The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 20, 1998 · Page 1
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 1

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, May 20, 1998
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Party cake Celebrate Memorial Day with Red, White and Blue Chocolate Cake/C1 Chi-town 104-94 win gives Bulls 2-0 led in Eastern Conference finals / D1 • RUB PUlled OUt: Navajos hopes of raising money with rug are dashed / A3 • NO blrfllS: Beginning July 1,' hospital won't announce births / B1 Low: 65 Partly cloudy today with a chance of thunderstorms; southeast winds / B3 WEAfHER , • ' Classified/C5 Comics/B4 Deaths / A7 Food/C1 Great Plains / B1 Money / C3 Sports /D1 '"' Viewpoints / B2< the Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 WEDrsltSD/V/ MAY 20, 1998 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T LOTTERY Buyers buck chance for riches How a payout of a $175 million estimated Powerball jackpot breaks down, after taxes, if won by one ticketholder ;ing the annuity option, rding to the West Vginia Lottery. '•• Per year, $4.59 million Per month, $382,500 Per week, $88,269 Per day, $12,610 Per hour, $525 Per minute $8.76 Per second, 14.6 cents Odds of falling out of bed and dying better than odds of winning lottery By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hoping to win the world's richest lottery jackpot? Dream on. You're 40 times more likely to die falling out of bed and 320 times more likely to perish in a plane crash than you are to win even a piece of the $175 million Power- ball jackpot being drawn Wednesday night. Not that that is discouraging some people from buying tickets. "Somebody's got to win. Why not me?" Mary Whiting, Charleston, said Tuesday. People lined up to buy tickets in the District of Columbia and the 20 states that take part in the Power- ball lottery. Kansas is part of the lottery. One store in New Castle, Del., chose to close rather than deal with a line that stretched outside the door. The store had to call police to handle customers angry at leaving empty-handed, some after waiting four hours to put down their bets. The odds of matching all six numbers for a share of the jackpot are 80.1 million-to-1. But the odds of just person one hitting the num^ bers and winning all the money" are, well, forget it. Charles Strutt, executive director of the West Des Moines-based Multi-State Lottery Association, which handles Powerball, wouldn't hazard'a guess. But he said the chances are 60 percent to 70 percent that there will be at least two winners. According to "The Book of Risks" by Larry Laudan, a philosophy professor at the University of Hawaii, the odds of dying are: • 3 million-to-1 by freezing to death. • 2 million-to-1 by falling out of bed. • 250,000-to-l in a plane crash. • 5,000-to-l in a car crash. Still, "there's always that chance of winning," Melissa Browder of Elkview said as she and two friends bought $20 worth of tickets. "And you'd never have to work anymore." Having to divide the pot might be just right for Whiting: "That's too much money for me anyway." The biggest jackpot ever won in the United States was $118.8 million in the California lottery in 1991. The jackpot was split 10 ways. The Associated Press Susan Dugary, King of Prussian, Pa., kisses her Powerball tickets Tuesday after buying them In Delaware. •*< Photos by TOM OORSEY / The Salina Journal A crew from Medina Construction, Salina, replaces windows at 833 E. Crawford that were blown out before 2 a.m. Tuesday as strong winds blasted Salina. The entire west wall was destroyed and two glass panels were blown out of the south side. An III Wind Collapsing thunderstorms sweep winds into Salina that damage trees, building By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal You couldn't really call it a ^hunder- storm, because little rain fell and thunder and lightning didn't reach the city of Salina. But the wind blew long enough and hard enough late Monday and early Tuesday — gusts of up to 62 miles an hour were reported to the National Weather Service — to tear down a wall of windows at one Salina business and scatter tree limbs and branches throughout the city. "It was a fairly unusual type of thing to happen," said John Ogren, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Wichita. Actually, Ogren said, the thunderstorms were over McPherson and Lincoln, to the south and the west of Salina. Those thunderstorms collapsed, causing a downburst and spawning winds of 60 to 65 miles an hour in Lincoln and Ellsworth counties. Rain fell with those storms, Ogren said. But as those thunderstorms collapsed, they sent an outrush of cold air and wind on toward Salina, without the accompanying rain. Harvey Kohr, 2051 Raymond, cuts up a 40-foot sunburst locust that fell In his See WIND, Page A7 yard about 10:30 p.m. Monday. The tree was planted In 