Lancaster New Era from Lancaster, Pennsylvania on August 12, 1999 · 2
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Thursday, August 12, 1999
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A-2 THURSDAY, AUGUST 1 2, 1 999 NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP LANCASTER, PA., NEW ERA Tornado sty ns Salt Lake City 1st fatal twister in Utah history kills 1, injures 150, rips downtown LT LAKE CITY (AP) - Tornadoes arent tar- r V 'T f y,n NATIONAL NEWS BRIEFS SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Tornadoes arent supposed to touch down in Utah. But there was Bill Alder, the chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Utah, watching his radar screen with growing concern just alter lunch Wednesday. It looked like severe weather, and severe weather can generate funnel clouds which can turn into a tornado, he said. But that doesnt happen here. Just before 1 p m , a twister ripped through the heart of the city that will be the host of the 2002 Winter Olympics, destroying 34 homes and damaging 87 others It overturned trucks, blew the windows out of downtown hotels and sent the city into a tailspm. One person was killed and scores were injured. It was the first fatal tornado ever recorded in Utah, where tornado sightings typically happen only about once or twice a year Some of the first to spot the twister didnt believe what they were seeing We said, Is that a fire? said Cole Lundqu-ist, who was standing by a window on the 24th floor of the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the citys tallest building Then we saw all the debris, then flames and sparks shooting above it. Mayor Deedee Corradim said this morning there were 79 who had been injured, including about a dozen in serious to critical condition. Its been a tragedy for us, but weve been very, very lucky it could have been much worse shesaid. Corradim said crews had worked through the night clearing debris and, "We are open for business in downtown Salt Lake City this morning. Gov. Mike Leavitt, speaking on ABCs Good Morning America," said, There was virtually no way m which to warn people. Its been a hurtful experience for many and were grateful that the suns going to come up this morning and we can now finish the cleanup and move forward, he said. The black funnel swept in from southeast of the city center and seemed to target the Delta Center, home of the National Basketball Association's Utah Jazz. You could just see it peeling the roof off, Lundquist said. The debris there was at eye level with us on the 24th floor. It also shattered the arenas plate glass windows But it did its worst damage just opposite the Delta Center, where exhibitors for the massive Outdoor Retailers Summer Market were setting up under a block-long tent, now mostly in tatters. Allen Crandy, 38, of Las Vegas was killed when he was struck m the head by debris. The contractor for the retailers show was skipping lunch to make sure the booths looked their best. The show was postponed one day, until Friday. W h 3T I I ft it Ur zAh , ,, Large trees toppled by a rare and sudden tornado Wednesday surround a home in the Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah. As people ran screaming from tents, waitresses at a nearby diner watched while the lunchtime crowd huddled under tables. Visitors at Temple Square, the usually placid heart of the Mormon Church, dashed for shelter as the tornado churned by. Across the street, nearly 1,000 workers crawled through the shell of the churchs under-construction assembly hall. Bill Morton was pouring concrete on the roof of the five-story assembly hall when the storm hit. At first, his workers thought the Delta Center was on fire. For two more miles and about five more minutes, the twister classified as an F2, which has winds between 113 mph and 157 mph stomped through the city, ripping away street signs, tearing down electric lines and stacking delivery trucks atop each other. The 15-story Wyndham Hotel had dozens of windows blown out on either side, with long shards of glass strewn on the grass below. Four-inch-wide poles were bent over into U-shapes, their signs nearly touching the ground. The storm headed north across the lawn of the state Capitol, uprooting trees and punching out one window. Then it turned into the foothills and one of the poshest neighborhoods in town, the Avenues, where Patty Reagan was sitting, watching the weather on the noon news. The weatherman said there was hail and wind gusts, she said. She looked out her front window only to see her 100-foot pine tree ripped out of the ground. I watched the tree and I thought it was just blowing, but then it didnt blow back, Reagan said. The tornados path also was marked by downed power lines. Robert Stock of Toronto, one of the vendors in town for the convention, said he followed its progress by the series of exploding transformers atop power poles. It came up the road and blew them out, one at a time, Stock said. It was a horrifying and spectacular sight. Leavitt surveyed the damage by helicopter and declared a state of emergency. Except for the Delta Center, which will be the venue for skating events in two years, little property related to the Olympics was damaged. After the tornado touched down, crowds gathered downtown to gawk at the destruction. Tourists filmed the scene with their video cameras. This is amazing I never thought Id see a tornado, least of all m Utah, said David Gross, a vendor from Sudbury, Mass. Back at the church construction site, Morton said Ill tell -you one thing, God was watching out for us Ill tell you another. I never want to see another one. 