The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 23, 1998 · Page 1
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Shocked! Arkansas stuns No. 2 Wichita State 3-2 in 11 innings/B1 SPORTS the They're rich! Powerball winners claim prize after night of celebrating / A2 INSIDE • Road WOPk; Congress approves highway bill; Kansas gets big boost / A4 • FEW filings: Candidates slow to step forward for state elections / B1 INSIDE High: 84 Low: 61 Partly cloudy today with a chance of thunderstorms and southwest winds / B7 WEATHER Salina Journal ^? f* *»\ 1 11« f* IS 4-i r* f* i-if* r^ttr\f^s\ H Q^PH ^^^*^^^ Classified/C4 Comics / B8 Deaths/A9 Great Plains / C1 Money / A7 J Religion / B6 Sports/B1 Viewpoints / C2; INDEX £: Serving Kansas since 1871 SATURDAY MAY 23, 1998 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T NORTHERN IRELAND Irish appear to back peace pact Exit polls show overwhelming voter support for proposal to end 30 years of bloodshed By The Associated Press BELFAST, Northern Ireland — With Northern Ireland's hopes for peace in their hands, voters turned out in force Friday to cast their ballots on a hard-won plan aimed at ending 30 years of bloodshed between Protestants and Catholics. Exit polls suggested the accord won resounding approval on both sides of the border. The official count will take place today. The agreement was backed by about 70 percent of voters in Northern Ireland and more than 90 percent in the Republic of Ireland, according to polling by RTE, the state broadcasting service in the Republic of Ireland. David Trimble, leader of the main Protestant party, the Ulster Unionists, has said a 70 percent "yes" vote overall would auger well for the success of the agreement. Passage requires only a simple majority. Protestant opponents of the agreement, led by the Rev. Ian Paisley, had hoped that a majority on their side would say "no." Lines formed outside some Northern Ireland polling stations even before they opened at 7 a.m., and some election work- ers said they had never before seen such a turnout. "I voted 'yes' and did it for my children," said Linda McShane, 37, after casting her ballot in Catholic west Belfast. " 'Yes' is everything for the future, and there is only more death and destruction with a 'no' vote." At stake Friday in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is an accord — hammered out among eight parties and the British and Irish governments — that would create a custom-tailored Belfast government balancing Protestant and Catholic rights and obligations. Opinion polls had pointed to a comfortable margin for the "yes" contingents on both sides of the border, so attention fo- cused on how the vote would split among Protestants, who represent 55 percent of Northern Ireland's people. Simultaneously Friday, voters in the Irish Republic were deciding on an extraordinary gesture to the north's pro- British Protestants: a constitutional amendment to drop their territorial claim on the six counties of Northern Ireland. "It is their opportunity to influence events," said Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern. "It is an appointment that the Irish people have with history." In Belfast, chief electoral officer Pat Bradley said he couldn't remember an election in the past 30 years that elicited this much interest; national elections typically draw around 65 percent of voters. POLLING STUTIOH The Associated Press Three Belfast voters wait to enter a polling station for Friday's referendum. Photos by KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal A portrait of conservationist Aldo Leopold emerges from the earth as artist Stan Herd works Friday. The art can be viewed from a nearby ridge. Dust to Dust Famous conservationist lives again in art from land he loved so dearly By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal Noted artist Stan Herd began work this week on a portrait of the late conservationist Aldo Leopold, considered the father of the modern conservation movement. Paint? Brushes? No! Herd uses his standard tool — the plow. His portrait of Leopold will be landscape art in a field of alfalfa at the Land Institute. 4 Prairie Festival schedule Page A9 The portrait isn't all that will call attention to the famed forest ranger and wildlife ecologist. The work of Leopold is the topic for the Salina Land Institute's Prairie Festival, set for May 30 and 31. The Lawrence artist has been designing the portrait over the past couple of weeks and began Thursday his work with the plow. "I'm hoping for rain," he said. "That would make it more potent." When your palette is the earth, the weather can make a big difference, he said. In 1991, through a grant from the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission, Herd created in a field east of Salina a portrait of a Kickapoo girl, "Little Girl in the Wind." Besides Kansas, he has created landscape art from Australia to Manhattan Island, and he is working on a piece near London, where he has been busy planting 10,000 plants. A series of lithograph prints of the Leopold portrait will be sold to help fund the project and benefit the institute, Herd said. "His ideals are definitely rooted here," Herd said of Leopold and the Land Institute. "And now he's literally coming out of the earth." Leopold's views of how humans should relate with