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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - April 15, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 222 K OKOMO Kokomo Ind Friday April 15 1994 50 cents halts jet patrols Aim is to reinforce safety Hind heliqopter gunship Fox WASHINGTON AP The United States today suspended all air patrols over northern Iraq for a oneday standdown to reinforce safety procedures that failed shockingly in Thursdays shoot down of two helicopters While the F15 fighter pilots were being given additional safety briefings today AWACS early warning radar planes continued operating over the nofly zone north of the 36th parallel said defense officials who spoke on condition they not be identified Although no attack aircraft are in the air over northern Iraq today the AWACS could call in jets in the event Iraqi aircraft were spotted violating the nofly zone the officials said Defense Secretary William Perry said today it will take weeks to sift through the evidence to figure out why two F15 fighters shot down the two Army helicopters All 26 people aboard the choppers were killed including 15 Americans Perry said We have already made some changes in the proce dures He could not reveal the changes for security reasons Perry making the rounds of net work morning news shows said he was baffled by the shootdown in which the Black Hawk helicopters were mistaken for Iraqi Hind helicopters I find it very difficult to under Perry said The heli copters do not look very much like each Perry said the F15C pilots made two passes to visually inspect the helicopters but did not attempt to contact them by radio before opening fire Such radio contact was not part of their proce Perry said William Roberson Kokomo looks through a federal tax form at the Internal Revenue Service Office here Thursday as the clock ticked toward todays filing deadline Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Its a big day for IRS Post Office By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer Its time to settle with Uncle Sam Federal tax returns are due at midnight tonight With less than 36 hours until the deadline the Internal Revenue Services Kokomo office saw a steady stream of procrastinators Thurs day A small business owner parttime stu dents and a car salesman were among those getting lastminute tax help and forms Near ly taxpayers had visited the Kokomo office since Monday Its going to be a big day for us We expect 250 to 300 people will come in for lastminute said Bill Ward of the IRS Kokomo office There will be additional counter help to help with the extra Trie Main Kokomo Post bracing for a rush of procrastinators will collect and post mark returns until midnight Professional tax preparers also planned for a lastminute stampede The IRSs local office will close at today but Ward said extension forms will be available outside the office in a special box The IRS estimates it will receive 35 million returns plus 5 million extension requests this week Many of them will be mailed today The penalty for not filing either a return or extension Form 4868 is steep 5 percent a month of the amount owed If people cant pay at this time they should at least file a said Ward adding that requests for extensions are up this year As of Thursday about million Hoosiers had filed federal tax returns The IRS expects to receive million federal returns from Hoosiers said spokesman Mark Apple Over returns were filed electronical ly up 7 percent over last vear Under a new program available in Indiana the IRS has received returns by phone from single Hoosier filers eligible to file a 1040 Easy form Indiana University has a new president By TRISHA TURNER and The Associated Press Myles Brands budget problems at the Uni versity of Oregon will be an asset not a draw back in his new job as president of Indiana University the search committee head who found him said The IU Board of Trustees approved hiring Brand 51 at IU Purdue UniversityIndi anapolis Thursday night He was introduced today at a Bloomington news conference tele vised locally at IU Kokomo and will begin heading the eightcampus IU system on Aug 1 He comes from a great institution that was troubled by significant economic prob said trustee and search chairman Harry L Gonso He said Brands vast experience in public education makes him a great sound solid individual who will bring instant creditabili IUK Chancellor Emita B Hill praised the trustees choice calling him a real Brand received his undergraduate and doctor ate degrees in philosophy and has been a pro fessor of philosophy since 1967 Im very Hill said Ive heard very good things and he comes straight out of academic At Oregon he was president of a dent onecampus institution Hill said its too soon to say how that fact will affect his ability to preside over eight campuses statewide It will probably be January before we have a real sense of his she said At Indiana a tight state budget may force Brand to pursue innovative fundraising meth ods to head off declines in university funding The IUK chancellor said she hopes Brand is able to use his experience in Oregon to help him lobby for more higher education funding in Indiana You and I both know higher education is not very well funded in Indiana and not a very high priority she said Myles Brand a biographical profile By The Associated Press Here is a biographical profile of Myles Brand Born May 17 1942 Education Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1964 University of Rochester 1967 Experience 8994 President University of Oregon 