The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 1, 1998 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Monday, June 1, 1998
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New chapter Missouri man's latest career is author and publisher/A3 /PLAINS Bulls win Chicago advances to NBA finals with win overlndiana / B1 cv/i.» • Money lor nothing: Minions can't buy votes for candidates in cellar / A2 • LeSS Spicy! Ginger Spice is saying goodbye to the British group / A8 INSIDE 1 Low: 63 Mostly sunny today with southwest winds 15to25mph/B7 WEATHER the Salina Journal QsM*wiv-ts*i L^aneoo oinoA H Q71 ^^"^^ Serving Kansas since 1871 Ann Landers / B7 Classified / B4 Comics / B8 Crossword / B8 Deaths / A7 Great Plains / A3 Sports/ B1 Viewpoints / A4 INDEX MOMDAY JUNE1, 1998 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents The South Dakota governor visits what's left of Spencer after a tornado ripped through Saturday and declares: *nHE TOWN'S GONE' A man Sunday stands In front of the twisted rubble of the Spencer, S.D., water tower after a tornado tore through the town of 300. Photos by The Associated Press A National Guardsman walks down a nearly deserted street Sunday In Spencer, S.D., which was struck by a tornado the day before. About 90 percent of the town was destroyed by the storm, which killed six and injured 150 people. The mayor Is unsure whether many will rebuild In the small town. Tornado destroys most of town, kills 6 By ANGELA K. BROWN The Associated Press FENCER, S.D. — A tornado wiped out most of this small farming -ommuni- ty, killing six people and destroying its post office, fire station, library, bank and all four churches. "Ninety percent of it is just plum gone," Mayor Rocky Kirby said. Only about two dozen homes survived, mostly along the two northernmost streets in this town of some 300 people. An estimated 150 people were injured, many of them elderly. Eighteen of the 41 people treated at hospitals were admitted. "This place looks terrible. It is like a combat zone, like Hiroshima, like Nagasaki," Gov. BUI Janklow said Sunday morning. Witnesses said the twister struck without warning and may have been up to a quarter-mile wide. It was part of a swarm of thunderstorms that battered the upper Midwest on Saturday night and early Sunday with wind gusting to more than 100 mph. Upwards of 900,000 homes and business- es lost power in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, and five more deaths were blamed on those storms. In South Dakota, the damage was concentrated at Spencer, 45 miles west of Sioux Falls. The town was hit about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Marlene Schumm of Sioux Falls had gone to visit an aunt in Spencer. "My husband said, 'Basement! Basement!' We had just gotten there before it hit," she said. Warning sirens didn't sound because the storm had knocked out electricity, but it didn't make much difference, the governor said. ' "The town's gone," Janklow said. "I mean, if a tornado's going to come in with that amount of fury and wrath, a warning system's irrelevant." The mayor said he wasn't sure if many people would rebuild in Spencer, founded in the late 1800s. "These little towns out here in South Dakota are on their way out," Kirby said. Danny Stone, Kara Arends and their 3-week-old baby, Brandon, were in their basement when their house was swept away. "I've been in this house 20 years, and I don't think it took 20 seconds" to be destroyed, Stone said. The Spencer church building that Edward Rogers bought three years ago and was trying to convert into an inn was reduced to rubble. "For the first time in my life I don't know what I'm going to do," Rogers said. About 100 state prison inmates were brought in to help the cleanup. Janklow also activated the National Guard. Trees were broken off, with leaves stripped off their remaining branches. Outside town, fence posts were ripped out of the ground and wire fencing was wound up in a spiral. The town's 120-foot-tall turquoise water tower was ripped off its steel legs, which still stood high enough to hold a car suspended about 5 feet off the ground. Janklow said the biggest need was housing for the town's elderly. McCook County Sheriff Gene Taylor said most of the deaths were in the area of assisted-living apartments for the elderly on Main Street. TPETS TV ads shine spotlight on Chihuahuas Longtime Chihuahua owners find their dog prompts punch lines By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal When Salinans Carma and Max DeForest take their dog, Scooter, for a walk through their neighborhood these days, the smiles from passers-by is generally followed