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THE COURIER-JOURNAL " LOUISVILLE, KY. -TUESDAY. MARCH 17, 1992. ME TRO ' ! iH "hi tiff ''?- ?' hVil.i." . .?::.jL . . :, ,: . ? : - STAFF PHOTO BY JAMES H. WALLACE Arthur Campbell Jr. gestured as his sister, Kathy Bryant, told the TARC board yesterday that a bus driver had discriminated against Campbell last weekend. Disabled man accuses bus driver of discrimination after dispute By PATRICK HOWINGTON Staff Writer Arthur Campbell Jr.'s Saturday evening began triumphantly, with Campbell, a disabled-rights activist, appearing in a play about the obstacles and discrimination faced by disabled people. It ended in bitterness, when, according to him and his sister, he was subjected to just such discrimination while trying to take a bus home from Fourth Street and Broadway. Yesterday Campbell gave an impas sioned account of the incident which involved an apparent misunderstanding over whether his wheelchair's wheels were locked to the board of the Transit Authority of River City. He vowed to sue the agency for damages. TARC board Chairman Bob Benson said that the incident is under investigation and that if the driver did anything improper, "we will be swift to take appropriate action." Campbell, who has been arrested 22 times in 11 states while demonstrating for better transportation service to the dis abled, said the incident ended with him hooking his leg around the handle of the bus's wheelchair lift before police came and made him move. Two Jefferson County deputy sheriffs, who were on the late-night bus as TARC security, agreed that's how it ended. But there's no agreement on what led up to that. Campbell, 48, said his parents, sister and brother-in-law had gone to the Rud-yard Kipling Restaurant, 422 W. Oak St., See DISABLED MAN Page 3, col. 1, this section 'Giant Wheel,' wave pool to be BIG attractions for Kentucky Kingdom By SHELDON SHAFER Staff Writer A 150-foot-high "Giant Wheel" and the first phase of a $9 million water park called Ocean Paradise will be among the new attractions at Kentucky Kingdom amusement park this spring. The giant Ferris wheel, which arrived disassembled yesterday at the fairgrounds, has 40 gondolas, each big enough for six people. The wheel, which cost about $2.6 million, is one of only six or seven of its kind in the United States. The wheel has a diameter of 139 feet and makes nearly two full rotations a minute; it is driven by eight synchronized electric motors. The Giant Wheel is scheduled to be ready when Kentucky Kingdom, on the state Fairgrounds, opens for a preview weekend April 25. The park will open for the regular season May 29, with some significant new attractions. The wheel will be a centerpiece in the newer part of the park across Ring Road. It will overlook the water park, which is now under construction; the first phase should be ready by mid-June. Ocean Paradise's prime attraction will be a wave pool called Hurricane Bay, which has no rival, at least in the Midwest, said John Mulcahy, the park's general manager of marketing. Hurricane Bay, which will cost about $1.5 million, will have 750,000 gallons of water in a pool covering 32,000 square feet about three-quarters of an acre. A series of pumps, electric motors and fans will generate waves up to 8 feet high, with the largest wave the Big Kahuna believed to be the biggest manmade wave anywhere. A structure called the Gate House Building will serve as the entrance to the water Most charges in gun-buying case dropped By DEBORAH YETTER Staff Writer Nearly a year after the president of Rest-haven Memorial Park and three other men were indicted on charges of conspiring to fraudulently buy guns, a federal judge has ' dismissed most of the charges in the case at the request of federal prosecutors. David Tingley, 22, the cemetery president, remains charged with three counts involving the manufacture and possession of an illegal silencer. The case has involved testimony about a suspected large cache of firearms at the cemetery and a private security firm run from Resthaven and financed . by Tingley. But charges against Charles Ray Boo-kout, 44, and Michael D. Bonsall, 42, both of Louisville, have been dropped. Donald 2 families hit by layoffs claim a share of jackpot By SHELDON SHAFER Staff Writer Kevin and Deborah Meurer dropped off their 3-year-old son, Michael, at a relative's house about 7:15 p.m. Saturday and asked the sitter to write down the Lotto Kentucky numbers that would be drawn in a few