8689 Provost Ohio State University 8286 Dean University of Arizona 8183 Philosophy chairman University of AriBrand zona 7280 Philosophy chairman University of IllinoisChicago 6772 Professor University of Pittsburgh Change coming for Millionaire show New tickets will put you on the hot seat INDIANAPOLIS AP Postal Service revenue could drop by thousands of dollars with a new lottery program but the odds of getting on the Hoosier Mil lionaire show will get much bet ter Currently mailin entry chances for the show are given once for every in sales for Powerball Lotto Cash Daily 3 and Daily 4 games The lottery averages between to entry tickets mailed in each week If are mailed in sepa rately thats in 29cent postal stamps But beginning Monday the Hoosier Lottery will start selling new Hoosier Millionaire instant tickets which will be the only way players can get on the weekly television show The changes may become popu lar with people trying to get on the show and they likely will be more profitable for the state If you want to get in the hot seat and be the next millionaire this is the vehicle you have to come said Lottery Director John Dillon With the new tickets players can win up to an automatic seat on the show or a chance to mail in an entry for a drawing to appear on the snow One in every 100 tickets will be a chance for a mailin entry The lottery estimates it now will receive only about mailins each week The old mailin tickets which will stop being issued Sun day will still be good for the entry drawings over the next six months but after that are not valid Dillon said that under the cur rent system people who had sent in scores of entry tickets were frustrated about their chances for actually becoming one of the six weekly contestants People always have a question relative to the draw and its diffi cult for us to relay that we receive entry tickets a week and perhaps even he said Once sales get going the lottery estimates two people will win automatic seats on the show each week with the rest coming from the drawing Odds of winning an automatic seat are one in Dillon said The lottery also unveiled two new instant scratchoff games that will go on sale next week Inside Local Alcohol is being abused by some teens in Howard County Page 2 Style Baby is extra special to local family Page 11 Sports Braves Greg Maddux nearly flawless Page 8 Also inside Business Classified Local News of Northern denies KT request Newspaper asks to see claim under states Public Records Act Northern School Corp Superintendent Harry Day on Thursday denied the Kokomo Tribunes request to see or copy a tort claim filed with the school corpo ration by two parents The Tribune submitted a formal written request Wednesday for permission to see or copy the claim under Indianas Public Records Act The denial has been turned over to Tribune attorney Mike Cord The tort claim was filed last month by Kokomo attorney Mark McCann who represents the parents of two Northern School Corp girls who have alleged teacher and coach Don Garner made sexual A tort claim is the first step in civil litigation If a lawsuit was filed the parents would seek compensa tion for alleged damages their children suffered because of the incidents In the denial notice Day cites federal education privacy statutes which he and his attorney claim do not permit the school corporation to release the doc uments To be clear about the position of Northern Com munity Schools on the release of these documents we have absolutely no objection to releasing them to you the Tribune other than the obligation imposed on this school district under Indiana law and the fed eral Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act to preserve the confidentiality of education records that contain personally identifiable According to Days denial the school corporation has concluded unfortunately that these tort claims contain other information that would make the stu dents identity easily Day wrote that the school corporation is obligated not to release the documents without the consent of the parents who filed the claim Day has sent a letter to McCann seeking that approval but has not received a response Day also wrote I hope you can appreciate that the Northern Community Schools has no interest in blocking access to these documents and is in effect caught in the middle of a dispute over the release of documents it received but did not create and has no particular interest in keeping Indianas Public Records Act allows individuals and the media to file a request for a court hearing seeking an order compelling Northern lo allow inspection of the record The act also says it a record contains disclosablo iind nondisclosable information I ho public agoncy shall separate the material that may be disclosed and make it available for inspection and copying The case began in Decombor 1993 when lour female seventhgrade students alleged Garner a Tri Central Elementary School teacher had inappropri ate contact with them according lo ho Indiana State Police A Tipton Circuit Court grand jury did not roturn an indictment against Garmr nftor it convened in February After Day and his attorney reviewed tho Indiana State Police records tho school board agtvod to sus pend Garner for 10 days without pay beginning March 21 Garner was also ordered to have at loast 14 hours of counsoling by Jan 1 11W5 on tho risks and con sequences for teachers students and the school com munity arising from soxual harassment and other unwelcome contacts and communication in tho 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