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riiE Arizona Republic WW )NHS1)AY, FEBRUARY 12, 2003 B5 Tempe Guadalupe Chandler Sun Lakes Ocolo Mesa Apache Junction Gold Canyon Gilbert Queen Creek Ahwatukee Foothills and is celebrating trip to China By Mel Melendez The Arizona Republic MESA Everything was coming up "China" on Tuesday at Mountain View High School, as the Toro Marching Band celebrated reaching its $285,000 fund-raising goal. The 129-member band will now represent the United States next month at the Plum Bloom Festival in Nanjing. It also will perform at the Great Wall of China and the Peking Opera House. "This is all we've been talking about all day," said senior Talia Gomez, who plays the French horn. "To think that this is my senior year and I'm going to perform in China is just incredible. It's a dream come true." It's a dream that could have gone up in smoke had it not been for the generosity of Geri and Harry Cavanagh, who administer the Phoenix-based Alberta B. Farrington Foundation. The Cavanaghs stepped in moments before the band was to cancel its trip, which could have cost the Toros about $150,000 in nonrefundable payments. "We had certainly come down to the wire and were within minutes of canceling the trip when they asked us how much we needed," band Director Scott Burgener said. "We can't thank them enough." The foundation stepped in Monday to cover a shortfall of $15,000. But Tuesday morning it cut a check for $35,000 to cover any contingencies. "These children raised more than 90 percent of the $285,000. That is an amazing feat," Geri Cavanagh said. "The least we could do was ensure that they could go on this educational adventure." Harvey Parson, East Valley editor 602.444.NEWS (6397) harvey.parsonarizonarepublic.com For additional news from this region, see today's community section or go to azcentral.com m ILLI mpe districts present ans to better schools TEMPE Four Tempe El-lentary District schools will presenting their school im-ovement plans at special go-rning board meetings at the tiools. Fees Middle School, 7 p.m. lay, 1600 E. Watson Drive. Evans Elementary School, p.m. Thursday, 4525 S. Col-;e Ave. Holdeman Elementary hool, 7 p.m. Feb. 26, 1326 W. thSt. Thew Elementary School, i.m. Feb. 27, 2130 E. Howe St. The meetings are part of the hool improvement process uidated by Arizona Learns d the federal No Child Left shind Act. Gilbert men charged abduction of girl, 12 MESA Two Gilbert men sre charged in a complaint jnday with felonies in the xual assault and abduction of 12-year-old Gilbert girl a :ek ago. Albert Stephen Farnsworth, , and William Dee Porter, 23, ch were charged with four unts of sexual conduct with a nor, one count of sexual use and one count of kidnap-lg. The girl, a Greenfield nior High School student, is abducted at about 7:20 a.m. Feb. 4 as she walked to a end's house before school in ; Wind Drift subdivision ar Linda Lane and Bruce Av-ue. The men are suspected taking the girl to a house, vering her face, sexually as-jlting her and releasing her ar her home. Qendale Peoria Sun Cities Surprise Avondale Goodyear Buckeye Laveen Litchfield Park Tolleson Wickenburg Youngtown D Mirage MM Venita James, West Valley editor 602.444.NEWS (6397) venita.jamesarizonarepublic.com For additional news front this region, see today's community section or go to azcentral.com irmer ranch director cused of sex abuse SUN CITY A 67-year-Sun ty man has been arrested on Yavapai County indictment it accuses him of sexually using seven women at a de-nct ranch in Rimrock for jntally and physically disa-;d people. Dennis Walter Rhyne, the rmer director, was taken into stody last week. Authorities allege the imes took place from 1990 rough 1998. ater plan goes to vote state utility panel PHOENIX The Arizona irporation Commission will ;et at 10 a.m. today to vote on groundwater savings plan, lich would use Central Ari-na Project water on golf urses in Sun City and Sun ty West. The change would cost resi-nts in the Sun Cities and lungtown an estimated $5 Dre a month. Many in Youngtown say they THURSDAY IN THE WEST VALLEY iO'S MEETING Washington Elementary School District Governing Board. Y ISSUE Standardized test results and new school construction. W IT'S The test report is expected to address PORTANT whether the district is meeting state and district standards. A $15 million contract to build a middle school, the district's first school since the mid-1980s, is likely to be approved. HENWHERE 7 p.m., district administrative center, 8610 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Public hearing tonight about downtown Gilbert GILBERT Residents can voice their complaints or suggestions about the downtown redevelopment plan at a