The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 29, 2001 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 29, 2001
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A8 SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2001 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL T JESSE JACKSON |<ackson is sued for higher child support Lawyers for Jackson, mother of child differ in views of situation By the Associated Press ' [CHICAGO — The mother of the Rev. Jesse Jackson's out-of- wedlock child has filed a lawsuit" seeking child-support payments and visitation arrangements. : Karin Stanford filed the lawsuit about two weeks ago in Los Angelas JACKSON after unsuccessful negotiations with the civil rights leader and his attorneys, said Stanford's sjJokeswoman Michelle Jordan. - -Jackson insists he and Stanford-are not at odds. •"The process of resolving the settlement is ongoing. There is no contest," Jackson told the Chicago Tribune. Though there is no formalized agreement, Jackson previously has said he pays Stanford $3,000 a month in child support. Jackson's attorney, Willie Gary said details of a settlement have been worked out with Stanford's attorneys. It requires Jackson to increase payments to $4,000 a month, establish a college fund and take out a life insurance policy for the child. But Jordan said late Friday, "There is no agreement on the table. The negotiations are ongoing." Jackson, 59, said in January he is the father of Stanford's child. Stanford, 39, is a former Jackson aide who worked in the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition's Washington office, but now lives in Los Angeles with her daughter. Stanford received $35,000 in relocation and severance fees from Jackson's Citizenship Education Fund, a tax-exempt non-profit organization. Jordan said Jackson has not seen the toddler since the story broke in January She said Stanford has been working for an agreement with Jackson for at least one year. A hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for May 9 in Los Angeles Family Court. Five former officers indicted By The Associated Press BOAZ, Ala. — Five former police officers have been accused of shaking down Hispanics, robbing therri of money and property in a scheme that violafed their civU rights, federal prosecutors said. According to the indictments announced Friday the Boaz police officers made bogus traffic stops to steal money and property In one instance, officers took $420 in cash and beer from a Hispanic motorist. In another, they topk'.$100 from a wallet during a call to the home of a Hispanic family the indictment said. . .The . indictment said officers purposely watched people emerge from liquor stores across the city line and told officers inside the city to make traffic stops. Boaz prohibits liquor sales. Hispanics were targeted because they were believed to carry more cash and be less likely to report the officers, the indictment said. Charged Friday were former police Capt. Timothy Don Hooks, 40; former Sgt. Bobby Marlin Hunt, 31; former patrolmen Rickie T. Dobbs, 30; Jeffrey Keith "Smurf" Sanders, 32, and Jonathon Robert "Bull" Jones, 27. Four of the former officers were cooperating with investigators. Hooks, a 17-year veteran of the Boaz Police Department, has denied involvement. CANCER 0£F the hair TV newscaster shares her cancer battle with viewers By The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — Her shiny red lips and dangling gold earrings glinting under the bright studio lights, Leslie Mouton sat tail in her swivel chair and peered into the camera. In a smart blazer and bright blouse, she had scanned her scripts and was ready to teU the city of San Antonio the news of the day: a school bus accident, a development in a murder case. But the instant she went on the air, her viewers beheld another story a deeply personal one — Mouton's own. The anchorwoman is bald. She is fighting cancer. It was back in October that Mouton, now 36, discovered a cancerous lump in her breast. When she began treatment, she thought about how to balance her private ordeal and her public role. A broadcaster for 13 years, she decided to re- i port on her illness in a first- person series. KSAT-TV broadcast the series in the competitive heat of a ratings "sweeps" period. In the first part, Mouton still had her hair; viewers saw her lying on an operating table, her voice narrating with a detached tone. Her husband was seen gently placing their 2-year-old daughter beside her on her hospital-bed pillow. The little blond girl — her hair matching her mother's — asks in a tiny voice, "Are you OK?" A second report showed Mouton softly weeping as red liquid is pumped into a device in her chest in her first chemotherapy treatment. Though they had seen her in a hospital gown and groggy after .surgery, the TV audience had yet to see what Mouton considered to be the most personal part of her story The Associated Press News anchor Leslie Mouton puts on makeup prior to her noon newscast recently in San Antonio. Mouton, who is recovering from breast cancer, lost her hair because of chemotherapy. 'This Is my reality' So one Friday night in February, after her usual hour-long process of sponging on foimda- tion and brushing on blush, penciling in her eyebrows and shading her lids and lips, Mouton declared she was ready She left her wig in her locker. She stepped before the cameras with a head as white and hairless as an egg. Smiling radiantly, she raised her hands before her as if to say "Tab dab!" Co-anchor Steve Spriester praised her courage, but she waved the comment away. She needed to do it, she said. "This is my reality" she told viewers. "I'm bald." She paused and a tape rolled. In it, Mouton's head is covered with braids, each tied with a pink ribbon. She is surrounded by friends and relatives, and one by one they approach to snip the braids. One woman kisses her head, and Mouton tightly closes her eyes. With no way to stop the loss of her hair — and aU it meant — she decided to make it "a huge event," Mouton explains in a voiceover. Though Mouton went on to present the news just as in any other broadcast, her willingness to unveil her bald head resounded across the city, with cancer victims and others. Encouragement pours In A box beneath Mouton's newsroom desk overflows with cards and letters expressing the same sentiment. One viewer sent a basket of carnations with a card telling her how beautiful she looked without her wig. "Keep smiling," wrote another. "I lit a candle Sunday at church and prayed for you." Advocacy groups have praised Mouton not only for trying to erode the stigma of being bald during cancer treatment, but for encouraging women to do self-exams. "You just don't realize the impact of when someone chooses to use their public position for a really personal thing," said Martha Maynard, president of the San Antonio affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. "All of a sudden, people didn't hear her as a news reporter. They heard her as, 'That could be me.' " Maynard was glad, however, that Mouton chose go without a wig for only one night. Otherwise, she said, it may have seemed the station was exploiting her illness. Spriester, Mouton's co-anchor, needed a little convincing that even one night was a good idea. "After she explained to me why she wanted to do it, I supported her 100 percent," he said. Spriester was worried that. her appearance might distract viewers, and Mouton said his fears were well- founded. That's why she decided to go wigless for just one night: "I believe if I was up there every night, without my wig, everyone would be staring at my head and not listening to what I'm saying." Excellent prognosis Her doctors say her prognosis is excellent. Her lymph nodes have tested negative for cancer. Now, she has a new outlook on life and the looks-conscious world of TV news. "I've learned that I'm a beautiful person without my hair, without my eyelashes, without my eyebrows," she says, powdering and shading and glossing in the TV station dressing room before yet another newscast. "I've learned that the image on the outside truly is so unimportant in life, and that the really important things are the things that we always have a tendency to overlook — the sun shining down on your back and grass growing and beautiful flowers and my child throwing her arms around me." 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