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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 5

Phoenix, Arizona
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Tuesday, July 3, 1990
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Fffltt The Arizona Republic SECTION Ya B Business Starts on B5 TUESDAY JULY 3, 1990 1 Youth-vote program raises GOP ire on party definition JEYSTATE By Don Harris The Arizona Republic Schoolchildren enrolled in Kids Voting, a bipartisan program designed to get them interested in the political process, got-a subtle dose of propaganda along the way. So outraged were certain Republicans over definitions of what the two major parties stand for that officials of Kids Voting agreed to change some of the language. Kids Voting, which started as a pilot program for high-school students in the east Valley two years ago, has gone statewide, said Marilyn Hawker, . president and executive director. This fall, more than 400,000 pupils from kindergarten through 12th grade in 189 of the slate's 219 school districts will receive up to 10 hours of instruction on politics and the importance of voting. The offending passages were detected by David Hinchliffe, Pinal County Republican chairman. Hinchliffe cited Section 11.6 of the original text, which defined Democrats and Republicans. It read: "Generally speaking, Democrats tend to be more oriented toward programs that aid the working man and disadvantaged. There is less emphasis on military power and more emphasis on the rights of the individual vs. the rights of the country. "Republicans, on the other hand, tend to be oriented toward the business community and economic policies that support American business interestsThere is more support for military preparedness and an emphasis on the rights of the community over the individual." That was too much for Hinchliffe. He complained to Arizona's five GOP members of Congress, who serve the pro'gram as honorary board members, and to Kids Voting officials. Leading Arizona Democrats also are honorary board members. "The Kids Voting program may be worthy of consideration to offset voter apathy," Hinchliffe said, "but the students are erroneously spoon-fed enough anti-Republican philosophy to make them good Democrat Party voters." Rep. Jay Rhodes wrote to Hawker, " 'The Republican Party supports the rights to community over the individual?' Come on, Marilyn, we all know that those statements stand logic, history, and fact on their heads." Hawker and other Kids Voting officials got together and decided to let Republicans and Democrats define themselves. ,: j Hawker released the new language last week. j Section 11.6 now has, an explanatory paragraph that says it is difficult to generalize about either party, and that there are sharp divisions within each on various issues. The new language says that the Republican Party "believes that individual freedom, equality and opportunity are the basic American values." It also stresses the importance of "private-sector solutions" to problems before government steps in, allowing "free-market economic principles" to generate opportunities for all. "I can live with that,": Hinchliffe said. '' :' ',.',''' ; Democrats, meanwhile, agreed on a definition -that says they "work for solutions to problems through responsive government at all levels," and that they favor "complete and courageous devotion to freedom of inquiry and opening of opportunities for all people in all fields of human endeavor.". . , Eatery robbed, patron raped Suspect arrested with hostage, loot By Susan Leonard The Arizona Republic A 21 -year-old woman was raped at gunpoint by a teen-age robber in a Tempc fast-food restaurant Friday night in front of several terrified witnesses, police said Monday. Witnesses at a Taco Bell at 48th Street and Southern said the suspect sexually assaulted the customer after firing a shot into the ceiling with a .38-calibcr revolver. The suspect was arrested as he tried to leave with the restaurant's cash drawer and the victim as a hostage, Teinpe police Sgt. Al Taylor said. Taylor said it was unclear Monday how many people witnessed the rape, but several teen-agers were working at the lime, and one male employee was only a few feet away while il occurred. At least three customers observed the rape as they walked up to the restaurant, and some police officers reported seeing the suspect in the store with the woman, Taylor said. He identified the suspect as Jeffrey Thomas Wilson, 17, of the 4500 block of E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, Wilson, who previously has been detained for burglaries and thefts, was being held at the Adobe Mountain Juvenile Center. Wilson told police that he didn't recall raping the woman and that he was drunk. The woman was taken to a hospital and