The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 4, 1998 · Page 9
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THURSDAY JUNE 4, 1998 THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B T ABORTION Project Salina exceeds goal for food donations With a full accounting days away, Project Salina has exceeded its goal of collecting 103,552 food items for five local charities. The annual effort invites employees of a variety of local businesses to contribute food or cash to help stock the pantries of the Emergency Aid-Food Bank, Salvation Army, Ashby House, Salina Rescue Mission and Focus on the Future. "Some (categories) didn't make goal, but some did," said Jane Glenn, Project Salina president and board chairwoman. She said the board will use the cash contributions to make up category shortfalls. One category that won't need help is boxed meals, such as macaroni and cheese, assigned to the city of Salina. "The city collected over 21,000 boxed meals," Glenn said. The goal was 7,215. The Salina Fire Department alone collected 8,800 boxes, she said. Employees of the Salina division of Raytheon Aircraft, assigned canned fruit, turned in more than $12,000. Glenn said the money will more than cover the cost of reaching their goal of 11,525 cans. "That should take care of that full category," she said. Volunteers sought for Festival Classic race Burgess Cycle Shop is searching for volunteers for this year's annual Festival Classic bicycle race. "Last year we had about 25 or 30 by this point," said Don Thomas, co-owner of the cycling store. "At this point this year, we only have a dozen or so." Burgess, which sponsors the 25- mile race and tandem ride, needs volunteers to perform such duties as recording times, covering intersections on the routes and handing out packets. Volunteers need to let Thomas know by June 12. The Festival Classic begins at 7 a.m. June 14 in Kenwood Park with a four-mile family fun ride, followed by the start of the 25-mile tandem ride at 7:20 a.m. and the 25-mile road race 40 minutes later. The classic is an event of the Smoky Hill River Festival. Volunteers get a free T-shirt. To volunteer, call the store at 8254211. Graves to visit northwest Kansas TOPEKA — Gov. Bill Graves plans to travel to northwest Kansas for two events Friday. He is scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. in Hays to the 78th annual convention of the Kansas Veterans of Foreign Wars. The convention is at the Tiller files lawsuit against abortion law Abortion doctor claims law banning most late-term abortions is unconstitutional By The Associated Press TOPEKA — The constitutionality of a new state law tightening restrictions on late-term abortions was challenged by Dr. George Tiller in a lawsuit filed Wednesday with the Kansas Supreme Court. Tiller, owner of a Wichita abortion clinic, specializes in late-term abortions. He said the law is unconstitutional because it's vague, violates the privilege against self-incrimination and restricts a woman's liberty. Gov. Bill Graves signed the law in April, calling it the toughest decision of his political life. It takes effect July 1, and Tiller asked the court to block enforcement if it can't rule on the matter before then. Normally, the court hears cases on appeal. It probably will decide before the end of the month whether to hear Tiller's case, dismiss it or send it to a district court for hearing. Tiller urged the state's highest court to take the case "because the matters at issue are of substantial public concern." Last month, Graves and Attorney General Carla Stovall said they expected the law to be challenged. Stovall wasn't available for comment after the filing, but she told re- porters Tuesday she expected the challenge. Some legislators insist the law allows late-term abortions to prevent damage to a woman's mental health. Anti-abortion activists and legislators say the exception is not included. Graves argues the exception is included and believes it is necessary to make the law constitutional. Senate Majority Leader Tim Emert, R-Independence, said he is glad the lawsuit was filed against the law he helped craft. "We will let the court decide this," Emert, an attorney, said. "Certainly this isn't too vague. I think it doesn't say what he (Tiller) wants it to say, but it says what we intended to say." Graves said last month that lawmakers and others were so confused over the law's content that it probably should be clarified by the courts, He said 90 percent of the lawmakers didn't know what they were voting on. Among other things, the law prohibits abortions of viable fetuses after 22 weeks' gestation, including those with severe, life- threatening abnormalities and deformities. Late-term abortions would be allowed on a woman whose life was at risk or if continuing a pregnancy would cause "a substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function." Tiller has said the law would force women to give birth to children with severe abnormalities. GRAVES Hays Holiday Inn. He is scheduled to tour the Norton Correctional Facility at 3 p.m. In 1997, the Legislature approved an expansion of the prison to add space for 200 inmates. The prison is four miles east of Norton on U.S. Highway 36. Second suspect pleads to kidnapping LAWRENCE — Both suspects in a 45-hour hostage standoff at a rural home in January have pleaded guilty to kidnapping and other charges. In exchange, Douglas County prosecutors have agreed not to try David Cox and Kipling Johnson for a jail escape attempt in March. Cox, 36, Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated robbery, and one count each of attempted aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary. Johnson, 33, who had been living in Lawrence, pleaded guilty May 8 to the same counts as well as to criminal possession of a firearm. Cox and Johnson have long criminal histories and had been released just weeks before the incident that began Jan. 22. Authorities said the two went to a rural home near Lawrence, tied up a 16-year-old girl and stole her car. Next, authorities said, the pair drove to the farmhouse of Ralph and Leila Leary, where they demanded cash, keys and guns. From Staff and Wire Reports RACE RECREATE Parents clamor to get children enrolled in recreation programs By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal Brian White, program specialist for the Salina recreation department, stood on the table with a microphone to give the decree. People with sign-up sheets numbered 26 through 100 (1 through 25 had been misplaced) were to come to the front of the line. "No pushing or shoving," White called out to the crowd. "Watch the low blows. Let's keep it clean," White joked. But to the hundreds of people who had crowded into the Bicentennial Center Wednesday evening to sign up themselves and their children for summer programs, this was no joke. You snooze, you