The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 19, 1998 · Page 1
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' •- i INSIDE ',/ , , Ugh: 90 Low: 65 Mostly sunny today with south winds 10to15mph/B7 Ann Landers / B7_ Classified/B4 Comics / B8 Crossword/B8 Deaths / A9 Great Plains / A3 Sports / B1 Viewpoints / A4 the Salina Journal .Qorwinn l^anooo oinr>«a 1Q71 ' ^^^^ TUE Serving Kansas since 1871 MAY 19, 1998 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents YWEATHER It might be time to warm up to this heat Monday's record high to be followed by temperatures in the 90s the rest of the week By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal As the high temperature climbed to 98 degrees Monday, the fourth-grade students in Karen Levin's second-floor classroom at Oakdale Elementary School began to resemble vegetables. «£SThe faces of my students start to look Je beets," Levin said. "But they do pret- good, considering." le wheat crop might not do as well. "There's no damage at this point, but a week of this would stress the wheat," said Tom Maxwell, Saline County Extension agricultural agent. "Mild, cool-like weather would improve the yield." Salina's high temperature of 98, record- ed at the Salina Journal's weather station, tied a record for this day set in 1956. But lest you thought it's too early to be so warm, consider May 5,1909, when the mercury hit 104 degrees in Salina. And the record high for April is 105 degrees 6n April 23 in 1989. Meteorologist Kevin Darmofal of the National Weather Service in Wichita said a dry air front moved through central Kansas Monday, shifting the flow of air in a pattern that makes it about 5 or 6 degrees warmer than expected. Although today might not be quite as warm, "it's going to stay above normal the rest of the week, probably in the low 90s," he said. Normal highs for this area are in the mid- to upper 70s, he said. Levin said it was 95 degrees in her classroom at Oakdale, 811 E. Iron. That's with the classroom's southwest windows open. "I have more ventilation than some oth- er classrooms," she said. "With southwest windows, I have air. It might not be cool. But it's moving air." She and her students get by with the help of parents who bring treats such as Popsicles and frequent breaks to the water fountain. Her students also have water bottles handy. At the end of the day, she said, "You come home and peel your wet clothes off." High humidity seems to take the greatest toll on students, she said. "They complain more about headaches and tummy aches." That's also when students with asthma have more problems. Del Meier, health educator for the Salina-Saline County Health Department, said she encourages students to take water bottles to school on hot days, if the school permits. Parents should also encourage their children to dress, cool on hot days in loosely-woven clothing that allows air to flow through. If students sit on towels, it will prevent them from sticking to the seat of their desks. Splashing water on their face or neck in the school rest room can also help, she said. People who work outside should take frequent breaks, drink lots of water and rest in the shade, Meier said. Meanwhile, there's not a lot farmers can do for the wheat, except to hope for cooler, moist weather. This is the time when the wheat berries are forming, filling the wheat heads. Last May's cool, wet conditions were ideal, creating the bumper grain yields that overflowed grain elevators last June and July, Maxwell said. But if temperatures remain around the 100-degree mark for several days, the plant won't be able to pull in enough moisture to fully form the wheat kernels. The weather in the next few weeks — a crucial time for wheat farmers — will determine when harvest will occur. Warmer weather could mean an earlier harvest. Maxwell's best estimate now is that wheat harvest is about a month away. "Any thing you want to win is out there to be won." • Nita Hodgkins, frequent sweepstakes winner Playing the Odds You can bet that these sweepstakes enthusiasts will win big By ALLEN G. BREED The Associated Press TTO, N.C. — While lining his parrot's Dage-wlth'afl olcflS-"- sue of the local newspaper, Ron Haines spotted something: a quarter-page ad for a sweepstakes sponsored by Michelin, the tire company. The grand prize was a Dodge pickup. That was a long shot, but buried in * Frenzy builds over larger Powerball lottery / Page A9 the fine print was a surer thing. Every tire dealer in the promotion area would give away one set of chrome Delgado truck wheels. Retail value: around $2,000. Those beauties now glisten in Haines' garage, and the only luck involved was catching that ad before Harley did his business on it. The rest was doing some legwork and following the rules. "The official rules are the bible for entering, and that's where people go wrong," says Haines, a master furniture maker, surrounded by sweepstakes entries in the dining room of his home in southwestern North Carolina. In the past four years, he and his wife, Lynn, have won 78 sweepstakes. Some prizes were trifles — a Conehead T-shirt, a Thermos, a first-aid kit. Then there were the biggies. A custom Chevy Silverado pickup and matching ProCraft bass boat. Retail value: $50,000. A second bass boat. $13,000. And the one Haines got the biggest kick out of: a ride in a stock car at 180 mph. Priceless. . For just $300 a year in postage, the Haineses' success may seem impressive. But 78 wins wouldn't even get them on- The Associated Press Ron Haines stands beside a new boat he won In one of the more than 2,000 sweepstakes contests he enters every year. Since 1993, he and his wife have won 78 sweepstakes, capturing prizes such as a pickup, two bass boats and a stock car ride. to the parking lot if there were a sweepstaker hall of fame. "That's all? Since 1993?" says Nita Hodgkins of Derry, N.H., publisher of the "Rags to Riches" newsletter. "Sweepstakers who do it on a regular basis expect one prize a week — at least," she says. "I know at least three $1 million winners." Her own take? Four vehicles, including his and hers Mercurys. And 50 trips, one of them on the Concorde. All in all, around $50,000 a year in prizes, she says. "Anything you want to win," she says, "is out there to be won." 