Death row inmate Martin Gurule, who
broke out of the Ellis Unit in Huntsville late
Thanksgiving night, was found dead
one week later in Harmon Creek.
Gurule, 29, who was facing the death
penalty for killing two men during a 1992
Corpus Christi robbery, was the only one of
seven condemned killers to succeed in
escaping. After using a hacksaw blade to cut
through the fence of a recreation yard just
before midnight on Thanksgiving, the group
spent several hours on the roof of a prison
building before sliding to the ground
and running for the fences before dawn.
Gurule was sentenced to death for
shooting Minas "Mike" Piperis Oct. 12, 1992,
during a robbery at a Corpus Christi restaurant
which Piperis co-owned with his brother,
George. Gurule was also charged with killing
restaurant worker Anthony Staton,
but that case never went to trial.
On the eve of his impeachment hearings, President Bill Clinton
ordered strikes against Iraq for not complying with
United Nations arms inspectors.
Four days of US and British raids on Iraq set back Baghdad's
ballistic missile program by at least a year, said General Anthony Zinni,
commander-in-chief of the US Central Command.
Zinni said US forces hit 85 percent of their targets in Iraq and
74 percent of the strikes were "fully successful."
The most surprising aspect of the operation was
"the complete lack of resistance in any form" from Iraq.
"He didn't react to us at all for some military reason," Zinni
said, suggesting Saddam lacked confidence in his military ability.
Baghdad ruled out future talks with the United Nations until
Washington and London were brought to book for their four days of
deadly seven missile attacks and crippling UN sanctions were lifted.
Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter, who resigned his
post last August to protest what he saw as lukewarm US and UN support for the inspection program, claimed the strikes had failed
"to degrade Saddam's capabilities" and "actually made him stronger."
"I can say without a shadow of doubt that ... those buildings
(targeted in the raids) were empty, evacuated,"
Ritter told NBC television.
"I think history will show that that Operation Desert Fox was a
watershed event towards the resurgence of Iraq. This was a horrible
mistake on the part of the United States," he added.
Moceanu won court protection
from her father, who she claims
stalked her and tried to have her
But the Olympic gold
medalist holds out hope of an even
tual family reconciliation.
"I was sad," Moceanu told
after a state
daughter for a full year.
Judge John D. Montgomery
issued his ruling that included
innuendo from Dumitru Moceanu's
attorney that the gymnast had been
romantically involved with a
In the end, Montgomery
ruled that Moceanu's father, not any
of her friends, was the current
threat in her life.
While nothing during the
hearing led Montgomery to believe
Dumitru Moceanu set out to harm
his daughter, he found the
Romanian native's actions qualified
as abuse under Texas law.
"I do find family violence
... has occurred," the judge
explained. "And it is likely to occur
in the future."
The ruling sent Ms.
Moceanu into tears of relief and
sorrow, while Dominique's father
The injunction against him
was only the latest chapter in a
dramatic sequence that started
when the gymnast decided to sue
her parents for independence so
she could force
them to answer
the status of her
declared a legal
adult, with her
consent in October. But that ruling
only seemed to make her life more
Moceanu said her father
told her after her emancipation
that a private investigator was
watching her every move.
Then, on Nov. 13, three
Houston homicide detectives came
to her new apartment with news
that her father had allegedly asked
a private investigator to arrange the
murders of Brian Hug gins, who
worked at the Moceanu gym, and
Luminita Miscenco, her coach.
When questioned about
the murder-for-hire plot, Moceanu
invoked his constitutional right to
not offer self-incriminating
The pretrial of John William King
began in Jasper, TX. King was the
first of three men tried for the June 7
dragging death of James Byrd.
The House Judiciary committee voted
that the President Clinton impeach
ment hearings should go before the
President Clinton said that he has no
intention of resigning and urges the
House Judiciary committee to cen
sure him instead of impeachment.
President Bill Clinton traveled to Israel
to help save the mideast peace
Ricky Williams, running back for the
University of Texas Longhom football
team, won the Heisman Trophy.
Veteran comidian-actor Norman Fell,
who was best known as the cranky
landlord on the hit series "Three's
Company," died of cancer at the age
The 22 hours of taped conversations
between Monica Lewinsky and Linda
Tripp were released to the media, giv
ing the world the opportunity to hear
Lewinsky's voice for the first time.
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