The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 19, 1996 · Page 4
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 4

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, January 19, 1996
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A4 FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL V CHICAGO T CALIFORNIA REGENTS Affirmative action still out Photos by The Associated Press Firefighters carry a child who was rescued Thursday from a burning building in Chicago. Fatal fire Four killed as flames spread through building By MIKE ROBINSON The Associated Press CHICAGO — Wind-whipped flames ripped through a 10-story apartment house Thursday, killing four people. One of the four dead was a woman who tried to jump to safety as heat and smoke spread panic among occupants. People watching in the predawn darkness screamed and pleaded with occupants not to jump. But at least four plunged from upper floors to escape thick, black smoke and heat that buckled the building's steel beams. At least 40 people were injured. Fire Commissioner Ray Orozco said it started in the apartment of a heavy smoker who stored a rolled-up mattress, film and two tires in a walk-in closet. Winds "of 40 mph gusting through broken windows fanned the flames white-hot, turning apartments into 1,500- degree cauldrons, Orozco said. "There was a tremendous amount of heat," Orozco said. "You could compare this to a Firefighter Bill Heenan looks up at the burning apartment building. blowtorch." Firefighter Bill Heenan, standing on a ladder five stories up, reached out and caught a falling 8-year-old girl with his left arm, then carried the terrified child to safety. She may have been thrown out of a window to save her from the fire. "I stuck my arm out and somehow snagged her," Heenan said. "I told her, "Hang onto me, I'll hang .onto you. We're not going to go anywhere.' She was crying but she did what I told her to do and I got her down." The federally subsidized, 145-unit building had a history of building code violations, including missing smoke detectors. Its fire alarm system had been broken for at least four years, residents said, and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development had cited health and safety violations as far back as September 1994. HUD had scheduled inspections on Nov. 13 and Dec. 18 to follow up on earlier orders for repairs, but both were canceled because of the federal government shutdown. "At some point Americans should say 'enough is enough' when shutting down the gov- • eminent means making it impossible to perform functions such as housing inspections, which may seem innocuous and unimportant until we understand that unsafe conditions can cost lives," HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros said. V COLLEGE TUITION Tuition drops at some colleges Vote on plan to restore affirmative action postponed by regents By MICHELLE LOCKE The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Six months after dropping affirmative action in hiring and admissions, the University of California's regents postponed action Thursday on a proposal to restore race and gender considerations. ; "It is simply untimely for us to sit here and debate this today," Regent Bill Bagley said. Two proposals were before a joint committee of regents. One, introduced by student regent Ed Gomez, would have rescinded the July 20 vote that eliminated affirmative action in hiring, contracting and admissions. The other, from regent Judith Levin, would have imposed a one-year moratorium on the new policies. After a public comment session and a two-hour presentation from faculty, the committee members voted 12-4 to postpone indefinitely any discussion of Gomez's proposal. Levin requested that her proposal be withdrawn, saying she didn't believe it would pass. She said she would reintroduce it in March. The joint committees could V DISCRIMINATION CASE AIDS victims' funerals won't be higher priced By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Pressed by the Justice Department, a Virginia funeral home agreed Thursday to stop charging extra for embalming bodies of people who die of AIDS or its complications. It was the first settlement under the Americans With Disabilities Act involving funeral home discrimination on the basis of AIDS. The Fisher Funeral Home of Portsmouth, Va., also agreed to reimburse and pay damages to nine families that Justice investigators found were charged $300 extra for embalming. Without admitting any violations of law, the funeral home also agreed to adopt a policy against AIDS discrimination, which is barred by the disabilities act, and to train its employees. Rules issued in 1991 by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, based on recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, require morticians and funeral home employees to treat all bodies as if they have an infectious, blood-borne disease. As a result, the Justice Department said,-there is no legal basis for charging more when the deceased had AIDS or any other disease. "What's at stake here is nothing less than a vision of race, equality and democracy in American society." Dana Tagakl professor at UC-Santa Cruz have tabled the proposals, voted them down or referred them for consideration by the full board. Last summer's vote by the '26- member board, seen at the time as the first major victory for anti-affirmative action forces, has drawn protests from both students and faculty. The academic senates of all nine UC campuses have voted to ask the regents to reverse the decision, .and students have protested at almost every meeting. About 100 people attended Thursday's public comment session. Ten students were arrested, cited for disturbing a public meeting and trespassing, and released. As students were led away by campus police officers, they slapped an orange-and-black sticker reading "Reclaim our Education" over their mouths. During the faculty presentation, sociology professor Dana Tagaki > of UC-Santa Cruz urged the board ' to "do the right thing" and reverse their decision. "What's at stake here is nothing • less, I believe, than a vision of race, equality and democracy in American society," she said. , Gov. Pete Wilson, who is a re-; gent by virtue of his office but has • not attended a meeting since the July vote, was among those who '* voted to scrap affirmative action. Wilson was running for the Republican presidential nomination at the time and had made repeal-. ; ing affirmative action a corner-; stone of his campaign. 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CONTACT: HAYS TRAVEL -1305 MAIN • HAYS, KS TELEPHONE: (913) 628-2808 or 1-800-423-3970 Massachusetts schools join others in lowering fees students pay By The Associated Press BOSTON — Knowledge may be getting cheaper. After increasing at more than double the rate of inflation for a decade, tuition at some universities and colleges is coming down. Massachusetts public colleges cut tuition 5 percent to 10 percent on Wednesday, one day after North Country Community College, part of the State University of New York, lowered part-time tuition 12 percent. Last week, North Carolina Wesleyan College said it would cut tuition 23 percent. And in November, Muskingum College in Ohio decided to reduce the cost of an education 29 percent. The schools say they, have dropped their prices in response to public anger over escalating costs, and to attract more students. Muskingum already is seeing what it described as a significant increase in applications. WORLD WIDE WINDOWS, INC. Free Estimates Before you buy ANY replacement window, compare our quality, price & experience. "Education is becoming regarded more and more as a commodity," said the college's president, Samuel W. Speck Jr. "Colleges and universities have been in- creasing tuition and fees faster than inflation and family income, and each time you do that you're pricing more people out of the market." (SURVIVAL QUITTING BUSINESS FINAL DAYS! ENTIRE STOCK OFF 826-17O1 1-800-783-1711 Central Mall MEN'S STORE All sales final. Survival in Salina is a four-part series with an insightful view of what it takes to survive in Salina from a historical perspective. The editions will provide a historical look at Salina businesses, institutions and people. It is a great place to tell the people of Salina and north-central Kansas the story of your business and how it has survived. 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