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South Bend and others objected, and Bankruptcy Court Judge Eugene Wedoff refused to allow the proposed settlement, according to court re- cords. Allied appealed to a federal district court, where Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer upheld Wedoff's ruling. South Bend has a "cognizable interest in Allied's insurance policies that is not adequately protected under the proposed buyback transaction," Pall- meyer wrote. Meanwhile, Allied in July 2003 approached the city with a slightly different buyback offer, this one making $3.4 million available solely to environ- mental claimants, such as South Bend. The city also declined that offer, saying it "falls woefully short." Wedoff has been so busy handling claims from other parties in the case that he has yet to rule on South Bend's interests, said attorney Jeff Featherstun, who is representing the city in both cases. Featherstun said South Bend is not the first city to try funding brownfield redevelopment by holding polluting companies or their insurers account- able, but he was not certain whether any such lawsuits have succeeded.

But in the intrest of the city taxpayers, the city think it’ s worth a try.

“ W e wouldn’ t have brought the case if we didn ’ t think they were good cases ” Featherstun said.

Staff writer Jeff Parrott: jparrott@sbtinfo.com ( 5 74 ) 235-6320

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Palmetto Chapter, Studebaker Drivers Club March 11 –12, 2005 Weekend Trip & Tour Days Inn, Surfside Beach Resort 15 South Ocean Boulevard. Surfside Beach, SC

Plan is to spend the weekend at an Ocean Front Hotel. All rooms have small balcony overlooking the beach and hotel is adjacent to the large Surfside Beach pier.

Cut off date for special rate of $65/night was Feb. 11, but Call hotel at 843-238-4444 and see what rate can be negotiated. Confirmation number is P61215 under Dusky

Agenda: Friday, March 11:

Arrive when you want to. Walk the beach, enjoy the sunset. Meet in lobby at 6:00 PM to see if we want to do anything as a group.

Saturday: March12: 8:00 AM - walk the beach, fish from the pier next to the hotel, etc. 10:30 AM - Palmetto Chapter Putt-Putt miniature golf Championship. Meet in hotel lobby for directions 12:00 PM – we will drive to either historic Georgetown (30 miles) or Pawley’s Island (5 miles) depending upon groups desire and weather conditions. 5:45 PM - meet in lobby and depart for dinner, special group rate at “Crabby Mikes” all you can eat for $18 each, includes tax, drink and tip. Full buffet with crab legs, only 4 block from hotel 7:45 PM - meeting back at hotel to caravan to the Loskills residence to play special mystery games and give out golf prizes. Loskill resi- dence is about ½ mile from hotel.

Sunday: March 13: On your own for breakfast and other activities, flea market is just around corner from hotel.

For more information call Sheila or John Dusky at 864-949-1206 or 864-949-9960.

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