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Buy tags for your dog — Page 2 Vbl. 141, No. 215 IU chamDjonship hopes end with 8178 Duke victory KOKOMO Kokomo, Ind. Sunday, April 5, 1992 $1.25 Bor captured KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) Sudan's army on Saturday recaptured the major rebel stronghold of Bor, where an insurgency began nine years ago, the military command said. Bor, 650 miles south of Khartoum, is the second important town the government has retaken within less than a month. Its loss is a major blow to the rebels, who demand more autonomy for Sudan's non-Muslim southern regions, which are populated mainly by black Africans. Sudan's government is dominated by Arab Muslims. Killed in township KATLEHONG, South Africa (AP) — A gang armed with guns and firebombs attacked a settlement of shacks in this black township, killing at least 20 people, police said Saturday. A hospital official said two of the 23 people wounded in the attack Friday night also died, but police could not confirm the additional deaths. Dozens of men "carrying firearms, petrol bombs and other sharpened objects" attacked a squatter camp in Katlehong, killing 20 people, police Lt. Wikus Weber said. Neutral council KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) The Communist-style government and the Muslim guerrillas fighting to overthrow it have proposed forming a neutral council to take control of the country, possibly within two weeks, sources said Saturday. Government officials have refused to discuss how the council would be set up, but rebel sources said it would oe selected by the United Nations from a list of nominations by the eight guerrilla parties and the Kabul government. Hotels bombed NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) Bombs exploded at two hotels in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and more than 17 people were injured, state-run radio reported Saturday. The broadcast did not say whether anyone had been arrested in the attacks. The blasts came amid increasing conflict between the two main parties in Ethiopia's interim government. The first explosion occurred at the National Hotel on Friday night, injuring 13 people, according to the broadcast, monitored in Nairobi. The second came 10 minutes later at the Adam hotel. Four people were hurt; several others were slightly hurt by falling debris. Spending bills WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite rhetoric about the need to cut the budget deficit, House members have introduced spending bills that could triple the red ink — to $3 billion a day, the National Taxpayers Union Foundation said Saturday. If every House bill introduced since the 102nd Congress took office in January 1991 were enacted, federal spending would rise by $793 billion a year, according to the private research group. Passage of every pending Senate bill would cost $443 billion. Index Business 17-20 Classified ads 30-40 Entertainment 14, IS Local news 2-4 Miami County ...• News of record 8 Obituaries ' ,..,.8 Opinion 7 Science It Sports 21-28 Style US The nation ,.S The state.-. .'. S The world! .; * yaag^gagaaaa^ Indiana 'DukecT Jim Higgins proudly displays his Indiana University flag Friday at his home at 1546 W. Mulberry St. "Any IU thing I have, I've dragged out," Higgins said while untangling his flag. "I thought it would help IU win." But Duke put an end this avid IU fan's dreams of another national championship as the Blue Devils edged the Hoosiers 81-78. Though not an IU graduate, Higgins had created a "shrine" of IU blankets and memorabilia in front of his television. The IU fan had planned not to move his "shrine" until "IU wins it all," but Duke changed Higgins' plans. The Blue Devils meet Michigan for the NCAA title Monday. Related photos and stories on Page 21. (Tribune photo by Jon Hamill) Jury sees entire indictment MIAMI (AP) - Deliberations got under way Saturday in Manuel Noriega's drug trial after the ousted Panamanian leader implored the judge to let them see the uncensored indictment that caused "blood and tears between two countries." The defense discovered only Friday that prosecutors had deleted from jurors' copies sections of the 1988 indictment that contradicted evidence the government used during the six- month trial. Jurors balked at starting their deliberations Saturday morning without the indictment, and U.S. District Judge William Hoeveler called a hearing. Noriega asked to address the judge, telling him through an interpreter that Panama was invaded and he was captured on the basis of the original indictment. "These very same charges — in the complete form — were publicized around the whole world," Noriega said in a controlled voice. System shuffles teen to dead end? Parents say daughter was a victim ByRickKughen Tribune staff writer While looking at a picture of his daughter, tears trickled down Sam Lusner's cheeks. Jennifer's picture, bordered by a polished gold-tone frame, rests on an end table next to her father's chair. Sam and his wife, Connie, say that picture was taken during happier days for a troubled young girl who was begging for help. Instead of finding help, the Lushers say, Jennifer was "shuffled and warehoused" wherever there was room. Jennifer died, they said, at the hands of the bureaucrats in the Indiana mental health system. Jennifer's life ended Feb. 13, 1991, a day after being hit by a car on Interstate 69, northwest of Muncie. Jennifer was only 16, and she had just run away from a Delaware County drug rehabilitation center — a place where the Lushers believe Jennifer did not belong. "If they had just bothered to look in her file, they'd have seen that she didn't belong there," Connie said Friday, three days after the Lushers filed a suit against the State of Indiana, Indiana Department of Mental Health and Interventions Inc. of Muncie. "She didn't have an alcohol or drug problem. She had a behavorial problem," Connie said. "We thought the mental health people were the experts that could solve our problems. We thought they would do what was best.'' Jennifer's plight began about five years ago. Because she was an exuberant child, Jennifer's parents say she had problems blending with other children. Jennifer's rambunctiousness soon led to behavioral problems. While a student at Maple Crest School, Jennifer was unable to cope with discipline and school work and eventually was transferred to a special education class at Bon Air School. From there, Related story: Why the lawsuit? Page 2. facilities, including White's Institute in