The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 12, 1996 · Page 6
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A6 SATURDAY. OCTOBER 12, 1996 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL V AIDS QUILT AIDS quilt blankets capital 40,000 panels honor lost Americans; supporters finally voice hope a cure will be found By ROB MORSE San Francisco Examiner WASHINGTON — Cleve Jones was standing in the National Mall, where hundreds of volunteers prepared 40,000 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt for the final display in one place. "I think we've just about filled the available space," said Jones, the founder of the Names Project, "so they've just got to find a cure." Volunteers from across the country gathered Friday to unfold the enormous quilt. They formed small circles around bundles of fabric, held hands and gently spread the quilt on the grass. From the Washington Monument to the Capitol this weekend, the entire Mall will be covered by the quilt memorializing AIDS dead. The earliest panels from 1987 are at the monument end, and the panels honoring the latest dead lie almost at the steps of Congress. There is no small symbolism there. "It's different this time," Jones said. "The disease is going to end. We can end it now." He had just come from a conference of AIDS service providers, where he had challenged every AIDS organization to contribute a percentage of its money to research. "We have organizations whose main role has been to comfort the sick raising hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Most wouldn't contribute a single dollar to research. It was just AmFAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research) and the feds. The assumption always was that everyone who was infected would die. "If I have to die, I'd like some help, but I'd rather live if that's a possibility." Jones came close to being memorialized himself on his quilt. "I nearly croaked in 1994, but now I'm symptom-free." Why? He answered in two non-technical words: "New drugs." The 10 boxcars carrying the quilt arrived from San Francisco on Wednesday. Some 12,000 volunteers from all over the nation were gathered Friday to ceremonially unfold squares of quilt as celebrities and unknowns read the names of the dead. "My list of names is going to be the names of volunteers and staff of the Names Project who have died," Jones said. "It's about 45 people. That's going to be tough." Jones managed to get through the list, his voice cracking. Soon thereafter Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper appeared on stage, reading names that included friends and a neighbor from Arlington, Va. The Gores then viewed a portion of the quilt, standing solemnly by a large section made by Pacific Bell employees. They left to huge rounds of applause. The quilt was only 1,920 panels when it The Associated Press A view from the Washington Monument Friday shows the huge AIDS quilt stretching from the monument to the U.S. Capitol. was first shown in Washington in October 1987. One thing that hasn't changed is the quality of the ordinary people who sew, carry, fold and unfold the quilt. Among the volunteers unfolding the quilt was Kathy French of Fort Worth, Texas. "Down at one end ^ou have the first people who died and at the other end you start seeing more women and children," she said. "You can see the course of the disease." French said the hardest part of unfolding sections of the quilt was finding the name of an acquaintance. "It's an awful way to find out," she said. Then there was the joy of meeting people 'who had never heard of the quilt. "Ten women whose husbands were at a conference walked by, started talking and immediately pitched in," she said. "It does suck you in. It's very emotional." Everything about the quilt is a balance of formality and informality, an invention of new ritual. Tina Cavallaro and Clara Shaw of Los Angeles said different emotions kept sweeping over them — pride, humor and grief. T CAMPAIGN '96: DOLE STRATEGY Dole aides hatch aggressive plot Dole may attack on ethical issues, but isn't as eager as his advisers By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — On the eve of a major strategy summit, top campaign aides to Bob Dole sought Friday to quiet Republican criticism that he has failed to aggressively challenge the ethics of President Clinton and his administration. One adviser, former Education Secretary William Bennett, told reporters that the Dole campaign next week would release a lengthy report on Clinton administration ethical lapses. The report is to include material on the collection of FBI background files by the Clinton White House and legal work by Hillary Rodham Clinton that has come under scrutiny by Whitewater investigators. "These are very serious charges and go to the issue of the public trust," Bennett said. "Sunlight is the best disinfectant." Dole gave his blessing to the idea Friday, but told aides he was unlikely to personally participate in any campaign event releasing the critical material. Another idea being discussed was having the Republican National Committee pay for harder- edged advertising focusing on alleged administration ethical lapses, although several top Dole aides do not believe such an effort would be effective. "We recognize the frustration of Republicans around the country who think that, with Clinton ahead, he is getting away with something," said Dole communications director John Buckley. "Flailing away at Clinton and calling him a bad guy might make everybody feel good for a minute and a half, but it is not going to defeat him." Dole was taking a day.off the campaign trail to preside over today's strategy meeting at his Washington campaign headquarters. The major goal was