The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 27, 2001 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Friday, April 27, 2001
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Vignery honored iPAGE B1 mm the FRIDAY APRIL 27, 2001 SALINA, KANSAS Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 50 cents Frederick resigns PAGE CI • RECOVERING FROM A TORNADO Tornadoes instill a lasting fear For one family, the fear of the 1990 Hesston twister returns during storms By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal For months after the tornado took their house, replacing it with piles of timber, Maria and Bret Gillmore's 4- year-old son, Jared, was terrified at the hint of a thunderstorm. Even after 11 years, every time they hear a news report of another tornado striking another town, the fear of that night — March 13,1990 — returns like a punch to the gut. "It's really something you never forget," Maria Gillmore said. This week, residents of Hoisington are hard at work cleaning up debris left Saturday night when a tornado packing winds of more than 200 mph tore through the city of about 3,000, flattening homes and businesses. But the Gillmores, who live west of Moundridge, and other victims of Kansas twisters said it takes more than burning the downed branches and clearing away the shattered glass to recover from the trauma imparted by Mother Nature. And ittakes a lot of time. "It's really something you never forget." Maria Gillmore Moundridge resident wlio was a victim of the Hesston tornado in 1990 Support was overwhelming Maria Gillmore was eight months pregnant that stormy March day She and her husband were home with their son, watching the storm, when her husband saw the funnel approach­ ing. They hurried to the basement and took cover under the staircase. "The thing I remember more than anything is just the house breaking apart, the wood just splintering," Gillmore said. When it was over, they looked up from their basement hideout and could see the sky overhead. Gillmore said she'll never forget the outpouring of assistance immediately after — the friends who cleaned and mended the family's clothes, the people who took the family out to dinner or brought meals in. Her family stayed with her parents after the tornado, and one day, while the two families • See photos of damage done by the Hoisington tornado on the Journal's Web site: worked to clean up the debris, a friend cleaned her parents' house. "It was really overwhelming, what people did for us," Gillmore said. As is occurring in Hoisington, those early days were spent concentrating on the immediate needs of cleaning up, finding temporary housing. The family quickly made the decision to rebuild at the same location. See TORNADOES, Page A8 T VIETNAM Kerrey ashamed of raid Former senator led attacl< that l^illed women and children By CHAKA FERGUSON The Associated Press NEW YORK — Former Nebraska Sen. ^ob Kerrey says he is ashamed that as a Navy SEAL he led a 1969 combat mission during which unarmed Vietnamese women and children were killed. Though a member of Kerrey's SEAL unit and a Vietnamese woman who said she witnessed the killings allege the civilians were herded together and massacred, the former Nebraska governor maintains the and large cari'ied out in self-defense. '"To describe it as an atrocity, I would say, is pretty close to being right, because that's how it felt and that's why I feel guilt and shame for it," Kerrey said, according to a partial transcript of a "60 Minutes 11" segment scheduled for broadcast Tuesday Kerrey was later awarded a Bronze Star for the Feb. 25,1969, raid in the Mekong Delta. The citation says 21 Viet Cong were killed and enemy weapons were captured or destroyed. Kerrey's , squad, in reporting to military superiors, didn't mention killing civilians. Witnesses and official accounts of the number of dead varies from 13 to more than 20. "We herded them together in a group. We lined them up and we opened fire," Gerhard Klann told "60 Minutes II." A Pentagon spokesman, Rear Adm. Craig Quigley, said he knew of no plan for the Pentagon to investigate the circumstances of the Bronze Star award, but he did not rule out an eventual investigation. See KERREY, Page A2 T STERNBERG MUSEUM KERREY raid was by ' ' ; ' i' ^} U i \: III 111 if ''"III ? Ili i ilil Photos by JUSTIN HAYWORTH / The Salina Journal Jesse Evans, Salina, listens to a private concert for him given Thursday by Jimmy D. Lane and Ceiia Price inside the Blue Heaven recording studio on South Eighth Street. Just for Jesse Once a popular musician, Jesse Evans gets private concert at Blue Heaven Studios By KARA RHODES The Salina Journal Though slowed by physical ailments, Jesse Evans plays a little piano at Blue Heaven Studios. Although Jesse Evans was hard of hearing and speaking with a slur because of a recent stroke, Jimmy D. Lane didn't need much help understanding him. They spoke the same language through the blues. Evans, a 65-year-old Windsor Estates resident, enjoyed a private concert at Blue