The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 29, 2001 · Page 16
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Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 29, 2001
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B8 SUNDAY. APRIL 29. 2001 THE SAUNA JOURNAL T REAL WOMEN PROJECT Artwork reveals the real deal Real Women Project offers encouragement for a strong self-image ByKlASHANTEBREAUX VwAssocUiled Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Not every woman has the perfect figure, and there's a movement voi­ der way to celebrate those who don't. The Real Women Project — launched nationally this week in Kansas City — is an effort to promote a positive body Image for women of all shapes and sizes through sculpture, poetry, storytelling and music. "This is about promoting more diverse images of beauty besides the supermodel or Barbie-doll images portrayed in the media," said Trace Shapiro- Hoffine, the project's executive director. "We really need to widen our definition of what beauty is." The centerpiece for the Real Women Project is a set of 13 bronze sculptures of women with various body shapes, modeled after actual women. The sculptures were to be unveiled Saturday in Kansas City, and will be on permanent display at the Central Exchange Education Center in Overland Park, Kan. From there, project officials plan to hold monthly programs and workshops at schools, churches and meetings of women's and girls' social groups. They hope to take the Real Women Project to at' least 27 other cities by 2010. The idea for the project was conceived four years ago by three friends — Cathy Conheim, a licensed social worker and therapist in La JoUa, Calif.; Dr. Donna Brooks, a retired obstetrician and gynecologist, also of La Jolla; and Dr. Barbara Levy, an obstetrician and gynecologist in Seattle. Jarene Stanford, president of the Women's Foundation of Greater Kansas City, learned about the project this past year and decided to bring it here. At • DNA EVIDENCE The Associated Press Cathy Conheim (left), co-founder of the Real Women Project, Jan Phillips (center), co-author of "A Waste Is a Terrible Thing to Mind," and Jarene Stanford, president of the Women's Foundation of Greater Kansas City, are pictured at Johnson County Community College Tliesday In Overland Park with two of the project's sculptures. the time, it was loosely organized, with groups across the country taking varying approaches. The support was so overwhelming in Kansas City, the local group took the lead in organizing the national effort, and other cities are expected to follow Kansas City's model. The project's founders came up with the idea after looking for a way to change women's health care in the new millennium. They settled on broadening the definition of a woman's value because millions of women nationwide suffer from depression, eating disorders and other illnesses due to poor self-image, Conheim said. She noted that some women also avoid doctor visits because they are ashamed of their weight or how they look without clothes. Others engage in unhealthy dieting in an effort to conform to a standard of beauty that may not be right for them. Conheim said. "Society's idea of beauty is so one-dimensional," said Conheim, who specializes in treating alcoholism and eating disorders. "We're getting these images through several mediums — films, TV and toys — the only way we could approach this was through a richly layered, multi- sensory response." The three founders contacted a friend, sculptor T.J. Dixon of San Diego, who created the images of 13 women — all of whom posed sans clothes — baring dimples, lovehandles and all. The models range in age from 14 to 75 and weigh between 112 and 350 povmds. One woman is holding her 2-year-old daughter. From the creation of the sculptures, the idea snowballed into a multimedia exploration of ordinary women, rather than the polished supermodels on the tover of glamour maga­ zines. A poet wrote a poem for each sculpture, a musician wrote a song to encompass the project's ideals, and a photographer created a video and slide presentation to spur discussions on body image. Now, there are about a half- dozen sets of the 10-inch sculptures on display around the country, including one in the New York Hall of Science as part of a touring exhibit called "The Changing Face of Women's Health," Activities were scheduled all week in the Kansas City area to kick off the national project, including discussions on women's health, storytelling and musical performances Tuesday and Wednesday. A facilitator training session was scheduled Friday at the Central Exchange lo. cation near downtown Kansas City to teach area women and those from other cities how to put on the workshops. DNA does in murder defendant By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo, — A Jackson County jury Thursday found a Kansas City man guilty of raping, beating and killing an elderly woman in her home two years ago. The conviction was among the county's first using a new DNA logging technique. The jury found Ronald Blewett, 42, guilty of first-degree murder, rape, sodomy, burglary, kidnapping and armed criminal action. Prosecutors used DNA evidence to link Blewett to the April 1999 killing of Cathern Fouquet, 66, of Kansas City Blewett faces possible consecutive life terms and is scheduled to be sentenced May 11. The conviction was among Jackson County's first of a suspect matched in a "cold hit", from the DNA database. Authorities collect and log the DNA of defendants convicted of sex crimes and later use that evidence to reopen