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Anaheim Bulletin (Newspaper) - March 26, 1991, Anaheim, California GOOD MORNING ANAHEIM Wednesday, March 26, 1991 Morning 250 More rain is in store with morning showers and thunderstorms and maybe hail. Afternoon and night should be clear and dry. High 59 Low 41 Anaheim Man pleads case for Palestinians Vik Jolly Anaheim Bulletin ANAHEIM — With the construction industry in a slump, Tareef Nashashibi still is managing to build. But the contractor is using a personal computer and a copier rather than concrete and steel to build communication with those in power to protect the rights of Palestinians in Kuwait. "The situation is getting worse and worse in Kuwait. (The Palestinian) people are trying to leave. They lived through the war and noth- Please see LETTERSM6 Measure to end war near Victoria Graham Associated Press UNITED NATIONS — The United States and the four other Security Council members with veto power reached broad agreement Tuesday on a complex resolution to end the Gulf War, Western diplomats said. The resolution demands the destruction of Iraq's chemical, biological and nuclear arms under U.N. supervision and would maintain the U.N. trade embargo on conventional arms purchases by Iraq. Some conventional arms purchases could be permitted later on the basis of genuine need, diplomats said. Kurdish leader returns/470 Yemeni Ambassador Abdalla al-Ashtai, the only Arab on the Security Council, complained to reporters later that Tuesday's action "goes far beyond what the Security Council has decided in the past." "After all," al-Ashtal said, "everybody says, including the United States, that Iraq must be left intact, that they don't want Lebanization of Iraq, that they don't want a vacuum there, nor a civil war. "You can't have all that if you push and press the government so much that it cannot respond and ... that be comes the course for more confrontation." The five permanent council members — United States, Britain, China, France and the Soviet Union — were expected to meet again on Wednesday to put the finishing touches on the draft resolution. It could be presented to the other 10 Security Council members on Wednesday or Thursday for discussion. A vote could occur this weekend, but was considered more likely next week. The draft resolution would clear the way to convert the current cease-fire into a formal end to hostilities, after which foreign troops would withdraw from Iraq and the U.N.-sanctioned economic embargo would be lifted. Diplomats said there was still some disagreement over a provision that would call on the Security Council to approve and guarantee the 1963 boundary between Kuwait and Iraq, as sought by Kuwait. Broad agreement was reached on the resolution after the Soviet Union dropped its objections to provisions including the destruction of chemical and other weapons, diplomats said. China's exact position was not known, but Western diplomats said the Beijing government was not expected to cast a veto, and at most, might abstain. Rains don't end drought in city Need to see average met through years Sam Gangwer/Anaheim Bulletin Alex Humphrey, 9 months, and his twin brother Peter crawl on the floor during baby reunion. Miracle of birth Couples conceive their dreams — with a little help LoriAnn Basheda Anaheim Bulletin ANAHEIM — It was a celebration of life that was long overdue. There were smiles, and babies, and congratulations, and babies, and hugs, and more babies. The occasion? Thirty-three couples who tried in vain for years to have children finally saw their dreams unfold in a petri dish with the help of modern medicine. To celebrate the miracle, Martin Luther Hospital officials threw a party. "I'm ecstatic," said Corona resident Cris Finkbeiner, who conceived seven months ago at the hospital's fledgling fertility program after four years of trying. "I look at all these babies and I can't wait." Finkbeiner and her husband, Ray, already have named their unborn daughter. "We talk to (Emily Rose) all the time like she's already here," Finkbeiner said. "It's just wonderful." With smiles on their faces and infants on their hips, the mothers and mothers-to-be proclaimed they couldn't ask for more — except, perhaps, another baby. "I'm going to try again as soon as Emily Rose is born," Finkbeiner said. "Right there on the operating table after she comes out," her husband added. "Of course we'll close the curtain first." Finkbeiner was one of the lucky SO percent who got pregnant with the GIFT method, which entails planting the sperm and egg in the Fallopian tubes. In vitro fertilization, through which the egg is fertilized in a petri dish and subsequently transplanted in the uterus, is only 18 percent effective. Consequently, many women must try two or three times. Dr. David Diaz, who founded the hospital's clinic, said the success rate after that drops considerably, but he does know one woman who conceived after 12 tries. Each attempt, however, costs $8,000 to $9,000, which many women can't afford. Few insurance companies cover the cost. So with every couple that leaves the clinic parents, there are three that go away empty-handed. Since its inception two years ago, the Martin Luther clinic has accepted an estimated 220 women. Thirty-three of those have given birth. Another 58 are pregnant. "It's an emotional roller coaster," Diaz said. "Every month there is the excitement of 'Is this going to work?' then the disappointment when Please see BABIESM7 Sam Gangwer/Anaheim Bulletin Robby Sandoval plays with a balloon during reunion. Brett Sporich Anaheim Bulletin ANAHEIM — Like a person adrift in a life raft surrounded by the sea and dying of thirst, the Southland may seem to be awash in water. But, it's merely an illusion. As strong