The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 26, 1998 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, May 26, 1998
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Final gift Family gives others life when 13-year-old girt dies after crash/A8 Toreador Reggie Miller slays 'Bullswth last-second 3-poihtshot/B1 I! Effort under way so older flags can fly proudly/A3 4- SchOOl ShOOtIng: Students return to scene of terror in cafeteria / A6 SSi«'S>r i S)'P»:ff*v('';'-J>^/iiti'Si* l rfte ' ' wlitesi^SiisffX^lNiSflpE Low: 63 Fog early today, then mostly sunny; southeast winds increasing/B7 Ann Landers / B7 Classified/B4 Comics / B8 Crossword / B8 Deaths/A9 Great Plains / A3 Sports/B1 Viewpoints / A4_ ', Salina Journal Rorv/inn k'anooo cinr>o 1 QTM ^^J^ Serving Kansas since 1871 „..,.. Photos by KELLY PRESNELL/The Salina Journal .£ As his flag snaps over his head, Larry Vance of the Salina Area POW-MIA Awareness Group listens to a prayer during a service Monday in Roselawn Memorial Park. In Remembrance Fallen war heroes honored in somber ceremony By DAN ENGLAND.. The Salina Journal Through the tears in his eyes, Jerry Jones looked at the members of the color guards straining to hold their flags and stand at attention during the Memorial Day service at the Salina- Saline County War Memorial. Many in the guards were from the World War II era, and Jones wondered what was going to happen to Memorial Day. "You'd hate to see this go away in 50 years because no one will be around anymore to carry it on," said Jones, the men's basketball coach and athletic director of Kansas Wesleyan University. "Hopefully we won't have another war in 50 years, and that's what we went there for. But it's hard now because the ceremonies just aren't as relative anymore." Jones is from Vermillion, where Memorial Day is a town celebration that draws more than 300 to the tiny northeastern Kansas town populated by fewer than 70. A large group, many of them veterans, attended the solemn Salina service on a bright, picture-perfect Monday. The veterans shook the hands of some old friends and found others hi the bricks honoring I think something like this should be done the whole year. - Gene Otey VFWpost commander those who fought in past conflicts. As the strains of "God Bless the U.S.A." echoed through Sunset Park, Jones thought of two students he went to school with at Baker University. The two were killed in Vietnam. Jones' memory 6f them brought tears to his eyes. Jones' wife, Kathleen Barrett-Jones, remained positive about Memorial Day. She thinks the memory of the soldiers will live on even as younger generations don't pay as much attention. "We have this beautiful memorial here, and maybe it can be a monument to freedom," Barrett-Jones said. "It doesn't have to be a monument to war." Gene Otey, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1432 in Salina, still fits into the Army uniform that he first put on when he was 21 in 1951. He served in the Korean War. "This brings back a lot of memories," Otey said. "I think something like this should be done the whole year. But we've had this for a number of years, and it's always nice to do." Cindy Tubbs, 355 Maple, stuck a pint- sized flag near a brick with the name Tim Siebert of the 101st airborne inscribed in the red rock. Tim, who served in the Persian Gulf, was Cindy's brother. She thinks of him on Memorial Day and on Wednesday, which would have been Tim's birthday. Tim died six years ago, a couple years after returning from the war. Tubbs' father fought in World War II, and her husband, Steve, had a brother and uncle serve in Vietnam. "I don't know why more don't come .out to these things," Tubbs said. The ceremony ended with a moment of silence, "Taps" played by a single horn and a benediction. As the notes echoed throughout Sunset Park, you could hear the distant screams and laughter of some students splashing in a fountain. Two American Legion Auxiliary members hold hands and wave a small flag as they sing "I'm Proud to Be an American" during the Sunset Park ceremony. French join In honoring Kansas veterans of D-Day By The Associated Press ABILENE — French and U.S. officials joined forces once again Monday, this time to honor about 250 Kansans who took part in the 1944 D-Day invasion. "On two different occasions young Americans have crossed the Atlantic Ocean to fight on the side of the French people ... to help us in a necessary way to liberate our country," said M. Stephane Catta, deputy French consul who spoke Monday during the 90- minute ceremony at the Eisenhower Center. Catta said having the ceremony in Abilene, hometown of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, was appropriate because Eisenhower was the architect of the allied effort to overcome the German army that occupied France for much of World War II. "French and Americans have been at all times on the same side — the side of liberty," Catta said. U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., also attended the event and applauded the veterans involved. "We should be ever thankful that individuals of each generation have been willing to put on a uniform and answer the call of their country," Moran said. "They have been willing to risk their all to allow their children and grandchildren the opportunity to live in peace." Elton Sebaugh, Oberlin, who served in a tank destroyer unit on D-Day, wore his military uniform to the ceremony. "I'm proud to wear it, very proud to be part of these activities," Sebaugh said. "We were darn glad to be able to do a job that we were told to do... the best we knew how." TU MAY 26, 1998 SALINA KANSAS 50 cents T CHURCH BOMBING Church blast caused by bomb Pipe bomb exploded : outside church during.