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SUNDAY April 11,1993

The n e w s p a p e r , ^ o f Eastern Iowa

FORECAST: Cloudy with showers and thundershowers. Highs 50-54. Lows 35-39. Today's daylight: 13 hrs., 10 min. See 21 A.


Rallying for Jessica
attended the rally. During one of the speeches Saturday, a skirmish broke out between a supporter of biological parents Dan and Cara Schmidt of Blairstown and people from the predomi­ By Dave Gosch nantly peaceful, pro-DeBoer crowd. Gazette staff writer Marilyn Vennell of Cedar Rapids said she Emotions ran high and an assault charge was carrying a sign in support of the was filed Saturday morning during a down­ Schmidts when she was confronted by a town Cedar Rapids rally in support of a group who didn't like her message. Michigan couple trying to retain custody of "They pushed me, and they took my sign," little girl Jessica. said Vennell. "I have the same rights they Frequently chanting "Justice for Jessica," do." a large crowd gathered at Greene Square Vennell called police at 10:53 a.m. After Park to voice support for Jan and Roberta talking to several witnesses, police issued a DeBoer's quest to keep Jessica. simple assault citation to Kelly Rife, 25, of Police said between 800 and 900 people Cedar Rapids. Rife was not. taken into custo-

Emotion-filled crowd crams into C.R. park

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dy, and she signed a promise to appear in court at a later date. Rife said she would plead innocent to the assault charge. After police took Rife away from the crowd, Vennell told reporters that she went to the rally because she felt the DeBoers must follow the law and relinquish Jessica to the Schmidts. A small crowd then gath­ ered around Vennell. Someone from the crowd asked her if she knew the Schmidts. Vennell said she did not and then asked, "Does everyone here know the DeBoers?"

G a z e t t e photo by Lisa Powell

Starr Nielsen of Cedar Rapids has survived incurable cancer through a bone-marrow transplant treatment at University Hospitals in Iowa City.

Charge of the Easter e g g brigade

U of I treatment stalls C.R. woman's cancer
make it." It was exactly two years ago Starr Nielsen always that she was given the death thought of herself as self- sentence. Her disease is now in remission, due to a revolu­ reliant. "I never feel anything is tionary cancer treatment at out of my control," the Cedar University Hospitals in Iowa Rapids advertising executive City and to Nielsen's own de­ says. "And I didn't think I termination. needed people to help me." Along t h e way, she's Then she was told she had learned to depend on others. incurable cancer with per­ Both she and her physician haps a year to live. say without the support of Rather than give up or give family a n d friends she in, however, Nielsen looked wouldn't have made it death in the eye and said she through the agonizing bonewas going to beat it. marrow transplant that has "I'm a very positive person. kept her alive. "You have to have tough I've never feared dying, but I love life. I give myself chal­ guts," says transplant pro­ lenges, and I've always gram director Dr. Roger Ginknown I was a strong survi­ Please turn to 10A: Cancer vor. I knew I was going to
By Tom Fruehling
Gazette staff writer

Gazette photo by Kevin M u r p h y

Part of the crowd of 5- and 6?year-olds at the Noelridge Park Easter egg hunt thunders from the starting line Saturday afternoon. More than 7,200 eggs were hard-boiled and dyed for the event, which was sponsored by American Legion Post 727 and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Time-tested tradition envelops House Majority Leader Siegrist
to command a few minutes of Siegrist's time during a weekday when the Legis­ DES MOINES — Anyone dealing with lature is in session. If it isn't the tele­ Brent Siegrist these days needs to be phone, it's one of 50 other Republicans in the House, or Speaker Harold Van patient. Not because of anything he might say Maanen or House Democrats flexing or do, but because the 40-year-old Coun­ their procedural muscle or reporters cil Bluffs Republican has been in far looking for answers. Always something. greater demand since January than at For Siegrist, however, it's no different any other time during the eight years he has served in the Iowa House of Repre­ than he figured it would be. As an assistant minority leader, he sentatives. Siegrist, who is on the faculty at Mis­ was familiar with some of the routine of souri Valley High School when he isn't legislative leadership. But when Repub­ serving in the General Assembly, has licans eked out a narrow advantage over just passed the midway point in his first Democrats in last fall's general election, Siegrist set his sights on becoming the year as House majority leader. Though it is a powerful job that offers majority floor leader, working with great potential for setting the course of whomever the 51 Republican representa­ public policy, the job is a demanding tives chose as speaker of the House. one. That is evident to anyone seeking (That turned out to be Van Maanen of
By Ken Sullivan
Gazette senior editor

