The Sacramento Bee from Sacramento, California on June 2, 2000 · 1
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Friday, June 2, 2000
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pp oi IjUUJ JiJ tihjh JjU'U’J Founded 1857 Volume 287 T FRIDAY June 2 2000 M&S0M ltijJrlrJ UJJ wm mal sooo f “ ‘u J - i I f t 4 j Q i meet® fdpw Copyright 2000 The Sacramento Bee T LiHVCHASE FINAL 46(t www7sacbee£nfiMi Why we go nuts for ‘new money’ By J Freedom du Lac Bee Pop Culture Writer ou’ve seen them at the automatic teller machines organizing their short stacks of $20 bills by age (the new redesigned notes always in back for safe keeping of course) and you’ve observed them at the post office dropping those glimmering “golden dollar” coins into their pockets probably for good And just this morning at the coffee shop you found yourself stuck in line behind yet another person who insisted on sifting through all his change just to make sure he didn’t give up that shiny South Carolina commemorative quarter if he didn’t have to They are all nuts about new money these fiscally finicky people and they are everywhere Even at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing the federal agency responsible for printing paper currency “In general I keep the new (20s) and give out the old ones” admits Tom Harris the bureau’s deputy director “I do it out of habit” As do countless other Americans There are no statistics compiled on such trivial trends but it seems ours is a culture that covets the most contemporary currency That is when dealing with paper dollars the majority of us would much rather rid ourselves of an ancient Andrew Jackson than a redesigned $20 bill with an oversized off-centered image of the seventh president on its front Likewise for $100 bills 50s and now the newly issued 10s and fives which are just Please see MON£Y back page A24 — a Wtt?ttOTSTtS 1 'U' tU 1 mi O B S&sM Bee graphic New $5 and $10 bills should show up any day now The first waves of new greenbacks seem destined to be snatched out of circulation even though they’re only worth their face value Pomp and politics Texas Gov George W Bush walks past flags at the Capitol Thursday for a conference of governors from along the US-Mexico border Bush urges new ‘conservation partnerships’ By Aurelio Rojas Bee Capitol Bureau Presidential contender George W Bush mixed pomp and politics Thursday appearing at the opening ceremony in Sacramento of a meeting of governors from American and Mexican border states after granting a 30-day reprieve to a convicted killer In between the Texas Republican governor - who issued his first stay in a death penalty case after allowing 131 executions - used Lake Tahoe in Nevada as a backdrop to criticize the Clmton-Gore administration for using federal regulations to conserve federal lands Bush did not speak during the ceremony on the steps of the state Capitol where Gov Gray Davis a key ally of Bush’s Democratic opponent Vice President A1 Gore welcomed governors from five border Mexican states and the governors of Arizona and New Mexico But Bush began his day in Sand Harbor State Park in Lake Tahoe where he proposed tax incentives for private conservation efforts and more money for federal programs to promote preservation He blasted the Clinton-Gore administration which he said has steadily increased the government’s grasp on precious federal lands and seashores through federal orders ‘This Washington-centered mind set breeds resentment and it breeds needless conflict” Bush said “It’s time to build conservation partner- Please see BUSH pageA16 iliasi now closer to retumin to Cuba Court rejects asylum hearing Bee News Services ATLANTA - A federal appeals court Thursday firmly upheld the US government’s authority to deny Elian Gonzalez a political asylum hearing dealing the boy’s Miami relatives the biggest legal defeat to date in their battle to prevent the child’s return to Cuba with his father In unanimously dismissing an appeal by Elian's great-uncle Lazaro Gonzalez a three-judge panel of the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals concluded it could not legally second-guess US immigration officials because their decisions in the passionately debated case were “not capricious and not arbitrary but were reasoned and reasonable” Outside the Miami relatives’ former home in Little Havana where Elian lived for more than four months until he was taken by armed federal agents and reunited with his father about 100 protesters yelled and wept over the ruling A small number promised violence if Elian is returned