^, service, injuring 33 By The Associated Press DANVILLE, 111. — A powerful explosion that blew open a church wall and injured 33 worshipers was caused by a bomb, officials said Monday. It was the second attack on a church in the county in less than six months. Investigators worked to determine if there was any connection between the two explosions in Vermilion County. -. "The next step is to run down leads to determine who did this,!' said special agent Jerry Singer of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. FBI and ATF agents said they had found nothing yet to link the Sunday morning explosion at the First Assembly of God Church to the bomb that killed a volunteer Dec. 30 at a church in Oakwood> another east-central Illinois town about 10 miles west of Danville. The December bomb killed Brian Plawer, 46, who was at the Oakwood United Methodist Church putting together a newsletter. The bomb, which went off on a Tuesday, not during Sunday services, was "a somewhat sophisticated explosive device" that had been placed in a box outside the church, Singer said. It exploded when the box was moved. There have been no arrests in that incident. Singer would give few details about the Danville bomb. The News-Gazette in Champaign quoted sources as saying that it was a homemade pipe bomb. The ATF laboratory in Rockville, Md., will examine the Danville explosives for any resemblance to the Oakwood bomb and others throughout the country, Singer said. "Sometimes our lab can come through and tell us if it's related to anyone else," he said. The bomb was placed outside the church between the wall and an air conditioning unit and exploded just as the Rev. Dennis Rogers was concluding an offering prayer. "Even while it was happening, I was saying to myself, 'Was this a dream? Is this really happening?' " Rogers said Monday as he stood outside the church. "Nothing can prepare you for this," he said, saying his church had become a "war zone." He and others said they had received no threats and knew of no one who would want to harm the church. Only six to eight teens were sitting near the blast Sunday, fewer than normal because of the holiday weekend. A number of younger children had left the church about 10 minutes earlier for an adjoining children's church. V SPHINX RESTORATION }'.',: The Sphinx is ! c€mblazoned with .4 lights at the opening ceremony Monday marking restoration of 4,500-year-old figure of a half-lion ?»\fbuilt In front of the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt. ^*-^**--Zj*-Z'< .^..^ _ihe Associated Press Sphinx rises from ashes again 4,500-year-old figure grows stronger with new paws and legs By MARIAM SAMI The Associated Press CAIRO, Egypt — After a 10-year, $2.5 million restoration, Egypt staged a gala celebration Monday to unveil a newly shored up Sphinx many hope will help jump-start a tourism industry hurt by terrorism. The ceremony, attended by President Hosni Mubarak and his wife, Suzanne, marked the end of the project to repair erosion on the 4,500- year-old figure of a half-man, half-li- on, built into a limestone outcrop in front of the Great Pyramids. During the decadelong restoration, laborers carried 12,244 white limestone blocks — some weighing up to 1,320 pounds — to shore up the animal's weakened paws, legs and stomach. When the renovation began, flakes had been falling for years from the sculpture's badly worn and pitted chest. Blocks weighing hundreds of pounds had tumbled from the body. And the sagging neck was a sure sign of aging. The director-general of the UNESCO, Federico Mayor, praised the work as "magnificent." The Sphinx represents "a symbol of our com- mon future" at "the dawn of a new millennium," Mayor said at the ceremony. The evening began with a short film of the restoration process and climaxed when guards in loincloths rolled back a star-specked cloth shrouding the Sphinx to reveal the refurbished monument. A laser light show and a performance by leading Egyptian opera singers Reda el-Wakil and Iman Mostafa followed in the celebrations. The Sphinx, believed to show the face of its builder Pharaoh Chep- hren, is still missing its beard, parts of which are in the British and Egyptian museums. The nose was lost in the 14th century.

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