The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 30, 1996 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Halfway houses in Wichita draw complaints /A3 Magic returns Magic Johnson ends his retirement, to rejoin Lakers / B1 : Eagles' album honored by American Music Awards / A2 : Navy F-14 crashes into homes, killing five / A8 HUD: 9 LowO A few flurries today, with northeast winds 10 to 15 mph /B7 Ann Landers / B7 Classified / B5 Comics/B8 Crossword / B8 Deaths/A7 Great Plains / A3 Sports / B1 Viewpoints / A4 > Journal TUESDAY JANUARY 30, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T POLITICS '96 Dole continues to lead Forbes in polls But Forbes could be helped if independents vote in GOP primary By JOHN KING The Associated Press WASHINGTON— Three weeks before New Hampshire's leadoff presidential primary, two new polls suggest that Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole leads among Republicans but could face a serious threat from Steve Forbes if independents flood the GOP primary. The surveys offered conflicting snapshots of New Hampshire's political terrain but agreed on one point: Forbes remains the most serious threat to Dole as the Feb. 20 primary draws closer. Monday's campaigning made it clear the candidates share this view. . Dole shrugged off the polls and repeated his demand that Forbes, a mul-. timillionaire publisher, release his federal income tax returns. He also suggested Forbes and his proposals were escaping serious media scrutiny. "Somehow, they don't seem to bother him," Dole said in Iowa. "They'd rather focus on Bob Dole the front-runner." Of the polls, Dole said: "We're not going to worry about numbers. We're going to keep plugging away and win Iowa and win New Hampshire." In New Hampshire, Texas Sen. Phil Gramm sharpened his criticism of Forbes, labeling him a "Rockefeller Republican" out of step with conservatives because he supports abortion rights and President Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell" policy allowing homosexuals to serve in the military. DOLE FORBES Forbes took the attention as proof he still held momentum but also was careful to dampen expectations for an upset in lo.wa or New Hampshire. "Senator Dole must never be underestimated," Forbes said. "Just remember what people were saying about me three or four weeks ago." After a week in which he lost some ground in Iowa, one of the surveys showed Forbes was slipping in New Hampshire as well. That poll, by Manchester's American Research Group, showed Dole with 33 percent support among 455 likely Republican primary voters and Forbes with 16 percent, down six points from an ARG survey a week earlier. The ARG survey, conducted Thursday through Saturday, showed commentator Pat Buchanan third with 15 percent, followed by Gramm and former Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander at 7 percent. The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.6 percentage points. The second poll, by the Washington-based Pew Research Center, showed a statistical dead heat in which Forbes had 29 percent to Dole's 24 percent among 543 Republicans and independents who said they planned to vote in the GOP primary. But the sample for the Pew survey was called into question because 249 respondents to the Republican campaign question — nearly half the sample — identified themselves as independents who planned to exercise their option to vote in the primary. "Independents generally account for no more than 20 percent of the Republican primary vote," said Dick Bennett, the ARG pollster. New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner said research by his office shows independents generally make up between 12 percent to 16 percent of the presidential primary electorate. SHOOTING Few guns found at du Font's Authorities refuse to discuss motive for shooting of wrestler By The Associated Press MEDIA, Pa. — Police who feared they would find trip wires and plastic explosives discovered only a few weapons Monday when they searched John E. du Font's ' estate, including the gun they believe he used to kill an Olympic wrestler. Authorities refused to discuss a motive for the shooting. Officers were testing a .38-caliber revolver to confirm that it was the murder weapon, said district attorney Patrick L. Meehan. ; "We turned up a few weapons but we only looked at those we considered vital to the commission of the crime," Meehan said. . Du Pont, an heir to his family's, chemical company fortune, had stymied police for 48 hours after he allegedly shot 1984 gold medal- ist Dave Schultz, who was training there in hopes of making this year's Olympic team. The standoff ended Sunday when du Pont stepped outside his mansion in Newtown Square to try to fix his boiler and was grabbed by police, who had turned off the heat. Du Pont, 57, was arraigned on murder and weapons charges and held without bond pending a hearing Thursday. Police feared du Pont, a military buff who was reputed to have a large cache of weapons, had booby-trapped the mansion while he was barricaded inside. An explosives team went in first and found nothing, Meehan said. Acquaintances .arid relatives said du Pont abused drugs and alcohol, but Meehan said no drugs were found during the search. He said du Pont had 'not been tested for drugs. T POLICE ACCREDITATION Quilt show DAVIS TURNER/The Salina Journal Stormle Nicholas, 7 (frorti left), J.R. Young, 7, and Adrian Ostrom, 7, wait for the next group of students to file by the quilts they are presenting as part of the Kansas Day Quilt Show on Monday at Whittier Elementary in Salina. The show — which included 65 quilts on loan from