The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 5, 1997 · Page 6
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A6 MONDAY, MAY 5, 1997 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL BRIEFLY Deep Blue takes one from chess champ NEW YORK — Score one for the techies. IBM's Deep Blue computer defeated Sunday world chess champion Garry Kasparov, evening their six-game series at one game apiece. Kasparov resigned after the computer's 45th move, which put Deep Blue in position for a winning endgame. The game lasted just short of four hours. Kasparov defeated Deep Blue in Saturday's opening game of the series, when the computer resigned after Kasparov's 45th move. Kasparov defeated the computer last year and says that barring human error, man will always be better than the machine at chess. But IBM technicians said they had improved Deep Blue since the last match — the machine can now examine an average of 200 million positions per second. Game 3 of the match is scheduled for Tuesday, followed by Game 4 on Wednesday. Goodyear workers to vote on agreement AKRON, Ohio — Despite a tentative contract agreement between Goodyear and the United Steelworkers union, workers on strike in seven states remained on picket lines Sunday. Employees will not return to work until a new contract has been ratified, both sides said. Union spokesman Curt Brown said workers will vote Thursday on the six-year agreement reached Saturday night. It would be the first long-term contract in the industry's history. The strike idling 12,000 workers, including those at the Goodyear plant in Topeka, began April 20 after negotiations between North America's largest tiremaker and United Steelworkers of America stalled hours before the previous, three-year agreement expired. It was the first strike against Akron-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. since 1976. Charlton Heston wins seat on board of NRA SEATTLE — Wayne R. LaPierre Jr. is feeling better about keeping his job as the National Rifle Association's top administrator now that supporter Charlton Heston is one of the voters. , "It sure never hurts to have Moses on your side, so I'll take it," said LaPierre, the NRA's executive vice president who nearly lost his job at a board meeting in February. Heston, star of the 1956 film "The Ten Commandments," was swarmed by autograph seekers after winning a board seat Saturday. He received 74 percent of 1,410 ballots cast, beating out 157 others for a lone seat on the 76- member board. The other 75 board members were chosen earlier in voting by mail. The NRA convention, which draws an estimated 20,000 or more hunters, gun collectors, firearms dealers and weapons manufacturers, concludes Sunday. Officers are elected in a two-day board meeting that begins today. Teachers hall to induct first American Indian LAWTON, Okla. — Dorothy Sunrise Lorentino didn't know until many years later why she was sent home from the Cache public school she attended less than a week in 1917. The Comanche Indian remembers taking a 20-mile train ride with her family to Lawton, but her parents did not tell her they were going there to file a lawsuit against the school district because it would not admit American Indian children. Lorentino's father won the lawsuit in 1918 and she returned to Cache schools. She eventually graduated from the Chilocco Indian Boarding School near Newkirk and went on to earn bachelor's and master' degrees in education. Her struggle to learn and her 33 years as an educator will be recognized this summer when the 87- year-old is inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kan., during June 28-29 ceremonies. Lorentino will be the first Oklahoman and the first American Indian to be named to the hall, Executive Director Dave Eldridge said. From Wire Service Reports The Associated Press Mary Herz takes a Breathalyzer test from principal George Yerger before entering the prom Saturday in Grant, Neb. Mitch Sutherland waits his turn. This is the fourth year that Grant High School has made students pass breath tests to enter prom. Breathing Easier Schools crack down on drinking with breath tests before proms By DAWN FALLIK The Associated Press RANT, Neb. — Before heading to the dance floor, 17-year-old Jayme Pankonin secured the spray of baby's breath in her hair, straightened her deep purple dress, then pursed her lips around a straw and blew. "Very good," said Grant Schools Superintendent Jon Burkey as he read her negative Breathalyzer results Saturday night. "You look wonderful. Welcome to the prom." Jayme, a junior, was among the 120 students, faculty and chaperones that took the alcohol test required to attend Saturday night's junior-senior prom. That Breathalyzer moment is becoming as common as the pinning of corsages and the knotting of bow ties for prom-goers as schools nationwide attempt to stop underage drinking on prom night. In this western Nebraska town of 1,239, the "blow or go" policy is now in its fourth year. While Grant High School tests every person who enters the prom, most other schools test only those students who appear to have been drinking. In Grant, the breath tests began after a particularly raucous prom in 1992, when apparently intoxicated students swallowed live goldfish used in table centerpieces, said Burkey. There have been few problems since then, the superintendent said. Most of the Grant students took the test in stride, even those who flunked the test at first breath. All eventually passed the test. "I think it's a good idea. Basically if you plan on drinking you know you shouldn't try and come to prom," said junior Mandy Kamla, whose mouthwash caused a positive test. After ten minutes, she was retested, the results were negative and Mandy was allowed into the prom. Jamye's escort, Brian Cameron, 22, said he had few good memories of the old days, when prom meant parties and plenty of drinking. "I didn't even make it to my prom, I was too intoxicated to show up," said Cameron. "I think this way is much better." But those students who are finding themselves on the other end of the blood- alcohol straw for the first time have not been stj cooperative. Students at one Arlington, Texas, high school arranged an "alternative prom" to protest the school district's new breath test. About 200 students attended the second prom — almost half the entire class of Lamar High School, officials said. "I think it was important for us to take a