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Mostly sunny inforin? coach Oomplof props your iiGiiie 1 mortgaee , HIGH 103 LOW 79 ; PageB8 mm coueran Foil Edition 50c 3 Copyright 1997, The Arizona Republic i touch 3 V of class eseo ; v in cay roGsnj : speedup THE MEPOMIC Saturday, September 13, 1997 Phoenix, Arizona www.azccntral.com 108th year, No. 118 Mother Teresa laid to rest Mother Teresa Those she aided join powerful in farewell Mass By Ranjan Roy Associated Press CALCUTTA, India India and the world bade farewell to Mother Teresa today, honoring the nun with the pomp of a state funeral reserved in the past for such national heroes as founding father Mohandas K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, the country's first prime minister. The poor and the sick gathered with presidents and royalty at an indoor stadium to honor Mother Teresa, whose body had been borne on a funeral carriage decorated with garlands of jasmine through the streets of Calcutta. In the stadium, her open casket was placed on a tilted platform in front of the altar bearing a banner, saying: "Works of love are works of peace." "To the dying and the suffering, she brought her tender compassion, washing their wounds, easing their pain," -7- Please see POOR, Page A22 f t it "7 " A V -J. " . , - - kill - - lis David LongstreathAssociated Press Mourners lining the street outside St. Thomas' Church in Calcutta strain to catch a glimpse of Mother Teresa's coffin as it is carried by Indian military officers from the church to a gun carriage. Her body was taken to the Netaji Indoor Stadium for a funeral Mass. iracle at sea: 4 survive crash, perilous waters Scottsdale man finds better way to take a Big Gulp on the road By Christina Leonard .The Arizona Republic " Mayday! Mayday! i' The small plane slammed into the Gulf of California, skipped a few times, then stopped, miraculously upright. The four passengers scrambled onto the wing of the Mooney M-20E and sighed with relief. ' They were alive, unhurt. -" So far. ; They still faced a terrifying 20-hour ordeal in the middle of shark-infested seas off the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. , One of them would swim at least 10 hours to get help, while the others survived a "monsoonlike storm" by clinging to a floating ice cooler. ; . "We all managed to get our life jackets on, but then reality set in that we were in the middle of the ocean," said Phoenix resident Jim Hawley, the pilot. .They bought the life jackets as a precautionary measure the day before the trip, Scottsdale resident Jens Lundy said, joking that they'd return them if they didn't use them. 25 miles -v 25 km ' Loreto? ' 7 BAJA V CALIFORNIA SUR Site of plane crash Gulf of California fvARIZ. MEXICO Pacific "9 Ocean Map ares or s- , La Paz o The Arizona Republic "There were times when we didn't think we would make it," Hawley said, "and there were times when we knew we would." Hawley, 27, and Lundy, 26, had planned a fishing trip to Loreto, Mexico, with their fathers, Bill Lundy and John Hawley. Please see MEN, Page A10 By Bob Golfen The Arizona Republic Lee Carpenter was balancing a Big Gulp as he rounded the curve on an Interstate 17 entrance ramp. Physics took over, the 44-ounce drink started to spill and Carpenter made a grab for it. When he looked up again, he found himself hurtling toward the back end of a semi-tractor trailer. He jerked the steering wheel to avoid the truck, which was stopped on the shoulder of the road. He missed the truck, but he didn't miss the point: The world needed a better cupholder. "I drink like three or four Big Gulps a day, and I had never found a cupholder that would hold them," the Scottsdale man said. "It was just a matter of time before something like this happened." He spent another month looking for the right cupholder. When he didn't find it, he decided to make his own. That was nearly three years ago. Today, Carpenter is a full-time cupholder entrepreneur. He's sold about 250,000 of his Big Wave heavy-duty cupholders around the country and is making big plans for expansion. , They cost about $9.95 in retail outlets and are available from catalogs for as low as $5.95. The venture has cost about $150,000 so far. But Carpenter said it's money well-invested. Please see CUPHOLDER, Page A28 CO 1 . f Charles KrejcsiThe Arizona Republic Lee Carpenter demonstrates the use of the Big Wave cupholder, which he designed to hold extra-large