The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 1, 1998 · Page 2
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A2 MONDAY, JUNE 1, 1998 NEWS & EVENTS THE SALINA JOURNAL A Look Ahead 1 Monday • EVENT: Stand for Children Day '98, focusing on need for affordable, quality child care. 10-10:30 a.m., Kenwood Park. Children's entertainment provided. 8233343,827-6431. • PROGRAM: Smoky Hill River Festival preview program. 11 a.m., Senior Center, 245 N. Ninth. 827-9818. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina City Commission. 4 p.m. Room 107, City-County Building, 300 W. Ash. 826-7250. 2 Tuesday • PUBLIC MEETING: City Planning Commission. 4 p.m., Room 107, City- County Building, 300 W. Ash. 826-7260. Classes Little House offering GED testing this week The Little House Adult Learning Center will offer its June round of GED testing on two days this week. Those wanting to take the general education development tests, considered to demonstrate abilities of a high school graduate, must pre-register for the tests at the Little House office, Room 209, Memorial Hall, 410 W. Ash. The testing schedule is: • Writing —• 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. • Social studies — 9 a.m. Thursday. • Science — 1 p.m. Wednesday. • Reading — 2:50 p.m. Wednesday. • Math —10:40 a.m. Thursday. Reading V POLITICS Money can't always buy a victory Two candidates have little to show for the $30 million they've spent in California campaign By SCOTT LINDLAW The Associated Press HARMAN SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Money isn't carrying California's wealthiest political candidates very far. Even though businessman Al Checchi and Rep. Jane Harman have spent millions of their personal wealth seeking the Democratic nomination for governor — nearly $30 million between them over just two months — they are virtually tied for dead last in the most recent Field Poll. Their spending has far overshadowed that of Lt. Gov. Gray Davis, the third major Democrat, and state Attorney General Dan Lungren, the likely GOP nominee. Yet Lungren was the leader over all opponents in the poll, and Davis is widening his lead over Harman and Checchi. "It's a good reminder that money is a necessary condition for doing well in big elections in the United States, but it alone is not a sufficient condition," said Jonathan Nagler, associate professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside. Tuesday's open primary will allow voters to cross over and vote for any candidate regardless of party, with the top vote-getter in each party advancing to the general election. The gubernatorial race has special significance because the winner will sign or veto congressional and legislative district lines drawn by the Legislature in 2001 for the 2002 election. Leaders of both parties say at least a dozen The Associated Press Democratic gubernatorial candidate Al Checcl meets Saturday with reporters In the Watts section of Los Angeles. Checci is tied for dead last in the campaign with Rep. Jane Harman, although they both have spent millions of dollars on the race. seats in Congress' largest delegation could change hands. In the current U.S. House of Representatives, that's enough to change party control. Leading Democrat Davis has complained that he is running against "Fort Knox," and his campaign workers can hardly mask their glee at Checchi's plunge from the top of the polls to the bottom. "Perhaps the next time a rich dilettante with no interest in California politics looks in the mirror and says 'Hey, I could be governor,' they ought to think twice about it," sniffed Garry South, campaign director for Davis. Lungren sees a larger message. "I think it does suggest that the Ross Perot era is over," he said in an interview at his campaign headquarters. Wealthy Texan Perot, Lungren said, tapped voters' longing for "a savior on a white horse, coming in from the outside, saying they can fix everything that's wrong with government, having known nothing about how government works." For a time, it appeared the Perot phenomenon was the wave of the future, Lungren said. "I think that wave has passed." V EARTHQUAKE Death toll could rise to 5,000 Entire villages were flattened by Saturday's 6.9-magnitude quake By PHIL GOODWIN The Associated Press T WHITE HOUSE Registration opens for reading program Enrollment for the Salina Public Library's summer reading program, "Be a Kansas Star — Read," begins today and continues through July 29. Also, summer storytime sessions begin the week of June 8 and continue through the week of July 20. Registration for story- time also begins today, and enrollment is limited. The library also is planning summer programs that include astronomy, music and a magic show. For more information, call the children's library at 825-0505. Starr could subpoena Clinton to testify President has already rejected four requests to testify in the case By JANELLE CARTER The Associated Press WASHINGTON — As President Clinton mulls over requests to testify before a grand jury investigating his alleged relationship with Monica Lewinsky, a. spokesman for Kenneth Starr said Sunday the independent counsel could subpoena the president. "We believe that it is (possible to subpoena a president), without in any way indicating that is something we would do," Starr spokesman Charles Bakaly said on "Fox News Sunday." But he added: "The American people are entitled to the information. That is what this process is about. The Supreme Court has held that the grand jury is entitled to every person's information." Clinton has rejected at least four requests by Whitewater prosecutors to testify! His attorneys have given explanations that range from a busy White House schedule to distrust of prosecutors. In its edition on newsstands today, Time magazine quotes "sources" as saying Clinton and his advisers have decided that he will refuse once again to testify or cooperate with Starr. "If the guy (Starr) is willing to break the law and leak information out of the grand jury to pursue Bill Clinton, there are serious reservations about whether we should cooperate," an unidentified Clinton aide told Time. White House communications director Ann Lewis said Sunday on CNN's "Late Edition" she did not know if a decision has been made. Citing Starr's four-year investigation, however, she said, "I don't think what Ken Starr is looking for is assistance. What he's trying to find are more reasons to explain why he really can't