The Sacramento Bee from Sacramento, California on January 11, 2002 · 4
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f SPORTS Cl SCENE El B8 Fog A then sun 59143 O 2002 The Sacramento Bee Volume 290 No 1 1 Garcia vs Favre J 'Experience gap is huge but 49er says he learned a big lesson in St Louis Comeback menu Restaurateur Biba Caggiano gets back to business after battling breast cancer tn© FOUND! P 17 FRIDAY January 112002 www sacbeecom IBe© State final 50 cents A&ii ii'innijiiwpipm if iwii¥ rrfrrfc‘iti“ittit1lif'i'lYrffil Iffcfimti i it iftrt mi i By John Hill BLECAPITOl iuiiuau Gov Gray Davis ievealed his plan Thursday for patching a $125 billion hole in the $10(1 billion state budget relying on substantial cuts to health and welfare programs temporaiy loans use of future revenues and the prospect of new fedeial money “My budget is balanced it is responsible it funds Cahtorma’s vital services and it does not require new taxes" the Democratic governor said at a press conference to announce the spending plan for the fiscal year that starts in July The administration's strategy is to weather a sudden and perhaps temporary drop in state revenues without major disruptions to programs that have started in recent years especially school initiatives At the same time the governor wanted to make enough ieal cuts to satisfy Wall Street and conservative mtics that the state was bringing spending in line with revenues It is a delicate balance and aheady Thursday the plan was under attack trom both ends of the political spectrum "It's an outrage” Senate Piesident Pro Tern John Burton a fellow Democrat said of the budget's failure to provide stale cost-of-living increases foi BUDGET page A13 Bridging the gap Here is how Gov Gray Davis proposes to dose the state's estimated $ 1 2 5 billion budget shortfall a SS6 billion in loans and transfers including $2 4 billion from “securitizing" future tobacco settlement money a $672 million loan from road building funds and $87 1 million from deferring payments to retirement funds for teachers and other public employees a $52 billion in program cuts including $2 4 billion in cuts in the budget proposed in November $938 million from education $742 million from human services and $407 million from health programs m S 1 billion in anticipated federal funding increases $586 million in fund shifts which involve spending money from bonds or proposed bonds to cover general fund spending Sacramento Bee Inside Groups drop plans for a November sales tax measure Page A3 Davis’ proposed budget would impose millions in additional state fees Page A13 First group sent to Cuba i Rights activists question treatment of Afghan prisoners By John Ilendren LOS ANGELES LIMI S A US military caigo plane left Afghanistan on Thursday with the first group of 20 Taliban and al-Qaida pnsoneis to be trans-j ferred to Guantanamo Bay I Cuba as human rights activists criticized their treatment citing hooded and possibly drugged detainees being sent to “cage-like j cells” Pentagon otficials made no apologies foi the secui ity piecau- tions being taken with prisoners 1 whose ranks have sometimes killed themselves and their cap- -tors with grenades stiapped to their bodies The Cuba-bound prisoners were chained to their seats in- side a cavernous C-17 military I plane and required to use bed- pan-like portable toilets duiing a flight from the southern Afghan city of Kandahar that would take approximately 18 hours The human rights group Am- nesty International issued a statement calling reports of the delain-1 ees' tieatment “woirying”and sedation a "breach of international standaids” But Defense Secretary Donald ( Rumsfeld said the commanders I ovei seeing the detainees had carefully studied a prison uprising in Mazar-e-Sharif during which a CIA agent and Afghan forces were killed and a shootout in which suspected al-Qaida fighters revolted and killed the Pakistani soldiers who had im- prisoned them "They were all aware that I there ate among these prisoners 1 people who are peifectly willing to kill themselves and kill other people” Rumsfeld said “So 1 i PRISONERS page A20 r TTTTlTI 6i We lost a good person That’s the bottom line I just wish everybody would have had a chance to know him before this 55 Bob Bancroft Narine Corps Capt Matthew Bancroft's father Bob and Beverly Bancroft of Redding said their son Matthew began planning in the seventh grade to get into the Naval Academy so he could become a Marine and a pilot Matthew and six others were killed Wednesday in a plane crash in Pakistan As Marine he reached for the sky Photos in his parents' home chronicle Capt Matthew Bancroft’s devotion to his family and his career as a Marine pilot stall Capt Matthew Bancroft cherished his family and flying By Pamela Martineau BEE STALL WRITER REDDING - At 6 feet 4 inches Murine Corps Capt Matthew Bancroft was too tall to fly the fighter jets he yearned to pilot since second grade in Burney So Bancroft trained in a KC-130 cargo plane instead honing his piloting skills in a mammoth aircraft his parents called