Kokomo Tribune, January 18, 2006

Kokomo Tribune

January 18, 2006

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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - January 18, 2006, Kokomo, Indiana fE SRN Make beef broccoli jo meln in 30 minutes A7 ZERO WOK WITH M WOES NATION it WIN BIG TEN BOTTLE Page B1 POSITIVELY PART OF YOUR LIFE Kokotno liid Wednesday January 18 2OO6 Retirees urged to sign petition Baumkel GMs union health care deal unfair By DEREK R SMITH Tribune business writer Michigan attorney Mark Baumkel is en couraging General Motors Corp retirees to sign a petition against GMs health care deal with the United Auto Workers union Baumkel of Bingham Farms Mich law firm Provizer Phillips is represent ing Leroy Henry McKnight who feels the deal is unfair to retirees Presiding judge Robert E Cleland issued a preliminary ap proval of the GM deal on Dec 22 but retirees have the right to sign a petition against it before Feb 13 Baumkel said The UAW I think unfairly has been mass meetings where hey people its a done Baumkel said Frankly 1 think retirees to a large extent have been On Oct 18 the UAW asked a federal court in Detroit to approve a tentative agreement with GM that would cut bene fits for US hourly workers re tirees and their families Union offidals contend GM wanted to impose health care cuts unilaterally on re tirees claiming suchbenefits werent cov ered by the collective bargaining agree ment Ironically by taking the issue to court the union may have given retirees like McKnight a forum in which to press their dissatisfaction with the deal GMs unionized workforce approved the deal which is expected to save the compa ny around million a year but some retirees are crying foul The concessions would affect about General Motors retirees living in Kokomo Delphi was spun off from GM in 1999 Under the terms of the agreement which was ratified by active GM union members in November single retirees RELATED STORY Overhaul could come at a very real cost to workers counting on health care benefits AS TSeeQM Pagei MULTIMEDIA LINK OF THE DAY JUST HOW BIG WAS THIS CAT A pit bull In California Is re Ing a cat that entered Itsyard The 5yearold dog was raised with cats and gets along with them Evidently the feel Ing wasrit mutual mW AP video formore on ths story asap video Visit qoro wid ollok on thjt ctory to wqtoh VlflfO Robotics rookies Taylor team plans one competition in its first season KT photo I Tim Bath NEW TO THE GAME Purdues Kevin Taylor left helps students Matt Pate Craig Lechlitner and Andrew Rusch assemble a robot for the regional FIRST competition By DftNIEUE RUSH Tribune staff writer Three Howard County schools will compete in robotics competition this season The Taylor High School RoboTi tans will join veteran teams from Western and Kokomo high schools in For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology or FIRST competition this year with plans to compete in the Boilermaker Region al March 1618 in West Lafayette About 10 Taylor middle and high school students kicked off the season Jan 7 and are building robots from a standard kit by the Feb 20 deadline to play this years game Aim Each year teams must use a stan dard FIRST kit to build a robot to perform a specific task in a game This years game is like basketball team leader Mark Pendergast said adding the robots must be able to play defense and offense Robots can shoot balls into goals in the corner for one point or into an eightfoottall center goal for three points Each game is played by three team alliances meaning six teams take mm You can help The Taylor High School RoboTitans are accepting donations to cover costs For more information call 765 4531101 More information FIRST Web site the floor at once Pendergast said the RoboTitans goals are modest their rookie year They just want to score at least one point If we score one point it means weve been successful as a team in going through the development process and successfully building a robot that does what it is supposed to do he said He said they would be surprised but honored to qualify for the nation al competition in Atlanta Due to a lack of funds he said I think wed have to turn them Kokomos TechnoKats are mentor ing the new team teaching us how tt The Taylor team received a grant from NASA which is provided to all new teams Delphi Electronics Safety gave a grant he said and Taylor School Corp has purchased about in supplies for the team The team also is raising funds and looking for additional sponsors We believe we can compete on about a year If you want to go to the nationals its about Pendergast said Pendergast said the funds avail able will allow the team to compete in one regional at Purdue Kokomo and Westerns teams both will be there and he hopes they get to com pete as a threeteam alliance Seventhgrader Anthony Rentz is the teams youngest member and had to earn his mothers permission to join the team Mom said Not until you get your grades he said admitting to earning a C in science a subject his mother teaches Hes developed a prototype robot that shoots the ball like a catapult T See ROBOTICS Page AS Elections will bring new faces to off ices Several incumbents are not running for reelection BV DRNIUU RUSH Tribune staff writer PERU While the outcome of several races in Miami Countys 2006 elections cannot be predicted one thing is certain There will be many new officeholders when its over Today is the first day candi dates can file with the county clerks office for the May balloting Jeanette Mead ows county GOP chairwoman said she only knows of one incumbent county council member running Click to discuss this story with other readers on our online forum visit our Web site and click on this storys link for reelection Clerk Trudy Mc Crae cannot run because of term limits Meadows said Dr Michael Mull the county coroner Is not running either On the county council she said Dale Cook District 1 and Jim Stephenson District 4 are not candidates and shes heard Jim York council member from District 2 will not run T See MIAMI Page AS classified B7B12 comicsB6 crossword B5 dear abbv A6 lifestyle A6A7 lotteries movie listings obituaries AZ opinion AS sports B1B4 Vol 155 No 138 Today Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow High 33 Low 27 Thursday Not as cool High 47 Complete weather AS Todays A1 designed by Rachel Brantley SO YOU WANT TO BE THINNER I have never been the skinny chick Never Ive been the big girl the husky young woman the plump reporter You can dress it up and call me or dress it down and call me fat Either way you know theres a problem when the biggest workout of my week is finding the remote to flip to Celebrity Fit Oh it makes me feel winded just thinking about it The thing is Im sick of it Im sick of tight clothes sick of feeling tired sick of being the heavy friend or the bigboned daughter These days Im not look Ing to be the skinny chick Fm just look ing to be the healthy one and the Tri bune and Pow erhouse Gym and Fitness Center are teaming up to offer a handful of local residents the same chance The Kokomo Tribune Power house Gyms Fitness Challenge our own version of The Biggest Loser ERIN SHULTZ FITNESS FANATIC will give five contestants the opportu nity to turn their lives around with a threemonth membership to Powerj house along with three personal I training sessions per week Yeah you read that right Thats a value of more j than for each contestant j The contestant who loses the greatest percentage of body fat will walk away with a huge prize pack age Were going to be rewarding the biggest change in body composition Who are the contestants The Tribune picked two members from the editorial staff my boss T See FITNESS Page A8 WHAT TO DO Write a short essay 250 words or fewer detailing why you should be picked for The Kokomo Tribune Powerhouse Gyms Fitness Challenge Send it to us by Jan 25 Either email them to Jeff Kovaleski at or mail it to 300 N Union Box 9014 Kokomo 46901 Well narrow it down to five essays and post them on our Web site by Jan 26 Then well let the readers vote on which reader should be our fifth 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