Eastern Iowa has 'unique' German development office
By George C. Ford
Gazette associate financial editor

Majority Leader Brent Siegrist
Oskaloosa.) "I wanted to do it because I think I can contribute and be effective. I think I have the ability to work well with a
• Please turn to 10A: Siegrist

FRANKFURT, Germany — When Jim Sullivan arrived here in Septem­ ber, he faced a daunting task — creat­ ing an office that would effectively market the Cedar Rapids area to pro­ spective German investors. Without a precedent to follow, Sulli­ van set about contacting German busi­ nesses interested in building or locat­ ing facilities in America. He quickly discovered that his office — which was to promote a single area in one state — was perceived as an oddity. "We are very unique in that no other American chamber of commerce has a direct investment office abroad," said Sullivan, an economic development specialist and an employee of Iowa

East Iowa 'sales force' tours Germany, 1F • What Lisbon's Kraiburg factory will be like, I F

Electric Light and Power Co. in Cedar Rapids. IE has "loaned" Sullivan to the office for two years. "When I say that I represent the city of Cedar Rapids, many companies are somewhat taken aback because they're not used to such an arrangement. They know that states have investment and trade offices in Europe, but they're very surprised to learn that I represent Cedar Rapids and the surrounding communities."
• Please turn to 10A: Sullivan

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Jury begins deliberations in King beating case
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Riding high
Thrills a n d learning
Interested in learning some principles of physics? Take your next lesson on "The Qjjttlaw," a wooden roller coaster being con­ structed at Adventureland in Altoona. Health & Science in Monday's Gazette.

Power plant: a vegetable on steroids.

LOS ANGELES — A judge told jurors Saturday to ignore "any external consequences of your verdict" and set them to deliber­ ating the federal civil rights case of four policemen in the Rodney King beating. U.S. District Judge John Davies added the phrase, an appar­ ent reference to feared riots, in a final draft of the instructions. He also told panelists to disre­ gard the fact that the defendants have been tried before in state court — a case that led to their acquittals and sparked deadly ri­ ots last year. "Your verdict must be based solely and exclusively on the evi­ dence presented in court in ac­

cordance to these instructions," Davies said. "You should not be influenced by the anticipation of any external consequences of your verdict." Sgt. Stacey Koon, officers The­ odore -Briseno a n d Laurence Powell and former officer Timo­ thy Wind are charged with vio­ lating King's civil rights in a videotaped beating on March 3, 1991. The case went to the jury at 3:05 p.m., almost two months af­ ter testimony began. Delibera­ tions ended for the day about 2% hours later and were to resume at noon today so jurors could attend Easter services. During the prosecution's re­ buttal, Justice Department law-

this country, not now, not 200 years ago when the Constitution **You should not be was written and, with your deci­ sion, not ever. We ask you to influenced by the find the defendants guilty." anticipation of any Earlier, defense attorney Harexternal consequences of land Braun compared the beat­ ing trial to the condemnation of your verdict.** Jesus by Pontius Pilate. "What evil has this man Judge John Davies' done?" Braun asked. instructions to jurors Quoting from the Book of Mat­ thew, Braun said that Pilate, the yer Barry Kowalski told jurors Roman procurator in Judea, had the defendants were "bullies allowed Christ to be put to death with badges" who beat King un­ because of fears of riots in the mercifully. city. "He is more than inno­ "There are some countries cent," Braun said of Briseno. where people can be beaten by "My client is on trial, but you police until they beg them to are also on trial. It is your cour­ stop, Kowalski said. "But not age that is on trial."