The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 7, 1997 · Page 1
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 1

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, May 7, 1997
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Veteran baker Stockton man makes doughnuts while other residents sleep /C1 FOOD Celtic savior? Rick Pitino signs a $70 million contract to coach in Boston / D1 SPORTS • Damning iriai: McVeigh's sister says he warned of 'something big' / A4 : Kansans expect Fort Riley to survive base closings / A5 INSIDE High: 79 Low: 50 Thunderstorms likely today with southwest winds10to20mph/B3 WEATHER Salina Journal Classified / C6 Comics_/JB4 Deaths/ A7 Great Plains / B1 Money / C5 ___ Sports / D1 __ Viewpoints / B2 INDEX Serving Kansas since 1871 WEDNESDAY MAY 7, 1997 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T INTERNET Pornography is dark side of Internet Issue is a hot topic in libraries and schools ; across Kansas By DAN ENGLAND Hie Salina Journal Type in the word "sex," and Yahoo!, a popular Internet searcher, will give you 1,867 places to visit on the World Wide Web. The Internet has more bits of information than the brain cells of every college professor in America, but it's also filled with thousands of nude models, dirty magazines and adult video advertisements. And that's the gentle stuff. Type in the word "porn," and you can get 314 sites, most of them stuffed with images of people, shall we say, expressing their affection for each other. Or several others. All of this puts libraries around the country in a pickle, and the Salina Public Library is no exception. The American Library Association states that 28 percent of all libraries offer public Internet access, and 44 percent are connected to the Internet. So what do libraries do about people using their computer to call up the above mentioned images? If you run the Salina library, you don't do a whole lot — for now, said Joe McKenzie, director of the Salina Public Library. "We don't regulate what they choose to look at," McKenzie said. "People do use it to look up pornog- raphy. But it's certainly a minority that uses it for that." The issue is a hot topic in libraries and other agencies that offer access to the Internet, including the Salina School District and Kansas State University-Salina. "Everyone is feeling their way through this," said Gerald Engel, professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Connecticut in Stamford. "I had a couple students work on this, and they couldn't come up with any clear answers." Engel was at KSU-Salina last week to talk about computer ethics. The Salina Public Library has one computer where patrons can sign up for one hour of Internet access. It's so popular that 261 of the available 284 hours were booked in March. The library also hopes to expand to where it can offer up to eight terminals with Internet access, which would most likely increase the number of users, McKenzie said. That depends on whether the city would install a line that would give Internet access to all computers in government facilities. There are no immediate plans for the hookup. A nanny for the 'Net? The easiest solution to porn on the Internet also is the trickiest — using software that filters out the dirty pictures. The software blocks most of the sites where the porn can be found, thereby preventing it from reaching children's eyes, but it also blocks sites where useful information is located. That's why McKenzie doesn't want to resort to the filtering software. "We want to bring the Internet to our users," he said. "I think libraries were built on the idea of unrestricted access of information." But he thinks a compromise can be reached with the opening May 31 of the renovated children's library. He See INTERNET, Page A7 T LEGISLATURE Graves gets high marks in '97 session But as state funds dwindle, things may become a bit more precarious for the governor in 1998 session By LEW FERGUSON The Associated Press 'GRAVES TOPEKA — Gov. Bill Graves doesn't need to tell Kansans what he thought of the 1997 legislative ses : sion. They already know. It was that good for him. Graves' third session as governor may not have been Utopia, but it definitely was a suite at an Acapulco beach resort. He went into the session with three main objectives: • School property tax relie. • Settlement of a festering perception that his administration was hostile toward business. • Extension of school districts' local option budgets in one fashion or another. '--••'Graves got all three. Even better, he received the lion's share of the credit — just as governors usually do, regardless of whether they deserve it. Despite the euphoria over this session, however, there is a dark cloud on the horizon for Graves. It is the 1998 session — which just happens to be the session that will frame his status with voters for his expected re-election bid. Voters remember what you've done for them lately. The cloud has m-o-n-e-y written on it. More •specifically, it is the lack of money that may make things touchy for Graves next year. ' There won't be any money for program enhancements, and, maybe, not enough to maintain everything at its present level. Legislators overspent Graves' proposed budget by nearly $17 million, and left a "cushion" of just f 16-million in the general fund balance. " VUegislators say all