The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 22, 1998 · Page 11
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FRIDAY MAY 22, 1998 THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B BRIEFLY T BREAST CANCER SYMPOSIUM 11 arrested as deputies break up beer party Saline County deputies arrested 10 teen-agers and a 20-year-old and confiscated nine coolers and several cases of beer at a party in the 200 block of North Holmes Road shortly before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sheriff Glen Kochanowski said. Kochanowski said the sheriffs office was called by a citizen who saw the large group of teens congregating on an oil lease road a half mile north of Country Club Road off Holmes Road. Those arrested and booked into the Saline County Jail were: • Rebekah Dawn Bayes, 18,2363 Chapel Ridge No. 20. • Sean M. Copp, 18, 212 Hartland. • Stoney Ray Gabel, 18, 713 Albert. • Sharla Renee Hughes, 18, 2106 Oxford. • Jason Lucas Jackett, 20,1409 S. Santa Fe. • Amber Dawn Kindlesparger, 18, 2227 Linden. • Christina Marie Mullen, 18, 433 E. Minneapolis. • Annie Marie Pestinger, 18, 1316 Sequoia. • Matthew McFerren Reed, 18, 720 Colonial Place. Two teens — Wesley Vaughn, 17 Solomon, and Jenny Valdez, 17, 1812 Roberts — were issued notices to appear in juvenile court on alcohol possession charges. 10-year-old boy found drunk in park A 10-year-old Salina boy found drunk at Oakdale Park about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday faces charges in juvenile court of consumption of alcohol by a minor. Lt. Mike Sweeney of the Salina Police Department said police were trying to determine where the boy, who was not named because of his age, obtained the alcohol. Police were called by witnesses who saw the boy wreck his bicycle in the park and vomit. Sweeney said that when police arrived, the boy was "on the ground in a tangled mess with his bicycle." The boy was unable to stand, his knees were scraped, he was covered with dirt, his eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slurred, Sweeney said. Police found a bottle of Mountain Dew soda near the boy, and the bottle smelled of alcohol. ; A preliminary breath-alcohol test showed the boy's blood-alcohol content was higher than the legal limit of 0.08 percent, Sweeney said. The boy was taken to Salina Regional Health Center for treatment but did not suffer from alcohol poisoning. A 13-year-old boy who was with the 10-year-old boy had not been drinking alcohol, Sweeney said. Kansas outdoor writer dies of lung cancer DURHAM — Bill Harmon, who wrote outdoor columns for the Hillsboro Star Journal and other Kansas newspapers, has died at age 63. Harmon's well-known love of turkey hunting was so powerful that, although debilitated by lung cancer, he entered the woods of southeast Kansas two weeks ago to fill his second turkey permit. "The hunt was obviously difficult for him. You could tell by the look in his eyes," said Michael Pearce, an outdoor writer from Newton. "Every step he took was a challenge, but he was going to do it." Harmon, who died Saturday at his home in Durham, was born Feb. 10,1935, in Muskogee, Okla. He began his writing career in the mid-1980s. In addition to newspaper columns, Harmon wrote articles for the Kansas Wildlife Federation and CRAPPIE magazine. In 1994, he won the Outdoor Writers Association of America award for humor writing. 19-year-old killed days before graduation KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A week before she was to graduate from high school, a 19-year-old woman was shot in the head and killed, and two people wanted for questioning barricaded themselves in a house for six hours, police said. No one has been charged with slaying Deborah Conlin, the Wyandotte County Attorney's office said Thursday. A 19-year-old man and a 17- year-old woman surrendered Wednesday morning after police fired 15 canisters of tear gas into the house. From Staff and Wire Reports Pressure on Congress boosts funding Funds have increased early detection efforts for breast cancer since women spoke out By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. The Salina Journal Pressure by women not only made breast cancer a conversation topic among national and state legislators, it increased funding for early detection. "Politics and breast cancer do go together," said Peggy Johnson, former president of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Mid Kansas Chapter in Wichita. Johnson was a speaker at a breast cancer symposium in Salina sponsored by the Northwest Kansas Area Health Education Center in Hays and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Federal funding for breast cancer research jumped from about $90 million in 1990 to almost $800 million this year. It didn't just happen, Johnson said. "Women went to Washington and said women are dying (of breast cancer). We're not doing enough about it," she said. Money comes from a variety of sources, including about $175 million from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Fund. The fund was established in 1992 during the Bush administration, which was attacked for doing little about breast cancer. The money flowed from the defense department on the theory, Johnson said, that if the military could develop "smart" weapons to hit targets with with pinpoint accuracy, it could do the same in attacking cancerous tumors. Besides leveraging money, the efforts of women also changed the way women have been treated by insurance companies, she said. Three bills are before Congress that address so-called "drive-through mastectomies." The bills are in response to requirements by some insurance companies to send home mastectomy patients the day of their surgery. The practice raised the ire of a Connecticut breast surgeon who encouraged her senator to sponsor one of the pieces of legislation, Johnson said. "Women's voices — and men's — can make a difference in what's going on with breast cancer and what's being spent," Johnson said. Spending in Kansas What's being spent in Kansas on breast cancer is less than $1.7 million. The money, mostly federal, funds a program targeting women over 40 whose incomes are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Called Free to Know, it is part of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and pays for breast and pelvic screenings and Pap smears for eligible women between ages 40 and 50 and pays for mammograms for women over age 50. Women between age 40 and 50 aren't eligible for mammograms financed by Free to Know. Those women can receive help from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation chapter in Wichita. The thrust behind the program is money: It costs less to treat breast cancer when de- tected early than when it reaches its later stages. According to Julia M. Francisco, director of cancer control and tobacco use prevention at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Free to Know is a vital program in Kansas because there is no money allocated by the Legislature for breast cancer screening, treatment or research.