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Appeal-Democrat (Newspaper) - April 23, 1996, Marysville-Yuba City, California Suspected drug lab discovered in foothills Community, Page C1 TUESDAY ►Program tests officers' judgment Community, Page C1 ►Well-done meat linked to cancer In the News, Page A2 (Hi- 1 - f? GOOD MORNING Yuba-Sutter will have clouds and some sun. seasonably warm. High: 75 Low: 51 Weather details on A10 April 23,1996 Marysville-Yuba City, California Single copy 470 + tax Tax bills benefit college Money will help Yuba with deficit Dan Crawford Appeal-Democrat Gov. Pete Wilson's signing of a pair of property tax shortfall bills Monday moved Yuba Community College a step closer to balancing its budget. "Yuba, I believe, will receive $140,000 from each bill," said Superintendent/President Steve Epler. "It decreases our deficit." Wilson signed both a $5 million property tax "backfill" measure authored by Assemblyman Bruce McPherson, R-Santa Cruz, that makes up for 1994-95 and a $9.4 million bill sponsored by Sen. Jack O'Connell, D-Santa Barbara, that covers 1995-96. The latest Yuba budget forecast projects a $286,957 deficit in the $25 million spending plan for 1995-96 with a little more than two months to go. "We're hopeful that will diminish as we get closer to the end of the fiscal year," Epler said. The college will take another look at the figures next month. Epler said he left a voice-mail message about 9:30 a.m. Monday for Wilson that encouraged the governor to sign both bills into law. "That absolutely was the clincher, I'm sure," quipped Epler when told of Wilson's action. The "backfill" legislation makes up for shortages in shares of property taxes actually received by colleges compared to forecasted amounts they use to prepare budgets. When property taxes collected in December and April fail to live up to estimates, it leaves the state's 106 community colleges in budgetary straits. In tight budget years, the Legislature sometimes has chosen to ignore the situation. 32 apply to run YC schools Dan Crawford Appeal-Democrat More than 30 people want to run the Yuba City Unified School District, but only about 10 aspire to become principal of its only comprehensive high school. A Danville-based consultant hired to help recruit a new district superintendent received 32 applications for the job vacated early this year by Lee Brit-tenham. "That's a good candidate pool," Turn to SCHOOLS /AlO Arkansas twisters kill 4 50 injured, 330 driven from homes Peggy Harris Associated Press FORT SMITH, Ark. - Firefighters went from house to demolished house Monday, searching for more victims of tornadoes that killed four people, including three children, and smashed hundreds of homes. "I just started praying," said Leisa Didway, who rode out the storm Sunday night in her closet with a friend and the friend's 1-year-old son. "I held her and the baby. I was just praying to God because I didn't know what else to do." The twisters ripped through Fort Smith's historic district and the suburb of Van Buren, sweeping some houses off their foundations, before roaring on to St. Paul, a rural community 50 miles away. At least 50 people were injured and more than 330 left homeless. State troopers patrolled Fort Smith to guard against looters after five people who police said were about to start looting were arrested and charged with prowling. The National Guard ordered 45 members to report for duty. The Red Cross said 636 houses, 30 apartment units and 217 businesses were damaged. Of those, 35 houses, five apartments and 78 businesses were beyond repair. Damage was put in the millions of dollars. The tornadoes were part of a series of storms that moved into Arkansas from Oklahoma. In Oklahoma, severe storms and flash floods Sunday and Monday were blamed for five traffic deaths. Two tornadoes touched down in McAlester on Sunday, injuring nine people and damaging about 350 buildings. In Arkansas, radio and TV reports had warned that storms were Associated Press Jana Daly looks at her son's trophy on Monday that survived the. tornadoes that tore through the suburb of Van Buren near Fort Smith, Ark. Sunday night, destroying her house and sending her son to the hospital. coming, but a tornado knocked down telephone lines that would have carried word to emergency workers to start the sirens, Fort Smith police Cpl. Tim Randolph said. In Fort Smith, a 2-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy were crushed to death. "The house had fallen on him," said Michelle Hooper, a neighbor of Kyle Richard Johnson's. "He was dead instantly." Six blocks away, rows of 30-foot trees 2 feet in diameter lay across High Street, where Angelica Marie Flemming died. In St. Paul, where police found the bodies of a man and his 10-year-old son in the ruins of their house Monday. "It just disintegrated as I understand it," Deputy Bill Mason said. MISSOURI ini Tornado strikes downtown © Little Rock ARKANSAS LOUISIANA Associated Press The man's wife was critically injured. Their names were not immediately released. In Fort Smith, firefighters expected their house-to-house search would last into the night. The worst damage was in a historic district downtown — where some of the buildings date to the 1800s — and a