The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 30, 1996 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, January 30, 1996
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A8 TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 1996 NATIONAL THE SALINA JOURNAL T NAVY JET CRASH The Associated Press Flames spread through a Nashville, Term., neighborhood Monday from a downed Navy F-14 fighter that crashed Into three homes. Fighter jet hits homes, kills 5 Navy pilot had been blamed in a crash less than a year ago By DADE HAYES The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn — A Navy F-14 fighter jet heavy with fuel crashed in a huge fireball into a neighborhood Monday, demolishing three houses and killing five people. The pilot had been blamed for a previous accident. Three of the dead were in a house that took a direct hit from the Tomcat, as the F-14 is known. The others killed were the plane's two-member crew. The Navy identified the pilot as Lt. Cmdr. John Stacy Bates, 33, Chattanooga. The radar interceptor officer was identified as Lt. Graham Alden Higgins, 28, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. Neither ejected. In the earlier crash, off the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, Bates lost control of his F- 14 and crashed into the Pacific Ocean during maneuvers with another fighter. He and the radar intercept officer ejected. Cmdr. Gregg Hartung, a Navy spokesman, said pilot error was the cause of the April 1995 crash. Bates' fighter squadron, VF 213, has had four accidents in Nashville plane crash A fighter jet crashed into a residential neighborhood during a training mission. F-14 "tomcat .Length ' 61ft, 101/2in. ' ' Wingspan 64ft. 11/2 in.' Range About 2,000 miles First flown Dec. 21, 1970 Manufacturer Grumman Corp., Tennessee Air National Guard 1km Source: Jane's All the World's Aircraft the last 16 months, including the October 1994 fatal crash involving Lt. Kara Hultgreen. The squadron was transferred to the USS Kitty Hawk in October. The F-14 had taken off Monday from Nashville International Airport on a training mission, returning to its base at the Miramar Naval Air Station near San Diego. The fireball could be seen for AP miles from the wooded, working- class neighborhood of brick homes where the crash occurred under overcast skies. "One guy was just sitting in his couch. He never had a chance. They were all just sitting where they were," said firefighter James Dean. The fighter jet hit one house, engulfing homes to either side in flames and littering the neighborhood with plane parts. Pieces of an engine sat in in a yard across the street; another part of the plane rested in a tree. "It was moving so fast I couldn't even tell what shape it was, and then this huge fireball erupted and the heat came through the glass of my car," said Don Isert, who was driving near the airport. Stasi Stubblefield, who lives a half-mile from where the plane crashed, said: "It looked like it was going directly down ... nose down." The cause of the crash was not immediately known. The Pentagon sent a team of investigators. Elmer Newsom, 66, and his wife, Ada Newsom, 63, were killed in their home, police said. A visiting friend, Ewing T. Wair, 53, also was killed. The couple were next-door neighbors of Joel and Anita Oeschle, who left for work well before the crash and whose house was destroyed by the fire. "I feel very fortunate that neither of us was home. We lost two great neighbors, two great people. That's where my heart is now," Joel Oeschle said. The F-14 typically carries missiles, rockets and bombs, but the Navy said the plane that went down on Monday was not armed. T FARM BILL Farm bill may pass this week in compromise By ROBERT GREENE Tlie Associated Press .. WASHINGTON -^ Compromise farm legislation could clear the Senate later this week; with some Republican lawmakers apparently willing to give up higher government payments to farmers when crop prices are strong. Prospects looked so good for a Senate debate Thursday that Agri-" culture Secretary Dan Glickman cut short a trip to Asia. The House Agriculture Committee, meanwhile, planned to work on a similar measure Tuesday. How soon the whole House cpuld act was uncertain. Lawmakers are under increasing pressure to act because of the approach of the spring planting season. And one of the key areas of compromise could be over a core element of the Republican plan — the replacement of traditional price-based subsidies with declining lump-sum payments to farmers. The measure would shave 20 percent from farm spending. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, said he and others were open to an agreement that would pay less when crop prices are high, but keep it in a reserve for when prices fall or disaster hits. Such an agreement would blunt criticism that the Republican plan rewards well-off farmers during good times, especially when nutrition and welfare were being cut. "I think everything is on the table at this moment," said Craig, a member of the Agriculture Committee. T ASSISTED SUICIDE T TEEN PREGNANCY Clinton tabs Foster to lead pregnancy fight Anti-abortion extremists blamed for Foster's failed nomination last year to be surgeon general By TERENCE HUNT The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Seven months after his nomination was killed by the Senate, Dr. Henry Foster was named Monday as a special adviser to President Clinton to lead a national campaign against teen pregnancy. Foster's job as an unpaid aide "ought to be completely without partisan politics," said Clinton, who last year blamed anti-abortion extremists for defeating Foster's FOSTER nomination for surgeon general. