The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 27, 1998 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, May 27, 1998
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL NATION WEDNESDAY, MAY 27. 1998 AB T CHURCH BOMBING Pastor hopes to speak to bomber FBI has no suspect in pipe bomb left outside church during service By The Associated Press DANVILLE, 111. — After looking inside his church for the first time since a bomb exploded during Sunday services, the Rev. Dennis Rogers wished he could talk to the person who committed the crime. "I'd ask him, 'Do you realize what you've done?' I'd like to take him to the hospital, take him to each one of those young beautiful boys and girls and say, 'Is this what you meant to do? What did you hope to gain?' " Rogers said Tuesday. Authorities were seeking answers to the same questions Tuesday as they investigated the blast at the First Assembly of God Church that injured 33 people. It was the second bombing in Vermilion County in less than six months. On Dec. 30, an explosion at the Oakwood United Methodist Church in nearby Oakwood killed a church volunteer. In both explosions, a bomb was placed outside. Unidentified law enforcement sources said there was a suspect in the Oakwood bombing who has not been arrested and who did not appear to be connected to Sunday's explosion, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday. The newspaper did not indicate why the suspect had not been arrested. But Gary Miller, a Vermilion County sheriff's investigator, said it would be "very premature" to either link the two bombings or rule out a connection. Sunday's bomb exploded just as Rogers was concluding an offering prayer. It blew a 10-by-15- foot hole in a wall. The bomb had been placed outside the church between that wall and an air conditioning unit, and most of the injured were teens who usually sit together near there. Four teens remained hospitalized Tuesday, two in good condition and two in fair condition. By Tuesday, authorities had interviewed about half of the 270 people who were in the church, but had "no concrete suspects" after some early leads fizzled out, police spokesman Larry Thomason said. The Associated Press Construction workers cover the opening left by a bomb blast in the wall of the First Assembly of God Church in Danville, III. T PRESIDENTIAL INVESTIGATIONS Starr pushes for samples from Lewinsky T LYME DISEASE FDA reluctantly backs Lyme disease vaccine Several problems with vaccine noted as firm continues research By The Associated Press ' BETHESDA, Md. — Government scientists reluctantly decided Tuesday that the first vaccine against Lyme disease meets federal requirements for U.S. sale — T LABOR PROBE but they told the manufacturer to continue testing its safety. Despite backing SmithKline Beecham's LYMErix, advisers to the Food and Drug Administration listed several complaints that could stifle the vaccine's use: • Nobody knows how many booster shots are needed and if getting boosters year after year will prove safe. • No one knows if it's safe for people with chronic arthritis or undiagnosed Lyme disease. • Unlike any other vaccine, it takes a year for LYMErix to build up optimal immunity. • And while children most urgently need a vaccine, the FDA panel noted that LYMErix initially is just for people over age 15 because SmithKline is only now beginning pediatric studies. "It's rare that a vaccine be voted on with such ambivalence and a stack of provisos," said Dr. Patricia Ferrieri of the University of Minnesota, chairwoman of the FDA advisory panel. Because Lyme disease is a serious threat in parts of the country, "the benefits are on the side of the vaccine in the short term," said Dr. Dixie Snider of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "In the long term, we don't know." Counsel named in Herman case Judges reject attempt to overturn Reno's call for special counsel By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A special federal appeals court panel appointed a Maine attorney Tuesday to investigate allegations of influence-peddling against Labor Secretary Alexis Herman. The three-judge panel rejected Herman's argument that the attorney general ignored the law in deciding to seek the appointment of an independent counsel. In an unusual motion, Herman's lawyer argued that Attorney General Janet Reno failed to prove "reasonable grounds" for further investigation and that the panel , was therefore bound to reject her request that an independent counsel be named. Reno had noted that a preliminary investigation turned up no evidence of wrongdoing by Herman, but she still sought an independent counsel because "we have T AIR SAFETY Wiring on more jetliners ordered to be checked By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The nation's major airlines have been asked to do spot checks on the fuel tank wiring in Lockheed and McDonnell Douglas airplanes to determine if they need the mandatory wiring inspections recently ordered for Boeing aircraft. Among the models that the Federal Aviation