Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 30, 1987 · Page 8
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 8

Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, September 30, 1987
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8 -WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30,1987- -THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL" Nation FAA safety violations revealed NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration fined Eastern Airlines S9.5 million for safety violations between January 1986 and June 1987, five times as much as any other airline, a travel magazine reports. Pan Am ranked second with Si .9 million in fines, followed by Continental Airlines with 5821,850; Continental Airlines with $821,850; USAir with S812,000 and Hawaiian Airlines with $772,000, according to the October issue of Conde Nast's Traveler magazine. The five least-fined airlines were PSA, Northwest, United, American and Piedmont, which combined had less than $80,000 in fines, the magazine said. Delta was fined $251,100; TWA $158,100; and America West $90 500 The figures were compiled from FAA and Air Transport Association data, and cover Jan. 1, 1986, to June 11, 1987. Chairman pushing airline smoking ban WASHINGTON (AP) — Proponents of a smoking ban on most airline flights will have an influential friend in the Senate when they renew their efforts to enact such a prohibition into law. Sen. Frank Lautcnberg, D-N.J., announced Tuesday he would ask the Senate transportation appropriations subcommittee, which he chairs, to approve legislation prohibiting smoking on flights of two r"iurs or less. The panel planned to complete its work on the measure today, and the full Senate Appropriations Committee was scheduled to consider the bill Thursday. Lautenberg's restrictions cover 80 percent of all domestic airline flights and last for three years. His press secretary, Jim Abbott, said the senator had not decided what would happen when the period expired. Robertson quits network, ministry WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Pat Robertson, in a move to soften his identity as a television evangelist, says he is resigning as a Southern Baptist minister and severing ties to his broadcast ministry. Robertson's announcement came Tuesday, just two days before he formally enters the GOP race. "The call of God on my life for service has never diminished. It has shifted, however, from service within the church body to service to the nation," he said in a statement from his campaign headquarters in Chesapeake, Va. "As I formally make the transition from service in one to service in the other, I would serve neither well by blurring the distinction that exists between them." Robertson has emphasized his business background in campaign appearances rather than his long career as a religious broadcaster, aware that public opinion polls indicate voters are unwilling to accept clergy in high public office. "I'm running for chief executive officer, not chief pastor," he said Tuesday in Kenova, W.Va. An ABC-Washington Post poll in June showed 45 percent of those surveyed said Robertson was not qualified to be president, by far the most negative rating assigned to any of the six GOP hopefuls. Near miss for airplanes NEW YORK (AP)—An Eastern Airlines jet was forced to take evasive action when it came close to a military aircraft over Long Island Sound, the Federal Aviation Administration reported today. No injuries were reported in the incident, which was blamed on a mistake by an air traffic controller. Mary Jo Byberg of the FAA office in Burlington, Mass., said 1 the incident occurred at about 7:18 p.m. Tuesday and involved Eastern Flight 380, a Boeing 727 headed northeast from Washington to Boston, and a military C-141 on its way southwest to McGuire Air Force base in New Jersey/. ' ; * ; , • She saidthatin his near-collision report, the Eastern pilot said that at 23,000 feefT'Ke'had to tak'fc evasive action because a military C-141 was within 300 feet vertically and a quarter of a mile horizontally." The FAA's own preliminary investigation, she said, concluded that "the aircraft were 500 feet apart vertically, and three-quarters of a mile horizontally. The standard separation at that altitude, 23,000 feet, is 1,000 feet vertically and five miles horizontally." The Eastern pilot made a left turn. The incident occurred over Long Island Sound, about 15 miles southwest of Bridgeport, Conn. Byberg said, "Our preliminary finding is that an operational error occurred, a mistake by an air traffic controller at the Boston air route traffic control center in Nashua, N.H." Robin Mattell, a spokeswoman for Eastern in Miami, said airline officials had no report of the near-collision. Closed-door meetings banned SACRAMENTO (AP) — Beginning next Jan. 1, state and local governmental bodies will have fewer reasons for which they can shut the public out of their meetings. That's because Gov. George Deukmejian signed Tuesday a crackdown on secret government meetings proposed by California's newspaper publishers and broadcasters. The bill, SB200 by Senate President Pro Tem David Roberti, D-Los Angeles, defines the "pending legislation" that permits closed-door meetings of boards, councils and commissions — with their attorneys — as actual or clearly threatening legislation. SB200 was Robcrti's second attempt. His SB2173 of last year was vetoed: It would have applied the open-meeting laws to governor- The Ukiah Daily Journal Congratulates its Spelling Bee f inner - Justin McMwen Mendocino County's Champion Speller is shown here with his mother after receiving his new set of Encyclopaedia Britannicas given as First Prize. BRITANNICA: TWO CENTURIES OF DEVOTION TO EXCELLENCE When three Scotsmen published the three- volume First Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica in Edinburgh, Scotland, 