residential area 1 Vi miles away. Several buildings downtown collapsed. The main sewage treatment plant "just disappeared" as well, Randolph said. "There were several buildings down there and they are just gone." Among those killed in Oklahoma traffic accidents was Jack Caster, a 41-year-old cameraman for KOTV in Tulsa. He and reporter Emory Bryan were returning from an assignment Sunday when the Ford Explorer that Caster was driving slid off a rain-slicked highway and tumbled down an embankment Bryan suffered only minor injuries. The storms hit one week after a tornado killed seven in north-central Arkansas. "I held her and the baby. I was just praying to God because I didn't know what else to do." Leisa Didway Rode out storm in closet State air officials to discuss cleaner-burning fuel Eric Vodden Appeal-Democrat Reformulated gas — partly blamed for rising fuel prices in the state — will be discussed by state Air Resources Board officials before Sutter County supervisors. Supervisors at 6:30 p.m. today are holding a study session to discuss reformulated fuel — or cleaner burning gasoline designed to improve air quality. However, analysts have also said the use of the fuel is one reason that Yuba-Sutter gasoline prices have soared an average of 13 cents per gallon this month. "We just thought it would be a good idea to get things out in the open," said Supervisor Dick Akin, who organized the session. "Basically it is for public education more than it is for the board." State Air Resources Board rep resentatives will make a presentation to county supervisors, show a video program and take questions about reformulated gas. There will be time for public comment Reformulated gasoline, required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state Air Resources Board, is designed to reduce emissions from all gaso-line-burning motor vehicles and engines. All gasoline sold in the state must be reformulated by June. State officials said that additional steps to refine the fuel are required — making it cost more to produce. They predicted the cleaner-burning gasoline may lead to 1 to 3 percent price increases. However, Akin questioned the effectiveness of the move in light of a recent decision to increase the maximum speed limit from 55 to 65 mph. "It will result in a 15 percent savings in air pollution," Akin said. "But at the same time when they increase the mileage of state highways, they virtually wiped out that savings in cleaner air. We basically have a wash so that we are not cleaning up the air." The session will be held before the Board of Supervisors' regular meeting'at 463 Second St, Yuba City. Erma Bombeck dies after kidney transplant Karyn Hunt Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO - Erma Bombeck, the housewife whose wry take on suburban life — from cleaning toilets to getting the kids to take out the trash — earned her a wall of fame of yellowing columns on refrigerators across America, died Monday after a kidney transplant. She was 69. "Erma Bombeck taught those of us who write columns that the funniest things are the things that our readers know the best — houses, cars, kitchens and of course kids," fellow humor columnist Dave Barry said. Bombeck died at a hospital in San Francisco, Turn to BOMBECK /A9 Erma Bombeck Fought cancer and kidney disease INDEX 1 Classified D1 Comics D6 Community C1 Crosswords C8 Entertainment C9 Features C8 Finance B5 Life C10 Markets B5 Obituaries C2 Opinion A8 Sports ' ' B1 Television Loq C8 Vitals/Lottery C2 Weather (CÖ A10 Weather (CÖ U T A10 A Freedom Newspaper Vol. 136, No. 92 1530 Ellis Lake Drive Marvsville, Calif. 95901 741-2345 Unabomber's last victim recalled Sacramento blast killed lobbyist one year ago John Howard Associated Press SACRAMENTO - It was the size of a shoe box, neatly wrapped, heavy, and when it arrived at timber lobbyist Gilbert Murray's office, workers jokingly said it looked like a bomb. It was. "There was interest about the package. People passed it around and discussed it and actually said, 'Hah, hah, this could be a bomb.' That's just human nature, I guess," said Donn Zea, vice president of the California Forestry Association. A year ago this week, Murray took the package, opened it and died. The April 24, 1995, blast was the third and final slaying attributed to the Unabomber. The shadowy mail bomber's trail stretches from a Chicago parking lot to Murray's former office four blocks from the California Capitol. Also a few blocks from Murray's office is the site where the Unabomber trail may finally come to an end: The federal courthouse for California's Eastern District. The gray courthouse, which has department store-style escalators running from the lobby to the second floor and all the charm of any other 1950s-era government building, is a potential site for the trial of Theodore Kaczynksi, the 53-year-old hermit and former Berkeley math professor arrested at his mountain cabin in Montana. Kaczynski is accused of possessing bomb components but has not been charged in any Unabomber case. If he is chargcd, California officials hope to try him here. Two of the three Unabomber deaths, in 1985 and 1995, occurred in Sacramento, and two bombs Turn to BOMBER -/A10 y
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