* ,j The federal government requires states tp contribute in some manner, which in the absence of money from Kansas' coffers, is met by in-kind support from medical providers who agree to accept Medicare rates for examining and screening eligible patients. • The difference between the Medicare payment and their regular fee is considered part of the state match, Francisco said. ! "The rate they don't get paid is counted as a contribution," she said. Between October 1997 and March 1998, that amounted to about $177,000. ; Of the $1.5 million in federal money, Francisco said, 60 percent must be spent on screening services. No more than 40 percent can go toward outreach. OUT OF AFRICA ABOVE: Cassle Clemmer (from left), Rachel Peterson and Lori McGlnley give a presentation Thursday about Algeria to students at Coronado Elementary School. Chris Nay's sixth-graders researched African countries and presented the Information to fourth- and fifth-grade students. Cassle is the daughter of Dale and Sandy Clemmer; Rachel Is the daughter of Michael and Lisa Peterson; Lori is the daughter of Rich and Mary Lea. RIGHT: Nick Morris (from left), Jimmy Duong and Chris Benson portray Egyptians during their part of the presentation. The students studied eight African nations. Nick is the son of Hal and Lana Morris; Jimmy Is the son of Lien and Thu Duong; Chris is the son of Jan and Tim Benson. Photos by TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal T UTILITY OSHA proposes huge fine over plant explosion Western Resources can appeal fine over blast that killed three By The Associated Press TOPEKA — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Thursday proposed fining Western Resources $455,000 for failing to follow safety requirements at a plant where three workers died in an electrical explosion. OSHA cited Western Resources for six alleged willful and seven alleged serious safety violations, mostly of the agency's standard on electrical power generation. "Management showed a lack of concern about taking the required safety precautions that might have prevented this triple tragedy," said OSHA administrator Charles Jeffress. "Stiff penalties are warranted." OSHA proposed fines of $70,000 for each of the willful violations, the maximum allowed, and $5,000 for each of the serious violations. Topeka-based Western Resources is a utility company with several locations and distributes power to Kansas Gas & Electric and Kansas Power & Light, which operated the Lawrence Energy Center, where the accident occurred on Nov. 24,1997. Dave Phelps, director of KPL coal- fired plants said in a news release Thursday that the company "strongly" disagreed with OSHA's fines because the accident was caused by human error, and the company's safety rules had not been followed. Western Resources has 15 working days to contest the fines. On the day of the accident, employees had been working near a high-voltage circuit breaker cubicle and removed safety guards from energized electrical conductors in the cubicle at the Lawrence facility. Evidence showed it was likely that part of one of the safety guards touched the energized conductors, causing an electrical explosion with a 26-foot fireball. One worker was killed instantly, and two others died several days later from their injuries. T EDUCATION Lines clipped from newspaper Adviser thought poem critical of assistant principal wasn't to run By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal ABILENE — Carol Stephens thought a few lines in a poem printed in the senior edition of the Abilene High School newspaper were malicious and offensive. So the adviser for the school's journalism program, with the school administrators' support, took scissors and cut out the offending lines from 400 copies Thursday before they were distributed to students. The poem, Stephens said, made negative comments about Nancy Bolz, assistant principal, and her punishment of students in a food fight that occurred last year. Stephens admits that she probably should have caught the poem on a proof of the newspa- "I'm as much the bad guy as anyone." Carol Stephens journalism adviser per before it was printed. She said she saw the poem about a month ago and told the student editor of the paper, Sarah Jackson, that she didn't think it should be printed. Still, she wanted to leave the decision to the editor. "I don't think it's my job to say this can go in and this can't, but it is my job to discuss all the repercussions," Stephens said. "When it was in there, I was surprised because we(Jackson and Stephens) have had the best relationship. I think she did it because there's pressure put on these kids to print some things they probably shouldn't. "But I had some real concerns about it. It was not journalistically sound. It was malicious. You wouldn't allow it in the Salina Journal." The author of the poem, Tate Wyatt, a senior at the high school, said the poem was something he wrote for an English assignment. He said the students weren't upset by Stephens' action. "I think they just thought it was kind of funny," Wyatt said. Stephens said she had marked out the offensive lines in the newspapers before showing th'ei poem to school administrators? but "you could still read it." She ^ also said school administrators? 1 in the past had supported con- v i troversial articles. "I'm as much the bad guy aj&.j anyone," she said. "There have?-been some things that I was r£* ally nervous about in the pasf and they always say yes. It'sfl not been a problem in the past*' You don't have any ugly ceiv* - sors that you're dealing with? here." SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbwearing@saljournal.com

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