The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 29, 2001 · Page 12
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 12

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 29, 2001
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B4 SUNDAY. APRIL 29, 2001 GREAT PLAIMS THE SAUNA JOURNAL • RELIGION Islamic population grows in KC Kansas City's Islamic population of about 15,000 indicative of national trend By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, deep in America's Bible Belt, has become home to a growing number of Muslims from around the world. Kansas City's Muslim community has been growing steadily in the last decade and is estimated to be about 15,000. The number is an educated guess, though, since the U.S. Census doesn't ask about religion. The estimate is based on attendance at mosques and enrollment at Muslim schools, among other factors. The growth is part of a national trend that has seen America's Muslim population increase to between 6 million and 7 million, according to a study released Thursday The study "The Mosque in America: A National Portrait," was a partnership of the Hartford Seminary Institute and the Council for American-Islamic Relations. It was based on a scientific sampling of all U.S. mosques and interviews with mosque leadership. In Kansas City, Muslim business owners attend Chamber of Commerce meetings. Residents belong to neighborhood groups. Islamic women are breaking cultural stereotypes by becoming working American moms. Students at the Islamic School of Kansas City visit regularly and play with students at the nearby St. Catherine's Catholic School. Such integration would not have been likely even a few years ago, said Abdul-Munim Jitmoud, principal at the Islamic school. He remembers the threatening phone calls at the time of the Oklahoma City bombing, when the attack was rumored to be the work of Islamic terrorists. When his school opened in 1995, nearby residents appeared leery of the strangers in strange dress. "Now, they bring us flowers and vegetables," Jitmoud said. Saad Wakus, a Kansas City businessman and member of the American Muslim Council, thinks the Muslim population is growing even faster in Kansas City than in other American cities. "Muslims everywhere know about Kansas City," Wakus said. "I think it is certainly more than 15,000." In DeSoto, Kari., about 25 miles from downtown Kansas City, a slaughterhouse allows Muslims to sacrifice lambs for religious purposes and food. "We've seen a big jump in this the past two years — it's a big part of our business on Saturdays," said Mitch Prudden, who helps manage the slaughterhouse. Syed Hasan, a professor of geology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and former president of the Islamic Society of Kansas City, said many Muslims came to Kansas City for education and jobs. • DAM MISHAP Dam-break kills fisherman By The Associated Press LAWRENCE — A fisherman was killed when a torrent of water knocked him off the Bowersock Dam and into the Kansas River as he was casting his line. George Weber, 80, of Lawrence, was fishing Friday from a perch on the concrete apron below the dam when part of the structure gave way, witnesses said. Firefighters rescued two other men who were trapped on the dam apron. "The whole area where he was standing was completely dry, and then it just started flooding," said Darci Hanna, a University of Kansas art student who was sitting near the dam. Hanna and 17 other students were drawing landscape scenes when they saw the accident shortly before 10:30 a.m. Friday JIM'S) 582 S. Ohio/Salina [PHARMACYJ 78M27-4ii4 N / FREE DELIVERY 10% Cash & Carry Discount Medicaid Prescriptions Welcome Bob Randall / Jim Cram / Rod Smith Hours: 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Saturday Toll Free: 1-800-794-2698 y • FARM ACCIDENTS Nebraska reports string of fatalities Three farm accidents reported in past week raise awareness By The Associated Press NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. — Three deadly farm accidents in Nebraska this past week serve as a sober reminder of the dangers of farming and the need for safety measures. Two Otoe County men died in separate incidents Tuesday A third man was killed Thursday in Pierce County. Two of the men were killed by farm equipment, and the third coUapsed into a grain bin. "Probably in all of these cases, they got in a hurry and didn't do what they needed to do," said Rick Hauptman, an implement manager in Cass Coimty. About 770 farmers die in accidents every year, with roughly a third of those caused by tractor rollovers, a third by other farm equipment and a third by confrontations with animals. Spring planting and fall harvest are the most dangerous times of year because farmers then are under the greatest time pressures, said Jill Andrews, operations manager for the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety based in Peosta, Iowa. Greg Prince, 41, was found dead on his land about 10 miles west of Pierce after a piece of farm equipment fell off a jack and struck him, Pierce County Sheriff Rick Eberhardt said. In Otoe County, 67-year-old Jerald Robinson was killed in a grinder as he fed