The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 5, 1996 · Page 3
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 3

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, October 5, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION SATURDAY, OCTOBERS, 1996 A3 .T FATAL CRASH 2 die in fiery tollbooth crash Accelerating van flips on top of car carrying , mother, daughter ~ By The Associated Press , HOOKSETT, N.H. — One mo- ..ment, Marion Suzanne Beckett ; and her mother were cruising ; slowly toward a turnpike tollbooth. Then, suddenly, their car was aflame, crushed beneath a van, and she lay dying on the roadway. The van, driven by Richard Connacher, 57, Nashua, was speeding up to the tolls on Interstate 93 Friday morning when it hit a concrete divider and fli on top of the women's car. Both vehicles explod^ flames, melting together < barely distinguishable mass7 Beckett, 40, who had been driving home to Scarborough, Ontario, managed to struggle out of the fiery wreckage, her clothes and body on fire. But heat was too intense for anyone to save her from dying on the asphalt. Connacher, a General Electric Co. employee who was heading to Concord on business, also was killed. Beckett's 65-year-old mother, • also named Marion Beckett, ran screaming from the car and somehow escaped with only minor burns to her head and shoulder. It wasn't ctear how fast Connacher's vaajwas going as it The Associated Press Passers-by watch helplessly as two cars burn at a tollbooth. One driver managed to escape her car, but died in flames as the heat kept anyone from reaching her. headed north toward the tolls, said Bill Boynton, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation. Police found no skid marks or evidence that it had slowed; the accident was still being investigated. Lewis Moulton of Concord was driving south through the tolls when he heard an explosion. He saw tires flying from the booths on the northbound lanes and a toll taker running, screaming, from the destruction. Then he saw Beckett, her clothes afire, struggling in vain to get up. The vehicles, draped with tarpaulins, remained between two of the charred toll booths for hours as investigators tried to recreate the scene. Workers waved travelers through without requesting the 75-cent tolls. T KISSING COMPLAINT Superintendent gives apology to kissing boy Sexual harassment was never alleged, school official says By The Associated Press LEXINGTON, N.C. — A 6-year- old boy who was punished two weeks ago for kissing a girl on the cheek got an apology Friday from his school superintendent. Accused of "unwelcome touching," first-grader Johnathan Prevette was separated from his class and not allowed to participate in an ice cream party. Johnathan said the girl asked him to kiss her. His parents, Jackie and Calviii Prevette, want the schools' sexual harassment policy changed to distinguish what is permissible behavior for younger and older students. In a statement released Friday, Superintendent Jim Simeon said Johnathan was never accused of sexual harassment, although his parents were told the kiss could pose a problem under the policy. "In retrospect, I can understand how this could have been confusing, and I apologize to Mr. and Mrs. Prevette and Johnathan for the misunderstanding that the sexual harassment policy was applied in this matter," Simeon said: [ANDERSON'S 118 N. SANTA FE, SALINA, KS LEATHER Exclusive in This Area SHOP T FBI FILES Ex-White House staffer tells of files Carbon-fiber composite forked shank : They were gathered ; after names were ; deleted from master list By MARCY GORDON '. The Associated Press ! WASHINGTON — A former : White House employee has testi- ; fied that her colleagues gathered ; hundreds of FBI files on Reagan •and Bush appointees even after '• their names were deleted from a '. list used to order the files. : Mari Anderson told Senate in- Ivestigators the names of promi- ;n£nt Republicans sijch as James ; Baker were inked out in Septem' her 1993 — several months before 'the 1 FBI background files were ' gathered improperly, Senate Judi; ciary Committee Chairman Orrin I Hatch, R-Utah, said Friday. : ;Because the Republicans no .longer worked there, "We took • those names off the list," Ander• son said in closed testimony Tues- iday to committee investigators. ', "We mailed a memo to Secret Ser;vice saying, 'Can you please re- 1 move these people from the list?' : T SOCIAL SECURITY the Associated Press Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, holds a copy of secret testimony during a news conference Friday on the White House's gathering of FBI files. And then I took a black magic marker ... and crossed (out) those names." Hatch released transcripts of Anderson's testimony. After the White House had re- quested the files from the FBI in late 1993 and early 1994, Anderson testified, "Everybody in the office knew that we had gotten background investigations of people who were no longer working" at the White House. Hatch also said the White House held a big national parks bill hostage in the Senate