The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 16, 1981 · Page 1
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25 CENTS SALINA The Salina Journal SALINA, KANSAS, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1981 110th YEAR No. 320 18 Pages Brezhnev hints at disastrous Soviet harvest Journal Photo by J«lf Brltegam Athena Neahr is happy and healthy at 14 months. Behind her is croup tent donated by an AMBUCS club. Thanks to AAABUCS members' concern 'Miracle baby' Athena beats long odds By JOHN SCHMJEDELER Staff Writer "I was so discouraged," said Mrs. Rebecca Neahr, "I got up and walked out of the room. "When I came back (into the Asbury Hospital waiting room), Bill (Rebecca's husband) was talking with another man — Ken Murray — and he said he belonged to a group which might be able to help us'. "He said he didn't want to give us false hope, but he would bring our problem before the club. About two weeks later, we had the croup tent for Athena." Athena is BUI and Becky's brighUyed 14-month- old daughter. lone LaOrange, her great-grandmother, calls her "our miracle baby." What Murray, 860 Highland, and the group to which he belongs — the Red Baron Chapter of the Salina AMBUCS — were able to do has been a godsend for the Neahrs and the "miracle baby." Athena was born Aug. 31, 1980, at Asbury 10 to 12 weeks prematurely. She weighed one pound and 15 ounces. That she survived at all beat tremendous odds. "The obstetrician told me not to get my hopes up. Another doctor said if her liver and lungs had developed, there was a chance," Mrs. Neahr said. Heart surgery Within two hours after birth, Athena was flown to University Hospital at Omaha where there is a neonatal intensive care unit. She stayed for nearly two months, returning to Asbury on Oct. 21, 1980. Nineteen days after her birth, she underwent heart surgery. On Nov. 21, Athena, then nearly three months old and weighing five pounds, left the hospital for the Neahrs' snug home at 942 Pearl. But there were problems. Athena is subject to bronchial spasms which, if left untreated, can quickly lead to pneumonia. It meant repeated returns to the hospital where a croup tent — a device which fills a plastic tent with a fine, warm mist — allowed Athena to breathe more easily. One of those discouraging hospital trips was made Sept. 2. If only the Neahrs could afford a croup tent, they could keep their baby at home. But the device costs $1,800, a figure out of range for the young couple. That's what Bill and Becky were talking about when Murray overheard them. The Red Barons did thereat. - Athena doesn't need the croup tent all the time while sleeping. Her mother believes it might be needed more when winter sets in. "The other day, she was turning blue around the lips, and I used the tent. She slept for several hours and was all right." Athena is a cheerful little crawler, inquisitive as all babies are, and, understandably, has special meaning for her young parents. "We talked to the chaplain at Asbury," Becky said, "and he told us a sick child often makes or breaks a marriage. I think our baby has brought us closer. Of course, I loved Bill or I wouldn't have (See BABY, Page 2) MOSCOW (UP.I) - Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev Monday foreshadowed a disastrous 1981 grain harvest, telling the nation that food was its major economic and political problem in the coming years. Brezhnev, addressing a closed plenary session of the Communist Partys Central Committee, did not disclose the precise 1981 grain harvest — expected to be the worst in at least six years. But he laid the groundwork for bad news when he said, "The food problem ii, economically and politically, the central problem of the five-year plan." Brezhnev mixed dire agricultural news with a message of hope in the field of energy production when he said, "The resources possessed by the country enable it to be confident about the future." Diplomatic analysts said Brezhnev's failure to announce the nations total summer grain crop, which has already been harvested, indicated a major shortfall from the target production of 236 million tons. The report to the Central Committee plenum must be approved by the Supreme Soviet, the nation's rubberstamp parliament, which meets Tuesday in the Kremlin. "The five-year plan began with a year of poor crops," Brezhnev said. "But this cannot and should not shake our determination to achieve a speedy and stable growth of food production. The plenary session of the Soviet Communist Party Central Committee handles promotions and dismissals in the party leadership. The plenum precedes by one day the regularly scheduled meeting of the Supreme Soviet. Kremlin watchers have been expecting no major changes in the party leadership, but they were puzzled Nov. 7 when two important political figures — Viktor Grishin and Boris Ponomarev — failed to show up for the annual Revolution Day parade. Attendance at the parade is a reaffirmation of political security. Absence usually is caused only by illness or impending political downfall. There as been no official indication since the Revolution Day parade whether