The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 29, 1996 · Page 6
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Salina, Kansas
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Monday, January 29, 1996
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AS MONDAY. JANUARY 29. 1996 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL U.S., France suspend aid to Niger after coup NIAMEY, Niger — Soldiers patrolled the capital Sunday after a military coup ousted the president, prompting France ah'd the United States to suspend badly needed aid to this impoverished country. In the second military takeover in West Africa in 10 days, soldiers seized control of Niger's government Saturday, ending the country's brief attempt at democracy. Political parties were outlawed, the constitution was suspended, and Col. Barre Mainassara Ibrahim declared himself head of state after soldiers converged on the presidential palace and placed President Mahamane Ousmane under house arrest. The 45-year-old Mainassara said he staged the coup to end an "absurd crisis" in parliament, where for the past year Ousmane and his opponents had been locked in a political standoff. Mainassara said the military had "saved Niger from chaos" and called politicians "greedy, badly prepared, and incapable of adapting to the demands of democratic power." Defendant takes over assassination case TEL AVIV, Israel — His defense in disarray, Yitzhak Rabin's confessed assassin cross-examined prosecution witnesses himself Sunday, often interrupting police to correct their accounts of the shooting. Cordial and casual in a sweat shirt, former law student Yigal Amir took over defense questioning in a chaotic six-hour court session after one lawyer resigned and the second stumbled badly over the Hebrew language, bringing laughter from the packed courtroom and a despairing sigh from Judge Edmond Levy. ; Levy chastised U.S.-born lawyer Jonathan Ray Goldberg, but agreed to help Goldberg look for a second defense lawyer. Goldberg angered Levy when he asked Sunday to postpone the trial — which resumed last week after a month-long recess — to give him more time to prepare his defense. Surviving Siamese twin critical but stable SAN DIEGO — A 16-day-old girl - was in critical but stable condition Sunday, while her parents planned a funeral for the infant's Siamese twin, who died after surgery to separate them. Sarah Morales was kept on a ventilator to help her breathe after Saturday's six-hour separation operation, Children's Hospital spokesman Mark Morelli said. "She's hanging in there," Morelli said. He said she could spend up to three weeks in intensive care. Doctors were "cautiously optimistic" about Sarah's chances of survival, he said. Sarah and Sarahi Morales were born Jan. 12 in a six-bed Tijuana clinic. Despite Sarahi's death, doctors said the surgery was successful because they could have lost both twins. Episcopalians to debate suicide HANOVER, N.J. — The Episcopal Diocese of Newark has deemed suicide morally acceptable under some circumstances, intentionally departing from longtime doctrine to encourage a national debate in the church. A majority of the 200 delegates to the diocese's annual convention voted Saturday to adopt a resolution calling suicide "a moral choice" for the terminally ill or those living in persistent or progressive pain. In such cases, the resolution said, assisting suicide was also morally acceptable. "Nowhere in the Bible does it say that there is a value to suffering simply for the sake of suffering," said the Rev. Lawrence Falkowski of Holy Trinity Church in West Orange. The suicide resolution will be brought to the floor of the national Episcopal Church convention in 18 months. From Wire Service Reports T ENTERTAINMENT The real Kramer comes out Prototype for 'Seinfeld' character cashes in with 'reality tour' By LARRY McSHANE The Associated Press NEW YORK — It is, according to the real Kramer, art imitating art imitating life. Twenty-five people, at $27.50 a pop, agreed. And so it was that Kenny Kramer, the slightly twisted prototype for the wildly popular "Seinfeld" character, attracted a busload of folks Saturday to hear his take on the show's take on life in New York City. Your host: The 52-year-old Kramer, who lived across the hall from "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David for 10 years. David based the TV character played by Michael Richards on his peculiar neighbor. With the show now in seventh season, Kenny shamelessly decided to cash in. The real Kramer — who bears a slight physical resemblance to his television self (although the pair never met until 35 episodes were done) — had been an enigma until going public this weekend with the misnamed "Kramer Reality Tour." It was more a journey into the surreal, mingling actual Manhattan locations with fictitious characters and events that only occurred on a California sound stage. Stops included the New York Health and Racquet Club, where Kramer saw Salman Rushdie; the eatery run by the "Soup Nazi"; and the East Side YMCA, where Jerry met Keith Hernandez. Real places. Bogus incidents. All narrated by the actual The Associated Press Kenny Kramer, 52, the slightly twisted prototype for TV's wildy popular "Seinfeld" character, boards a tour bus Saturday in New York as he prepares to lead the first "Kramer Reality Tour." Kramer, whose past employment history includes making jewelry, managing a reggae band and doing stand-up comedy. The prospect of touring Manhattan with Kramer lured an eclectic crew. "We watch religiously every Thursday," said Alan Lehrman, who was marking three decades with wife Carol. "But we're not only Kramer fans. We're fans of all of'em." Lehrman was one of several people who called Kramer's toll- free number and were shocked when Kramer himself answered the phone. Kramer played host to a pair of sold-out bus trips Saturday and Sunday; the weekend tours are fully booked for the next month. The entire plan reeked of the TV Kramer's kooky get-rich- quick