The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 31, 1998 · Page 1
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CoHege reform Senate is unlikely to changes/A3 GREAT PLAINS the tin champs Kentucky comes from behind to beat Utah for national title / 61 • Arkans&s annor: Residents upset by state gun laws for juveniles / A8 • DARE SWltdl: Former sheriff's official fills in on city program / B4 INSIDE Ugh 60 low. 86 Cloudy today with a 20 percent chance of rain/B7 WEATHER Salina Journal Os\rt*Srtf<i l^ori »«*» 0!ns%£\ ^ 074 ^^^^^ Ann Landers / B7 Classified/B5 Comics / B8 Crossword / B8 Deaths/A7 Great Plains / A3 Sports/B1 _ Viewpoints / A4 INDEX Serving Kansas since 1871 MARCH 31, 1998 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T CRIME Remeta scheduled to be executed today U.S. Supreme Court, Florida's high court and governor deny requests to stay execution By JACKIE HALLIFAX The Associated Press STARKE, Fla. — During a bloody six- day rampage in 1985, Daniel Eugene Remeta killed a convenience store clerk in Florida, a grocery clerk in Arkansas, and a restaurant manager and two' grain elevator employees in northwest Kansas. Five people in all. • Thirteen years after his crime spree, which also left three people wounded, Remeta was scheduled to die at 7:01 a.m. today in Florida's electric chair. He ordered snow cones for his last meal. The Florida Supreme Court and Gov. Lawton Chiles as well as the U.S. Supreme Court denied several requests for a stay of execution Monday. However, several justices dissented on two issues that went before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the electric chair, Remeta's attorney Todd Scher said Monday night. "There obviously is major concern on behalf of the Supreme Court of the continuing use of the electric chair in the state," Scher said. Scher had contended that Florida's electric chair malfunctioned during the execution Monday of "Black Widow" killer Judy Buenoano and last week when it was used to electrocute cop killer Leo Jones. Scher submitted statements from witnesses to the executions who said Jones was still breathing after the electric current was turned off and that smoke rose more than a foot from where an electrode was connected to Buenoano's leg. Remeta, 40, was condemned and sentenced in 1986 for killing Mehrle "Chet" Reeder, a 60-year-old clerk in Ocala. Two days later after the Florida killing Daniel Remeta, who killed two people In Kansas In 1985, Is to be executed at 7:01 a.m. today In Florida's electric chair In Starke, Fla. in 1985, Remeta was in a convenience store in Waskom, Texas. He forced an 18- year-old cashier outside and shot her five times. She survived and testified against him in Florida. A day later, on Feb. 11, Remeta was in Mulberry, Ark., where he killed a grocery store clerk who was shot 10 times. During another robbery two days later in Kansas, Remeta killed Larry McFarland, manager of Stuckey's restaurant in Grainfield. Then he kidnapped Glenn Moore and John R. "Rick" Schroeder from a grain elevator and shot them dead on a dirt road near Colby. He also shot a county undersheriff, Ben Albright, who tried to stop him before he reached the grain elevator. But Albright survived, as did the manager of the grain elevator. He, too, was shot by Remeta. '.••• Photos by The Associated Press .President Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton watch Monday as a herd of elephants drinks on the banks of the Chobe River In a national park In ^Botswana. The Clintons saw a variety of exotic animals during a daylong safari outing. Wildlife Wonders Clinton amazed by the views at refuge in Botswana By TERENCE HUNT The Associated Press CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, Botswana — From a sunrise safari to a starlight river cruise, President Clinton marveled at Africa's wildlife wonders Monday — elephants, lions, hippos, crocodiles, ba- , boon and giraffe. "It's been an amazing day," the president ex- Claimed. : He spied a lioness playing with four cubs under va tree. On the Chobe River, Clinton edged close to a herd of about 20 elephants, one of them a 2• month-old refusing to leave his mother's side. At one, point, the president joked that he was jealous ^of Republicans for having the elephant as their po- 'litical symbol. '•\ • There were other sights. A hundred or more ,,cape buffalo with curved horns gathered at a wa- 1 tering hole, One of the cape buffaloes had its stom- • ach ripped open by a lion but was still walking with the herd. It was a spectacular day of sightseeing in one of Africa's last unspoiled wilderness areas, a 4,200- square-mile refuge in northern Botswana. Clinton was the first sitting American president ever on an African safari. At Clinton's lodge, there was an exotic buffet of African meat: zebra, crocodile, giraffe and impala in monkey sauce. "I tried it all," Clinton said. Putting aside world problems, Clinton and his wife, Hillary, headed out in an open-air truck and rode along dusty trails for their tour. The Clintons' visit to Chobe National Park was low key. Three Secret Service agents sat on the rear bench of his safari vehicle, and another truck of security officials hovered nearby. "We've seen probably 20 or 30 different kinds of birds — fascinating ones — including some eagles I had never seen before and some