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Hays, Kansas
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Tuesday, June 13, 2006
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B4 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON TUESDAY, JUNE 13,2006 ; First trial in Abramoff scandal goes to jury By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — A federal court jury began deliberations this morning on whether former Bush administration official David Safavian concealed from ethics officials and investigators that he assisted Republican influence-peddler Jack Abramoff's efforts to obtain two government properties. Although Safavian's trial was the first to emerge from the Abramoff scandal, the disgraced lobbyist and former business partner of Safavian was never called to testify, a point Safa- vian's defense attorney emphasized to the jury in closing arguments Monday. U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman sent the case to the jury of 10 women and two men this morning after briefly reminding them of his key instructions from the day before. The defense characterized the trial as a clear case of prosecutorial excess, but the government depicted Safavian as an ethically challenged public servant trying serve two masters. As the General Services Administration's chief of staff, Safavian "was appointed by the president to serve the people of the United States, but he chose instead to serve Jack Abramoff," Justice Department lawyer Nathaniel Edmonds told the jury. Prosecutors seized on dozens of e-mails in which Abramoff and Safavian exchanged information about two pieces of GSA- controlled property that Abramoff wanted for himself or his lobbying clients. Many of the e-mails were written around the time that Safavian accepted a weeklong trans-Atlantic golfing jaunt from Abramoff. Safavian lawyer Barbara Van Gelder said Safavian "was trying to do the right thing" when he paid $3,100 for the trip and got ethics approval for the weeklong golfing excursion to Scotland and London organized by Abramoff. "He told everybody about this trip" including his boss, Van Gelder said. Edmonds said Safavian revealed nothing about the three- day London leg of the trip or the extent of the lavish accommodations. Prosecutor Peter Zoiden- berg said if Safavian had told the truth, "there would have been questions" about who was paying for it and what business Abramoff had with GSA. Safa- vian told the ethics officer that Abramoff did all his work on Capitol Hill, a statement Van Gelder said is "literally true." Van Gelder said the prosecution was taking "a hairline crack and turning it into a canyon" and that "there was no business to be had" at GSA regarding the two pieces of property Abramoff was interested in. She said the government failed to prove its case by not summoning Abramoff to testify. "Where's Jack?" Van Gelder asked the jury in final arguments. "If the government does not call Jack Abramoff they have not met their burden," Van Gelder said. Prosecutors gave no reason for not calling Abramoff, who would likely be a witness if the Justice Department assembles criminal cases against any members of Congress. The disgraced lobbyist has pleaded guilty to crimes in federal courts in Washington, D.C., and in Miami. Van Gelder said the prosecution has mischaracterized the evidence, making it appear that Abramoff wanted the landmark Old Post Office for some of his Indian tribal clients in order to redevelop the underused facility as a five-star hotel. U,S, officials worry about merger of al-Qaida central WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. counterterrorism officials are concerned about the merger of al-Qaida's central organization and its offshoot in Iraq, even with the death of terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Senate panel was told today. "Eliminating Zarqawi is clearly a major step forward," retired Vice Adm. John Scott Redd, director of the National Countert- errorism Center, said in his testimony. "But both al-Qaida and (al- Qaida in Iraq) will continue on with their deadly work." Al-Zarqawi was killed last week in an airstrike in Iraq. He formed a loose network there that operated under several different names before he pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida