Logansport Pharos Tribune, December 27, 2005

Logansport Pharos Tribune

December 27, 2005

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Logansport Pharos-Tribune (Newspaper) - December 27, 2005, Logansport, Indiana tr iii Family after fire LIFESTYLE Page A7 Hundreds pay respect to Dungy family STATE Page A3 Colts fly to Florida to support coach SPOUTS Page B1 Logansport Ind Emmaus Center overwhelmed again But this time its with donations By ANDREA HOEHNE PharosTribune lifestyle writer After the flood of shelterseekers that the Emmaus Mission Center saw on Wednesday a flood of donation givers followed up during the next few days The shelter received an estimated in monetary donations lots and lots of an abundance of fruit an offer for fresh farm eggs and the gloves hats and other items that they needed Everybodys in said Diane Hurtt director of the center It was so crazy on Friday I didnt leave work until 9 that night Donations are accepted at any time at the center 805 Spencer St or by calling 7390107 Andrea Hoehne may be reached at 7325143 or via email at [email protected] Enacting new funding sources a difficult task By MIKE SMITH AP Political Writer INDIANAPOLIS Lawmakers are sure to wrestle with ways of provid ing local governments with new ways of raising money during the upcom ing legislative session with the goal of reducing their reliance on property taxes But even though Gov Mitch Daniels and a leading state senator have shown great inter est in the issue and the Indiana Asso ciation of Cities and Towns has pro duced a plan for lawmakers to con sider enacting comprehensive changes will be a major challenge One reason for that is time The 2006 regular session that begins Jan 4 must end by March 14 instead of ANAP NEWS ANALYSIS See FUNDING Page A2 KEEPING IN DAILY www pharostribune com Painkiller overload Overuse of certain medicines can be very dangerous accidental poisonings on the increase PharosTHbuns photo IHuftration by Arigi TXirnpaugh WASHINGTON AR Think ppp ping extra pain pills cant hurt Think again Accidental poisonings from the nations most popular pain reliever seem to be rising making acetamino phen the leading cause of acute liver failure Use it correctly and acetaminophen best known by the Tylenol brand lives up to its reputation as one of the safest painkillers Its taken by some 100 mil lion people a year and liver damage occurs in only a small users But its damage that can kill or re quire a liver transplant damage that frustrated liver specialists insist should be avoidable The problem comes when people dont follow dosing instructions or un wittingly take too much not realizing acetaminophen is in hundreds of prod ucts from the overthecounter reme dies Theraflu and Excedrin to the pre scription narcotics Vicodin and Percocet The argument that its the safest sort of has overruled the idea that peo ple cannot take any amount they feel says Dr William Lee of the Uni versity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center who laments that acetamino phen is popped iike Acetaminophen bottles currently rec ommend that adults take no more than milligrams a day or eight extrastrength pills Just a doubling of the maximum dai ly dose can be enough to kill warns Dr Anne Larson of the University of Washington Medical Center Yet if two is good 10 is better in some patients she says with a sigh The Food and Drug Administration has long wrestled with the liver risk warning two years ago that more than emergencyroom visits a year are due to acetaminophen overdoses and that 100 people die annually from unintentionally taking too much A study published this month by Larson and Lee has agency officials weighing whether to revisit the issue Over six years researchers tracked 662 consecutive patients in acute liver failure who were treated at 22 trans plant centers Acute liver failure is the most severe type developing over days unlike chronic liver failure that can simmer foryears alco hol abuse or viral Almost half were acetammophefHelat ed More remarkable was the steady in crease Acetaminophen was to blame for 28 percent of the liver poisonings in 1998 but caused 51 percent of cases in 2003 That makes acetaminophen the most common cause of acute liver fail ure the researchers report in the jour nal Hepatology While most patients pulled through with intensive care 74 died and 23 oth ers received a transplant Some 44 percent of the cases were suicide attempts But more 48 percent were uninten tional overdoses which isnt hard to Larson says Say you take Tylenol Cold Flu Se vere for the flus aches and stuffiness mg of acetaminophen every six hours A headache still nags so be tween doses you pop some Excedrin 500 mg more of acetaminophen Switch to Nyquil at bedtime another mg T See PAINKilXER Page A2 SO centis suggested for toll road lease Tolls could be only way to speed up improvements GOSHEN AP A deal to speed up improvements to 31 in northern Indiana might be needed to win support from area legislators and county officials for Gov Mitch Daniels plan to lease the Indiana Toll Road to a private company The governors plan would tap into the more than billion the lease could generate to cover what his administration says is a bil lion funding gap for highway road and bridge projects planned across the state Those projects include upgrading 31 between South Bend and In dianapolis to interstate highway standards but that work is not scheduled to begin until 2011 State Sen Marvin Riegsecker R Goshen said that after meeting last week with lawmakers and officials from several area counties he be lieved the 31 project should start by 2008 Thats the carrot we need to even consider this he Elkhart County Council Presjdent John Letherman said he supported a proposal to dedicate at least 34 percent ofthe lease proceeds to project benefiting the seven coun ties through which the toll road passes That figure reflects the states es timate that 34 percent of toll road fees are paid by Indiana motorists The seven counties are Lake Porter LaPorte St Joseph Elkhart La Grange and Steuben If it isnt a good do Letherman said Were not endors ing it until we see what it St Joseph County Commissioner Steve Ross said revenue projection should be made for the proposed 75year term of the lease to deter mine whether the counties would be better off with a lease than they are now But he equated the proposed longterm toll road lease to a sale and predicted plenty of opposition from area residents T See 31 I Page A2 Protesters call for national unity government in Iraq AP photo POLITICAL RALLY Iraqi supporters of the Sunni Arab Iraqi Accordance Front hold up election campaign posters with pictures of their leaders Khalaf allyan L Tariq alHashemi C and Adnan alDulaimi as they take part in a rally in Baghdad Iraq Mass grave discovered in Karbala BAGHDAD Iraq AP More than people marched through Baghdad today in support of a national unity government of Sunnis arid Shiites but insurgent attacks killed six Iraqi policemen and two civilians in a fresh surge of violence In the Shiite holy city of Karbala municipal workers doing mainte nance work uncovered remains that police believed were part of a mass grave thought to date back to 1991 when Saddam Husseins regime put down a Shiite uprising in the south Today the remainsdiscovered on Mondaywere sent for testing in an effort to identify the bodies Karbala police spokesman Rahman Mashawy said He did not say how many bodies were found and the police claim could not be independ ently verified Human rights organizations esti mate that more than peo ple mainly Kurds and Shiite Mus lims were killed and buried in mass graves during Saddam Hus seins 23year rule which ended when forces toppled his regime in 2003 A lull in violence followed the Dec 15 parliamentary elections But that ended on Sunday when 18 people were killed in attacks On Monday shootings and bombings killed at least two dozen people in cluding a soldier Offidals were try ing to deepen the political turmoil surrounding the contested vote Pre liminary figures have given a big lead to the religious Shiite bloc that controls the current interim govern ment The new violence came as three opposition groups threatened a wave of protests and civil disobedi ence if fraud charges are not prop erly investigated The warning came from the secular Iraqi Nation al List headed by former Shiite Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and two Sunni Arab groups More than people some carrying photos of Allawi demon strated in Baghdad in favor of a government that would give more power to Sunni Arabs and secular Shiites Marches chanted No Sun nis no Shiites yes for national T See IRAQ Page A2 Rick for your To subscribe or advertise BOO 6764125 or 57417225000 Office 8 to 6 Monday through Friday 8 1011 am Saturday 6 1011 Sunday ;