The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 17, 1998 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 17, 1998
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Hays ham Bob Lowen, voice of the Tigers for 25 years, ends long career/D1 SPOKTS ' ' ,'"' the Hooked Salina fans can't get enough sleaze from Jerry Springer / B1 LIFE • Saved by a kiCk: Train conductor saves girl by kicking her off track / A10 • Gilt OUt?'. Low wheat prices could spell gloom for custom cutters / B8 INSIDE High: 93 Low: 62 Mostly sunny and breezy today; thunderstorms possible tonight / D7 WEATHER » Salina Journal OsM*t«in^*i \jf ' r\v\cme* e+mf\r\ H O"7^ ^^^^^ Classified/C1 Crossword / B6 Deaths /A11 Great Plains / A3 Life/B1 ?: Money / B8 * Sports/D1 ."^ Viewpoints / A4 •' Serving Kansas since 1871 SUNDAY MAY 17, 1998 SALINA, KANSAS $1.5O T MICROSOFT Antitrust lawsuits expected Microsoft vows to ship Windows 98 Monday after talks collapse By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — High-stakes negotiations between Microsoft Corp. and government lawyers to avert federal antitrust lawsuits collapsed Saturday, putting the Justice Department and at least 20 states back on a collision course with the world's most powerful software company. The Justice Department said talks, which broke up at midday, were not expected to resume. The next step for the government'and the states is to file two separate but similar federal antitrust lawsuits Monday morning in U.S. District Court in Washington. Those lawsuits could have a profound effect on how people will buy computers and software, and what features Microsoft is allowed to include within Windows, which is used on almost all desktop computers. Microsoft said it will press ahead with plans to ship Windows 98, the latest upgrade of its flagship software, to computer makers Mon—day. It said it will include none of the concessions it had offered during the failed negotiations. "We still have an open mind," Microsoft spokesman Mark Murray said. "We'll negotiate further if the government is willing to drop some of these unreasonable demands." An official with one of the state attorneys general said only that talks broke down because Microsoft made no "substantial offers" to keep them moving forward. Federal and state officials contend Microsoft illegally used its market power to suffocate competition in other areas of the high- tech industry, especially in the market for Internet browsers. In the latest versions of Windows, Microsoft has included its own browser for free. A person familiar with the negotiations said federal and state officials made at least three demands that Microsoft bitterly refused: • That Microsoft hide its proprietary screen that customers use to access programs under Windows, called the interface, which consists of items like the Start button and Taskbar. Other companies could design interfaces under the proposal. "It's like requiring The New York Times to wrap the front section of The Wall Street Journal around the newspaper," Microsoft's Murray said. • That Microsoft hide "every way" that consumers could use Microsoft's bundled browser to view the World Wide Web. '• That Microsoft include a copy ofrival Netscape Communications Corp.'s browser in every copy of Windows it sells. Netscape's browser is used by about 60 percent of computer users. Microsoft spokesman John Pinette called that demand "unreasonable and unprecedented." T FRANK SINATRA'S DEATH OF Motherhood Single mom earns college degree to be inspiration to her children By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal F:'';^"-here were times when :f-| Karen Wheeler wanted \-fl to quit, when the jobs ',',^l and the kids and the if'u homework stole every second of time she used to have to herself. Then Wheeler, 35, 518 E. Elm, thought of her three children, and she would study an extra hour. Now Wheeler will be one of the names called today during graduation ceremonies at Kansas Wesleyan University, and she will walk across the stage to receive her associate degree in early education. She finished the credits for her degree in December. "I didn't want my kids to make the same mistakes I did," Wheeler said. "I just kept TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal Karen Wheeler relied on Help from her older daughter, Rachelle, 15 (left), to help care for twins James (center) and Jerica, both 7, while Karen worked on her associate degree In early childhood education at Kansas Wesleyan University. She always jyanted to go to college, but she got pregnant with her first daughter, Rachelle, when she was 20, and Wheeler never got married, so she had to go to work. When her twins, Jerica and James, were born, she had to work some more, in a jean factory in Ottawa, as a bartender, a clerk at a gas station and at a dollar retail store. And all of the kids had medical problems that ate every spare dime she had after paying her bills. She even was on welfare for a few years, but she's proud to say she stopped taking it two years ago. "I didn't want to be a part of 4 18-year-old will earn her four-year degree today from Kansas Wesleyan / Page A7 the system forever," Wheeler said. "That made me decide to get out there." She told her children and her mother she wanted to go back to school. It would be tough, she said. Rachelle would have to fix dinner, clean the house, literally be a second mother to the twins. Her 55-year-old mother, Karen, would have to watch the kids when the homework and her part-time jobs at Kansas Wesleyan, Sun Yi's Academy of Tae Kwon Do Karate and in an office swallowed too much time. And her active twins, who love to pounce around the house, play with