The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 21, 2001 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, April 21, 2001
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NewQB PAGE D1 the SATURDAY APRIL 21, 2001 SALINA, KANSAS Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 50 cents Peaceful gardens PAGE B5 Summit conflict A bloodied protester is arrested by police Friday after demonstrators and riot police clash outside the grounds where the Summit of Americas is being held. Photos by The Associated Press A protester throws a golf ball at police after the security fence surrounding the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City, Canada, was breached by protesters Friday afternoon. Protesters and police clash at Summit of Americas By TOM RAUM The Associated Press ' QUEBEC — Police in riot gear clashed with protesters in a haze of tear gas Friday as leaders of the Western Hemisphere's 34 democracies sought to advance plans to create the world's largest free-trade zone. President Bush, attending his first international summit, held out the promise of a region of 800 million people "that is both prosperous and free." Yet Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez complained that many of the lofty goals set at a similar summit in 1994 have not been met. Quebec City was tense and largely sealed off under tight security as the third Summit of the Americas got under way with arrival ceremonies, opening festivities and clashes between police President Bush and first lady Laura Bush arrive Friday for the Summit of Americas. Thirty-four heads of state from the Western Hemishere are attending the summit. and protesters. Demonstrators tore down some sections of the concrete-and-chain-link security barricade near the summit site and pelted police officers in riot gear with cans, bottles, hockey pucks, rocks and stuffed animals. Police officers, who lobbed canisters of tear gas at the protesters, formed a line and marched on the demonstrators to force them back. The summit drew an alliance of labor, environmen­ tal and human rights organizations and student activists in protest of the free- trade plan, capitalism and globalization. "If they are protesting because of free trade, I'd say I disagree," Bush said. "I think trade is very important to this hemisphere. Trade not only helps spread prosperity, but trade helps spread freedom." And Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien told the opening summit session, "violence and provocation is unacceptable in a democracy" "This type of behavior that we have witnessed here this afternoon that was carried out by a small group of extremists is contrary to all democratic principals that are so dear to us," Chretien said. See SUMMIT, Page A2 T STATE BUDGET CUTS Liquor tax money eyed by Legislature Money helps cities, counties pay for drug treatment, recreation By SHARON MONTAGUE TlwSriliiia Joitnuil When Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski sees the figures, he just shakes his head. Of the 4,513 people booked in the Saline County Jail between January and October of 2000, only 72 were first-time offenders. That means nearly 99 percent were repeat offenders. "And the majority of those people are going to have some relationship with alcohol or drugs," Kochanowski said. That's why alcohol- and drug- treatment programs, such as the Social Detoxification Program operated by Salina's Central Kansas Foundation for Alcohol and Chemical Dependency, are so important, Kochanowski said. "If you keep that 10-bed center and treat them, it might take some of these people out of T TOBACCO SETTLEMENT the system," he said. "If they can convert even one a month, at least that's 12 a year that might not come back into the system." Keeping that 10-bed center open could be difficult if the Kansas Legislature approves a budget proposal drafted by House leaders. Under that proposal, the state would keep — instead of sending to cities and counties — about $16 million from a special alcohol tax fund. Helps pay for programs Cities and counties distribute the money, with a third going to their general funds, a third to special recreation programs and a third to alcohol and drug prevention programs. Les Sperling, executive director of CKF, said his agency's share goes to the Social Detoxification Program. The Kansas Association of Counties is fighting the proposal, contending that it doesn't solve the state's budget woes. See TAX, Page A2 Tobacco grant monies debated Senate budget panel approves increase in grant funding By SARAH KESSINGER Harris News Service TOPEKA — The Senate budget committee Friday agreed to expand a grant program that has helped Saline County start to fight smoking. Del Meier, health educator at Salina-Saline County Health Department, was pleased to see the committee approve the continued use of some of the state's tobacco lawsuit settlement money for tobacco prevention. The Salina Area Tobacco Prevention Coalition this past month received the state's only $500,000 one-year grant to combat smoking in youth and adults. Coalition members hope to have it renewed next year. The program won't be successful without a multiyear commitment, said Meier, who was in the Capitol to watch the committee's proceedings. "Normally, it takes about 10 years to show a significant impact," she said. On Friday, the Senate budget panel approved an increase in grant funding to $875,000 for next fiscal year. That would provide moi-e money to other communities. The Saline County grant is only a small part of the $120 million Kansas has received in the national tobacco lawsuit settlement. Over 25 years, the state expects to receive up to $1.6 billion. The anti-smoking lobby had hoped prevention programs would get more of the $57 million Kansas is to receive from the settlement this year. But they see the initial Saline County grant as a start. Increasing next year's grant fund is encouraging, said Kevin Walker, lobbyist for the American Heart Association. The state will receive an equal amount matched from the American Legacy Foundation, which was created in the national settlement and funded by tobacco companies. "The Legacy has said they'll match that dollar for dollar," Walker said. "So you're now talking about $1.7 million." The budget bill that includes the tobacco prevention money must pass the full Senate before moving to the House. The full Legislature returns for its wrap-up session Wednesday. T ST. JOHN'S MILITARY SCHOOL New president found for St. John's school 53-year-old says he looks forward to new challenge, journey By TANA THOMSON Vie Salina Journal St. John's Military School has ended its national search for a new president. Jack Albert Jr., 53, the president of Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va., will move to Salina around September and assume duties as the president no later than June 2002. He'll replace Skip McAlexander, who has served as St. John's president for the past eight years. McAlexander said he expects to stay in the Salina area. Albert has been at Massanut­ ten for seven years and has been working at military academies for about 20 years. Woodstock is a town of about 4,800. Massanutten is slightly larger than St. John's, which has more than 180 students. Albert said the biggest difference between the schools is that Mas­ sanutten is coed, while St. John's is all boys. "I have no intention of sug­ gesting they change that," Albert said. "That is their niche." McAlexander said St. John's doesn't have any big, upcoming projects or challenges that Albert will be walking into during his presidency. Albert said he has some new ideas to bring to St. John's but wants to become more familiar with the school before getting specific about them. "I want to listen to the people who have been in the trenches of the school. I'm very much a team player," Albert said. Albert will be on campus for St. John's commencement May 18 and 19. School turned around Major Roy Berwick, Mas- sanutten's executive vice president under Albert, has known Albert for seven years. He said Albert has turned Massanutten around from a "struggling" school of 76 students to almost 200 students. Berwick will take over as interim president after Albert leaves. "I'm really going to miss him, and I feel they are going to be some awful big shoes to fill," he said. Albert has "a real grasp of a private school and how to make it grow and make it work," he said. Albert is working toward a doctorate from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va. He said it was a good time for him and his wife to start anew. "It's just me and Betty and our golden retriever," Albert said. The Alberts have an an adult son and daughter And, he said, it's a good time to leave Massanutten Military Academy because it's in good shape. See ST. JOHN'S, Page A2 Courtesy photo Jack Albert will assume duties as president of St. John's Military School next year. WEATHER High: 76 Low: 60 Partly cloudy. Forty percent chance of thunderstorms tonight. PAGE A12 New research suggests modern Europeans and possibly other popidations are descended from a few himdred Africans. TOMORROW A comprehensive plan to direct development in Saline Coimty aims to keep residential growth focused on the south and east edges of Salina. INSIDE Classified / CI Comics / B6 Deaths / B3 Families / A6 Great Plains / B1 Money / A7 Religion / 84 Sports / D1 Weather / D6 Viewpoints / A11

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