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Anaheim Bulletin (Newspaper) - October 5, 1991, Anaheim, California GOOD MORNING Saturday, Oct. 5, 1991 460 Don't let the early morning clouds fool you — it's going to be hot again by afternoon. High 87 Low 60 Anaheim Anaheim man sentenced to life Associated Press SANTA ANA — An Anaheim man convicted of killing his wife and who wrote a ditty threatening other friends and relatives was sentenced to life imprisonment Friday by a rhyming judge who said the murderer inspired him. Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert Fitzgerald waxed poetic in handing down the sentence against David Lee Schoenecker, SO, con-Please see POEM/A14 Kaifu won't seek second term Steven R. Weisman New York Times News Service TOKYO — Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu was forced Friday to abandon his effort to win a second term in office after his most powerful party benefactors abruptly withdrew their support. The sudden withdrawal by Kaifu cleared the way for a chaotic scramble to succeed him among several leaders of the Liberal Democratic Party, which has governed Japan uninterrupted for 36 years. He is to remain in office until his term expires on Oct. 30. Politicians and analysts agreed that the contest would be one of the most bitter in many years, but that no major policy matters would be at stake. All the leading candidates hold the same basically conservative view of economic issues coupled with strong support of the United States, and policies in Japan are forged by consensus among political leaders and bureaucrats who will continue to wield power. Among the leading candidates to succeed Kaifu are former Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita; Kiichi Miyazawa, a former deputy prime minister; Tsutomu Hata, a former Agriculture Minister; Ichiro Ozawa, a former secretary general of the governing party, and Michio Watanabe, a former minister of trade and industry. The collapse of Kaifu's power base came early Friday when it became clear that his main supporter, Takeshita, withdrew his backing out of irritation with what was deemed to be the prime minister's impetuousness and equivocation on the issue of political reform. This action came after a long period of rising dissatisfaction among party elders over Kaifu's general performance on the Persian Gulf war. Irvine Co. plans to fight county Terri Vermeulen Anaheim Bulletin ANAHEIM — The Irvine Co. has agreed to pay legal fees associated with its Mountain Park project and battle any county plans to use eminent domain to acquire any of the 3,179 acres of unincorporated project land for a jail or landfill, a company official said Friday. The plans are detailed in a Foothill Community Builders' development agreement set to be considered by the Planning Commission Monday. The agreement also sets further restrictions on the development of nearly 8,000 homes and 179 acres of commercial spaces in Gypsum Canyon. "We've agreed to everything that's in the document," said Jay Pierce, an Irvine Co. vice president. "We tried to reach all the major issues." In a staff report to the commission, city officials also said the agreement "represents a significant contribution by the developer in guaranteeing, enhancing and accelerating the provision of public facilities, improvements and services in the Hill and Canyon Area." The project also includes development of three elementary schools, a middle school, high school, city maintenance yard and facility, three neighborhood and two community parks, a community center and open space. The City Council approved the project July 23, despite protests from environmentalists and Orange County officials. Both groups have since filed lawsuits âgaihst the city, claiming that environmental impacts of the project weren't adequately addressed in reports that analyzed the proposed development. The county wants a Superior Please see PLANA414 Sean Decker/Anaheim Bulletin Aixsa Martinez holds her puppy Elvis for Father Ed Poettgen to bless at St. Boniface Catholic School Friday morning. Blessing creatures great and small Utilities officials search for options Rate account might be raided Anne M. Peterson Anaheim Bulletin ANAHEIM — Father Ed Poettgen lifted his hands up to praise the sun, the moon, the stars and even the snakes Friday morning. Yes, the snakes and the hamsters and the frogs and the cocktiels and the dogs and the cats and the bunnies were all blessed as part of St. Boniface School's feastday celebration of St. Francis of Assisi. Students looked forward to the annual blessing when they bring their pets to school. Fifth-grader Amber Young, 10, brought her pet bunny, Bibi, for the second time. Young clutched the frightened bunny as her friends asked to hold her. Father Poettgen walked around sprinkling the pets with holy water as students and parents tried to control the animals and keep the dogs from biting each other. Fifth-grader Carly Smith, 10, Please see ANIMALS//474 Diplomats fly to Haiti; Bush wary of force Kevin Noblet Associated Press PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Diplomats from the United States and eight other nations flew to Haiti on Friday to pressure the country's military leaders to restore President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power. President Bush met with Aristide in Washington. Bush said he was reluctant to use U.S. military force to reverse Monday's coup "except if American citizens' lives are in any way threatened." Port-au-Prince, the capital, remained tense, with most shops and businesses closed for the fifth day since the coup. Armed forces continued to patrol the streets, but their presence appeared reduced from previous days. After continuous radio