minutes. "We couldn't afford to go bowling, so we decided to go to my sister-in-law's house to play cards," Deborah Meurer recalled yesterday. On the way there, the couple joked about what they would do if they won the lottery. After they got to the sister-in-law's house in Fern Creek, they called the sitter. First See 2 FAMILIES Page 3, col. 1, this section Corrections & clarifications Because of a reporter's error, a story yesterday said that because of repeated suspensions by his Pike County school since last fall, 15-year-old Stephen Runyon of Goody has spent more time out of school than in. His suspensions actually total about 45 percent of the school days before March 9, when he was placed in a special class. ' 1 Mangels, 36, of Charlestown, Ind., had been dropped from the case previously, at the government's request. The dropped charges involved the alleged purchase of 18 guns by others in transactions aimed at concealing that Tingley was to be the weapons' true owner. The order by U.S. District Judge Edward H. Johnstone to dismiss 10 counts against Tingley, Boo-kout and Bonsall was entered yesterday. The government had asked last month that the charges be dropped. Assistant U.S. Attorney Duane Schwartz declined to comment on why the government sought the dismissal, other than to say that prosecutors deemed the action "appropriate." The action was dismissed without prejudice, meaning the government could seek to reinstate the charges. That prompted an objection by lawyers for Tingley, Bookout and Bonsall, who in a response to the government's request to dismiss the charges said the action came "out of the blue." The lawyers said the government should not be given the option of reinstating any charges. The men were indicted in May after transactions at local gun shops last year in which Tingley allegedly arranged and financed the purchase of firearms but had others buy and sign for the weapons. The buyer is required to sign a statement that he is the true and intended owner, federal authorities said. The government asked that a trial date be set for Tingley on the remaining silencer charges. 10 a.m. Room 113; Transportation, noon, Room 127; Banking and Insurance, noon, Room 113. House and Senate convene at 2 p.m. P"' "" VJmWJiW. - I No-show substitute , After an emotional debate, the House approved a bill to require the use of seat belts. PAGE A 1 A week after saying he supported the measure, Gov. Brereton Jones said that a bill to allow more billboards on interstate highways is dead. PAGE A 4 State education officials revised school attendance figures by nearly 4,000 additional students a hike that will stretch the state's already lean budget even thinner. PAGE A 1 The Senate approved constitutional amendments that would revamp state government and allow governors to serve two consecutive terms. PAGE A4 TODAY: The following House committees meet in the Capitol Annex: Cities, 8 a.m., Room 131; Agriculture and Small Business, 8:30 a.m., Room 129; Appropriations and Revenue, 10 a.m., Room 129; Banking and Insurance, 10 a.m., Room 131; Business, Organizations and Professions, noon, Room 125; Judiciary, noon, Room 131; Health and Welfare, on adjournment, Room 129. These Senate committees meet: Appropriations and Revenue, 8:30 a.m., Room 149; Labor and Industry, eases 'tough' call Speaker of House Don Blandford gets paid to make tough calls. Sometimes he calls voice votes and has to decide if there are 51 people screaming "yes" and only 49 screaming "no" or the other way around. Sometimes he rules whether an amendment is germane to the bill and therefore allowable under House rules. So far this session, he's ruled that an amendment to help dairy farmers wasn't germane to bill to help horse breeders and one to create a new vehicular-homicide law wasn't germane to a seat-belt bill. But one decision he made yesterday wasn't tough at all. As a matter of course, Rep. Richard Lewis, D-Benton, asked that the committee's substitute version of one of his bills be adopted for discussion. Blandford called for a vote. As a matter of course, the majority of the legislators cried "yes" and the substitute version was adopted. Then Rep. Mark Farrow, D-Stamping Ground, stood to make a particularly germane observation: "There does not appear to be a committee substitute." Blandford checked and, indeed, there was none. "With that objection, we'll un-adopt the committee substitute," he said. "It doesn't seem to be here." Beverly Bartlett park. It will contain