later was released. Police were summoned to the Taco Hell about 10 p.m. by three people who said they were about to enter the restaurant but stopped when they saw a man who appeared to be raping a woman and pointing a gun at her head, Taylor said. The three ran to a nearby restaurant, where some officers happened to be-, and reported what they had seen. When Wilson emerged from the Taco Bell' with the woman, the officers were wailing for him. "He was surprised to sec us," Taylor said.' "The woman ran inside, and we had a standoff with him, but he dropped his gun and the cash drawer, and gave up." Donna Darvish, a senior at Tempc High School, said she didn't witness the rape but heard a shot just after she had left the Taco Bell. Darvish said Monday, "They (witnesses) were all saying how helpless they felt. They wanted to do something, but they couldn't because he had a gun. Witnesses said the suspect told the employees to lie down and "give me all the money." When they didn't immediately react, the suspect yelled, "Do you think I'm kidding?" and fired a shot into the ceiling, they said. "1 was stunned. We were just lucky we didn't stay in there, Darvish said. "Thai poor woman. That could have been me or my friend." Police said Wilson told an officer Friday night that he has connections with the Mafia and the Crips gang. They said he (old them that the arresting officer "would end up in a grave" for "messing with the Mafia," More Local News Cities' budget fears More than half of U.S. cities, including Phoenix, fear that spending will exceed revenues, a study says. CLIO. OBITUARIES, CLIO. Mecham defends candidacy iHi! W ft '' ' ' ', t, ! M Hw ,' ';"? ' " A i f l ' ,'"' 1 I U " ' ' " 'a ' " i I I t w ' W ( i ' , ' f - J ' if ' .,' '"I,''' " W-, M , M, dJto&xAafttVArw Wm ", i ' t ' '" " f ' J '.' ' ' I K ! I 7 1 1 ' MS t -'A i. fit....,,.,,,..;..,, .., Michael MeisterThe Arizona Republic Former Gov. Evan Mecham responds to questions about a lawsuit that seeks to prevent him from regaining his office. Mecham and his attorney, Donald MacPherson, held a press conference Monday at the Executive Park Hotel in downtown Phoenix. Suspects rival in legal threat to his campaign By Martin Van Der Werf The Arizona Republic Former Gov. Evan Mecham lashed out Monday at a lawsuit that seeks to prevent him from regaining his former office, saying he has a "sneaking suspicion" that it was set up by one of his opponents. Dennis Ingram, a Lake Havasu City optical-shop worker who filed the suil, referred questions to his attorney, Michael Median. Mcchan identified Ingram only as a registered Republican and "concerned citizen" who "believes that Mecham is not qualified for the ballot because of the impeachment conviction." Mecham, however, was quick to postulate on who Ingram, a retired California highway patrolman, might represent. He suggested that Ingram wants to be "of service to another candidate who can only hope to gain by attempting to raise this question at this time instead of a year ago, as should have been done." All four of Mccham's opponents in the Sept. 1 1 GOP primary quickly denied that they were responsible for the lawsuit, which was filed' Friday with the Arizona Supreme Court. Since Mecham entered the race, however, many Republican observers have been expecting someone to challenge his status on the ballot. Mcchan said he waited until Friday to file the suit because Mecham filed nominating petitions for the See MECHAM, page B3 WILLEY: Benefits of challenge B2 Td really like to solve it before I retire' Socialite's slaying has no solid leads By John Winters The Arizona Republic Detective Richard Fuqua, wavy gray hair crowning an angular, slreetwise face, sits behind a 5-inch-thick file folder at a desk in the homicide division of the Phoenix Police Department! The folder is the main thing standing between Fuqua and retirement. Between its covers is the record of two years of interviews with more than 100 people who had touched the life of Jeanne Tovrea. Tovrca, 55, was a wealthy socialite shot to death in an execution-style slaying 27 months ago in her palatial home in the Squaw Peak foothills. The brutal killing of the vivacious, popular heiress outraged her friends and family. Her daughter from a previous marriage, Debbie Nolan, 39, has offered a $35,000 reward for information leading to apprehension of the killer, but police so far have found no suspects. Fuqua, a 22-year veteran, was one of the detectives who viewed the body at the time of the slaying, and the killing has stuck with him. "I'd really like to solve it before I retire," he says. The problem is that there is so little to go on, the detective laments. "It's kind of like running your head into a brick wall," he said. Fuqua feels the case is far from hopeless, however. For one thing, the killer