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8 Spectrum Sunday, September 9. 1990 Hearings on Souter to begin Thursday WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court nominee David H. Souter has yet to face strong opposition as be goes into Senate confirmation hearings this week, but some groups still have doubts about his positions on abortion and other contentious issues. Souter's hearings begin Thursday, and some Senate Judiciary Committee members say they will Siress the New Hampshire judge or his views on the vexing social issues he'd face on the nation's highest court. But Souter may prove a reluctant witness, disappointing those senators and angering liberal groups worried about his future votes on such issues as abortion, affirmative action and church-state relations. Souter, because of his relative anonymity, did not face the same immediate and fierce liberal opposition that confronted Robert H. Bork before his high court nomination was rejected by the Senate in 1987. But many of the groups that helped defeat Bork say the onus is on Souter to dispel their doubts. Nan Aron of the Alliance for Justice said Souter's record "points to rejection. It is incumbent on him to reassure us that he would respect individual rights. If we are not satisfied with his answers, we will ask the U.S. Senate to reject" his nomination. The liberal National Organization for Women and the National Lawyers Guild already have announced their opposition. Other liberal groups, such as People for the American Way, the National Abortion Rights Action League and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, have refrained from opposing Souter's nomination outright. Ralph Neas of the Leadership Conference said "There is nothing, or little; in Judge Souter's record to demonstrate a commitment to civil rights or social justice." The consensus so far: There is not enough to derail his nomination. Even some Souter opponents concede that the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, which has focused public attention elsewhere, benefits Souter's chance of being confirmed as the Supreme Court's 105th justice. Some conservative groups, such as Coalitions for America and Concerned Women for America, are backing Souter's nomination. The groups supporting Souter : say he should not be asked about his personal views on social issues -4nai wouiapreciuae, ior example, msk i nu ri ii 1 1 Mr niv nnininn rir inn r Obituaries waaie LamDensen uiuAiNiLaj Aaaie urn uirist- ".dtPd Kent A IQQft in finnlrano mitf i Mini i - k lua in I-Bicknell to Dwain and Lila Giles uinsiensen. sne resided m Bick-;"nell up until 1980, then spent the wac an articf ann a mncmian knit icy Liui vivm wv iwu iintiif n.ri aiiu uiic auii. ivii a. juc iuumvi vtiau, Aiannia miman ana ieuh SPaul Lambertsen, all of Eureka, V'Mnnt. Other survivors inrlnrfo fivp auuLiuiui vi . niui n :i tit iiLiiri iBeth Brower CEDAR CITY Beth Gohansen Brower, 75, died Sept. 5, 1990, at iher home in Cedar City. Beth Brower ;:Joy Miller CEDAR CITY Joy Jeanette I -Jones Cherry Miller, 83, died Sept. ;-6, 1990, in Cedar City of a lingering lillness. :1 ISA rU- Joy Miller 1973 decision in Roe vs. Wade that legalized abortion. The groups opposing Souter or leaning that way say such questions, or some very similar, are precisely what the Senate must ask to determine Souter's fitness for the high court Liberal groups point to a brief filed by New Hampshire when Souter was attorney general in voicing fears that he is anti-abortion. They also point to a speech he gave in the late 1970s to question his commitment to affirmative action. As attorney general, Souter once defended a since-invalidated New Hampshire law that provided for the flying of flags at half staff at state office buildings on Good Friday. The liberals say that action indicates Souter's insensitivity to the constitutionally required separation of church and state. Liberal groups also have found about a dozen opinions Souter wrote while he was a New Hampshire Supreme Court justice. They say the opinions show a lack of commitment to the rights of minorities and women. The preliminary infighting about the Senate's proper role reflects the stakes. Souter, if confirmed, would replace retired Justice William J. Brennan, the court's leading liberal for three decades, at a time when the court is closely divided on abortion, affirmative action, church-state relations and criminal justice matters. In contrast, the 1986 nomination of conservative Antonin Scalia caused few waves. He was nominated, and won easy confirmation, to replace another conservative, retired Chief Justice Warren E. Burger. Among the Judiciary Committee's 14 members, Souter's most probing interrogators likely will be Democratic Sens. