By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, June 28, 1996 - Pecos Eagles' football coach Mike Belew said the
unsupervised 7-on-7 summer game between a group of Pecos players and a
team from McCamey did not go off as planned on Thursday, though he's
hopeful the players can get in something during July.
Eagle coaches are not allowed to work with the players during the
summer, under University Interscholastic League rules, so parents and
other adults not connected to the PHS program would have to oversee the
However, Belew said Thursday "A lot of kids have jobs during the day,
so that created a problem trying to get things together. But as far as
coming up to the weight room and working out, we haven't had any
"We keep the weight room open from 8 in the morning to 8 or 9 in the
evening, so that's a pretty wide range for them to come up and work out
on their own," he said."
As far as any 7-on-7 game, which would be without pads and would have
only the center as a down lineman, Belew said, "We still have some time
in July to do it. Hopefully, a team can be put together then."
The new PHS coach will get his first chance to work with his full squad
on Aug. 7, when preseason practice begins. Belew said he is hoping for
between 140 and 150 players on the varsity, junior varsity and freshman
football teams during the 1996 season.
The Sweetwater Mustangs, back in District 4-4A after a two-year absence,
and the San Angelo Lake View Chiefs, who took advantage of the Mustangs'
absence to win the last two district titles, are ranked in the Top 25
among Class 4A schools by Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine.
Sweetwater had won two of the previous three 4-4A titles when they were
moved into District 5-4A in 1994. The Mustangs were district champs
there last season and come into this year ranked 12th by Texas Football.
Lake View, after just one winning season since 1983, came up under coach
Kyle Gandy to take the 4-4A crown in each of the past two seasons, going
unbeaten in district in both 1994 and 1995. The Chiefs are ranked No. 19
by Campbell's magazine.
DENVER (AP) - Terry Nichols wasn't told of a warrant for his arrest
while he spoke for nine hours to FBI agents, incriminat¬ ing himself and
fellow Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh, the agents
Defense lawyers want to suppress Nichols' statement, saying authorities
illegally delayed serving the warrant to keep him talk¬ ing about the
``He had a right to know that,'' Stephen Jones, the head of McVeigh's
defense team, said Thursday.
He said the statement will be the cornerstone of his request for
separate trials if it is not suppressed.
Nichols surrendered to police in Herington, Kan., two days after the
April 19, 1995, bombing, and implicated McVeigh and him¬ self, FBI agent
Daniel Jablonski said. The statement has been sealed.
``He was pointing the finger at someone else, but involved him¬ self in
that process,'' Jablonski said. He said Nichols identified ``someone
else'' as McVeigh.
Leaders set to conclude ecomonic summit
LYON, France (AP) - After denouncing the scourge of inter¬ national
terrorism, world leaders today hailed lowered trade barri¬ ers and other
economic reforms for creating ``big opportunities for the future.''
The leaders were not able to reach agreement on a key element of a
debt-relief plan for poor nations, according to German sources, who
spoke on condition of anonymity.
The final communique from the annual economic summit con¬ tains no
reference to the sale of $2 billion in gold reserves held by the
International Monetary Fund, the sources said.
Britain, France and the United States had promoted the idea as a way to
provide a small amount of debt relief for the poorest nations of the
world, many in Africa. German officials, who objected to lowering IMF
reserves, vigorously fought the proposal.
The draft statement, a copy of which was obtained by The Asso¬ ciated
Press, also contained a veiled swipe at U.S. legislation aimed at
punishing foreign companies trading with communist Cuba and Iran and
JERUSALEM (AP) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's top policy adviser
met secretly overnight with Yasser Arafat in the Palestinian leader's
first meeting with Israel's new hard-line gov¬ ernment.
Dore Gold, Netanyahu's policy advisor, met Arafat at his Gaza City home
Thursday evening. The secret meeting was reminiscent of the early days
of dialogue with Israel's previous Labor-led gov¬ ernment, which
ultimately led to self-rule agreements with the Pal¬ estinians.
