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The Battalion
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Newspaper Association
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The Battalion
Editorial Board
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Todd Stone
City Editor
Sean Frerking
News Editors
Jennifer Jeffus
Callie Wilcher
Art Director
Richard James
Lifestyles Editor
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Rob Newberry
Sports Editor
Jayme Blaschke
Opinion Editor
eith Sartin
Editorial Policy
The Battalion is published da
ily except Saturday, Sunday, holi
days, exam periods and when
school is not in session during fall
and spring semesters. Publication
is Tuesday through Friday dur
ing the summer sessions. The
newsroom phone number is 845-
The Battalion is a non-profit,
self-supporting newspaper oper
ated as a community service to
Texas A&M University and
Bryan-College Station.
The Battalion news depart
ment is managed by students at
Texas A&M University and is a
division of Student Publications, a
unit of the Department of Jour
Opinions expressed in The
Battalion are those of the edito
rial board or the author, and do
not necessarily represent the
opinions of the Texas A&M stu
dent body, administrators, faculty
or the A&M Board of Regents.
Comments, questions or com
plaints about any of the editorial
content of the newspaper should
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Summer heat leads to high bills
Simple tips
save money,
keep you cool
By Melinda Cox
The Battalion
Rising summertime tempera
tures means rising energy bills,
but a few simple methods can
help keep you cool and your en
ergy bill down.
Rhonda Snider, the energy
editor for the Texas Energy Ex
tension Service at Texas A&M,
said the most common culprit
during these hot months is stu-
dents needs for cool air.
"The biggest energy con
sumer in the summer is the air
conditioner," Snider said. "The
air conditioner is 50 to 60 per
cent of the cost for the summer
electricity bill."
Snider said the way to reduce
a high summer energy bill is to
do anything possible to cut
down on the use of the air con
ditioner. She said there are sev
eral simple and easy ways to ac
complish a cheaper summer
utilities bill.
"Setting the thermosat be
tween 78 and 80 degrees when
you are home, and 80 to 85 de
grees when you are gone for
several hours will help reduce
the cost of your electricity bill,"
Snider said.
If students are gone from the
house for more than four hours,
turning the air conditioner off is
a goodidea, Snider said.
Fans are also good way to cut
down the use of an air condi
tioner, she said.
Fans will not lower the tem-
prature of the room, but they do
circulate air which helps a per
son feel cooler.
"Running an air conditioner
for a day costs $5 or $6 a day,
but it only costs around 10 cents
a day to operate a fan," Snider
said. "People can use ceiling or
circulating fans."
She said another way to keep
a house or apartment cool in the
summer is shading.
Windows can be shaded from
the outside with awnings, solar
screens, shades or vegetation.
A tree can also provide shade
and keep the sun from getting
through a window.
Snider said curtains are effec
tive for keeping some of the sun
out but only so much heat is re
flected. Taping aluminum foil to
the inside of the window pane
helps reflect the sun's heat.
Snider said it is best to do
baking, ironing and other heat-
producing jobs in the morning
SCOTT 0 WEAVER/The Battalion
Escaping the heat during summer months requires students to get creative with their attempts to keep cool.
so the air conditioner does not
have to work as hard to cool the
Even the type
can play a part in
your home, she said.
i of lighting used
in the cooling of
"Fluorescent lights don't put
off as much heat as incandes
cent lights," Snider said. "They
also use less power and last
eight to 10 times longer."
For more information on
ways to cool the house and save
money this summer, ask for the
free publications "Natural Cool
ing, "Shading" and "Save En
ergy in the Summer" from the
Texas Energy Extension Service
at 1-800-643-SAVE.
Subcommittee to review psychiatric apprehension laws
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A state Senate
subcommittee is planning a hearing here to
examine possible abuses of the Texas emer
gency apprehension law governing psychi
atric patients, officials said.
State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, said
allegations that mental health laws are be
ing violated for profit in Bexar County indi
cates such abuses may be widespread.
The Senate Health Services Subcommit
tee, which Zaffirini chairs, has scheduled
the hearing for Wednesday.
"I suspect that thus far we have seen just
the tip of the iceberg," Zaffirini told the San
Antonio Express-News. "What we have
seen so far is downright frightening."
air base
leaders Monday began mapping
their strategy for the future of
Carswell Air Force Base follow
ing confirmation that the base
wul be closed.
Meanwhile, nervous business
owners who depend on the fa
cility wonder how they'll get by.
"We will be majorly affected,"
said Jody Simpson, a sales rep
resentative at an appliance rental
store near the base. She esti
mated about 30 percent of the
store's business depends on Car-
"If it gets bad enough. I'm
sure weTl be forced to relocate,
like everyone else around here."
The Base Closure and Re
alignment Commission Sunday
recommended that the 50-year-
old base be closed along with
Bergstrom Air Force Base in Aus
tin and Chase Field Naval Air
Station in Bee County.
Kingsville Naval Air Station
was the only Texas military base
winner as the independent com
mission voted to keep it open.
Fort Worth Mayor Kay Gran-
g er met Monday with Rep. Pete
ieren. Rep. Joe Barton, consul
tant James Toal and others to be
gin assembling a task force to
study alternative uses for the
base, said public information of
ficer Pat Svacina.
Some of the suggested uses for
Carswell include turning it into
an industrial park, relocating
Meacham Airport there or cre
ating an international trade
zone. Citizens also have sug
gested turning the base into a
recreation area.
"None of those options have
been explored yet and that's
what the task force will do," Sva
cina said. "That's a huge chunk
of land. It's not in any iontv that
can be converted to civilian use
Part of the task force's goal
will be to minimize the economic
loss to the region. An Air Force
study found that the base pours
$212 million into the regional
economy every year and affects
12,000 jobs.
Mike Rosa, the research direc
tor for the Fort Worth Chamber
of Commerce, was optimistic
that the city would find a way to
avert economic disaster in the
wake of Carswell's closure.
"Some 7,000 of those will be
(military) jobs we won't have to
worry about since they'll be
transferred," Rosa said. "The
working spouses will be turning
in notices to offset maybe a thou
sand civilian jobs. In a sense,
there's kind of a wash effect."
Rosa said there also will be a
benefit from military retirees
who previously purchased
goods at the military exchange.
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Brothers found guilty in videotaped murder
TYLER (AP) — A federal jury
Monday found two South Texas
brothers guilty of killing an East
Texas lawman in an attack par
tially captured by a video camera
on the dash of the officer's car.
The jury deliberated about two
hours before returning the guilty
verdict for Baldemar S. Villar
real, 29, and Reynaldo Sambrano
Villarreal, 24, both of Edinburg.
The two were convicted of
murdering Nacogdoches County
Constable Darrell Lunsford. Sen
tencing is scheduled for July 8.
The brothers could be exe
cuted under a federal law that
provides the death penalty for
killing a law enforcement officer
while committing a drug of
Federal officials said the broth
ers' trial was the first in the na
tion under the 1988 law. Pros
ecutors said the Villarreals and a
third occupant in the car were
transporting marijuana from
Houston to Chicago when they
were pulled over.
U.S. Attorney Bob Worthan
said Monday he could not com
ment on the case because a gag
order had been issued by U.S.
District Judge Robert Parker.
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