The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 14, 1996 · Page 6
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 6

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, October 14, 1996
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MONDAY. OCTOBER 14. 1996 NEWS THE SALINA JOURNAL BRIEFLY Pope appears strong in first appearance ROME — Joking the hospital has become "Vatican number three*" Pope John Paul II made his first post-surgery public appearance Sunday but kept his trembling hand — possibly caused by Parkinson's disease — out of sight. The pope appeared rested and in good spirits fiVe days after an appendectomy, lingering at the window of his 10th floor suite at Rome's Gemelli Polyclinic hospital even after telling the more than 1,500 pilgrims below: "Now, I'm gdirtg back to bed." Kurdish faction retakes northern Iraqi city BAGHDAD, Iraq -*- Kurdish rebels recaptured a key city Sunday from arrival faction that seized control of northern Iraq last month with the Jhelp of President Saddam Hussein. Iraq ujrged the two groups to settle their differences through talks and sternly warned the advancing faction against "dealing with foreign powers," a reference to the group's ties to Iran. Clashes between the two Kurdish factions in August led Sad- dam to send forces into the northern "safe haven" protected by U.S.-led forces. The United States responded by bombing Iraqi military sites in the south. Oman! race camel sells for record $390,000 MUSCAT, Oman -^ She's a real beaut, with plush upholstery and great inileage,. The ride may be bumpy, but boy, can she run. That's why a United Arab Emirates man paid a record $390,000 to own her — the fastest racing camel in Oman. Bint Hamloul, or "Daughter of Hamloul," was sold to the unidentified purchaser by Ahmed Raai Al-Dariy, the Al Shabeeba newspaper reported Sunday. The price topped the previous known record of $260,000. Average racing camels commonly sell for about $8,000. From Wire Service Reports T AGRICULTURE CAUSING A STINK Federal plan to pay farmers to fight pollution generates controversy By ROBERT GREENE The Associated Press •JTASHINGTON — The ' government soon Will be doling out federal dollars to farmers and ranchers to help fight pollution from manure and other sources. Even before it starts, the program is under attack as a potential cash cow for corporate farms. Several lawmakers, including Senate bemocratic leader Tom Daschle, arc joining advocates for small farmers in criticizing rules proposed Friday by the Agriculture Department for distributing the $200 million newly available each year. By failing to'set clear limits on who can collect, the critics contend, the rules leave the way open for taxpayer dollars to help corporate farms build pollution controls that the Clean Water Act already obliges them to install. The department denies the allegation. The rules failed to spell out who should qualify, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman admitted, but he The Associated Press Myron Lawler, construction supervisor for Decoster Farms of Iowa, talks about the planned changes to the manure lagoon behind him, which holds liquid manure from a hog farm. New rules would allow federal payments to be made to clean up farm pollution. promised that wealthy operations will get nothing. "I have no intention of awarding large-scale operations any of this assistance. Period," he said. The voluntary Environmental Quality Incentives Program, created by the 1996 farm bill, pays up to 100 percent of the cost of building manure containment lagoons or to switch to farming practices that lower pesticide use. Annual payments are limited to $10,000 for each person, with a cap of $50,000. During debate on the farm bill, the Senate wanted to set size limits to coincide with those of the Clean Water Act. It dropped precise language after Glickman pledged to come up with limit definitions. Instead, Friday's proposals left it to state conservationists to decide. The Agriculture Department scheduled a nationwide round of public hearings starting next week. It will use the information to come up with guidance to the states on the program's administration. Critics say state conservationists — federal employees who will run the program on a state level — will be vulnerable to intense lobbying. The program will become unmanageable, they say, because 50 standards will prevail, not one. "This could turn a very useful conservation program into corporate welfare that will drive family farmers out of business and poison the landscape all over rural America," said Ferd Hoefner, Washington representative for the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, a Pine Bush, N.Y.-based advocacy group. T SIMPSON TRIAL Whites more successful in jury selection Judge Fujisaki chooses more potential jury members who think Simpson 'probably guilty' By The Associated Press SANTA MONICA, Calif. — White jury prospects in the O.J. Simpson wrongful death trial had more success than blacks in convincing the judge they could set aside their biases, an analysis of the jury pool shows. Superior Court Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki allowed into the pool 69 percent of the questioned jury candidates who declared Simpson was "probably guilty," but only 21 percent of those who considered Simpson "probably not guilty." In so doing, the judge favored white jurors: Those who chose the "probably guilty" position were overwhelmingly white, along with the few Asian jurors questioned. The jurors who said Simpson was "probably not guilty" were nearly all blacks. Most of these positions reflected the jury prospects' initial,-gut reactions placed on a questionnaire, and the judge didn't decide whether to dismiss them until after they were questioned by lawyers or himself. ., "On the face of it, it seems like there's some percentage of unexplainable eliminations along racial lines," said Southwestern University law professor Robert Pugsley. "But it also seems (as if) the judge put a premium on people who could express things in terms that this particular judge finds satisfactory, arid that may favor more formalistically educated individuals or people more familiar with court jargon." Indeed, the judge himself often would explain his acceptance of a juror with strong feelings, pointing out that person's intelligence, articulate speech and ability to separate an opinion based on spotty news reports and office gossip versus one based on evidence and testimony in a court of law. Fujisaki has let in some black jurors who appeared to him to have met this test, including a man who said he believed white society is unable to accept a black man's acquittal. V EDUCATION NBA fights bad image of schools Union wants to give public an inside look at schools with TV show By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The nation's largest teachers' union is launching a television series to counter public school-bashing and give the American viewer a front row seat in classrooms that work. "We're finding that there is literally a hunger out there for information about what is going on the classroom," said Barby Halstead- Worrell, in charge of the new television series for the 2.2-million member National Education Association. Halstead-Worrell noted "schools are getting bashed" by politicians and others. The purpose of the new series, she said, is to present "the strategies educators around the country are developing to help students perform at their best." -. The NEA's partners for. the weekly "School Stories" series, beginning this month, are Discovery Communications and The Learning Channel. The first half-hour show featured Mary Beth Blegen, of Worthington, Minn., the 1996 Teacher of the Year. Halstead-Worrell said other shows will not necessarily showcase award-winning teachers. One discusses efforts to recruit new teachers, especially minority- race instructors now in demand. Another profiles a teacher ,whp makes classical literature come alive for students. Charlene Haar, president of the Education Policy Institute and a harsh critic of teachers' unions, said lessons can be learned from the televised school success stories. But for real reform to occur, she said, the unions' dominance over teachers and students must be weakened. "It sounds like the NBA ig picking and choosing positive stories about education," said Haar. 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