1960. GINGRICH V INDONESIA Indonesian leader will step down, but not until later Students protest plan to leave only after reforms and election By The Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia — Student protesters forced their way-into the halls of Parliament and army tanks took up position around President Suharto's white-columned palace Tuesday, both sides bracing for new clashes after Indonesia's authoritarian leader said he will step down — but not just yet. "Hang Suharto! Hang Suharto!" the more than 15,000-stfong student contingent chanted from inside the echoing, marble-trimmed building, unfurling banners demanding reforms from the roof of parliament in a protest unlike any other in 'In- SUHARTO J° nesia ' S hist °Under pressure from economic crises, months of student protests and now riots in the capital of his country, Suharto told the nation Tuesday that he would end his 32- year reign — but only at a still-unspecified time, and only after he oversees government reforms, a Cabinet shuffle and new elections. "This decision conies from my feeling of responsibility in an effort to save the country from destruction," Suharto said in a sometimes-somber, 15-minute speech televised nationally. He said his insistence on making long-refused reforms before he steps down should not be interpreted as "resistance on my part to step down." But Indonesia's increasingly aggressive opposition took it as just that. Students pushed their way into the halls and onto the roof of Parliament, occupying the building a day ahead of what was touted to be the largest rally yet in months of growing anti-government protests. But early today, Indonesia's most prominent opposition leader, Amien Rais, canceled the new demonstration planned for outside the presidential palace. Speaking on national radio and television, Rais urged his followers to stay home and avoid clashes and bloodshed. Students were likely to continue with their protests despite Rais' appeal. He has supported their rallies, but has exercised little daily control over them. Army tanks and trucks rolled out by the dozens just before midnight Tuesday, unloading barbed wire for barricades to block off the park and taking up positions on streets around the site — apparently intent on keeping students from the protest site when daylight came. While much of the public has turned against Suharto in the face of soaring food and fuel prices, Indonesia's top military brass are backing the president. T CHINA MISSILE SCANDAL Speaker calls for probe Gingrich wants panel to look into dealings with China on missiles By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — House Speaker Newt Gingrich announced Tuesday he will seek approval of a special panel with far-reaching powers to investigate the Clinton administration's dealings with China on missile technology. "This has nothing to do with campaign finance. This has to do with the national security of the United States and an effort by a foreign military to penetrate our military system, an effort by some people to give the Chinese secrets in violation of American law," Gingrich said. He said the panel he envisions would have eight members — five! Republicans and three Democrat^ — and would be modeled after tlie: Senate Watergate Committee hi the Nixon administration. > Gingrich said he hoped Demo_c- rats would support the effort, even though House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt has signaled his opposition. "What are they going to do, boycott it?" Gingrich asked. : Laura Nichols, a spokeswoman for Gephardt, said even though the minority leader opposes the concept, he wants to talk to Gingrich "and see what it is he's proposing." "We would have concerns about circumventing the committee process and the cost that's likely to be involved," she said. Gingrich "again has made himself judge and jury on the issue of the investigation." Gingrich said that Rep. Christopher Cox, R-Calif., who was a deputy counsel in the Reagan White House, would be chairman of the panel. The speaker said the special committee would investigate allegations that an aerospace company, Loral Space and Communications, received favorable treatment from the Clinton administration on high-technology exports to China. The firm's chief executive officer, Bernard Schwartz, was the Democratic Party's largest single donor for the 1996 election. Loral and another areospace company, Hughes Electronics Corp., exported commercial satellites to China to be launched atop Chinese missiles. After a missile with a Loral satellite on it exploded in 1996, technicians of the two companies allegedly gave information to the Chinese that Republicans suggested helped China make its long-range missiles more accurate. Both firms have denied allegations of wrongdoing. The Justice Department is investigating.

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