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Thursday, May 26, 2011

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Grease fire blamed for CS duplex blaze

Fire officials said a blaze that burned part ofaduplex in College Station late Tuesday started on an unattended stove. Firefighters responded at 8:05 p.m. to the grease fire at the residence on Airline Drive, Battalion Chief Thomas Goehl said. No one was injured. Six fire department units responded and extinguished the fire within 25 minutes, he said. Goehl said there was heavy fire damage to the kitchen and extensive smoke damage throughout that side of the duplex. The other side was not damaged. He said two adults and two children lived in the unit that was burned. The American Red Cross pro- vided emergency lodging for res- idents of both sides of the duplex for the night.

Food drive to aid victims of storms

A food drive for the survivors of the recent storms in Oklahoma will be conducted Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the parking lot of Village Foods at 1760 Briarcest in Bryan. The drive was organized by Bryan councilmember and businessman Chuck Konderla and Bryan businessman Jim Lewis. SER VPRO of Brazos Valley has donated a truck and trailer to transport the items from Bryan to the affected areas. Members of the Bryan Fire Department have also donated their time and will be at Village Foods load- ing and collecting donations. Please bring the following items:

money, gift cards (to grocery stor es, Wal-Mar t, Target, etc.), bottled water, diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, batteries, toiletries, towels, blankets, pil- lows, tarps, tents and other items that could be used in a recovery effort.

Amendment revives bill outlawing Salvia

AUSTIN —Abill outlawing Salvia divinorum, a decorative plant that is also a hallucino- genic known as Diviner’s Sage, passed the Texas House on Wednesday despite a tea par ty Republican’s effort to kill it. The measure would place Salvia under Penalty Group 3 along with peyote, codeine and steroids, punishable as a state jail felony. It grows wild in Texas, and some gardening groups have opposed the bill, citing sales of Salvia for ornamental, rather than psychedelic purposes. Republican Rep. David Simpson said on the House floor that he would speak on the bill for 10 minutes, a move that knocked it off the list of bills without opposition. That looked like the bill’s demise since there wasn’t time to rein- troduce it before the legislative session ends May 30. However, the bill’s sponsor, Democrat Charles “Doc” Anderson, revived it hours later by attaching a slightly modified version to separate legislation on controlled substances.

Texas park ravaged by wildfires reopens

CADDO —Astate park near a picturesque lakeside community ravaged by Texas wildfires has reopened for campers in time for Memorial Day weekend. April wildfires scorched about 90 percent of Possum Kingdom State Park, located near Caddo about 75 miles west of Fort Worth. But park superintendent Rocky Holland says camping areas, the beach and picnic area near Possum Kingdom Lake weren’t damaged. Visitors also can use the store and marina. The park was to reopen Wednesday. Campers are urged to bring their own drinking water. Holland says restrooms and showers aren’t working because of damaged sewer lines, but portable toilets are available. Cabins and 10 campsites remain off limits.

— Staff and wire reports

The Quad could get upgrades

A&M regents to consider $13.75M proposal for center and renovations

The renovations, which are sched- uled to be completed by the fall 2012

semester, would mark the first in a Two buildings in Texas A&M’s five-year series of upgrades to the

Corps of Cadets historic Quadrangle may soon undergo facelifts. The Board of Regents on Thursday

will consider a $13.75 million propos- tees comprised of members of the

al that would renovate Harrell Hall

and demolish and rebuild an adja- life, facilities, planning and con-

cent learning center, which is known as Learning-Study Lounge D. Financing for the project would come from a loan to be paid back through housing fees.

Office of the Commandant, residence

buildings that form the Quadrangle, the oldest dorms on campus. Col. Samuell Hawes worked on commit-


struction for more than nine months to determine students’ needs. “We patterned our [Leadership

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needs. “We patterned our [Leadership See QUAD , Page A11 Special to The Eagle An artist’s
needs. “We patterned our [Leadership See QUAD , Page A11 Special to The Eagle An artist’s

Special to The Eagle An artist’s rendering shows proposed renovations to Hart Hall and LoungeDon The Quadrangle, which Texas A&M’s Board of Regents will consider at its meeting on Thursday.

