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:W,,est Coast
MANTECA, Calif. (AP) - Raging rivers burst
through levees in California's soggy Central Valley
yesterday, flooding more homes and farms and forc-
ing new evacuations as the damage total rose to near-
ly $1 billion. Crews laid sheets of plastic and stacked
sandbags against the rising tide.
At Lake Tahoe, which swelled with Sierra runoff to
its highest level in 80 years, Nevada casinos became
the latest flood casualties. With the major highway
into the city of Stateline blocked by mudslides and
washouts, and likely to remain closed for weeks,
tourism has dropped off sharply.
At least 29 deaths have been blamed on the series of
storms that have caused floods, landslides and
avalanches across the West since Dec. 26. In addition,
three women are missing in Yuba County. Thousands
of homes and businesses have been swamped in
California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington in
some of the worst flooding in decades.
Rising rivers have flooded newly planted winter
wheat, fruit and walnut orchards and vineyards in
California and alfalfa and garlic fields in northern
Nevada. Officials say it's too early to assess crop dam-
age but damage to tractors, forklifts and other farm
machinery could be even worse.
"A lot of farmers are going to have really severe
problems restoring their property and getting back in
lusiness,' said California Farm Bureau spokesperson
Dave Kranz. "Property damage is going to disrupt
lives for a long time to come."
Most of the 125,000 evacuees have been able to
return home and begin the long process of reclaiming
their homes and belongings from the mud and flood-
waters, but more evacuations were ordered as battered
levees continued to weaken and break.
Crews worked feverishly under a clear sky in the
Central Valley and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta



Exhibit to inspire memorial designers,
OKLAHOMA CITY - The survivors of the April 19, 1995, attack on tie
Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building want you to feel their pain. Especially: if
you're among the hundreds of architects - novice and professional - whoi
have begun submitting blueprints for the Oklahoma City Memorial interoa-
tional design competition. -
"We don't want just a piece of cold marble out on the ground," said Jan&
Coverdale, whose two grandsons, Aaron and Elijah, were killed in the bl..
"We want something with feeling."
Lest that message be lost on any aspiring monument-crafters, Oklahoma
City officials unveiled an unusual multimedia exhibit Monday in the ruins of
the Murrah parking garage.
Open only to participants in the design contest, it is intended to re-create the
horror and heroics of the bombing - to ensure that competitors "taste it and
smell it," according to Tom Toperzer, head of archives for the city's recovery
"Everything in here is real," Toperzer added before shepherding reportets,
through the exhibition space, a series of three cinder-block rooms that on'
housed the government's motor pool office.

Yuba County Sheriff Deputy Bill Siler, a member of the county's search and rescue team, checks a floating car
for bodies during a search of the Star Bend area of Arboga, Calif., yesterday.

to shore up key sections of Northern California's
6,000-mile network of levees. Near Manteca, two lev-
ees failed yesterday, and within hours, up to 7 feet of
water swamped 50 square miles, flooded 200 homes
and threatened more.
Work crews tried to reinforce a nearby levee with
plastic sheets, but the going was tough. They fought
not only floodwaters left by last week's string of
storms, but some of the season's highest tides.
"We have a double whammy coming at us," said
San Joaquin Sheriff's Deputy Mike Padilla. "Right
now we're trying to save Oakwood resort and about 50
or 60 homes out here."
The resort's main attraction is the Manteca Water
Dean Heath, who lives on a 2 1/2-acre plot threat-
ened by the flooding, fretted over his home.
"We moved everyone out, and moved our belong-

ings onto the roof, including our beds," Heath said.
"It's kind of hard to leave. I've lived here all my life."
The earthen dikes, many built decades ago and not
up to current standards, have given way in two dozen
spots around the region. Many levees have been
poorly maintained and undermined by burrowing
U.S. Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif.) fumed about the
sorry state of the levees after taking a helicopter ride
over a break in the Feather River that inundated 16
square miles of his congressional district near
Olivehurst. The levee had been scheduled for repairs
since 1986, Herger said, but because federal funds
were unavailable, work wasn't scheduled until later
this year.
"Well, guess what?" Herger said. "It's too late.

Clinton offers (
vets compromis
Clinton yesterday rejected de
veterans for an outside agen
over the Defense Departmen
gation of Persian Gulf War illt
instead extended the life of a
tial advisory panel so it can k
over the Pentagon's efforts.
Clinton also endorsed a p
Veterans Affairs Secretary Je
to allow Gulf War veterans
two years to document thei
and still qualify for easier acc
disability benefits. Some say t
toms did not show up until to(
The compromise gestures
the presidential advisory co
which comprises a dozen1
and scientists, issued a repor
ing that nerve gas exposurec
1991 war was unlikely to ha
any of the ailments they are s
Although the panel criti
Pentagon for failing to take
seriously until recently, the r
the Defense Department an
provided good medical care
erans and now appearto be

