Battle Creek Enquirer from Battle Creek, Michigan on March 19, 1991 · Page 1
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wmim O A Royal pain: Bo knows he's out of baseball, but he says he'll be back 1 B Cartoon copy cats: 3 major networks scramble to counter prime-time 'Simpsons' success 4B Bear power: Physical disabilities can't stop these special athletes 1C 35 CENTS Battle Creek 1 MARCH 19, 1991 O "SERVING THE CEREAL CITY AND SOUTHCENTRAL MICHIGAN" A GANNETT NEWSPAPER Latest Scores NBA Chicago 121 Philadelphia 99 Denver 108 Orlando 91 Dallas ..... 104 Phoenix 111 Sacramento .... 86 Indiana 103 NIT Stanford 80 Oklahoma 89 Wisconsin 72 Cincinnati 81 Colorado 83 'Providence 85 Wyoming 75 West Virginia . 79 Complete scores in Scoreboard, 2B Today's Highlights Flu season one of mildest in decades, reports CDC ATLANTA The 1990-91 winter flu season has been one of the mildest in decades, the Centers for Disease Control says. No outbreaks have been reported in weeks, and the number of deaths though not immediately available appears low, the federal agency said. "It's been an incredibly slow flu year," Dr. Joe Kent, an epidemiologist with the CDCs flu branch, said in a recent interview. "It's one of the lightest we've had in 20 years." Peru's health minister resigns; cholera spreads LIMA, Peru The health minister has resigned in a battle with President Alberto Fujimori and the country's powerful fishing industry over whether eating raw fish contributes to the spread of cholera. 1 The resignation of Health Minister Carlos Vidal, announced Monday, had been rumored since Fujimori three weeks ago rejected Health Ministry warnings not to eat uncooked fish. International health experts had praised Vidal for his handling of Peru's cholera epidemic, which has killed more than 300 people since late January. The outbreak is the first in the Americas since early this century. The resignation of Vidal came amidst reports cholera was spreading rapidly in northern Peru. Study: Teen pregnancies fall with consent law WASHINGTON Pregnancies in girls under 1 8 appear to have declined in Minnesota in the wake of a parental-notification abortion law, at least for the first few years the statute was in effect, a study shows. The study found that the average abortion rate for girls ages 15-17 during the four years after the law was enacted in August 1981 was 28 percent lower than the average rate for the three years before enactment The birth rate during these periods also declined. The results support the theory that "conception among minor women may be reduced immediately following enactment of parental notification legislation when migratory abortion across state lines is not a viable alternative," said the study in the March issue of the American Journal of Public Health. ' Volunteers trying to save mighty oak tree in danger MAGNOLIA SPRINGS, Ala. A 5-centuries-old oak tree that someone tried to kill is in intensive care with its own furnace and air-conditioning system and round-the-clock guard. While a court battle over ownership of the tree and its land has festered for six months, the tree has become a celebrity of sorts. About 30,000 people have visited it, many leaving with T-shirts bearing the image of the tree. The 65-foot-tall oak near Magnolia Springs is estimated at about 500 years old. Its trunk is 25 feet in circumference and its branches spread 150 feet across. Reported Deaths Lydianne M. Bowman Travis J. Brady Alfred B. Christiansen Wilfrid S. Dyer Robert O. Felts Helen Rose Furlong Anna AA. Hope Basil A. Johnson Lois C Krider Timothy C LaGrand Evelen D. Morris Margaret Pennock Elston Pierce Jr. Helen S. Raufman Larry Vanderkarr Neva E. Voyce Doris M. Woodward See Page 2A Inside the Ann Landers 5B Bridge 12C Business 5A Classified 8-11C Comics 12C Editorials 6A Entertainment 5A Features 5B Lifestyle 4-5B I Enquirer Local 2-3A Nation 4A Obituaries 2A.8C People 6B Sports 1-3B State 2-3A Television 5B Weather 6B World...... 4A r Judge: Newton plan unfair By JACKIE RYNIAK Staff Writer MARSHALL Battle Creek officials are regrouping after a judge rejected their plan to annex 822 acres of Newton Township. Calhoun County Circuit Judge James Kingsley ruled Monday that Battle Creek cannot annex the property it owns because the annexation would create enclaves or isolated pockets of land of Newton Township. Kingsley did not rule on the proposed annexation of six acres of EmmettTownship because, he said, facts are not clear on whether the township is protected by the charter township act Kings-ley has requested for more testimony on details, including how the township provides solid waste disposal for residents. In response to the ruling, Mayor Shirley McFee said, "We're disappointed in it. We need to reevaluate our position." City Manager Ranee Leaders said the City Commission will discuss the ruling today in a closed session after its meeting. Kingsley said he based his Newton Township decision on cases that showed parts of a jurisdiction cannot be annexed if the annexation causes areas to be totally separated from the rest of the jurisdiction regardless of how many municipalities would bound the enclaves. See ANNEXATION, 2A wCfeefr s-s EmmetiTwp, -6 Judge (Reasons denied: enclaves I S 3 didn't y ZZi - ' Division 1 this area FM ' Binder -i . . j -t Park Zoo j ; LmoyTwp, . NewtonTwp - OC f , ""'!. 2 1 V Binder Park co 0 I CM , j Golt Course -j :L mo 1 j Graphic by Julie McCallum Flap to finish 0 pi 1 . M .- '-X J? " -ill' . A t I n A G E AP Photo Mike Tyson, right, sends Razor Ruddock reeling during the fifth round of their heavyweight fight Monday night in Las Vegas. Tyson won the non-title fight amid controversy when referee Richard Steele stopped the bout in the seventh round after Tyson landed several blows to Ruddock in the seventh. Story, another photo on 1 B. eosiSe pyslhes to tie arm The Associated Press s sales to war Ihoto WASHINGTON The Senate is set to spend up to $15 billion in taxpayers' money on the Persian Gulf War, but angry lawmakers are also ready to hit hard at countries that have not delivered on pledges to pitch in. In a bill up for debate today, senators would halt arms sales to nations whose war contributions to the United States have fallen short of their promises. The overall $42.6 billion war-spending measure draws mostly on promised foreign payments and up to $15 billion in U.S. funds if allied assistance falls short. The Senate also scheduled debate on a separate, $5.2 billion measure that pays assorted other costs, ranging from aid to Israel Desert Storm yJg-jfl Inside: O Both sides consider speeding up POW releases. 