The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 29, 1997 · Page 2
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Salina, Kansas
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A2 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1997 NEWS & EVENTS THE SALINA JOURNAL A Look Ahead 29 Monday • HEDVILLE: Saline County Rural Fire District No. 3 Board of Directors. 7:30 p.m., Hedville Fire Station. 30 Tuesday • EVENT: Scholastic Bookfair and Ice Cream Social. 6:30-8 p.m., Hageman Elementary School, 409 W. Cloud. 826-4850. • PROGRAM: Saline County Republican Party Picnic. 5 p.m., Kim and Randy Duncan residence, 11599 W. Crawford. $15. 827-1090. • PUBLIC MEETING: Saline County Commission. 11 a.m., Room 107, City- County Building, 300 W. Ash. 826-6540. • PUBLIC MEETING: Tree Advisory Board. 7 p.m., 730 Oakdale Park Drive. 826-7434. • LINCOLN: Travel program featuring Phil Wilkerson on Egypt and Deb Obermueller on Russia. 7 p.m., Lincoln Art Center, 126 E. Lincoln. 524-3241. Listing Events items for the Calendar of Events should be sent at least two weeks in advance to: Calendar of Events, The Sallna Journal, P.O. Box 740, Sallna 67402. Be sure to Include name, address and telephone number. i i (he Salina Journal Published seven days a week, 365 days a 1 year at 333 Si Fourth, P.O. Box 740, Salina, Kan. 67402, by Sallna Journal Inc. HARMS HAYL, publisher, ! DEPARTMENTS ;• ADVERTISING: JEANNY SHARP, I director, f BUSINESS: DAVID MARTIN, manager, \ • ' f NEWS: SCOTT SEIRER, executive editor, i • CIRCULATION: BRYAN SANDMEIER, , manager, • PRODUCTION: DAVID ATKINSON, manager, Salina 1-800-827-6383 ; Kansas SUBSCRIPTIONS ; EXTENSION 350 • NO PAPER?: If your paper doesn't arrive by 6:30 a.m. weekdays or 7 a.m. weekends and holidays, call your carrier or the number above. In Sallna, if you call by 10 a.m., your paper wlllbe delivered »; • that day. Out-of-town subscribers will , receive missed papers the following day. TMURDER Married man kills girlfriend and two sons By The Associated Press LOWELL, Mass. — A married U.J3. Air National Guard technical sergeant leading a "double life" killed his girlfriend and their two children, then drove 73 miles to the air base, where he stuffed the boys' bodies in. a backpack inside his looker, police said. feter Contos, 31, was arrested Sunday in the killings of his girl- fri|end, Catherine Rice, 35, and th^ir sons, Benjamin Rice, 4, and 2- month-old Ryan Contos. k neighbor's discovery of Catherine Rice's body in the bath- robm of her apartment on a tree- lii}ed residential street Saturday lecj police on a frantic all-night search for the children in this city northwest of Boston. Contos walked into the police station after being telephoned by detectives, but would not disclose the fate or the location of the two boys, according to police. The hunt ended early Sunday at the Otis Air National Guard Base, wliere Contos served as a technical sergeant in the 102nd Fighter WJng. Police did not provide a motive, but said Contos has been married for a year to another woman who was unaware he had a girlfriend arid two children. And his girl- fr;end, the police said, didn't know he; had a wife. |'He was living a double life," Lowell Police Superintendent Edward Davis said. Street fair Joy Wendt, Durham, N.C., walks past masks at a street fair in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Sunday. The Associated Press T OKLAHOMA BOMBING TRIAL Jury selection starts today for Nichols Prosecutors have kept secret information from Nichols' 9 % -hour talk By STEVEN K. PAULSON The Associated Press DENVER — The trial of Terry Nichols gets under way today with the search for jurors unaffected by the tears and testimony of the first Oklahoma City bombing trial, which ended with his co-defendant sentenced to death. Defense attorney Michael Tigar was turned down when he argued it was no longer possible to find an impartial jury in Colorado. U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch said it would be difficult to find anyone, anywhere who hadn't heard about the bombing case. Despite the difficulty of finding an impartial jury, defense attorney Scott Robinson said many T MILITARY BUDGET "In reality, Nichols' role in the bombing is largely unknown to the great unwashed public." Scott Robinson defense attorney for Terry Nichols people still don't know his client. "In reality, Nichols' role in the bombing is largely unknown to the great unwashed public," Robinson said. And prosecutors have been able to keep the most damaging information about Nichols — his own 9'/a-hour statement after turning himself in to police — mostly secret. Time magazine says in its Oct. 6 issue it obtained an official summary of that interrogation, and that some of his statements were "apparently false and contradictory." Attorneys and Matsch will select the panel of jurors from a pool of 500 prospects. The process is expected to last two weeks to a month, officials said. The prospective jurors already have filled out a lengthy questionnaire; their responses are sealed. Nichols was indicted two years ago on charges of conspiracy, use of a weapon of mass destruction, bombing federal property and murdering- eight federal law enforcement officers in the line of duty, all punishable by the death penalty. Timothy McVeigh was convicted of the same charges. Nichols' attorneys say he didn't know about the bombing ahead of time and cooperated with investigators after he turned himself in. And they say he was home at Herington, Kan., when the bomb went off at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995, killing 168 people and injuring more than 500 others. The explosion occurred on the second anniversary of the government's deadly siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, in which about 80 people died. Prosecutors have said McVeigh and Nichols planned the bombing to avenge those deaths. According to Time, Nichols said McVeigh was much more "hyped" about Waco than he was.. Prosecutors say Nichols played a key role, acquiring ammonium nitrate fertilizer and other bomb components, robbing a firearms dealer to