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STATE' OTS Washington 10 USC ASU 0 Oregon 42 Columbia 16 14 Princeton 13 Goldwater: The book SPORTS PERSPECTIVE PAGE Dl SECTION Tee Amwma Iepimjc State Edition $1.25 Copyright 1988, The Arizona Republic Sunday, October 9, 1988 Phoenix, Arizona 99th year, Noi 144 Controversy looms as Phoenix weighs fluoridation Fluoride facts Small amounts of fluoride have resulted in a dramatic nationwide decrease in dental cavities. High concentrations of fluoride can cause crippling skeletal fluorosis and brown mottling on teeth. Fluoridation of water supplies began in earnest after World War II, when nearly 10 percent of all draftees were rejected because they didn't have a minimum of 12 sound teeth. "In fact, that has been a very common finding. We find people saying, 'What, you mean Phoenix isn't The debate over fluoridation begins in earnest this week.

A public hearing on fluoridation will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Phoenix City Council chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St. Public comments will be heard by the city's Environmental Quality Commission, which will make a recommendation to the council. A officials to start fluoridating tap water to help prevent dental cavities.

Only two Arizona cities, Tempe and Bisbee, currently add fluoride to drinking water. A couple of cities, including Gila Bend, have too much naturally occurring fluoride and actually must take some out. "At least one (Phoenix) councilman was not aware the city was not fluoridating," said Smith, who heads Arizona Citizens for Better Dental Health. final council decision isn't expected until early next year. In the early days of fluoridation, which followed World War II, opponents like the John Birch Society labeled it a communist plot to poison the nation's water supply.

That view no longer is popular among anti-fluor-idation activists. However, similar inflammatory statements have been made in the 1980s, such as the claim by some that See FLUORIDE, page All Fluoride in drinking water. "It, at times, gets quite entertaining," said Kathleen Smith, fluoridation coordinator for the Phoenix office of the U.S. Public Health Service. Those not familiar with the fluoride controversy may be surprised to learn that Phoenix is the third-largest city in the country that doesn't fluoridate its water, behind Los Angeles and San Antonio, Texas.

That would change under a proposal being considered by Phoenix Reactor woes could reduce atomic arseeal i Shuttered plant produced tritium crucial to U.S. By Keith Schneider and Michael R. Gordon The New York Times WASHINGTON The three nuclear reactors at the Savannah River Plant may be out of service so long that the United States will be unable to maintain all its nuclear weapons in a state of operational readiness, administration officials said Saturday. If the two-month suspension at the nation's only manufacturer of a vital material for nuclear warheads continues for several months, the United States might be forced to start by Dee J. Hall The Arizona Republic The people who support it are labeled frauds who favor "Big Brother" intervention.

Those who oppose it are characterized as crackpots and quacks. What is it that prompts so much name calling? Or stirs so much passion that one woman had to be dragged out of a 1975 public hearing in Los Angeles for screaming, "You're poisoning our Inside it. i 4 Valley figure probed in movie-fund 'scam' 9 W' AIDS MEMORIAL Richard Pomalear (left, center) is comforted by his mother, Maria, and friend Torsten Bodecker as he remembers his friends whose names appear on an enormous quilt (above) memorializing AIDS victims. Thousands of people gathered in Washington, D.C., on Saturday to view the nationwide project, which has been on a 20-city tour in the past 18 months, and to share their grief and reminisce about the AIDS patients they knew or those they never met. Story, A14.

The Associated Press 'English' advocate assailed Proposition foes call memo racist By Andy Hall The Arizona Republic The chairman of a group politicking for English as the official language of Arizona and other states is concerned that minoritv Erouns could take jobs and political power from whites, according to a memorandum he wrote in 1986. "As whites see their power and control over their lives declining, will they simply go quietly into the night?" John Tanton, chairman and founder of U.S. English, wrote in an Oct. 10, 1986, memo. "Or will there be an explosion? Why don't non-Hispanic whites have a group identity, as do blacks, Jews, Hispanics?" The Washington, D.C., group with which Tanton is affiliated, U.S.

English, has contributed $160,603 in support of Arizona's controversial Proposition 106, a measure on the Nov. 8 ballot that would make English the state's official language. That contribution is 97 percent of the money given to support the proposition, according to reports filed with the Arizona secretary of state's office. Tanton is chairman of the six-member U.S. English board of directors, whose honorary chairman is former California Sen.

S.I. Hayakawa. Tanton, an ophthalmologist who lives in Petoskey, is married and has two children. He has worked for Planned Parenthood and was national president of Zero Population Growth from 1975 to 1977. Leaders of the anti-106 campaign have referred to Tanton's memo as "the Nazi memo" and said its content probably resembles discussions held by Adolf Hitler and his advisers plotting the rise of Nazism in Germany.

