The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 11, 1997 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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THE SALINA JOURNAL WH VMWMI Vh M H^RMRHH M VMP SUNDAY, MAY 11, 1997 A3 ^^P^J^!WW^aSgSt'g^ BRIEFLY T RELIGION New commissioners to tour city offices Three new city commissioners will get the VIP tour through the Engineering and Planning Departments before the commis- sidn's regular meeting Monday. The tour is meant to be an orientation for the commissioners. Alan Jilka, Don Heath and Monte Shadwick joined Kristin Seaton and Peter Brungardt on the commission in April. The commission will convene at 4 p.m. Monday in the City- County Room of the City-County BUilding for its regular meeting. The agenda is light with only a consent agenda and a few items up for second readings. Clinton hangout cited for health violations KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A favorite barbecue restaurant of President Clinton is in trouble with the state for allegedly violating several Health codes, officials said. Inspectors found evidence of live cockroaches, rodent droppings and food being kept at improper temperatures at Ricky's Pit, which has been fined $1,500 for the violations and for operating without a valid license, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said. The eatery could face additional penalties of $500 a day for each day it continues to operate with- out'a license, said department spokesman Don Brown. Clinton visited Ricky's Pit during his 1992 campaign. The restaurant also has catered several presidential functions since then. Ricky Smith, one of the restaurant's owners, insisted he had a operating license and called the department's actions racist. Beech loses $60 million suit in fatal plane crash TUCSON, Ariz. — The families of a Tucson plastic surgeon and a North Dakota pilot killed in the crash of a twin-engine plane have be6n awarded $60 million in damages against the plane's manufacturer. A federal jury agreed the crash was caused by defective airplane design, not pilot negligence as the Beech Aircraft Corp. contended. Dr. Paul Dempsey, 43, and Brian Smith, 29, an experienced pilot from Fargo, N.D., died in the March 27,1991, crash near Vail. Dempsey had just purchased the Beechcraft Baron 58P, and Smith was giving him a familiarization flight when the plane went into a spin and crashed. The families will split the compensatory damage award. Phoenix attorney Tom Toone, who represented the Wichita, Kan., aircraft maker, said no decision has been made on whether to appeal. Haralson said Beech has known since 1979 that the design of the plane's tail contributes to an in- abjlity to recover from certain spins. The company was negligent because it never made that information known to consumers and-never changed the plane's design, he said. Ex-teacher guilty of raping girlfriend's kids KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A former Kansas City, Kan., math teacher was convicted of raping and sodomizing a former girlfriend's daughters, court officials said. Anthony Robinson, Kansas City, Mo., was convicted Friday on-one count of rape and two counts of sodomy for sexually abusing the two girls over several years. Prosecutors used DNA evidence to link Robinson to raping one girl. Jackson County jurors recommended a 30-year sentence on each count. The alleged offenses took place frqin 1993 to 1995 when the oldest girl was 11 to 13 years old. Robin- son''was arrested after the girl shot him in the mouth as he slept. Robinson also was convicted of sodomizing the other girl when she was 5 and 6 years old. The girls are daughters of a woman who lived with Robinson foif several years. Bobinson said the woman and her'daughters plotted to kill him for his money. He claimed the woman had sex with him and planted his semen in the girls' underwear. From Staff Reports Pastors learn to surf for the holy trail Class teaches Methodist ministers to use computers to enhance their ministries By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. The Snlinn Journal A flood of Internet information of Biblical proportions put Methodist Pastor Roger Winn, Marquette, in the same boat with a half-dozen other pastors and church officials at a computer workshop Saturday morning in Salina. "I knew it was available, but I had no idea where to go looking," Winn said. Sponsored by the Salina and Concordia District Councils on Ministries and Kansas Wesleyan University, the 3'/a-hour session taught basic computer skills and what the Internet has to offer churches. "You've heard the saying that the church is 10 years behind on everything," said the Rev. Kris Brinlee, pastor of the Talmage and Industry United Methodist churches and the Salina District Mission Coordinator for the denomination. "We have to start teaching people how to use computers so the church will come into the new age." The workshop