The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 29, 1998 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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State test Salina South is the top seed in the Class 5A softball tourney/C1 (SPORTS the Cover story Norman Rockwell's magazine covers are on display / D1 : starr asks court to rule on executive privilege / A8 • In BXilfi: Fearing for his safety, bishop forced to leave homeland / B1 " "• '' INSIDE;- <,< ' -/ High: 96 Low: 68 Partly cloudy today with south wind 10 to 20 mph; / B3 WEATHER i 14 Classified/C5 Comics / B4 Deaths/A9 , . Encore! / D1 Great Plains/B1 Money / A7 Sports / C1 Viewpoints / B2 Salina Journal Qam/infi l^<ir»rf>/^« nirt*-**-* H O"7H ^^^^^ Serving Kansas since 1871 FRIDAY MAY 29, 1998 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents Her Final Members of Jennifer Gordon's third- grade class at Hawthorne Elementary take turns giving retiring Principal Lois Gay a hug Thursday. "These are some huggin' kids," the veteran administrator said proudly. Photos by DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Lois Gay has taken many steps,In the education process during her 36-year career at Hawthorne Elementary School. Principal ends career By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal Lois Gay opened the door to a classroom at Salina's Hawthorne Elementary School and stepped inside. "Are all you guys ready for the second grade?" Gay, the school's principal, asked a class of students on their last day in first grade. "Yes," many replied. "Have a good summer," Gay said. Then Gay made her way to the next classroom. "Come back next year ready to work and learn," she said. "I'll miss you," said a member of Heidi Paquin's combination second- and third- grade class. "I'll see you when I see you," another student said after giving Gay a hug. So went Gay's regular last-day-of-school routine, perfected over her 18 years as principal. But Thursday she wasn't telling her 235 students goodbye just for the summer. Gay is retiring in June after 36 years in education, 28 of those at Hawthorne. She taught for 10 years before becoming principal. As Gay, 65, made her rounds, teachers kept coming up with ways she should spend her retirement. "Mrs. Gay is going to be my full-time aide next year, so you'll be seeing lots of her," Paquin told her class. "I'm going to ask her to help with my reading group," second-grade teacher Peggy Roth said. "Sometime next year, you'll have to come visit first grade and listen to these guys read," kindergarten teacher Alma Gillispie told Gay. Earlier in the year, students wrote their suggestions for what Gay should do once she retires. "Most of them say they want me to go to Hawaii," she said. During a quiet moment Thursday, Gay prepares certificates that will See GAY, Page A9 be presented later at an assembly. T TOPEKA SHOOTING Topeka teen shot by stray bullet near school Three boys taken into custody after allegedly firing .22-caliber rifle By The Associated Press TOPEKA — Thirteen-year-old Maria Vega was lounging on her bed with her stuffed blue bunny Thursday, talking on the phone with a friend. Then a bullet crashed through her bedroom window. Maria stood up as a second bullet ripped through the window and caught her in the upper right leg. A third, and perhaps a fourth, bullet came through the window while the girl was on the floor, said her mother, Mary Vega. "It's terrible. It's something you don't think about happening. But it does, and it scares me," the mother said. Mary Vega said her daughter was treated and released at a Topeka hospital and was staying at her father's house in another part of the city. "She was pretty shaken up," the mother said of her daughter. The house where the .22-caliber rifle shots were fired was some 120 feet from the Avondale East Elementary School, where about 250 students were wrapping up the school year that ends today. The school wasn't struck by gunfire and wasn't thought to be a target, but four vehicles parked at the school were struck by gunfire, said Topeka Police Lt. John Sidwell. He said three boys — ages 15,13 and 11 — were taken into custody from the tan shingle two-bedroom house after police cruising the area spotted a rifle barrel pointing from the front door. "It appeared to be random shooting. It doesn't appear they were trying to hurt anybody," Sidwell said. The 15-year-old left the house and surrendered to police, leaving the other two youngsters inside. About an hour later, they surrendered to police, ending the three- hour ordeal about 12:30 p.m. Sidwell said all three were charged with one count of aggravated battery, two counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling and two counts of criminal damage. They were placed in the custody of the Juvenile Detention Center. Brad Stauffer, Topeka Public School District spokesman, said the Avondale East students — kindergarten through fifth grade — were moved to the gymnasium- cafeteria at the rear of the school. PAKISTAN Pakistan sets **•« off 5 nuclear! .