lose. For Candy Langley, it's become a ritual of spring. She and a friend took off at noon from their jobs at the Saline County extension office, grabbed some burgers and headed to the Bicentennial Center. But still, they were numbers five and six in the line that numbered past 1,000 by the 6 p.m. sign-up time. Being early here is important, because courses from harmonica to golf to Goju karate are filled on a first-come, first- served basis, and many class sizes are limited. By 4 p.m., when the doors to the center opened, Langley said people were lined up along the sidewalks all around the center and into the parking lot — about 300 people, maybe more, she estimated. Langley and her friend talked and munched on cookies while watching the time pass by, she said. They could have returned home once they received their numbered enrollment forms at 4 p.m., but Lang- ley has learned that if you return close to 6 p.m., the crowd is so large, you can't get through. Once the first group of 100 was let into the arena, Langley headed straight for the booth promoting natural resources classes, a booth that soon was surrounded by hopeful parents and children. Then, it was on to dance classes, then to the golf sign-up table. As Langley scurried from one table to another, the swarm of people in the arena grew larger, most of them congregating around the sign promoting swimming lessons. Langley, whose daughter, Krista, is 10, and son, Kyle, is 12, wasn't interested in the swim lessons. "We've outgrown that," she said. But she was interested in making sure Kyle and Krista were enrolled in their preferred programs at her preferred times. That's where Krista came in. Dropped off by her father at the center at about 5:30 p.m., she took her enrollment form and headed for the creative drama table, while Mom completed the sign-up for golf. Splitting up is one way to ensure that the classes the children want won't be full by the time you reach their table. "I saw people do this last year, and I thought she was old enough this year," Langley said. Langley was signing up both her children and a friend's two children. She has it down to a science. As soon as she received the recreation schedule in the mail, she and her children sat down and decided which courses they wanted to take. Because Langley works full time, she had specific times she wanted the children to take each course, and she wanted the A crowd gathers at the enrollment table for the natural resources programs in Lakewood Park. Photos by TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal The crowd waiting Wednesday to enroll in summer recreation activities surges through the doors into the main arena at the Bicentennial Center. courses at the Friendship Center, which is near her home. That's why she takes the afternoon off and waits for hours to get one of those low-numbered forms. "I've always done it this way," she said. "I've never taken the chance of a class being full." The homework doesn't end with deciding on courses, times and dates. Before entering the Bicentennial Center arena, Langley studies which courses have limited enrollment, and plans which table she'll go to first, second and third to en- sure the classes aren't full before she gets there. That's why she went first to sign up for natural resources programs. "They always fill up quickly," she said. By the time Langley reached the line for the Play With Clay program — the last program she needed to fill the children's summer schedules — lines had formed at nearly every table. The swimming lessons line reached from one side of the arena to another, and every once in a while, a worker armed with chalk wrote another "Full" on the chalkboard next to a class. As Langley slowly crept to the front of the Play With Clay line, she worried that those programs, too, would soon fill. But about 7 p.m. — an hour after she'd entered the arena — Langley's children's names were written into the schedule, and she was ready to head for the pay line, which by that time was the longest line of all. "We might never get of here," Langley said to Krista, as they tried to find the back of the line. T STUDENT COMPETITION Minneapolis teen 2nd in national forensics tourney 16-year-old places for re-creating speech of award-winning teacher By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal Now that Justin Fisher's speaking ability has won him national recognition, the 16-year-old hopes to live up to what he was talking about. Fisher, a sophomore at Minneapolis High School, captured second place in an event called oral declamation at the National Catholic Forensics League Tournament in Detroit last month. He competed against 215 students from across the county who had qualified for the national competition by placing at a state qualifying meet. In his event, Fisher re-created the speech "Molder of Dreams" by Guy Doud, a 1986 winner of the National Teacher of the Year Award. The event requires the student to take a speech someone else delivered and re-create the spirit and atmosphere in which the speech was originally FISHER given. A central message of the speech is something Fisher hopes to emulate. "A speech doesn't mean a lot unless you back it up with actions," Fisher said. Doud talked about how as a teacher in a public school, he can't talk about Jesus and his Christian faith. But his actions can convey Christian ideals. "You can show Christ by being a friend rather than trying to convince people with words," Fisher said. Besides Fisher, another Minneapolis student, David Utter, finished 25th at the tournament in dramatic performance. Also competing but not placing were Minneapolis students Kathryn Leech and Jamie Bergman and Salina Sacred Heart High School students Bryan Kelly and Levi Bowles. They were among more than 4,000 students representing nearly 500 schools competed in speech, drama, reading, student congress and debate events. To qualify for the tournament, the students don't have to be Catholic but need to place at a state tournament. Fisher, the son of Loren Fisher, Salina, and Janelle Fisher, Minneapolis, took first at the state level qualifying for his second year for the national tournament. So he wasn't too intimidated by competitors from big schools in New York and Philadelphia. He has competed the past two years in debate and forensics and plans to continue in forensics next year. He is also in the school's journalism program, where he wasn't doing too well in class until this spring when he won a first- place prize in feature writing for 3A and 4A schools in the state. But Fisher doesn't like to take the credit for his success in journalism or speaking competitions. "I really have to give God the credit and glory for it," he said. "I'm just along for the ride." SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbwearing@saljournal.com

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