The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 22, 1996 · Page 10
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 10

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, January 22, 1996
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B4 MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 1996 NEWS THE SALINA JOURNAL BRIEFLY T BOSNIA Plane crash .victims' home burglarized LINCOLN, Neb. — Several days after a couple died in a plane crash, a burglar broke into their home, drugging their dog and stealing belongings. Mike and Christina Wallen were killed along with their pilot on Jan. 14 when their single-engine plane crashed outside Lincoln. On Thursday, relatives discovered that a burglar had taken property valued at about $600, including collections of Barbie dolls and Cabbage Patch doUs in their original cartons. The burglar also turned off the furnace, allowing water pipes to freeze and burst, and drugged the couple's hunting dog. The dog recovered, relatives said. Police arrested a man Saturday and recovered "most of the missing property," said police Lt. Steve Imes. He did not know if the man. knew the occupants of the house had died. German tourist beaten to death in Florida RAMROD KEY, Fla. — Tourism officials in the Florida Keys are trying to quell fears about a resurgence of violence aimed at visitors after a German tourist was beaten to death, allegedly by an Ohio man. Rainier Puerzer, 21, Oberwiesenacker, Germany, was beaten to death in the parking lot of a Ramrod Key resort early Thursday, said Becky Herrin, a spokeswoman for the Monroe County Sheriffs Office. Puerzer met Mark Howard, a 21-year-old construction worker, late Wednesday at the resort's bar. After several hours of drinking, Howard returned to his hotel room and told a roommate that he had been in a fight, police said. An autopsy showed Puerzer died from being hit in the head several times with a blunt object. University names Powell to its board WASHINGTON -r- Howard University has named retired Gen. Colin Powell to its board of trustees. The appointment, announced Saturday, was a coup for Howard, one of the nation's best known historically black schools. Since deciding against running for the U.S. presidency, Powell has accepted only a few of the dozens of offers of board appointments from schools, foundations and businesses. Powell also has agreed to serve on the boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Children's Health Fund, a group that cares for homeless and poor children. "I look forward to working with (university) President Pat Swygert as he builds upon Howard's great legacy among historically black colleges and uni- versitiesi as well as its legacy as one of the leading universities in the nation," Powell said in a statement. CBS denies delayed response for GOP WASHINGTON — CBS became the second network to turn down an unusual request from Republican leaders, who want their response to President Clinton's State of the Union speech to air a day later in prime time. The network considers it in the public's interest to air both the president's speech and the GOP response Tuesday night, Andrew Heyward, president of CBS News, said Sunday. "We feel strongly that these two events have been linked through long tradition for a very good reason," Heyward wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and House Speaker Newt Gingrich. "Presenting the two speeches back-to-back will ensure the widest possible audience for both points of view," Heyward wrote. ABC turned down the Republicans' request last week. Death-row inmates gets bachelor's degree PLAINFIELD, Vt. — Death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal was awarded a bachelor of arts degree in psychology Sunday from a small college, earning about half of his credits from prison. "This day has truly been long in coming, several decades long, in fact. That it is here borders on the miraculous," Abu-Jamal said in a statement read by his son, Jamal, who was present to accept the degree. Abu-Jamal, a former reporter and Black Panther, was convicted of the December 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner and was scheduled to die by injection in August. A judge granted him an indefinite stay of execution and he is seeking a second trial. • From Wire Service Reports Tribunal to receive war crime evidence NATO promises to protect investigators at alleged mass grave sites around Bosnia By TERRENCE PETTY The Associated Press "We believe there are up to 7,000 missing, and I'm afraid their fate could very well be very clear from the mass graves and mass executions we've heard about in the area" GLOGOVA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — New evidence that Serb militias massacred up to 7,000 Bosnian Muslims will be handed over to the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal, a top U.S. official said Sunday. John Shattuck, the assistant secretary of state for human rights, was in eastern Bosnia collecting evidence, interviewing survivors and checking conditions that war crimes investigators will face in the coming weeks. "We believe there are up to 7,000 missing, and I'm afraid their fate could very well be very clear from the