Ji2 • FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2001 NEWS THE SALINA JOURNAL McVeigh / May to the media FROM PAGE A1 "The Oklahoma City survivors may be the largest group of crime victims in our history/' Ashcroft said. "The Department of Justice must make special provisions to assist the needs of the survivors and the victims' families." The bombing April 19, 1995, killed 168 people and injured hundreds in the deadliest act of terrorism ever on U.S. soil. Some 250 victims and family members had expressed a wish to watch McVeigh die — many of them saying it would help them deal with their grief — and a smaller group petitioned the government for the broadcast. The execution chamber at Terre Haute had seats for only eight victims' witnesses before Ashcroft Thursday raised that number to 10. McVeigh, 32, has said he is not opposed to a closed-circuit telecast and has suggested that his execution be televised nationally He has dropped all appeals but will have one last chance to seek a stay of execution two hours before he is scheduled to die. Hearing final statement Those watching the broadcast will be able to see McVeigh on the execution table and hear any final statement he might make. Some in Oklahoma City wish he did not have that right. "Anything that he says now is something to try to open our wounds deeper," McKinney said: "It's not going to work. He's done all that he can do to me. After May the 16th, that man can never, ever, to any degree, bother me again." . Tom Right, whose daughter Frankie Merrell died in the bombing, said he will watch the broadcast. He plans to sit with .Jannie Coverdale, whose two grandsons died in the childcare center of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. "I just don't know how I'm •going to react," Right said. "Nobody does." Several states, including Ok- "After May the 16th, that man can never, ever, to any degree, bother me again." Dan McKinney husband of bombing victim lahoma, have shown executions on closed-circuit television at prisons where the executions were held. Those telecasts have been for small groups of family members who could not fit into the execution chambers to watch in person. Restricting access to media Ashcroft said that in the weeks leading up to the execution, McVeigh will be able to talk to the media up to 15 minutes a day by telephone. He said the calls cannot be recorded. "As an American who cares about our culture, I want to restrict a mass murderer's access to a public podium," Ashcroft said. "As attorney general, I don't want anyone to be able to purchase access to the podium of America with the blood of 168 innocent victims. Please do not help him inject more poison into our culture. He's caused enough senseless damage." PrisciUa Salyers, a bombing survivor who accompanied Ashcroft on a tour of a victims' memorial Tuesday, said she has never wanted to travel to Terre Haute for the execution, preferring to watch it with the rest of the survivors and victims' families. "That is more what I need, to be with my support," she said. "We are a strong group, a strong community" Paul Health, a survivor and one of the original petitioners, said he was proud of the government Thursday. "The Constitution wins again, the same Constitution that Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier planned to destroy when they bombed my city," he said. Salina Journal ' . Connecting communities with tnformalion (USPS 478-060) Published seven days a weelt, 365 daysa year at 333 S. Fourtti, P.O. Box 740, Salina, KS 67402, by Salina Journal Inc. Periodical postage paid at Sallna, KS Postmaster, send changes *of address to: The Salina Journal, P.O. 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DERARTMENTS 823-3207 NEWS DERARTMENT 827-6363 SPORTS 827-6060 • GLOBAL WARMING Developing nations criticize U.S, Rejection of global warming treaty said to send bad message By PRISCILLA CHEUNG The Associated Press UNITED NATIONS — Tlie United States has sent a "bad and disappointing" message to the world by rejecting a landmark international treaty to curb-global warming, the leader of a bloc of developing nations said Thursday Officials from the Group of 77 will discuss ways to persuade, Washington to change its course at a meeting in New York April 20, said Bagher Asadi, the U.N. ambassador of Iran, which holds the rotating G77 chairmanship. President Bush announced last month that his administration would not abide by the U.N. accord reached in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997, saying adhering to its mandatory pollution reductions would hurt the American economy Developing countries "are very much concerned" about the U.S. stance, Asadi said at a news conference. "It is a bad and disappointing message for the new Republican administration in Washington to the international community" The Kyoto Protocol calls for countries to agree to legally binding targets for curbing heat-trapping greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels, such as oil and coal, often in power plants that produce electricity U.S. participation is crucial for the agreement to succeed, and many countries have been trying to keep it ialive. The