The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 5, 1998 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Friday, June 5, 1998
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Tearful plea Tony Hunt, accused of murder, claims act was self-defense/B1 GREAT PLAINS Festival Jam brings Christian rock to Salina listeners / D1 ENCORE! • Uniting force: Clinton, GOP agree on need to fix Social Security / A10 • It^HI PPOlie: Broken wheel may play part in derailment disaster / C5 INSIDE High: 61 Low: 49 Cloudy and cool with a 30 percent chance for rain, mainly this morning / B3 WEATHER the Salina Journal Classified /C6 '- Comics/B4 : ' Deaths/A9 : Encore! / D1 Great Plains / B1 Money / A4 Sports / C1 Viewpoints / B2 iNtoex 7 ^ Serving Kansas since 1871 FRIDAY JUNES, 1998 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents INFORMATION HIGHWAY Photos by The Associated Press Frank Nettleton (left), Lyndon, and Ron Rowe, Strong City, lead a mule-driven covered wagon east Wednesday from Stafford. Bridging History Covered wagon draws interest for plan to put history on Internet From Staff and Wire Reports N ot everyone is enjoying this unseasonably cool weather. Take Salinan Nick Berezovsky, for instance. He's one of three men crossing the state in a mule-driven wagon to help small-town Kansas ensure that its past is a part of its future. The pioneer-era covered wagon is equipped with e-mail, satellite dish and cellular telephone. But Berezovsky and two other men, Frank Nettleton, 64, Lyndon, and Ron Rowe, 65, Strong City, haven't found a way to heat the wagon. "I'm trying to warm up right now," Berezovsky said Thursday from his cell phone on the wagon. "I've put everything on that I have in the wagon. It's really cold." They're driving their wagon 650 miles in an effort to raise awareness of the Kansas Electronic Document Center's nonprofit project to put small- town bits of history on the Internet by the turn of the century. Berezovsky is president of the center, director of the covered wagon project and technical services computer systems librarian at the Salina Public Library. He said that despite the cool temperatures, the trip was going well. "This was even more wonderful than I thought," Berezovsky said. "We're enjoying the trip enormous- Rowe and Nettleton are driving the wagon across Kansas to raise awareness of a project to put bits of small-town history on the Internet. ly. People stop us on the road, and they welcome us into every town. It's been terrific." Berezovsky expects the wagon to roll into Salina Thursday, probably by noon, and be parked for a day or two at Kenwood Park. The trip began May 23 at Elkhart, in southwest Kansas, and the trio Thursday pulled into Hutchinson. They plan to be in McPherson Tuesday and Lindsborg on Wednesday as they work their way to Salina. From Salina, their journey will take them east, ending June 25 at Elwood. State universities and the Kansas Historical Society are in the early phases of computerizing historic materials ranging from books and letters to drawings, maps and pho- tographs, said Michael Kelly, special collections curator at the Ablah Library at Wichita State University and a board member of the electronic document group. By providing technical assistance and funding to the small-town historic collections, Kelly said, the project "will allow them to become part of the new technology and bring their collections into a larger focus." Anyone with an Internet connection could dial up the Web site featuring those collections. That will allow researchers to study materials that could be hurt by repeated handling, he said. David Haury, assistant director of the Kansas State Historical Society and another document center board member, said the wagon journey is basically an effort to let history buffs in small towns know about the project. With such a project, it comes as no surprise that this is not your typical wagon. The men can call home via cell phone any time they like. And, thanks to a satellite dish affixed to the side of their wagon, they can check their e-mail under the stars while their mules, Barb and Lou, graze after a long day's haul. The message on the side of the wagon isn't a gritty mantra from pioneer days. Instead it advertises the organization's Web site: http:l /www. kedcenter. org. T POLICE Man dies after being injured during arrest KBI is investigating to make sure Salina police acted properly By The Journal Staff A man injured during an arrest last week in the 300 block of West Elm Street has died. Ronald Lloyd Worley, 45, 241 N. Penn, died Wednesday at Salina Regional Health Center, where he had been since the incident last Friday night. A cause of death was not released. Worley was involved in a scuffle with an