winds brought another dark day of rain to city streets and snow to nearby mountains, the goal to reduce 25 percent remains a harsh real" ity. Even if it rains for 40 days and 40 nights, residents still need to conserve water, said Edward Aghjayan, general manager of the city-owned Public Utilities Department. A little more than one-half inch of rain fell in the city Tuesday. That amount brought the season total to 9.36 inches, which is still below the season average of 13 inches. The high temperature was 61; the low, 43. Even if this year's rainfall bounces back to normal levels it'll take three to four years before the drought is over, Aghjayan said. The city normally gets 30 percent of its water from the Metropolitan Water District, which gets water from northern part of California. After five years of drought it'll take several years of average rainfall to sink the city's water restriction program, utilities department officials said. The storm slowed traffic on city streets and freeways but no significant damage was re- winds in Orange and several auto accidents resulted from slick roadways. "We've had a few more crashs than normal," said Linda Burrus, a California Highway Patrol spokeswoman. The on-again off-again rains that have helped turn the lawns Please see RAINA47 Barriers set up to stop protests Thomas Ginsberg Associated Press MOSCOW — Kremlin authorities put up concrete barriers Tuesday at both ends of Red Square to enforce Mikhail S. Gorbachev's three-week ban on rallies, but radicals scoffed at the order and planned even bigger demonstrations. Soviet Prime Minister Valentin Pavlov said the ban was meant to prevent violence during an extraordinary session of the Russian Federation parliament that opens Thursday. Hard-liners in parliament intend to expose its leader, Boris N. Yeltsin, Gorbachev's archfoe, to a no-confidence vote. Gorbachev lent support to the dump-Yeltsin move in an interview over national television Tuesday. Without mentioning Yeltsin by name, Gorbachev referred to the Progress sought/A10 parliamentary session, saying, "The situation in the Russian Federation leadership must not be left in this state, and the agenda permits discussing it from positions of principle." The Russian republic's "political line must be evaluated." Earlier Tuesday, Gorbachev decreed that the Interior Ministry exercise direct control over the capital's police force, increasing his power to enforce the ban on Moscow rallies. The anti-Communist coalition Democratic Russia and the Moscow city government, led by democratic reformists, bitterly opposed the decree. The ban also is intended on preventing people from taking to the streets after April 2, when up to tenfold price increases go into effect for many consumer goods. INDEX Your Freedom Newspaper Almanac............A2 Business.........A12 Cityside.............A2 Classifieds........B6 Comics.............A9 Entertainment... B5 Features...........B4 Legal ads.........B7 Local news.......A3 Obituaries.........A2 Opinion...........A11 Sports...............B1 State news.......A8 Tempo..............B3 TV log...............B5 Weather............A2 World news.... A10 FOOD: .ook for coupons, stories and recipes every Thursday Vol. 68, No. 190; 2 sections, 20 pages Housing market shows signs of recovery But report says existing home sales remain below 1990 pace Andrew Silva Anaheim Bulletin ANAHEIM — The slumping housing market is showing signs of recovery, though sales still are well below last year. A report released Monday by the California Association of Realtors said existing house sales in the state jumped 13 percent from January to February, but remained 25.9 percent lower than in February 1990. In Orange County, sales were down 0.9 percent from January and down 34.4 percent from February last year. However, Anaheim real estate agents say things have picked up significantly since a dismal fourth quar ter last year. "Compared to a few months ago, we're getting more, action. More action on the phones, more people wanting to buy, more wanting to sell," said Wally Courtney, who works for Paul Kott Realtors in Anaheim. Three real estate offices on the same street closed during the past year, he said. After eight years in the business, he said the last few months of 1990 were the worst he'd seen, but things seem to be getting back to normal. "Two years ago, things were crazy. You'd list a property and it would go that week. On a scale of one to 10,1989 was a 10, December '90 was down to a three and now it's going up about a point a month. This March may be a six or seven," he said. "All the members tell me they're very busy," said Pat Jones, executive director of the Anaheim Board of Realtors. She credits the low interest rates and availability of bargains, but also said attitude has the most to do with the improvement. "I think it's just the mood, too. Now that the war is over, people have more confidence. I think maybe they feel more confident about their jobs. We went into a nose dive because everyone thought things were bad," she said. The report said the median price of a house in Orange County dipped 2.7 percent from $243,290 last year to $236,720. Courtney said many sellers and buyers don't realize prices have remained fairly static. "Most sellers seem to think things are still going up 20 percent a year. But the press has everyone thinking things are down 20 percent. If you bought a house in Anaheim last year for $200,000, it should still go for about $200,000," he said. "Buyers are thinking it should be $150,000 and sellers think it should be $250,000. It ain't going to happen." But, he said, most agents hope to see the doom and gloom disappear by summer. "Everyone's in a real positive mood."
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