Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 27, 1988 · Page 15
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 15

Logansport, Indiana
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Sunday, March 27, 1988
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Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Sunday, March 27, 1988 Page 15 Associated Press Arizona Governor Evan Mecham talks to a state senator before entering his impeachment hearings in Phoenix Mecham Admits Fund Loan To Troubled Car Dealership PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — The two lives of Evan Mecham —embattled governor and wheeler-dealer car salesman — have emerged in the second act of his impeachment trial as witnesses sketch a complex saga of money, politics and family ties. Mecham, fighting to save his political life, is in his second round of testimony in the trial as the Senate considers the second of three charges. His son, Dennis, has stepped forward in a supporting role to help Mecham explain why an $80,000 loan from a protocol fund to the family car dealership wasn't illegal. The governor, admitting he was "not enthused" about having his personal finances spread out in public, said he was told he could use the protocol fund for practically anything he wanted. "I never heard the words discussed, 'public funds,'" said the first-term Republican who is the first U.S. governor to face an impeachment trial in six decades. The Senate is examining a charge that Mecham misused state funds by borrowing the $80,000 originally raised by his inaugural ball. When state law barred his inaugural committee from using the funds to pay off campaign debts, a "protocol fund" was set up instead to promote Arizona through events and gifts to vis- Wastewater Plants Can't Handle Toxics WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says that three out of four municipal waste treatment plants it surveyed aren't able to stop water pollution from industrial toxics. The EPA audit, made public at a House hearing last week, is likely to rekindle a long-standing debate over whether the agency has properly enforced the anti-toxics provisions of the Clean Water Act. The audit focused on 265 of the 1,500 publicly owned sewage treatment plants with EPA-approved plans, which are supposed to minimize the amount of toxics reaching the environment. The audit said that 57 plants have been generally unsuccessful in carrying out their plans, while another 147 plants have been only partially successful in meeting the EPA-approved goals. Only 61 plants —• 23 percent of the total surveyed — "have implemented a generally successful program and are effectively carrying out program responsibilities," the audit said. James Elder, director of EPA's Office of Water Enforcement and Permits, said the audit indicates "that the toxic impacts on receiving waters from publicly owned treatment works is more significant than previously thought." The audit focused on the so-called pre-treatment aspects of the Clean Water Act, which is considered one of the nation's most successful environmental laws because it has halted much direct discharging of untreated human waste into waterways. According to EPA, between 100,000 and 200,000 industrial concerns of varying size pump their wastes directly into sewers along with the wastes of millions of households and other non-toxic sources. The municipal plants are geared principally to treat human and other organic matter so it can be pumped into waterways with minimal environmental impact. Toxic waste from industry, however, remains largely untreated in the process, exiting plants either in the pumpings into waterways or trapped in sewage sluge, the residue that is disposed of in a variety of ways, including landfills. States Change Guardianship To Protect Rights Of Elderly Associated Press Nineteen states have taken steps to change laws that govern the guardians who fake on the personal and financial affairs of old people, aiming to close loopholes and prevent abuse of the elderly's rights. Almost all the action has come since publication last fall of Associated Press stories about shortcomings in the little-known but powerful system of guardianship, under which hundreds of thousands of people deemed mentally incompetent have had their affairs turned over to someone else. The series, "Guardians of the Elderly: An Ailing System," which examined guardianship laws from a national viewpoint and in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, found a network of overburdened courts that routinely fail to monitor wards under their jurisdiction, which often opens the door to physical and financial mistreatment. Legislation to strengthen guardianship protections has been introduced in Arizona, California, ColorAdo, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. U.S. Rep. Claude Pepper, D-Fla., has drafted a national reform law. iting dignitaries. The defense contends the fund always remained private money to be used at the governor's discretion. The prosecution says it was clearly transformed into a public fund by an agreement between Mecham's inaugural chairman, William Long, and the Maricopa County attorney. The governor, whose testimony is to continue Monday, said Long told him exactly what to do with the money. "Mr. Long said, 'We have gone through all of this rigamarqle and you can spend it for any damn thing that you want,' those were his words, 'except you can't spend it for politics or personal living expenses," Mecham testified. U.S. Citizen Awaits Spain Drug Verdict BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — An American photographer stood trial Saturday on drug smuggling charges and testified that his only crime was being stupid enough to let a cocaine ring dupe him into doing its dirty work. The trial of 23-year-old Conan Owen, whose case has drawn the attention of Attorney General Edwin Meese III, began and ended Satur- d a y . The three-j udge panel that took testimony for 2 l /z hours wasn't expected to issue a verdict for about a week. The free-lance photographer from Annandale, Va., is charged with smuggling 4.13 pounds of cocaine into Spain in a suitcase on March 13,1987. James Kibble, a special agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, testified that Owen was tricked by a drug trafficking ring into carrying the cocaine. Owen, he said, is,"innocent — or stupid — but innocent." The prosecution is asking for 10 years in prison on contraband charges and on charges Owen violated public health laws that prohibit the transport or sale of dangerous drugs. Owen, a 1986 graduate of Syracuse University and a former summer intern in Vice President George Bush's office, has spent the past year in Barcelona's 85-year-old Model Prison without possibility of bail. He told the court Saturday that he carried a suitcase to Barcelona from Santiago, Chile, for George Barahona, an Equadorean-born naturalized American who was living near Washington, D.C. Owen said Barahona represented himself as one of the owners of the Sorosa Travel Agency near Washington, D.C. and offered him $1,000 to take travel brochure pictures in Spain. The suitcase contained $200,000 in cocaine. Owen Administration Losing War On Civil Rights Battlefield WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan's defeat last week on a major anti-discrimination bill demonstrates the chasm between his administration and the rest of America when it comes to civil rights, say those who fought for passage of the measure. Some conservatives counter that Reagan's positions are very much in tune with the American mainstream. The enactment of the Civil Rights Restoration Act over Reagan's veto was the latest skirmish in the administration's rocky seven-year attempt to redefine — and some say erase — the federal government's role in ensuring basic rights to all citizens. Reagan and his conservative allies contend they are committed to a "colorblind" society and reject the idea that they are less concerned about discrimination than those who support stronger remedies. But their vision has led to years of confrontation with Democrats and liberals and often with moderates, conservatives, Republicans and business people as well. "People simply don't want to go back and undo things that have been accomplished over the last 20 years," says veteran civil rights attorney William Taylor, who helped draft the Reagan and his conservative allies contend they are committed to a colorblind'society and reject the idea that they are less concerned about discrimination than those who support stronger remedies. restoration act. But some conservatives say the administration's victories have not drawn the attention they deserve and do, in fact, reflect the public's feelings. "The picture is more mixed than perhaps some would have people think, about the Reagan administration and its civil rights policy and how much it's in sync with the public," said former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Fein, now a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation. Fein said the media has not fairly portrayed the administration's progress toward its civil rights goals. "On the victories, they end up with a little three- graf snippet on page 25," he complained. But Ralph Neas, executive director of the 185-group Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, said the victories have been small and-or temporary. "Congress and the Supreme Court have reined in the excesses of the Reagan administration," he said. "The only time they (the administration) have been able to do anything or change anything is when they have acted by executive fiat." The administration provoked an uproar early in 1982 when it tried to reverse a longstanding policy of not giving tax breaks to segregated schools and caused more controversy a year later by firing three liberal members of the supposedly independent Civil Rights Commission. 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