drinks. Trains! felled by votes 126 FIML RESULTS Proposition 1 (to increase sales tax for transit) Yes 54,679 49.9 No 54,805 50.1 Source: Phoenix City Clerk's office The Arizona Republic By Mary Jo Pitzl The Arizona Republic After lingering on life support for three days, the Phoenix transit tax died Friday felled by 126 votes. Proposition I, which proposed a half-cent city saies tax increase to pay for expanded bus service, street improvements and planning for possible rail service, lost by a margin of 0.12 percent. "My wife said, 'Do we celebrate again?' " asked Howard Sprague, co-chairman of NO Transit Taxes, which battled the transit plan. ; But even as the questioned ballots from Tuesday's election were being tallied, supporters met to discuss placing another measure for a transit tax on the city's November runoff baljot. They reached no decision, and it is unclear whether the City Council will move to offer a scaled-down transit plan on the Nov. 4 city ballot. Sprague, who decided to forgo a repeat of Tuesday night's victory party, said he was happy at the results of the final ballot count. He urged Mayor Skip Rimsza to drop talk of putting a leaner transit proposal before voters in November. "What part of 'no' doesn't he understand?" Sprague asked. Rimsza was out of town and unavailable for comment Friday. However, as the 2,025 questioned ballots were being Please see TRANSIT, Page A25 Justice bars logging, 100 to lose jobs By Steve Yozwiak The Arizona Republic U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia shut the door on Precision Pine and Timber Co. on Friday, denying the Heber-based company's request to continue cutting large, old-growth timber in Arizona. A company executive said the decision means Precision Pine will saw its last 100 logs at its Winslow mill by Monday, and shut down the rest of its operations and lay off as many as 100 workers by the end of the month. That would leave Stone Forest Industries of Flagstaff as the only major timber company still operating in Arizona. Kaibab Industries pulled out two years ago. Precision Pine officials say Scalia denied the company's request because it is not a party to the appeal of the logging ban. Scalia's decision left intact a 4-month-old ban on cutting trees on. 18 major timber sales across U.S. Forest Service lands in Arizona and New Mexico. It's the second such federal court ban on major timber sales in the past three years aimed at protecting species threatened with extinction, such as the Mexican spotted owl. . - "I Antonin Scalia WHAT a Your opinions on what's good and bad about the Valley. Helms nomination blockade stands firm Please see JUSTICE, Page A30 INSIDE Chairman rails at his critics in hearing By Laura Myers Associated Press WASHINGTON Presiding over a packed Senate meeting with iron control, Sen. Jesse Helms gaveled down critics, scolded the media for creating a "circus atmosphere" and rejected any possibility of confirming William Weld as ambassador to Mexico. "What Mr. Weld appears to be threatening is that unless his nomination to Mexico is moved, he will begin a war within the Republican Party," Helms, a staunch conservative, said Friday of Weld, a moderate Republican., "Let him try. I, Mr. Weld, do not yield to ideological extortion." Weld, who had himself accused Helms of "ideological extortion" for blocking his nomination in a "battle for the soul of the Republican Party," sat smiling during the meeting of Helms' Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "I'm going to keep up with the Spanish," the former Massachusetts governor told Teporters, indicating that he still hoped to gain the post in Mexico City. "The attempt by a member to show that the Senate is a despotic institution is bound ultimately to fail," said Weld, who appealed for public support. "People on Main Street are not going to understand." Later, Weld met with President Clinton as his supporters urged the White House to work with Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., who has the power to let Weld's nomination reach the Senate floor without action by Helms' Please see BLOCKADE, Page A2 Astrology Az Home Bridge Business Chuckle Classified AH1 D8 El A2 CL1 Comics D6,7, CL45 D8 Religion Sports Television Weather Wheels Rl CI D9, 10 B8 CL1 Dear Abby Editorial Landers Leibowitz Life Obituaries Prayer Puzzles D8 B6 D8 Bl Dl R3 A2 D7,8 ox -a

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