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Today's talker Arizona schools chief wins round with Ms. Foundation Tom Home, Arizona's usually composed schools chief, came unraveled Friday over the audacity of outsiders "promoting truancy" and "persuading students to neglect their duties." The culprits: the Ms. Foundation and its annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. "There is absolutely no reason why Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day could not be June 17, during summer vacation." Home argued "April 22 is a particularly disastrous day for Arizona because the students are taking the AIMS test on that day." Sophomores will take the AIMS math test, which they must pass to graduate. The Ms. Foundation shot back a press release, defending its program as an educational experience but saying it was pleased Arizona would participate June 17: "We understand that student testing must take priority over our program." Home's response: "This is great news." Pat Komm News update The Governing Board of Pima Community College in Tucson approved a new student fee and removed a flat rate for full-time students, increasing the costs for some students. The fee of $2.50 per credit hour will generate an estimated $1.25 million for activities such as athletics. Tuition will remain at $42 per credit hour, but the previous flat rate for students taking 13 to 18 credit hours was removed, meaning some students could see a substantial Increase in costs. ! Paul Maryniak. metro editor. 602.444.NEWS or paul.maryniakarizonarepublic.com ; Saturday, April 17, 2004 SECTION B the Arizona republic news.azcentral.com OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING Panel to weigh limits on cougar hunt Jmg rate witaesses By Mary Jo Pitel The Arizona Republic In Arizona, every day is 1 mountain lion hunting season. And in most parts of the state, all mountain lions, from cuddly kittens to gangly adults, are fair game. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission today will consider a proposal to take the baby mountain lions and their mothers out of the hunt. A conservation group, while lauding the proposed change, wants the commission to go further. The debate comes as the commission prepares to set limits on the coming hunting season in Arizona. And it follows in the wake of the turbulence over the mountain lion hunt in Sabino Canyon, which resulted in a cougar being snared and removed to a rehabilitation facility. The Animal Defense League of Arizona wants the agency to limit the lion-hunting season and do more detailed studies on the lion population. It has mounted an advertising campaign, featuring the photo of a fuzzy mountain-lion kitten, and pointed to results of a poll that indicates 77 percent of Arizonans want to see the lions protected. "I don't think Arizona has any earthly idea of how many lions they have," said D.J. Schubert, a member of the defense league's board and the author of a study on lion management policies in Arizona. Until the state has a better grasp of the numbers, Schubert and others maintain, the state should limit lion hunting to five months, November See GAME Page BIO Who: The Arizona Game and Fish Commission. What: Commissioners will consider changes to mountain-lion hunt guidelines, as well as set rules on other animal hunts. Where: Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, 12851 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. When: 8 a.m. today. The mountain-lion discussion is expected to begin at 9 a.m. AUTHORS GROUP SEEKS NEW MEMBERS ti- t Hy Dennis Wagner The Arizona Republic KINGMAN Ten Mohave County residents must appear next month in the Oklahoma City bombing trial of suspect Terry Nichols, Superior Court Judge Steven Conn ruled on Friday. At a hearing in Kingman, Conn directed the prospective witnesses to answer defense subpoenas even though several objected because they would face medical and financial hardship if forced to make the Jack KurtzThe Arizona Republic Ex-Marine Walter "Mac" McCarty was told by a judge Friday that he could face six months in jail if he ignores the subpoena to appear in court. . trip to Oklahoma. Nichols' attorneys in the death-penalty trial are attempting to show that their client was a dupe or fall guy, and that lead conspirator Timothy McVeigh had other help in the 1995 terrorism attack that took 169 lives in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Defense lawyers subpoenaed 13 Kingman-area residents, most of whom did not know McVeigh or Nichols, and had only tangential links to the investigation. Three of the would-be witnesses could not be located, and four signed waivers agreeing to appear without an Arizona court hearing. The remaining six, including convicted in federal court and executed four years ago. He said the defense wants him to testify as a former Marine Corps drill instructor that McVeigh brainwashed Nichols. Before Friday's hearing, McCarty had said he believes that may be true. But he noted that he never met Nichols, and feels it would be treasonous to " testify on his behalf. In court Friday, McCarty said he has a metal plate in his head and is 100 percent disabled suffering from depression, sleeplessness, motion sickness and other maladies. He said he does not want to leave his wife, who recently suffered a heart attack and gall bladder removal. See NICHOLS Page B10 80-year-old Walter "Mac" McCarty, appeared before Conn on Friday. McCarty acknowledged that he gave handgun instructions to McVeigh, who was f i.. mnf' i Suzanne StarrThe Arizona Republic Mark Crockett is a local mystery writer who has set a novel in downtown Phoenix. The book is about a serial killer. Books written in sand I Valley venues pop