stand because we felt like this was a violation of our civil rights and violation of our trust," said Lamar High School student Jeff Hurst, who helped organize the alternative dance. "It's like we are being accused of drinking without cause." The Nebraska town of Crofton, population 820, is also administering Breathalyzer tests this year. A few years ago, a student who had been drinking got sick during the prom.. "I think the whole thing is kind of stupid," said Crofton senior Kelly Drotzman, who said he drank before going to last year's prom. "I think drinking makes things go a little smoother." Some students question the effectiveness of an announced test. "It's just getting kind of old," said Mike Hendricks, a senior at Grant. "Everyone knows they're going to do it, and so you don't drink then. It needs to be a surprise to make it worth it." T AVIATION Boeing told to inspect fuel pumps FAA orders inspections out of fear that leaking pumps could start fires By The Associated Press SEATTLE — An early round of government-ordered inspections has turned up defects or deterioration in about one of every 25 fuel pump assemblies on Boeing 747 and 757 jetliners. The Federal Aviation Administration ordered the inspections March 14 out of concern that leaking fuel pumps could spark fires on planes. The initial inspections are to be completed by mid-July. As of Thursday, 278 of the more than 600 747s and 757s registered in the United States had been inspected. Sixty-seven fuel pumps were replaced because of defects or deterioration, Mitch Barker, an FAA spokesman, told The News Tribune of Tacoma. A jet such as the 747 can have as many as 16 fuel pumps. The pumps deliver fuel to the engines, transfer fuel between fuel tanks or dump fuel if the plane is too heavy to land safely. The FAA-mandated inspections were ordered after Boeing recommended voluntary inspections in August 1995. The company asked operators of 747s to inspect the fuel pump assemblies three weeks after fuel leaking from a jetliner on the ground caused a fire. The airlines that complied with Boeing's request inspected more than 5,000 fuel pumps on 390 aircraft and found that about one in 14 pump assemblies needed replacing for various reasons, said Boeing spokesman Doug Webb. No leaks were reported on 757s, but the aircraft was included in the FAA order because it uses a similar pump and wiring design. The FAA order requires a visual inspection of the pump, and insulation resistance tests for the wiring. The agency said sealant around the wire terminal assembly can deteriorate, allowing moisture to enter and cause corrosion. That corrosion can lead to electrical arcing between conductors and the pump housing. THEATRES For MOVIE Selections and SHOWTIMES Call: 825-91O5 We've gone world wide web! Y EDUCATION College can be a costly choice Congressional panel is looking at why college costs are soaring high By GENE MARLOWE Media General News Service WASHINGTON — When Carolyn McCarthy's son went to col- . lege, she had to go back to work. "I was not willing to put a mortgage on my home," she recalled. "That's what it came down to." McCarthy, then a nurse, is now a freshman Democratic congresswoman from New York, serving on a House committee that's trying to find ways to keep college affordable. The cost of college exceeds the reach of increasing numbers of people, rising three times faster than most families' incomes. "Speaking to young people, (we find that) when they graduate they have loans of $13,000 to $15,000, and that scares them, and I don't blame them," she said. "To start your life with that kind of debt is extremely scary." Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., said public school teachers tell him they can't afford to send their children to college to become teachers. At hearings across the country, the House education committee has already discovered why college costs so much. It has also found some possible remedies. Colleges like hospitals — another industry with staggering price increases — have customers who receive room, board and the personal attention of a highly trained staff. That is costly in itself. The cost of college exceeds the reach of increasing numbers of people, rising three times faster than most families'incomes. But there are additional reasons why college prices continue soar when other businesses have found ways to cut costs. Many colleges have added remedial education to teach things like junior-high school math. Extras in athletics and student services are expanding. Peter McPherson, president of Michigan State University, testified to a view deeply held by some in academia "that the only way you can achieve quality is to spend more money." Money-saving changes are often only skin deep. Costly computers now sitting on many dorm desks, instead of changing how students are taught, merely augments traditional teaching. Cutting costs often conies only after drastic action, like Michigan State's public guarantee that tuition will rise no faster than infla- tion. Administrators had no choice but to cut costs, and some of the resulting moves have improved quality as well, McPherson said. Muskingum College in Ohio boldly cut tuition by a third, $4,000, several years ago. It not only survived, but reversed a decline in enrollment by students from middle-income families. A year at a good private college can run more than $25,000. But some college administrators say costs are far less at many schools, and at community colleges — the first college for 50 percent of students — tuition is about $1,500, and students can live at home. Bette Landman, president of Beaver College in Pennsylvania, said the price of a year in college when she was a student "was about the cost of a Chevrolet. It's still about the cost of a Chevrolet." Noneedto shop around Meet SheimLagetgnea For over 20 years, Shenn has originated home loans to the people of Salina, and as his customers will attest, Sherm's the best Security Savings Bank 317 S. Santa Fe • 1830 S. OhioTSalina, KS 825-8241 Statewide toll-free number 800-323-8958. With offices in Salina, Garden City, Olathe, and Wichita T^ttflifi? MEMBER FDIC Extra, Extra Photo Sailings! Motorcycle Insurance Is A Must 0 ^ - See Us! <• tt<.q.i.> f&r- /<,..,.. s^ce BRINKMAN'S Since Insurance Agency 1930 809 Martin, Salina, Kansas (913)827-1480 2nd Set! 4" Kodak Prints Every Tuesday & Saturday! 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