mass graves and mass executions we've heard about in the area," he said. Shattuck said survivors have named the abandoned, bombed-out village of Glogova, nestled among snowy hills, as the grave of those killed in one of the worst of the al- Jbhn Shattuck assistant secretary of state leged war crimes. "Up to 2,000 people were herded into a warehouse and then fired upon by grenades and other weapons, and anyone who was left was shot when they left" the town of Kravice, just up the road, Shattuck said. Kravice was part of the eastern Muslim enclave of Srebrenica that was overrun by the Bosnian Serb forces on July 11, 1995. Shattuck did not explain how or why the bodies were moved from Kravice to Glogo- va. Shattuck said he could see blood spatters and massive holes hi the warehouse from the heavy weapons and grenades. "Two thousand missing people very near- by could mean that up to 2,000 people could be buried in this mass grave," Shattuck said. •He predicted diggers would begin work at Glogova with .the spring thaw. The war crimes tribunal in The Hague and other human rights investigators have been worried that evidence of graves and possible war crimes could be tampered with the longer the sites are left outside international control. NATO officials promised Sunday to protect investigators at alleged mass graves around Bosnia and watch for attempts to tamper with the sites. Until now, Bosnian Serbs had blocked outsiders from visiting sites where they are accused of burying thousands of bodies. But Sunday, Shattuck commended his Bosnian Serb hosts as being a "model of cooperation." ;; "We have had security provided by Bosnian Serb and Serbian authorities," he said. "I have had no restrictions on-the places I've gone." Shattuck also toured Nova Kasaba, another reputed mass grave, and Konjevic Polje, where witnesses say 200 people were, shot as they tried to flee along the road. In the town of Karakaj, Shattuck said his team looked at a school house and gymnasium where Muslims were reportedly held before being taken out in groups of 30 and shot before open pits. "This is the evidence many eyewitnesses have provided," he said. Other reputed sites are at nearby Bratunac and an'abandoned mine near Pri- jedor in the northwest. The war crimes tribunal, a U.N.-appointed court based in The Hague, the Netherlands, was losing hope that NATO forces would help secure mass grave sites and arrest indicted war criminals. The Associated Press Delegates engage in group discussion at the National Issues Convention In Austin, Texas, Sunday. Voters challenged by talking Researcher experiments with 'deliberative poll' that helps inform voters about issues By ERNEST TOLLERSON The New York Times AUSTIN, Texas — When Donna Oliver went into her small-group discussions at the National Issues Convention here, she walked into a room with 14 other carefully chosen Americans not expecting her Southern Baptist beliefs, including her opposition to abortion, to be shaken. Now, after a weekend of immersion in issues and dialogue with her fellow members of Group 25, Oliver says she is "pro- life" but with a footnote. "But I have heard some horrendous tales about child abuse," she said at dinner Saturday night, midway through the weekend of talk and questioning that made up an experiment in polling. "Why give life if you're going to kill it? I'm still pro-life but I've opened my mind to rea- sons" why abortion might be a reasonable option. Oliver discovered the "gray areas" of the abortion issue. And like her peers in Group 25, she found it was possible for citizens to have thoughtful, in-depth conversations about issues without the kind of partisanship politicians often engage in. The brainchild of Prof. James Fishkin of the University of Texas, this three-day deliberative poll that concluded Sunday was an experiment intended to collect the conclusions American voters would reach if they had an opportunity to study and discuss issues intensively, not just react to campaign sound bites and candidates' television ads. Results of the preconvention survey of 912 potential delegates, small group discussions and the end-of-convention survey of 459 actual delegates are to be released in the days ahead. Fishkin's experiment is one of several novel projects intended to introduce more deliberation into decision-making by voters. The deliberative poll is his attempt to combat the notion that it is acceptable "to be rationally ignorant" because politics take a backseat to everyday concerns. As a result of the deliberative poll process, Bill Kaiser of Scottsdale, Ariz., said he discovered a new rationale for the nation's role abroad. "The U.S. used to use the threat of communism to deploy itself," he said. Now he believes Washington ought to use its power to fight another big threat, world pollution. "Voting does not strike Americans as an effective way to relate to government," said David Matthews, president of the Kettering Foundation which produced the nonpartisan issues material for delegates. He said the deliberative poll experiment was a cross between direct democracy, which is long on participation, and representative democracy, which is big on deliberation. "This is the mean between the