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I Meiman Marcus looks at Tempe vows visit Phoenix school afman Robin' for outlet HIGH 109 LOW 80 Page B6 Fans love inferleague play FINAL CHASER Irrrr Aeem PUBLIC Final Edition XL 50c Copyright 1997, The Aruona Republic Sunny I it KE Phoenix, Arizona www.azcentral.coin 108th year. No. 33 Friday, June 20, 1997 FREE mm U.S. NEWS I MO rtm Interact! i i li What were those lights in the Phoenix skv? tii ttmwhmt Mill Mitiag Skies, phoro lines light 151 Ariz. i -i 'I IIiiT 7fI.TT FYI McDonald's a winner and a loser It won: Most counts of the libel case.
A mere $98,000 in damages. It lost: An estimated $16 million in costs of bringing the case. On some counts in which the judge agreed with the defendants' charges of animal cruelty and exploitive advertising. By giving the critical pamphlets worldwide attention. say the truth is out there On March 13 Win.i.
1 I i'fc 4 States, tobacco near deal Negotiators 'optimistic' By Adrianne Ftynn Republic Washington Bureau WASHINGTON State attorneys are on the brink of an unprecedented settlement with tobacco companies that could bring millions for health-care funding and an end to cigarette ads that appeal to children. Negotiators are optimistic they will reach a deal today, but acknowledge that talks could collapse at any moment. Details on issues, including the disclosure of reams of documents that tobacco companies have collected on smoking and public health, are still being hammered out in talks that dragged on into late Thursday. "It's the greatest public health piece I've ever seen related to litigation," said Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods, one of the lead negotiators for the 40 states that have sued the tobacco industry to recover costs of treating sick smokers. "We really have an historic opportunity to save the lives of millions of people." Woods and the other chief negotiator, Mississippi Attorney General Michael Moore, would not detail the settlement so far because they said the talks are too sensitive.
"Today, we hit three triples and scored a few runs," Moore said. "We're optimistic we can resolve this very, very soon." Negotiators say they hope to reach a settlement this afternoon, but they've been on the verge of such an agreement for days without coming to a conclusion. "I think if we get to noon today and we don't have this resolved, then we have a very major decision to make," Woods said. That decision would be whether to sign the agreement as it stands now, or scuttle it and let the suites pursue their individual lawsuits. i.i'i Photo illustrationThe Afiiona Republic; Television, newspapers and the Internet heated up Wednesday with reports about the Phoenix UFO, shown above.
Phoenix sighting in U.S. spotlight Big Mac survives grilling overseas By Dirk Beveridge Associated Press LONDON McDonald's won a libel case Thursday against two vegetarian activists who still managed to scorch the fast-food ath when the judge agreed with some of their sharpest criticisms. The 314-day trial, England's longest, left McDonald's Corp. fending off embarrassing questions after Justice Roger Bell said the chain was "culpably responsible" for animal cruelty and ran ad campaigns that "exploit" impressionable children. Still, his 800-page ruling found that the defendants libeled the Oak Brook, McDonald's Corp.
in most other statements in a pamphlet they distributed outside its fast-food outlets in Britain. McDonald's spent an estimated $16 million defending its good name but received a mere $98,000 in damages. In comparison, the lengthy trial gave the activists priceless international publicity in countless newspaper articles and Please see MCDONALD'S, Page A2 Hayworth, labor back in the ring By Kris Mayes The Arizona Republic A full year and a half before the 1998 elections, the epic battle between Republican Congressman J.D. Hayworth and his political UFO SIGHTINGS OVER ARIZONA, MARCH 13 All times are Arizona time. Please see STATES, Page A 15 I GRAND CANYON RATIONAL PARK Ash Kingman --Fork The Mutual UFO Network, Arizona chapter, received more than 40 calls from around the state reporting sightings of the mystery lights.
Paulden, 8:16 p.m.: A former police officer reports a bizarre cluster of lights moving rapidly across the night sky. Prescott and Prescott Valley, 8:17 p.m.: Several people report that they witnessed 4 or 5 very bright white lights passing overhead. Several observers report the object to be triangular, with a complex grouping of lights along its sides. Dewey: Five adults and a youth driving north on Arizona 69 witness a very large cluster of lights forming a shape in the sky. Chino Valley, Tempe, Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Mesa, Kingman: Many people in these areas call to report sighting the object.
Tucson, 8:45 p.m.: A man watches a formation of lights for about 15 minutes. He reports that the lights came from the northwest, maneuvered overhead five to 10 minutes, then moved south, disappearing over mountains. By Chris Fiscus and Richard Ruelas The Arizona Republic Those mysterious lights over Phoenix appeared again Thursday, but this time they flashed on television screens across the country as the major networks picked up on a months-old UFO puzzle. Phoenix Councilwoman Frances Emma Barwood sat with a three-person panel on CBS This Morning to talk about the large, slow and quiet formation of lights reported over Phoenix in March. Katie and Matt chatted about it on NBC's Today Show.