up in local writers' novels unay ivicoam goes nome; full recovery is expected By Judi Villa n9Vorrrml mm azjeentfedcom The Arizona Republic Excerpts By Linda Hclser The Arizona Republic Cindy McCain left a Phoenix ot much scares Mark Crockett. hospital on Friday, smiling and looking healthy just four days An imposing 6 feet 6 inches tall, the 270- Turkeystuffer by Mark Crockett "The police radio in Proctor's unmarked after suffering a minor stroke. J' pounder has earned a living as everything from a military police officer to an emer The wife of Arizona Sen. John gency medical technician, all the while surviving 149 rejection slips from book publishers. But the firsthand research he needed for one of his police car blared to life as Proctor backed the unit out of the McCain said that the stroke was "very frightening" and that she made "a huge mistake" when she went off her high blood f mystery novels, namely spending two days living in and pressure medication without around a dangerous grassy park just blocks from the Phoenix Police Department, very nearly turned his ' i n nni v I I . i, t.,.,..... consulting her doctor. Doctors at the Barrow Neuro f. scouting trip into a hasty retreat. f "Oh, man, it scared the heck out of me," Crockett said. C Particularly after dark. logical Institute, where McCain was treated, said high blood Find out more about stroke and high blood pressure in the women's health archive at heaKhjacentral.com. But she appeared to have little impairment when she spoke to reporters as she left the hospital. "To me the speech still sounds a little bit strange, but everybody else says it's OK," McCain said. She was soft spoken and sat in a wheelchair until getting into her car. McCain hugged Dr. Robert Spetzler before leaving. Spetzler, director of the Barrow Neurological Institute, said McCain has already made a "superb" recovery. "It's very obvious from the way she spoke her speech is almost normal," Spetzler said. "She's doing remarkably well. We expect a full recovery. She just needs to be very careful to watch her blood pressure." pressure likely triggered the stroke. McCain said she had "It's in an area they call 'Little Beirut' because it's so dangerous," said Crockett, 46, who lives in Mesa. But setting his novel in and around the Valley may have been the secret to selling it to Strebor Books International, which published Turkeystuffer in 2002. It was a driveway of Chickenhead's villa at the Biltmore. Chickenhead was shifting in the front seat with Bitters sitting in the back. 'Officer down I repeat officer down! Shots fired at Denny's Restaurant, 5002 North Seventh Street and Camelback Road. Any available units please respond.' " Deadly Rx by Renee B. Horowitz "Shall we go to Jacqueline's? he asked, naming a Scottsdale restaurant that specialized in salads, quiches and delicious baked goods. ... We requested patio seating and were shown to a brightly covered table amid the greenery, an oasis that effectively screened the adjacent parking lot." been on medication but went off it after she lost weight and her blood pressure came down. first for Crockett. "I m happy to be going home f "All of my other books will be m one way or another to see my children," McCain, 49, said as her husband stood at her side. j set in the Phoenix area," he said. "It makes them a whole y lot more real." E Crockett, a member of Sisters in Crime, a worldwide h networking, support and advice organization primarily "I feel good." McCain's speech was mildly Tom TingleThe Arizona Republic The novels of Renee B. Horowitz involve a female pharmacist in Scottsdale. See NOVELS Page B2 affected by the stroke, which happened when a blood vessel in her brain started bleeding. ONLINE POLL azbntralcom Index Pet adoption monitor Keeping track of pets turned in, adopted and put to death in 11 Maricopa County shelters. Inside today 1- Roberts The calls began before sunrise. From across the state and beyond, people responded to give a dying mother and her Lottery B2 Make a Difference B2 Valley News B3 PhoenixScottsdale B4 Month-by-month Intake Adopted I Euthanized 10,000 W. ValleyE. Valley B5 Arizona B7.10 daughter Look for the Arizona Humane Society's Pet of the Week in Saturday's Arizona Living and this week's Community sections. Week ending April 10 Adoptions 681 Intakes 1,645 Euthanized 837 Includes adoptabte and sk annnalY n weK as those that can t be fehabtbtated. one Opinions Obituaries Valley 101 Weather B8.9 B10.ll B12 . B12 TODAY'S QUESTION: Is the sale of the Phoenix Suns a good thing for the team? Yes, this team hasn't performed well since Charles Barkley left. No, this team won't be the same without Jerry Colangelo as the owner. Unsure. Vote by 4 p.m. at newsjLZcentral.coni. Look for results here Sunday. Friday's poll results QUESTION: Do you agree with the Pentagon's decision to extend the tour of U.S. troops in Iraq, including military reserves and National Guard units, beyond the single-year commitment they were promised? No, bring in troops from other bases and send these soldiers home: 51. Yes, military operations are unpredictable and if these soldiers are needed to complete the mission, so be it 46. Unsure: 3. rj fl specal f Vift day. v.. J 8,000 6,000 4,000 2,000 0 Captain's battle No matter how many soldiers the Army calls to Iraq, it refuses to send one who sued for the chance to go to war. Capt Andrew Wright of Goodyear thinks the Army is retaliating against him. B3 March Jan. azjoerrtralcom For the latest news, go to MWMZMntraLcom. For more information on animal shelters around www.az4animals.com or call (602) 275-3366. Source: Alliance tor Companion Animals the Valley, visit The Arizona Republic

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