The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 28, 1996 · Page 1
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Road warriors Kansas wraps up odd September with game at Utah/C1 SPORTS Down to Earth Shannon Lucid welcomed back home after Mir mission / A7 ! Lawmakers try to hammer out final budget / A6 • 125 and counting: Giasco celebrates 125th anniversary / B1 INSIDE tfigfi:73 Low: 50 Mostly sunny and warmer today with northwest winds of10to20mph/B7 WEATHEft Classified/C6 Comics / B8 Deaths / A9 Great Plains/B1 Money/ B4 Religion / B6 Sports / C1 Viewpoints / B2 IND6X the 1871-1996 Salina Journal SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T MIDDLE EAST Deadly clashes spread into Jerusalem Arafat and Netanyahu to meet today to try and re-establish peace By The Associated Press JERUSALEM — Deadly Israeli- Palestinian fighting spread Friday to one of Islam's holiest shrines and across the West Bank as Yasser Arafat appealed for calm and tentatively agreed to meet with Israel's prime minister. As the unrest raged for a fourth day and the death toll rose to 71, Benjamin Netanyahu stood tough. The prime minister offered no apologies, accused Palestinian leaders of inciting the violence over a "nonissue" and warned Israel would not negotiate a peace pact under Palestinian threats. Struggling to control his Palestinian people, Arafat ordered the armed police under his command to use force, if necessary, to stop the rioting. His pleas were ignored in many areas, signaling he may not be in complete control of his 30,000 men. In one clash, a group of 20 Palestinians, including a man in gray slacks and a dress shirt, eagerly awaited their turn to shoot at Israelis from the same rule. Elsewhere, Palestinian police dragged protesters away from Israeli positions in choke holds and marched them back at gunpoint. "Enough bloodshed, please listen to us," one of the officers pleaded. Meanwhile, U.S. officials said the Israeli and Palestinian leaders reached their agreement to meet tonight — probably on the border between Israel and Gaza — at the urging of the United States. The U.S. officials said final details of the meeting still had to be worked out. "We are very hopeful a meeting will be held quite soon," State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said. Many of the Palestinians are frustrated by the stalled peace process, seven months of economic hardships caused by Israel's border closure, and Israel's decision to open an archaeological tunnel near an Islamic holy site in Jerusalem. Netanyahu called the tunnel a "nonissue" because, he said, Israel would always respect Muslim holy places. Six Palestinians and three Israeli soldiers were killed Friday. Since the violence began, 56 Palestinians and 14 Israelis have died in some of the worst fighting since the 1967 Mideast War, when Israel captured the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The overall toll includes one Egyptian army officer, killed when bullets strayed across the border from the Gaza Strip. By nightfall Friday, the fighting had died down, and there were no more reports of clashes. The Jewish Sukkot holiday began at sundown. In the day's fiercest battle, Israeli helicopter gunships fired as rescue units tried to save ambushed soldiers at an isolated Israeli outpost in Gaza. Tanks encircled Gaza and streets across the West Bank were littered with rocks. In Jerusalem, helmeted Israeli riot police stormed the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third- holiest shrine, after hundreds of worshipers pelted them with stones. Police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and — according to Palestinian claims — live rounds to disperse the crowd, killing three men. In a desperate scene of chaos and anger, men shouted "God is great!" as a bearded Palestinian bent over a pool of blood and picked up what appeared to be chunks of human flesh. The Associated Press Palestinian worshipers shout as they rush In help an Injured man Friday at the Al Aqqsa Mosque complex in Jerusalem. Rhythm and blue KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Mike Weber, a senior with the Salina Central High School Marching Mustangs, pounds out the beat on his quad drums Friday afternoon while practicing in the school parking lot. The band was practicing for next week's home game and the Oct. 12 marching band festival at Kansas State University. T POPCORN Movie-goers get final say on popcorn By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The polls opened Friday at nine AMC Theaters in the metropolitan area, and the ballot question is central to every movie-goer's heart. •-• With their movie tickets, customers are getting a one question survey that reads, "Which factor is more important to yo.u when purchasing popcorn at a movie theater: taste or saturated fat content?" AMC thinks it knows what its customers will prefer in the survey — taste — but it's asking anyway. If customers vote for the much maligned coconut