The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 29, 1998 · Page 1
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Moving on Kentucky wins in overtime to advance to NCAA finals/D1 SPORTS the Capitalism 101 New school teaches young men business, Russian style / B8 MONEY • Where's George?: G OV Bush avoids GOP candidate forum / A5 1 : Salina Central grad appearing in top TV drama / A10 INSIDE Ugh: 75 Low 43 Partly cloudy today with southwest winds 20 to 30 mph and gusty / D7 WEATHER Salina Journal .Qarwinn Wanooo oin^a -1O71 ^^i^^ Serving Kansas since 1871 Classified/C1 Crossword / BS Deaths/Alt Great Plains/A3 Life/81 Money / B8 Sports/ D1 Viewpoints / A4 INDEX SUNDAY MARCH 29, 1998 SALINA, KANSAS $1.50 T TOBACCO Tobacco, state are old foes Minnesota judge orders millions of tobacco documents to be open By STEVE KARNOWSKI The Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. — It should have been no surprise it was Minnesota that broke out of the pack of states vying for a bite of a huge national tobacco settlement and stood alone in court against the tobacco industry. The state has been a hotbed of anti-tobacco sentiment almost since it joined the union, and the tobacco industry focused on that tradition to open its defense. Historian Hyman Berman told the jury last week how the rising popularity of cigarettes in the late 1800s sparked a crusade that led to a four-year statewide ban in 1909. In more recent decades, the state has been a leader in restricting smoking in public. The University of Minnesota professor was the first defense witness in the trial that began Jan. 20 as the industry sought to show that the state's residents and government officials have known about the health hazards of smoking for a very long time. "Common knowledge" is a key , elementrin the defense. The plaintiffs — the state and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota — say "common knowledge" by the smokers is not the point, that it's a question of what the tobacco companies knew about the hazards and whether they concealed that information. On Saturday, a judge ordered that a Minneapolis warehouse containing more than 33 million pages of internal tobacco company documents be opened to the public. The four largest U.S. cigarette makers had requested that the depository be opened to fulfill a commitment their top executives made to Congress. Minnesota Attorney General Hubert Humphrey III said the opening of the depository would expose the industry's wrongdoing to Congress in explicit detail and show why the companies should not get special immunity from lawsuits. Berman said he found concern about tobacco as early as 1859 — one year after Minnesota became i^i-state — when smoking was a;rWed on the floor of the'state 6'u?i$ e °f Representatives. I jpfjf 1876, he said, the Minneapolis \fSftizen carried a review of a book that described smoking as a habit "better not acquired," warning that "smoking has proved directly fatal." The Minnesota branch of the Women's Christian Temperance : Union became a leader in the war : 'Qn cigarettes in the 1880s and was I instrumental in passing an 1887 'state law requiring public schools ,to teach children about the hazards of smoking. T AIRLINES SALINA SCHOOL DISTRICT B1 .. .. . _,.,_,._._, . Photos by KELLY PR^SNELL/The Salina Journal Plastic sheets cover an unused lathe In the machine shop building at the Salina vo-tech to protect It from leaks In the roof of the 45-year-old building. *">"*'"• '"^f- ••••-'•'•• ••fto*4""~' :r -'- "•i"--~*r^*5?.:~ --^ . TntSlffCHlLD Often-overlooked Salina vo-tech could see major improvements under/bond issue plans By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal A gaping hole in the celling above machinist student Nathan Zahn is the result of roof leaks. | aving enough space 1 isn't a problem at the ^ Salina Area Vocational-" ••; I Technical School. "It's the buildings, what they look like and the configuration of it," said school director Jim Sweeney. While the school has plenty of square-footage available, the buildings constructed for military purposes in the 1950s are outdated for the school's vocational programs. Walls N ceilings and beams have bowed.'Ter- 'mites have damaged^the w»oden structures, which have limited electrical capabilities. And the space is inefficient and ineffective for students to work on cars, large machines and metal- crafting equipment. The school in Salina's Airport Industrial Area falls under the supervision of the Salina School Board, but most of the school's funding comes from tuition and state aid. However, the vo-tech's buildings and any major capital improvements are the responsi- X SCHOOL QONS" bility of the school district. Even if the governing body of the vo-tech school would change — as could be the case with discussions about reforming higher education in the Legislature — improving the school would benefit the community, officials say. That's why the vo-tech's buildings are among priorities for the district's massive building construction plans, which range from $50 million to $136 million to construct new schools and renovate and expand others. A series of town meetings on the plan continues this week with meetings at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Heusner Elementary School, 425 E. Jewell, and 7 p.m. Thurs- day at the Presbyterian Manor's lower level meeting room, 2601 E. Crawford. At the least, school officials would like to replace one building at the vo-tech, costing between $4 million and $5 million in the district's $50 million to $55 million minimal plan. But they hope to replace at least half the campus by building two structures — a shop building and an academic building at a cost of $5 million to $8 million included in the moderate plan's $88.2 million to $98.4 million. Nearly the entire campus could bo-rebuilt or renovated for $15 million to $17.6 million as part of the district's complete plan, ranging from $116.6 to $136 million, if it were approved by voters. $1 property purchase price The vo-tech property was acquired by the school district in 1965, after legislation for area vocational-technical schools had passed and as Schilling Air Force Base was closing. See SALINA, Page A8 Travelers don't gain from low fuel costs The Power of Assets V.J Research shows that 40 developmental assets helo vouna oecmle 'Airlines may add to last year's record profits as lower fuel costs not passed on in airfares By The Associated Press ; WASHINGTON — The airline industry saves •$170 million every time the price of a gallon of jet fuel falls a penny, and jet fuel costs about 25 ; cents less than a year ago. So far, none of that ; is ending up in passengers' pockets. i Airlines are keeping the savings for them; selves and looking forward to bettering record •1997 profits of $5.3 billion. Why? Because they •can. » The nation's strong economy has created a ; heavy demand for air travel. Planes are more than 70 percent full on the average flight, i largely business people who typically pay the most expensive fares. ; The industry's willingness to defy gravity isn't lost on some passengers. _j [ - • The Associated Press An employee of Ogden Aviation Services refuels a US Airways jet Wednesday at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. "I think I paid too much," said Judy Szugda, Berry, N.H., sitting in Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport during a layover on a $349 round trip to West Palm Beach, Fla. "I didn't have much selection in flights, and I'm not happy knowing how much they've been saving," she said. Terry Trippler, whose "Airfare Report" tracks all major fares, said he's seen no major pricing changes in the past two months except for sales to fill leftover seats. "The airlines are in a mode right now, 'Make as much as you can as quickly as you can,' and they are succeeding in that," Trippler said. "The airlines have their eye on Wall Street right now, and I wish they would put it back on the traveler a little bit." David Swierenga, chief economist for the Air Transport Association, an airline trade group, concedes that fuel savings haven't been reflected in the price of airline tickets. He expects that may change soon. "Keep in mind that labor costs are continuing to go up, as well as other costs including the cost of airplanes," he said. "But nonetheless, I am expecting that (ticket) prices will be lower in 1998 than in 1997." Research shows that 40 developmental assets help young people make wise decisions and choose positive paths in life. This chart shows that youth with the most assets are least likely to engage in four different patterns of high-risk behavior. 61% 53% Problem alcohol use Illicit drug use Sexual activity • o-10assets S111-20 assets D 21 j 30 assets The same kind of impact is evident with many '• other problem behaviors, including tobacco use, depression and attempted suicide, antisocial behavior, school problems, driving and alcohol, and gambling. Violence 131 -40 assets Turn to Life, page B1 & read more about it

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