Administration would like checked are the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and the Lockheed L-1011, wide-body air- draft with an engine on each wing and one on the tail. In addition, the government would like checks on the short-haul DC-9 and its derivative, the MD-80, popular McDonnell Douglas planes with an engine on each side of the tail. The request came from the Federal Aviation Administration aircraft certification office in a letter Thursday to the Air Transport Association, the trade organization representing the nation's largest air carriers. The FAA asked for a report within 90 days. ATA officials were meeting to discuss the letter Tuesday and had no response. HERMAN LANCASTER not been able to answer all of the questions surrounding the alleged payments." The judges denied the motion by attorney Neil Eggleston, saying that the law governing independent counsels prohibited them from reviewing Reno's decision. "We are not confronted in this case with a situation in which the application by the attorney general is so facially deficient that we are arguably deprived of jurisdiction to appoint an independent counsel," according to the decision by the independent counsel division of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Reno asked the special panel of three appeals court judges on May 11 to appoint an independent counsel to investigate allegations that Herman engaged in influence-peddling and solicited $250,000 in illegal campaign contributions. Ralph Lancaster Jr., a private attorney practicing in Maine and Massachusetts, was appointed by the court Tuesday to probe accusations that Herman had a deal to receive a 10 percent kickback for aiding clients of a firm co-owned by a close friend. The accusations were made by an estranged partner of Herman's friend, Vanessa Weaver. "Secretary Herman is pleased that this appointment was made so quickly and is looking forward to working with Mr. Lancaster to bring the investigation to a close," Eggleston said. After law school at Harvard, Lancaster began his career in 1955 as clerk to newly appointed U.S. District Judge Edward Gignoux. He entered private practice two years later and went on to become one of Maine's top trial lawyers. MAURE WEIGH Auto - Home Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron Handwriting, fingerprints, voice samples to be presented to grand jury By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Stepping up the pressure on his central witness, Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr has requested handwriting samples, fingerprints and voice samples from former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, legal sources said Tuesday. Emboldened by a recent string of court victories in his investigation of an alleged presidential affair and cover-up, Starr asked for the samples several months after he first subpoenaed them, the legal sources said. The subpoena was first issued in January, but the request was never enforced as the two sides first sought an agreement to secure her cooperation and then fought in court over whether she had a deal for full immunity, the sources said. Lewinsky lost that court battle, and the decision against her was upheld on appeal. The samples were expected to be taken in the next few days from Lewinsky, who remains in California visiting with relatives. A family spokeswoman, Judy Smith, said the former intern would cooperate. "She has cooperated fully and is appearing pursuant to a court order, and as we have said she is very anxious to tell her side of the story," Smith said. To date, Lewinsky has not appeared before a grand jury although previously she has turned TALKIN' PETS WITH JOHN PATCH BROUGHT TO YOU BY PET LIFE BY ROBERTS 4pm-6pm Saturday LEWINSKY STARR over several items to prosecutors such as address books, computer files and clothing. , The samples would be used by- prosecutors to authenticate evidence they have been presenting to. grand jurors, including handwritten letters and tapes secretly made by a friend, Linda Tripp, in which Lewinsky is said to have discussed, her relationship with the president.' Prosecutors are investigating, whether Lewinsky and Clinton lied when they denied under oath in the Paula Jones sexual harasp-, ment lawsuit that they ever had ,a sexual relationship. And they are trying to determine whether the, president and his friend, Vernon Jordan, encouraged Lewinsky to lie by trying to help her find a job and private lawyer. One of Lewinsky's attorneys, William Ginsburg, has said his client has been told that she is a target of the grand jury investigation who is likely to be indicted. 5 Clinton and Jordan have denied any wrongdoing. Lewinsky submitted an affidavit under oath in the Jones case also denying she had a sexual relationship with Clinton. NEWS TALK 91O LET'S GO SWIMMING Swimming pool design and construction for over 45 years. Featuring: • Safety Ledge ' • Brick & Tile Trim •Waterfalls & Fountains Call now for SPECIAL pricing. 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