Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on July 27, 1996 · Page 195
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Saturday, July 27, 1996
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WA iGsib feiora: I Dack to school, Chance of thunderstorms a Jtreh d for at h lotes ASii ailous troubled Prince to transfer bomb irJiuffpeaEGSdj IfUlLL:3: CCdDD off F. C-JC-J dUdUIUUIId IL- HIGH 104 LOW 82 "foge B8 grow The Arizona Mepuiblec Filial Edition 50c Copyright 1996, The Arizona Republic NFfc sip lift OOOq ,1, Saturday, July 27, 1996 Phoenix, Arizona 107th year, No. 70 Etadre tart to Atlanta Hast 5 i Explosion hits Olympic. bandstand By Paul Newberry Associated Press ' ATLANTA A massive explosion rocked Centennial Olympic Park early Saturday, injuring hun-idreds of people, fire officials said. ' A spokeswoman for the Atlanta Fire Department, who would not give her name, said that 150 to 200 people were injured at about 1:15 a.m. when the explosion struck a tower near a stage where thousands of revelers were watching a concert. There was no immediate word on the cause of the blast. Many emergency vehicles were lined up alongside the park. At least 25 ambulances left the scene with lights flashing; more were pulling in. Snenetricus Warford said the explosion appeared to come from a garbage can. "I looked up, there was fire and smoke going up," Warford said. "People were there. It blew then over. Some people got hit, son: people didn't get hit. "People were dancing, watching the concert, having a good time and it went up," she said. "I saw flames." There were no immediate reports of any fatalities in the explosion that rocked neighboring buildings and could be heard throughout the downtown area. "I thought it was fireworks, like a big boom, and I saw three guys laying in the street," said Terry Tyson, who witnessed the explosion. "They all had leg injuries. Blood was running down the street. It was horrible." Jeff Mitchell of Atlanta, a witness who was at the concert, said, "It blew me in the chest. It was a muffled explosion. I couldn't tell exactly where it came from. Debris flew over the fence that lines the park." Tom Williams was standing just across the street when he heard the tower "blow up." "1 was walking along and three people were laying in the street," he said. "I didn't see any fire, just smoke." He said the three men he saw must have been "blown over the fence" which surrounds the park, since there was no other debris in the street. The tower, apparently used for lighting and sound near the main concert stage at the park, was still standing after the blast, but debris littered the base of the structure. Another witness, Chris Bender, said he heard what sounded like a cannon. "I saw a bunch of smoke come up and saw particles in my eyes," he said. Police and other security officers swarmed through the streets trying to clear the area, forcing people away from the park which sits at the hub of the Olympic Games. Three major sports arenas are adjacent to the park, though sports competition had ended when the explosion occurred. The park was packed with people, many of whom ran through the streets in tears after the explosion. : v. Weekly stock tables and a new market summary page, WfiPUP of trading on three exchanges 'EfliCtCl KGlrif; Arizona stock report listing closing prices for Arizona's 85 public companies. Note: Mutual funds move to Sunday. Disappearance sparks real 'Phenomenon' tale UFO buffs say, 'They're baaack!' By Mark Shaffer Staff writer They came from outer space 20 years ago and hauled poor oF Travis Walton away from the pine woods of the Mogollon Rim for five days. Now, they're back, say some who study unidentified flying objects. This time, they, landed only about 10 miles, as the UFO flies, from where phenomenon followers say Walton was beamed up by a blue light and immortalized in the 1993 movie Fire in the Sky. In the latest incident, last year, Devin Williams was hauling an 1 8-wheeIer full of lettuce and strawberries from Los Angeles to Kansas on Interstate 40 in northern Arizona when something strange, and perhaps tragic, happened to him. , Williams veered off the interstate at Winslow and sped 40 miles down Arizona Highway 87 to the Blue Ridge Ranger Station. Then, he barreled another 15 miles down a rough Forest Service dirt road, at See MISSING, page A 