The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 1, 2001 · Page 6
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 6

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, May 1, 2001
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AB TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2001 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAC BRIEFLY Ex-athlete's rape conviction upheld HARTFORD, Conn. — Former high school wrestler Alex Kelly, who spent eight years in Europe avoiding trial on rape charges, was properly convicted and sentenced, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday Kelly is serving 16 years on two rape charges. While upholding the conviction, the high court ordered the probation he will serve when he gets out of prison cut from 10 years to five years. Kelly's lawyers had appealed his conviction for the rape of his 16-year-old neighbor on 13 different grounds. Among other things, they argued that pretrial news coverage of the case had denied him his right to a fair trial, and the judge erred when he decided not to sequester the jury Kelly was an 18-year-old wrestling standout at Darien High School when he was charged in the rapes of two teen-age girls four days apart in February 1986. Just before his trial was to begin in 1987, Kelly fled the country He spent eight years as a fugitive before surrendering in Switzerland in 1995. YMCA program angers some Indians LOS ANGELES — Critics of a 75-year-old YMCA program that uses American Indian themes to foster bonds between parents and children say the program demeans Indian cultures. As many as 250,000 parents and children nationwide take part in the Y-Indian Guide Program, organizing themselves in neighborhood tribes to make crafts, tell stories and participate in annual camp- outs. Some participants sport feather headdresses and face paint and greet each other with a burlesque "How-How" at meetings. "They are breeding grounds for racism," said American Indian Movement spokesman Vernon Bellecourt of the YMCA groups. "It dehumanizes the whole culture of living, breathing human beings." The Florida chapter of AIM said it is considering a lawsuit against the YMCA in that state to halt the use of Indian themes. No legal action has been taken yet. Ex-investigator says intruder (tilled girl BOULDER, Colo. — A retired investigator who was involved in the JonBenet Ramsey case presented photos on national television Monday that he says support a theory that an intruder killed the 6- year-old. The photos, including a picture of a white cord wrapped around the child's wrist, were shown on NBC's "Today" show by retired homicide Detective Lou Smit, who initiated the intruder theory Police have said the child's parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, remain under an umbrella of suspicion, a claim they have repeatedly denied. No one has been charged in the 1996 case. In interviews on "Today," Smit re-emphasized that he believes police focused on the parents and failed to examine Smit's theory Smit recounted previously publicized clues that he believes point to an intruder, including an open basement window, an unidentified footprint in the basement and a suitcase , just under the window that presumably could have been used to help the intruder escape. From Wire Service Reports PATIO Furniture -'Xtln MADE IN USA 3 SUNFLOWER J. T CHURCH BOMBING TRIAL Taking offense Defense tries to unravel government's case By BOB JOHNSON Tlw Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The defense started calling witnesses Monday in the church bombing trial of a former Ku Klux . Klansman, attacking the credibility of prosecution evidence. Thomas Blanton Jr., 62, is charged with murder in the deaths of Denise McNair, 11, and 14-year-oIds Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson. They were killed on Sept. 15, 1963, by a bomb that detonated at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. With FBI agent William Fleming on the stand, defense attorney John Robbins sought to show how government witness James Lay could have mistakenly thought he saw Blanton outside the church two weeks before the bombing. Robbins showed Fleming photos of other major segregationists at the time, attempting to show how J.B. Stoner — convicted in a non-fatal bombing at another church — or others could have been mistaken for Blanton when Lay picked him out of a photo lineup. However, during cross-examination by prosecutor Doug Jones, Fleming said photos of T SPACE STATION PENTAX 2320 Planet. Galaxy Cemcr, 82?-2497 www.faiifocwmc.cflm The Associated Press Defendant Thomas Blanton Jr. smiles Monday as he leaves Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Ala. Stoner and others were included in the photo lineup when Lay picked Blanton. Robbins said he expects to finish his case today The jury could begin deliberations Wednesday Earlier Monday, Circuit Judge James Garrett rejected a defense motion to dismiss the case. "At best, the state proved my client had a big mouth and had racist tendencies," Robbins told the judge. Prosecutor Robert Posey countered that Blanton could be heard on secretly made tape recordings repeatedly talking about "the bomb.". "There can be no question about what 'the bomb' meant in Birmingham, Alabama," he said. Prosecutors rested their case Saturday after five days of testimony Prosecution testimony included FBI recordings made by hidden microphones in the mid-1960s in which Blanton often said the word "bomb" and once said he wouldn't be caught "when I bomb my next church." Robbins said the tapes were often taken out of context and do not prove that Blanton had anything to do with the church bombing. "Is