The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 29, 1996 · Page 9
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 9

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, September 29, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION SUNDAY. SEPTEMBER 29, 1996 A9 T OIL SPILL on spill [tops flow if seafood itil oil is cleared from |Kea, lobstering and ^ellfish harvesting is off >; The Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine — Lobster ats bobbed at their docks and ternien stayed home Saturday, Jay after a tanker plowed into a Abridge and spilled 170,000 gaits of oil into the seafood-rich tland Harbor. lt's like a big storm hit," lob- s$rman Joe Murphy said. f Liberian tanker, the Julie N, the Million Collar Bridge Fri- mornhtg cutting a 15-by-30- ffigt gasttin its hull. Heating oil ajftd the boat's own heavy fuel l^itked into the harbor and the Fore River. $The bridge was closed to traffic turday and the harbor refined closed to all but cleanup ssels. The Coast Guard said until the area is cleared of oil and tests prove the seafood is safe, fishing, lobstering and shellfish harvesting will be forbidden. ""Normally we'd have fishermen coming in the door with fresh fish and there's nobody coming in today," said Karen Grant of Tiny's Bigman Seafood, a waterfront fish market. "Plus people think everything's contaminated. " Crews recovered more than 60,000 gallons of oil mixed with water Saturday, and booms and vacuums were used to contain the spill. Coast Guard Cmdr. Burt Russell said the impact to shore was limited. » But for some in the seafood in- cfloSstry, the response wasn't fast t ugh. "They didn't contain it in 3," Grant said. The price of lobster has jumped 50 cents a pound since the spill. National Transportation and Safety Board investigators planned to interview the Korean crew of the boat. The local pilot and the captain took drug and alcohol tests. The results were not available Saturday. T VALUJET Hay day DAVIS TURNER/The Salina Journal Helping out for the day, Randy Early, 13, unloads hay bales Saturday at Orscheln Farm and Home Supply, 360 N. Ohio, where his father, Ray, is the manager. T CONGRESS ValuJet's return to sky proves bothersome Relatives of crash victims not sure airline is competent to fly By The Associated Press ATLANTA — As ValuJet prepares to return to the skies, the airline's celebratory mood and unanswered questions about the Everglades crash don't sit well with some relatives of those who died. "I saw a TV clip a while back With (ValuJet president) Lewis Jordan and a lot of people cheering him, and it kind of hit me wrong," said Roger McNitt, Rome, Ga., who lost five relatives in the crash. T CRIME "I hate that the employees have been out of work and all, but my brother lost a lot more than a job. It's still shocking. You wake up every morning and just don't believe it." A month after ValuJet Flight 592 crashed May 11 in Florida, killing all 110 people aboard, federal regulators grounded the airline because of questions about its maintenance operations. The Transportation Department returned ValuJet's certificate last week, and the Atlanta-based carrier plans to resume flying at 12:30 p.m. Monday. Friday, the flight attendants' union filed an emergency petition asking a federal appeals court to "I hate that the employees have been out of work and all, but my brother lost a lot more than a job." Roger McNitt relative of five ValuJet crash victims block ValuJet's return, contending the airlines is unsafe. It wasn't immediately clear when the court might act. "Whether they are competent to fly again to me is beside the point," said Deborah Landrum of Piano, Texas, whose sister, Terri Bell, died in the crash. "They just shouldn't be allowed to because they won't take corporate responsibility." ValuJet blames the crash, believed to be caused by a fire in a cargo area, on the actions of a maintenance contractor. The crash remains under investigation. Meanwhile, ValuJet said Friday it was swamped with reservations. The low-cost carrier did not disclose its Friday bookings. But during the 2% hours that reservations were taken Thursday night, ValuJet booked 1,600 one-way nights. Three-state truck chase ends in New York bay By The Associated Press ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A truck driver seen speeding near Cleveland switched off his lights and led police on a 100-mph chase that spanned three states and ended when he ditched in a bay 280 miles away. Police blocked interstate exits and steered motorists aside Friday night, hoping that the tractor without a trailer would run out of gas. The chase through Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York ended nearly three hours later when the truck reached the end of an expressway in Rochester and ran off a boat launch into 4 feet of water in Irondequoit Bay, two miles from the driver's home. V CRIME The driver jumped out "acting in an incoherent manner and flailing his arms," said state police Sgt. Mike Manning. Franciszek Zygadlo, a 41-year- old Polish immigrant, was charged with reckless endangerment and resisting arrest, as well as various traffic violations. He was ordered jailed on $20,000 bail. The chase began on 1-271 in suburban Cleveland when the truck was clocked traveling 65 miles an hour in a 55-mph zone, said Trooper Charles SanFilippo of the Ohio Highway Patrol. Trailed