The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 12, 1997 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, May 12, 1997
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AB MONDAY, MAY 12, 1997 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL. BRIEFLY Arizona governor set to go on trial Tuesday PHOENIX — Barring a last- minute plea-bargaining agreement, Gov. Fife Symington will go on trial Tuesday on 22 charges of fraud, lying and extortion, the second of Arizona's chief executives to be accused of felonious wrongdoing in less than a decade. Symington, once a fast-rising star in the Republican Party, as well as one of Arizona's highest- flying land developers, is accused of misleading and financially muscling lenders in a desperate effort to shore up a real estate empire that went bankrupt in the late 1980s and early 1990s. If convicted, he could be sent to prison for scores of years. A descendant of a long line of wealthy businessmen and public servants — his great-grandfather, Henry Clay Frick, made a fabulous fortune in steel, and a cousin, Stuart Symington, was a power in the U.S. Senate and a presidential candidate — the governor contends he is the victim of an over zealous federal investigation. 4 Marines go down in ocean helicopter crash CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A helicopter with four Marines aboard crashed into the Pacific during an amphibious nighttime military exercise. The Navy and Coast Guard teamed up Sunday to search by sea and by air. The CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, a troop transport based at the Marine Corps' air station in El Toro, crashed in the ocean late Saturday and sank after lifting off at sea from the USS Juneau. The Juneau, an amphibious landing transport ship, participated in the search-and-rescue effort in waters off the coast of northern San Diego County. The military refused to confirm reports that at least one body was found shortly after the Saturday night crash. The cause of the crash was being investigated, Navy Lt. Megan Mason said. Gateway turned down takeover from Compaq NEW YORK — Gateway 2000, the big mail-order personal computer distributor, last month backed out of a nearly $7 billion takeover deal with Compaq Computer Corp., Time magazine says. Billionaire Gateway founder Ted Waitt rejected the deal only days — possibly hours — before its announcement, Time reports in its issue to be released today. The deal apparently fell apart after Waitt bristled at the notion of Gateway execs being subordinates to Compaq bosses, the report said, citing a source close to Waitt. Compaq's offer — 46 percent above Gateway's current market value — would have boosted Waitt's personal coffers by another $3 billion, Time said. Rumors of a Compaq-Gateway merger have been circulating, worrying wholesalers and resellers that handle most of Compaq's sales. Compaq, the largest maker of personal computers, has repeatedly declined comment. Christians turn out to protest Manson concert RICHMOND, Va. — Christian protesters prayed around a cross draped in white cloth and tried to turn away fans gathering for a weekend concert by the rock group Marilyn Manson. The band performed Saturday after an aborted City Council effort to cancel the show at Richmond Coliseum. The city relented after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue. Church groups denounced the concert and the city's decision to allow it. About 75 protesters turned up to confront the mostly teen-age crowd that showed up for the concert. Marilyn Manson, the band's leader and namesake, is a member of the Church of Satan. The rock group is known for lewd onstage acts and songs about murder, rape, sodomy and self-mutilation. Its latest album is titled "Antichrist Superstar." TWA plans to lay off employees at KC base KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Trans World Airlines is planning to lay off about 260 workers next month at its overhaul base here, the company said. The June 2 layoffs should affect mechanics and workers in related specialties, a company spokesman said Saturday. The layoffs would represent the St. Louis-based company's first significant cutback at the overhaul base since 1994, when more than 200 workers were laid off. Since then, the company has recalled almost all employees who wanted to return to work. About 3,100 people work at the base. TWA also employs about 1,000 at an administrative center in Kansas City. From Wire Service Reports Our Town Washington, D.C. is more than politics to visiting Americans By DEB RIECHMANN and MIKE FEINSILBER The Associated Press ASHINGTON — The president is mired in scandal. Congress spins its wheels, getting little done. That's the Washington in the news. Yet Americans see beyond the political swamp. They come to Washington with their kids and their idealism in tow, and find pleasure and inspiration in the nation's capital that they can draw from no other place. At the Lincoln Memorial, gym teacher Virginia Bloom, a visitor from Pennsylvania, bounds up the 56 steps, just for the fun of it. At the Vietnam wall, second- grader Stephanie Ferrell reads aloud her two-page school report about a "long ago" war and how her granddad — "Pop- Pop" — didn't have to fight in the war because he was deaf in one ear. At Constitution Gardens, Californian Maggie Forman, a self-described "Orange County right-winger," says she'll visit the White House. But, she laughs, "just to see the house, not the occupant." They put up with horrendous lines, these visiting Americans. They are herded about. They sit in the Senate gallery and watch one or two senators talk aimlessly to an empty room and a television camera. Most of what the tourists see deals with the dead and preserved past — the place Lincoln died, the Lindbergh airplane, statues of forgotten heroes on horseback. Traffic is terrifying, parking The Associated Press While a group of teen-agers poses for a picture, younger children look up at the statue of Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. When they visit Washington, most Americans come to see the monuments and museums, patriotism overpowering their cynicism towards government. a challenge, the subway a mystery. The museums are crowded and noisy. And being a tourist can be stressful. Posing for a picture just steps from where Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of his dream at the Lincoln Memorial, a husband barks at his wife, struggling to find the shutter: "Don't you know where the button is? It's in the same spot that it's always been!" Yet the visitors profess they're highly satisfied, enlightened, uplifted by having been here. It is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for