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THE TIMES LocalStateFrom IB MONDAY, AUGUST 28, 1 995 3B ongrs ponders how t rewrite controversial law . B Continued from Page 1B The question of whether private companies responsible for pollution decades ago should be re- , quired to clean up the messes often when liability is in dispute has become a focus of intense debate as Congress tries to rewrite the controversial 1980 law. The Clinton administration agrees that there are many things that need to be corrected to make the law more equitable and efficient But EPA Administrator Carol Browner says "those who caused the problem should have the responsibility to clean up the problem." Freeing them from that responsibility could result in higher taxes or, more likely, a rollback in cleanup work, say ;Browner and others who oppose such changes. But others argue that under Superfund, a law enacted in the aftermath of the toxic waste scandal at Love Canal in western New York, the issue is not over polluters paying or not paying . but about fairness. ' "'Polluter pays' is really just a myth, a useful sound bite that doesn't square with common "'Polluter pays' is really just a myth, a useful sound bite that doesn 't square with common sense and fair play." Candace Sutcliffe, a vice president of Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. sense and fair play," maintains Candace Sutcliffe, a vice president of Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. Insurers stand to gain billions of dollars if private companies are relieved from cleanup costs. Chemical and other industries in the Superfund web also would gain, according to the EPA and congressional investigators. But who would pay for cleaning up the more than 1,200 sites currently on the EPA's cleanup priority list? Critics of the proposed changes contend that if private parties don't have to pay, Super-fund will become a public work program paid for by taxpayers. Across North Louisiana a Fire district seeks bids to build new station RINGGOLD Ward 4 & 5 Fire , iiauivi io auvci using iisi uiua a contract to Diuia a central nre station for the Ringgold area district Offers are being accepted until 7 p.m. Sept 11, at which time the bids will be opened in the council chambers at Ringgold Town Hall. Complete biddinz documents can be viewed at Ringgold Town Hall or obtained from Space Planners Architects Inc., 300 Washington . St in Monroe. Legislative aide to visit Junction City JUNCTION CITY A legislative assistant for state Rep. Pinkie Wilkerson of Grambling will be in "Junction City on Tuesday to talk v-with people about their views and state issues. The aide will be at Junction City Village Hall from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday. For details, call Wilkerson at 247-3186 or toll-free at 1-800-259-8122 or visit her office at 507 R.W.E. Jones Drive in Grambling. Thomas is the White House Bureau Chief for United Press International and the dean of the White House Press Corps. She has covered seven presidents during her 30 years on the White House assignment Berendt's first book, Midnight in the Garden of Evil, spent more than a year on best-seller lists and was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in non-fiction. He has written a column for Esquire magazine since 1982 and has served as an editor of New York magazine. - High school to hold open house tonight COUSHATTA Coushatta High School will host an open house tonight beginning at 7 p.m. Visitors will be able to visit teachers and administrators in the school gymnasium and tours of the classrooms will be provided. Refreshments in the cafeteria will follow. For more information call (318) 932-4913. 1 3 Free tests offered for sexual diseases MANSFIELD The YMCA-A1-lendale Branch will offer free tests for HIV and other sexually-related diseases Sept 6 at the Mansfield Housing Authority office. Tests will be offered between 1 and 4 p.m. The housing authority office is located at 600 Schley St For more information call (318) 221-4133. Sen. Mike Foster to stump Ruston RUSTON State Sen. Mike Foster of Franklin will bring his gubernatorial campaign to Ruston this week. Foster will hold a town meeting from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday in the Ruston Civic Center. For details, call (800) 634-9414. Author, journalist to speak at NSU NATCHITOCHES Author John Berendt and journalist Helen Thomas will speak at Northwestern State University this fall as part of NSlTs Distinguished Lecture Series. Berendt will speak at 9:30 a.m. Oct 26 and Thomas' lecture will be held at 10 a.m. Sept 18. Both .will be in the AA Fredericks Auditorium with free admission for the general public Many High invites parents to tour school MANY Students, faculty and parents are invited to attend an open house slated tonight at Many High School. The event will begin at 6 in the school cafeteria. Parents will have the opportunity to tour their children's classrooms. Door prizes will be offered and refreshments will be available. For more information call (318) 256-2114. Multicraft training on tap at institute SPRINGHILL Multicraft training leading to employment or 1 additional training in industrial maintenance is being offered at the Springhill campus of Northwest Louisiana Technical Institute. The self-paced program is designed for people with no skills to complete the course within two years with average progress. Subjects include reading