Kansans won / Page B1 Policeman's pal The Associated Press Police officer Michael Tondu gives up his cap and a jacket while comforting a child who escaped a fire Monday in his Milwaukee home. The blaze caused $11,000 damage, but there were no fatalities. CRIME Teen-ager accused of murder Glen Elder youth has been charged with killing a Downs man By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal BELOIT — A 17-year-old youth from Glen Elder was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the death of a 19-year-old Downs man whose body was found Sunday west of Cawker City. Michael D. Jorrick made his first appearance Tuesday afternoon in Mitchell County District Court. He is accused of killing Michael W. Keezer. Keezer suffered an apparent gunshot wound, although authorities were still waiting Tuesday for the results of an autopsy to confirm the cause of death, said Kansas Bureau of Investigation special agent William Pettijohn. Keezer's body was found at 6:30 a.m. Sunday in his pickup truck, parked on a county road off U.S. 24, about a mile west of Cawker City. Jorrick was arrested at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mitchell County Law Enforcement Center where he had been brought for questioning. Mitchell County Attorney Rod Ludwig said Tuesday that Jorrick is to appear for a juvenile hearing May 20. Ludwig has until then to determine whether to proceed with the case against Jorrick as a juvenile, or seek to have him charged as an adult. T DENMARK MAIL SERVICE Better late than.... Detour delays postcard's delivery — 87 years By The Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The next time someone claims to have sent a birthday card and blames the post office for messing up, don't assume it's a feeble excuse. A card mailed 87 years ago in Copenhagen was finally delivered last week — sort of. An aunt sent the card to Ida Ahlefeldt in August 1909 for her eighth birthday. Instead of go' nig to Agersted, 160 miles from the Danish capital, the card took an unexplained detour to Russia, where it sat for decades. By the time the card returned to Denmark, Ahlefeldt had been dead for 23 years. So it was delivered to her nephew, Johan Wetche. PostDanmark, the state-run postal service, said it didn't know how the card ended up in Russia. But Wetche doesn't plan to complain. The Associated Press PostDanmark employee Mogens Rasmussen holds up the postcard that was delivered to Ida Ahlefeldt's nephew 87 years after It was mailed. "We're quite satisfied with the in Tuesday's edition of the B.T. mail," he was quoted as saying daily newspaper. V FARMLAND Veto threat leads Senate GOP to shelve CRP extension bill Roberts says Glickman is to blame for any CRP problems By CURT ANDERSON The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Unable to overcome President Clinton's veto threat, Senate Republicans decided Tuesday to shelve legislation providing a one-year extension of the Conservation Reserve Program for farmers in winter wheat regions. "We got a very strong message that the president will veto that bill," said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. Instead, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Dick Lugar urged the Department of Agriculture in a letter to permit growers of fall-planted crops to begin preparing CRP ground now for cultivation with no loss of payments. CRP pays farmers to plant grass or other cover on environmentally sensitive land and keep it idle. Normally, once cultivation work begins, the payment ceases. "Producers' need to remove existing ground cover is critical regardless of whether they plan to return CRP land to production" or keep it idle, Lugar, Roberts and a bipartisan group of senators wrote to Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman. "Winter crop producers throughout the country are in serious jeopardy and if they so choose, should be allowed to prepare their land for fall planting immediately," the letter added. The one-year extension passed last week by the House would allow farmers who plant wheat, barley and oats in the fall to keep their land in CRP for another year, even if it is later rejected by USDA under new guidelines. The legislation is aimed at farmers in places like Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Oregon who need time to prepare land idled under CRP for cultivation ROBERTS and buy supplies such as seed and fertilizer. A Lugar spokesman said there are no plans to move forward with that bill in the Senate. But House Agriculture Committee Chairman Bob Smith, R-Ore., said any action by USDA would be "too little, too late" and questioned the wisdom of forcing farmers to destroy grass or trees when many of them would have to pay half the cost to replant the cover if the land is later accepted for CRP. "The taxpayer will have to foot half the bill, for replanting grass that was just destroyed. How in the world can this be sensible?" Smith said. Roberts said he signed the letter reluctantly and indicated that Glickman should "bear the brunt of the criticism" for any problems arising from the timing of the CRP program. Glickman has raised several objections to the measure, mainly that it would force up to 16 million acres of farmland into CRP and prevent other more environmentally sensitive land from being accepted.

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