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio. They are the committee's two most ardent liberals. But Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, a conservative, also says he intends to ask Souter to flesh out his views on significant legal issues, including abortion. Grass-ley is strongly anti-abortion. ' The committee's other members are Democrats Joseph Biden of Delaware, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Paul Simon of Illinois, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, Dennis DeCon-cini of Arizona and Howell Heflin of Alabama, and Republicans Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Alan Simpson of Wyoming, and Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire. and sisters, Keith Christensen of Salt Lake City ; Dorothy Okerlund of Lyman; Steve Christensen of Illinois; Deila Stewart of Teas-dale; and Tenney Adams of Cedar City. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Glenda C. Tanner. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Thurber LDS Ward Chapel in Bicknell, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. Burial will be in the Bicknell Cemetery under the direction of the Springer-Turner Funeral Home of Richfield. She was born Sept. 27, 1914, in Mohrland, Utah, to Chris J. and Annie Hafen Gohansen. She mar- ried Stanley O. Brower on July 11, 1956, in Salt Lake City. The marriage was solemnized in the St. George LDS Temple Dec. 4, 1978. She was a member of the LDS Church. Survivors include her husband of Cedar City; one son and one daughter, Stanley Chris of Chandler, Ariz., and Mrs. Kay Rothman of Las Vegas, Nev. ; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; ' and two brothers, Jake of Salt Lake City and Ned of Jersey City, N.J. Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in the Cedar City LDS West Stake Center. Friends may call Sunday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and Monday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Southern Utah Mortuary. Interment will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. She was born Oct. 3, 1906, in Calistoga, Calif to William Hol-man and Clara Rogers Jones. She married Horace R. Cherry Jan 1, 1920, and Daniel Miller in 1955. She was preceded in death by both husbands. Miller moved to Cedar City in 1981. She was a member of the LDS Church and worked in homemak-ing arts. She is survived by a daughter, Claire Love of Rowlette, Texas; two grandchildren; one greatgrandchild; one brother and two sisters, Walter Jone-., Minnie For-sythe and Valda Jones. Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. in the Cedar City LDS 9th Ward Chapel, where friends may call for one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. 'ITI"" ""i"'.""'gMHi"" -f"t''Wy"' f mmnm K J- y" Ir S i'i 'h i. st ; . . - .M fkf v ; Jf v . " -i ',1. , ' i - r - - ' ' PROVO Karen Watkins (center) and her husband Sherwin (right) walk behind a casket carrying the remains of their son Brian. 22. Satur Ufahn slain PROVO ( AP) A former tennis star slain in a New York subway was described Saturday as a competitive and fun-loving young man who "loved helping others and he died doing just that." Brian Watkins was eulogized at his funeral in his hometown as one who would not hesitate to right a wrong or defend the weak. "I suppose there could be no greater epitaph on a tombstone than 'He was trying to help his mother.' Somewhere in the heart and breast and soul of Brian there was a giant," said Michael R. Hill, Watkins' former Mormon bishop. A tennis enthusiast who aspired to be a big-city prosecutor, Watkins was fatally stabbed Sunday when a band of teen-agers robbed his father and punched his mother in a Manhattan subway station. He and his parents, Sherwin and Karen Watkins, and other relatives were in New York to attend the U.S. Open, a longstanding family tradition. The men's singles semifinal between Boris Becker and Andre Agassi was being played as the funeral began at the Mormon Church's Provo North Stake Center. Watkins was to be buried at the Provo City Cemetery later Saturday. Hill attempted to show that Brian's death, while tragic, was not without meaning. "New York is shocked, Provo is shocked and so is the nation. We have witnessed a real live hero," Hill said. A member of the church's governing First Presidency, Thomas S. Monson, said the subway entrance where the crime occurred Boise police cleared in drowning probe BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The attorney general's office has cleared Boise police officers of any wrongdoing in the Aug. 15 drowning death of a Pocatello man. Ronald Earl Walker, 23, drowned in a dredge pond near the Boise River after struggling with officers trying to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. A two-week probe by the Idaho Department of Law Enforcement's Bureau of Investigation found the three officers on the scene acted within Boise Police Department guidelines. The bureau's report was delivered to the attorney general's office last week for a ruling on whether anyone involved in the incident acted negligently, or if Missing children sought Jamal Abdul Faruq RICHMOND, VA. - Jamal Abdul Faruq, 7, was abducted on April 16, 1990 in Richmond, Va. Born on Aug. 12, 