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A8 SUNDAY, MAY A, 1997 FEDERAL BUDGET THE SALINA JOURNAL THE ART OF THE SALE Clinton, Republicans must now sell budget deal to the country By SANDRA SOBIERAJ The Associated W ASHINGTON — Having shaken hands over an admittedly imperfect budget deal, President Clinton and his Republican partners began Saturday the task of selling it to the nation. "Let us now reach across party lines and seize our chance to balance the budget," Clinton said. The bipartisan pact to balance the federal budget in five years — through a net $85 billion in tax cuts, $115 billion in Medicare savings, $85 billion in cuts to other domestic programs — came after weeks of intense negotiations between the White House and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill. "It proves that our political system can work when we put. our partisan differences aside and put the American people and their future first," Clinton said Saturday in a weekly radio address meant to outline the deal for the public. He emphasized that negotiators agreed to about $34 billion for his domestic priorities, including children's health care and education. "This balanced budget plan is in balance with our values. It will help to prepare our people for a new century," Clinton said. "And I urge members of Congress in both parties to pass it." That plea, coming at a time when polls show that voters demand bipartisan cooperation and punish parties for gridlock, was echoed in the Republican radio ad- Balanced budget by 2002 Some of the elements contained in the plan: Tax cut* Totaling roughly $135 billion include: • $500-per-child reduction • Cuts in capital gains and estate taxes • Possible additional breaks in Individual Retirement Accounts «Tax relief for higher-education students Tax cuts partially offset by ( >,:; • Roughly $50 billion in increases including extension of the existing airline ticket tax • Spending cuts to domestic programs ($20 billion below Clinton's request, $70 billion above Republican proposals) • Five-year Medicare savings totaling $115 billion The proposal also Includes •An estimated $18 billion to $20 billion allotted for health insurance coverage of the children of the working poor •Welfare benefits partly restored for certain legal immigrants whose benefits were cut off under the welfare overhaul A change in the government's cost-of-living index used to calculate increases in Social Security and other programs AP dress by Florida Sen. Connie Mack: "This agreement, while it is not everything we would like, is a positive step forward. ... It is so important that this agreement become more than just another good idea filled only with unrealized potential." Amplifying the full-blown pitch for votes to pass the budget through Congress, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, House Budget chairman John Kasich, R- Ohio, and White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles lined up to praise the deal on today's televi- sion talk shows. Dissension is expected But even as Clinton showcased the plan's education and health "investments," and Mack highlighted its "tax relief for the American family," both sides acknowledged settling for less than they wanted. And both anticipated dissension from within. "While it is a compromise, this agreement does not compromise our principles of less Washington and more freedom," said Mack, whose party had sought broader latitude in cutting taxes. Clinton, who accepted deeper Medicare savings even after waging his re-election campaign on a fierce attack on similar GOP proposals, said: "There were some problems in this budget. There still are some discipline problems in this budget." A strong economy helped bridge the differences, as negotiators learned there was an estimated $200 billion to $225 billion in extra revenue available over the five years. Asked Saturday about the wisdom of relying on projected revenue that tends to fluctuate with the economy, Clinton said negotiators made plans to spend just over 10 percent of the expected windfall. "So if they're wrong, even quite a bit wrong, this budget will still balance in 2002," he said in an exchange with reporters in the Oval Office. By planning to spend little more than 10 percent of the projected revenue, he said, "that small amount of a big pie shows, in fact, that we probably will balance the budget even sooner. 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Much of what happens next will depend on the guidance of four Republican committee chairmen in the House and Senate, each of whom brings a different style, temperament and agenda to the table. And none will attract more attention than Rep. Bill Archer, R-Texas, the chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, who will have considerable control over such important issues as the size of cuts in the capital gains tax and the estate tax. Archer will have the principal responsibility for writing some of the most sweeping federal tax cuts in recent history. After more than a quarter century on Capitol Hill, Archer is the longest-serving Republican in the House of Representatives. He is a savvy veteran of budget fights and one of the most passionate anti-tax crusaders in Washington. "Crucial tasks lie ahead," Archer said. "The Ways and Means Committee will write the policies and determine the details necessary to carry its part of the budget resolution into law." When Congress makes a tax cut, the resulting loss in revenue must be made up by either raising another tax or by cutting entitlements. The budget negotiators agreed to offset $50 billion of the proposed tax cuts by renewing the airline ticket tax and several airport fees — which would generate about $30 "I do not believe a majority of the Democrats in this caucus are going to vote for this turkey." Rep. David Obey Democrat on