The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 24, 1996 · Page 1
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1 in 100 Men are not immune to breast cancer/C1 HEALTH World Series Yankees win Game 4 to even series with Braves/D1 SPORTS • COM mOVeS: How do they put the ice in indoor Ice Capades? / B1 i! Discount store chain files for bankruptcy protection / C2 INSIDE Hgli: 65 Low 40 Partly cloudy today with south winds blowing at5to15mph /B3 WEATHER Classified/C4 Comics / B4 Deaths / AS Great Plains / B1 Health/C1 . Money / A4 Sports/D1 Viewpoints / B2 INDEX Sali na Journal CAMPAIGN '96 Dole aide courts Perot's support Perot is in the presidential race to stay, his Reform Party spokeswoman insists By JOHN KING Ttie Associated Press WASHINGTON — In a dramatic bid to revive his White House campaign, Bob Dole dispatched his top aide Wednesday to urge Ross Perot to quit the presidential race and endorse the Republican ticket, GOP and Reform Party sources said. Dole campaign manager Scott .Reed made the urgent entreaty at a meeting with Perot in Dallas, according to several sources. ; Neither Dole nor Perot had immediate comment. Shortly before the meeting, a Reform Party source said it was highly unlikely Perot would agree to abort his candidacy. Separately, Perot spokeswoman Sharon Holman said she was not aware of any Perot-Reed meeting but said emphatically, "Mr. Perot has no intention of quitting the race, no intention whatsoever." • Clinton aides cast Reed's mission as proof Supporters of the move believe Bob Dole has nothing to lose In trying to lure Ross Perot to his side. Scott Reed is the Dole aide sent to meet with Perot and try to convince him to abandon his campaign. Photos by The Associated Press What's in it for Ross Perot? He stands to receive few votes and could exert more influence this way. of Dole's desperation, and Clinton campaign spokesman Joe Lockhart said: "We believe that on the issues that are most important to Mr. Perot — the deficit, campaign finance reform — we have a stronger record." The entreaty was evidence of the deep frustration within the Dole camp as the 1996 campaign entered the final 12 days with Clinton comfortably ahead in national polls and enjoying a similarly lopsided advantage in state-by-state electoral vote counts. A new NBC-Wall Street Journal Picking the perfect pumpkin KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Lauren Aldrlch picks a path through a patch with a prospective pumpkin Wednesday afternoon at Trinity United Methodist Church. Lauren, with her sister Taylor and mother, Teri, were on their third stop in their search for the perfect pumpkin. Dad admits he lied in car killing By The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A . white man who claimed his 2- year-old son was fatally shot in a traffic dispute with a group of black teen-agers admitted to police that he lied, and that his child was killed as he was buying drugs. Donald Cherry admitted that he brought his two tod- ; dlers along on a trip to buy drugs and had stopped on a dead-end street to negotiate the deal when the attack happened last Friday. "Either the suspect attempted to rob him, or the drugs weren't right," Detective Larry Flair said. "And as he pulled away, (the suspect) shot into the car." His son D.J., was shot in the head in the back seat and died on Saturday. Cherry, 32, initially said teens tailgated and fired a shot. T AUTO SAFETY Air bag kills child wearing seat belt It'o fire* <v»»o of its kinrt- ^ II III Ml Mil Illllll illiBr»ir"l m the back seat. THURSDAY OCTOBER 24, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents poll, for example, had Clinton at 52 percent, Dole at 35 percent and Perot at 6 percent. In the view of some Dole advisers, a Perot endorsement could swing several states in Dole's favor, especially in the Mountain West. Texas and Florida are also two traditionally Republican states where Clinton and Dole are running neck-and-neck with Perot garnering roughly 6 percent in the polls. "Any time you can pick up a few points here or there it's worth the effort," said Florida GOP Sen. Connie Mack, who was traveling with Dole. More significantly, the GOP sources, including a Dole campaign official, suggested such a dramatic development would throw what has been a stable race into turmoil, giving Dole one last chance to overtake Clinton. Ironically, it was Perot's decision to quit the 1992 race just before the Democratic convention that helped boost Clinton from third place to first. Perot later rejoined the race, and ran third with 19 percent. Dole decided to go forward with the entreaty despite Perot's unpredictability and See PEROT, Page A4 It's first case of its kind; parents want warning against front-seat use By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — For the first time, the government's highway safety agency has found that a child properly using an automobile's front seat belt was killed by the force of an air bag, says a report released Wednesday. The child's death shows that not only are current air bag warnings inadequate, but new safety warnings proposed by the government also do not go far enough, said parents and safety advocates. Instead, they