Times-Advocate from Escondido, California on February 6, 1993 · 11
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Escondido, California
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Saturday, February 6, 1993
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w Tf - Fast-food restaurant strikes back with lawsuit COHNK CAM Associated Press SAN DIEGO -The parent company of Jack in the Box restaurants is suing the businesses that supplied hamburger patties tied to a bacterial infection that has caused at least one death and 300 illnesses in the Pacific Northwest The Vons Cos., which processed the contaminated meat into frozen patties, also is a defendant in the Superior Court lawsuit filed Thursday by San Die-go-based Foodmaker Inc. ' The suit seeks full recovery of any money Food-maker loses as a result of food poisoning caused by a strain of E. coli bacteria that tainted Jack in the Box hamburgers. That includes sales losses and any legal judgments against Foodmaker, said the companys attorney, Michael Thorsnes. At least four lawsuits have been filed against Foodmaker in Washington state. Julie Reynolds, spokeswoman for Arcadia-based Vons, said the company is confident that its processing did not contaminate the meat. In addition, health authorities have made it clear that proper cooking would have prevented this trage- . dy, she said. Bert Bartleson, technical expert of the Washington Department of Health food program, has said that the outbreak could have been prevented if Jack in the Box had cooked the tainted hamburgers to the state temperature standard of 155 degrees. Spot checks found that Jack in the Box was not cooking its hamburgers to the state standard and sometimes fell short of the federal standard of 140 degrees, Bartleson said. But Foodmaker spokeswoman Sheree Zizzi said Washington state health officials have said that adequate cooking alone would not have prevented the outbreak. 1 Jack in the Box has since increased the cooking time for hamburgers, retrained its cooks and changed its West Coast meat suppliers. ' Washington state health officials said that 335 cases of illness caused by the potentially lethal E. coli 0157:H7 have been reported. About 92 percent of the confirmed cases are people who ate Jack in the Box hamburgers last month, officials said. , The death of a 2-year-old boy in Tacoma, Wash., has been traced to the outbreak and Washington state health officials are investigating whether a little "girls death may have stemmed from secondary contact at a day-care center. , Health officials have said that the most likely time of meat contamination is during slaughter, when the cow is cut open 'and its hide removed. E. coli 0157:H7 grows in the cows intestines and feces. Reynolds said Vons officials would not discuss how they believe the meat became contaminated. Also named in the lawsuit are suppliers, imported and slaughterhouses that may have supplied the tainted meat to Vons. I Thorsnes identified them as: Monfort of Colorado, Greeley, Colo.; Fresno Meat Company, Fresno, .Calif.; Century International, Pittsburgh; Cattlemans Choice, Commerce, Calif.; Starmill Inc., Oak- ' brook, 111.; RBR Meat Co., Los Angeles; Westland Inc., Los Angeles; Orlf ans International, Bloomfield, -Mich.; Service Packing Co., Los Angeles; and Crown Meat Exports, Wil-lington, New Zealand. t nowin CSIMTf IBWl? B1 (i 1 Brad Hunt is director of visualization GDOGmlSltolfi) pBDl? Story by CHRISTINE BRADLEY CARLSBAD If you talk to Diego Angel, dont be surprised if hes more animated than usual. Theres a good reason. Hes going for the gold. Angel Studios, a 3-D computer animation and special effects company in Carlsbad, contributed to the film, The Lawnmower Man. It is among seven films under consideration for an Academy Award in the visual effects category. The special effects company was responsible for most of the virtual reality sequences in The Lawnmower Man, a science fiction movie. Angel Studios used sophisticated computer technology to create most of the scenes. Virtual reality is a rapidly developing interactive technology in which real-world experiences are transferred to a computer environment. The user is hooked up to a computer-generated environment that responds to the users movements. Because virtual reality is still in the birthing stage, The Lawnmower Man showed the audience what virtual reality might be like in a few years, said Lisa Sontag, public relations director. The Lawnmower Man has opened new opportunities for Angel Studios. Before, we were a virtually unknown company, but this has Vistans explore the origin of life CREATIONISM: Hundreds attend beginning of two-day seminar held to discredit evolution as science RANDY DOTIWOASto writer VISTA Two weeks after the national media spotlight left the battle over creationism in Vista schools, more than 1,000 people gathered Friday night to hear the good news about the beginning of time. At Vistas Tri-City Church, an overflow crowd watched as the Santee-based Institute for Creation Science began a two-day seminar on creationism, aimed to bolster believers and convert skep cc:.nmin teciqlc3Y and software development for Angel This Is another computer-generated effect from the movie. brought us a level of respectability among our peers, Sontag said. The owners are hoping to produce a full-length feature film tics. The institute holds about 20 such seminars each year around the country. Officials said it was only a coincidence that this one landed in Vista, the storm center of a rip-roaring debate over the origin of life. But there was a big difference between the seminar and the recent debates over whether creationism has a place in science classes. While creationists tried to separate so-called creation science from their religious doctrines during interviews about what should be taught in schools, creationism and Christianity went hand-in-hand Friday night. SATURDAY, FEB 6, 1993 W WALDO HOJOStaff photographer Studios. using only computer animation, according