finance the purchase of a racing fuel and the getaway car, and helping McVeigh steal explosives from a quarry. They also say Nichols helped McVeigh stash the getaway car in Oklahoma City three days before the blast. Robinson said Tigar will first try to show Nichols didn't know McVeigh was planning to. bomb the building, but if the evidence proves differently he'll argue in the penalty phase that Nichols wanted out. Clinton to test his line-item veto mettle Military budget is ripe with pork-barrel projects that could be vetoed By TOM RAUM Tlie Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Clinton pledged to use his line-item veto powers energetically to eliminate wasteful pork-barrel projects. But the politics of canceling key lawmakers' pet projects could complicate the pork chopping. Decision time is fast approaching. Clinton already has the first of 13 big spending bills for the fiscal, year starting Wednesday: a $9.2 billion military construction bill that critics claim is laden with scores of such projects. Within its pages is potential pork supported by, among others, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and the minority leader, Tom Daschle, and Democratic powerhouse Sen. Robert Byrd. A $247.7 billion appropriations bill to fund most other Pentagon programs also was finished by Congress late last week and is headed Clinton's way. Putting the president under additional pressure is a letter from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., outlining 129 "unnecessary construction projects" in the military construction bill not requested by the Pentagon. "It would send a pointed message to Congress from the commander-in-chief that this wasteful spending of defense dollars must stop," McClain wrote to the president. The Arizona Republican, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, estimated the bill contains about $1 billion worth of "pork." Clinton, as had Republican Presidents Reagan and Bush before him, eagerly sought the ability to eliminate individual projects, "line items," from spending and some tax bills. The president made the republic's first use of the power in August, striking three relatively obscure measures from a landmark five-year balanced-budget and tax- cut plan. He pledged to use the veto aggressively this fall on the spending bills. But does he really want to kill, for instance, a $6.8 million Army National Guard reserve center at Camp Dawson, W.Va., supported by Byrd, a former Senate majority leader with a reputation for bringing federal Investments into West Virginia. It's on McCain's list of excess not requested by the Pentagon. Ann Adler, a Byrd spokeswoman, said the senator, ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, considers the project important to his state. "It is something Sen. Byrd requested," she said and noted that although the center isn't in Clinton's Pentagon budget, it appears in the Defense Department's five- year plan. Or does Clinton want to risk alienating Republican leader Lott, whose help he needs to get "fast- track" trade legislation through Congress. The bill contains $36 million in low-priority Mississippi military construction projects that Clinton's budget did not request. "These are going to be some unusually personal decisions" for the president, said a White House aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity. V INDIAN BURIAL Body of chief laid to rest Sioux chief died in 1892 in London while with Wild West Show By The Associated Press WOLF CREEK, S.D. — The body,,! of Long Wolf, a Sioux chief who : .died 105 years ago in London; •. while traveling with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show, was buried atop a windswept hill in his ancestral land Sunday. "I'm very glad my grandfather is home. I feel very good now," said . Jessie Black Feather, 87, Long Wolfs closest living descendant. Long Wolf died of pneumonia in London in 1892. He was buried., with 17-month-old Star, also; known as White Star, who died:,, when she fell from a horse during- : a London performance. Jessie Black Feather's mother..,was 12 when Long Wolf died. Her mother returned to the United- States, but the body remained in England. Later, a British woman*; found a book that mentioned Long,; Wolfs life and burial. She tracked^' down his relatives, who had ther-- body exhumed last week and , flown to South Dakota. On Sunday, family members andj . others gathered at two tipis at Wolf Creek, a community 10 miles east, > of Pine Ridge, for the start of about i two hours of ceremonies. The cof-,, fin was in one of the tipis, surrounded by flowers. Several people •• 1. spoke during a ceremony that in-r included Christian gospel music. ,'".,.•• Then as a strong west wind blew, mourners followed the casf..- ; ket up a steep hill to the grave at»<. the Wolf Creek church's cemetery,.), stopping four tunes to acknowl-;,; edge the four directions. Tradi-!,; tional Lakota songs and prayers." preceded the burial. :- • Seven of the nine pallbearers were powwow dancers who wofe^ their traditional dance regalia..^ The other two were chiefs be-^' decked in feather bonnets. ' -: The original casket had disinte-"^ grated, so a replica of the original' > solid oak casket was built, holding ' the remains of both Long Wolf and Star. A plaque on top said, "June. ' 11,1892, 59 years old." An Oglala Sioux spiritual 1 " leader, Wilmer Mesteth, presided:'" • Mesteth, who had gone to England'i- for the exhumation, said he understood the need to return the body. -' "We were there just a few days and I longed to come home. That's • not our home. It's so different,'" Mesteth said. Tom Shortbull, president of;/ Oglala Lakota College, said most --. funerals are sad, but Sunday's was'" different. "Today we can celebrate for the Black Feather family, who have worked so long for this," he said. SPA REPAIR \We ao spa repairs on < \makes & models! , 823-POOil ll-800-Ad9-PtiJS* POOL'S PUJT for a discount on your State Farm auto insurance! when you buy another line of" insurance coverage from us. Don't mis.s this opportunity! 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