Can't Go Home Again

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And that's not considering the new fan base: the Anglos living in Frisco who are soccer-mad.

The North Texas Soccer Association boasts one of the highest counts of registered members of any soccer association in America. And many of them are kids. Around the new soccer stadium will be 17 additional pitches where kids will have their weekend tournaments. Plus, the United States Youth Soccer Association is moving next year to Frisco, says Frisco Mayor Mike Simpson.

Doug Hamilton, the general manager of the L.A. Galaxy, is jealous. Last season, the Galaxy made $150,000, the first time the team's ever landed in the black. What helped was a move to a soccer-specific stadium, the Home Depot Center, where the Galaxy controls the revenue. But Hamilton's "lifeline" is the kids whose parents buy season tickets or group tickets. "The kids have the biggest impact on our bottom lines," Hamilton says. "They make up a large majority of our fan base.

"And we don't have what Frisco has."

Sure, Greg Elliot would like the Hispanic audience to return. "But we're hoping for a really racially diverse fan base," he says. --Paul Kix

Busted

Life on the lam ended for rich-boy and scammer Douglas Havard on June 4, with his arrest in Leeds, a city in northern England (see "Crazy White Mother," December 26, 2002, and "Lamming It," March 25, 2004).

Havard was apprehended by the West Yorkshire police and the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit and charged with possession of a "Section 5" firearm--an illegal air gun. He also faces two charges of "possession of a false instrument"--a phony Spanish passport and bogus travelers' checks totaling 17,700 Euros. He's now being held in a Leeds jail.

"He's been remanded in custody," says a spokeswoman for the high-tech unit, a division within the National Crime Squad that focuses on computer and other high-tech crimes. Havard wasn't arrested on the outstanding American warrants against him, she said, but new crimes committed in England.

When arrested, Havard, 21, had been a fugitive for almost two years. He's wanted in Dallas and Collin counties on four felony charges, including aggravated robbery, theft, selling 10 gallons of GHB (a "date rape" drug) to an undercover officer and counterfeiting government documents. As a freshman resident of Perkins Hall at SMU, Havard allegedly was running a crime ring selling stolen electronics and counterfeit drivers licenses.

Michael Kulstead, spokesman with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, declined to say whether extradition proceedings have been initiated to bring Havard to Texas to face trial.

Since his disappearance in the fall of 2002, stories of Havard sightings in exotic locales have put him all over the world, from Austin to Brazil to Hong Kong. What was he doing in Leeds, a grimy industrial city built on the wool and textile industry?

"It's not an easy place for an American to go unnoticed," says one Brit who grew up in Leeds. "An American could hide much more easily in London. " --Glenna Whitley

Inside Track

I knew there was going to be trouble when the convention organizer, Christopher Jagge, came looking for me during the "icebreaker reception." The Libertarian State Convention, which was being held June 11-13 at the Hilton in College Station, was less than two hours old and already people wanted to talk. All I wanted to do was drink overpriced beer and sit in the corner.

"Mr. Gonzalez, helllooooo," Jagge said, looking at my name tag. "If there's anything you need, anything at all, just let me know. You have full access this weekend."

I thought that could be dangerous for Jagge and the Libertarians. I was in College Station in a dual capacity--first because I'm running for U.S. Congress in District 5 on the Libertarian ticket, second as a reporter. They knew that. But what they maybe didn't know was that I'm not a Libertarian, I'm an Independent. I decided to run for Congress as a Libertarian so I could circumvent the filing laws that Republicans and Democrats are subject to but which minor parties don't have to meet. Still, the Libertarians' willingness to grant unfettered access to a wolf in candidate's clothing made me wonder if I was screwing the Libs more than necessary.

Luckily, there was a lot of beer around, and any ethical concerns were immediately drowned in hops. I spent the rest of the weekend checking out workshops that were really thinly veiled propaganda sessions held under titles such as "Annexation: Texas Style" and "Katie Get Your Gun." My favorite moment came when one delegate called the federal government "a foreign power" and continued with: "The U.S. government created the District of Columbia and put its government there for a reason. The laws that are created in D.C. shouldn't affect us here in the great state of Texas."

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