The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 22, 1996 · Page 1
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The campaign Pole's longevity praised during New Hampshire stop/A6 Back home Jayhawks, Sooners hope for improved play/61 tf. are... /A2 ! And the winners • Rural explorers: ciub enjoys the small communities of Kansas / A3 Mgh:43 Low: 10 Turning colder this afternoon, 20 percent chance for sleet /B7 Ann Landers / B7 Classified/B5 Comics/B8 Crossword / B8 Deaths / AS Great Plains/A3 Sports / B1 Viewpoints / A4 Sal i mi Journal -rr.-' MOPW5AY JANUARY 22, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents V SLOT MACHINES Charities gain from gambling Some support slot machines in Kansas to keep money in state By SHARON MONTAGUE The SaUna Journal As the debate over slot machines marches into a third session of the Kansas Legislature, directors of charitable organizations are trumpeting it in. Legislators considering allowing voters to decide whether slot machines should be allowed in Kansas are receiving letters, phone calls and visits from people such as Pat Ackley, director of Salina's Hotline-Crisis Information and Referral. Ackley favors slot machines as a way to boost revenue at racetracks, which are required to give a percentage of their profits to charitable organizations. Hotline has received about $9,000 from the Woodlands in Kansas City over the past two years. Ackley said Kansans are playing slot machines anyway — on riverboats in Missouri — so why not let them play in Kansas so the money can stay in Kansas? Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas received about $1,500 two years ago from Wichita Greyhound Park, said Sandy Wilcox, executive assistant. DVACK has no official stance . on slot machines or gambling. . But Wilcox said that, in her opinion, "If they're doing something good for the community with some of that money, I think that's fine. 1 "People are going to gamble whether they have it here in Kansas or not. We might as well keep that money in Kansas." ; Tim Keithley, director of communications for the Woodlands in Kansas City and a representative of the Kansas Racetrack Alliance, said that without slot machines, the Kansas racetracks won't be able to compete with Missouri riverboat casinos. And if the racetracks fail, charities will lose a source of funding. But others say charitable contributions made by racetracks don't outweigh the possible evils gambling could bring to the state. Bryan Anderson, administrator of Ashby House, said taking money derived from gambling would be "contrary to what we try to work with our folks on." Ashby House works with homeless families, helping them recover financially and find homes. "The reason many of them are in financial difficulties is because they haven't spent their money wisely," Anderson said. "Gambling could contribute to that." See SLOTS, Page A5 Water Woes Flooding reaches Ohio River cities; waters begin to recede elsewhere The Associated Press Cars litter a parking lot Sunday along the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh following a weekend of flooding that sent Ice, water and mud Into streets, businesses and homes. By ROGER PETTERSON The Associated Press Flooding on the Ohio River forced hundreds of people from their homes Sunday, while residents of flooded towns upstream in Pennsylvania and upstate New York scraped mud from soaked homes and historical monuments. The past week's burst of flooding, snow, ice and cold had been blamed for at least 36 deaths from the Plains into New England. In upstate New York, five members of one family died when a washed-out road sent their car into a reservoir. "It's just a big puddle of soup," said Tami Taylor of Harrisburg, Pa., whose 13-story apartment building was closed by floodwaters. "It looks like there's 10 feet of water in there, at least." Officials in many areas had not fully measured the damage. "It's like ffie"'flrsfWgcinct to vote in New Hampshire for the presidential election," said Don Maurer of the New York state Office of Emergency Management. "Those first returns don't tell you a heck of a lot." President Clinton on Sunday declared Pennsylvania a disaster area because of the flooding. The Ohio River crested Sunday at several spots along West Virginia's Northern Panhandle. Wheeling Island, a low-lying, urban enclave of some 3,500 residents connected by bridge to Wheeling, W.Va., was 95 percent under water as the Ohio rose 10 feet out of its banks before beginning to recede. About 700 people fled the island. • "Every home on the island is "It's just a big puddle of soup. It looks like there's 10 feet of water in there, at least" Taml Taylor talking about her apartment building in Harrisburg, Pa. damaged," said Gene Barker, Ohio County deputy director of emergency services. Island resident Thelma Schramm spent her 63rd birthday watching the flood from a fifth-floor hotel room. "I told everyone I got a flood for my birthday," Schramm said. "It's sad. My husband and I (are) retired, and I think maybe it's time for. an apartment." Joe DeBeni stood in a neighbor's yard