-V, test blasts Prime minister says his country has 'settled the score with India' By KATHY GANNON The Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan matched India with five nuclear test blasts of its own Thursday, then declared a state of emergency citing unspecified threats of "external aggression." Both acts raised fears of a nuclear arms race — or worse — with neighbor and rival India. Pakistan was mounting nuclear warheads on missiles capable of striking most targets within India, according to an official close to the nation's nuclear program. In a midnight appeal by telephone, President Clinton had urged Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif not to carry out the tests. After the blasts, Clinton immediately pledged sanctions against Pakistan's already struggling economy, saying South Asia was poised to "repeat the worst mistakes of the 20th century." In Pakistan, however, news of the underground '-nuclear explosions set off street celebrations across the nation, with jubilant men shooting guns in the air and burly, bearded revelers dancing in the streets. "Today, we have settled the score with India," Sharif declared, announcing the tests in a nationally broadcast speech. He chastised the international community for failing to punish India. "The world should have sanctioned India fully ... but they didn't," he said. Pakistan has accused India of threatening to attack its nuclear installations. "Any such act would warrant a swift and massive retaliation with unforeseen consequences," the Foreign Ministry said. India dismissed the allegation. T PHIL HARTMAN: 1949-1998 The Associated Press Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says the international community let India off lightly when it conducted nuclear tests earlier this month. 4 Pakistan ignores President Clinton's appeal for restraint; arms race in South Asia has dangerous consequences / Page A6 "Our prime minister has said again and again that these reports are ridiculous," said K.C. Singh, spokesman for India's External Affairs Ministry. IPakistan did not offer any in; formation about the type or strength of the devices Pakistan exploded near the border with Iran and Afghanistan, but said they released no radioactivity into the atmosphere. ; The U.S. Geological Survey .in Golden, Colo., said the strongest test had a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 — compared to India's strongest blast, which registered 5.4. International monitors estimated India's biggest blast at 10 kilotons, half the force of the bomb that the United States dropped on Hiroshima. Hartman apparent victim of murder Comic actor known for impersonations may have been killed by wife By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Comic actor Phil Hartman of "Saturday Night Live" and "NewsRadio" was shot to death at his home, apparently by his wife, who then killed herself Thursday while police were inside investigating. Police could offer no motive for what they described as a possible murder-suicide inside the $1.4 million, nine-room Encino mansion of the comedian known for his anchorman's voice, his comically smug, insincere grin, and his impressions of President Clinton and Ed McMahon. Police had gone to the home after getting an early morning 911 call about a gunshot. They were removing Hartman's two children — a 9-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl — for their safety when they heard a shot in the master bedroom, police said. There, they discovered the bodies of Hartman, 49, and his wife, Brynn Hartman, 40. The actor had been dead "for a while," said police spokesman Lt. Anthony Alba. "We are investigating this as a possible murder-suicide," he said. "We know for sure that the female inflicted her own gunshot wound." Hollywood expressed shock and sadness, saying Hartman's spe- The Associated Press Phil Hartman and his wife, Brynn, posed at a dinner party three weeks ago in Beverly Hills, cialty in playing annoying, acerbic, morally challenged characters ran counter to his real-life personality as an upbeat, devoted family man. "He was one of those guys who was a dream to work with. I don't know anybody who didn't like him," said Joe Dante, who was directing Hartman in the movie "Small Soldiers." Born Philip Edward Hartman in Ontario, Canada, in 1949, Hartman joined the "Saturday Night Live" cast that then included Jon Lovitz, Dennis Miller and Dana Carvey. In his seven seasons, he did impersonations of upwards of 70 famous people, including McMahon, Clinton, Jimmy Swaggart, Phil Donahue and Frank Sinatra.

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