CNN ran a long piece throughout the day on its regular network and every half-hour on CNN Headline News. The story passed through Tom Brokaw's lips on Wednesday night's NBC Nightly News. And through Peter Jennings' the same night on ABC's World News Tonight. And a photo of the "huge V-shaped object" made the front page of Wednesday's USA Today. Even Gov.
Fife Symington got into the act, grabbing some face time by holding a 5 p.m. news conference at the state Capitol. Beforehand, aides promised he would announce "serious developments" in the case. One local news outlet, Channel 3 (KTVK), was so taken by the story that it carried the event live. But the news conference turned out to be a spoof.
Please see NATIONAL, Page AIS FYI Possible tobacco accord The companies will: Pay $4 billion a year for children's health care. Pay a multibillion-dollar punitive damage figure for past industry wrongs. Set up a fund to satisfy future suits. End advertising aimed at youth, such as Joe Camel or the romanticized Marlboro Man. Fund stop-smoking programs.
End vending-machine sales. Stop advertising on billboards or the Internet. Not sponsor sporting events. Finance anti-smoking advertising campaign. Tell about the harmful effects of tobacco.
The states will: Drop their class-action lawsuits. Protect the industry from future class-action suits. Major issues left: Will people who sue in future be able to collect punitive damage awards? Will nicotine will be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration? Paulden Chino Valley t' 0 Prescott I Cave Creek L-JTnV. l'Scottsdale m0 Li tMesa Riia Tempe 1 SiH Casa Chandler lGrandeX TucsonV en 3U rimes I Source: National UFO Reporting Center, Arizona Mutual UFO Network 50 km The Arizona Republic nemesis, the ArL-Liu, nas Animal unit, Petsmart end adoption deal I failed to warn boss, aide says Symington defense scores On Wednesday, the labor union began running television advertisements in Arizona urging voters to call Hayworth on a bill that would exempt welfare recipients from' the minimum-wage law. The ads signal the start of what A Wwmmmummfi Yi YriJ 'i J.D.
Hayworth Minimum-wage law at issue. INSIDE Astrology D18 Bridge D18 Business El Chuckle A2 B6 Classified CL1 Comics D16, 17 DearAbby D18 De Uriarte A2 Dr. Donohue DI8 Editorial B4 Landers D18 Leibowitz Bl Movies D8 Obituaries B3 Prayer A2 Puzzles D17, 18 Sports CI Television D19.20 Weather B6 Weekend Dl Wilson A2 AO Torch for the games Olympic swimmer Gary Hall Jr. carries the torch to kick off the Grand Canyon State Games on Thursday at America West Arena More than 10,000 athletes are scheduled to compete in the games. Guests of honor at the opening ceremonies included Kerri Strug, Danny Manning, Michele Timms and Hall.
i I By Jerry Kammer, Pat Flannery and Charles Kelly The Arizona Republic Gov. Fife Symington's former chief financial officer blamed himself Thursday for not warning Symington that he might be violating the terms of a loan that built the swank Camelback Esplanade. James Cockerham, former controller and chief financial officer of the Symington testified Thursday that he never made the mental connection between Symington's declining personal 3 itaoaJI By Mike McCloy The Arizona Republic After months of bickering, Maricopa County and Valley Petsmart stores are ending a five-year partnership that has adopted out more than 20,000 animals from Rabies-Animal Control. Arizona Humane Society Executive Director Ken White said he is negotiating with Petsmart to replace the county as the main source of adoptable animals at the stores. The society takes in about 38,000 animals a year, compared with 60,000 at the county pounds.
"We're not a bureaucracy," White said Wednesday. "We believe in making exceptions and bending the rules to create every opportunity to keep the animals alive." The county has been providing Please see PETSMART, Page A 16 THE TRIAL promises to be a replay of one of the highest-profile and nastiest congressional races in the country. Last year, the AFL-CIO targeted Hayworth with a $2 million ad blitz in a failed bid to oust the conservative legislator. "It's what you'd expect," Hayworth said Thursday of the latest ad campaign. "Boss Sweeney has got a clear objective.
It's to buy the Congress." Hayworth accused AFL-CIO President Joe Sweeney of conspiring with the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Commit- Please see HAYWORTH, Page A16 finances as depicted on real-estate schedules and certain conditions that Symington agreed to when his partnerships landed more, than $100 million in loans from Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank. Among the conditions was a requirement that Symington maintain a net worth of at least $4 millioa Please see FORMER, Page A14 Paul F. GeroIhe Arizona Republic DAILY i-.
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