176£ 1771, it is unlikely that any of them could conceive of the durability of what they had created. From this humble beginning has grown one of the most prestigious encyclopaedias in the world, and one that has never been out of print. It is the oldest reference work in the English language. appointed task forces, and would have further restricted closed meetings of small committees of state boards and commissions. Current state laws require state and local government bodies, including city councils and county boards of supervisors, to hold meetings open to the public except in certain cases. Closed sessions are allowed so that members of the bodies may talk about, among other things, legal matters covered by attorney-client privilege. SB200 allows a government body to close a session to seek legal advice on pending litigation, but defines that as only an action already filed with a court, or a situation very close to a lawsuit, or a case in which the body itself is about to file a suit. Opponents of the bill argued that restricted meetings are necessary to protect government from needless lawsuits. But supporters said government bodies can abuse the legal exception, since almost every matter could be related to legal action. Michael Dorais, representing the California Newspaper Publishers Association, said language aimed at forcing open meetings of state advisory panels and executive task forces was removed because Deukmejian cited it in his veto of last year's SB2173. The County Supervisors Association of California and the League of California Cities, the two most powerful local government lobbies in Sacramento, opposed the open-meeting bills until May when, in a surprise move, they withdrew their opposition. They said they were weary of the controversy. Mass release of Santa Clara inmates Hearing held on delta water use SAN JOSE (AP) — The early release of 785 Santa Clara County jail inmates will increase crime in San Jose and frustrate the city's new drug task force, said angry police officials. "There will be more crimes and more drug use and more drug pushing," San Jose Police Chief Joseph McNamara said Tuesday afternoon, shortly before the releases began. "It's a bad decision for public safety." By early Tuesday night, the sheriff's department had set free 58 of 785 jail inmates who are to be released under a court order. About 100 men a night will be released until officials lower the number of male prisoners to 2,600, the limit set in a 6-year jail overcrowding agreement with a local Superior Court. The men released arc burglars, check forgers, drug offenders and others who did not use violence, said Assistant Sheriff Robert Wilson. Those convicted of drunken drivers were not eligible. Residents of several San Jose apartment complexes said they fear the same men rounded up by San Jose police during drug sweeps beginning two weeks ago will return bolder than ever. "It almost sends a message that you have a license to commit crimes, and that in itself will cause crime," McNamara said. Residents of drug-ridden public-housing complexes convinced the San Jose City Council to spend $100,000 to finance the city's 2-week-old drug task force. "Now they are seeing the county let them go,'- said police Lt. Defnis Guzman, head of the program. "Sure it's frustrating. It's like'any- thing else, the old revolving door thing. It's definitely going to keep us busier." CONCORD (AP) — More than four dozen speakers gave conflicting testimony at a standing-room only hearing into how much more water, if any, can flow from the Sacramento Delta to California's urban and fanning areas. The meeting on Tuesday by the state Water Resources Control Board was the only public forum scheduled for the San Francisco Bay area in 45-days of hearings. The board is in the early stages of a three-year process that eventually will decide who will continue to get water from the Delta and how much they will get. About 200 people showed up for the forum, and many were forced to watch the proceedings on television screens because the meeting room was full. Southern California water districts, politicians and business leaders called on the board to increase diversions of water from the Delta to help feed their growing populations and economies. To bolster its arguments, the Metropolitan Water District, which supplies 14 million residents in Southern California, produced a report from its consultants that says the Bay is not in trouble. Water sent down the state and federal aqueducts instead of to the Bay has not caused significant problems, according to the report prepared for the district and other state water contractors. The report contrasts sharply with a study released in June by three San Francisco scientists who say the Bay is on the brink of irreversi- ble damage. "There's a perception that the Bay is in dire straits," said Tim Skrove, spokesman for the Southern California water district. "But the Bay isn't on the brink of collapse. In fact, the Bay is in better shape today than it was 20 years ago," His testimony was disputed by i Michael Herz, one of the authors of the report that says the Bay is in grave danger. "The amount of water flowing into the Bay is only a small trickle of what it once was," Hcrz said. His study found that 60 percent of the water that would have reached the Bay before the federal and state aqueducts were built is now being siphoned off, leading to increased salinity and decreasing fish populations. Twelve killed in Milwaukee house fire MILWAUKEE (AP) — A fire early today swept through a two-story house where 15 people lived, killing 10 children and two adults who were trapped on the second floor by the soaring flames. The fire broke out only hours before a woman who lived in the house was to go to court to fight an eviction notice, according to the woman's mother. The woman survived the fire, along