Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on August 24, 1994 · Page 1
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Wednesday, August 24, 1994
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MM 3'. LIFE FOOD! 1 Mostly sunny High 108 Low 84 Details, E8 VALLEYS STATE Salt River tribe backs gambling Fashion-catalog on rise in Arizona modeling SHORT TAKES Win tickets to Spin Doctors at Desert Sky Make meals for a month in a day C3 Final Edition The amma Eepotlec 50c Copyright 1994, The Arizona Republic Wednesday, August 24, 1994 Phoenix, Arizona E 105th year, No. 98 A ROGUES' GALLERY OF WRITE-OFFS W" J lev. r " T. 1 ' Zombies from D. C The undead arise after political scandals had killed them Splro T. Agnew Marion Barry G. Gordon Llddy Oliver North Sen. Bob Packwood You probably thought you'd never see these five men again, but now they're the Comeback Kids of American politics. All of them. They're back from their political near-death experiences and ready to try for the brass ring again. By Alice Steinbach The Baltimore Sun The names are familiar. Marion Barry, Oliver North. Bob Packwood. G. Gordon Liddy. Spiro T. Agnew. Washington names. Names that conjure up politics and some sort of fall from political grace. Names that conjure memories of such things as drugs, lying, sexual harassment and burglary. For a while, after they lied or cheated or misrepresented or whatever, some of these folks went away. A couple, of course, went to prison. Others just tried disappearing by keeping a low political profile and praying that the media's moving finger would move on. Now they're back. All of them. Back from their near-death experience, politically speaking, and poised to infiltrate the halls of power once more. Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry, after serving time for cocaine possession, is making a bid to return to his old job. Former Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, who, a Virginia judge recently ruled, can no longer carry a gun because he is "not of good character," is the Republican Senate nominee in Virginia. Former Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy, who's made a fortune on the lecture circuit, has become a superstar as a syndicated radio talk-show host. See UNDEAD, pageA9 School fees get thumbs down Woods joins fray with strong opinion By Bill Muller and Kelly Pearce ' The Arizona Republic Parents don't have to pay the bulk of student fees charged by many public-school districts, according to an opinion issued Tuesday by Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods. The opinion, which follows a wave of protest from parents forced to pay such fees, says districts cannot charge those that are not specifically allowed under state law. Woods' .opinion, which was requested by the Arizona Department of Education, would affect most school districts in Maricopa County, county school Superintendent Sandra Dow-ling said. "My initial reaction is one of absolute elation," Dowling said. "This upholds the rights of parents and students in Arizona public schools." Dowling said the opinion effectively outlaws charging fees for such items as identification cards, activity cards, lockers, towels or physical-education uniforms. She added that the state allows schools to charge for some services, such as parking, laboratory fees and out-of-district tuition. A Woods spokeswoman said the opinion is not law and "advisory only." "It gives the Department of Education a tool to act," Karie Kloos said. "It makes anyone who doesn't follow this personally liable if they are sued." An Education Department spokeswoman said the department has not See GRANT, page All Inside Posturing or progress? Baseball talks on deck See Page CI As! n Astrology Bridge Business Chuckle Clancy & Co. Classified E4 E4 Dl A2 B8 CL1 Comics CL23.CL19 Dear Abby E4 Dr. Gott Ernesto Zedillo The new Mexican president and , head of the ruling party, PRI, offers to. meet with opposition leaders. World News Briefs, A12. 