The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 29, 1981 · Page 1
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50 CENTS HOME The Salina Journal SALINA, KANSAS, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29,1981 110th YEAR No. 333 146 Pages In Lynn, Mass. Arson suspected in $40 million fire LYNN, Mass. (UPI) - A fire ravaged most of Lynn's showcase urban renewal area Saturday, forcing more than 600 people — many of them elderly — into the streets. Damage estimates ran as high as $40 million. Arson was suspected No one was killed in the inferno which officials labeled the worst fire in the history of the shoe-manufacturing blue collar city of 90,000, some 10 miles north of Boston. Ten people, including six firefighters, were treated in city hospitals for smoke inhalation and minor injuries. The fire destroyed 17 buildings, heavily damaged five and inflicted lesser damage on numerous others. Asked if the fire wai set, State Fin Marshall Joseph O'Keefe said "Ye>. It WM an incendiary fire. Thete things don't happen by an act of God." O'Keefe, however, later backed off his earlier statement and said the cause was still under investigation. He described the fire, which broke out about 2:30 a.m. and was brought under control about 5 p.m., as one of the most destructive in state history. Estimates of those actually burned out of their homes ranged from 250 to 400. The blaze came on the 39th anniversary of one of the nation's worst fires at Boston's Coconut Grove nightclub. That fire claimed the lives of 492 club patrons on Nov. 28,1942. The Lynn fire belched dense black smoke that could be seen in Boston, 10 miles to the south. The orange glow of flames was visible nearly four miles away. Two hundred National Guardsmen were called in to patrol the area to guard against looting and keep people away from the fire area. Hundreds of workers at the gutted Benson shoe factory and those employed by the $194 million urban re(See FIRE, Page 2) >«/ V **£i'Jm First lady among group favoring Allen's ouster? WASHINGTON (UPI) - What began as a photo session with Nancy Reagan for Japanese Journalists, arranged at least in part through Richard Allen, has ballooned into a publicity nightmare that could cost Allen his job as national security adviser. There were reports Saturday that two of President Reagan's top aides along with Mrs. Reagan think Allen should be removed because of the embarrassment the administration has suffered over the unsolicited $1,000 thank-you fee the journalists provided. The Washington Post reported that Mrs. Reagan, chief of staff James Baker and deputy chief of staff Michael Deaver "are pushing forcefully for Allen's removal to limit the political damage the series of disclosures." It was the first report that Mrs. Reagan had taken a position in the Allen affair, and her influence could prove decisive, according to White House watchers. Reagan aide Ed Meese, said by the Post to be the only one of Reagan's top advisers not pushing for Allen's removal, along with the chief White House spokeman, denied the White House is looking for a replacement. Both said the White House is waiting for the Justice Department to decide by mid-December if the matter should be dropped or a special prosecutor named to probe further. For Mrs. Reagan's part, her press secretary Sheila Tate said, "She doesn't even remember meeting them (the Japanese)." Allen has remained largely unavailable for comment, but White House sources said he did not know what was in the envelope when he "intercepted" the envelope the reporters intended to hand Mrs. Reagan and he was "really (just) in the line of fire." Today Today is Sunday, Nov. 29, the 333rd day of 1981 with 32 to follow. American author Louisa May Alcott was born Nov. 29,1832. Inside "MIGHTY forgetful, Mr. Allen, for a man in charge of our security." Editorial column. Page 4. "WE'VE got a great town — let's bring professional entertainment here and make it an even nicer place to live." Letter to the editor. Page 4. VICTORY over Auburn Saturday makes Alabama's Bear Bryant winningest coach in college football biatory. Page 23. HOXIE fall* to Silver Lake in 3A state football championship; Victoria wins 2A title. Page 23. Area Newi 34 Bombeck 19 Bufttneu 10 Comics 43 Courto 11 Crossword 33 Death! U Dr. Donahue ..33 Fam. Circus ..11 Home-Garden 36 Hospital* U Living 13-18 Local U.35 Opinion 4 SporU 23-31 Spotlight ..12 TV-Films 32 Want-Ad»...37-43 Weather Stockmen advisories Sunday. Rain changing to snow in the Northwest Sunday morning with intermittent snow through Monday. Rain elsewhere Sunday through Monday, becoming mixed with or changing to snow from the Southwest through North-Central Sunday night and in the Northeast Monday. High Sunday 30s Northwest to around 50 Southeast. Low Sunday night mid to upper 20s Northwest to 30s East and South. Highs Monday in the 30«. Area basketball in the spotlight Basketball fans will want to look for the Saline Journal's annual 198142 Basketball Preview in today's edition. The special 32-page section contains local and area high school and college teams and leagues. It alao has the Journal's preseason rankings and the top 20 boy and girl player* in the area. Journal Pho»ot by Tom Dorwy CHRISTMAS CONVERT — With Thanksgiving spirit. She quickly found this Christmas tree safely behind and Yule shoppers buckling down to loaded with packages at the Mid State Mall. Kathe big task of finding just the right gifts, Karen ren, 5, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Place had no trouble getting into the Christmas Place, Ellsworth. Christmas shoppers swarm city (See pictures of downtown lighting ceremony, Page 