The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 10, 1986 · Page 1
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 1

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, January 10, 1986
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T^l Salina T 1 1 he Journal Home Edition — 25 Cents Salina, Kansas FRIDAY January 10,1986 114th year — No. 10 —18 Pages Lovin' every minute of it Enthusiastic concert-goers dash for a good place to stand as the concert doors are opened. Photos by •coit Wlillwm The Canadian band Loverboy opens its 1986 national tour with its second appearance at the Bicentennial Center. Loverboy kicks off national tour in Salina By JIM BOLE StaHWHter The rock group Loverboy kicked off a national tour Thrusday night with a concert at the Bicentennial Center that had general admission seating. It was the first general admission concert the center has had in two years, but it wasn't the first time a rock group began a national tour in Salina. About 7,500 people each paid $13.50 for a chance to grab the best spot they could find to watch Love- rboy and the opening act, The Hooters. Two people were taken to the hospital and some — including minors — were arrested for drinking alcohol, possessing marijuana and disorderly conduct, but there were no serious injuries reported or crowd problems, Salina Police Lt. Carl Kiltz said near the end of the From the front row, avid fans scream and wave to the group. concert. "We've been busy," Kiltz said. "We probably have had usual number of arrests for a concert." A 15-year-old girl was treated for an injured ankle at Asbury Hospital, and a woman was in stable condition after passing out about 9:20 p.m., a nursing supervisor said. The possibility of a concert crowd turning into an out-of-control mob is greater with a general admission audience, but that would not occur in Salina, according to Bicentennial Center and police officials. Assistant Police Chief Glen Kochanowski said people who attend rock concerts at the center generally are well-behaved. There have been no serious crowd problems, he said. Mike Grimaldi, the Bicentennial Center's assistant manager, said general admission concerts do not pose any more risks than those with reserved seating. People stand on chairs, crowd the stage and exhibit other types of rowdy behavior at most rock concerts, regardless of the seating ar(See Loverboy, Page 9) Today Inside THE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA tries today for the seventh tune to blast off. See Page 2. PRESIDENT REAGAN PLANS to ask Congress in his State of the Union address to put its economic house in order. See Nation/World, Page 5. SALINA CENTRAL'S GIRLS' basketball team scores a 56-38 victory over Salina South Thursday night. The Mustang and Cougar boys meet on the hardwoods tonight for the 38th time. See Sports, Page 11. Classified 14-16 Entertainment 18 Fun 17 Living Today 6 Local/Kansas 3,7 Markets 8 Nation/World 5 On the Record 9 Opinion 4 Sports 11-13 Weather 9 Weather KANSAS — Sunny days and clear nights statewide through Saturday. Highs today and Saturday in the upper 40s to mid-50s, and lows tonight in the 20s. Farm population takes steep drop WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's farm population, after remaining relatively stable in 1984, dropped 7 percent in 1985, the sharpest annual decline in a decade, the government said Thursday. Part of the loss in farm population was blamed on the financial crunch suffered by farmers during recent years, in which thousands of families have been put in jeopardy by huge debts and declining assets. However, the drop of 399,000 people - from 5,754,000 in 1984 to 5,355,000 last year — was immediately challenged by one of the report's overseers, who said that much of the year-to-year decline was due to changes in sampling techniques. The report was released by the Census Bureau and the Agriculture Department. It did not include the new farm population estimate for 1985, but census officials provided that figure upon request. According to the report, the estimated 1984 U.S. farm population of 5,754,000 was down 33,000 from 1983. But that was "not statistically significant," the report said. During the 1970s annual farm population losses averaged 2.9 percent, including a drop of about 7 percent from 1975 to 1976, a period when the U.S. farm economy was on the upswing with record exports. At the Census Bureau, Diana DeAre called the apparent 7 percent Shultz: U.S. may use force against Libya From The Journal's Wire Services WASHINGTON — Secretary of State George Shultz said Thursday that the United States was near the "end of the road" in applying economic pressure on Libya and would consider using force, if necessary, to counter terrorism. "We are prepared to use the means that will be effective and are necessary," Shultz said at a news conference dominated by the escalating U.S. effort to tame Col. Moammar Khadafy, the Libyan leader. "Force may not be the best means, but it may be necessary,'' he said. Shultz also acknowledged that the administration "hadn't had a lot of success"' with the allies on sanctions. Shultz said the United States had severed economic ties with Libya because it was "the right thing" to do to demonstrate American opposition to Khadafy's policies. Shultz announced, meanwhile, that he was sending his deputy, John Whitehead, to Europe to try to persuade U.S. allies to support the American campaign to isolate Libya economically. With rising emotion, he suggested the Europeans, who have been dragging their feet, should look at the photographs of the mayhem at the Rome and Vienna airports after terrorists struck at the check-in counters of El Al, the Israeli airline, and other carriers. "Other countries should take a good look, a good hard look," Shultz said. Refusing to give up hope of support from the allies, Shultz said "people's thinking is moving, it's dynamic." He said Whitehead, a former New York investment banker, would explain the U.S. view and be "as persuasive as he can." President Reagan this week acted to halt virtually all American economic activity with Libya and ordered a freeze on all of the North African country's assets in the United States and in bank branches overseas. The*estimated 1,000 to 1,500 American workers in Libya were ordered to return home and, with the exception of what Shultz called "humanitarian cases," were threatened with prosecution if they balked. But Italy, West Germany, Britain and other West European countries maintain lucrative economic ties to Libya and, along with Japan, have experessed doubts about the merits of the U.S. economic sanctions. Moslem governments, ranging from radical Iran to conservative Kuwait, issued