organization in October 2004. Analysts have since been studying how the two organizations — linked in name and ideology — interact. Redd, a senior intelligence official, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's hearing on the changing face of terror that al- Qaida and its core leadership remain the "pre-eminent concern" of U.S. counterterrorism officials. New diabetes drugs help control blood sugar levels WASHINGTON (AP) — Two experimental pills seem to help Briefs older diabetes drugs lower patients' blood sugar, with the added bonus of a little weight loss. The once-a-day medications are the first in a new class of Type 2 diabetes drugs that work in a unique way, and competitors Merck & Co. and Novartis AC both hope to win Food and Drug Administration approval to begin selling them by year's end. It's not clear how widely used the drugs would be, given the expected price tag of $3 to $6 a day. Older diabetes drugs cost 50 cents a day or less. Still, specialists eagerly await the new options, which work with a one-two punch: They increase levels of a hormone that triggers the pancreas to produce more insulin to process blood sugar while simultaneously signaling the liver to quit making glucose. The pills do that by blocking production of an enzyme, called DPP-4, that normally inactivates that hormone. The positive effects of the drugs, coupled with fewer of the negatives seen in other diabetes treatments, is what sets them apart, said Dr. John Buse, vice president of the ADA. "It's combining some of the effects of three to four classes of drugs used today. That is what has everyone excited," said Buse, cautioning that the expected cost of Januvia and Galvus likely would curtail their use. Side effects of the pills include cold and flu-like symptoms and headaches. Gene test may help women: safely skip chemotherapy WASHINGTON (AP) — Clau- - dia Lowry had a scary decision: Could she safely skip chemotherapy after surgeons removed her breast cancer? Tens of thousands of women undergo chemo for breast cancer every year when they don't really need it, but doctors don't have an easy way to tell who can gamble on skipping the harsh drugs. A simple gene test now promises to help women like Lowry make that nerve-wracking choice — and a major government study is enrolling more than 10,000 patients around the country to see just how well it does the job. "Most of the patients are advised to have chemotherapy Most of the patients are going to do very well without it," says Dr. Sheila Taube of the National Cancer Institute. "So how can we spare the patients that don't need it?" Breast cancer is only the opening salvo. Researchers are furiously developing who-to-treat gene tests for colorectal cancer — particularly for early Stage 2 disease that doctors fear is being under-treated — and other malignancies, too. But if the new breast cancel- study pans out, it will mark a big step toward genetically tailored therapy that specialists expect will rapidly replace today's simplistic guidelines for treating early-stage cancer. may vary :if l by day of the •published HAS! i THE VOICE OF THE HIGH PLAINS 10 Personal Connections 17 ADOPTION-A happily married couple longs to give all the love, warmth & opportunities you want for your baby. Please call Susannah & David at 800-977-8525. Expenses paid. Motel/Restaurant Help Wanted 19 Medical Help Wanted SLEEP INN & Suites is now hiring for all positions, housekeepers, desk clerks, night auditors. Apply in person at 1011 E. 41st. or apply at Comfort Inn & Suites. 12 Lost/Found Strayed H O Drivers 10 Wanted LOST BLACK and grey ticked male German Shorthair Pointer. In Munjor area. Reward. 785-650-7932 or 650-4856. LOST JUNE 1 From 1700 Deck Rd. Lot #20. Grey, white, yellow, female cat. Reward offered, call 650-0827. 13 Special Notices TO GIVE away: wood pelletts and shipping crates. Call 785625-2219. 