The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 21, 1986 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, January 21, 1986
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"Journal Home Edition — 25 Cents Salina, Kansas TUESDAY January 21,1986 114th year—No. 21— 18 Pages A day for a King Nation marks holiday with parades, protests From Staff and Wire Reports Protests mingled with parades Monday on the first federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., a day in which ironic touches measured how close the country has come to achieving the slain civil rights leader's dream. Tens of thousands of people gathered and marched to honor King in Atlanta, Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and other cities. Church bells pealed in Minnesota, Illinois and Rhode Island, and radio stations around Rhode Island broadcast portions of King's "I Have a Dream" speech. In Salina, residents turned out for a daylong prayer vigil at the Allen Chapel AME Church, 1021W. Ash. The vigil marked the end of a week of activities in Salina designed to honor King. In Montgomery, Ala., 500 blacks gathered on the Capitol steps to hear a proclamation honoring King. It was on those steps in 1963 that Gov. George Wallace had vowed "segregation now, segregation forever." Wallace did not attend Monday's ceremony. In Birmingham, Ala., where King led marchers against fire hoses and police dogs in 1963, a seven-foot statue of King was unveiled iji a city park. By federal law, the third Monday of January is a day in honor of King, who was born Jan. 15, 1929, and assassinated April 4,1968, in Memphis, Term. The day is a legal holiday in Kansas and 26 other states, including three that also honor Confederate generals. Two other states have a holiday on Jan. 15. Monday's protests focused on states and communities that stood aloof from the holiday. In Memphis, 300 people gathered in the potholed parking lot of the Lorraine Motel where King was murdered. The motel is owned by a civic group. "Hate is what killed him, but love is what makes him alive today," said State Rep. Rosco Dixon. In Wisconsin, several hundred volunteers led by Gov. Anthony Earl spent the day helping snow-bound farmers pick corn. "We honor Dr. King by rolling up our sleeves, putting on our galoshes and going into the fields," the Rev. Fred Trost of Madison said as Earl met volunteers at the Barneveld Lutheran Church. In Atlanta, King's son Dexter laid a wreath at his father's tomb and the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference challenged the nation to move forward toward complete racial equality. "In the name of Martin, we ain't going back," said the Rev. Joseph Lowery, who heads the organization that King founded. "We've come too far, we've worked too strenuously, we've marched too long, we've prayed too hard, we've wept too bitterly, we've bled too profusely and we've died too young." Lowery joined Vice President George Bush, South African Bishop Desmond Tutu, Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., Bill Bradley, D-N.J., and Mack Mattingly, R-Ga.; Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young; Georgia Gov. Joe Frank Harris and members of King's family at an ecumenical MC trustees vote to slash sports, classes Photos by Ar Coretta Scott King (upper left) on Monday places a wreath at the crypt of her husband, Martin Luther King Jr., in Atlanta. Later, entertainers such as Stevie Wonder (upper right) perform in a show to honor King in Washington, D.C. And hi Atlanta, LaRose Housworth attends a candelight vigil. service at Ebenezer Baptist Church near downtown Atlanta. Tutu, who like King is a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, was awarded the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize. "America today bears witness to the fact that Dr. King's faith in America was true faith," Bush said. "Love has overcome hate." Kennedy compared King with Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as a hero of the American people. "Washington, Lincoln, King. With this holiday, Dr. King takes his place as the founding father of the second American revolution — the revolution of civil rights," Kennedy said. By DAVID CLOUSTON Staff Writer Marymount College Board of Trustee Chairman Rev. Melvin T. Long had a brief, but adamant, message for college supporters Monday: The college can no longer afford to maintain its level of competition in athletics. Acting on a set of controversial recommendations set forth by Marymount President Dan Johnson last week, the 16 out of 22 board members attending the meeting voted 154, with one abstention, to approve the proposals, which include cutbacks in athletics and academics. The announcement of the board's actions came after a 2%-hour meeting which was preceded by a public forum that drew