The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 29, 1997 · Page 6
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 6

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, September 29, 1997
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I AB MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 29, 1997 INTERNATIONAL THE SALINA JOURNAL Photos by The Associated Press An Indonesian woman, right, burns rice paddy stubble Saturday on the outskirts of Pontlanak, the capital of West Kaliman- tan, causing further haze. Visibility In the area Is limited to about 330 feet because of out-of-control forest fires. Bodies to be buried in mass grave Two Indonesian women console themselves after Identifying bodies of plane crash victims at a hospital In Medan. All bodies have been found but not flight data recorders By ALI KOTARUMALOS Tlie Associated Press MEDAN, Indonesia — Heartbroken relatives roamed among coffins and cloaked body parts in a jungle morgue Sunday, trying to find loved ones killed in Indonesia's worst air crash before unidentified victims are buried in graves with no names. Nearly 50 bodies, mutilated beyond recognition, were readied for a mass funeral today in a cemetery that already memorializes plane crash victims. Authorities said 187 victims had been identified. All 234 people aboard, including four Americans, were killed when the Garuda Airlines Airbus A3000B-4 slammed into the jungle near haze- shrouded Medan airport Friday afternoon. The crash was one in a string of disasters to hit the country in recent days. All bodies had been recovered from the jungle undergrowth and mud, Maj. Gen. Rizal Nurdin said late Sunday. He said soldiers continued searching for the flight data recorders, which could explain why the plane went down during its approach to the airport. Visibility-reducing smog caused by forest and brush fires on Indonesia is one of the possible causes being investigated. T ISRAEL Dark mood in Israel cancels **• * birthday basil Israel had planned to celebrate its golden anniversary in big style By DAN PERRY Tlie Associated Press TEL AVIV, Israel — The Jewish year 5758 was going to be one long party, marking a century since the founding of the Zionist movement and 50 years since the tumultuous, exhilarating establishment of Israel. Instead, plans for a year-long commemoration are falling apart, undermined by a nationwide funk, a deepening economic crisis and worsening social divisions. The $70 million initially earmarked for events marking Israel's golden anniversary has been slashed to $14 million. And in the past three weeks, the key officials involved in the celebrations all resigned from the planning committee. First came Tourism Minister Moshe Katsav, the celebrations' czar; then retired Gen. Yossi Peled, the committee head; and finally chief producer Haim Slotsky. They cited "professional disagreements," which seemed to boil down to one key problem: The Iranian-born Katsav was far more sympathetic than his European- descended colleagues to charges that the celebration plans promoted an excessively Western image of the Jewish state. There also were charges of mismanagement, with the newspaper Maariv accusing the top officials of handing out jobs to friends and using the official facilities for private business. Slotsky hired his personal spokeswoman and accountant to work for the committee and' awarded the right to produce one of the events to his business partner, Maariv said. Racheli Goldblatt, spokes- Peace talks may be back on track soon By The Associated Press > < JERUSALEM — After six months of violence and recriminations, Israel and the Palestinians said Sunday they expect peace talks to resume soon following new signs of flexibility from both sides. ; Prime Minister Benjartifii Netanyahu said the Palestinians had made "first, preliminary steps" toward fighting terrorism. He also ordered $17 million in frozen tax revenues — about half whatjs- rael owes the Palestinian Authority — be released. Israel cut off tax payments torthe Palestinians after two suicide bombings in Jerusalem. In another conciliatory gesture, Israel announced late Sunday more workers from the West Bank and Gaza who had been barred from Israel would be permitted to enter Israel beginning today.' woman for the organizing commit tee, said there was no legal re quirement to take bids for 'con, tracted work, and Slotsky chosi professionals. The Tourism Ministry's spokesman, Motti Shilo, said the celebrations are merely being scaled down, not scrapped. ' But the national mood is skeptical about the need to party. "We can already determine that the 50th celebrations are a cake that didn't rise," wrote newspaper columnist Nahum Barnea. '•'"'•• T ITALY Survivors struggle after quake Thousands of homeless Italians try to cope with losses after earthquake By The Associated Press ASSISI, Italy — A few tourist buses pulled in. The people who live