Appropriations Committee billion in revenue — and by closing some tax loopholes. The remainder would have to be taken from entitlement programs. The Constitution dictates that all tax legislation must originate in the House of Representatives. And because the Ways and Means Committee is the tax-writing panel for the House, its chairman has traditionally exercised wide latitude not only over what legislation gets beyond the committee but over how large any tax cuts are. Spending plans also originate in the House, and that means that the Appropriations Committee and its chairman, Rep. Robert L. Livingston, R-Louisiana, will share the spotlight. Livingston talks tough and has shown a knack for backing up his words with rigorous fiscal belt- tightening. In the previous Congress, the so-called "cardinals" who controlled the 13 appropriations subcommittees under his direction saved $50 billion by cutting spending to various social, housing and education programs. They killed nearly 300 such programs. Livingston has said he does not expect deep cuts in non-defense discretionary programs this year. But he said this week that there will be some cuts. Both Archer's and Livingston's tasks will be complicated, but not stalled, by senior Democrats on their committees. "I do not believe a majority of the Democrats in this caucus are going to vote for this turkey," said Rep. David R. 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Boning up on the classics Shadwick was a rich man in 1983. He was fresh out of the University of Kansas, and a former high school basketball coach from Salina Central, where Shadwick graduated in 1978, told him to give Goddard a try. A caring, Christian principal named Jim McGee, in turn, gave Shadwick a try and offered him an $11,000 salary to teach English and coach basketball. It was enough to pay the bills and buy a television and stereo. "Now I probably spend that much on diapers," he said and laughed. "But at the time, I thought I was loaded." , Every night, he would go to his little apartment, the first place of his very own, and flick on the stereo or TV and think about how great his life was. Shadwick had ready-made friends in a tight- knit group of eight other new teachers. Shadwick didn't want to be a coach who taught health and driver's education or one who diagramed plays while his students watched movies. He worked hard and was the first to acknowledge he didn't know a lot about English. But he would sometimes call his English-teaching mom, Jeannine, at 11 p.m. and ask her questions about classics such as Homer's "The Odyssey." He even liked English. But he loved basketball. Gym rat As Shadwick grew up in Salina with his parents, Jeannine and Gerald, a former bank president who teaches at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo., he spent practically every Saturday at the YMCA playing basketball. Shadwick didn't have the talent, the moves or the height (he is 5-feet, 8-inches) to match his heart, so the scrawny point guard had to outsmart his foes. He got smarter as he began playing for Central. "I was probably the worst player out there," he said with a laugh. Those smarts paid off. After landing the job in Goddard, he couldn't believe he was getting paid to watch film, run the players and hang out with the coaching staff. He was 24 years old, and he had a dream job. And he loved the coaches. Everyone helped each other. He spent late nights at the school watching game film, and at times it was as much fun as watching KU. "The camaraderie was great," he said. "I still see the guys all the time." Shadwick's stories about his coaching career are his connection to the past. They remind him of a fun time, a time when his only worries were flat jump shots, leaky defenses and fuzzy game film. He carries them around, ready to share them with anyone. Two of them bring a special glint to his eye. The first story starts in his second year of coaching after he had kicked his starting guards off the team for breaking team rules, leaving him with six players. "You could see the parents stalking through the stands, trying to convince the other parents that the team needed their kids. I wanted to win so badly. We're T SEX OFFENDER NOTICES MM f rM Just out of college In the early 1980s, Monte Shadwick thought he was living his dream as a teacher, head junior-high coach and assistant high-school coach (far right). But that dream was shattered when a junior-high student went on a shooting rampage, killing the principal who hired Shadwick. down by one with four seconds left, and we foul. The guy misses his first free throw. He misses his second. We get the rebound, and all our guy has time to do is grab it and hurl it the length of the court. "It goes in. We win by one. I looked up in the stands and made eye-to-eye contact with the parents before I freaked out. I could see that I was all right." The second comes in his second year as well, when he and his hapless junior- high boys, some of whom eventually . would play on a sophomore high-school team that didn't win a game, faced a powerful Buhler team and an arrogant coach. "In our first match of that year, we were down by 32 with three minutes in the game. He called time out and put his starting five back in the game and beat us up by 40 points. I mean, it was a junior- high game, and you're trying to instill a love for the game in these kids. I was so mad, I stuck a finger in his chest and said, 'You will never do that to me again.' We faced them again for our last game, and we were 7-8. These guys had never had a winning season. So we play them, and we win in overtime. After the game, I poked him in the chest again and said, 'I told you you would never do that again.' We prevented them from winning the league title, and we had our winning season, but we were quiet and just listened to the other team scream