cattle on a T MURDER TRIAL Jury convicts KC man of murder, rape Rockett found guilty of raping, robbing woman from Ohio By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man convicted in the rape and robbery of an Ohio tourist was sentenced Friday to two life terms plus another 60 years in prison. Deadrick Rockett, 22, was found guilty in February of rape, kidnapping, sodomy burglary and robbery Another man, Stacy Shelton, also was convicted in the attack. The 48-year-old woman was raped June 16, 2001, at the Marriott in downtown Kansas City where she was staying while attending a conference of the National Athletic Trainers Association. Shelton and Rockett were on release from prison at the time and were staying at the same halfway house. Rockett had been released to the halfway house in May after serving about five years for involuntary manslaughter Shelton had been released after serving 12 years of a 20-year robbery sentence. Earlier he had served five years for attempted burglary and resisting arrest. We Need Clothing • Furniture Miscellaneous Pick-ups Available SALVAnON ASHY TBBIFT STORE jrtB Mon.-Sat 9:00 p.m. ^ 157 S. 5th'Salina 823-1409 farm near Douglas. Clarence Ross, 71, died after he fell into a grain bin six miles north of Nebraska City Otoe County Attorney Max Kelch said an autopsy was performed on Ross, but he had not received any results. Andrews said more than 150,000 serious accidents are reported on farms each year. One common cause of equipment accidents involves farmers failing to replace all the safety guards after repairs. Hauptman said his business encourages farmers to take care of all their equipment repairs in the off-season so it will be ready for planting and harvest. "Our equipment goes out with aU of the shields on it, and then it comes back a month or a year later with half the shields gone," Hauptman said. One of the deadliest pieces of equipment is the power take-off drive, which transfers power from a tractor to various pieces of equipment, Andrews said. "Those things are very dangerous, and they move faster than you think," she said of the spinning shaft. "Before you know it, you're entangled." Confined spaces such as grain bins can be treacherous if farmers do not take precautions for the dust and mold that can accumulate in the air That can cause serious respiratory problems, Andrews said. Safety is a big concern for everyone, Hauptman said. "There are fewer and fewer farmers anyway" Hauptman said. "We don't need to lose them that way." We Buy Used Treadmills, 1833 S. 9th / Kraft Manor / 826-4900 HOSPICE OF SALINA, INC. ^ % Invites the entire community to take part ^ ^ in our upcoming Annual Memorial ^ % Service at Oakdale Park Sta^e ^ < > I April29,2001 at 2:00 p.m. % < . > J This outdoor event is intended for the 4 ^ whole family &is a celebration of the ^ t_ lives of those who have died. 4 ^ Music, Refreshments, and Special ^ t Floral Tributes ^ ^ You do not need to have been served by ^ Hospice to participate. ^ 5QP/oOffi Simmons Beautyrest & Backcare 1 Queen Beoulyrest Expedition Firm Set REG. $909 SAU^454 1 Queen Beautyrest Cotsw^^vj^oj^t- Floor Sample JgjjjJJUP ^^dfj/^ 1 Queen Haven Fallow Top Set Roor Sample REG. $1,099 2 Queen Harmony Backcare Set 1-Floor Sample REG. $930 SU£^46S 1 Queen Beautyrest Expedition Pillow Top Set REG. $949 Sm£^474 1 Full Beautyrest Expedition Piilow Top Set REG. $919 SUE ^459 1 Twin Backguard Barcelona Set REG. $390 SU£^249 1 Full Backguard Barcelona Set REG. $470 SMM^299 3 Queen Backguard Barcelona Sets 1-Floor Sample REG. $625 SME'319 Daybeds with Mattress Regular $529 Now $399 /FURNITURE NINTH KS SALINA OAKDALE ^ PARK STAGE * ^ SATURDAY, MAY STH - ^ 12:00 TO 5 P.M. Multicultural Music & Dance Ethnic Food & Collectibles Cultural Displays Free Balloons* * & Face Painting Tiger Bounce for the Kids! Scheduled Performances St. John's Military Sctiool Drill & Color Guard IVIariachi Alma do Albuquerque Die Music & Dance of Spain (Sponsored by Sunflower Bank) Dances from tlie Philippines De Geo Cornish, Story Teller (Sponsored by the Salina Public Library) Southeast Asian Fashion, Dance & Sony USD MD Samoa Polynesian Sony & Dance (Sponsored by Crestwood Cabinets) Kiny's Kids Black Gospel Dancers (Sponsored by Wal-Mart) Free Admission For More Information, Call the Salina Human Relations Department at 309-5745. A Project of THE SALINA HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION * Bad Weather Site: Central MaU Do you suffer from the signs of an anxiety disorder? If you or someone you know suffers from any of these symptoms, there is free help available. Come to National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day on May 3, where you can take an anxiety disorders screening test, view a video, have a confidential meeting with a doctor or mental health professional and receive informative educational materials ^bout anxiety disorders. National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day Wednesday iMay 2, 2001 Central Mall Food Court 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Salina Regional Health Center Helping fifaka Ufk Ratter HOTLINE 1-888-887-9124

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