meeting from 6:30 to 8 tonight at the Gilbert Municipal Center, 1025 S. Gilbert Road. The town is considering removing medians on Gilbert Road, widening sidewalks and installing new lights in the downtown shopping district. Construction could begin this summer. Call (480) 503-6767. BMX fans meet tonight to support Mesa park MESA BMX enthusiasts and others will gather tonight for their first committee meeting on bringing a bike park to Mesa. Group members agreed to be part of the committee at a December meeting with city officials. The committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Mesa's Parks and Recreation offices at 125 N. Hobson. Southeast Mesa might get new waste station MESA Another solid waste station could be coming to southeast Mesa. The latest proposal calls for a site in the 4000 block of South 80th Street to be used by Waste Management as a midpoint for garbage trucks heading to landfills. It is located on county land. Mesa officials may support it if the company dresses up the station's designs if it is ultimately approved. The Mesa City Council will discuss it Thursday. don't want to pay to water golf courses they can't use. School district launches new campus additions SOUTHWEST PHOENIX The Riverside Elementary School District today is celebrating the completion of a new library, computer lab, classrooms and offices on campus. The ceremony begins at 9:15 a.m. at Riverside Elementary, 1414 South 51st Avenue. Philosopher to lecture on avoiding activism WEST PHOENIX Philosopher Robert Grudin presents a free public lecture on the political and ethical costs of avoiding activism, at 7 p.m. today at Arizona State University West in the La Sala Ballroom. Among the questions Grudin will pose: Why, when facing situations we know are wrong, do we find ourselves unable to act? ASU West is at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road. Campus parking is $2. Call (602) 543-5303. Mike RynearsonThe Arizona Republic Former astronaut Ronald Grabe reads to D.W. Higgins Charter School kindergartners. Among the pupils are Grabe's son, Ryan (middle), Derek Pierce (left) and Audre Radianna. Students learn risks of space travel By Doug Carroll The Arizona Republic TEMPE Former astronaut Ronald Grabe answered the question before it could even be posed. "Whenever something like this happens, people invariably ask, 'Is it the right thing to continue to send people into space?'" Grabe said, commenting on the Columbia space shuttle tragedy in an assembly Tuesday at D.W. Higgins Charter School in south Tempe. "It depends on how you view astronauts. Some look at Deer Valley district hires engineers Report on failure of school ceiling expected today By Monica Mendoza The Arizona Republic NORTH PHOENIX Deer Valley school officials hired a forensic engineer to determine why a metal-beam ceiling at an elementary school collapsed over the weekend, five years after the school was built. "We want to know why now? Cardinals Number of factors listed for holdups By Pat Flannery The Arizona Republic GLENDALE It's official: Glendale's $355.3 million football stadium will be finished in summer 2006 instead of fall 2005, keeping the Arizona Cardinals in Sun Devil Stadium for an extra season. The state Tourism and Sports Authority clarified the issue Tuesday as it modified a series of agreements with the Cardinals, Hunt Construction Group and several design firms. The group also adopted a rough building schedule for the stadium. As recently as December, the authority hoped to open the stadium in time for the fall Woman, 34, unaware of pregnancy, gives birth Hy Emily Hittner The Arizona Republic LITCHFIELD PARK A 34-year-old woman unaware she was pregnant delivered a boy Tuesday in a toilet at her mother's home. The woman, whose name was not released, had been bleeding and cramping for about a week, her mother said during a frantic 911 call. No one knew the child existed until K them and say they're test pilots or scientists. But I look at them as explorers ... and when you're an explorer, sometimes things don't go as planned." Grabe, 57, flew four shuttle missions, two as commander, in the late 1980s and early '90s, aboard the Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavour. The retired Air Force colonel, a 13-year veteran of NASA, is now an executive in the Chandler offices of Orbital Sciences Corp., a manufacturer of space systems. He's also the father of Ryan Grabe, a kindergartner at And why just this section?" said Tim Tait, district spokesman. Officials at Paseo Hills K-8 Elementary School arrived Monday to find an 80-foot stretch of a metal-beam ceiling torn away from the block building. The fallen walkway is used by kindergartners when they exit their classrooms to go to the playground. The metal beams, covered in wood and sheetrock, are estimated to weigh 5 pounds per square inch. No one was injured. The engineering firm, Ger- stadium won't be ready till 2006 A football painted on the ground marks the spot where the Arizona Cardinals stadium will be built. 