The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 30, 1998 · Page 5
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Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, May 30, 1998
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION SATURDAY. MAY 30, 1998 T VIAGRA Partner claims Viagra sends lover on prowl Woman seeks damages, '. alleging potency drug's effects led to breakup of long-term relationship By The Associated Press GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — An hour after Roberta Burke's longtime partner downed Viagra, they engaged in some red-hot, long overdue sex. Within two days, he was gone — on the prowl, she says, for more conquests. Now she's suing him for $2 million in palimony, and her lawyer says the lust drug should come with a warning. "He's dating lots of women," Dominic Barbara said. "He now thinks he is a young man in the body of a 70- year man. The man even had a quadruple bypass last year, for God's sake." It's exactly the kind of trouble some columnists and sex experts have been predicting ever since Viagra hit the market seven weeks ago. With impotent men suddenly reinvigorated, infidelity was sure to follow, they said. "I don't want to sound like a Jewish grandmother who said I told you so," sex adviser Dr. Ruth Westheimer said. "But I've said that unless the pill is coupled with education and sexual literacy, I predict a lot of troubles." Burke, 61, claims the impotence drug led Francis Bernardo, 70, to infidelity, destroying their 10-year relationship. A phone number for Bernardo could not be found Friday. He was served with the court papers in New Jersey, where he has a new girlfriend, according to Barbara. Burke, who did not answer phone calls seeking comment Friday, said in court papers that the retired construction executive had been impotent for four years. After he swallowed the tiny blue pill, they had intercourse early this month for the first time in years. She described it as "wonderful," Barbara said. But two days later, Bernardo walked out of the couple's luxury condominium. He left a note saying the relationship was over and boasting of his renewed vigor, according to Barbara. Sex researchers have warned that many couples may not be prepared for the sexual changes that can accompany the use of Viagra. Older women, in particular, may be unable or unwilling to match their partners' heightened interest in sex. "I had a couple come in where he's demanding sex since he went on Via- gra, and she's not up to it," said Dr. Domeena Renshaw, director of Loyola University's Sexual Dysfunction Clinic near Chicago. Although the drug changes relationships, it does not lead to infidelity by itself, Renshaw said. "If you're a cheater, you're going to cheat — with or without Viagra," she said. Viagra "just gives people a newfound confidence to follow their basic predilection." Burke, who is divorced, met Bernardo in 1988 at a country club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., where he owns another home. She soon moved in with the widower. "She stuck with him when he was having his sexual problem," Barbara said. "She loves him and she'll take him back at any time." The lawsuit, filed May 15 in state Supreme Court in Mineola, is both a palimony and a divorce action. In South Carolina, the couple are considered married under common law. If New York courts refuse to recognize the common-law marriage, she's seeking payment under the palimony lawsuit. We Will NOT Be Undersot& on . Lane Reclinersl Furniture 0- Bedding HO M. ft 3rt'IUlll8B8«ag7B5-263-3361- [785| 263-33G1 FREE DELIVERY WORLD WIDE WINDOWS, INC. REPLACEMENT WINDOWS MADE IN SAUNA Where windows are our business, not just a side line. FREE ESTIMATES 826-1701 1-8OO-783-1711 736 N. 9th. Salina T SENTENCING Man receives life sentence for role in racial killing Victim was burned alive and beheaded following all-night drinking party By The Associated Press I INDEPENDENCE, Va. — A white man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison Friday for burning a black man alive and cutting his head off with a dull ax. Louis Ceparano, 43, entered the plea even though he insisted he did not commit the crime. He said prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him, and he wanted to avoid the death penalty. Addressing the family of the victim, 40-year-old Garnett P. Johnson Jr., Ceparano said in a low voice: "G.P. was my friend. I didn't do it." Ceparano received two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. Ceparano is one of two white CEPARANO men accused of soaking Johnson with gasoline after an all-night