The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 5, 2001 · Page 3
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION SATURDAY. MAY 5. 2001 A3 T FLORIDA ELECTION Farewell to the chads Florida OKs system overhaul, will use optical-scan ballots By The Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Six months after Florida plunged the presidential race into chaos, lawmakers approved a sweeping election overhaul Friday that will banish the hanging chads and butterfly ballots that made the state a laughingstock. The $32 million measure now goes to Gov. Jeb Bush, who is expected to sign it as early as next week. "We took advantage of the scrutiny the state got and rather than trying to relive the past, we've been focusing on making sure 2002 looks a lot different," Bush said. Since the November recount that put Bush's older brother in the White. House, Florida has passed the most significant election reform package in the country. The plan, approved 120-0 by the House and 38-2 by the Senate, will establish uniform guidelines for recounts in close elections. It will also eliminate mechanical lever voting and punchcard and hand-counted paper ballots. • Instead, every precinct will have optical-scan ballot systems for the 2002 elections. The plan T ABDUCTIONS The Associated Press Broward County canvassing board member Judge Robert Rosenberg examines a disputed ballot Nov. 24 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. earmarks $24 million for counties to buy the equipment. "In one word, hooray!" said Deanie Lowe, the Volusia County elections supervisor. "I am just thrUled to death over what they've accomplished." The legislation requires a machine recoiuit if the margin of victory in any race is half a percent or less and a manual recount of the overvotes and un- dervotes — ballots where voting machines pick up multiple choices or no clear choice — if the margin is one-quarter of 1 percent or less. The secretary of state must also draft rules on how to read ambiguous ballots. During last fall's recounts, counties used differing standards, creating disputes over hanging, pregnant and dimpled chads. Also, provisional ballots will be given to people who are not on voter rolls but say they are eligible to vote. Elections officials will later determine if the ballots are valid. Last fall, some voters, many of them black, complained they were wrongly denied the right to vote. "Florida led the country into a disastrous election morass, but now it's showing the way out of the morass," said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political science professor who is conducting a nationwide elections reform study. "It's much less likely Florida will ever be in that embarrassing position again. This could serve as model legislation for other states." In Georgia, lawmakers have passed a bill that requires a statewide electronic voting system in place by 2004, but they did not include money to pay for it. Maryland lawmakers have voted to require all counties to use a uniform voting system, possibly as early as next year. Traficant indicted on racketeering charges CLEVELAND — Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., whose brash talk and loud clothes set him apart amid Washington's pinstripes and polish, was indicted Friday on federal charges of selling local political favors and making his office employees work his farm. The 59-year-old conservative Democrat from the Youngstown area faces 10 counts, including racketeering, conspiracy to commit bribery, taking illegal gratuities and filing a false tax return. Traficant won re-election in November to his ninth two- year term, even though he had repeatedly said he expected to be indicted. Among other things, he is accused of making three of his office workers bale hay, run and repair farm equipment, repair barn walls and build a corral at his horse farm just outside Youngstown, a Rust Belt city plagued by decades of mob corruption. U.S. brealcs up smuggling ring LOS ANGELES — Ukrainians trying to enter the United States paid thousands to a smuggling ring that forced many into prostitution once they entered the country, federal agents said. Eleven Ukrainians involved in the scheme, including the Suspected kidnapper kills himself By The Associated Press • KERRVILLE, Texas — A convicted sex offender suspected of abducting girls and holding them in a cabin shot himself to cleath Friday after being pulled over in his car with his latest victim. The 11-year-old girl was safe. • Leah Henry of Houston had been kidnapped Tuesday. In recent weeks, two other girls had been abducted, held for days and then released, and investigators believed the same person, Gary Dale Cox, 48, was responsible. Officers acting on a tip pulled Gpx over in a rural area. Leah bolted from the other side of the car and ran toward law officers, and Cox shot himself in the head, FBI spokeswoman Sheila Thorne said in Slidell, La., where one of the girls had been abducted. Leah was taken to a hospital. "The main thing is this child is safe and the individual is dead," SlideU Police Chief Ben Morris said. "The perpetrator is in the hands of God, and hopefully He has washed his hands of him and put him where he belongs." Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer said the girl was evidently being kept in a deer hunting camp in Kerr County, in a rugged, brushy area. Authorities began looking for a serial kidnapper after 11-year- old Lisa Bruno, who was abducted from near her suburban New Orleans home in April, gave a description of her kidnapper that closely matched one given by 9-year-old Nykema Augustine, who was seized in San Antonio in March. Both girls were held captive for days. 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He anticipated the women would generate $10,000 a day in income for him and expected to supplement that by blackmailing their clients with secret videotapes of sexual encounters, the affidavit said. But when one of his alleged Ukrainian madams was found murdered in her San Fernando Valley apartment, the affidavit said Mezheritsky was overheard on an FBI wiretap telling an associate it "just totally killed my business." Stud horse kills 4-year-old boy COLCORD, Okla. — A 4-year- old boy was killed by a stud horse that jumped a fence and attacked him as he played' in his front yard. The horse bit Bailey Stockton on the head and body and ripped off an arm Wednesday. The horse, owned by the boy's family, was grazing in- a pasture near their home. • The boy's stepfather shot and killed the horse. Parks wants lawsuit vs. rappers reinstated CINCINNATI — Lawyers.for civil rights figure Rosa Parks. • asked an appeals court Friday to reinstate her lawsuit against a rap group she accus-- es of misusing her name in a . song. Lawyers for the 88-year-old. Parks argued she has the right to sue to challenge the rap group OutKast's use of her name in "Rosa Parks," one of 15 songs on OutKast's album "Aquemini," which has sold 2.5 million copies since its 1998 release. She objects that the Atlanta-based group used her name in the song and the ad-, vertising for it without per- i mission and that she was of- , fended by racial slurs in the song. From Wire Service Reports amount of time they spent in their abductor's car. About 140 volunteers were sent out on the search. "She is alive, she's well, and she'll be back here soon," said Leah's father, Tim Henry Cox's criminal record in Texas included at least three sexual offenses involving girls ages 12 to 14. 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