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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - June 1, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 268 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Wednesday June 50 cents Indictment shocking and painful Rostys accused of using schemes to plunder Treasury WASHINGTON AP A vet eran House Democrat today lamented Rep Dan Ros tenkowskis indictment on cor ruption charges calling it shock ing and very personally Rep Charles Range of New York a House Ways and Means Committee colleague of Ros tenkowskis said the Illinois Democrats indictment by a feder al grand jury hurt the committee and the Con gress We were all very very sur Federal prosecutors obtained a 17 count indict ment Tuesday portraying the 66yearold Rostenkowski as a powerful House chairman who persistently pursued oppor tunities to reward himself his friends and political associates at taxpayers expense Rostenkowski In obtaining the indictment from a federal grand jury prose cutors served notice that they intended to paint a devastating picture of greed and corruption run amok over 20 years Ros tenkowski who had turned down a possible plea bargain after lengthy negotiations was accused of using elaborate schemes to plunder the Treasury of near ly The indictment means that Ros tenkowski one of the most power ful and influential members of the House automatically loses his chairmanship of the Ways and Means panel Congress key tax writing committee It removes him as a key player in President Clintons campaign to win passage of healthcare reform legislation this year White House Communications Director Mark Gearan asked today if Rostenkowskis troubles would hurt health reform said on NBC Congressman Rostenkows ki is entitled to his day in court What we need to do now is con tinue the good work he has start Range conceded on the same program that he was surprised by the scope of the indictment And House Republican Whip Newt Gingrich of Georgia echoed Rangel I think all of us are pretty staggered by the totality of the indictment that is involved Rostenkowski is expected to be arraigned over the next 10 days although defense motions could delay trial for months if not years In theory conviction on all the charges could mean a 110year jail term and in fines but it is impossible to say what the sen tence would really be The indictment charged that in return for being placed on Ros tenkowskis office payroll friends or relatives took pictures at his daughters wedding mowed lawns remodeled his home or performed other tasks that direct ly benefited the congressman A total of was paid over 21 years to 14 ghost employees according to the indictment Under what prosecutors alleged were phony lease agreements for official vehicles Rostenkowski arranged for the government to pay to a Chicago auto dealer for cars that the congress man and members of his family drove as personal vehicles Attorney Eric H Holder Jr said the indictment accused Ros tenkowski of betrayal of the pub lic trust for personal Little bandit steals hearts By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer Davey brings new meaning to the term teachers The sevenweekold raccoon has trav eled to and from Linda Maskels class at Roosevelt School for nearly its entire life while her Kokomo Prime Learning Underscored pupils learn about giving their all to save animals Were thinking about making the school mascot the Roosevelt Maskel said in a telephone interview Tuesday as Davey walked on her head When Davey was about two days old a Roosevelt maintenance mans son dis covered him in a wooded area Maskel said When she received the animal it still had its umbilical cord and no fur I was told it was a she said In fact in the class journals for a whole week we called it a But as its fur grew rings appeared on its tail Thaf s what gave it she said Daveys home was a cardboard box and now is a cage which is stored in Maskels room during school hours Her 16 pupils ages 6 and 7 record the animals progress which has included a bout with pneumonia and the introduc tion of new sounds to its vocabulary Davey will be released to the Izaak Walton League on Tuesday when Maskels class visits the environmental organization The raccoon will be de humanized to prepare it for release back into the wild The teacher said shes already appre hensive about giving up the animal The kids just love him dearly Its going to be a heartbreaker to release him she said Weve had parents visit him and the staff are his But Ive taught the class that when an animal is unable to take care of itself you have to try your best to save it no matter what the consequences And now Im getting across to them that the animal was born in the woods and must die Ralph Woodard topbottom Cody Hubbard and Neamiah Hill take a nap with Davey the raccoon at Roosevelt Tribune photo by Tim Bath Welfare checks bowing to plastic WASHINGTON Vice President Al Gore says millions of lowincome Americans will receive their monthly benefits through electronic banking tak ing the government out of the business of writing welfare checks and printing food stamps by 1999 Gore wants to expand a system known as Electronic Benefits Transfer or EBT from a handful of local experiments into a nation al network Using a single card the system ultimately could deliv er billion a year in benefits ranging from welfare to Social Security and military pensions EBT already is being used statewide in Maryland and in sev eral cities around the country to deliver welfare benefits and food stamps through automated teller machines and electronic retail ter minals The primary users ofthe nation al EBT network would befood stamp recipients and Americans who receive other public benefits but who do not have bank accounts and direct deposit Among the biggest losers the checkcashing companies that charge stiff fees to cash welfare checks and the drug dealers who exchange drugs for food stamps Under the system food stamp recipients would use their card to pay for groceries at a supermarket checkout just as many people now use credit and debit cards Pensions and other