The Journal Times from Racine, Wisconsin on April 9, 1996 · 7
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The Journal Times from Racine, Wisconsin · 7

Racine, Wisconsin
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Tuesday, April 9, 1996
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Lottery: . ; ; J Wisconsin: Pick 3: 879 Supercash: 1-17-23-24-35-36 Illinois: . Daily: 549, 406 Pick Four 4658, 5573 Little Lotto: 1-5-10-14-25 Wisconsin draws Megabucks and Powerball on Wednesday and Saturday. Illinois draws Lotto on Wednesday and Saturday. FROM PAGE 1 A the Journal Times Tuesday, April 9, 1 996 A page editor Alan Petersen I r J soyuyiiUiiupi :ions under consideration FIRE Piece of ethnic history burned to ground From Page I A near west side, with access to an Interstate 94 interchange. The team contends the location has greater parking space and would produce less traffic congestion than a downtown site. But others say a downtown site is likely to attract more businesses to guarantee the Brewers' share of the cost. Backing from the team's chief lender, NationsBank of Charlotte, N.C., is uncertain. Thompson said keeping the current plan depends upon whether the team can find a way to get private financing or qualify for a Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority loan, which fell through earlier this year. The Brewers have less than a week to show they can afford the $90 million. The other $160 million is to come from the sales tax hike of one-tenth of one percent that took effect Jan. 1 in five Milwaukee-area counties. The stadium board has said it will halt the sales tax May 1 if the Brewers dont meet the April 15 deadline. Later, in Milwaukee,' Agostini outlined the downtown site plan to the Common Council, including potential major funding sources involving sales of city parking structures and use of tax incremental financing (TIF) districts. Agostini said the downtown plan included: B $50 million provided through general obligation bonds, which would be paid off by the sale or long-term ground lease of four parking structures owned by the city. That $50 million, Agostini said, would cover the $50 million the Brewers have been seeking as part of its $90 million share of construction costs. The city's $38 million share of infrastructure, or site preparation, costs would come under the state's TIF law, which uses tax breaks for business to spur development of deteriorating neighborhoods. The county no longer would have to pay $18 million in infrastructure costs. Instead, the city would pay $38 million and the state $34 million. Under the original agreement, the state was to pay $36 million in infrastructure costs. Council President John Kalwitz said after a briefing with Agostini that the plan included a $15 million to $20 million contribution by the private sector in exchange for part ownership of the stadium. But Agostini described that only as part of discussion. He said one idea was that the team could sell pieces of stadium ownership to complete its end of the deal. Agostini said city officials believe there is ample parking downtown, even when there are events at the Bradley Center. The plan includes building structures to provide 1,500 and 600 new parking spaces. The proposed 22-acre site, which would include picnic and plaza areas, is on the Milwaukee River three blocks north of City Hall. Property acquisition and assembly of about $23 million would be required as part of infrastructure costs, Agostini said, and part of a freeway spur would have to come down. From Page I A It was known for the last few years as Rick's Party House and Dance Hall, but still was the centerpiece of the near north side neighborhood a settling ground for Bohemian immigrants who came to Racine in the late 1800s. They acquired a church building for their new organization in 1892, added a brick school building to the south in 1928 and maintained a busy schedule of gymnastic, or turning, routines that led some to call the building Bohemian Turner Hall. Nearly all physical evidence of the once-vibrant organization collapsed in a pile of charred timbers and ash from the fast-spreading fire. It was reported minutes before 1 a.m. Monday, when patrons from a nearby tavern saw smoke billowing from the hall. It was burning above the basement tavern of Rick's Party House, which still was open for business. Racine police said quick action by two men, Brett L. Roy and Michael P. Martinez, prevented the fire from causing injuries. Roy and Martinez went into the tavern and helped evacuate 20 patrons and the operator, Rick Jimenez, who leased the tavern premises and hall. As the fire progressed, Martinez went to nearby homes and warned occupants of the growing fire danger. Derek Monroe said his home at 710 Hubbard St. was about 20 feet from the fire. He said firefighters did a terrific job preventing the spread of 40-foot flames that snot out of the roof. Firefighters continually doused Monroe's home with water as they attempted to stop the flames at the tavern and hall building. "They had a couple of hose teams out back and one of their trucks out front, soaking the house down," Monroe said. "They did a great job. It could have been much worse." Fire investigators remained at the fire scene until the early afternoon, but a specific cause hasn't been determined. Firefighters believe the fire was accidental. Jimenez told police he had no reason to suspect wrongdoing. Demolition workers from Sam Azarian Wrecking Co. tore down the remnants of the wooden building's north and south walls late Monday af ternoon. Peter Flex said he didn't want the sagging walls to endanger a nearby home or pose a risk to curious neighborhood children. Fire department reports said the building as insured for $110,000. Flex said he was told by demolition workers that it would cost about $34,000 to raze the structure. Future plans for the site haven't been determined, Flex said. Sokol Hall operated in the building from 1892 until 1976, when it was acquired by Peterj and Roberta Flex and another couple, Robert; and Debra Brown. They named their business Fle'-Bro Hall and offered public hall rentals, catering and bar facilities. When it was controlled by Sokol Racine, the