ng with constituents outsidesupermarket in Tucson, Ariz.er progress had seemed re-arkable, to the point that sheas able to walk dramatically nto the House chamber lastugust to cast a vote.Her shooting promptedn agonizing national debatebout super-charged rheto-ic in political campaigns, al-hough the man charged inhe shooting later turned outo be mentally ill.In Washington, membersf Congress were told to pay ore attention to their physi-al security. Legislation was in-roduced to ban high-capacity mmunition clips, although itever advanced.Under state law, Arizonaov. Jan Brewer must call apecial election to fill out theemainder of Giffords’ term,hich ends at the end of 2012.
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PHILADELPHIA — Joe Paternoould no doubt have made a dra-matic courtroom witness. But legalexperts said his death will have littleor no effect on the criminal or civilcases to come out of the Penn Statechild-sex scandal.
“Obviously, you’retaking away a greatdeal of the high-pro-file nature of thiscase, because it deals with Joe Paterno’sfootball program,”said Jeffrey Lindy, acriminal defense law- yer involved in a clergy-abuse casein Philadelphia. “But with regard to the legalimpact of his death,there is none.”
Paterno diedSunday at 85, twomonths after for-mer coaching assis-tant Jerry Sandusky  was charged with molesting boysand two university officials wereaccused of perjury and failing toreport child-sex allegations againstSandusky to police.
The criminal case against the twouniversity officials may even becomemore streamlined without Paterno inthe mix.Former university Vice PresidentGary Schultz and athletic directorTim Curley are charged with failing toreport to police what graduate assis-tant Mike McQueary said he told themin 2002: that McQueary saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in a lockerroom shower.
>Arguments against two university officials maybe more streamlined without the ex-football coach.>Arizona will callspecial election toll the recoveringlawmaker’s term.
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