The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 12, 1996 · Page 1
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Good shepherd Lutheran minister will miss his flock in retirement / B1 GftEAT PLAINS Peeking out Turtlenecks are important elements in fall wardrobes / A5 • High SCbOOl fOOtball: Central drops first regular-season game / C1 : Better Business Bureau can help before woes arise / A10 • .. INSIDE ••••..-- ••:•• High: 87 Low: 58 Mostly sunny and breezy today with south winds of 15to20mph/B7 WEATHER Classified / C5 Comics / B8 Deaths / A9 Great Plains / B1 Money / B4 Religion / B6 Sports/ C1 Viewpoints / B2 INDEX Salina Journal DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Steve Kmetz, executive director of the Salina Rescue Mission, says the homeless shelter Is full. The mission has seen a 70 percent Increase in meals served during the past year, and the number is still on the rise. The Mission Grows Rescue Mission sees big jump in demand even before winter By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal When Steve Kmetz pokes his head out from the Salina Rescue Mission into the cool night air, he shivers with concern. The winter months typically bring more residents. But a sharp increase over the number of residents from a year ago means space is a luxury. In January 1995, the mission served 358 meals. In January 1996, it served 507., "Since then, it's gotten bigger and bigger and bigger," said Kmetz, the director of the mission. So big that the number of meals served is up 70 percent over last year. So big that in September 1996, the mission served 1,200 more meals than it did in September 1995. So big that the average count in the mission for September was 25 men. The capacity is 26. So what will happen this winter? "We could be looking at more people than we can hold," Kmetz said. "We have to do what makes sense for their need. The residents can stay as long as they need help. "The funds are there. They keep coming in. But we really do need the public's help." Kmetz is working with an architect and has property at 600 E. Elm to build a new mission. Construction could cost as much at $1.5 million. Kmetz is working on getting the funding but doesn't know when it would be completed. He hopes the building would provide more space for the growing mission. "I think this shows that there's a great need in the community," he said. "A great need that needs to be addressed. I think we're picking up the slack." Other agencies see Increase For Kathy Jackson, director of Emergency Aid-Food Bank, April and May usually are slow months. Not this year. "This year, we haven't had a break at all," Jackson said. "We're seeing people We haven't seen in three or four years." See MISSION, Page A9 Salina Rescue Mission BISHOP 336 N. 13th STATE IRON T BREAST CANCER Study linking breast cancer to abortion questioned New study sets increased risk at 30 percent By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Experts are divided over a new study reporting that a woman who has an abortion raises her risk of breast cancer by 30 percent. The study released Friday, compiled from earlier research, blames abortion for some 5,000 cases of breast cancer each year. It appears in October's Journal of Epidemiolo- gy and Community Health, a peer- reviewed journal of the British Medical Association. "You do have to take it with caution," said Vernon Chinchilli, one of the authors. "But if these numbers are real, it is of concern." The researchers, from Penn State's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Baruch College in New York City, collected information from 23 studies involving 25,967 women with breast cancer and 34,977 without, then reanalyzed the old data to find out how many had had abortions. The individual studies on abortion and breast cancer have proven largely inconclusive, say other researchers and those at the National Cancer Institute.Outside experts who reviewed the new work said it doesn't overcome the hurdles earlier researchers have faced. "The study is invalid," Boston University professor Lynn Rosenberg said. "It means nothing." "It's dangerous just to throw them all together," said Dr. Karin Michels of Harvard Medical School, who recently published a review of the same studies. She said she is personally opposed to abortion. SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T WILLIAM VICKREY: 1914-1996 Nobel celebrity goes fast Economics winner dies just 3 days after getting award for which he waited 45 years By KAREN MATTHEWS Tlte Associated Press WILLIAM VICKREY NEW YORK — William Vickrey waited 45 years for his economic theories to be recognized with a Nobel Prize. He enjoyed it for only three days before dying Friday, collapsing in his car on the way to an academic conference. The 82-year-old retired Columbia University professor had been relishing his sudden honor as a Nobel winner since Tuesday, enjoying a champagne party with colleagues and giving interview after interview with the media. "We were all a bit concerned that maybe this was too much," said Professor Ronald Findlay, chairman of Columbia's economics department. "He said, 'No, no, don't worry. I'm perfectly OK.'