The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 6, 2001 · Page 4
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A4 FRIDAY. APRIL 6. 2001 NATION THE SAUNA JOURNAL • FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE U.S. rolls up welcome mat BRIEFLY Midwest seeks to defend its turf against a foreign invasion By JAY HUGHES The Associated Press Fear of foot-and-mouth disease has friendly Midwestern farmers pulling up their welcome mats. Zoos and theme parks around the country are posting warning signs. Some universities are canceling overseas exchange programs and even quarantining foreign students. Around the nation, Americans are closely examining their own cows, hogs — even giraffes — while also watching for anybody or anything that could carry into the United- States the highly contagious disease ravaging Britain's livestock. And just in case foot-and- mouth strikes this country for the first time in more than 70 years, officials are drawing up worst-case scenarios, from de-« stroying entire herds of cattle to mobilizing the National Guard. "I wake up nights thinking about it," said Gene Eskew, a veterinarian for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. "This particular virus is the most contagious in the world." Foot-and-mouth is dreaded because it can be transmitted so easily — by dirt on vehicle tires, clothes, shoes, even in the air The virus is harmless to humans but destroys animals T SLAIN FAMILY JOUer may have been dad Relative says dad's depression liad troubled family By The Associated Press HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — In the eyes of their neighbors, John Bishop, his wife and children were the Ail-American family, often together in the yard or riding bikes. But in private, the family had been dealing with the father's depression, a relative said. "John got sick. He had been under a doctor'§ care for about a month," his father-in-law, Ed Legg, told The Denver Post. The five were found shot to death in their beds Tuesday — Bishop, an executive at Qwest Communications International; Sherrill Ann Bishop, 38, a part-time schoolteacher; son Andrew, 9; and twin daughters Kelley and Megan, 6. Authorities said there were no signs of a break- in, and a rifle was found in the house near one of the bodies. Police told the Rocky Mountain News murder-suicide was one theory A neighbor said the family had lived in the house in the fast-growing community south of Denver for about 12 years. They often went camping together, and the children often were seen riding their bikes with their parents, he said. He described the father as reserved and the mother as outgoing. • DonH think you*r"e a hero? She does. March of Dimes' WaikAmerica Saving babies, together Call your local March of Dimes or visit www.modimes.org. 825-7476 The Associated Press Rick Grappe leaps the fence Tuesday after a bull gets irritated witli his attempts to check it for foot-and-mouth disease during a livestock sale in Galesburg, III. hooves and causes mouth blisters that ruin their appetite. U.S. officials have not confirmed a case here since 1929. In Britain, more than a million animals have been condemned to slaughter in an attempt to contain the outbreak, and restrictions have been imposed on tourism events and the movement of animals. The U.S. already has banned imports of livestock and raw meat from Europe. Now, many of the precautions are aimed at international travelers. Zoos from New York City to Chicago are posting signs asking visitors who have been overseas recently to avoid petting zoos or other areas where they can come in close contact • SCHOOL PUBLICATION with animals. At Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., visitors step into a disinfectant shoe bath before boarding buses for tours where they can feed giraffes and get close to other exotic animals. Protect the herds Many farm states are canceling agricultural tours that bring in visitors from out of town or overseas. In Illinois' Rock River Valley, farmers are redirecting foreign tours to livestock-free attractions such as the John Deere home. Agriculture officials in Wisconsin advised farmers to stop the tradition of inviting visitors to tour the farm and have breakfast in celebration of dairy month. Officials suggested gatherings instead be held in town this June. Phil Klink, who had 4,000 people on his farm for last year's breakfast, said this year the fun just isn't worth the risk to his 140-cow herd. "We were looking forward to having it, but it's better to cancel it now," Klink said Thursday Leading agriculture universities across the Midwest are isolating students who have been abroad until the risk of contamination is over and restricting access to school farms. Seventeen foreign students who came to the University of Minnesota began their training on farms this week after cooling their heels for eight days at a suburban St. Paul hotel. "We had the students wash their clothes so there would be no fear of that. The host farmers were going to purchase new work shoes for them. We asked them to blow their noses quite often. Evidently, the virus can reside in the respiratory system," said Steve Jones, director of the Minnesota Agricultural Student Trainee program. • "By the end they were a little bored, but they understood the potential threat." At Illinois State University, officials posted a big sign outside the university farm in Normal that reads: "STOP Bio- Security Area. If you or an immediate family member have been out of the United States in the past 14 days, do not pass this point."" Rule made to be broken School officials tell students to forge parents' signatures By The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Va. — High school administrators encouraged dozens of students to forge their parents' signatures on forms that help the school get federal aid. Student reporters at the West Springfield High School newspaper The Oracle broke the story Wednesday. Fairfax County police are investigating. "I don't think there will be any criminal charges," police spokeswoman Julie Hersey said Thursday "We just want to make sure that they know that we know what happened so it won't Jiappen again." On March 22, school officials gathered 47 students in the cafeteria and asked them to forge their parents' signatures on a county form that the school system uses to seek federal funding. Ten to 20 students did so. Several students told The Oracle school security staff and Bill Renner, a