blueprints, rigging, pipe-fitting, millwright welding, electricity, computers, industrial refrigeration, metal fabrication and job-seeking skills. People may enroll anytime openings exist For details, call (318) 5394091 or toll-free at (800) 529-1387. To contribute a news Item: In Bienville, Claiborne, Lincoln and Webster parishes, call Curtis Heyen, 255-3902, or fax Information to 255-3907. For DeSoto, Natchitoches, Red River and Sabine parishes, call 352-9605, or fax Information to 352-4987. E-mail to: newsOthetimes.com Traffic hassles Here's where some traffic problems can be expected this week. D Lakeshore Dr., from Willow Ridge to St Mathais Dr. Norris Ferry, from Overton Brooks to Southern Trace Fern Ave., from Bert Kouns to Sand Beach Blvd. Lakeshore Dr., from 1-220 to S. Lakeshore Dr. Willie Mays St, Audrey Lane to Shepherd Audrey Lane, Willie Mays St to Fifth St Fifth St., Hill St to Audrey Ln. Roumoy Lucas Rd. at 1-49 (off site work) N. Market from Booth Dr. to Poleman Legardy St, from Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., from north until its end Hartman St, Talbot St. to Garden St David Raines Rd., from Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. to Fifth St West Laurel St, from Alabama Avenue to Arkansas Ave. Norris Ferry, south of Ellerbe Rd. Day St, from Church to Martin Commerce St, from Crockett St to Caddo St Greenwood Rd. (west of Pines Rd.) 1000ft (sewer) N. Lakewood Industrial Loop east of Woolworth Rd. to Buncombe Rd. (sewer) BairdRd.-9600 block Hutchinson St at Greenwood Rd. to Bollen St Pennsylvania Av., from Fern St to Norway and Tibbs St Line Ave. at Betty Virginia park Martin St, from Church St to Day St Belmont, from Corbitt to Vivian- Church St., from Roumoy Lucas to Grantham Ellerbe Rd., from Forbing Rd. to Ellerbe Ridge Dr. Bermuda Barrone, from Country Club Dr. to Esplanade J LzBhb. - Marshall St, from Milam to Travis McNeill St, from Milam to Travis Milam St, from Common to Commerce Yarborough Road in the 6000 block. Bermuda St at 2000 block Linwood Avenue at 62nd St Chamberlain, from Curtis Ln. to Country Club Dr. Freddie St, east of Legardy The Times Reunion on tap for Cold War Peacemaker Around the Base It was bigger than a B-52, and louder, but many people around Barksdale Air , Force Base John Prime especially those born after 1960 probably don't remember the B-36 Peacemaker. The giant bomber had six rearward-facing propellers and four jet engines in pods that hung off its 230-foot wings, and for a dozen years these giant planes were the nation's primary long-range nuclear delivery system. At a critical time in the Cold War, they were the planes that could deliver the goods to the Soviet Union. All but a handful of the planes were sent to the scrapyard by 1960, melted down to make aluminum for such things as refrigerators and cars. The big planes never fired a shot in anger. Still, there are lots of Air Force retirees and veterans who remember the planes nicknamed "the aluminum overcast" with sizable numbers in the Ark-La-Tex. They may be present at tile first West Coast B-36 Peacemaker Reunion, set for Oct 13-15 at Castle Air Force Base, near Merced, Calif. Events scheduled include a luncheon, a tour of Castle's newly refurbished RB-36H, a group photo and a grand banquet with test pilot Beryl Erickson as the guest speaker. Erickson flew the XB-36, the first of the giant craft ever built, for the Convair Corporation. That company, the forerunner of today's General Dynamics Corp., built the more than 200 B-36s that once ruled the skies. The reunion has a $15, non-refundable registration fee. To register or for more information, contact Chuck Barber at (619) 561-5505 or write: 9506 Emerald Grove Avenue, Lakeside, Calif. 92040. Members of the Air Force's RED HORSE units that stands for Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer will celebrate the unit's 30th birthday at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada Oct 5-7. Current and prior members, called "horsemen," are invited to see how the organization's ways of working have changed over the decades. The unit hosting the get-together is the 820th RHS. . Events planned so far include a family picnic, an open house and parade at the former Lake Mead Naval Base at Nellis, and a semi-formal dinner and golf tournament The last two events each have a $30 fee, with tickets to the dinner on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Maj. Steve McCutcheon of the 307th RHS at Barksdale Air Force Base, 4564892. D The 87th Infantry Division and its combat support units will hold a 46th annual reunion Sept 17-24 at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston, W.V. The unit known as the Golden Acorns, fought 154 days of almost continual combat in World War II, seeing heavy action in Europe and earning praise from such an exacting commander as Gen. George Patton. For more information, call reunion contact Gladwin Pascuzzo at (810) 887-9005, or write to 2374 N. Dundee Court, Highland, Mich. 48357-3716. The Korean War Veterans Memorial Advisory Board is seeking pictures of veterans of that conflict who were killed in action, reported as missing in action or taken prisoner. This will be used to augment a computerized database that will also gather such information as the name, rank, serial number, home of record, unit and date of casualty of the military member. The board is hopeful relatives, friends and spouses of the missing, killed and