The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 1, 1997 · Page 8
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A8 THURSDAY, MAY 1, 1997 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL Miracle woman Anonymous donor pledges to give $2,000 per flooded family By PAUL SLOCA The Associated Press G RAND FORKS, N.D. — She's being celebrated throughout this city. They are even calling her saintly. And nobody knows her name. Only that she is wealthy. Only that she has never been here and has no ties to the region that was torn apart by massive flooding almost two weeks ago. Only that she has made the anonymous pledge to give $2,000 to each household swamped when the Red River rampaged through Grand Forks and neighboring East Grand Forks, Minn. With an estimated 5,000 households eligible for payments, the pledge could cost the woman a total, of $10 million. Is it for real? State and local officials say the checks are already being written. "It's going to be on an honor system in the evacuated districts," Grand Forks Mayor Pat Owens said Wednesday. About 300 recipients lined up to get checks Tuesday at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, which is serving as a shelter for flood refugees. "I'm going to hold on to it, get some stuff to get started, like some clothes, and then probably put the rest in the bank," said Steve Maragos, 29, an unemployed Grand Forks resident. Kevin Dvorak, president of the North Dakota Community Foundation, a nonprofit corporation that is distributing the money, said the donor transferred more than $2 million into its account Tuesday. He said between 300 and 500 payments were immediately made totaling $1 million. Is there more? Time will tell. Owens called the donation a gift from heaven. "God has answered our prayers," she said. "He has sent a person as an anonymous donor who cares about each and every one of us in this region and wants to help you without any repayment. "It is a ray of hope so we can build on our future." Plans to distribute additional funds were being made, Dvorak said. No future disbursements will be made at shelters, Photos by The Associated Press ABOVE: Flood victim Ed Kemble, 84, East Grand Forks, Minn., waits In line Wednesday for a $2,000 check from the anonymous woman who is known as "Angel" in the Grand Forks area. BELOW: Maurene Pederson, 72, East Grand Forks, is in tears as she displays her $2,000 check. and people will have 45 days to apply, he said. The woman stipulated only that money go to people who had been affected by the flood, with a minimum of red tape. "They need to be people who have actually suffered," Dvorak said. "We're going to have to trust the people of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks to be honest about their needs." The donor, who Dvorak would identify only as a woman living in the United States, contacted the mayors of the two neighboring cities about the donation late last week. Maragos, like just about everyone else, would like to know the name of the donor. "I would like to know someday who it was so maybe I could pay them back," he said. T AIRLINE PASSENGERS JONBENET MURDER JonBenet's parents questioned by Boulder police By The Associated Press ,. BOULDER, Colo. — The parents of JonBenet Ramsey met separately with investigators Wednesday .to discuss their daughter's death, four months after the six-year-old girl was killed. JonBenet was found beaten and strangled in her family's base- T TELEVISION f Ellen' leaves closet and so do party-goers By The Associated Press ' NEW YORK — Wednesday's closet-exiting episode of "Ellen" .was more than a groundbreaking moment in television history. It was grounds for celebration. •, Celebrations were planned across the country, in venues from .Greenwich Village to Lincoln, ,Neb., from San Francisco's Castro district to Cambridge, Mass. Pre-show reaction from gays and lesbians ran the gamut from pride and excitement to com. plaints that the move was a cynical ratings ploy. • "We're definitely ready for this. We've got 25 televisions and two big screens and they'll all be show- •ing the episode. It's going to be everywhere," said Mark Nelson, a spokesman for Splash, a sprawling gay video bar in New York's Greenwich Village. The parties come after months of will-she-or-won't-she reports about both Ellen DeGeneres and her sitcom character, Ellen Morgan, who now becomes the first homosexual leading character in a television series. DeGeneres made her own announcement that she is gay in a Time magazine cover story. Morgan inadvertently makes hers over an airport public address system — and, ABC hopes — before a larger-than-usual audience for the struggling