17 Motel/Restaurant Help Wanted MOTEL 6 in Hays needing housekeepers. $6/hr. Apply within at 3404 Vine St. NOW HIRING all positions: servers, bussers & cooks. Stop in to fill in an application at Gella's Diner, 117 E. 11th. APPLY AT Hampton Inn, 3801 Vine for PT night audit, breakfast attendant and front desk clerk. Free employee meals and many benefits. WE'RE OPENING and taking applications for full and part- time cashiers, cooks, dishwasher, janitors, and waitresses-all shifts available! Competitive pay and great benefits including paid vacations, medical & dental plans, life insurance, safety rewards, referral bonuses + more! Apply at The Bear House Cafe in Bunker Hill 9am-2pm. Restaurant Management needed also! Fax your resume & salary history to 281444-5296 or e-mail Special Notices NEED DRIVERS: hopper bottom grain trailers. WaKeeney Truck Line, 785-743-6778. OIL FIELD services driver needed. CDL preferred. Good pay, benefits. 785-628-3998. TRUCK DRIVERS wanted. Will be gone nights. Travel 5 states. 800-920-9105 or 785731-2211. WANTED OTR tractor trailer driver, home every weekend, salary negotiable. 785-6502154,785-650-8150. OTR, GREAT Pay, starting .40 cents per mile. Class A CDL req. must have 6 months exp. in last 3 years. Limted openings, call now to earn great money. 785-432-2231 KW TRUCKING, Inc., Osborne, KS. Now hiring full- time OTR drivers. Vacation pay, health insurance, flexible home time, late model equipment. Contact Jim or Lucy. 785-346-2932. OVER THE Road independent contractors to deliver wide load material. No truck to own. Excellent pay. .80/mile plus fuel surcharge plus more. We require a Class A CDL, Clean MVR, Current physical, and two years verifiable over the road experience. Call 785-4256902 or 737-3679. RN OR LPN (new grads welcome) needed in Hays, full- time or part-time, days or evenings. Call Care 2000 Home Health at 800-5876502 or 785-472-7103. DENTAL ASSISTANT-Dental office looking for an experienced chairside dental assistant. Monday-Thursday. Apply to C-56, c/o The Hays Daily News, PO Box 587, Hays, KS 67601. General Help Wanted PHYSICAL THERAPIST For St. Joseph Memorial Hopsital, Larned, a growing critical access hospital with excellent physician support. Primarily OP, some acute and SNF. Competitive salary and benefit package. Send resume to: Central Kansas Medical Center, 3515 Broadway, Great Bend, KS 67530 P: 620-786-6186, E: denis- eschreiber@catholichealth. net, EOE. RN'S, LPN'S & CNA's St. Joseph Memorial Hospital has the following openingsll RN full-time nights (7 pm to 7 am). Acute care and ER exp. required. LPN full-time days and evenings. Geriatric exp. required, supervisor exp. a plus. CNA's full-time. Apply to: St. Joseph Memorial Hospital, 923 Carroll, Larned, KS 67550. P: 620-285-3161 F: 620-285-8883, E: deniseschreiber@catholich EOE. CONSTRUCTION HELP wanted. 785-625-8179, leave message. WELDERS FOR manufacturing company in Utica, KS, Aeroswint, 785-391 -227T. FULL-TIME DRIVER Salesman, CDL preferred. Full benefit package. Apply in person at A&A Coors. AUTO BODY street rod technician needed. Must have 5 yrs. exp. Auto Artistery, Russell, KS, 785-483-3771 ask for Mike. G & L TIRE and Automotive taking applications for employment. Shop experience necessary. Call 785-625-0035 or apply at 2900 Vine St. I-70 TRUCK Repair is now hiring a Tire Technician. Apply in person at 5500 Vine, Hays KS. 785-625-3195. $1,000 SIGN on bonusl 45- 100K/year, retirement, health insurance & uniforms. Good driving record needed. Oil field service work. 785-6253858. PART-TIME CLEANING help needed immediately. Must be dependable & have own transporation. Background check required. Call 316-6850527. THOMAS MORE Prep-Marian High School is looking for a full-time English teacher for the '06-'07 school year. Send resume to: Jean Ross, 1701 Hall Street, Hays, KS. General Help Wanted 20 General Help Wanted 20 General Help Wanted ST. JOHNS OF Victorid is accepting applications for a full & part-time Dietary Aide. 6 ,.am-2:30 pm and every other weekend. Interested applicant should contact Rosie Hammerschmidt at 785-7352208. EOE. WAKEENEY 24/7 Travel Plaza is now taking applications for mechanics. Potential earnings of $35-40,000/yr. Paid vacations, health, dental and life insurance, 401 K plan, Apply in person at I-70 & Hwy 283. WANTED: SPORTS Reporter. On camera exp. a plus. Send resume to Joe Engel at ECTV, 1012 West St., Hays, Kansas 67601. Eagle Communications is a Equal Opportunity Employer. General Help Wanted TRAVEL USA Publication sales company hiring 18 sharp enthusiastic individuals to travel the U.S. Training,' travel, lodging & transportation furnished. 