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Odessa American (Newspaper) - January 10, 1998, Odessa, Texas2a Odessa american saturday Jan tory 10. 1998 Gary Newsom a feedback r or a ohs Victory tops readers 1997 choices feedback from customers is an essential tool for any business that wants to be successful the Odessa american encourages feedback from its readers by letter Telephone. Fax or email. The numbers and addresses Are listed on this Page each Day and in other places throughout the paper you also can Contact us on our web site . In addition in the last two weeks we solicited readers opinions on two special matters wre asked them to respond to our annual december review of the year s top stories by nominating their own top Story candidate and we asked their opinion of the paper s new look which we implemented last sunday. About two dozen people took the time to respond to our top 10 invitation the results Arentt very surprising. Half of the responses said the top Story in the permian Basin last year was Odessa High schools football Victory Over permian High. In the Oaks top 10, which was chosen by a Cross Section of the newspaper s staff a inside the newsroom and out a the ohs Story was a very close no. 2 behind the week Long standoff last Spring in fort Davis by members of the Republic of Texas fort Davis was the no. 2 pick of readers but it was a Distant second the Only other top 10 pick shared by readers and the of Staft was the Odessa economic development sales tax referendum the Story rated no 4 on the Oaks list it received one vote from readers. Other top 10 picks by readers were the layoffs by Exxon the continuing controversy Over waste disposal near Sierra Blanca and a Story about a woman involved in a car Chase with her children in the car. Two readers said the most important local Story in 1997 was the death of Princess Diana. He Mem. Surprisingly none of the nominations for top Story included the execution of Michael Sharp our no. 10the police shooting of Randy Redd 3the arrival of the Jac Katopes 5 or the adoption of teen curfews by the City and county 6. The results provide a reminder that the folks who produce the newspaper each Day done to always see things the same Way As those who read it. The new of we also asked readers to comment on the Oaks face lift the first substantial redesign in almost 10 years. We received fewer responses but they seemed equally divided Between approval and disapproval those who liked the changes said the paper was a cleaner a looking and More readable critics complained that the Section titles at the top of each Section front were not bold enough others took us to task in the mistaken belief that we had reduced the size of the Type used in stones in fact the size of text Type was not reduced indeed Many readers said the changes made the Type appear larger As for the Section fronts after an initial review we agreed that the Odessa american nameplate on the front Page should be larger and bolder More like it was before a and that revision was made. However the Type that identifies the Section fronts local amp state sports a is the same size As before and the letter that identifies the Section a by d is much larger another change in response to a Long time Reader was to restore the a Good morning a a greeting to the front Page on monday we will take note of our most accessible feedback venue with a special full Page tribute to those who wrote letters to the editor in 1997. The Page will run in place of the usual monday editorial Page. If you have other comments and or concerns we Promise to listen we can to always say Quot of Well do it Quot but when we can we will. Gary Newsom is editor of the Odessa american his column appears on saturdays email comments May he sent to Gin Esomia link Freedom com Man charged in momus death la Mirada. Calif a charge of voluntary manslaughter was filed Friday against a la Mirada Man accused of beating to death his seriously ill Mother in her Hospital bed James w Guthrie. 54. Has been jailed on suspicion of attempted murder since his arrest shortly after the beating of the Mother 79, in july police said she received repeat blows to the Back of her wad i i a heavy Metal object. Puff daddy puffs out London a British fans will be missing him. Sean a puff daddy Combs has cancelled two sold out concerts next week in Central England and London a Wembley Arena because he a sick a a in la be missing you Quot his Best Selling tribute to slain rapper the notorious the third biggest seller in Britain last year. Quot puff daddy has unfortunately been taken ill and is currently in the United states under the car of his the promoters said. They said he was exhausted after a . Tour. There a life after in la new York a Chevy Chase says Abc made a mistake in firing Norm Macdonald from the satirical news segment of a saturday night to guide quoted the a is Nln Veteran As saying Macdonald was the funniest newscaster on Quot weekend updated since Well himself. �?o1 think he a the first Guy quite frankly a and i done to mean to sound egotistical a but since i did it a that seems to want to take a stand and look you directly in the Eye and say it. And who makes me laugh a Chase said in the magazines latest Issue. "1 done to tune in to the show that much to be honest with you. But i do love Norm. 1 think he a terrific on Quot Macdonald said wednesday he was fired As Anchorman of the