prove a case." Bakaly, while saying the requests don't necessarily mean Clinton is a target of Starr, said prosecutors also believe it is possible to indict a sitting president. "We believe ... it is not settled that a sitting president cannot be indicted," Bakaly later said on ABC's "This Week." "We are going to look at all of the various options that are available to us." FAISABAD, Afghanistan — Soldiers dug hundreds of bodies from flattened homes Sunday in remote northern Afghanistan, and aid workers flew in supplies for an emergency medical clinic to help survivors of an earthquake that killed at least 2,500 people and injured 2,000. Saturday's magnitude-6.9 quake erased entire villages, sliced into mountains, and triggered landslides. Some local officials said the death toll was as high as 5,000. Among those killed were 140 schoolchildren in Rostaq. "We need help desperately. Thousands of people are dead," a spokesman for a northern alliance fighting Afghanistan's Taliban government said from the stricken area, near the border with Tajikistan. Opposition soldiers already had, recovered 1,650 bodies, ShamshuL Haq Arianfar said. United Nations officials flew,, over some of the most desolate and hardest-hit regions Sunday, setting down briefly near the quake's epicenter in Shari Basurkh, about 30 miles- from the Badakhshan provincial capital of Faisabad. They delivered tents and plastic sheeting as well as materials for an emergency clinic to be set up in Shari Basurkh for the many wounded. Saturday's quake was centered not far from the site where a temblor in February killed 2,300 people and left another 8,000 homeless. Alfredo Witschi-Cestari, head of the U.N.'s humanitarian aid office in neighboring Pakistan, said the latest quake was the more devastating of the two: While the first struck a region with about 30,000 people, the second affected a hilly, rugged area that is home to about twice that population. The area's sun-baked mud homes, already weakened by the February temblor, crumbled like dry dust in Saturday's violent shaking. The homes had been made more vulnerable by the relentless rain that battered the region in recent days. the Salina Journal • v OKLAHOMA BOMBING TRIAL Published seven days a week; 365 days a year at 333 S. Fourth, P.O. Box 740, Salina, Kan. 67402, by Salina Journal Inc. (USPS 478-060) HARRIS RAYL, publisher, " , " DEPARTMENTS « ADVERTISING; JEANNY SHABP, director, Isharp& ! BUSINESS: DAVID MARTIN, manager, Jurors wanted to acquit Nichols • MEWS: SCOTT SBHEH, executtvs editor, • CIRCULATION: BRYAN SANDMEIEH, , , manager, • PRODUCTION: DAVID ATKINSON, manager, • Salina 1-800-827 Kansas NEWS EXTENSION 150 E-mail: • HOURS: 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 2 p.m. to midnight Sunday. FAX NUMBERS ALL DEPARTMENTS 823-3207 NEWS DEPARTMENT 827-6363 On their first vote, 10 of 12 jurors thought Nichols should go free By The Associated Press DENVER — When 12 jurors began deliberating Terry Nichols' fate in the Oklahoma City bombing, their first vote was 10-2 for acquittal, the Rocky Mountain News reported Sunday. The initial vote stunned the two men who voted for conviction, triggering 41 hours of deliberations over the next six days. "I couldn't believe it," recalled Tim Burge, a Fort Collins brewery worker. "I was like, man, did I miss something here or what." Todd Fockler, a Golden geophysicist, said he told Burge, "I am not acquitting him until we've seen every piece of evidence." Fockler, who has a background in explosives, said he convinced fellow jurors to review the evi- NICHOLS dence, item by item. "I argued with them so much, I made them cry," said Fockler. Nichols, 43, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday after he was convicted of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter in the April 19,1995, bombing, the worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil. The blast killed 168 people and destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Although the jurors have previously acknowledged that deliberations were argumentative, the Rocky Mountain News report provided a fresh glimpse into the process based on interviews with several jurors. After reviewing the evidence, Fockler said three jurors remained unconvinced of Nichols' guilt. One of the three jurors was Linda Morgan, 60, an Arvada teacher's aide, who said the bombing victims wanted to see Nichols punished, but "I can't be their arm of justice if the facts weren't there." Fockler said they reached the compromise verdict after the three holdouts acknowledged Nichols helped Timothy McVeigh plant a getaway car. McVeigh, Nichols' former Army buddy, has appealed his conviction and death sentence on murder, conspiracy and weapons-related counts. The jury acquitted Nichols "of murder and weapons-related counts, but could not agree on a sentence, so that decision fell to U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch. Cleamif\ One Day Only! TUesday, June 2nd Have your feather pillows reconditioned with us on our Special Pillow Day! Pillows cleaned, sanitized, fluffed and returned with new bright ticking/ in Queen, King and Standard size. Foam pillows cleaned also. Fast One Hour Geai 1208 Soutl JIM O'BRIEN 158N. 8th 825-2281 today's Soutn pecia Stop in today, browse our wonderful selection of papers, borders and decor and receive... Wallpaper (HOME CONNECTION Break-Away wallpaper Knife Monday, June 1st ONLY 2322 Planet Ave. Galaxy Center While supplies last, one per customer Most people pick us up before their fork. When people are looking for entertainment and dining ideas they turn to newspapers first. Primary advertising source for restaurants or dining out Information.* Newspapers Radio Television Direct Mail Weekly Shopper 171% I 12% 17% • 6% • 4% Time crunched consumers who eat out and order in frequently are the same people who read newspapers. The Salina Journal reaches 45% of 18-34 year olds, 67% of 35-64 year olds and 92% of those 65 and older. Why? Newspapers are a welcome change from other advertising vehicles. People trust the advertising in our pages more than those in any other local medium. More than radio. More than TV. More than weekly shoppers. Get more impact in the Salina Journal. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^i^^S^Mm3KK^^^^^^M^i!-^'l J^ Salina Journal * Source: The Salina Journal 1996 Market Tracking Study Conducted by MarketAide Services '. i.

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