a "bus” "He was driving a bus” Bob Bancroft Matthew's father said of his son’s flight missions "He had a job to do” Bancroft’s parents who reside in Redding thought Matthew would be safer flying a “bus” than a fighter jet when he was deployed a month ago to fight in the war on terrorism On Wednesday Bancroft 29 and six other crew membeis died when their KC-130 a four-engine turboprop crashed into a mountain as it approached an airfield in southwestern Paki- Officiuls said the plane was probably delivering fuel to bases in the region The accident marks the single largest loss of American life in the 3-month- PILOT page A20 INSIDE Some senior Taliban have taken refuge in Pakistan where U S intelligence officers believe they are being sheltered by renegade Pakistani intelligence officials PageA15 News Focus Among the homages to victims of the Sept 1 1 attacks the custom license plate has emerged as a micro-trend PageA19 Families mourn the Marines killed when their cargo plane crashed into a mountain in Pakistan Page A20 Enron warned Bush ! officers The Cabinet pair did not take action or tell the president a spokesman says By David Westphal BEE WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF WASHINGTON - Responding to a fast-developing investigation of Enion Corp's financial col-j lapse the Bush administration disclosed Thursday that two top Cabinet officers were given an early warning by Enron weeks be-1 foie the Texas energy giant filed ! for bankruptcy protection 1 The two officials Treasury Sec-1 retary Paul O’Neill and Commerce Secretary Don Evans took no action on the calls from Enron Chairman and CEO Kenneth Lay a major campaign contributor to i President Bush and did not inform the president said White House spokesman Ari Fleischer Meanwhile in a display of the potential conflicts arising from Enron's extensive political contributions Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself from the Justice Department's newly I announced criminal investiga-1 tion of Enron Company officials ’ and workers contributed more 1 than $50000 to Ashcroft during his failed 2000 Senate campaign according to the Center for Responsive Government And in a further development Enron's principal auditor the firm of Arthur Andersen disclosed that a “significant but undetermined” number of its Enron documents being sought by federal investigators had been destroyed Andersen said its company rules require "the destruction of certain types of documents" and indicated it was still trying to recover the missing data Rep Billy Tauzin R-La whose House Energy and Commerce Committee is among the agencies and panels investigating called the destruction of doc- ENRON page A16 Rock etchings shake views of early humans By Faye Elam KNIGHT RIPPER NEWSPAPERS PHILADELPHIA - Seventy-seven thousand years ago long before cave painters ever reached Europe someone living on the tip of South Africa apparently carved a pattern on the flat surface of a stone leaving behind the earliest known piece of art The finding announced today in the journal Science bolsters the notion that early people were Aot the gruntii-j dim-witted cavemen of popular culture but thinking language-using creative people with powers of abstract thought similar to our own “It's a fantastic discovery” said Ian Tattersol an anthropologist at the Museum of Natural History in New York The simple geometric etchings he said “could represent the first really explicit symbolic behavior” The next-earliest examples of artistic creation are much more recent - cave paintings figurines and other artifacts that date back about 4000Qryears THOUGHT page A13 Inside! dee METRO B1 Fatal crash on 1-5 Two people are killed and six others taken to hospitals after a series of crashes along a foggy section of Interstate 5 from the Yolo Bypass to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge SPORTS Cl Ailene Voisin Grace on ice Michelle Kwan insists that her way - as a solo act without a coach or choreographer -is the only way Complete index page A2 7 111 12499 15 7 State files fraud suit against PG&E parent By Claire Cooper and Carrie Peyton BEE STAFF WRITERS SAN FRANCISCO - State Attorney General Bill Lockyer on Thursday hit PG&E Corp with a multibillion-dollar fraud suit saying the holding company that owns California's largest utility drove up power rates and ran its subsidiary into bankruptcy by illegally draining it of cash The lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court demands the return of up to $4 billion which would be refunded or cred ited to customers of the utility Pacific Gas and Electric Co Lockyer asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to look into the transfers last summer but said he never heard back from the federal agency that oversees public utility holding companies On Thursday Lockyer raised the stakes dramatically suing not just for refunds to ratepayers but also for potentially huge penalty payments to the state treasury for violating CaliforniJ’s SUIT page A17

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