Wabash, Indiana Girls School in Indianapolis, and a variety of juvenile detention centers and drug rehabilitation facilities. And though she had committed no crimes, while at Indiana Girls School, her parents say Jennifer was heavily sedated and placed in solitary confinement. Jennifer's parents say that was the institution's answer for keeping her away from juvenile offenders in the general population. "I would not advise anyone to involve their children in the legal system," Sam said. "It doesn't help. It's a one-way street with no exits. You go in one end and come out the other. It's not designed for kids like Jennifer." Jennifer Lusher Though her parents say Jennifer did improve while undergoing counseling at Crossroads and at Charter Hospital in Indianapolis, neither facility was suited for Jennifer's particular problem. She eventually was shuffled away from both. Nearing the end of their rope, Jennifer's parents sought the aid of Howard Superior Court 1 Judge Dennis H. Parry, who ordered Jennifer placed under the care of the Indiana Department of Mental Health. According to Superior Court 1 records, Parry ordered that Jennifer be placed in an appropriate and secure facility. State mental health officials did not follow that order, according to Jennifer's parents. Instead, she was placed at Interventions, a facility for young girls with drug abuse problems. "I had a fit when they told me where they were going to put her," Connie said. "They told me it was a drug rehabilitation facility. I said she didn't have a drug problem. They told me that it was an open facility. I said that she needed to be in a secure facility. "They said give it a chance to work. It causedner death." Though Jennifer's parents said the teen-ager had occasional binges with alcohol and drugs for' a snort period of time before her placement at Interventions, a: court-ordered psychiatric evaluation made no mention of a drug problem. In an autopsy report, Delaware County Coroner Jack L. : Stonebraker Jr. said there were no ; ; traces of alcohol or drugs in Jen-- nifer's body when she was killed. ', "We just don't want anyone else' to ever have to go through this,"' Connie said. "We made up our minds that no matter what, we were going to do it. I just hope to." God it helps." Chance meeting reunites mother with her son 4 children were taken 28 years ago YORK, Neb. (AP) - After years of searching, Michael Drennen was reunited with the mother he was separated from 28 years ago — when he overheard a woman give her name while applying for a video store membership card. His mother, Shirley Keener, nearly fainted. Less than a month later, the mother and son share a goal: finding Michael's three sisters. All were removed from the single mother by county workers. "I never stopped loving my children. I very much love my little girls, and my son," Mrs. Keener said Friday. "We are learning to be friends.'' Drennen, 34, said his ears perked up in a video store March 13 when he heard Mrs. Keener give her maiden name to a clerk. "She rattled her name off. I'd known her maiden name for years," Drennen said. To be sure, "I checked her driver's license." After Mrs. Keener's initial shock, the two embraced and began a long conversation on their lives. They have both lived in York, about 50 miles west of Lincoln, since 1990. County authorities took away the children, then ages 6, 5, 3 and 2, on Feb. 24, 1964, after a court hearing, court records show. Mrs. Keener, 59, said she believes she lost her children without justification because she was raising them alone in the 1960s and gave birth to two of them out of wedlock. She separated from the father of Drennen and his sister Kathleen, and later had two girls, Colleen and Ruth, by another man. When she sought aid from welfare, a caseworker came to the house and the mother received a summons to appear in court. "I wasn't given any information about the charges, I was told it was a hearing and not a trial. But I was on trial and I didn't even realize it," said Mrs. Keener, who over the decades has sought her bachelor's degree, remarried, and is widowed. She has a clear memory of the children being placed in a car and driven away. She also said she never abused or neglected the children. > Mrs. Keener, who did not have a lawyer, said she was hysterical for months after her children were taken away. Drennen was sent to the Nebraska Center for Children and Youth and spent years in foster homes. His sisters went to the Nebraska Children's Home Society and were later adopted. On the light side Time to vote WASHINGTON (AP) Forget about presidential p tics. Don't even think about electing a new member of Congress. The vote that America has been waiting for has finally arrived. Will it be Elvis the younger or Elvis the mature? Starting Monday, Americans get to vow for their choice for the design of next year's Elvis Presley postage stamp. Ballots will be available at post offices and in the April 13 issue of People magazine. Ballots must be postmarked by April 24: Fans may vote as often as they like, but each postcard ballot requires a 19-cent stamp. The winning design will be announced June 4 at Presley's Graceland Mansion in Memphis. C«rds and letters may be sent to Elvis Poll, Post Office Box Elvis, Memphis, Tenn. 38101-1001. Pacesetter personalities One of the best Timothy L. Mylin, the five- time TAC Indiana Runner of the Year, including the last three years, and 1990 Pacesetter champion, is "looking forward" to the April 25 Pacesetter, hoping "that I'm 100 percent by then." The Pacesetter "has developed into one of the finest races Indiana has to offer," Tim said. "I'm glad to be able to be a part of it. >T One of the premier runners in Indiana, Tim, the girls track Mylin coach at Carmel, competes in 30*35 events each year. He normally finishes in the top two percent of all his races. Others judge their perfor- mance by his. His personal best in four miles is 18:44. The Butler University graduate holds numerous records' at Butler, including the conference steeplechase and 5K, and the course record in cross country. In January, Tim said he was training "extremely hard" and "was in great shape" for the Indianapolis Polar Bear 5 Mile on Feb. 8. The Carmel High School chemistry teacher won his seventh Polar Bear in 24:24 on snow-covered roads. He won the Groundhog 7 in Carmel on Feb. 2, and in January he won an indoor 5K at Purdue University. Tim, 32, has been injured since mid-February, ana has been "training easy to let things heal up.

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