The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 18, 1996 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Champs Atlanta will face the Yankees in the World Series/C1 SPORTS .•" Plains talk Kate Lehrer's historical novel is set in Kansas / D1 : Cleaning gutters is one of many fall fix-up chores / A6 • Cancel 1 UUCP: Scientists say a modified cold virus can kill cancer / A2 INSIDE Mgh:61 Low: 45 Mostly sunny and mild today; mostly clear and not as cold tonight /B3 WEATHER Classified / C6 Comics / B4 Deaths / A9 Encore! / D1 Great Plains / B1 Money / A7 Sports / C1 Viewpoints / B2 INDEX years Salina Journal FRIDAY OCTOBER 18, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T SALINA MURDERS Police are seeking a warrant for White County attorney to review affidavit; police won't say what new evidence they have to implicate him in killings By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal WHITE Salina police are seeking a warrant charging fugitive Alan White with murder in connection with a July triple homicide. County Attorney Julie McKenna is reviewing an affidavit, which she received from the police Tuesday, and has not decided whether to request the warrant from a judge. "I have received it," McKenna said. "That's as far as it's gotten." Several steps must be taken before a murder warrant can be issued for White. First, McKenna must decide if, based on the affidavit, there is probable cause to believe that White committed the crime. If she decides probable cause exists, she will prepare a "complaint information," and submit it, with the affidavit, to a judge. The judge will decide if there is probable cause to issue the warrant, McKenna said. ."All we have now is an affidavit in support of a .warrant," McKenna said. Police have been searching since early August for White, a former Salina resident who lived in the small Jewell County town of Formoso at the time of ,the killings. They questioned him once about the bludgeoning deaths, after family members saw him at a funeral for one of the victims. After White failed to show up for meetings with his • probation officer in early August, a warrant was issued for his arrest for violating his probation on earlier, unrelated burglary and bad check charges. A federal warrant was issued for flight to avoid prosecution on the probation violation. oat White's name was connected with the triple murder investigation after police requested a warrant in Lincoln, Neb., to search White's pickup, which was Abandoned there in early August. Police Chief Jim Hill said at that time that police did not have probable cause to arrest White for the July 20-21 murders of Dolores McKim, 80, 1721 Glen Ave., her daughter Carol Abercrombie, 56, Soddy- .DJJlsy, Tenn., and her great-grandson Christopher p $j?ercrombie, 5, Greenville, N.C. ~The three were found bludgeoned to death in JVJcKim's east Salina home. Carol Abercrombie also ' had been sexually assaulted. ,.- Hill would not say Thursday what additional evi- ^jience against White police might have received Since he made those comments. '' "Julie has the affidavit," Hill said. "We're just Awaiting for word from her." '' When asked if laboratory tests on evidence collected at the scene had implicated White, McKenna declined See WHITE, Page A9 struggling to find a FOOTHOLD The Associated Press GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole waits to be Introduced while standing on stage at the start of a rally Thursday in Riverside, Calif. A relaxed Bob Dole failed to gain ground in the second debate By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Bob Dole may have done everything in the last debate except catch a break. He relaxed, listened, strolled and zeroed in on his opponent with unusual self-assurance before the final big TV audience of the campaign. He was sure-footed in a game at which Bill Clinton is said to be the best. Yet polls quickly said he lost. "Dolfc did beautifully," said Janice Crouse, a Dole partisan and former speech writer for George Bush. "I don't think it changed anything." With fewer than one in 10 voters undecided on their presidential choice in most surveys, the debate may have been less an occasion to pick sides than to cheer for the side already chosen. If so, Dole's task becomes all the tougher in his push to turn around the campaign in the final days before Nov.'S. Dole's presentation Wednesday night was not seen as anything close to perfect by the public or most professionals. His tendency to drift off in thoughts and dip into legislative arcana was curbed but not * Dole and Clinton target California / Page A3 • Dole to appear tonight in Wichita / Page A3 eliminated. On Thursday, his campaign tried to explain his jaw-dropping characterization of today's economy as the worst this century, saying Dole — son of the Depression — meant to refer to productivity. But there was also a strongly held view that in the debate's town hall-style format, however counterfeit its illusion of intimacy, the natural and "genuine" Dole may have emerged. "Bob Dole came off as being very authentic and real and at home," said Richard Harwood, a Bethesda, Md., public policy analyst. Harwood said polls, especially those instantly sizing up the debates, "are closing down the conversation, making people believe there's nothing to talk about — it's all over." "It's dispiriting ... to think we've reached the point at which the words that come out of their mouths don't matter," said Suzanne Garment, at the American Enterprise Institute. She found Clinton "a little more formulaic than I expected. You watch it and the first thing you think is, he's running out the clock." Deadline for voters to register is Monday By The Journal Staff As the date of the Nov. 5 general election draws closer, so does the deadline for registering to vote. Voter registration ends at 9 p.m. Monday, Saline County Clerk Shirley Jacques said. The clerk's office in the City-County Building will be open un? til 9 p.m. today and Monday for last- minute registrations. As some updated their registrations in the clerk's office this week, others, were casting their ballots. Jacques said 46 people voted in her office Wednesday, the first day of advance balloting. On Thursday, she said, the number of voters also was steady. The number of registered voters in the county is up from the primary "The presidential elections