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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - January 26, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                143 No 143 Kokomo Ind No Pages Ho Reading Matter Advertising Adv Jn MHMHHMB LI TRIBUNE Wednesday Jan 50 cents Heather Johnson a scheduler for Rep Steve Buyer takes constituent calls in Kokomo following the State of the Union address Tribune photo by Dave Hess Clinton speech draws criticism By Kokomo Tribune staff and The Associated Press President Clinton was near tar get with his assessment of the state of the union Tuesday night said Rep Steve Buyer RInd With the close of the Cold Related stories An overall tunity to focus within to address issues of crime riealth care reform and welfare Buyer said in a telephone inter view following the presidents State of the Union address But thats where Buyers praise ends He criticized the president for tplaying partisan politics with health care reform and threaten ing to veto any package that does jiot provide insurance to every t If the Democratic leadership continues to accommodate the plan only excluding tothers they will alienate ideas this leads to confrontation and diminishes health care nego Buyer said Clintons health care plan coverage Americans largely by requiring all employers to pay 80 percent of the cost Waving a pen in the air the president said he would veto any legislation that does not guarantee insurance for every American Rep Jill Long a Democrat said she believes Congress will enact a measure by the end of the year that would keep health care in the private sector and guarantee cer tain benefits for all Americans The American people want the security the president hopes to Long said Indianas Republican senators sharply criticized the presidents address saying he has yet to turn his rhetoric into policy On issue after issue the presi dent has made moving and thoughtful statements but he seems unwilling to translate his frequently earnest remarks into effective public Sen Dan Coats said Sen Richard G Lugar said the would increase taxes ana the fed eral deficit The plan also would lead to deterioration of health care for many Americans who will find their choices of doctors and per sonal care Lugar said Although he criticizes Clintons health care proposal Lugar said the majority of Congress is eager to work with Clinton on mea sures to reform the welfare sys tem The presidents plan would limit benefits to two years while expanding education training I and child care for lowincome families on the rolls of Aid to Families with Dependent Chil dren Clinton said he will require teenage parents to live at home to qualify for welfare benefits Gov Evan Bayh hailed the plan saying he is doing similar things in Indiana I think today it is a lot better for the people in the system if we require responsibility along with the NdWitslnbre of a twoway said the Democrat Clinton also called for new police officers on the streets more prisons boot camps for firsttime offenders and a ban on assault weapons in the fight against crime Buyer is skeptical We have to remember this is the second time President Clinton came into the chamber and called for a comprehensive crime bill Last year the House punted the issue to the Senate I m hopeful that President Clinton in his sec ond call will put some pressure on the House President works on his agenda WASHINGTON AP His is crowded and pitfalls but after a skittish first lyear President Clinton had no and plenty of passion all he was finally working Toff his own script Looking back in his State of the Union address Clinton could Irightly brag of an economy on the Rebound and an end to the days 6f certain gridlock But while he has put an Activist stamp on Washington isnt as yet a Clinton legacy 3or the nation or his Democratic jarty That is where 1994 comes in if rciinton can persuade Congress to 3ceep close to the script he out lined Tuesday night what Clin 4on cast as the next step on our journeyof In a hectic first year Clinton iigned family leave and motor Voter laws reversed some Repub lican abortion policies and made a first dent pn the path of deficit Analysis reduction But so much of it seemed inevitable Jittery markets left no choice but trimming the debt and most of the legislation had been bottled up in years of Republican vetoes and partisan gridlock Clinton it seemed frequently was working off a script that would awaiting any Democratic president Not any more care welfare reform and a revamping of school standards and vocational training pro grams All were centerpiece themes of his campaign and are popular with the middle class Now they anchor Clintons agen da for a year sure to be complicat ed by the sheer complexity and cost of proposed solutionsvand the reality of approaching elec tions These are the issues he most wants to bear his personal stamp and they are issues that matter most to people out in the coun saio Clinton adviser George Stephanopoulos And while crime didnt have much to do with Clintons elec tion it is now of paramount con cern in part because worries about the economy are receding But also because senseless vio lence is no longer isolated in Americas inner cities but a dis ease of middle class America as well So as he wove crime into his agenda Tuesday night Clinton went beyond joining the chorus for more prison cells more cops on the beat and tougher sen tences With newfound political capi tal a scarce commodity in this administration Clinton added to his script an appeal perhaps only a president can make asking the natipn to go beyond thinking about what to do about crime and explore the hows and whys Our problems go way beyond the reach of Clin ton said The American people have got to want to change from within if we are to bring back work family and The stakes he said were monu mental Let us give our children a In doing so Clinton was also trying to recast his Democratic Party as one dedicated to govern ment yet keenly aware of its lim its its inability to legislate com munity values and personal responsibility He has to make health care and welfare and crime a national said Al From president of the moderate Democratic Leadership Council If he does he will take over what has been the Republican issue base in pres idential campaigns for most of the past 25 Jurors convi Foster Foster By MIKEPALUCK Tribune staff writer KokomoCenter School Corp official Larry Foster remains free on bond today following his con viction on six of the seven charges that accused him of misappropri ating funds from his employer Tuesday a sixmember Howard Cir cuit Court jury convicted Foster of two counts of theft one count of theft receiving stolen proper ty one count of aiding inducing or causing theft and one count of ghost