The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 11, 1997 · Page 1
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Central cruises to 28-0 victory over Class 6A Manhattan/C1 the I see France Should today's women really be wearing underpants? / A5 FASHION f • ADM Plea: Whistleblower pleads guilty to stealing from company / A4 • JonBenet murder: Lead investigator changed in probe / A8 Low: 63 Thunderstorms and showers today with gusty south winds / B7 WEATHER Salina Journal Qorwinn l/'ane^iD oinna "1 Q"7^ ^^fci^^ Classified / C6 Comics / B8 Deaths / A9 Great Plains / B1 Money / B4 Religion/B6 Sports / C1 Viewpoints / B2 Serving Kansas since 1871 SATUDAY OCTOBER 11, 1997 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T NOBEL PEACE PRIZE Nobel boosts land-mines ban The Associated Press Jody Williams talks Friday with the BBC after learning she had won the Nobel Peace Prize. American woman started cause that Princess Diana championed before death By ANNE WALLACE ALLEN The Associated Press An American and her campaign to ban land mines around the world won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, giving instant momentum to the very cause Princess Diana championed before her death. The prize — endowed a century ago by the inventor of dynamite — went to Jody Williams, coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said Williams had transformed "a ban on anti-personnel mines from a vision to a feasible reality." Boris Yeltsin promptly pledged his support to Williams' cause, announcing that Russia would sign a global treaty to ban land mines. That leaves the United States and China as the only major countries to refuse to sign the treaty banning the export and use of anti-personnel mines. "It's a wake-up call for the United States. I would think that Bill Clinton would find it hard to keep saying he's a leader on this if he doesn't sign the treaty," Williams, 47, said from her home in Putney, Vt. Williams will split the $1 million prize with her 5-year-old group, made up of 1,000 organizations in more than 55 countries. The move to ban land mines has proceeded with unusual speed this year, with pressure growing after the August death of Princess Diana, who had been the most visible supporter of the ban. Yeltsin's decision — announced just hours after the prize was awarded — and the Nobel Peace Prize are certain to in- crease the pressure on the United States to join the more than 90 countries that back the treaty. White House spokesman Mike McCurry said President Clinton had no intention of altering his stand on mines. "The president is absolutely rock-solid confident that he's got the right approach that protects our interests, and what's in the interests is eliminating the scourge of land mines," McCurry said. McCurry said the administration continues to believe a treaty must provide some exceptions — including allowances for the use of certain land mines on the Korean Peninsula — to protect U.S. troops. About 37,000 American troops are stationed in South Korea as a deterrent. At least 100 million anti-personnel mines, often called "the seeds of death," are planted in more than 60 countries around the world. The weapons kill or main 26,000 people a year, more^than 80 percent of them civilians. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan telephoned Williams to say her winning of the Nobel Peace Prize was a victory "for every child and mother and all vulnerable societies." "People like Princess Diana obviously raise the profile in a different way," Williams said. "She gave a face to the victims of this weapon. She helped people understand it's not just an abstract idea." Williams' coalition began humbly in 1992, with one office in Washington and one in Europe "so we could call it the international campaign," she said. Williams, whose birthday was Thursday, learned of the award around 5 a.m. from a Norwegian TV station. "They played the announcement, which was in Norwegian," she said. "I could make out the campaign and my name and then I knew it was real." i— .5" K KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina. Journal Artist Maria Velasco prepares Friday her exhibit, "Remember Lot's Wife," which includes a nude woman, salt and the sound of cicadas. Artist's biblical interpretation sure to challenge Salmans' thinking about LOT'S WIFE By CRISTINA JANNEY The Salina Journal A rtist Maria Velasco said she wanted people to question their values with her installation at the Salina Art Center of a piece she calls "Remember Lot's Wife." Visitors will see a large photograph of the head, shoulders and breasts of a nude woman. From outside, visitors will see the back of the woman's neck; from inside, the view is frontal and the woman appears to be pressed against an invisible pain of glass, as if she's trapped. Further, the woman seems to be emerging from or descending into a base of salt. In the background, art patrons will hear the sound of chirping cicadas. Velasco, 32, teaches a class on installation at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. She is a native of Madrid, Spain. Velasco studied painting and drawing in Spain, etching in Norway and sculpture and installation in California. "For me, this glass