The Marshall News Messenger from Marshall, Texas on February 27, 1999 · 3
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LocalNation 3A Tne Marsnati Nes Mess-erger. Sat; oy, dog leave in snow storm; only dog returns ? 1- - , n NORTON, Mass. (AP) Corey "Anderson, a 9-year-old boy who prefers computers and video games to the outdoors, went outside in a rsnowstorm to find his dog, ' Jasmine. The missing golden retriever found its way back home within an hour. Corey did not On Friday, more than 100 people continued what had been an all-night search for the fourth-grader, battling snowdrifts and poor visibility to comb a three-mile-wide circle of woods, lakes, swamps and cranberry bogs in the town about 30 miles southeast of Boston. "I'm hoping it's something like he just got lost and found a warm placebo sleep for the night," said Corey's mother, Maria Anderson. Authorities searched in teams of five, their arms linked. Helicopters, snowmobiles, ice boats and search dogs were also used. "It's like a needle in a haystack," Fire Chief George Burgess said. Divers also went into Lake Win-necunnet, less than a mile from the boy's home. The lake had a thin cover of ice. Corey suffers from attention deficit disorder and missed at least one dose of medication. Overnight temperatures had dropped into the low 20s. The area had gotten a foot of snow by Friday morning. Corey was bundled up in two jackets, a sweater and his mother's fur-lined boots when left his house Thursday. "The situation is bad, it's freezing, it's windy and he has not been seen since 12 o'clock yesterday," state police Lt Tom Curran said Friday afternoon. "There are wooded areas that are so thick they're almost impassable." A smaller group was expected to search through Friday night, when 20 degree temperatures were v.. A Mrmioar offcrtd by the similes of i trM BaptiM Church this Sunday, S 00 PM in the church Activities Center, 05 W. Pusk M Call ixf. 1J for more inforniaiion. id 1 COUPON &vr-;-. b.O.C. FULL SERVICE COMPUTER SHOP With Purchase of New Computer Get A FREE Beginners ' " ". -'Class Wlh f&Gen Technologies! Bring Compojahtbr '.' FaS!c V cyw.- a FREE estimate . iDcato J. 501 E. Grand Suite BOC Hours; 10 am - 7 pm M r --j- ) - -93S-6651 ' ' "11 am -7 pm Sat. . i . Associated Press SEARCH AND RESCUE PERSONNEL hand out photographs on the shore of Lake Winnecunnet Friday in Norton, Mass., of 9-year-old Cory Anderson who was reported missing after not returning home Thursday from searching for his dog in a snowstorm. More than 100 searchers spent the night combing the woods and cranberry bogs around Anderson's home. 1 forecast . Lynda Andino, the former wife of one of the child's uncles, described the boy as a computer whiz. And K. Gerald Smith, principal of the L.G. Nourse Elementary School, said Corey is known as a bright, witty and creative child who is "absolutely consumed by videogames." At Corey's school Friday, the principal and two counselors talked with all the children during homeroom period to answer their questions and explain why a police command center had been set up at the school. The teachers were told "to be very honest with their emotions and their feelings," Smith said. East Texas leads fight against clean gas rule Cox News Service AUSTIN Can Austin and Sari Antonio residents get cleaner air without endangering drinking water for East Texans? Much of East Texas doesn't think so. Led by Longview, Marshal and Tyler, more than 30 East Texas cities, counties, water districts and other water suppliers are opposing a proposal by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to reduce sulfur levels in gasoline for much of the eastern half of the state a proposal endorsed by the Austin and San Antonio city councils. Reducing sulfur in gasoline allows a vehicle's catalytic converter to remove pollutants more efficiently. The trouble, the East Texas governments say, is that reducing the sulfur likely will lead to increased use of a gasoline additive called MTBE (methyl-tertiary-butyl-ether) that reduces engine "knock." When MTBE-treated gasoline is leaked or spilled from pipelines, tanks or hoses, it easily contaminates water. More seriously, MTBE used in about 15 percent of the gasoline sold in the Austin area is suspected of causing cancer and other severe health problems. "Here in East Texas, we have very little vehic-ular emission problems, and our water treat-merit plants aren't equipped to handle the MTBE," said Longview Mayor David McWhort-. er. "Therefore, our water users would have to pay increased costs (in the case of a spill) for a problem that they're really not contributing to." Environmental groups are also divided. 1 While the Environmental Defense Fund's Texas office has strongly backed the proposal, the Sierra Club has serious doubts. ' "1 don't think we want to shoot ourselves in the foot by trying to solve an air quality problem with something that's going to create water quality problems," said Neil Carman, director of the Sierra Club's Clean Air Program in Texas. The conservation commission last year began working on ideas to attack growing air pollution problems in Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Victoria and the Longview area regionally father than focusing on the metropolitan areas alone. ' The commission recently closed the period for accepting commenton its proposal, and it is now working on a final draft It probably will decide what action, if any, to take at its May 14 meeting. The commission's proposal solicited comment on MTBE but did not call for requiring or banning it. The commission's proposal affects 110 counties covering much of the eastern half of the state, including Bastrop, Comal, Fayette, Hays, . Travis and Williamson in Central Texas. The cleaner gasoline would cost consumers an extra two-tenths of a cent to 3 cents a gallon, according to estimates. But consumers and the Austin economy could end up paying even more if the air continues to get dirtier. If federal clean air standards are violatedAustin motorists would have to get regular check-ups of their vehicles' pollution equipment, companies seeking to