The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 10, 1997 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
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A8 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1O. 1997 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL ;TIRS Clinton to propose changes in IRS Report: IRS'taxpayer advocate's office would have an enhanced role By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Two weeks after dramatic Senate hearings on IRS misconduct, President Clinton plans to propose changes in- deluding new taxpayer-rights legislation and greater citizen involve- -_ment in fielding complaints, a congressman and staff members said Thursday. In a White House announcement scheduled today, Clinton ;plans to recommend "citizen advo- ;cacy boards" at the IRS and an en- -hanced role for the agency's taxpayer advocate's office, according ;to Rep. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. ', Portman, who was briefed on ;the announcement by a top Clin•ton official, said Vice President Al iGore will unveil results of a National Performance Review study ;of customer service practices. The rreview will recommend internal "administrative reforms at the SIRS. * And the president will discuss Jthe administration's work on im£proving the IRS, work that pre- Jtdates last month's Senate Finance '•Committee hearings, Portman Csaid. I Portman, who co-chaired a year£long study panel of the Internal ^Revenue Service, is sponsor of a •bill that would create a nine-mem- *ber board with private citizens to ^oversee IRS operations. The Clin- Jton administration strongly op;poses Portman's bill. ; Portman said Clinton's initiatives are "too little, too late." i "My fear is if we just do these ^smaller measures that, two years Jfrom now, we will just be right ^back up on Capitol Hill talking ^about more taxpayer abuses ... •and we will need to do new legislative proposals," Portman said. r T CHRYSLER VERDICT Partc here The Associated Press A parking garage sign sits crashed on a Philadelphia sidewalk with other debris after falling on Broad Street earlier this week during the city's Avenue of the Arts Festival. A retired judge, Berel Caeser, died at a Philadelphia hospital from injuries received after being hit by the sign. V MISSING PLANE Searches unable to . ** locate missing plane Nine people aboard Cessna that vanished in Colorado forest By The Associated Press MONTROSE, Colo. — Search parties scoured the woods and mountains Thursday for a chartered plane that vanished while carrying eight employees of the federal Bureau of Reclamation and a pilot to a meeting in Arizona. Rescuers focused on a rugged, snow-covered forest 23 miles south of Montrose, where radar indicated the single-engine Cessna may have gone down in cleqr weather Wednesday morning shortly after takeoff. "The challenge is there's a lot of thick brush and pine trees and low visibility," said Air Force Capt. Leslie Pratt. : The employees on board included William Duncan, who manages the Glen Canyon Powerplant and Dam on the Colorado River in Arizona; Jeff Waite, who manages the power plant; Delphina Holliman, Walt Kaltmaier and Catrina .Wall, computer specialists; and Jim Bloomfield, electrical engineer. All worked at the Bureau of Recl4- mation's Page, Ariz., office. _ The plane, owned by Scenic Airlines Inc. of Arizona, had left Mori- trose on a 90-minute flight to Pag$. The plane never reached its destination, and a search began arqund midday. , !; Dozens of volunteers combed the ground until dark. The search resumed at daybreak Thursday, with 10 planes focusing on an area known as the Uncompahgre Plateau, where elevations reach as high as 10,000 feet. T JUPITER MOONS Finding points to life on Europa Jupiter's moon has all ingredients considered essential to have life By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The discovery of organic compounds on two of Jupiter's moons increases the possibility that all of the elements for life are present on another of the planet's moons, Europa. The finding, from instruments on the Galileo spacecraft orbiting Jupiter, suggests that Europa may have all three of the ingredients scientists consider essential for life: an energy source, liquid water and organic molecules, said planetary scientist Thomas McCord of the University of Hawaii. "This doesn't mean there is life on Europa," said McCord, lead au- thor of a study to be published today in the journal Science. "The exciting thing now is the evidence that Europa may have all three of the ingrediants." Europa is already known to have water and internal heat sources. Dale Cruikshank, a research scientist at NASA, said the work of McCord and his team should sharpen the research concentration on Europa, which already "is the subject of very special interest." "This finding increases the plausibility for life on Europa," Cruikshank said. "It also supports the idea that there were organic molecules streaming throughout the solar system." The study of Jupiter's moons is part of a growing effort by astronomers and planetary experts to find evidence of life within the Jurors say judgment was meant to guarantee minivan repairs Verdict in boy's death includes $262.5 million award against Chrysler By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. — A $262.5 million judgment against Chrysler Corp. was intended to ensure the automaker repairs lift- gate latches on minivans still on the road, a juror said Thursday. "We wanted a punitive award that would make them fix all the vans out there that are broken," said the woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The verdict, returned Wednesday in a suit stemming from the death of a 6-year-old boy thrown ; from a Dodge minivan in 1994, is ; believed to be the largest damage ! award ever against a U.S. au- i T AIR BAG FATALITY tomaker. It includes $250 million in punitive damages. The family of Sergio Jimenez II sued, claiming a defective rear latch caused the boy to be thrown from the minivan. The juror said the panel did not deliberate long in finding actual damages, but that the punitive damages took more soul-searching. "That was the toughest part of the whole case," said the woman, a 48-year-old sales assistant. Juror Bryan Smythe agreed the panel wanted to prompt latch repairs but would not comment further. Two other jurors refused to discuss the case, three have unpublished numbers and the other three did not return phone messages. At least 37 passengers were killed in accidents in which they were ejected when the rear lift- gates opened on Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Caravan or Plymouth Voyager minivans sold from 1984 through 1995, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records. Government records in February showed fewer than half the rear latches on 4.1 million Chrysler minivans were replaced during the first 15 months of the repair campaign. Chrysler lawyers said they expect U.S. District Judge Falcon Hawkins to grant their request for a new trial. If that does not work, they said they will appeal. "We respect the jury's verdict, but we think they were wrong," said.Chrysler lawyer Wade Logan. ' "We think the vehicle is safe, one of the safest vehicles on the road." 'Air bag blamed for Oregon boy's death By The Associated Press CHILOQUIN, Ore. — An air bag ' that deployed when a car was sideswiped by a pickup truck was blamed for the death of a 7-year- old boy. "The air bag killed him, no doubt about it," said Dr. Robert Edwards, Klamath County medical examiner. "He remained on life support overnight, but it effectively killed him instantly." Nationwide, air bags had killed 82 people as of Oct. 1, including 45 children, 12 of them infants, according to the National Safety Council. Garrick William Case-Scott had just climbed into his mother's car for the ride home from school Monday when, two blocks from his house, a truck veered to avoid a head-on collision with the car and sideswiped it. The bag inflated, slamming into the boy's lower chin and upper chest hard enough to break his neck. As in nearly all air-bag deaths of children, the boy was not wearing a seat belt, police said. "One minute, my little boy was smiling and talking to me about his school work," said the boy's mother, Tori Lynn Case, 26. "The next minute, he was laying in my arms, gone." fde BuwWJea. For Insurance So* Mo (4INKMI) FREE Quotes CALL JEFF WELLS 1528E.|rpn Sallna This pied piper routine just isn't cutting it. Maybe I should have gone to Just Ask Rental and picked up a live animal trap. 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