The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 1, 1996 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Cards clinch Ell-Saline clinches berth in Class 2-1A playoffs/C1 SPORTS r& FW; ( - t the 1871-1996 Joe Dlflie Country star works to get bigger than the Beatles / D1 ENCORE! • Griimpy Old men: Extreme anger in older men increases health risks / A3 • Home and garden: HOW to root your own African violets / A8 INSIDE High: 46 Low: 23 Partly cloudy today with north winds, 5 to 10 mph; clear and cold tonight / B3 WEATHER Classified / C9 Comics / B4 Deaths /A11 Encore! / D1 Great Plains /B1 Money / C7 Sports / C1 Viewpoints / B2 INDEX Salina Journal FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1. 1996 SALINA, KANSAS <*., „„,„.-' 50 cents T CRIME Naramore eligible for parole soon Former St. Francis physician who was convicted of murdering a patient to have hearing next month By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal Former St. Francis physician L. Stan Naramore, convicted of the murder of one patient and the attempted murder of another, could be released from prison in January. Naramore is eligible for a hearing in December before the Kansas Parole Board. He is an inmate in the medium-security section at El Dorado Correctional Facility, serving a five-to-20 year sentence. Naramore was convicted in January and sentenced in May of this year for the 1992 crimes. He was given credit for time served waiting for trial and sentencing, about 2 1 A years, making him eligible for parole when the new year begins. "For the offenses he was convicted of, I don't think two-and-a-half or three years is sufficient time," said former Cheyenne County Attorney Floyd Jensen, who helped prosecute the case with an assistant attorney from the Kansas Attorney General's Office. "These were very serious offenses and it would not have bothered me if he would have gotten a maximum sentence, which would have been 20 years to life," Jensen said. Three sessions are scheduled this month to hear public comments concerning inmates who are entitled to a parole hearing during December. The hearings are set for Nov. 21 in Wichita, Nov. 22 in Topeka and Nov. 25 in Kansas City, Kan. Those who can't attend one of the sessions may send letters to the Kansas Parole Board, Landon State Office Building, 900 Jackson St., Room 452-South, Topeka, Kansas 666121220. Parole eligibility is not indicative of parole suitability or the likelihood of early release. ^ The parole board considers seven areas to determine whether criminals are ready for release. They include the crime and the offender's criminal history, their participation in rehabilitation programs and their prison disciplinary record. Cheyenne County Attorney James Milliken could not be reached Thursday for comment about Naramore's case. Neither could surviving family members of the victims. Naramore was convicted in January of the attempted murder of 78-year-old Ruth Leach, who died three days later of a cancer that invaded much of her body, and the second degree murder of St. Francis farmer Chris Willt, 81. Willt, who suffered from a variety of health problems, died in the emergency room of the Cheyenne County Hospital, St. Francis, after a team led by Naramore worked on him for almost three hours. Prosecutors claimed Naramore gave Willt a paralyzing drug and then pronounced him dead. "For the offenses he was convicted of, I don't think two-and-a-half or three years is sufficient time." Floyd Jensen former Cheyenne County attorney who helped prosecute former St. Francis physician Stan Naramore T CAMPAIGN '96 Local GOP candidates rake in cash Republican incumbents and challengers are raising substantially more money than opponents, according to expenditure reports By CHRIS KOGER The Salina Journal DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Amy Reynolds, 11, daughter of Car! and Steve Gowln, casts her vote for U.S. president during lunch at Salina's Bartlett School on Thursday. Reynolds Is a student In Phil Mitchell's sixth-grade social studies class, which represented the state of Colorado In the fifth- and sixth-grade project to teach students about election procedures. Republican candidates for state and local races, many of them incumbents, have been receiving more — and spending more — money than their opponents. According to campaign donation and expenditure reports filed this week with election officers, Republicans generally are doing best at raising money. The majority of contributions are coming from businesses and political action committees. In the latest reporting period, only a few Democrats have raised more money than their opponents. In two high-profile races, for Saline County sheriff and state senator, Republicans received substatially more money than did their opg£, lents. The reports cover all donations and spending from July 26 to Oct. 24. Sen. Ben Vidricksen, R-Salina, seeking his fifth term in the state Senate, was the county's top fund-raiser. He reported receipts of $32,730 for the period and spending of $19,817. He had more than $30,000 in campaign funds to carry him through the final days of the campaign. Vidricksen's opponent, Democrat Allan White, 46,112 W. Neal Court, raised only one-fourth as much as Vidricksen. He listed receipts of $7,729 and expenses of $10,559 for the period. Vidricksen, 69,1427 W. Republic, said he receives money from businesses and political action committees that are comfortable with his past voting record. He said he has had just one fund-raising event. "When you're there as long as I have been, you have a proven record of how you vote," he said of his 17 legislative sessions. "Consequently, the business community supports me. If it's an economic development (issue), they know I'll support it." The disparity in fund raising also was even more dramatic in the race for sheriff. Republican candidate Glen Kochanowski, 2379 Edward, raised 20 times the money of his opponent, Democrat