'A motto of sharing' But wait a minute, you say. You've filled out those box tops, sent in those proofs of purchase. Why aren't you flying on the Concorde or driving that new car? Winning a lottery takes luck. Winning a sweepstakes can be as easy as knowing what and how to enter, and those in the know are happy to show you the way. Across the country, they gather in hotel restaurants and shopping mall food courts to swap stories. They belong to clubs with names like the Wolverine Winners, the Chesapeake Crabs and the Sin City Sweepers (in Las Vegas). See WINNERS, Page A9 V COMPUTERS Antitrust suit filed against Microsoft Government accuses giant software maker of stifling competition By TED BRIDIS The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The government filed a sweeping antitrust case Monday against Microsoft Corp., saying the powerful software company's "choke hold" on competitors is denying consumers important choices about how they buy and use computers. In an industry that, in this decade, has energized the nation's economy and revolutionized GATES how people work T HOSPITAL POLICY ER fails to help dying gunshot victim outside its doors Workers refused to break hospital policy and go outside to treat teen-ager By LINDSEY TANNER The Associated Press File photo Christopher Sercye, 15, died outside a hospital In Chicago. CHICAGO — Shot while playing basketball just steps away from a hospital, a 15-year-old boy lay bleeding to death in an alley as emergency room workers refused to treat him, saying it was against policy to go outside. About 30 minutes after the shooting Saturday, a frustrated police offi- cer finally commandeered a wheelchair and brought the boy in himself, but it was too late. A bullet had perforated Christopher Sercye's aorta, and he died about an hour after he was brought into Ravenswood Hospital. "It's a ridiculous policy," James Maurer, deputy chief of patrol for the police district that includes the hospital, said Monday. "They don't leave the campus? What's that? They're standing out there having a smoke when the kid is in the alley bleeding." He said police are trained to not move seriously injured people but to wait for paramedics. Friends, neighbors and police officers had pleaded with the ER staff to come out come out and treat him. Several people also called for an ambulance, but none had arrived after more than 20 minutes, police said. One showed up after the officer took Christopher inside. John Blair, president and chief executive of Ravenswood Hospital, said that staffers do not leave their duties to treat people outside. To have survived, Christopher would have needed an immediate operation to repair his aorta. Ravenswood staffers "probably would have been helpful to go out and see what they could have done for this patient," Blair said. Late Monday after publicity spread, the hospital rescinded the policy. Christopher went into cardiac arrest shortly after being brought in, and doctors were unable to restart his heart. Baffled, neighbor Donna Dudley just shook her head. "If we cannot be responsible as human beings to help each other, it's a shame," she said. "Nobody should have to lie in an alley dying next to a hospital." • 0 and play, Microsoft's popular products have become an "800- pound gorilla" that suffocates innovation and raises prices, one state official said. "Microsoft's actions have stifled competition in the operating-system and browser markets," Attorney General Janet Reno said. "But most importantly, it has restricted the choices available for consumers," Microsoft — whose Windows software is used on 90 percent of all desktop computers — fired back, saying the case "is counterproductive, costly to the taxpayers and ultimately will be unsuccessful in the courts." Among the most sensational of the claims by the federal government and 20 states: that Microsoft met secretly with rival Netscape Communications Corp. in 1995 to divide up the market for Internet browser software — an attempt at illegal collusion to crimp competition. Kansas is one of the states filing the lawsuit. In a precursor to how nasty and personal this battle of titans could become, Microsoft's billionaire chairman, Bill Gates, called that charge "an outrageous lie." "We never had any meetings of that kind in any way, shape or form," Gates said. The lawsuits came on the day that Microsoft shipped to computer makers the final version of Windows 98, the latest upgrade to its flagship product. The government did not try to block Monday's shipment, but asked a federal judge to force Microsoft to make broad concessions before the software is sold to the public, beginning June 25. The lawsuits' effects were felt on Wall Street. Microsoft's stock dropped nearly 4 percent Monday, down 3-3/8 to close at 86-1/16. fc

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