by police, the truck accelerated to about 100 miles an hour. At times, it slowed back down to around 60 miles an hour. Mom gets life for killing baby By The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — A woman who claimed her baby daughter was already dead when she gave birth unexpectedly on the toilet has been convicted of first-degree murder. The jury that convicted Debra Sue Dewberry on Friday recommended a sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole. The judge is not bound by the recommendation; no sentencing date was set. Dewberry, 32, admitted dumping the baby's body in a trash can after giving birth in June 1994. She testified Thursday that she did not call 911 because the child was already dead. Doctors testified for the prosecution that the baby's lungs revealed signs that she had breathed. A doctor who testified for Dewberry said no such conclusion could be reached. "It was just beyond our belief the baby had never taken a breath," said Tracy Smith, the jury foreman. "It was our belief the baby fell into the toilet and drowned." Prosecutors maintained Dewberry killed the baby because she thought the father might be someone other than her husband. There is more to the Advantage CD than a high rate. 6.OO % annual percentage yield 13-MONTH CD 5.4O % annual percentage yield 7-MONTH CD Given its excellent combination of high rates and short terms, the Advantage CD from UMB is certainly a solid investment option. However there is more. 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Ethics panel keeps Gingrich complaints alive Gephardt scolded for financial irregularities by ethics committee By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The House ethics committee Saturday agreed to keep alive a complaint that Speaker Newt Gingrich broke federal gift- and campaign finance laws, while dismissing — with criticism — allegations of financial irregularities by Democratic leader Dick Gephardt. There was one piece of favorable news for Gingrich: The committee dismissed allegations that he improperly intervened with federal agencies on behalf of financial supporters. The committee action was a compromise between Democrats, who sought dismissal of the action against Gephardt, and Republicans, who favored discharge of the complaint against Gingrich. The panel has five members from each party. The committee scolded Gephardt for waiting until last Friday to amend his financial disclosure statements for 1991 and 1992, to include a loan and rental income from a vacation home in North Carolina. Last Thursday, the committee T CONGRESS GINGRICH GEPHARDT broadened an outside counsel's investigation of whether a college course taught by Gingrich was a political activity that violated tax laws. The complaint involved in Saturday's decision was a separate action, filed by some of Gingrich's most vociferous Democratic foes. It accused the speaker of improperly accepting money from GOPAC, the political action committee he led from 1986 until 1995. In biting comments published Saturday in The Washington Times, Gingrich characterized the House ethics process as the price he must pay for achieving his agenda of changing the government. "They get to attack me. I get to repeal the entitlement of welfare. Which do you want?" he said. Gephardt said the complaint by Rep. Jennifer Dunn, R-Wash., "was filed against me for transparently partisan and retaliatory purposes." '...> Bill establishing tallgrass prairie in Kansas passes f> By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The House passed a scaled-back federal parks bill affecting 41 states — including Kansas — late Saturday after discarding dozens of provisions that had stalled the legislation because of White House opposition. The bill, which was approved 404-4, now goes to the Senate where its fate is unclear as Congress prepares to adjourn. It calls for scores of land exchanges, boundary changes and new designations of historic sights, scenic rivers and memorials, most of them noncontroversial. Key provisions include: • Establishment of a trust for restoring and preserving the Presidio, a former army base, in San Francisco. • Authorization to purchase of the Sterling Forest in New York and New Jersey to protect the 17,500-acre watershed against development. • Establishing the nation's first Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Kansas on 180 acres of the Z-Bar ranch in Chase, County, Kan. The Interior Department would buy the; 180 acres to create the park, and! the rest of the 10,894 acres of th^i ranch would be held in the private^ hands of the National Park TrustA That agreement was the resulfi of years of negotiations in Kansas! between farm groups suspicious! of government ownership of land,and preservationists who said the; area was one of that remaining prairies of its kind in the country. • Designation of a national historic trail commemorating Martin Luther King's Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march. • A three-year, $400 million cleanup program for the San Francisco Bay to improve the region's water quality and fisheries. House approval came after lawmakers scrambled most of the day to craft a stripped-down compromise that would be acceptable to the administration. The White House had said an earlier version would be vetoed by the president. 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