expand or move here could find their plans restricted, and everybody would still have to buy cleaner gasoline. The city councils of Austin and San Antonio have not only endorsed the commission's proposal but want to implement it as soon as next year in their areas, rather than -wait until 2003, as proposed by the state. Also endorsing the proposal are thermajor automobile manufacturers, the Environmental Defense Fund and the American Lung Association. Austin Mayor Kirk Watson said he didn't want to create "a false debate" over choosing between clean air or clean water. MTBE "scares me too," he said. "I think where you have water quality risks you don't want to have MTBE," Watson said. "In this area (Austin) I think you shouldn't have MTBE because of the aquifers and the environmental sensitivity that we have." But, Watson said, the state proposal does not require any refiner to use MTBE. One possible solution, he said, would be to let local governments ban the additive if they want. Koch Industries Inc., which provides virtu-' ally all the gasoline sold in the Austin metropolitan area, opposes the proposal. Koch and other refiners have told the state it should defer to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which also is considering cleaner gasoline rules. Any new EPA rules are not expected to take effect before 2004. The East Texas governments say that they, too, favor cleaner air but that, in this case, the risk of polluting the water far outweighs the likely gains from cleaning the air. The City of Kilgore, in a letter signed by City Manager Roger Stephens, told the commission: "Examine your own studies. The air quality improvement would be inconsequential. More important, the risks of contamination of scarce drinking water supplies is reason enough not to allow . MTBE as an additive in your quest for cleaner burning gasoline and improved air quality." The commission's proposal said that the cleaner gasoline combined with the arrival of more effective anti-pollution equipment on cars starting with the 2001 model year and improved anti-evaporation equipment at gasoline terminals would reduce peak ozone averages between 1 and 4 parts per billion "in much of east and southeast Texas, with the greatest reductions seen in the Austin and San Antonio areas." The federal standards call for ozone levels no higher tl n 80 parts per billion. But Longview, Marshall and Tyler, citing a "study by an environmental firm they hired to analyze the proposal, told the commission that, the improvements in air quality throughout the covered region would be minimal and in their own area would reduce peak ozone levels by no more than three-tenths of 1 percent. The three cities also cited a recent University of California study that concluded that the annual cost of treating water contaminated by MTBE would be $1.4 billion more than if the gasoline had been free of the additive. The study recommended phasing out use of MTBE. The opposition by the East Texas cities is painful for the Environmental Defense Fund, which has worked with Austin-area officials, Koch Industries and others to devise ways of making Austin and the state's air cleaner. Jim Marston, director of the Texas,office of, the fund, calls the worries over MTBE a legitimate concern. "It's an aesthetic problem, a taste-smell problem rather than a health problem," he said. "But that's not to downplay it." Clinton President says U.S. must work with the world Continued from Page 1A deadline for peace talks between Serbs and Albanian rebels and then letting it slip. In his speech, Clinton warned Slobodan Milosevic, Yugoslavia's president, to exert "restraint, not repression" during the pause in the troubled peace negotiations with the Albanian rebels in the once-autonomous region of Kosovo! "If he does not, NATO is prepared to act,' Clinton said. But he did not specify what actions might prompt long-threatened bombing raids. Trie president declared his intent to certify to Congress that Mexico is cooperating in the fight on drugs, despite the widely held view within his own administration that corruption in the Mexican government has resulted in decreased cooperation in the last year. And on the day that his State Department issued a scathing summary of China's human rights abuses in the annual Human Rights Report, Clinton called for "principled and purposeful engagement with China, its government ; and its people." , Without referring specifically to the State Department's findings on China, Clinton suggested that China was "moving away from the rule of fear" but was "not yet rooted in the rule of law." "I do not believe we can hope to bring change to China if we isolate China from the forces of change," he said. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, who is preparing to leave for China this weekend, sat to Clinton's left as he delivered his speech, in a hotel's basement ballroom here. With Israelis and Palestinians at an impasse over the president's latest intervention for peace, the Wye River Agreement, he declared on Friday, "I intend to use the time I have remaining in this office to push for a comprehensive peace in the Middle East." "The people of the Middle Eart can do it, but time is precious, and they can't afford to waste any more of it," he said. V ACT? J rO Off Car Fr.!f And j5l, Pf 0 I i nil ) . 1 xa ' k) t i ' TB Jlw , A . ' VtSUw 10t t-- Am. I. - Mxul( 2-. ;v,im Reunion Family finds daughter after 10 years ; FAST CASH f ' Income Tax Ij Ijyp1 Refund j I: Electronic Filing & Tax Preparation p Best Buy Furniture ;308EastEndB Continued from Page 1A from Sweden and Salem came from Jordan to meet at the DallasFort Worth airport and return to Longview. ''I started running for Shafaa and grabbed her, we were crying," Salem said. "I started thanking God.. It was God that did it, obviously," Salem said her 10-year i.- v 01 nightmare has made her a better person and she wants her experience to serve as encouragement for other people who are going through painful times. "There is hope," she said, looking lovingly at her daughter. 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