The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on January 20, 1998 · Page 9
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The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana · Page 9

Indianapolis, Indiana
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Tuesday, January 20, 1998
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The Indianapolis Star Business section inside Indiana House will debate the safety of a generic blood thinner. Pfcge 6 liiesday, January 20, 1998 o o LOTTERIES 2 MARION COUNTY 3 OBITUARIES 4-5 BUSINESS 6-7 WEATHER 8 InfoUne: 624-4636 Online: 1) Read that really fine print before signing for that really big deal Dick Cady L Alt Ciiftkir Florida. Kids in bath-, d Ing suits. A couple walking down a gorgeous beach. A woman snor-keling. A man lashing a golf ball down an emerald fairway. Walt Disney World. According to a Florida mortgage bank, it's all mine for free! r The nice bankers have sent me the good news in a colorful brochure announcing that I've been preapproved for a loan of up to $80,000. It's a loan by which I can save a lot of money, too. They were nice enough to print, in red. white and blue colors, an example of how this loan will not only send me on a free vacation to Florida, but will save me $6,024 a year. Ah, sunny Florida, here 1 come. ' . '. Details, details Ah, fine print. All of the information about my free vacation and this money-saving loan is printed in large, bright letters, sandwiched between glorious pictures of sunsets and beaches. There's even a nice big sea-shell with foamy water around it. "By calling today," the nice bank people announce, "you will receive a free vacation for two to either Ft. Lauderdale or Orlando, Florida just for completing a loan application." 'It's all so Inviting, I don't want to turn their giant postcard Invitation over to look at the' fine print. 'The problem with the fine print is that it's so small, I need a magnifying glass to de-Cipher it. As I squint through the glass, the first thing I notice Is a little catch to the example in which I will save $6,024 a year. - The catch is that my loan will establish a 25-year relationship between my money and this nice institution down there in sunny Florida. - In short, I will have to repay this loan over a quarter of a century at an annual interest rate of 14.390 percent. So, while I may get a free vacation, my money will be making regular trips to the Sunshine State long after I've returned home. - The next thing I notice is the absence of certain information. Nowhere does It say how long this vacation will last. ,It might be a very short vacation, like get off the plane, have a glass of orange juice, and get back on the plane. That's assuming, of course, that there is an airplane. Because there's nothing to indicate how I'm supposed to get to and from Florida for my free vacation. ' Must be an oversight. Let's make a deal " Then there's something in the fine print that seems to slightly contradict what it says in the big. bright print with the glorious pictures. It says this offer is contingent on my giving a full loan application with "all relevant documentation." And the nice bankers want collateral, not just for a loan but for the vacation offer. Said collateral must be a "one-to-four family owner-occupied residence." Maybe those colorful pictures on the front should show the people with legal documents sticking out of their bathing suits and golfing togs. '. '.'If you do not meet all of our criteria," it says in the fine print, "we may cancel this offer." And if the nice bankers cancel their offer, I Just might have to hire a lawyer and sue them. I'll probably have to take out a home equity loan in order to pay the attorney's fees, including the expenses of all the lawyer's trips to Florida to litigate this dispute. Ah, sunny Florida. , I think I'll stay home and pOish my magnifying glass. "' "7 ome dealers balking at air bag switc New-car sellers awaiting advice on liability before doing any installations. Staff and Wire Reports The federal government created more problems than It solved when It decided some consumers could disable the air bags in their autos that appears to be the consensus among several Indian Colleague says King would be proud, sad Ex-NAACP leader sees great progress in race relations, but also 'backward movement.' By Diana Penner STAFF WRITER The former leader of the nation's oldest civil rights organization recalled the messages and hopes of his friend, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and invoked them In Indianapolis on Monday. "You can kill the dreamer. but you can't kill the dream," Dr. Benjamin Hooks said in a speech honoring King on the national holiday that his Benjamin Hooks birthday. Hooks, executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for 16 years until retiring In 1993, was the keynote speaker at the 28th annual IUPUI Martin Luther King Dinner at the Ashantii Room. 1529 N. Alabama St. The dinner was sponsored by the Black Student Union at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. King's dream of equality for all Americans regardless of skin color remains vital today. Hooks said. And so does another dream the American dream, he said. "No people have had as much faith in the American ,dream as have black folk," even when they have faced barriers and hurdles and hate. Hooks said. Though much work remains to be done, he said, he also celebrates the successes he has seen in his 70-pIus years. "I don't mind telling my grandson, . . . 