officer whom HILL Police Chief Jim Hill has declined to identify. The scuffle occurred, Hill said, after the officer saw Worley, a passenger in a car stopped for having an expired tag, put an object in his mouth. The object later was identified as a bag of white powder. A report of the incident filed by Officer Patrik Goss stated a field test for cocaine was conducted at the scene. The substance was sent to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for further analysis. Police would not confirm if Officer Goss was the officer involved in the arrest, or whether the officer who was involved is still on duty while local department officials and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation conduct an investigation. Chief Hill issued a statement Monday saying that the officer reached for Worley after Wor- T OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING Nichols gets life for role in bombing Judge doesn't spare Nichols in attack that killed 168; defendant says nothing to explain actions By SANDY SHORE The Associated Press ley had placed the object in his mouth, a struggle ensued, and Worley lost consciousness. Emergency medical technicians from the Salina Fire Department station, also located in the 300 block of West Elm, removed the bag from the man's throat. The driver of the car, Larry Scott Heath, 40, 2640 W. Highway 40, was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia. In his Monday statement, Hill said the officer appeared to have acted lawfully and professionally. However, the department policy is to request an outside, independent investigation when someone is seriously injured while in police custody. AP file photo Terry Nichols, shown in 1995, still faces trial in Oklahoma. DENVER — Calling him an "enemy of the Constitution," a federal judge sentenced Terry Nichols to life in prison Thursday after Nichols refused to answer lingering questions about how he helped plan and pull off the Oklahoma City bombing. U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch said the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil was designed to undermine the government. "This is not a murder case," he said. "It is a crime against the Constitution of the United States. That's the victim. ... Terry Nichols has been proven to be an enemy of the Constitution." Matsch had indicated he would consider a lesser sentence if Nichols revealed new information about the bombing. But Nichols declined an opportunity to speak. Matsch said Nichols and codefendant Timothy McVeigh were on a campaign to disrupt and intimidate the U.S. government, but that the bombing drew Americans together instead. "There was no anarchy; there was no reign of terror," he said. "We proceeded with the orderly process of recovery and restoration." Nichols showed no emotion when Matsch announced the sentence. His ex-wife, Lana Padilla, and their son, Josh, wept. His wife, Marife, and his parents were not in the courtroom. Outside court, Marsha Knight, who lost her 23-year-old daughter, Frankie Merrell, said simply: "God bless America." In Oklahoma City, survivors and victims' relatives smiled and laughed as they spoke to reporters. - ; .' , "I hope Mom is up there dancing," said An-; gela Richerson, whose mother, Norma Jean Johnson, was killed. "We did deserve this big time." Nichols' attorney, Michael Tigar, said he would appeal. "We're going to go forward here and attempt to reunite the Nichols family," he said. Nichols, 43, was convicted Dec. 23 of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter in the April 19,1995, bombing that killed 168 people and injured hundreds. He was acquitted of murder and weapons offenses. T RADIO ADVERTISING Radio bans political ads, plans forums By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. The Salina Journal A decision by EEC Radio to ban all paid local and state political advertisement on its six local stations is receiving mixed reviews. "I think it's a horrible idea," said Allan White, Saline County Democratic chairman. White's Republican counterpart also gave thumbs-down to the policy at first, but then reconsidered. "Initially I wasn't so sure," said Randy Duncan, county Republican chairman. "I had my reservations, but when they talked to me about what they wanted to do... it made sense," he said. In place of paid spots, EBC will offer to all candidates free one-hour forums on KSAL in Salina and on KABI in Abilene. During the forums, candidates will field questions from EBC's news staff and callers. On KSAL, the forums will be during the station's Kansas Live! program from 8-9 a.m. Federal law requires radio stations to accept advertising from candidates running for national office. 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