President Study shows extent
mands by of drunk driving
cy to take
t's investi- CHICAGO --Americans got behind
nesses and the wheel after drinking too much
presiden- average of 14,000 times an houri
:eep watch 1993, according to researchers who say
they may still be underestimating the
roposal by extent of drunken driving.
sse Brown And nearly one of every 12 instances
more than involved a driver under age 21 --oqO
r ailments young to drink legally in any state, tlie
cess to VA researchers reported in today's issue of
heir symp- The Journal of the American Medical
o late. Association.
came after The findings come from a telephone
mmission, survey of 102,000 adults age 18 4
physicians older, 2.5 percent of whom admitted
t conclud- they had driven "after having had per=
during the haps too much to drink" on one or more
ive caused occasions within the previous month.
uffering. The researchers believe the study is the
cized the first estimate of the extent of drunken
the issue driving.
eport said The number of occasions reported
d VA have each month was multiplied by 12 to get
to the vet- an estimate of approximately 123 mi-
investigat- lion for the year."0


ing the problem in earnest.

We're playing
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duct an open search and then to turn
around and file a grievance against Jon
Rowe after the case was dismissed."
Regent Laurence Deitch (D-
Bloomfield Hills), who is an attorney,
introduced the motion, saying he did so
with a "heavy heart:'
A grievance board ruling in favor of
the University could result in a repri-
mand, a suspension of practice or even
Rowe, who attended yesterday's
court hearing when the newspapers
sought attorney fees from the lawsuit,
would not comment on the board's
decision to ask for an investigation into
his actions.
Vice President for University
Relations Walter Harrison said the
University "was waiting to hear" from
the grievance board.
"The attorney grievance board can
decide if it's worthy of review,"
Harrison said. "We'll get to see
whether there are issues."
Continued from Page IA
broke House rules. Their nervousness
is heightened by the fact that the full
details of the House ethics committee's
investigation of Gingrich and the
panel's recommended sanction for him
will not be known until next week.
Gingrich admitted to charges,
brought by an investigative subcom-
mittee of the ethics committee, that
he brought discredit to the House.
Specifically, the panel faulted
Gingrich for failing to check with
lawyers to make sure the financing of
a college course he taught and a tele-
vised town-hall meeting would not
violate federal tax law. Then, when
the ethics committee investigated
those projects, Gingrich gave the
panel false information, the speaker
acknowledged. He said the violations
were not intentional and resulted
from inattention.
The ethics committee is to meet
today to begin the process of recom-
mending a punishment. In addition,
the Internal Revenue Service is also
looking into the financing of the col-
lege course and the ethics committee
has not resolved complaints that
Gingrich received improper gifts,
support and contributions from
GOPAC, a political action committee
he once headed.
The ethics matter resulted in bitter-
ly partisan rancor on the House floor
last year, as Democrats sought to tar-
nish the speaker as part of their bid to
retake the House. In a closed door-
session with House Republicans
Monday night to rally support,
Gingrich blamed Democrats for his
ethics problems.
But in his speech yesterday,
Gingrich - much as he did two years
ago - sought to reach across the
aisle. "I will seek to be worthy of
heinĀ¢ speaker of the House and I will

Swiss may give
funds to survivors
GENEVA - For the first time,
Swiss leaders are ready to compensate
Jews who lost assets during World War
II - but not with government money.
In an attempt to contain an interna-
tional furor over whether Switzerland
profited from the Holocaust, the Swiss
government said yesterday it wants to
establish a fund with money from the
unclaimed bank accounts of Jews killed
by the Nazis.
Officials stopped short of acquiesc-
ing to Jewish groups' demands that
Switzerland make a goodwill gesture
by donating $250 million to elderly and
destitute Jews who lost family and
wealth in the Holocaust.
But Switzerland's governing body,
the Federal Executive, said it would
"examine the necessary steps" if there
was any evidence supporting allega-
tions that neutral Switzerland laundered
billions of dollars worth of looted Nazi
gold and used Jewish assets to compen-
sate Swiss firms for wartime and post-
war losses.
Jewish groups were not satisfied.


"No one asked for a compensation
fund. We want what is ours and nothing
more'" said Avraham Burg, head of
Israel's Jewish Agency, a quasi-govern-
mental organization that serves as a1
with world Jewry.
Ex-spy pleads
innocent to charges
BERLIN - Markus Wolf, the former
East German spymaster, faced a second
trial yesterday, this time to answer
charges in a case that is probably the
German state's last good chance to p4
ecute a prominent member of the defunct
Communist regime's leadership cadre.
Only Wolf remains as a serious, visi-
ble and unrepentant representative of
East German socialism.
Now he is being tried for kidnapping,
wrongful imprisonment and bodily
injury. He appeared in court in
Duesseldorf yesterday, pleading inno-
cent and mocking the prosecution for
failing to come up with a better c
against him.
- Compiled from Daily wire repbrO.

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