2005 NFL season. Though a final construction timeline won't be ready until design details are nailed down later this year, officials expect three months of excavations at Loop 101 and Maryland Avenue to begin in June. Hard halfway through the emergency call, when a relative discovered the boy in the toilet. At first, the grandmother and sister didn't think they could rescue the boy. RuralMetro dispatcher Kathy Deaver, herself 14 weeks pregnant, talked them through the recovery. "OK, we need to do this, OK?" Deaver said over the telephone. She told the grandmother and sister to wrap tlje child tightly in a towel and tie 'J D.W. Higgins. Though only 5, Ryan knows what happened in the early morning hours of Feb. 1. "I think he realizes his dad builds rockets now and doesn't fly in the shuttle anymore." In showing slides from his missions to the students, Grabe couldn't hide his amazement at what he saw from 200 miles up. "The views of the Earth are etched in my mind," he said. "You can't help but feel a sense of how fragile it is and that there's a need to protect it." vasio & Associates, is expect to report today to school officials with a reason for the ceiling failure and suggestions on repair, said Kent Davis, associate superintendent of ad-, ministrative services. The engineer also will review other school building plans for similar ceilings. Davis said it has not yet been determined who is at fault or who will be responsible for paying for repairs. "Our focus now is getting the building safe for kids," Davis said. "Then, we will get to how it happened." Tom TineleThe Arizona Renublic construction will start after Labor Day, authority Vice President Kenny Harris said. Authority board Chairman Jim Grogan attributed the late start to litigation delays. A suit against the authority by developer John F. Long ended in Chandler ban on smoking clears panel by 10-2 vote By Edythe Jensen The Arizona Republic CHANDLER A law that would ban smoking in public places including restaurants and bars cleared its first hurdle Tuesday when the Smoking Ordinance Advisory Committee voted 10-2 to recommend City Council approval. But the group stopped short of taking a strong stand on bar smoking and will leave it up to the council whether to give bars exemptions, make them comply immediately or delay the ban in bars. "My suggestion is that we disband this dysfunctional committee," said restaurant owner Bill Riddle, whose protests were part of the contentiousness that included arguments among committee members and shouts from the audience. Riddle said the law is unfair to businesses, and he doesn't believe secondhand smoke is a health hazard. But health advocates vowed to promote the law as a workplace health issue. No date has been set for the council vote. City spokeswoman Patrice Kraus said it is likely to be some time in April. A crew from Haydon Building Corp., the building contractor, removed the mangled metal and debris from the building on Monday. The crew also installed wooden beams in other walkways around the school to ensure no other ceilings fall. The covered walkways on campus with the same ceiling were roped off, and no one was allowed to walk under them. All kindergarten classes were moved to portable classrooms on campus. "Parents are naturally concerned," Davis said. December when the Arizona Supreme Court decided the case in the authority's favor. "We are now in a position to get moving again." Long property Manager Jim Miller dismissed assertions that Long's suit was to blame, noting that the authority was unable to break ground by the end of 2002 despite promises to do so if Long's suit was over by then. Miller suggested the authority's ability to sell construction bonds also was clouded for most of 2002 by the Arizona Legislature's threat to pull the plug on the project and controversy with site selection. "How long are they going to blame the lawsuit?" Miller said. "Let's move on with life ... (and) let's quit blaming John for a little three-month deal." to boy in toilet off his umbilical cord. "Delivery's hard enough for a baby," Deaver said. "Being born in a toilet has got to be pretty traumatic." The baby was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center and is healthy, Maricopa County sheriff's Sgt. Paul Chagolla said. Reach the reporter at emily.bittnerarizonarepublic.com or (602) 444-6846.

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