David Bar Illan, a top aide to the prime minister, confirmed the
meeting today, saying Netanyahu had promised to continue the previous
government's dialogue with the Palestinians.
Palestinian leaders have expressed frustration over the low-level
contacts Netanyahu's government had held with the Palestinian Authority
during its first days in office.
Although former prime minister Shimon Peres met frequently with Arafat,
Netanyahu has said he would sit down with the Pales¬ tinian leader only
if he considered it vital to Israel's security inter¬ ests.
FORT WORTH (AP) - A state representative has suggested caps be placed on
the amount of overtime state employees may work after media reports
showed that state overtime has risen 114 percent in the past six years.
Rep. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, chairman of an interim committee looking
into compensation, invited four agencies Thursday to ex¬ plain their
Along with the Transportation Department, Ogden invited the Dupartment
of Public Safety, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
and the UT Health Science Center at Houston because they represent the
bulk of the $26.2 million in overtime paid last year.
Most of those who testified said emergencies drove much of their
overtime, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported today.
State records show that overtime pay increased twice as fast as the
overall payroll. And state officials said most of the state's 265,000
employees are exempt from overtime requirements.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Legislation strengthening federal pen¬ alties for
church arson sped through Congress to President Clinton's desk.
Responding to the rash of attacks on black churches, the House accepted
the Senate's version of the legislation by voice vote Thursday. The
Senate approved the bill 98-0 the previous day. It has administration
``Thank you for the legislation and the spirit and speed'' of ac¬ tion,
Assistant Attorney General Deval Patrick told the Senate Ju¬ diciary
Committee on Thursday. Patrick, who heads the Justice De¬ partment's
civil rights division, told the panel: ``Racial hostility is driving
many of these fires. Not all, but many.''
The bill would expand the federal law to include attacks on church
property motivated by racial or ethnic animosity. Federal law is now
limited to attacks committed for reasons of religious an¬ imosity.
It also would double maximum prison terms to 20 years for any¬ one
convicted of church attacks and increase the statute of limita¬ tions
for prosecution from five to seven years.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - O.J. Simpson was in his element.
Wearing a tuxedo and standing beside his pool at his mansion, he was
surrounded by the sympathetic faces of donors to an anti-violence
charity. A dozen reporters were on their best behavior.
Critics called the fund-raiser a shameless effort to repair his im¬
age. But Simpson wondered why anyone would be mad at him.
``How can anybody be against stopping the violence?'' he asked. ``They
have a different opinion. So what? That's their prob¬ lem.
``There have been 1,700 murders since Nicole and Ron and who cares
about those people? This is about stepping in and helping those
families,'' he said.
Two years after the slayings of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her
friend Ronald Goldman, Simpson was the host Thursday of the
invitation-only event, organized by the Stop the Violence-In¬ crease the
Peace Foundation. The group works to curb gang vio¬ lence and domestic
Among the 300 to 700 guests were famed defense lawyer F. Lee Bailey,
Simpson friend Al Cowlings, the Rev. Rosey Greer, Brenda Moran, one of
the jurors who acquitted Simpson in Octo¬ ber, and Jeanette Harris, a
NEW YORK (AP) - MTV is moving a gay dating game out of prime-time and
into a late-night slot, angering at least one gay-rights group.
``There was some content we felt should air at a later time,'' said MTV
spokeswoman Tina Exarhos. ``It has absolutely nothing to do with outside
pressure from any group. We're proud to present the show.''
The special all-gay episode of ``Singled Out'' will air at 11 to¬ night
instead of 7 p.m. The 11 p.m. slot is usually reserved for a re¬
broadcast of the weekly show.
The decision was criticized by GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Al¬ liance
Against Defamation, a gay media watchdog group that has previously
honored MTV: Music Television.
``MTV's backpedaling on this and their defensive posture is al¬ most as
distressing as their moving it,'' said Alan Klein, a GLAAD spokesman.
``It shows a profound lack of trust with their audience and their
viewership, particularly their gay and lesbian viewer¬ ship.''