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Titusville Herald (Newspaper) - June 5, 1993, Titusville, Pennsylvania DHAKK WKIl 1859 Established June 14 1865 Oldest Daily Newspaper in Northwestern Pennsylvania Stormy Saturday Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms like ly Highs in the upper 50s to upper 60s Satur day night Partly cloudy Lows from 40 to 50 Sunday Partly sunny Highs in the mid60s to low 70s TITUSVILLE PA SATURDAY MORNING JUNE 5 1993 35 CENTS Optimist Dedication Revealed At THS Class of 1993 Banquet By JON SHERMAN Herald Staff Writer Using the theme What a Long Strange Trip Its Been the members of the Titusville High School class of 1993 gathered Friday evening for the senior banquet After dinner something which had been a deep dark secret for a long time was revealed The Optim ist the class yearbook was dedi cated to teacher David Snyder Snyd er a world cultures teacher for many years retires at the end of this school year In a twopage spread in the Optimist Snyders love for his family and the great outdoors is recorded When Snyders name was announced he received a standing ovation from the crowd of students faculty members and administrators which filled Colcstock Auditorium Another familiar face will soon be absent from THS Mary Dunkle senior class advisor for two decades told the audience this was her last senior banquet as she is also retiring She had words of praise for the school district administrators and the students with whom she has worked over the years Amid a standing ovation Mrs Dunkle was presented with a gift by senior class officers Also recognized were the four exchange students who have spent this year at THS Riccarrdo Codifava of Italy Mario Diaz Alvarez of Mexico Diego Ortiz of Spain and Mctus Petrik of the former Czecho slovakia each spoke words of appre ciation for their time in Titusville The evening ended with the premiere showing of the class of93s slide presentation Lasting about 40 minutes the 700plus slide show featured every member of the class Backing up the slides was a mix of contemporary music The dinner portion of the evening opened with words of welcome and brief remarks from Superintendent Richard Carr Also making brief remarks was James L Love school board president Student Jennifer Bean offered the invocation during which all joined hands Petra j Stevenson senior class president acted as master of ceremonies Other class officers are Ronald Nichols vice president Michelle Bauer secretary and Heather Lemley treasurer The banquet committee consisted of the following Bradly Arnink David Clark Christine Dillemuth Amy Dymond Matthew Ebcrt Tracy Gagnon Heather Hennes Mark Kirkwood Brent Lemon Nathaniel Mclntosh Brian Mitcham Jeremiah Morrison Jessica Mowrey Malinda Muschweck Gregory Pilewski Cynthia Quick Annette Spady Rachael Vidoni Joshua Wig Kristie Wiltanger and Andrew Zahner OPTIMIST DEDICATED Longtime Titusville High School teacher David Snyder was honored Friday evening when the 1993 edition of the yearbook Optimist was dedicated to him Snyder is retiring at the end of this school year Making the official presentation of the yearbook to Snyder following the annual senior banquet were staffers Tara Hender son and Reagan Warner Miss Warner was yearbook editor Herald photo by Jon Sherman Unemployment Improves Slightly Amid Manufacturing Weakness THS EXCHANGE STUDENTS Pictured left to right are Diego Ortiz Spain Riccardo Codifava Italy Mat Petrik Slavakia and Mario Alvarez Mexico They were honored at Friday nights Senior Banquet By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON AP The nations unemployment rate finally showed slight improvement last month dropping to 69 percent as a spurt of new construction jobs helped to offset continued weakness in manufacturing The small 01 percentage point decline reported by the Labor Department on Friday pushed the jobless rate to its lowest point since November 1991 and followed three consecutive months in which unem ployment had been stuck at 7 percent The gains were largest in the 25 Years Ago A Dream Dies By HARRY F ROSENTHAL Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP Even after a quarter century the entry in Sirhan Sirhans notebook has lost none of its chill My determination to eliminate RFK is becoming more the more sic of an unshakable obsession he wrote in a manic torrent RFK must die RFK must be killed Robert F Kennedy must be assassinated Robert F Kennedy friusVbe assassi nated before 5 June 1968 At am on that date Sirhan a Jordanian Arab carried out his threat It was exactly one year after the start of the SixDay War in which Israel defeated its Arab enemies said he would stand or tall on tne results in California The years pass and the killing of Bobby Kennedy fades in the national memory A third of the nation born since then did not feel the shock as another