puzzles and argue con: stantty, -would"have-to^itnaex stand that mommy couldn't play as much as she used to. Wheeler's mother pushed her to get her degree. "I divorced her father when she was 3, and 1 had to work two or three jobs at a time, and I didn't want her to do that," her mother said. "It's different now. I could work $60 a week and be OK on that. Now you have to make $300 a week just to exist." No time for football Wheeler remembers walking into class the first day and seeing a bunch of kids. See MOM, Page A7 T SEAT BELTS Law officers to crack down on seat-belt use Saline County sheriff's officers will have check lanes to see if vehicle occupants buckle up From Staff and Wire Reports Wearing seat belts is the law, so why not enforce it? That is what Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski said when asked why he decided to have his office participate in a national seat-belt enforcement campaign. The campaign begins Monday and will run through Memorial Day. Deputies will conduct seat-belt check lanes, which will operate similar to DUI check points. Information is not being released on where or when the checks will take place. Kochanowski said deputies will pay special attention to make sure children are buckled up. Children under 4 need to be in a child safety seat, and older children in either the front or back seats need to be wearing seat belts. The Kansas Highway Patrol also will participate in the enforcement campaign, but no information on its specific program was available Saturday. The Salina Police De- KOCHANOWSKI partment will not participate in the campaign, but officers write a lot of tickets for seat-belt violations and are vigilant of vehicles with unrestrained children, Capt. Mike Marshall said. A nationwide effort In the long struggle to increase the number of people who wear seat belts and buckle up their children, safety experts and police say they have reached a milestone. For most of the past 30 years, since manufacturers were first required to put seat belts in every car, safety officials used persuasion and education. But by now, they say, virtually all of the people amenable to persuasion have been persuaded. That's why more than 5,000 law-enforcement agencies around the country plan an enforcement blitz to coincide with the Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start to the summer driving season. Participating will be state highway patrols, local sheriffs offices and police departments. The crackdown was organized by Air Bag and Seat Belt Safety Campaign, a private group financed by insurance companies, auto manufacturers and suppliers of car components. Safety advocates have high hopes that a well-publicized campaign will show results. "High-visibility enforcement is our best bet," said James Fell, director of research at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "You can talk about passings law, you can pass a law, but if you don't enforce it you won't have an effect." ', People who think about the problem are already buckled, he said, but many people do not believe that they will ever be in an accident where a seat belt could reduce the risk of death or serious injury. * Fans grab piece of Chairman of the Board In days after Sinatra's death, fans scramble for music, movies, books By AMANDA COVARRUBIAS The Associated Press PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Don the Beachcomber's and other Sinatra haunts are gone. But Sorrentino's is still thriving, and a message on the side of the building speaks for many in this desert resort that Frank Sinatra called home for much of his life: "Frank Lives in Our Hearts." Here and around the world, fans old and young Saturday celebrat- ed the life of the skinny singer who became pop music's Chairman of the Board, tuning into radio and television tributes and snapping up his greatest hits in a buying binge that could rival those that followed the deaths of Elvis Presley and John Lennon. "I love his music. It's romantic," 34-year-old Rosina Garcia said as she thumbed through the Sinatra collection at the Wherehouse music store in Palm Springs. "All my friends back East are devastated." "He lived a bold and wonderful life," said Margie Cromier, a 30- year-old Los Angeles area resident who's riding a wave of youthful nostalgia for the music of the Swing Era. "It's a loss, but he had a day in the sun." Las Vegas remembered the man who drew millions to stage shows and casinos with his aura of smoky, whiskey-tinged good times by dimming the lights on the famed Strip for one minute Friday night. In Hollywood, Capitol Records marked the passing of one of its biggest stars by draping black bunting around the top of its headquarters high-rise that resembles a stack of records. TV news coverage gave way to a flood of hastily assembled tributes and medleys featuring Sinatra's songs, movies and television work. And the rush was on at music stores, where Sinatra never really went out of style. "You wouldn't believe it, there's like six people looking through his stuff right now," said Ed Chavey, a salesman at the Tower Records store in Hollywood. At Barnes & Noble on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, 42-year-old Joe Mangano of Brooklyn paused at a nearly empty display of Sinatra- related books labeled "Remembering Frank Sinatra." He picked up a copy of "Rat Pack Confidential." "It wasn't unexpected, but the fact he died puts the real importance of his career in perspective," Mangano said. The Associated Press Frank Sinatra fans look Saturday at items left at a memorial for Him where his boyhood home once stood in Hoboken, N.J. ' <

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