The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 4, 1996 · Page 4
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 4

Salina, Kansas
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A4 FRIDAY. OCTOBER 4. 1996 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAj- BRIEFLY V CONGRESS Plenty of pet projects fill spending bill Hurricane planes get $166 million; Vermont national forest to become parking lot The Associated Press U.S. Marine Corps commandant Gen. Charles C. Krulak accepts one of the last crimson shoulder cords Wednesday. Female Marines don hats and drop cords PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. — The Marines are making changes to treat men and women equally, and they're starting at the top. Women drill instructors will wear the same "Smokey Bear" hats worn by male instructors. The hats, officially called "campaign covers," replace the cords that women wore over their left shoulders. "We're one Corps, we're a total Corps, and we train the same. We wear the same uniform. We took the red loop off and put the females into the campaign cover and it was a long time in coming," said Gen. Charles C. Krulak, the Corps commandant. About 70 female instructors received their new drill hats Wednesday. Male instructors have worn the hats since 1912. In another change, men will get an additional week of basic training so both men and women receive 12 weeks. The colors of M&Money: Fans get 18 new ones NEW YORK — Blue M&Ms were just the beginning. Get ready for gold, silver, teal and purple. M&M-Mars is expanding its 56- year-old candy line to include 18 new colors. The old standards — red, green, yellow, brown, orange and the relatively new blue — now will compete with the likes of white and black, pink and maroon, aqua and light yellow. "Color has been so integral in M&M's life span and consumers love color," said Marlene Machut, a spokeswoman for the Hackettstown, N. J.-based candy maker. "We felt this was the right time to come out with this." The new colors, however, will be sold only in specialty stores in 26 markets from Denver to the East Coast. Manny the Hippie plans to write book SAN FRANCISCO — Manny the Hippie plans to spend his 18- month prison sentence in Ohio constructively: writing a book. "It's probably going to be a biography about myself, something about my life," Manny said from a holding cell in Greene County, Ohio, where he was awaiting transfer to the state prison system. "I think it'll be good." Greene County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Rose revoked probation for Manny, whose real name is Micah Papp, after an hourlong hearing Wednesday and sent him to the slammer for the max — with the possibility that he'll release him in 30 days, said Manny's attorney, John Rion. Manny, who achieved national fame when David Letterman found him in a Haight Street doorway, was convicted in 1995 of selling an eighth of an ounce of marijuana to an undercover police officer in Xenia, Ohio, where he grew up. He skipped probation on that charge and was nailed again when Ohio officials spotted him on the late-night TV show. 'Night Stalker' gets married in San Quentin SAN QUENTIN, Calif. — The bride, in traditional white, was joyous. The groom, in starched prison blues, was nervous. "Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez, who is on death row for torturing, sexually abusing and murdering 13 people in the early 1980s, got married Thursday in a crowded visitors room at San Quentin Prison. After a kiss and brief embrace, Ramirez, 36, and his bride, 41- year-old free-lance magazine editor Doreen Lioy, parted. "I just want to say I'm ecstatically happy today and very, very proud to have married Richard and be his wife," Lioy said, leaving the prison near San Francisco. :: J4oy, in an interview last month #rith the San Francisco Examiner, said she truly loves Ramirez and eves he's innocent. From Wire Service Reports By ALAN FRAM The Associated Press WASH&GTON — Millions are going for a new jazz museum in New Orleans, hurricane-hunter aircraft built in House Speaker Newt Gingrich's Georgia district, and pediatric research in Portland, Ore. The government also is going to give an old Grumman Goose airplane to a museum in Alaska. And there are provisions that will let Vermont's Sugarbush ski resort buy national parkland and help shuttered shipyards in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania get federal loans. The huge spending bill that Congress and President Clinton enacted this week prevented a campaign-season federal shutdown for Tuesday's start of fiscal 1997 and tightened immigration laws. But as is customary with must-pass bills completed just before adjournment, the $389 billion measure is studded with parochial items that legislators and the president wanted. And whether lawmakers were members of the budget-cutting Republican majority or the often powerless Democratic minority, there seemed to be something for almost everyone. And there was plenty of room for it — the GOP drive to erase wasteful programs