The Wichita Eagle from Wichita, Kansas on January 25, 2001 · 1
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The Wichita Eagle from Wichita, Kansas · 1

Wichita, Kansas
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Thursday, January 25, 2001
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Troubled teens Nearly one in three teenagas will be in an abusive relationship WfclB BBQ legend dies Ronald J Cochran owner of Pig In-Pig Out barbecue was 48 Business & Farm 14A WSU loses Stockers have another roai road trip (ailing to Northern Iowa Sports 1C MOSRYCLOUDY HI 48 IM1I HmiU THURSDAY juniran stain Donald Newbury is put Ho a poke car shortly after he and Patrick Murphy Jr surrendered -- - Lb weaMsaay h Colorado SpringsL Hutch firms cope with M A week after natural gas explosions stunned the city merchants see business trends go topsy-turvy irniBiB The Wichita Eagle HUIYMNSON— Cindy Lohmeyer has a new greeting for people who come into the downtown office of Federated Mutual Insurance Co: "Would you like a hot dog? We can toast one right out back” Twenty yards away outside an expksiofrshatteredbadt window natural gas is jetting from the ground and feeding a 10-foot-tall btawtordh like flame that has burned there since an explosion a week ago Natural gas from a Kansas Gas Service storage facility 7 miles away 'the fire The gas which I far below ground and came : surface through abandoned wells also caused a deadly explosion at an east Hutdiinson mobile home park Thursday The downtown Hast destroyed two businesses and forced another to move A small business district on the east side remained off-limits Wednesday behind yellow emergency tape No me here would say ilk business as usuaL But the people are coping The downtown explosion drove a car’s rear-view minor through die quarter-inch thkk glass window next to the desk of John Ingalls marketing representative for Federated "We got bade in yesterday” Ingalls said Wednesday "We woe sur- i m pnScu At first all die gas burning behind dm building was unnerving Now he said “it doesn’t bug me We’re used to it" A few businesses have benefited firan feeding and housing the legion of emergency-service workers and officials who have set up camp in the diy Please see BUSINESS Page 4A Bush stamps his style j0 "“ k i - New York Tima WASHINGTON— President Bill Clintim never used to refer to Rep George Miller a rather bulky Democrat from California as “Big George" But there is a new tenant in the Oval Office these days and President Bush has brought with him Us own signature style That means nicknames even for a liberal Democrat like Miller It means levity It means bipartisan Mm OppanMnwTlM WfcMi Eagle Mefissa Gray stain her room M a Hutchinson motel whfle her son who has the flu rests in bed Hutchinson residents such as Gray who was driven from her home by gas leaks have joined gas company workers and others in filing the dtsmotei& Latest Hutch mobile home fire is arson M A fire Tuesday night was not caused by natural gas police say but was set by someone who breached the area lYBBNBAMMKBflnr The Wichita Eagle HUTCHINSON -TTk latest fire keeping residents on edge was die work of an arsonist and not natural gas officials stressed 1ST i I Wednesday backslapping and Texastyie fblksiness Rep JC Walts Jr R-Okla got a taste of the Bush treatment in an Oval Office meeting this week He liked it “We're so serious around this town sometimes it’s like weVe been sucking lemons” Watts said When Sen Edward M Kennedy D-Mass visited the White House on Monday Bush showed him that he was using his older brother's presidential desk A Kenttody aide said he appreciated the gesture and other lawmakers have been similariy charmed Tearful escapee describes slaying The leader of the Texas fugitives expects the death penalty for killing a police officer He claims the men wanted to go straight DIVIDE Cok)— Hours after the last two Texas escapees were captured in Goknado Springs prism escapee George Rivas described killing Irvftig Texas police officer Aubrey Hawkins who was wounded and had his hands up when Rivas shot him three more times killing him Mm It was the second fire in five days blamed on sources other than natural gas since an explosion Jan 17 destroyed two downtown businesses City leaders quickly pointed to a possible methamphetamine operation for the cause of a fire early Sunday at a hone in the 300 bkxk of East 14th Avenue Police have not made any arrests in connection with that fire The latest fire broke out just before 8 pjn Tuesday at the Big Chief Mobile Home and RV Park and was set by someone who sneaked into the cordoned-off residential area officials say on White House talks It remains to be seen how long this honeymoon will last “As people get to know him and meet him they will be pleasptly surprised" Miller said “Tve only dealt with him on education and on that subject I found him very well informed and very engaged On other subject matters well see how it goes? During die presidential campaign Bush struck many Democrats as a policy lightweight Please see BUSH Page 5A In an exihisive interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from the Teller County Jail Rivas said he expects to receive the death penalty for killing Hawkins Tm prepared for it" said Rivas said “I can’t get Hawkins out of my mind" he said his eyes dosing as he began to ay “IVe never done something like that before” Rivas said that his capture was a relief because of Hawkins’ death and that he will not fight extradition to Texas Rivas who said he organized the Dec 13 escape of seven men from a Texas prison said he hopes that his Luke Schneider works on a car at Metro Automotive where business is off about 25 percent since Hutchinson's natural gas begatL OhmMtwIIm Mehta I “Somebody breached the area and we have evidence of arson” Hutchinson Police Chief Dick Heitsdunidt said “This fire is not in any way related to any natural gas problem" Officers were nearby when the blaze started and were able to summon firefighters who quickly extinguished the fire he said Heitschmidt said responsible parties would face fidoiw arson charges not jik the misdemeanor marges three other people face for Please see ARSON Page 4A Cinemas East will make exit tonight The operator of one of Wichita’s oldest multiscreen theaters cites an overbuilt market mb mum Buck The Wichita Eagle Cinemas East Wichita’s oldest multiscreen movie theater still in business is dosing its doors after the 7 pan cyde of movies tonight It’s the second multiscreen theater to dose here in the past four months “You can only lose so much money" said Jay Ingalls of Royale Theatres which leased the six-screen house at 320 N Rock Road about a year ago “The east side is so overloaded with new first-run movie houses it wasn't making any money" Ingalls said Cinemas East built about 30 years ago but upgraded and remodeled within the past couple of years was in competition with the new Northrodc 14 complex near 29th Street North and Rock Road and its newly remodeled sister theater Northrock 6 next door Together they offer 20 screens of competition Another source of competition was the 10-screen Premiere Palace at Kellogg and Greenwich Road which recently started showing first-run films Once that happened said Ingalls’ mother Judy die general manager at Cinemas East it cut off the supply c f first-run movies to their theater “We’re a small house" she said “We’re a small company” Last September the four-screen Pawnee Plaza at Pawnee and Broadway dosed for similar reasons Its parent company ICE Cinemas filed for bankruptcy citing an overbuilt market Cinemas East chief of staff Daniel Leidhdt said employees there will be able to transfer to Ingalls’ other theaters though Leidholt wasn’t sure what his next move would be Tve just got to find another job realty Please see CINEMAS EAST Page 4A INSIDE EM C 3001 The Vf&te Eade and Beaoon FUMiing Co PjQ Bat 820k WSchtaTferi 67201 ffirted on pretty recycled paper and 1 00 percent recydefalei If KnightRidder INFORMATION FOR UF£

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