to get Republicans to postpone a hearing on the FBI files controversy. White House spokeswoman Mary Ellen Glynn disputed that, saying, "There was no quid pro quo." She declined further comment. Hatch said Majority Leader Trent Lott told him of the White House's request to postpone the hearing in exchange for helping clear a logjam Thursday on the last piece of legislation passed by the Senate before it adjourned for the year. The hearing, which was supposed to be next Thursday, was postponed indefinitely. His statements came a day after the disclosure that Anderson had testified she told Craig Livingstone, then chief of White House personnel security, that sensitive FBI background summaries were being gathered on ex-presidential aides. Anderson's testimony to investigators undermined previous public testimony by Livingstone, a central figure in the FBI files case. The transcript shows Anderson also testified that Livingstone requested from a White House colleague the FBI files of fired White House travel office director Billy Dale close to the time of his dismissal. The Clinton White House actually got Dale's file in December 1993, seven months after he was fired. That discovery last spring led to. the disclosure that hundreds of other FBI files had been improperly gathered that period as well. "There is cause to seriously challenge the White House's assertion" that the gathering of FBI background files on hundreds of former Republican appointees from the Reagan and Bush eras was a bureaucratic mistake, Hatch asserted Friday. White House spokesman Mark Fabiani said Anderson's testimony supported the administration's contention that the gathering of files was a bureaucratic mistake. Social Security speeds hunt for those owed : Underpaid recipients ! weren't credited for I post-retirement income : By RICHARD KEIL ', The Associated Press ; WASHINGTON — The Social 'Security Administration pledged ! Friday to speed repayments to the '; remainder of 700,000 Americans : who have been shortchanged $fi50 •million due to a computer pro• gramming error. • "I have told my staff to ensure that ! every person due a back payment re; ceives the money he or she is due as spon as possible," Social Security ' Commissioner Shirley Chater said • Friday. "It is imperative that we act • as fast as humanly possible to repay ; them so that all our beneficiaries get ; all the Social Security benefits they Stepdad gets life for raping 2 girls By The Associated Press DALLAS — A man accused of raping one stepdaughter and ordering her to have a birth control device implanted in her arm was sentenced to life in prison for raping another stepdaughter when she was 10 years old. : The younger girl, now 13, and ;her sister say they were repeatedly raped by 40-year-old Richard : Sanchez Jr. He must serve at least 30 years of the sentence before he is eligible for parole. . The older sister, now 15, told po- ' Uce her stepfather ordered her to 'have a Norplant birth-control device implanted in her arm. ,The mother, accused of allowing i the abuse of the older girl to occur ; while she was in the same bed and •; occasionally participating, faces two 'aggravated sexual assault charges. have earned." The agency has already paid out more than $350 million to people identified in a 1994 review begun after The Associated Press reported that some 400,000 Social Security recipients were owed money. At that time, officials estimated the losses to recipients at about $480 million. They said there were as many as 426,000 elderly people whose retirement checks were shorted by an average of $10 a month for a decade. Eager to find any additional problems, Social Security officials expanded their computer search to include 22 years worth of databases — and found nearly 300,000 recipients who were not credited with adjustments after their post-retirement income was counted. Officials said that brought the total underpayment to about $850 million. Although the agency has already paid out more than $350 million, it may be too late for some 57,500 who have died and missed out on the benefits. Of those, the agency is having difficulty locating survivors. The agency hopes to identify 295,000 unknown retirees owed benefits. Social Security spokesman Phil Gambino said the agency hopes to make payments to the newly identified recipients by next year. "What we're talking about is a small subset of a small subset of recipients," said Social Security spokesman Phil Gambino. "This is well less than 1 percent of all our recipients, and we will notify them." Recipients were paid less than they were due because of a computer system used by the administration failed to property adjust benefits to reflect post-retirement income. The error was coded into the system in 1972 and went undetected for 22 years. Officials said they will send letters to those who are owed payments, detailing amounts. Individuals who were shortchanged will get checks covering back benefits, and their regular monthly benefits will increase as well. 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