produced spending cuts for 1996, but next year's spending rises nearly to the level of 1995, before Republicans captured Congress. "There does seem to be a lot of lard" in the bill, said Sean Paige, spokesman for Citizens Against Government Waste, a conservative group that tracks federal spending. "In an election year, people are tending to succumb to the prerogatives of office." The bill includes: • $3 million to begin building the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, thanks to Sen. Bennett Johnston, D-La., who is retiring. • $166 million for three WC-130 aircraft, which are specially equipped to fly into hurricanes and monitor them. They are built by Lockheed Martin Corp. in Mariet- ta, Ga., in Gingrich's district, and based at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi — home state of Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott. The administration did not request the planes. • $4 million for pediatric care and research at a hospital in Portland, Ore., thanks to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Mark Hatfield, R-Ore. Hatfield, who is ending his long congressional career, also gets two federal buildings and part of a national forest named for him. • A provision ordering the Interior Department to give an aging Grumman Goose plane, once used for polar bear surveys, to the Alaska" Heritage Museum in Anchorage. The provision was won by Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who could chair the appropriations committee next year. • Language authored by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., permitting the Sugarbush ski resort to buy 57 acres of the Green Mountain National Forest so it can build a parking lot. The government would use the money to buy new parkland. • New rules making it easier for closed shipyards to qualify for multimillion-doHar federal loans to help them modernize and reopen. The measure is expected to help rejuvenate the Quincy Shipyard in Quinqjf, Mass., and the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., Sen. John Kerry;, D-Mass., and Kerry's Senate challenger, Massachusetts GOP Gov. William Weld,,all have claimed credit for the provision. ,, • $1.5 million to keep the White House's Ounce of Prevention Council functioning. The administration says the office helps in the fight against crime. Republicans say thp office does little and should be closed — and note that it employs White House chief of staff Leon Panetta's wife, Sylvia. GOP leaders say they fought off many fj?- quests for extra spending as the massive bill was put together, and say correctly that the administration insisted on extra spending. But they also concede that members' projects made it into the legislation. rt ; "Yeah, there's a little pork here,ana there," Lott told reporters. "But.'of course, you know pork is in the eye of the beholder." LUKEWARM ELECTORATE Fewer voters plan to watch debates most have made up their minds By MIKE MOKRZYCKI The Associated Press The Associated Press President Clinton enjoys a laugh during a campaign rally in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday. NEW YORK — Unenthusiastic voters largely expect President Clinton to win re-election, but few expect to see progress on major national problems over the next four years, a poll released Thursday. The Pew Research Center's na- "tional survey also found just 43 percent of voters plan to watch the presidential debates this year, down from 67 percent in 1992 and 55 percent in the two previous elections; Two put of three registered voters say they've already made up their minds and the debates won't matter, as do three out of four likely voters. The first nationally televised debate is Sunday. While Clinton held a strong reelection lead over Republican challenger Bob Dole, his performance as president got mixed grades from 1,517 registered voters surveyed Sept. 25-29. Seven percent gave him an A, 40 percent B, 32 percent C, 20 percent D or F. "What in effect you have is a C candidate running against a D candidate, and C beats D," said Walter Dean Burnham, a University of Texas political scientist. "Clinton is running against somebody who's got other vulnerabilities that seem to be large enough to overcome his own." Still, Burnham was surprised^ Clinton's average rating in the Pew poll wasn't higher, as he has . gotten some of the highest job-approval scores of his presidency in other recent polls. The difference may be in question wording: Other polls ask simply if people approve or disapprove of Clinton's handling of his job, and 55 percent or more have approved in most recent polls. Some voters may generally approve of Clinton's job performance, yet give it only a C grade. Overall, 51 percent of registered voters said they would support Clinton if the election were today, 35 percent favored Dole and 7 percent backed Ross Perot — little changed from a poll in early September. About three in 10 registered voters said they think the country will make progress in the next four years on the budget deficit, jobs, crime