The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 12, 1997 · Page 1
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A big gamble? Businesses try to get around law against gambling /A6 GREAT PLAINS In control Bulls, Rockets, Knicks take charge in playoff series / B1 SPORTS * TPB8 tPOllblfi; Environmentalists sue feds over logging dispute / A2 • PiCtUPe perleGt: Americans seek postcard view of their capital / A8 INSIDE ^g^i^w^^a/ High: 72 Low: 40 Partly cloudy today with northwest winds 5 to 15. Partly cloudy tonight / B7 WEATHER Annj-and9rs_/_B7_ Classified / B4 Comics / B8 Crossword / B8 Deaths'/'A7 Great Plains / A3 Sports/ B1 Viewpoints / A4 INDEX Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 MONDAY MAY 12, 1997 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents QUAKE IN IRAN T CHESS Kasparov is mere pawn for computer IBM's Deep Blue wins match by defeating world champion in a dazzling, 19-move game By MARCY SOLTIS The Associated Press Photos by The Associated Press Piles of rubble lie Sunday where homes once stood In the village of Ardakul in northeastern Iran. The houses were destroyed by a strong earthquake Saturday that left 40,000 people homeless. The Aftershock Death toll tops 2,400 from powerful earthquake in Iran By AFSHIN VALINEJAD The Associated Press QAEN, Iran — Convoys of buses, trucks and pickups rushed volunteers over narrow dirt roads Sunday to the remote mountains of northeastern Iran, where the death toll from a powerful earthquake reached 2,400 people — and was still climbing. About 130 aftershocks shook what was left standing, forcing tens of thousands of people to camp amid the rubble in the streets of stricken villages. Forty-thousand people were left homeless. Military aircraft flew food, clothes and medicine to the area, and volunteers who arrived in convoys dug through the rubble with bare hands to look for bodies. Others handed out aid. In most villages, streets had disappeared into rows of rubble. Survivors beat their chests and wailed in anguish. Others washed the bodies of their loved ones and buried them in mass graves. At least 6,000 people were injured in An injured girl sits Sunday at a shelter in Ardakul, which was hard hit by the earthquake that measured 7.1 on the Richter scale. the magnitude-?.1 earthquake that struck Saturday near the town of Qaen. Most of the damage was in a 60-mile stretch dotted by poor villages and mud huts. In one of the villages, an el- ementary school collapsed, killing 110 girls and burying their bodies under jagged slabs of concrete and steel. The official Islamic Republic News Agency said there also was considerable damage in neighboring Afghanistan. In the Afghan capital of Kabul, international aid workers said at least four teams had set out to assess the damage in remote western Afghanistan. Iranian officials estimated the damage at $67 million and appealed for international aid. From Tokyo, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged other countries "to respond promptly and with generosity." France sent a cargo plane carrying 39 tons of blankets, tents, clothes and food Sunday. Switzerland sent a rescue team and trained dogs to help search for survivors, although Iran turned down an offer of a larger contingent. In Washington, presidential spokeswoman Mary Ellen Glynn said the United States customarily would send any aid through an organization like the Red Cross. Bill Richardson, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told CNN.: "I believe that despite our differences with Iran — which are considerable and very, very strong — this will be viewed as a humanitarian issue." NEW YORK — In a dazzling, hourlong game Sunday, the Deep Blue IBM computer demolished world chess champion Garry Kasparov and won the six-game chess match between man and machine. The final score was 3 % points for the computer and 2'A points for Kas- parov. The 34- year-old Russian and the computer split the first two games, then played to draws in Games 3, 4 and 5. Kasparov resigned after the computer's 19th move in Game 6. Visibly upset, he bolted from the table, shrugging his shoulders. At a news con- The Associated Press Garry Kasparov blasted IBM for programming Deep Blue to specifically defeat him. ference, he lashed out at IBM for programming the computer specifically to beat him. "It was nothing to do about science. It was one zeal to beat Garry Kasparov," he said. "And when a