covered ways to use computers to conduct routine church business, but also wandered through the wilderness of the Internet, where a wealth of religious and church information of all kinds awaits to tempt browsers. "We're happy to show that off," said workshop co-presenter Tim Ault-Duell, pas- tor of the Stockton and Woodston United Methodist churches. Computers can do the obvious, such as link networks of pastors and churches by electronic mail. "It helps me to stay connected with other pastors not in my locality," Ault-Duell said. The Internet also contains large amounts of obscure resource materials for use in sermons, group discussions and other church functions. Wanting to check out the latest discussion and debate about Jesus of Nazareth? Comparing a passage in the King James Version of the Bible with a newer translation, or with one in Greek or Latin? "All translations in all languages you can think of, all the great masterpieces, are online," said co-presenter Paul Bube, Kansas Wesleyan professor of religion and philosophy. The explosion of religious information available electronically expands access but raises troubling questions that churches are uniquely qualified to address, Bube said. "The downside is who has the technology and who doesn't. What will it mean for poorer churches," he said. It might mean, he said, that we become a society of technology haves and have-nots. It could lead to a technological dark age, where only the computer elite, like medieval priests, can access God's word. "They will get all of the information and education, and we'll have a technology underclass who will be left out in the cold," he said. Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Food, glorious food KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Letter carrier Lorraine Turner dumps a bagful of food collected by the local chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers Saturday. Turner spent her day off helping with the 20,579 pounds donated. Food will go to local agencies through the Project Salina food drive. V GRADUATION Graduate takes strides for diploma 11 years after being hit by car, Missouri woman set to walk across stage By MICHELLE STRAUSBAUGH Lee's Summit Journal LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — For most graduates, the easiest part of earning a high-school diploma is walking across the stage to receive it. The academic struggle is past. It comes down to putting one foot in front of the other and stretching out a hand. For senior Elisha Jensen, the simple act of walking across that platform will be a success most of her peers cannot begin to measure, the kind of goal they'll never need to meet. The Lee's Summit North High School student has been learning to walk. "I've been working on it ever since I had therapy," starting more than 10 years ago when a car struck as she walked home from school, said Jensen, now 21. Her goal is to reach her diploma under her own steam during graduation ceremonies May 17 at the RLDS Auditorium in Independence. She plans to leave her wheelchair and cross the stage using a walker. Jensen was in a coma more than five months after being struck by a car in Kansas City just before her 10th birthday. Before that, she was in the gifted and talented classes at school. After the accident, Jensen was "at T CRIME the extreme other end," said her mother, Gayle Jensen. "It's been a long struggle." Jensen transferred from Kansas City to Lee's Summit schools four years ago. She attends Lee's Summit North in the afternoon, following morning classes in computer graphics and advertising at a vocational- technical school. While Jensen's physical skills improved over the years, she also inched forward academically. Jensen speaks with difficulty, which might lead some people to believe her intellectual skills are poor, said her case manager at the high school, Ed Wilde. But, this year, she earned a place in North's National Honor Society, and has a 4.0 grade point average. Walking is still tricky. "You don't realize how sophisticated that is until you have to think it through," Gayle Jensen said. "Cognitively, she knows what she's got to do to walk." Her body is slower to respond, however. "Her balance is still there ... she's aware she's falling but she doesn't react quickly enough to catch herself," her mother said. After graduation, Jensen said she •hopes to become a writer of children's books, and may continue her schooling, Wilde said. "Everyone will worry, but she'll show them that she can handle it," he said. "She's tough." Nun's attacker was looking to pay for his drug habit By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man who broke into a convent and then raped and tried to strangle a 61-year-old Catholic nun was looking for items he could sell to feed a $200-a-day drug addiction, police say. It's a characterization that shocks the suspect's neighbors, who say he did them favors and played