Dennis "Butch" McClintock, 2219 Kensington. See MONEY, Page A11 Clinton has a sizeable lead in electoral votes Dole targets toss-up states, but the president holds his lead By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Clinton entered the campaign's final weekend leading in more than enough states to win a second term, but was locked in a tight race with Bob Dole in the Mountain West and across the South, according to a 50-state Associated Press survey. Benefiting from leads in Pacific states and the industrial belt stretching from New Jersey to Illinois, Clinton was clearly leading in 25 states and the District of Columbia with a combined 314 electoral votes — 44 more than the 270 needed to win the White House, according to the AP review. Dole could bank on fewer than a dozen states and 100 electoral votes. The review involved state polling data and interviews with campaign and party officials. Ross Perot's support was approaching double digits in many states, but he was still a distant third everywhere. "Bob Dole is the underdog," GOP Chairman Haley Barbour said. "But he can still win." 4 More political coverage / Page A10 As Dole sought a dramatic comeback, and Clinton bid for an Electoral College landslide, the key in the closing days was a dozen tossup states in which neither candidate could claim a comfortable lead. This group included traditional Republican strongholds that have eluded Dole throughout the fall: Florida, Arizona, Indiana, Virginia and South Dakota. Other battlegrounds included Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Nevada, Montana and Colorado. Republicans put Louisiana on this list, too, though Democrats said Clinton's lead is comfortable there and nationally. "I cannot remember approaching Election Day with a map that has been so positive and so truly national for a Democratic presidential campaign," said Clinton deputy campaign manager Ann Lewis. Perot's higher profile in the final days appeared to be bringing him additional sup- port, and bringing Clinton down a few points in many states. But Dole was still below 40 percent in many state and national polls. "I still talk personally to a lot of grudging voters," said Oregon pollster Tim Hibbitts. "I see (Clinton's) margins here narrowing as he suffers some bleedout to Ross Perot and Ralph Nader." Republican pollster Ed Goeas said he still saw Clinton on track to win but predicted he would again fall short of 50 percent, because of Perot and Nader. Dole said that beginning at noon today he would campaign virtually nonstop for 96 hours in pursuit of 270 electoral votes. "I will give it all I've got," Dole said. It will take quite a bit. Even if Dole won every tossup state, he would still be short of victory. Aides said their longshot strategy for getting to 270 counted on winning all the tossups and one of these two scenarios: defeating Clinton in California, or in all of three Midwest battlegrounds — Ohio, Michigan and Missouri. Clinton held sizeable leads in each state. Peas in a pod The Associated Press Ed and Heather Lavlch's quadruplets (left to right) Janelle, Maryn, Miles and Greg are all decked out for Halloween In their pea costumes In Winnipeg, Canada. The quads' sister, Caitlyn, 6, took them to school for show 'n' tell. V SCIENCE Life on Mars: The Sequel British scientists find evidence on another Martian meteorite By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD The New York Times NEW YORK — Another meteorite from Mars has been found to contain evidence for possible life on that planet, British scientists reported Thursday. American geologists, who in August first announced finding possibly life-related chemical and mineral compounds in an older Mars rock, said that the new research was "very exciting, and independent confirmation" of their controversial results. The British discovery was certain to encourage intensive testing of meteorites from Mars and increase scientific interest in new spacecraft missions to the planet, the first of which is scheduled for launching next Wednesday. The fact that the latest evidence comes from a much younger meteorite, scientists said, indicated that some kind of life could have existed on Mars more recently than had been thought likely. Spacecraft observations of the planet's landscape strongly suggest that Mars was once a warmer and wetter planet and could have supported at least some forms of microbial life. The British examined a meteorite, designated 79001, that crystallized 175 million years ago and was ejected from Mars, presumably by an asteroid impact, only 600,000 years ago. The previous evidence came from a potato-sized rock that crystallized about 3.6 billion years ago and was blown away from Mars 16 million years ago. Both were found on the ice of Antarctica. "This is great," said Dr. Michael Meyer, a biologist who specializes in extraterrestrial studies at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, in Washington. "It means we have more than one sample with hints of life. And it means Mars could have been Inhabited for quite a long period and could even have some life today." The new findings, reported in London at a meeting of the Royal Society, were the result of research by Dr. Ian Wright and Dr. Colin Pillinger, of the Open University, in Milton Keynes, England, and Dr. Monica Grady, of the Open University and the Natural History Museum, in London. Their laboratory is considered by scientists to be one of the best in the world for studying carbon in extraterrestrial materials. The British scientists could not be reached for interviews after the meeting, but a description of their findings was included in the meeting announcement. Their analysis revealed the presence of organic compounds in the meteorite that could be associated with life. One line of evidence suggested carbon compositions that are usually formed from microbially produced methane.

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