The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 22, 1981 · Page 21
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 21

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, November 22, 1981
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Sunday, November 22,1981 — The Salina Journal Page 21 FACT or FICTION: Theologian doubts religious group's claim it found Ark of the Covenant WINFIELD, Kan. (UPI) — Tom Crotser says he found the Ark of the Covenant in a cave in Jordan and has the pictures to prove it. Religious scholar Jeremiah Unterman, however, doubts those claims. Crotser — the leader of a four-man religious expedition that claims to have found the Ark in a cave in Jordan's Mount Pisgah — said he has pictures of the Ark but won't release them yet. Unterman, an assistant professor of religion at Wichita State University, cannot figure out why. "I think it's a hoax," said Unterman, who specializes in the Old Testament and the Hebrew bible. "There is no evidence for what he has said to have accomplished. He also said he found Noah's Ark, and there's just no evidence for any of this. "I don't know of any biblical scholars or archaeologists who take any of his claims seriously." Crotaer said Friday he !• not disturbed that some theologians and scholars believe his claims are a hoax, and said he is not looking for belief or for notoriety. "It's really not important," he said. "The only important thing is that prophetic utterances be fulfilled." Crotser's group also claims to have discovered the true site of the Tower of Babel and the resting place of Noah's Ark, which was featured in the 1974 film "In Search of Noah's Ark." David Graf, a professor at the University of Michigan and associate editor of Biblical Ar- chaeologist magazine, said he was "highly skeptical" of Crotser's claims. Found in cave Crotser said his Institute for Restoring Ancient History International found the Ark of the Covenant in a cave where it had remained untouched for 2,000 years. The Ark, according to the Book of Exodus, is a gold-covered receptacle containing the Ten Commandments. Unterman said he did not understand why Crotser did not ask qualified scholars from nearby Jerusalem to verily the authenticity of the treasure. "There are some excellent scholars over there," Unterman said. "Why doesn't he bring them in to verify it? What's he afraid of?" Jim Bolinger, a member of the expedition that returned a week ago, said the Ark was found inside a sealed passageway inside a cave on Mount Pisgah, east of Jerusalem and about 35 miles southwest of Amman, Jordan. The group did not move the Ark - Bolinger said his first instinct was "not to touch it" but will leave that up to wealthy international banker David Rothschild. Bolinger said the group has pictures of the Ark, but will not release pictures of the Ark until they are shown to Rothschild, who "has the power to help us deal with the Jordanian government and the Vatican." Crotser said before leaving on his two-week expedition that finding the Ark is part of the grand plan set up in the Book of Revelation. He said the Ark would help restore the Temple of Jerusalem so that all may be in order for the Second Coming of Christ, which he predicts will occur in September or October of Said Unterman, "This guy has an incredible ego and wants the glory and fame of saying he ushered in the Messianic Era... He's saying he's trying to work out God's plan. If it's God'i plan, God will go ahead and do it." Unterman said Crotser might be making the claim "to hold authority over the group" of 30 believers who live with Crotser on a 210-acre community north of Winfield. He also has followers living in Frankston, Texas; Pauline, S.C., and Glenbuck, Scotland. Winfield, located in Cowley County, ia a community of about 12,000. Carlin: KSP workers should be patient R '9 ht decision, Pojftait Studio TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) - Gov. John Carlin is counting on Kansas State Penitentiary employees .to understand that he must get legislative approval before doling out money for tightening security at KSP, he said Friday in a news conference. "I intend to do everything I can to make the progress that's necessary to increase the security as we talked about," Carlin said. At a town meeting Tuesday in Leavenworth, KSP employees blamed Carlin in a statement for the death of Lt. Robert Hurd, who was stabbed to death while on duty. KSP staff members told Carlin that they had been used as his "political football" and that they wanted action now instead of after the Legislature convened in January. But Carlin said he had no choice but to wait and push appropriations through the Legislature. And he is working on plans, he said, that he will present to the Legislature. "When they see my budget, they'll then once again know that I wasn't just talking about improvements," Carlin said. "They will see in fact that this budget will probably contain more improvements in the direction of corrections and penal institutions, specifically Lansing, than any other institution Hospital will release Brady by Thanksgiving WASHINGTON (UPI) - White House press secretary James Brady, gravely wounded in the head during the March 30 assassination attempt on President Reagan, will be home in time for Thanksgiving. , Brady's deputy press secretary, Larry Speakes, said Friday Brady would leave the hospital Monday "for good." Brady, 41, who has been recuperating at George Washington University Medical Center for the last eight months, has been working "very hard" on his physical therapy regimen to prepare for his release, his doctors said. "Everyone who is directly involved" in his recovery "is very, very pleased," said Dr. Dennis O'Leary, the hospital spokesman. in any area in state government re- sponsiblity. "But obviously in November I'm not going to go public with a budget that has not been finalized. I will follow through and those figures will be there." Carlin added that he hoped KSP employees would be patient rather than threaten a work action. "I certainly don't want to communicate the wrong message," he said. "I have confidence that correctional officers are going to carry out their re- sponsiblities. "I said when I was there that I needed their help and their support and that I would follow through on everything we discussed. I would imagine that a good number of them understand that you don't immediately erase errors, that have been committed for literally decades, overnight." Carlin also said he was disappointed in the Task