not so Senous news sketch but still w ill appear in other parts of the show. Chase called Macdonald after he heard the news. A the said 1 was better than him which was unbelievable because he was the Best Ever a Macdonald told to guide. A but he just phoned and said he could t believe it. And he told me there a life after a million reasons to smile Norfolk a. A Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have donated is million to a Chanty that provides surgery to poor disfigured children. Operation smile said it will use the donation for a project to help youngsters in China. And that is just the beginning. Charles b. Wang chairman of the software company computer associates has donated even More s10 million Gates Learned about operation smile from Wang Microsoft corp. Spokesman John Pinette said thursday. A it s a great organization and they do wonderful things a Pinette said. A Bill and Melinda were Happy to be Able to provide them with some financial a photo sea world animal care specialists fit an injured 800-Pound male Manatee with a wetsuit to help with buoyancy and to help with the Healing process Friday in Orlando. The Manatee bought to sea world by Federal officials is suffering five broken ribs and a severe Cut caused by a boat propeller. Brotherly love of singing new York a of brother Stanford Olsen was scheduled to sing the role of count Almaviva at the metropolitan opera in Rossini s a the Barber of Seville on thursday night but came Down with bronchitis. His understudy also was ill. So the met got Tenor Richard Croft whose brother Dwayne Croft just happened to be the Star of the production As Figaro. The Brothers who previously appeared together at the met in Mozart so cosi fan Tutte a seemed to have rollicking fun on stage portraying characters who pretty much act As Brothers. Dwayne Croft one of the met a Young stars clearly relished the night. Before the opening curtain the met announced he had decided to perform despite having a touch of bronchitis. A from a reports coming sunday top Story a Ector county Independent school District officials Hope a meeting tuesday with University interscholastic league and Texas education Agency representatives in Austin will Clear up the confusion surrounding freshmen eligibility in High school u1l events at the newly created Magnet school at Ector Junior High Oil and Gas review a the once of Oil has plunged to its lowest level in More than two years and analysts say there s Little Chance for a Quick rebound. Life amp the arts a dating the second time around can be difficult a or it can be rewarding. Commentary a Dave Barry details Why cooking can be hazardous travel a big game Hunters Are turning to cameras to bag exotics. Sports a the 65th san Hills Stock show and Rodeo winds up tonight a Rural from 1a chooses to leave the position. The monetary value of the gift is not being disclosed at Halls request however the Only Way to establish an endowed chair at Tutuh so is by donating a minimum of $1 million said Brad Walker development officer for to Hsc. Hall said she Hopes the gift will help create a team Effort for managing health care Between to Hsc and the Rural communities. A this is an enthralling moment Quot she said. A to have a part in making possible a team approach in Rural health Texas tech Chancellor John Montford said Halls gift represents a commitment to a High Quality of life in the permian Basin. A this establishes her Halls legacy As a guardian protector and As a Lookout if you please for Quality health care in Rural Texas a he said. Vela said that As the endowed chair he Hopes to focus on three main components of Rural health care research service and education. Vela said he believes Rural health care has not received much attention recently and doctors Are not serving the communities As frequently. The consequences of the Lack of service to Rural areas has been an increase in disease and mortality he said. Vela wants to do a Complete assessment of what Rural communities need in terms of health care to find ways to improve services in the areas. �?o1 want to look in More global ways to determine what Are the major determinants of Rural health care a he said. Vela said he also plans on improving the education of students to help train future professionals for helping those living in Rural areas. A i want to focus on an interdisciplinary program to train health care professionals Quot he said. Research is also a component of Rural health care and Vela said he wants to establish a Clearing House for Rural health care. A we need a Way to bring All of this into focus a he said. A the communities will be an integral part of All of Vela began his position Jan. 1. The interest from the endowment will be used to fund Vela a salary and the programs he develops Walker said. Dow Cost from 1a average to More than two years in Many instances. A wins is in a catch-22 situation Quot Agency head dons Meissner said Friday a we want to improve our serv ices and we know our customers deserve better service but in order to get there we have to charge what it immigrant nights activists bustled when the proposal first surfaced last september questioning the Agency a timing in pushing for higher fees while posting a badly tarnished service track record. A leading congressional critic remains unconvinced that the Agency should press Forward with its plan a several months ago when they proposed this