always bring a big vote." Shirley Jacques Saline County Clerk election, and she expects the percentage of people who vote also to be greater in the general election. "I think it will be a good presidential year," she said. "The presidential elections always bring a big vote." There are about 31,100 registered voters in Saline County, Jacques said, and she expects 86 percent to 88 percent to vote in the general election. Voter registration: Registration for the Nov. 5 general election closes at 9 p.m. Monday. Shirley Jacques, county clerk and election officer, said the clerk's office in the City-County Building will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Monday to accommodate people who need to register. Voting early: A list of other voter registration locations may be obtained by calling the clerk's office, 826-6550. You need to register to vote If: * You have never voted. * You have moved since last voting. * You have changed your name since last voting. People who don't want to leave their homes on Election Day Nov. 5 can vote by mall or can vote early at the county clerk's office in the City-County Building. Advance voting can be done in several different ways: * Voters can request an advance ballot by phone. The clerk's office will mall an application, which must be returned before a ballot will be mailed. No ballots will be mailed after Nov. 1. * Voters can apply for an advance ballot in person and vote Immediately. * Another party can request that an advance ballot application be mailed to a registered voter. The registered voter must sign the application before a ballot is mailed. T RUSSIA %ltsin fires security chief 'Russian leader says Xebed was plotting to 'form army for a coup - By The Associated Press ''•" MOSCOW — Sacked by a livid Boris Yeltsin amid charges he was plotting a coup, national security 'chief Alexander Lebed wasted no "time Thursday serving his own '•gruff notice: He will be out to cam- 1 paign for the ailing president's job. f • the Kremlin, rent by power Struggles as Yeltsin prepares for 'heart surgery, turned out to be too -small for the aspirations of both these high-powered leaders, who ' feuded openly during Lebed's four- 1 Jacinth stint in the Cabinet. u , Although Yeltsin gained office 'with help from the widely popular, 4fryear-old Lebed, the relationship paid off for Lebed, too. Pursuing 'his own designs on the presidency, : Lfi|bed increased his popularity by "reaching a peace agreement with "jbhechen rebels; he raised his pro"file by incessantly criticizing — -and infuriating — his Kremlin ;peers. YELTSIN LEBED + Will Lebed's firing come back to haunt Yeltsin? / Page A8 The dismissal came just a day after Lebed's bitter rival for authority in security decisions — Interior Minister Anatoly Kulikov — accused him of plotting to form his own 50,000-man army with sights on seizing power in a "mutiny." No evidence surfaced to back this sensational charge, and Yeltsin ignored talk of coups when he announced Lebed's ouster on national television. Scowling, moving "stiffly but speaking clearly and more resolutely than he has in recent appearances, Yeltsin declared that Lebed's unilateral actions, exces- sive ambition and outspokenness were damaging to the country. With hands clenched into fists on the table in front of him and eyes narrowed, the president looked angrier than he has in years and healthier and more in command than he has in weeks. "I can't tolerate the situation any more," Yeltsin said, slowly and deliberately signing a decree dismissing Lebed. He spoke at the health spa where he has been resting up for heart bypass surgery next month. Pegged by many as Yeltsin's likely successor, Lebed was characteristically unbowed. He announced plans to start campaigning soon to replace Yeltsin, who many suspect is too ill to serve out the rest of a terra that lasts until 2QOO. Lebed denied the coup allegations and has insisted he wants to gain office only through the ballot, box. He said he would not launch his campaign while the president is alive. "Today he's an elderly and ill person," Lebed said. "It's not for me to kick the one who is down." T SCIENCE Were dinosaurs just big birds? Fossil found in China strengthens links in evolutionary chain By MATT CRENSON The Associated Press NEW YORK — Chinese paleontologists have found the remains of a 121-million year-old feathered dinosaur, providing what could be the most graphic evidence yet that birds are descended from the prehistoric titans. Photographs of the fossilized creature show an unmistakable downy stripe running down its back. If the feathered dinosaur is confirmed, say paleontologists who have seen the fossil, then it provides almost irrefutable evidence that today's birds evolved from dinosaurs. "As soon as they showed me the specimen, it just blew me away," said Phil Currie, a paleontologist who recently saw the fossil in Beijing. "You can't come to any conclusion other "The people who resist the dinosaur origin of birds will have a hard time explaining this." Luis Chlappe American Museum of Natural History in New York City than that they're feathers." Nobody has ever found feathers on anything other than a bird. So the feathered fossil provides further ammunition for the widely accepted theory that dinosaurs gave rise to birds. That theory is based mostly on the similarity in shape of bird hip bones to those of one dinosaur group. "This is not a bird, but it does have feathers," said Luis Chiappe of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. "So the people who resist the dinosaur origin of birds will have a hard time explaining this." On Thursday, Chen Pei-Ji of the Nanjing Paleontology Insti- tute showed photographs of the fossil at the American Museum of Natural History, where the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology is holding its annual meeting. The photographs show the flattened remains of a birdlike beast splayed out on a slab of rock, it's neck twisted backward at an agonizing angle. Arrayed down the dinosaur's back, from the nape of its neck to the tip of its tail, is what appears to be a row of feathers that have left their impression in the rock. "It's fantastic," said Currie, who is a paleontologist at the Royal Tyrell Museum in Canada. > "It's almost manelike at the back of the head."

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