schemes, and it featured Kramer-esque touches. The tour bus parked illegally, reminiscent of a "Seinfeld" episode where Kramer persuades George to park in a handicapped spot. And Kramer himself was five minutes late, ducking through a door at the John Houseman Theater in a style similar to Richards' often hysterical entrances. A nervous Kramer barred the media from his maiden voyage, and said beforehand that he was planning on winging the junket — a move very much in character. "There was actual writing, actual rehearsing, but I'm not going to do any of that," he promised. "I would much prefer to be in the moment." T JOSEPH BRODSKY: 1940-1996 Nobel-winning poet dies Russian exile became U.S. poet laureate and wrote plays, essays By SARAH CHRISTIAN Tlie Associated Press NEW YORK — Nobel Prize-winning poet Joseph Brodsky, a Russian exile who became poet laureate of the United States, died in his sleep Sunday. He was 55. The poet's wife, Maria Brodsky, called police to their Brooklyn home after failing to wake her husband, said Deputy Commissioner Tom Kelly. Brodsky was pronounced dead at the scene of an apparent heart attack. "He was the only Russian poet who enjoyed the right to be called a 'great' in his lifetime," Yevgeny Kiselyov, host of the Russian weekly news program Itogi, told his viewers. Brodsky wrote both in his native Russian and in English. In addition to poetry, he wrote plays, essays and criticism. He once said American poetry had helped him survive years of persecution in the Soviet Union and "made me an American long before I arrived on these shores." "American poetry to me is a sort of relentless, nonstop sermon on The Associated Press Nobel winner Joseph Brodsky died Sunday at age 55. human autonomy," said Brodsky, who taught himself English. Brodsky, who was Jewish, was constantly in conflict with the Soviet authorities. In 1964, he was sentenced to five years of hard labor in the Arctic Circle region of Arkhangelsk on what Kiselyov described as "the absurd charge" of parasitism. In 1987, Brodsky said the experience made him more resilient "in every possible way." "Somehow I learned I can take — well, not everything — but quite a lot," he said. Brodsky's sentence was commuted in 1965, but the persecution continued. Soviet authorities refused to grant him visas to attend several international poetry forums and, in 1972, forced him into exile. He settled in the United States, where he was befriended by poet W.H. Auden, and became an American citizen in 1980. In 1987, Brodsky was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Members of the Swedish Academy said their decision was based on merit — not politics. "A big step for me, and a small step for mankind," Brodsky joked after learning he had won the prestigious prize. Brodsky began writing poetry in 1955, when he was just 15. His work was distinguished by its depth, irony, wit and technical mastery. It was pervaded by the haunting themes of exile and loss. The son of a naval officer, Brodsky was born on May 24, 1940, in St. Petersburg. In one poem Brodsky wrote of his desire to return someday to St. Petersburg, to "die on Vasilievsky Island." But Brodsky never returned to his homeland. THEATRES For MOVIE Selections and SHOWTIMES Call: 825-9105 WAREHOUSE SPACE for lease, dock high, 500 sq. ft. to 43,000 sq. ft, office space available. Call , Lonnie Wilson, Broker, at: 913-827-5563 or 913-826-7800 T WILD RIDE 13-year-old leads police on bus chase Youth drove through two states and tried to run police off the road By The Associated Press TABOR CITY, N.C. — A 13-year- old boy took off in a school bus and led police on a chase, trying to run patrol cars off the road as he drove 90 miles through parts of two states. The youth drove as fast as the bus would go, which isn't very fast because North Carolina school buses have mechanical speed limiters. "We went 46 mph the whole time," said Tabor City police Officer L.D. James. "But I'll tell you, that boy could drive that thing. He was crazy." At some points during the middle-of-the-night chase, the youth tried to run patrol cars off the road, driving from side to side, and drove with the bus lights off, police Chief R.V. Wooster said. He took .the bus front South Columbus High School, near his home in Tabor City, about 1 a.m. Saturday. The keys apparently were left in the bus. The bus eventually turned into a driveway at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte, about 30 miles southeast of Tabor City. "When he came off that bus, he was smiling and laughing," James said. The youth was turned over to his parents. Charges weren't filed, but he will be accused of several traffic violations. WORLD WIDE WINDOWS, INC. Free Estimates Before you buy ANY replacement window, compare our quality, price & experience. 826-1701 1-8OO-783-1711 Salina Zoo offers tour for Valentine's By The Associated Press SANTA ANA, Calif. — It's an animal lover's ultimate fantasy. For those into amorous iguanas or hot two-toed sloths, the Santa Ana Zoo is having its second annual Sex Tour in honor of Valentine's Day. The adults-only tour Feb. 10 brings people into the boudoirs of their furry and feathered friends. "It's fun, it's interesting, and everyone blushes," zoo spokeswoman Leslie Perovich said. It's an educational program to explain the mating habits of animals and reproductive efforts by zoos to preserve endangered species, Perovich said. Take the two-toed sloths for instance. Their foreplay involves rubbing rumps — dancing cheek to cheek, so to speak. Soon the sloths are anything but lethargic. They're airborne, hanging face to face from their front legs. And the green iguana is a rough Romeo. His partner often ends up scratched and bitten. The tour costs $15, which includes champagne and a continental breakfast. MAURE WEIGEU |Auto - Home Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron We Service All Makes of Sewing Machines and Vacuums Midwest Sewing & Vacuum 340 S. 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