The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 11, 1997 · Page 9
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION SUNDAY, MAY 11, 1997 AS TNASA Space woman Cosmonaut thinks wife's place is home, not space By MARCIA DUNN The Associated I'ress CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Lucky for cosmonaut Elena Kondakova, her upcoming trip to Mir lasts just nine days. Last time she visited the Russian space station, she stayed six months — six too many if you ask her cosmonaut husband. He says women, the missus included, should stay put on Earth and take care of their families. She says go fly a kite. So goes the battle of the space sexes, in a version unusually outspoken by American space agency standards. To her husband's public dismay, and not-so-private pride, Kondakova will be the first Russian woman to fly on a U.S. spaceship when the shuttle Atlantis blasts off Thursday. The mission will ferry astronaut Michael Foale to replace Jerry Linenger, a Mir resident for four months. "I certainly would prefer to take Mike Foale's place and spend more time aboard Mir, but I'm scared my husband would not allow me," Kondakova said, laughing during a NASA news conference. "The only reason he gave me the permission to fly, he considered this a small, relatively short flight. That's why he decided I may go." Truth is, she decided to go. When the 40-year-old Kondakova returned from Mir in The Associated Press Cosmonaut Elena Kondakova (right) talks with astronaut Michael Foale recently at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Kondakova will be the first Russian woman to fly on a U.S. spaceship this week on the shuttle Atlantis. 1995 after 169 days aloft, then a world space endurance record for women, the couple assumed she'd never go back. Then shuttle commander Charles Precourt invited her to join his mission, where her language ability and Mir experience would be assets. She quickly said "da." Her husband, three-time space flier Valeri Ryumin, now director of Russia's end of the Mir-shuttle program, didn't approve but understood. He, too, had an unexpected opportunity to return to space, in 1980, "and I couldn't resist." "I was forced to accept it be- cause I realize that being in her shoes, I would have accepted such an offer as well," Ryumin, 57, said at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration news conference. He went on: "It's my opinion that a wife should stay at home for the most part, not at work and not in spaceflight. That's my opinion. There's nothing new in that because I think the majority of men will support me, because the majority of us would prefer that everything in our home is taken care of and everything is quiet and OK." T TELEVISION 'Seinfeld' stars, NBC agree on pay By The New York Times After protracted negotiations that for a time left the future of television's most popular comedy series in doubt, NBC announced Saturday that it has reached agreement with the stars of "Seinfeld" and that another year of episodes will be produced. The settlement came just two days before NBC was to announce its lineup of prime-time shows for the fall television season, cutting things far closer than any hit show has ever done before. The main stumbling block throughout talks was the demand by the show's three co-stars, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, and Michael Richards, for a salary of $1 million each for every episode filmed in the coming season. That would mean at least $22 million each. The stars had been making about $160,000 an episode for this season's 22 episodes. The stars argued that the payment was justified because other participants in the show, includ- ing its creator and star, Jerry Seinfeld; NBC, and the show's pro duction company, Castle Rock, had each made far more money than they had during the show's eight-year run. The three co-stars are widely acknowledged to have been crucial to the show's enormous success. It's estimated that "Seinfeld" will make close to $1 billion in revenues in the syndication market. Seinfeld has been paid $1 million an episode and has a significant stake in those syndication profits. T CRIME Midwest fugitive might have killed in New Jersey . By The Associated Press PENNSVILLE, N.J. — Authorities expanded their search Satur; day for a man wanted in connection with three slayings in the Midwest after a New Jersey cemetery caretaker was found shot to death. Investigators said they had no solid leads on the whereabouts of Andrew Phillip Cunanan, who is believed to be traveling in the caretaker's red pickup truck. "He could be anywhere," Sheila Horan, an FBI spokeswoman in Philadelphia, said. "We're obviously trying to run down leads." Cunanan has been charged with murder in Minnesota. "He knows he's being sought," V CHESS Chess showdown will end today By The Associated Press NEW YORK — The chess match between world champion Garry Kasparov and IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer will come down to a final game after man and machine played to a draw Saturday for the third straight time. Kasparov offered the computer a draw after the 49th move of the game, which lasted four hours. The six-game match concludes with a final contest today. Kas- parov and the computer split the first two games of the match, then played to draw in Games 3 and 4. On Saturday, after two days of rest, Kasparov played white and had the first move, an advantage sometimes compared to serving in tennis. As in all the previous games of the match, Kasparov played cautiously at the outset, seeking to avoid engagements that would allow the computer to take advantage of its superior calculating skills. Horan said. "I think logic would say he's probably a desperate man at this point." The body of William Reese, 45, Upper Deerfield Township, was discovered Friday evening in the basement of a building that serves as the caretaker's office at the Finn's Point National Cemetery. Reese had been shot in the head, and officials estimated he was killed in the afternoon. Reese's death was linked to the earlier slayings because a 1994 Lexus that belonged to slain Chicago millionaire developer Lee Miglin, 72, was found parked near the cemetery office, officials said. Cunanan, 27, San Diego, is suspected in Miglin's death. 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