here, their churches damaged, went to outdoor Masses. And the Franciscan order ordained a new brother. Three days after a pair of earthquakes jolted central Italy, Sunday brought the first signs of people struggling to return to normal life. Thousands in the Umbria and Marche regions had to spend a second night out of their homes, many in tents and campers. Disaster relief officials said 5,000 people were homeless, and space for more than twice that was provided because many houses suffered some kind of damage. Some hill towns were almost completely razed by the quakes, which killed 10 people. The government raised $465 mil- T BOSNIA lion in aid for the affected areas. "Even though in this moment my soul is divided between joy and suffering, I invite all of you to rejoice in life and have hope," Bishop Sergio Goretti of Assisi told 200 people in a parking lot full of tents. Goretti ordained a young Filipino brother. In Fabriano, 25 miles away, Bishop Luigi Scuppa told worshipers in the town's public gardens: "We are alive and for this we thank the Lord." One of the worst hit churches was the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, where plunging sections of ceiling killed four people during the second of two quakes Friday. The victims, a Franciscan friar, a novice of the order and two technicians, were in a group inspecting damage to frescoes from the earlier jolt when they were killed. The second jolt completely destroyed frescoes by early master Cimabue and followers of the Italian master Giotto. A cycle depicting the life of St. Francis, attributed by many to Giotto, suffered cracks, and a 3-foot fissure opened in the bell tower. The family of one of the technicians, Bruno Brunacci, 40, was angry that he was called to inspect the basilica when it had been closed to the public, and was considering legal action. "If they didn't let tourists enter, why the technicians? Why without precautions and without first verifying safety conditions?" Brunacci's sister Antonella was quoted by the La Stampa daily of Turin as saying. Brunacci and the other technician, Claudio Bugiantella, 45, were buried Sunday in Assisi. A few tourists braved the continuing minor aftershocks. "We knew about the earthquake, but we decided to come anyway," said Tony Anning, 67, a retired professor from Bristol, England, who traveled here with a group of 46 others. "Assisi was to be the highlight of our trip. We would have loved to do the basilica, but it will have to be on our next visit." Salina Journal In a random survey of 300 USD #305 adult residents, telephone polls and mail-in surveys were used to find out how Salinans learn of information concerning the Salina c kf Rival leaders keep up war of words By The Assoc lated Press SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — The Bosnian Serb president used her first television broadcast into land controlled by her rival Radovan Karazic to accuse him of robbing his people of millions of dollars. Biljana Plavsic took to the TV screens for almost two hours Saturday night, the first time in her power struggle with Karadzic that her broadcasts were seen across the entire Bosnian Serb republic, even in eastern Bosnia, which is under his sway. The divided Bosnian Serb leadership agreed Wednesday to settle their dispute through new elections this fall. They also agreed to end the war between their rival media by alternating region-wide television broadcasts each day between Karadzic's stronghold Pale, just outside Sarajevo, and Plavsic's base in Banja Luka, in northwestern Bosnia. Previously, pro-Karadzic media broadcast to the portion of the Serb republic he controls and pro- Plavsic media in the territory she controls. But the war of words between the parties continued to gather steam on Sunday. The ruling Serb Democratic Party, from which Plavsic defected last month, accused the president of slander and demagoguery in her TV address. "Her office is currying favor with foreigners and pushing us to accept things we're not obliged to," the party leadership said in a statement read over Bosnian Serb state radio. Karadzic is a staunch Serb separatist, and his supporters have resisted attempts to integrate Croats, Muslims and Serbs in Bosnia under terms of the Dayton peace agreement. Plavsic, a nationalist in her own right, has proven more cooperative with international officials hoping to impose terms of the agreement, signed in Paris in 1995 to end the 3'/a-year Bosnian war. MAURE WEIGH Auto - Home Insurance Phone 827-2906 __J15 East Iron CMWOU HAMILTON 1-WO-M4-4I57 FMffbttMtf Salina Journal >^j^^ http^/ww\v^aljounial,coni/saliiia/claW EMI: sjciass@sayournaLcom Source of Information Percentage polled by phone 64% 29% 26% 12% 10% 10% 4% Percentage polled by mail 92% 60% 58% 57% 30% 62% 27% Newspaper Friends/ Family Students/Children Radio Television Teachers PTA meetings <t

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