The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 30, 1998 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, March 30, 1998
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A8 MONDAY. MARCH 30,1999 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL ARKANSAS SHOOTING Forgiveness urged for suspects Church passes out stones, urges those Without sin to cast one By DAVID A. LIEB Tlie Associated Press JONESBORO, Ark. — Pastors urged forgiveness Sunday and praised the hundreds of behind- the-scenes helpers who had given their time, talents and treasures since a deadly school shooting shattered the community's morale. At Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, little girls handed stones to arriving parishioners. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone," preached Deacon Victor Stepka. "We must use authority at least to try to understand and mend the person who has made a mistake." He explained he had prepared his message before the shooting, but found it enhanced by Tuesday's deaths of four students and a teacher, killed in a hail of bullets at their school. Police say two students, 13-year-old Mitchell Johnson and 11-year-old Andrew Golden, are responsible. "We refuse to be paralyzed by fear," the Rev. Rodney Reeves said at Central Baptist Church. "Our God is so great and so good that he can take something so evil as the slaughter of innocence and turn it for good." At the First Baptist Church, the Rev. Bruce Tippitt paused for a moment of public affirmation for the doctors, nurses and emergency workers in his church who helped treat the wounded The Associated Press An unidentified man adjusts flowers Sunday on the grave of Shannon Wright In Jonesboro, Ark. Wright, a teacher at Westslde Middle School, and four students were killed Tuesday in a shooting spree outside the school. outside Westside Middle School. "On one hand, what they would've said is they were just doing their job, but they did it in a time when the need was so great," Tippitt said. The Rev. Fred Haustein of the First United Methodist Church gave thanks "for those whose jobs were to bring responsibility and order to chaos, healing to in- jury, and peace to violence." Students will return to Westside Middle School today for their first full week of classes since the killings. On Sunday, counseling sessions were held at the school. On Tuesday, Tippitt's church members plan to distribute 250 stuffed animals, donated by a local Wal-Mart store, to students. Children will be encouraged to take the dolls to a community memorial service that evening at Arkansas State University. "The idea is to give them something to hold," said Tippitt. Plans called for President Clinton to address the gathering through a video hookup from Africa. Attorney General Janet Reno and Gov. Mike Huckabee are to speak in person. INTERNET 'Spam' sender slammed with fine of $2 million Company has sent billions of 'spams' — unsolicted e-mail ads By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — A company that once sent as many as 25 million unsolicited e-mail ads a day has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit aimed at ending the so-called "spamming." Under a consent decree filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Cyber Promotions also must stop sending unsolicited bulk e-mailings to customers of Earth- link Network, The New York Times reported Sunday, citing documents Earthlink released Friday. "The most important benefit of this judgment is the message we've sent to spammers that illegally tap our resources and clog up the Internet with this trash — we won't stand for it," said Garry Batty, chief executive of the Earth- link, which provides Internet service to more than 450,000 people. Cyber Promotions, based in Dresher, Pa., was considered the largest purveyor of unsolicited email ads. A similar injunction against the company was issued last year in a lawsuit filed by America Online, the world's largest online service. Cyber Promotions has been inactive for several months since its own Internet provider refused to continue providing a connection, the Times said. Critics complain the junk emails slow down receipt of genuine messages and invade the privacy of e-mail users. Programmers continually are upgrading computer programs designed to block the unwanted messages. California is one of about a dozen states considering laws to limit unsolicited commercial email. Last week, Washington became the first state to enact such legislation. MAURE WEIGE1 Auto - Home Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron PUBLIC WOP Town Meetings How will we update our school buildings for a new century of education? Your input is needed at these meetings. THIS WEEK'S TOWN MEETINGS: March 31 - 7 p.m. Heusner Elementary - 425 E. Jewell April 2 - 7 p.m. Presbyterian Manor (Lower Level Meeting Room)2601 E. Crawford T AUTOMOBILES Stars go gaga over new Beetle They're parking their expensive cars to drive the new Volkswagen Bug By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Beetle mania is sweeping Holly wood,'"Where flashy luxury cars and sport utility vehicles have been the preferred mode of transportation. Singer Lyle Lovett, actor Larry Hagman and Fleetwood Mac's John McVie couldn't wait to be the first celebrities with the new helmet-shaped $15,000 Volkswagen Bug in their driveway. "I've never had a Beetle before. But I saw this car and I really wanted it. It's so cute," Hagman said before driving off the lot in Ventura last week in his 1998 sil- T MILITARY ver Bug. "It's a little lower profile, which is what I want," Hagman said. In Thousand Oaks, McVie picked up his new silver Volkswagen, while Lovett was the first person to rent a new Beetle on Friday at Beverly Hills Budget Rent A Car, where stars usually rent Mercedes-Benz M-Class sport utility vehicles, Corvette convertibles, BMW Z3s, Jaguar XK8s or Porsche Boxs,ters. "We've received calls from half the stars in Hollywood who want to rent the new Beetle. Even though they're all grown up and driving Mercedes and Ferraris, this car makes them feel young again," said Ken Kerzner, head of the rental-car office in Beverly Hills. Besides bug-eyed celebrities, Southern Californians are lining up to buy the new VW. Waiting lists are growing and bidding wars are breaking out, dealers say. "I'm telling people who want on my list now that they're probably looking at August before they'll get a car," said Mark White, sales manager at Volkswagen of Van Nuys. The dealership has already taken $500 deposits from 85 people. The new versions of the 1960s transportation icon debuted at auto shows earlier this year. Volkswagen planned to sell 50,000 new Beetles in the United States the first year, but the target number is now 60,000. Only about 4,000 will have been shipped by Tuesday, which means only an average seven cars for each of the company's nearly 600 dealers nationwide. ' ' •• • <\i- -« v > i ' \ \v vw \i w \"\ \\»\Y\\ ' (\\ i\ i \Viv"S ' v *> ' \ \ V ' \\ifi \\ Y Do you have a party planned at home or at the office? Let BLIMPIE cater your next event with a fresh sliced 6' BLIMPIE Blast sub sandwich which feeds 40-50 people. We'll make it your way with all the toppings. We want to make the bread especially for. you so please place your order at least 48 hours in advance. We use only the finest ingredients to make your lunch delicious and healthy. Boxed Lunches & Party Trays Also Available. AMOCO TRAVEL PLAZA 671 Westport Blvd., Salina, Ks. • (785) 823-1153 ABILENE AMOCO FOOD COURT 2200 N. 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