The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 31, 1996 · Page 1
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Abs of steel Fitness guru Denise Austin tells her secrets / C1 HEALTH Mgh:37 Low: 19 Cloudy with a 40 percent chance for rain and snow today, north winds / B3 WEATHER Classified / C4 Comics / B4 Deaths / AS Great Plains/B1 Health / C1 Money / C2 Sports / D1 Viewpoints / B2 INDEX Sal ina Journal THURSDAY OCTOBER 31, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T CAMPAIGN '96: U.S. SENATE Senate candidates spar over campaigns Outside groups, not candidates, have been behind many attack ads on TV By TRACI CARL Tlie Associated Press WICHITA — After weeks of arguing over ads sponsored by groups other than candidates' campaigns, and with the election less than a week away, all four candidates for the U.S. Senate agreed Wednesday night that campaign finance reform was needed. With independent groups and political parties paying for ads attacking all of the Senate hopefuls, each candidate agreed there needs to be disclosure of so-called "soft money," or support financed by groups that do not fall under the same campaign finance laws as candidates. But the two Democratic Senate candidates accused their Republican opponents of rejecting campaign finance reform proposals in the past. The debate was part of the Kansas Associa- DOCKING BROWNBACK ROBERTS THOMPSON 4 Senate candidates fund campaigns with money from out-of-state donors / Page A3 * Last-minute campaign push can be expected at churches Sunday / Page C2 tion of Broadcasters Convention. Democrat and Wichita stockbroker Jill Docking and Republican U.S. Rep. Sam Brownback, who are competing for the remaining two years of Bob Dole's term, faced off for the first 30 minutes. Democratic State Treasurer Sally Thompson and Republican Congressman Pat Roberts, who are running to replace retiring Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, debated for the next half hour. Docking accused Brownback of benefiting from former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan's financial support. Brownback said that wasn't true and accused Docking of receiving help from Ted Kennedy and the AFL- CIO. Roberts also suggested that unions were influencing the Democratic campaigns, and Thompson accused Roberts of receiving more money from political action committees than all but three other members of Congress. At the heart of the arguments are television ads attacking candidates, but that are not sponsored by their opponents. "If I believed all those charges, I wouldn't vote for me either," said Roberts, referring to ads attacking his campaign. Docking said she asked Brownback to sign a voluntary campaign reform proposal early in the campaign but he refused. But Brownback said a bi-partisan commission should look at reforms, adding that candidates have only controlled about a third of the television spending in the past 10 days — while independent groups have controlled, the rest. Thompson said that as a congressman, Roberts had voted against Republican and Democratic campaign finance reform proposals. Roberts, who said he supported another campaign finance reform bill that would have done See SENATE, Page AS Halloween pumpkins The Associated Press Scott Gibson, known as the Pumpkin Man, works on a pumpkin outside his house in Bellevue, Wash., Tuesday. He has more than 100 carved pumpkins on display, the result of a pumpkin carving party he plays host to to celebrate Halloween and his birthday, which is Oct. 29. T HALLOWEEN Students replace family's smashed pumpkin South high students didn't want mom and twin boys to think all youths are bad By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal Halloween for Amy Ryser and her 7-year- old twin boys won't be spoiled after all. Ryser, 860 Sheridan, was upset when the 75-pound pumpkin she bought for the boys ended up smashed at the intersection of Crawford and Broadway on Oct. 20. "It may not seem like much, but to my children it was," Ryser wrote in a letter to the editor. "Thank you for ruining my children's Halloween." But students at Salina South High School weren't about to let that happen. "I don't know who first came up with the idea," said Kelli Deuth, a South senior. "I think a student's mother first suggested it. But we talked about it in student council and thought it was a good idea." The students decided to replace the pumpkin, which they did Wednesday. "It was nice to do something for someone," said Deuth, who delivered the 50- pound replacement. "We wanted to disprove the stereotype. Because some kids are bad doesn't mean they all are." Deuth and another senior, Chad Wahlgren, delivered the pumpkin with student council sponsor Jason Webb. "We went looking around to try to replace a 75-pound pumpkin," said Webb, a teacher at South. "But two days before Halloween, the pickings were pretty slim. We were able to find a 50-pound one." The students took along two bags of candy for Ryser's boys. The pumpkin and candy were