big corporation with unlimited resources would like to do so, there are many ways to achieve the result. And the result was achieved. "I feel confident that the machine hasn't proved anything yet. It's not yet ready, in my opinion, to win a big contest." The statement left it hard to imagine what a big contest might be after a week in which worldwide attention focused on the best human chess player and his losing duel with an overgrown PC. Grandmaster Ilya Gurevich said Sunday's game was "a stunner. Kasparov got wiped off the board." In Sunday's game, Deep Blue played white and Kasparov played black. In the opening move, Gurevich said, Kasparov was "trying to create a quiet positional game. But he mixed up his move order and allowed the computer to make a knight sacrifice." The computer gave up a knight for a pawn at its eighth move. Gurevich said that after the knight sacrifice, "this is not a position (Kasparov) wanted to get into. It's a pure calculating position where the computer has a big advantage. The computer's strength is tactics." On move 18, Kasparov lost his queen for a rook and a bishop. This, along with the knight he had already taken, is normally enough compensation for the queen, which is the strongest piece on the board. But it looked like he was about to lose another bishop or knight, and he resigned after the computer's 19th move. Kasparov had beaten an earlier version of the computer in Philadelphia in February 1996. V RELIGION Pope wants Christians, Muslims to make peace By The Associated Press ! BEIRUT, Lebanon — Preaching to a half-million people in front of Beirut's war-shattered skyline, Pope John Paul II called Sunday on Christians and Muslims to make peace in "martyr Lebanon." The last public event of the pontiffs two-day trip here drew Christians from across this country of 3.2 million, as JOHN PAUL well as Syria and Jordan, to the largest gathering ever in Lebanon. The Mass site, a seaside landfill ,of leveled garbage and rubble from the 1975-90 civil war, overflowed its capacity of 300,000 into surrounding squares and streets. military put attendance at \ 500,000, more than half the country's Roman Catholic population. Many in the crowd shouted "Baba, Baba," Arabic for pope. The pontiff spoke in Arabic when he opened the Mass on Beirut's Mediterranean seafront, "Salaam aleikum," John Paul said — "Peace be with you." "People often spoke of the martyr Lebanon" during the war, he said in his homily. "I am certain that the sufferings of the past years will not be in vain. They will strengthen your freedom and unity." John Paul also was speaking to the tiny and declining number of Christians in the Middle East. Lebanon is the only Mideast country where the Christians have significant power, making the trip highly symbolic for a pope seeking to bolster his flock in an overwhelmingly Muslim region. T METEORITES Space rocks can bring out-of-this-world prices Thousands of dollars often paid when large meteorites are marketed By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal James Stewart was driving cattle in a pasture when he spotted a patch of rust the size of a silver dollar. The pasture was mostly undisturbed land, so Stewart, a Hunter resident, figured it couldn't be the rusted metal of a manmade object. He marked the spot in his memory and continued driving the beasts. A few days later, he returned to the pasture and dug up a 13- pound, nine-ounce rock. Stewart, an outer space fan, knew right away it was a meteorite. But he didn't know it was worth money until 14 years later, when he saw a show on the Discovery Channel last year. He got the names of some meteorite buyers off the Internet, sent out packets of information to 30 of them, got two buyers from New York in a bidding war and sold his space rock on Jan. 25. He received $15,500. "It was a shock to me that money is no object," Stewart said. "At least for the big collectors. I'd never dealt with those kind of people. I was able to catch up on some bills. It sure carne in handy at the time." See METEORITES, Page A7 Steven Arnold, president of International Meteorite Brokerage in Tulsa, Okla., firm is shown with a newly discovered 167-pound meteorite from north-central Kansas. Meteorites this size can be worth from $4,000 to $20,000 or more for their lucky finders. Photo courtesy of International Meteorite Brokerage in Tulsa, Okla.

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