The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 10, 1996 · Page 1
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Breast biopsy Salina receives latest diagnostic equipment/C1 HEALTH Fan grab Yankee fan steals game from Orioles in AL playoffs / D1 SPORTS : Fewer Americans give, but those give more generously / A3 |! Salinan returns after months in Bosnia / B1 INSIDE LOW 40 Partly sunny today with northeast winds 5 to 15 mph /B3 WEATHER Classified / C6 Comics / B4 Deaths / A7 Great Plains / B1 Health/C1 Money/C3 Sports/ D1 Viewpoints / B2 INDEX Salina Journal T CAMPAIGN '96: VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE Gore, Kemp trade polite barbs Vice presidential nominees debate tax cut, affirmative action By JOHN KING Tlie Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Vice President Al Gore and Jack Kemp differed politely but pointedly over abortion and affirmative action Wednesday night in an energetic .debate that offered sharply contrasting views of President Clin; ton's tenure in the White House. Neither abortion nor affirmative action had come up in Sunday's debate between Clinton and GOP nominee Bob Dole, but both issues generated spirited exchanges between the campaign understudies. T, Although both Dole and Kemp ;are on record supporting a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion, Kemp said such a dramatic change was not in the cards. "There is no consensus," Kemp said. "A constitutional amendment would not pass. We must use persuasion, not intimidation." That remark, while perhaps an accurate reflection of the country's political environment, was certain to alienate Christian conservative leaders who have been urging Dole and Kemp to draw sharper contrasts with Clinton and Gore on abortion and other social issues. Affirmative action is another such issue, and Gore moved quickly to put Kemp on the defensive on that point. The vice president noted that Kemp had criticized a California ballot initiative rolling back affirmative action programs but later fell in line with Dole's support for it after joining the GOP ticket. Gore said he wished Kemp had Vice President Al Gore gestures during Wednesday's debate in St. Petersburg, Fla. convinced Dole to change his position instead. "With all due respect, I do not believe Abraham Lincoln would Photos by The Associated Press Jack Kemp gestures while disagreeing with Gore on one of several points in the debate. have adopted Bob Dole's position to end all affirmative action," Gore said. Kemp and Gore faced off in St. ">•# Candidates gather; public stays home Divine wanted more joint appearances in congressional race By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal A silver platter of cookies sat untouched during a Wednesday night joint appearance of the candidates for the 1st Congressional District at the Friendship Center in Centennial Park. Only one citizen showed up to eat them. The room was full of candidates for various state offices, and the two vying to succeed Pat Roberts in Congress. Republican Jerry Moran, a Hays attorney, is the Kansas Senate Majority Leader. Democrat John Divine is a marketing representative for IBM and a Salina city commissioner. "I don't think it's a lack of letting people know about it," said Randy Picking, president of the Salina Jaycees, who sponsored the appearance. "I'm very disappointed that people couldn't come out and make time to meet the candidates. Was it the vice presidential debate? Was it the baseball playoffs? I don't know." Picking said the appearance was scheduled before the vice presidential debate was a sure thing. In an interview with both candidates, Divine expressed disappointment that Moran wouldn't schedule more joint appearances. The Wednesday appearance was the fourth and last scheduled before the election and the only one in Salina. "We've got to meet eight or 10 times to get the meat on the table and really discuss the issues," Divine said, "He's calling this a joint appearance. What's frustrating for me is he's not doing the right thing for the 1st TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal Hays Republican Jerry Moran (left) comes face to face with Democratic challenger John Divine, Salina, at a reception Wednesday night. The two are vying for Pat Roberts' seat In the 1st Congressional District. Allan White, Democratic candidate for the Kansas Senate, is In the middle. District. They don't get to see both of us." Moran said he believed voters had enough information to make informed decisions. "We were together tonight," he said. "We had a debate, and we had a radio forum. I believe with all the news articles and information that there's enough out there." Divine last week criticized Moran for taking money from political action committees. Divine isn't taking any PAC money. "The positive side is I believe what I'm doing is right," he said. "The bad thing is I won't be able to have 30-second sound bites on television." Moran said the PAC issue has not hurt his campaign. Divine said he believed he could win even though the seat has been held by Republicans for years. Pat Roberts held the seat for eight terms before deciding to run for retiring Nancy Kassebaum's seat in the U.S. Senate. "A lawyer and a businessman truly look at issues from a different angle," Divine said. "Now that you have an open seat, people have to ask who can represent the district the best?" Moran, visiting all 66 counties in the district, said, "I think people can recognize more about you and your character during a face- to-face conversation." T LOVE STORY Norway goes all out for strangers' wedding THURSDAY OCTOBER 10, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T HEALTH Petersburg's bayfront Mahaffey Theater. The debate was carried by three major broadcast networks. But there was competition on Fox, which carried the first game of the National League Championship series. For activists in both parties, the evening had an inescapable subplot. Gore, 