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The mother road, commissioned m 1926 and decommissioned in 1985, traversed eight states and 2,448 miles between Chicago and Santa Monica, Calif. It inspired a 1960s television series about traveling the West and at least two songs by Nelson Riddle and Bobby Troupe. The get your kicks on Route 66 lyrics are Troupes. The mother road label belongs to John Steinbeck and his 1930s Dust Bowl classic, The Grapes of Wrath Those displaced Oklahomans werent the only ones to head West on U S. 66. After World W ar II, it became the thing to do. America became more mobile than it had ever been, said Eric Szeman, co-owner of Albuquerques Route 66 Malt Shop, who made the Route 66 trek himself with his parents in 1954 The mass migration westward was pretty much handled by Route 66. Szeman hopes Albuquerque will gain a hefty share of the $10 million earmarked for Route 66 restoration Martin Zanzucchi, a Flagstaff, Anz , restaurateur instrumental in getting Flagstatfs Santa Fe Street renamed Route 66, hopes the bill willdo the same for his hometown. It means little towns like Flagstaff can apply for funding to repair parts of the old roads or to get some landscaping or park-like settings, Zanzucchi said after Congress approved the bill July 28. Down syndrome test touted BOSTON (AP) A new prenatal screening method for Down syndrome that combines blood and ultrasound tests from the first two trimesters would be much safer and more accurate than standard screenings, British researchers reported today. Their study concludes the method would reduce by 80 percent the need tor a riskier but definitive test called amniocentesis, in which a needle withdraws fluid from the ammotic sac. That triggers miscarriage about 1 percent of the time. Compared with standard U S. testing, the new system would prevent the miscarriages of about 1,400 healthy fetuses each year and detect about 800 more fetuses with the abnormality, said Dr. Nicholas Wald, the lead researcher. The screening also could reassure more expectant parents their baby doesnt have Down syndrome, a condition m which an extra chromosome causes mental retardation and physical abnormalities. Youve got an improvement in detection, but the real gain is the reduction in the number of women who have to have an ammo, said Wald, chairman of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine in London. The research is reported in todays New England Journal of Medicine. About one in 700 babies has Down syndrome, which is marked by a broad, flat face with slanting eyes and an early death. Older women have a higher risk of delivering a baby with Down syndrome for a woman who is 40, the rate is one m 106. O'Hair death suspect jailed AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A suspect in the disappearance of Ma-dalyn Murray OHair has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for skimming more than $50,000 from her familys atheist organization. David Waters, a three-time felon, had been on probation for that charge since 1995. He landed back in court after federal authorities found 119 rounds of handgun ammunition in his Austin apartment in March. He knew what he was facing if he messed up. He went ahead and messed up and the judge gave an appropriate punishment, said Assistant District Attorney Gregg Cox, who asked for a life sentence. Waters, 52, who was sentenced Wednesday, also faces sentenc-mgon federal firearms charges on Aug 20. Federal authorities suspect Waters orchestrated the 1995 disappearance of Ms OHair, her son Jon Garth Murray and adopted daughter Robin Murray OHair. No charges have been tiled in that case. Waters attorney, Patrick Ganne, accused federal authorities of trying to punish Waters for Ms OHairs slaying without having to bring mm to trial. Country Craft SKo ' 1 L" J 3rd Annual fe Saturday, August 14 9 "i 4 OT qs 9:00am-4:00pm at I lershey Farm Restaurant Come visit with us and enjoy: 'Shopping our 20 or more craft vendor stands featuring ' homemade quilted items, wooden items, framed pictures and more. Walk our walking trad and enjoy our beautiful flower gardens and waterfall. 'Shop in our general store and gift shop I lave lunch in our restaurant and taste our garden fresh vegetables. Hersl Tan RvsUumat tuul Mtior Inn iey arm Rt 896 1 5 miles south of Rt 30 in Strasburg www hersheyfarm com (717)687-8635 King Buffet tfc Chinese Buffet & r$T OO OFF Per Adult 50 Off per child (under 12 yrs. old) rt Buffet Party sle limit To Katin only Not valid with other oik rs or holiday built Is ( ouHn t kplrt s 4 14 01 J Quality Center 2495 Line. tlwy. E. 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