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Noon Fix: New allegation in Mission mayoral race surfaces; Vipers hire new coach; IES part of high-profile abortion case

October 10, 2018

New allegation of illegal scheme surfaces during Mission mayor’s race

A new allegation of illegal vote harvesting in this city’s June mayoral runoff has surfaced.

Marco Perez, who worked for Mission city council candidate Julian Gonzalez’s unsuccessful campaign, is denying Esmeralda “Esmer” Lara’s Oct. 2 testimony alleging that Perez promised her $1,500 if Lara, who other witnesses described as a politiquera, worked for Gonzalez and Norbeto “Beto” Salinas. Gonzalez and Beto Salinas ran on the same slate in the May election and June runoff.

RGV Vipers hire former assistant Joseph Blair as new coach

On Sept. 13, 2018, former Rio Grande Valley Vipers coach Matt Brase became yet another Vipers coach to move onto an NBA coaching job when the Houston Rockets, the single-affiliation NBA team of the G-League’s Vipers, brought in Brase to be an assistant coach.

Every former Vipers coach has gone on to an NBA bench or another head coaching gig. That trend is likely to continue as the Vipers announced today that Joseph Blair will be the new coach of the Vipers.

Immigrant shelter was part of high-profile abortion case before closure

Before International Educational Services made headlines after it laid off hundreds of employees when the federal agency that funded it cut off its grants, the nonprofit was involved in a high-profile abortion case involving Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The nonprofit, which formed in 1985, aimed to provide physical and educational care for unaccompanied migrant children entrusted to it by immigration officials who detained them.

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