48, is all but certain to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in four years. And if Dole loses to Clinton, the 61-year- old Kemp would be considered the top early prospect for the next Republican nomination. In a -quick poll conducted by ABC, 50 percent said Gore won the showdown, 27 percent viewed Kemp as the winner and 21 percent called it a draw. The two candidates were determined to keep the focus on their bosses, Clinton and Dole. See DEBATE, Page A7 Cross-country skier and his girlfriend plan to marry today with help from Kansas town , By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING -The Salina Journal • NORWAY — Most of the citizens in this , .southern Republic County town of about 50 don't even know the name of the bride and "groom. But that didn't stop them Wednesday from making preparations for an afternoon wedding today in Norway's Our Savior's Lutheran Church. : : ' Melissa Melhus will provide the flowers, •ping and take photographs. She is a florist i" by trade, but will not charge the mystery vjcouple for her services. .,' "We're just doing this and they don't »• , ; V even know we're doing it," Melhus said. "That's the way this community is. We just thought we'd help theni out a little bit," Others in town are baking a cake and performing other tasks to make the wedding and the reception to follow more memorable. The ceremony will be performed by the Rev. Brad Bray,- pastor of the Norwegian church. Melhus said the about- to-be newlyweds visited the Norway-Scandia area in September as part of a cross-country roller ski trip. They are both originally from the country of Norway. On their visit, the couple toured the local church and other local attractions. On VINGO Tuesday night, they called from Marysville and notified several residents they had met of their plan to return to Norway to be mar- ried. Among those they talked with were Chris Bray, wife of the pastor, and Melhus' aunt and uncle, Janet and Harold Melhus. The ceremony is planned for 2 p.m., and Melissa Melhus said just about anybody who doesn't have to report to work or spend the day in the harvest field will be at the wedding. "Nobody thought anything about it. They just decided to do it. Everybody's one big family in this town," she said. The betrothed couple are Tore Vingo, 61, and Nina Macleod, 57. Vingo, a former carpenter, has traveled more than 2,000 miles on his roller skis since leaving May 17 from San Francisco. He plans to arrive in New York City's Central Park before Christmas. Macleod follows Vingo in a pickup truck on the 3,500-mile journey. Nephew donates kidney 3 b.ack surgeries don't keep Salinan from helping faraway uncle By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING The Salina Journal Scott Phelps was about 4 the last time he saw his Uncle Jerry. But that won't stop him from leaving Saturday to save the life of his father's only brother. "There's no reason for me to do this except he's my dad's brother and I feel strongly about family-," Scott said Tuesday. "We're a real close family." Scott, 29, lives with his parents, Don and Linda Phelps, at 200 S. Third. He volunteered as a donor after the family discovered the seriousness of Jerry Phelps' illness. DH _, DQ Extensive test- rnci - r;:> ing showed Scott to be a perfect match for his uncle. • . Jerry, Sacramento, Calif., received a heart transplant in 1993. Before the operation, he said, doctors discovered his left kidney had shut down and his right kidney was in danger. They went., ahead with the.,heart transplant because without it his chance of living for another year was 10 percent, Jerry said. Kidney dialysis was not possible because of its effect on the anti-rejection drugs Jerry must take for his new heart. He is 56. "The next viable thing was a transplant," Jerry said. "This was strictly Scott's decision. I didn't ask to have it done. It blows me away that somebody wants to do this." He plans to meet Scott at the airport in California. But he needed a description because of the years the two have been apart. The Phelps family — Don is originally from Washington state; Linda was reared in Lenora in northwest Kansas — has lived in Salina for nine years. "There's a lot of miles between us. We had five kids and it's awfully hard to travel with five kids," Linda said. The operation will take place Oct. 16 at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento. Don Phelps will leave Friday and make the 1,650-mile trip for his employer, an Emporia trucking company. Company officials have given their OK for Don to park his tractor-trailer in the parking lot of the hospital for eight days so he can be there for the surgery. Linda will stay home with the couple's son, Jeff. He and a third son volunteered for the transplant, but Jeff, 27, needs heart and lung transplants, operations he has rejected because doctors told him there was little chance of success. Jeff had his first heart surgery when he was 6 months old. Two more surgeries have followed. "This is really hard for me not to go. I'm torn between my two sons, but I can't leave Jeff," Linda said. She is proud of Scott for his sacrifice. He is no stranger to hospitals. A bad back has-resulted in three surgeries and times of pain. In an open letter to her son in the Salina Journal's Neighbors section in Monday's paper, Linda wrote: "I know how you are hurting at times yet you are so willing to put aside your feeling to give of yourself and try to save a life ... Your brother and I wish we could go also but as you know his health will not allow this, so we remain at home, but will keep the prayers going upward." Scott has been told to expect a two-week stay in the hospital and another four weeks of recovery at home. Over the objections of his mother, he plans to be strong enough to make the opening weekend of Kansas pheasant season in early November. "I've been training a dog for more than a year," Scott said.

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