storks I have never seen before," Clinton said. Clinton points out wildlife as the first lady peers through binoculars during a drive through a wildlife refuge. T WEATHER Get ready for belated winter blast But there won't be a snowball effect; springlike temperatures are likely to return Wednesday By CAROL LICHT1 The Salina Journal Call it a spring mixer. That's what you get when spring thunderstorms causing minor flooding are followed by a chance for snow, which people in north-central Kansas could seejtpday. "It's a brief reminder ofwinter," said National Weather Service meteorologist Sven Nelaimschkies in Goodland. Snow, 2 to 4 inches, is predicted for places such as Lincoln, Osborne and Hoxie. But Salina should be spared, the weather gurus say. Pity the poor folks in Dodge City, where 4 to 8 inches could fall today. Instead, Salina could get more rain, a rather bleak outlook for an area already soaked with brimming and overflowing streams Monday. Salina received 0.91 of an inch of rain by 9 p.m. Monday, making a total of 2.34 for the month of March. That plus large rainfalls in the area led to some minor flooding, but no serious problems were reported. Other rainfall amounts include 2.4 in Minneapolis, 1.78 in McPherson, more than an inch at Kanopolis Lake, 0.36 in Beloit and 1.23 in Concordia. Gypsum Creek in southeastern Saline County was about 3.5 feet above flood stage Monday afternoon and expected to crest Monday night. The Saline River in Ottawa County near Tescott was several feet above flood stage. Mulberry Creek was also up. "But I don't expect we'll have trouble like we did a couple weeks ago," said Bryan Armstrong, assistant director of Saline County Emergency management, about run-off from a snowstorm earlier this month that closed" some roads. "Unless it keeps dumping on us. It's so wet the ground can't hold any more, so it goes into the rivers and the creeks." Few road closings because of high water were reported Monday. But Armstrong warned against anyone driving through water. "It doesn't take a lot of water to wash a car off the road," Armstrong said. Janice Davidson, director of Emergency Management in Ottawa County, was keeping a watchful eye on the rivers and streams in her area. "So far we're OK," she said. "At Tescott, the water seems to be going down." The water was about four feet above flood stage in the Saline River, which meant some minor flooding. But no homes were in danger. More spring-like weather should return Wednesday, when temperatures should hit the 60-degree mark. TCONGRESS As expected, House rejects campaign reform Process draws protests from lawmakers of both parties who want vote on 'real' reform By DAVID ESPO The Associated Press ! WASHINGTON — Campaign finance legislation crafted by the Republican leadership went (jqwn;to preplanned defeat Monday in the ijfeuse, • Democrats and dissident GOP lawmakers protested that they were denied a vote on their own proposals to clean up a scandal-ridden system. The vote was 74-334, well short of a majority in the 435-member Ho\js_e, much less the two- thirds approval margin required under an unusual procedure dictated by Republican leaders. There was robust, bipartisan criticism for the methods employed by the leadership, which has labored to block legislation that would reduce spending in the current political system. "I think that's an abomination," Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., said of the rules established for the proceedings. Shays has clashed sharply with his own party's leaders in recent days over campaign finance legislation. "Let's come back with a real vote on campaign finance reform and allow the vote on bipartisan reform," added Rep. Martin Meehan, D-Mass., who has worked with 3hays and oth- ers on a measure to rein in political spending. Republican leaders made last-minute changes in the legislation designed to build GOP support. "They would put anything in the bill now," Meehan retorted. "They know the bill can't pass" with the two-thirds majority required. The Republican leadership brought the issue to the floor in a package of four bills, with debate limited to 40 minutes on each measure, no amendments allowed and a two-third^ vote required for passage. Such rules are customarily reserved for non- controversial bills, and several Democrats rushed to denounce the entire process as a sham. Several vowed to redouble their efforts to force the measure back onto the floor later this year. T EDUCATION Officials detail space needs By CAROL UCHTI The Salina Journal It takes more space to educate students today than it did decades ago when Salina's schools were built, Salina educators say. That's one reason the Salina School District wants to enlarge many schools, renovate facilities and build new schools. The construction options under consideration range in cost from $50 million to $136 million. Under the most expensive proposal, the district would expand in square footage by more than a third — 37 percent. The least costly option would add 7 percent more space. The other options involve square-footage increases of 16 percent and 30 percent. But with the district educating fewer students than, say, 30 or 40 years ago, why is the extra space needed? See SCHOOLS, Page A3 i< .'^ L -' : - r -'* •'" •'* -*

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