1982, he has black hair and brown eyes. Jamal, along with his brother Basil, disappeared from the front yard area of his mother's Clarkson Road address at approximately 2:35 p.m. Basil was found murdered on April 19,1990. If you have information leading to the whereabouts of Jamal please contact the Kevin Collins Foundation at 1-800-272-0012. Gina Dawn Brooks FREDERICKTOWN, MISS. -Gina Dawn Brooks, 14. was abducted on Aug. 5, 1989 in Freder-icktown, Miss. Born Nov. 28, 1975, she has blond hair and blue-green eyes. Gina was last seen riding a red ten-speed girls' bicycle on Franklin and High Streets in Fre-dericktown, Miss. She has white flecked scars on the skin of her left leg. Kevin Collins SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. -Kevin Collins, 16, was abducted on Feb. 10, 1984. Born Jan. 24, 1974, he has brown hair and graygreen eyes. Kevin was seen by two witnesses about 6:30 p.m., waiting for a bus after watching a basketball practice. He had freckles and a gap between his front teeth. David Michael Borer WILLOW, ALASKA - David Michael Borer, 9, was abducted on April 25, 1989. Born Mar. 21, 1981, in N.Y. euologized was bedecked with flowers Saturday. "There is good everywhere, and we are responsible for looking for it and being good ourselves," said Monson, a counselor to church President Ezra Taft Benson. He bestowed an "apostolic blessing" on the family, saying, "Who knows whether or not a young man as persuasive as Brian is wouldn't importune the Lord to look in on you. All is well with Brian." Monson, recalling the Mormon belief in an afterlife, said the young man's active nature would serve him well. "He shall be busily engaged in the work of the Lord. Anyone with a personality like he had and a zest for living like he had will not be idle in paradise," Monson said. The bronze casket with gold fittings was closed during the 75-mi-nute service, which drew some 300 mourners. Numerous sprays of flowers surrounded the chapel's pulpit area, one of them featuring crossed tennis rackets outlined in white carnations. Brian's 26-year-old brother, Todd, who was in the subway that night, said, "Brian always had a competitive spirit inside him.... He did whatever was necessary so he could come out on top." And yet, he said, his brother had a tender side that was continually manifest in his relationship with his younger sister, 10-year-old Emily. "Brian grew to become a very compassionate human being. He loved his family, especially his little sister," Todd Watkins said. "Brian loved helping others and he died doing just that." No mention was made of the criminal charges should be filed. But Deputy Attorney General Michael Kane said in a letter delivered Friday to Boise Police Chief James Carvino that he agreed with the investigation's findings. "It is my conclusion that no officer acted negligently in dealing with Mr. Walker and that no one acted in a manner that directly or indirectly caused Mr. Walker's death," Kane wrote. "Mr. Walker broke away from the police, fought with them when they tried to restrain him, and failed to call for assistance if and when it appeared to him that the water was too deep." The report also concluded "it does not appear that Mr. Walker's race was ever a factor in any of the he has blond hair and blue eyes. If you have any information on David please call the Kevin Collins Foundation at: 1-800-272-0012. Alexandria C. Suleski RADCLIFF, KENT. - Alexandria C. Suleski, 6, was abducted on Oct. 26, 1989. Born Nov. 26, 1983, she has black hair and brown eyes. Alexandria was believed to have wandered from her residence (as she occasionally did). No suspect or car was seen. She is half Asian and has a Mongolian Blue Spot, a particular type of birthmark at the base of her spine. Amber Swartz-Garcia PINOLE, CALIF. - Amber Swartz-Garcia, 9, was abducted on June 3, 1988, she has blond hair and blue eyes. Amber was last seen playing outside her home at about 4 p.m. The yard adjoined a field, leading downhill to a large school yard. She is hearing impaired, and wore a hearing aid at the time of her abduction. Amber's left front tooth was coming in crooked. Sympathy Flowers Providing comfort to loved ones, .and a tribute to the one they loved. Cameo Florist 695 East Tabernacle 628-2632 day in Provo. Eight New York gang members have been charged with the killing. (AP) eight young men accused of killing Watkins when he defended his mother. They have been charged with second-degree murder and related robbery counts and are jailed pending a Sept. 24 bond hearing. Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau promised Watkins' parents the defendants won't be offered a plea bargain. On Friday, the parents spoke about their son, who won a tennis scholarship to Idaho State University and planned to relocate to Washington, D.C., in January as an intern to Sen. Steven D. Symms, R-Idaho, before graduating and attending law school. "If there was something he wanted, he worked for it," Sherwin Watkins said in an interview with the Deseret News. "I think that was one of Brian's strong points." Watkins and his family also had traveled extensively in the U.S., Europe and Israel. "He wasn't intimidated by any place. He wasn't a typical 22-year-old who hadn't been somewhere," the father said. "He didn't lead a sheltered life. We always traveled. He liked to travel the excitement of being in different places." As a seminar director for American Business Seminars in Provo, Brian Watkins would be on the road for as long as four days a week. In his free time, he gave tennis lessons to his sister. "When he wasn't doing that, he was doing things for his family ... taking care of his little sister taking her to tennis. He gave her lessons," Sherwin Watkins said. "We were very close as a family and he was really close to his little sister." decisions made by the police on the evening in question." Walker, who had recently been released from the Idaho State Penitentiary after serving time for burglary, was black. Walker's mother, Delores Franklin of Pocatello, said she doubted the truth of the initial state investigation. "I don't care what they say in the report. The police aren't giving me the whole story," she said. "I still have some serious doubts about what happened that night, and until people I can trust tell me what happened, I won't believe it." The attorney general's report was based on an investigation that included autopsy reports, photos, witness statements and other evidence compiled by the state. NEW FAST & FLEXIBLE PROGRAM JOIN NOW J .A. AAA A m . AND GET A SAVE$9 ON YOUR 2nd WEEK Offer ends 92990 FAST,SAFE,EASY Reva e 1880 Weight Watch kittrnattonai, Inc. Al tradamvkof Weight WtfchM Mamulonal, kic lazy Eye' clinic scheduled CEDAR CITY A free vision screening clinic to identify children with amblyopia (lazy eye blindness) will be conducted on Wednesday at the North Elementary gymnasium from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. The clinic is for pre-school children ages 3 through 5. According to Wendy Wood, local coordinator, amblyopia is the most common eye defect which strikes children usually before school age. Experts claim that amblyopia is not outgrown and must be treated within the first six to seven years of life or serious and often permanent visual loss will occur. At least one in every 35 preschool children in Utah will have an eye defect serious enough to require professional eye care. Wood stressed that amblyopia is treatable and correctable, if identified early and promptly treated. The clime is being conducted by the local public health office in schools in conjunction with the State Office of Education, Division of Services for the Visually Handicapped-Sight Conservation. A 1982 state law also requires pre-kindergarten vision screening. The law requires any child under five years of age entering public school for the first time in Utahn to present to the school a certifiate stating the child has received vision screening to detect amblyopia or other visual defects or a signed statement that the screening violates the personal beliefs of the parent or legal guardian. For more information, contact Wood at 586-5285. Summit for children set in Utah SALT LAKE CITY - A planning conference for child advocates in Utah entitled "Children's Summit Conference" will be held Sept. 15 in Salt Lake City. Sponsored by Utah Children, an organization that speaks out on behalf of Utah's children, the conference will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Primary Children's Medical Center Gymnasium, 100 N. Medical Dr. Panel presentations include specific needs in children's services such as maternal and infant health, immunizations, mental health and child abuse, child care and children in divorce. Specific outcomes which are desired: of the conference are education, networking and information exchange, renewed commitment, coordinated action for 1991 and a basis for an expanded meeting in September, 1991. The Children's Summit Conference is made possible by a planning grant from AT&T and the support of Primary Children's Medical Center and Deseret Medical. Due to the fact space is limited, pre-registration is required and must be received by Sept. 10. Write to Utah Children, 401 12th Ave., Suite 112, SLC, Utah, 84103, or call (801) 321-5772. Taxes due soon SALT LAKE CITY - Taxpayers who make estimated tax payments are being reminded by the Internal Revenue Service that their third 1990 payment is due Sept. 17. The IRS says that estimated tax payments should be made by persons who will owe $500 or more after subtracting withholding and credits will be less than the smaller of: (1) 90 percent of the tax shown on their return for the year, or (2) 100 percent of the tax shown on their return for the previous year. Hi CALL FOR A MEETING NEAR YOU 736-6683 Daughters of Utah Pioneers 150 North 100 East Wednesday, 930am & 6pm Schwartz, Area Director rights mutvad. Walght WMciwn It RagMarad

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