Force on School Finance's rejection of his proposals this week to create a new budget category for the state's biggest schools and to set up a different budget authority scale. Carlin said he was concerned about financial penalties and rewards the task force plans to recommend for schools that have more or fewer teach- ers per pupil than the state average. The aim of the recommendation is to add to teachers' workload, cut staff and thereby increase teachers' salaries. But, he said ,the step endangered the education of pupils. "When you arbitrarily set some figures that are going to apply to some 300-pIus school districts, there is no way to do it without severely and unfairly penalizing some districts that have no option," Carlin said. "What it means is the Legislature has the financial incentives for schools to drop programs necessary for students to receive a quality education," Carlin said. "And that is contrary to what I think school finance should be." Carlin also said the task force's decision to sidestep debates on the governor's proposed severance tax on minerals was a silent signal to the Legislature to consider the tax as a source of funding for schools. "They acknowledged that we're going to have to have revenue," he said about the panel's move. "Now time will tell, we can look back, and determine whether it was wise that they ducked the issue or not. "I don't see them pushing any other option." Kansan takes hike Commission on Aging accepts resignation I TheMark That Authenticates IMPORTED FIGURINES ft Chariot By js Adorable "Red Heads" ft Authentic Wild Life Collection (Birds and Animals) ft The Merry "Co-Boys" (Elves) from Coburg, Germany it Janet Robson's Beautiful Figurines ^Nativity Plates ft "Hummel" Spoons * "Hummel" Christmas Plates ft "Hummel" Annual Plates & Bells STORJS 120 N . Santa Fe Deal Grosser LOOK FOR THE BIG "D" ON THE DOOR OMAHA (UPI) - The Nebraska Commission on Aging has accepted the resignation of controversial Executive Director Patrick Augustine, who has been under fire since the 26-year-old former Kansas legislator was hired Aug. 21. Friday's 10-0 vote to accept the resignation followed a one-hour executive session Augustine didn't attend. Two commissioners were absent. "I have no comment," Augustine said. "A statement will be made at the proper time," which he said "probably will be sometime after Jan. 11," when the resignation takes effect. Augustine offered his resignation in a Thursday letter to the commission. Seven of the commission's 12 members in August voted to hire Augustine, who earns $27,000 in the post. Republican Gov. Charles Thone, who opposed the hiring, replaced six of those seven commissioners when their terms expired Nov. H. The seven had been appointed by former Democratic Gov. J. James Exon. After he was hired, the five commissioners who opposed Augustine's hiring resigned in protest. Thone convinced them to return, and vowed to change the commission's complexion when the six terms expired this month. Friday's meeting was the first for the new members. The commission voted 104 Friday to delay the search for a new director until action is taken on LB404, now pending in the Legislature. The agency also endorsed an amended version of the bill, under which th? governor would appoint an executive director with the Legislature's approval. Augustine also announced the resignation of Deputy Director Nell Culve- reffective Dec. 11. Ms. Culver will start Jan. 4 as deputy director of the Kansas agency on aging. She has held the Nebraska post for four years and earlier held a similar job in Missouri for four years. Ms. Culver said she has been considering accepting the Kansas Job for some time and said the fact her mother is in a Kansas nursing home influenced her decision. C. Bruce Davis of Omaha, who was unanimously elected commission chairman during the meeting, said the resignation and its acceptance were "the honorable way to handle the situation. I think we acted with dignity." "This was the best solution we could find to a tense situation," he said. Davis said Augustine's letter gave no reasons for his resignation. Nebraska Assistant Attorney General Frank Hutfless attended the meeting and executive session "to advise us if the question of any litigation came up and because we wanted to do things correctly," Davis said. "Mr. Augustine was not the choice of this particular commission," Davis •aid when asked for reasons behind the committee's acceptance of the resignation. Youth dies in blaze at Arkansas City ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (UPI) - A 15-year-old boy died in a fire in his home early Saturday, ofiicials reported. Although three members of the family managed to escape their one-and-a- half story home with only minor injuries, Mark Harp's body was found by firefighters in the front room of the wooden structure, Fire Chief Bill Rowe said. Rowe said the cause of the fire, which was reported at 1:14 a.m., ia still unknown, but the department has determined that it started in the utility room at the back of the house. wrong reason, court rules TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) - The Miami County District Court should have disregarded its dissatisfaction with the Kansas Juvenile Court in deciding whether to try a 17-year-old boy as an adult, the Kansas Court of Appeals ruled Friday. James Crumm Jr. of Overland Park was correctly tried as an adult, but the decision was based on faulty reasons, the Court of Appeals said. However, the error does not make the decision reversible, the court added. Crumm was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder in the death of his 13-year-old stepbrother, Christen Hobson, who was shot to death after digging his own grave in a rural area of Miami County. Crumm's attorneys, Kathleen Dillon and Edward Byrne, raised two issues in appealing the Miami County court's decision that Crumm should not be tried as a juvenile. Their major contention was that Crumm was denied the protection of the Kansas Juvenile Code because the Miami court was dissatisfied with parts of the code. Crumm's attorneys cited this statement from the district trial: "The court is disturbed that once the custody of the juvenile is remanded to the Secretary of Social and Rehabilitation Services, the court would lose any control over the juvenile. There is no guarantee that the Juvenile would remain in the care and custody of SRS until his psychiatric and psychological needs have been met." 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