Running with purpose

consider at its meeting on Thursday. Running with purpose Eagle photos by Stuart Villanueva Johnathan Huth

Eagle photos by Stuart Villanueva Johnathan Huth of the College Station Police Department carries the Special Olympics Torch Wednesday while running along Spring Loop with other members of law enforcement during the Law Enforcement Torch Run. To watch a video of the run, go to

Consol grad to give speech at Harvard

a huge grow-


perience for me,” the 21-

On Thursday morning Katie Coulson will stand in front of more than 30,000 Harvard University stu- dents, faculty, parents and guests to share her wisdom. Coulson, an A&M Con- solidated High School gradu- ate, said that while she is

nervous, she feels compelled ers must audition for the

ment each year. The speak-


year-old said. Three grad- uating stu- dents address the crowd at Harvard’s


at Harvard’s By CASSIE SMITH COULSON ing to share with her fellow grad- opportunity,



to share with her fellow grad- opportunity, which is how

uates what she’s learned and how she’s grown during her four years at the college. “I think being here and being a part of that has been

Coulson came to be chosen. Coulson, whose father is College Station schools

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Cost of drought climbing

By BETSY BLANEY Associated Press

Cost of drought climbing By BETSY BLANEY Associated Press LUBBOCK —Ahistoric drought has already cost Texas

LUBBOCK —Ahistoric drought has already cost Texas farmers and ranchers an estimated $1.5 billion, and the cost is growing daily as par- ched condi- tions persist in much of the state.

May is typi- cally the wet- test month in Texas, but parts of the state haven’t

seen signifi- cant rain since last August. Officials said if the drought continues into June, losses for

the nation’s second largest an agricultural economist anything since the record

with Texas AgriLife Ex-

agriculture producer will top

$4 billion, making it the costli- tension Service, referring to

AP file photo Tyler Gray stirs up a cloud of dust as he pulls a tiller across a dry cotton field near Lubbock on May 19.

the 2006 season. Anderson is 79 and has seen many droughts, but he said this year looks as bad as

est season on record. “We’re well on our way to breaking the record of the past,” said Carl Anderson,

to breaking the record of the past,” said Carl Anderson, Inside Winds causing problems for Texas


Winds causing

problems for

Texas ranchers,


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Horse farm run by nuns to close this weekend

deal with the sale of the prop-

acres west of Brenham in 1985, 20 nuns cared for a herd that would average 70 horses after spring foaling. Now only Sister Angela Chandler, 54, and Sister

monastery are being sold, good year, 20,000 visitors Joseph Palacios, 89, remain. sister-in-law, Bill and Becky June 1. The farm will be

horses at the Brenham

help from her brother and will take over the property

BRENHAM — So long, cowboy nuns.

two women, Sister Angela erty, which has left her in

limbo while the details are worked out. Nuns from the Pax Christi Institute in Corpus Christi

By LANA BERKOWITZ Houston Chronicle

The famous Monastery of from Corpus Christi to 98

St. Clare Miniature Horse Farm has attracted tourists from around the world who were charmed by the idea of

It’s too much work for the

said. They will close the farm Saturday. Sister Angela has been running the horse farm with

The last of the miniature cloistered nuns breeding

miniature horses. During a

and the two remaining Franciscan Poor Clare Nuns at the horse farm are packing for a move to a nearby rental property.

would visit the quiet farm to pet the animals, purchase souvenirs at the gift shop or buyatiny horse. When the sisters moved

The rest of the nuns/horse

wranglers have died. The lat- cult time for Sister Angela,

Becky Chandler said. Not only has she watched her friends die, but she has to

est funeral was in January for Sister Holy Spirit Aleman, who was 96.

Chandler. It has been a diffi- remodeled to use as a retreat,

Sister Mary Elva Reyes of PCI said. The sisters will not

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