Kennedy was cut down senselessly But those who were alive remember Robert Kennedy would be 67 and a grandfather Sirhan Sirhan is an inmate in the hightech highsecurity Corcoran State Prison in California housed with the likes of Charles Manson His dream of being traded as a politi cal prisoner and returning as a hero to the Middle East has faded If released after his ninth parole hear ing next year he will be 50 years old having spent half his life locked up Two thousand people were jammed into the ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel joining Kennedy in celebrating his primary victory I think we can end the divisions in the United States he told them I intend to make that my basis for running Applause flooded the room So my thanks to all of you and its on to Chicago and lets win there They were the last words Kennedy said in public He started to leave then suddenly turned and headed toward the kitchen In a pantry he moved along lead ing an adoring entourage smiling accepting congratulations shaking hands One outstretched hand Sirhans held a gun He fired eight times Robert Kennedy died a day later Four million pcoplea year visit the grave of John F Kennedy in Arling ton National Cemetery The site has an exceptional view n a straight line the eye falls on the Lincoln Memorial the Washington Monu ment and in the distance the United States Capitol The majestic words of the president so well known are carved in granite To the right and a few steps behind is a small reflecting pool and a white cross Robert Kennedy as always is at his brothers side service sector particularly health care jobs and in construction where low mortgage rates have spurred a rebound in housing Manufacturing continued to slide shedding 39000 jobs in May follow ing an even bigger loss in April Manufacturing employment remained at the lowest level in 28 years The Commerce Department said in a separate report that new orders to US factories fell for a second straight month in April edging down 03 percent as American companies continued trying to reduce inventories Economists and the Clinton admi nistration were encouraged by the total job gains According to a survey of business payrolls 209000 new nonfarm jobs were added in May following an increase of 216000 in April It marked the first time since before the start of the 199091 reces sion that payrolls have gone up by more than 200000 in two consecu tive months White House spokesman George Stephanopoulos said the latest In the election of 1968 the country was torn by the Vietnam War and Robert Kennedy stood with those opposed to the war and to the president Lyndon Johnson who craved victory there He stood for civil rights He stood for making cities livable He stood for the poor He stood for equality of blacks But first and foremost Kennedy stood for putting an end to the bloodshed in Vietnam and in Americas cities His advisers were unanimously against his running against an incumbent president a Democrat at that I run he said because I am convinced that this country is on a perilous course He won some primaries Indiana Nebraska and the District of Colum bia but he lost in Oregon and said it was a setback he coulc ill afford He WILDFLOWER WALK BRIDGE Wildflower Walk Bridge Completed by Eagle Scout Eagle Scout Clancy Atkinson of Oil City recently completed construction of a wooden bridge that will make part of the Wildflower Walk at Drake Well accessible to people with handicaps The brid ge now wide enough to accomo date wheelchairs spans an eroded metal culvert which limited access to the Wildflower display Atkinson raised funds for his Eagle Scout project from area donors includ ing the Samuel Justus Chairitable Trust the Cranberry Lions Club the Venan go County Home Builders Association the Oil City Garden Club the Titusvil le Garden Club H Cornerand Associates and the Carpenters District Council of Western Pennsylvania He also planted rhododendron bushes to mark the new entrance to the walk area and constructed the bridge with the help of Drake Well staff and volun teer scouts Nick Middleton Lane Diddle Ben Carbaugh Matt Cook Bill Diddle and Andrew Johnson The Wildlife Walk was originally designed by the Titusville Garden Club report was something we take great heart in Labor Secretary Robert Reich noted positive developments in the job market but said We must not put too much weight in a single months numbers Private economists said the nation is experiencing the weakest recovery in history despite the May improvement The Labor Department announced its annual revisions to historical economic data Those revisions corrected the erro neous doublecounting of some employees that had inflated employ ment statistics prior to 1991 With those jobs eliminated it turns out the recession cost the country 13 million jobs not the 17 million most recently estimated The Labor Department