benefits would be credited to the recipient who could then withdraw the money from automated teller machines According to Gore EBT reduces waste fraud and and cuts red tape while saving an esti million a year when fully implemented The federal investment designing and implementing nationwide EBT is estimated at million from 1994 through 1997 in Life in space Galactic clouds contain 1 of lifes building blocks MINNEAPOLIS AP An amino acid has been found for the first time in large galactic clouds proving that one of the molecules important to the formation of life can exist in deep space researchers say Yanti Miao and YiJehng Knan of the University of Illinois at Urbana reported Tuesday at a meeting of the American Astro nomical Society that they detected glycine in clouds of gas and parti cles near the center of the Milky Way Glycine is an important amino acid playing a role in the forma tion of many types of protein This supports the concept that life could occur elsewhere in Knan said though he emphasized that finding the amino acid in no way proves that life exists elsewhere or that glycine from space played a role in Earths biology Patrick Palmer a University of Chicago astronomer and an expert on molecules in space said the finding is an important step toward an understanding of inter stellar He said more than 100 mole cules have been found in space but that this was the first discov ery of a basic molecule of life The discovery adds fuel to the debate among scientists over whether the amino acids that formed early lift arose in space and were somehow deposited on a primitive Earth or were created on Earth through atmospheric chemistry and such energy sources as lightning This discovery forces a re examination of the whole Palmer said Hoosiers schoolhouse goes up in ball of flames NINEVEH Ind AP The schoolhouse used in the movie Hopsiers was destroyed by fire this morning firefighters said The fire at the Nineveh Town ship School was reported at and was not brought under control until three hours later No one was hurt said Nineveh firefighter Rick Woehlecke Id say the building was Woehlecke said It had an open attic so it went The fire was believed to have begun on the top floor of the threestory brickandoak struc ture Woehlecke said The cause of the fire was undetermined The schoolhouse had been vacant since 1985 the last year classes were held there and the year the movie was filmed Nineveh in southern Johnson County is about 25 miles south of Indianapolis Inside Local A Kokomo Police Depart ment specialist is suspended for insubordination Page A2 Sports Brace yourself for Game 5 Pacers vs Knicks Page Cl Also inside Business markets B67 Classified ads D37 Comics D8 DearAbby D6 D7 Entertainment B4 Local news A24 Nation D2 News of record A6 Obituaries A6 Opinion A5 Sports Cl5 State Dl Style Bl3 World Dl IU board looking at gay issue IUK could be forced to follow any changes in policy ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer The Indiana University Board of Trustees on Thursday will discuss whether unmarried domestic partners of university faculty and staff including gays and lesbians should receive the same benefits as married employ ees Board Vice President Harry Gonso said he wasnt certain whether any action would be taken but the matter would be brought up for discussion at meetings Thursday ana Friday at the lUEast campus in Richmond Gonso said hes looking forward to the con versation and has some strongly held views going in He refused to reveal his stance on the issue until after he hears from other trustees The JU Bloomington faculty council has already voted to support the policy change H the eightcampus system faculty council approves it this fall it will go to the board of trustees for consideration As a branch campus IU Kokomo would be forced to follow any policy changes the system initiates IUK officials have said Gonso was asked whether Indiana law must first recognize samesex partnerships before the board of trustees of a state school could extend marital status to those types of relation ships Im not sure if thats a requirement but part of my analysis is that it should be lawful on the state and federal level before IU enacts such a Gonso said Hoosier tax dollars funded 23 percent of the IU operating budget for the 199394 academic year The Indiana General Assembly provided IU with million dollars in operating rev enue the largest single chunk of the schools billion ofincome Jim Buck the yetunopposed Republican candidate for District 38 state representative said he disagrees with the spending of state dollars on unmarried partners whether theyre heterosexual or homosexual Theres no legal contract Buck said Rep Earle Howard DKokomo agreed There ought to be some legislation passed recognizing those types of marriages until that I dont think we should be providing them Howard said of samesex domestic couples Howard said he opposes such a poli cy and thinks the General Assembly would also If IU went ahead with the policy change without legislation in place recognizing same sex domestic partnerships the legislature would have a dim view of some of their lUs Howard said But no colleges or universities that have extended benefits to domestic partners of employees have sought approval to do so from their state legislatures said Evan Wolfson senior staff attorney for the Lambda Legal Defense Fund a New York citybased legal advocacy group for gays and lesbians Universities decide to extend benefits to married partners Theres no law that requires Wolfson said So theyre also free to recognize that not everyone can get married and thus they can provide benefits to those people that cannot get The Universities of Iowa Minnesota Ver mont Wisconsin and ColoradoBoulder are examples of public schools that have recog nized samesex domestic partnerships said Curt Shepard director of the National Gay and Lesbian task Force Campus Project Plans to extend benefits to domestic partners have stalled at the University of Californias ninecampus system because tain the legislature not a school should be SftfI ting social policy Sheparri said ;