The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 6, 1997 · Page 2
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A2 TUESDAY. MAY 6, 1997 NEWS K EVENTS THE SALINA JOURNAL A Look Ahead T TOBACCO Jury rules tobacco company not liable for smoker's death 6 Tuesday • PROGRAMS: Discussions based on the exhibit "New Art in China, Post-1989." Noon, gallery walk with Saralyn Reece Hardy. Free. 7 p.m. lecture and slide presentation, $3. Salina Art Center, 242 S. Santa Fe. 827-1431. • PUBLIC MEETING: Saline County Commission. 11 a.m., Room 107, City- County Building, 300 W. Ash. 826-6540. • SALE: Salina Regional Health Center Auxiliary's Spring Rummage Sale. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 510 S. Santa Fe. 452-7095. • TOWN MEETING: "Creating the Future," a discussion to consider the future of Salina schools. 7 p.m., Schilling Elementary School, 3121 Canterbury. 826-4727. • ABILENE: "Will Rogers, Live!," one- man show with Cy Eberhart. 8 p.m., Dwight D. Eisenhower Library. $8, $5. 263-4751. • HILLSBORO: Concert, Tabor College Symphonic Band. 7:30 p.m., Chapel-Auditorium, Tabor College. Free. 316-9473121. • LINDSBORG: Rscital, vocal and piano students of Pam Sariakoff. 7:30 p.m., Coffeehouse of Lindsborg, 124 S. Main. 227-2842. 7 Wednesday • DANCE: Jolly Mixers Dance, music by 'The Uptowners." 8-11 p.m., Moose Lodge, 1700 Beverly. No smoking or drinking. 827-3797. • EVENT: Anxiety Disorders Screening. 4-8 p.m., food court, Central Mall. 4526824. • MUSIC: Lincoln Elementary School Band. Noon, food court, Central Mall. 8254305. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina Planning Commission. 4 p.m., Room 107, City- County Building, 300 W. Ash. 826-7260. • SALE: Salina Regional Health Center Auxiliary's Spring Rummage Sale. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 510 S. Santa Fe. 452-7095. Listing Events Items for the Calendar of Events should be sent at least two weeks in advance to: Calendar of Events, The Salina Journal, P.O. Box 740, Salina 57402. Be sure to include name, address and teiesnone number. Information Cal: :J.v::..VsTrf lineEH3 ro- tnese nans uss Tie following • Sains an: r&ponal arts / 2787 • = JDM: scrociis / 8050 • jx& cnurcnes / 7729 • <a-isas Wesleyan Info Line / 5984 GD tests Little House to begin GED tests Wednesday Little House Adult Learning Center has scheduled GED testing for May, starting Wednesday. Those wanting to take the general education development tests must pre-register at the Little House office, room 209 of Memorial Hall, 410 W. Ash, by noon today for tests this week or by noon May 20 for tests that week. The testing schedule is: • Writing — 1 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. May 22. • Social studies — 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and 1 p.m. May 21. • Science — 9 a.m. Thursday and 6:30 p.m. May 21. • Reading — 10:50 a.m. Thursday and 8:20 p.m. May 21. • Math — 8:10 p.m. Wednesday and 2:40 p.m. May 21. Jurors say cigarettes are not 'unreasonably dangerous, defective' By RON WORD Tlw Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A jury Monday found R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. not responsible for the death of a lifelong smoker, a victory for the industry as it seeks to settle multibillion-dollar health claims filed by state governments. The six-member jury decided that cigarettes made by RJR were not "unreasonably dangerous and defective" and should not be blamed for the death of Jean Connor, who testified on videotape that cigarettes caused her lung cancer. During the four-week trial, jurors had viewed riveting videotapes of a dying Connor, weighed dozens of internal documents and heard numerous scientists for both sides. Connor died in 1995 at the age of 49. The widely watched wrongful- death case brought by her family was the first liability test for tobacco companies since losing a case in August to the same attorney. The case was argued while the industry was reeling from legal and regulatory setbacks. Tobacco stocks, which had been T TEXAS STANDOFF The Associated Press Jean Connor, shown here in 1993, died in 1995. She said cigarettes caused her (ung cancer. down before the verdict, quickly regained lost ground and helped lift the stock market to a record close Monday. In late trading on the New York Stock Exchange, RJR Nabisco, the parent of R.J. Reynolds, was up $3.12'/ 2 at $32.62 'A a share. Earlier Monday, it had been as low as $28.37%. Philip Morris Cos., the No. 1 cigarette company, was up $4.25 at $44.12 'A after being as low as $37.87%. The verdict could help the tobacco industry in its talks with six state governments over a settle- ment that could cost as much as $300 billion. The negotiations involve attorneys