The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 31, 1998 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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It's home Manufactured housing fills a needed niche irvSalina/B8 State champs Sacred Heart captures Class 2-1A softball championship / D1 SPORTS • NO decision: United Methodists take no action on gay resolution / A3 : Wife reportedly told friend she killed comedian / A12 INSIDE the Salina Journal .Qorwinn l^onooo oinr>o 1 O~7^ ^^"^^ Serving Kansas since 1871 Low: 57 Mostly sunny today with northwest winds 10to20mph/B6 WEATHER Classified/01 Crossword/B5 Deaths /A11 Great Plains / A3 Life/61 Money / B8 Sports / D1 Viewpoints / A4 • INDEX f! SUNDAY MAY 31, 1998 SALINA, KANSAS $1.50 1 TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal An unidentified swimmer takes a dive Saturday afternoon at the Salina Municipal Swimming Pool. Temperatures soared to a scorching 102 degrees in the city — three degrees shy of the May 30 record high.of 105 degrees in 1913. Turnin' up the heat Salina pool popular spot as temperature soars to 102 By CHAD HAYWORTH Tlie Salina Journal Lifeguards at the Salina Municipal Swimming Pool in Kenwood Park were on the hot seat Saturday, literally and figuratively. A larger-than-expected crowd hit the pool on the first day of the season after temperatures in Salina soared to a near- record 102 degrees. "They are really getting broken in early," pool manager Chuck Culley said Saturday of the lifeguards. "Normally, we would open up on Memorial Day weekend, but with school still going on, we waited until today." Some 450 children and 50 adults passed through the turnstiles Saturday afternoon. That number is significantly higher than would be expected on a typical opening day, Culley said. "Right now, we're pushing the limits of what we can handle," he said. "Not all of the 500 are still here and not all of those who are here are in the water." Regardless, the pool was packed. "This is one of those days that if you wanted to come in and swim, you might as well forget it," he said. "You might find a spot where you could get in the water, but you'd have to work for it." Phil Hysell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Wichita, said strong southwest winds helped turn up the heat. For the record, Salina topped out at 102, according to the National Weather Service. That's 3 degrees shy of the city's record. The weather station at the Salina Journal registered a high temperature of 99 degrees. The high temperature reported in the area was at Russell, which registered a city record 103 degrees. Russell set a new record with a reading of 103. That's 4 degrees higher than the previous standard, which was set in 1994. Hays may or may not break the all-time record, depending on what final official temperature is reported to the weather service this morning. Initial indications were that Hays had reached 102 degrees, tying a record set in 1934, according to the weather service office in Dodge City. Hill City topped out at 97, just 1 degree' short of the record. Despite Saturday's hot weather and temperatures two weeks ago that neared 100 degrees, Hysell said long-range forecasts call for the summer to be slightly cooler than normal. " Just because we've had this brief spell of hotter temperatures, that doesn't give an indication of what's to come," he said. "Mother Nature has a tendency to change patterns on us." Cooler temperatures are expected today, with highs in the mid-80s. The cool front was to move in overnight, Hysell said. The Salina pool pool is open from 1 to 8 p.m. daily. On Saturdays and Wednesdays, there is an early opening for children and adults who accompany them: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission fees are 75 cents for children and $1.25 for adults. KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Lucas-Luray athlete Shane Mettlen douses himself with a hose Saturday at the state track meet in Wichita, where temperatures reached 99. See stories, Pages D1 and D4. T U.S. ISLAND TERRITORIES U.S. islands face uncertain future 100 years after conquering Spanish, America still rules collection of five islands By CHARLES J. HANLEY The Associated Press GUANICA, Puerto Rico — A U.S. Navy boat steamed into view, fired off a three- pound gun and sent all of Guanica — Spanish soldiers, townsfolk, stray dogs — scattering for the scrubby green hills. As simple as that: The U.S. conquest of Puerto. Rico had begun. Today, a McDonald's anchors the top of Calle 25 de Julio, named for that historic July 25 a century ago. And at the foot of this street of pastel houses, facing the sleepy Caribbean harbor where the Americans arrived, a young man lounged on his porch one recent noon, a sun-bleached Stars and Stripes tacked to the wall behind him, and told a visitor what many in Guanica envision for Puer- to Rico. "I want my beautiful island to become one of the states of the United States of America," declared Efrem Cancel-Millan. As simple as that: The 51st state in the 21st century. But how easily will Puerto Rico now conquer America? One hundred years after the U.S. military — in the name