The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 29, 2001 · Page 1
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 1

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 29, 2001
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Cagerz PAGE CI PnOFESSIONAL BASKETBALL SUNDAY APRIL 29, 2001 SALINA, KANSAS ournal Serving Kansas since 1871 $1.50 Memory Lane PAGE D1 T SPACE FLIGHT First tourist blasts off Russian rocket lifts off witii California businessman Tito By The Associated Press BAIKONUR, Kazakstan — With' a thunderous rumble, a Russian rocket lifted off Saturday from the barren steppes of Central Asia bearing the first space tourist, California businessman Dennis Tito, and two cosmonauts on a journey to the international space station. They'll have to wait to dock with the station, however, until "Maybe this flight opens a really new page in space exploration, when notorily professional cosmonauts hut also so-called amateurs will he ahle to travel to space." Yuri Koptev Russian Aerospace Agency chief NASA unparks the space shuttle Endeavour to avoid a potential traffic jam. The rocket rose into the blue skies above the Baikonur cos­ modrome, blasting out red flames, and soon disappeared above the sunlit expanses of Kazakstan. Nine minutes later, flight controllers announced that the craft had reached orbit. Tito's girlfriend. Dawn Abraham, who had cheered him on during the preparations for the flight, collapsed into tears. "It's surreal," she said. "I jUst want to know if he is OK." It will be at least two days before the Soyuz spaceship reaches the space station, and possibly three if Endeavour needs to extend its stay at the station. Computer problems aboard the station have kept Endeavour at the station longer than expected by preventing astronauts from wrapping up work with a critical robot arm. See TOURIST, Page A2 The Associated Press CosmonautTalgat Musabaev (left) and American space toUrist Dennis Tito wave Saturday as they board the Soyuz rocket at the cosmodrome Baikonur in Kazakstan. The Soyuz lifted off for a journey to the international space station. 7 hope I can leave the college, the church and community a better place than when I found it." • Paul Bube, Kansas Wesleyan religion professor Ethical Dilemma Salina to lose Wesleyan professor who inspired ethics debates By GARY DEMUTH The Salina Journal While.a student at the University of Notre Dame, Paul Bube said the most valuable piece of advice he ever received was from a professor: "You should choose your major as if you're going to die the day after you graduate." "That is, you ought to study what really gets you excited," Bube said. "And I discovered what I was most ^ excited about was theology" Theology was an unusual choice for Bube, who at the time considered himself an agnostic. But through his coursework, he began to develop the belief that "if I understood theology better, I could help people to not be harmed by extremism in religion," he said, "I could help people think for themselves, to be thinking Christians." Bube, 46, has been stimulating people to think about theology and ethical issues for 13 years as a professor at Kansas Wesleyan University and as chairman of the religion and philosophy department. He has spearheaded the "Ethics in Public Life" series for 12 years at Kansas Wesleyan, bringing in speakers of national prominence in literature, health care and religion. He also has served on the Kansas Humanities Council and has presented lectures and symposiums at the American Academy of . Religion and at United Methodist churches, locally TOM DORSEY /The Salina Journal Paul Bube, Kansas Wesleyan University professor of religion for 13 years, will leave Salina in June for a professorship at Lyon College in Arkansas. Bube has instrumental in the college offering ethics programs for the community and in the operation of an ethics committee at Salina Regional Health Center. and nationally. Bube said he has tried to make a difference in Salina, and that's why he regrets having to leave. Bube recently accepted a po­ sition as professor of religion at Lyon College in Batesville, Ark. He plans to leave Salina at the end of June. Colleagues close to Bube still are trying to get over the shock. "He's done so much here. I can't believe he's really leaving," said Marcia MacLennan, professor of religion and English at Wesleyan. "He's an excellent teacher, and we've had a wonderful relationship over the years. It'll be hard to fill his shoes." See BUBE, Page A2 T SCHOOL FINANCE Districts gird for tight budgets 130 districts may end up with less state aid than in current year By JOHN MILBURN The Associated Press T PRESIDENT BUSH Bush hits 100-day milestone President does much of what he promised but keeps expectations low By RON FOURNIER The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In his first 100 days. President Bush fought for tax cuts and against abortion while reversing Democratic environmental policies. It was a bullishly conservative agenda that belied his whisker-thin election victory and his party's fragile hold on Congress. And none of it should have been a surprise. The nation's 43rd president did .much of what he promised, and nearly everything he had planned, for his opening chapter. Then again. Bush had set expectations rather low. "We've never had such thin issues," said Henry Graff, presidential historian from Columbia University "He doesn't say very much. He has pat phrases. And he seems to have every word under control. He keeps himself under wraps." Polls show Americans like Bush, but are a bit cooler about his policies. They were similarly torn during the presidential campaign, when the Republican governor of Texas was viewed as the nicest candidate but Democrat Al Gore pushed more popular proposals. Nearly six months after voters went to the polls, the same question is being asked of their new president: Is he up to the job? A verbal stumbler with a half-moon grin and snorty laugh. Bush does not always look comfortable in his new role. StiU, even many Democrats give the president credit for a solid start. "He's done better than expected, but we didn't expect much," said Democratic consultant Dane Strother. "Freeing the airmen from China was a plus for him, and the only place he stubbed his toe was on environmental policies, and he's making amends on that." President Bush pauses as he delivers remarks at the dedication ceremony for the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum Friday in Austin, Texas. The late Bob Bullock was lieutenant governor for the state of Texas. Today marks Bush's 100th day in office. The Associated Press See BUSH, Page A3 TOPEKA — Even before legislators completed their work on a finance bill for elementary and secondary schools, superintendents knew it would be a tough year. With nowhere close to as much new money as they want coming from the Statehouse, the year is getting even tougher. "Even if the governor's original finance recommendations are adopted, our district will need to cut around $280,000 just to fund movement in our teacher salary schedule," said Gary Jantz, assistant superintendent in Newton. Jantz is not alone. An Associated Press survey of the state's 304 superintendents finds schools from Girard to Dodge City experiencing similar plights. Declining enrollments, rising health care costs and the past winter's brutal natural gas prices have left districts with little room in their budgets for higher teacher salaries, new^ buses or textbooks, superintendents said. Picture gets clearer Saturday The picture became a little clearer for some Saturday after the Senate, by a 23-17 vote eai^ly Saturday, approved Gov. Bill Graves' original recommendation for $67 million in new education spending in the fiscal year that starts July 1. ; Senators heavily amended a House bill and sent the package — which raises the base state aid per pupil to $3,870 from, $3,820 — to a conference committee. The proposal woulj leave more than 130 districts with less state aid than in the current year. • " I Leading the list of losersoii a" percentage basis are West Graham-Morland, Nes Tre LalGf) and West Solomon ValleyJ -AHl three are faced with declining enrollments and have decided to close their high schools at the end of the school year. The vote on the finance package came after the Senate Edu-' cation Committee conceded "it could not muster the 21 of 40 votes needed in the chamber for a tax increase to significantly enhance education funding. : • See SCHOOL, Page A3 WEATHER High: 83 Low: 53 Partly cloudy and windy. Tonight, a 30 percent chance of storms. PAGE A4 A 16-year-old sits in jail after an April 10 standoff ends with him putting down his rifle. But anger and second- guessing linger in this small town. TOMORROW A Scandia native is to be honored in light of her installation in January as the new chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the, 10th Circuit. INSIDE Classified /F1 Consumer / E4 Crossword / D8 Deaths / B3 Great Plains / B1 Life /DI Money / El Sports / C1 Weather / D7 Viewpoints / A7

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