11 Editorial Food Life Montini Obituaries O'Steen Prayer Puzzles Short Takes Sports Television Weather Wilson E4 B6 FD1 El Bl CL22 E4 A2 E4 E3 CI E6 B8 A2 Glitches amon$ the glitz tl 1 TV:; yn Jim LaurieThe Associated Press Aviation officials in Las Vegas object to lasers such as these at the opening of the Luxor Hotel and Casino last year (above). Now, casino owner Bob Stupak (right) wants to add lasers to his Stratosphere Tower, being built in a flight path less than three miles from McCarran International Airport. u I i l V-'v ! , - I M t - " k : i t, f : : ' " , .... f Brad TalbuttSpecial for The Arizona Republic Lasers, spire trouble pilots over Las Vegas By David Frltze The Arizona Republic LAS VEGAS This city of manic neon prides itself on doing things obscenely garish, But in a bid to push the envelope of gaudiness, Las Vegas is biting one of the hands that feed it airline pilots, who deliver millions of customers to this gambling mecca every year. The first tiff was over the Stratosphere Tower, a 1,150-foot spire being constructed in a flight path less than three miles from McCarran International Airport. Its builder, maverick casino owner Bob Stupak, hoped to put up a 1, 800-foot tower, making it the tallest structure in the world. But after Clark County and aviation officials raised a jet blast of protest, Stupak had to settle for Eiffel Tower-plus height. Now come the lasers, a half-dozen of which etch the night skies with pencil-thin green. Last November, a casino's laser beam strayed into the cockpit of a Southwest Airlines plane, causing temporary eye damage to a Phoenix pilot. Because of that incident and others around the country, pilot unions and the Federal Aviation Administration are See VEGAS', pageA2 Cindy McCain case: Drug laws broken? Doctor says he gave her false prescriptions By Susan Leonard and Martin Van Der Werf The Arizona Republic Writing prescriptions for highly addictive painkillers in the manner done by a doctor for Cindy McCain's charity is unusual and appears to be illegal, a state pharmacy official said Tuesday. Doctors are not supposed to write prescriptions for "controlled substances" under the names of people who won't be taking them, said Hal Wand, deputy director of the state Pharmacy Board. Dr. John Max Johnson, medical director of McCain's charity, has told the Maricopa County Attorney's Office that he wrote MONTINI: Shedding light on Sen. McCain's drug stance, Bl prescriptions for drugs meant to be used by poor people under the names of employees who worked for the charity. "It's not a normal procedure," Wand said, See McCAIN CASE, pa? ,40 Foley trims ;oal for health care Would take some reform now to get broader package later By Karen Tumulty and Edwin Chen Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON In a major concession that could alter the most basic elements of the health debate, House Speaker Thomas Foley said Tuesday that he would settle for a limited package of insurance reforms this year and put off more-ambitious efforts for another day. The Washington Democrat, offering a candid assessment of President Clinton's central domestic-policy initiative, said he still hopes to enact broad legislation to restructure the health-care system and provide coverage to the 37 million who lack it. But failing that, he said, Congress would be better off sticking to minimal insurance reforms or a modest expansion of coverage, as long as those measures did not create inadvertent consequences, such as raising health premiums. "If a bill could be found that deals with one or more of those issues in a significant way and doesn't bar future improvements and consideration, I think that would be worth doing," Foley said at a breakfast with reporters. In the Senate, where progress on health reform has been stalled, Sen. Thomas Daschle, D-S.D., a strong Clinton supporter, echoed the remark. Seer0LEY,p.e-49 HECII'94 The Arizona Republic is profiling candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate to help voters make informed decisions for the Sept. 13 primary election. Senate and gubernatorial candidates who are not opposed in the primary will be interviewed before the Nov. 8 general election. Mahoney: Politico with a passion for modesty, work By Carol Sowers The Arizona Republic Secretary of State Dick Mahoney pauses in the living room of his 1920s home and asks for an opinion of one of his paintings a landscape that resembles a witch-shaped cloud brooming over a mountain of soot. Before anyone can respond, he says, "I'm not very good. I just hack around at it." Much better is a dove of blue glass that adds an artful, wistful look to his dining-room skylight. But Mahoney, a boxer in college, ducks a compliment about the dove as if it were a right cross. "My brother says it looks like a dying shrimp," said Mahoney, See MAHONEY, pageA6 4- f St r r Dick Mahoney His internal software was ' programmed by his family, which taught that "politics is the proper conduit for . public service."

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