to Cuba As the family’s supporters decried the decision the relatives’ lawyers said they will appeal - either to the same court or to the US Supreme Court Either way however independent legal experts say the relatives’ chances of prevailing never great to begin with were largely exhausted by Thursday’s ruling -the third adverse decision in the case The three judges unanimously affirmed a ruling by a federal judge in Miami who concluded that federal immigration officials acted within their broad legal powers when they decided that only Elian’s father Juan Miguel Gonzalez could speak for him on the issue of asylum A family court judge in Miami also dismissed as groundless a custody petition filed by Please see ELIAN back page A24 Partners propose world’s largest auto mall for city By Bob Walter Bee Staff Writer In the latest example of the growing power of auto malls developers want to build the world’s biggest one a few miles from downtown Sacramento in a 350-acre water-themed mix of car boat and recreational vehicle sales restaurants lakes and parkland Dubbed “The Concourse” the project unveiled Thursday would be developed by a partnership headed by Sacramento car dealer Ray Enos on farmland near Interstate 80 West El Camino Avenue and the Sacramento River Sacramento already is surrounded by auto malls on three flanks including the reigning “world’s biggest” on 98 acres in Roseville Adding one in the city would allow the capital to capture some of the new-car sales and much-coveted sales taxes that are driving the growth of auto malls here and across the country Already California has an estimated 200 auto malls About 28 percent of the state’s new-car dealerships are in such malls according to JD Power & Associates but they account for about 40 percent of Please see MALL back pag A24 fINSIDEI OBITUARIES B4 ‘Mambo king’ dies Tito Puente a consummate musician who was one of the last “mambo ' kings” of the 1950s dies at 77 FORECAST I SUNNY HIGH 93 LOW 60 SPORTS E3 Defending champion Andre Agassi hobbled by a blistered big toe suffers a stunning second-round loss at the French Open losing to Karol Kucera IH TODAY'S BEE Complete guide to features AZ 12499 7 New therapy helps stroke patients People regain use of arms in study By Sandra Blakeslee New York Times Using a new kind of stroke rehabilitation therapy scientists have shown for the first time that the brain can be coaxed into reorganizing its circuitry so that people can regain nearly full use of their paralyzed limbs in just two to three weeks even if the stroke happened years ago The rehabilitation called constraint-induced-movement therapy involves immobilizing a good arm or leg so that the patient is forced to use the paralyzed arm or leg for familiar tasks By intensively using the paralyzed limb people can literally rewire parts of their brains researchers said and overcome a kind of learned helplessness that prevented their limbs from moving Moreover the technique works for patients who had their strokes even decades ago and have had limited use of their limbs ever since The findings by scientists at the University of Alabama and the Freidrich Schiller University of Jena in Germany involved only the arms of 13 patients but the researchers say similar methods also will work for paralyzed legs Several studies are under way in Please see STROKES pageA23 Father son reunited in bizarre saga Bee News Services SAN FRANCISCO - A 10-year-old San Mateo County boy and his father are spending time at the beach rekindling a relationship that was severed eight years ago - after the boy’s mother allegedly poisoned the man with a pesticide-laced milkshake and then spirited the boy away to Mexico The biggest break in the bizarre case - which has been featured more than 20 times on TV’s “Unsolved Mysteries” - didn’t arrive until March 15 when the wife San Francisco native Elizabeth Fuentes-Ortiz was arrested near Guadalajara She was brought back to the United States to face charges FBI agents then worked on locating and bringing back her son Jonathan Jonathan Ortiz was spotted when his maternal grandmother brought him to visit his mother in jail Tuesday night Fuentes-Ortiz 30 was captured with the help of the FBI and returned to Northern California to face attempted murder and torture charges for the 1992 attack on her former husband Gilbert Ortiz She has been held at the women’s jail in Redwood City where police posted an age-progression image Please see REUNION ptu’eA21 J 4 i i i I I I 1 i I s 1 1 i 4 1 i ) ! 1 I i ! 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