hall was home to gymnastics exhibitions. Karel Jonas, the prominent Bohemian-American who became Wisconsin's lieutenant governor, spoke at the dedication of Sokol Hall. i Racine still has a Sokol organization, which celebrated it's 100th anniversary in 1992. There were 35 members at the time most of them above the age of 50 and meetings were held monthly at Dee Dee's, 1019 State St. CABLE TV package unveiled From Page I A against the Kansas City Royals. There will be 29 home games and six road games cablecast on the Wisconsin Sports Network, which also cablecasts some Milwaukee Bucks games. These are in addition to the 68 over-the-air broadcasts scheduled by WVTV (Channel 18), an independent television affiliate in Milwaukee, giving the Brewers a club-record 103 games being televised this season. The catch is that the Wisconsin Sports Network currently is available only on Time-Warner and Century cable systems, which represent about 330,000 households in the metropolitan Milwaukee area and several other smaller commu nities in the south central and southeastern portions of the state, including Paddock Lake and Mus-kego. TCI, the cable company that serves Racine, Jones Intercable, which serves Kenosha, and Marcus, which serves the Burlington area, currently do not offer the Wisconsin Sports Network. Mitch Nye, the Brewers' vice president for broadcast sales, said Group W sports marketing affiliate relations people are involved in talks with the various cable companies throughout the state in the hopes of getting all of them on board. "Work is going on to get as many of the cable systems as possbile," Nye said. "We're going to have to get more activity from the fans out there in terms of them calling their cable operators to ask them to carry the (Wisconsin Sports) network. TCI of Racine general manager Davis Driver was out of the office and not available for comment Monday. Ruth Smieth, a customer sales and service representative at TCI of Racine, said she did not know if Driver has had any discussions with the Brewers or Group W Sports Marketing. TCI of Racine serves about 37,000 households in the Racine area. Prieb said a key feature of the service is that it will be offered as part of the basic cable service. "It's not a premium service," Prieb said. "People won't have to pay extra for it." FAMILY Brother had suspicions about mysterious material From Page I A sey in 1994 and another in Sacramento in 1995, occurred after the federal death penalty was restored to laws that might apply, a senior federal official said on condition of anonymity. Merrick Garland, chief aide to Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, was put in charge of the investigation, the same role he filled after the bombing of a federal building a year ago in Oklahoma City. Bisceglie was hired by David Kaczynski during the first week of January to relay his suspicions to the FBI. Among the first things Bisceglie told an FBI agent in Washington was the result of the Van Zandt team's com parison of writings by an unnamed individual and the manifesto. "The information was taken very seriously," Bisceglie said. At that time, neither Bisceglie nor David knew there was a $1 million reward. If they collect the money, the Kaczynskis are considering giving it to families of Unabomber victims. "Our hearts are with Ted. Our deep sympathies go out to the victims and their families," the family said in a statement Monday. Bisceglie said family members had had no contact with Theodore since he was charged but would see him if he agreed. David Kaczynski told their mother, Wanda, about the investigation only two weeks ago. "She expressed her sincere belief that Ted could not be the Unabomber, but she also stated that if he were then he had to be stopped," Bisceglie said. In an interview, Van Zandt, a veteran of 25 years with the FBI, said that last December he was given a 10-year-old, four-page letter and a one- or two-year-old, one-page letter by Chicago private detective Susan Swanson, who was working for David. Van Zandt, a psychiatrist and a linguist compared them to the 35,000-word manifesto on the inhumanity of industrial society. They looked at "how the sentences were structured, the wording and use of phrases to profile the author's academic training," Van Zandt said. The team also "looked at the ideas expressed for a psychological profile, whether he was a loner or member of a group, in society or separate." That team concluded there was a better than 60 percent chance the same person wrote the letters and the manifesto. A couple weeks later, Van Zandt and two communications experts concluded a separate analysis of "the overall themes, the style and form" and concluded there was more than an 80 percent chance of one author. Van Zandt said that the discovery of a partial and a complete pipe bomb at Theodore's Montana cabin indicates David "could very well have saved lives by coming forward." David's first suspicions about his brother arose late last summer when he read about the Unabomber's suspected travels. Considering From Page I A ( r The neighboring town and village of Waterford have undergone a needs assessment and approved an impact fee schedule. The village of Waterford charges a $173 park fee and a $137 library fee for each new residence built. The fee is collected when a building permit is issued. I The town charges a great deal more for new development. A $1,313 fee is allocated like this: $512 for parks, $276 for police; $271 for fire; $35 for rescue; and $219 for highways. The town collects its fee when a development is platted. Committee plans inquiry WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Banking Committee is planning an inquiry into the status of millions deposited into Swiss banks by European Jews before the Holocaust. I "Huge sums of wealth vanished and some of it may be sitting in Swiss banks today," said the committee's chairman, Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, R-N.Y. "What we want is justice after so many years' for the survivors of the Holocaust and for the victims' families." The panel will hold a hearing April 23 that "will lay the groundwork." Viivw ., v ,, m0 m . 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