The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 29, 1998 · Page 8
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FRIDAY. MAY 29, 1998 NATION TH P QAIJNIA JOURNAL Spelling Champion 12-year-old Jamaican wins $10,000 in national spelling bee V PRESIDENTIAL SCANDAL Starr asks high court to resolve question 79p6By JOSEPH SCHUMAN The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Showing only a hint of the smile she held back for two days of killer words, Jody-Anne Maxwell, a 12- year-old from Jamaica, correctly spelled "chiaroscurist" Thursday to win the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. Jody-Anne, citing "God and training" as the secret to her success, won $10,000, an encyclopedia and other prizes for spelling the word, which means an artist who works in lights and darks. She said she would share the prizes with Bettina McLean, 12, and Haydee Maria Lindo, 11, 4} who also came from Jamaica and who shared Jody-Anne's spelling coach, the Rev. Glen O.J. Archer, a Church of God minister. Jody-Anne is the first winner from outside the •* United States and its territories in the spelling bee's 71-year history. "Mr. Archer coached everybody. But, as you know, only one person can win. And God happened to just choose me," she said as she stood beside a trophy half as tall as she is. Of the 249 contestants ages 9 to 15 who kicked off the bee Wednesday morning, seventh-grader Jody-Anne stuck out from the beginning for the methodical way she "God happened to choose me." Jody-Anne Maxwell national spelling bee champion |.|; queried the official pronouncer each turn ' ill :l& "Dr. Cameron, please," she began eat r£|| request for a word's definition, its use : '4:1? sentence, its part of speech, if it had an •|;|i;' at the microphone, showing almost no emotion. Dr. Cameron, please," she began each in a any other meanings, any other pronunciations, its language of origin. Nearly every speller in the later rounds tried to wheedle clues out of pro- nouncer Alex J. Cameron, using the defin- '-. itions, word origins and often just plain luck to eke out the right combination of ! letters. • • Erin Strange, 13, Albuquerque, N.M., took minutes trying to puzzle her way through "dorcastry" (a church auxiliary) r in the fourth round before finally giving up and guessing the correct spelling, and shook her head smiling on the way back to her seat. Minutes earlier, fellow eighth-grader i Tasha Bartch, 12, whose father is with the ,• U.S. military in Stuttgart, Germany, was i confronted with a word she'd never heard > of, "chrismatory" (a container for sacred ;. oil), and pulled it out by deducing the answer from the Greek root, "chrism," •(si which means oil. 74 «*»•» «*"** The Associated Press Jody-Anne Maxwell, 12, of Ardenne High School In Kingston, Jamaica, accepts a trophy as National Spelling Bee champion In Washington from Rich Boehne, an official of the event's sponsor. After spelling "chiaroscurist," Jody- Anne held her breath, waiting for the bell that would signal a mistake. Instead she was named champion. To win, she eliminated Prem Murthy Trivedi, 12, an eighth-grader at Lakewood Preparatory School in Howell, N.J., who made his fourth and final appearance in the national bee. The contest is only open to eighth- graders and younger. As he did last year, Prem finished second. He was felled by "prairillon," which means a small prairie or meadow. The third-place finisher was Hirsh Sandesara, 13, an eighth-grader from Maple School in Northbrook, 111. He was eliminated by "maieutic," referring to a teaching method practiced by Socrates. The Saline County champion, Gen Gillespie, an eighth-grader at South Middle School and the son of Gerald and Mineko Gillespie, 409 E. Minneapolis, was tripped up Wednesday in the second round. The contestants were sponsored by English-language newspapers in the United States, Guam, Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Europe and American Samoa. Jody-Anne and other Jamaicans were sponsored by the Phillips & Phillips Stationery Supplies company. V PLANET DISCOVERY Ipage might be planet from beyond Astronomer's discovery could advance search for life beyond Earth By'The Associated Press WASHINGTON — For the first time, an astronomer has sighted and photographed what may be a planet outside our solar system, a finding that could advance the search for another Earthlike world that may support life. Susan Terebey, a California astronomer, announced Thursday that she has found what may be an image of a rogue planet that has b^eif ejected from a double star syfetem some 450 light years away from Earth. A light year is 6 trillion miles. '. .NASA officials said a rigorous peer review of her findings strongly, supports Terebey's interpretation of the image as a planet, but more sightings are needed for absolute confirmation. . /'Although the data are com- peljing, they are preliminary," s&$ Edward Weiler, a NASA science program director. "This is part of a journey, exploring the universe, looking for intelligent life out there." Susan Terebey California astronomer If the object's identification is confirmed, it would become the first planet beyond the solar system to be sighted and photographed. The presence of at least eight other planets has been implied by other researchers who detected a distinctive wobble of the parent stars. It also would be the first planet