The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 15, 1998 · Page 1
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Red hot Laser pointers are popular item with manySalinans/B1 GREAT PLAINS First show 20-year retrospective is public's first look at Harley Elliott's art/D1 ENCORE! 4 MIMte EaSt Page: Arafat s day of mourning turns to violent clashes / A10 : Mitch Richmond and Chris Webber are trading places / C1 INSIDE Low: 55 Mostly cloudy with chance of morning showers; partly cloudy tonight / B3 WEATHER the Salina Journal Classified/C6 Comics/B4 Deaths / A9 Encorel / D1 Great Plains / B1 Money / A7 Sports / C1 Viewpoints / B2 Serving Kansas since 1871 . FRIDAY MAY 15, 1998 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T INDONESIA PROTESTS Indonesian riots turn deadly 20 people reported killed in challenge to President Suharto By The Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia — Rioters tore through the smoke-filled Indonesian capital Thursday, burning and looting in the worst violence in decades and the biggest challenge yet to President Suhar- to's rule. With 20 reported killed, the military ordered its troops to take over the streets. Suharto, Asia's longest-serving leader, cut short a trip to Cairo to return home early today to deal with the third straight day of arson, looting and gunfire. The Associated Press A man allegedly shot by police is carried following clashes Thursday in Jakarta, Indonesia. The capital's top military commander on Thursday ordered his troops to crack down on rioters, after a third straight day of violence that pushed President Suharto's leadership to the brink. V COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ASSOCIATION County officials get advice j \j on environmental issues Tanks rolled through the streets, and plumes of thick smoke billowed across the skyline of Jakarta. Mobs set afire cars, tires, shops and houses. Rock-throwing teens and children smashed hundreds of windows in a frenzy of destruction that sent foreigners fleeing. "Jakarta is on fire. We'll go anywhere," said Siaumei Wen, a 27- year-old Chinese woman trying to buy plane tickets out for her family. The violence erupted when police shot to death six student marchers Tuesday, after tolerating three months of intensifying protests over an economic crisis that has sent prices and unemployment soaring. Unconfirmed reports said as many as 20 people were dead or Balancing development, environmental concerns discussed at convention By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal Balancing the need for economic development and the concerns about how that development will affect the environment is just that — a balancing act.' County officials facing such issues need to make sure they have all relevant information, educate the public, allow public input from all sides, and then make a decision and walk away, speakers said at a Kansas County Commissioners Association convention Thursday in Salina. "No elected official really knows how to strike that balance," said Rep. Kent Glasscock, R-Manhattan. In dealing with issues such as widening a road that winds between the Konza Prairie and a K- State Extension research plot as mayor of Manhattan, Glasscock said he used an eight-step process that included: • Recognizing the environment, V MICROSOFT • Taking the lead, • Creating an honest discussion on the high-profile emotional issues, • Including "radicals" in the discussion, • Listening and learning the facts of the issue, • Modifying policy to alleviate people's most rational concerns, • Making the decision in a timely manner, and, • Moving on. Glasscock said he used the same approach as chairman of a legislative subcommittee researching the corporate hog issue, employing experts to discuss concerns and soliciting public input. Some issues were not addressed in the hog legislation that was approved, Glasscock said, but the subcommittee was able to craft legislation that, after amendments by the Senate and a conference committee, was approved by the Legislature. "We did the best we could and we went on," Glasscock. Addressing issues right away is paramount, said Charles B. Archer, county manager of Halifax County, N.C. When a corporation approached Talks avert antitrust showdown Computer company agrees to delay shipping software By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In down-to- the-wire negotiations, Microsoft made "major concessions" to the government Thursday and averted — at least temporarily — a sweeping antitrust case. The Justice Department and at least 20 states agreed not to file lawsuits as planned against the world's most powerful software maker. Microsoft, in turn, agreed to delay shipping the latest upgrade of its popular Windows software to computer makers until Monday. Both sides said discussions will continue over the next several days, although there were no indications that a resolution was imminent. Government lawyers contend Microsoft, whose Windows software is used on virtually all desktop computers, has used its market domination to illegally crimp competition in booming high-tech markets. They want Microsoft to relax many of its sales agreements with computer makers, giving them more freedom to install competitors' products over Microsoft's and to customize the versions of Windows they sell. One source familiar with the negotiations said Microsoft made new "significant offers" to respond to government antitrust concerns, including modifying the company's agreements with Inter- Windows 98 Some of the features of Windows 98 that raised antitrust questions: missing and feared dead Thursday. The military said four soldiers were also killed. "We must face rioters and looters firmly. We are soldiers who will