drinking party on July 25, burning him alive and chopping the head off the charred corpse. Emmett Cressell Jr., 37, is charged with murder and scheduled for trial in July. He could get life in prison. He was cooperating with prosecutors against Ceparano; Ceparano now has agreed to testify against Cressell. Witnesses testified that Johnson was subjected to threats and racial slurs before he was taken outside Ceparano's trailer and killed. The slaying angered civil rights groups nationwide and rocked Grayson County. Attorney General Janet Reno ordered the Justice Department to investigate whether the slaying was a racial hate crime. She said she will wait until Virginia finishes' its prosecution of Ceparano and Cressell before deciding whether to pursue federal charges. Outside court, Ceparano's attorney, Jimmy Turk, approached the victim's father and said, "I'm so sorry, but I think a resolution is best for everyone." teacher killed by ex-boyfriend in school parking lot By The Associated Press ' FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A former boyfriend fatally shot a 26- year-old teacher in a high school parking lot Friday morning, then killed himself. Police said Michael Grammig, 30, had been waiting for Nicole Weiser to arrive in Stranahan High School's staff parking lot. Minutes before classes began, he walked up to her open door and shot her in the head as she tried to escape through the passenger door. 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Crawford, Salina • 823-7512 or 1-8OO-75O-77Z7 COLLECTED PROJECTED I / \/__ -\ / • ^« I I I "I >'"" •', f' I l"'-*''*k-':'"-'-\}-' : "'-.t I \ V • V jV—— V i\ Itl Participating Businesses and Organizations are collecting food during May to be distributed to five Salina agencies: ' ;, Emergency Aid/Food Bank, The Salvation Army, Focus on the Future, Ashby House and Salina Rescue Mission. PROJECT SALINA, INC. The city that cares about its hungry. Participating Businesses and Organizations ADI Systems, Inc. ADM Milling Alco Bank of Tescott Bennett Autoplex Bennlngton State Bank Bergkamp, Inc. Blue Beacon International Breezy 104.9 fm Broker's Realty Brown Mackle College Bucher, Willis SRatllff Buyer's Guide Capitol Federal Savings Central Kansas Foundation . Central M?H r s r 5 > Wff Eagle Country 99.9 Eldorado National Inc. Elliott Turbocharger Group Exlde Batteries Corporation Exline, Inc. First Bank Kansas Geoprobe Systems Gibson's Discount Center Great Plains Manufacturing Green Lantern Hampton & Royce, L.C. Insurers and Investors Jack Parr Associates, Inc. Jim's Pharmacy KCV990.rfm KILS Classic Bock KINA91QS Kejr Enhlneerlng Kennedy and Coe Key Rexall K-Mart Love Box Co. Long McArthur, Inc. MarketAlde Services, Inc. Marshall Motor Co. Midwest TV Millwood Realty Mowery Clinic MSS Transport NAACP, Salina, KS Branch National Association of Letter Carriers NatlonaBank OCCK Oldies 98.5 fm if-1 ' 1 Raytheon Aircraft, Machinist Union & Beech Employees Club Realty Associates Research Products Co. St. John's Military Salina Airport Authority/Avis/Hertz/ US Airways/United Express/FAA/ATCT Salina Area Chamber of Commerce Salina Clinic Salina Concrete Products Salina Country Club Salina Journal Salina Regional Health Center Salina Steel Service Salina Supply Salina Vo-Tech Saline County Saline County USDA Service Center Sam's Club Smoky Hill Rehabilitation Center Social Rehabilitation Services Solomon State Bank Southwestern Bell Telephone CWA Local 6411 Statcare Suburban TV Sunflower Bank Sunrise Presbyterian Church Superior School & Office The Saint Francis Academy, Inc. Target Tony's Triad Manufacturing UMB/National Bank of America United Way of Salina USD 305 U.S. Postal Service Walmart Warta Quick Water's, True Value ;_ YYjifo/i& Company WpQdVji PUrham YMJA ' FOOD ITEM Baby Food Boxed Meals Canned Fruit Canned Meat Canned Soup Canned Tomato Sauce Canned Vegetables Cereal(Hot/Cold) Crackers Dried beans Flour Hamburger Helper Instant/Scalloped Potatoes Jam/Jelly Jello/Pudding Milk - Powder/Canned Muffin Mix/Biscuit Mix Pancake Mix Pancake Syrup Pasta Peanut Butter Pork & Beans "",••'' Rice „ - Shortening/popklng Oil TO DATE 34 9,055 2,551 6,689 5,640 5,144 6,557 974 1,107 2,864 1,250 5,820 2,626 731 2,650 547 4,223 0 251 1,589 2.7S6 , S$1 2,183' 187 «.2,8QQ NEED 275 jars 7,215 boxes 11,525 cans 10,475 cans 1,950 cans 5,650 cans 9,625 cans 3,325 boxes 2,625 boxes 2,500 Ibs. •1,250 Ibs. J 5,825 boxes * 4,347 boxes * 2,800 jars • 3,000 boxes ] 4,030 Ibs. i 3,600 boxes \ 2,420 Iba \ 1,380 bottles] 2,350 Ibs. } -2,750 jars ; 2,945 cans, 1,650 Ibs. 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