with two other adults. The wood and brick house on the city's North Side was gutted by the flames, which also spread to an adjacent building. The dead youngsters were 11 months to 8 years old, according to fire battalion chief James Rechlitz, but he did not know the relationship among them. Willie Cross, one of the survivors, said the fire woke him up and he and Annie Phillips, who also survived, ran outside. Cross said he tried to climb up to a second-floor window using a front porch so he could help those trapped, by the flames. I go tup to the top window, but the smoke knocked me down?''Cross said. "It sounded like someone was breaking in the house," Phillips said. "Fire started shooting up." Rosella Ramthun, the mother of the third survivor, Jill Schreck, said her daughter had been served with an eviction notice and was due in court today to fight it. "They had everything packed. They were going to move," said Ramlhun, who lives down the street from the ruined house. Ramthun said someone pounded on her door about 5 a.m. and told her of the fire. When she arrived at the scene "most of the fire was out, but the babies were still in the house," she said. Cross and Phillips were not injured and remained at the scene. Schreck, who escaped the fire by jumping from a second-floor window, was injured, but her condition was not known immediately. Fire officials said the home was engulfed in flames when they arrived. They said the stairway to the second floor was burned away, preventing firefighters from quickly getting to the victims there. The blaze, reported at 4:42 a.m., started in the first floor of the two-story house, apparently in the kitchen, said Rechlitz. The cause was not immediately determined, but a state fire marshal was at the scene to aid in the investigation. "It was so freaky," said Dottic Brcwstcr, who lived in the adjacent building. "I was asleep. Who would have thought flames would have conic in on your bed when you're sleeping." Aquino deploys troops after reports of possible coup MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The military deployed troops around Manila early today after receiving reports that mutinous soldiers might attempt to overthrow President Corazon Aquino, a senior officer said. There were no reports of any attacks by midday, and commercial activity in the city was normal. Troops were stationed at checkpoints along the major expressway leading north from Manila but traffic was proceeding without interruption. Officials in Rizal province, east of Manila, said constabulary troops today intercepted an army platoon heading for the capital from a garrison in Laguna province. But the platoon leader claimed the men were going to Manila to demand the removal of their company commander and not to take part in a mutiny, constabulary sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The men were detained without incident, the officials said. Col. Emiliano Templo, chief of staff of the Capital Regional Command, said the military received word late Tuesday that mutinous troops planned to enter the capital from Bulacan province, north of Manila. Templo said Brig. Gen. Ramon DON'T "CELL" YOURSELF SHORT AvoU CtMutort Cortfr A/rtfmt C/wrgM 4 Con/tort Cov»ng» Privacy Plus ftedlophon* u On* Stop Lteyond Cellular . Mobil* Phone and iwo-w»y radio In one-no alrtim* charges lor calls between units . Extensive Northern California coverage Irom Humboldt County to Fresno • Users outside your system cannot Interrupt or hear your conversations . Add base station and pay no airllme charge lor calls back to ollice or other radio in system MOTOROLA INC. MUVfcCV MM IVSTtM OfFO DM IM nnml In bwintu communicaient. Piincy Ptw moo* tnd ponton <KM> flat out how muen men productnt nut Mmu can to MtUintriii coupon to UMaraM.lnc..KOkh«xi Cn •* Consort, CAMHO.Ann Kitn~ Tm'«*vi Montana, commander of a new anti-coup force, deployed an army battalion and two marine companies along major traffic arteries on the northern edge of the capital. Philippine constabulary and army troops were sent to Muniinlu- pa and Antipole on the southeastern edge of the capital, he said. There were no reports of mutineers being seen, but Templo urged the public to report any suspicious troop movements. About 2,000 mutineers attacked the presidential palace, broadcast stations and military garrisons on Aug. 28. At least 53 people were killed and hundreds wounded in the failed coup attempt. Mutiny leader Col. Gregorio "Gringo Honasan escaped with about half his force and has vowed to continue his struggle against Mrs. Aquino. "To avoid what happened on Aug. 28, General Montano look immediate security measures so that if there really was any movement, they would not be able to enter Manila and the confrontation would be outside," Templo said. Templo told radio station DZRH that the alert followed reports that Li. Col. Rcynaldo Cabauaian and another renegade officer had joined forces for a possible attack on the capital. The military claims to have been searching for Cabauatan in connection with a January coup attempt. Cabauatan turned up in Manila laic Tuesday and told reporters at a secret location that he and others had formed a "nationalist provisional government" to oust Mrs. Aquino. Cabauatan denied any direct links to Honasan's group. Cabauatan look part in a July 1986 coup attempt at ihe Manila Hoiel and is believed linked lo renegade officers wilh lies lo former Presidenl Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos was ousted in a civilian- military uprising in February 1986 thai swcpl Mrs. Aquino lo power. Marcos now lives in Hawaii. &*£££& This Health Tip is one of a series sponsored by Uklah Adventlst Hospital, which Invites you and your family to loin In the Family Health Fair celebration at Adventlst Hospital, October llth from 10am to 4pm.

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