sitcom. ment on Dec. 26, about eight hours after her mother discovered a ransom note demanding $118,000. An autopsy report indicated she may have been sexually abused. John and Patricia Ramsey met separately with two Boulder police detectives and a representative of the Boulder County district attorney's office, beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, police chief Tom Koby and district attorney Alex Hunter said. It was unclear at what time the interviews ended or whether they would resume today. They were interviewed under conditions spelled out by police, including that Patricia Ramsey be interviewed first, that the inter- views last indefinitely with reasonable breaks, that they be taped and that the Ramseys could each be accompanied by a lawyer. John Ramsey, who found his daughter's body, has been ruled out as author of the ransom note. Authorities are still waiting for his wife to respond to a request for a fifth handwriting sample. Airlines tiring of passengers' poor Dehavior in skies Some flight attendants are encouraged to file lawsuits against fliers From Wire Service Reports WASHINGTON — Some think they are big shots. Some are afraid. Many are drunk. But aboard an airplane high in the sky, any of them can cause serious danger if they become unruly. "Poor behavior should not be tolerated anywhere, but when it happens at 35,000 feet, the behavior jeopardizes the overall safety of that aircraft," Kathy Lord-Jones of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants said Wednesday. She told a conference on unruly passengers about one man who tried to kill himself by opening a door in flight — a hazard to everyone aboard. Another man in her experience punched a flight attendant because there was no fruit on his meal tray. American Airlines is now encouraging flight attendants to file criminal and civil charges against passengers who abuse them, she told the daylong meeting sponsored by the Air Line Pilots Association. Leo Flammer of Austrian Airlines urged that security officers be carried aboard more commercial aircraft to deal with disruptive behavior, including the possibility of "cooling down" areas where the unruly could be separated from other passengers. "It must be considered a taboo to go wild on an aircraft," said Flammer, a pilot and security expert. Flammer suggested that airlines keep records on passengers and penalize bad behavior by deducting frequent-flier miles, denying upgrades or even banning perpetrators from future flights. "We have to educate the public to the seriousness of this offense," said Randolph Babbitt, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, sponsoring the daylong conference. "We have to let people know that violent, disruptive behavior on board aircraft isn't going to be dismissed or taken lightly. Judges are going to hand down sentences that reflect the fact that you have .endangered dozens, if not hundreds, of airline passengers," he said. Among recent examples: • Gary Lee Lougee, 40, of Pooler, Ga., drew a four-year prison term for fighting with a flight attendant who refused him a drink. The flight had to return to Savannah, Ga. • Two Swedish passengers refused to stop smoking and became unruly on a nonsmoking flight from Stockholm to Chicago. The crew handcuffed them, and the plane was diverted to Montreal, where they were arrested. The next day they were refused admission to the United States and returned to Sweden. • A drunken passenger on a London-Chicago flight, denied more alcohol, became disruptive. Arrested on arrival, he received probation and was banned from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. • A Saudi Arabian princess who assaulted a flight attendant on the way from Paris to Boston in January 1996 allegedly became abusive after she was told to fasten her seat belt for takeoff. "Nobody tells me what to do," she reportedly said. "I do what I want." ; The Federal Aviation Administration said it received 96 reports of passenger interference with crews in 1993, 194 reports in 1994 and 174 in 1995. The agency issued guidelines/in December encouraging flight crews to report incidents and urging airlines to adopt "zero tolerance" policies. It plans to expand its program to help airlines deal with airborne crimes. Your *'Hearing Aid could be this small! 827-8911 1-800-448-0215 Hearing Aid Service 234 S. Santa Fe, Sallna Now Accepting Applications for Enrollment for Summer Day Camp Camp begins May 30 thru August 18 Boys & Girls - 1st thru 6th grade Monday thru Friday Call or Stop by The Salvation Army, 913-823-3441 from 1 pin to 8 pm Monday thru Friday 1137 N. 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