lockers, concessions, a gift shop and restrooms. The Ocean Avenue boardwalk will wrap around the water park. Phase two, to open in the spring of 1993, will include the large Barefoot Cove children's pool, a "Lazy River" raft ride, a restaurant, volleyball courts and a six-story complex of water slides called the Bermuda Triangle. The water park will be developed around a heavily landscaped, Caribbean resort-island theme, Mulcahy said. A separate $6 admission will be charged to go only to Ocean Paradise. However, the regular admission to Kentucky Kingdom will provided unlimited access to the water park. Also new this year will be a completed Dutch Village, near the Thunder Run roller coaster. A Christmas shop, food and game stands and landscpaping have been added to complement the Flying Dutchman and The Quake, two popular rides that opened last year. A new lineup of entertainment is planned this year, with shows by students at the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville. Other entertainment will include a teen dance and laser-light shows every Friday night. The regular all-day admission to Kentucky Kingdom this year will increase $2 to $14. The cost for people 60 and older and for children 48 inches and under will be $8.95. But many discounts will be offered, including an after-6 p.m. special in which two people are admitted for $14.95. The amusement park, which is hiring about 600 summer workers, will be open weekends only before Memorial Day and after Labor Day, through late September. Hours for the regular season will be 11 a.m. See 'GIANT WHEEL' Page 3, col. 5, this section 1 is. ..SI i ; , Ir t k PHOTOGHAPHIC ARCHIVES. UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE Bill Carner, the University of Louisville photographic archives' lab manager, speculates that this family lived in Louisville. Interest in the photo began when Life magazine considered using it In a coming Issue. Picture puzzle Family in classic portrait is serenely anonymous Sometime during this month in 1944, perhaps during this very week, a mother, a father and four boys with their hair slicked almost perfectly into place went into downtown Louisville to have their portrait made in the studio of Caufield & Shook Inc. The result was the accompanying pho tograph. You could say that what stands out most about the picture is its composition, or its serenity, or Us texture. Or you could say that what stands out most are the ears of the lad on the left. Overall, though, it was the classic strength of the picture that stood out most for the editors of Life magazine, as they reviewed thousands of pictures in recent weeks for a special issue on the American family. The issue will be on newsstands May 1. Of the thousands of pictures considered, this print from the University of Louisville photographic archives was one of 10 historical pictures still under consideration at Life last Thursday. However, when all the editing was over Friday night, it was decided that the Louisville picture would not be used. Regardless, the rise and fall of Life's interest has left Bill Carner, the archives' lab manager, with one nagging question: Who in the heck are those people in the picture? Carner believes it's very likely that the family was from the Louisville area, given that wartime travel was limited, and he believes the boys might very well be middle-aged Louisvillians with families of their own today. Carner said Life was originally drawn to U of L's photo archives by another Caufield & Shook jllYI studio photograph ADAMS ,aken SePl- n- liwu, ana puD-lished in a 1986 book titled "Southerners." Carner can identify the people in that pic METRO COLUMNIST ture three women and a baby representing four generations of one family and can even produce the Caufield & Shook invoice. T. Coleman of Crescent Hill paid a $4 deposit the day the picture was shot, and ordered 12 5x7's costing $14 and one smaller print costing $1.75. After Life's first inquiry, Carner reached into the archives' impressive store of mid-20th-century family portraits it holds perhaps half a million negatives shot between 1920 and 1979, from Caufield & Shook alone and sent Life a fuller packet of pictures. The mystery family's portrait was in that batch. Another fabulous shot, which Carner spent a fair amount of time researching, was of 15 members of the Pulliam family 'and a woman who may have been their See PORTRAIT'S Page 3, col. 5, this section

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