general of Florida, Minnesota, Connecticut, Mississippi, Washington, and Arizona. A settlement would give companies blanket protection from smoking-related lawsuits. In return, the companies would pay into a compensation fund and agree to cut back on advertising. "We're disappointed, but we'll be back in August," said Norwood "Woody" Wilner, one of the family's attorneys. It was Wilner who won a $750,000 judgment against a tobacco company last year and is representing another former smoker who suffers from lung cancer and has sued RJR. Paul Crist, an attorney for R.J. Reynolds, maker of the Winston and Salem cigarettes Connor preferred, said the case was about a woman who knew the risks and chose to smoke anyway. "Cigarette smoking is very much a matter of personal choice," Crist told reporters after the verdict, echoing his arguments before the jury. Connor's sister Dana Raulerson stared down when the verdict was read. When asked what went through her mind, she said sarcastically, "Honestly, what went through my mind was how magnificent the tobacco companies are." One fugitive killed in shootout After shooting at police dogs and helicopter, Republic member killed By The Associated Press FORT DAVIS, Texas — A fugitive member of the Republic of Texas was killed Monday in a gun- battle with police who had been tracking him since he fled the secessionist group's hideout. A second man remained at large in the rugged Davis Mountains, where the two had headed separately before the rest of the militant group laid down their arms over the weekend. The group's leader and several other people were named Monday in a federal fraud indictment. The gunfire took place at a Gulf War vets can get disability in 2001 By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Regulations announced by the Veterans Affairs Department Monday will allow Gulf War veterans to claim disability compensation for war- related illnesses through 2001. The regulations, which go into effect immediately, expand the system in which veterans have been eligible for compensation only if their symptoms appeared within two years of 1991 war. "This rule broadens VA's ability to give disabled Gulf War veterans the benefit of the doubt for a more realistic period of time," VA Secretary Jesse Brown said. bunker about a mile from the group's "embassy" headquarters in a sparse mountain development, state officials said. The dead man had apparently been shooting at police tracking dogs and a helicopter that were searching for the pair, said Sherri Deatheirage Green, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. "Shots were fired from the helicopter and from the ground at the suspect," she said. The dead man's name was not immediately known. The two men being sought were identified as Richard Keyes III, 21, and Mike Matson, 48. Of the two, only Keyes was charged with a crime. He was accused of organized criminal activity and kidnapping related to an April 27 hostage-taking that started the group's seven-day standoff, which ended peacefully Saturday. Earlier Monday, two of the dogs unleashed to track the two fugitives were shot. Both were taken to a veterinarian; one was wounded in the chest, the other in the leg, Green said. On Monday, a federal fraud and conspiracy indictment unsealed in Dallas accused McLaren, his wife, Evelyn, and five other people of issuing more than $1.8 billion in bogus Republic of Texas financial documents or "warrants" and using them to pay legitimate bills and to open bank accounts. Actual losses were estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. "But we don't know where all the monies went," said U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins. THEATRES For MOVIE Selections and SHOWTIMES Call: 825-91O5 We've gone world wide web! www.dickinsonlheatfes.com MAURE WEIGH. Auto - Home Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron the Salina Journal Published seven days a week, 365 days a year at 333 S. Fourth, P.O. Box 740, Salina, Kan. 67402, by Salina Journal Inc. HARRIS RAVL, publisher, hrayl@saliournal.com DEPARTMENTS ADVERTISING: JEANW SHARP, director, sselr0r@saljoumal.com Jsharp@saljoumal.com • CIRCULATION: BRYAN SANDMEIEB, BUSINESS: DAVID MARTIN, manager, manager, bsandmeiesaljoumal.com dmartin@sallournal.com • PRODUCTION: DAVID ATKINSON, manager, NEWS: Scorr SEIRER, executive editor, datklnso@salloumal.com 823-6363 Salina 1-800-827-6368 Kansas • NO PAPER?: If your paper doesn't arrive by 6:30 a.m. weekdays or 7 a.m. weekends and holidays, call your carrier or the number above. In Salina, It you call by 10 a.m., your paper will be delivered that day. Out-of-town subscribers will receive missed papers the following day. 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