impassioned pleas from supporters who wanted more fund-raising efforts, not program cuts. "The board of trustees of Marymount College have decided to support the college president's recommendations," Long said. "In making this decision, the board is approving the direction outlined by Dr. Johnson on a level of policy, and is relying on Dr. Johnson to take the responsibility to implement and to administer that policy on a day-to-day basis as he sees as appropriate and fit. "While intercollegiate athletics will continue to play a very vital role in Marymount's programs, the college's first priority is for quality education, both inside and outside the classroom. The board believes that in approving the president's recommendations the college will serve more fully the educational needs of the broad spectrum of students." The news of the board's decision was delivered to a roomful of students and administrators, including men's basketball coach and assistant athletic director Dan Pratt. But while the adoption of Johnson's recommendations closed the door on some programs targeted for elimination or reduction — religious studies, Spanish, men's basketball, track and field and women's Softball — it didn't slam it completely. Johnson gave supporters of such programs 30 days to come forward with financial support. His proposed changes would affect academics, student life, administration and athletics. They would cut $460,000 from the operating budgets of six sports — including $40,000 from men's basketball, which operates on an annual budget of about $64,000. Faculty positions would be cut by 25 percent, and 12 administrative and staff positions would be cut. Salaries for remaining faculty would be increased by 3.5 percent, and the college would pay for an employee health insurance program. Johnson's proposals were in response to a $300,000 operating deficit expected at the end of this school year. They involve reallocating $500,000 of the school's budget toward erasing the deficit and enhancing selected programs. "A number of you have indicated this morning the possibility of there being other resources for Marymount College we have not had in the past," Johnson said at a press conference after the board meeting. "Should it come to our attention that we have significant resources to support athletics, academics, to support any one of the areas that I'm concerned with, I would certainly take into account those pos- (See Trustees, Page 9) Man wins $30 million, but he wants 40 winks Military overthrows Lesotho government MASERU, Lesotho (AP) — Thousands of people danced in the streets Monday to wel-l come a bloodless I coup that ousted! the authoritarian! prime minister,! Chief Leabual Jonathan, a day I after he declared [ himself "in complete control." Jonathan The takeover by a military commander described as a moderate appeared to presage the end of a South African economic blockade that had nearly paralyzed this mountain kingdom since the first of the year. South Africa, whose territory surrounds Lesotho, accused Jonathan of harboring guerrillas. Maj. Gen. Justin Lekhanya, who overthrew Jonathan, is said to be about 55 years old. He commands the 1,500-man Lesotho Paramilitary Force that serves as both army and police. Government radio reported the coup at dawn to the 1.3 million people of Lesotho, which is about the size of Maryland. The radio said Oxford- educated King Moshoeshoe II, 47, remained as head of state. No information was available about the whereabouts of Jonathan or members of his Cabinet, who also were swept from office. It appears that Lekhanya wants more amicable relations with South Africa. He was reported to be angered by Jonathan's risky policy of militant opposition to the white- minority government's apartheid racial policies. Jonathan on Sunday said: "Although you never know, I would say that I am in complete control." NEW YORK (AP) — A 59-year-old construction worker who won $30 million in New York's Lotto game said. Monday that he was exhausted after two days and nights of celebrating and the thing he most wanted was something money can't buy: sleep. Pasquale "Pat" Consalvo said his immediate plans were to "go home and lay on my couch" after claiming the prize, the second-largest individual lottery prize in North American history. Consalvo and his family were celebrating his 37th wedding anniversary when his wife, Angelina, stopped to watch the Lotto drawing Saturday night. "At first, I said I had four numbers, then I said I had five numbers, then I said, 'Oh my God, I think I have all six.' We just jumped all over the place," she recalled. There were screams of joy. The celebrators drank champagne, ate Chinese food and slept very little. Can money make you happy? "Sure," Consalvo said. What if all of this money makes him unhappy? "I hope it doesn't