support the nation and we will never surrender," Maj. Gen. Syafrie Syamsudin, the city's military commander, said in an evening speech to troops that was broadcast on local television. Witnesses said security forces resorted to firing directly into crowds to try to clear the streets. Frightened residents complained the military failed to stop mobs rampaging through many parts of the city. In some places, the crowds cheered the troops and clambered aboard their vehicles as soldiers stood by, sometimes chatting with protesters. "As good citizens, we have to work together for reform. Let's not fight each other," one soldier shouted through a loudspeaker. The rioting paralyzed the capital of 11 million people, and raised doubts about the political future of the world's fourth most-populous nation. Armored personnel carriers were positioned around the city, including three outside the U.S. Embassy, which urged Americans to defer nonessential travel to Jn- donesia and decided to evacuate relatives of embassy staff. Some U.S., Japanese and other foreign companies temporarily closed offices and ordered employees home. his county in 1991 and wanted to locate a large hog farm there, county commissioners immediately referred the issue to the county's board of health, which had the authority to adopt regulations to protect public health and safety. The health board, in turn, appointed a committee made up the environmental health officer, soil conservation specialist, citizens and landowners. The group listened to everyone who wanted to be heard and developed regulations to protect against groundwater and surface water contamination, odor and waste byproducts. The result was the first intensive livestock ordinance in the state of North Carolina. The ordinance has been modified several times since, Archer said, to do away withloopholes. Seven large hog farms have moved to the county, Archer said, and have constructed their operations according to stringent waste removal requirements and design criteria. Existing operations also were required to meet the criteria, which resulted in cleaner and better quality water for all. ~~ See CONVENTION, Page A9 Source: AP research net companies and computer makers. A source with one of the state attorneys general spoke of "major concessions." Critics were skeptical, citing Microsoft's 1994 agreement with the Justice Department that ended an earlier round of government antitrust concerns. "Justice now understands they were taken for fools in 1994," said Ken Wasch, president of the Software Publishers Association, one of Microsoft's toughest critics. "They're not about to let that happen again. Justice clearly isn't going to settle cheaply." AP Microsoft spokesman Mark Murray said, "We think a lawsuit would be bad for consumers, bad for the industry, bad for Microsoft and bad for taxpayers." The investigation is one of the biggest antitrust efforts since the 1984 breakup of AT&T. Microsoft is the world's most successful and influential software company. The cases, if they were eventually filed, could profoundly affect the Redmond, Wash.-based company's legal freedom to add new features to Windows, such as the ability of computers to understand, speech. mtB^ ^^^fjr flMMMHflBRRfSm W™1 * JflMRlfiMRl ^H ^MBH^^ flBR ^1 JMMMRHH 4RRRMMA ^9 BWBtt 98MR WHRflRRttHHR ™ ^^RBB^ • 1 The Associated Press An Army honor guard marches past the flag-draped casket containing the remains of an unknown Vietnam veteran Thursday in Arlington National Cemetery. The remains were sealed In the Tomb of the Unknowns for 14 years and will be moved to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at Walter Reed Medical Center In Washington for Identification. Nation hopes to identify unknown soldier By MIKE FEINSILBER The Associated Press A RLINGTON, Va. — The military solemnly unearthed a grave at the Tomb of the Unknowns Thursday for scientific tests that could identify the Vietnam War serviceman put to rest there 14 years ago. "We disturb this hallowed ground with profound reluctance," said Defense Secretary William Cohen. He stood in the sunshine beside the coffin that had been lifted from the tomb during the night. Pallbearers from each of the services — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard — lifted the coffin and carried it to a hearse, for the trip to Walter Reed Army Medical Center across the Potomac in Washington. There the bones will be sub- "If advances in technology can ease the lingering anguish of even one family, then our path is clear" William Cohen Defense secretary speaking at unearthing of the Tomb of the Unknowns jected to DNA test methods undeveloped in the early 1980s, when the remains had been declared beyond identification. Attending were the uniformed chiefs of the nation's military services and camera- carrying schoolchildren, dressed in baseball caps and shorts. They had happened upon the ceremony during their springtime class trips to Wash- ington. Like everyone else, they caught the spirit of the moment. They talked in whispers. A military band played "Amazing Grace." A jet shot by overhead. The sentinels who usually pace before the tomb stood at rest. Cohen spoke briefly — only 400 words — at what he called "this spiritual place." "If advances in technology can ease the lingering anguish of even one family, then our path is clear," he said. "And so we yield today to the promise of science with the hope that the heavy burden of doubt may be lifted from a family's heart." A chaplain prayed: "If it be your holy will, make known the identity of this unknown serviceman." But if not, he said, the country will take comfort from the knowledge that "this serviceman is known to you, oh God."

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