The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 16, 1998 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Huge trade? Mike Piazza may be headed to Florida as Marlins finish purge/B1 'W , > /SPORTS the Top guitarist Former Wings band member gives two shows in Salina / C1 GREAT PLAINS : New VW recalled for potential for engine fires / A2 : India leader declares nation would use nukes / A8 INSIDE High: 87 Low: 61 Salina Journal G/irt/n^r-i ISrimemf* &tms\r\ H Q"71 ^^^^^ Mostly sunny today with northwest winds shifting to southeast / B7 WEATHER Classified/C4 Comics / B8 Deaths / A9 Great Plains / C1 Money / A6 Religion / B6 Sports/B1 Viewpoints / C2 INDEX !ti Serving Kansas since 1871 SATURDAY MAY 16, 1998 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T FRANK SINATRA: 1915-1998 OF Blue Eyes charmed nation Frank Sinatra's voice carried through generations and tribulations as entertainer By MICHAEL FLEEMAN Tlw Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Above everything, there was The Voice. Say what you will about the style and swagger, the women, money, fame, power, mob ties, the tastes and habits that long ago fell out of favor. There was, and always will be, the light baritone, seasoned by age, flavored by whiskey and cigarettes, romantic, vulnerable, tough and completely original. It was the source of all of Frank Sinatra's power and greatness. Late Thursday night, Sinatra died at 82, his wife at his side, in the emergency room of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, of a heart attack. He had been ill for more than a year. The Voice fell silent — silent but not silenced. There are too many records and signature songs — "My Way," "New York, New York," "Strangers in the Night" — too many TV shows and movies, too many memories, too lasting an imprint on American popular culture. It is not an overstatement to say that Sinatra was the biggest name in show business, his appeal spanning three generations, from bobby-soxers, to baby boomers to Gen-Xers, from Tommy Dorsey to U2's Bono. He was the Chairman of the Board and Ol' Blue Eyes. It was a success that would come in spite of — or perhaps because of— a colorful, contradictory per- • Sinatra lived fantasy life / Page A9 sonality and humble New Jersey roots. For each story of Sinatra's punching or insulting someone, there was another of loyalty and generosity to friends and strangers. Those who knew him spoke of the deep insecurity behind the brash exterior, a big ego under a thin skin, a thug with the soul of an artist. "Frank Sinatra was a true original," singer Mel Torme said. "He held the patent, the original blueprint on singing the popular song, a man who would have thousands of imitators but who, himself, would never be influenced by a single, solitary person." His songs were classics and crossovers: "Night and Day," "Young at Heart," "One for My Baby," "How About You?" "Day by Day," "Ol' Man River" and "Come Fly With Me." With daughter Nancy he recorded "Somethin 1 Stupid," a No. 1 smash during the rock era. In the '90s he teamed with modern pop stars on the "Duets" albums. His movie credits included musicals — "Anchors Aweigh," "On the Town," "Guys and Dolls," "High Society," — and grittier fare, such as "The Manchurian Candidate," "The Man With the Golden Arm," and his comeback picture in 1953, "From Here to Eternity," for which he won the Academy Award as supporting actor. And for several incredible years in the late 1950s and '60s, the cultural planets aligned and the Rat Pack was born, led by Sinatra. It was a glorious, boozy, smoky, stylish, sex- filled male fantasy, hip then, retro-hip now, documented in such films as "Ocean's Eleven" and "Robin and the Seven Hoods." The Associated Press Frank Sinatra performs at a 1992 show at Radio City Music Hall. T WHITEWATER McDougal claims payoffs Book written before death alleges Clinton was paid as governor By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In a book written before his death, convicted felon James McDougal claimed President Clinton promised him in 1996 to pardon his ex-wife, Susan. The Whitewater figure also wrote that he made $2,000-a-month cash payoffs to Clinton in the 1980s when Clinton was Arkansas' governor. Clinton's Whitewater lawyer, David Kendall, called the accusations "scurrilous falsehoods" and said the late McDougal's book, "Arkansas Mischief," "belongs on the 'fiction' side of the aisle." - The Associated Press obtained select excerpts of the book Friday. In those excerpts, McDougal offered no evidence to corroborate his allegations beyond his own word. "The flamboyant former savings and loan operator was once one of Clinton's staunchest supporters, frequently insisting the president had done nothing wrong in the Whitewater controversy. But after his conviction in 1996 on charges he defrauded his S&L, McDougal became a cooperating prosecution witness, turned on Clinton and made several serious allegations against the first family — some that contradicted his own earlier sworn testimony. McDougal died in prison in March after years of failing health. McDougal's first-person account, written with Boston Globe reporter Curtis Wilkie, quotes the president as saying "You can depend on that" when McDougal requested a presidential pardon for Susan McDougal. At the time, Susan McDougal was in the midst of of a trial but had not been convicted. Susan McDougal eventually was convicted of four felonies and is serving a two-year prison term. She was indicted on criminal charges earlier this month for refusing to testify before a grand jury. Earlier, she also served an 18-month sentence for refusing to cooperate with prosecutors in the Whitewater investigation. "I knew there was no way" Clinton "could pardon me without an uproar. But I considered Susan a sympathetic figure," James McDougal wrote. His book alleges the pardon conversation took place in the White House Map Room following the president's videotaped deposition in 1996 for the trial of the McDougals and then- Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker . on bank fraud charges. All three defendants were convicted. I RICHARD C. BENNINGHOVEN I JESSICA A. DUPES I CRYSTAL GIERSCH AARON PAVKOV I TERAH ISAACSON I CHRISTINA JASTER I JENNIFER BLOMQUIST C/3 I KATHLEEN MCDOWELL Making the Grade SALINE COUNTY GOVERNOR SCHOLARS By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal The best and the brightest of Saline County's seniors are optimistic about the future and eager to start college. They've been challenged in high school, taking advanced classes and even some college credit courses. Their drive to excel, while partially spurred by their parents' interest in their schoolwork, mostly has been self-motivated. These 11 seniors who graduate this month are among the top 1 percent of high school seniors in the state named as Governor's Scholars for their academic achievements. They are being honored by the Salina Journal as representatives of the county's smartest students. The top scholars are: Richard C. Benninghoven of Ell-Saline High School; Jennifer Blomquist and Kathleen McDowell, both of Salina Central High School; Jessica A. Dupes, Crystal Giersch and Aaron Pavkov, all of Southeast of Saline High School; Terah Isaacson, Shelly Laubhan and Kelsey D. Snavely, all of Salina South High School; Christina Jaster of Emmanuel Christian School; and Dahx J. Marrs of Sacred Heart High School. All have been extremely active, not only in school, but in community organizations. They volunteer as tutors, teach Sunday School and are involved in 4-H, Junior Ambucs and organizations such as the American Red Cross and Salina Arts and Humanities Commission. With those experiences, they say they are up to the challenges their generation will face. And if their plans hold true, they'll become engineers, doctors, a pharmacist, an orthodontist and a teacher. Richard C. Benninghoven Ell-Saline High School Richard "Richie" Benninghoven thinks his generation will deal with problems resulting from population growth. "When you get a lot of people in close quarters, it creates problems like crime," the 18-year-old said. Over population causes stress on the environment, loss of habitat and could lead to a lack of jobs. "They'll be more people slacking off and relying on welfare," he said. The soon-to-be Ell-Saline High School graduate plans for a degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University-Manhattan. He hopes to join an engineering firm and may own one some day. Benninghoven, the son of Richard and Joy Benninghoven, said he never made earning a 4.0 grade-point-average a goal. "I just did my best," said the 18-year-old who got his first straight-A report card in the fifth grade. "I would do all the work and get things done, and it just happened." Benninghoven didn't want an easy ride. "I've tried to take all hard classes to help out with college," he said. His school activities included baseball, basketball and cross country. Benninghoven said he liked being at a small school. But it does make it hard to blend in. "You know everyone, but at times that can get old," he said. Jennifer Blomquist Salina Central High School Good grades don't come easy, says 18-year-old Jennifer Blomquist, who hopes to someday be a pediatrician or cardiovascular surgeon. "You have to study in order to get A's," said the daughter of Robert and Glenda Blomquist. She didn't set out to end high school with a 4.0. "My goal has just been to learn," she said. "When that's important, the grades come with it." Her parents stressed they wanted her to do well in school but didn't pressure her or pay her for good grades. See MAKING THE GRADE, Page A3 C/3 I SHELLY LAUBHAN I KELSEY D. SNAVELY DAHXj MARRS T INDONESIA Looters die in blazes Indonesian president tries to quell unrest by rolling back price hikes By The Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia — Trapped in blazing shopping malls, hundreds of looters burned to death Friday in rioting that laid smoking waste to Indonesia's capital. Troops patrolled in armored personnel carriers and shot at unruly crowds. President Suharto tried to simultaneously quell and appease his people, ordering out 10,000 troops against the mobs and rolling back some of the government-ordered price increases that had so inflamed them. Hundreds of Americans and other foreigners heeded the advice of their governments and fled the country. The rush out swamped commercial airlines; the U.S. Embassy and big foreign businesses chartered flights to send their people to safety. Foreign-based companies closed and told local employees to stay home. Jakarta's downtown business district — which has been spared from the looters because of a heavy police presence — was eerily quiet. As expatriates flew out, Suharto flew in, cutting short an overseas trip to Egypt to deal with the turmoil rocking his homeland. The rioting broke out Tuesday after police shot and killed six anti-government protesters at a student rally. Public anger had beert building for months over an Asian economic crisis that has impoverished ordinary Indonesians. Sharp price increases last week heightened their suffering and their grievances. Sparked by Tuesday's shootings, the anger exploded. On Friday, in the deadliest of four straight days of rioting, mobs set fire to four shopping malls citywide, killing at least 230 peoi pie trapped inside. "{ Officials feared the death toll; could double as families frantical^ ly searched the smoking ruins for the missing. Many relatives took bodies away without notifying officials. "I'm looking for my son. I told, him not to loot but he went with his friends," one man said as volunteers brought out remains on makeshift stretchers. Many corpses were little more than burned skeletons. Some victims were found clinging to tfife items they had stolen. £' At least 175 people died at the; Yoga Plaza in east Jakarta, ae* cording to local media reports^ Witnesses reported dozens dead 5t: the other three sites. '-;

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