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Lodi News Sentinel (Newspaper) - November 8, 2008, Lodi, CaliforniaWeekend edition Lodi news Sentinel saturday sunday november 8/9, 2008 2 sections 24 pages a 750inheriting a financial meltdown president elect Obama promises he will take action on Economy by Nedra picker and Terence Hunt associated press writers Chicago a inheriting an Economy in peril president elect Obama warned on Friday that the nation faces the Challenge of a lifetime and pledged he would act urgently to help americans devastated by lost jobs disappearing savings and Homes seized in foreclosure. But the Man who promised change cautioned against Hopes of Quick solutions. A it is not going to be easy for us to dig ourselves out of the Hole that we Are in a Obama said at his first news conference since winning the presidency on tuesday. The no. 1 priority Obama said is to get Congress to approve an economic stimulus plan that would extend jobless benefits Send food Aid to the poor dispatch medicaid funds to states and spend tens of billions of dollars on Public works projects. Barack Obama inside fears of crackdown Lead to Boom in gun sales Page 11 if the plan is not approved this month in a special session of Congress Obama said that a it will be the first thing i get done As president of the United in his first appearance since a jubilant election night Celebration Obama sought to project an air of Calm and reassurance to a deeply worried nation. He stood in a presidential like setting with an array of eight american flags and a lectern showing a presidential Seal above the words Quot the office of the president elect a the stage behind him was lined with advisers he had summoned his economic brain Trust. Almost 20 minutes late to his first meeting with reporters Obama spoke for just 20 minutes and broke no ground with new policy announcements or disclosures of who would be in his Cabinet. In lighthearted moments he joked about seances with dead presidents and the Appeal of animal shelter dogs that Are a mutts like constrained by the fact he will not take office until Jan. 20, Obama deferred to president Bush and his economic team on major decisions. A the United states has Only one government and one president at a time Quot he said. Declaring he would not respond to issues a in a knee Jerk fashion a Obama declined to say How he would Deal with Iran whose president sent a letter of congratulations to Obama. Please see Obama. Page 12capsizeda Story of survival Lodi resident Bill alexanders 19-foot Ranger fishing boat washed onto Kehoe Beach after capsizing at Point Reyes National seashore. Story by Rich Hanner a photographs by Brian Feulner Ron Tobeck spied the wave in the distance rising and wicked. He yelled at his fishing buddy Bill Alexander. A a we be got a big one coming Bill. It had been a Balmy Day on the Waters off Point Reyes. Three 20-Pound halibut were on ice As Tobeck and Alexander finished their last Drift. A they a stayed out later than usual. They wanted to make the most of the tide change when halibut were More Likely to emerge from their Sandy resting spots and suck Down the dangling bait of Jack smelt. The Ocean had been Placid but conditions were changing now. It was nearly 6 . Soon the Light would fade. The mild temperatures would drop. At Tobeck a warning Bill Alexander looked West to the open Ocean. It was he would say later the biggest wave he had Ever seen. The men were a half mile or top Ron Tobeck 56, of Lodi reflects on the Day he capsized off the shores of the Kehoe Beach at Point Reyes National seashore. Lower Bill Alexander 44, of Lodi recalls the ordeal he shared with Tobeck. More from Shore. The Waters were Bone chilling. There were no other fishing boats nearby. To be capsized Here to be capsized now could be fatal. Alexander knew the danger. He also knew what to do. He would spin the boat and shoot directly at the wave head on try to slice up and Over it. Tobeck looked up and issued a silent plea Don t break wave. Please Don t break. Alexander rushed to the wheel grabbed the key the Honda 90 horsepower ignited. Old reliable. Alexander pulled the wheel hard goosed the throttle. The boat swerved to face the great wave cresting above them. Then the motor stalled. Please see Page 6 Jennifer m. Howell new Sentinel recording artist Lee Greenwood sings his song a god bless the Usa a during the Valley Oaks and Vernon e. Greer elementary schools veterans Day Assembly on the Greer Campus Friday morning in Galt. Country music superstar Greenwood sings for vets schoolchildren in Galt by Jennifer Bonnett news Sentinel staff writer Galt a on sunday he Sang a god bless the Usan at Titan stadium in Tennessee before an excited crowd of nearly 70,000 football fans. On Friday he did the same except he was in Galt and stood before a group of about 1,000 students who knew every word. Lee Greenwood a performance was among the pre veterans Day festivities held at Greer elementary a annual veterans Day Assembly. The students were joined by Peers from Valley Oaks and More than two dozen of the area s veterans. A with Lee Greenwood singing a god bless the Usan with Galtis children the event have been More Heartfelt and meaningful a said District superintendent Karen Schauer after the festivities. A this Beautiful voice and patriotic words made such a lasting impression for All of among the student poems and skits honouring the country a fallen. Greenwood led the crowd in his patriotic Anthem while wearing his nearly Asfa Mous stars and stripes leather jacket. Greenwood who grew up near Sacramento had never before visited Galt but that All changed when Tennessee native please see Greenwood. Page 12 some showers High 68 details Page 24 93662 00101
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