.«' Findlay described Vickrey as an "absent-minded professor type" who used to park several blocks from Columbia and roller-skate to work. The vigorous, heavy-set man never lost his enthusiasm for his ideas. "I'm very invigorated," Vickrey told The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., on Thursday in one of his last interviews. "I feel that at long last I may have some audience. "Forty-five years is a long time to wait for your ideas to take hold. I want to make the most of the good bully pulpit: And I have a couple of books to write." Vickrey, who had been driving alone to Boston for an academic conference, was found Thursday night, slumped over his steering wheel in a northbound lane of a parkway in Harrison, about 30 miles north of New York City, said Columbia spokeswoman Suzanne Trimel. He was pronounced dead at St. Agnes Hospital in White Plains. At the family's request, the cause of death was not released. Bill Bortree, clerk at the Quaker Meeting House in Scarsdale, where Vickrey had been a member for 40 years, said he spoke to the professor's wife, Cecile, early Friday. He quoted her as saying, "He was overdoing it as usual, driving up to Boston." Vickrey shared the economics Nobel — and a prize of $1.12 million — with James Mirrlees of Britain's Cambridge University for their separate work on "asymmetric information." That field seeks to maximize economic efficiency when two sides have incomplete information about each other. Vickrey had focused on practical matters like efficient use of public transportation. * East Timor independence activists win Nobel Peace Prize / Page A2 T BANK ROBBERY Salina bank robbery suspect linked to similar cases in Ohio When Salina Police U Mike Marshall spotted a picture of a bank robbery suspect (left) while In Cleveland, he thought he saw a resemblance to a Salina robbery suspect (right). While searching for fugitive, officer saw similar bank robbery By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal A photograph in a Cleveland newspaper has led Salina and Ohio law enforcement officials to link a December 1995 bank robbery in Salina with three recent bank robberies in the Cleveland area. But authorities haven't been able to put a name with the face of the man they believe robbed the banks. Lt. Mike Marshall of the Salina Police Department happened to be reading the Cleveland Plain Dealer late last month while he was in the Cleveland area searching for a man wanted for questioning in a Salina triple homicide. In the newspaper was a small article describing a Sept. 4 robbery at a National City Bank branch in Beachwood, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb. A surveillance photo of the robber accompanied the story. "I thought the picture looked familiar, so I brought it back," Marshall said. Marshall compared the photograph of the Ohio robber to a photograph of a man who robbed First Bank Kansas, 1333 W. Crawford, of about $3,000 on Dec. 21,1995. "They are almost identical," Marshall said. The robberies also were almost identical: in both cases, the robber handed a clerk a note saying that he had a gun and demanding mon- ey. Neither clerk saw a weapon. In both cases, the robber also ran from the bank, and no one saw a vehicle. In both cases, the robber was wearing dark sungW*se$ y jan4.,a dark ball cap. . ..,'(,.. ..>"|,.,,.-.,., And both banks were robbed during business hours — First Bank Kansas at 2:09 p.m. and the Ohio bank at 10:25 a.m. Detective Jack Wilson of the Beachwood Police Department said officials believe the same man also robbed a bank in Shaker Heights, Ohio, during the past summer. "We have photos from that robbery, and we have no doubt it's the same person," Wilson said. And he also might have robbed a bank in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, as well. All three Ohio towns are suburbs of Cleveland. Salina Police Chief Jim Hill said that bears out Salina officers' theory about the bank robbery. "We had such a good photo, and we weren't able to get the man identified, so we thought he was probably from out of town and hopped on and off the interstate," Hill said. Hill said many bank robbers move from town to town, robbing until they're caught. "Lots of times, they're finally caught robbing another bank," Hill said. The robber was described as a black man with a dark, ruddy complexion. He looked to be in his early to middle 20s, 5-feet, 6-inches to 5-feet, 8-inches tall. The robber had a light goatee.

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