The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 19, 1997 · Page 2
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NEWS R EVENTS THE SALINA JOURNAL A Look Ahead 19 Monday • CONCERT: "Free Spirit," sponsored by the vocal department of Salina Central High School. 7 p.m., Salina Community Theatre, 303 E. Iron. $5. 826-4751. • PROGRAM: "Button, Button, Who's Got the Button," After 5 Club, Christian Business and Professional Women. 6:30 p.m.. Penn Campus, Salina Regional Health Center. $7.25. 825-0394, 823-8187. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina City Commission. 4 p.m., Room 107, City-County Building, 300 W. Ash. 826-7250. • PUBLIC MEETING: Youth Task Force, The Partnership. 7 p.m., Central Kansas Foundation, 1805 S. Ohio. 825-6224. • TOWN MEETING: "Creating the Future," a discussion to consider the future of Salina schools. 7 p.m., Oakdale Elementary School, 811 E. Iron. 826-4727. • HEDVILLE: Saline County Rural Fire District No. 3's Board of Directors. 7:30 p.m., Hedville Fire Station. 20 Tuesday « OPEN HOUSE: Prospective Crosswinds Harmony Chapter of Sweet Adelines, barbershop chorus. 7 p.m., Salvation Army, 1137 N. Santa Fe. 825-2843, 827-2743. • PROGRAM: "Here Comes Summer," Christian Women's Club No. 2 Brunch. 9 a.m., Red Coach Inn Restaurant. $6. 8269176. • PROGRAM: "Wild, Wild Lunch," Christian Women's Club No. 1 Luncheon. 12:30 p.m., Salina Country Club. $8.50. 827-8909, 823-6169. • PUBLIC MEETING: Saline County 'Commission. 11 a.m., Room 107, City- County Building, 300 W. Ash. 826-6540. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina Arts and Humanities Commission. 3:30 p.m., 211 W. Iron. 826-7410. • PUBLIC MEETING: Human Relations Commission. 7 p.m., Room 107, City- County Building, 300 W. Ash. 826-7330. • TOWN MEETING: "Creating the Future," a discussion to consider the future of Salina schools. 7 p.m., Heusner Elementary School, 425 E. Jewell. 826-4727. • BELOIT: Program, "U.S. Constitution Study and Review," with Art Howell. 7 p.m., Community Room, First National Bank, 101 E. Main. Free. 738-3261. • LINDSBORG: Bethany College Art Department student and faculty art sale benefit. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Pihlblad Memorial Union, Bethany College. 227-3311. 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 T AIR FORCE Pilot seeks discharge to avoid court martial Lawyers for first female B-52 pilot will make their case today for honorable discharge By SHARON COHEN The Associated f'rrsj MINOT, N.D. — The nation's first female B-52 pilot said Sunday if she is not granted an honorable discharge from the Air Force, she will take her chances with a court-martial on lying and adultery charges. 1st Lt. Kelly Flinn said in a brief interview on CBS' "60 Minutes" that she will not settle for a general discharge if offered to her. The 26-year-old pilot's trial is set to begin Tuesday at Minot Air Force Base. Flinn said her decision Saturday to seek a resignation with an honorable discharge was a painful one. "This was one of the most difficult choices I have had to make," she said, her voice breaking with emotion. "I've dedicated my entire life and pursuit of my dreams to flying in the Air Force and it's difficult to walk away from something." But, Flinn added, her request seems the best way to resolve the case for both sides. "I think this will give both myself and T HEALTH the Air Force the opportunity to come to some kind of reconciliation between the two of us and to come to some peaceful agreement," she said. Flinn's comments came as Frank Spinner, her civilian attorney, assembled a package to present today to the Air Force supporting the resignation request that will include letters from the pilot and captains who have flown with her as well as her performance reviews. "It's just all the things that say, 'This is the right thing to do,' " Spinner said. No delays The last-minute maneuver comes as preparations proceed for the trial that has attracted national attention and stirred debate over military rules. The presiding judge, Col. Dennis Kansala, has denied two defense requests to delay the trial. "The judge has already sent a pretty clear message that he wants to press on unless there's a real good reason not to," said Capt, Mark Phillips, an Air Force spokesman. Flinn, who is single, faces trial on charges including adultery and lying in connection with two affairs the Air Force says she had over the past year. Though Flinn is insisting on an honor- able discharge, Air Force officials say privately they are very rare in lieu of court- martials. None has been granted in the last three years. Unusual Interest But Spinner said he's optimistic Flinn's record and the circumstances will bolster her request as it is routed through several commanders before getting to Air Force Secretary Sheila Widnall. In an unusual move last week, Widnall said she would consider letting the pilot resign with an honorable discharge. "The mitigating, extenuating factors warrant this kind of discharge," Spinner said, noting that Widnall's statement encouraged his client to make her request. The Air Force says Flinn had affairs with an enlisted man who is single and a civilian whose wife is enlisted. Flinn is charged with lying to investigators about her relationship with the married man and disobeying an order to stay away from him. Flinn has said in interviews that Marc Zigo, the married man, lied when he told her he was