The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 10, 1996 · Page 9
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 9

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, October 10, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1996 CB V NATURE File photos All across Minnesota and Wisconsin, South Dakota and Quebec, scientists have discovered several species of frogs with developmental abnormalities, such as the frog with an extra leg (left) and a frog with two extra hind legs (right). Deformed frogs remain a mystery Because cause is not known, big worry is that humans could be in danger of deformities By BETH SILVER The Associated Press HENDERSON, Minn. — Bruce Nelson was catching frogs for catfish bait last year when he realized something was horribly wrong: Some of the frogs had stumps for legs, and others had as many as four tangled hind legs. "You see deformed things all the time in nature, but nothing like this," Nelson said. All across Minnesota and into neighboring Wisconsin, South Dakota and Quebec, scientists and locals are seeing the same kind of grotesquely misshapen limbs, along with frogs with tails, missing or shrunken eyes, and smaller sex organs. In fact, scientists have had a hard time finding wetlands in Minnesota with no deformed frogs. Most recently, deformed frogs were found in Vermont. "It scares me," said Judy Helgen, a research scientist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. "I'm at different levels of getting a chill down my spine." Scientists aren't sure what's causing the deformities. The theories run from pesticides to parasites to radiation from ozone depletion, or some combination of factors. What worries many around the state is whether humans are in danger, too. The federal Environmental Protection Agency plans to do its own study. Students from the Minnesota New Country School in Le Sueurfirst reported the deformed leopard frogs during a field trip to a wetland last year. They reported their findings to the pollution control agency, then to state lawmakers and on the Internet. Cindy Reinitz, the teacher who has become known as "The Frog Lady" since her middle school students made the discovery, said there is at least once person with cancer in every household around the wetland. But scientists have made no direct link between the frog abnormalities and cancer. A frog hotline has received sightings of deformed frogs, from 54 of the state's 87 counties. The fact that the abnormalities are widespread suggests that the problem has more than one source, said David Hoppe, a herpetologist from the University of Minnesota at Morris. His best guess is some sort of water pollution, possibly from something airborne. That could come from heavy metals, pesticides or a whole array of things that settle onto the landscape. School color codes kids who can't pay for lunch By The Associated Press CHELSEA, Mass. — In Chelsea's impoverished school system, there's a new way to tell the poorest of the poor: Elementary pupils with blue stickers get free lunches, while those wearing yellow can afford to pay. Some experts say the temporary system stigmatizes poor kids. But in Chelsea, once one of the worst school districts in the nation, it's a non-issue to many parents. "The kids kind of know who gets free lunch anyways," said Connie Ruelas, who has three children in the schools. This immigrant city of 30,000 just north of Boston recently over- hauled all its school buildings and opened seven new schools on the same day last month. Outside the four-school elementary complex Wednesday, children with tags pinned to their chests played on shiny playground equipment. The tags have their name, their teacher, bus number and a little round sticker. The stickers are meant to keep lines moving in the cafeteria by telling the cashier with a glance how much each youngster must pay. Superintendent Douglas Sears argued that the notion that children bear a stigma because of the stickers is largely a creation of the media and academics. "This is a stretch," he said. OK :i< irvisc )ixi i i 11 ,A ri-^KS For MOVIE Selections and SHOWTIMES Call: 825-9105 We've gone world wide web! www. MICHAEL DOUGLAS VAL KILMER THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS m STARTS TOMORROW T WHITEWATER Exhibits show first lady helped overvalue property in land deal By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton helped draft a real estate document that put a $400,000 price tag on vacant land south of Little Rock, Ark. But the 22.5-acre parcel fetched a mere $38,000 when the federal government—in the bailout of the S&L industry — finally unloaded the property six years later. That's the picture that emerges from exhibits to a federal regulators' report on Castle Grande, a failed 