The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 1, 1996 · Page 1
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lime Kansan Does Bob Dole have much in common withKansans?/A3 CHEAT PLAINS Post-season Umpires' protests may postpone baseball playoffs / B1 SPORTS • • FlU SbOtS: County health office offers shots for seniors / A2 • HOffle 88168: Figures soar for sales of new homes / B4 INSIDE High: 85 Low: 57 Sunny and warm today with gusty south winds at15to25mph /B7 WEATHER Ann Landers / B7 Classified / B5 Comics / B8 Crossword / B8 Deaths / A7 Great Plains / A3 Sports / B1 Viewpoints / A4 INDEX Salina Journal TUESDAY OCTOBER 1, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents Eugene Friesen uses masks to help illustrate the emotions the cello can conjure with its notes. Tanner Wlegert, a second grader In Reeta McCumber's class at Sunset Elementary School, plays air cello along with Friesen during a school assembly. T CONGRESS Spending bill approved in nick of time Unlike a year ago, fiscal year ends with agreement on spending instead of shutdown of federal government By ALAN FRAM The Associated Press "It moves us further toward our goal of a balanced budget while protecting our values and priorities." President Clinton Photos by KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Jamie Newell, a sixth grader In Rachel Loersch's class at Sunset Elementary School, gets a pointer or two Monday on how to enliven his story of a frog-prince, a princess and a golden ball from cellist Eugene Friesen. Friesen was providing accompaniment for Newell s story. * Songs of the Pmtrie •'•••:'• • ..... ^-^ *^ ."' •'; ' " ' "'.'-.'' ' " man' cbmes to Salina to capture symphony he hears on plains By CAROL LICHTI ; The Salina Journal When Eugene Friesen walks through native prairie at the Salina Land Institute, he hears singing. "I can't help but hear church choirs when I look out at those grasses," said Friesen, cellist with the Paul Winter Consort. If he sees a bison, Friesen hears the dark tones of an orchestra's woodwinds. A bird makes him hear notes of an orchestra's reeds. Friesen, who has been in Salina since Saturday, speaks through his cello, emitting messages of emotion. He performed for schools Monday as the "Cello Man" and Sunday at the Land Institute with poets Harley Elliott, 328 E. Beloit, and Steven Hind, Hutchinson. Friesen will also be in Arkansas City this week before leaving Kansas to perform the "Earth Mass'' Sunday with the Paul Winter Consort at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Friesen waits outside Sunset Elementary School for his cue to enter and begin his program Monday afternoon. It was the Earth Mass and the consort's work with sounds of nature that inspired Land Institute founder Wes Jackson's idea for the group to make music honoring the prairie. The group has recorded albums about the Grand Canyon and with the sounds of whales, dolphins and wolves. Friesen, a former Kansan, took pn Jackson's idea and has visited the Land Institute five or six times to perform, record sounds and observe. Friesen, 44, is a native of Fresno, Calif. But he lived for a few years in Hillsborp, where his father was a music professor at Tabor College. A graduate of Yale, Friesen has been with' the Grammy-winning Paul Winter Consort since 1978. He lives in Vermont with his wife and four children. Friesen's prairie symphony will encompass animal and human inhabitants of the prairie from Native Americans to early settlers. He also will contrast the North American prairie with grasslands in Africa, Mongolia and Siberia. "It parallels how people live in prairies in different continents and what they have in common," Friesen said. The premiere of the prairie symphony will be in Arkansas City, with the Winfield Regional Symphony. The project and Friesen's See PRAIRIE, Page A7 WASHINGTON — With just hours to spare Monday, the Senate passed and President Clinton signed a $389 billion spending bill for scores of federal agencies and a tightening of immigration laws, the Republican-led 104th Congress' last major legislation. Clinton signed the measure little more than two hours before today's start of the 1997 fiscal year, ensuring there would be no repeat of last year's partial government shutdown when agencies' spending authority lapsed. The catchall bill, approved 84-15 by the Senate in early evening, contains $6.5 billion in extra money that Clinton demanded for education, drug-fighting and other programs and pushes overall spending nearly as high as it was before Republicans captured Congress two years ago. It also drops GOP-written immigration provisions the White House argued were too severe, such as one barring federally paid AIDS care for illegal immigrants. In a signing statement, Clinton called the omnibus bill "good for America," because it ensures substantial amounts of money for edu- $• cation and training, environmental protection and law enforcement. "It moves us further toward our goal of a balanced budget while protecting our values