idea we raised our voices in indignation and anger. And we do the same thing again today a rep. Luis Gutierrez d-lll., said Friday a if seniors weren to getting attended by their physicians under the medicare program or veterans have Access to health care at the a we be Heaning from those departments about 100 percent increases in order to provide those services a he added. But Gutierrez praised the ins for holding off on the increases until improvements Are demonstrated. A we Are going to watch them Quot he cautioned ins which is in the midst of a computerization and automation push is hungry for the revenues that would result from increases to 30 of the 40 fees in the examination fees account. The higher fees would bring in nearly million daily in new Revenue to the ins. Fee current fee Structure has been in place since # from a heavy Nash a Stock Market suffered its second worst Point drop Ever. It was the fourth busiest Day Ever on the new York Stock Exchange with 746.42 million shares changing hands. The Panicky sell off came after investors woke up again to Steep Market declines in Southeast Asia this time in the Philippines where stocks plunged 8.3 percent and Singapore where the main Market Index Sank 7 4 percent. Mexico a peso also closed sharply weaker Friday As local and foreign Stock markets plunged. The peso closed at 8.18 to the Dollar sharply weaker from its open of 8.082 and also much weaker from its close of 8.074 on thursday. Mexico of a key i pc Index was Down 3 8 percent at the pesos close. In other latin american countries Sao . Simpson cop makes broadcast debut Spokane Wash. Apr Mark Fuhrman the former los Angeles police detective who gamed notoriety in the . Simpson murder trial is on talk radio. Fuhrman has been hired to share the microphone every thursday afternoon on the Mike Fitzsimmons show. A a it a a weekly feature on crime a station manager Brian Paul said. Quot we figured his expertise in that area is Many fault Fuhrmann a perjured testimony about his use of racial slurs for undermining the Case against Simpson. He was Given three years probation after pleading no contest to perjury and retired after Simpson was acquitted in 1995. During his first show Friday Fuhrman discussed the serial slayings of seven women in the Spokane area. Police believe there May be a connection Between four of the killings. A a i would give a digit off my right hand to be one of the detectives on this Case a Fuhrman told listeners. Texas lottery it winning numbers Cash five 1 a 2 a 12 a 22 a 31 Friday Jan. 10 pick 3 466 up to Date information about lotto Texas a pick 3 and Cash numbers Are available from info line Call 580-4636, press # and enter 6600. Note a winning a numbers Are unofficial until verified by the Texas lottery commission. The to cd a regional office is located in Odessa at 4682 e. University blvd., 915 368-5243 Texas couple wins millions in Florida lotto Tallahassee Fla. Apr a Texas woman made a wish when she saw a Lone Star Over the Panhandle a but in Florida not Texas a two weeks ago. Thursday it came True. Barbara Olivares and her husband Domingo claimed half of a nearly $60 million Jackpot awarded in the Florida lottery a dec. 27 drawing. They bought their winning ticket in Pensacola As they were driving Back to the Lone Star state on the night of the drawing after visit ing her parents in Orlando. A second winning ticket was sold in Sebastian but the buyer has not yet claimed the other half of the prize. Olivares a 29-year-old dental technician who lived in Tampa before moving to Texas As a child was behind the wheel when she saw a Bright Light As the couple headed for Home in Bryan. She woke up her husband a 30-year-old personnel supervisor for an employment service and asked if the Light was a Star or a flame. He said it was a Star. The couple exposed to a barrage of publicity about one of Florida a largest Ever lotto jackpots intended to buy lottery tickets when they made a Stop in Tallahassee but they forgot. With the Star As a reminder they bought 10 tickets at a Pensacola convenience Story just a few Miles before crossing the state line into Alabama. They let the lottery computer pick their numbers. Paulous Bov Espa Index plunged 5.6 percent and Buenos Aires merval Index retreated 6.0 percent. The heavy Selling around the world helped the . Bond Market which is seen As a Safe Haven and momentarily pushed Long term yields toward another record Low. Treasury yields help determine the interest charged on Many types of Loans such As mortgages and its recent lows have Many homeowners watching the Market trying to pick the Best time to refinance. The renewed Market turmoil has been fuelled by fears that several asian nations wont enact the sweeping economic reforms being demanded by the International lenders to secure billions of dollars in badly needed Loans. The risks to the global Economy Are severe. Without a speedy turnaround asians fiscal woes might Spur a worldwide recession. A a it a very severe Medicine that each of the Pacific rim countries will have to make to get the help of the International monetary fund the . And others Quot Johnson said. Uses 402-960 published every morning by the Odessa american 222 e. 4th Street Odessa to 79761. Second class postage paid at Odessa to. Postmaster Send address changes to Odessa american to. Box 2952, Odessa to 79760-2952. 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