Salina Journal

May 03, 1999

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Salina Journal (Newspaper) - May 3, 1999, Salina, Kansas College bound Young teens skipping high school to go to Virginia college GREAT PLAINS Farewell John Elway makes it official with retirement from Broncos B1 Sympathy CardS letters for high shool shooting victims pour in A7 LOSt nO more Salvage team finds Mercury capsule in Atlantic Ocean B5 INSIDE the Salina Journal O API sinn Q71 Serving Kansas since 1871 Low 56 Partly cloudy and windy today with south wind WEATHER Ann Landers A6 Classified B5 Comics B4 Deaths A7 Great Plains A3 Sports B1 Viewpoints A4 i MONDW MAY KANSAS 50 cents T WAR IN YUGOSLAVIA Captured soldiers walk to freedom Three in good shape after more than a month being held by Serbian army By GEORGE BOEHMER The Associated Press Germany Three servicemen walked jubilantly into Croatia on celebrating their freedom after more than a month as prisoners of war in Yugoslavia and Free at free at thank God free at last The soldiers were then flown to a military base in Ramstein in southwest where they were greeted with salutes from their Army buddies and wild cheers from a flag waving Clinton not willing to end bombing two NATO jets crash Page A5 Their arrival capped an daylong journey by land and air from Yugoslavias capital withthe Jesse who arranged the soldiers re lease in Belgrade just hours There were no signs that the sol diers release would prompt a new diplomatic initiative for the Kosovo crisis or a halt in the NATO bombing of NATO kept up intense attacks Sun day on Kosovo and elsewhere in Yu making more than 600 sorties over a 24hour The freed dressed in Army were exuberant and appeared standing tall and walking But they still showed signs of the cuts and bruises they suffered when captured on a patrol mission along the MacedoniaYugoslav border on March They told journalists they were treat ed humanely but were glad to be Its a great relief to be Staff Christopher of Smiths said during the stop at the Croatian border town of He said his scars and bruises came from his capture and after the maltreatment We were treated very Staff Andrew of Los Ange doing were As you can see were very hap Mostly The third POW was Steven MARC HALL The Salina Journal Delbert Dunbar looks out a window of the Abilene Smoky Valley Railroad on Sunday as he waits for the ride between Abilene and RAILROAD DREAMS Hospital program lets 80yearold ride the rails again By KARA RHODES The Salina Journal ABILENE Delbert Dunbar came home to a dream the first recipient of the Salina Regional Health Centers Dream Catchers took a ride on the Abilene Excursion For a retired Union Pacific depot operator whose ca reer and life revolved around the rail it was a homecoming of The program gives nursing home residents an opportunity to relive or recapture a dream that has been lost through the passage of The hos pital is working initially with Wind sor 623 the nursing home where Dunbar lives and will branch out eventually to other Dunbars dream was to ride a train and again travel the countryside by went to work for the Union Pacific at age 18 and retired 42 years He operated depots in Abilene and Solomon during his The depot operator took care of the from selling tickets to loading cream He also lived at the so it was there that Dunbar and his Lau raised their three His wife died a year but Dunbars children and their families includ ing many grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren came along for the ride as did some friends and nursing home staff Dunbars children are Phyllis James and Cathy who had a stroke five years sits in a so Sundays trip was done with the help of modernday conveniences such as a wheelchair The hourandahalf ride from Abi lene to Enterprise and back was a time for mistyeyed While car attendant Culleen Yant gave the history of Abilenes favorite hometown boy Dwight Dunbar remembered overseeing the moving of the late presidents coffin into Abilene when it arrived by See Page A7 soldiers Steven Gonzales from Staff Christopher Stone and Staff Andrew Ramirez smile Sunday a they cross into Croatia with the Jesse The Associated Press T DIPLOMACY Jackson connects with leader Civil rights leader says trip to Belgrade was the most volatile of rescue missions T LEGISLATURE Lawmakers pass modest tax relief end session Senate leaders take pride in 1999 which was one of the most productive ever By LEW FERGUSON The Associated Press TOPEKA Legislators sent a modest tax relief an allpurpose crimi nal sentencing bill and funding for the states juvenile justice system to the gov ernor jSunday then adjourned the 1999 The Senate adjourned at and the House followed at A skeleton crew will return May 25 for the ceremonial final called sine Sunday nights action culminated one of the more productive sessions on with landmark legislation that created a new 10year comprehensive transportation overhauled the way Kansas manages its system of higher education a created a trust fund that Speaker talks about session Page A3 ensures funding for childrens programs for years into the Senate President Dick Bond called it the most historic session Ive seen in my 13 years here it is one in which we can each take a great deal of Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hens ley called it one of the finest Ive seen in my 23 years in the Sunday was the fifth day of the Legisla tures wrapup and 91st day of the entire 99 Final hurdles cleared on the last night included passage of a million Om nibus Appropriations Act that included million from state and federal funds for the Juvenile Justice The Senate passed the omnibus appro priations bill 318 and the House Agreement also was reached between the two houses on a claimsagainstthe state The House passed and the Senate By SONYA ROSS The Associated Press JACKSON WASHINGTON Looking a reluctant Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in the Jesse Jackson told him the time had come to let go of the three American prisoners he was He held Milose vics hand and prayed with I had to convince him of what his op tions Jackson told The Associated One of the fail ures of war is a failure of communica tion and his preach ers persuasion worked on a Serb leader eager to change his Jack son emerged with the three soldiers in his cus a joyful conclusion to what he said Sunday was the most dangerous of his for ays onto hostile ground as a freelance ne This mission was more and more Jackson We saw bombs The night we got there was the heaviest But it wasi worth the Jackson also came out of Belgrade hold ing a letter for President undoubt edly a political coup for the man who is seen as both a necessity and an om nipresent gadfly at the Clinton White But with the success came criticisms that Jackson let himself be used by Milose that he coddled Milosevic by praying with that he is meddling by urging Clinton and NATO to find a way to return Milosevics No apologies Speaking Sunday from Ramstein Air Force Base in Jackson made no apologies for putting pressure on saying there are certain crises that de serve the highest level of presidential at Unless you you cannot determine at what point your bombs are leading to the Jackson We must look for ward to a whether its President Clinton or British Prime Minister Tony This war is so costly so deadly and can get The journey to Yugoslavia was Jack sons fourth trip to a foreign land to re trieve captured In Jack son went to Syria and won the release of Navy Robert Goodman whose jet bomber was shot down during a raid over Syrian antiaircraft positions in Several months Jackson was in talking Fidel Castro into releasing 48 American and Cuban political prison In he helped win the release from Iraq of more than 700 foreign women and children detained as human shields against an American military attack after Iraqs invasion of Jackson said experience has taught him that freeing prisoners can open See ;