and priorities — educating our children, providing a clean environment, fighting crime, protecting our families from drugs, and combating terrorism," he said. However, the president said he was disappointed the bill did not include one of his priorities, a ban on physician "gag rules" that would have given doctors in managed-care programs the freedom to inform then' patients of a wider range of medical treatment options. "Several states have passed similar legislation," Clinton said, "and Congress should have reached agreement on this measure." Forty-six Democrats and 38 Republicans voted for the legislation in the Senate, while one Democrat and 14 Republicans opposed it. The House approved the measure Saturday night, 370-37, and with a pre-election adjournment approaching, most of its members immediately left Washington. While bent on speeding home for their re-election races, senators saw their hopes of adjourning for the year immediately dimming because of a dispute over a separate bill authorizing air traffic systems. Also percolating was a parks bill making dozens of land exchanges, boundary changes and new designations of memorials and historic sites. Most were not controversial, but behind-the-scenes battles over adding additional provisions persisted. But having won GOP concessions on spending and immigration — and a government shutdown looming if the bill was not approved by midnight Monday — Democrats decided "that we ought to quit while we're ahead," said Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D. "Democrats recognize we won a great deal in here in terms of the president's priorities and their priorities, and it's important to get this done ... and get back to their constituents," White House chief of staff Leon Panetta told reporters. Republicans said the two-year Congress had stayed the budget-cutting course the GOP had promised, even though the White House won extra spending. T MIDDLE EAST Getting Netanyahu, Arafat to talk will be challenging Palestinian, Israeli leaders agree to summit amidst deep distrust By BARRY SCHWEID The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Against a backdrop of deep distrust and modest U.S. expectations, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu headed for a White House summit aimed at ending an upsurge of violence in the Mideast and keep flagging peace hopes alive. Summing up the situation on the eve of what for President Clinton was a politically risky summit, Secretary of State Warren Christopher said Monday, "It's clear to me that the Middle East peace process is in a state of crisis." Peacemaking is like riding a bicycle, he told reporters: "You have to keep going forward." Netanyahu, speaking with reporters on his plane en route to Washington, offered to hold continuous negotiations with the Palestinians after the Washington summit and "until agree- V CUNTON ARAFAT NETANYAHU ment is reached." But a senior U.S. official described Arafat and Netanyahu as so distrustful of each other that simply getting them to "re-engage" is the first order of business at the Washington summit. "They are not talking to each other in a way that anything could be resolved," said the official. He said the summit agenda must include Hebron, the Wes,t Bank town where Israel has not fulfilled a pledge to pull its troops away from Arab residents, and safe passage for Palestinian workers entering and leaving Israel. More than 5,000 Jewish settlers demonstrated near Hebron's Tomb of the Patriarchs on Monday, pressing for continued Israeli rule there. Palestinians demand that Israel pull its troops out of the biblical town, but Netanyahu says Hebron's tiny Jewish minority wouldn't be safe if he did. The official said the United States was not insisting the summit deal with Netanyahu's decision to open a new entrance to a tourist tunnel that borders Muslim and Jewish holy sites in Jerusalem — an action that touched off Arab riots. However, the two sides could bring up any issue they wished, the official said. Clinton planned to meet separately today with Netanyahu and then Arafat before all parties sat down together. A Wednesday meeting also was planned. In a setback for the White House, Egyptian How opening a tunnel resulted in 4 days of fighting / Page A6 President Hosni Mubarak rejected Clinton's telephone invitation to join Jordan's King Hussein as a summit participan. Mubarak's absence was unlikely to seriously affect chances of defusing tensions on the West Bank and in Gaza or U.S. efforts to launch Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on a permanent peace agreement. But the administration had looked on him as a steadying influence — Egypt was the first Arab country to agree to peace with Israel — and as a potential supporter of whatever agreements might emerge. Mubarak was sending his foreign minister, Amr Moussa, to Washington, but State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said Moussa would not participate in the talks.

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