Rapid City Journal from Rapid City, South Dakota on March 12, 1993 · 1
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Ci -0 0. O x. r- o in o o O i 23 C CO J N CTi Zk f- M tii -1 X J" -i S li. " -J O Q O ui tr UJ 2 y") O X iC d GO. 1 1 a u. w o" 7r" I Rapid Cityn IsSal I v . ' - - ' ' 1 Black Hills Information and Perspective Since lBa L IM u 1 1 ii 1 1 1 1 1 " LitKllflii fiiHrfiiff1 .A i n i ill Vi -J t m Catching some rays: Our solar system was the inspiration for Jam-min'" when Robbinsdale School third-graders entertained parents and friends Thursday in a concert celebrating Music in Our Schools Month. When the sun took center stage in their songs, the youngsters dressed appropriately. (Journal photo by Steve McEnroe) T "... V ....' KsSlliroimiemift teTOfiiifts slip By Jennifer Dixon Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - Unlike their grandparents, who are collecting more in Social Security retirement benefits than they paid in taxes, many of today's workers won't get their money's worth when they retire, Congress was told Thursday. "Social Security was a good deal for almost anyone who is retired today, it is not going to be a particularly good deal for many people who retire in the future," said John B. Shoven, professor of economics and director of the Center for Economic Policy Research at Stanford University. He and other experts told the Senate Finance Committee that within a decade, average workers could begin to see the value of their Social Security retirement benefits slip below what they and their employers contributed in taxes. Bruce D. Schobel, corporate vice president and actuary for New York Life Insurance Co., said the system was getting "very close to the critical level." But the experts testified that the program's value should not be measured solely on the basis of the dollar value of benefits a retiree may collect. Social Security also protects workers and their dependents against disability and death, and keeps 13 million Americans out of poverty, noted Robert M. Ball, commissioner of Social Security between 1962 and 1973. A recently published analysis by Schobel and Robert J. Myers, chief actuary for the Social Security Administration until 1970, found that the vast majority of workers who retired in the past received, or are now receiving, benefits of far greater value than the taxes that they paid. The analysis said thai the average earner who retired in 1960 recovered his Social Security taxes after just 10 months of benefits. The average earner retiring last year would reach the recovery point after 68 months -starting with benefits now averaging ahout $650 monthly - while the payback period for workers retiring in the year 2027 is projected at 103 months. Planned Parenthood plans abortion bill push .u. ..jh chanically wrong, I don't diss SIOUX FALLS (AP) - Planned Parenthood plans to ask governors, legal scholars and celebrities who support abortion rights to urge Gov. George Mickelson to veto an abortion bill, an official of the group said. Margaret Conway of San Francisco, a spokesman for the organization, said Wednesday she hoped Mickelson would consider constitutional questions and the money the state would have to spend defending the Abortion law in a court fQes gajn challenge. She strength jn said a similar L js,ature lawsuit cost B1 Louisiana Pa9e 81 $150,000. The 1993 Legislature passed a bill that would put a 24-hour waiting period and parental notification for minors into the state statute books. Lawmakers also passed two other abortion-related measures. Mickelson has said he would make his decision by today. Dan Wunrow of Pierre, an official of South Dakota Right to Life, said out-of-staters calling the governor probably wouldn't have much impact. "Mickelson doesn't have to answer to people from New York," he said. He also said he thought the bill would pass constitutional muster and that "pro-abortion attorneys" were the only ones who thought the legislation was invalid. The bill does not include a provision known as judicial bypass, which would let a minor notify a judge instead of a parent. Conway said the lack of judicial bypass made the South Dakota bill potentially uncon stitutional. Wunrow said that didn't matter. "A very clear majority of the Supreme Court would support it without bypass." Mickelson said last week he didn't disagree with the intent of the main bill. It places additional requirements on what must happen before a woman can receive an abortion. "Unless there is something me chanically wrong, I don't disagree with parental notification and a waiting period," he said. Mickelson acknowledged that the cost of a lawsuit shouldn't be taken lightly. But he said that wouldn't be the bottom line for his decision. "I'm not going to decide to sign or not sign it based on the threat of a lawsuit," he said. The governor said he was "taking a serious look" at the fetal tissue bill. Who is the real 'David Gordon Smith? By Bill Harlan Journal Staff Writer DEADWOOD - Since his arrest last week, David Gordon Smith has told friends in the Black Hills he did not fire the bullet that killed an Oklahoma police chief. Many believe him. A group of his supporters cheered and clapped Thursday as he entered magistrate court here for a bond hearing. "He told me he didn't do it," Marc Weimer of Sturgis told the magistrate, who eventually denied bond. (See