The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on November 21, 1988 · 1
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Monday, November 21, 1988
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r.,f -- Monday afternoon NOVEMBER 2 1, 1988 TWLIMTY-HVE CENTS EI ,,. .mate- 5 HAVE YOU ?T As- s Members of Michaela Garecht's family, .Kidnapper used "the Hayward girl's scooter as a lure ?y Diana Walsh T3F THE EXAMINER STAFF :3 Going to the Rainbow Market i'as a big treat for 9-year-old Mi Working themselves to death Japanese executives are silent victims of economic boom By Ronald Yates CHICAGO TRIBUNE :; TOKYO Like millions of other workers who make up the rank-and-file of Japan's corporate armies, Satoru Hiraoka was a good soldier a man who put the company first, the family last and such frivolous ideas as leisure time, weekends off and vacations out of mind. For more than 28 years, Hiraoka, a middle manager, faithfully put ' in 12- to 16-hour days, usually working 72 hours and sometimes as many as 95 hours each week at the Tsubakimoto Seiko precision-bearing factory in Osaka. Not once did he take a day off because of illness 1 pr simply because he felt like it. He was, as the Japanese say, a typical Kigyo-senchi a "corporation soldier." ; Today, he's listed as an official casualty in the war for profits and global economic supremacy another victim, say doctors, researchers and a growing number of concerned government officials, of an epidemic of enigmatic sudden deaths in Japan's hard-driving corporations. Called karoshi, or "death from overwork," the disturbing phenomenon has been linked to too much 1il and too little play. It's one reason millions of Japanese are beginning to rethink an almost fanatic jevotion to work that has lifted the nation from the ashes of World . 1 r : I I ! III' '.. X STRANGERABDOCTION Michacla Joy Garccht ,,,h 1279 ' Ikilihl r I C' , i " Wright.- 7 f I ' ' t,,'"'-(f'-nvu,!) ' JMVMbl-W,"lt u ; fi&Z- r- ' 1 .,. " "'" i i . - - J,! t"" tZt'' ..fe ....-J. .-.,li . . - See JAPAN, A-14 SEEN THIS . w EXAMtNERCRAKa LEE along with friends and volunteers from missing-child groups, distributed 50,000 flyers bearing her picture n n 1(0) a BDOglnlWSlir chaela Garecht. It made her feel like a grown-up. That treat turned into a night-mare Saturday morning when the blond-haired, blue-eyed fourth grader was kidnapped outside the neighborhood store in Hayward's Hillview Crest neighborhood. By late Sunday, family members, friends and people from missing-child organizations had distrib i '" , in' y t ! s" -; - ; 1 EXAMINER FILE PHOTO President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy in Dallas motorcade moments before assassination on Nov. 22, 1963 25 years gone by, but siiock lives on TV at its finest reporting big story By Joyce Millman EXAMINER TELEVISION CRITIC WITH PRESIDENT Kennedy's assassination, his funeral and the live on-camera murder of his alleged assailant, Lee Harvey Oswald, America was rudely in- SJSS.-'S COMMENTARY televised execu tion and the rituals of public mourning. Twenty-five years later, TV's observance of the anniversary of those events have often looked like just another excuse for some rat- See KENNEDY, A-12 GIRL? T7- J uted 50,000 flyers bearing Michae-la's picture. More thanOO people helped police post reams of handbills in the area where she was abducted. The police hunt has expanded throughout the Bay Area, and the FBI is reported to have started a nationwide search for the missing See KIDNAP, back page JFK assassination vastly altered Dallas By Paul Weingarten CHCAQO TRIBUNE DALLAS Jean Hill is standing before her third-graders, showing them a book of photos from Nov. 22, 1963 President and Jacqueline Kennedy landing at Love Field, the start of the motorcade, the cheering crowds. "Then three shots rang out," she says, and the students who have been fidgeting in their seats are suddenly still. She stops at a famous photo of the president, mortally wounded, just beginning to slump in the back seat of his limousine. In the fore- See DALLAS, A-12 'MM: 4 1 .j Hayward police issued composite sketch of suspected kidnapper The hunt for D.B. Cooper goes on Ex-FBI man seeks skyjacker, swag on river bottom By John Flinn OF THE EXAMINER STAFF VANCOUVER, Wash. It's been 17 years since a skyjacker named D.B. Cooper jumped out of a Northwest Airlines 727 and into the imagination of a nation. Local folklore has it that he's living the life of Riley somewhere, buying drinks for the house in one wayside tavern or another. But Richard Tosaw believes otherwise. He's sure Cooper