Budget fight PAGE the MONDAY APRIL 9, 2001 SAUNA, KANSAS Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 50 cents Masterful DOWNED SPY PLANE U.S. presses for quick end to standoff White House warns about further harm to U.S.-China relations By WILL LESTER The Associated Press The Associated Press Secretary of State Colin Powell won't apologize for collision. T WHITE HOUSE Bush to write to pilot's wife Wife of missing pilot has said U.S. is 'too cowardly' to apologize By SCOTT LINDLAW Tlie Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Bush is sending a letter to the wife of the missing Chinese fighter pilot as a humanitarian gesture, officials said Sunday. Ruan Guoqin had written Bush a letter in which she accused him and his administration of being "too cowardly" to offer an apology for the collision a week ago between the Chinese jet, and a U.S. spy plaiie. Ruan wrote the administration defamed her husband, missing pilot Wang Wei, according to the official Xinhua news agency. "Our 6-year-old son has kept asking me when his father will come home," she wrote. "I pray and call out time and again hoping in tears that there will be a miracle." Bush's letter is intended "to respond in a humanitarian way in. an American way to a widow who is grieving," Secretary of State Colin Powell said. "Whatever you think about the politics of it, she's lost her husband." Ruan entered a Beijing hospital Sunday overcome by stress, according to a Beijing newspaper. "What is incredible is your and your government's apathetic attitude toward my husband's life," the news agency quoted from the letter Two White House officials said the letter would not be released publicly It was likely to go out late Sunday or early today they said. T BETHANY COLLEGE WASHINGTON — As the standoff over the detained crew of a downed American spy plane entered its second week, top Bush administration officials said Sunday a quick resolution was crucial to avoid further straining U.S.-China relations. Continued delay in sending the 24 Americans homes could have repercussions on Capitol Hill, said members of Con gress, citing a possible trade fight later this year and an upcoming decision on U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan. The administration refused again to apologize for the collision between a Chinese fighter jet and the U.S. plane, which was forced to make an emergency landing on an island in southern China. The Chinese jet and its pilot are missing. Over the weekend, the Chinese military took a tough stance on who was to blame. Secretary of State Colin Powell said the United States was "sorry" about the pilot's fate as he used a word the administration has generally avoided. But he emphasized the United States should not and will not apologize for the collision of the planes. Both Powell, Vice President Dick Cheney and the president's national security adviser, Con- doleezza Rice, said an extended standoff threatened to make it harder to repair relations between the two countries. "I don't want to put a timetable on it, every day that goes by without having it resolved raises the risks to the long-term relationship," Cheney said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Administration officials were careful to avoid spelling out specific consequences of further delay Shifting from a diplomatic to personal level, the White House said the president was answering the missing pilot's distraught wife, who had written Bush and accused his administration of being "too cowardly" to offer an apology "We have expressed regrets, we've expressed our sorrow, and we are sorry that a life was lost," Powell said, referring to the missing pilot. In comparison, he offered this explanation for the U.S. position on an apology to Beijing for the collision: "The question of apology is something quite different, because then we are being asked to accept responsibility And that we have not done, can't do, and therefore won't apologize for that." Cheney rejected the description of the crew as "hostages" by Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill. Cheney said the United States has access to them and they were being treated well. But Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said, "We're getting precariously close to that." Lawmakers frustrated the impasse was dragging on said it could lead to a bitter fight later this year if Congress, -is asked to extend trade benefits to Beijing; possible U.S. opposition to China's bid to stage the Olympics in 2008; and an arms package Bush is now considering for Taiwan, which China considers a renegade province. Easter Extreme Emmanuel Foursquare's holiday play will tell stories of Christians who died for faith By AMY SULLIVAN Tlie Salina Journal Christian martyrs can be found in the Bible and in the year 2001 in the new Easter play "Extreme Love" coming this weekend at Emmanuel Foursquare Gospel Church. The play tells true stories of Christians who died for their faith, said Sondra Miller, who wrote the dialogue with fellow church member Craig Hinca. They found stories in the Bible and two contemporary books: "Jesus Freaks," a book by music group D.C. Talk, • WHEN: 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday. • WHERE: Emmanuel Foursquare Gospel Church, 1325 E. Cloud • COST: Free, but an offering will be taken. JEFF COOPER /The Salina Journal Guitar player John Hobson looks up at bass player Brett Maltbie (that's his shadow on the wall) during a rehearsal Sunday for "Extreme Love," an Easter play at Emmanuel Foursquare Gospel Church. and "Voice of the Martyr," a book about the persecution of Christians throughout the world. These people showed their love for God's son. Miller said, and it's the same kind of love God had for people when he sent Jesus to die for their sins. This is the 14th year the church has produced an original Easter play Miller said. Nine years ago, the church moved into a new sanctuary with theater-style lights and a sound system. The play also will use sound effects and video footage on the wall behind the actors. See PLAY, Page A2 From Russia mth love Search for a better life brings family to Lindsborg By AMY SULLIVAN The Salina Journal LINDSBORG — Tamara Korenman describes her husband Misha Korenman as a workaholic. "That's the pot calling the kettle black," said family friend Emmett Wright. The Korenmans came to Kansas from Voronezh, Russia, with master's degrees and simultaneously learned English and worked on their doctorates at Kansas State University, Manhattan, where Wright is a professor. Misha earned a doctorate in science education, and Tamara's doctorate, also from the education department, is in curriculum and instruction. Now they work for Bethany Col lege. Misha, 39, a chemistry professor, hired on for the 1999-2000 school year. Tamara, 38, began work in August as the educational support director and instructor of a children's literature class for education majors. Next year she will add "international student adviser" to her list of titles. In addition, the Korenmans help organize trips to Russia. Misha estimates they have arranged at least 30 educational adventures for more than 600 people since they moved to Kansas seven years ago. The travelers, many of them Kansans, learn about Russian history and culture up close. "We don't just visit the museums and art galleries," Misha said. Instead they meet people and visit schools. They usually spend about a day in Moscow and more time in the ornate city of St. Petersburg. Then, they travel to the Korenmans' hometown of Voronezh. That city of 1 million people, located south of Moscow near Ukraine, has some similarities to Kansas. Despite the city's size, the people tend to be as open and friendly as they are here, Tamara said. The farmland surrounding the city also is similar to Kansas, because it grows crops including wheat, said Wright, who has made 16 trips to Russia. In fact, the variety of wheat many Kansas farmers use was brought here in the 1870s from the Voronezh area by Mennonite immigrants. TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal The Korenman family have made Lindsborg their new home after leaving Russia in 1994 to pursue a better life. From left are Misha, Sophia, Polina and Tamara. IVIikhail See FAMILY, Page A8 and Tamara are professors at Bethany College. High: 78 Low: 48 Mostly sunny today with a 30 percent chance of rain tonight. PAGE A3 With the state facing a huge shortfall in revenues for the remainder of 2001, the debate over school finance plans goes back to where it started. 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