coach at the school, pressured them to forge the signatures. "We had two options," freshman Christy Gudely told the paper. "Fill it out and sign it or put 'refuse' and be dealt with." The school's honor code states that forging a parent's signature is punishable by at least a one-day suspension. The Associated Press These three West Springfield High Schooi newspaper reporters broke the story of the principal and staff asking students to sign parents' names on a federal grant form. They posed with their paper and the form Wednesday in Springfield, Va. The forms are used to determine if a student lives on federal property such as an Army base. The federal government reimburses school systems for the education of those children since their parents do not pay county property taxes. Renner defended his actions to the paper, saying the students were supposed to turn in the forms three montlis ago. "They didn't do it, and that's open defiance and disobedience. They need to have a better attitude," he said. "They don't have any reason to speak their voice because they were in the wrong." Principal David Smith told The Washington Post he takes E. Crawford Street Bistro & Cafe SEAFOOD BUFFET $-| 095 Friday Evening i5 -!l | ^ Crab Legs, Shrimp Plus Much More Tiie5 ,-Sat 11-2, 5-9; Sun. 11-2 Cmtomized Catering! 1200 E. Crawford > 827-2728 responsibility for the incident and had asked Renner and the security staff to have the students sign their parents' names. Smith told The Oracle, "I would say that it is not a good thing that we ask students to forge their parents' signatures, but if these students had done what they should have done for this form three months ago, we would not be in the position where we need to look for shortcuts." Pool & Spa SERVICE 823-7512 Pi SUNFLOWER :.,.-j ......v .-...:-.v.-.-.;v-;.v::;. Texas law gives inmates free DNA test AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry Thursday signed a law giving convicts in the nation's No. I death penalty state access to state-paid DNA testing that could exonerate them. "DNA technology is an important tool. It must be utilized to shed light on cases where there is cause for doubt," said Perry, who had declared the issue an emergency and urged lawmakers to pass the bill right away The new law also requires that certain biological evidence be entered into a statewide DNA database to help solve crimes. Republican state Sen. Robert Duncan, an author of the law, said it will give the Texas criminal justice system more integrity and make it more efficient. Texas is the 12th state to enact a post-conviction genetic testing law, Duncan's office said. The post-conviction DNA testing measures apply where biological evidence exists and can be subjected to genetic testing and where.identity was an issue at trial. The law requires the state to preserve biological evidence that can undergo genetic testing. It also allows certain prisoners to seek state-paid DNA testing if it was not available at trial. The convict must show by a preponderance of the evidence that there is a substantial question of innocence. Boy thinlcs on his feet to save his life ABBEVILLE, S.C. — A boy whose leg was severed by a train used his belt as a tourniquet to save himself from bleeding to death — a skill he learned from his mother when she was studying to be a nurse. Alex Compton, 10, was crossing the tracks near his home Monday when his foot got caught on some rocks. After the accident, he removed his belt and tightened it around his thigh to stem the bleeding, rescue workers said. He learned the technique from his mother, Lisa Compton, who had studied first aid at nursing school. The boy's great aunt, Mary Revels, said Alex told his mother he wouldn't have lost so much blood if he had put the belt around his leg sooner. "And then he apologized to her for going by the tracks." Revels said. A neighbor found Alex along the tracks. His leg also was found but doctors couldn't reattach it, Revels said. Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley said he never knew anyone to survive such an accident. Girl X helps send attacker to prison CHICAGO — An ex-convict who lured a 9-year-old girl into,, an apartment, poured roach killer down her throat and '' beat her in an attack that left "\ her blind, mute and crippled '' could spend the rest of his life " in prison. The girl, known as Girl X in ,,, the media, had been found un-'," conscious with gang symbols scrawled on her body'in a filthy stairwell of Chicago's no'-' torious Cabrini-Green housing'' project. Now 13 and in a wheelchair, she testified against her attacker in court, moving her head and making eye movements to communicate. "The heart of this case was the heart of the victim who was willing after a devastating',! attack to come forward and '^^.^ face the person who did it to her," Cook County State's At- '"' torney Richard Devine said Wednesday after a jury found Patrick Sykes, 29, guilty of predatory criminal sexual assault, kidnapping and attempted murder. Devine said Sykes faces a ^, maximum sentence of 120 years for the 1997 attack. '' Hawaii's educators strike for better pay ' HONOLULU — Public school, teachers across the state and University of Hawaii faculty , | members went on strike Thurs-' day after last-ditch salary nego'-'! tiations failed to produce new contracts. The walkouts shut down public education in Hawaii, which ' has the nation's only statewide!' I public school system. Some 180,000 public school students and 42,000 university students ''' were affected, and parents of ',' younger children scrambled to'.''. arrange child care. ,, "We are ready to go the full, stretch," said Rebecca Wimmer,'! a first-grade teacher at Kame- "' hameha III Elementary School in Lahaina, Maui. She and other teachers took to the picket lines at 6 a.m. "On Strike" signs were posted on the door of the headquar-, ters of the Hawaii State Teachers Association Wednesday af-' I! ternoon after the state's chief negotiator left the building, telling reporters talks had end- ' ed. The association represents nearly 13,000 public school teachers. Three hours later, the UH »^ Professional Assembly, which w represents 3,100 University of S Hawaii faculty members, announced it, too, was at an impasse. From Wire Service Reports Posturepedic' 131 S. Santa Fe • 132 S. 5th • Downtown Salina 785-827-7171 ^1 Personal VBIICirSil in Salina National Bank MEMBER FDIC 454 S. 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