that all they've got?" he asked. Blanton is the second former Klansman tried in the bombing. Robert "Dynamite Bob" Chambliss was convicted of murder in 1977 and died in prison. Former Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry was indicted last year with Blanton, but his trial was delayed after his mental competency was questioned. A fourth suspect died without being charged. Milliongdre tourist promised first-class treatment at Alpha Califomian begins six-day stay at the, international station By MARCIA DUNN The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The world's first space tourist, California millionaire Dennis Tito, checked into the international space station for a six- day stay Monday and got a warm welcome. "I love space," he said with a big grin. He was promised first-class accommodations, at least by space standards. "We are going to prepare everything for you — nice bed and warm food," one of the Russian cosmonauts told him. The Russian Soyuz capsule carrying Tito and two cosmonauts caught up with space station Alpha following a two-day chase that began with liftoff in Kazakstan. The hatches swung open and a voice called out: "Welcome aboard!" Soyuz commander Talgat Musabayev floated into the space station followed by the 60- year-old Tito, who looked exceedingly healthy Tito beamed as he shook hands with the three space station residents and gave a thimibs-up. He wore the standard blue cosmonaut uniform. "It was a great trip here," said Tito, a financier who is paying up to $20 million for the round-and-round-the-world cruise. "And I don't know about this adaptation that they talk about. I'm already adapted. So I love space." With a laugh, Musabayev told Russian Mission Control — in Russian — that Tito "looks younger,. maybe 10 years younger now," The cosmonaut added: "Maybe going to space makes you younger." The teasing almost certainly went right over Tito's head; he does not speak Russian. Mission accomplished NASA, which had strenuously opposed Tito's trip, broadcast his arrival, using the grainy images provided by Russian Mission Control. The three visitors' main objective was accomplished as soon as .they pulled up: delivering a ftesh Soyuz lifeboat. They will leave Saturday night aboard the old Soyuz that has been docked at the space station for six months. "We're so glad that (they) are finally here, so we have guests in our house," said space station commander Yuri Usachev. Usachev and his American crewmates, Jim Voss and Susan Helms, had just said goodbye to their last guests the day before: seven space shuttle Endeavour astronaut6;:iyho,|lel.iV' ered^and installed a-g ^laM "rdb6f arm, and helped fix ,a* set of trbiibl^some computers!! '5*^* 5'- Thb three Alpha residents immediately held a safety briefing for Tito, Musabayev and cosmonaut Yuri Baturin and pointed out the fire extinguishers, oxygen masks and other emergency equipment. For months, NASA had protested the Russians' insistence on putting Tito aboard.' NASA said Tito's presence would jeopardize safety and Interrupt the crew's work. The Russians argued he had trained for months as a cosmonaut. T TERRORISM REPORT Iran world's top terrorist backer Hezbollah guerrillas receiving active support from Iran By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Iran remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism in 2000, increasing its support to groups targeting the Middle East peace process, according to the latest State Department terrorism report. The Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security "continued to be involved in the planing and execution of terrorist acts and continued to support a variety of groups that use terrorism to pursue their goals," said the report, released Monday Iran continued to be particularly active in support of Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon and Palestinian groups opposed to the peace process, it said. Those groups claimed responsibility for many of the attacks during the recent Palestinian-Israeli clashes. The attacks ended a period of more than two years without a large scale terrorist operation in the region. Ranking no surprise Iran has been viewed by the State Department as the most active terrorist nation for about 10 years, said a department official, speaking on condition of anonymity. The report said "aggressive countermeasures by hardline conservatives" in Iran thwarted the moderate forces that triumphed in parliamentary elections in February 2000. "Statements by Iran's leaders demonstrated Iran's unrelenting hostility to Israel," the report said. "Supreme Leader AyatoUah All Khamenei continued to refer to Israel as a 'cancerous tumor' that must be removed." The 91-page report covers terrorism trends worldwide in the year 2000. The report said 19 Americans were killed in terrorist attacks, Including 17 sailors who died In the October 12 attack on the USS Cole In the Yemeni port of Aden. 423 attacks In 2000 There were 423 International terrorist attacks in 2000, an increase of 8 percent from 1999. The largest geographical decrease in terrorist attacks occurred In Western Europe, where the total declined fi-om 85 to 30, the report said. On Afghanistan, the study •, said Islamic extremists from around the world — Including North America, Europe' Africa, the Middle East and Central, South and Southeast Asia — continued to use that country "as a training ground and base of operations for their worldwide terrorist activities In 2000." New Museum Logo Mugs & T-ShiHs 211 Weit Iron Open Tueiday-Friday 12-5, Satiuday 10-5 geSunifay 1-5^^ Your Mend for Life... And Home and Auto. 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