do it to me. I'll give it back," said the man who said he most enjoys playing the horses, and watching ballgames, especially if his son is on the field. Consalvo, father of three and grandfather of three, said he makes about $800 a week in his work as a mason and laborer on renovation projects. He said he would spend his winnings on his family, perhaps buying a new car to replace his '84 Oldsmobile or traveling to Italy. Would he stop working? "I don't know," he said. "I really don't want to." He was prevented from going to work on Monday, thanks to his conniving relatives, some of whom tore his work clothes to shreds to keep him at home on Staten Island. After taxes are withheld, the Con- salvos will receive 21 payments of at least $1,142,857 each, spread over the next 20 years. Also Monday, Missouri became the 22nd state to offer a lottery as it began selling $1 tickets to "Jackpot '86." The prizes range from a free ticket to $86,000 in cash, as well as a chance to win the jackpot of $1 million or more. Today Classified 14-16 Entertainment 18 Fun 17 Living Today 6,7 Local/Kansas 3,10 Markets 8 Nation/World 5 On the Record 9 Opinion 4 Sports H-13 Weather 9 Weather KANSAS — Mostly cloudy and colder today, with a slight chance for rain northwest and north-central and highs in the mid-30s northwest to about 60 southeast. Mostly cloudy and colder tonight. Some say money comes before children in foster care ByDAVERANNEY Harris News Service As the state network of social services adjusts to the changing needs of abused and neglected children, the question arises: Is the system a wreck? i The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services says its shift toward keeping families together is paying off. But directors of foster care programs, who have seen their caseloads drop, say the shift is good for some but not for all. They say the cases falling through the cracks mark the start of a new generation of troubled youth, one that is tougher, meaner and more disturbed that ever before. Program directors say this generation warrants the most attention but Child at ren is getting the least. Last in a series "I don't blame SRS," said Frank Ross, director of Elm Acres, a 40-bed residential program with homes in Pittsburg and Columbus. "In fact, I have a lot of respect for their efforts. But reality tells me that there's never going to be enough money to provide a substitute family for everyone who needs one. It just isn'L going to happen. "SRS is saying they have to look for solutions within the budget they have to work with. That's good, but I'm not sure society is going to find their solutions acceptable. We just can't keep building more prisons to take care of the kids who don't fit." A 1980 federal mandate forced states to cut their dependence on foster care programs. Critics charged that children were getting lost in the system, bouncing from one home to another. Today, foster care is seen as a last resort. Its role is further jeopardized by stagnant budgets failing to keep pace with costs. "There's pressure against foster care because the money isn't there to pay for it," said Lynn Barclay, advocacy coordinator for the Kansas Children's Service League. "Overall, SRS is doing a good job, but there is little argument that some children are being left in abusive homes too long and that others are being pulled from foster care programs too early." Because state budget curbs coincided with the federal mandate for cheaper in-home services, lawmakers thought they were getting more services for less money, Barclay said. Consequently, the state's foster care and counseling service budget has increased by 27 percent in six years while reports of child abuse have doubled. Also, as more money is spent on expanding the family counseling program, less is available for foster care. Between the fiscal years of 1980 and 1984, spending on foster care dropped 13 percent while spending on counseling services rose 46 percent. "The answer here is not to simply dump more money,into foster care," Barclay said. "Instead, both sides need to be clearly understood. Funds for foster care and those for in-home services should be seen as apples and oranges. "The shift toward keeping families together is good and probably overdue, but that doesn't mean it should prosper at the expense of those who truly need foster care. But that's exactly what's happening." The decision to take a child out of an abusive home is made by the courts in conjunction with a local social worker. The social worker has the authority to pull a child later from foster care if the worker believes the home situation has improved enough. Five of the state's 17 area SRS offices project foster care budget deficits by June 30, the end of fiscal (See Foster, Page 9)

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