reports of clashes between security forces and Aristide supporters and death tolls that Aristide said had reached about 500, the army banned radio and TV broadcasts "inciting to violence." Soldiers ransacked Radio Lumiere, a Protestant-run station which the day before had reported a massacre, according to Jean Dominique, director of independent Radio Haiti Inter. After giving the brief report of the attack, Dominique said Radio Haiti Inter, too, was going off the air until the "soldiers come to their senses." By Friday afternoon nearly all the capital's 12 independent radio stations were off the air. Radio is the main source of news for Haitians. Brett Sporich Anaheim Bulletin ANAHEIM — Public Utilities Department officials are considering using money set aside for stabilizing rates to pay for power projects and balance the department's budget. In response to the city council's demand that the department cut its budget, utilities officials might take council members up on their suggestion to fund power projects with the account. The account was established to keep utilities rates from fluctuating widely, said Bob Kazarian, Utilities Board chairman. "And I'd like to see it used for the purpose it was designed — to benefit the ratepayers." But Ray Merchant, utilities department spokesman, cautioned that several options are being explored and using money from the account is only one idea. "The problem with using the account to drastically reduce rates is that the account will be depleted and then the ratepayers will get hit with large increases down the road," Kazarian said. Prior to the council's refusal to raise rates to balance the department's budget, utilities officials budgeted about $8 million dollars from the account to offset rate hikes due to operating costs projected for next year, Merchant said. But that figure was budgeted prior to the department's knowledge of windfalls from lawsuits against Southern California Edison Co. alleging that Edison overcharged for power. The department received more than $25 million recently and is expecting to receive as much as $35 million in the future, Edward Aghjayan, utilities general man- Please see RATEM14 § INDEX Your Freedom Newspaper ANOTHER VICTORY: The Esperanza High football team continues to roll with a 24-12 win over Long Beach Jordan on Friday night/BI Almanac......... A? Business........ A10 Cityside.......... A? Classifieds..... , R5 Comics........... R9 Entertainment .. B8 Features........ mn Home............. A1? Legal ads...... R7 Market report.. A10 Obituaries...... A? Opinion.......... A15 Religion.......... A13 Sports............ R1 State news.... A4 TV log............ RR Weather......... A? World news... Af> Vol. 69, No. 40; 5 sections, 158 pages Health problems in children impede learning Susan Chira New York Times News Service PITTSBURGH — The children Geneva Ballou sees in her school nurse's office here can neither breathe nor hear well, and cannot calm themselves when they are upset. They are part of a silent plague in America's schools — children whose ailments are not life-threatening, but learning-threat-ening. In Homewood, the neighborhood of Mrs. Ballou's school, about 13 percent of children were born underweight, which means they have a much higher risk of school failure. Nearly one-third of those children were born to teen-age mothers, and 40 percent of those mothers had no prenatal care in the first trimester of their pregnancies, leaving their babies even more vulnerable to disabilities that hobble them in school. In Pittsburgh and across the country, millions of children go to school every day suffering from these subtle, insidious effects of poverty and lack of access to regular health care. Making sure all children are healthy and intellectually stimulated enough to be ready to learn leads the list of six national education goals that President Bush says he wants to achieve by the year 2000. But a report card on those goals, issued last Monday, drew harsh attacks from critics. They said it understated the depth of the problem and failed to address the goal by not making crucial links between poor health care and school readiness. The United States ranks 26th in the world, behind countries as poor as Bulgaria, in the percentage of low birth-weight babies — 6.9 percent of all American children, and 13 percent of black children in 1988, according to the Children's Defense Fund, a children's advocacy group. Nearly 40 percent of black women, and nearly one-fourth of all women in the United States get no prenatal care in the first trimester, the group says. Ten percent of poor children have health problems that interfere with schoolwork, according to the United States Department of Education. The result, say teachers, pediatricians and researchers, are children who enter school already behind. "To start at kindergarten misses the boat," said Dr. Tanya Pagan Raggio, medical director of Primary Care Health Services, a network of seven community health centers here that serve mostly poor people. Dr. Raggio, who works closely with school nurses in Pittsburgh and treats many of the same children, added, "Children starting school aren't ready, and there is no way to talk about it without talking about health and access to health." By the time they are ready to start school 12 percent of the children in the United States suffer from problems that hamper learning. These problems include lead poisoning, malnutrition, prenatal exposure to drugs and low birth weight, according to Lucile Newman, a professor of public health at Brown University who a co-author of a study last year that traced the links between preventable health conditions and learning problems. ST
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