The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 2, 2001 · Page 4
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 4

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, May 2, 2001
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ft4 ^WEDNESDAY. MAY 2. 2001 THE SAUNA JOURNAL' • CHURCH BOMBINGS jury convicts Blanton of bombing By the Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A for- metKu Klux Klansman was convicted of murder Tuesday for the 1963 church bombing that kiUed four black girls, the deadliest single attack during the civil rights movement. Thomas Blanton Jr., 62, was sentenced to life in prison by the same jury that found him guilty aftef i2V2 hours of deliberations. Befofe he was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs, the judge asked him if he had any comment. "Iguess the good Lord will settle it-on judgment day," Blanton said;^ Blanton is the second former Klansman to be convicted of planting the bomb that went off at the- Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, 1963, a Sunday morning. The bomb ripped through an extfefior waU of the brick church. The bodies of Denise McNair, 11, and Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson, all 14, were found in the downstairs lounge. Denise's parents, Chris and Maxine McNair, did not comment .as they left the courthouse. Chris McNair was hugged by U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, who fought back tears as he told reporters: "We're happy for the families. We're happy for the girls." 'The Rev Abraham Woods, a black minister instrumental in getting the FBI to reopen the case in; 1993, said he was delighted with the verdict. "It makes a statement on how .far we've come," said Woods, the •local president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Defense attorney John Robbins said the swift verdict showed the jury was caught up in the emotion surrounding the notorious case. He said he would seek a new trial, arguing the case should have been moved out of Birmingham and Blanton's right to a speedy trial had been violated. .He also said the lack of white men on the jury — eight white women, three black women and one black man returned the verdict — "absolutely hurt Blan- tort." The jurors, who were publicly identified only by number, left without comment. The case is the latest from the turbulent civil rights era to be revived by prosecutors. Byron De La- Beckwith was convicted in 1994 of assassinating civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963 and former Klan imperial wizard Sam Bowers was convicted three years ago of the 1966 firebomb. killing of an NAACP leader. But the church bombing was a galvanizing moment of the civil rights movement. Moderates could no longer remain silent and the fight to topple segregation laws gained new momentum. Student apartment fire kills one AUSTIN, Texas — A fire broke out Tuesday at a high- rise luxury apartment building for University of Texas students, killing one student and critically injuring another. The three-alarm blaze was reported about 6:20 a.m. at the privately operated University Towers. The fire was under control in a half-hour. A 19-year-old student was found in his room and was pronounced dead at a hospital. His name was not released. Another student, Zawardy Ab Latiff, 21, was hospitalized with third- degree burns, The cause of the blaze was under investigation. The fire was confined to a second-floor unit of the two-tower complex, which houses 600 students, Fire Department spokesman Gary Wilks said. The 10-story building near the UT campus was built before a 1981 ordinance that required all high-rises to have sprinklers. The building had the required smoke detectors in each room and a 24-hour monitored alarm system. German amusement park fire injures many BRUEHL, Germany — A fire raged through a roller coaster at one of Europe's largest amusement parks Tuesday, forc­ ing 150 passengers to scramble down 60-foot ladders to escape. At least 54 people were injured. Panic broke out in parts of the Phantasialand park in western Germany, which was filled with 20,000 guests for the May Day holiday, as burning debris rained down. "We were running. We didn't know if the huge burning walls would fall on us," said Esther Weimann, a 21-year-old pregnant woman who climbed over an 8-foot wall to get out. It took more than two hours to extinguish the flames after the fire broke out on the 20- year-old "Grand Canyon" roller coaster, part of the park's Western theme section. Flames also engulfed a nearby building. Students get holiday when teachers walk SEATTLE — Angered by state education plans, teachers in Seattle and three suburban districts staged a one-day walkout Tuesday, shutting down classes for 70,000 students. "We're doing this because every day our students Ire being shortchanged," sai® John Dunn, president of the Seattle Education Association, which represents 4,800 teachers and staff. It was a coincidence the walkout came on May Day, the traditional day of labor demonstrations around the world, said Washington Education Associa- Assessment & Treatment for Anxiety CKMHC Cenb 'al Kansas Mentil 1 Icaltli Center Serving the people of Dickinson, Ellsworth, Lincoln, Ottawa & Saline Counties 809 Elmhurst • Salina 823-6322 1-800-794-8281 Dine In or Carry Out. JIMS I^ICKEN 649 S. Broadway / Salina / 785-827-5076 Imported Olive Oils OLD COUNTRY STORE Purveyor of Gourmet Foods & Unique Gifts South of 1-70 on Ninth St. / 785-823-2670 in front of the Best Western MidrAmerica Inn SALINE SALINA OAKDALE PARK STAGE* SATURDAY, BfAY STH - l2:oo TO S Multicultural Music & Dance Ethnic Food & Collectibles Cultural Displays Free Balloons* * & Face Painting Tiger Bounce Sor the lUds! Scheduled Performances St. John's Military Sciiaol Drill & Color Guard Mariachi Alma de Albuquerque OlB Music & Dance of Spain (Sponsored by Sunflower Bank) Dances from tlie Philippines De Gee 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 tion spokesman Rich Wood. He said Tuesday just happened to be a convenient day for teachers in some districts. The union said some 5,000 teachers walked out to protest the amoimt of money set aside for education in state budget proposals. 13-year-old charged in death of daughter CLEVELAND — A 13-year- old boy was charged with murder and child endangering Tuesday in the beating death of his 8-week-old daughter. Brandon Miller entered denials to the charges in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court. Denials are the equivalent of innocent pleas in adult court. He was arrested Monday in the death of Diamond Miller, who died at a hospital a day earlier. Coroner Elizabeth Balraj said the infant died from massive head injuries and internal bleeding. From Wire Service Reports Ducoxic Time t« Hav« Your Air Ducts CleaiiecT Ryan'is Air System Cleaiiiiig, Inc. Commercial - Residential - InduMrlal : (785)825-4891 Free Estimates __• LA-Z-BOY RECLINERS S hockey & L andes ® 324 N. Broadway, Abilene. Kansas Mon.-Fri. 9-5:30 • Sat. 9-5:00 • 785-263-4770' nnancliii! .\«vilablc • IMNcrv \vailnlili! 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Herrmann as their featured speaker for the 2001 Shareholder's Meeting Wednesday, May 2, 2001 Bicentennial Center Henry J. Herrmann is President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company. He is also President and Chief Investment Officer of Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. Mr. Herrmann is responsible for overseeing the mutual fund managers and investment decisions. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television, including CNBC and is also regularly quoted by major newspapers throughout the nation. Waddell & Reed would like to cordially invite all current Shareholders only to join them at 6:00 p.m. at the Bicentennial Center for this event. The doors will open for the general public to attend at 7:00 p.m. to hear Mr. Herrmann speak. This will be an informative evening and , should not be missed. WADDELL REED Financial Services* 131 North Santa Fe, Townsite Building Salina, Kansas 67401 • 785-827-3606

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