to Brad Hunt, director of visualization and software development. Angel, founder of Angel Studios, studied animation and filmmaking at Columbia College in Chicago. He said he came up with the idea for Angel Studios about eight years ago after he saw what computer graphics could do with still art. I thought computers were the future of art, he said. Because Angel did not have a strong computer background, he said he needed to find partners with technological backgrounds. Sontag said the four partners Please see PIONEERS, B2 J The main speaker, creationist Kenneth Ham, sprinkled his speech with dozens of references to the Bible and Jesus Christ, and to a war between humanism and Christianity. Evolution has never been science, cant be and can never be, he said. Science, he said, can look at the present, but not say what happened in the past. Only God can do that, he said. Creationists love science, but when you step to the past, youve left science, he declared. You ask an evolutionist, Were you there, and hell say No, were you? I say, I wasnt, but I know somebody Please see CREATION, B2 may to miw ofty attorney CHANGE: The well-known North County resident is already serving San Marcos in a lesser capacity DENIENE mSTtDStaff writer SAN MARCOS - A former Escondido city attorney and city manager may soon become the new legal adviser for San Marcos, officials announced Friday. The 'City Council will consider hiring Ken Lounsbery, a top public and private figure in North County for more than 20 years, at its meeting Tuesday. Lounsbery would replace City Attorney Dan Hentschke, whose law firm, Brown Diven & Hentschke, has served San Marcos for seven years. City officials said they have been happy with the service provided by Hentschke, but added that Lounsbery would be able to provide assistance with all of the citys needs. We were looking for the opportunity to consolidate services, said Assistant City Manager Mike Mistrot, adding that the costs to the city would remain about the same. Lounsberys firm, Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, has handled San Marcos redevelopment law for six years while Hentschkes firm has represented the city on other issues, Mistrot said. iVHan gets 5 years for manslaughter D COURT: The Poway motorist killed a Ramona woman in a highway accident NEAL PUTNAM County News Service SAN DIEGO A five-year prison sentence was given Friday to a Poway motorist who killed a Ramona woman on Highway 67 while he was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine. Every seat was taken when San Diego Superior Court Judge Laura Palmer Hammes sentenced Jason Soule, 20, for vehicular manslaughter in the July 6 death of Janet Lee Driggers, 37. Driggers husband, Tommy Driggers Sr., and his nine-year-old son sat in the front row, Murder suspect described as kind COURT: Those who knew a New Jersey doctor testify that he could not possibly have raped and killed a woman SCOTT LEARN Staff writer VISTA Friends and family of Samson Dubria took the witness stand Friday to counter the prosecutions portrayal of the doctor as a rapist and murderer. I think hes one of the most considerate and kind and good- Escondido visitors bureau changes name, not focus TOURISM: The organization will continue to promote all of North County JEFF FRANKStajf writer ESCONDIDO -The mission remains the same. Only the name has changed. The name of the Escondido Convention and Visitors Bureau, that is. . Call it the San Diego North County Convention and Visitors Bureau from now on. San Marcos officials are already familiar with Lounsberys abilities and feel confident about making the change, Mistrot said. The city has had a very positive working relationship with Mr. Lounsbery in the past, he said, noting that Hentschke would be retained to finish the cases he is presently working on. Lounsberys part-time appointment as city attorney would be effective immediately after a positive vote from the council, which will meet to consider the matter at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 W. Richmar Ave. Until recently, Lounsbery had close business ties with the local community as a top executive of the San Marcos-based Lusardi Construction Co. and its sister corporation, Servcon Inc. He was vice president and general counsel of the parent firm from 1982 to 1989, and president of Servcon from 1989 until his resignation last year. On Friday, Lounsbery said he has severed all ties with the company that may conflict with his Please see ATTORNEY, B2 along with some Cub Scouts for whom his wife had been a den leader in Ramona. The husband urged the judge to see that he doesnt harm anyone else by giving the maximum term. Hammes imposed a four-year term for vehicular manslaughter and added an extra year for driving on a suspended license following a drunken driving conviction. She also ordered Soule to -pay $1,000 in funeral and other expenses to the family. Tommy Driggers Sr. said his wife was very unique, kind and loving. He told the judge that no amount of time the court is going to give Mr. Soule today will bring back Janet Driggers. The victims sister, Pamela Koleber, testified that Janet Please see IRAN, B2 hearted people Ive ever met, said Suzanna Pfefferblit, a doctor who attended medical school with Dubria. Ive never known him to be unkind to anybody. Dubria, 29, is accused of smothering a traveling companion with chloroform so he could rape her at a Carlsbad hotel on Aug. 16, 1991. Prosecutors contend that his companion, 20-year-old Jennifer Klapper of Cincinnati, died from a chloro- Please see MURDER, B2 The change was announced to members and area tourism and government officials at the bureaus annual meeting Friday at the Lawrence Welk Resort. A desire to increase recognition of the area was cited as the main reason for the change, said Executive Director Cami Mattson, who said the decision was discussed for several months. Because the bureau is a Please see BUREAU, B2 i 4 4

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