The accusation against Tanton was made by Perry Baker and William Meek, Phoenix political consultants leading the. drive to defeat Proposition 106. A copy of the seven-page memo was provided last week to The Arizona Republic. Meek said of Tanton, "I think it's clear he's a racist. "He's a racist in the pure sense, because he's sitting there looking at See PROPOSITION, page A17 LIFEXKISURE TO THE DOGS tort mmw.

wwif mm imsm: a Life Leisure The slow democratization of art is one of the perennial processes of taste. Fl. I 1 I -I tip' I i 1 1 I 1 1 1 deactivating nuclear warheads to recover radioactive elements for use in higher-priority weapons, according to senior administration officials. "It is very important that we restore the reactors to safe operation soon," said Robert Barker, the top Pentagon official for atomic-energy matters. "If we don't, there will be very serious consequences for our ability to maintain our nuclear deterrent." The primary concern, administration officials say, is the production of tritium, a radioactive gas that boosts the explosive power of nuclear weapons and has enabled weapon designers to shrink the size of warheads.

But tritium, like slowly melting ice, decays at a rate of 5.5 percent annually. At some point exactly when is secret enough tritium See TRITIUM, page A20 R. Jon Emr Investors claim they have lost large sums of money to the part-time Paradise Valley resident. Yoko Wright One of the plaintiffs in the suit claims that she was defrauded after receiving phony oil stock. completed.

The parents, Arthur and Rene Emr, also have been accused in the civil suit of being a part of the alleged scam. Investors who claim they lost See VALLEY FIGURE, pagcA16 international trade, where two of the state's seven ports rank among the largest in the world and where businessmen, from the freight forwarders on Seattle's crowded docks to the apple growers in the Yakima Valley, flash business cards with English on one side and Japanese on the other. It's also a state in which the trade policies of presidential candidates George Bush and Michael Dukakis are viewed with particular interest, where voters are well aware of the fact that the past seven years have seen the United States sink from the world's largest creditor nation to the world's largest debtor nation. Consider: International exports accounted for 35 percent of Alfred Purscll's See FREE, pageA6 By Randy Collier The Arizona Republic A part-time Paradise Valley resident is the target of an FBI probe into allegations in a Texas civil racketeering suit that claim he used bogus Canadian certificates of deposit to guarantee financing for questionable movie deals. FBI agents close to the investigation confirmed last week that R.

Jon Emr, a onetime partner of Joel Douglas, a son of actor Kirk Douglas, is the subject of a probe focused primarily in Texas and California. Agents familiar with the case said last week that there is a possibility of new complaints after the current probe becomes public. Emr, 43, whose parents live at 9322 N. 68th Place, Paradise Valley, has been accused in a civil racketeering suit filed in Fort Worth, Texas, of using phony certificates of deposits from Canada to secure backing for movie projects that never have been CAMPAIGN '88 PRESIDENTIAL ISSUES customer by phone. Plath's family runs one of the largest fruit-packers in south-central Washington.

Moments later, on another line, "The $10 market on goldens is holding. These apples have a lot of color." But this is more than a local sales pitch. In many cases, the produce buyer on the other end is in Scandinavia or Europe or, more recently, South Korea or Japan. Welcome to Washington, gateway to the rest of the world, where at least one in six jobs depends on Apple of Washington state's eyes has candidates polishing policies is Ape mauls boy A 4-year-old Phoenix boy is mauled by an ape, the pet of a family friend. The boy is recovering at a hospital and is listed in fair condition, while the ape has been confined.

Bl. Yugoslavian crackdown Authorities use force for the first time to clamp down on Yugoslavia's growing wave of unrest. Bll. Today's prayer: Thank you, Lord, for filling our hearts with love, consideration and compassion. Amen.

Today's chuckle: Mistake: Proof that somebody stopped talking long enough to actually do something. Today's weather: Mostly sunny, partly cloudy in the afternoon in the White Mountains and southeast with isolated thunderstorms. Highs 60s to mid-70s mountains, 90s to 100 deserts. Lows 30s to low 40s mountains, 60s to low 70s deserts. A22.

Weatherline-957-8700 INDEX: Astrology F14 Bombeck F14 Books F9 Bridge F12 Business El Calendar F4 Cook E2 DearAbby F14 Editorial C4 Hutton F8 Life Leisure Fl Montini Bl Movies F10 News AA1 Nickcll El Obituaries B14 Perspective CI Puzzles S22 Sports Dl Sun Living SI Travel Tl Want Ads CL1 The Mets, with a win against the Dodgers, take a 2-1 lead in the National League series, and Oakland beats Boston to increase its lead to 3-0 in the American League playoffs. Dl. By Keven Ann Willey The Arizona Republic YAKIMA, Wash. Nestled in the lowlands east of the snowcapped Cascade Mountains, where the air is sweetened by the scent of fresh hopes and the grass-covered hills roll playfully to the horizon, the people of this close-knit city seem untouched by the peaks and valleys of international trade. It's business as usual at Mel's Diner on First Street, and the men who run Washington Fruit and Produce Co.

on nearby Fruit Row are busily recruiting buyers for their golden delicious apples and D'An-jou pears. "Hey, this is Rick at Wash Fruit. Wondered if a half-cart of D'Anjous would get any action yet," Rick Plath, 35, inquires of one would-be.

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