strong statements of support for Khadafy in his confrontation with the United States. At Fez, Morocco, the foreign ministers of the 45-member Islamic conference, including NATO ally Turkey, adopted a declaration Tuesday saying the "imperialist- Zionist threat" to Libya was a threat to all Moslem nations. They followed up on Thursday by approving a resolution that condemns the U.S. sanctions against Libya. Shultz acknowledged "to date we haven't made much headway with the Europeans." But he said the United States had to do what was right, even if acting alone, and there was no evidence American companies would try to evade Reagan's order to suspend activity by Feb. 1. Analysts take stock of market's declines decline in the farm population last year "the most significant change" so far in the 1980s. But USDA's Calvin L. Beale, head of population studies in the department's Economic Research Service, said the figures should not be taken at face value. In 1983, he said in an interview, the census survey showed an increase in the farm population. Then in 1984 the survey showed a decline of 33,000 people, which "struck me as unreal- isticallylow." "I think there has been a real and actual decline in the farm population, but in my opinion it's not 7 percent from '84 to '85, and only half of 1 percent from '83 to '84," Beale said. • NEW YORK (AP) - The sudden drop in the stock market Wednesday and Thursday from record highs might have raised some unsettling questions about Wall Street's high hopes for the economic outlook this year. But analysts in the financial world contend that the sell-off came as neither a big surprise nor a cause for great concern, viewed in the perspective of how far and how fast stock prices rose in the last months of 1985. The higher the market soared in recent weeks, they say, the more vulnerable it became to any sort of disappointment like the abrupt rise in interest rates that touched off the selling Wednesday. "Considering the gains we've had, we've given up relatively little," said Newton Zinder, a veteran of more than two decades as a market analyst for E.F. Button & Co. "The market was very extended.'' President Reagan is so confident that the Dow Jones industrial average will rise again, he's taking bets on it, White House spokesman Larry Speakes said in Washington. "The stock market will go up and he's taking bets on July 1 — will it be up or down from the present?" Speakes said. When the Dow Jones industrial average, the oldest and best known measure of stock price trends, fell 39.10 points Wednesday, it nominally broke the record for a single-day decline of 38.33 points set in the midst of the Great Crash of 1929. But the two events were not even close to comparable on a percentage basis. Wednesday's decline amounted to 2.5 percent of the average's value, while the 1929 drop was 12.8 percent. In Thursday's trading, the Dow Jones industrials fell a further 8.38 points to close at 1,518.23. From Sept. 20 through Tuesday's close, the Dow climbed 267.76 points with scarcely a pause along the way. The drop on Wednesday knocked out less than 15 percent of, that gain. From August of 1982 to their recent highs, the market value of more than 5,000 stocks increased from just more than $1 trillion to more than $2 trillion, as measured by an index calculated by Wilshire Associates of Santa Monica, Calif. Since November, there have been widespread predictions from economists in the securities industry that the Fed would lower its discount rate — the charge it imposes on loans to private financial institutions—out of concern about sluggish growth in the economy. But the Fed has not acted. Many Wall Streeters said Wednesday's report on the employment situation all but demolished the case for any discount rate cut. Man freezes to death in unheated home full of cash WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — An 89-year-old recluse who froze to death in his unheated home within feet of more than $188,000 in cash willed more than a half-million dollars to a church he seldom attended, officials say. "I can't understand why a person of his means would choose to live like that," Washington County Coroner Farrell Jackson said this week. Joseph Heer had been dead for "at least a couple of days" when his body was found Dec. 31 in the icy house, said police Lt. Ted Zets. At Heer's request, gas service to the three- story brick house had been cut off two years ago. An electric space heater in the room where his body was found was unplugged. "I can tell you it was so cold in that house I couldn't stand it," Jackson said. "I went in with just my suitcoat on and I had to come back out and get my topcoat." Heer, who died of hypothermia, was found fully clothed in bed in the sitting room, Jackson said. Neighbors called police when they noticed the storm front door of his home was locked but the interior door was open, Zets said. There was only one electric light bulb in the house and no television or radio, Jackson said. Heer, who lived alone and whose only relatives are nieces and nephews, willed his estate to the Immaculate Conception Church of Washington, Jackson said. Jackson and police found money stashed in an unlocked safe, a steel box under the bed and a steel box bolted to a table in the sitting room. "It was in bags and envelopes," the coroner said. "Some of the bills were very old and some were brand new. There was $1,000 in 50s in an envelope, $1,000 of 20s in another, other envelopes with $1,000 in each. "Some were Social Security envelopes where he had just cashed the check, stuck the money in the envelope and put it away." The money, which was taken to Jackson's office to be counted, totaled $188,545.99. Heer's estate also included a bank account with a balance of $400,000, Jackson said. Heer and his brother, George, had owned and operated the Washington Plumbing and Heating Co. and had retired from the business decades ago, said Grace Skoog, Heer's niece and executrix of his estate. The two brothers lived together until October, when George died of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 95. Jackson said Skoog told him she offered to help her uncle "because he couldn't do a lot for himself anymore, but he refused." "Apparently he managed to keep his money a secret," Jackson said. "I think his relatives knew he had some money, but I don't think they had any idea of how much." The Rev. Joseph Beck, associate pastor of the church, said Heer was a member but was not known to the clergy. "He did not attend church in recent years and most of us did not know him," he said. "He did not even request shut-in visits, as is common with elderly parishioners."

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