and most of his $200,000 ransom money are lying in a watery grave at the bottom of the mighty Columbia River near here. A former FBI special agent, law yer and finder of missing heirs who lives in the Modesto suburb of Ceres, Tosaw has devoted the last seven years and $50,000 of his money to solving the mystery of D.B. Cooper. In a chilly drizzle Sunday after noon, Tosaw, 63, paced the sandy banks of the Columbia as a team of divers probed the murky water for bones and waterlogged bills. "How could a guy just jump out of an airplane and disappear off the face of the earth like that?" Tosaw asked. "It's a mystery and an adventure, and I can't let go of it until mm Baoslin p Ibfldl w Thomburgh and Cavazos to stay; budget boss named EXAMINER NEWS SERVICES WASHINGTON - Presidentelect Bush announced Monday that he will retain Attorney General Richard Thomburgh and Education Secretary Lauro Cavazos in his cabinet, and said he would nominate Richard Darman to head the Office of Management and Budget. He was expected to round out his economic team by naming Stanford University Professor Michael Boskin as chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, transition sources said. In announcing his choices for the three cabinet posts Monday, Bush emphasized the role Thorn- burgh would have in fighting drugs. "Drugs are public enemy No. 1,' said the president-elect. He went on to say that Thomburgh "will work with me to fight drugs with every tool at our disposal." Bush noted that Cavazos, a former president of Texas Tech University, is the first Hispanic to hold a cabinet post but he added, "Over riding is Dr. Cavazos' commitment to excellence in education." Bush said his choice of Darman underscores his determination to cut the budget deficit. "Dick Darman understands the numbers," Bush said. "Dick Darman will play a central role in that effort, which will commence immediately when I assume office. Be-See BUSH, A-14 INSIDE N.Y. congressman faces Wedtech charge Rep. Robert Garcia is the second U.S. congressman indicted in the Wedtech corruption scandal. A-9 The top stitcher in Quilt Project Betty Coffin, who has sewn 96 panels for the Names Project Quilt, says it's a labor of love. A-5 49ers vs. Redskins: must-win for S.F. The game between Super Bowl champs past and present could determine which team makes the playoffs. C- Neighborhood Report, Epicure appear today Because of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, the weekly Epicure and Neighborhood Report sections appear today. Bridge B-10 Business D-l Classified B-ll Comics B-9 Crossword B-9 Editorials A 16 Horoscope B 2 Ann Landers B-10 Movies B-7 Neighborhood Report A-15 Obituaries A-14 Scoreboard C-8 Sports C-l Stocks D-10 Style B-l Television B-4 Weather B-8 12 lth Year, No, 139 sl SS OP r v1 iff j C - V- ? 1 ; - 'y ' - sup if 1 w'jv Michael Boskin: Stanford professor eyed to lead Council of Economic AdvisersA-14 ickouts urang FJ.D. Absenteeism may lead to cut in force By Phillip Matier OF THE EXAMINER STAFF Soaring overtime, aggravated by a sickout among veteran firefighters, is costing the San Francisco Fire Department millions of dollars and may result in service reductions by year's end. Disability-related absences among the 1,300 firefighters have risen by 54 percent over last year, department records indicate. Sick days for firefighters are up by 35 percent. Much of the absenteeism has been traced to a core of white, middle-aged officers who lost out to women and minority candidates in last June's court-ordered promotions, the department says. Union and department officials say the "blue flu" has not affected fire protection in The City, but it's expensive. If left unchecked, the soaring absentee rate could cost the department $2.5 million this year, according to a recent controller's report. Total overtime costs in the understaffed department could cost The City an extra $6 million by the end of the fiscal year, the report said. The possibility of a $6 million deficit has Fire Chief Frederick Postel considering a number of cost-cutting options, including a plan to randomly close truck companies for 24 hours at a time, something the International Firefighter's Association likens to playing "Russian roulette." "Basically, I think they would be trying to fool the public by saying that all of the stations are open, See FIRE, back page CANADA VOTES . '"Safe Canadians vote Monday fur either Brian Mulroney, left, or John Turner and the future of relations with the U.S.A-2 and D-l SLOR See COOPER, A-12 - f

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