1,050-acre development that is now a focal point of White- CLINTON water prosecutor Kenneth Starr's criminal investigation of President Clinton and his wife. Over the years, the 22.5-acre property called Holman Acres was assigned values between $70,000 and $170,000 — but never anything close to the price tag in the real estate option handled by the first lady as a lawyer in 1986, records show. ' Whitewater criminal investigators are looking into whether the land price was inflated as part of a scheme by the S&L, Madison Guaranty, to disguise improper T CLOSE ENCOUNTERS real estate commissions to prominent Little Rock businessman Seth Ward. Ward is the father-in- law of a former law partner of Hillary Clinton, Webster Hubbell. Hubbell, a former associate attorney general, is in prison for bilking clients while he was at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock. Hillary Clinton said in sworn answers earlier this year that she recalls nothing about her work on Holman Acres, but conceded that word processing codes on the documents indicated some of the documents were produced by her. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. concluded last month that Hillary Clinton prepared the land option and that it was improperly used by the S&L to hide from regulators improper payments to Ward. The documents detail how Holman Acres went from the object of a $400,000 land deal to a money- loser for taxpayers who inherited the property when the S&L failed. The property was bought from the S&L cleanup agency by a family trust in 1992 for $38,000. Acting at the behest of Ward and the S&L owned by Whitewater partner James McDougal, Hillary Clinton drafted a real estate option on May 1,1986. It gave a subsidiary of McDougal's S&L the right to take Holman Acres from Ward for $400,000. The option was never used, but the FDIC report said the option prepared by Hillary Clinton was. important because it established a price for Holman Acres. Holman Acres was beneficial to Ward. He used the land as collateral, taking out a $400,000 loan from McDougal's S&L oh March 31,1986. Two months later, the S&L released Ward from personal liability in the deal. Ward turned the property over to the S&L six months later as payment for the $300,000 balance on his loan. RECLINER SALE! FINAL DAYS! Hours: Daily 9 'til 5:30 pm Saturday 9 'til 5:00 pm Sunday 1-5 1930S. 9th, Sal ina 913-823-3971 Council candidate says aliens cured her cancer Candidate hopes her talk-show revelations don't hurt her chances By The Associated Press NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — Your neighbor tells you space aliens cured her of cancer. Do you: A) Smile, nod and tell her that you, too, have been cured? B) Look at your watch, mumble something about being late and get away? C) Re-elect her to the County Council? It's a question 53,000 voters in Volusia County face after incumbent Lynne Plaskett told millions of daytime TV viewers that 20 years ago, a flying saucer the size of a dinner plate came to her house, levitated her from her bed and scanned her from head to toe. Within four months, Plaskett told the audience on "The Maury Povich Show" in September, her deadly lymphoma was in complete remission, confounding her doc- tprs who thought it should have already killed her. Plaskett, now 46, said she hopes her TV appearance doesn't turn voters against her. She added that her alien experience has nothing to do with her Irecord in office: "I'm just hoping people can separate the two." • But quiet, seaside New Smyrna Beach is not Roswell, N.M., or Gulf Breeze, Fla., communities where UFO sightings are so commonplace as not to be noteworthy. And some New Smyrna voters plan to vote against Plaskett come November, even though they don't know anything about her opponent. "Flaky," said Stan Dudzinski, owner of an employment agency. "I don't vote for aliens." Others, though, were more open-minded. "Whatever turns you on," said barber Pelham O'Neal, who said he will probably vote for Plaskett again. The first time Plaskett, a planner with the city of Edgewater, ran for the $27,000-a-year job two years ago, her alien background never came up. It was not something she discussed openly. Until, that is, Sept. 11. On that day, Plaskett appeared on the talk show with five other people who claimed they had been abducted, studied, made sterile or sexually molested by extraterrestrials. ddl Oil Change includes 15 point Inspection and up to 5 quarts of oil 913-823-6372 Bennett Autoplex, Inc. Service Department (j!i1 b. Ohio Seilm BONUS THURSDAY THRU MONDAY ^^•^ ^^H^^ '^*i^^^ ^^» BMH ^^^^^ """"^ ^^^ DAYS! .r;i ', «>;S »<»r i ***»«p-p. ''em. Coupons not valid on gift certificates, unts, mail or phone orders. 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