left some fingerprints at the scene. Fuqua has sent them to about 30 states that have computerized fingerprint files. So far, there has been no match. He still sends them out periodically. "Every so often, I'll call them and See SLAYING, page D4 '" ' " " l , . ' .: , .:' '' r ' f '031' 0 ' ' , " ' Suzanne StarrThe Arizona Republic Phoenix Detective Richard Fuqua, a 22-year veteran, says the main thing keeping him from retiring is solving the 1 988 shooting death of heiress Jeanne Tovrea. UA's interests are in profits, teachers say By Victoria Harker - ' The Arizona Republic The University of Arizona in Tucson is being run like a for-profit corporation instead of an institution devoted to students and teaching, according to the campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors. An outside consultant who was hired by the chapter found that from 1985 through 1989, the university built a huge portfolio of stocks and investments. During the same time, the portion of the budget for administration increased 2 percent while the portion for teaching and student loans decreased 14 percent, according to the consultant's report, which was released Monday. Bui university officials denied most of the claims, saying the consultant's analysis was full of mistakes. Much of the way that the budget is spent is controlled by the state Legislature and other bodies that regulate universities, officials said. For example, a large portion of the investment funds are targeted for building projects and cannot be used for teaching. "This university is totally committed to teaching and its appropriate reward," said Jack R. Cole, senior vice president of academic affairs for the university. But Carol Bernstein, president of t lie state conference of the professors association and a research associate professor in UA's College of Medicine, said faculty and See UA, page 1)4 Papers missing, car dies: Candidate loses ballot spot By Jim Walsh The Arizona Republic Danny White knew his first bid for a seat in the Legislature was in trouble when his car blew its water pump near Eloy on Thursday afternoon. It was 3 p.m., and While was facing a 5 p.m. deadline for filing his nominating petitions at the Secretary of State's Office in Phoenix to get his name on the Sept. 1 1 primary ballot. "It was very devastating," he said. White called a friend, who gave him a ride back to Tucson. Then he used a facsimile machine to send his petitions with more than 500 signatures to Margaret Stcars, the state's chief elections officer. The move seemed ingenious at the time, and White had hopes of making the ballot as a Democratic candidate for the Senate from Tucson's District 12. But il was not to be. White's firsl problem was that "there's no precedent" for the Secretary of State's Office to accept documents sent via a facsimile machine and that the office has no policy on whether such paper work is valid, Stcars said. His second problem proved even more formidable: He failed to file a disclosure form outlining his personal finances, as required by state law. , White said that he was unaware that he needed to file the form and that he never received a candidate information packet he had requested from the Secretary of State's Office. The form is included in the packet. White flew to Phoenix on Friday morning to deliver the actual petitions signed by Tucson voters and to fill out the financial-disclosure form. Stcars then asked the Arizona Attorney General's Office for advice, and attorneys told her Friday afternoon that White had failed to comply with state election law. Because White failed to file the financial-disclosure document by Thursday's deadline, his application was considered incomplete, Steals said. There was no decision on the question of sending documents via a facsimile machine, she said. "It's kind of an event not under your control that causes a great deal of anguish," Stcars said. "Obviously, it's a sad story." . But the tenacious White said Monday that the story is far from over. He said thai he has hired an attorney, whose name he would not disclose, and that he still hopes his name will make the ballot. "It was just a temporary setback," White said. "There's still some possi bility that we can work it out." If he never qualifies for a ballot spot, While, a self-employed counselor for the mentally ill and victims of domestic violence, said he will continue his "grass-roots" campaign as a write-in candidate. District 12 is viewed by political analysts as a key battleground in the Democrats' bid to take control of the Senate, with Democrat Kalherine Jacobson to oppose the winner of a Republican primary pitting Ann Day against Bob Stash. "It will just mean we'll have to get oul there and work five times harder," White said.

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