and drug abuse; a similar proportion said the country will lose ground on those problems, and pluralities said things will stay about the same. Nearly four in 10 predicted progress in the quality of public education and the way the health care system works. No more than one in four were optimistic about high taxes, families staying together, U.S. military involvement overseas and poverty, hunger and homelessness in the United States. * , V ' II '.a I T" ' "|S » Clinton, Dole psyche up for debate Both candidates hope public expectations aren't too high By RON FOURNIER The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — Secluding himself in New York's autumn splendor, President Clinton steeled himself Thursday to present an even-tempered defense of his record against debate- night attacks from his rival. Bob Dole headed for Florida to hone a debate strategy that can shake up the race. Both candidates tried to lower expectations. White House aides said Clinton was concerned that Middle East peace talks had stolen time from debate preparation. Dole portrayed himself as the underdog nonetheless. "I read so much about this guy — how good he is — I'm hot too anxious to get up there," the Republican nominee said of Clinton during a Tennessee campaign stop en route to Florida. Dole joked that the two presidential debates — Sunday and Oct. 16 — offer him a golden opportunity "at least for the first few minutes, before people turn off." The president avoided talk about the debates during an airport rally in Buffalo but he gave several hundred chilly Democrats a message he's likely to repeat on Sunday night. "This is a better country now" than four years ago, he said. Clinton's larger-than-usual entourage then helicoptered to the Chautauqua Institution, a southwestern New York intellectual center that has hosted eight presidents. The 750-acre complex, its trees bursting in color, offered Clinton a serene setting for long walks and golf. Aides want their boss rested and relaxed. Dole planned to rehearse today in a ballroom at his high- rise Bal Harbour condominium. The room was set up as a duplicate of the debate stage, complete with podiums and television lights. Earlier this week, Dole held two practice debate sessions. The Associated Press Bob Dole makes a point while campaigning Thursday In Atlanta. V TEXAS POLITICS Gun battle leads Texan to run for office When gunman killed her parents in Luby's, she fought for gun rights By MICHAEL HOLMES The Associated Press COPPERAS COVE, Texas — Five years ago, Suzanna Gratia Hupp was having lunch with her mother and father at a Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen when a man crashed his pickup through the plate-glass window, leaped out and opened fire. Hupp's parents died along with 21 others in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The gunman also shot himself to death. Hupp's gun was 100 yards away, in her car, as required by Texas law. "The next day, I said I was not really mad at the guy that did it. We're talking about somebody that went insane," she said. "But I was mad at my legislators because they legislated me out of the right to protect myself and my family." Convinced that she might have been able to stop the gunman if her own pistol had been in her purse, she emerged from the tragedy a leading supporter of the right to carry concealed weapons. Last year, she successfully pressed the Legislature to enact such a law. Now Hupp is running for the state House herself. "The gun issue is certainly what put me in the limelight and apparently gave voice to a lot of people's views and what a lot of people were thinking," the 37-year-old Republican said. "People began to come to me and say, 'Since you're so good at this, why don't you go down there and pound on them about such- and-such an issue.' It doesn't take long and they're asking you to run for this or that." Hupp is a chiropractor in Copperas Cove, outside Killeen, and raises Arabian horses on her ranch. The legislative district stretches more than 100 miles, from Killeen and the Army's Fort Hood west into ranching country. Hupp isn't a one-issue candidate; she favors protecting property and water rights, localizing welfare and creating a school voucher system. But one issue — guns — brings lots of attention. She calls Texas' concealed gun law a step in the right direction but says its list of settings where weapons are prohibited, such as churches and sports arenas, makes no sense because those are exactly the kind of places where "a nut that wants to go kill a bunch of people" is going to go. While some relatives of shooting victims have become gun control supporters — among them, Sarah Brady, the wife of former White House spokesman James Brady, and Carolyn McCarthy, whose husband was killed and son paralyzed in the 1993 Long Island Rail Road massacre — Hupp went in the opposite direction. "•ft ill The Associated) Suzanna Gratia Hupp, wh( fought for the fight to carry cow coaled guns, Is running for offjc.4

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