35.) By DEBBIE RHEIN Staff Writer When the lights came on, the shoppers were off. Christmas lighting ceremonies in Salina's business community Friday evening marked the official start of the holiday buying season. Hordes of shoppers witnessed the colorful ceremonies, and then headed for stores all over town. Business was very good Friday, according to most local merchants. Saturday morning was a little slow, but it picked up by afternoon. The economy hasn't stopped people from buying Christmas gifts, though shoppers seem to be more selective this year, several merchants said. "I think people are doing more thinking about what they are buying," said one store owner. Marilyn Thayer, Ldndsborg, said she planned to make the most of her gift-giving this year. "We're broke, so we're being careful this year," Thayer said. Linda Tyson, 1000 Funston, keeps a look out for specials. "I don't buy anything unless it's on sale. I keep a list, and if it goes on sale, then I buy it," she said. Another shopper said it would by buying-as-usual for her. "Just today, I told my husband that I just expect things to cost more," said Millie Johnson, 314 Gail Drive, who was shopping for her grandchildren. "I expect I'll buy something for them, if it's what they want, no matter what it costs." Still, practicality, as much as the holiday spirit, seemed to fill the air. "People just aren't being frivolous," said a local jeweler. I've sold a lot of crystal and china, things tha are practical. I've also sold a lot o watches, which are almost necessi ties. But the kids aren't home from school yet, and they account for a lo of our middle-range buying." Clothing stores are doing verj well. Walking into any clothing stor Saturday afterhoori^'K." like -walkin into a den of busy elves. A couple o store mangers said they were doir better business than last year. (See SHOP, Page 2) Swarms of shoppers could be found Saturday in downtown Salina, and at the various shopping centers. Voting rule draws opposition Aging forum to open amid controversy WASHINGTON (UPI) — Delegates to next week's White House Conference on Aging will have to vote on the meeting's entire package of proposals as a whole, with no votes allowed on individual issues, the Reagan administration says. "It is simply not feasible to have 2,266 delegates debate and vote in plenary session on scores of recommendations or many sets of recommendations in a 3%-day conference," said Secretary of Health and Human Services Richard Schweiker. Instead, the delegates will have a choice only of accepting the entire package of proposals, recom- mended after debate by individual committees, or rejecting them in their entirety. The conference is expected to include heated debate over many of President Reagan's budget cuts. Because of the rules, and allegations the Reagan administration has stacked the delegate roster with friendly names, some leaders of senior citizens' groups have hinted at a possible walkout during the conference. Schweiker, who oversees the conference, issued the denial in a five-page letter to Jacob dayman, president of the National Council of Senior Citizens, dayman met with Schweiker last Friday to voice objection to many of the rules planned for the con- ference. dayman told United Press International he was unsatisfied with Schweiker's letter, saying the secretary "avoids very carefully the basic decision that 7.5 percent of the delegates — about 156 in each of 14 sessions — will make the ultimate decisions on the issues for the entire 2,200. "That, we think is a perversion of the democratic process," dayman said. dayman added that senior citizens' organizations were upset that conservative, business-connected individuals were named to chair major committees, while those representing old people's organizations and unions were ignored. Parents lax on child support may lose tax refunds (Related stories, Pg. 13) WASHINGTON (UPI) - Federal income tax refunds of parents known to be behind in child support payments will be diverted by the government to the states that have been helping provide support for the youngsters. Under a new federal collection program, the Internal Revenue Service will receive a computer tape in the coming week containing the names of 550,000 people from across the country who are seriously delinquent in court- ordered child support payments to estranged spouses and children collecting welfare. The electronic list will be used to intercept automatically next year's refunds that those people on the list would otherwise receive, an agency •pokeiman said. Congrewional order The list of people behind in their payments is being provided by state welfare agencies under orders from Con- gress and is the first major IRS collection program not directly linked to tax liabilities, an IRS spokesman said. Up to now the IRS could only assess child support payments with a court order specific to each individual case. The refunds confiscated by the federal government will be sent to the states for distribution to welfare agencies, reimbursing them for payments made under the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program in lieu of the court-ordered support from the es- tranged spouse. "All taxpayers who have refunds reduced because of this will get a notice explaining what has happened," said IRS spokesman Wilson Fadely. The average refund of I960 taxes was $658, Fadely said, and indications are that the average child support delinquency is larger, meaning moat refunds intercepted under the program will be wiped out, not just reduced. "Nobody has a choice," Fadely said. (SM REFUND, Page J)

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