to map out a state-by-state electoral strategy for the final three weeks of the campaign, including advertising targets and topics, and the travel schedules for Dole, running mate Jack Kemp and top campaign surrogates, primarily Elizabeth Dole. There will be just 19 campaign days left after Wednesday's final presidential debate, leaving Dole little time to counter a lopsided Clinton electoral advantage that includes double-digit leads in the big industrial battlegrounds. Dole is under considerable pressure from Bennett and other Republicans to aggressively challenge Clinton on ethical questions, including his refusal to rule out pardons for former associates convicted in the Whitewater investigation. Dole has been reluctant to make a concerted, detailed pitch in this area, apparently because he does not want to be viewed as a negative campaigner. "I think whatever happens, I want to be at peace with myself when it's over," Dole said. Elizabeth Dole gives top 10 list By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Dole returned to the late night talk show circuit Friday night, offering a David Lettermanlike list of 10 reasons why Bob Dole should be elected president. As her husband might say: Some were funny, funny, funny — whatever. She came to "The Late Show with David Letterman" with a top 10 list of "reasons why Bob Dole should be elected president." Samples: • "He'll cut your taxes 15 percent and cut your lawn, too." • "Our dog Leader is much better at 'Stupid Pet Tricks' than Clinton's cat, Socks." • "Dole and Kemp are two four- letter words you can teach your children." • "No more Big Macs at White House state dinners." • "The State of the Union message will be more exciting because you never know if Bob. will stage dive and surf the crowd." • "Read my lips: No more Macarena!" RALPH WEIGEL Bonds - Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron T ANTI-GOVERNMENT PLOT 7 arrested in plot targeting FBI Militia had blueprints of FBI building, planned to bomb it, two others By ANNIE SHOOMAN The Associated Press CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Seven people connected with a right- wing militia were arrested Friday on charges of plotting to blow up the FBI's national fingerprint record center and two other federal buildings in West Virginia. Agents began making the arrests after Floyd Raymond Looker, the leader of the Mountaineer Militia, gave blueprints of the FBI complex to an undercover agent in exchange for $50,000, the FBI said. The agent was posing as a middleman for a fictitious international terrorist group. The blueprints of the new $200 million FBI complex in Clarksburg were obtained by a Clarksburg firefighter who belonged to the militia, the FBI said. The fire department keeps the blueprints in case of a fire. "There was a plot. It was ended before it could be consummated," said John P. O'Connor, agent in charge of the FBI's Pittsburgh- based division. "There were never any explosive devices constructed. There was no immediate threat to our facility." O'Connor said the militia also targeted two other federal facilities in the state. He wouldn't identify the places. Law officers confiscated plastic explosives and detonators Friday at five places in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. The arrests came after a 16- month investigation. • The fingerprint complex is known as the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Opened last year, it contains fingerprint records that the FBI has collected from police departments nationwide. The identification division provides information to state and local police departments. The fingerprint center eventually will use computer programs for converting fingerprints into electronic images. This will enable the FBI to perform fingerprint checks in a matter of hours instead of weeks or months. Automated criminal record- keeping will also be available for background checks, whether the person is seeking a job at a daycare center or trying to buy a gun. The seven defendants were jailed without bail pending hear- ings next week. The charges included conspiring to make bombs, transporting explosives across state lines and conspiring to place explosives near the FBI complex. The conspiracy charges carry up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines. O'Connor said Looker, 56, Stonewood, and firefighter James Rogers, 40, Jane Lew, were members of the militia organization. Court papers identified Edward F. Moore, 52, Lavalette, as a colonel with the group. O'Connor said he didn't know how the other four were connected to the militia group. They were identified as Jack Arland Phillips, 57, Fairmont; James M. Johnson, 48, Maple Heights, Ohio; Terrell P. Coon, 46, Waynesburg, Pa.; and Imam A. Lewis, 26, Cleveland. In court papers, the FBI described several meetings this year involving Moore, Phillips and Looker at which explosives were displayed. At one meeting, Moore said he was working on a rocket-propelled grenade. An undercover source said Moore provided instruction in bombs and bomb-making, and-set off an explosion that left a hole 2 feet wide and 4 inches deep at the Mountaineer Militia's training site in the countryside. ^^™ ^^™ ^^" >MM ^^H WHBM mmmm ^mm ^^M •«• mmmm wm^m mmm ••• MMi m^m m^mm mmm \ Elks Country Club j I Special Year End Golf Promotion i For A Limited Time Only! For A Limited Time You Can Become A member Of Elks Country Club Golf For Only 6 Payments Of $50 Per Month! I (Total Golf Fee Is $300 Plus Additional Costs May Apply) | #5.00 Per Round Until April 1,1997 \ Take Advantage Of Our Pay-As-You-Play Golf Fees Now Until April 1,1997! BUY ONE LUNCH GET ONE FREE! Dining & Banquet. Full Service Facilities. 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