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Earth Summit: This June in Brazil, over 700 world leaders will meet to discuss the environment. Will George Bush, who has styled himself the “environmental President,” join them? Bush’s administration has slowed agreements on global warming, toxic waste, the writing of an Earth Charter and the transfer of technology, to name a few issues, and the President is balking at attending the U.N.-sponsored conference. The administration agreed in February to do something about stabilizing carbon dioxide emissions; it also promised to channel $75 million through the World Bank to help developing countries promote environmental policies. But the World Bank, through its Global Environment Facility, has a poor track record on development of environmentally sensitive areas. You can write your congresspersons before June and ask them to co-sponsor H. Con. Res. 263 and S. Con. Res. 89, which push for international negotiation to reduce the threat of climate change. Write the President, too, at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C., 20500, and tell him to get to Brazil in time for the Summit. Music for the Environment If you can’t make it to Brazil, how about Scholz Garden, 1607 San Jacinto, Austin, on March 29 for the Austin Environmental Music Festival. Tickets to hear Tish Hinojosa, Charlie Sexton and other performers are $15 at the door, and proceeds from the festival, which will run from noon to 6 pm., will benefit the Senator Ralph W. Yarbrough Endowed Presidential Scholarship at the University of Texas law school. The scholarship benefits those specializing in environmental and public service law. For information, contact Kristie Hopp at Political Intelligence Continued from pg. 24 years ago. Before the primary, Rodriguez appeared at a Capitol news conference to announce his support for the Supreme Court candidacies of Democratic Justice Oscar Mauzy, and of San Antonio Judge Rose Spector, who will face Republican Justice Eugene Cook in the general election. Rodriguez also supported Paul Banner, who was defeated in the Democratic primary by incumbent Justice Jack Hightower. Appearing with Rodriguez were his 30-year-old son, who was a student at the time the first suit was filed, and his 4-year-old grandson. fro THEY’LL PASS. That’s was the position of the editorial board of the Houston Chronicle concerning the two-candidate Democratic race to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Erwin Barton in Houston. The Chronicle just couldn’t sign on with lawyer Donald Peter Fogo nor bail bondsman Johnny Nelms. Fogo, according to the Chronicle, has recently been reprimanded for professional misconduct and has on appeal his own default judgement for delinquent county taxes. Nelms, who has been an insurance agent, country & western singer, and a business agent for a Pipefitters Union local a job he lost after “a controversial scuffle” has also recently been sued for delinquent school taxes. Nelms has also taken a public stance against free bonds, pre-trial release that deprives bondsmen of fees, according to the Chronicle. The statements reflect an apparent insensitivity to conflicts of interest. I,’ BORDER RAGE UPDATE. Alicia Rey Lambert, the 102-pound Fabens woman who was convicted in federal court in El Paso on a felony charge of assaulting four male Customs agents after what she claimed was sexual harassment \(see “Hard Time for Border Rage,” year probated sentence and was ordered to serve four months in a half-way house. She also was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service and was fined $1,000, but the controversy has helped stir public support, including that of the El Paso Times, for an independent review board to hear complaints of harassment by federal Customs and Immigration officials. vir OTHER COURT NEWS. A black man who was unable to convince a Hopkins County jury he was working in California the evening of a 1989 purse-snatching in Sulphur Springs awaits transfer to the Texas state prison system to serve a life sentence. Ricky Dale Thomas, who was identified by a state trooper as the man in a car he stopped the night of the mugging, had two prior convictions for burglary, so a new state law which makes mugging an elderly person an aggravated .robbery put him up for a life sentence. The jury disregarded an alibi witness, the restaurant’s computerized records and a supervisor’s handwritten log that showed Thomas, worked at the Chula Vista, Calif., restaurant until 1989. 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