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ft r Wisconsin 50,000 fliers feature faces of fugitives Central Illinois A3 Agape gets new pastor Religion B1 What would Jesus say to today's celebrities? jumps to Vancouver Sports D1 State A5 coach TODAY: Mostly sunny and warm. High 86. TONIGHT: Chance ofT-storms. Low 65. TOMORROW: Partly cloudy. 8563. Dstsi!sA2 1994 WW i: Vandalia among super-max finalists in the running for a juvenile boot camp. Du CfftTT DCDDV " " - ' ' g - ' Saturday, July 23, 1994 Decatur, Illinois . ' .Mite .J Ann Landers B5 Business A9 Classified Cl-10 Comics B3 Movies . BS Obituaries A7 Puzzles Cl.2,9 Television B4 Our 122nd Year- Issue 204 -Four sections 50 cents Home delivery: 35 cents By SCOn PERRY H&R Effingham Bureau Chief VANDALIA After falling short in their bid for a new state prison, Vandalia officials are hopeful about getting a new prison work camp. "They know what we have to offer, and we have a good working relationship with Corrections. I feel really good about that," said Jeanne Gustafson, Vandalia's director of economic development. The Department of Corrections budget approved last week included $6 million for the construction of a new . juvenile boot camp and $800,000 for planning two adult "work camps. ' Locations for the new facilities are limited to the four remaining finalists for the state's super-maximum security prison. Those communities are Vandalia, Carlinville, Murphysboro and Pittsfield. .... , . Corrections spokesman Nic Howell, . said letters are being sent to the four; communities to determine if they are still interested in housing a Corrections facility. Gustafson said the enthusiasm generated by the super-max search still exists. "The team is still on the sidelines and they're antsy to get back to work," she said. Howell said the timeline for awarding the facilities is "very fluid." Construction of the juvenile facility is to begin this year. The earliest that funding could be sought for the two adult camps is next year. : . : - The 100-bed juvenile boot camp would have a $4 million operating bud get and about 80 permanent jobs. It would house 13- to 17-year-olds found delinquent for property and drug crimes that do not involve violence. The program would feature military-type training, physical exercise, work, education and training. Work camps also house low-risk inmates who are assigned to work projects in the community. Each of the proposed adult work camps would have 200 beds, a $4.5 million operating budget and about 85 permanent jobs. Each camp would take about a year to build at a cost of about $5 million. ; , Los Angeles DA Questions former Fayette prosecutor Simpson team curious about DNA evidence in Naab murder case. By SCOTT PERRY H&R Effingham Bureau Chief VANDALIA Efforts by the Los Angeles district attorney's office to understand what role DNA testing could play in the O.J. Simpson murder case have led prosecutors to Fayette County. Former Fayette County State's Attorney Doq Shea-for said he was contacted Tuesday by a member of. the team prosecuting Simpson. ' As a part of a way to better understand the track record of DNA testing in the nation's courts, the Los Angeles prosecutor questioned Sheafor about the Stuart Heaton murder case. Heaton was sentenced to life imprisonment for the 1991 murder of 16-year-old Krystal Lynn Naab in her rural Ramsey home. Heaton was linked to the murder scene by a spot of semen found on Naab's body and witness reports of a white pickup truck at Naab's home the day she was killed. Heaton owned a white pickup truck. Dr. Robert Allen testified during Heaton's trial that tests conducted on the semen matched Heaton's DNA, genetic material that is unique to each individual. The testimony was countered by Dr. Gary Lit-man, who testified at the trial that the test was the "worst quality DNA work I've ever seen done." Heaton, 27, has since filed an appeal asking for a new trial, arguing the DNA test was improperly performed. He alleges the test overstated the probability that the spot of semen came from him. Sheafor said a ruling on the appeal is expected soon. : Sheafor said he wasn't really surprised by the phone call; he had called Florida for similar information while prosecuting the Heaton case. "I understand what they are doing," Sheafor said of the Los Angeles prosecutors. . Sheafor said the person he spoke with was particularly interested in that there was not a special hearing held before the DNA evidence was presented to the jury. These special hearings, called Frye hearings, are held to discuss the accuracy and reliability of testing. Sheafor said the Heaton case possibly was the first time in Illinois that DNA evidence was included in a trial without a Frye hearing. ' As DNA evidence becomes more accepted, the need for such hearings decreases, Sheafor said. lefuce turnina Into a graveyard Cholera ravages fleeing Rwandans "GOMA, Zaire (AP) Bodies line the road to the Munigi refugee camp and lead to a half -acre field where more bodies are heaped. As laborers take the bodies away, a young man lying amid the corpses suddenly stirs. -"Get up! Get out