discovered by a woman. Discovery of other planets have been credited to male astronomers. Terebey told a news conference the planet is much too hot to support life, but she said the discovery is an important advance for a basic human urge: to find life beyond the Earth. "This is part of a journey, exploring the universe, looking for intelligent life out there," said Terebey, president of Extrasolar Research Corp. in Pasadena, Calif. Weiler agreed, noting that NASA is planning telescopes that will be able to find and analyze Earth-sized planets orbiting other stars. "In the next 10 to 20 years, we'll get a lot closer to the ultimate goal of finding a planet like Earth with an atmosphere that will support life, "he said. Other astronomers, although cautiously awaiting confirmation that the object is a planet, hailed Terebey's discovery. "This is a watershed event," said Anne L. Kinney of the Space Telescope Science Institute. "We have seen for the first time the image of another planet outside the solar system." "This is a particularly exciting result, a landmark in our quest to understand our origins," said Stephen E. Strom, an astronomy professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. We Need... Clothing • Furniture • Miscellaneous Pick-up's Available VAHON ARMY THRIFT STORE JMon.-Sat. 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ' 167 8. 5th • Sallna 823-1400 TALKIN' PETS WITH JOHN ['Arc. M HROUC.IU 10 YOU HV Pi i I n i. BY Rom"Ki s 4pm-6pm Saturday QUA NEWS Independent counsel appeals to settle battle over executive privilege By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In a dramatic request with echoes of Watergate, Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to quickly resolve his executive privilege battle with President Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky investigation. . "This case is of high moment," Starr declared in a filing that asked the nine justices to take the rare action of bypassing a'fed- eral appeals court. The Whitewater prosecutor asked the high court to set argu- QTAQR ments for June 5SI/ " 1 " 29, before the justices recess for the summer. "It is strongly in the nation's interest that the case be resolved quickly so that the grand jury's investigation can move forward at the earliest practicable date," Starr wrote. At the White House, aides said privately they expected Starr's move. Political advisers cringed at the parallels to Richard Nixon — Starr's filing comes 24 years to the month after the Watergate prosecutor sought an expedited Supreme Court ruling. "The president's attorneys have only in the last few minutes received the filing, so we'll withhold any comment until we've had a chance to review it. It's a fairly complex piece of business," White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said. In a broadside against several legal tactics used by presidential lawyers to delay his probe, Starr also asked the high court to resolve not only the executive privilege issue, but also White House claims of THE DAVE POOR SHOW 9am-10am Weekdays attorney-client privilege and work product privilege. He has already won a favorable ruling on those issues in a lower court. On May 20, 1974, prosecutor Leon Jaworski asked the Supreme Court for an expedited ruling in his executive privilege battle with Nixon over the Watergate tapes. The court ruled unanimously against Nixon, precipitating his resignation. Starr's filing said the case involves the same legal issue of executive privilege as the Watergate tapes case. "As with Nixon, therefore, this case is exceedingly important," the Whitewater prosecutor wrote. Starr is investigating whether Clinton had an affair with Lewinsky, a former White House intern, and then tried to get her to lie about it under oath. Both Clinton and Lewinsky have denied under oath that they had sexual relations. In His motion, Starr made several allusions to Watergate and told the justices that if the decision "were to proceed through the normal processes" at an appeals court "important portions of this investigation would be substantially delayed." MAURE WEIGEl Auto - Home Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron EON NEWS TALK 91O 'ATTENTION Homeowners FREE Quotes CALL JEFF WELLS 1528 E. Iron Sallna AMtJfMCAH FAMIUf AUTO HOME BUSINESS HEALTH LIFE ° Thinking Balloons? tful Parties & Events 921 Shalimar Dr. (behind the Southgate Daily Queen) • 827-8448 Schwan's Frozen Food Truck Will be in the parking lot at Kmart 400 S. Broadway TODAY, 3pm - 6pm As I; about our Home Dclircni 100% guaranteed We accept food atamps Wanted: new cuslomere morning, aftarnoon i evening. Mississippi, Mississippi, FOUR™ Mississippi Reach a market that grows bigger by the second. Every eight seconds a oajay boomer turns 50. The over 50 baby boomers are becoming the largest, most powerful demographic category in the country. Make sure your ad targets the population with purchasing power. Your ad can reach this market in the Salina Journal's Senior Lifestyles edition. This annual publication will feature stories on travel, health, volunteering and using the internet. To take advantage of this timely opportunity, contact your marketing consultant at 823-6363 or 1-800-827-6363. Deadline: Tuesday, June 9 Publishes: Sunday, June 21 Salina Journal 333 S. 4th • Salina, Ks. -67401

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