of "manifest destiny" — rounded up pieces of the Spanish empire in a 109-day war, America still rules a far-flung collection of five island territories whose destinies are anything but manifest. And Puerto Rico, with 3.8 million people the most populous of the world's remaining colonies, may have the least predictable future of all. "They're a quirk of history," the Interior Department's Allen P. Stayman, the Washington official chiefly responsible for territorial affairs, said of the islands. "They never were a good fit. ... It's a 19th century status in the 20th century." The four other territories — three in the Pacific, another in the Caribbean — will follow the growing debate over Puerto Rico's political status. Each has its own unique problems and aspirations: • Guam (population 146,000), also seized in the Spanish-American War, doesn't seek statehood or independence but is campaigning for greater autonomy. • The Northern Mariana Islands (64,000), taken from Japan in World War II, has clashed with Washington over local control of immigration and minimum wages, basis of a booming garment industry built on labor from China. • American Samoa (60,000), ceded to the United States by local chiefs in 1900, is an economic backwater where the local government's fiscal mismanagement has become a long-running scandal. • The U.S. Virgin Islands (114,000), sold to America by Denmark in 1917, has an even worse fiscal record. T SOUTH ASIA Pakistan sets off another nuclear test Pakistan again offers olive branch in attempt to resolve dispute By The Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Seeking to extinguish any doubts about its nuclear capabilities, Pakistan set off another blast Saturday and then tried to ease global concerns about a runaway arms race in South Asia. As with Pakistan's earlier tests Thursday, the world reacted with shock and condemnation. But Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Shahmshad Ahmed said other nations have to adjust to a new reality — one in which both India and Pakistan have the capacity to launch nuclear weapons. Immediately after its nuclear blast Saturday, Pakistan offered talks with India to resolve a dangerous dispute over Kashmir, which already caused wars in 1948 and 1965 — and urged world leaders to help in that effort. Both countries lay claim to a united Kashmir, India's only Muslim majority state. Pakistan wants a vote held on both sides of the disputed border to let Kashmiris de. cide whether a united Kashmir would join Pakistan or India. India says its half of Kashmir is non-negotiable. "Genuine contribution to peace The Associated Press Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif leads a rally Saturday in his hometown of Lahore. and security can be made by con-; structive engagement in the search for permanent solutions," most notably to the Kashmir, Ahmed said. ' There was no immediate response from India to the offer. All the tests were conducted underground in the Chagai hills of southwestern Baluchistan province and did not release any radioactivity into the atmosphere, he said. "Today we have proved our credibility.... There are no doubts left any more," he said. Clinton attempts to defuse tension By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Faced with a new Pakistani nuclear weapons test, President Clinton moved Saturday to rally the world behind efforts to defuse "a self-defeating cycle of escalation" between Pakistan and India. "Both India and Pakistan need to renounce further nuclear and missile testing immediately and take decisive steps to reverse this dangerous arms race," the president said hours after confirmation that Pakistan again had detonated an underground nuclear device. "Pakistan and India are contributing to a self-defeating cycle of escalation that does not add to the security of either country," he said. In a statement issued at the White House, he said he "will continue to work with leaders throughout the international community to reduce tensions in South Asia, to preserve the global consensus on nonproliferation. "I call on India and Pakistan to resume their direct dialogue, to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban treaty immediately and without conditions to reverse the arms race there, and to join the clear international consensus in support of nonproliferation," he said. To back up his words, Clinton signed documents imposing a package of military and economic sanctions against Pakistan in retaliation for the South Asian na^ tion's first series of nuclear tests Thursday. He similarly imposed; sanctions against India, as re-" quired by U.S. law in such cases. ; Acting at Clinton's request, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright arranged for a discussion of the crisis early in the week by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. They are the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France. The Associated Press Mayor Edwin Galarza of Guanica, Puerto Rico, stands in front of the rock marking See ISLANDS, Page A6 the spot of Guanica Bay where U.S. troops came ashore on July 28,1898.

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