said the job market has been increasing by an average of 28000 more jobs per month than previously estimated over the past year Even with the revisions it still took 25 months after the recession ended in March 1991 to regain the jobs lost during the downturn That is the longest recovery interval in postwar history beating the old mark of 12 months set several times including after the 198182 downturn Some analysts said the better thanoxpected employment report was causing them to increase their estimates for growth in the overall economy to between 25 percent and 3 percent in the current quarter While that would bo a sharp accel eration from the 09 percent increase in the gross domestic product in the JanuaryMarch quarter analysts still believcfurtherdeclincsinthejobless rate would occur only gradually Many expect unemployment around 67 percent at the end of this year It hit an eightyear high of 77 percent in June 1992 The household survey put the increase in employment last month at 857000 the largest gain in nine years The number of unemployed dropped to 886 million The job gains were paced by an increase of 67000 in construction workers Since January this sector has gained 130000 jobs The service sector climbed by 126000 jobs last Bad Press A Fast Slide From Slick Willie to Bumblin Bill By ROBERT DVORCHAK AP National Writer Bill Clinton must sense how badly the wheels have come off when lanternjawed jokcster Jay Leno frames his presidency with punchlines A senior administration official said President Clinton is finally getting his sea the host of The Tonight Show dcadpanned What good arc sea legs when youre standing on the Titanic Late night comics headline writers and carping critics arc having a field day with Clintons cumulative missteps which have produced lower public approval ratings than any other president had four months into a first term There is a snowball effect Bad press leads to bad ratings which emboldens faultfinders which leads to more negative copy etc People who study the White House point out the poor reviews arc merited The president tends to get the press he deserves In some ways he ought to get an award for providing so much easy copy said Fred Grcenstcin a Princeton University political science professor specialis ing in the presidency The media serves some of the same functions as pain in the nerv ous system It tells him somethings wrong that hes communicating poorly Clinton scored an unenviable double at the newstands this week The cover of Time trumpeted THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING PRES IDENCY Newswccks front asked Whats Wrong and answered Ugh A Mess in the White House Fridays tabloids joined the chor us BUMBLIN BILL cried the New York Daily News WHAT A MESS howled the New York Post Its the policies stupid wrote Henry J Hyde chairman of the House Republican Policy Commit tee in an opcd piece in The Washington Post 1 wouldnt consider giving him a job anywhere above middle management Ross Perot told David Frost Perot then got a S10 haircut in mock protest of Clintons pricey coif from Cristophe None of this is to say Clinton cant reverse the slide during the next 31A years Harry Truman got the last laugh with a reelection after Repu blicans in the late 1940s coined the phrase To err is Truman Clinton has taken one big step hiring David Gcrgen to relieve boyish 1 ooking George Stcphanopoulous Regulars in the Washington media corps feel Clinton has avoided them in favor of televised town meetings and talk shows And campaign promises of economic change were overshadowed by such issues as gays in the military withdrawn nominations and haircuts Theres no question hes being punished in part for avoiding the Washington press corps said Henry Graff a presidential historian at Columbia University its an accidentprone administration Theres no question they have goofed Its like hurting your ankle and then hurting it over and over Graff said Its amazing to hear someone say Im not going to be like Jimmy Carter and then do worse than Carter Others note that the medias job is to be critical of decisionmaking and management shortcomings and recent coverage transcends hostility over media access and travel arrangements The medias role is to hold up to the promises One of Clintons main problems is the Slick Willie image from the campaign said Chris Arterton dean of the Graduate School of Polit ical Management The reality is this is an admi nistration thats been stumbling so far But reporters write against the grain As soon as everybody says Clintons going downhill somebody will write the opposite These things go in cycles Presidentialratings Clintons overall performance USATodayCNNGallup Pol Approval Disapproval Clintons overall performance ABC News Poll Clintons economic plan USATodayCNNGallup Poll Bianchini
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