oil over the sunflower oil AMC uses, the Kansas City-based theater chain will return coconut oil to all 231 of its theaters. AMC will run its test through October. The popcorn scare started in spring 1994, when the Center for Science in the Public Interest issued dire warnings about the health hazards of coconut oil, which most theaters were using. AMC says sales of popcorn did not falter after it switched from coconut oil, so this isn't a move to boost sales. T FLOODING 1977's interest in flood control died Study after 8-inch rain that year pegged cost of control at $19 million By CHRIS KOGER The Salina Journal The rains continued for hours, flooding basements and closing streets. Before all the damage had been cleaned up, angry residents confronted city leaders at a special meeting at Salina South High School. The powerful 7-inch May 31 storm may come to mind, but the above scenario also happened in August 1977, when up to 8 inches of rain fell on south Salina. Then — and again earlier this year — residents felt compelled to take city administrators to task for what they saw as inaction on drainage issues. A petition demanding action was circulated in early September 1977, while streets in many areas, from Neal to Aurora streets, were still under water. The city paid the engineering firm of Wilson and Co. $60,000 for a south Salina drainage study, which was completed the following June. City commissioners focused on the first two phases of the $19 million plan, which would have implemented a number of improvements. Those included: • A ponding area south of Magnolia and east of Ohio Street. • A drainage ditch from Schilling to Knox roads. • Enlargement of the Magnolia Road ditch and extension of the ditch to Neal Avenue and Linda Lane, plus underground sewer improvements in that area. • A new ditch along the west side of Ohio Street and south of Magnolia Street, and storm sewer lines along Ohio, Magnolia, Aurora, Wayne and Edward streets. • Ponding areas north of Knox Road and northeast of Ninth and Magnolia streets. Some of the items were accomplished through further development, such as ponding areas near the Central Mall on South Ninth Street. And a $2 million drainage project along East Schilling Road is in the works. But a majority of the projects noted in the seven-phase study haven't — and probably won't — be completed. City Manager Dennis Kissinger, who explained the history of Salina's drainage systems at a study See FLOOD, Page A9 T KISSING Passion play Playground kisses draw different responses among children By JULIA PRODIS The Associated Press The Associated Press Dusty (right) and Sarah have different views on kissing classmates. DALLAS — Dusty was walking down the hall to kindergarten gym class, his hands folded obediently behind his back, when a pretty little girl in a sunflower dress came up behind him and planted a kiss on his cheek. "I felt like I was going to shoot like a rocket!" 6-year-old Dusty recalls. "Then my eyes started to pop out." The little blond boy with gaps between his teeth has been chasing girls on the playground ever since. "Yuck!" says Sarah, crinkling her nose and exposing her missing front teeth. If any boys kissed her, the Dallas first-grader says, "I'd slap 'em with my lunch box and make their nosebleed." In Lexington, N.C., Southwest Elementary School may be forever remembered as the school that punished a first-grader for giving a girl a peck on the cheek. The boy, Johnathan Prevette, a 6-year-old with blond hair and Coke bottle glasses, was separated from his class — and missed an ice cream party — for violating the school's sexual harassment policy, which bars "unwelcome touching." Johnathan said the little girl asked for the kiss. But at Dan D. Rogers Elementary School in Dallas, first-grade boys and girls are more likely to get caught swapping kicks than stealing kisses. "It makes me want to barf." Sarah 7-year-old tired of "this mushy stuff In first-grade, it's clear, some kids don't know the meaning of a kiss, much less sexual harassment. ("When you kiss on the mouth, you have to get married," 6-year-old Edwin says.) These kids are more concerned with riding their bikes, staying inside the lines in the coloring book and learning the days of the week. Marina is waiting until she's 17 to kiss a boy. But if she's caught by surprise by a boy before then, "I would tell a teacher because sometimes I don't like boys because they're ugly. But if they're cute, I'd kiss him and not tell and keep it a secret because the moms might not let you be friends." Dusty still hasn't kissed a girl yet. Kaitlyn, who gave him his first kiss, moved away last year. But that hasn't stopped the chase. He has a new girlfriend, although he confesses he doesn't yet know her name. "Every time I see her I just want to jump up and chase her like a wolf," he says. Sarah quickly grows tired of talking about "this mushy stuff." "It makes me want to barf."

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