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., and T HOMOSEXUAL RIGHTS City gives gay couples symbolic wedding OK Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, rivals for the GOP presidential nomination, led the fight against Foster last June in what critics said was a battle for support among the Christian right. The new post does not require Senate approval. Clinton had promised a crusade against teen pregnancy in his 1995 State of the Union speech, but that effort died with Foster's nomination. The president does not plan to nominate a surgeon general candidate this year, White House press secretary Mike McCurry said. "It would be difficult to appoint a surgeon general or nominate a surgeon general candidate who reflects the president's view that abortion should be safe, legal and rare," McCurry said. "That doesn't qualify with the rather extreme view that portions of the Republicans have in the Senate." He said Clinton is satisfied with the work of Audrey F. Manley, deputy surgeon general. Women's groups had lobbied Clinton to make teen pregnancy a prominent issue and had pressed for Foster's appointment. A physician, he will travel around the country to bring national attention to the problem by speaking out and meeting with business and media leaders. "This is not a problem which can be solved in Washington," Clinton said in a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room. "This is not a problem that can be dealt with by a politician's speech, no matter how statesmanlike. This is a challenge that has to be dealt with one-on-one throughout this country." Each year, about 1 million American teenagers become pregnant — approximately 11 percent of women between the ages of 15 to 19. As the teen-age population grows, teen births are expected to increase. Twice as many teen-agers have babies in the United States as in Britain. The rate is six times more than in France, Italy and Denmark, according to a White House fact sheet. "It would be better if no teen-ager ever had a child out of wedlock, that it is not the right thing to do and it is not a good thing for the children's future and for the future of our country," the president said. By The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — The city's Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a measure Monday that gives gay couples the right to a symbolic wedding ceremony beginning in April. "San Francisco is once again illustrating that this is a humane, compassionate and equal opportunity city for all people who live here," said Supervisor Carole Migden, sponsor of the proposal. The measure must have another reading Monday, then becomes law March 21. The civil ceremonies would recognize domestic partnerships, but wcfild not be legal marriages. They would only solemnize the rights the city has granted gay couples since its domestic partnership law took effect in 1991. The measure would not entitle partners to traditional benefits married people get. The 1991 ordinance gives domestic partners visitation rights in hospitals, shared health plans for city employees and bereavement leave for city employees when a domestic partner dies. Private employers are not required to grant the same benefits. Only couples registered as domestic partners in San Francisco would be eligible for the ceremony. At least 3.0M) unmarried couples have filed foithat designation. COSMETICS GUESS LIZ CLAIBORNE LIMITED SELECTIONI MENS& LADIES JEANS & SPORTWEAR (Limited Selection!) NEW GROUPI FUNDAMENTAL THINGS MALL STORE VIP CARD HOLDERS ONLY! OPEN TUESDAY 6 to 8 p.m. YOU MUST HAVE A VIP CARD TO SHOP THESE SPECIAL HOURS YOU MUST HAVE A HP TO SHOP OH TUESDAYS Open: Mon.-Sat. 9-8, sun. 1-6 TUES. 6 PM- 8 PM ONLY 501 Market Place 1 Block South of Magnolia & 9th (Across From Mid State Mall) 7 think everything is on the table at this moment." Sen. Larry Craig Idaho Republican "We recognize that we've got to craft a bipartisan compromise." Sen. Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., and Agriculture Committee Chairman Dick Lugar, R-Ind., both presidential contenders, have expressed worry that the original Republican plan could be attacked as welfare for farmers. The plan was included in the budget-balancing bill vetoed by President Clinton. Rep. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, has stood firm oii keeping the lump-sum payments, which would be locked up in seven-year contracts. The nation's largest farm group, the American Farm Bureau Federation, last week urged immediate action, in part because the plan would guard the payments from future budget cuts by locking the money in seven-year contracts with farmers. ; .Roberts indicated last week that there was room for compromise. ^ But Roberts said Monday his main concern was keeping Democrats from adding too much spending for rural development and loan-based crop subsidies. Kevorkian helps MS patient die By A.J. DICKERSON The Associated Press PONTIAC, Mich. — Dr. Jack Kevorkian took part in suicide No. 27, that of a 48-year-old woman with multiple sclerosis whose bathrobe-clad body was found in Kevorkian's battered van outside the coroner's office Monday. Linda Henslee, 48, Beloit, Wis., died of carbon monoxide poisoning, Medical Examiner L.J. Dragovic said. Her body was KEVORKIAN found around 6 a.m. after someone called the office and said to "check out the vehicle in the parking lot," Sheriffs Capt. Barnett Jones said. It is the third time in the past year that a body has been left in one of Kevorkian's vehicles near the medical examiner's office, in an area Sheriff John Nichols said has been nicknamed "Kevorkian Drive." "There's no observation of dignity to have the body of a woman dropped off at the morgue at 6 in the morning on a freezing day. It shows a ghoulish disrespect for the sanctity of human life," prosecutor Lawrence Bunting said. It was unavoidable, said Geoffrey Fieger, the lawyer for the 67- year-old retired pathologist. "If arrangements could be made, for instance, to have the funeral homes take care of these cases, that could be arranged, perhaps," he said. But he indicated nursing homes, hospices and funeral homes might have been unwilling to deal with the bodies. Fieger refused to say how, where or when the woman died. He said she was brought to Michigan last week by two daughters and an unidentified friend. The three, with Kevorkian, were present when she died. DEPT. STORE MENSWEA "We're celebrating 3 anniversaries tnis year! LIL" STONE BUILDINO . Lil' Stone Building --56 years old Don --30 years with Shelter Insurance It's Shelter's 50th Anniversary Year Please join us for an Open House February 1 V:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join us for your morning coffee and donut, or a slice of our 30/50/56 anniversary cake in the afternoon. Everyone invited. Stop by fora free gift. Thank you for your business. Don Mosier Phone 825-6227 9th & Crawford, Salina We'll always be there for you. Shelter I^rance Cos., Home Office: 1817 W. Broadway. Columbia, MO 65218

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