employment all Class D felonies Additionally the jury convicted KokomoCenters former director of vocational and adult education of official miscon duct a Class A misdemeanor The jury composed of three men and three women deter mined that Foster 500 S Road 2782 West was innocent of a theft charge that accused him of steal ing more than in school funds on or about The charges which had been the subject of a sixday trial accused Foster of misappropriating Job Training Partnership Act funds from KokomoCenter during the summer of 1992 During his final argument Tuesday Howard County Prosecutor James D Andrews attributed a loss in school funds to Foster Foster 59 showed little emotion when Special Judge Douglas B Morton read the verdicts at Beth Foster had been at her husbands side through the trial and the couple of 39 years held hands after hearing the ruling The jury returned the verdicts after about 5 12 hours of delibera tion Morton continued Fosters bond on conditions that he report to the Howard County Adult Pro bation Department today to schedule an appointment for a presentence investigation report and that he appear for sentencing Feb 14 A Class D felony conviction car ries a maximum prison sentence of 3 years and a fine of not more than One year in prison and a fine is the maximum penalty for a Class A misde meanor conviction Outside the courtroom Andrews said it was too early to talk about what type sentence he would recommend for Foster But he did say I expect to get the tax payers money Andrews who has a policy of not commenting while a trial is in progress said of the Foster case Ive contended since the start of these proceedings that I had a statutory duty to perform A pros ecutors elected to do what he thinks is the right thing to dp regardless of the out come of this case I felt Ive done the right thing It wouldnt make any differ What future has Jacksons deal bought LOS ANGELES AP By pay ing miUiPns to put a child molestation lawsuit behind him Michael Jackson may well have averted criminal charges too But spme believe his star may never again rise so high It keeps him in business but to spme degree I think he would have been better off from the start fighting said Greg Dunkin program manager for KYSRFM If fie ever gets Pig it wont be the day after The bpy npw 14 sued Jackson in September alleging the pop seduced himHaled pn the prosecutors in Ion Angeles and Santa Barbara coun ties began criminal investigations No charges have been filed so far Financial terms of the outof court settlement under which Jackson maintained his innocence were confidential But a source put it at at least million which wouldnt hurt the bank balance of a man whose net worth according to Forbes magazine is more than million What thi sejWemenJ could hurt is the criminal probe For one had the civil case gone to court cpuld have used the testimony and lions in their case Also Peter Arenella a law pro fessor at the University of Califor nia at Los Angeles said the boy would probably not cooperate anymore with prosecutors and under state law he cant be forced to And that cpuld spell the end of the investigation Theres little reason the boys parents would want to see their child exposed to public scrutiny and media scrutiny in a criminal Arenella said The boys lawyer Larry Feld saiJ nothing in the settle ment pertained to the criminal case And he didnt rule out hav ing the boy testify Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti said the settlement wont affect his investigation Even with the case behind him Jackson could pay a price in terms of endorsements and fan appeal Jacksons Dangerous tour sponsor PepsiCola wished him well in his recovery from what he said was an addiction to painkillers last fall But it noted its yearslong rela tionship with Jackson ended when he canceled the tour At this point 1 think the dam age is done I dont think the set tlement will help or hurt Either Foster says he will retire Larry Foster today submitted a letter to the KpkomoCenter School Corp indicating that he will retire from the corporation Thursday This morning David Barnes community relations officer for KokomoCenter said We are working on a resolution with Mr Foster at this At Trib une deadline said he could not provide further infor mation about the Fosters letter with todays date cites Thursday as his retire ment date It also says My ten ure as an educatoradministra tor has been rewarding and fruitful and I wish the best for the KACC staff and Fosters attorney William E Beck II provided a copy of the letter to the Kokomo Tribune Foster served 31 years at Kokomo schools He was named director of vocational and adult education during the 198485 school year the position he held when the criminal charges were filed Last summer Foster was reas signed to the position of special population coordinator so he could devote more time to his criminal case ence as far as the outcome I diet what I thought was the right to do I prepared the evidenced submit to the court I worked on the case as a matter of fact been very ill throughout tite7 course of this trial been on medication the whole the trial But it was the right to do and this jury responded the way it should respond to a public servant taking money belonging to taxpayers of this As far as proceeding with the prosecution of other Kokomo Center school officials who fare criminal charges Andrews I feel its not only the right thing to do but thats what I must Minutes after the verdicts read Fosters attorney Beck II said he is going to take day or two to see what the court record looks like to decide what his client wants to do Were just gonna Beck added As far as the verdicts themselves Beck said he was surprised and disap A short time after presenting fife closing argument to the jury TuegV day morning Beck said ne triedtp point out to the jurors that jttie defense felt the evidence that Mr Foster was not any of the counts or charges tnaK were brought against him that he worked throughout summer of 1992 for the schools in the capacity that he wjai assigned to do his job We certainly think that the dence shows that hes not Beck said several hours before me verdicts were announced way theres serious damage to his drawing power as an said syndicated radio host Tom Joyner whose Dallasbased show airs in 32 urban markets KYSRFMs Dunkin said I think a settlement is going to lean a lot of people toward believing that hes covering up something At Jacksons star on Holly woods Walk of Fame Chris Campbell a tourist from Mel bourne Australia insisted the singer was innocent But he said Hell never be the same Jf people throw enough mud it will stick I think hell go Inside Business Classified Dear Local News of PRINTED WITH ISOYINK I   

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