Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on December 1, 1999 · Page 2
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 2

Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, December 1, 1999
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2—WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1,1999 THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL AFTERNOON BRIEFING A quick read of the world Associated Press Protests disrupt WTO session, but ministers insist they will carry on SEATTLE — Stunned by violent street protests, officials at a 135- nation trade gathering insisted they would push ahead with their effort to launch a new round of talks aimed at breaking down barriers to global comrnerce. President Clinton was scheduled to address ministers today in the conference he has been banking on heavily, but was heading into a shattered downtown where officials sought to restore order with an overnight curfew and officers in riot gear. Washington Gov. Gary Locke ordered as many as 200 members of the National Guard and 300 state troopers to Seattle, where they will serve as backup to police who on Tuesday battled rampaging protesters with tear gas and pepper spray. "This conference will be a success. The issues are far too important to be ignored," said Mike Moore, director general of the World Trade Organization. WTO delegates long had expected protests, but nothing like the storm that hit Seattle when at least 40,000 activists took to the streets Tuesday. Some 5,000 protesters confronted police, with a handful launching an assault on the downtown business area. Windows were shattered everywhere from NikeTown to Santa's Village outside of Nordstrom. A Starbucks coffee shop was broken into and looted. The protests threatened to become a major embarrassment for the Clinton administration. News of the violence generated headlines across Asia today: "Demonstrators overrun Seattle," said a page-one headline in the Times of India, one of India's top national newspapers. Bush tax plan would aid very rich and working poor DES MOINES, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush wants to slash tax rates at all income levels, proposing a five-year, $483 billion package he says will "make life better for average men, women and children." Targeting the working poor as well as the very rich, Bush's package embraces conservative economic staples with a populist twist, further defining what he means by his promise to be a "compassionate conservative." The proposal, which Bush was unveiling today, drew instant criticism from Republican and Democratic rivals as the GOP front-runner looks beyond the primaries to court general election voters. The package would cut taxes a bit deeper than a similar Republican congressional package vetoed this year by President Clinton, but is not nearly as ambitious as the flat-tax overhaul championed by presidential rival Steve Forbes and other conservatives. "Clearly, Bush faced down the tax code and blinked," Forbes spokeswoman Juleanna Glover Weiss said. Mexico, U.S. dig for bodies of 100 missing CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — U.S. and Mexican authorities unearthed the remains of two people during aruntensive, search of border ranches where an FBI informant has indicated that as many as 100 victims of a powerful drug cartel could be buried. FBI forensic experts worked with Mexican soldiers and ski- masked police Tuesday searching two desert ranches near the city of Ciudad Juarez, once the undisputed territory of the Juarez drug cartel, at one time Mexico's largest and most violent drug-smuggling outfit. Authorities were led to the ranches by an 1 informant who approached the FBI early this year, a federal law enforcement official said in Washington. The informant said there might be as many as 100 bodies there, including people who had been providing informa- tion to U.S. drug agents, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Bones, clothing and shoes were found at the Rancho de la Campana, 10 miles southwest of Ciudad Juarez, Attorney General Jorge Madrazo told TV Azteca in a live interview late Tuesday. Madrazo reiterated that officials do not believe that any bodies of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration or FBI agents are at the ranches. But he said agents of the Mexican federal judicial police could be buried there. December tax moves could ease IRS bill in April WASHINGTON — Only one month remains in the year, but there is still time to make some moves that could pay off when tax time arrives in April. "Even if you haven't given a thought all year to your 1999 tax liability, it's never too late to take advantage of some tax-saving strategies," said Keith Gates, tax partner in the Boston office of DeLoitte & Touche LLP. Even love and death can have tax consequences. Because of the "marriage penalty" embedded in the Internal Revenue Service code, couples earning roughly equal incomes usually fall into higher tax brackets than couples in which one person is the main breadwinner. It may sound cold-hearted, but tax professionals say putting off a wedding until January could mean significant savings for that two- income couple on 1999 income tax returns due next April. The tax burderi for a wealthy person's heirs can also be affected by the date of death. The amount of an estate that can be passed on tax- free is $650,000 in 1999, but rises to $675,000 after Jan. 1. Government, tobacco industry take battle to Supreme Court WASHINGTON — Government and tobacco industry lawyers are squaring off in a high-stakes Supreme Court argument over whether the Food and Drug Administration can regulate tobacco as a drug and crack down on cigarette sales to minors. The Clinton administration wants the justices to overturn a lower court's ruling that the FDA lacked authority to make the "major policy decision" to regulate tobacco. The lower court said that decision should be left to Congress. , After today's argument, the court is expected to decide by July whether to uphold what the government calls the FDA's most important public health and safety effort in the last 50 years. "We know absolutely that tobacco products are not just a major cause of cancer but the single most important cause of cancer in human beings," said John Seffrin, chief executive of the American Cancer Society, which is supporting the government in a friend-of- the-cpurt brief. About 45 million Americans are addicted to nicotine, he said. HUMANE SOCIETYl Suzy was living under the Potter Valley Bridge until- recently. She was homeless and hungry. Humane Society staff brought her into the shelter, and she is now ready for adoption. She is a beagle-mix, spayed, 1 good on the leash and loves people. Suzy has good manners and is looking for a loving new home. She IS medium-sized, short hair and would make a great lifetime companion. There are also lots of other wonder- ".': ful cats and dogs up for adoption. The Humane Sock 1 ' ety is at 9700 Ova Drive In Redwood Valley, and is' open every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or call 4850123 for an after-hours adoption appointment. The Society's Web site is at ciety/humane.htm. : ••fcvH The Nation's #1 NORWEST Mortgage Lender mm^mm A Wells Fargo Co. ImMe Wtll» Fargo. DuiKonR. AMf Mthy, JR» DwglMKlyM NkwUReta 462-0290 245 B. Perkins St. • VkUh We've Changed Our Hours Beginning December 1 our weekday office hours will be 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. The Circulation Customer Service Line will be open from 8:00 A.M. to 6:30 P.M. Ukiah Daily 'ournal Have another slice! 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