by a comment. "I theenk he neeeeds a bigger box!" "Here leeezard, leeezard, leeezard!" Thanks to Taco Bell's most recent national television ad campaign, Scooter, a mere pet for most of his 14 years, has been bestowed with a sort of celebrity "Chihuahuas are a good little seller for us anyway. Now everyone wants the short-coated, fawn-colored ones with the perfect apple-shaped heads." Darcy Smith Sparks Kennels owner status simply because he is part of the Chihuahua breed. The fawn-colored pooch bears a resemblance to Dinky, the pointy- eared dog on Taco Bell's commercials proclaiming "Yo quiero Taco Bell" (I want Taco Bell), a trademark that's become the '90s version of "Where's the Beef?" "We walk him most every evening," Carma DeForest said of Scooter. "We have people just stopping us all the time now and saying these punch lines from the commercial." Taco Bell officials say sales nationally have taken a "mucho grande" boost from the successful campaign. So, it seems, has the popularity and demand for Chihuahuas. Darcy Smith, owner of Sparks Kennels, 1541 E. Water Well, said demand for the dogs has climbed. "Chihuahuas are a good little seller for us anyway," Smith said. "Of course, now everyone wants the short-coated, fawn-colored ones with the perfect apple- shaped heads." Sparks Kennels buys puppies from breeders and sells them locally to individuals and nationally to stores. A lot of the calls for Chihuahuas recently have come from pet stores on the East and West coasts, she said. Chihuahuas weigh no more than seven pounds when fully grown and come in a variety of colors. Fawn with a black face is popular, as is fawn and white, and a blue hue and tan, Smith said. T PSYCHOLOGY Eyewitness accounts: They can be a crime Recent experiment casts doubts on the reliability of eyewitness testimony in criminal cases By MIKE FEINSILBER The Associated Press The experiment showed that people who identify a suspect are more confident of their choices if given positive feedback. WASHINGTON — A psychologist's experiment raises questions about the accuracy of eyewitnesses' identification of suspects, which are used more than 75,000 times a year in the United States to charge people wftji crimes and prosecute the cases. The experiment showed that people who identify a suspect from a police lineup or a. group of photos are far more confident of then- choices if given positive feedback, even in casual conversation. The eyewitnesses $ become less sure of the identification — and likely to be less- confident witnesses at trial — if given negative feedback or none at all. In research being published by the American Psychological Association, 352 people were shown a grainy videotape made by a surveillance camera of a person who later shot ^ and killed a store security guard. They were told the person they saw had shot a security guard and were shown either a lineup or photographs and asked to identify the killer. In fact, he was in neither the lineup nor the photos. All made a choice — wrong, of course, because they had not seen the gunman. Those who were told, "Good, you identified the actual suspect," were far more confident in their choices than those told the suspect actually was among the other people shown. Those given positive feedback also were more confident than those who were told nothing about whether they had fingered the right man. "In addition to being more confident of their choice of photographs, they also remembered having a better view of the culprit, having paid greater attention to the videotape, having had an easier time making the identification, needing less time to make the identification and being better able to make out details of the culprit's face than those who received negative feedback or no feedback," the association reported The experiment by Iowa State University psychologist Gary L. Wells and his assistant, Amy L. Bradfield, is recounted in the June issue of the association's Journal of Applied Psychology, released Sunday. Former New York City police commissioner Patrick Murphy, director of the police policy board at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said that good police departments train detectives not to talk to witnesses about the identifications they make. "In my experience, a detective who can keep that objectivity will end up with a better witness than one who is encouraging the witness," Murphy said. DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Scooter, a 14-year-old Chihuahua belonging to Max and Karma See CHIHUAHUAS, Page A7 DeForest Is the same breed as the dog In Taco Bell commercials.

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