'You can make it if you try. The sky is the limit,' " Hooks said. He said he believes that if King were here today, he would be pleased by civil rights advances but saddened by a retrenchment in some areas. "Certainly, there Is no question that we've made enormous progress," Hooks said before See KING Page 2 There's Fire In Their Eyes Students burn midnight oil to find cleaner method of combustion By Eric B. Schoch STAFF WRITER nnn est lafayette, ind. Ill Normand Lauren-Y J1 j deau can see inside Not around or through the yellow flames that flicker gently or the bright blue ones that roar, but inside. That's where the action is, the chemistry that turns fuel and oxygen into heat, light and byproducts such as nitric oxide and soot. We depend on flames every day to heat our homes, power our cars and propel our aircraft. Laur- apolis new-car dealers. Fearing legal collisions with consumers Injured when the disabled bags don't deploy, some of the dealers plan to keep their feet on the brakes until they get more legal advice. An audibly agitated Max Bea CELEBRATIONS TAKE A VARIETY OF FORMS ' 0 ' , , ..... v-ww:;v -A Staff Photos Pat West Shamel Ingram, 8, happily inscribed her handmade clay tile for Girls Incorporated's Fountain Square peace garden Monday. The 12-inch tiles, many with the artists' handprints, were created in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. ! v.- l ii 5 B I "i Staff Photo Frank Espich Wearing scarves and bow ties fashioned from colorfur African kente cloth, members of the Ben Davis High School Gospel Choir perform during the 11th annual observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday at Ivy Tech State College. endeau, a professor of mechanical engineering, and his students at Purdue University are after cleaner combustion so that, for example. Jets can fly higher without attacking Laurendeau the ozone layer with the nitric oxide they now leave behind. So, In his Mechanical Engineering Bulging labs, there's usually l v. -. ( ver, assistant service manager of Pedigo Chevrolet-Geo. said flatly on Monday, "We won't participate in the repairs." Monday was the first day that the government authorized the on-off switches to be installed for certain categories of owners. About 5,000 car owners nationwide already have received permission from the government for the switches. General Motors Corp. and Ford ' I f , I f r I i 4 t - l I - 1 4 1 X 7i lots of burning going on. Starting with a small grant and big ideas, Laurendeau's Flame Diagnostics Laboratory has helped pioneer the use of lasers to explore what's going on inside the flame. Thanks in part to that research, ihe next generation of gas turbine engines may burn more cleanly. The Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Air Force and, more recently, private companies have been putting money into the research. Se BURN Page 2 Motor Co. dealerships are offering the switches for autos already on the road. Other major automakers, including Toyota, Honda and Chrysler, say they will have them later this year. Beaver said that while the reasons for the new rule were admirable including reducing some injuries and deaths known to have been caused by the bags there seemed to be a tangle of unanswered questions that put con- Lv ! .! -I i j I .M A ' 4 M : ' .1.1 i. - 1 4. 1 f i J .. i . .. .1 L . ( - I X ; . I If , "p . J tP? ( Staff Photo Susan Plageman BRINGING FIRE TO LIGHT: Purdue graduate student Ravi Krishna works with a tunable .1 I L 4. X : exieiiuer pari ui a piuneenng sumers, as well as dealers, at risk. Among the problems he cited: Installation of the switches could cause warranty problems that the dealer will be required to address, and that might result In higher insurance premiums for owners. Some cars have seat belts that are calibrated to work in conjunction with the air bag. These See A1Q BAG Page 2 Man faces sentencing in slayings of children Walter Dye could receive prison term or, as jury recommended, be sent to Death Row. By George McLaren STAFF WRITER Walter Lee Dye returns to court today to learn whether he will be executed for the murders of his stepdaughter and two other young children. The Jury that convicted Dye of murder already has recommended the death penalty, although Marion Superior Court Judge Patricia J. Gilford is not bound by its decision. Prosecutor Scott Newman described the July 22, 1996, killings as "among the most heinous Walter Dye crimes that ever stained the community" and insisted they earned Dye a place on Death Row. During the trial In September, prosecutors said the killings were done in revenge because Dye's estranged wife, Myrna, had left him the week before and took nearly all their belongings with her. Myrna Dye was the mother of Hannah Clay, 14; and grandmother of Celeste Jones, 7, and Lawrence Cowherd III, 2. Police found Hannah's body sprawled on the floor In her mother's blood-spattered apartment at 41 N. Hamilton Ave., Indianapolis. She had been beaten, stabbed and strangled. The bodies of Celeste and Lawrence were found later that day in garbage bags in an alley. Physical evidence linking Dye, 33, to the scene included foot-, palm- and fingerprints, as well as DNA evidence from a semen-stained washcloth. "I think this is one of the worst, if not the worst, crime ever committed in this community," Newman said Monday. "It's just the kind of person and Just the kind of offense the death penalty is designed for," he added. "It's a triple murder and it's of children." But defense lawyers will argue that jurors erred when they found Dye guilty of three counts of murder and recommended execution. "We believe he was wrongly convicted. If someone is sentenced to die and sometime later scientific evidence shows somebody else See SENTENCE Page 2 dye laser and a.vavelength a -i. .xi . 1 enuri 10 biuy iiariiei. " "

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