1800-781-1344. LARIO OIL & Gas Company is accepting applications for an experienced relief pulling unit operator. Full benefits with paid holidays. Hourly wage, willing to negotiate. Please call 785-625-5023 between 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. LEWIS TOYOTA Ford of Hays is now accepting applications for service advisor and technician positions. Excellent earning potential & benefit package. Good driving record required. Equal Opportunity Employer. Apply in person, 4450 Vine. NOW HIRING FOR 2006 POSTAL JOBSI $18/hr starting. Avg pay 57k/yr Federal benefits. No experience needed. 1-800-584-1775. Ref # P2620. PEERLESS "TIRES '4 Less" is hiring for an easy sales position. Part-time to start w/ possibility for full-time manager, apprentice position. Sales/customer service a plus, driver's license & drug test necessary. Apply in person. FULL-TIME TELLER, M-F, 95:30, Saturdays as needed. Responsible & dependable individual w/ strong customer relation skills, previous teller or cashier exp. preferred. Per- menant position, not just summer employment. Apply at Commerce Bank, 718 Main, Hays, KS EOE. General Help Wanted HAYS 24/7 Store is accepting applications for cashier. Please apply in person at 3601 Vine Street., - PART-TIME SALES person, approximately 16-20 hrs/wk. Rohr's Carpet Mechanics & Carpet Store. Sales, some bookeeping & occassionally helping w/ carpet cleaning. $7/hr. Keep store in clean, orderly look & marketing. Stop by 722 E. 7th, Hays to drop off resume or pick up application. BLUE SKY Satellite is hiring and training satellite TV installation technicians. FT shifts avail. Excellent earning potential. Benefits. Must have tools and van or covered truck in good condition. Good driving record required. Training provided. Call 785-825-8180 between 8am-5pm. Blue Sky is a secure growing company. 20 General Help Wanted 20 General Help Wanted 20 General Help Wanted Buy -Sell -Trade! Dial 628-1081 17 Motel/Restaurant Help Wanted 17 Motel/Restaurant Help Wanted 20 General Help Wanted ANONYMITY SAFEGUARD II you wish to respond to a Hayi Daily News Blind Box advertise men! but do not want it to be lor warded lo a particular person o business: (1) Put your letter or lesume ir an envelope addressed to Thi Hays Daily News Blind Bo: number. (2) Place it in another envelope along with the name(s) of the per son/company you do not wan lour response to go to. (3) Address the outer envelopi o The Hays Daily News, Altn Blind Box, P.O. Box 857, Hays KS 67601. If your response is lo one of the places listed, we will simply dis ;ard your sealed response Responses cannot be returned ai his would violate the conlidenci af the person/company placini he advertisement. NOTICE The Hays Daily News does not Investigate advertisers who place advertisements in our paper and does not undertake lo guarantee the legitimacy ot such advertisers on their products Now hiring: Overnight Cooks Servers Dishwashers Also: Daytime Servers Competitive wages, night differential Apply in person 4000 General Hays Rd. se habla espanol Tescott Secondary English 785-488-3325 USD 240, Bennington the Classified Marketplace needs CARRIERS in Phillipburg, Hill City and Hays NOW!!!! For More Information Call 785-628-1081 1-800-657-6017 Part-time mailroom Employee. 20 hrs./week, weekday mornings, afternoons and Saturday nights. Wages $6.00/hr. Contact Steve The Hays Daily News 507 Main, Hays, KS 628-1081 •JOBS* -JOBS* -JOBS- -JOBS C/3 PQ O Larned State Hospital - Where making a difference is a possibility when you become a part of our growing, dynamic workforce. New expansion positions: Activity Therapist I/Education - SPTP (3) Food Service Supervisors (3) General Maintenance Repair Technicians Mental Health Developmental Disability Trainee (Direct Care Staff) Master Level & Doctoral Level Psychologists Director of Psychology Registered Nurses Safety Security Officers Social Worker Specialist Contact Human Resource Shared Services, RR 3 Box 89, Larned, KS 67550, 620-285-4380 or apply online wwwjobs.ks.gnv Larned State Hospital is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. "Paid for by the Kansas Department of Social Rehabilitation Services." 'JOBS* »JOBS» •JQBS»*.TnBS i O PQ 8 O w C/3 • PQ f

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