Seahawks play a big one
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s bid to build an open-air football and soccer stadium to keep the Seattle Seahawks in town appears to have paid off. While votes won’t be completely totaled till later this week, his lead of 51 percent to 49 percent is a winner.
With only seven weeks to mount a campaign and face a billionaire with an open checkbook, opponents feared defeat from the beginning.
Allen poured more than $5 million into Tuesday’s largely mail-in vote - including a half-million dollars in TV come-ons.
The farther people lived from the proposed stadium, the harder the idea was to sell.
The measure lost overwhelmingly in Eastern Washington, and in Spokane County the tally hit a whopping 63 percent opposed.
The proposal included a complex funding plan, in which Allen kicked in $100 million, and the public $327 million.
Manhunt for Kehoes ends
Former Colville resident Cheyne Kehoe - facing a 16-count indictment in Ohio, where the 21-year-old and brother Chevie Kehoe, 24, are accused of shooting at a state trooper, deputy sheriff and two police officers - ended a nationwide manhunt by driving to the Stevens County Courthouse and surrendering Monday.
The elder Kehoe was arrested the following day in Utah, based on a tip from his brother, perhaps eyeing the $60,000 reward.
Cheyne Kehoe was allowed to read a brief statement about the February shootouts with law officers that made the Kehoes federal fugitives.
“The reason I acted in the manner I did was due to the actions taken against men like Randy Weaver, Gordon Kahl and Bob Matthews,” he said, referring to a trio of right-wing radicals who were involved in fatal shootouts with police.
Kahl and Matthews died in 1983 and 1984, and Weaver was wounded in a 1992 standoff at Ruby Ridge, in which his wife and son were killed.
One of the gun battles charged against the Kehoes was caught by a video camera in a trooper’s car. It shows a man thought to be Cheyne Kehoe exchanging fire with a trooper who pulled over the suspect car. The dramatic footage was played repeatedly nationwide.
In addition to attempted murder charges stemming from the now infamous gunplay, Chevie Kehoe is charged with possessing stolen firearms linked to a triple murder in Arkansas in 1996.
Both men are likely to extradited to Ohio in the near future.
Clinton seeks racial unity
President Clinton, saying the “burden of race” was “the unfinished work of our time,” has challenged the nation to confront its prejudices and stereotypes and join him in a quest to mend relations among racial, ethnic and religious groups.
“We have torn down the barriers in our laws,” he told the graduating class of the University of California, San Diego, last weekend. “Now we must break down the barriers in our lives, our minds and our hearts.”
Clinton’s appeal for unity marked the start of what he pledges will be a yearlong initiative to determine how best to heal the historic rifts between blacks and whites, as well as newer ones involving Hispanics, Asians and other ethnic groups.
He appointed a seven-member board to advise him on potential policy changes and pledged to lead town-hall meetings to help the country confront discrimination.
Addressing a current divisive issue, Clinton said: “To those who oppose affirmative action, I ask you to come up with an alternative. I would embrace it if I could find a better way.”
Reliving Great Migration
In 1846, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints elder Brigham Young and his followers fled persecution in Nauvoo, Ill. They wintered in Nebraska and set out across the Rocky Mountains in 1847.
Upon seeing the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, Young declared it to be their new home.
During the next 22 years, 70,000 Mormons followed Young to Salt Lake in what is now described as the Great Migration.
They rode on horses and in wagons, driving cattle and other livestock. Later, the most destitute walked, pulling their babies and provisions in handcarts. They left 6,000 buried along the trail.
Today, the Great Migration is to Mormons what the Exodus is to Jews: the story of God’s promise to deliver a persecuted people.
This year, thousands of families are tracing the historic journey to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Young’s trek.
Among them are State Line, Idaho, rancher Ted Demars and his flock.
Demars always knew his family descended from pioneer stock, but he didn’t have an inkling of what that really meant until now. He says he’s taking the adventure to gain a “stronger testimony.”
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