and cry from our locker room." Shadwick grins at the next sentence. "He destroyed a chair." Larry Brown, the former KU coach who recently resigned as coach of the NBA's Indiana Pacers, talked to Shadwick about being a graduate assistant after spending another year at Goddard. Shadwjck began to plan out a life as a basketball coach. Then tragedy struck. A burst of horror On Jan. 21,1985, Shadwick was walking to the lunchroom in Goddard Junior High with some teachers when he looked up and saw a student, Alan Kearbey, glassy-eyed, dressed in camouflage, running toward the group. Then Shadwick saw the M-l semiautomatic rifle. He remembers Kearbey as a quiet kid, one who was a pretty good student. He also remembers worrying about him. Kearbey liked to wear combat fatigues, exhibited aggressive behavior and brought the gung-ho mercenary magazine Soldier of Fortune to class. Shadwick tried to talk to Kearbey's parents, fearing that he might eventually get into a fight. He never dreamed what would happen. Kearbey blew by and was 35 feet away from the group of teachers when principal Jim McGee yelled at him. Kearbey whirled around, fired his first burst of shots and ran off. Bullets slammed into a brick wall by McGee's office and seemed to swarm everywhere like a bunch of angry bees. A teacher, Dawn Swearingen, collapsed, her face covered in blood. McGee seemed fine until a tiny spot of red began to expand over his right breast pocket. He moved away from the wall and went into his office. Shadwick could see the wall covered in blood. The scene was surprisingly orderly. Teachers who witnessed the shooting walked into the lunchroom or into other classrooms to keep the kids inside. Most of the students didn't even realize a shooting had occurred. Shadwick ran to McGee's office and watched an assistant principal begin CPR on his wounded boss. "I was thinking, 'Man, I'd better change the channel on this," " he said. "I was in the classic case of shock." Then he saw a ghost. The national news Shadwick looked up and saw Swearingen walk into the office, her head still crimson. He almost fainted. He was sure she was dead, but the bullets had hit the wall beside her, causing splinters of stone to slash at her face. Don Harris, a history teacher, ran after Kearbey. Kearbey waited for Harris around a corner and pointed the rifle at the teacher's head. When Kearbey saw it was Harris, his favorite teacher, he brought the gun down and shot him in the hip. The flurry of bullets hit student Dan Williams in the left thigh. Then Kearbey disappeared. An hour-and-a-half later, he was found wandering a wheat field and taken into custody. The rifle was so powerful that one bullet traveled through the lockers in the hallway, through Shadwick's room, across the hall, through more lockers, across another room and into a brick wall. Two hours after Kearbey fired the first shot, Shadwick was talking with a police officer when he overheard that McGee, the gentle man who had given him his first coaching job, had died on the operating table. He was 35. "That's when it hit me, and I started crying and screaming," Shadwick said. "He was a big influence on my life. What a s—ty thing to have to tell your kids." CBS News had a story on the event that night, and for the next few days Goddard was the center of a media storm. "I wouldn't say it was fun," Shadwick said. "But it was attention. The outpouring of support we got from people around the country was incredible." Learning to cope Kearbey, who was 14, was tried as a juvenile and convicted of second-degree murder. He was sent to the Youth Detention Center in Topeka, but the state law at the time dictated that he could be kept past his 21st birthday only if he was convicted of first-degree murder. In court, it was revealed that Kearbey had been upset about a grade he had received in class and had planned to kill two students and a teacher. Because he hadn't planned to kill McGee or shoot the people who were hit, he wasn't charged with first-degree or attempted first-degree murder, which requires premeditation for a conviction. Teachers faced constant reminders every day — countless stories from the persistent media, a bullet hole in Shadwick's classroom wall covered with a piece of duct tape, and the absence of McGee. Jerry Johnson, who was in his third year as a math teacher and a coach of the football team, said many teachers didn't have any sort of closure on the tragedy until years after the shooting. While a shooting is an unusual event in a school, it was much more unusual in the mid-1980s. As a result, there was no plan on how to deal with the pain. No troops of counselors. No way for the teachers to cope. "We all stuck together, but we didn't share what we were feeling inside," Johnson said. "People were hurting. We thought we were handling it. but I found out later — three years later — that I hadn't gotten rid of that anger or guilt even though there was nothing I could have done. I don't think Monte and I ever sat down and talked it out. "You were supposed to be there for the kids, and yet — I mean, Jim McGee was one of the 10 finest human beings I have ever known. It was tough. It's still tough." Shadwick left Goddard after the 198485 school year and went to Kansas State University, where he received a master's degree in business in 1986. He moved back to Salina to work for the investment firm Waddell and Reed and even coached the junior-varsity team at Central for three years, but it wasn't the same. Nine years ago, he opened Shooter's in downtown Salina and started dating the architect who designed the place. They married, and Jannell Shadwick and Monte have three children: Will, 2, Sam, 1 and Tom, 6 months. "I couldn't afford to pay her," Shadwick said of Jannell. "So I married her." A chance encounter The shooting kept him up nights for a year, but he was young