teachers, students, friends and relatives — was organized by teachers Becky Polzella and Melinda Eitel. T FRANCE T THEFT SUSPECT Homeless man kept computer in tent Now he's suspected of stealing batteries to keep his phone and other equipment running By The Associated Press NOVATO, Calif. — Homeless and living along a highway, Neal Berry spent his meager earnings on a. portable computer rather than rent. Berry slept in a tent on a mattress taken from a trash bin. But he had a laptop computer and a cellular phone with modem, which enabled him to connect to a computer bulletin board, voice mail and a pager service — all paid for out of his $8-an-hour salary as a shipping and inventory clerk. Last week, he was arrested and accused of stealing heavy-duty industrial batteries from the state transportation agency to power his equipment. Highway workers said they found the batteries when they stumbled onto his campsite. "I just found the batteries," Berry told the San Francisco Examiner in a jailhouse interview. "Apparently someone else put them there a few months ago. I found them and started using them." Berry, 22, said he chose to camp by the highway after failing to find an affordable apartment when he moved to the area in 1994. "In Novato, you can't even find a single room that costs less than $500 a month," he said. "If I were to have an apartment, I wouldn't have had any furniture, I'd just barely be able to eat. It would have sucked up all my income." Instead, he spent $2,000 for a Toshiba laptop computer and $500 on a modem. Each month he spent $35 for an account with a computer bulletin board with e-mail; $60 on his cellular phone bill; $50 for membership at a gym where he took showers; $42 for a storage shed for clothes and other possessions he was afraid to keep in the tent, and $12 for a mailbox. "I've never been to jail before," he said. "But there is a bright side: three hots and a cot at taxpayer expense." Nuclear testing to end French president says tests have improved his nation's defense By WILLIAM J. KOLE The Associated Press PARIS — President Jacques Chirac ordered an early end Monday to underground nuclear tests in the South Pacific, saying they had achieved their objective — giving France a "viable and modern defense." The last experimental blast, by far the most powerful since last summer, was detonated Saturday. Two days later, Chirac, denounced across the world for months, said he was calling "a definitive halt to French nuclear tests." "I know that the decision that I made last June may have provoked, in France and abroad, anxiety and emotion," Chirac said Monday night. "I know that nuclear weaponry may cause fear. But in an always- dangerous world, it acts for us as a weapon of dissuasion, a weapon in the service of peace." France began the tests with a Sept. 5 blast beneath Mururoa Atoll. That detonation, roughly the size of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, broke a three-year international moratorium on nuclear testing. It made France the only nation, besides China to test weapons of mass destruction since 1992. France insisted it had to resume the tests to check its nuclear arsenal and develop computer simulation that will make actual detonations unnecessary in the future. The testing outraged Australia, New Zealand and other South Pacific countries and provoked rioting in Tahiti. But it did not elicit strong response from such major French allies as the United States, Britain and Germany. Residents praise police in Salina TOM DORSEY/The Salina Journal Jane Botz, principal of Salina South High School, sfleaks positively about the Salina Police Department during a public session Monday at therClty-County Building. Team doing assessment for accreditation receives glowing reports in hearing By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal A three-member assessment team judging the Salina Police Department's fitness for national accreditation heard glowing reports from Sali- nans at a public meeting Monday night. But at least one Salinan who wouldn't have spoken so glowingly chose not to make public comments. After hearing seven fellow citizens praise the professionalism and efficiency of the department, the eighth name was celled, and the woman said prefer to speak privately with the team later. A friend said after the meeting that the woman had a negative experience with a specific officer, but didn't want to discuss the matter publicly. "As a whole, the department is fine," said the woman, who asked that her name not be used. "It was just one overzealous officer." Those who did speak had only good things to say. Jane Botz, principal of Salina South High School, said the department has been quick to respond to calls from the school, and officers have respected school rules and students' rights. At times when school officials have alerted police about potential fights, officers have thwarted possible violence, tj AfldBotz said,tfcemOQk "driving un- der the influence" accidents the department conducts each year have helped deter drunk driving at graduation time. Pat Ackley, director of Hotline-Crisis Information and Referral, said officers had saved the lives of 175 people who have been close to suicide during the 12 years the hotline has been in operation. "Every time we have called upon them, they have been there," Ackley said. "We have always been treated with the utmost respect by police officers." Battered women also have had good experiences with the department, according to Sam Dilling, executive director of the Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas. See , Page A7

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