or pursue separate cases. Blewett's DNA was logged af- PENTAX ter he was convicted of deviant sexual behavior in 1997 and was used later to link him to Fouquet's murder. Blewett had jumped bail on the 1997 sex conviction at the time of the murder. He had been allowed to post bond while awaiting an appeal and fled in 1998 after an appeals court upheld the conviction. The case led to a change in police process for handling defendants released while awaiting an appeal. Police said they would begin arresting defendants before they got notice of a lost appeal. In closing arguments, prosecutors said there was a one in 470 million chance that the DNA sample from Fouquet's home had come from anyone but Blewett. "This DNA is better than a confession," Kate Mahoney, an assistant Jackson County prosecutor, told jurors. "It's better than a fingerprint." According to police, Blewett forced his way into Fouquet's home, beat her, raped her, wrapped her head in duct tape, and draped a white comforter over her head before leaving. An autopsy showed Fouquet died from suffocation and blunt head trauma. Months later, Grandview police arrested Blewett after a routine traffic stop, and he was returned to prison to finish serving his sentence, on the sex charge. Authorities linked Blewett to DNA they had recovered at Fouquet's home. Clol'hlna UP S. 8*nU Vt * Oowntowi "BIG & TALL" M MORE THAN WAY TO PLAN YOUR RETIREMENT." ANNUmiS, MUTUAL rUNDS, LIP! INSURANOIC AND A PLAN. Charles Carlor & Associates Charles Carter 804 E. Crawford Sallna, KS 67401 785-825-4241 /lllstate. FINANCIAL Alalale RnancU li lh« martiBlIng nvna tor Mlatati Uta Iniunmu varlibl« untvantl llh oltond ihnwgti AtaUU FtuncW Ssrvtcaa. LLC. RHialartd Brohtr DMttr. MMitbtr lUSD^ aiPO. onn DI SuMn^ory JuitedioUon. asZO South Mth Slraal, Unooln, NE D8H», (87^ t2B- B727. 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Diamond / SaUna, KS Sat. & Sun., April 28th & 29th Experience how your Grandparents and Great Grandparents lived, traveled and worked in their daily lives. Displays include Horse & Wagon, Sheep Shearhig, Loom Weaving, Field Work, Milling Displays, Campfire Cooking, Rope Making, Rock Crushing and much more. Gates open at 8:00 a.m. for Breakfast, including free pancakes. Displays start at 9:00 a.m. Kiddie Pedal Itactor Pull at 4:00 p.m. Food and Drinks available on the grounds. Antique & Classic Ihictor Pull Sunday 1:00 p.m. Come enjoy the fun. I ^ ( i Admission is $4.00 at tlie gate. CMQ25-8^73^orm^^ T OUSTED SHERIFF Supreme Court upholds ouster Justices justify courts' decision to terminate IVIeneley By JOHN HANNA The Associated Press TOPEKA — The Kansas Supreme Court Friday unanimously upheld the removal of Dave Meneley from office as Shawnee County sheriff. Two district court judges had ousted Meneley in February 2000, concluding he had given false testimony twice and concealed from investigators the disappearance of drug evidence from his department, Meneley' has consistently denied any wrongdoing. Meneley could not have won his job back because his appointed successor, Richard Barta, defeated him in the Republican primary, then won the general election last year. But Meneley's attorney, Margie Phelps, had suggested that reversal of the ouster would have vindicated him. Phelps said Friday she would work to end all remaining legal matters involving the former sheriff "It's time for the Meneley saga to close," she said. "It's time for the community to have peace." The ouster had been pursued by Attorney General Carla Stovall, and spokeswoman Mary Tritsch said: "While it's not something to celebrate — a sheriff had to be ousted — she's pleased the decision was upheld." Meneley was elected sheriff in 1992 and re-elected in 1996. His legal problems started in 1994 with the disappearance of at least a half- ounce of cocaine from an evidence locker. Five years later, a district court judge overturned a defendant's drug conviction, saying drugs used as evidence by the sheriff's department from January 1994 through December 1996 were "irreparably contaminated and tainted." In 1999, a narcotics officer admitted addictions to alcohol and cocaine since 1995 and resigned. Meneley said he had no prior knowledge of the officer's problem, but other members of the department said they heard about it from Meneley Stovall started an ouster proceeding against Meneley, citing 13 counts of willful misconduct or violations of "moral turpitude." Joan Hamilton, then Shawnee County district attorney, filed two perjury counts against Meneley for his testimony in court. Meneley went to trial last: year on the perjury charges, but a jury deadlocked in August. Hamilton sought a second trial, but she lost the general election, and her successor, Robert Hecht, dropped the charges. A key issue in Meneley's appeal was whether the two judges should have put Stovall's ouster case on hold while the perjury case against him continued. Department 56 Houses Steifihauser's 109 NW 3rd. St., Abilene 785-263-1401 /1-800-321-7668 AJVIILE5T0NE_ chimney service and stove store 245 S. 5th, Salina 823-9000 . Kansas MX I Vacation, Travel i ftiMireation Guide Vacation time can never get here soon enough. Start making your plans with the Salina Journal's Vacation, Travel & Recreation Guide. This guide is full of summer events and recreational opportunities. Pull out your own lawn chair and suntan lotion and grab the Vacation, Travel and Recreation Guide on Sunday, May 6. ik" ik" Publishes: Sunday, May 6,2001 •^Salina Journal Connecting communities with information

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