prisoners can provide this information. Photos and other information should be sent to the board care of the U.S. Dept of the Interiors Main Building, 18th and C Streets, N.W., Room 7424, Wash ington, D.C. 20240-9997. People should send photographic copies of pictures with identities clearly inscribed, since the board cannot return photos. John Andrew Prime Is a Times writer. His column appears Mondays. He can be reached by ' calling 459-3264 or sending a fax -to 459-3301. E-mail to: II vingthetimes uunet.uu.net Early mistakes hampered investigation, experts say A composite sketch of the New Orleans serial killer Continued from Page 1B clear signs of a serial killer have been spotted, investigations have been hamstrung by the same problems. B There is little push to solve the first murders. The victims are often prostitutes, drug abusers or drifters: people who vanish easily and who have few champions to press police for action. The killer in New Orleans is preying on this group. B The bodies tend to be scattered, so that many law enforcement agencies are involved and coordination among them is difficult In New Orleans, the killer has begun to choose victims in the city, then dump their nude corpses in areas policed by other departments. B Police are slow to realize and reluctant to acknowledge their adversary. This means investigators can miss chances to gather evidence and develop suspects when the killer is a beginner and hence more likely to make a mistake. Neil Gallagher, an FBI agent in New Orleans, hinted two weeks ago that this problem has hurt the local case, saying, "The quality of the earlier investigations are not up to standard." A combination of these elements apparently crippled the NOPD investigation in 1992. Arnesta Taylor, then superintendent told officers privately not to focus on dead crack addicts and prostitutes, a detective who spoke on condition of anonymity told The Times-Picayune newspaper. "I never said anything like that" Taylor said. That investigation was pursued, and every murder was made a high priority." But Rafael Goyeneche, director of the Metropolitan Crime Commission, said it is not surprising a string of dead prostitutes failed to animate the department or the public. "I'm sure the background of the victims means law enforcement didn't give them the scrutiny another class of victims might have gotten," he said. Unfortunately, that is the rule rather than the exception, said Bob Keppel, an investigator with the Washington state attorney general's office. Keppel is one of America's top serial killer hunters, having tracked Ted Bundy and the Green River Killer in the Pacific Northwest "Somebody has to be missed, and somebody has to care that they're missed," he said. "But usually nobody cares and there isn't any clamoring at alL If it was your daughter or the mayor's daughter in the mix, it would be a whole different story, and the budget to catch the killer would be unlimited." Former NOPD Assistant Superintendent Antoine Saacks, who led the 1992 manhunt agreed that Taylor put the investigation on the back burner. He said he was extremely frustrated by the experience. But other problems, such as the differing police jurisdictions in which the corpses were dumped and old-fashioned obsti-nance by some detectives, created additional headaches, he said. "We had to force everyone to admit this was a serial killer," he said. That's one of the reasons law enforcement never gets out of a ditch." In other cases, the coroner's office neglected to perform certain tests on apparent victims. Saacks said detectives began to attend autopsies to make certain pathologists checked for specific clues. For example, Saacks said, there is a tiny bone in the neck that often snaps when someone is strangled a telltale sign that can easily be missed. Saacks said police did develop one solid suspect in the case, whom he declined to identify. The suspect emerged because the killer, still a novice at his crime, had made an error. He failed to kill one of his victims. On July 22, 1991, a known prostitute in Algiers regained consciousness and found herself naked under a pile of tires near Memorial Park Drive and Nevada Street She told police a man had begun choking her the minute she got in a car with him, but she was able to give enough of a description for police to create the composite sketch. Saacks said the suspect moved to California, and the killings apparently stopped. But in October 1992, the woman told police she spotted her attacker in an Algiers parking lot Saacks, who was dismissed, from the force in 1994 on charges, he consorted with a businessman -with ties to the mob, said he has-not been contacted by the task-force, but he believes the suspect' remains in New Orleans. The FBI confirmed there was aJ 12-month gap in the discovery of victims of the New Orleans killer, from Feb. 22, 1993, to Feb. 5, 1994 , a very long time for a serial killer to restrain his homicidal impulses. .; " f Criminal Defense & Personal Injury David S. Williams Attorney at Law Free Consultation Ii04u irving ri. zzz-wtv & XV f Set Your Sights On A New Look Same Day Contacts $49 (Extended Wear 99) ISION vNE Officii provide or tno Mall St. Vincent 227-2451 rovptt For iy Exam Appotiilniaiil Cl 221-4444 Pi. Gtwy M EafcowslU r. DIAL BU FOB IIQO0SG0PES! Brought to you by: UICK TR MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS. Dial 211. 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