Grishin, 67, or Ponomarev, 76, were ill. But unofficial Soviet sources said they had been. Today Today is Monday, Nov. 16, the 320th day of 1981 with 45 to follow. Famed American composer W. C. Handy, known as the "Father of the Blues," was born Nov. 16, 1873. American actor Burgess Meredith also was born on this date in 1909. AUo on this date in history: In 1806, Zebulon M. Pike was in Kansas exploring the navigability of the Arkansas River. Inside CONTROVERSY continues to swirl around top Reagan aides. Page 2. "WITH friends like these, who needs enemies?" Editorial comment, Page 4. OKT can operate old Rock Island Railroad line. Page 8. DELANEY sets mark as Chiefs roll to victory over Oilers. Page 11. NEBRASKA eyes win over Oklahoma. Page 11. JETS continue winning ways. Page 11. Area News 8 Comics 17 Courts 9 Crossword 15 Deaths 9 Dr. Donohue ..18 Fam. Circus..,.? Hospitals 9 Weather Living 6 Local 9,10 Markets 9 Opinion.... 4 Sports 11-13 TV-Films 14 Want-Ads...15-17 Weather 9 KANSAS: Clearing tonight. Sunny Tuesday- Lows tonight 40 northwest to upper 40s southeast. Highs Tuesday in the upper 60s northeast to the mid 70s southwest. Hinckley attempts suicide in jail cell WASHINGTON (UPI) - Accused presidential assailant John W. Hinckley Jr. apparently used a piece of cardboard from a box of crackers to jam the lock of his jail cell before trying to hang himself Sunday, law enforcement sources said Monday. Sources said Hinckley probably jammed the lock on the door in brief moments that U.S. marshals who keep a 24-hour watch over him were changing shifts at the Army base at Fort Meade, Md. Hinckley, 26, was lilted in stable condition at the bate hospital Monday following the attempt — for the second time-to take nil life. Law enforcement sources said U.S. marshals, watching Hinckley from outside his cell and also on a closed circuit television monitor, saw him attempt to tie a cotton military-style jacket around the window bars for an apparent noose. When they inserted the key into the lock of his cell, it simply shoved the cardboard further into the keyhole. One of the U.S. marshals at the cell ran outside to the window where Hinckley had tied his Jacket and cut him loose, according to sources. John W. Hinckley Jr. The sources said the keyhole apparently was jammed from the outside with a piece of cardboard from a box of crackers Hinckley had kept in his cell. "He was breathing as far as we can tell (when marshals reached him)," sources said. "He never stopped breathing. He did resist to some extent when we got in there." The sources said Hinckley probably was hanging by his jacket around his neck for three to five minutes before U.S. marshals cut him down. The sources said Hinckley was aware he was being watched constantly by guards. Sources said U.S. marshals will restrict further what material Hinckley has access to in the wake of his second suicide attempt. In May, Hinckley took an overdose of Tylenol, an aspirin substitute, in an apparent attempt to harm himself. Monty missed, despite appetite GAINSVILLE, Fla. (UPI) — Bennett Boggess, whose pet python tried to swallow his head, says he has sold the 14-foot snake for $500. Boggess was feeding the snake, named Monty, a live rabbit in September when she opened her jaws and clamped them down over Boggess' head. Three of the python's teeth later were removed from the 23-year- old hospital clerk's forehead. Boggess says Monty's new owner is Larry Durrance of Tampa. "There's a big empty space where her cage used to be, but I think it's for the best," he told UPI. , " Sr. Isabelle Marie Finn Journal Photo Neighbors... Students' success reward enough for Sr. Isabelle Marie By BECCY TANNER Features Editor She is all she should be. From the tip of her wimple to the soles of her black shoes, Sister Isabelle Marie Finn is a woman who thrives on challenges. And yes, it may sound hokey, but give her a seed and she'll mother it through planthood. Give her a student and she'll see they become doctors and lawyers, businessmen and bankers. It's her business. She's doing her job and she is all she should be. And who is this woman? Well, it's a little like extracting impacted wisdom teeth to make this Sacred Heart instructor talk about herself. She'll talk about her students, talk about her profession, talk about anything else but Sister Isabelle Marie Finn. "I feel working with people, working especially with young people and seeing what they become is enough of a reward for me," Sr. Isabelle said. "I don't know any other way than to say that when I see my former students being everything they were meant to be, then that gives me my success." ' And where has that philosophy gotten her? She is one o( four fiiuOiite for the 1982 Kan- Mi Teacher of th* Year award. The next question brings an unusual response. "My age? You've got to be kidding; you really want to know my age? Well, I'm not going to tell you," Sr. Isabelle said. "And there is a reason for that. I'll tell you, students when they find out how old a person is, aren't quite as respectful. Now, I'm not (See SISTER, Page 2) t

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