legally separated from his wife and had filed for divorce. Flinn has also said she, in turn, initially lied to the Air Force about her affair, fearing an admis- sion would destroy her career. The pilot, once considered a rising star in the Air Force, has waged a high-profile media campaign in recent weeks, including carefully selected TV appearances and interviews that have helped garner public support. Air Force officials, meanwhile, have expressed frustration, saying the case has been unfairly depicted as an adultery trial when it focuses on serious allegations involving trust and honesty in the military. "This is a case about officer misconduct," said Air Force spokesman Capt. Joe LaMarca. "The significant charges are conduct unbecoming an officer, disobeying a lawful order and giving a false statement. In our mind, these are serious offenses." Flinn said in the Sunday interview that if granted the honorable discharge, she would like to continue to fly. "I really don't have a Plan B," she said. "I guess I'll take some time and find some solitude for awhile." The Flinn case also was discussed on Sunday morning talk shows. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said during an appearance on ABC's "This Week," that Flinn's entire record should be evaluated when her fate is determined. Scientists search for cancer gene They say they're close to locating gene that causes prostate cancer By The Associated Press DENVER — Scientists are closing in on a gene that causes about one-third of all inherited prostate cancer, and they may find it within a few months. Researchers already know the rough location of this gene, called HPC1, and they are racing to be the first to pinpoint it. "People are working day and night on this. It will be very soon," Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade of the University of Chicago said Sunday. At least three research teams are competing to locate HPC1, including one involving scientists from Johns Hopkins University and Sweden. Dr. Henrik Gronberg of Umea University in Sweden, a member of the Johns Hopkins collaboration, said scientists know which chromosome carries the gene, and they have narrowed down its loca- "We expect it will be found within the next couple of months to a year." Dr. Henrik Gronberg researcher tion to a stretch of between 3 million and 5 million bits of information out of the 3 billion pieces of genetic data in the entire human library of DNA. "We expect it will be found within the next couple of months to a year," he said. Gronberg updated the research at a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. An estimated 334,500 American men will learn they have prostate cancer this year, and about 41,800 will die from it. Prostate cancer is just behind breast cancer as a cancer killer. Tracking down the genes that are involved in the major cancer killers has become an important quest in cancer research. Some- times cancer runs in families, and experts believe that deciphering the genes responsible for this will help them understand the roots of the more common non-inherited cancers, as well, so they can craft more precise treatments. In 1994 and 1995, scientists isolated two genes, dubbed BRCA1 and BRCA2, that are important causes of breast and ovarian cancer that runs in families, especially when victims get the diseases before menopause. Already, screening tests are available to tell women whether they carry these genes, so they can be checked more frequently for cancer or even have their breasts or ovaries removed while still healthy. DEFENSE Official: U.S. must be ready to fight two wars By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Multiple threats to U.S. security give the United States no choice but to maintain the ability to fight two major regional conflicts at once, Defense Secretary William Cohen said Sunday. "In the real world, we've got those real threats to our interests," Cohen said on CBS' "Face the Nation." The Pentagon makes public today a major review of strategy, weapons and forces. At its core are modest reductions in troop strength and continuation of the two-simultaneous-wars policy. The study also keeps the de- COHEN fense budget largely constant as Congress tries to balance the budget over the next five years. Critics have argued that the two- war policy takes money away from weapons modernization. On Sunday, Cohen asked those critics whether he should tell Saddam Hussein that "he has a free ride" to act aggressively against Iraq's neighbors. Gen. John Shalikashvili, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, insisted the military is ready for the two-war scenario. "We have, over the last four years, conducted probably the most extensive amount of analytical work and war-gaming to ensure ourselves that with the force we have today and with the force that we wish to carry forward into the next century, we in fact can engage these two near-simultaneous major contingencies," he said on ABC's "This Week." Call COMMUNITY line I For these items, use the following category codes: • Salina and regional arts / 2787 • Public schools / 8050 • Local churches / 7729 • Kansas Wesleyan Info Line / 5984 Recreation Hike, flying disc golf lessons to be offered Salina Regional Health Center is sponsoring flying disc golf lessons and a nature hike on Saturday. The free events will be from 10 a.m. to noon at Lakewood Park. 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