of there!" shouts Bernard Mpaga-zihe, a Zairian who has organized work details to carry bodies to trucks waiting at Munigi. ' The young man refuses to get up. He wants to stay, sure he will end up in the death field anyway. Refugees camped all around show no interest. A dazed, glassy-eyed woman drinks from a plastic can and tries to put it down on the outstretched arm of a corpse beside her. Near the corpse's head, a child squats to defecate. RWANDA Continued on A10 j 3 -':' '--ft . i : if r J , r'f, . r ivii . - Jail's - "L'tU-ir t .... iil v Ff.ijfe-- I . Herald & ReviewDennis Magee Four-year-old Shalonda Wiggins delights in her. wheels, got her first taste of bicycling on the side-first riding lesson Friday afternoon with the assis- walk in the 200 block of East Division Street. Sha-tance of her mother, Susan Cresswell, and cousin londa no doubt will find out how important bicycle Portia Wilder, 7. Shalonda, borrowing Portia's safety is. For tips on bike safety, turn to A3. i u ; V . .llSs ' v ; JU Associated Press IN AT LAST: Shannon Faulkner smiles as she reads a fax of the court decree allowing her into the Citadel. Judge orders Citadel to admit woman as cadet Military academy plans to tecasetoV Supreme Court. CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) A federal judge ordered an end to 151 years of all-male military education at The ; Citadel on Friday,- instructing the college to admit Shannon Faulkner.jn the fall as a cadet But he gave the school another year to decide how to accommodate other women. ,- "I never doubted that one day I would win," said Faulkner, who had sued the state-supported school for sex discrimination. "I was told I would never enter the Citadel's gates. Now, I've entered them and I'm very happy." UJS. District Judge C. Weston Houck declared that The Citadel's refusal to admit Faulkner because of her sex violates her rights under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. But he said the school could have until the fall of 1995 to come up with a plan to provide a similar education for other women who may apply. "No other women have asked to be admitted to the corps of cadets, and with the new school year only a few weeks away, The Citadel could not be expected to now process any applications for admission this year," Houck wrote. The school said it would ask the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to keep the order from taking effect until The Citadel's appeal can be heard. "We believe ... an institution as venerable as ours should not be required to transform itself by being forced to become coeducational until after the United States Supreme Court has ruled on an issue this significant," said school President Claudius Watts III. The Citadel has said it would develop some sort of separate but parallel women's training program similar to one proposed by Virginia Military Institute at Mary Baldwin College, a women's school, so VMI could remain all-male. In his ruling, the judge did not indicate what kind of women's program would be acceptable. But he said if The Citadel's plan does not pass constitutional muster, he will order other women admitted to the school. Faulkner, 19, applied to The Citadel last year after having her high school guidance counselor delete references to her sex on her transcript. The college accepted her, then rejected her after learning she is a woman. Faulkner sued. till allows lawmakers to use official plates on company cars SPRINGFIELD ( AP) What's in a plate? Well, if it's a legislative license plate the answer could be better odds of avoiding speeding and parking tickets and prime parking at crowded . events. Under a bill adopted by the Legislature on the last day of its overtime session, lawmakers would be allowed to put official General Assembly license plates on corporate vehicles and register the plates to the company. The bill is on Gov. Jim Edgar's desk. Currently, lawmakers can purchase two sets of the specialized license plates but attach them only to vehicles registered in their name. Lawmakers say the plates that bear the words House or Senate and their district number make them more visible to constituents. But some privately say the plates also carry unstated perks: lawmakers are less likely to get parking or speed ing tickets and sometimes get better parking at crowded events. Sen. Dick Klemm, R-Crystal Lake, proposed the bill, which was attached to a bill requiring first aid training for police officers and firefighters. He is president and chairman of the board of Food Warming Equipment Co., Inc. v and has a company car. Klemm said he wanted to change the Illinois Vehicle Code so he could put a legislative plate on his company car because he also drives it for personal use. He said he didn't want to just switch the plates in secret, in violation of the law. Sen. George Shadid, D-Edwards, said he thinks the bill is bad legislation. "I don't believe it's necessary or proper for corporate vehicles to have legislative platesi" Shadid said. "I don't think you can justify this. It's ridiculous." 4 1

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