European Union has said it is ready to renegotiate parts of the accord that the U.S. administration finds problematic. The Group of 77 is a U.N. lobbying group that was founded in 1964 and later expanded to represent 133 nations. Separately, officials from 30 industrialized nations will meet in New York next week to discuss new proposals by the head of the U.N. climate change panel, Dutch Environmental Minister Jan Pronk, to address the American concerns. No industrial country has ratified the Kyoto treaty. An effort last November to come up with a plan for implementing the accord collapsed in a disagreement between the United States and Europe. A new round of talks will be held in July in Bonn, Germany The November conference in the Netherlands was charged with working out how to meet goals set in Kyoto, when industrial countries agreed to cut global emissions to 5.2 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. Thirty- eight countries were given specific targets — 7 percent for the United States, 8 percent for Europe. Pronk's proposals address contentious issues that led to the collapse of the conference, especially the issue of whether to give credit to countries for environmental management of farmland and forests that absorb carbon dioxide. • HOLY WEEK Holy Thursday marked with Pope washing feet By The Associated Press ROME — Pope John Paul II washed and kissed the feet of 12 priests during a Holy Thursday Mass to commemorate Jesus' Last Supper with his apostles before he was crucified. The ritual, which is maintained by the church as a symbol of humility, "is intended to be an exemplary act," the pontiff said in his homily at the basilica of St. John Lateran, Rome's cathedral. "By this action, Jesus reminds The Associated Press Pope John Paul II kisses the foot of a clergyman during the rite of washing feet Thursday at St. John Lateran, Rome. Rates / Fuel costs rising his disciples in every age that they must bear witness to the Eucharist in loving service to others," he said. Then, moving down a line of seated white-robed priests, the pontiff poured water from a gold pitcher on each priest's right foot, wiping them dry with a towel and then bringing them up to his lips. The New Testament says Jesus washed the feet of his 12 disciples when they ate one last meal together on the day before he was crucified. FROM PAGE A1 On the other hand, she said, the commission must allow the utility to earn an adequate return on its investment so it can remain financially viable and able to "provide us all with electricity" It's the latter concern upon which Western Resources is basing its request for higher electricity rates. The company says its fuel costs are rising, as are maintenance and operation expenses. Also, Western has invested $250 million to increase its capacity to generate electricity; that extra capacity is needed to meet rising summer energy demands, said Kim Gronniger, Western Resources spokeswoman. Plus, Gronniger said. Western must remain financially strong in order to be attractive to investors. Last week, the Kansas Corporation Commission staff, after poring over Western's financial data, recommended to the commission that electric rates be lowered by $91.7 million, not raised. That recommendation would end up raising rates by $262,000 for the 345,000 customers of KPL, including Salinans. But customers on the KGE system, where electricity is more expensive, would see a $92 mU- lion-a-year reduction. Voice your views The Tuesday evening hearing at the Bicentennial Center is your chance about the issue. to speak out Questions, answers The session will begin with a question-and-answer session. Cortimissioners will not be part of that discussion, which will include, besides audience members, officials of Western Resources, staff members of the Kansas Corporation Commission and representatives of the Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board, the state agency that represents residential and small-business utility customers. After that, commissioners will take their seats and listen to anyone who wants to comment (time limits might be set). Foreman recommends that people tell commissioners anything they think might be useful in considering whether higher electricity rates are justified. Providing customer service "They can tell us how the company serves customers, not only from a rate perspective but how they provide customers service such as answering questions on a bill or restoring service," after a storm, she said. i^n^n)^ Pool School Western Resources' Gronniger doesn't doubt that many in attendaiice wiU oppose a rate increase. "The increase could be a hardship for our low-income customers, but we do have payment plans," Gronniger said. She notes also that the utility offers lower rates to senior citizens and those with disabilities through Project Deserve, a program administered by the American Red Cross. The last rate increase for KPL customers totaled $73.4 million and was implemented in 1983. • Reporter Amy Sullivan can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 125, or by e-mail at sjasullivan @saljournal.com. 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