represents invisible barriers and codes of ac- cess, much as the popularized idea of the glass ceiling," she said. Although the piece uses the biblical figure of Lot's wife as a departure, it is not the artist's intent to re-create Scripture, Velasco says in her artist's statement. In the Bible, Lot's wife is turned into salt because she turned and looked back at the city of Sodom as it was destroyed by God for its people's wickedness. Velasco said Lot's wife can be both a hero and a victim. She is a hero because she expresses her desires and goes against what she is told, but she is a victim because she is punished for expressing her desires. The salt, she said, is meant to be a landscape, and a tie to the name and history of Salina. And the cicadas? They're symbols of "discarded lovers," she said. They come out for just two months a year, during which time they chirp to attract mates. "That fear of dying, and the relationship between sex and love and the way we continue ourselves through love and sexual relationships is what ties cicadas into the piece," she said. Salina Art Center exhibit • WHAT: "Remember Lot's Wife" by Maria Velasco. • WHEN: Today through Nov. 9. • WHERE: 240-242 S. Santa Fe. • OPENING RECEPTION: 6:30 p.m. today. • LECTURES: 3 p.m. Sunday and noon Oct. 24. T SECONDHAND-SMOKE SUIT air suit settled Tobacco companies to establish foundation to research diseases By The Associated Press MIAMI — Settling a secondhand-smoke lawsuit brought by 60,000 flight attendants, the tobacco industry Friday agreed to pay $300 million to establish a research foundation on diseases blamed on cigarettes. The attendants had sued for $5 billion, claiming they developed lung, heart and other diseases by breathing other people's smoke on airliners. The trial began four months ago. The settlement marks the first time the tobacco industry agreed to pay damages in a secondhand- smoke lawsuit. "Radiant? I'm happy today," said the lead plaintiff, Norma Broin, a 42-year- old American Airlines flight attendant from Stafford, Va. She was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1989, but her disease is in remission. "It's truly significant," said Susan Rosenblatt, who along with her husband, Stanley, represented the flight attendants. "I would love to have tobacco banned. That's not within our power." The attendants get no money under the settlement, but they are free to sue individually under newly agreed-on terms that could make it far easier for them to file and win. The industry admitted no wrongdoing. Under the settlement, the nation's four biggest cigarette makers •v Philip Morris Inc., R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Brown & Williamson Tobacco and Lorillard Inc. — will finance the Broin Research Foundation \<j study cures for illnesses caused by v smoke and to develop early-detectiqn methods. Broin said tjiat she was disappointed there W*s no admission of wrongdoing. BROIN Brooks tci ride Fresh Horses Tour into Kansas Coliseum By The Journal Staff (' "" ' ' Country music superstar Garth Brooks will perform befpre the end of the year at the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita, officials confirmed Friday. "We know he is coming, but we won't have any more information until after Wednesday," said Dee Manis, administrative specialist at the coliseum. "We don't have any date, times, ticket prices." Manis said she understood Brooks would perform sometime in November, but even that was tentative. According to a Garth Brooks World Tour site on the Internet, the concert is to be Nov. 13, with tickets going on sale Oct. 18. The Wichita concert is part of Brooks' Fresh Horses World Tour, which kicked off March 13,1996, in Atlanta. V HURRICANE PAULINE Mexicans mourn hurricane losses File photo Country music superstar Garth Brooks plans to appear In Wichita, possibly In November. By The Associated Press ACAPULCO, Mexico — Survivors told of "a horrible roar" of floodwaters that swept away whole families, and workers dug into muck 10 feet deep in a hunt for the victims of Hurricane Pauline's rampage. The bodies, some found in pajamas, piled up in morgues Friday as the death toll rose to at least 141. More than 6,500 army troops were ordered into areas ravaged by the hurricane. Aid groups ap- pealed for drinking water, medicine, food, blankets and other supplies for the thousands of Mexicans up and down the coast who have been left homeless. Hundreds of military doctors and nurses joined local health workers in treating survivors in Acapulco. The Pacific Coast resort was caught off-guard Thursday when the hurricane skirted the city but unleashed rains that set off widespread flash floods that swept sleeping people, cars, even giant boulders down hills toward the city's famed beaches. Waves up to 30 feet tall gouged up the beaches. The dead included at least 113 people in Acapulco, said Oscar Pina Camara, a health official for Guerrero state. Authorities said the to}l was rounded out by nine other deaths in Guerrero and 19 in neighboring Oaxaca state, where the hurricane began Wednesday its march up hundreds of miles of seaboard. No foreign tourists were reported killed or injured.

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