nature and use nature as a guide for living are part of the underlying principles behind the Land Institute's philosophy for "natural systems" agriculture. Leopold, who died in 1948 helping a neighbor fight a brush fire, was the author of "A Sand County Almanac," a book of essays about his observations that was published after his death. He owned a farm in central Wisconsin during t'he Depression. Three of his children, who are environmentalists, will be at the Prairie Festival to talk about their father's work. Also at the festival, biographers, conservationists, environmentalists and professors will talk about Leopold and how his philosophy relates to agriculture and research at the institute. Entertainment will include a reading of poetry by Mary Mackey, a writer and professor at California State University; singing by former institute intern Ann Zimmerman; and the artwork of Mary Kay and Frank Shaw of Lindsborg. Other events include a barn dance, bird walk and tours of the native prairie. The Land Institute, founded in 1976 by Wes Jackson, who is president, is a nonprofit research and education organization. The research involves developing grain-producing perennial plants that can grow in a mixture much like the native prairie, eliminating the need to cultivate the earth. If feasible, such a system would reduce soil erosion and improve soil fertility and pest and disease resistance. Herd looks at a transparency of Aldo Leopold Friday morning as he works on a field-sized portrait at the Land Institute. V SCHOOL SHOOTING Teen is charged as adult Five bombs found at home where parents also had been slain By TIMOTHY EGAN The New York Times T MOVIES Fans licking chops to see 'Godzilla' Despite mixed reviews, monster flick sure to draw big crowds this weekend By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal File photo Godzilla roars down a New York street in a movie scene. Marc Wingo has had ferrets for a good part of his life. Their names were Godzilla, Ghidrah, King Kong and Mothra, among others. Should you need an explanation, Wingo, 2225 Shalimar, is a fan of the classic Japanese monster movies. "It's more humorous than anything else," he said. "When I was a kid, for some odd reason, I loved those creature features, and it's stayed with me since I was older." At one point, Wingo had six ferrets, but unlike the monsters, they were not indestructible. Mothra died last year. Now he has Godzilla II and Rodan. "They are clumsy and stupid like the monsters," he said of his pets. "I have almost all the movies, and sometimes in the winter, when the (Kansas City) Chiefs aren't playing, I'll pick up a six pack of beer and watch a movie with my friends." Godzilla was created in 1954, he's been improved throughout the years, and now he's back and updated for the '90s. And fans of the old movies are eager to go. Wingo planned on going Friday. There was Mothra, a giant moth, and Rodan, a flying pterodactyl, and Ghidrah, an evil three-headed dragon that shot lighting bolts from its mouths. See GODZILLA, Page A9 SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A skinny high school freshman whose obsession with guns and bombs was all but ignored by adults at a school strapped for counselors, was accused of murder Friday, a day when a second student died from the Thursday shootings at Thurston High School. Kipland Kinkel, 15, who had told a class this year of his plans to "shoot everybody" and KIPLAND KINKEL demonstrated to another how to build a bomb with a timing device, according to fellow students, made a brief court appearance Friday afternoon. In written information filed at the time of the court appearance, Lane County prosecutors accused Kinkel of killing two students, Mikael Nickolauson and Benjamin Walker, and his parents, William and Faith Kinkel. He will be tried as an adult, but because of his age, he will not face the death penalty. Head-bowed, with his legs shackled, the freckle- faced boy said nothing in court other than the acknowledgement of his name. He will be formally charged, officials said, aftor a grand jury proceeding on June 16. On Thursday morning, carrying a semi-automatic rifle that he owned and two handguns taken from his father, the boy fired 51 shots into a crowded school cafeteria, said Springfield Police Chief Bill DeForrest. He was subdued by five students including two brothers, Jacob and Joshua Ryker, who were hailed as heroes Friday. Police found five bombs, a hand grenade and a howitzer casing at the boy's home in the green hills east of Springfield, where his parents, William and Faith Kinkel, were fatally shot. The bombs were described as homemade devices, two of them "very sophisticated." It was not known what the boy planned to do with the explosives, police said. A dozen students remained in the hospital, two of them listed in critical condition. Walker, 16, Springfield, died Friday of wounds to the head. School officials defended their actions toward a child who talked frequently of committing violence. "If we detained every student who said, 'I'm going to kill someone,' we would have a large number of kids detained," said Jamon Kent, the school superintendent. He described Kinkel as "an average, everyday kind of kid" whose temper and gun talk were "typical kid response."

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