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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - September 28, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 144 No 25 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO lTRIBUNE Wednesday Sept 50 cents Shes a winner Olympic and Boston Marathon competitor Jean Driscoll answers questions about her races at Bona Vista Tues Tribune photo bjgjjrian Reynolds Champion brings hope inspiration By DAVID A KASEY Tribune assistant sports editor For the first time all day traces of anger crossed the face of Olympic medalist Jean Driscoll They will do things now for a baby while its still developing in the mother and try to close the Driscoll said with hope in her voice Then her tone changed drastically Or they will abort the baby because they believe there is no chance for quality of Driscoll was talking about what happens today when a baby is afflicted with spina bifida having an opening in the spine She was born with the disease in 1966 You dont want to get me start she added After a few moments a big smile returned to Driscolls face as she pre pared to continue sharing her mes sage of hope Kokomo Tuesday the next destinations for her mis sion Howard Community Hospitals Womens Center and the Kokomo Rehabilitation Hospital She had already made an impres sion touring Bona Vista earlier in the day and then inspiringmembers and guests at the Kokomo Rotary Club Throughout the speech at Rotary Driscoll had a look of determination as she spoke of her rocky course to attaining multiple world records in wheelchair racing Its impossible to use terms like she is confined to a wheelchair because anyone who would say that after being around Driscoll is con fined to a prison in their own mind a dark cell Driscoll would like to stamp out in our society Having a disability is just like any other physical Driscoll said Its like your eye color or your hair color It doesnt decide your Other major accomplishments 1986 Wisconsin Wheelchair Athlete of the Year 1198790 MVP of the University of Illinois wheelchair basketball team 1990 Goodwill games winner and world record holder in meters 11991 Womens Sports Foundations Sportswomen of the Year I Aug 1992 Silver medalist In the 800 meters Wheelechair Exhibition Events at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona Spain April 1994 Set Boston Marathon record and a world record with a July 1994 Set World record In the meters at the IPC World Track and Field Championships future or what type person you are I have a disability but Im not dis Driscoll can race downhill 38 miles per hour She finished the Boston Marathon onehalf hour before the runners and shes been out for a cou ple of morning jogs with President Clinton She was silver medalist in the 800 meter Wheelchair Exhibition Event at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona Spain The 27yearold set a world record of in the Boston Marathon this spring her fourth straight win on Patriots Day In July she broke the meter world record in Germany The former collegiate wheelchair basketball MVP at the University of Illinois still trains in Champaign Her physical strength to partici pate in marathons comes from a rig orous schedule which includes weightlifting and road work According to Driscoll her inner strength comes through her commit ment to Jesus Christ When I was young my parents took me to faith healers trying to see if I could be Driscoll said in a serious tone I was told 1 needed to have more faith before God healed me Well I still havent been healed and this has never affected my faith 1 have a solid life in Her future plans are to race through 1996 This includes the 100th running of the Boston Marathon which she hopes will be her seventh victory there She would like to cap her racing career by winning an Olympic medal on her home turf in Atlanta This time Driscoll wants it to be a gold medal because as she says It would go better with my Ferry disaster kills hundreds Scores of survivors plucked from treacherous Baltic Sea TURKU Finland AP Res cuers fought rough seas and howling winds today to search for survivors of an Estonian ferry that capsized and sank with near ly people aboard More than 800 were missing and feared dead About 100 to 125 people had been rescued from the 54degree water hours after die ferry Esto nia sank overnight in the Baltic Swedish and Finnish author ities said They said rescue work ers found bodies but declined to say how many The count was confused because of the number of rescue workers involved It was one of the worst passenger ship disasters in recent years Authorities said the ships final radio message just after midnight was We are sinking The engines have stopped Raimo Tiilikainen a Finnish Coast Guard spokesman said 964 people were on board 776 pas sengers and 188 crew members The total based on a preliminary passenger list was higher than authorities initial report of 867 people on the ship Hopes for finding anyone else alive were dim because of the dif ficulty of surviving in cold water We saw about 40 life rafts Unfortunately most of them were said Stefan Carneros pilot of a Swedish rescue heli copter He said waves in the area were up to 20 feet high The waves and winds topping 56 mph hindered rescue opera tions about 25 miles from the Finnish island of Uto GM strike impact is spreading It could halt North American operations DETROIT AP It took only hours for a strike at a General Motors Corp parts factory to stop production at two other assembly plants If the walkout by workers lasts more than a few days the resulting parts shortages will halt most of GMs North American operations industry experts say Talks between the UAW and GM resumed in Flint this morning United Auto Workers Local 599 struck the Buick City complex in Flint at 10 Tuesday By 7 two midsize car assembly plants in Lansing were sending workers home The union is upset with produc tion speedups safety problems and subcontracting Or in the words of welder Dave Falling who was walking a picket line They speeded up the lines and dont have enough people to do the The workers at the Lans ing plants were told not to show up today GM spokesman John Shea said Negotiations were to resume this morning GM has cut its hourly work force by jobs since 1991 in an effort to stop its North Ameri can operations from losing money Now the market is booming and the worlds No 1 automaker cant build cars fast enough to satisfy demand but it doesnt want to hire new permanent employees Permanent UAW employees cost GM more than an hour in pay and benefits after three years twice or three times the labor costs of some nonunion outside con tractors School board seeks public comment on 21st Century plan 60page booklet explains details Public meetings By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer The officers of KokomoCenter School Board are hopeful upcom ing meetings on the corporations 21st Century Plan will net more public input on trie subject than they have heard so far Ive received some comment but not as much as I thought I said board secretary David Siefers I think the public may be waiting to see how were going to fulfill the 21st Century Five public meetings were scheduled by the board Monday to address community questions and concerns about the recently announced schoolimprovement plan The first session is at Oct 10 at Lafayette Park School I seriously hope well get some said board President Dar lene Poulard Were trying to encourage people to do Last week KokomoCenter Superintendent Roger W Thorn ton unveiled the latest set of rec ommendations on the project begun three years ago by hun dreds of community volunteers Thorntons proposal was devel oped by KokomoCenter adminis trators using recommendations from the community task forces It calls for closing or demolish ing four of the corporations schools Roosevelt Washington McKinley and Kokomo High School downtown campus and operating six elementary and three middle schools One school Wallace would be torn down and rebuilt All high school students would attend Kokomo High School south campus where a new career center would be built Also proposed are increased counseling and parental and busi ness involvement and changes in KokomoCenter School Board will conduct the following meetings for public input on the corporations 21st Century Plan Oct Lafayette Park School Oct i Maple Crest School Oct 13 Kokomo High School sc i Oct 17 Sycamore School Oct i Bon Air School I grade configuration Thornton has asked the school board to approve hiring an architect and fiscal adviser in November to help determine the cost of the project After the public meeting in which the recommendations were given school board members asked for reaction on the issue even suggesting that patrons call them at home But Poulard said most of the comments she has heard from the community have been inquiries about where to get more information Sixtypage booklets containing the plans recommendations and related documents are available by contacting David Barnes KokomoCenter community rela tions officer at 4558000 exten sion 312 Board Vice President Bar nett said he believes more people will comment during the sched uled public forums and Siefers noted that will be necessary for the board to move forward on the 21st Century Plan Its their tax Siefers said of KokomoCenter patrons We need to know what they expect the school corporation to Inside todays Tribune Local A ruling by Judge Randy Hainlen makes it easier to get properties back on the tax rolls Page A3 Alto inside Business Classified Dear Local
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