18 MAPPING THE BRAIN Using a PET scanner, local researchers have found evidence of Alzheimer's before the onset of symptoms. The two views of the brain shown below indicate areas affected by Alzheimer's1. The dark blue shows up in a scan of a person who has Alzheimer's. The turquoise appears in the scan of a person predisposed to Alzheimer's but who has not yet developed symptoms. i Staff artist Solving the puzzles of the human brain t By Jodie Snyder Staff writer He's no conqueror, only an explorer, says psychiatrist Eric i Reiman, who ventures into the uncharted territories of the 3-pound mass that gives us our greatest joys and deepest sorrows. To Find out how the brain works, he has dangled pythons, shown tearjerker movies and intentionally irked, saddened and shocked people. Reiman is scientiFic director of the Positron Emission Tomography Center at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. He and a team of researchers from Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Good Samaritan take snapshots of the brain in action. And they have come up with some interesting pictures. Earlier this year, the team participated in a study that 'See DOCTOR'S, page A 20 Olympics 'i 4" 'v -V m Atlanta '96 Jesse Owens' I . .... . Paul lueKvkdtt pnotographer Jesse Owens' oldest granddaughter, Donna Prather, lives in Phoenix with her 1 6-year-old son, Donovan. Olympic hero quietly sought equality for African-Americans By Jeff Metcalfe Staff writer It took Jesse Owens only 10.3 seconds to repudiate the myth of Aryan superiority that Adolf Hitler was foisting upon the world. By winning a gold medal in the 100 meters on Aug. 3, 1936, and in three other events at the Berlin Olympics, Owens' role in history was like no other athlete before or since. The 1996 Finals of the 100 meters are being held today in Atlanta. The Owens story of an Alabama sharecroppers son who became the greatest Olympian is well-chronicled, except perhaps for the Final years. From 1972 to 1980, he lived in Phoenix, and had an impact on the Valley that still is being felt in significant ways. A south Phoenix emergency-care center bears his name. His legacy is honored by the Jesse Owens Memorial Track Club. He was a regular at Camelback Country Club and the First black member of the Phoenix 40. And now, the circle is complete. In 1979, two weeks after the unsurprising news that 35 years of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day had caused lung cancer, Owens cradled the best Christmas present See OUfMPtAN, page A16 United Press International Owens, shunned by Adolf Hitler at the '36 Olympics, electrified the world with his speed. . v r :! - V i '-. I Denis PaquinAssociated Press Gary Hall Jr. won his second relay gold on Friday. He said he will invest part of his Olympic winnings in a motorcycle. Story, C1 . Inside today's special section: Michael Johnson craves the track spotlight. Australians stun the U.S. softball team. Swimming competition concludes. it Channel 12 today; Cycling, rowing and women's beach volleyball finals; men's indoor volleyball vs. Brazil. 9 a.m.-2;30 p.m., 3:30 -9 p.m., 9:30 -11 p.m. Sunday: Women's marathon, water polo gold-medal game, men's and women's individual gymnastics final. For the latest on Arizona athletes and related articles, go to AZ Central. On America Online, keyword AZ Sports; on the Web, and click the Flash icon. J.mnuii Dial 271-5656 to hear highlights from the Games. See menu, C7. Water sUences NW Valley phones A Astmloev D6 Praver Outage hits Peoria hardest after US West facility flooded By Chris Fiscus and Angela Rabago-Mussi Staff writers a. mt s A mighty monsoon left Peoria police and much of the northwest Valley on hold Friday as phone crews scrambled to revive dial tones. Thursday night's storm sent about 18 inches of water pouring into the basement of a US West facility at 76th Avenue and Cactus Road, knocking an estimated 23.000 customers out of action. Phone-company officials blame the flooding on road construction about a block away. For frustrated residents, it was like a return to the Old West. See BASEMENT, page A21 AH1 D6 El a: CLl Astrolocv Az Home Bridge Business Chuckle Classified Comics D4.CL41 Dear Abby D6 Dr. Gott Editorial Lite Obituaries Olympics Puzzles Religion Sports A2 D6 B4 OJ to o ! DAILY X

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