looking""at his own house, which was surrounded by several feet of water. "I just finished remodeling it," DeBeni said. "We lost our motor home. We had to leave everything in the basement, all of our tools, our tractors, everything. It's gone. There's no insurance." Downstream, the Ohio was 3 feet above flood level Sunday at Parkersburg, W.Va., forcing more people from their homes, and it was expected to rise an additional 3 feet. Flooding had largely abated and cleanup was under way Sunday elsewhere in West Virginia and in much of Pennsylvania, the western edge of New Jersey and New York state. T BUDGET SHOWDOWN House leader firm on debt ceiling ByJIMABRAMS The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Contradicting other Republican leaders, House Majority Leader Dick Armey said Congress will refuse to raise the federal debt ceiling next month unless President Clinton agrees to GOP budget-cutting measures. Armey's statements on NBC's "Meet the Press" put Republicans on a collision course with the White House that could bring the fiscal integrity of the country into question. House Republicans have been reluctant to pass funding measures for the 1996 budget and raise the debt ceiling until the White House moves closer to the Republicans' seven-year balanced budget plan. It's unlikely there will be progress in settling the differences before President Clinton delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday. "Let's not play games with the future of this country or the economy of this country," White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta said later, warning that Clinton would not accept a debt limit extension with strings attached. Last week, House Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich, R-Ohio, gave assurances that Republicans would extend the government's borrowing authority before Feb. 15, when interest due to bondholders would push the debt beyond the current $4.9 trillion limit. "John Kasich's willingness to vote for it to the contrary, it's not coming through the House unless it carries with it something that is a substantial share of our agenda of decreasing the size and the intrusiveness of government," said Armey, R-Texas. The Associated Press Rep. Dick Armey says Congress won't give In to the president. Swinging in Salina DAVIS TURNER/The Salina Journal Taffany Ruiz, 5 (center), swings while sandwiched upside down between her cousins Martha Lee Luclo, 2, on her left and Elizabeth Luclo, 4, on her right. Susy Ruiz, 9, was the designated pusher of the porch swing at the Salina home on Sunday morning. 4 i? V CANCER FIGHT Hijacking hero copes with illness Former pilot who kept cool during hijacking faces a more serious ordeal By The Associated Press ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — John Testrake, the pilot who received international praise for his handling of a plane hijacking, is fighting terminal cancer with the same calm and faith in God. When he gets depressed about his condition, the retired Trans World Airlines pilot turns to a favorite Bible passage, etched into a crystal bowl on the coffee table in his St. Joseph home. The passage reads, in part: "Be strong and of a good courage. Fear not, for the Lord goes with you. He will not fail you, nor forsake you." Said Testrake, "That's just God's way of saying, 'I'm in your corner.' " Testrake came to the world's attention on June 14,1985, when Islamic extremists hijacked Flight 847 on the way from Athens to ^o "I was held hostage on an airplane. Now I'm being held hostage in this body." John Testrake St. Joseph, Mo., resident Passengers and crew members were held hostage for several days. One Navy diver was killed, but the rest of the passengers were unharmed. Through it all, Testrake and other crew members kept level heads. They fooled their captors into thinking the plane couldn't fly, which helped stymie the hijackers. The most enduring image of the ordeal was Testrake being interviewed in the cockpit with a terrorist's pistol held at his temple. Testrake was finally freed after 17 days. On his way home to Missouri, he was asked if he ever worried acjput hi- jackers killing him. "I didn't have any fear at the time," he replied. Testrake, 68, became a national celebrity after he was released and he was in high demand as a lecturer. After coming home from a speaking tour on Independence Day weekend in 1994, Testrake noticed that it was taking him a long time to recover. A doctor advised Testrake to get intensive tests. Those tests revealed cancer in different spots throughout his torso. Because the cancer wasn't isolated, Testrake's options were limited. Surgery removed only part of the cancer. Doctors recommended against chemotherapy and Testrake didn't want it. His first wife had died of cancer and he had seen the negative effects the treatments had on her. So now all Testrake can do is wait. ; "The thought I get is that I was held hostage there on an airplane. Now I feel like I'm being held hostage in this body," Testrake told The Kansas City Star. J ._

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