with their children. Police said Jerry D. Owen, 39, was arraigned Friday on five felony charges related to the break-in Tuesday at the Holy Rosary Convent. Owen pleaded not guilty to burglary, assault, sexual abuse, forcible rape and armed criminal action. If Owen had a drug habit — or was capable of rape — he didn't reveal it to his neighbors, said Sonya Parker, who lives next door to Owen. "I know him personally. He's done good things for me. He plays with my children, drives me places," she said. The break-in occurred before dawn at the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul convent. A man climbed through a window, stole cash from the convent office, sifted through the kitchen and went upstairs. He awakened the nun, demanded cash and then raped and tried to strangle her after she told him she did not have any. She was treated at a hospital. V THE JOURNALIST Adults make it easy for kids to find titillation GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. The Salina Journal Category 6006 (Call attar 7:30 p.m.) Sneaking a peek at the Vickers station no longer the way to satisfy lusts There was once a Vickers gas station on the corner of Crawford and Ohio. Back in the early 1960s, the pump jockeys who worked there kept a nudie calendar on the wall behind the counter. But it was no ordinary nudie calendar. This was one of those expensive, high-class nudie calendars, with a transparent plastic film across the front on which the young maiden's skimpy clothing (skimpy for the early 1960s) was painted. When a gust of wind or a bored attendant hoisted the screen — woo! woo! — there she was in all her glories. Well, not all her glories. These were the days before Larry Flynt, et al, so her pose would barely score an R rating now. But back then it was something. It was also what passed for sex education in those days. The Vickers station became the favored place for us youngsters to air up our bicycle tires in hopes of witnessing an unveiling, which wasn't often. Well, times have changed. Young people have it much easier today. They don't have to loiter around a place of business to see pictures of naked women. Or men. They can go to the movies. Or watch TV in the comfort of their own homes. Or prowl the Internet and download images that in comparison make that greasy-fingered calendar as tame as a Cosmopolitan magazine cover. A story in Wednesday's Salina Journal by reporter Dan England described some of the hand-wringing going on in schools, libraries and other places offering Internet access over what can be done, without enacting the "C" word, to keep the fiendish depravity contained therein from the eyes of children. Censoring what young people could read and watch was easier in the olden days because access to really juicy stuff was difficult, at least around here, even for adults. What happened to make it so obtainable? Not the incessant howls of hor- monal adolescents on bicycles. It was the demand from enough adults too embarrassed to be seen buying the stuff at their local bookstores. When Salina received its first cable television movie channel a dozen years ago or so, I expected the local cable company to experience melt-down from all the viewer complaints about R-rated movies flowing into their living rooms. Some time later, I asked a fellow reporter working for then Channel 6 if they'd had many calls. Yes, he said, from subscribers disappointed they wouldn't be getting X- rated shows. For those adults into this sort of artistic expression, the Internet offers something they've never had: easy access, total privacy and quantity. Now they can up-link, download and surf the entire night away in anonymity and still not reach it all. Why is there so much of this on the Internet — and in movies and on television — for children to stumble across? Because enough adults want it and because there's money in it. For those reasons, there's going to be more of it, not less, for children to find. And as technology improves, so will the access and "quality." Zoom into a future of Star Trek replicators, and you can bet your Captain Picard there will be more than "tea, Earl Gray, hot," spewing out of those nifty machines. But maybe by then some polyester- jumpsuited Solomon will have the wisdom we lack and find a way short of censorship to protect tender minds from summoning live naked bodies from, say, mid-20th century service station calendars. That young, calendar model is probably a grandmother now, an upstanding, respected member of some middle- class suburb and, despite her earlier career in photography, might be as shocked as most other adults at what lies beneath the electronic film of her grandchildren's computer screens. But given the growth in Internet smut, granny is more likely rolling in the dough she earns designing pornographic websites. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjnews®

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