related story below.) Smith's attorney, Bruce Ellison, said later he had reason to believe Smith never fired any rounds in the 1978 gun battle that left Catoosa, Okla., Police Chief J.B. Hamby dead. In fact, Ellison said, Smith might not have been armed. "It's a somewhat complicated case, but that man was not there voluntarily." But T. Jack Graves of Catoosa, who prosecuted Smith, says Smith is lying. And Georgia McAtee ot catoosa, who witnessed the crime, said Smith was definitely armed. Still, the case is puzzling, mainly because of the depth of the feeling Smith's friends here have for him. They were stunned when the man they knew as "Gary Johnston" was arrested, and many say they do not believe he is the cold-blooded killer Oklahoma authorities have described. Eight of them testified in person at a bail hearing on Thursday, and 40 more wrote letters of support. "He's more than a friend," Delmer See Supporters on page A2 Outside 1 Bond denied for convicted killer Partly cloudy: Today will be partly cloudy with highs 25 to 30. Winds will be from the northwest at 15 to 30 mph. Tonight's lows will be from 5 to 10. See map and details on page A8. By Bill Harlan Journal Staff Writer Index 4 sections People Opinion A4 Weather A8 Local 81 Obituaries 82 Markets 84 Sports 85 8 Scoreboard 88 Weekend C1"8 Amusements CI -8 Now Playing C3 TVHills notebook ..... C4 Comics C6-7 Classified ads D1 -8 fTomorrow Basketball referees rank down there with Rodney Dangerfield in getting respect Referees and fans talk about their lovehate relationship in Saturday's Rapid City Journal. DEADWOOD - Bond was denied Thursday for David Gordon Smith, the Oklahoma prison escapee who was captured in Spearfish last week after seven years on the run. Smith was serving a life sentence for killing a police officer in Oklahoma when he walked away from a minimum security prison there. Lawrence County Magistrate Joe Ellingson ordered Smith to be held without bail here until extradition proceedings are complete. Smith's attorney, Bruce Ellison of Rapid City, submitted about 40 letters from local people who supported a "reasonable bond" for Smith. Seven of Smith's friends testified in his behalf at the hearing. Ellison sueeested that Magistrate Joe Ellingson set Smith's bail at $50,000, but Lawrence County State's Attorney Jeff Bloomberg objected. He said Smith faced an escape charge that could get him another life sentence. Smith's wife, Jo Beth Smith, also was arrested in Spearfish. The Smiths had lived in the Black Hills since 1987 under the assumed names of Gary and Bobbie Johnston. Bloomberg dropped a charge against Jo Beth Smith of aiding and abetting an escape, but she still faces a charge of violating parole. She had received a suspended imposition of sentence for possession of a controlled substance here on Jan. I. Jo Beth Smith's bail was set at $50,000. She was still in custody Thursday. - State A TournamenTV Thursday's scores: Red Cloud 78, Hamlin 68 Custer 85, Aberdeen Roncalli 45 White River 45, Platte, 36 Lennox 97, Tri-Valley 62 - Watching the Wildcats Cat fan says Custer team a class act By Debra Holland Journal Staff Writer -i ictcd Vmi won't usually find Nels Christensen sitting on the bleachers or in a chair during Custer basketball games. "I just get too excited," says me v-usier v-uumj sheriffs deputy, volunteer coach, freelance writer and photographer for the Custer County Chronicle, and diehard Custer Wildcats fan. "I'm terribly enthusiastic. 1 just really enjoy the Wildcats style of play." Christensen was at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Thursday to watch Custer defeat Aberdeen Roncalli 85-45 in the first round of the state Class A boys basketball tournament. Besides cheering the Wildcats' performance on the court, Christensen praises the conduct of Custer players off the court. "I'm in a job where you see a lot of the negatives and juvenile problems,- he said. "They (Custer players) do an excellent job of being good all-around role models. Kids look up to these players for all the right reasons. They are excellent ambassadors for the Custer community." The enviable conduct stems from a philosophy of Coach Larry Luitjens, Christensen said. "I'm a devoted fan of his philosophy of teaching so much more than basketball to these kids," he said. "They are gentlemen - win or lose." Christensen, 41. who grew up at Wessington Springs, played against De Smet teams coached by Luitjens. One De Smet player back then was Terry Lonfcwho is now football and assistant basketball coach at Custer. Q Journal photo by Stovo MsEncot Nels Christensen at Thursday's Custer-Aberdeen Roncalli game. "We beat them in football, but they kicked us in basketball," Christensen said. Christensen came to work at Custer six years ago -the start of the current string of consecutive trips to the state basketball tournament for the Custer Wildcats. The talent has grown out of a quality grade school program," he said. "We talk a lot about Larry and his work, but we've got some 100 years of basketball coaching experience from the elementary level on up. Christensen, who has sons in third and fourth grades said he hoped Luitjens would stay around long enough to coach them. "I think that success breeds success both in basketball and in Me." FTffirf,fllH,.tlkdJJ.A.wJ.ll.a.l.UlJ.IIL..I.IffiEg

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