4A a Jordanians continue to hail Saddam. 4A and Turkey to getting extra K-9 police teams for the Capitol. Once approved, the Senate will have to fashion compromise measures with the House before sending the legislation on to President Bush for his signature. The House approved its own versions of the bills on March 7, limiting itself to a vague threat that "Congress may consider ap propriate action" if allied aid falls short. Senators were ready to do harsh things to U.S. allies because huge sums of money are at stake. The allies still owe $36.6 billion of promised assistance totaling $54.5 billion, and every dollar less in foreign assistance means an extra dollar already-strapped U.S. taxpayers must pay. The Saudis have delivered $6. 1 billion out of $ 1 6.8 billion in promised aid. The United Arab Emirates has given the United States half its pledge of $4 billion. "If the promisor nation has money to buy arms from us, it can first use that money to fulfill its pledge to help defray some of our costs," said committee Chairman Robert C. Byrd. Impos'Ses wound soldiers Some taking advantage of country's goodwill By RITA MANNO Gannett News Service As the public opens its heart to returning troops, some people are taking advantage of that goodwill by posing as victorious soldiers or claiming heroics and medals that aren't theirs. Recently, when one Kentucky town welcomed home four servicemen, two turned out to be im posters. Just before the ground war began in the Middle East, the Camden (N.J.) Courier-Post published a story about the combat experiences of veterans from other wars. One of those interviewed never was in combat. Whatever the motive ego, status or a yearning to be part of history frauds often are shortlived. "Someone is bound to uncover it," said Pete Fabiani, a Vietnam War veteran and Kentucky vice-commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, an elite group of veterans who were wounded in combat That happened a week ago in Sandy Hook, Ky., when 5,000 flag-waving people saluted local servicemen who returned from the gulf. Two of them told the crowds they were happy to be back from Kuwait. But when footage of the rally aired on a New York television station, questions arose about their military records. An investigation revealed the two men were not even in the service. Military service records are not public documents, and access to them is limited. Service personnel can request a certified copy of their own records, but even military honor organizations can hit roadblocks trying to verify records. Albion's Thomas takes Southf ield job By TRACE CHRISTENSON Staff Writer - 1 ALBION Joseph Thomas, public safety director for three years, has been selected as police chief in Southfield. Thomas, 40, announced today he will be leaving Albion in three weeks to take the new position. "I have been pleased with Albion, it has been good to my wife and my family and me, and the staff has been supportive," Thomas said. "I am going to sorely miss Albion like you would miss any good friend" In Southfield, a community of 80,000, Thomas will oversee the police department of about 200 employees and work directly for the public safety director. Albion City Manager Ralph Lange said he will begin searching for a replacement. The city council confirms the appointment by the manager. Lange said he was unsure how long the process will take. Joseph Thomas "It is a very important decision. Maybe second only to the city manager, the director of public safety is the most sensitive position in the city." Lange said Thomas' departure will leave a void in the department and the community. "He is an extraordinary individual and has done a great deal for the City of Albion. "I think he demonstrated the concept that public safety could be done successfully and work very efficiently. He is a professional of the highest caliber and a very good friend." Lange said Thomas and his wife, Carol, also took part in the community. "They were part of every civic function, and he was relentless in his pursuit of advancing the community. There is going to be a void there that will take a long time to fill." 'Unsolved IWiysieries5 S'Eeps Mo DeFue case By BILL MILLER Regional Editor COLDWATER Authorities hope that when Dennis DePue's picture is aired nationwide Wednesday during NBCs Unsolved Mysteries, someone will spot him and he can be arrested on warrants for the murder of his wife last Easter Sunday. One of the show's segments, accrding to NBC spokesman Fred Weissman, will dramatize the gunshot slaying of Coldwa-ter High School counselor Marilynn De-Pue, who had just been divorced from DePue. A production company filmed the re-enactment in the city last fall After the 8 p.m. program, viewers are invited to call in tips to a number in Bur-bank, Calif. Among those who will be combing through the information Wednesday night will be Branch County Prosecutor John Livesay and Sheriff Ted Gordon, who are enroute to the coast DePue, 47, is wanted on a warrant of open murder, using firearms in commit- On TV: O WHAT: The DePue murder case will be featured on Unsolved Mysteries. D WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday. O WHERE: Channels 8, 10, 16. ting a felony, and interstate flight to avoid prosecution. DePue disappeared immediately after his wife's body was found April 16 in a wooded area near Branson. Once that month and in July, anonymous letters attempting to explain Marilynn DePue's death and believed by authorities to have been written by DePue were received by relatives and local newspapers. Circuit Judge Michael Cherry hopes the show will be as productive as a segment a few years ago that resulted in the capture of a Hillsdale County murder suspect "I hope one way or another the case can get resolved," Cherry said. I! 1.1 J

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