two," he said. "The democratic system really does. n't work unless people face up to choices before people vote on candidates." T FOREIGN RELATIONS U.S. tells of arms in Austria Weapons hidden for years out of fear of Soviet Union takeover By The Associated Press VIENNA, Austria — Fearful of a Soviet takeover after World War II, the United States hid at least 79 weapons caches in Austria for anti-communist partisans. Now the American ambassador has apologized for not telling the current government about them. An unspecified number of weapons, pistols and explosives were hidden by U.S. occupation troops in the 1950s, the Kurier newspaper reported Sunday. U.S. Ambassador Swanee Hunt told Austrian Chancellor Franz Vranitkzy and President Thomas Klestil about the sites Saturday. "I would like to apologize that Austria was informed so late about the matter," Hunt said. "This is a relic from the Cold War." Vranitkzy said he was astonished Austria had been left in the dark for so long. The belated disclosure "does not correspond with the excellent level of our countries' relations," the chancellor said. He said it was imperative "to find the places of these caches together with the U.S. authorities as soon as possible." Hunt promised within days to provide details on the sites, which [ are said to be concentrated in the i western province of Salzburg. She said they did not pose danger. i However, Fritz Molden, a for-, mer Austrian journalist, said Sun-, day that the secret weapons depots were established at the initiative of, the Austrian government led by Chancellor Leopold Figl, and planning for them began in 1948. He claimed that some depots were also placed in the Soviet occupation zone in eastern Austria. Molden said he had acted as a liaison between the Americans and the postwar Austrian government. However, it was not clear why the information was not handed down to subsequent governments. THE CONCORDE Jet in debt Speedy luxury aircraft celebrates 20th birthday By WILLIAM J. KOLE The Associated Press PARIS — The needle-nosed Concorde, a technological breakthrough when it first took to the skies, marked its 20th birthday Sunday searching for more passengers. Traveling at twice the speed of sound, 53,943 passengers flew the supersonic luxury jet's Paris-to- New York leg in 1995. But the Concorde is moving at a snail's pace in erasing the $7 billion it took to put it in the air on Jan. 21,1976, when it made its first commercial run from Paris to Rio de Janeiro, via Dakar, Senegal. "Technically, we could fly until 2015. But the more time that passes, the more expensive it gets to run," said Franck Debouck, in charge of Concorde operations at Air France. The state-run airline won't say just how deeply the Concorde is mired in debt, but says it is content for now to absorb the red ink. Those linked to the airline puffed I The Associated Press On its 20th birthday, the Concorde is a long way from erasing the $7 billion it took to put the plane in the air. with pride Sunday as a Concorde roared from Paris to New York on a ceremonial birthday flight. "I spent the most beautiful years of my life thanks to this plane," said Edouard Chemel, a seven-year Concorde pilot for Air France. "Its beauty is immortal. At all the airports on the planet, the Concorde has always been an attraction." Operated by Air France and British Airways, the Concorde travels at more than 1,350 miles an •hour — a speed known as Mach 2, or twice the speed of sound. It can carry up to 128 passengers across the Atlantic in just three hours. It has been the pride of France, developed in the 1960s during the space race, yet enduring in the 1990s as a sleek symbol of technological know-how. Only 16 of the jets were made. V CRIME Actor robbed at home; two men apprehended By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Actor Harry Dean Stanton wds tied up and robbed in his house by gunmen who forced their way in, loaded his car with electronic goods and drove off, police said Sunday. Two men were arrested. Stanton was struck on the face with a gurt and slightly injured when three robbers entered his Mulholland Drive home Saturday night, Detective Mel Arnold said. The robbers forced Stanton, 69, into his bedroom at gunpoint, bound him and then loaded electronic goods and other items into his 1995 Lexus. Stanton, whose lengthy film credits range from "How The STANTON West Was Won" to "Paris, Texas," freed himself and called police after the gunmen left. The car was outfitted with a security tracking device and police found it two hours later in North Hollywood. As officers watched the car, another vehicle arrived, someone got out, went over to the Lexus and drove off. Police chased the car and captured the driver after he crashed into a parked car and tried to run away. They also arrested the driver of the second vehicle, which was stolen. Alberto Guerro, 20, and Jose Enrique Rivera, 18. both of North Hollywood, were arrested on suspicion of robbery. Stanton's films include "Cool Hand Luke," "The Godfather, Part II," "Alien," "Private Benjamin," "The Last Temptation of Christ" and "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me."

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