many, like Andy and Sherry Depinet, who keep their tod- dler, Morgan, entertained with M&Ms while they wait to ride to the top of the Washington Monument. On the drive from their home in Mansfield, Ohio, De- pinettold his wife: "It will be a vacation she'll never remember and we'll never forget." The Washington of negativity, complexity, corruption and manipulation is not what draws Americans to their capital. The Washington that attracts them is the one seen on picture postcards; it puts them in touch with a patriotism so deep-rooted it overpowers the day-to-day cynicism. That Washington is the one that brought Doris Parker, 54, of Seattle. Diabetes is taking away her sight, and her two girlhood friends from Juliaetta Elementary School in Idaho wanted her to see the capital before her world went dark. Standing at Lincoln's feet, she turned to marvel at the image of the Washington Monument shining in the reflecting pool. To herself, she whispered: "Isn't this something." "We are inspired by the majesty of our country," said Pam Hall of Santa Barbara, Calif., another member of the Juliaetta "Three Amigos." She pauses. "It makes you forget all the petty bickering." TFIRE High-rise fire injures 29 residents By The Associated Press MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Thick smoke filled the middle floors of a beachfront high-rise and residents hung from windows Sunday in a fire that injured 29 and prompted the evacuation of more than 300. Firefighters used ladders to rescue residents from the burning Triton Tower Condominium. They brought the fire under control in about an hour. "The potential for a catastrophe was very great," Fire Chief Luis Garcia said. "It looks like the people are all going to be all right, and that's a minor miracle." The 17-story building is more than 30 years old and none of the floors above the third-story parking garage were equipped with fire sprinklers, Garcia said. It was built before the city's building code was changed in 1991 to require sprinklers on every floor. One person was in serious condition at Mount Sinai Medical Center and nine others were sent to hospitals, officials said. Another 19 people were treated at the scene. An electrical malfunction in the third floor parking garage started the fire, officials said. Goodservke. Good price. Good neighbor agent. Three good reasons to insure your car with State Farm. Marsha Hoffhines 22 IS. Santa Fe Salina, KS 827-1707 Slate Fiirm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company Home Office: Blooinington, Illinois t T TELEVISION Local TV newscasts dominated by crime Study shows TV news devotes more time to crime than other areas By DAVID BAUDER The Associated Press NEW YORK — Lock the door, hide your valuables. The local television news is on. Two new studies have measured local TV news shows' preoccupation with crime stories, and suggest it may help create a public attitude of cynicism and fear. Crime stories took up twice as much time on local news as reports on politics, health, education or any other topic, according to one study coordinated by the University of Miami's communications school. And the organization Rocky Mountain Media Watch said the local news shows it studied averaged 43 percent on its "mayhem index" — meaning nearly hah*' of the news reported was violent fare like crime or disasters. "This kind of tabloid journalism is empty calories for the mind," said Paul Klite, head of the Denver-based Rocky Mountain Media Watch. "It doesn't empower you to get involved in events within your community." His group studied the content of 100 local broadcasts on a single night, Feb. 26, when the biggest national news story was about the Clinton fund-raising scandal. One station high on its mayhem V MEXICO "This kind of tabloid journalism is empty calories for the mind." Paul Klite Rocky Mountain Media Watch index, WSOC in Charlotte, N.C., reported on two ambulance accidents, a robbery at an ATM machine, two sex offenders, a shooting, a truck being hit by a bullet, the trial of a negligent mother and a father holding his daughter at knife-point. WSOC was sixth in its study with a mayhem index of 74.5 percent. The top five were WXYZ in Detroit at 92.4 percent; KNBC in Los Angeles at 81.6; WJLA in Washington at 76.3; KETV in Omaha, Neb., at 75.2, and KPNX in Phoenix at 75.1, the group said. Crime coverage has remained steady in recent years although the crime rate has dropped, Klite said. "You get this body bag journalism over and over again," said Joseph Angotti, who directed the Miami study. "I think it has a numbing effect on the public." Crime news is tempting to news directors because it's often packed with good visuals and easy to do, conceded Barbara Cochran, president of the Radio and Television News Directors Association. But it can't be ignored, she said. Mexican leaders being investigated for drug ties This Week Only! DESIGNER FOUNDATION FIT EVINT Monday, May 12 - Saturday, May 17 ARE You AMONG THE 7 OUT OF 10 WOMEN WHO ARE WEARING THE WRONG BRA SIZE? 1. Does your bra feel tight, ride up or slip? 2. Do your bra straps leave ridges? 3. Do your cups look smooth? 4. Are you frequently adjusting your bra? 5. Are you unhappy with the way your foundations look and feel? 6. Would you like expert advice on how to look your best by wearing the proper foundations? Please join us if you answered yes to any of these questions and let one of our expert fitters correctly measure your bust size for the proper fit. By The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department has stepped up its investigation of top Mexican political and business leaders accused of using U.S. banks in an alleged drug money laundering scheme, a U.S. official confirmed Sunday. Investigators are looking into whether Raul Salinas, the brother of former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, and others used a Mexican food subsidy program to launder drug money, a Treasury Department official said on condition of anonymity. The investigation began 18 months ago. In the past three months, the Justice Department, Treasury, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the FBI have pursued the case more aggressively, the official said. Mexico has reduced its role as the investigation delves into the possible use of bank accounts in the United States and Switzerland. The growing scope of the investigation was first reported in Sunday editions of The Washington Post. Neither officials from the Justice Department nor the White House would confirm the report. At the center of the probe is a $1.2 billion food program called Conasupo, which subsidizes corn, rice and beans for Mexico's poor. 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