purchased with student council funds South students have raised. "I was surprised," Ryser said. "They told me they wanted me to know not all kids are bad." Ryser didn't write the letter to the editor published in Tuesday's edition hoping someone would replace her pumpkin. But the gesture has restored her faith in young people, she said. Other people, too. "An elderly couple dropped off two pumpkins (Tuesday) night," Ryser said. And a woman called Ryser's mother, also offering to replace the pumpkin. Ryser's boys, Nicholas and Brendan Jarrell, were going to carve the pumpkin Wednesday night with their dad. Tonight Ryser is taking off work to go trick-or-treating with the boys, whose excitement hasn't been spoiled. "I just want to say thank-you," Ryser said. "It was a nice thing to do." C-O-O-Q-O.. Cloudy today with a 40 percent chance for rain. Rain may mix with or change to light snow late in the | afternoon. High in the mid- 30s. Northeast wind 10 tq 15 mph. Tonight, a 30 percent chance for light snow. Low in the upper teens. Weather plays tricks Trick-or-treaters should bundle up against winter By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal Parents ought to make sure there's a coat and hat over those Halloween costumes tonight. Temperatures are expected to dip into the upper teens tonight with some light rain or even snow," said Kevin Darmofal, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wichita. "It won't be the freezing rain kind," Darmofal said. "It will either be rain or snow. We might even' see some accumulation, but if we do, it will be less than an inch or a dusting." It should warm into the 40s on Friday, and this weekend it should creep into the 50's. But Halloween might be bitter. "If you're going out with some trick-or-treaters, you better bundle them up tight," said Melissa Claghorn, meteorologist intern with the National Weather Service in Goodland. A 70 percent chance for snow exists for northwest Kansas, including the Colby and Goodland areas, with 1 to 2 inches expected to fall. Chances for snow drop as the roads go east, Claghorn said. The Hill City area has a 50 percent chance for snow. "It should be pretty warm in the morning," she said. "Then the temperatures are going to fall." A normal high this time of year is 60 degrees and a normal low is in the 30s, she said. "But you have to remember, we're getting into November now," she said. "We're going to see some lower and lower temperatures as the month goes on." A Canadian high pressure system in Montana and Wyoming is bringing the cold air down to Kansas, Claghorn said. T SALINA CITY COMMISSION Maxwell ;*oes into lospital III mayor turned over commission meeting; ailment wasn't specified By CHRIS KOGER The Salina Journal Salina Mayor^jfvelyn Maxwell has been admitted to Salina Regional Health Center for unspecified reasons, following Monday's city commission meeting during which she appeared to be tired and disorganized and left the meeting for a while. A nursing supervisor at the hospital said she was not allowed to release information about Maxwell. Her husband of 44 years, physician Gordon Maxwell, .,«.,,,„-,, did not return MAXWELL phone calls to his home and office on Tuesday and Wednesday. City staffers said they haven't talked to Maxwell or her family. City Manager Dennis Kissinger said she called a city secretary Wednesday to cancel appointments scheduled for later this week. During a study session and the city commission meeting on Monday, Maxwell said she was tired and wasn't feeling well. During the study session, she told other commissioners her husband tried to convince her to stay home. Vice mayor Kristin Seaton led the meeting after Maxwell, saying she "didn't feel mayoral," asked her to take charge. At different times during the meeting, which was broadcast twice on local cable access television, Maxwell interrupted commissioners to talk about a stuffed animal she was holding and asked commissioners to sing "God Bless America" instead of participating in a moment of silence. "Obviously, we're hoping she feels better," Kissinger said. "There were some problems on Monday, and hopefully, whatever they were, they'll be resolved." During the study session, Maxwell, referring to Seaton's handling of meetings while Maxwell was in Israel earlier this year, said Seaton would make a good mayor. Maxwell then offered to resign, saying she wasn't a good mayor. Kissinger said he thinks the comment was an offhand remark, and that Maxwell has never expressed intentions to resign. Pete Brungardt, a commissioner and Salina optometrist, said he hasn't talked to Maxwell either. "I hope she is doing well, and feeling well," Brungardt said. "I'll wait and hear what she has to say, when she feels the time is appropriate." Maxwell, 64, became mayor in April and is serving her first four- year term as a commissioner. Her term expires in April. Before being elected, the former nurse was active on many community boards.

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