and eventually the edge dulled. He said he would have taken the shooting much harder had it happened today. He has a family now. Three years ago, he was at the Southgate Dillons grocery store when he dropped a package of spaghetti. He picked it up, but as he straightened up, he bumped into someone. Shadwick, embarrassed, looked up to apologize and froze. He looked into the face of Alan Kearbey. "Excuse me," Kearbey said and . walked off. Shadwick followed him around the store to see if it was really him. Same walk. Same glasses. Same hair. It was" him. Kearbey was in Salina. Shadwick thinks he's gone now. "I've been asking around, and he's no longer here," he said. "I have no idea where he is." Most residents don't know. The state refuses to reveal his location. Shadwick has only one regret in his life. He wishes he had talked to Kearbey that day. He has a few questions. "Does he remember any of it?" he asked. "Does he have any remorse? Does he care about what he did? If he does, •• maybe he could work to make his life or other lives better. "I would hope that he could do that. I'd hate to think that a beautiful man died for no good." Shadwick still thinks about the shooting, and sometimes he still needs to talk about it. He'll talk about his old friends. He'll talk about his first paycheck. He'll talk about McGee. He'll talk about how our lives can change in one day. And as he sips on a Coors Light, his story fades into the haze of blue smoke and the rising chatter of a bar, his bar, decorated with campaign signs and basketball memories. Couple hassled when address wrongly put on Internet Sex offender listed on KBI website had moved from Manhattan trailer By The Associated Press MANHATTAN — Mike and Jody Lumpkins lived peacefully at the Redbud Estates Trailer Park until state officials mistakenly identified their trailer as the home of a convicted sex offender. The Lumpkinses' once friendly neighborhood changed into a place where people stopped and stared and threw rocks at the family's trailer. "Kids walking by would say to me, 'My parents told me not to talk to you because you're a sexual offender,' " Mike Lumpkins said. Last week, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation posted on the Internet the Kansas Registered Sex Offenders list, which included the Lumpkinses' address. The couple found a partial printout of the KBI's list posted on a bulletin board near the trailer park's mailboxes. Registered sex offender Dennis Cox, 44, had lived at the address a year before the couple and their two young daughters moved there in January. Cox failed to tell police or the KBI that he was moving. A 1994 federal law required states to establish registries of convicted sexual predators and child molesters. A follow-up law requires states to tell a community "whenever a dangerous sexual predator enters its midst." The push came in 1994, after the rape- killing of 7-year-old Megan Kanka in New Jersey. Although the list is public information, people do not often ask to see it, said Riley County Police Lt. Buddy Mays. Cox lived at the trailer park without the approval or knowledge of the owners, said Redbud Estates manager Ken Otte. Lot 302 was rented to another man, who took Cox in as a roommate, which is against the park's policy, Otte said. When Cox and his past were discovered by the management, he was asked to leave. When the Lumpkinses first contacted Riley County officials and the Topeka office of the KBI about the trouble, they were told the matter was not a problem because Mike Lumpkins' name was not on the list. "But people don't look at the names and birth dates," Mike Lumpkins said. "They look at the addresses." He also said that he is 22 and Cox is 44, according to the web- site. The Lumpkinses' address was removed from the KBI website Thursday after the agency determined Cox was serving a prison sentence in Nebraska for parole violation and no longer lived at the residence, officials said. "All we can do is apologize," said Mary Ann Howerton, manager of the crime data information center at the Topeka KBI. Sex offenders are responsible for notifying state officials when they move, she said. If they fail to do so within 10 days, they are charged with a misdemeanor offense that leads to the revocation of their probation or parole, Howerton said. And Kansas law mandates that persons convicted of a violent sexual crime register once they are placed on probation or are paroled. The KBI list, which has only three names for Riley County, is updated every two weeks to keep information as current and correct as possible, she said. The Riley County list, however, contains 16 names, Mays said. The reason for the discrepancy is sex offenders are not required to inform local authorities when they move — only the authorities in the city where they move, Mays said. Also, the KBI is not required to inform local police when a sex offender moves out of their juris- diction. Howerton said the discrepancy may be a combination of factors: Offenders not notifying the county when they move; the KBI not receiving information from the county; or people on the list who shouldn't be — people whose dates of offense predate the 1994 state statute. "We've had the same problem in Ellis County," she said. Meanwhile, the Lumpkinses are worried that they or their two daughters, Kristen, 2, and Candace, 11 months, could be harmed by someone who mistook Mike Lumpkins for Dennis Cox. They have begun telling neighbors about the mix up. They still think the list is a good idea if the KBI "can work out the inaccuracies." coverage it provides. Alicia Ratliff PremierBlue Work for you, too. To find out more, call us at 1.800.874.1823. BlueCross BlueSliiehi "Independent Licensees of the of Kuuautf Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. PBTA97

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