want everyone told, forcefully, that children should not be in the front seat, period. Five-year-old Frances Ambrose of Nashville, Tenn., was in the front passenger seat wearing her lap and shoulder belt correctly when she was killed Sept. 12 in a low-speed accident, says the new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report. "There are a lot of children that The Associated Press Frannle and Albert Ambrose, Nashville, talk about their daughter's death, which was blamed on an air bag. are out there that are still in front of these air bags," said Albert Ambrose, Frances' father. "Had we been notified, we wouldn't have put our child in front of an air bag." The head of the highway safety agency has repeatedly said that children up to age 12 should ride in the back seat. Ken German, whose 9-year-old son was killed by an air bag in a low-speed accident last year in Houston: "The message isn't getting out. Kids should be put in the back seat because passenger-side air bags kill children." At least 28 children and 19 adult drivers have been killed by air bags, according to NHTSA. But in previous accidents, the agency said the children appeared to be unbelted or improperly belted, or the evidence was inconclusive. The highway safety agency is under growing pressure to address the problem of air bag deaths because there are 15 million vehicles with passenger-side air bags on the road and that number is growing quickly. Air bags become mandatory on the passenger side of vehicles in model year 1998 for cars and 1999 for light trucks. The Parents' Coalition for Air Bag Warnings, mostly made up of parents whose children were killed by air bags, met Wednesday with NHTSA's head, Dr. Ricardo Martinez, to tell him air bag warning labels must be simple and direct. T ELECTION '96 Hundreds choose to vote early County clerk surprised by number who won't wait for Election Day By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal Two years ago, icy roads kept Fran Dvorak, 510 Morrison, from returning to Salina from Concordia to cast her ballot in the November election. Dvorak isn't taking any chances this year. She was one of more than 300 people to visit the Saline County Clerk's Office in the past week and a half to cast ballots for national, state and local offices. Those early voters, and the more than 700 requests for ballots to be mailed, are keeping workers in a flurry at the Saline County Clerk's Office. Voter registration, which closed Monday, is at record level as well, with more than 31,000 people registered to vote in the Nov. 5 general election. Tuesday was the busiest day County Clerk Shirley Jacques has seen in her more than 15 years in the office. "The close of voter registration always is a busy time," Jacques said. But with people walking in to vote and calling to request ballots by mail, clerks are even busier than usual. Monday saw 89 people walk into the office to vote. "We just keep getting busier," Jacques said, as she gestured toward a six-inch-thick stack of envelopes stuffed with early ballot applications ready to be mailed and a half-inch-thick stack of requests yet to be filled. While others in her office update the county's registration books by getting the names in the proper precincts and adding the four-digit zip code to each registration card, Jacques handles the mail ballots. She expects workers to be in her office after business hours the rest of this week and possibly Saturday getting everything up-to-date. "This really is unusual," Jacques said. "We haven't dealt with this before." In between updating registration books and labeling outgoing mail, clerks are busy helping people who walk into the office to vote. At times this week, all five voting booths in the clerk's office have been occupied. "This is really getting to be a big business. I'm a little surprised it's caught on quite so much," Jacques said. "It makes, you stop and wonder whether anyone will be at the polls." But Jacques welcomes the early voters, saying she's glad to have the response. "The object of an election is to have people vote," she said. "Through the years, the Legislature has done a lot to make registration easier. This is the most major change to make voting easier." The change, effective in July 1995, allows people to vote early for any reason. In the past, only people who were going to be out of town on Election Day or who were ill were allowed to vote early. Carl Andrews, 920 Millwood, who voted Wednesday, said the easing of the law makes voting much more convenient. "It's a good idea," he said. A dedicated voter, Andrews voted early because he and his wife may be out of town on Election Day. "Besides, it's a nice day today and maybe next week it won't be," Andrews said. The convenience is what took Dave Struble, 624 N. Burma, to the clerk's office Wednesday. "I like this," Struble said after casting his ballot. "It's a whole lot simpler than the old absentee voting and a whole lot more convenient." Nevertheless, Struble doesn't know if he'll vote early during the next election. "I kind of like to vote on Election Day," Struble said. "It's just a good experience."

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