Heaven Studios Thursday afternoon from Jimmy D. Lane and his pianist Celia Price. The private concert was arranged through the Salina Regional Health Center and Windsor Estates' Dream Catchers program. Evans, 65, spent a lifetime playing the piano and organ for gospel groups that traveled the United States and overseas to Cuba and Korea, said his sister Frances Young. He studied at Juilliard School, a prestigious performing arts school in New York, and is honored in the African- American Museum in Fresno, Calif. For a time he appeared on a weekly church program on national television, Young said. "We used to watch him every Sunday before going to church," Young said. "He can make an organ walk. You don't hear about him much here, but he's well known." Evans told Lane he has long wanted to visit Blue Heaven Studios, housed in the See PRIVATE, Page A8 • STATE BUDGET House endorses plan Graves says he's prepared to veto proposed budget bill By JOHN HANNA The Associated Press TOPEKA — After Gov Bill Graves said Thursday he was "fully prepared" to veto it, the House tentatively approved a plan to close a $206 million hole in the state budget. House members shrugged off the governor's threat and endorsed by voice vote the spending bill drafted by their Appropriations Committee, which does not include a tax increase. House leaders hoped to finish debate on several related finance bills Thursday night and take final action on the budget bill today The Senate postponed debate on its own spending bill Thursday pending developments on school finance. On an earlier voice vote, the House eliminated a $4.2 million reduction in a $20.8 million increase for universities and community colleges. Legislators had promised the increase when they reorganized the higher education system in 1999. "We were fiscally responsible enough that we were able to reward ourselves," said Rep. Rocky Nichols, D-Topeka. In all, the House plan would reduce appropriations already approved by about $79 million. Graves has proposed a $117.6 million increase in taxes on sales, cigarette, estates and insurance to put more money into public schools and help close the gap between expected revenues and planned spending in the fiscal year that starts July 1. The governor said the House plan reduces aid to local governments, takes away money for enforcenient of water quality initiatives and hurts programs for poor, elderly and disabled Kansans. Sue expected to attract 102,000 visitors by week's end Museum officials were hoping to get 40,000 guests to break even By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal HAYS — Sue the dinosaur may be leaving, but her influence is expected to linger at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History The life-size cast of the 67-million- year-old fossil, the most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found, will wrap up its stay this WEATHER weekend at the Sternberg Museum, located just off of Interstate Highway 70 on the city's northern edge. The fossil replica, together with accompanying interactive models and activity stations, went on exhibit in late February Sometime Saturday, museum officials expect attendance to reach the 100,000 mark; they expect the exhibit to attract a total of 102,000. Visitors have come from every county in Kansas, about 47 states and several foreign countries, said Fort Hays State University professor Jerry Choate, who directs the museum. • Feathery dinosaur discovered in China unveiled in New Yorl< / Page 07 "We're known by a lot more people who never knew us before," Choate said. "What I'm hoping is that a lot of these folks will come to see our next exhibitions, that people will stop when they drive past or they'll schedule a trip." Last year, the museum ended with its operating budget in the red. Choate estimated it would take 40,000 visitors for the museum to recoup its expenses for Sue; that attendance has been two- and-a-half times that, meaning the museum budget will be in the black this year, and that Sternberg will be able to pursue other major exhibits in the future. "Last year, we were looking at the prospect of making cuts in staff and cuts in exhibits to break even," Choate said. He said the initial goal of drawing at least 40,000 visitors to see Sue seemed a bit ambitious at the time. "To be honest, I was a little scared. If we didn't break even, we would See SUE, Page A8 File photo The Sue exhibit has been a much bigger hit at the Sternberg iVIuseum than officials expected. High: 84 Low: 56 Mostly sunny today; clear tonight. PAGE A2 The House votes to make it a federal crime to harm a fetus during an assault on its mother, urging action on behalf of "unborn victims." PAGE CIO The nation's well-educated Asian- American poptilation is migrating rapidly throughout the East and South in search of high-tech jobs. INSIDE Classified / E1 Comics / B4 Crossword / B4 Deaths / B3 Encore! / D1 Great Plains / 81 Money / C8 Sports / 01 Weather / C9 Viewpoints / A9

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