A2 THURSDAY, MAY 15, 1997 NEWS fi* EVENTS THE SALINA JOURNAL A m m mm m m T OKLAHOMA BOMBING TRIAL LOOK Ahead Running late saved lives 15 Thursday ' CONCERT: "Springs Strings!" elementary orchestra concert. 7:30 p.m., Salina Central High School gymnasium. Free. 826-4751. • DISCUSSION: Viewing and discussion of the film "Basquiat," facilitated by Saralyn Reece Hardy. 7 p.m., Art Center Cinema, 150 S. Santa Fe. 827-1431. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina Housing Authority Board. 4 p.m., 469 S. Fifth. 8270441. • PUBLIC MEETING: Accessibility Advisory Board. 4:30 p.m., Room 201, Bicentennial Center. • TOWN MEETING: "Creating the Future," a discussion to consider the future of Salina schools. 7 p.m., Hageman Elementary School, 409 W. Cloud. 826-4727. Salina and regional arts / 2787 Public schools / 8050 Local churches / 7729 Kansas Wesleyan Info Line / 5984 Fund-raiser have its annual meeting and basket dinner at 1 p.m. May 24 in the Commons Area of Southeast of Saline School. Registration begins at 6 p.m. For further information, call Marie Miller at 536-4656. Couple would have been in front of federal building during blast By JO THOMAS The New York Times 16 Friday • CONCERT: Vocals and jazz from Tescott High School, Art a la Carte Concert Series, sponsored by the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission. 12:20 p.m., Campbell Plaza. Free. 826-7410. • DANCE: Salina Twirlers Square Dance. 7:30 p.m., American Legion, 142 S. Seventh. $4. 823-9547. • • MUSIC: Alice Thomas, sweet and sassy piano. 7:30 p.m., The Coffee Gallery, 104 S. Fifth. 823-5093. • THEATER: "Weekend of Shorts," evening of one-act plays. 8 p.m., Salina Community Theatre, 303 E. Iron. $6, $4. 827-6126. • HOISINGTON: Central Kansas Singles Dance. 8 p.m.-Midnight, Knights of Columbus, 114 N. Main. $5. Age 21 and over. 316-793-6323. • LINDSBORG: Swedestock '97, outdoor festival jam. 3 p.m., Bethany College. $5, $2.50. 227-3311. • LINDSBORG: Music from singer/guitarist Brent Pierce. 9 p.m., Coffeehouse of Lindsborg, 124 S. Main. 227-2842. Listing Events Items for the Calendar of Events should be sent at least two weeks in advance to: Calendar of Events, The Salina Journal, P.O. Box 740, Salina 67402. Be sure to include name, address and telephone number. Information Call COMMUNITY line I Mexican food served at spring festival Sacred Heart Cathedral Grade School will have its annual spring festival from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the school parking lot, 406 W. Iron. Authentic Mexican food will be served along with games and a raffle. Tickets for games and the raffle are available from Sacred Heart Grade School students or by calling the school, 825-4798. Money raised by the festival will be used to help the school. Agriculture Wheat tours planned at 2 Saline County plots Saline County K-State Research and Extension will sponsor tours Tuesday of two wheat variety demonstration plots. The first tour will be at 11 a.m. at the Vaughn Isaacson wheat plot, half a mile west of Mentor at the intersection of Old Highway 81 and Mentor Road. A hamburger feed will follow the tour. The second tour will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Tom and Pat Ryan's wheat plot, two and a half miles west of Solomon, two miles south on Gypsum Valley Road and half a mile west on Stimmel Road. A hamburger feed at the Farmers Co-op Association at Solomon will follow. Tour speakers will include agronomist Stu Duncan, wheat breeder John Moffatt and local Extension agent Tom Maxwell. Graduation SBA administrator to speak at Bethany L1NDSBORG — The head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Aida Alvarez, will be the keynote speaker at Bethany College's commencement May 25. Alvarez, administrator of SBA, will speak at Presser Hall at 3 p.m. about her life experiences and political career. She will also address the weight of a liberal arts education and the importance of being involved in politics. Alvarez, 47, is the first Hispanic woman and the first Puerto Rican native to hold a Cabinet position. Before joining SBA, Alvarez worked as a newspaper and television journalist, investment banker and federal financial regulator. The speech is free and open to the public. From Staff Reports DENVER — As photos taken by a surveillance camera showed a Ryder rental truck heading down an Oklahoma City street toward the Alfred P. Murrah federal building, jurors in Timothy McVeigh's trial heard a dramatic commentary on the series of 27 photographs. Richard Nichols is a maintenance man at the apartment building whose life was saved because he was two minutes late that day. He wept on the witness stand Wednesday as he recalled his narrow escape. Nichols had promised to meet his wife, Bertha, at the front of the Regency Towers at 9 a.m., to take their 13-year-old nephew, Chad Allen, to keep a doctor's appointment. But, Nichols told the jury, because a six-foot counter top he had bought for an apartment was a quarter-inch short, "I hung around to tell my supervisor that the counter top was too short, which threw me two minutes off." The photographs, taken through the glass doors at the entrance to the building, showed a small red Ford Fiesta driven by Bertha Nichols as it pulled up to the building and parked at the curb just past the entrance a't 50 seconds past 8:55 a.m. One minute and three seconds later, the Ryder truck came into view. It remained there for 22 seconds and nine photographs before it started to move, stopped for one second and then was out of sight. Five seconds before 9 a.m., Bertha Nichols could be seen coming into the building to look for her husband, and then talking with the guard as her husband got off the elevator. "I'd heard my wife asking the security guard, you know, that she wanted to see me," Nichols said. "And she'd heard my keys ... She started laughing, and she said: 'Well, here he comes now. I can hear him.' " The last photograph showed Bertha Nichols walking out the door at 20 seconds past 9 a.m. Nichols followed her, and they were walking toward the car when the bomb went off. "I thought the boilers in our building had blown up," Nichols said. "So I grabbed her, and I told her that the boilers had blown up. And we made a lunge for the car, and because my little nephew — he was still in the car." As Bertha Nichols reached into the car for her nephew, Nichols said, they heard another noise. "I turned and I looked," he said. "And I see this humongous object coming to us out the air. It was spinning like a boomerang. And you could hear this 'woo-woo-woo- woo' noise. And I looked and I seen it, and I told her — I said, 'Get down!' because this object was coming straight at us." The object was an axle from the Ryder truck, and it smashed into the hood and windshield of the Nichols's car, knocking it back about 10 feet. "I grabbed my wife, and I grabbed Chad," Nichols said, "and I kind of hovered over them like an old mother hen and took off across the street with them." "Mr. Nichols," asked Larry Mackey, the prosecutor who questioned him, "what route would you have taken on April 19 after leaving the front of the Regency Tower?" Nichols answered, "I would have drove right past the Murrah Federal Building." ,; Mackey asked, "Had you been on time, where would you have been at the time of the explosion?" 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