The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 26, 1996 · Page 10
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A10 SATURDAY. OCTOBER 26, 1996 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL Photos by BETH A. KEISER / The Associated Press Tom, a 58-year-old homeless street musician, shares lunch with his dog, Rebel, Wednesday In Chicago. TOM'S FRIENDS i i. I Working women find home for street musician By TERRI LIKENS The Associated Press CHICAGO — The drizzle falling on Tom and Rebel will turn to flurries in a couple of hours. "Somebody up there stop the rain," Tom laments, tugging his knit cap lower and a rough blanket higher around the neck of his aging collie. At first glance, it's hard to tell the two are basking in a city's warmth. Tom, who plays harmonica for change near a busy train stop, and his beloved Rebel have been adopted by a small group of professional women who decided if the government couldn't do something about homelessness, they could. It all fell together by chance. As summer faded, banking consultant Sharan Eikelberger worried about how the pair would weather Chicago's brutal winters. She regularly bought Tom lunch and stopped to chat, smoothing the long coat of his gentle companion. Homeless shelters turned away the 58-year-old because he refused to come in without Rebel. Rather than be separated, both slept in Tom's bat- Tom says he's "kinda embarrassed" by the attention he's received. tered Chevy pickup. Evelyn Petrosky also worried. "The nights were getting colder, the days were getting shorter," she said. "I would watch the weather and my first thoughts would be with Tom." It was when Eikelberger found out that Tom had been setting aside his meager income in hopes of renting a tiny $250-a-month apartment that things began to happen — fast. She had seen other people talking with Tom and Rebel and she handed Tom her business card, asking him to tell them to call her. Some did, and early this month, a group of a half-dozen women went with Tom to look at the squalid apartment he'd found in the classifieds — a place where dogs are allowed. "They were appalled and he thought it was just a palace," Petrosky said. After an hour-and-a-half of talk about painting and other improvements, the group decided they could make it work. They pooled their money for a deposit and agreed to meet monthly to see that the rent was paid. They cleaned out their closets, attics and garages to furnish the place and Tom, who agreed to pay utilities, has slept there every night since. To deal with those offers, the group, which includes a lawyer, has formed a not-for- profit organization they call Tom's Friends. Heartwarming as it is, the generosity has brought about new concerns. Will Tom's new celebrity status make him an easy victim for someone who has not been so lucky? Already the clink of change in his box has been replaced with the soft flutter of bills. "It's kinda embarrassing for me," Tom admits quietly, his pale blue-gray eyes the color of the winter sky. T FBI FILES T OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING Judge grants separate trials • • m f „_ »*—.T^j-ili"*!*!'* McVeigh to be tried first in bombing case that left 168 dead By The Associated Press DENVER — A judge Friday granted Oklahoma City bombing defendants Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols separate trials rather than let one man drag the other down. The ruling was a victory for the defendants, who had argued that their constitutional right to a fair trial was in jeopardy because the jury would be unable to weigh the evidence against each man separately. At issue were incriminating statements Nichols made about McVeigh to the FBI when he was arrested two days after the April 19, 1995, bombing at the federal building. During the nine-hour interrogation, Nichols told the FBI that he and McVeigh were near the building three days before the bombing; that he loaned Nichols his pickup truck the day before the attack; and that he cleaned out a MCVEIGH NICHOLS storage locker at McVeigh's request the day afterward. U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch ruled that as a result of what Nichols told the FBI, McVeigh "will be profoundly prejudiced" by a joint trial. "Each defendant is entitled to a jury's separate and independent evaluation of the evidence received against him in any trial, regardless of the number of other persons alleged to have participated in the crimes charged," the judge said. Matsch said McVeigh will be tried first, but he did not say why, and did not set a trial date. "We are extremely pleased," said Robert Nigh Jr., McVeigh's lawyer. "We feel like the judge's ruling on separate trials increases dramatically Tim McVeigh s chances for receiving a fair trial. Prosecutors had contended that ; the jurors could sort out the cases. > They also argued that one trial i would be more economical and ] less traumatic for the witnesses, ; who include survivors of the ; bombing. ' ; Jannie Coverdale, who lost two grandsons in the blast at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, | was upset by the ruling. "We can't ' afford two trials," she said. "That's going to put a hardship financially and emotionally on the family members and survivors." _ Marsha Right, whose daughtifivl Frankie Merrill, died in the bomjj^ ing and would have turned 25 Priday, said: "Emotionally it's gomfe to take its toll on family member's^ It's just drawing it out."McVeigh and Nichols face murder and cort' spiracy charges in the bombiiigj'' which killed 168 people and •'!#; jured more than 500. If convicted?' 1 they could get the death penalty. McVeigh was arrested 90 minutgs^. after the bombing on unrelated •• charges, and Nichols surrendere'd'' two days later. '' io! 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At issue is whether Clinton had anything to do with the hiring of Craig Livingstone, a former White House personnel security chief questioned about the Clinton administration's improper collection of hundreds of FBI background files, many on Republicans from previous administrations. Nussbaum denied knowing who hired Livingstone and denied discussing Livingstone with Clinton. The month after Nussbaum testified, an old FBI report surfaced quoting Nussbaum as saying, in 1993, that Clinton "highly recommended" Livingstone for the job of security manager. The FBI report turned up in a review of Living- stone's FBI file. Nussbaum has denied making the statement to the FBI and White House officials have said repeatedly that the first lady had no knowledge of Livingstone's hiring. Nussbaum, now working as an attorney in New York, was traveling Friday and not available for comment, his law firm said. 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